Bonnie Long Fringed Kimono (in all prints)

Bonnie Long Fringed Kimono (in all prints)

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A Cosmic Drifters long fringed kimono makes the perfect witchy statement piece. Chuck one on over anything small and black and earn instant Sabrina points! We love these styled with a velvet headscarf over high rise black skinny jeans and a tucked in Cosmic Drifters cami for that modern gypsy witch vibe. Go for contrasting but complementary prints to create an eclectic, vibrant look. We make these to order in all of our gorgeous exclusive prints by our in-house designers. This piece is named after Bonnie from The Craft. Pictured in our Black and White Suns and Moons, Entomon & Pink Suns and Moons prints,

To order just select your bust size and height in inches followed by your preferred trim and print from our drop down menus and we’ll make your order to suit your exact tastes! We can adorn these kimonos with either black or white fringing. To select our best-selling 20cm black lattice fringing select ‘black fringing’ or to mix it up with the same style in white select ‘white fringing’. See our sizing page here to check how to measure yourself.

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Further Details:

-Exclusive Cosmic Drifters prints designed in-house.
-Fabric printed locally via our suppliers in Guiseley, West Yorkshire.
-100% polyester crepe fabric sourced from the UK.
-Dry clean only.
-Available in 31″-44″ bust measurements. See our size measurement page here.

Manufacture and Delivery:

-Please allow up to 10 days for manufacture and delivery as this item is handmade to order.
-FREE STANDARD UK SHIPPING -all standard UK orders are sent 2nd class signed for via the Royal Mail.
-£3.50 flat rate tracked and signed UK shipping -if you want a little extra security we can ship your order via the Royal Mails’ tracked and signed service. We will issue you with a tracking code once the item is shipped.
-£5 flat rate standard worldwide shipping- all standard international orders are sent via Royal Mail airmail.
-£10 flat rate tracked worldwide shipping –if you want extra secure shipping we can ship your order via the Royal Mails tracked international service. We will issue you with a tracking code once the item is shipped.

Additional information

Bust

31", 32", 33", 34", 35", 36", 37", 38", 39", 40", 41", 42", 43", 44"

Height

5'11", 5'10", 5'9", 5'8", 5'7", 5'6", 5'5", 5'4", 5'3", 5'2", 5'1", 5', 4'11"

Trim

Black fringing, White fringing

Print

Watercolour Celestial, The Craft, Mandalarama, Insectum, Entomon, Alchemy, Celestial Carnival, Black and White Suns and Moons, Emerald Zodiac, Magenta Zodiac, Herbology, Tarot, Yin Yang, Pink Suns and Moons, Grey Suns and Moons

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    Happy Sunday Drifters!

    Here we are at the end of another amazing week. This week we launched our ‘Let’s Bewitch Them’ collection to a really uplifting reception from our customers. Thank you so much to everyone who has bought pieces so far! Your support means the world to us and we’ll be absolutely delighted to make up these garments.

    Following our ‘Let’s Bewitch Them’ shoot last Saturday I also squeezed in another mini-shoot on Monday with model Ellie Harker in a little boho den. I wanted to showcase our older prints and garments in the kind of setting I imagined them being worn, exhibiting a little more of our creative, bohemian lifestyle tastes. Ellie is just the perfect face for our brand too with her gorgeous long dreads, hippie attitude towards life and genuine joyfulness and humour. I never want to be one of those brands that are about unattainability or making the wearer feel better than anyone else. I hate it when brands are expensive or elitist just for the sake of eliminating a whole segment of society from being able to access them and selling superiority complexes. I’ll never be one of those women who carries a certain handbag just to show off my perceived material worth. We make our clothes affordable and accessible because we want them to be open to as many people as possible. I shot these images in a homely setting with this stunning but down to earth girl to express that friendly vibe.

    We spent today among a bunch of truly amazing women with similarly kind, open  and collaborative attitudes towards one another. Recently formed feminist group Girl Gang Leeds are an offshoot from Girl Gang Sheffield and Girl Gang Manchester. They support women's work and encourage friendship, collaboration, strength and creativity and today in honour of International Women’s Day they put on an all-female craft fair at local drinking hole ‘The Social’. Given the awesome group tht organised this it was guaranteed to be an amazing, uplifting event. Tune in tomorrow to read my review of the brands, artists and makers involved alongside the event itself.

    I hope you’ve all had equally tremendous weeks doing what you do! Take a look at the cute and lovely results of my boho den shoot with Ellie below.

    Much love, Jenny xo

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    Hello Drifters!


    We've just launched a brand new Spring 2017 print collection that I want to tell you all about! I’ve been working away like a busy bee for weeks perfecting my 'Let's Bewitch Them' collection and am so pleased with how it has all come together. I wanted to release a really witchy gothic-esque collection but still keep our signature cosmic vibes and throw in some more personal touches too. Even though it’s a spring launch I thought it was time to have a darker colour palette in the range that could be glam-ed up day to night as I felt ‘going out dresses’ or ‘GOD’ are they are known in the industry was something we hadn’t focused on before. Working on a capsule collection release is something we haven’t done before either so it was really exciting to work full time on a project with the freedom to create something I’ve seen in my minds eye for so long now.

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    Celestial Carnival 


    Of course I just had to throw in another sun and moon print, because I’m besotted and simply cannot stop designing them. Sun and moon prints have been a cult trend for a while now, mostly coming from the 90’s revival thats been going on for the last few seasons. For me however the love for them began so, so much earlier in my life, back in about 1993 when I was a wee nipper and my parents re-decorated their bedroom in navy and gold sun and moon wallpaper, border (when borders were a thing) with matching curtains and bedding. They even stencilled suns and moons on the radiator in gold paint, after they’d rag rolled it first! So many of my early memories were made in that room and those suns and moons were smiling down on me from the walls that, to me were part of the safest place on earth. There’s something nostalgic for me in every sun and moon print I’ve worked on and they still make me giddy.


    I also pulled inspiration from vintage photographs of travelling circuses, and the costumes worn by the performers during that time. I wanted to capture that mystical, magical feel in the individual illustrations.


    I wanted this design to pop in rich earth tones, which are more traditional for this style of print. I also wanted to add some colour to what would have otherwise been a very black collection! The colours came out even more vibrant once printed on fabric than I planned them to be, but I thought they were absolutely stunning, and gave the print a 70’s nod.

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    Entomon


    An insect/arachnid print design was an idea I’d had on the self for a while and I felt like now was the perfect time to call upon it.


    I was always a bit of an outsider as a child, choosing to spend my time running around the garden digging up worms and collecting ants rather than playing with dolls and such. I was sent home from nursery on my first day for having pockets full of woodlice. At the age of about 7 I was the founding and only member of the MSPCI (the Mitchell’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Insects) I would run around the neighbourhood making sure all of the other kids weren’t squashing spiders and would rescue any insect in need of help, this usually entailed me scooping bees out of ponds and helping snails cross the road (I actually still do this). Needless to say I didn’t have many friends.


    I used to love beetles in particular and would keep them in jars in my room. The bigger the beetle the happier I was. I remember finding one that was rather large, a stag beetle to be precise. I had no idea at that age what all the crawlies were really called so I gave them all my own names. Due to this ones spectacular pincers I decided to call it 'The Scorpion'. One morning I was woken by a scream, immediately followed by my mother screaming ’Sarah is this yours?!’ ’This was of course the beetle that had escaped and was marching down the stairs in a desperate bid for freedom. The Scorpion was promptly evicted from the house. 20 years later and he is one of the star characters of the entomon print, alongside a shield beetle, formally known to me as pong beetles and a weevil formally Nellies.


    Each insect was drawn by hand and then mirrored in photoshop for symmetry. One of the things I adore about insects is their anatomy and how it's so incredibly perfect. I wanted to capture that in the print and thought that some hints of geometry would highlight that perfectly. I also wanted to incorpate our signature witchy style and join it nicely to the other black and white print so added some hand drawn symbols into the shapes along with some star dust to inject some detail into the spaces. This print by far dominated my time spent on this capsule, I spent about 5 full days working on the illustrations alone, I wanted the insects to be as anatomically correct as possible so used vintage illustrations from the 20th century as guides for body shape, and then changed the patterning for a more dramatic visual effect.

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    Alchemy


    Alchemy was the last print I worked on for this collection. Again, I knew that at some point I wanted to explore symbology more and put an artistic spin on that for a print design. I spent days researching alchemy illustrations and symbols from the 19th and 20th century, as well as studying medieval illustrations and tapestries of mythical beasts as a bases for the dragons and serpents. I also wanted to incorpate a celestial aspect to sit with the sun and moon concepts so included astronomy charts that I wanted to be as accurate as possible to their original counter-parts. I spent a long time plotting out numbers and moon phases! I illustrated in a naive heraldic style and also drew on wicca and pagan symbology. The result is a bit of a mash up of imagery with elements of history and culture from around the globe, time and space!

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    We are extremely chuffed to announce the winner of our design your own dress competition. We had a few really good submissions but this was the one that clearly stood out to us and made us think YES, that dress needs to exist! The entry by Astrid Shapiro would, in her own words ‘be a dreamy, billowing tent dress, with a velvet collar and bow, bishop sleeves, and tight buttoned cuffs fastened with a row of covered buttons.’ We love how well thought out and thorough the design work was and how the description and image together really evoke strong visuals! The dress style also fits the print perfectly. They both have a dreamlike quality and combine in absolute fashion harmony! Thank you Astrid. This dress is going to be hella fun to make and you’ll soon have a totally unique custom-made dress.

    We’ll be blogging about the process of making this dress, from pattern cutting to production so keep your peepers peeled. This is all part of a precursor to a new service that we’re planning on offering very soon! Making Astrid’s dress will not only be an awesome collaboration but also an opportunity for us to show off our garment production skills and demonstrate the benefits of slow fashion. Custom tailoring isn’t a widely offered service nowadays, certainly not at the affordable prices that we’ll be offering and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to make custom made clothing appealing and accessible to a whole new audience of young, stylish peeps! If you ever need an outfit for an occasion, from graduations to wedding then call of your friendly neighbourhood cosmic drifters!

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    We were also pretty keen on these ideas! The top two dress ideas are by Irina Cucu, the playsuit is by Josephine Longhurst and the cold shoulder dresses are by Erin Halliday. We see some definite designer potential here!

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    Much love, Jen & Sarah xx

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    Happy Sunday Drifters!

    This week marked the coming together of a months’ worth of hard work in preparation for our March launch. Yesterday we shot our latest lookbook ‘Let’s Bewitch Them’ in a set that we built ourselves in our studio using furniture that we had to pretty much beg steal and borrow from our friends and family. The resulting setting, which we backed with black fabric had the look of an ancient, dishevelled apothecary. Something homely but worn with a slight edge of creepiness! It was so much fun to build. We had two black stage platforms to use as a stage to stand on and topped these with a rustic rug. We filled the stage with all of the curiosities we could pull together- vintage glass bottles containing potions concocted using food dyes, pictures of bug specimens to match the tone of Sarah’s’ upcoming entomology print and tonnes of wilting flowers.  Looking out from the set into our lighting set up made the whole thing feel even more like a show. While Sarah and I have never had any dramatic prowess it was nice to build a setting that we felt represented the tone of this collection and play witchy roles, pulling inspiration from all of the popular culture references that dictate our style.

    We invited the gorgeous Electra Connie Carr to model with us and collaborated with two other independent brands and an amazing local make-up artist on styling. It was a collaboration made in heaven! The below pictures show Sarah and Electra in action modelling and part of the set. It looks seriously staged but a bit of savvy lighting and editing made the resulting images look phenomenal, theatrical, movie like even! We can’t wait to release this lookbook on March 1st and will follow the release up with a blog post detailing more about our process and our wonderful collaborators!

    Until them I bid you adieu!

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    Happy Sunday Drifters. This week has been so inspiring. The submissions that we've had come in for the design your own dress competition are next-level awesome. Seriously are all of our Instagram followers fashion students or what? We've seen several already where we've thought yeah, we'd LOVE to make that, but unfortunately time and necessity dictate that we must only pick one. We're going to make damn sure to list all of the runners up in our blog post too though because wow! It's so lovely having daily doses of inspiration flying at us via email.


    In other news our sample pieces for the new collection are very nearly ready for a weekend of shooting and I can safely say that for a business run by artists (who are notoriously away with the fairies) Cosmic Drifters has evolved into a pretty well oiled machine *insert that arm muscle flexing emoticon thing*. We can't wait to get these pieces shot and listed on our virtual shelves because you're definitely going to dig them. If you'd like to see a glimpse of the themes that our spring collection will explore then take a peek at our shoot inspiration moodboard on Pinterest. It's where we'll be pinning our inspirations for upcoming lookbook themes and will give a cheeky indication of what to expect next... We're amping up the sultry undertones with this one but with a natural vibe to our styling. Tousled hair and smoky eyes will reign supreme...



    We've also set up a customer style board on Pinterest to document all of the finest style inspiration from across our coven. All of the hippie-witchy-90s-homage ways in which you guys have been styling our wares are so freaking excellent that we had to tie them all together in one place! Tag your looks #cosmicdrifterscoven to be featured and peruse the board for styling tips from real life cosmic drifters.

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    Happy Sunday Drifters!

    This week has been a truly hectic one filled with a bunch of new challenges alongside the usual intense level of collaborative spirit. Woooh *waves flag for independent artistry*. The more I learn about being an entrepreneur the more I feel that it can largely be characterised by an ongoing cluelessness over what ones job actually is. The description changes on a daily basis to the point where while I once described myself as a fashion and print designer I'm no longer 100% sure. This week I was a stylist, "actor" (not my forte), photographer, seamstress and customer service extraordinaire. I guess that's why we do this stuff, to keep building and growing and challenging ourselves!

    We had D5 Media in on Friday shooting content for a Cosmic Drifters brand video we're putting together to explain what we're all about. Sarah and I went about our usual daily activities in camera, only in an overly self-aware manner that betrayed the fact that we are definitely not actors. The result should be a fun little insight into our working methods, inspirations and Cosmic lifestyle! Looking back at the footage there's no doubting that we're space cadets through and through. We've almost become parodies of ourselves but hey ho I love our balls-out commitment to our spacey, witchy infatuations.

    We also met up with the awesome dude who's going to shoot our March collection lookbook this week. His background is in glamor photography- nothing too out there or misogynist mind! We're looking forward to combining his familiarity with the female form with our natural, tousled hippie-witch vibes to create results that are sexually empowering and centre around female fortitude. I actually can't wait to shoot because this guy knows his stuff and is a straight up lovely dude!

    Check out this mornings ASOS listings for handmade bohemian goodness. We'll be listing new pieces every Sunday at 11am from now.

    Jenny xx

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    Do you have that one great dress or outfit in mind that you've always imagined but not been able to find on the highstreet?

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    We may have the answer...


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    As you know we Drifters design and make our whole collection from scratch in our own exclusive prints. From mid-March we'll also be offering a bespoke custom orders service. If you have a garment in mind for a special occasion you'll now be able to approach us about designing and making it. It'll be a one off service resulting in a totally unique piece that's exclusive to you. We'll take your request, sketch up a design idea, take your measurements and work through the entire production process with you to ensure that you get the exact results you imagined. You'll be able to choose any one of our independent textiles print designs and select an array of available trimmings to create something truly personal and unique.


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    To give an idea of the kind of work we can do we're offering you the opportunity to have your dream garment custom made for free! This week only we're taking submissions for garment ideas. Email a simple sketch to info@cosmicdrifters.com under the heading 'Cosmic Drifters design your own dress submission' and we'll choose our favourite design to make up absolutely free. Select your choice of print from 'our prints' page and include this image in the submission. The sketch doesn't have to be a work of art! It can just be a doodle that expresses the basic idea you have in mind.


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    Last summer we were approached via Instagram by a girl who loved our brand but wanted something even more show stopping than the designs we had on offer to wear to her graduation. Knowing that we were print and garment designers by trade she reached out and suggested that we help her realise her vision in our pink suns and moons print. We were stoked by the idea and had so much fun turning her sketched concept into a reality. Thank you Bryony for inspiring up to extend this service to others and start an exciting new Drifters enterprise. It's amazing how much our network inspires us every day to become better at what we do and keep growing as designers.


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    The competition deadline is Saturday 25/02 so share this thing with anyone who has a penchant for dress design and get your submissions on in to us! The winner will be announced on the blog on Wednesday 01/03 alongside all of the runners up.


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    Evening Drifters, its Jenny here coming at you from a crumpled heap on the floor. This week has been great, but knackering. We polished off the last of our pre-order garments, put in the order for our March print releases and got a bunch of new garments designed for the next product drop on March 1st. We also launched our first little selection of ASOS goodies this morning which are looking beyond scrumptious on our brand new Marketplace page here AND we've up with some great collaborations and competitions which we'll be sharing with you all in the not so distant future!

    In other news I've grown used to the feeling of having a hoard of almost-angry butterflies careening their way around my stomach and come to see them as an ally rather than a threat. Getting out of bed has become a necessarily early affair that standardly starts with an alarm ringing through the darkness, followed by a sideways flip onto rough carpet, 5 seconds of seemingly endless groping, 3 seconds of trying to remember who/ where I am and an eventual sweeping sensation of determination to crack on with another days challenges. Like anyone who's working their arse off to build something of genuine value I spend the rest of my time torn between feelings of balls out giddiness and impending doom. But hey ho feelings are awesome and I'm getting a taster platter of every flavour.

    I think it's fair to say that we're pushing ourselves to the absolute limit to build a brand that reflects not only our aesthetic interests but also our moral and material values. We're crafting a growing system that will allow us to produce garments that are a) affordable- highstreet prices for custom made garms b) top quality, Sarah and I, who are first and foremost fashion and print designers spend hours designing complex, thought out prints and garments that are durably made and don't cut corners for the sake of fast production and c) are produced using ethical components, fairly paid labour and responsible supply chains. In a world of fast fashion it is and always will be tougher to do fashion the slow way. We're the turtles in the race against the hares but things are really coming together this month and the constant reassurance that we're getting from our customers that we're being appreciated for doing this shit properly is keeping us as keen as it gets. Much love to you all! Check out our ASOS Marketplace for one of kind pieces, handmade using responsibly sourced fabrics alongside decent, quality vintage. We'll be dropping fresh ASOS goodies on a weekly basis to all the hungover babies out there on Sundays at 11am xxx

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    A couple of weeks ago California based jewellery maker Megan James contacted me about doing an artist’s trade, swapping some Cosmic Drifters magic for a few of her pieces. As a long-time admirer of hers through the distant, adoring lens of Instagram I jumped at the chance to swap designs, having noticed an affinity between the images and values of our brands. Megan's witchy beachy jewellery is all produced by her, by hand and has a super laid back beachy bohemian vibe to it, reminiscent of the kind of things I'd see dread-adorned travellers wearing in Bali. The thing that I feel makes it most interesting though is this witchy slant that she adds to all of her bohemian pieces. She uses low-fi processes to make her work such as stamping simple metal bands with messages, wrapping crystals with leather and macramé and corking little bottles to make terrariums. These are the pieces I love the most as they bring to mind images of old witchy American jewellery makers, women who might work with their hands using limited tools to make things of simple beauty, that aren't showy but are rather intended to represent a shared identity through symbolism. I guess that as someone of fairly humble beginnings and aspirations I've always loved that side of fashion and design, the aspect that isn't about status or bling, but simply about stating visually that you share a certain heritage, interest or viewpoint with others who engage with your particular style.

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    Many of Megan’s stamped rings centre around mysticism, storytelling and womanly power in a tongue in cheek way. Her ‘this witch can swim’ ring nods to the struggles that women have gone through to reach this point of near-equality with a strong but humorous tone, while many of her designs reference narratives in popular culture that she identifies with. Her leather wrapped crystals act as talismans, which have a long cultural heritage of being used to inspire strength in the wearer are crafted with the historic meaning of the crystals used in mind. Overall Megan’s creations set her up as an eager storyteller. A designer who puts a strong narrative and sense of imagination at the centre of her creative endeavours. This, I feel is why I like her and her brand so much. She really has something to say and Phemonal Fern sucks you into her imaginative world leaving you wanting to dress yourselves up in her stories. Here we are being best witches in our Phenomenal Fern rings and necklaces. Check out her full collection here.

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    This week has been a busy, nurturing and collaborative one in our little Drifters hub. We picked up new stock in all 12 of our whimsical prints, I made and packaged our pre-order pieces to be shipped tomorrow and Sarah started cracking out the final print for her new capsule collection. On Wednesday Sarah’s friend Betty popped in to chat about getting involved in production of our orders. She recently set up shop as an independent seamstress and, much like us has rented her own space to work from in her own way on her own time. On Friday we had a meet up with fellow "girl boss" Charlie who owns and produces the jewellery brand Lief and excitedly planned a collaborative shoot while shrieking over sharing photographer inspo in Wharf Chambers, a cosy, arty, pro-diversity pub in central Leeds that is typically filled with an array of beautiful, flamboyant characters. Once again we worked over the weekend, but mostly on the fun stuff. We had a lovely chilled product shoot with fellow Leeds gals Erin and Claire in the studio today and got another bunch of our one off handmade pieces ready to list. We'll definitely be able to get this stuff onto the virtual shelves by the weekend. It’s taken a little longer than planned but we’re doing things properly and progress is happening!

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    All in all it's been a typically insular time for us. Our cosy studio filled with an assortment of eccentric characters has become a bit of a safe haven- a world that we've curated to be exactly how we want it to be, filled with our favourite things and in keeping with our particular breed of Zen. Our day to day lives have taken on a tone of collaborative openness to all people and all possibilities and we're lucky enough to live in a city alongside a whole bunch of people from all walks of life that share our community driven attitudes. Every woman that we’ve worked with has had a similarly D.I.Y. attitude towards her creative pursuits and like us is ambitious and generous in equal measure. I feel like the artists of Leeds have crafted an exemplary micro-society -a world unlike the hyper-competitive stage filled with grotesquely inflated egos and borderline sociopathic attitudes that we were told we’d find ourselves in were we to pursue our artistic passions. Leeds is a hub for the sensitive ones; the loving, caring, gentle souls who believe in mutual progress through collaboration over survival of the fittest through competition, and who see the world’s resources as plentiful, better shared moderately between the many rather than hoarded in bulk by the few.

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    On this local level I live in the world that my adolescent dreams imagined for me and if I didn't feel morally compelled to keep up with current affairs I could easily have missed all the evils that have gone on outside our Cosmic bubble this week. But instead the constant news updates about walls and borders and in groups and out groups and fear and suspicion have caused me to reflect along the above line of thought. I’ve personally found it really difficult to digest all of the bullshit policies that Donald Trump has spewed onto America. As someone who has travelled the very specific path that I have to be sat on this specific desk in this particular studio in this caring community right now I don’t feel best placed to empathise with the millions of people who don’t feel like an attitude such as mine is a safe one to live by. I can’t imagine the series of personal struggles and insecurities that it must have taken for individuals to vote for a man like Donald Trump to represent their values but I do understand the origins of our values, and feel compelled to be vocal about them if nothing else. In life as in business we support collaboration over competition and feel that the worlds divisions will only be bridged when individuals start treating those who differ from them with openness rather than fear.

     

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    Happy Sunday Drifters! This week was all about the minutiae at Drifters HQ- those filler tasks that you have to do in order to get to the fun stuff. I started the week making the last few pieces to add to our new collection of one off handmade garments, categorised our inventory then ironed and labelled 150 pieces to be shot for ASOS Marketplace and generally got the studio in ship shape for a weekend of shooting. If this fashion stuff was all swanning about countryside Druid Stones in swathes of mystic fabric with tarot cards in hand and a glittery face then every weirdo would do it. But In business, as in life there are those select few tasks that are mind numbingly boring but absolutely necessary. In a way I kind of enjoy such things though. I guess that knowing that you don't enjoy every element of what you do but that you still want to do it to the best of your ability anyway gives you that weird breed of satisfaction where you think yeah, I must be serious about this business now if I can enthuse about coming into work off my own back for a day of ironing. Activities like these feel like small but essential steps towards our bigger goals, so once they're done you feel a definite sense of forward momentum!

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    It wasn't all snail paced essentials this week though. Today we shot the first lot of our handmade stuff and got through about a third of our garments. We decided to try the Instagram shout out approach to finding models and were lucky enough to have some joyful, spirited, bubbly characters come forward The shoot was a learning curve for us, as our first session a) shooting in our studio event space  b) lighting indoor product photography and c) shooting totally new girls that we hadn't met before. The event manager gave us full access to scout out and get to know the space beforehand though and a photographer friend of a guy who works on our floor gave us some great lighting advice that helped us figure out the essentials and achieve the soft, natural looking light that we were gunning for. As for the models, they were amazingly confident, patient and chatty. We spent the shoot discussing feminism, current affairs and great hairdos in equal measure and the overall process represented everything that we love about collaboration in creative circles. This studio has a great atmosphere to work in and brings out the best in a bunch of already-awesome people.

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    Happy Sunday everyone. I hope that you've had awesome weeks doing whatever it is you do to pass the time in this weird cosmic phenomenon called life. We've had an amazing first week of working full time on our little business. We've woken up every morning excited to get to work and gone to sleep with our heads spinning, filled with dreams of beautiful fabrics. There's been little room for mentally digesting anything else, but I'm sure that the rest of the world kept spinning without our attention. May the novelty of this venture never wear off! We spent the majority of this week cracking out a whole bunch of unique handmade garms for our planned ASOS Marketplace collection.

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    The inspiration for getting an ASOS collection going came largely from the luxurious contents of my backpack after two months of adventuring around Bali, Lombok and the surrounding islands throughout October and November. I just couldn't resist filling it to breaking point with fabric, to the point where I had to get my brother to lift it onto my back before I could move it. Like seriously, I'll probably never stand straight again but boyyy was it worth it. The Balinese batik that I picked up along the way from various sources- beach sellers, markets stalls and small town Warungs was absolutely stunning, but the pinnacle of fabric bliss was reached when our travels took us to the northern end of Bali, to the markets of Singaraja. Having lodged ourselves into a quiet little hotel in Lovina which was pretty far away from most of the sights that the region had to offer we decided to "splash out" the £40 a day that it would cost to hire a private driver to take us anywhere we wanted! Robbie (my brother) had read online that Singaraja was the city to go to for authentic Balinese produce since the markets in the major southern towns have become pretty westernised. His instincts were right and we stumbled upon a whole street of fabric emporiums- my own personal Nirvana! When I returned to England with 50+ metres of fabric it only seemed right to start making it into all kinds of gorgeous garms. Sarah was thoroughly on board, having accumulated quite a collection of eastern and vintage fabric herself over the years!

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    The other main event in the Drifters hub this week was the beginnings of Sarah's new print design. We've decided to design a new capsule collection each for this summer and have excitingly gone in totally different directions. Mine, which I designed last year and shot in Bali on a fellow wanderer that I met along my journey is like an insane mash up of beach goth, day glow rave and that stripper with a sign from Independence Day. Sarah's is shaping up to be more mature, dark, gritty and incredibly intricate, especially in opposition to my upcoming acid smilies and ufos! The print she's currently working on features super detailed hand drawn moth and bug illustrations and is reminiscent of Victorian creature specimens that you'd find pinned to an anatomical study board. It has a vintage vibe to it and I expect it will turn out looking mystical and ancient- part symbolic and part studious. It wouldn't look out of place in the microbiological edition of fantastic beasts and where to find them, if that was a thing.

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    But hey... come March all will

    be revealed... Happy weekending! May your Sundays be snuggly and your hangovers short lived!


    Love your friendly neighbourhood Drifters Jenny & Sarah x

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    Happy 2017 friends, witches and awesome women!


    I hope you've all had an excellent time kicking 2016 out of the door by its butt and opening your hearts, expectations and imaginations up to a fresh year full of possibilities. I've personally had one of the best first weeks of any year of my life so far. It was freezing cold, my hair was in a constant state of frizziness, it wasn't especially glamorous BUT it was MY idea of perfect. I've been focussed, I've been creative, I've felt confident and I've worked my little butt off! While I'm feeling even more positive than usual, and in the spirit of starting the new year in parallel states of self-reflection and openness to all things shiny and new I've decided to start writing little summaries of our Cosmic Drifters weekly highlights. I think that it's super motivational to always take stock and congratulate yourself on your accomplishments rather than solely looking ahead to the next big goal.


    On Monday second while most people were still gorging on crackers and cheese I trundled down to Ladybeck studios to pick up the keys to our brand new Cosmic Drifters headquarters. My business partner Sarah unfortunately spent New Year's Eve and her birthday (New Years day) bed ridden with the flu and wasn't able to make it down so I, in a moment of wiliness decided to start on the basic tasks of painting & furnishing the place in secret so that I could surprise her with a fully pimped out Drifter HQ birthday when she could move again!

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    The place used to be rented by a local oil painter who has now moved on to larger digs and up the ladder on her personal journey to success. For a fashion studio however it was looking a bit on the oil-speckled side so my first port of call was to paint. Sarah had suggested that we have an earthy toned feature wall the week before so I dashed to Wilko for some Oatmeal paint and spent Tuesday painting it up a treat alongside my handy lads Phil & Bird.


    On Wednesday the walls were looking swish but the floor was still pretty gnarly. I knew that this was a job for D.I.Y. dad so I roped him in and we got cracking on laying fresh laminate flooring. He had just enough left in the attic for our dinky 2.5m by 3.5m space but it would have to come in two different colours that were left over from two different bedrooms. Being just as obsessively tidy as me he made sure that they met exactly in the middle of the room and I think that they look pretttyyy swish!

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    On Thursday we were ready to furnish the place. We hooked up plenty of power sockets for sewing machines and laptops and nailed some floating shelves to the wall then wrenched my desks, drawers, rails, heaters (it's in an old industrial warehouse) and samples up the stairs to their new home. I hung all of the samples and left some cheery notes about the place in preparation for the big unveiling.

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    On Friday I polished off the week with a day of mural painting with my brother Robbie at one of our favourite coffee shops in Headingley. We spent a good six hours using chalk pens to paint a mystical mountainous wintery scene while the good folk at Whites kept us fed on their utterly delicious coffee and sarnies. We speckled mountains with dots of snow and littered them with wonky pine trees before finishing it off with a much needed witchy babe flying past an oversized moon. Hello Cosmic awesomeness!

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    By Saturday Sarah was feeling better so I told her a cheeky fib that she had to come down and sign some rental paperwork. Hahaaaah. When she arrived I was all like "surpriiiiise" and we did a happy jig! After spending two hours talking about a thousand ideas for the future Sarah suggested that we come in the following day and get cracking on the dream straight away...


    And that my dears brings us to Sunday! I spent the day making one off bits and bobs out of the gorgeous fabric that I sourced in Bali in early December while Sarah started hand drawing the first ideas for her summer capsule collection of prints. We have some big plans coming up- we'll be dropping an ASOS Marketplace collection of exclusive one off pieces at the end of January, two summer print collections to be released in March and April and we have some super cool creative collaborations in the pipeline!

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    This week has been a time for great friends and family, creative inspiration, love, kindness and motivation. You know what they say... start as you mean to go on.


    Love from Jenny- your friendly neighbourhood cosmic drifter :)


    P.s. I also want to give credit to the blogger who inspired this style of post. I've adopted the idea of writing a Sunday summary from mermaid haired fashion blogger Amy Valentine, who has been writing summaries of her weekly activities ever since her blog first started. They're my favourite posts of hers to read because they always focus on the positives and have a general feeling of personal progress about them. I thought about how she must feel looking back over them from time to time and how seeing her achievements laid out like that must motivate her to keep moving forward and carving out new and exciting experiences through doing what she loves. This is exactly what Cosmic Drifters needs this year! We're at the top of our game, motivated like crazy and we owe it to ourselves to look back at our accomplishments and say hey, we did that. Look how far we've come!


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    I decided to name today’s ensemble “In Bloom” for two reasons. First off I look like a massive flower bed right now in my 90s maxi skirt and secondly the 90s maxi skirt flower bed reminds me of something that one of Nirvanas entourage would have worn back in ’92. I’ve had this awesome dress for years but despite its obvious magnificence I rarely find the time to wear it. I pulled it out of a bargain bin at a kilo sale in Salford called ‘the onion’ sometime around 2013. I remember that day well because they hadn’t bothered to stick most of their wholesale on rails and the bins were over a metre high. As a result the memorable spectacle laid out before me was a hall full of women in mostly 1950s styles with their patent leather heels poking at odd angles out from the top of bins and their red nailed, white knuckled fingers fighting for various articles of floral clothing. Good times.

    I’d had my eye out for some proper grungey button down maxi dresses for a while after having developed a keen obsession with Courtney Love, Kat Bjelland and the fashion surrounding their bands Hole and Babes in Toyland. I had just written a whole article on the unique bottom-up effect that grunge had had on high end fashion, resulting in the ill received Spring ’93 Marc Jacobs collection for Perry Ellis that ended in a brisk firing. After all this investigation into my favourite subculture the natural next step was to imitate in wholeheartedly with ripped tights, panda eyes, docks and roughed up tea dresses. This dress has stood the test of time and remained a wardrobe favourite. Now I like to style it in more modern ways that could probably be described as “Tumblr grunge” rather than actual grunge (if we even know what that is anymore).

    I’ve kept things simple here and styled my vintage dress with some slim fit mom jeans from ASOS, my American Apparel top and cute jewellery from Dead Bambi and Rings & Tings.

    P.s. HAPPY JUNE EVERYONE! Time is speeding up I know it… Xxxo

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    Hello friends! Today I launched four new pieces in a brand new print! I designed this mystical looking zodiac print using illustrative and digital techniques (as usual) and wanted to share a few words about the process behind making it. It’s by far the quickest and simplest print I’ve designed so far but it’s actually one of my favourites. It works perfectly for textiles due to its simplicity and scale. I feel like every time I design a new print I’m getting a keener idea of what works on fabric and with the human form. When I started this business I came from an illustrative/ garment design background and I only started combining the two loves and designing prints for textiles a little over a year ago. It’s been a great year for learning and developing a new craft and I feel like I now fully appreciate how to put together prints that work wonderfully well when used for clothing.

     

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    The idea for this work actually came straight from an illustration I’d seen circulating Tumblr, the best blogging platform for illustrative and artistic inspiration. I had re-blogged the image below on the left a while back and while it is totally rough and simplistic it really caught my eye. It reminded me of something you’d see one of the girls in The Craft scribbling in their school work books or something from a witch’s grimoire. I loved the use of symbols which sparked my imagination and seemed to convey something deeply meaningful or secretive! Brimming with ideas I decided to create my own geometric, symbolic print. Something I’d always wanted to work with was the twelve symbols of the zodiac. I decided to create a hexagonal pattern incorporating these, knowing that it would be an easy shape to put into a continuous repeat, so I took out my geometry set, which is my favourite design aid and started scribbling away a pattern with sharp precise angles. I chose to work the symbols of the zodiac around the edges of the hexagon, putting the sign for Libra at the top since it’s my star sign and I felt that it would add a little personal touch to this print! I then drew over my pencil sketch with Unipin fine liners, scanned it into the computer and began cleaning it up into crisp black and white tones.

     

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    My next step was to invert the colours and work my drawing into a repeat by layering the hexagons side by side. This created the basis around which to build the colour versions of my print. I generally start out with black and white prints then separate the black and white out into separate layers and add textured colour layers from there.

     

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    When adding colour I wanted to use a sort of mottled effect to appear aged, reflecting the smudgy quality of the illustration I took inspiration from. I used a scanned image or aged paper and chopped a few area of the image together to create a mottled texture I was happy with. I then used Photoshop to colour it in deep emerald and magenta hues before applying this effect to my layers.

     

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    All in all this print took around 5 hours to make, which is about 40 hour less than my average print creation time! I’m pretty thrilled with it. Once had ordered my first run of this fabric from my suppliers I made up some brand new garment designs that I had created especially for this print. I was lucky enough to have the chance to work on a lookbook collaboration this month with fellow designer/ entrepreneur Sarah Gamble and fashion photographer Jodie Clegg and together we produced these gorgeous shots of my brand new pieces. They’re all available from my shop page now! Xxxo

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    Todays look is all about practicality... except for the fact that my boobs are pretty much exposed and if I need to pee I have to get near enough naked to do so. This is never fun on nature-centric adventures unless you're worryingly socially maladjusted. But hey, besides the glaring IMpracticalities presented, an American Apparel body + jeans, docs and flannel makes for a dang comfy combo!

    I've never really been one for low cut tops but as a mildly self-conscious, chest-bearing rookie American Apparel gives me a sense of security that one can't aquire through non-spandex-based fabrics. You might worry that certain parts would have the tendency to wander off and flash people of their own accord but AA keeps things firmly planted where they should be. Even better, it moves them an inch higher and closer together! Woah.

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    I've gone minimalistic this get up, accessorising with a few simple pieces of jewellery -my handmade fossil pendant, beaded bracelets and Peruvian silver rings and topping it off with round glasses and alien hair in line with my usual tendency to pay tribute to all things 90's! I picked up the shirt for £2 at a vintage sale and wear it all the time when I'm working. I love the thick cotton and hemp-like texture. Mens shirts ftw!

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    This is absolutely one of my favourite outfits at the moment. I’ve worn it on a weekly basis over the last month because it just ticks all the boxes. It’s cute, quirky and comfy all in one without requiring much effort! I named this look 'Shopping With Dr. Seuss" because this awesome hat reminds me of the scene in Clueless where Cher says to Dionne, (who is wearing an insaneely flamboyant hat) "been shopping with Dr. Seuss?" Dionne responds "well at least I wouldn't skin a collie to make my backpack." Feels.

    American Apparel are one of my biggest brand loves right now. Their jersey pieces provide the best platforms around which to build casual outfits. This body suit has a super low scoop back and is skin tight so that everything stays where it needs to be and you don’t have to put yourself in boob jail which is fabulously freeing and something I’ve aimed for when dressing lately. Let’s just bring back bra burning shall we?

    The dress is of course by me and can be bought from the store here. I wanted to include a simple 90s style slip with a cute scoop back in my collection because so many of my pieces are definite “going out” items that you’d tend to wear for an occasion and I wanted to showcase my prints on more garms that you can just chuck on. I think that wearability is important in good fashion design as well as the whole “look what complicated stuff I can make, how fancy am I” aspect. It says a lot that my slip dresses and maxi skirts are my most worn items (by me) as well as my biggest sellers to the good people of the world of Cosmic Drifters!

    The shoes, hat and jewels are all vintage/ handmade and uhhohh that’s it! What a simple but effective ensemble. I could just dance around like a merry idiot. In fact I think I will…

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    I just had to name this look after the new Radiohead song "Burn the Witch" which came out last week. This track has grown on me more and more with each listen. It's urgent sense of rising tension, conveyed through frantic, repetitive strings really hooks you in. It feels pretty appropriate for this outfit which makes me feel totally potent and expansive -so very "Mellisandre" from Game of Thrones. The maxi dress/ maxi coat combo just does it for me. It's so simple but when I step out enveloped in billowing swathes of fabric I feel like I can own any situation. I think it's something to do with being a tiny person, a person that's always had people comment on how little I am. When I was a kid I'd stamp my feet petulantly and say 'I'm big I am!' Now I just wear voluminous clothes.

    I got the Band of Gypsies dress in a sale at Topshop a few years back after having had my eye on it for a while. I don't usually buy highstreet pieces but their stuff really stands out to me from time to time. This patchwork style maxi, while made up of very "highstreet" prints, stands out due to its well combined trio of floral prints and gorgeous cut. The prints, while eye bogglingly busy work together perfectly due to their complimentary colour schemes and the lace up details up the side of the dress add a real enticing flare to the cut. I found this coat in a charity shop for £15 and it remains my absolute fave. I wore it all through winter. It's made of genuine cashmere wool with a faux fur trim which makes it super snug and super chic! I had to snap it in an outfit before I put it into hibernation over summer.

    I hope you've all been enjoying the fabulous May sun and pushing on into your summer wardrobes!

    Jenny xx


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    Our Herbology print was hand-drawn and painted over 60 hours by me, Jenny Cook- owner of Cosmic Drifters, artist, designer and all around mega geek from Leeds. It features an array of mystical plants from J. K. Rowling’s Potterverse that I drew and painted with water colours before scanning them into Photoshop and working them into a repeating print. I then wrote a list of the names for each plant in both English and Latin which I asked my Nan to reproduce by hand in her gorgeous script-like handwriting before layering this text among my illustrations.

     

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    Once the print was complete I sent the design off to my fabric suppliers to be printed onto gorgeous, lightweight crepe and began work designing five floaty, feminine, bohemian garments to showcase the light and dreamy print. When I design clothing I always make the original patterns to fit myself, photograph the sample on myself and grade my patterns according to customer’s measurements to ensure that they get the perfect fit. My design process is a labour of love!

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    This is absolutely the most 'summery' outfit I've had the pleasure of wearing so far this year. Admittedly a whole set of leggy goose pimples did make an appearance wearing this, as they have the tendency to do in Spring in Britain, but look at the sky!!! Blue as it gets! I super mega love this gettup for helping me break my black-jeans-wearing streak in delightful technicolour fashion. The co-ords used to be a dress that Minkpink were selling a couple of years back. I picked it up on Ebay after having stalked the sold out print for months, but the overly soft and delicate fabric had stretched through washing so that the waistband was down by my waist. Rather than despair at the loss of the best print I’d seen on the highstreet in forever, I decided to lop it in half, hem the top and add a simple elasticated waistband to the skirt. I’m pretty stoked to have wangled two items of clothing out of one and having created a unique two piece that only I own out of a highstreet dress that you’re bound to see a whole bunch of people moseying about in. Re-working win!!

    Speaking of things that everyone wears, my Levi denim jacket pretty much fits that description but I don’t even care because it’s a classic precisely because Levi’s are awesome. It’s a mens size small that I picked up in a charity shop for around four quid and I love it for the sheer fact that it goes with everything and acts as a great canvas for my collection of weird and wonderful pins which I regularly circulate through my wardrobe. These ones are all by awesome, independent, female entrepreneurial artists who deserve some serious props for their inventive creative outputs. The cute tattoo style hand full o' flowers is by Wren Dennis who manages Oddfellows Tattoo Collective in Leeds at the same time as studying in her final year of art college and helping fellow Leeds-based artist Bobbi Rae run her collaborative, empowering artists network Sister Said. I'm pretty sure that she also owns one of the few existing time turners (how else) and she has a website here. The super whimsical, gender neutral 'floaty babe' is by Bobbi who owns Sister Said and sells her wonderful pieces via her online store here. And finally the freaky looking babies face glued to a big ass frilly love heart brooch is one of jewellery designer Megan Peterson's early creations. She doesn't do the cutting up dolls thing so much anymore but it will always remain a fond phase in her heart (naww) and she still designs and makes really awesome jewels. I love keeping tabs on her creations via Instagram here. Man introducing people is fun.

    Until next time,

    Jenny out. *Mic drop* xx

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    I've returned to full hippie mode today with this cosy, slouchy, layered ensemble that has probably been seen in various incarnations across many a festival site! This is one of my lazier looks. It contains a whole lot of worn out second hand stuff that I feel equipped to get away with because the awesome prints, textures and textbook hippie imagery distract from the ravages of age!

    I snagged these sun and moon print leggings mega cheap from a brand called Rokoko which sells exclusively through ASOS and makes classic festival attire; the kind of pieces that are verging on cliche but that to me (being a fan of post-ironic style staples) make for wardrobe essentials that deserve to accompany me to every festival I attend this summer. The awesome fringey cardigan is also from ASOS by a brand called Lira which also leans towards festival fashion, with fringing, lace up detail and sheer embellishments reigning supreme throughout their collection.

    Everything else is second hand and old as shit! The wolf t-shirt has been in my wardrobe since the dawn of time, but not literally. The suede, fringey handbag was my mommas in the 70's and I grabbed the printed scarf (which enjoyably matches my bag and shoes perfectly) in a charity shop bargain bin. Three cheers for jersey, knitwear and comfort!!

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    So maybe I'm a little old for teenage witch status but it's a look that I've repeatedly emulated since those Halcyon onscreen days of Sabrina, Willow, Tara, Nancy and all the innumerable Charmed sisters. I figure at this point it's either time to either declare my teen witchhood proudly or grow the hell up, and I'm having none of that second option! I wore this get up to see off my friend the other week as he left our rainy wee isle of England on a personal expedition to South Korea for a year. He playfully noted that I looked like an extra from Sabrina, probably aiming at mild offensiveness but unintendedly flattering my 90s-obsessed ego. “That is the exact vibe I was going for, whoop whoop”, I exclaimed!

    Once again my ensemble consists largely of second hand and handmade pieces. The suns and moons kimono is made to order by Luna Siam and can be purchased from our own collection here. I made these cheeky zip front velvet shorts about two years ago and my brother made this pendant using silver wire and quartz he picked up on a trip to Tanzania. Molto bohemian eh?! I picked up these boots second hand at the Sue Ryder Hospice fair in Reading and got this amaaazing velvet floppy hat out of a bargain bin at Blue Rinse Vintage, Leeds. How perfectly does it match my shorts?! The top was also a super cheap find from St. Gemmas Hospice and the top underneath is American Apparel- any top that rids the need for bra-wearing sits high in my estimations. No boob jail for me today!

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    Wednesday Addams is one of those fictional characters that has helped shape the style of many a young fashion enthusiast who was born in the 1990s. She has spurred imitation ensembles ever since Christina Ricci captivated our tempestuous sides with her deadpan portrayal of the freaky little devil child in the 1991 movie remake of the original series. Innumerable bloggers cite her as style inspiration, including the gorgeous self-identified Courtney Love and Wednesday Addams hybrid Leanne Woodfull (Thunder and Threads), so I thought it'd be fun to full together a gorgeous selection of blogger homages to this character in one post! If you ever identified as emo, goth, kinderwhore or scene (all sartorial phases which I excitedly burned through in my teens) then you'll most likely have done the Wednesday Addams thing at least once yourself, and possibly in numerous incarnations like ultimate gothic blogger babe Olivia Emily has! Click images below for blog post links.

     

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    High street brands have repeatedly referenced Wednesday on their seasonal trend boards and have offered up innumerable versions of her trademark black dress with a white collar and cuffs over the past couple of decades. My favourite of these, which was being sold at Pop Boutique a few years back had this gorgeous lacey trim along the edge of the sleeves and collar and can be seen in a bunch of the looks below. All images include blog links so you can see the full awesome style offerings of a selection of bloggers who are tied together by their love of this one sinister girl!

     

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    The past few days of British weather have been the stuff of dreams... or maybe nightmares given the widespread sightings of pale loping hoards flocking wildly into the streets to soak up those first glorious rays of Spring sunshine. I had much the same response as everyone else and probably looked equally terrifying staggering out of the dark, tomb-like cocoon that I call a home and into the light. My brother described this outfit as ‘dementor-like’, which is a wholly appropriate description of the form-enveloping shape of my Spiritual Hippie kimono. But the jokes on him! My ears and neck remain untouched by the suns lethal rays while his closely match the colour of his sassy red hair! Vamp win!

    I made this top myself in a moment of creative excellence when I thought of taking a scarf which I loved but rarely wore, cutting it in half down the middle, detaching the fringe from either end, folding it in half, stitching it back together in a sack-like rectangle shape (leaving a neck whole in the middle) and re-attaching the fringe to the arm holes. Not bad eh! Especially since I paid £3 for it in a charity shop in the first place and burnout velvet is my absolute favourite fabric!

    I’ve been feeling loose fitting tops and low rise jeans lately. It used to be all high waist levis, tiny belts and crop tops, which don’t get me wrong is a timelessly classic look and does great things for the butt, but… this combination of garment shapes is just sooo much more comfortable and you can eat out without opening the fly at dinner, forgetting about it and having to endure the pain of standing in front of a sea of gawping mid-level business man in Xmas cracker hats. And yes I speak from personal experience. Doh.

    My kimono is from Spiritual Hippie via ASOS, the jeans are also from ASOS and all the other stuff is either second hand or handmade- cuz the environment.

    Peace and love to all. Now go enjoy the sun and don’t forget your factor 50!

    Jenny xo

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    Todays gettup leans towards the Western/ Americana region of my sartorial repertoire. My tastes tend to fluctuate along a spectrum that has teen witch at one end, bad ass rodeo woman at the other and an array of 70s/ 90s bohemian homages strung merrily inbetween. But on this particular soggy twilight evening the rodeo gods were calling me to don something whimsically dapper!

    This dreamcatcher tank is from my own collection and was designed by Rick Cobbold, a video games designer turned illustrator who rather fabulously shares my taste in fantastical geeky symbolic imagery. This is one of my favourite tanks in our collection because it's so simple and striking. When it comes to t-shirt print I think that less is often more and that bolder designs can really grab you by the balls and force you to pay attention!

    I made the kimono a few years back and wear it to death every summer. The cool printed chiffon was gifted to me by a friends mum who works as a fashion buyer and periodically accumulates box loads of jazzy fabrics before offloading them on jammy sods like me. I could actually drum up a tutorial on how to make this style if anyone wants to know as it's basically just three big rectangles stitched together with some fringe trailing across it. I love square floaty kimonos so much though and feel that for something so simple they look really stylish and ethereal.

    The jeans, boots and stetson worn here are all from ASOS- my highstreet faves and the gorgeous leather belt is from Boden, but I of course snagged it in a chazza (charity shop) because I'm cheap/ poor/ conscientious....

    Till next time,

    Jenny xo

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    I've been feeling a bit blue lately and wanted to share someting with you guys that never fails to cheer me up. This clip is from a movie called Boyhood (if you haven't seen it WATCH IT) by one of my favourite directors of all time ever, Richard Linklater. It features the protagonist, Mason asking his dad (played by the ever awesome Ethan Hawke) whether there's any real magic in the world. His dad responds in the most beautiful and heart warming way you could dream up and instead of giving the obvious response, which is of course a resounding no, he asks his son to consider whether elves are really any more magical than something like a whale. He discusses how these magnificent creatures have hearts the sizes of cars and arteries big enough to crawl through and paints a picture of a beast so wondrous that in just a few words he makes the viewer redefine their notion of magic and realise that there's so much in the world that's beautiful and mysterious and impossible to even begin to fathom. He taps into this crucial idea that in our capacity to imagine and create ideas of magic and myth we sometimes forget to really take in and appreciate the natural "magic" in the world around us, and this, I feel, is beautiful.

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    Mason: Dad, there's no real magic in the world, right?

    Dad: What do you mean?

    Mason: You know, like elves and stuff. People just made that up.

    Dad: Oh, I don't know. I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? You know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you'd think that was pretty magical, right?

    Mason: But like, right this second there's like no elves in the world right?

    Dad: No, technically no elves.


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    I've always really dug going to town on a theme. Case in point- sun and moon choker, sun and moon t-shirt, suns and moons all over my kimono! It's a suns and moons fiesta- a dance among the stars where everyone's invited. As long as they're celestial bodies with faces that is. I'm a space cadet for sure -constantly surfing the awesome wave of celestial imagery, pulling together pretty prints and trinkets to add to my collection of enticingly mystical things.

    This t-shirt was designed by Paulien Stuut, a wonderfully imaginative illustrator from the Netherlands with killer brows and rainbow hair whose imagery largely reminds me of a visual version of free association. I feel like she puts her pen to paper with no preconceived idea of what will come out and wonderful stuff just happens! Her complex pen and ink pieces draw you in with busy patterning, complex line work and impossible, inception-like perspectives where mountains tower over eastern style buildings that dance suspended among billowing clouds of cosmic dust.

    The kimono, a classic Drifters staple was created by Sarah Mitchell who designs super cool prints and has a really good eye for re-working and updating vintage print themes into super current and covetable pieces. Like me she has a habit of romanticising the 90s which means that a lot of her pieces are things that Sabrina the Teenage Witch would have drooled over. In other words, I need them in my wardrobe!

    You can pick up Pauliens sun and moon tee here and Sarah's kimono here on our shop.

    The Farleigh mom jeans are from ASOS. The shoes came from the monthly Sue Ryder vintage fair in Reading which is AWESOME and I pulled the hat and belt out of a big dusty basket of realllly cheap vintage at Blue Rinse, Leeds. Second hand and independent clothing are so much more interesting than high street pieces don't you think! Nudge nudge wink wink.

    Adieu for now! Jenny x

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    “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”

    -Jim Morrison

    I'm going to totally contradict this beautiful quote straight off by confessing that a huge part of what I love about fashion is the opportunity to play characters. I'm forever dressing according to certain creative or cultural fascinations; inspired by the music I love, the fictional characters I admire, the moments and decades that fill me with nostalgia. I put on this almost clichéd bohemian rocker style outfit and feel imbued with the confidence of a thousand bodacious front men, ready to perform to the most rabid of audiences.

    If you really think about it though, I guess that my creative and cultural interests are part of me, so when I dress according to them I'm actually bringing a certain side of myself to the fore... That's being what I really am right?

    But then again I'm not starting any revolutions... yet. God Jim Morrison. Just stop making me so aware of myself and let me be you!

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    Jeans & Cardigan- ASOS

    Blouse & Waistcoat- Vintage

    Belt- Boden

    Shoes- Underground London

     

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    Here I am wandering around the wee town of Otley, West Yorkshire looking all deeply pensive but really I’m just thinking about the tale of three wolf moon…

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    It may not be steeped in class but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for my most “hillbilly” of sartorial possessions, the three wolf moon. I’ve owned this tee for years and bought it on a whim with little consideration, as I do when presented with most wolf-adorned t-shirts (it’s a long term affliction for which I’m persistently refusing treatment). I must have owned it for a couple of months before anyone even commented on it. I was working on a bar at the time, and one busy weekend customers kept approaching me with unprecedented levels of enthusiasm, exclaiming “yeahhh, three wolf moon!” These outbursts were usually accompanied by high fives or thumbs up, which made me feel incrementally prouder of my excellent t-shirt selection skills. I really had no idea that the shirt I bought on sale was an ACTUAL internet sensation. The night went on and finally some guy expounded on his admiration by telling me the “origins” tale of my tee. Back in 2008 some fella decided to write a tongue in cheek review of this stylish piece of apparel on Amazon, lauding it as the ultimate Walmart babe magnet that set off his latent animal magnetism, as you’d expect a wolf t-shirt would. His review went viral overnight and inspired multiple imitation reviews and a gazillian terrifying incarnations of the design. It’s actually pretty fascinating if you’re into wasting time on the internet… and who isn’t?!

    Seriously I don’t know whether you’ve heard of this phenomenon before but I’ll just leave these here as evidence of my hick credentials and/ or the weirdness of humanity.

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    Us Brits are well known for our verging-on-dull fixation with the weather. An unprecedented sprinkle of snow can halt public transport for days, a strong gust of wind will be granted the title of “hurricane” Bob and through rain, sleet and moderate cloud coverage we’ll always find time to grumble about how inconvenienced we feel. For inhabitants of a country with such mild weather we’re really quite prone to excitement over it, and I must say that when I received a chance invitation to visit an unheard of herbal-tea-serving venue called The Weather Café last week, I immediately felt that familiar nationally ingrained twinge of intrigue.

    On reading further into this venture I discovered that it was far more than a mere weather themed venue. The Weather Café is a wonderful piece of interactive public artwork brought to life by local artist David Shearing. It brings the outside inside and features a grass floor, a roof that rains, winds, clouds and plant life. On entering the café I felt a great awareness of the installations connectedness with the wider city and environment. The conditions inside are affected by the outside weather, which dictates which snippets of film are displayed on the old tv screens that populate the wall and which voice recordings from over 100 local people play through headphones laid out on the wooden tables.

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    The intention behind all of this is to promote a greater awareness of the occupier’s surroundings. I found that everyone in attendance was particularly open to discussion and interaction- perhaps even more so than the good folk of Leeds usually are. People went there to connect -with each other and with the environment. That connection was made easier by the translation of the environment into visual and audio conversation pieces. Shearling states that “we never really know the stories of those who sit next to us, this project offers an insight into the lives of the people all around us, and asks whether we can build a deeper sense of compassion.”

    The Weather Café will remain open until the 20th of March. I recommend that if you’re native to Leeds you get your butt down quick sharp and dedicate a good hour to absorbing this art piece and making the most of the gorgeous teas they have on offer. I had a nice steaming hot mug of “still for a time”! Find out more about the café here.

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    VIEW THE LEEDS FOR SYRIA EVENT LISTING AND LINE UP HERE AND INVITE ALL YOUR PALS!!!

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    Hello friends! We're excited to announce that on Sunday 14th Feb we'll be joining forces with a bunch of other lovely, caring, artistic folk in putting on Leeds for Syria; a creative event taking place at the much beloved Brudenell Social Club, where some incredibly exciting Northern artists, musicians and performers are getting together to put on a full day of amazing entertainment! Expect good vibes, good people, handmade clothing, indie arts stalls, live art, poets, dance and sweet sweet music!


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    We're doing all of this to raise funds and awareness for the global refugee crisis and highlight the hellish displacement faced by refugees fleeing conflicts like the Syrian Civil war. We also want to raise awareness of those who are trying to do something about it! Grassroots charities like Yorkshire Aid and Refugees Start have been working tirelessly to supply refugees in camps across Europe with much needed items that are integral to the survival of displaced people. 100% of the money we raise will go to Refugees Start and be spent on purchasing and transporting necessities to the sprawling camps in Calais, Dunkirk, Kos and Lesvos.

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    The idea for Leeds for Syria came about on the 2nd of December while I was working on the bar at Brudenell Social Club. We were taking our usual 15 minute breather- where the bar staff congregate to discuss the ills of the world and wait for the debauchery of the evening to die down before launching our nightly clean up operation. I remember the date specifically because the mood was unusually sombre and the worlds ills felt particularly numerous.

    We sat on our usual bench around the side of the venue which vibrated at irregular intervals as we received constant BBC updates on the news at hand. MP's had just passed a motion authorising air strikes against IS in Syria and thrown us into yet another Middle Eastern conflict. The talk was stunted, less animated than usual and a disappointed yet wholly unsurpised emotional atmosphere was palpable. We felt like the government’s decision to intervene militarily had snook up on us- another action to which we were tied by nationality, yet had no willing part in.

    It made us feel totally impotent and apathetic. The British public as a whole hadn't motioned to go to war and risk the lives of more innocent Syrian citizens for a military move that seemed largely motivated by vengeance. Yet here we were, thrown into conflict with seemingly nothing we could do about it. In that moment I resolved to find something I could do- some way to help those already in need and those who soon would be as more innocent people were forced to flee from a dangerous country, no longer fit to be called home.

    Our little creative event will have a positive impact, no matter how small and go some way towards counteracting the damage that's already been done. The money we raise will bandage some of the wounds caused by the civil war in Syria. It won't stop the conflict or give people back their homes but it will help people keep fighting for a better life. It will show refugees that there are people who care about them and it will show the world that we can create an atmosphere of support for people in desperate need.

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    Hello drifters! As a fellow bohemian style enthusiast who is always on the lookout for fresh faces to populate my Instagram feed (and imbue me with deep feelings of inadequacy), I thought I’d share one of my latest Insta crushes with you today! You may not have heard of her yet, but I'm thinking that she's one to watch out for as she makes her mark on the domain of personal style.

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    Kris Sugatan is without a doubt one of my favourite fashion and lifestyle bloggers right now. Take a scroll through her candid Instagram feed and you’ll understand why. I guarantee that between her effortless, laid-back style, dreamy taste in interiors and enviable locale, she’ll have you white knuckled, clutching your phone, drooling in envy! Ahh hyperbole.

    Sugatan’s greatest style signature is her striking use of silhouettes. Her trademark combos of loose, light layers and slouchy fits look incredibly comfortable and wearable while being unique enough to have a really high-end feel to them. She often wears distressed textures alongside more tailored outerwear which evokes the look of a free spirit with $$$- the cheeky toff gone awry who loves to run barefoot in the fields but doesn’t skimp on the artisanal macchiatos!

    She lives in Ithaca, New York which can get pretty darn cold so she knows how to dress for winter climates- she’s an absolute connoisseur when it comes to sylish layering. This is a breath of fresh air when it comes to UK boho style inspo because so many bohemian fashion bloggers are from hotter areas and pretty much live in tank tops and cut-offs. Sugatan is an ambassador for those who spend their lives under muted grey skies!

    Follow her on Instagram @loveyouduh and visit her blog here.

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    10 illustrators, 10 t-shirt designs, 1 theme- "Bewitched", a project by Cosmic Drifters

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    THE PROJECT

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    The Cosmic Drifters duo want you to get involved in an exciting opportunity to have your work included in a collaborative, illustrated t-shirt collection. The theme of the collection, 'Bewitched', stems from our personal fascination with the occult in fiction, one which we know a lot of illustrators in our network share. It will incorporate all things mystical and magical, from celestial motifs to ancient symbolism; resulting in an eclectic, enchanting collection of witchy designs! We're planning on bringing together ten illustrators to create one design each, in their own illustrative style, according to our chosen theme. We will then market and sell the collection as one unified whole, with equal credit to each illustrator.

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    OUR PROJECT GOALS

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    • To enable a group of talented, passionate, entrepreneurial artists to make money from their work through offfering an affordable, quality product to customers.

    • To present the group with the opportunity to reach a wider audience, and showcase their individual artistic style to followers who share their tastes and interests.

    • To bring together a generous, sharing network of like-minded, creative individuals with similar interests and motivations, and encourage the formation of lasting bonds between them. Because when it comes to commercialising creativity it's not about what you know, it's about who you know!


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    HOW WILL IT WORK?

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    We've managed to get our hands on the technology to produce high quality sublimation printed t shirts. We're all set up to manufacture large orders from our business' base in Leeds, West Yorkshire. We're offering to handle all production and shipping of these t-shirts. All you have to do is submit your design and give us a little help with promotion. In return you'll receive 50% of the profit from the sale of your design as well as involvement with an inspiring network of artists and guaranteed exposure to new appreciators of your work! The designs produced will be marketed to both men and women.

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    We'll be setting up a crowdfunding campaign to finance our project. This will require everyone involved to take a hands on approach to marketing the campaign. By joining our team of 10 designers, you will be able to reach the following of each of the 9 other designers, while helping them reach your own. This will make us collectively more likely to reach a large enough audience to successfully launch this project - it's all about strength in numbers! Read what Entrepreneur has to say about what makes a successful crowdfunding campaign HERE and click HERE for information about crowdfuning via our chosen platform, Kickstarter.

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    WHO CAN APPLY?

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    • ANYONE FROM THE PLANET EARTH!

    • Applicants must be willing to do an equal share of promotion. The whole point of the project is to take a group of artists that have a modest but growing online following and introduce their work to a wider audience. This will involve sharing images on social media, tweeting, telling friends and family about the project on Facebook and generally making a bit of a racket about this venture!

    • Applicants must have a collaborative attitude and enjoy a bit of camaraderie! If you share all work included we'll have a better chance of meeting our crowdfunding target. The more you share, the more people will see our work and the more followers and customers we'll all reach!



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    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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    • Format: Your submission must be a high resolution JPEG image (around 300).

    • Style: You can use manual or digital illustrative techniques to create your design- include pens, paint, typography, dyes- whatever medium you fancy. Personally I hand-draw most of my prints with fine liner pens, then photograph the designs and use Photoshop to digitise them, but anything goes!

    • Size: Designs must measure within 44cm by 32cm.

    • Colour and design limitations: This collection will be printed digitally, which means no colour restrictions! We will be printing exclusively onto crisp white t-shirts which show vivid colour and striking detail. Do however keep in mind the constraint of print size and ensure that your design will be suited to 44cm by 32cm or smaller dimensions.

    • Multiple submissions: Feel free to submit more than one piece of artwork for consideration in this project. However as the idea of an equal collaborative effort is central to the projects goals only one design per artist will be produced.

    • We can print designs on the front, back or both sides of our tees!



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    If you'd like to mock up the placement of your design you can use this charmingly lo-fi template to position it.

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    Send your submissions via email to info@cosmicdrifters.com. Please include links to your social media- Instagram, Tumblr etc so that we can link up if we haven't already. Post any questions you may have about this project in the Facebook comments box at the bottom of this blog post.

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    SUBMISSION DEADLINE

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    Due to a large number of artists having requested more time to complete their work on this project we have extended the submission deadline to Monday November 23rd. This way everyone who has expressed an interest in getting involved can have a go!


    Thank you so much for the huge response to this venture. It's so exciting to know that there are so many other enthusiastic, independent creatives out there and we can't wait to select our designs on the 23rd.

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    Milan Fashion week was a feast for the eyes, which left my brain tingling with inspiration. My top picks were Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana, which unearthed an explosion of colour and Italian culture, with a very touristy feel - if that is even a thing. I won't go into detail about the selfie sticks. The amazingly rich, decrotive prints seen at Etro were also to die for. They are now one of my top designers, after the last few seasons of amazing boho prints.

    The trends I’m spotting from MFW for next season really are a mixed bag. Bold, bright conversational prints and placements, retro geometrics and modern stripes, classic botanics, romantic florals, boho paisleys, folklore and florals. I also created a category named ‘Redic’ which I decided to scrap all together and ignore. The less said about that the better.

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    Gucci

    Gucci was an eclectic mash up of floral, 18th century interiors, geometrics and placements. Lots of colour and mish-mashing prints, in a variety rich, tactile collection which deserves its own little homage.

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    Folklore Florals & Paisleys

    One of the strongest trends from Milan was boho and folklore. It was showcased amazingly at Etro and also sneaked into the Fay runway. The amount of detail put into these prints is mind blowing, I could gaze at them for hours.

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    Bold Botanics

    Bright, bold and tactile botanics. Florals are always important for SS and this season delivered some knock outs, mostly at D&G but with a few gems hidden in amongst other collections too.

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    Luisa Beccaria

    Luisa Beccaria brought us the best of feminine, embroidered florals in stunning placements and all overs. There was so much embellishment and print she needed her own board too!

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    Bright Conversationals

    A little bit of a tribute to the best of the punchy conversational prints at MFW. Conversataionals are prints that are objects or animals, polka dots or other things that are a focal point, I've never really understood why they call it conversational print, they just do! For me they’re always onto a winner if they feature animals, so Stella Jean (who I always love) and Emilio Pucci won brownie points here. Under the sea - totally loving this!

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    Abstract, bright skins

    Skins are always popular, they were seen at Roberto Cavalli and Bottega Venta, but it's the wild, primary coloured skins featured all over Versace that people are going wild over! I'm already getting asked to design and source similar prints to these for next season. If skins are your thing then go big and bold for that extra bit of 80's glam!

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    Stripes

    Last but not least (or maybe least) the stripes. They're in so many collections, so I just pulled out the most interesting! I find it pretty difficult to get excited about stripes, but they are alway a quick and easy way to inject some colour into an outfit.

     

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    Waaah and now Paris! ….

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    LFW has been and gone for another season and as usual it didn't disappoint. I've identified 6 key trends coming through from LFW that couldn't be ignored so I've whizzed them up into snazzy boards for you to swoon over. Behold the botanics! Oh the botanics!

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    Florals

    First and foremost lets get the SS staple out there. Botanics are stunning this season, and fall into two different categories, very similar to those at NYWF, botanical study and patchwork florals.

    Botanical Study

    This time there is an Earthy, native feel to these botanics, they're very real and understated. Featuring Topshop Unique, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Versus, Erdem and Giles.

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    Patchwork florals

    Mind boggling placements with exqusit details as seen at Mary Katrantzou and Doro Olowu.

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    Photo Florals

    I've put these florals into a separate category as they are so different and unique. Large scale photographic images of florals and stems are altered with various filters and effects to create stunning modern placement prints. Seen at Giles, Calvin Klein, Daks and Christopher Raeburn.

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    Retro Tropics

    Before I go on about tropics, I just want to mention Tata Naka. For the past few season I've been watching them and they are just getting better and better. This seasons, suns, moons, stars and pineapples. Just YES.

    Anyway - retro, understated (except for Tata Naka) cute, hawaii style tropics are just peeping out from behind the bigger contenders! Also seen on Henry Holland and Emilia Wickstead.

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    Havana - Temperley London

    Alice Temperley deserves her own board for this amazing print explosion. I was going to feature it in with the tropics, but it was just far too spectacular to narrow down. I always love the attention to detail and embellishment showcased at Temperley, she is fast becoming one of my go to designers when my mind is feeling a bit blank!

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    Bold Geometrics, Mixed tribal

    There hasn't (yet) been much Tribal/Aztec coming though this season, I am missing it, but its hinted at here with Antonio Berardi.

    Jonathan Saunders takes it on with a 70s feel (which I love - long live the 70s trend). Also seen at Preen and Doro Olowu.

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    Abstract Splatter

    The painterly abstract 'non prints' as they're called in the trade are doing the rounds with an urban twist this season. Basically an explosion in a paint factory. It is great fun to create prints like this, as it is just an excuse to make a massive creative, mess. As seen on Ashish, Christopher Kane and Osman.

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    September is fashion month!!! Yay! NYFW is over and the runways have been awash with colour. Designers worldwide are now briming with inspiration, enthusiam and new ideas. Breaking down the shows into trends to follow can be a daunting task, luckily its one I relish, so I’ve done the hard work for you. Below are the 7 main themes I could see coming through from NYFW. Now, bring on LFW!

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    Stripes and Checks

    Stripes are always a staple, and this season is no exception. They are casual, fun and playful in bright bold primary colours. Checks are similar with an injection of distress. My favourite was showcased at Naeem Khan, with stunning compilmentary pastel and nude shades in a geometric placement.

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    Graffiti and Street Art

    This is always a fun, youthful trend to see, although it isn't a personal favourite of mine. This season nods towards a cartoon style, with another sub trend of abstract paint splashes and surface interest, which is a good way to express a vibrant colour palette.

     

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    Childlike Retro Tropics

    The cartoon trend and tropics blend together in Anna Sui's pineapple printed chiffons, which are super funky for summer. Mara Hoffman brought this trend into its own with punchy tropical colours and over sized palm leaves for a fresh take on this concept giving it a throwback, retro feel.

     

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    Ragdoll Florals

    This is one of the stronger trends coming through, being featured by a few different designers, but each in slightly different ways. Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG Max Azria had a younger, rag doll vibe to their placements, patchworks and panelling while Diane Von Furstenberg showed off a more mature and chic take on the trend.

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    Tactile Florals

    This is the most luxurious trend to march down the runway, with exquisite embroidery, embellishment and appliqué guaranteed to make all feminine girls drool. This has a feel of Haute Couture and high end luxury that is so beautifully captivating.

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    Boho Engineered Placements

    There were a few trends that didn't apply to enough designers to be considered as full on trends, but were far too amazing to ignore, so just as a 'trend to watch', boho placements...

     

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    ...Beautiful Mixed Media Florals

    This is a trend I think will explode all over the high street next season, so I'm banking on LFW and Milan to bring me some more floral loveliness to pad this one out a bit more!  - Bring it on!

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    Hello dear friends of the internet! Today I want to talk about the process behind designing my fortune-teller print. This is one of my first forays into the medium of print design so it’s been a bit of an experiment. A lot of thought went into the process that may not be apparent from looking at the end result alone. My primary aim when creating this print, which I think will remain central to my design work as I go forward, was to create a narrative through the medium of illustration which would transfer easily onto clothing. Simple non? I started out with an idea of a tale I wanted to tell based on a personal interest. I’ve always been intrigued by mysticism and folklore and tend to get really obsessed with different types of narrative that are passed down through cultures, via word of mouth. Tales that teeter somewhere between myth and belief, which stimulate the imagination. I love the type of stories that make me feel like a kid again, hiding under my duvet at night imagining (and very nearly believing) that the red lights of the boiler in the cupboard adjacent to my room are the eyes of some fantastical creature, staring out at me from another world.

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    Mystic Margaret is a character I dreamed up after getting super into the short lived TV show Carnivalé. The show follows the path of a travelling carnival -a group of people that are regularly associated with dishonesty and trickery. At first it seems like it could play up to this stereotype, showing them breezing in and out of towns and fleecing punters for cash; but as the show continues it becomes apparent that there’s more to these travellers than meets the eye. More that they even realise themselves. Two of my favourite characters are a mother-daughter tarot card reading duo. The mother is a paralysed mute whose thoughts can only be heard by her daughter, Sophie. Sophie herself reads the cards, though her mother is the one who interprets their meanings and psychically relays them to her daughter from behind a veil in their small gypsy caravan. Sometimes customers receive readings that are genuine, based on visions that the mother has sensed through the cards and sometimes the duo choose to offer false readings, or stretch them out so that they can charge more for their services. I love how the show bridged the gap between the mystic and the superstitious through these types of plotlines, by creating characters who were in ways both genuine and frauds.

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    I wanted to create a print for Hello Margaret! that represented this type of character. I took inspiration from posters I found online advertising bargain tarot readings and aimed to combine the trashiness of this type of imagery with more symbolic illustrations - the palmistry hand diagram and all seeing eye from which you can infer deeper, more researched meanings and a greater cultural significance than the trashy facade of ‘bargain psychic readings, $5!!’ I chose to start by illustrating each element of the print individually, by hand. I then scanned them into the computer, set up a square document on Photoshop and started layering them at random over a background I created using grey tie dye. As a rookie print designer all I really had to go on at this stage was my intuition that I had a fairly good eye for what would look kind of cool in a print for clothing. I’ve always been a doodling storyteller by nature. These are two things that I felt familiar with, and comfortable about combining. The real challenge lay in making an illustrated print that both told my story and was wearable. The last thing I wanted was to make something that looked like a kids book about an eccentrically mental cartoon witch or something. I had to find the right balance and be selective about what I needed to include. Ultimately it was trial and error that lead to me figure out how to lay out this design. I have to say, I’m really happy with the results. I shunned symmetry and ended up with something busy and cacophonic which I feel perfectly represents the character I created. I hope that I’ve succeeded in creating a design that captures your imagination too!

    You can purchase clothing in this print via our shop page.

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  38. The transition from summer to winter can be a trying time. Days get shorter, nights get longer and wardrobes begin to take on drab, mottled tones that accentuate the bleak disposition that sneaks into our collective consciousness. In the darkest months of January and February we traipse sullenly about our daily business- collars high, umbrellas pulled down like a shield against prospective social interaction, our eyes transfixed, unfocused on soggy grey tarmac as we shuffle past each other with no regard for the mottled tones that stimulate neither sight nor imagination. But very occasionally something amazing happens. A flash of colour, a glimmer of gold and ochre tones carried upon the feather-like vehicle of fine suede fringe catches our attention just long enough to break our downward gaze. We look around wearily, focusing our bleary eyes. Through the grey mist of rain, tarmac, concrete and mottled tones a resplendent figure stands tall and joyful in a floor length patchwork silk gown, cinched at the waist with a rich leather belt and topped with a luxurious afghan style embroidered waistcoat. The thick grey clouds part and for the first time in months the sun streaks down upon this angelic figure, carried by the heavenly celestial bodies known as Stella Jean, Burberry Prorsum and Etro. We shake our heads in disbelief. The curse of winter is broken, we see in technicolour once more and we thank this bohemian- luxe trend for opening our eyes. These moodboards document some of my favourite bohemian-luxe outfits from the autumn/ winter 15-16 catwalks. I hope that they inspire you to become as melodramatically verbose as I did, or you know, just think that they’re really frikkin awesome. Until we meet again I bid you adieu, Jenny x Bohemian-Luxe-moodboardFolk-Embroidery-moodboard

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    Now that Jenny and I have launched our Summer collection we're turning to Autumn/ Winter and beginning to research upcoming garment and print trends for our next fabulous collection. Phew! We never stop moving when it comes to our creative output, but there really is no better feeling than that buzz you get from embarking on a new project.

    I've isolated the main 6 print trends coming through from the runways and trend prediction reports that I feel are the most relevant to our aesthetic at Hello Margaret! and put together some snazzy print prediction boards that I thought I would share with you guys. They’re wayy too pretty not to publish and hopefully you'll find a whole lotta inspiration in them too.

    Making moodboards is always the first step of my design process as it helps me to focus my ideas more clearly, and creates a strong reference point to keep returning to throughout, to help me remain on track as new inspirations fly at me from every possible angle. Idea’s aren’t set in stone though, sometimes projects just evolve in their own unique way as the journey unravels and the best thing about designing our own line is that we're our own bosses! We always have the freedom to play.

    If you have any thought's on these trends or any ideas you'd like us to explore in relation to these themes then give us a comment below! We love hearing from you guys, especially when you get involved in our creative process, because after all everything we make is for you... and kind of for ourselves but also for you.

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  40. [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Oasis print collaboration with the V&A is utterly fabulous!

    Celia Birtwell’s recent collaboration with Valentino has paved the way for a promising trend of creative collaborations between textiles designers and fashion houses, which is a very exciting development - particularly for anyone completely obsessed with print!

    A really stunning and surprising twinning comes from Oasis, who teamed up with the V&A to realise a divine capsule collection for SS16 showcasing botanical and feminine florals inspired by the V&A’s extensive print achieves, where prints have been re-worked, re-illustrated and re-coloured to create an exquisite new print range.

    The collection includes, dresses, kimono’s, coordinating pieces and footwear, which are bound to sell out like hot cakes.

    This footwear collection brings in a third collaborator, Gandys.

    Gandy’s is the brainchild of 2 brothers, Rob and Paul, who lost their parents in the 2004 tsunami in Asia. They turned this grief into drive to raise money for the brands own charity Orphans for Orphans in a bid to help children less fortunate than themselves, and pledge to donate 10% of all their profits to the charity.

    These pieces are all in the store now so snap em up before they’re gone![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="5098" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="5097" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="5096" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="5095" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="5093" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]patternbank.com
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  41. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Hello all! So, unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you must have noticed a rising trend for all things crochet! Its everywhere on the high street, and I must say this excites my inner Granny greatly! 70’s 70’s 70’s is everywhere! You can’t escape it. Suede is set to be a big seasonal staple fabric too, find it adorned with an excessive amount of fringing and you're on to a winner! But back to my current obsession... CROCHET.

    I somehow ended up in Topshop at the weekend. As much as I do try to either buy vintage or make my own clothes I can’t help but splurge out once in a while and sometimes find myself on the highstreet  without even realising my feet have taken me there. So that happened, and I was suddenly surrounded by all things crochet- cute 70’s summer ivory tops, bright, colourful, youthful patchwork - think granny blankets plus fringing - it almost made me cry with happiness! Then there was the more sultry, witchy take on the trend, with swathes of velvet crochet mixed with black, black, black! Yes, yes, yes. I may have to turn to that well known trick of literally freezing my debit card inside a big block of actual ice to prevent myself from going back in there and buying it all. Either that or a set aside time for a serious vintage hunt. Ebay all the way!

    Alas. It you've gone crochet crazy too and don’t have time to take the vintage route then I've compiled a selection of my favourites from the high street for you drool over. - Enjoy! Peace out - Smitch xx[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="4919" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  42. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]In this follow up from my last article, 'The Most Badass, Independent, Women-Owned Clothing Brands (Part 1),' in which I talked about Waiste, Miracle Eye, Tunnel Vision, Backbite and We are Hairy People I’ve rustled up five more babe-backed businesses for you to add to your list of brand loves. Just like the others, each of these businesses started with nothing but an idea. An idea concocted by amazing women who then had the confidence to go out and grow real enterprises from scratch on the basis on their belief in the value of their ideas. That, my friends is pretty darn impressive and is exactly why they deserve our attention and appreciation. As before this list is part review, part shopping guide and part personal wish list with an overall intention of chronicling independent brands that will deliver amazing, innovative and highly covetable products for a long time to come![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]SUGARHIGH LOVESTONED- Owned by Ginny Slim.

    Sugarhigh Lovestoned srung to life from the imaginings of two friends Ginny and Chloe that ached to create a brand reminiscent of the greatest rock & roll era in history! Saturated in 60s and 70s style, this brand oozes classic rock vibes. They’ve nailed their colour palette with rich burnt orange, mottled green and chocolate tones running through their collections that will have you pining for festival season and wishing that you were born in time to make it to Woodstock! Ginny now pioneers the venture herself from a bungalow in Maui while Ginny has a new business which you can read about next! My favourite thing about this brand (besides the obvious awesome threads) has to be their ability to create iconic vintage-inspired imagery. Their lookbooks are superb and their video work inspiring!

    Sugarhigh Lovestoned have a sale on the last of their winter stock right now and but you should really keep your peepers peeled for their Spring line. I predict that it’s gonna be huge![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4890" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/85573318"][vc_column_text]STONED IMMACULATE VINTAGE- owned by Chloe Chippendale and her fella Chance.

    On visiting Stoned Immaculate's site it’s instantly apparent that this is the work of one of the supremely tasteful founders of Sugarhigh Lovestoned. Chloe has succeeded in building a brand image that is beyond retro. You visit her site and for a time you’re actually in the 70s, you’re there, sucked into heaven through a glorious portal and WHY WOULD YOU EVER LEAVE?! There’s one thing I can say about this high end vintage brand and it’s quality! Quality vintage, quality photography, quality video and an all-round amazing shopping experience are what you can count on from these guys. I dig their latest video beyond belief! It kind of shares the vibe of Richard Linklater’s movie Dazed and Confused and features immaculately dressed teens swanning around in 70s staples. Drool! If only high school was really like this![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4891" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4892" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4894" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/108393330"][vc_column_text]NIN3- owned by Sideara St Claire, pictured below right.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4849" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]NIN3 (pronounced 9) is the brain child of Sideara St. Claire, a dainty, free spirited jack of all trades that has been a vocal flash of colour in the blogosphere for a few years now. She acts, sings, designs clothing and jewellery and is generally a force to be reckoned with that will no doubt go from strength to strength as she hones her creative talents! Sideara has a penchant for fluffy things and glitter which is exemplified through her girl power tinged website that features super cute retro glitters raining lazily down the screen. Her blog, which is punctuated with photos of her gorgeous L.A. girlfriends donning her wares, offers a glimpse into the laid back, carefree lifestyle that the brand endorses. Her cute collection of easy-to-wear graphic tees make for strong staple products. They playfully capture the adolescent attitude of girls who dress primarily for fun, with slogans such as ‘I don’t need money, money needs me’ and ‘whatever mom’.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4850" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4851" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4852" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]ETTE- owned by Lucie and Grace.

    Ette is a brand that was making big ass 70s bell bottoms before they got cool again (but how great is this trend revival). I suppose you could call them the hipsters of the UK hippie community? Whatever accolades you choose to throw at them their shop earns a firm spot on our list. Between their handmade bells and two pieces and their far out vintage in 60s, 70s and 90s styles you’ll get stuck in a browsing loop for hours. Remember to stay hydrated! And oh my god how reasonable are their prices? Winners all around![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4854" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4853" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4855" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]ADORNED- owned by mum/ daughter duo Margarita and Sarah.

    Adorned started out in the early noughties when mamma Margarita started upcycling broken jewellery by re-working them with new findings. Her love for giving broken or outdated things a new lease of life was adopted by her daughter Sarah who throughout her childhood found herself fixing up t-shirts, jackets and other garms. The fun thing about this brand is that they stick firmly to their ethical mission statement of reviving staple pieces. They re-work all of their jewellery and wares according to what they come across in the ample charity shops of the North-East of England, meaning that every piece is unique, spontaneous, inspired and hella special![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4856" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4857" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Peace and love,

    Cookie x[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  43. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Looking back at the last round of fashion weeks I've chosen to profile the main A/W 15-16 print trends that caused a stir in the fashion industry! They can be a somewhat daunting task to sift through as there are so many different directions. I think though that the key thing with any fashion trend is to only take it on if you actually love it, and adapt it so it becomes your own. I’ve never been one to be particularly enamoured with designer clothes, I would much rather spend an afternoon rummaging around a flea market than spend it at LFW, but that being said there are designers that I do always feel a flutter of impatient excitement over in anticipation of the runways.

    I always focus on print and textile trends, partly because this is my job, but mostly because print is everything and why you wouldn’t include print in a collection is beyond me!



    The Pre collections have been out for a while now. I do love them as they are just a snippet of what's to come, I always find them really fun and refreshing in terms of print. My faves this season were Valentino and Nicole Miller. Valentino teamed up with undoubtedly one of the greatest print designers of all time, Celia Birtwell to create this stunning collection which was inspired by the painting La Primavera by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. I think the floral elements have a William Morris & Liberty style feel to them, and are incredibly detailed and beautiful, I particularly love the embroidered pieces. The Celestial prints are also stunning and are paving the way for an explosion of celestial style prints that are set to erupt throughout the high street next season.


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    Nicole Miller Pre A/W16 is the ultimate fun winter bohemian collection, with colour and pattern bursting at the seams. The emphasis is on tapestry as well as paisley, making for a very tangible collection, which is achieved through digital printing.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4869" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Leading on from Nicole Miller's culture rich prints the main shows followed suit with a very strong kaleidoscope of exotic bohemia in the form of ethnic, folk, patchwork, tapestry and paisley prints in romantic, earthy and berry palettes. This was showcased perfectly at Burberry Prorsum, with whimsical folk dresses, fringed ponchos, floral waist coats and layers of fringed suede.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4870" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Etro’s take on this is darker, sophisticated and more mature with a more luxurious feel and less of a bohemian vibe in the conventional sense. It's a bit more ‘working girl’ whilst still capturing that free spirited, eclectic, traveller essence. Palettes are deep and earthy with highlights of ochre.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4871" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]
    Folk prints we in full swing at Anna Sui along with some stunning large scale and placement 70’s style florals. The colour palettes helped to pull these 2 contrasting themes seamlessly together to create a beautiful boho chic, 70’s inspired collection.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4872" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Embroidered folk florals were also showcased at Temperley London, being something of a signature for Alice Temperley now. Beautiful Hungarian style embroidery in blue palettes over sheer mesh made for a more grown up and elegant take on this trend. The 70’s style geometrics in tonal palettes and electric blue sequins complimented this and injected just the right amount of fun and glamour.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4873" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]
    A firm favourite of mine season after season is Stella Jean. I adore her use of African prints and vibrant colours and this season was no exception. With inspiration pulled from the textiles of Nepal, India and the Himalayas this was bound to be a collection bursting with colour and tactility.

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    Another designer I always look forward to seeing new work from is Mara Hoffman. Her print design work is always stunning and the inspiration behind it is often found through culture and travel. This season boasts some stunning geometric prints with a celestial theme with shapes of suns in tonal colours acting as beautiful placements.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4875" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Florals are a staple every season, but they are a little thin on the ground this time round. The stand out florals for me were seen at Preen, Gucci, Giamba and Giambattista Valli, D&G and my favourite of all at Topshop Unique!

    Topshop florals are in keeping with current 70s themes with colour palettes of rich browns and mustard yellows as well as more chic white on black and girly pink and blue on white. The florals are sweet, delicate botanical illustrations of flowering weeds, including dandelions and thistles with feathery seed heads scattering across the spaces.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4876" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]
    There is an emerging trend of weeds as florals right now. This is taken on in full force by Gucci with absolutely stunning large scale botanical illustrations of thistles in youthful palettes of lilac, magenta’s and pale greens. Other florals are painterly in soft feminine palettes. The whole collection has a very quirky cool British feel to it, and is very light hearted and fun for a winter collection.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4877" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]The florals at Preen merged folky and crafty textiles in dark but fun 70’s palettes. Embroidery is a prevalent print theme this season. It pops out of the fabric creating a stunning, eye catching, 3D effect on the garments that leaves you wanting to reach out and pick them.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4878" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]I also adored the florals showcased at Giamba. The colours are exquisite and the prints painterly and so high in detail you feel like you're laying in a field on a hot hazy summers day, soaking in the garden around you.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4879" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]A print trend that I'm very excited about and that we've taken huge inspo from here at Hello Margaret! is wrestling its way out and I am really excited to see the high street takes on these celestial themes for A/W15-16. Emilio Pucci rocked this up in true 70s & 80s style with deep navy velvet and foiled gold celestial and zodiac motifs. Those knee high boots alone are a work of art. - Celestial prints were also seen at Anthony Vaccarello although these didn’t feel quite as compelling and whimsical to me.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4880" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]As usual for every A/W (it feels like it anyway) checks and dogtooths were in abundance. This season they are punkier and bolder, with larger abstract block and splicing, patch working and a mishmash of monochrome, mostly achieved through digital and placement printing. Still, as snazzy as these are you can’t beat a good old granny check can you?[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4881" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]And before I sign off from this epic post lets just take a moment to bow down to Yves Saint Laurent for bringing 80’s glam rock to the runway, with this ‘prom girl gone bad’ show![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4883" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]To see more from these designers and fully gush over their wares peruse the fashion shows in full over at Vogue!

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  44. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Alongside my main passion of print design I get ridiculously obsessed with photography and can spend hours lost on tumblr searching for amazing new and old talent. I particularly love old faded photos that I come across in chazzas, auction rooms and flea markets (the best flea I’ve ever been to is St Ouens in Paris - there are boxes and boxes of vintage photos there that I’ve lost days of my life to - but that's a whole other post in itself!) I think the reason that old photographs entice me so much is that I really love their imperfections. They're what make the image beautiful and unique. They're what I feel make the images art. Here I've compiled a list of my favorite photographers of 2015 so far! I hope you find them as awe inspiring as I do.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color="grey" align="align_center" style="" border_width="" el_width=""][vc_column_text]Davis Ayer: It’s so easy these days to digitally alter an image in Photoshop. There are so many filters on Instagram that instantly make an image seem timeless, but nothing truly replicates the talent of capturing the full and final image all on film. This is something I love about Davis Ayer, who uses only analogue film to create all of his beautiful work. -www.davisayer.com

    ‘LA-based photographer Davis Ayer is more of a visual artist than just a photographer. He uses his camera as an instrument and paintbrush, mastering the art of double exposure with an unbending attraction toward what is beautiful.’ - ignant.de[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4780" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Dana Trippe: This artist is only 20 years old so the fact that she already has a portfolio like this up her sleeve is truly incredible! I love the use of colour in her work and the casual aesthetic of her photographs. To me her images capture happiness, fun, sunshine, friendship and laughter. She uses these word to summarise herself: ‘Born and raised in California. The doors, road trips, old cars, motorcycles, the desert, and psychedelia, music, Tarantino, photography, painting, soft spoken people, long hair, vegetarianism, no religion.’ I could spend hours searching through her Instagram and Tumblr for beautiful images but I find it so hard to narrow down which ones are my faves so check her out for yourself here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4781" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Hana Haley - AKA Honeyuck. Hana Haley is a long time obsession of mine, I’ve been following her ethereal, whimsical work for years now and have loved watching her grow. She uses vintage cameras and expired film to capture her images and experiments with light leaks by exposing the film for fractions of seconds. The results are completely beautiful. I really want to practice this technique one day - which is something that will make my Dad clutch at his gray hairs with anxiety! ‘Why do you actively try to destroy photo’s!!’ He’ll never get it.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4782" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Cecilia Alejandra Cecilia has a strong and varied portfolio of stunning work; but what stands out most for me is her use of tonality. I think her black and white images are some of her most prominent pieces of work. They are mysterious and somewhat sinister in a beautiful, eerie and supernatural way. Visit her blog here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4783" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Leanne Surfleet. I stumbled upon Leanne Surfleet a while ago, and simply had to follow her! I like the beauty in the simplicity of her work, her use of light and double exposure give her images that ‘found in the attic’ feel that I adore. She blogs via Tumblr here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4784" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  45. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]This season isn’t just about bright, bold and punchy late 60’s to early 70’s prints. There will also be a strong trend for feminine ethnic prints running alongside it. These will be much softer visually, and more heavily textured. Etro paved the way on the runway, as did Zimmerman (pre), Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, and Dries Van Noten. Embroidery style florals, soft paisleys, earthy Aztecs and Navajo prints with faded threadbare effects and vintage tapestries are all going to be coloured in soft blue, ochre, pink, red and caramel hues. 70’s flares are going to explode onto the scene this season, so investing in pair will pay off as they are set to stick around. See Nicole Miller pre A/W15 - true love![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4737" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4738" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Artists from which designers are pulling a lot of inspiration for this trend include Jan Kath and Kour Pour.

    Jan Kath is a textiles designer who specialises in hand knotted carpets and rugs. His erased heritage project focuses on worn out, thread bare rugs and the beauty within them. Some of his work is incredible - I could stare at it for hours. It makes me miss the times I spent lost in the Souks in Marrakesh, soaking in sunshine, colour and textiles!

    Kour Pour is a painter who uses different media to recreate images of vintage silk rugs, all his work is inspired by the things he saw growing up as a traveller along the silk roads in the 1960s.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4740" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Expect lots of takes on this from the high street over the next few seasons, below are a few examples of this trend kick-starting.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4739" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  46. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Now this is a song to celebrate the conscious liberation of the female state. Mothers, daughters and their daughters too. Woman to woman we're singing with you. The "inferior" sex has got a new exterior. We got doctors, lawyers, politicians too. Everybody take a look around. Can you see? Can you see? Can you see there's a woman right next to you? We say: Sisters are doin' it for themselves. -Annie Lennox.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color="black" align="align_center"][vc_column_text]One part review, one part shopping guide and one part personal wish list- this article will bring together a group of women-owned clothing brands that have inspired and motivated me along the road to establishing my own independent business. Their owners, who have each undertaken incredible journeys through setting their sights on the insane career path that is self-employment all deserve some serious props for chasing their dreams and making them become realities. It takes guts to work for yourself and take control over your own creative output, and these women will at the very least leave you feeling mega inspired and likely have you coveting all of their wares! So delve in and discover some vintage rock & roll and boho clothing brands that will earn a permanent spot on your list of brand loves![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]WAISTE- owned by Sara Thomas, pictured below.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4668" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Waiste has to be my favourite vintage web shop ever created. Sara’s ‘magical vintage heaven’ is full of genuine 60s and 70s treasures. She sources her stock in line with her personal style, which works just perfectly as a business plan because if there’s any style that one should want to emanate it’s her paired-back, bohemian, 70s chic aesthetic. Waiste is the ultimate incarnation of a lifestyle brand- her homewares section offers a glimpse into a perfect, print-filled, eastern-influenced, bohemian sprawl of a living space. Her clothing and jewellery listings display products in the environment for which they’re intended, alongside luxurious fabrics and enchanting crystals in sun-soaked rooms filled with wicker furniture. Waiste is more than just a clothing brand, it’s an adventure into Sara Thomas’ fond reincarnation of a golden era bygone!

    Waiste release new pieces every Saturday night at 7pm to a keen audience that wait to snap them right up! Sara also runs a blog which you should check out here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4669" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4670" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4671" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]MIRACLE EYE- owned by Larissa, pictured below.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4672" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Larissa is one of those people whose general talent will leave your mouth hanging open incredulously as you gawp at her achievements! Miracle Eye came into existence in 2010 when she was just 15. She proffers her business to ‘todays 60s lovesick babes addicted to the nomadic lifestyle’. Her groupie-orientated threads embody an air of wanderlust and nostalgia for the rock & roll lifestyle of ‘the older days, rich in musical history’ and I’m fully convinced that had she been born earlier she would have been employed to design the wardrobe for Cameron Crowe’s ‘Almost Famous’. Her wares exhibit a huge fondness for velvet, the most holy of fabrics! My favourite designs of hers are the mother mountain and gold matador bells, but I wouldn’t be against curating the whole collection in a room of its own, where I would display them on plinths against a constant looped backing track of Janis Joplin tunes. Ahhhh.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4674" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4673" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4675" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4676" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]TUNNEL VISION- owned by Madeline Pendleton, pictured below.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4692" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Tunnel Vision is a brand that I discovered years ago through Madeline’s lookbook.nu account. It was back before the days of Hello Margaret! and I can surely say that I attribute a big chunk of my motivation to establish my own business to them! I used to spend hours scrolling through their lookbooks which embodied a rough and ready American lifestyle that to me, a Brit in cold rainy England represented adventure, freedom, something bigger! From starting out as a vintage shop they’ve quickly grown to stock a variety of brands for ‘grungey hippie weirdos’, including their own line ‘Bad Vibes’ which is designed in house by Madeline and her friend Brit Nason. Tunnel Vision embodies a real sense of community, which is exhibited through the passionate support of the stunning, colourful friends that model their wares and their empowering, self-loving, body positive Instagram feed. Click follow and feel instantly uplifted![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4695" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4700" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4701" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4702" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4699" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4698" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]BACKBITE- owned by Selena @thesiren, Brit @britdisarming, Taylor @taylorconzelman, Casey @caseystrawberry & Rachel @arcadey, pictured below.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4704" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Ever lamented the absence of a girl gang of stone cold foxy biker chicks from your life? Well lament no more! Backbite is the love child of five salty-haired mega babes from L.A. that draw in customers by being like enviably perfect! They each have cult-like followings on their personal IG’s which tease us with free-spirited, adventurous, vintage-filtered, light-leak-singed images of lives spent driving beaten up old trucks through nature and dancing in the desert. It’s enough to make you weep. But you know what they say… If you can’t beat em’, steal their wardrobes. The store houses an array of vintage picks as well as re-worked garms by Brit who co-owns Bad Vibes with Madeline Pendleton. Their Harley Davidson hot pants are to die for![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4705" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4707" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4708" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4709" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4710" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]WE ARE HAIRY PEOPLE- owned by Sarah Caulfield, pictured below centre.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4711" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]We are Hairy People is a brand borne of community spirit with a body positive message. As the label’s owner once professed, their name declares their imperfection. They are hairy, happy and dressed head to toe in super fun hand-painted threads! The Bristol-based brand is a social enterprise that does a lot of work towards rectifying self-image issues. Their #beautyisfreedom campaign gained them a devoted support base including high-profile personalities like Cara Delvingne. Their model programme takes applications from all types of girls with all types of bodies, enforcing the fact that beauty comes in all forms! It presents the opportunity to be photographed make-up free and natural in gorgeous, hand-painted WAHP designs. Next on their agenda is a relapse support group established to help girls with eating disorders. Basically this brand is run by angels and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of support![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="4712" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4714" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="4713" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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    So what does this summer have in store for us I hear you cry? Well the 70s print trend is set to hit us in a tidal wave of colour! 70s, 70s and more 70s! Think crazy florals, woodblock and paisley madness, late 60s Mary Quant and Biba. Think Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clarke and that wallpaper on the inside of the airing cupboard in your Nans house. Already in love? Well duhh! I've been listening to Jimi Hendrix all week and I'm thoroughly convinced that I was born in the wrong era. I want to be that girl at the Rolling Stones gig in Hyde Park watching a thousand white butterflies floating across the audience. I want to be a lover at Woodstock swanning around all day in tie dye. Actually... I want to be naked! But back to the point...

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    70s vibes were everywhere on the catwalk for this season, my faves probably being Etro, Valentino (no surprise there), Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Dries Van Noten. How dreamy was that show where all the models sat on a grassy runway like flower children? Ahh. Etro in particular has caused a frenzy in the industry, with all the store groups featuring them on their moodboards for high summer. Festival gear to the max!

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    This is giving me serious summer lust. The trend is already trickling down through the highstreet and it will continue to do so for many months yet! Keep your peepers peeled for more gems like the ones below, or you can of course hunt the chazzas (charity shops), vintage shops and fairs for the real deal!

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    My take on the trend:


    Since I work as a print designer for the high street I thought I'd give you lovely people a sneak peek at some of the projects I'm currently working on for this trend. Let me know what you think! X


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  48. Hello old chaps. Welcome to 'Girls on Film', a series where we profile the styles of some of our favourite on-screen heroines. Though this lady hasn't been at the centre of an overwhelming amount of on-screen hype since the early noughties, she has retained her status as a style icon due to her simple yet unmistakable aesthetic. Her signature dark, vampy look just screams 90's fashion and she is in part responsible for a lot of the trends that are back in style right now. So props to the star of Edward Scissor Hands, Reality Bites and Girl Interrupted. Winona Ryder we love you.

    Red Carpet Winona: she has her red carpet look down to a t. Black dress + black clutch + mid-height stilettos + red lips. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

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    In the 90's Ryder tended to go for figure skimming gown which looked amazing with her pixie crop and waif-like stature.

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    Now, in her 40's she tends to go for a more classic feminine figure, with a nipped in waist and a fuller skirt. She always looks divine!

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    Oh yeah, and occasionally she's been known to rock a white dress too. The sequin gown from the 1994 Academy awards (left)  gives me goosebumps!

    Tom Boy Winona: One of my favourite Ryder signatures is the tom boy look. She always has and always will look like a stone cold fox in a suit!

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    Downtime Winona: Ryder has always followed a few simple style rules. (1) Black is the only 'colour' that's really worth bothering with. (2) Velvet, lace and leather are a girls best friend. (3) Chokers are cool. (4) High waisted jeans are cool. (5) Black boots and shoes are cool. (6) Leather jackets are even cooler.

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    In the 90's she really embraced the grunge aesthetic. She never tended to wear prints, she was more about signature textures and fabrics. Baggy jeans and messy tresses were her staples and her hair always had that 'I just got out of bed looking perfect' thing going on. Jelo.

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    90's Winona again- leather, denim, velvet. Boom. The image on the left is from the dawn of her forays into donning the 'bad girl' look. It was 1989 and she was 18. By 21 (second from left) she had it down.

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    Loving the early 90's velvet dress with sheer sleeves and cross necklace. Winona you have a lot to answer for when it comes to 2k13 fashion trends! Grown up Winona (right) has taken the grunge thing down a notch and opted for smarter black ensembles with big ole' handbags and heeled boots. We still think she's fierce.

    Now I'll leave you with three images that basically sum up the 90's. That's all for now folks! Cookie.

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  49. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]'I never thought I would have to saw off my own arm or visit my younger sisters grave' were just some of the words spoken by one of the surviving victims of the Rana Plaza disaster, quite possibly one of the worst industrial catastrophes in recent times.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3897" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]I knew I would find this article hard to write, but after watching the BBC's documentary, 'This World - Clothes to die for', which aired recently I felt compelled to get involved somehow.

    I remember reading about this in Drapers the day after it happened whist sat in shock in my studio at work, where I design prints for UK fabric which we supply to the British high street- ASOS, Arcadia, River Island to name a few. The constant pressure from buyers for cheaper fabrics, cheaper manufacture, larger profit margins and fast turn around’s is something the company I work for struggle with every single day. Competition from the Far East is no longer something we can compete with. I think it’s one of the most ruthless industries to be a part of and the truth behind fast high street fashion is far from glamourous.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When you pick up a top in Primark with a price tag of £3 you fling it into your basket with several other items. It’s so cheap you don't even bother to try it on, you might even grab the same top in another colour. We live in a world of throw away fashion, garments that are literally disposable. Do you ever stop to think how this is even sustainable? This is a topic that has been heavily covered since the collapse of the Rana Plaza and the fire in the Tazreen clothing factory in Bangladesh, but waiting until these incidents happen to make changes is just far too late. All the compensation in the world is not going to bring back sons and daughters, mothers and sisters. Thousands of lives and families have been torn apart just so people in the western world can buy a cheap dress which they can chuck away the morning after.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3899" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3900" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3901" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]80% of Bangladesh's export is made up of fashion garments for the Western world. There are over 5600 garment factories in Bangladesh, making it the second biggest apparel manufacturer behind China. I can guarantee if you turn all the garments in your wardrobe inside out you will find several labels that state 'Made in Bangladesh'.

    Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, the legal minimum wage for a factory worker in 2013 was about £15 a week, but many factories do not even pay this much. The factories within the Rana Plaza paid their workers around £9 a week. Workers would often work shifts starting at 7am and finishing after midnight. That’s a 17 hour shift! For overtime they would be paid an extra 25p a day and for each shift the workers would be paid the equivalent of around £1.50.

    The working conditions within these factories can be absolutely appalling and unbearably hot. Child labour is a familiar sight as is physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

    The work and hours are exhausting, the environment is extremely hazardous and there is no regard for health and fire safety. Fire doors are often bolted shut to prevent workers taking breaks outside or leaving early. There are no checks carried out on any of the machinery and there is very little ventilation. Since 1990 more than 400 workers have died and several thousand more have been injured in 50 major factory fires, over 100 people were killed and over 200 more seriously injured in the fire in the Tazreen factory on the 24th of November 2012.

    The most shocking incident so far occurred on the morning of the 24th of April in 2013. The Rana Plaza, an eight story high commercial building that housed garment factories over 5 of its floors, collapsed killing over 1000 people.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3898" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Within the Rana Plaza were a number of garment factories that collectively employed around 5000 people. The garments being manufactured within these factories were all being exported to Western countries. Popular brands known to have ordered clothes to be manufactured within the Rana Plaza include, Primark, Bon Marche, Matalan, Benetton, Forever 21, Mango, and Monsoon.

    The Rana Plaza was owned by Sohel Rana. He was a well-known and intimidating individual. The garment factories rented space within the building. Business was so good that in 2009 Sohel Rana somehow managed to obtain permits to expand the building and added an extra 3 floors to fill with more factories and also allowed the installation of massive generators within these upper levels. The foundations for the building had been built with the intention of supporting only 5 stories.

    On the 23rd of April 2013 a crack appeared in a pillar on the third floor. The pillar became distorted and the crack travelled through it and across the ceiling. At around 10am the workers in the garment factories were instructed to evacuate the building. News reporters flocked to the area. Sohel Rana later appeared at a news conference confirming that the crack had been seen by engineers and that the building was safe, he asked reporters not to publish their stories in the papers or broadcast them on the news. The factory workers were told to report to work as usual the following morning.

    Early on the morning of the 24th of April 2013 the workers gathered in the space outside the building. They were afraid and did not want to go inside. Some businesses on the ground floor which included a bank had deemed the building unsafe and had not opened that day. Sohel Rana and the factory owners insisted that the building was safe. The workers were scolded for remaining outside and were threatened with losing their month’s wage. They were told an engineer had been called and had guaranteed that the building would stand for a further 100 years. The workers were then forced inside and began their shifts.

    At 8.45 am the power in the building went out. After a second or 2 the generators that were located in the top 3 floors kicked in and the power returned. The force of the generators turning on caused the building to shake, workers inside reported it felt like an earthquake, others thought that the building had been hit by several bombs.

    It took just 90 seconds for the 8 story building to completely collapse. Over 1000 lives were ended instantly, thousands more were changed forever. I can't even begin to imagine the true scale and horror of it.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3906" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Over the hours and days that followed survivors were slowly pulled from the rubble by desperate rescuers, fire-fighters, soldiers and frantic family members. Some lucky ones escaped almost unharmed or with minor injuries, others were pinned down by broken walls, concrete blocks, lumps of broken machinery, iron rods, which had once supported the walls and steel beams. Amongst the chaos were thousands of dresses, tops, jeans and shirts many now stained with blood. Doctors and paramedics were in short supply. After days of being pinned under large pieces of rubble that couldn't be moved by human hands and were too precariously placed for cranes to lift, people were getting desperate. Some were trapped completely in small pockets of air and space feet below the surface of the rubble, their cries went unheard. They were surrounded by crushed bodies and severed limbs, which were beginning to decompose in the intense heat. Survivors were now having to resort to drinking their own urine and blood to survive. Rescuers reported watching trapped victims bite into their own flesh to quench their thirst.

    Rescuers with little or no medical training were having to perform the most unthinkable of amputations with inadequate, blunt instruments with no anaesthetic to free people who were pinned under the concrete by an arm or a leg. One woman recalled how she was trapped under a fallen wall by her arm which had been completely crushed. On the second day rescuers managed to reach her tomb, but the opening was too small for them to crawl inside. They handed her a saw through the small gap. Over the next 2 hours she had no choice but to saw off her own arm to free herself. She said the only thought she held in her mind was that of her sister, whom had also been working in the factory. Unfortunately she later found out that her sister had been one of the unlucky ones.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3902" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3903" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3904" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3905" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3908" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]I wondered for a while whether to include some of these photo's given how graphic and shocking they are, sometimes though a picture speaks a thousand words and I simply cannot sum up the horror of this in words.

    How should the fashion industry react to this disaster? It may all seem horrendous on the front of it, workers being paid some of the lowest wages in the world, safety checks being ignored, fires, collapses, fatalities. But despite its inadequacies the fashion industry has in fact provided Bangladesh with a life source in terms of business, giving jobs to thousands of people who could otherwise have no means to provide for their families. As such taking this essential industry from Bangladesh is not the answer, but making changes is.

    A week after the catastrophe a new document was created named the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. It is a five year legally binding agreement between international labour organisations, non-government organisations and retailers engaged in the textiles industry to maintain minimum safety standards. Nearly 100 worldwide retailers have now signed this. Many of the retailers who were using the Rana Plaza to manufacture paid out compensation to the families of the victims. Primark, being the most willing, paying out over 6 million pounds in compensation, they also have a page on their website stating their part in the disaster and what they have done, and are doing to prevent further incidents and improve working conditions.

    On December the 1st 2013 the minimum wage for Bangladesh's factory workers was raised by 77%. This was a reaction to riots that broke out all across the country following the Rana Plaza collapse which forced over 250 garment factories to close down.

    Is this going to be enough though? Will the managers of factories in Bangladesh and other third world countries still cut corners and ignore the new agreements? Will the ever constant pressure from the fashion industry for cheaper production and faster turnaround’s lead to more lives being lost? I can’t speak for them, but I can suggest an idea of what we can do to help. Ultimately at least some of the responsibility for the current state of the fashion industry lies with the consumer. As long as garments at these ridiculous low end prices are in high demand the retailers will always search for factories that offer the lowest prices and fastest delivery rates over the welfare of their employees. One could ask whether western society will ever change its buying habits. Is this fast fashion world that we live in going to provide far too much temptation? It could be so easy to turn a blind eye and accept no responsibility. All we can do now is educate ourselves on what really goes on in this industry, try to raise awareness of this and decide for ourselves how to go from here.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3909" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Sources:

    This world - Clothes to die for (BBC)

    www.annemain.com - After Rana Plaza Report

    The Guardian - Rana Plaza: One year on from the Bangladesh factory disaster

    www.ranaplaza-arrangement.org

    www.primark.com/en/our-ethics/news/rana-plaza

    www.taslimaakhter.com/rana_plaza_collapse

    www.bloomberg.com - Bangladesh raises minimum wage for garments workers after unrest.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  50. [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hello old chaps. Welcome to Girls on Film Friday. I've chosen to profile Gillian Zinser, an on-screen goddess who embodies a great deal of the style and attitude that accompanies our signature grunge-bohemian (grungehemian?!) aesthetic. G Zinz is an actress and model by trade but while best known for her stint playing surfer babe Ivy Sullivan in American teen hit 90210, I feel that this California belle is most noteworthy for her bodacious fashion sense. Her off-screen style has not gone unnoticed by brands keen to work with her due to her natural enigmatic and free spirited presence and one can't help noticing that when she has done modelling work her choices of label have always complemented a preconceived and established personal style that she has confidently kept at the centre of projects chosen on the basis of a shared aesthetic vision.

    'Gimme Shelter' Planet Blue X Foam Magazine Lookbook, with Gillian Zinser



    This first lookbook which, due to its playful nature and incorporation of childlike props has long been an inspiration of mine when it comes to solid lifestyle branding was shot back in 2012 by the sweet bohemian clothing label Planet Blue in collaboration with Foam Magazine to rep the label's summer collection. Riding on the back of the height of her 90210 fame the edgy lookbook, which was appropriately named after the rolling stones song perfectly captured G Zin's So Cal, bohemian, rock and roll surf chick style. View the behind the scenes footage alongside the final sun soaked, Instagram filtered, California dreaming images here...[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/F4Yw6I9tRYI"][vc_gallery type="flexslider_slide" interval="5" images="3217,3218,3222,3223,3224,3225,3226,3227,3229,3230" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

    Gillian Zinser for InStyle Germany, shot by Grace Huang



    This next editorial was shot by Grace Huang for InStyle Germany. I really love this shoot for sticking with Zinser's signature bohemian aesthetic but giving it a more pulled together urban vibe. The chunky boots, and hipster cut boyfriend jeans make for a cool andro look which suggests comfort and ease while the floppy hats and heavy accessories add a touch of dressed up, glam femininity.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3237" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3239" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3240" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

    The G Zinz style directory- let's be thorough now shall we?


    Full Boho Zinser- G zinz does full boho like no other. Her bohemian style basically involves piling a lot of stuff on top of a lot of other stuff then dying her witch scag ends (my housemate's term for a dip dye) crazy colours. Her collection of shabby chic hats that err more on the side of shabbiness make me drool. But not in a hungry way. I'd never lick one of her hats, god only knows where they've been.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3605" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3613" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3615" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

    Grunge/ rocker Zinser- Here I give you rock and roll G Zinz. Once again it's all about the layering and mixing up beaten up, distressed pieces like denim and faded band tees with the odd bit of bad girl bling. Studs, chains, sequins ans sheens are a must. This girl is always one to have her trusty flannel shirts and hoodies at hand and rocks at creating the I'm-doing-the-walk-of-shame-in-style look.

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  51. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]I have been working in print and textile design for the British high street for nearly 3 years now, so thought it was time to bring my experience in print design and sourcing to the Zine to offer up a comprehensive print forecast! Each season I will review the hottest print trends that will be coming through the following season kicking off with A/W14-15. It may only be July but in the trade the majority of the print design and fabric sourcing for the following season is already completed.

    My ultimate favourite designer has to be Valentino. Season after season the house never fails to deliver utterly exquisite garments that are closer to art than clothing. This season is no exception, although if I had to criticise it I would say that overall the collection was slightly disjointed with two themes running through it that did not really tie together. For me the winners were by far the whimsical animal prints including the butterfly dress (Pre A/W14-15) which caused a storm in the industry, and the beautiful tapestry floral print and embroidery work in the most stunning magenta palette. This, along with the animal and key prints seen on the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk (probably my runner up favourite design duo) has paved the way for a trend of fun kitsch conversational prints, which started rolling the previous season with that fabulous cat coat on the Miu Miu runway, and another trend of deep magenta country heritage florals printed on metallic brocades and lurex jacquard jerseys.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3651" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3650" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]These conversational animal illustration prints are going to coming through with a retro, cartoon twist. Very fun and playful to funk up the season![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3649" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Craft florals are also going to make an apperance on the high street in the form of colourful vintage-inspired embroidery prints. London based designer Temperly showcased this trend perfectly in a palette of rusty oranges and popping reds with highlights of blue and gold. Folky florals like this will always swim in and out of the high street and I am always happy to see them as they are one of my all time favourites! This season they will have an Oriental twist, as seen on the Erdem and Anna Sui runways.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3624" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3647" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Florals are popular every season and this one will be no exception. Along with the Valentino and Temperly inspired styles and palettes there will be a lot of vintage, painterly effect florals with a modern, digital spin. There is a strong nod towards pink, black and smoky charcoals being the leading palette for these types of florals. These will feature alongside photographic florals in photograph negative style palettes with ultra violet highlights.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3646" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="3645" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Moving away from floral, another of the seasons top print trends sees a strong wave of geometric and miniature tile prints. These come through strong in many of the designer collections and will undoubtedly trickle down through the high street through the next few seasons. My favourite take on it was seen at Mary Katrantzou. She never fails to deliver amazing digital print work, but this season she went one step further and used embellishment to create pattern.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3644" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Large engineered geo prints were completely stunning on the Mara Hoffman runway, these are just a perfect example of how vibrant and outstanding geometric prints can be, they create a perfect statement garment which will be a must for livening up the winter wardrobe. Colour palettes vary massively with geometric but monochrome and blues are strong contenders this season, along with bright primary colours teamed with African tribal geo prints.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3643" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Tile prints are also coming through in softer palettes and smaller scales, with inspiration coming from tile work and mosaic, some with a scratchy hand-drawn feel to them.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3642" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Last but by no means least are the surface, textures and non prints that are slowly emerging, I am being asked to source and design more and more of these prints so I feel they will be here to stay through the next few seasons, not as a statement print, but as a highlight print to inject some interest into a collection.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="3641" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]The possibilities with these types of prints are endless, they are such versatile and fun prints to work on and lend themselves to vast colour palettes. They are a really understated print in my opinion so I am excited to see where they go over the next year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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    Meghan Petersen is a 24 year old self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” and jewellery designer from Sacramento, California. She runs a popular Tumblr called Mangled Wurzels and sells her creations on an online shop called Petercat Jewelry. For as long as she can remember arts and crafts have been daily activities for Meghan. Her father, an artist, has played an integral role in all of her artistic endeavours. She often recycles and upcycles items for use in her jewellery making and enjoys giving new life to over-looked treasures. From worn-out, donated Barbie dolls, to found bottle caps, and shatter glass from broken bus stops, Meghan has an eye for finding and creating beauty in objects that are not commonly considered notable.


    While taking a short hiatus from college Meghan enrolled in The California Institute of Jewellery Training, a trade school in Carmichael, California. She was incredibly nervous about undertaking this course since as a crafter and maker of "kitschy jewellery" (as her teacher would come to call it) this school seemed like serious business. At the school she found herself grateful for the opportunity to learn from exceptionally talented jewellers and work with some extravagant equipment. It was here that she learned the basics of jewellery work, and how to use the tools available to her to make immaculate and professional grade jewellery. Meghan graduated from CIJT with a certificate in jewellery repair but she wasn't ready to settle for a back room job just yet. She really wanted to make jewellery, not merely repair it.


    As for her current employment, Meghan works at a local restaurant and gets to wear cat ties and crazy earrings all day. This March she will be attending the prestigious Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina after desiring to do so for several years. She will study ‘Steel for Jewelers’ with practicing jeweller and teacher Sarah Holden and is currently attending a metal fabrication class at the local city college taught by jewellery artist Maya Kini. Meghan has 2 cats named Mozzy and Chloe and a turtle named Copper. She is also a very organized hoarder and avid porcelain cat collector. She has a partner of 3 years who is her very best friend and parents whom she is incredibly close to. Moving away from them this year will no doubt make her sad, but she is finally ready for this necessary change. Hopefully 2014 will be a successful year for Meghan, and for Petercat Jewelry which you should be sure to take the time to look at!


    [/vc_column_text][vc_separator color="grey"][vc_column_text]Cookie: Hello Meghan, we have a lot of ground I'd like to cover so I'll just jump straight in! A lot of your jewellery is really playful. You use a lot of Barbie faces, doll parts, cartoon pins, ribbons, eyes and explosive colours! Where do you find your components and how do you go about choosing them? Do you use a lot of recycled items?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Meghan: A lot of the pieces I use in my jewelry are recycled. When I was about ten years old someone drove down our street with a bat smashing car windows, sadly my mom's van was a victim. I remember thinking the shatter glass in the street was so pretty, so I swept it up and put it in two huge zip lock bags. I actually didn't open those bags until a decade later for a project in my 3d design class. We were making a house out of paper and I used the shatter glass as grass in the front and back yard. I then realized how much I loved it and began making the puzzle necklaces. Every time I see a good amount of shatter glass on the ground, which happens often in our downtown area, I throw it in my bag. I'm sure I look quite odd doing it to passer-by. The Barbie and doll heads I use were at first all mine from child hood, since making more I find them at thrift stores and yard sales.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="2752" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="600x385" alignment="right"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Cookie: What kind of tools do you use to do your jewellery making? Can we hear a bit about your design and manufacture process?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="2770" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Meghan: Pliers are a must for any jewelry maker. I've been beading since I was little- making little necklaces for my plethora of stuffed animals, attempting necklaces for my cats etc. Flat nose, round nose, and needle nose pliers are a necessity. My round nose ones have a handy spot in the front for closing jump rings and cutting wire. Right now I don't have workshop for extensive metal work, so all the jewelry making happens in a little craft corner in my bedroom. My dad is currently building a lapidary and work shop for both of us so hopefully more metal and stone work will come from that. Resin a favorite medium of mine and it tends to require either a lot of planning or a lot of clean up. I keep large pieces of flat cardboard as a surface to set up all my resin pieces before pouring and curing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Cookie: Where did your jewellery obsession stem from?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Meghan: My jewelry obsession stemmed from my father I suppose. He is a major rock hound. Since childhood I can remember rocks being all over our house. When i say rocks I mean a plethora of fine gems, large and small crystals, and incredible and rare minerals. There are about 6 glass display cases full of rocks in the house, and still some large ones line the carpet along the walls. When I was younger he would always take me to rock shops and flea markets to check out the stones and jewelry. We even went gold mining at Donner Lake a few times. My father has an extensive knowledge of gems and minerals and excavates a lot of the pieces he brings home. He takes trips to go crystal mining at least once a year. In 2010 he gave me a huge bag of quartz crystals he had hand excavated at a place called Crystal Peak and asked me if I could do anything with them. Within 2 days I had wire-wrapped over 100 crystals and that's where the light bulb went off that we had something there.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2768" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Cookie: What do you study at the moment and what other creative interests to you pursue to keep your mind cogs oiled?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Meghan: Right now I'm attending the city college here and I'm taking a metal fabrications class. I wanted to have an easy semester since I'll be out of town for Penland. I took a business class last semester that I surprisingly really enjoyed so I think I'll be looking to take more in that field in the coming semesters. I'm not far from getting my AA and I hope to eventually get my BFA from somewhere.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Cookie: Your web shop on Storenvy is called Petercat Jewellery. Where did the name come from? I love it! It really suits your whole aesthetic and it’s one of those that I found myself memorising after only having heard it once.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2773" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Meghan: The Petercat Jewelry name kind of has an embarrassing birth. A few years ago I was really bad at keeping phones. My average phone had a 3 month life span before it was broken, lost, or stolen. One night my friend had a show at her house and at around 2 am I realized my phone was gone. I didn’t want to tell my parents I had lost yet another phone so I woke up around 8 am and biked to the cellular store to get a replacement. The person who helped me was an impressive salesman and somehow talked me into getting an iPhone. I had the iPhone for 29 days before deciding to return it. I went back to return it and upon entering there was good ‘ol Byron. “I thought I’d be seeing you again"… “What?" I asked confused. “Don’t buy expensive electronics when you’re drunk." I didn't remember being that bad the morning after, but there was a lot of sangria consumed the night before. I guess the AT&T workers had a big chuckle that day about the little girl who bought the iPhone and signed it Meghan Petercat. I got my first name correct and the first part of my last name but then I just decided to draw a cat face. I've kept the receipt as a memento.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Cookie: Do you ever sell your work via any other platforms? Fairs etc. or are you purely web based for now?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Meghan: For right now I'm entirely web based. I would like to look into selling at boutiques and cute stores near and far, but I think I need to get a bigger collection before even attempting to make those connections. I sold at a craft fair last year in this adorable little town called Nevada City. It went really well and I surprised myself with how much work I shelled out for it. I wish Sacramento had more craft fairs like that one. Renegade Craft Fair is hopefully in the future for me.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Cookie: I’ve followed your blog Mangled Wurzels for about two years now and as you may have noticed I’m quite a fan! Do you feel that blogging has helped when it’s come to getting your work out there and how so? What is the best thing about being a part of a creative network online?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Meghan: I made the blog when I had a desk job at a hostel, my co-worker had one and it seemed to make the time go that way. I never thought I would have met so many awesome people and artists through it. Had it not been for the blog and encouragement from my followers, I probably wouldn't have opened an online store. It's difficult when a hobby becomes a business and you need to start looking at it a different way. Not underselling yourself, pricing things the right way and using the right amount of promotion. I still struggle with the promotion part. I always wonder how much is too much, and if I'd be annoying my followers who follow me for weird cat pictures, or I don't know what else. I made a separate blog just for my jewelry if my personal blog was not their cup 'o tea.

    The best part of being involved with a creative network is how helpful everyone is. When I was looking in to going to Penland I just searched it in the tags and kinda creeped on some people. I sent some messages just asking some basic information and suggestions, and everyone responded so kindly. I follow a lot of jewelers and crafters who are such inspirations to me. I just recently made an Instagram (after being told to for a year) and I'm getting sucked into all the wonderful progress shots that people post. It really gives you an eye into how the jewelry is made and how you can get into it yourself if you want.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2790" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Cookie: And finally what does the future hold for yourself and Petercat?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Meghan: The future is a big mystery for me; the one sure thing so far is my trip to North Carolina. I'll be attending Sarah Holden's session: "Steel for Jewelers" at Penland and I'm incredibly excited. After that I'll be heading back home to Sacramento and saving up to move out. I'm 24 and still living at home. My parents are my absolute best friends and my biggest inspirations, but I am definitely ready to move out and be on my own. My mom has multiple sclerosis, so I don't plan on going far. She means the world to me and would never want to hold me back from anything. Regardless, I can't imagine not being close to her. I'm excited to be able to set up a proper workspace for myself and come back home when the lapidary is finished and do some work with my father. Moving out has always been a scary thought and I think everyone should wait until they're fully ready. I know now that I am definitely ready, and hope that my soon to be diminished Ebay shopping problem is too.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2783" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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  53. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Well helloooo there. Welcome back to Girls on Film. Following from our last post it only seems fit to present to you a woman who is to Paris what Alexa Chung is to London- a cultural and style icon. I came across this model, singer and actress in 2010 when I saw her on Vimeo in Vanessa Bruno's short promotional film 'La Belle Ete'. Her presence on camera had me enamoured as she ducked and swirled through an empty, dishevelled old house, dancing through piles of flower and winding flowing ribbons through her hands before stopping in her tracks, moved to tears by a handsome pianist. Her grace, her enthusiasm and her ability to convey emotion through so many different mediums are probably why her romantic old city love her so much. I give to you Lou Doillon.

    Boyish parisian chic Doillon: Baker boy caps, Breton striped shirts, chunky knits, messy hair and braces characterise her signature daytime style.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2119" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x326"][vc_column_text]Super mega casual Lou: She's also fond of the t-shirt and jeans aesthetic. I had to include these images because she pulls of jeans with a tee, vest or plaid shirt so effortlessly well. She actually makes it look incredibly cool! I think it's having the balls to know that with charisma like hers she doesn't have to try too hard.

    [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2121" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x342"][vc_column_text]Oh so hip Lou: Like the Chung maestro this woman knows how to work a weighty coat and a big hat. She tends to stick to simple style staples, belted drainpipes and tees plus Fedoras and slouchy, oversized outer layers.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2126" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x372"][vc_column_text]Rock n' Roll Lou: Beaten up leather jackets, hats and band tees plus sheers, velvets, pointy leather boots and military jackets. This musical it girl knows how to channel her inner rock star.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2127" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x300"][vc_single_image image="2128" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x317"][vc_column_text]These gorgeous images were shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia. The tattoo on her arm reads 'Marlowe', her sons name.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2129" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x431"][vc_column_text]Red carpet Doillon: for occasion-wear she keeps things black and tres tres sexy! Sheers, lace, plunging necklines and split thigh skirts make a regular appearance.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2131" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x356"][vc_column_text]Suited Doillon: Madame Doillon is no stranger to a well cut suit. She often goes for quirky masculine cuts with top hats and boxy jackets.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2132" img_link_target="_self" img_size="960x368"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  54. Hello old chaps. Guess what, it's Girls on Film time! Wooooh yeahh *cheers*. This lady of the moment is an indisputable British style heroine. Some would probably go as far as calling her a national treasure (some being me). Having received the British style award for three years running, only to be superseded this year by the fluffy haired scamp Harry Styles, there can be no doubt that model, radio DJ, presenter and it girl Alexa Chung has an aesthetic worthy of all the accolades we could hope to bestow upon her. Her unmistakably laid back, preppy meets grungey meets twee meets really rather ridiculously hip London style is coveted by millions, including us! Here we document her staple styles and style staples...

    Dungarees clad Alexa: long, short, cut off, Alexa Chung possesses an in-trump-able collection of 'dungies' which see her safely through all occasions.

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    Preppy Alexa: The girl does laid back preppy like no one else can. Mannish shirts and jumpers, loafers, brogues, lennon slippers and high waisted shorts/ skirts characterise this look. She keeps accessories minimal and tends to stick to flat shoes. When it comes to outerwear blazers, macs, boxy jackets (think Chanel) and loose cardigans set the tone. She keeps silhouettes simple and understated.  Add a Chanel bag and you've got the Chung factor yeayeahhh.

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    Rock and roll Alexa: Leather jackets, plaid shirts, chelsea boots and wayfarers and a just-got-outta-bed grunge aesthetic.

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    Stripey Alexa: Breton stripes are key to the Chung fashion manifesto.

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    Printed Alexa: when Chung does prints it tends to be super adorable. Kitschy, twee lil' numbers, leopard print and polka dot make regular wardrobe appearances.

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    Red carpet Alexa: glitter, stripes, lace and loveliness. Alexa Chung pulls it all out for the red carpet. She tends to stick to her signature sartorial style, donning modest cuts and never flashing beacoup de flesh but she also adds sleeker silhouettes, luxe fabrics and big big labels to her repertoire.

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    Super mega hipster Alexa: basically all her style staples rolled up into one. Yup. Try not to be in love with this womans look. I dare you.

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  55. Fashion, as Walter Benjamin wrote, is ‘the eternal recurrence of the new’.  In the most commonly used sense it is simply change for the sake of change.  It’s central feature is its transience, its insistence upon originality. When it comes to sartorial fashions, those we generally refer to when we speak of the term, this can be a very dangerous thing indeed.


    We recently received the results of  a shopping habits survey from a website called Styloko, a site whose name makes clear the insanity regarding its purpose before one even succumbs to its landing page’s brazen call to action. SIGN UP NOW! So what are we signing up for when we join Styloko? The site, like others of its kind focusses on promoting conspicuous consumption and throwaway fashion. Users are invited to stockpile coveted items in their own virtual boutique where they can follow their favourite brands to keep track of ‘must have’ trend items and brag about their latest purchases.

    The danger of fashion’s focus on transience is that it encourages the sort of ‘loko’ consumption that we’re seeing on this site. As trends come and go at an accelerated rate and the demand for fast, cheap disposable fashion rises we’re unsurprisingly seeing some greedy and unpleasant consumer behaviour as people strive to be original in a world where what was the height of chic yesterday is mocked and condemned today. Remember galaxy print and those hidden heeled sneakers?

    Styloko’s survey reveals that 43% of a sample of 1,512 users prefer the ‘throwaway’ approach to fashion, which in their words involves ‘buying cheap basics and chucking out regularly’. Given the nature of the site these results are fairly predictable, it is designed to cater for people who have adopted the ‘shop till you drop’ attitude that comes with constantly striving towards novelty. But the predictability of this statistic doesn’t make it any less unsettling. One has to question why the urge to remain ‘current’ is so deeply engrained in the buying behaviour of this 43%.


    The sociologist Thorstein Veblen blames the ‘irrational orgy of consumption’ that he calls modernity on the central principle of dress, ‘conspicuous waste’. His critique on the leisure class suggests that money and power alone are insufficient to claim social standing, it has to visible too. People strive towards ‘the new’to compete with one another, to outdo members of their social class by consuming more, by wasting more. Though Veblen’s involvement of class in this social observation is somewhat outmoded now, his acknowledgement of the competitive attitude involved in fashion change is still very relevant. Look at Styloko, its whole purpose is to allow people to brag about what they have and what they want. Members are able to give ‘love’ to those whose buying habits they identify with, which serves to create an isolated social structure where those who are able to afford and accumulate more sit at the top of a hierarchy based on material gain.

    So what’s so bad about this emphasis on quantity and newness, on competing to own more of the latest trends? Its not about the money, if people want to throw away their money on poorly made shit that won’t last two minutes that’s their choice. It’s about how these ‘throwaway’ items are made, the sacrifices made along the chains of supply and manufacture that ensure that customers get a ‘good deal’ at the end of it. Nowadays the focus of mass consumer competition is moving away from exclusivity and towards quantity and affordability. More than ever western highstreet retailers look to use third world labourers to produce their garments in order to keep manufacture costs down and ‘pass on the savings’ to their customers. These labourers aren’t protected by laws governing working hours, factory conditions and minimum wages like local manufacturers would be.

    If people knew what kind of practices they were supporting, perhaps they’d shop differently. Only recently an 8 storey Bangladeshi factory that employed cheap labour to make clothes for Primark collapsed, killing 230 of its employees. Deep cracks in the factory walls were noticed days before the event, yet workers were urged to continue working, threatened with the sack if they failed to turn up. Does this sound like an institution that cares about the welfare of its workers? Labels from the brands that this factory was supplying could be seen lying amongst the rubble. A pair of BM brand trousers displayed a price tag of £14. What is truly remarkable is that the charity ‘War on Want’ have recorded earnings as low as £14 a month in Bangladeshi factories such as these. One pair of the trousers these manufacturers produce retails at the amount they earn in A MONTH. Workers that supply Primark, Asda and Tesco are living on as little as 7p an hour.


    Besides the obvious ethical issues involved in employing overworked, underpaid workers and sticking them in far less than satisfactory conditions, we have to think of the environmental considerations involved in flying fabrics and garments from one country to the next before they finally settle on the shelves of our beloved high street shops. A friend of mine who works in print design in one of the few remaining textiles mills in the UK has shared that they are often approached by companies looking to pay no more than a pound a metre for fabric. Given the cost of making and printing their fabric and all the labour it involves it isn’t always possible for her company to meet this request. As such buyers look further afield for cheaper deals, often sourcing fabric from one country, buying the transfer paper used to to print designs from another and getting it printed up in yet another location. That’s a lot of air miles!

    It is remarkable that in this day and age, when we have so much information available to us about the threats facing the environment, and we receive so many news reports about human rights violations and dangers facing third world workers, we are still competing to accumulate cheap items made in sweatshops that will simply be discarded at the end the season. This global attitude towards fashion needs to change. It’s totally backwards, irrational and downright unsettling.
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