yknow, i often think "when/if i ever get a well paying job, what am i gonna spend my first paycheck on?" - realistically it'll be something sensible, or an apple product, or something kitchen-y, but in my head it's some piece of frivolity; something designer.
a rick owens leather jacket would be the dream, of course. or a pair of louboutins. a little cliché. but really, given how much i love the stuff, i'm not enitrely sure why i've never considered some leopard print affair from the godfathers of leopard print themselves, dolce & gabbana. seems like a good call.
'hangover attire' isn't an oft-explored niche - i'm assuming that's because most people spend such periods of their life in bed/on the couch/on the bathroom floor, in the foetal position. unless they really have to leave the house, in which case jeans and hoodies will suffice.
at first glance, this could be any other outfit, but below are the hallmarks of the hangover look - you'll now be able to spot whether i was a-drinking the night previous to outfit photos, and that'll be fun, right? alternatively, you can use it as a 'how to survive a hangover' guide. i have no tips on feeling better, of course.
1. no jewellery. too much effort.
2. flat shoes. anything with a heel or a wedge = too much effort.
3. slightly less makeup; no need for eyeliner or lipstick or any of that malarky. blusher and mascara will suffice (because hangovers come with a pallor too deathly even for me), or would if foundation wasn't a necessity per moi.
4. increasingly poor choices. because sheer skirts and leggings in wet/cold/muddy november. although, let's be honest, i would've donned similar items when not hungover. i am never seasonally appropriate; there is about a week in september where my style is approps, otherwise i'm too hot in my layers or too cold in my sheers. pfft. at least i've plonked some thick socks on over my leggings/under my cut-out shoes. great choice, great choice.
5. no waist. this is the biggie. the giveaway. because everything i wear defines my waist.no tights, no high waists, nothing too tight on the delicate mid-section, lest that queasy feeling claw it's way back. just when i was starting to feel better. ergh.
6. overcompensation. i might not feel good, but dammit, i'm going to look it. i want the finest clothes available to man, i want them here, and i want them now.
as a side note; i adore this jumper. it's the perfect amount of slouchy and it's comfy AND warm AND it looks good; despite the holes in the cuffs (roll up the sleeves: problem solved), the slight pink shade from a rogue-red-item-in-the-wash situation and, now, the wonky hem where some of the thread has come out. oh dear.
i did take some outfit shots today, but the light was terrible and i couldn't be bothered to take them again tonight. it's either too dark or bright morning winter sun on a morning right now; neither are ideal for taking photos anywhere in my room. le sigh.
so instead, some photos from around and about of silhouettes i like; mostly they've been/are going to be printed out and stuck on my inspiration board at uni, as they're (almost) all relevant to my work...
and of course i've forgotton where they're all from, but i think wayne tippets,
last friday was the Fashion Fix event at the Shipley art gallery in Gateshead; it was pretty cool. there was a talk from Kim Howells (more below...) and a couple of 'vintage fashion shows', plus a pop up shop from Hey Baby Chief Panda, which is a vintage shop run by two ex-art students which is just down the road from me (i bought a huge army jumper and a duck-egg blue calf length skirt from them...)
pics below include lots of paper dresses (as made by various members of my class/other people from around uni. one of our tutors was working on these at the event); the DJ; a sign attached to one of the pieces in the pop-up shop and some illustrations as done by our illustration tutor, Ann, some 1st&2nd year students and me; and some bridges from the walk back to where i left my bike...
click the pics for a bigger image (hopefully)
Kim Howells (and her blog) is a stylist based in London, and she's worked at Dazed&Confused, and with Nicola Formichetti, and now consults/works with David Koma, Atlanta Weller, Craig Lawrence, Hannah Marshall and Fred Butler, as well as styling for Coco Sumner and Skunk Anansie. AND she's responsible for the House of Organza project (which I've written about before; as with Craig Lawrence...), so I was kinda a fan without realising it; and it was great to meet her, and a great night.
lates at museums are a pretty regular event at the Shipley/around Newcastle, though not fashion related ones particularly - i talked to some women who'd been to the pottery one and they'd made pots and everything! - but i assume this isn't a Newcastle specific thing at all; so i'd recommend any fashion-based (or indeed, any) lates at a gallery near you if you can!
someone commented last week that they'd like to see some of my design work and what i was doing at uni... i'm a little reluctant to share what i'm doing, as i'm sure anyone else doing art or design understands - our class especially are pretty protective of our work and a little wary of even showing each other what we're doing for fear of things looking too similar etc.
that said, i guess a couple of shots of my work space - with some inspiration boards, and some doodles - can't hurt. these were taken last week, so there are now more pictures, a slightly altered colour palette, a shed load more doodles and the beginnings of a toile surrounding me right now, but you get the idea.
i got an email sometime last week 'bout a website/brand hawking printed silk scarves - beta fashion.
very almost passed it over cos i'm not a scarf person, but in the name of procrastination i clicked the link and took a glance.
sure, the scarves are lovely, the prices affordable, and the prints interesting*; but it was the other items up for sale that caught my eye.
first, the scarves - all 100% silk; all £35:
see? great prints.
but note the clothing!
printed bodycon numbers and interesting graphic tees a-plenty...
the lamé tee here (pic 5) is fantastic (and £24 in the sale), but as are dresses 2, 3 and 6. (2+3 being £80 and 6 being £98 in the sale. sigh. pennies.) and are definitely my kinda jam.
the webshop also stocks a plethora of printed leggings (all about £40) if that's your thing...
* the press release happily informs me that "contributing designers range from graduates of Central St. Martins to independent artists from all over the world"; and also that competitions for prints run every month. i believe anyone can enter, so click through if you're a print designer or have an interest in the sort of thing.