Fashion Faux-cused girls!

Griffiths Fashion Faux-cused Girls!

Last week I sat down to interview two of Griffiths very own girls studying fashion. Rachel Browne who is in her second year and Liz Bennnet who is in her third and final year. Both optimistic about the fashion industry with a clear and obvious dedication given the long hours there course entails which involves heavy designing picking fabrics and creating there own clothes. After a very insightful and enjoyable  chat it was obvious both girls are going places and are extremely dedicated to learning and broadening there craft when it comes to fashion. Liz has high hopes for the future as she takes off for New York and onto an internship after in September. Rachel is giving herself final year to figure out her niche area.

Firstly I asked the girls what they had learnt so far from the course. Rachel responded saying “Griffith has taught me to broaden my imagination, the things I thought of before were creative to an extent, but now I know so much more. I look at magazines and fashion blogs where before I wouldn’t have”. Liz explained to me that before she thought the course would involve more just pure drawing and designing but she learnt “They teach you to broaden your mind”. Liz has a learnt a whole new way of developing thanks to skills she’s has obtained like photoshop illustrator in college.

When I put the question to the girls if they were worried about working in the fashion industry because it is so notoriously bitchy and cut throat both of them calmly responded they weren’t particularly. Rachel said she’s ready but feels she may have underestimated it, but she’ll be ok when she reaches that point. “Final year has been a good eye opener into how hard it is going to be. There is so much criticism but you have to learn to take it constructively not personally” says Liz, who has a very realistic and optimistic take on things. What she said would remain true for any budding designer .

Rihanna and Cara do street style best according to Liz who for her this year were inspirational

Rihanna and Cara do street style best according to Liz who for her this year were inspirational

The girls reminisce on the last year, for who has earned there spot for fashion icon of 2012 until this point. Both agree on English model Cara Delevingne who has won model of the year and shown us how versatile she is in her style on the runway and off. Liz agrees both Cara and Rihanna are her two favorites. “I love the new street phase and grunge elements they lead in”. Rachel’s winner is some what different in her dress sense and chooses Kate Middleton. “She elegant and everything fits her well”.

Hats are a must for chic everyday wear

Hats are a must for chic everyday wear

The girls and I discuss designers Rachel is a D Squared fan because it’s cool and funky while Liz adorns Givenchy haute couture and looks forward to there Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter shows. Her favorite ready to go designer is Simone Rocha “Her style is young and fresh ad the fact that she’s an upcoming Irish designer”. Both of the fashion students agree when taking it high street Zara and Top Shop serve the best.

To style Liz would pick Beyonce “I love her and think she would be so cool to design for. Her concert outfits are so out there and different”. Rachel chose Kate Middleton “everyone sees what she is wearing and everyone is interested”.

Liz would choose her idol Beyonce if she could design for anyone

Liz would choose her idol Beyonce if she could design for anyone

Rachel adores the Duchess polished style

Rachel adores the Duchess polished style

Just to make sure there is no confusion about what to wear this summer no better people to ask then two who currently eat,sleep and breathe fashion! “Neon” Rachel responses enthusiastically as if thats it she’s said enough that’s how important it is so factor into your wardrobe! “Neon muted down with lace not like blocks of it like last summer”. Liz nodes and agrees “Monochrome black and white with a pop of color also suit jackets with nothing underneath”. Presumably very safely secured!  A little white dress to add to your must have summer purchases the girls advise and Liz also suggests a pair of statement sandals “they add something to any plain outfit”. Lastly the recommend hats and lots of them!

A little White dress can do no wrong the girls agree

A little White dress can do no wrong the girls agree

 

A more day and night sassy LWD

A more day and night sassy LWD

 

For the girls although fashion is the chosen path for them they seem keen on expressing not to take it to seriously. They see it as a form of expression and it s what you make it. “It’s really important in how you present yourself” says Rachel. She adds “it’s the first thing people see”. Both students agree a necessity in fashion is being comfortable in what your wearing.

Neon the fashion forward student urge for summer!

Neon the fashion forward way they urge for summer!

 

Looks great with black two in one with lace also!

Looks great with black, two in one here as Rachel suggested with lace also!

While fashion is fun the girls are not oblivious to the down falls of the industry such as child labour, making leather and the horrible mutation that is carried out on animals for there fur or testing. The harsh realities of this are pretty shocking as well as upsetting. They explain how there lecturer just uses faux fur and leather and hopefully most fashion students will lead by example because of that.

The future is bright. Rachel tells me how she would like to kick Anna Wintour out of her job in Vogue eventually but before that happens just to find out what she is good at and enjoys, the perfect logic. Liz is unsure where she will lead weather it will be styling, buying or designing but hopes to figure it out next year in London. Im sure the girls will be on our radar in no time. Watch this space!

 

Get the London look and take the Plunge and go Grunge

Get the London look and take the Plunge and go Grunge!

Model of the year Cara Delevingne with Jourdan Dunn pretty in party ready sequins

Model of the year Cara Delevingne with Jourdan Dunn pretty in party ready sequins

 

London’s Fashion Week has now come to an epic end. The fashion capital subjected us to some of the biggest statement shows to date. Londoners, the rich and famous, and a huge selection of international fashion lovers assembled for their daily fixes of fashion. By the looks of it they drooled over the latest and upcoming collections for S/S and A/W.

Following the intensity of New York Fashion week the critics were out in force. Nothing less than originality, a classic comeback, or a mind blowing collection of new prints and designs would get designers in their good books.

Dusty pink hues were a hit on the cat walk at TopShop Unique and Simone Rocha. The Irish designer and daughter of  John Rocha payed homage to her two grandmothers who inspired her 2013 Autumn/Winter collection ‘Respect Your Elders”. The show consisted of light pink dreamy smart suits with uber-chic nude shirts and tinsel tweed LBD’s that epitomized the perfect winter wardrobe for any sophisticated girly girl. The 26 year old upcoming young designer didn’t stop there. Her shoes and soft cream colors spoke to each onlooker as her looks under took the most perfect of transactions from the rails to the runway. Simon Rocha almost challenges Chanel with her collection with an evidently similar, yet strikingly different approach to the popular masculine/feminine combined look.

Velvet also featured unsurprisingly a recurring theme almost every year. But this year the colour scheme was very much the dark side with blacks, burgundy and navy at Christopher Kane and Issa.The dark romantic mood descended over Mulberry with dark layers of chiffon velvet and lace which ultimately created a stylish sinister look on the catwalk. The flow sleeves were admired at Christopher Kane while PVC skirts featured at the aforementioned Topship Unique and Simone Rocha.

Pretty in Pink Simone Rocha's beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Fashion Week

Pretty in Pink Simone Rocha’s beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Fashion Week

Shoe envy at Simone Rocha

Shoe envy at Simone Rocha

Matthew Williamson made the quite the statement hosting his show in the conservatory of the Royal Opera House. The aesthetically spectacular display provoked jaw dropping reactions from the surrounding fashion cubs. Williamson took us to the bright, enchanting, ‘Northern Lights’ with horizontal lines and zig-zag prints. His quintessential attention to detail was further magnified by the clever use of strobe lighting, which illuminated his beautiful colours and distinctive patterns. His majestic dresses embodied his vision of the English Rose. Chunky winter knits still remained youthful grace to his well cut suits and rainbow colours inspired by a Scandinavian look. His formal collection showcased sequins with an apparently haphazard mix of timeless accessories and delicate fabrics. As the models left the runway he closed the show with a fake snowfall, completing his ‘Northern Lights’ vision.

It's Northern Lights and pretty stripes at Matthew Williamson Fall 2013

It’s Northern Lights and pretty stripes at Matthew Williamson Fall 2013

Grunge is back and appear to be a prominent part of Topshop’s future, especially with the staples, such as oversized leather jackets, fur and boots. The Topshop Unique show was one of the biggest hits at LFW bringing all the latest and affordable high street trends adorned the catwalk show. It is said to be the most digitally advanced show ever in fashion history which allowed the high street captain to keep its shows current and technologically exciting. The collection has everybody buzzing at the Tate from the dusty pinks and sequences for party wear alongside some classic grunge like ‘bad girl’ pieces. Topshop proved as fun and flirty as always with an exceptional 21st Century that can only ensure continued success for the renowned high street chain.

90's vibes at the Topshop unique show at London Fashion week!

90′s vibes at the Topshop unique show at London Fashion week!

Mulberry and Holly Fulton proved amongst the most popular. Industry figureheads and casual spectators alike gathered to support both labels. A swarm of celebrities turned out their support for Mulberry including Alexa Chung, an iconic female in the Mulberry handbag world of course, following the ‘Alexa’. The Holly Fulton collection was cool and collected. A mastermind of geometric prints inspired by the 70’s girl, were whirled up and down on display. The playful collection was striking and different featuring animal inspired logos which she teamed with retro skirts. Each look struck that delicate balance of individual, yet effortless. The mix and match looks were suited to both day time and night time wear.

A media frenzy surrounded each show. Don’t stay in the dark, for rather follow the enthusiasts and fill your wardrobe with the upcoming seasons designs which have proved to cater for every style and taste. Check out the links (containing photos, footage and prints) below to further immerse yourself in the artistically renowned fashion whirlwind that was LFW. 

http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/highlights.aspx?seasonid=36&Seasonday=2013-02-19&Day=&videoid=580

http://style.time.com/2013/02/20/london-fashion-week-2013-on-the-runways-front-rows-and-backstage/

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/8ad9dcec-7c17-11e2-99f0-00144feabdc0.html#slide0

Models do the Harlem Shake in style at Top shop unique

 

Leap into Spring with the help of NYC fashion week 2013

 
Leap into Spring with the help of NYC fashion week 2013!

Miu Miu exhibiting the crop top for Spring/Summer Collection 2013

Miu Miu Spring/Summer Collection 2013

With the much anticipated  arrival of New York fashion week nothing has disappointed to date and along with it came a hoard of celebrity crushes, iconic designers and  more media coverage to keep us not so fortunate goers involved. New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world so where better for buyers and the media to witness previews of what’s in store for 2013. Each day has brought us the hottest trends to grace the runway from some of the worlds biggest designers. An array of pastel, neons and the studded kitten heel comeback draped with sinfully attractive accessories. Every show has offered something desirable to all women regardless of personal style to add to the collection of timeless pieces.

 

The spiky stiletto are back with a vengeance  and are the fashion packs way of looking whip-smart, elegant and super polished.From Christian Louboutin to the color popping Stella McCartney range.Shoe porn is at it’s best!

The irresistible collection from Victoria Beckham

The irresistible collection from Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has been planning to unveil the crisp clean tailored look which includes whites, reds and blacks for her simple chic S/S 13 collection. She has been applauded for her attention to detail and designing for her customers as opposed to her iconic style. She has even choose Manola Blahnik over Christain Louboutin to design the flat shoe, something she is so early seen in.

It’s all about volume control this Spring. Designers such as Miu Miu and Chanel are opting for the unstructured feel. Hermès have shown us elegant and exotic detailed prints attractive to any shopaholic.

The gentle drapes and ruffles from Dior, Céline and Chloé mark a new millstone of femininity. The newly adapted minimalism look is fresh and pretty for the season and is right on trend with the less is more idea.

The crop top has made it’s way from high street to high fashion steadily. Always appropriate for summer and still beautiful with simple jackets and high waisted trousers for the not so brave women. Miu Miu, Balenciaga and Balmin have demonstrated this vision in there shows.

Check out all the latest Catwalk shows from New York fashion week on the comfort of your couch with just a touch of a button nothing disappoints!

http://new.livestream.com/madefashionweek

Photograph VB http://www.bagsnob.com/2012/09/victoria-beckham-spring-2013-collection-her-bag-of-tricks-knows-no-bounds.html

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=miu+miu+spring+summer+2013&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

 

 

Neon Brights for Summer

It would seem as Summer approaches another thing to make sure is added to your wardrobe is bright accessories. More is more regarding colorful splashes of bangels, earrings, handbags and chain necklaces. The idea this Summer is color popping as opposed to coloring blocking like last Summer. To add a fruity, fun girly and vibrant look plenty of high street shops are displaying neons. Marc Jacobs has contributed with laptop cases, bracelets and watches that involve candy color red, orange, blue and pink. The rubber phone cases come in all types of variations at 40euro. Zara is doing pumps and aztec clutch bags for the season. The pumps come in fuchsia pink, blue and bright orange. Teamed with any white blouse and and jeans this would be an ideal accessory for taking part in the trend. Although high tops made there way onto the scene last year the Short rubber cuban heeled runner seems to be making a debut and being snapped up quickly at that to. Neon might be to much for some so minimize it with just the tiniest touch even in a hairband or ring.

Lots of bright Accessories from Top Shop

Lots of bright Accessories from Top Shop

Marc Jacobs Bag and Gel shoes will leave you beach ready

Marc Jacobs Bag and Gel shoes will leave you beach ready

Pink pumps Zara

Pink pumps Zara

Neon lace teamed down with black top
Neon lace teamed down with black top

More is More
More is More

 

 

Coachella’s Passion for Fashion

Simple chic white crop top bandeaux and print shorts

Simple chic white crop top bandeaux and print shorts

You would think all the reports, blogs and talk about Coachella music festival in California would be all about the music? No, it would seem music is second and there is more emphasize on the three day annual festivals fashion goers mainly while music is taking the back seat. At the festival Women used there opportunities to embody there inner hippies and channel looks from the 60′s 70′s 80′s and 90′s even mixing the genres up. Dungarees seemed to have made a come back in denim, white and black teamed with a little crop top underneath. The California sun provided the perfect opportunity for the coachellets to demonstrate chic fashion but also offer the not so privileged goers an inside view of trends that will dominate this summer. Denim shorts were a staple as always, bohemian jewelry was to be seen in every corner which the hipster extravaganza and paradise that Coachella is.

Vanessa Hudgens rocks the Boho festival look

Vanessa Hudgens rocks the Boho festival look

Vanessa dawns a floral head peace

Vanessa dawns a floral head peace

It would seem the majority of festival girls were bonkers for boho. The fringed bag was back with a vengeance while more grunge style victims wore there torn up denim. The girly and hippy girls were seen in floral headbands probably the latest and most trending festival accessory currently. Vanessa Hudgens was seen looking goddess like in white with deep red rose colored band. Katy Perry looked the part in D&G crop top and swing skirt, head to toe teamed with perfect shades which made a nice change from all the reappearing shorts.

Katy Perry pretty in D&G

Katy Perry pretty in D&G

Kate Bosworth looks cool while taking in the festival

Kate Bosworth looks cool while taking in the festival

Mixed prints made there way onto the Coachella runway as did maxi skirts with a bohemian twist. Clash pints and over accessorizing went down a treat for the sunny weather. Quirky sunglasses have never been so versatile to date as now potentially another ideal way to spruce any outfit up. Wide leg hippy flare trousers were a surprise return but perfect and appropriate wore by Vanessa Hudgens on another day. Vanessa Hudgens I think could win a trophy for the perfect style diary for the event. Take style inspiration from the stars in the photos like, Rita, Alesandro, Vanessa and many more. There is no excuse now for not knowing whats on trend for festivals with the wide variety of styles that Coachella has brought us.

Pretty accessories and floral top...effortless

Pretty accessories and floral top…effortless

Party Girls

Party Girls including Victoria Secret model Alessandea Ambrosio

Perfectly demonstrated effortless style
Perfectly demonstrated effortless style

Stella Love

How much more beautiful can Stella McCartney make her handbag collection. S/S  has peaked envy all over for every fashion girl with the multitude of summer shades she has offered. The pastel yellow, blue and pink suede handbags are the perfect summer shades and accessory to have slinked over your shoulder this summer. It’s simply irresistible.

Stella Bags S/S

Stella Bags S/S

Stella can do no wrong, glorious tote bags

Stella can do no wrong, glorious tote bags