Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Company Grad

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

So July has been a pretty crazy month for me. (Hence being totally absent from the blogosphere for while!)

I managed to graduate with First Class Honours from my Fashion Promotion Degree, whilst being selected to guest edit the October issue of Company Magazine for their Graduate Takeover.

Me and my fellow Fashion Grads

Mum and Dad

I'm currently sitting here in Victoria Station, latte in hand, picking at a plate of nachos with the other, reminiscing over the last 10 days... with a smile on my face, it has to be said.

I won't bore you with the tiny details of my trip.. but I thought I'd share my highlights of Company with you, as I know many of my readers are Company readers, and will be applying for next year's Graduate Takeover! (I highly recommend you do, for it is, in a word.. Amazing!! ..and so incredibly hands on). 

My first day in the office began with the first editorial meeting of the issue. Most of the team, plus us grads as new additions shuffled in to Company Editor Victoria's office. Walls lined in statement paper and previous covers accessorising them, it seems Victoria had dressed her office like she dresses herself. Tres chic.

Ideas were thrown in the air, most were caught and praised for their innovativeness, none were batted away with disgust (for this was certainly not Miranda Priestly's office).

Company Archives 

I won't delve into the nature of the topics, you'll just have to wait until the September issue. What I will say is that I got to write my own feature for the issue, in addition to interviewing both Fearne Cotton and every 15 year old's dream, Connor Maynard. What was so great about that was that I got to transcribe the interview afterwards, completing the process from start to finish. Brainstorming interview questions for the likes of Olivia Palermo, and contacting PRs for credit info was just the tip of the iceberg of my time at Company.

Studio for the cover shoot 

 The fashion content is truly beautiful thanks to the quartet of fashionistas Oonagh, Laura, Emma and Ruby. The rest of the team are really amazing at what they do, and great people to observe and learn from. From Lexxi, the rapunzel-haired fashionista never to be seen without her camera who was once an intern at Company and "kept coming back" (that's why her hair's so big... It's full of fashion secrets), to Lena, features writer extraordinaire, and a dab hand at customising Justin Beiber t-shirts, the team is really really great. 

Some of the accessories for our cover star

If this week's taught me anything, it's that there really is only one career for me, and if this week is anything to go by, I seem to be on the right track. Following your dreams will get you far.. hard work and perseverance will get you even further. I hope to be sitting on (or at least near) a fashion features desk again sometime soon. 

And for now... on to the next.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Lanvin AW12 Campaign

This season's Lanvin subjects could not be MORE perfect. 82 year old Jacquie Tajah Murdock and 62 year old Tziporah Salamon star in Alber Elbaz's most recent campaign. As previous stars of one of my favourite blogs advancedstyle.blogspot.co.uk these ladies make me unafraid of age, but, surprisingly look forward to it!

No jewels or embellishment can be worn quite like knowledge and conviction of self.. But when you add them both together.. well.. you get Lanvin AW '12 of course!


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Elle Collections Autumn/Winter 2012

Hitting news stands today, Elle Collections goes girly with a collage of flowers, butterfly wings and A/W looks in pink and purple hues. Sandwiched between the sweetness is a hint of teal and legion blue. Food for thought for the season ahead. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Elie Saab Couture AW 12-13

My 3 favourite looks.

Heavy embellishment, clean lines and a striking colour palette = a recipe for 100% success in my book. I dream of occasions to wear such beauty.

For now, dreams will have to suffice. 

Monday, 2 July 2012

Bracelet Collector

I seem to buy bracelets everywhere I go. Above is a mixture of New York, France, Gran Canaria and, of course, good ol' Camden Town. 

A wrist full of memories, if you will.
The more the merrier. 

First Look // Celine AW'12 Campaign

Très Chic.

Pierre Cardin SS11 MENSWEAR

Pierre Cardin’s 90th birthday comeback proved a mishmash of sorts. The visually confusing array of 138 looks began with a rubix cube of Tropicana. Rounded contours in blue, tangerine and fuscia turned to military elements in aqua, canary yellow and plum. Shortly followed by sleeveless overcoats in tartan and tweed, the spring/summer vibe was thrown in the air by a parade of black polo necks cowering under sheathes of such intricately fastened outerwear.

The futuristic and space age aesthetic Cardin has championed on and off from the 1960s was revived this season. Black leather tops were piped in red and green, with a lime coloured slice appearing through a holed chest, taking on the connotation of a tie.

Highly texturized fabrics in navy and burgundy were followed by PVC edges surrounding a fluro palette. Summer was suddenly back in the room with washboard torsos striding out wearing thick medallions and holed trousers.  Almost as if they had been washed ashore as the future’s very own Robinson Crusoe.

Tousled, wide shouldered suits swamped undone ties and collars standing to attention. Buttons matched their coloured slacks.

Like a rose between a cluster of thorns, a khaki coat housed upon a slate polo neck brought some wear ability to the collection. Sleeves retreated, as the palette became lighter.

Visor shades injected an ounce of fluidity throughout a collection using every material and a design team running with a multitude of tangents.

Sequin, velvet and crinoline engulfed space suits left nothing to the imagination, paving the way for an unexpected female finale.  

See my original post on Fashion156.