15 December 2014

A Few New Things...

Hi Lovelies xo

These are a few of my recent purchases, and yes i literally mean a few haha. I have been shopping so much lately i have no more room for anything. I was selective with the items i wanted to show, including some clothing, accessories and make up. Yes most of the items are from H&M as it is my favourite store and my discount just does me wonders lol! 

Starting off with the white blazer, i have always wanted one and i think its just such a classic piece and can be dressed up or down. This specific one has no buttons and satin covered lapels which makes it all the more glamorous. The shoulder bag is simple, cute and small which makes it convenient to carry around and fit the necessary items in it; i also like the gold shimmery chain. It came in a few colours, but i chose black as it would go with everything. The nail polishes came as a set with a plain colour and a sparkly one.There was a selection of a gold and red and I chose the pinky nude colour, they were all really pretty and looked quite festive, especially with the sparkles. I have had my eye on this statement looking necklace for a couple of months now and i don't know why i didn't get it sooner lol. I just love the pendant, the colours and the shapes of the stones and it would really stand out when worn with a simple outfit. These sandal heals are a suede feeling material, have a little platform, narrow heals and a zip at the back. I absolutely love them! They are comfortable as well as stylish. Within the make up i bought, yes you can see another Sleek blush :-), i bought another pink toned colour, they are very pigmented and again i'm just building up my collection. And lastly an eyeliner pencil, i received this among many other things as part of my Secret Santa present, and it was nice timing as i needed a new eyeliner haha. I have been meaning to try something different aswell, and this Barry M one works really nicely so far and its really black and bold...hence the name. I literally love all of these items and i love shopping too woop woop :-D. 

White Blazer - £24,99, Shoulder Bag - £12.99, Nail Polises (Set) - £2.99, Necklace - £9.99, Heals - £29.99: H&M. Sleek Blush Flamingo - $4.49, Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner Black - £3.99: Superdrug

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Genie xo

10 November 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M Collaboration Press & Launch!

Hey Guys,

The long awaited collaboration has arrived! New York based fashion designer Alexander Wang has teamed up with H&M for their annual designer collaboration. This would be the first time an American designer has collaborated with H&M and it launched on the 6th November 2014. Wang's fusion with sportswear featured both Womens, Mens and Accessories in black, white and shades of grey. The collection showed original designs with his signature style/features like the sheer/mesh striped detailing from his SS 2013 Collection. An exclusive shopping event (invitation only) the night before the launch took place at the Regent Street Flagship store, for Press, VIP''s and special guests with complimentary champagne, canapes and gifts. As part of the H&M team, i was working and helping set up the collection and serving the press. Only a selected few from different H&M branches were chosen to help out at the event and launch. The team got special shirts to wear on the press night so we all looked professional and we all got our hair and make up done by make up artists. I worked on both the press night and the launch and it was crazy as people were literally running around the store and the merchandise was sold out in seconds. 

A little grey bag was also given to customers who made purchases, this contained a Jersey top that said 'Team Wang' and 'Team H&M', which was really nice. I bought an Alexander Wang key ring for £6.99 which was a reasonable price and the packing looks really sleek and professional too. I wanted one of the crop tops and the little boxing gloves key ring which was so cute but it was sold out; as i was working both nights i didn't really get any time to buy anything, and when the chance came for me to be able to, the things that i wanted were sold out or not in my size. A good thing though was that i also could get my staff discount off of the collection. We had to get more stock shipped in from Ireland as the collection was practically all sold out on the launch day. I really like some of the pieces in the collection and the fact that its sportswear themed. 

I didn't get to take much pictures as i was on my shift haha, but as you can see all of the team was setting up the store before the doors opened ready for the press. I took a few pictures of the layout and some of the pieces in the collection also.

Overall i really enjoyed helping out with the collection and i cant wait for the next collaboration. Hope You Enjoyed This Post!
Genie xo

3 November 2014

New In

 Hey Beauties xo

These are a few of my recent make up purchases. I actually love Sleek lipsticks, they are so pigmented, true to colour, long lasting and not drying to your lips. I bought these two sheen lipsticks, 'Barely There' being a nude peach, and 'Cherry' a dark vampy red and i absolutely love both of them. I actually went back and bought two more Sleek lipsticks as well 'Papaya Punch' which is a matte bright coral colour and, 'Smoulder' which is a sheen berry red which i had to hunt for as i realised Superdrug never sold that colour so i bought it from Paks (i forgot they sold Sleek lol). I knew i loved it from when i noticed i kept reaching for my Sisters haha! I wanted to wear some dark lipsticks for the Autumn time and i knew my Sister had quite a few and i feel its hard to find dark lipsticks that suit me, i prefer pinks, peaches and corals. So when i tried Smoulder i literally was like i have to get this for myself ASAP! I also bought the MUA Heaven & Earth eye-shadow pallet, as the neutral colours looked so pretty and there are definitely a variety of shades/tones to choose from. I cant wait to try them out!

Genie xo

29 October 2014

Fashion & Textiles Foundation Diploma - 1st Project

'Structural Attachment *In Mono'

Hey Lovelies x

I wanted to do a post briefly explaining what i have been doing in my first project on my foundation course at University. There are two pathways on my course specifically which are fashion design (which i'm doing) and fashion promotion which is more fashion photography, film, styling etc; you learn things from every pathway though. The first project that i have literally just finished completing is 8 weeks long and our brief was 'Structural Attachment *In Mono', the two words 'structure' and 'attachment' and the way we would interpret these words and explore in depth, baring in mind at one point we would have to explore one colour. I have 10 different tutors and they were all helpful in different ways as they specialise in specific fields. The weeks consisted of research, design development, knitwear workshops, digital textiles/printing workshops, attending London Fashion Week, introduction to accessories and prototyping, accessories design, styling workshop, photo shoots, concept development, introduction to pattern cutting/constructing garments, garment production and concept completion. Not to mention i had to go on exhibition visits, write a contextual studies essay and create a sketchbook, sample book and blog. All time spent at Uni, was to do the workshops like learning how to knit using the knitting machines, digital print/Photoshop workshops, life drawings, and design workshops, and it was up to us to actually relate it to our own projects. So in our own time we was meant to do our project in our sketchbooks and also continuously update our blogs to reflect and evaluate. The course is so fast paced with so many different things for you to do there is literally no time for anything which would explain why i haven't been posting frequently. Baring in mind i still have a job, so i have to  plan ahead and be organised. I have been selective with the images i am using as if i showed you all then we would be here forever lool. 
These a just only a few samples i created in my knitting workshop. I learnt a variety of techniques like creating hems, weaving, fringes, grafting, honeycomb, lace holes, drop stitch, colour changing and so much more. It was a new experience for me and i enjoyed it even though it is very technical and easy to mess up what your creating. Other than that it was just amazing seeing it all come together. 

Knitting Machine
Increase & Decrease and Laceholes
Claw Weights
In my digital print workshop i just learnt about the different repeat patterns and working in repeat, so multidirectional, square/straight repeat, half drop, third drop repeat, brick repeat and so forth. I like digital print as i am able to manipulate and play around with scale and colours quite easily and and i could develop my prints from something very simple to something intriquet. Besides from learning how to create the different type of prints, I also learnt how to add my prints to a model/illustration and make it look realistic and not like a flat image on top. I found this very interesting and have always wanted to do this with my own personal work. But instead of using a model off of the internet i would draw my own illustration and designs and add my own prints to them. 

After learning how to do this, we got put into groups and had to create a garment out of the prints that we all made. This could be in any way that we wanted, with my group we all decided to change our colour choices so they all matched. We chose blue, but as my prints/mono colour is blue anyway i kept mine the same. We had two prints each and we wanted to be experimental and try to make the pieces more 3D and come away from the mannequin rather than just be flat. 

As part of styling and promotion week I went to a variety of stores around Central London, both high street and high end to compare the look and style of the garment, the material, price, how it is merchandised and  how the collections were presented. 
Alexander McQueen

H&M - Trend Collection
The accessories workshop consisted of creating little samples and experimenting with different objects that we were meant to bring in. When my tutors say accessory, they don't mean a little cute necklaces or headbands or nice jewelry pieces, they expect over-exaggerated body pieces and headpieces, things that you wouldn't  find someone wearing on the street or in the shops. As i work in H&M most of my materials i got were from work, so i brought in different types of hangers like shirts, trousers, scarf and lingerie hangers, these little hook things to connect hangers together and just a whole load of things (yes i did ask permission lol). The downfall of this was that they were all black, but a good thing was that as they are plastic they were able to melt. So some things were melting with the glue gun as i was attaching them and some things could be melted with the heat press. I also did bring in cups and cotton buds and various materials as they can be easily manipulated. By the end of that workshop week i did have to have my final accessory completed.

With this i had to do a styling/accessories photo shoot. From my research, planning and concept boards i finally decided to do it in the studio with a white background so it would be a nice contrast to my black accessory. I told the model who is my friend Amy, to wear the white leotard and skirt, as i thought i would be a good idea to manipulate what she is wearing and add my prints on top which would be even more development. I thought this worked really well as i was able to incorporate my prints within the shoot. I like the fact that my accessory is not attached to anything and its hand held and can be moved and placed anywhere around the face or body. I also changed the background so that my prints where on the wall which i liked, the shoot may have looked more interesting in a different environment, however i didn't want too much going on and to take away from the accessory. I wanted Amy to do a variation of poses and i liked the awkward body poses which reminds me of a dolly and more fairy tale because of the angles and weird shapes shes creating with her body. The way she is styled with hair and make up was all apart of the process too, i wanted her to wear exaggerated winged black eyeliner and dark purple lipstick which looks more mystical. And again her hair being long and left down with a fringe makes her look more dolly like. I liked the fact that i used my own DSLR Camera, as i bought it recently, and so this gave me a chance to practice as i am learning how to us it myself.

I created my final garment within 2 days and I decided to do a shoot for my final piece. As time was of the essence i kept it simple and done it in the studio. I did however wanted to do it in an exterior setting as the shoot that i done for my accessory was also in the studio. So i had to make it interesting in terms of editing and even adding my prints on the background again. I felt that my final garment came out successful in terms of creating an outcome that related well to my theme/project. Geometric shapes and linking/interlocking being the two words i focused on for structure and attachment, but going into fairy tale as i focused on big hoods and the structure and over exaggerated features like collars and sleeves and this has shown within my coat. The end of the sleeves are draped, the coat has an a - symmetrical shape to it, the hood is really big, fluffy and over sized and i think all of these things worked well.

I hope you enjoyed this post! More projects to come :-)
Genie xo

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