TREND ALERT: 1940’s Glamour

        ‘Make do and mend’ was Vogue’s advice to it’s readers in the 40’s.  The war-bride look is back this season with a vengence.  A less severe version of the 1998/99 re-emergence the catwalk once again gives a glamourous update to 1940’s fashion.  Coloured fur, long gloves, structured outerwear and nipped in […]

TREND ALERT: Embellishment

(L-R) J Maskrey, Louis Vuitton, Prada & Oscar de la Renta) Sparkles and sequins were a regular fixture on the catwalk for AW11/12.  Fans of make-up artist turned designer, J Maskrey, will know that embellishment is a recurring theme in most, if not all her collections.  Louis Vuitton and Prada used large sequins in their […]

ACCESSORIES: New Era Introducing…

Sure puts a new spin on the humble baseball cap eh?  This piece of art is the winning design from Lina Al-Amoudi from Sharjah, UAE who scooped the top prize of New Era Introducing’s 10,000 bursary to use in assisting the start of a chosen artistic career.  Each entrant was presented with a blank 59FIFTY and […]

FASHION EDITORIAL: i-D: It Was Acceptable in the 70’s

I assisted Sabrina Henry recently on the following shoot for i-D online.    Artist Samara Scott created the fun, colourful set and rest assured that no snails were harmed in the making of this editorial (I even got to take two of them home – they mimics sounds and are low maintenance..I’m easily pleased) Photography: […]

ACCESSORIES: Throwback Alert: Maxi Swatch

Will our obsession with the 1980’s ever die.  It wasn’t all bad was it? The 80’s bought lycra and neon colours into my life so I will always be thankful. ‘Retro’ continues to be all the rage and Swatch have announced that they are relaunching the 80’s mainstay the Maxi Swatch.  I’m hoping that this […]

ACCESSORIES: Make Mine to Go Please…

Now I know I’m not the only one that spends a good few minutes hunting for the “classiest” carrier bag to wrap my lunch box in (which is normally a reused chinese takeaway box or an empty Carte D’Or tub – don’t judge me!)  M&S carrier bags are not necessarily classy but I can’t bring […]

FASHION: Before They Were Famous…

It’s great to hear that there is now a chance to be one of the first to own a one-off design from the possible future fashion designer stars of tomorrow.  I’m sure most of us would have loved to have snapped up an exclusive piece from McQueen or similar before the days when you’d have […]

ACCESSORIES: Mawi & Disney Couture team up

When I heard that Mawi and Disney Couture had hooked up I knew that it couldn’t be anything but a good thing – and how right I was!! This is the Minnie Mawi collection which will launch exclusively on in early September.  Prices range from £32 to £150. How cute are these pieces? Very much Mawi’s style! Anyone for grown-up Disney?! […]

ACCESSORIES: Hot bag Alert – Angel Jackson

Ok so – like the majority of the female population I have a thing for bags.  If it smells old and looks a bit ‘lived in’ even better (don’t ask).  Therefore it goes without saying that I absolutely love the retro appeal of the new collection from sibling bag designers Angel Jackson .  Who (big pause) are finally opening […]

FASHION: Beyond Retro Spreads the Love

Ask any stylist and they will tell you that many shoots have been saved after a rummage through the vintage mecca that is Beyond Retro.  I knew that they did mail order but what I didn’t know was that they didn’t deliver outside the UK – fine for me but not so fine for those of you […]