Colour and labour intensive textile techniques are the key aspects of Bethan’s creations, as well as personal and meaningful narratives. She designs for a woman who is feminine, fearless and with a sense of humour.
Drawing on her interests in retro aesthetics and interiors, Bethan’s final collection, “NUKE KID ON THE BLOCK”, began with a hunt to find 1970s bathrooms full of vibrant colour and intricate textures. As her design philosophy often incorporates narrative, Bethan was drawn to stories of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.
This was an anti-nuclear community formed by women from all walks of life in the 1980s. To combine this fascinating subject with bathrooms, Bethan created her own narrative that she aimed to convey through her work. Her collection tells the story of a young woman who goes to stay with her mysterious Great Aunt, whose house has not changed since the late 1970s; this is due to her Great Aunt’s involvement in the protests at Greenham Common in the early 1980s.
Due to Bethan’s creatively skilful style, her pieces have been featured on well established publications such as Draper’s Magazine, The Fashion Conversation and Cent Magazine.
It is finally here. YEP, that’s right good old spring. It honestly felt like it has been forever winter has been going on for and we can now finally kind of bring out the lighter jackets and pastel colours we have all been waiting to wear, but wait I have decided to highlight my top spring bags, you should have in your wardrobe.
Are you an AU Natural, Cult/ Fanny Pack, Embellished or Practical bag holder, let me know in the comments below
THIS CULT BAG OF THE 90S IS MAKING A COMEBACK
Fanny pack, belt bag, bum-bag – the semantics alone will trigger a smile. Yet this former favourite of aerobics instructors and food truck vendors is enjoying a come back as it rides on the skirts of a hip-hop revival. They can be fanciful as in Miu Miu’s suede and leather quilted version, show off as in Balenciaga’s logoed number and even earthy as in a tan leather version by Wandler, a new brand from Amsterdam. From dawn squat jumps to nocturnal dance floors, the B bag is no bum deal
Embellished Bags are making a comeback
Luxury grained leather bags, in a compact, boxy shape adorned with embellishments such as embroidery, hardware, print, crystals, fringing, beading, patches and woven sections make for this season’s arm candy. The rectangular or square the boxy shape borrows from the Kelly or envelope clutch and the multi-textured finishes give those copycat merchants a run for their money. For embellished handbag style take a look at Coach, Prada, Versace and Marni.
Practical rucksacks in futuristic shapes, oversized totes, holdalls and courier bags make a welcome alternative to the array of petite sized options. Mesh, contrast zippers, wide straps and bright primary colours add to that sports luxe feel. While fabrics include soft leathers, scuba, rip-stop nylon and treated cotton canvas. As seen at Marc Jacobs, Fenty X Puma by Rhianna, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Helmut Lang Seen by Shane Oliver
As seen last Spring/Summer the mood for woven bags in natural fibres such as straw, rattan, reed and bamboo were big in the trend stakes and this looks set to continue will into SS18. Wooden frames, woven leather and Macramé all feature as designers luxe up those natural summer staples, mix them other materials and give them a unique, modern twist. Going natural this season: Miu Miu, Michael Kors, Zimmerman and Vivienne Tam.
Here are a few more bag trends I believe you also need in your wardrobe
Day 2 of London Fashion week kicked off with BURBERRY, a British luxury fashion house, showed at London Fashion Week at 5pm this evening,I loved this entire collection unfortunately could not find any faults apart from celebrities turning up in the same Burberry jackets.
Cara Delevigne walked in a rainbow coat on the Burberry AW18 runway.
The model wore a Pride rainbow striped flap as she walked in the show.
Sienna Miller has been spotted on the Burberry London Fashion Week front row, wearing loose tartan track pants, a tartan shirt and a classic trench coat exposing a tartan lining, all by Burberry.
Anna Wintour has been pictured sitting front row at Burberry February 2018 show alongside daughter Bee Shaffer.
Burberry’s tartan check patterns have become synonymous with the brand’s image, and most recently Meghan Markle, 36, sported the pattern.
Burberry showcased its AW18 collection at London Fashion Week 2018.
The show took place at Dimco Buildings, a historic structure in White City.
it was the last show for Christopher Bailey, CEO of Burberry.
Models including Cara Delevigne walked the runway.
So I have decided to start men in power series also because I received a few emails and comments regarding the women in power interview I did with Mervielle the model, that I should also incorporate men.
I took on board your comments and today I had the pleasure to have a chit-chat with Jaye Parson, a man of many many artistic talents, you may have seen his work across social media and also on stage with the dopest celebrities i.e: Erykah Badu and more.
Jaye is changing the way we see fashion by his innovative designs and stepping out of the norm, check out our interview below.
Happy NewYear. and it is finally great to have you on our first Men in Power series. How are you today?
I am fine thank you feeling positive.
Last year was a very successful year for you and your brand
What would you say was the highlight of 2017?
Meeting Ericka Badu. It was a very magical moment and at that point, I knew I was doing the right thing. I designed her a customise biker jacket and met her backstage while she was on tour. She liked the jacket and cried.
And what are you looking forward to for 2018
More art. More influence and brand awareness. To continue.
How did you get your idea or concept for your fashion business?
Being around music, the industry and it’s something I have always done naturally. So I can’t tell you why or where it’s second nature. It’s just what I see.
How did you know this is the career for you? And what made you go forth and chase it?
I didn’t know this was the career for me. This one time it was the day I returned from living in Canada for a year. Beginning of 2017 Jan I got invited to an after party in central London Mayfair it was Sremmurd after party and at the time they have a no.1 single with Black Beatles and they were on tour in the UK. Fresh off plane I get ready to go out long story short at the party good vibes good to see faces I haven’t seen before. Towards the end one of the members of Sremmurd on the way to the bathroom. He was drawn to my jacket and asked me where I got it from. At the time I was just making customised jackets for myself I had no idea to turn it into a business but one of the dude from the band liked the jacket and wanted one. So I thought I will bring him one. Didn’t want to miss the opportunity so I said yes and he invited me to the second day of the party and I would come and bring a jacket. So I bought the jacket the next day he tried it on he took it and asked me for my Instagram and he said he will promote it. The next day I woke up to new followers and where to get the jacket from. he wore it on his tour and pretty little thing commercial and the rest is history.
What made you choose this type of business?
It chose me. As in my previous answer.
What is unique about your business?
I believe I create jackets for men that woman love. I think with my jackets and my art I feel like I tick so many boxes. I created over 25 jacket concept in 2017 so there’s got to be something you like.
You have worked with a number of high-end clients and brands, such Ashanti, French Montana and Swalee and more
Have you ever turned down a client?
Yes because they couldn’t afford me
loool right now I am clearly one of those clients, so how did you know it was the right thing to do?
Because I believe in my time and credentials was worth more than the client was offering.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Be yourself. Don’t try and be some body else unless you plan on being better.
What advice would you have for young men who are trying to get involved in the fashion and business industry?
I still don’t think I am in the fashion industry so I don’t have advice. Think outside the box and don’t be the afraid to be the first to do something.
Do you ever take time out to relax and rest and if so what are the things you like to do in your free time?
Female company and good music. Family and friend time.
Who would you like to work with in the fashion and business industry if you had a chance to?
And are your predictions for 2018 trends
PVC for men.
As a business owner, what are your top three priorities?
Consistency, Creativity and Marketing.
CCM, I can clearly see that consistency, creativity and Marketing are your three priorities from your business and work ethic and finally; Do you set high expectations or tolerate mediocrity?
High expectations yes it is in my designs. I only want to delivery my best work.
Thank you very much, Jaye really enjoyed this interview and learning what motivates, and drives you to be the successful man you are today
You can follow Jaye Parson on all social media to see more of his designs
It is the time of the year, again but this time around it is not London Fashion Week but Men’s Fashion Week right here in London.
Friday saw the start of the 11th season of London Fashion Week Men’s – the biannual celebration of British menswear.
Over the course of the weekend, the British Fashion Council showcased a parade of cutting-edge talent from both homegrown and international creativity., where I was able to attend and here, I take a look at some of the highlights from the four days of shows and street styles
Let me know which look is your favourite below and what brand look you liked and dis-liked
Hodges channels grunge for a new look
A brand that’s identified as a luxury label or “the mad ones and the bad ones”, Liam Hodges saw a return to youthful pleasures this season, paying homage to 1990s raves, graffiti and grunge – courtesy of bygone classic kids’ show Get Your Own Back, and Mr Blobby.
Taking to a chequered runway, models sported a mixture of new-wave tailoring with slouched retro fits – and while Hodges’s signature graphics remained, new airbrushed prints of trippy flowers, leopard and smiley flowers were also integrated.
While there was a definite grunge vibe overall with tartan trousers, zipped cuffs, an oversized suit covered in badges and acid green hairdos, the collection also showcased Hodges’s recent collaboration with Fila throughout, including the Disruptor II premium sneakerboot.
Northern Soul-inspired couture (Rex)
Presented in a 100 metre-long gallery inside Somerset House, this season’s Ben Sherman offering looked to its roots and the glories of Northern Soul with a capsule collection created in collaboration with Henry Holland – a designer recently nominated by the British Fashion Council Fashion Awards for Best Emerging Menswear Designer.
Set to an upbeat soundtrack, a score of dancers took to the runway before models appeared in garb that perfectly fused Sherman’s classic silhouettes with Holland’s eclectic aesthetic.
Featuring 29 looks with a 1970s twist, the unisex collection featured everything from short Harrington jackets to Mod-style suits, striped tracksuit bottoms and fishtail parkas.
English makes bold use of textiles
A young designer renowned for her ability to construct strong looks with a focus on textiles and surface textures, Phoebe English created a refined capsule collection in deep navy, charcoal grey and flashes of bright red.
Created in collaboration with knitwear designer Helen Lawrence, models wore textured waffle knits and rib employed in soft British lambswool yarn, as well as hats and scarves.
Grounded with a focus on form, English also presented detailed box and bomber jackets, smart wide-legged trousers with oversized turn-ups, and relaxed-fit joggers.
Elsewhere, traditional menswear shapes were given a smarter edge with detailed shirts trimmed with scalloped sleeve overlays and long smock slips worn under full-length trench coats.
The Art School brand: a ‘non-binary paradise’
Established in 2005 by Topman and Fashion East, MAN has launched and supported a series of brands including JW Anderson, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green and Charles Jeffrey.
This season, though, a new throng of pioneering creatives joined the line-up, including Rottingdean Bazaar, Stefan Cooke, and the “non-binary paradise” that is Art School.
A brand informed by the founders and their friends’ non-binary gender identities, Art School’s second season at MAN – and their third with the support of Fashion East – saw a focus on redefining the limitations of gendered fashion.
“Art School was created to convey a message, to create a dialogue of our lives and those of our friends, our loved ones who are never represented,” they said.
Here, under the creative partnership of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the collection focused on soft tailoring and what it means to “be soft”.
To that end, being soft in Art School terms was all about school girls’ skirts and slips, hand-sewn Swarovski crystals, transparent layers, duchesse satin and knitted metal yarn worn around the body “like floating chainmail”.
Street Style looks
It’s cold out there on the streets of London, but that hasn’t deterred the thousands of stylish men and women who’ve come out to attend the London Fashion Week Mens’ shows for the Autumn/Winter 2018/19 season.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday, I know it’s been a little while I have posted on here but I do apologise, However, I have brought you a lovely review below on an event I was invited to this weekend
London Ethnic had their first Pop up boutique in Chelsea for the press and bloggers day, where there was a TV Crew present and also photographers, they showcased 16 designers and I was able to meet and talk to each one of them, each collection was ethically made in the United Kingdom
I am back once again and this time I was at the KCD Worldwide PR press day in London Vinyl Factory, I was able to view all the brands they represent from, Chloe, to Balmain and obviously Fenty x Puma from the caption above…
We all know Rihanna’s Instagram handle is BadGalRiRi for a reason. The pop star has an insatiable appetite for danger, and her risk-taking swagger permeates everything she does, not least her sense of style. today I was able to see her fashion-conscious adrenaline junkies collection. The collection itself was partly X Games inspired, with a number of classic surf references thrown in for good measure. In addition to biker shorts and scuba onesies, there were modern iterations of cheeky 1980s swim trends, including the French-cut swimsuit, which has arguably been a hot-button topic on beaches all over the land this summer. Long before the likes of Kendall and Bella were posting racy bikini selfies to Instagram, Rihanna had that daring skin-baring look down pat, and her bright neon maillots and body-con beach cover-ups came with all the coolest trimmings, including industrial zippers, adjustable toggles, peekaboo lacing, and mesh overlay. The pop star has never been afraid of unleashing her inner tomboy either, and the oversize motocross-inspired nylon track pants and anoraks were a nice way to push the athleisure trend out of its current spandex comfort zone.
Fenty x Puma Runway show
Fenty x Puma has kept one step ahead, so to speak, thanks in part to shoe designs that think outside the box—Rihanna is the first woman to have won Footwear News’s coveted Shoe of the Year award, after all. Her accessories game was more experimental than ever this season: Stiletto thong sandals were finished with chunky surf-style ankle straps; mules came floating on thick Perspex heels; her best-selling creepers were updated with chunky stomper boots; and the new logo fanny packs are likely to be a hit, too. Trainers culture has gained considerable ground in the realm of high fashion, and it’s clear that Rihanna understands the thrill of the chase for new and unexpected footwear across the board.
My favourites I would say are the; Blue, laced up heels, Silver duffle bag and neon green trainers
Big thank you one again for Profile PR for having me at their SS18 Press at Oui Rooms london. I was able to see the SS18 collections from brands such as Td Baker Luggage collection, Tumi luggage collection, Brics Luggage collection and many more.
Brands for the SS18 Collection
Big thank you for the gift items
Simon Carter london men cufflink, accessories and suits
Lola Rose crystal scarfs. Jewel rise and purses TCMI Luggage collection.
Brics Italian luggage collection
Ted Baker luggage collection
Radley watch collection
Thament hair fragrance
Lebon toothpaste collection
Lenin toothpaste consists of 5 flavours; pineapple, liquorice, cinnamon, green tea
Jusbox perfumes. Coloured bottles
Radley london luggage collection
Henry london watches
Urban Apothecary candles and diffusers black
IDEO perfume lingerie
Vivienne Westwood SS18 collection is all about: love, free world & IOU; Greed, Rot$, Propoganda, War and Buy we’ll choose well and make it last”
She created a pack of playing card, were one is released every week, she started of with the ace of spades, were everything is connected
You are able to collect them like footbal cards, it is also a plan of action, a survey map, if we are able to connect the dots, we can fight for the free world, which is by firstly switching to Green Energy Suppliers
This collection as usual by Vivienne Westwood was jaw dropping, I fell in love with the white denim sleeveless jacket, and 2 piece matching ace of spades jacket and skirt
Today I thought it would be great to take some photos on the IPad, after my meeting in Brick Lane, I wandered around around Looking and ask g a few people if I could shoot them and well here are the images
Hope you like them
Hey guys it’s that time of the season again, when I bring you the close up images from SS18 Fashion Press days, bringing you clear images from next year’s Spring/Summer 2018 collections from brands.
Today I was at IPR London Agency press day at their headquarters in London , wthey are in charge of over 20 brands such as; Timberland, Carcel and more
The brand I particularly fell in love with was Carcel.
Carcel is designed in Copenhagen and manufactured by women in prison
Each item is produced by a woman in prison to give her new skills and a good wage, this way they are transforming lost times into savings and a better future, while giving you quality designs that last.
This brand was founded in 2016 and it was first set up in the women’s prison in Cusco, Peru where they produced luscious knitwear in 100% alpaca wool
Big thank you to McQueen for having me last night at the British Fashion Show Volume 3 at Dorsett Hotel London
The ambience was beautiful, fitted very well with each collection pieces, from the layout of the soft velvet-chairs to the bar located on the right hand side of the runway giving it high class but formal.
The guests started coming in from 7pm and everyone was seated by 8pm and were created with great hospitality from the staff, the Fashion catwalk started at 8.20pm and finished by 10pm
The first set were outstanding
Maddie Williams consisted of 5 Pisces
The collection was a summer and spring futuristic capsule full of pastel colours and Duvet inspired jackets, with the colours been consisting through out the collection which were pink, blue, white and touch of yellow
My sincere apologies I have quite busy with transitioning back to university life that I have not had time to put a post up, but better late than never right?
We all know about the check and plaids trend which has come back again into this years autumn and winter season and I thought it would be great to give you, a few inspirations on how to put your plaids together: either as a casual chic look or work to night out look
Checks and plaids are among the biggest pattern trends from the fall runway shows. Now is the perfect time to consider all the different ways you can wear checks and plaids. These patterns are a staple in our fall wardrobe, and this year they finally have a special treatment.
With the rise of the female power suits, checks and plaids got in the spotlight. There is no better way to upgrade your office style than with a tailored-to-perfection check suit. This year the office gals will have a chance to make multiple interesting fashion choices. Plaid shirts, check blazers and dresses in either of these patterns are the ultimate office-approved pieces. The business style will be popular outside of the office as well. You could attend all the after work parties as the best-dressed person in the room.
Check and plaid coats are must-have pieces for the upcoming season. These patterned coats will transform the boring outfit into a chic fashion moment. Pick some of these prints in unexpected colours for a bolder impression. This year’s fall fashion trends advise the bolder the better, so just have fun with your fashion choices.
Below are a few street style looks to inspire you this season