Fashion Degree Over – Blogging Break Over

A Fashion Design degree has got to be one of the most demanding, time consuming and draining processes. Expect to have no money. Expect to have no spare time. Expect not to see your loved ones half as much as you’re used to. But if you go into the process with this in mind and the ability to be selfish then the rewards will come. I am so insanely happy now that the process is over and the fact that in a few weeks time I’ll be graduating with a first class honours degree, never in my life did I expect that to happen.

If you keep up to date with me and my blog then you’ll have noticed that I’ve taken a massive break from being here whilst completing the final semester of my degree. It was a hard decision for me to have to make but I wanted to keep up with the standard of my posts and the time that I was used to putting into them. I felt like if I had rushed through posts for the sake of posting that it would have been a dis-service to myself and the lovely people that read my blog! Surprisingly I have continued to gain a following and to keep up my views throughout the past few months which has been a lovely compliment – if you’re new here then Hello, I have returned!

For most people returning to University for their final year, they’re looking forward to meeting deadlines and graduating. Of course this was the obvious goal but for my course Show Selection day was a lot bigger than that. We all went into the process of knowing that less than half of our years collections would be given the chance to be on the Graduate Fashion Week runway and even if we were given the opportunity to do so it wouldn’t be as simple as getting in and having nothing to change.

The problem with creativity is that it’s completely subject to peoples personal opinions, you could put 20 collections in front of one person and ask them to select half and then do the same with someone else and get completely different results. This was probably one of the hardest aspects of show selection, if my collection wasn’t to be chosen it wasn’t because it wasn’t good enough, it was just down to a group of people and their collective opinion of it as a visual stood in front of them.

I was overwhelmed to be one of the lucky 18 people selected for my collection to be shown on the runway. I couldn’t even explain how many emotions I was feeling when I was told, never mind the few weeks that followed getting everything sorted and ready for London. Having my work on the runway was completely life changing. In the past few weeks I’ve been in The Times newspaper, all over Instagram, Social Media and Blogs and I’ve even had attention from celebrities for possible collaborations. Having all of my hard work pay off has been insane and I’m so grateful of everything that this opportunity has brought me and can’t wait for the future.

810Photograph sourced from Vogue

Cry Baby Club is collection of six creative and unique looks that sit together as a range and Couture collection. I wanted to create a collection of looks to make women feel empowered and beautiful when wearing them. The collection as a whole is ultra feminine with layering techniques of different weights of fabrics including oversized sheer pieces with lingerie detailing sitting underneath them. The concept of the collection is to embrace the sensitivity that women are portrayed to have, we are sensitive souls and that’s what makes us human.

Details include lazorcut felts with double top stitching finishes and silky lined garments and highly detailed surface techniques from hand sewn and hand glued Swarovski crystals to create heavily embellished timeless pieces. The versatility of the collection allows everything to work well as the six individual looks but can also be split apart to create a range of different looks and endless possibilities from mixing and matching the pieces around.

Here it is, Cry Baby Club on the Graduate Fashion Week runway, I’ll never forget this moment. For the next two weeks I’ll be dedicating my posts to the experience of Graduate Fashion Week so if you want to see more then you know where to check!

Spotlight: Elie Saab Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2016-2017

Once again Elie Saab has broken me, this collection is so ridiculously stunning and decadent. The contrast between the dark jewel toned pieces and gentle pearl toned gowns is so interesting to see, as always the high detailed stoning/jewel work on the gowns and the jewellery accessory pieces aided in bringing the entire collection to life. This collection also included some matching childrens wear pieces that were so gorgeous. All photographs are sourced from the French Vogue website.

The video really helps capture the collection of delicate fabrics used this season, the dark toned velvet and silk were favourite materials of mine in these particular pieces. I loved the belts incorporated into most of the garments, this helped with the full shape of the gowns, below are my favourite 25 looks from the collection.

 

Spotlight: Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2016-2017

Zuhair Murad is becoming one of my all time favourite designers, I have been blown away with every collection they have produced I’m consistently excited by them every season. I loved how the spectrum of colours changed throughout the running order of the looks and how the looks completely transitioned from one colour block to the next. All photographs are sourced from the French Vogue website.

The video does the collection so much more justice than the photographs, the way that the beading, embellishment and sequins on each garment catch the lights is absolutely incredible. I am completely in awe of the gowns and how they moved down the runway, below are my favourite 18 looks from the collection.

Haute Couture Favourites – Autumn/Winter 2016-2017

Back to my favourite time of year, brand new Haute Couture collections to squeal about! Here’s my 4 picks of my favourite designers collections for this season, I’ve also picked my top 3 to do larger detailed posts about this week. All photographs are sourced from the French Vogue website.

Alexis Mabille – Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 Haute Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

This is the first collection that has stood out to me from this particular designer, the mixture of intricate pleated silks and pastel colour scheme give a dreamy elegant concept for the entire collection.

Dolce & Gabbana – Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 Haute Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

Dolce & Gabbana have absolutely stunned me with this collection, a mixture of mens tailored suits, gowns dripping in jewels, vivid prints and outrageous headpieces combine to make a decadent collection with the authentic D&G vibe.

Fendi – Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 Haute Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

If you’re yet to see this collection then you must have been hiding under a rock as it has exploded over social media, the glass runway was set over Rome’s Trevi Fountain taking everyones breath away. This 90th anniversary collection spilled out the most stunning capes, coats and jackets onto the runway including large appliquéd panelled dresses to bring everything together.

Giambattista Valli – Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 Haute Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

Cold and hard hitting Ice Queen realness down the runway, this dramatic collection of florals and crazy sleeves is enough to make your jaw drop. I love the little hints of colour in the looks and the black to draw everything in, this is definitely one of my favourite collections that I’ve ever seen from this designer.

Paris Couture Fashion Week Favourites – Spring/Summer 2016

Like many other Fashion Students I live and breathe it, I could spend hours at a time looking at new collections and designers and being inspired by every single aspect. Fashion Week is something to always look forward to, especially Paris Couture Week. After taking a look at this years collections I have highlighted some of my favourites. All my photographs were sourced from the Vogue website, it’s my favourite source for all the new runway collections and photographs.

Guo Pei – Spring/Summer 2016 Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

This collection is ice cream pastel tones meets housewives and I am obsessed, the colours are so subtly stunning and the gold detailing on the garments really brings them to life. Every time I look it gets better, from the ballerina style lace up shoes, to the statement earrings and the masses of organza pleats.

Elie Saab – Spring/Summer 2016 Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

Elie Saab collections always leave me stunned but this combination of lace, mesh and crochet is breathtaking. Inspired by Middle Eastern Princesses with a Victorian feel this season is better than ever before. The subtle colour spectrum shades changing from white to grey to blue make it look so effortless yet the garment details say otherwise.

Ralph & Russo – Spring/Summer 2016 Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

The mixture of textures and exaggerated shapes it so beautiful, again the colours are really captivating and the entire collection had a very bridal look to it. I loved the use of the different fabrics and how well they complimented each other and the slicked back models hair to really give the focus on the garments.

Zuhair Murad – Spring/Summer 2016 Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

It was so hard to choose between the floral detailed gowns, every piece was so beautiful and unique, this collection is one of my new favourites of all time. I loved the change the the colour scheme throughout the show and differences of style with every single dress, nothing was too similar which I loved.

Giorgio Armani Prive – Spring/Summer 2016 Couture – Take a look at the full collection here

This collection is so dreamy, I love the printing on the lightweight organza and the shades of lilacs and purples. I can imagine how the pieces floated and moved down the catwalk and the incredible shapes they will have created. I loved the way the models were styled, from the slick black wigs to the simplistic makeup.