Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Fashion has been an outlet to air politcal views since the first slogan t-shirts were used to promote the US elections back in the 1950’s. I did a whole essay for my Design & Visual Culture module of my course about how t-shirts are our billboards. Katharine Hamnetts designs have spanned decades influencing the fashion concious to take a stance in their particular views wether it be saving the whales or dismissing wars. This photo shows her meeting Margaret Thatcher wearing a T-shirt stating “58% don’t want pershings” referring to missles being used during the Falklands war.

A cause close to my heart being half-iranian is the current protests for freedom continuing to this day to free the country from their outdated regime.

American Apparell have launched this Unisex t-shirt, priced at £23, to show their support to the iranian people.



Style 2001SP

Style 2001SP
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It’s just a shame they appear to be profiting from the t-shirt as their is no mention of a donation to helping the iranian people.

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Jimmy Choo announces the launch of Project PEP with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This project is designed to support the funding of the Simelela centre in South Africa. The vibrant capsule collection features a distinctive and collectible punk rock motif print representing Jimmy Choo’s passionate and individualist spirit.

This cause has particular resonance for Jimmy Choo because of its support and empowerment of women. In 2005 Jimmy Choo Founder and President Tamara Mellon worked with the Elton John AIDS Foundation on a charity auction project ‘Four Inches’ that assisted with the first funding of the Simelela centre.

We are women helping women and we are proud to continue our collaboration with the compelling and urgent initiatives of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and to provide a voice for under-privileged women in South Africa. We are excited to launch this social media campaign which we believe is a fun, light-hearted way to make people aware of a very serious subject.” – Tamara Mellon, Founder & President, Jimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo will donate 25% of the net sales from Project PEP to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  With this funding, the Elton John AIDS Foundation can directly support the pioneering Simelela Rape Centre in Cape Town that was set up in 2005, with the mission to administer victims of abuse with the vital HIV preventative PEP medication (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) and provide the infrastructure for medical, counselling and legal support.

The proceeds raised by Project PEP will enable the clinic to stay open day and night providing 24 hour/7 days a week access to the vital life saving treatment that has to be administered within the first 72 hours of exposure to HIV.

Everyone could enter unlimited photos to the competition and with talent being fierce my dream of winning the first prize dwindled away. After putting any hope of a prize to the back of my mind I was elated to recieve an email from the Jimmy Choo team saying my photo had come runner up with a project PEP Eco Bag.

The brief for the photo competition was “You, Your Shoes and 72”. I interpreted this as 72 shoes shaped to resemble the Aids foundation Red cross. Wearing my red ribbon shoes that symbolise the cross as the focal point and using a clock to symbolise the 72 hour time frame.

I’ll be proudly wearing mine in support of the good cause. Check out the website for the collection and to view other entries and don’t forget to dig deep and donate to the foundations lifesaving work.

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The coolest way to skate this winter has to be at Somerset House, London. Tiffany & Co present the 10th anniversary Ice Rink this winter adorning it with a little touch of sparkle and a giant Tiffany & Co Christmas tree. After a chilly skate you can warm your hands with a warm cup of Tiffany Tea! Need a sugar boost? Head over to the Tiffany Pop Up “Tuck”  Shop. Yum Yum!

Inside the big blue present is like every big girls dream. Tiffany cupcakes and candy canes, peacocks and dears, and glitter and DIAMONDS! Lots of Diamonds. A cupcake or candy cane is a steal at £2.50 a fraction of the price of the sparkles.

Visit my Flickr for photo’s of the inside! Or click on the My Photo’s link on the Right >

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UGH. Another celebrity who should stick to what she’s good at. First it was Kate Moss “designing” her own line for Topshop, only to be foiled that they were actually designed by London College of Fashion Students and bore uncanny resemblences to her own clothes.

No don’t get me wrong I’m one of Kates biggest fans, I could spend hours Googling her, but thats exactly where I want to see her: 2D, Nice outfit, Usually with her tits out, Pretty Face. Not claiming to be the next Karl Lagerfeld.

Kate Moss in 1998 (l) and in a KM

Someone please explain to me how this can be “designed” by Kate when she’s clearly wearing the same dress Circa 1998. That’s artistic interpretation too far. What are Kate’s credentials on desiging? There’s being an iconic clothes horse and there’s pattern cutting, measuring the seams, blind stitching. Come off it Kate.

Leona Lewis to design with Stella's help

At least Kate has some industry experience. Leona Lewis on the otherhand is singer off a reality show isn’t she? But apparently she seems to have teamed up with ethical embassodor Stella McCartney to design her own vegan clothing line. I’m vehermently against the use of fur in fashion but I can’t help think Leona Lewis could use her new found fame to promote PETA instead on joining the bandwagon of Celebrity ENDORSED fashion lines. Boring. She doesn’t even dress well. I shall wait with baited breath.

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Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

Yesterday was the annual Knit & Stitch Show in Grannies favourite Harrogate.  The 3-Day long event was absolutely brimming with Students to Blue Rinse’s dawdling around exhibitions and stalls.

The day trip was organised by the “Knottingham NTU Knit & Stitch Society” who took a coach full of hungover students on the two-hour drive day trip to a cold and blustery Harrogate.

Set over 4 exhibition halls the show was overwhelmingly big and equally busy. There were live demonstrations (the Sonic Sweeper was mesmerising), hard sellers and Rumpelstiltskin’s spinning.

My favourite exhibition was by a local lady called Kerry Mosley. Her work was a fusion of Art meeting Textiles. Her portraits were large delicate wall hangings of well-worn faces. What was nice was a chance to speak to the artist herself and have a look in her sketchbook where she sketches the faces of her subjects using Biro and accompanies them with a narrative from the subject. 

Kerry Mosley's wire embroidery 

The Biro is harsh and captures every wrinkle that tells a different story of the person’s life. Some of the stories were heart-wrenching but made a personal background to the accompanying portrait.

The Portraits themselves looked so delicate on the wall but Kerry assured me they were actually quite strong. They are created through two techniques: Hand Knitting of pliable wire and then stitching and embellishment with beads over the top. The use of wire captures the lines of her Biro drawings, which I thought were equally as impressive. Each one taking her 6 months worth of evenings to complete.

Checkout her website for more information and a gallery of her other works: www.kerrymosley.co.uk

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