Monday, 30 April 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012


I'm trying some blue sky thinking about how to counteract the grey old weather we're having in the UK at the mo.

  These beautiful sculptures by the artist Jim Hodges got me thinking. Lets dip,drape and coat everything around us in delicious metallics that reflect even the smallest amount of sunshine and like a buttercup under the chin philosophy our moods will be magically lifted!*

Jim Hodge

Margiela Clutch Bags

Iris Van Herpen

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Coachella Crop

The second weekend of Coachella all wrapped up I suppose the Festival season is now in full swing.

What I'm missing so far is some new fashion statements.
I've had to be satisfied with some cool cropped bra wearing, 
a trend that seems to have been around for a while but its only recently we seem to be getting the hang of how to 
 wear it stylishly.
Go high waisted with your bottom half if you are not ready to bare the midriff or if you are in the UK it's actually no where near warm enough yet! Definately team with a little cardigan or boxy jacket and finally get some attitude because you are after all wearing a bra as a top.

Vintage Victorias Secret

Bless the Daily Mail for drawing my attention to not only a fabulously inspirational 1978 Victorias Secret Catalogue photoshoot but also an amazing website which I have instantly bookmarked.

Lets face it, the end of the Seventies was the best for fashion. Just before it turned into the desperately styleless Eighties. 
It was like a liberated 1940s all shoulders and waist but with a dash of sheerness to spice everything up.

random dog?

theres that dog again

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Peekaboo Bra

It's sometimes frustrating when you design lingerie as you don't generally get to see women wearing your designs as regularly as say a designer that creates dresses or handbags. I have had to stop myself from gazing at women in their underwear at the gym as it's not really socially acceptable !

So I'm glad to say there's a new trend bubbling around town that might change that.
In my mind the credit goes to Dita Von Teese for setting the seed for this trend a few seasons ago with her take on a vintage silhouette for her collection with Wonderbra. This bra actually had a wire along the top edge of the bra so you get this amazing sweetheart neckline. She has gone on to repeat this look in her new collection for Australian brand Von Follies. 
Since then this trend has subtlety influenced the styling of some of the big Womenswear brands and also lots of DIY looks.
You might think it a bit brash to show off your bra but the subtleties of this look are really important.The bra should sit much higher on the neckline so it actually covers up your bust. The effect is that the bra neckline almost becomes a piece of jewellery.
 This look is definately much more about 'look at my bra' rather than 'look at my cleavage!'

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Marley and Me

On Saturday night I managed to catch a showing of the first authorised documentary about the icon Bob Marley directed by the Oscar winning Kevin Macdonald.


Be warned, its an emotional roller coaster. 
I laughed, cried, tapped my foot, nodded my head and even sung along, together with the rest of the cinema, it was contagious.
Previously unseen archival footage gives a great sense of the vintage style, attitude and beautiful scenery of the Jamaica Marley grew up with. 

Amongst many things that interest me about Marley one was his understated but confident sense of style. 
Just take a denim shirt, a khaki shirt, a great fitting jean and a dash of red, gold and green. Something everyone can learn from. 
A lesson in how to wear clothes and not let them wear you.

Go see the film

Here's a preview:

Friday, 20 April 2012

Couture and the Kitten

Only the amazing Nick Knight could combine my two favourite things together in the most gorgeously fabulous images. 
A kitten, couture and a dash of faberge.

Nick Knights Instagram photoshoot can be seen in full here

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Born this Way Ball: Armani creates for GAGA

♡ this studded cage corset body already !!!

I'm so over those easter pastels.....

Let's have a bit of rock n roll

stud it

 buckle it

get the attitude

get the real deal at

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Recycle your Blue Jeans

♡ this body recycled from a pair of denim jeans by Maarten Van der Horst for the May edition of Vogue UK. 
Modern deconstructivist from the front and pure frou frou girly loveliness from the back!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Lemon Drops


Victoria Beckham bag
 and Isabel Marant Jacket from netaporter

Saturday, 14 April 2012

What Lies Beneath: Rude Noodoll

Hope my mum doesn't see this because she would be no doubt uttering the word 'dishrag' under her breath, I prefer to call it authentic vintage casual. 
I'm having a casual day, lots to do and I need to be comfortable and stylish.

 As you may have noticed already I am not a fan of a white bra, they are so high maintenance and the biggest sin of all to me is to let a greying bra strap into the world. So, while I worked at Madame V I decided I was going to create the kind of white bra I would like to wear.

It started with a collaboration with a friend of mine Yiying who created and runs the label Noodoll. Some may of thought it was odd collaboration, a cool cute character with a sexy lingerie brand but me and Yiying got on so we thought it would be fun.

We created super cute underwear pieces in soft cottons with raw edges that would get more authentic with wear rather than grey and wornout. 
Yiying created a special edition rude Noodoll, which lined all the bras and it still makes me laugh when I see it. 
So was created the perfect white cotton bra that hides some cheeky secrets and frankly some handy tips.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Victorias Secret: In Vogue

See this months Vogue, Victorias Secret are nearly here!!
Only a few months to wait ...

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Mode 2: Stockings

Mode 2, graffiti artist extraordinaire has just finished the final part of his hand painted print series. 
Undressing is the theme so semi nude and a bit rude.
They have just been released today so act quickly if you want one. .

Mode 2 | Stockings
Hand painted four-colour screen print on Somerset Velvet Buff 280gsm paper
Edition of 40 signed and numbered by the artist
77cm x 56cm

The Outsiders Gallery: London
8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DG Tel (+44) (0)203 214 0055

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Rolling Stone Magazine: Lana Del Rey

Lana looking amazing in the swimsuit I made for her on the front cover of May 2012 ROLLING STONE Magazine !!

Feeling Blue after the Bank Holiday?

Get with Lilac it's much more on trend!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Pop a peppermint

Overindulged during the Easter Break?
 How about some soothing peppermint pick me up purchases.


Vanessa Bruno dress -

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Easter Bra Hunt

It's Eastertime, so what about a bit of hunting through your bra drawer to discover any bras you haven't worn in a while or have grow out of or maybe have worn a bit too much etc and donate them to you local Oxfam this April.

Oxfam wants your bras so they can send most of them to Senegal where they run 'Frip Ethique' – a social enterprise where people earn a good living by sorting and selling donated clothes. 
Bras raise more money than any other item – and the profits generated by the business get invested in their work fighting poverty in Senegal.
Some bras they will also sell in their UK shops to raise money for their work around the world.

You've got till the end of April

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Bras are out in LA . . .

I love seeing a well thought through visible bra strap look and LA seems to be full of them at the moment.

Just a couple of tips girls. 
Miranda, I hope you weren't entertaining any serious physical jerks in the gym as that looks like a push up bra and it ain't gonna do much! and Kim, I don't know what you actually do but you wear a neon sports bra well.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Horniman Museum: The Body Adorned

 While having dinner at a friends last week they happened to mention that one of their highlights of South London was the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
Now, I've heard about this museum intermittently through my 
years of living in London but never visited. A new exhibition just launched there may just be about to change that.

The Body Adorned exhibition reveals how a diverse population clothe and adorn their bodies to find their place in a city. 
Over time, saris, tattoo parlours, nail bars, distended ears and scarification have become a visible, everyday part of the London cityscape.

The exhibition considers how the movement of people, objects and ideas influenced London dress in the past and explores body adornment in today’s world city of London.Ultimately they invite 
you to look at how you dress your body and why.

The exhibition features hundreds of stunning objects from the Horniman’s collections including adorned figures, early tattooing instruments and headdresses, a film installation by The Light Surgeons, several wardrobes of London residents exploring why they wear what they wear and urban street portraits taken by young people.

the exhibition runs until the 6th January 2013 so you have plenty of time to organise a trip there. 
Together with the gardens, the eccentric year round taxidermy  exhibition and free admission its a great visit for kids too!

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