Thursday, 31 May 2012

Gimme some Crown Jewels

The Queens Jubilee is nearly upon us and although I'm not a big royalist I do love a bit of camp sparkle

Usually reserved for Christmas, jewelled looks are all over the magazines this Summer. Perfect I say. What better time than the Summer to make a twinkly rainbow shadow by dancing in the sunlight.
Jewelled bodices and bodies are not new news, the early 1990s were full of multicoloured crystals, rhinestones and sequins. Dolce and Gabbana collection 'Le Pin Up' was full of encrusted embellishment and was famously iconified by Madonna at the launch of her new film of the day 'In bed with Madonna'.
The jewel encrusted corset I created for Madame V was unashamedly inspired by this sumptuous moment in time.
I love the latest incarnation of this trend with sparkly bra tops being worn under sheer blouses and jewelled shorts and knickers under sheer skirts, it's dressed down and easier but still satisfies twinkly needs. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Tattoo or not Tattoo

Ok I'm back and the suns out and a lot more exposed skin 

Recently I've become kinda intrigued by tattoos and body adornment that mimics lingerie or follows the line of underwear on the body. 
Although slightly traumatised by some of the things I have found trawling the internet I have also discovered a strange beauty in permanently embellishing the body to look semi dressed

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Home Sweet Home

I'm moving house so posts may be a bit light this week, will be back in no time with some exciting new things

Friday, 18 May 2012

Cannes Film Festival: Bring out the Bras

I ♡ Calvin Kleins Spring 2012 Collection, full of whispery slipdresses, delicate triangle bras and underwear references  with beautiful detailing  

A visible bra outfit is a hard look to carry off for most, you tread the line between overexposure in a tacky way and looking like you are prepared to do anything to further your career. Australian Actress Melissa George took the risk at Cannes this week in a black Calvin Klein dress with a completely sheer front and a visible triangle bra. She successfully managed to look neither desperate or tacky but somehow a bit boring!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Cannes Film Festival: The Fabulous Fonda

Wow! Let Jane Fonda be an inspirational liberal feminist to us all looking incredible this week on the Red Carpet at Cannes

 She must have had some surgery, she is 74! but just enough to keep her looking like herself rather than a pumped up, taut creature.
It is only exercise and diet that will really keep the posture and tone of your body looking this good and of course a great fitted flattering supportive dress helps!

Throw on some spandex and do you body and mind a favour get exercising!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Schiaparelli & Prada: Illusions

Schiaparelli & Prada IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS the new exhibition just opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has got me reminiscing about my love of the art of Trompe l'oeil

As soon as I think about the designs of Schiaparelli I think of the art of illusion and that everything is not quite as it seems. These were common thought provoking ideas linked to the Surrealist movement of her day. Similarly as serious as Prada can be the introduction of Trompe l'oeil pieces or Collections every so often gives the brand its humour and uniqueness. Miuccia Prada obviously appreciates that in life it's fun to look good and good to have fun. 
Fashion is getting better at laughing at itself, it's been a hard place to get to, it can still be perceived as an industry linked too much to that scary word 'emotion' but thankfully with the incredible success and importantly profits of brands such as Burberry, Mulberry, and the LVMH group it now seems more comfortable to laugh about our idiosyncrasies.
For my Final Graduate Collection I focused on trompe l'oeil prints of my family and friends cherished denim pieces. I wanted to mix the best of the past with the future by printing images of well loved jean jackets and worn jeans onto a white backdrop of high tech modern fabrics.
The scope of print design has moved on incredibly since I graduated. I remember having to troupe down to the photocopy shop in Soho with bags full of clothes and beg and bribe the guys there to let me stay for most of the day photocopying each piece in sections onto iron on T-shirt print paper. 
Nowadays digital print has become cheaper and more accessible for young designers to try out, with designers such as Mary Katrantzou flying the flag for the new generation of fashionable optical illusionists.  

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Rihanna Love

 ♡ Rihanna in lace bodysuit behind scenes of 'Where have you been' video

Friday, 11 May 2012

Sunshine and a slice of Lime

Pumps - Giuseppe Zanotti
Dress - Helmut Lang

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Unleash your Aquamarine Queen into a Violet Haze

Rhinestone Stilettos - Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses - Illesteva

Monday, 7 May 2012

Curve it or Sharpen it ?

I'm working on an interesting new project which needs a fifties bra cup silhouette

The bullet bra, popular in the 1950s(potentially through lack of any other choice?)seems now to be a weird silhouette, still loved by the fetish work for its powerful angular sharp looks but actually it gives a weirdly unnatural look to the bust that has been outdated by modern moulded pads that mimic and enhance the soft curvy shape of the natural breast.
I do however love the obscure idea of a futuristic Lady GAGA world where there would be options in bras that allow you to think 'hmmm what shape do I want my boobs to be today?' rectangles?, cones?, dodecahedrons? All the current breast implants would be soooo out of date with their round old fashion  natural breast shapes! ;)

 If you fancy trying a Bullet Bra

If you fancy a Dodecahedron Bra, you will probably have to get it made specially

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Rock some KNICKEROCKER Knickers


 lovely lingerie from Los Angeles

 Treat Yourself:


Friday, 4 May 2012

Louboutin Shoe Fetish

Yesterday I ventured across London to visit the Christian Louboutin Exhibition at the Design Museum.

What I would like to know was how on earth did I miss the collaboration between Monsieur Louboutin and David Lynch that happened a few years ago!!!
Part of the exhibition is dedicated to their moment of creation together inspired by Fetish. As you would expect, the shoes conceived for this project are wearable only by the brave. 
Truly shoes as Art, some impossible to even stand up in but yet strangely empowering.

Go see :
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