Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Feeling Frilly

With all the rain I am already starting to think about Summer! Have found a couple of pieces that I can't wait to wear once the sun starts shining again.This dress is from Primark and I was immediately drawn to the print. It reminded me of vintage fabric and even though every other person will probably have this dress I still think something about it is unique and interesting.These sweet frilly shoes were found in the Topshop sale! I am very pleased I have finally bought these shoes as I have been lusting after them for quite some time!! They were perfect to go with a dress that I had for a wedding. Here is the dress, it is from Great Plains and I snapped it up at a French Connection Sample sale for £15!!!So as you can probably tell I will be wearing some frills this summer - and I can't wait!!

Hope you are all staying warm and dry!!

Fashion Fantasist xx

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Cat On The Wall

This week I did an interview with Jo Whitby from the Music and Culture Webzine Cat On The Wall. Please check it out here.

Thank you
Fashion Fantasist xx

Friday, 21 January 2011


I have been meaning to post about this young designer for quite some time. I discovered Hayden Williams through twitter and he is a lovely guy to talk to and talented to boot. His illustrations are beautiful. From striking catwalk models to Bratz Dollz and Barbie Hayden is oozing with talent. I have been following his body of work for awhile and thought it was time to find out more about him!How long have you been drawing for?
I've been drawing since the age of 3 and haven't stopped since! It's like an addiction... I was always an artistic child and I haven't changed now I'm a young adult!What is your main inspiration?
My inspirations when I was young was Disney movies... I would draw the animated female characters over and over until I felt they looked perfect! I was obsessed with Jessica Rabbit too. She still is an influence on my work. When I hit my teens and realised fashion was the industry I was meant to be in. I started looking at designer brands, ad campaigns, fashion collections etc. I started coming up with my own designer collections via illustration. Designer brands like Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci and Jason Wu are all influences in my work as well as illustrator/designers such Robert Best who designs for high end Barbie.Your drawings are varied - from fashion designs to Bratz and Celebs - who or what is your favorite thing to draw?
Hmm, that's a tough question!! It depends on what I'm inspired by at the time. The fashion designs I come up with have become a permanent fixture/compulsory for me but the illustrations I do of celebs etc are more of what I would call my 'IT' illustrations. I don't do them very often, but when I do... They serve the purpose for the hype and are very fun to draw! Overall though, I couldn't choose a fave thing... All of the things I illustrate are fun to do!What are you doing at the moment?
I'm currently studying Fashion Product Innovation at Ravensbourne University. I'm studying Womenswear, Menswear, Promotion and more. It's a course that will prepare me for the industry i was born to be apart of! Other than studying and doing uni work, I always find time to do new illustrations and designs to keep things fresh!!And lastly what is your favorite out of your own work?
Another tough question... I have such a huge back catalogue of illustrations that it's hard to choose a personal fave! I don't think I could choose between my illustrations/designs...
Each one I do is unique and special in their own right haha! Every time I do a new one, it's my fave of the moment!Have a browse of Hayden's work on his two blogs (blogspot and tumblr) and see if you can find your favorite. I have to say one of my favorites (one of many!) is the tapered trouser and classic white shirt combo - something about it is so graceful yet edgy.

Hope you have enjoyed Hayden's work!
Much Love
Fashion Fantasist xx

Monday, 17 January 2011

Lu Flux

You may or may not have seen the fashion label Lu Flux and her work but it has been dotted around various blogs lately. However I have been researching ethical fashion recently for a show that I am helping to promote - Fairwear Fashion and this is how I stumbled upon Lu Flux.I was instantly drawn in by the colour pallet and the hand made quality of the imagery. With a passion for vintage fabrics and traditional craftsmanship the Lu Flux brand uses pleating, knitting and patchwork techniques to create 'eco-luxurious' garments that celebrate the romance of the 'one-off'The Spring Summer 2011 collection is called 'Over the Hills and Far Away' and was her second season at London Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by the landscape paintings of Gustav Klimt and features blues, yellows and greens. Also you will spot the occasional landscape worked into the garments. The colours are meant to emulate an English garden in spring. Ribbon and personalised toile de Joey feature alongside sculptured patchwork made up of salvaged, sustainable and organic fabrics.With abundant textures and patterns, Lu Flux's garments greet onlookers with a sense of creativity and pleasure. What I like to see is that humour is combined with beauty to create whimsical warmth that can fill the wearer with wonderful silliness.Paying meticulous attention to the methods and materials that create each garment Lu Flux strives to demonstrate the possibility of creating ethical clothing without compromising beauty.Best Wishes
Fashion Fantasist xx

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Science Of Sequin

How incredible is this?

A sequin dress that moves. This Sequin Dress is from Boudicca's new collection: 'Fragmented Dreams SS10' - When moving your hands over the sequins they are flipped over - leaving the marks of the motion and movement. 'Generative - Motion - surface design - each dress is always UNIQUE.'

Just thought this was interesting... Only Six have been made in the world - 1 in New York, 1 in Los Angeles, 1 in Kuwait City, 1 in Moscow and 2 in Las Vegas.

Best Wishes
Fashion Fantasist

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Spot Of Tea?

Well it was my Birthday yesterday (5/1/11) and thank you for my birthday wishes! Had a lovely day and got very spoilt - which is always a good thing on a birthday.

I visited Bristol Aquarium, I had never been. It was really great - lots of different types of exhibits from fresh water to the Amazon and the Coral Reef. Here are a few snaps I took.I also received a wonderful array of gifts and felt truly spoilt... I will share with you some of my favorites.
A lovely Tea Set from the Boyfriend - I do love Teapot Tea (say it as one word very satisfying!)
And the beautiful frame in the background.And two sweet dotty tops from my parents.

There is also a mysterious present that is yet to arrive due to delivery so I am interested to see what that will be. I also got given some fruity and floral bath stuff and yummy chocs!

Hope you are all well
Best Wishes
Fashion Fantasist xx

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

My My Mulberry

I received the February issue of Vogue today and whilst flicking through my eye was caught by this beautiful advert for Mulberry.The whimsy in this photograph is unmistakeably Tim Walker. The colours are wonderful and I love the extra touches with the porcelain dogs and watering cans. When I came across this image it just filled me with joy. I think it is because Mulberry is an English brand and this is so quintessentially English and slightly eccentric imagery that really draws my interest.

Enjoy xx

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year

And Happy Birthday to my blog! It has been a year since I started blogging as Fashion Fantasist and what a year it has been. I was not expecting this blog to turn out the way it has done. It started as a way to make a digital profile for myself and my designs but has turned in to a lot more.

I don't think any of the opportunities I have experienced this year would have happened without this blog. It has helped me meet new people, I have been invited to fashion shows and events, I have written for other blogs and online publications and of course it helped (with Twitter) towards getting an internship with French Connection.

Writing this blog has expanded my fashion horizons. If I have found a designer or piece of work I have found interesting or inspirational I have tried to make contact with the designer, which has been a very rewarding experience discovering other peoples inspirations and aspirations.

A highlight of this year for me was to go to London Fashion Week!! I only went the one day and saw one show but it was amazing. As you all know I didn't shut up about it for posts and posts. Thank you to Kirsty Ward and David Longshaw who gave me that opportunity it was amazing to meet you both and I wish you the best of luck in 2011. At LFW I also met the team behind the hugely successful Young British Designers who I had the pleasure of writing a guest blog post for. Wonderful people who I think are doing exciting things for young British designers.

One of the best and most challenging experience this year has got to be my final university collection. It was difficult to get in to the swing of things but through it I discovered a real interest in photographic and Trompe l'Oeil print techniques. I am currently trying to create some garments that I can market and sell... But look out 2011 for that. I also experienced a real passion for meeting new people whilst helping with the PR for our University fashion show. I created a twitter account and managed to get the most coverage our university shows have had. It was also very flattering to have my work featured in an online publication.

Going to shows to cover them as a journalist/blogger was something I was not expecting but it has been a real delight to do this for both Culture Candy and Guide2Bristol. Hopefully this will be something I will continue to do in 2011.

Working for French Connection as an intern was such an eyeopening experience. I learnt so much and met a lot of very friendly people. It started out as just photocopying and sticking together artworks but as I got to know people better I started to contribute more. This may seem like a small thing but in the 2011 a/w range there are bead combinations that I helped create and that is so exciting. I brushed up on my Photoshop skills and actually feel more confident on Illustrator. All in all it was fantastic - hard work but well worth it!!! (Thank you to Rachel again for the gig!)

All in All it has been a whirl wind of a year. 2010 has been hard work but I think 2011 will be even harder. I am going to be continuing to look for work, start creating more designs, keep working hard on this blog and keep talking to and meeting wonderful people. Of course like every new year my resolution will be to stop chewing my nails! Hehe!

Sorry I haven't done any images in this post I wasn't sure what to choose!!! But here are some gorgeous shoes I have my eye on...Finsk Boots....... Well I can dream - that is why I am a Fashion Fantasist! (They are also really lovely in black!)

I hope you all had great years and thank you for reading my blog, following and supporting it. Wishing you the best 2011!!!
Fashion Fantasist xxx