Sukeban Shoes

So here is my first venture into shoe design in collaboration with Aliveshoes.

Sukeban shoes encapsulates modern trends for empowered women and girls, drawing influences from the Japanese idea of the tough "girl boss"

The Sukeban girl is feminine, yet tough and rebellious. She isn’t afraid to break the rules.  She does not conform. She leads the pack. Her adventurous and unapologetic sense of street style reflects her character. Sukeban shoes encompass this ethos, and wearing them she feels both empowered and sui generis.

To pre-order your pair visit: https://www.aliveshoes.com/sukeban

 


Steampunk Podbears

 

I have just done my first design to submit to Threadless and they have just accepted it for scoring! (oooh it is actually quite exciting).

My normal Podbears (from my avatar) have gone all Steampunk, and they would really appreciate some kudos (it took a lot to convince them they didn't look silly). So if you would like to show them some steamy love, please click on over to Threadless and vote for them to be immortalised on Tees!


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Ivana Pilja is a new young fashion talent hailing from Serbia. These shots from her new collection will be presented at FASHIONCLASH 2010. The collection consists of 12 pieces, all in black that play on geometric themes. Her work really puts me in mind of another upcoming fashion designer, Samantha Cole.


Stills Spring/Summer 2010

I posted their 2009 Spring/Summer collection on Latemag last year, and I’ve felt compelled to post my favourites from their 2010 Spring/Summer collection this year as well. Why? Simply because Stills just make beautiful, completely timeless clothes. I actually like the fact they are not slaves to trends, it’s just good old fashion quality in both styling and fabrics and knowing how to dress to perfection the female form. 

To check out the full collection visit their website


Colour Watch

Why look, its half past purple. To be honest I’ve always been a visual person, numbers were never my thing, in fact give me pretty colours any day. Whilst you are at you can also give me this watch. 

Available from here, and in a lovely little tin too.

 


I usually have an extreme aversion to spring/summer clothes. Maybe it’s because I really don’t like pastel colours. Maybe it’s just because I feel you can do more creatively with the extra fabric that comes with winter attire. I’m not really sure why, but I generally find myself much more excited about the autumn/winter collections than I do the summer. That was until I saw the Spring collection from New York based design house Sine. The silhouettes, the colours, the fabrics; love, love, love. Maybe I’ll have a summer wardrobe after all.

Here are my favourites from the collection, to view it in its entirety visit their website....


United Nude

I was mightily enamoured with United Nude’s previous collection, and by the looks of it, they have done it again. The recent launch of their Spring /Summer 2010 collection has once more left me drooling and screaming “I want those shoosies!”. Amongst the new pieces of foot candy in the range there are some original styles that have had a revamp, such as the Eamz Shoe (inspired by the Charles and Ray Eames chair) which has seen the introduction of elastic and leather straps to make a breathable summer sandal.   Untied Nude’s launch style, the Mobius, featuring a single strip forming the sole, heel, foot-bed and upper, has had ankle straps introduced for S/S 2010 making it slightly more practical. Low Res (one of my favs from last time, I have the grey version!) have been given a fresh lease of life with some funky new bright colours.

My favourite newbies include the Label Shoe, the result of a second collaboration with Dutch Fashion Designer Antoine Peters, which is a play on the industries excessive use of labels and the Ultra Loop, a design concept where a single foot-bed penetrates a sexy loop with a towering 130mm heel height. 

Below are some of my favourite styles from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection, enjoy!

United Nude

To view the whole Spring/Summer 2010 collection click here

United Nude

Update: To view other high heeled ladies shoes, please visit Brantano, offering over 500 different styles on womens shoes and over 250 styles of ladies sandals.


Kiss Me Deadly

Every girl appreciates a bit of good lingerie, but it’s not always easy to find something that is sophisticated and sexy at the same time and also affordable.  I find Anne Summers stuff tacky as hell and pretty poor quality and Agent Provocateur for the most part way too expensive.  Google “lingerie” and the array of sites that come up featuring “wag-tastic shag wear” befuddles the mind.

Now maybe its thanks to the rather stupid trend of burlesque (stripping for the middle classes), but if so maybe I won’t knock it as much if its brought about “Kiss Me Deadly”, a somewhat brilliant collection of vintage inspired lingerie. Glamorous, Old-school, proper underwear for proper ladies, Kiss Me Deadly is designed for Femme Fatals, but better still is really affordable, especially as it’s so gorgeous. Averaging £25 for a bra, the pricing is more on par with Anne Summers, but the design and quality more in line with Agent Provocateur; it’s definitely worth checking out!

kiss me deadly

kiss me deadly

kiss me deadly

kiss me deadly

For more information and stockists visit www.kissmedeadly.co.uk


These images are from Maya Hensen’s collection shown at Cebile’s Madrid Fashion Week.

The playful collection caught my eye because of the juxtaposition of the heavy metal/rock influences combined with the elegant gowns and masterful corsetry – her signature item of clothing throughout all her collections. What is particularly special about Maya’s work is the sense of Noir Fantasy (her past work shows influences of cyber and steam punk) that obviously inspires her; it gives what is essentially a rather sexual item of clothing a playful innocence.

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

Maya Hansen Feb 2010

If you want to check out her past collections or visit her online boutique, pay a visit to her website www.mayahansen.com


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  • Samantha Cole Warrior
  • Samantha Cole Warrior
  • Samantha Cole Warrior
  • Samantha Cole Warrior
  • Samantha Cole Warrior
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The latest collection by one of my favourite new designers, Samantha Cole, is an equally a visual surrealist treat as her previous collection. Entitled “Warrior”, the new collection displays Cole’s mastery of blending fashion with art and sculpture, a talent that see’s her create some truly original silhouettes. What is particularly striking about Cole’s work though is her ability to craft unusual structured forms, which on paper shouldn’t translate to wearability, but in reality are figure flatteringly so.

The Warrior collection draws inspirations from Kate Beckinsale in Underworld, Tina Turner in Mad Max and Jane Fonda in Barbarella. For me there is also a rather arthropodal quality to the pieces, with glistening scales, and armour-like shells all set against a palette of blacks that are given depth and interest through the fabric types used.

I also love the photography and styling that accompanies the collection shoot – couldn’t have been more complimentary.

Flick through the slideshow above to view all the pictures.

For more information visit www.samanthacolelondon.co.uk


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