I’ll skip the usual long winded apology for not blogging in a while and skip to what I have been doing while I’ve been away and how I feel I can make this blog more relevant for today.
I was in Tesco today and the woman in front of me was at the magazine aisle saying there were no magazine for the modern woman. I’m not sure what this mend to her but to me I understood it as there are no fashion magazine that cater for growing concerns of the modern consumer (is it even appropriate to call our self a consumer). I realised that fashion magazines seem to avoid the eco questions and if they do write about it they seem to trivialize the issues. As a ‘consumer’ my self I look for cloths that both fit my needs and my concious. Fashion designer aren’t going to start catering for these desires other night but one way which us the consumer can do is only buy garments that we love. As Vivienne Westwood said “Buy less, choose well”. What she was saying here is that the key to sustainable fashion is choosing well, choosing garments and accessories which you are going to treasure. In the future I plan to blog about designs which have a sustainable ethos but also designer which I feel can hold a treasured place in your wardrobe. As a student my budget isn’t exactly high, so on the most part I will be sharing vintage, charity shop and high street where I feel choices have been made with longevity in mind. As a fashion student eco fashion has been becoming ever more important in my practise. I wish to learn and seek more information on the subject and as I do I will be sharing it with you as I feel like knowledge however small or insignification it may be should be shared.
I am interested in the concept of local fashion and what this means from a sustainable point of view. Local fashion not only means you are supporting local talent but you are also supporting the local economy. Local fashion is more sustainable as you know that people aren’t being exploited in the process of getting the product made. Local fashion is a small step towards a more sustainable future that is still fashion forward.
As a fashion student I know all to well the importance of trends and I feel it is important to show you the trends but to make it workable in a more sustainable way; whether through DIY, thrifting or local fashion.
I think its fair to say that I am passionate about fashion and making fashion sustainable. But another of my passions is travel. I feel that travel and fashion fits together well in a blog as they are both lifestyle choices. This will also give me the opportunity to blog about local fashion based on what I have learnt from my travels.
Since I’ve been away I’ve been to both Brighton and Calais, so await the blog post to follow.
I just wanted to share with you this cute hair pin that I brought at Clutter City Spring Market at the Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich (http://cluttercity.co.uk/). It is by the talented jewellery designer Layla Amber (check out her website: http://www.layla-amber.co.uk/). After studying Graphic design at Norwich University College of the Arts (now NUA) she started to experiment with her illustration by turning them into jewellery and soon after Layla Amber Jewellery was born. Her jewellery is somehow effortlessly simple and marvellously detailed. I couldn’t not support this British designer with her beautiful designs. Its important that we support the growing talent in Britain not only does it hold up the british flag and support our economy but it also means you get something more unique and individual. This cute wooden and metal hair pin only cost me £3 so not only is it stylish, it doesn’t break the bank. It fits in perfectly with this seasons floral trends but its also a classic piece that can work time other again.
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This is a much needed blog post as I went to Antwerp, Belgium in June. One of my other passions besides fashion is travelling. I love to travel and I rarely use that word. After all that word is so over used in the wrong context but its use here is very much justified. Antwerp for me was a very special trip for me as I went to celebrate my 20th Birthday. I remember the journey quite well as it was the first time I have travelled abroad by Euro Tunnel on a coach rather than by air. To utter the word coach to this day makes my toes wriggle; as waking up at 5 am in the morning to then sit on a coach with no air con for 10 hours is by no means pleasant (My 12 hour flight to Thailand was luxury in comparison and that was flying with Phuket air.) Although it was a novelty to be going underneath the sea. Not to mention No doubts song “Just a girl” (among others) kept me going. “Oh I’ve had it up to here! Oh…”
But those 10 hours were worth it. Antwerp is a beautiful city. The architecture was like art work, each building carefully carved into the landscape. Antwerp is the romantic city forgotten about. The city whisks you away of your feet as its all you expect and more. This was my first trip to a European city which didn’t disappoint, our hotel was in the Diamond District. If you ever go through this district I recommend sunglasses; the effect is dazzling (and I mean literally). Which I think rounds up my point of Antwerp being a romantic city. With no diamond ring hints.
I know the stereotype says that Belgium is the place for Chocolate and I’m sure thats true however I don’t think that applys to Antwerp as during my long weekend I didn’t find one good chocolate shop. I found independent cake shop, bakery’s, Patisseries even a Jewellery shop which sold chocolate. I spent a chunk of my time looking for Fresh Cream Chocolate as a gift for my Mum. And lets just say she was disappointed with the chocolates I had brought from Carrefour. There were chocolate shops though but they were to chocolate shops what Starbucks is to coffee shops. But for lack of Chocolate there were Waffles.
And not just any waffles. Strawberry piled, chocolate sauce covered and sugar dusted Waffles. This waffle is as good as it looks. I’m sorry to tease. I guess you’ll have to go to Antwerp just for this waffle, I would if I could find it again. The waffle how was just down the road from ModeMuseum. If I ever go again I’ll just have to circle this area a few times.
After digging in to my Birthday Waffle I head to ModeMuseum (MoMu) to veiw the “en leven in Mode, Vrouwenkleging 1750-1950” exhibition which to under 25’s is only a euro to view. The exhibition showcased fashion wore by the women of Antwerp. And was intesting to view in terms of detail. When I was there I heard one girl comment how she could see these type of clothes at the V and A. If I knew who she was I would have said “Yes you can see clothes from this period at the V and A but you are failing to look at the details. To see this collection as a collective. The fact that these garments were particular to this area of Belgium. And when have you seen a pregnant corset?” Although I’m sure it has a better name than pregnant corset. (Do you know what its called?)
This dress was one that took particular interest from me with its soft floral embroidery and bright red ribbon belt.
That evening was the Antwerp Fashion show by the Fashion Department at the Royal Academy of Fine arts Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen. Which will be a night I’ll always remember and a show that I’ll never forget. I remember as I found my seat the excitement that echoed through the warehouse which was located just up from the MAS. The show was just as electric as the anticipation. The show was not for those who had strict views on what fashion is because this Fashion show pushed boundaries and forgot the rules. Antwerp creates, rather than follows. The images below were taken from the Shows book and is only a tasting of what the show had to offer.
Miguel Bouten collection was a vision of beauty and that’s not word that are usually used to describe menswear.
Antwerp is a place that will whisk your heart away and will always be etched in your brain.