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A design for life

Blog inspiration has been escaping me recently and never moreso than the last few days since I am confined to the sofa with a hair line fracture in my foot. So I am now the proud owner of a pretty unstylish pair of crutches which are not doing anything for my style. So I’ve been working from home and struggling to find some colour to bring back the spark.

So this evening when my working day at the dining room table came to an end, I headed to styleisle HQ (which involves sliding my chair from the dining room table to my lovely glass topped desk where I keep my Vogues in chronological order and all the latest look books which have been arriving in the post steadily since last week in light of high summer). I’m on the lookout for wedding  outfits for this year’s wedding season. I’ve got 6 this year and I want to build the outfits from a core set of pieces. I’ve been perusing my favourite online shops, like ASOS and Etsy and Nasty Gal in the US looking for some ideas. And then it came to me. I’m going to design them myself.  ARGHHHH PROJECT!!! (in the words of Cher for all you Clueless fans).

So out came the notepad and the book I bought last year in Miami on fashion illustration and I have begun to perfect the art of drawing the looks I want. Firstly though, in my fashion design education, I am teaching myself to draw the body and poses which will suit the pieces. I never knew how difficult it was to construct the body in exactly the right way for a garment. You take these things for granted when you eye a piece of couture or even the latest offering from the high street. Gosh I have a new found respect for designers.

Once I have this down, I am focusing on designing the following pieces:

1) A flowing maxi preferably made from chiffon or some light fabric with lot’s of movement and maybe some pleats.

2) Slash neck sleeveless top. This will be in a block colour.

3) Short full skirt, slightly shorter than a 50s style skirt. This will be in a light colour I think and a heavier fabric.

4) Capped sleeve top in a print. This should go nicely with both skirts I plan to have made.

5) Wide legged light fabric pants. Palazzo for want of a more contemporary word. I want these to be bright.

Inspiration is coming from Jil Sander, Gucci and the strcuture of Lanvin S/S 2011.

Lanvin S/S 2011, I love the movement here


Jil Sander S/S 2011, long skirts and colour blocking


Gucci S/S 2011 campaign. Colour!!!

I’ll let you know how I get on!



10 for 2010

Red carpet, awards ceremonies, premieres, X factor… sources of fashion faux pas and in contrast, triumph. Rather than do a top or worst 10, I decided to do 10 of the great fashion moments in 2010.

In no order whatsoever….

Anna Paquin…fashion goddess

In 2010, Anna declared herself, not only in love with Stephen Moyer, but as a fashion force.

The Alexander McQueen number to the left, sealed the deal for me. Elegant but funky, the embellished neckline juxtaposed with the flowing satin of the skirt, make this a classic McQueen but an age appropriate red carpet look.

Oh and I love True Blood. Bring on Season 3.

Lady Gaga…so many it was difficult to narrow it to one

Right. Where do I start with this…..ok..let’s sum it up in ten words.

Weird. Avant garde. Daring. Iconic. Ridiculous. Statement. Movement. Transparent. Facetious. Hmmmm….

Give it up for Gaga. God knows what she’ll do next. And Hmmmm is a word, right?


Mark Fast…fringe magnet

At LFW, this was the show I wanted to see but didn’t. Well I technically did but I watched the live stream in the press room at Somerset House. I just wanted to see the fringes! Having maybe spent too much time in upholstery shops, the obsession with fringing was OTT. Dressing up in a dyed spider web, is a bit to naked for me. But, he is praised by his peers, and loved by famous ladies. Mark Fast has graduated from NEWGEN and is now a designer.

I’m a Gleek

Responsible for reintroducing Journey to our lives, Glee is now more of a cultural phenomenon than Robert Pattinson’s hair. Sassy storylines and the odd teenage pregnancy, the Glees have had a little controversy as well as success in the form of a GQ cover. But Lea Michele is the new sweetheart. Rocking the red in Oscar de la Renta at this year’s Emmy’s, she pronounced glamour to the under 25s of Hollywood.

Just lose the necklace and it’s great.

Come on Rude Boy

Whatcha wownt wownt wownt now is for Rihanna to keep up the good work (and maybe collaborate with Topshop?). Red hair does work. Well on her anyway. Not so much on anyone else. She’s fashionably volatile in a good way and brings a whole new meaning to good girl gone bad. And her real name is Robyn. And I don’t care if she was racy on X factor. She was brilliant. Matt Cardle will never recover.

Oh and Rihanna love….Roisin Murphy wants her jumpsuit  back.

It’s not you…it’s me.

Well I bloody well hope so. Carine Roitfeld broke up with Vogue. I mean how could she? They were in love for like 9 years. You don’t just throw that all away. Vogue is so upset that it cannot move on and is still single. It doesn’t know how Carine will ever be replaced.

A single man

Gucci former head honcho, Tom Ford, aka, hottest man on earth, made his debut as a director, of a film that is and not a collection, of the Oscar nominated film, A Single Man.

Words cannot describe the talents this man has, as well as being so delicious to look at. I hope he makes more films and becomes an actor. I would happily pay to see him.

Kate Moss and Topshop

The last collection that dear Kate made for Philip was a compendium of wool, lurex (I love that word) and embellishment with a little jersey thrown in for good measure. As a tribute to my favourite fashionista I bought the over the top wool cardi with a hood. I love it. It’s like Katie foresaw the schnow and decided to make something stylish but functional for the cold spell.

Kate’s cool.

Child of the Blog

Tavi Gevinson got front row seats to Marc Jacobs at NYFW. Not fair. Not fair at all. She hasn’t even finished her high school education. Ok I’m bitter but you know what I mean right? But I will admit that I read her blog and it is quite good. The whole blog thing worked out nicely for Tavi, since now she is a favourite at Vogue and every fashion house known to man.

There’s hope for all of us.

 McQueen of fashion

I wanted to say something profound about Alexander McQueen but found I couldn’t do him justice other than to say that he was great at what he did and could have done much more.

“If you ask any lady they want to be taller, they want to be slimmer, you know, and they want a waist. I’m not here to make people look like a sack of potatoes.”

Alexander McQueen.

Happy New Year to one and all and thanks ever so much for reading my blog in 2010. x

lets hear it for the boys

All I really do is have style envy/crush for girls who dress well. The funny thing is that I also have boy style crush too. Now we’re not talking any ordinary boys. These ones reside in a far away land and are virtually untouchable. I am probably making myself vulnerable by putting this out there but you know…a girl can day dream….

So what are the style credentials? Well they go a little like this.

  • Must have poise, in the masculine sense of the word
  • Needs to be somewhat proud of who he is
  • Wears clothes and doesn’t just put them on
  • Radiates confidence which is echoed in his own style
  • Visibly likes to dress to well

Oh and….must be devastatingly handsome (sorry I know but eye candy is never a bad thing)

Also, can I please stipulate that I am only blogging about these boys because I like their style. Ahem. Ahem.

Yeah well, don’t believe me then.

In no particular order….Eric Bana

Wears a suit like James Bond, and therefore, perhaps should have been cast as him….just putting the idea out there. Manages to look sensational, well, all of the time. Likes tailored looks and fitted jackets. The clean and neat look of his clothes is contrasted with the roughish facial stuff he’s got going on here. Troy was a great film. Oh yes it was.

Next…Josh Hartnett

I stood about three feet away from him at the IFTAs this year. And yes he is that good looking. Siobhan from 98fm was interviewing him while I was staring from three feet away. I don’t think he noticed. Anyway, the formal look really suits this guy. Love the white tee and blazer combination. Gives the essence of “I look hot and I don’t care who notices”.

Followed by….Tom Ford

Goodness how I love this man. Not only because he did wonders at Gucci but because his sophistication translates into his collections. I am lusting after his new collection of non-branded sunglasses. I loved that Vanity Fair cover with Keira and Scarlett. He’s not afraid to be himself. Trademarks the “black suit with white shirt and the top button open look” triumphantly. Boys should learn from this man and treat him like the icon that he is. Also, love his black orchid perfume for women. Devine.

And now….Gabriel Aubrey

Whose he? He is the former Mr. Halle Berry. He is also the male version of Gisele and has a phenomenonly successful modelling career. Always looks slightly rugged but has impeccable taste whether casual or formal. The flowing locks also add dramatic effect.

Not to mention…Jonathon Rhys-Meyers

Ok so I have a soft spot for him given that we made a split second of eye contact on the red carpet at the IFTAs and since then I have called him Henry McHottie. I read recently that Joan Bergin, the costume designer for The Tudors, called him a “clothes horse” and I concur. The guy can wear anything and look good and has the attitude to go with it. He looks good dressed down and makes a hoodie look hot. I was talking to one of my girls recently about him and she made a valid point, we as a nation we have to be proud that this stylish dude comes from our little island and has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

styleislers, dying to hear your comments on this post……:) Do you agree?