GASP! How excited was I when I scrolled down my Facebook newsfeed to find this beauty!
I love Vivian Westwood… Not necessarily her designs but HER! She’s absolutely STUNNING. This picture is getting framed and hung on my wall.
I am most definitely dying my hair orange when I’m older.
More excitingly… She’s releasing a book of her memoirs.
Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen.
"The artist pays tribute to the legendary signature skull on its tenth anniversary."
Q & Answer: Can Leather Jackets be Altered?
Jeff asks: I’ve been trying to find a leather jacket, but all the ones I’ve come across are too big in the body. Do you know if these can be altered like a sport coat, and if so, is it generally considered a safe process?
Yes, but it depends. Like with suit jackets and sport coats, you should try to make sure your leather jacket fits you well across the shoulders and chest, and that the armholes are high enough. It’s not that these parts can’t be altered; it’s that the alteration can be expensive and risky. Things such as bringing in the body and shortening the sleeves, however, are much easier.
That said, a lot depends on the specific leather jacket you have. Details such as ribbing, zippers, and pockets can get in the way of certain alterations. If the jacket has a very unique lining or insulation system, or if the panels were cut in a strange way, these can cause other complications. Whether it’s possible to get something done really depends on the jacket at hand.
Whatever you do, make sure you go to someone who has a lot of experience working with leather jackets. One of the problems with these alterations is that you sometimes need special machinery. Cowhide and horsehide, as mentioned yesterday, are very, very thick, so you need special equipment to sew through them. And if a tailor ever messes up, undoing a seam can reveal some ugly holes, so mistakes are costly. To find someone good, you might want to call places that sell really nice jackets - be that a fashion boutique or a place that specializes in motorcycle leathers - and see if they have any recommendations. There are also some good recommendations in StyleForum’s archives.
If in the end, should your leather jacket get messed up, take comfort in knowing your can chop off the sleeves and turn your jacket into a leather vest, then ride around town with it shirtless. The body might still not fit well, but I’m pretty sure nobody will say anything to your face.
"She’s a Runway" by Graham Watson.
I studied at the University of Central Lancashire in the mid nineties and aswell as drawing, performance and sculpture I make collages using traditional cut & paste techniques.
I source vintage books and magazines from charty shops, secondhand book stores and car boot sales.
As an artist, musician and DJ, my work is heavily influenced and informed by music and pop culture. I purposefully embrace a stream of consciousness approach to my collage work.
This print shop showcases strictly limited edition prints of a selection of my latest collages.
Graham’s collage prints are £40 each, and I’d buy every single one of them.
Yes there is a difference.
No, they’re not the same.
Don’t ask me again.
“A hybrid of a shoe with the Goliathan height of platforms but the comfort of flatties”
“The creeper shoe was originally developed by George Cox in 1949 under the name “Hamilton” and was inspired by the crêpe-soled desert boots worn by WWII soldiers posted across the deserts of North Africa. Due to the landscape and extreme climate, the soldiers’ boots had thicker soles, which became popular on their return to England. The term “brothel creepers” was coined from those soldiers who found themselves in darker parts of Soho and King’s Cross to embrace those seedier pastimes.”
Right: Dress MAISON MARTIN MAGIELA Converse Espace KILIWATCH Rings ILEANA MAKRI at WHITE BIRD
I finish my pattern cutting course in 4 weeks. Since last November we’ve bought a house and I’m now 7 months pregnant.
The house we bought has a spare room which is going to be my sewing room. It’s simple dresses on the right that I’d like to create.
If I start soon, then I’ll be confident enough to teach my little girl, currently in utero, how to make her own patterns, design clothes and sew.
On sartorial elegance: “I have got a bit of an issue with cardigans. They’re shit aren’t they?”
"skin contact with natural fibres is more likely to create a relaxed, attentive and calm response from participants than synthetic fibre materials. While natural fibres all fared well, cotton also outperformed* other natural fibres, including 100% silk, and other cotton blends to provide the highest levels of relaxation and attention"
H&M’s new brand.
The only clothes I buy from the high street are jeans and shoes from Urban Outfitters.
I live in charity shops and vintage environments.
I don’t like shopping at H&M. I think the clothes are of poor quality. I’d even go as far to say their in par with Primark (Eugh)… BUT the shoes on this website are really nice and affordable. They may even have the pleasure of my investment.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
In fear of being shot at dawn… I don’t like Chanels designs… But I LOVE reading about Gabrielle Chanel!
“She’s the most famous fashion designer of the 20th century, and now she’s also the subject of a new graphic novel, in a beautiful not-to-be-missed book from Editions Naïve. We take a look.”