What I learned from my Slow Fashion Challenge (Part 2)

Traditionally the fashion industry had two seasons, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter; these coincided with Fashion Weeks in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. Now fast fashion companies produce 52 micro-seasons a year – a season a WEEK – to capitalise on spending potential. That’s a lot of clothing not intended to last longer than a handful of wears, and a high …

What I learned from my Slow Fashion Challenge (Part 1)

Recently I took part in an Instagram challenge; 30 days and 30 posts about Slow Fashion. What’s that, you ask? Clothes that take a long time to put on? A tortoise suit? Something with way more awkwardly placed buttons than strictly necessary? Well, I’m glad you asked… The high street fashion industry is all about mass production; garments go from concept to …

The Last Days of Colette: The End of an Era at Paris’s Legendary Concept Store 1997-2017

“Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.” Paris. The concept store was born in March of 1997, at the corner of Rue Saint Honoré and Rue du 29 Juillet. In the 90s, lifestyle shops didn’t exist. Boutiques and department stores were the choices for multi-label retail therapy, and …

9 Independent Designers I Love and Wear

It feels like forever since I last blogged. It’s not that I’ve let the writing muse slide, and September was full of all sorts of exciting things for me in the areas of fashion, design, and art. I was down in London for LFW with Glass Pineapple, followed by a hectic but incredible week of trade shows at LDF. I …

Frock Me Vintage at Chelsea Old Town Hall

I’ve been trying to avoid fast fashion to adopt a more sustainable approach to my own wardrobe, and I’ve found more and more of my clothes are pre-owned. Charity shop finds, thrifting, clothing swaps, and of course vintage. I love vintage. I had a few hours to kill before my train home from London; so I thought I’d stop in …

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Blogger Photo Shoot with A Couple of Photos

When I was a kid, my parents documented every five years of my life with a studio family portrait. I remember that first sitting; I was dreadfully uncomfortable in a plaid Burberry dress and stiff patent leather mary-janes that my mum had insisted on, because they were “made in Italy”. My dad had freshly shorn my hair into a timeless …

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If we were having coffee…

…what would I tell you? I’ve always loved this type of post, both reading and writing them. Maybe I’m just a nosy fucker. If I follow your blog, it’s because I’m interested in what you have to say; I want to know the rationalisation behind what makes you…you. Are we alike? Are we different? What are your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences? Maybe …

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 4 (Series 4/4)

As we launched ourselves at full speed towards the last day of LFW’s AW 2017 season in our carefully-selected-for-comfort mismatched velvet brogues, this rookie fashion writer was inspired, excited, and very very knackered. 

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Not a Fashion Blogger: LFW Day 3 (Series 3/4)

Fashion Week brings up all sorts of existential questions. If no one takes a photo of your outfit, did you really wear it? Is the average length of a queue the same as the median length of a piece of string? Do things start to relax by Sunday at LFW, or do they just get more surreal?  In some respects, by Day 3 …