Don't get me wrong; I also enjoy fashion and the high of a well-timed buy but at the expense of my dignity and your safety? No, just no. How no one received a coat hanger to the eye, a stomp on the neck or choked on a Balmain bead dislodged from its host jacket is mind blowing.
An accessory can make or break an outfit. Too many and you feel like a walking Christmas tree, none and you can feel a little bare. As a passionate vintage collector, I am always hoarding treasures but one of my favourite, simple (and yes, extremely cheap!) accessories is a piece of ribbon.
The fast fashion high street can F off. Here is my guide to getting all the clothes you need, with what ever budget you have and not screwing over the planet and people (all be it ones you don't have to see or think about) in the process.
Many of us look to celebrities for lots of reasons - what's in fashion, how we might do our hair, what jewellery to wear with an outfit. But there is something bigger that we can gleam from the rich and famous of our world. We can look at them and find how to be inspired by celebrities to reach our dreams.
It's late October, so we all know what that means... and no, this is not a reference to how many sleeps it is before christmas! Seriously! Its the fear time of the year, its Halloween, and this year I had the pleasure of attending Thorpe Parks Fright Nights.
When I started my research of Eastern European fashion industry over three years ago Ukrainian fashion week wasn't 'a thing' but international fashion media were travelling to Moscow and reporting from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia every season. The alternative 'Eastern vibe' was just starting then.
Tops or dresses that cinch in at the waist, due either to elastication, ruching or a waist-enhancing belt. Exaggerating the waist magically creates more fullness in the bust area, and the blouson effect disguises exact bust size.
A handful of London's most exciting mens and womenswear designers are throwing a bargain-laden bash in East London's Vyner Street this weekend for our fashion-loving pleasure.
We all know that life should me more about flitting between five different platforms for five seconds at a time on your mobile. Which got me thinking, where's the place that girls my age can get real advice from their peers about how to be successful, amazing and sisterly?
When it came to my turn to rock the runway I was more than ready to show my size 12 curves off to the crowd in a sheer top and high wasted skirt, I loved every minute of it. The cheers from the crowd and the amazing energy was a true sign of what the public like, that is diversity and real people who they can relate to.
As a designer whose art is made to be worn by women, I often wonder how the frivolous world of fashion can be considered in any way feminist. Rife with disadvantages for women - from body image issues, to enforced labour, to over-sexualised ad campaigns...
At it's best, sustainability is a dry topic. At it's worst, it's downright dull and preachy. Sustainable fashion in particular conjures up dowdy hemp and patchwork princess dresses made from old curtains by Maria Von Trapp. It's hardly inspiring fodder to feed a fashion revolution with.
The idea of the week was to demonstrate how to realign our bodies with our mind and to regain our focus in a world full of stresses and distractions. What could be more perfect?
After New Zealand Fashion Week I had two weeks dashing around New Zealand, so on my return I only had a fleeting visit to London Fashion Week. This season the British Fashion Council headquarters moved from the mainstay Somerset House over to their new venue, Brewer Street Car Park.
I live by the mantra that you should never just like anything - you need to show passion and either love or hate something. Lucky for me I both love and loathe Fashion Week in equal measure, which resulted in the most exciting rollercoaster of a week ever. Well, technically three weeks as it took a week to prepare for it and a week to recover.
The wonder of wearing a hat can transform a complete look, and portrays a unique image to the individual wearing it. Combining style, fashion satire and attitude, the hat can give any message the wearer desires.