It's that time of the season again, when we don our (vegan) high heels, make sure every hair is perfectly in place, apply an extra layer of (organic) slap and head over to the crazy world that is London Fashion Week.
Are creative directors now just commodities? For luxury companies the identity of the owner or creative director of the company is critical in the success and creation of the brand's image.
And we are a nation of shopkeepers so we really can do better. Which is why I'm starting a new series called 'Reasons I won't return to your...' So here, I appeal to the UK's clothes shop owners and managers to improve the customer experience, with my eight reasons I won't be returning to your shop.
Although I've been working in this industry for over five years, it is only relatively recently that my eyes have been opened to the riches of responsible fashion. So what are the alternatives and who are the people fighting for change?
It seems strange that the fashion world has for so long held up an ideal, a homogenous vision of beauty and body image that doesn't necessarily allow for difference. While design has time and time again thrown the rule-book out the window, the runway hasn't.
Admittedly you won't catch me playing with my (amazing) Crystal Barbie any more, but I'm definitely still partial to a Barbie tee or accessory. They make me smile and are a reminder not to take life so seriously. Plus, Barbie is always getting a super cool makeover courtesy of some chic brand or other, so there's that too.
I enjoy working trends into my own wardrobe (seriously, who could resist the teeny-tiny but otherwise totally practical cross-body bags this summer?), but what ever happened to good old-fashioned (pardon the pun) style? Why can't we dress for ourselves?
Whilst men's gym clothes remain baggy and pretty separate from fashion, women are expected to purchase tight leggings, tighter tops and sports bras designed for appearance rather than just holding the sisters in place whilst you go for a jog.
Although one might think that Eastern European fashion is glitter and gold chains (yet another partially correct stereotype) it is so much more than that. It has been almost 25 years since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, which is enough time to seed and cultivate an independent sense of creativity in fashion.
If you don't want to go full va-va-voom you can always relax in a more casual number, and besides, when you get home you can simply sidle between the sheets when you head for slumber city, what's not there to love?
Holiday is booked, bikini is purchased, legs are shaved. Ok legs aren't shaved, but we're not going for a couple more weeks... We are heading back to the fabulous Gloria Resort in Turkey for some last minute sun and the holiday prep is well and truly underway! From hair protection to stylish sunnies, check out my break down of this years holiday essentials...
When we think of haute couture, most of us might think of famous brands such as Chanel and Dior, but I found it interesting to see the many sides of couture by attending such extremely different shows. We can see how couture can cater for different tastes.
You see, despite society's and the plus size fashion industry's preconceptions about the average fat girl, we are capable and ready for so much more. We are bold and bright and intelligent and worthy of dynamic communication and product and we want it now.
Be your own fashion expert and lead from the front. Know yourself first - before you dress yourself. That's why I encourage them to invest in a quality timeless styles, rather than following every fashion trend that was not designed for their body shape in the first place!
As they appeared on the screen slice by slice I saw the brain's structures form and recede, changing from light to dark grey and black as the x-rays sliced through the different anatomical structures, as if for the first time. It set off a creative spark in me that continues to this day.
We have so much variety in this day and age and an infinite amount of ways to style ourselves and form our identities. Fashion week is amazing but is more of an art form then it is a creator of trends. To know the trends even before magazines write about them follow these three things.