The suggestion of an embroidery class usually conjures up the image of groups of nanas, chatting over tea & biscuits and floral napkin designs. Embroidery classes with Laura Lees however, couldn’t be so far removed. OK, so her techniques may be traditional but that’s as far as it goes. Embellishing the pages of Vogue, dressing the catwalks at fashion week and adorning large scale collaborative projects, her edgy, in your face designs have undoubtedly led fashonistas and crafts enthusiasts to the same conclusion. Embroidery is sew now. In the throes of men’s Fashion Week, Laura invited me to one of her masterclasses so I could try my hand at The Mighty Stitch.
Having worked on fashion shoots in the past, I’m no stranger to the skills of makeup artists (AKA miracle workers) who can turn a tired eyed, dull skinned model into a glamorous, glowing goddess. They make it look easy, right? If you’re like me and attempting to recreate looks from your favourite magazines results in ‘two black eyes’ effect as opposed to sexy and sultry, here’s where Remy, Serena and Micky come in. The dynamic trio make up Face Addict Hair Junkie; three ladies whose history designing and producing looks for fashion editorial, runways, music videos and more has given them a reputation across the industry as a brand to watch. With an ethos all about sharing their extensive beauty knowledge and experience with us mere mortals, surely they could teach even moi how to scrub up properly.
From November to April, Jewellery Now is embellishing the Museum of London with the unique visions and creations of the capital’s most contemporary, artistic residents. The city of London is the source of inspiration for many emerging artists and this particular art form is no exception.
In the heart of the creative borough of Clapton lie the Round Chapel Old School Rooms- the monthly haunt for those on the lookout for unique, second hand steals. I have a bit of an obsession with vintage markets but I find they’re always a bit hit and miss. There is a difference between someone’s old misshapen t-shirt and a real vintage treasure and sometimes these treasures are best found a little off the beaten track…..
Clothes Show Live is a five day fashion festival which sees some of the UKs biggest high street names all packed under one (very large) roof. With beauty demonstrations, trend reports, catwalk shows, celebrities and most importantly; shopping, this event for the sartorially savvy is one not to be missed. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Clothes Show Live 2013 was set to be bigger than ever so I headed to Birmingham’s NEC to get my fix of fashion fever.