VOGUE SCRAPBOOK

Uni has been absolutely mind-bogglingly crazy these past few weeks and the next few weeks look just as insane. One of my assignments was to create a shopping page in the style of Vogue Scrapbook. I decided to go for the theme of a “dark fairytale” as seen on the catwalks of Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana for Autumn/Winter 2014.

We were then assigned to produce an accompanying photoshoot with the shopping piece and the result is below… I will do another blog post with the full range of photos included, but for now it’s just the one I submitted with my work.

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DARK enchantment
Ethereal illusions captivate the heart, mind and soul of those willing to be cast under its spell…

Once upon a time in a far away land where denim is all but forbidden, exists a wonderland of all charming dimensions where child’s play is not limited to those in infancy. Dolce and Gabbana led this season’s enchanted offering with Little Red Riding Hood capes all the better to be seen in, along with splendidly embellished creations evoking only the most magical notions. Forest greens, deep-hued ruby reds, blood-curdling blacks and a trickle of gold were all seen on the autumn/winter 14 catwalks by way of Valentino, Erdem and Alice & Olivia who all captivated the enigmatic motif of the classic dark fairytale.

Nature-themed garments decorated with appliquéd butterflies, birds and roses at Valentino nod to Cinderella getting ready for her grand ball, whilst over at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton provides the darker edge to the fairytale matter with lurid evocations of past lands of make-believe. Fierce feathers provide the evasive charm to an otherworldly selection of garments of a luxurious couture-like quality. Gold accents are presented in all manner of accessories from filigree clutch bags adorned with jewels and chains; to gem-encrusted twinkly shoes by Dsquared² that will no doubt get Prince Charming’s heart racing as you skip off into the sunset. Pair your twinkly toes with equally twinkly fingernails with this season’s offering of ravishing nail lacquers from Dior.

The look comes into its own this winter with the release of Disney’s latest blockbuster Into the Woods starring the glorious Meryl Streep. Seemingly innocent, stemming from a Disney film, the undercurrents of style are of a feral innocence; this look is not for the faint-hearted. Snow White need not apply.

Follow the heart of your inner dark princess this winter party season and you’ll be in for a treat. From head-to-toe ethereal empress, to sparkly eyelids and a smattering of jewels with your LBD, however you don it you will no doubt be alluring; And with a tap of a wand you shall go to the ball, for you are the fairest of them all.

 

P.S. This was my first time using photoshop so please don’t judge me too harshly. I do enough of that to myself!

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TEX SAVERIO A/W14 PARIS FASHION WEEK

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I attended the Tex Saverio show in Paris on Tuesday after what felt like a million hours of travelling, but boy what a day it turned out to be. After waking up at 5am to catch a train, tube and finally the Eurostar, we arrived in Paris. First stop, the nearest café to the Gare du Nord we could find to eat as many crépes au sucre we could manage.

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After much discussion in poor broken French with a taxi driver, we finally established where we wanted to be, the show’s venue the Automobile Club de France on the Place de la Concorde, just a short walk from the Champs Elysées. The show started at 2pm local time and was just as enchanting as was expected from a Tex Saverio collection. The only difference for me was being able to see it up close and be able to capture, first hand, the intricate detailing and shimmering fabrics Saverio is known for.

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With a palette strictly of black and gold, the collection consisted of the use of rich decadent fabrics detailed with intricate bedding a laser-cut detailing. The ornate head pieces glittered under the spotlights, an aspect which cannot be transcribed through photos, as with the glittering gowns.

 

Hair and makeup was kept simple and pared back, letting the clothing speak for themselves. The 7-inch platform shoes with backwards-curved heels added another other-wordly quality, much reminiscent of McQueen. This being Saverio’s second ready-to-wear collection, I think it definitely seals his place on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar, proof of what a success he is as an up-and-coming designer and a true sign of his accomplishments to come.

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Below are some professional shots from the collection.
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COVETING: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD BAG.

20131229122827I know Christmas has been and gone, (I still have the muffin top to prove it), and although I was really lucky this past Christmas with the gifts I received, I have to admit I’m being extremely greedy and coveting more. God strike me down, I’ve probably committed 4 of the Seven Deadly Sins since the Christmas period. But this bag though, ohhhhhh this bag. It makes my heart melt. It’s just perfect. It’s £415. But it’s also perfect. I do not have £415 to spend on a handbag so I’ll just sit here and stare at it on a screen instead, whilst eating the Ben & Jerry’s we still have left over from Christmas.

LONDON FASHION WEEKEND

So yesterday I attended London Fashion Week with some friends from my Fashion Journalism course at uni, and we had such a good time. We arrived at Somerset House for our dedicated 1pm-4pm slot and started off with a bit of shopping….. By bit I mean a lot. I bought myself two Balmain t-shirts, two Wishlist London necklaces and a Tasha Metcalfe necklace crafted from a real pigeon’s foot!

 

Balmain t-shirt.

Balmain t-shirt.

Balmain safety-pin t-shirt.

Balmain safety-pin t-shirt.

Evil eye necklace and silver ring necklace by Wishlist London.

Evil eye necklace and silver ring necklace by Wishlist London.

 

 

 

Necklace crafted from a real pigeon's foot. Grasping a pearl which turns endlessly in in the claw.

Necklace crafted from a real pigeon’s foot. Grasping a pearl which turns endlessly in in the claw.

 

Necklace by Tessa Metcalfe.

Necklace by Tessa Metcalfe.


We also watched the London Fashion Weekend trend fashion show presented by Vodafone, which we were front row for. All the photos from it are on my Instagram @_hannahstocking but here’s a couple of my favourites:

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I really enjoyed myself yesterday, even if my bank balance is crying out for help! Being a student isn’t easy. Taking after Carrie Bradshaw, I’d rather buy Vogue than dinner.

MY NEW GLASSES!

I’m a huge fan of glasses, much to some people’s disbelief. I get people asking me all the time “Why do you not wear contacts?” and the simple answer is that I actually like wearing glasses. I find contact lenses to be a pain, I find them to be uncomfortable and “unnatural” to the eye. For me, my glasses are an important aspect of my everyday look and I try to choose glasses that reflect my style and personality. I don’t choose glasses to be discreet and blend into my face, I like to make a statement. For the past year I’ve been wearing my gorgeous Versace glasses, which I do still love, but I had my eyes tested last week at Vision Express and my eyes have both become worse by two “stages” (I don’t know what the official term is for going up stages in optometry, sorry!) and I was finding it increasingly difficult to see through them.

These are my "old" Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I've had replacement lenses put in them. They're by Versace and I believe they come in four colours.

These are my “old” Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I’ve had replacement lenses put in them. They’re by Versace, bought from Vision Express and I believe they come in four colours.

Now, I do love those glasses and wanted to find out how much it would cost through independent opticians to put new lenses in them to still be able to wear them. Turns out, it’s quite expensive to go to an independent opticians to do it so I enquired about it when I went for my eye test. Whilst I was there, I naturally strolled over to the vast selection they had on display and immediately began trying on as many pairs as I could and of course I decided that I wanted a new pair.

I found these glasses by Polo Ralph Lauren in the men’s section and FELL IN LOVE. I love the electric blue colour because although it’s a bright, statement making colour, it’s still quite neutral and goes with almost everything clothes-wise and makeup-wise.

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I really like big framed glasses rather than the slimmer rectangular styles and the men’s section is perfect for finding the bigger frames! I also like the contrast of the white arms on these. I was toying with this pair and a pair of Prada glasses that I absolutely LOVED as well, I originally wanted a tortoiseshell pair and they were the perfect shade, but in the end I went for these; I might ask for the Prada pair for Christmas this year (fingers crossed!).

I always find my experience as a customer in Vision Express pleasing, the staff are always very helpful, sometimes perhaps a little too helpful, but I don’t mind that really. The actual opticians are always very relaxed and make you feel at ease which is always a bonus! The shop assistants, whenever I go in there, are always on hand for assistance and leave you alone when you don’t want to be hassled when trying on glasses for yourself.

I was made aware of an offer that if you spend over £149 (I think, don’t quote me on that) that you’ll get another pair of £99 glasses for free, which I think is a fab deal! However, I couldn’t actually find any glasses in the store that suited me well enough for me to choose them; because even though they were free it would be a waste for me to have them and never wear them if I wasn’t totally comfortable with the way they looked on me. This is where I asked about the price for lenses to be put into my Versace pair.

The sales assistant left the desk to ask someone about the price and came back and told me that they could treat my pair of lenses in my Versace glasses as my free second pair of glasses so I got those for free too!

I’ve also seen some amazing sunglasses in there which I might invest in at a later date. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses already under my previous prescription from last year and as it’s getting towards the end of the Summer and I’ve already been on holiday, I think it wouldn’t be wise of me to be buying into expensive pairs of prescription sunglasses at this time.

I really recommend Vision Express, (rather than Specsavers because I’ve used them too), as an opticians for the deals they have, the vast expanse of choice in terms of frames and the staff are brilliant too.

Let me know what you think of my new glasses, do you like them or are they too much?

 

Go to VIsion Express to see some of the selection of glasses and sunglasses they do!

ALLSAINTS NEW ARRIVALS.

It’s no secret that I’m an avid fan of AllSaints, always have been; and their latest collection is making my heart beat faster, causing palpitations. Well okay, maybe not quite as graphic as that but it’s a similar sensation. I needed to write about their newest collection, pieces of which I WILL be purchasing for myself as I can’t seem to be able to click off the website without making a purchase. Naughty me. My bank balance will be wailing. Oh well, all in the name of fashion, right?

I NEED those leather skirts and isn’t that embellished dress to die for?!

To shop these items from AllSaints, plus many many more, click HERE 

 

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NOTES FROM FLORENCE.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know what I’m talking about when it comes to perfumes, because I don’t. What I DO know though, is that I like what I like and I have a very distinctive taste in perfume. A perfume doesn’t really grow on me, I either like it straight off or I hate it for life. My favourite, favourite, favourite ever fragrance EVER is Serpentine by Roberto Cavalli, but I’ve run out of it right now and can’t bring myself to cough up for more of it, being a high end expensive brand. 

I never really used to turn to the high street for perfume because, rather snobbishly, I used to think that the only people that bought high street “shop’s own brand” perfumes were 13 year old girls saturating themselves in the gym changing rooms at school with the sickly sweet smell of cheap perfume. But I am here to admit that I was wrong and that I’ve since found a few high street perfumes that I love. The only difference about high street perfumes vs High end perfumes is that they really don’t last as long; but then at a fraction of the cost you wouldn’t really expect anything incredible in terms of quality would you?

A perfume I bought this week was Florence by Next. Here is how Next describe the fragrance:

A warm floriental with lily and red rose on a sensuous base of amber, sandalwood and white musk.

 

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It’s a very fresh smell, clean and light, perfect for a summer’s day. It is an eau de parfum so should last longer on the skin, I’m not sure how much I would vouch for that but I’m not too bothered, the 50ml bottle is small enough for me to carry round in my handbag to freshen up with. Costing only £8 for the 50ml and £15 for the 100ml, this fragrance is an amazing price for the expensive-smelling product, I would definitely re-purchase this! Although in the four-fragrance collection consisting of “London”, “Milan”, “New York” and of course “Florence” the one I’d like to try next is London, the other two seemed a bit heavy for me.

Overall, I like this perfume, it’s easy to wear for day or night, is not too heavy so that it gives you a headache after a while like some EDP’s do and it’s fresh, light and clean.

 

WINTER WISHLIST

I know I know. It’s June, I get it. But I just couldn’t help absolutely fawning over this peacoat from Belstaff at Net-A-Porter. It’s absolutely bleedin’ gawgus. I’ve decided to blog about this coat because I’ll never be able to afford the £895 bill, I’ll just admire it from afar with tear-stained cheeks while I wear my Primark togs. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating (slightly). Well perhaps not Primark but definitely something about £800 cheaper than this beauty.

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I just adore the modern take on the classic shape of the peacoat with the zips and shoulder and elbow detailing, it’ll last forever and be in style for eternity. Now, where is my lottery ticket?

WHAT PERSONAL STYLE MEANS TO ME.

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I am under the agreement with myself that style is a personal thing, a personal freedom that cannot be denied or scrutinised by someone else. One of my pet-hates (I have quite a few pet-hates which you’ll gather by the time you’ve read a few of my blog posts) is when you flick through one of those god-awful “celebrity trash mags” (which is also another pet-hate of mine) and they’ll no doubt be a page called “Who wore it better?” or along the same lines. Most of the time, they are comparing two people such as (for the purpose of the argument) Vanessa Hudgens and Kourtney Kardashian. Two attractive, young, slim, successful, rich, pampered and spoilt celebrities that have everything in the whole wide world at their fingertips, and now they are being subjected to somebody judging their outfit and comparing them to some other just as rich and beautiful celebrity. Not that I’m saying I feel sorry for them, because I don’t. I just feel slightly violated and judged when I come across pages like that or “Sack the Stylist” or “What Were You Thinking?!”. Why should anybody be judged by their outfit? Famous or not, I think everyone should have a right to dress exactly as they please without some bored nobody telling them they look hideous.

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So back to the point of personal style. For me, I would describe somebody with amazing style as someone who instigates trends rather than follows them. I personally think there is a craft to styling yourself. Anybody can look at the runway shows in September and predict what will be in the stores for Spring the following year. It is the people that start those trends, that are the true fashionistas. And by the trend instigators, I do not mean the Karl Lagerfeld’s and the Isabel Marant’s of the world. I mean the people, things, places that inspire them to create their coveted collections. Without the individuality of some unique and eccentric beings, we wouldn’t even have the clothes that we are currently wearing or being bought from places like Topshop and River Island.

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And don’t even get me started on Topshop and River Island. I despise them, and shops of the like. And that’s not to say I don’t go in them or buy their clothes, because I do. I just strongly believe they are the bane of the fashion world and an insult to those of the truly fashionable kind. I believe they are nothing more than a money-making scheme, selling clothes that aren’t particularly substantial enough to class as “fashion”, and it works! It certainly worked on me. Just because you buy your clothes from Topshop, doesn’t make you unique or different or even fashionable. It just makes you the same as everyone else. Think of the amount of people that have that top you bought from Topshop the other day. Or the dress. Or those shoes. What’s funny is one of the biggest fashion faux pas’ is being in the same room or something with somebody wearing the same thing as you, but if you buy your clothes from River Island, what do you expect?!

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I live in a place where individuality is not particularly expressed or even really encouraged. Because it’s such a small town, everybody seems to know someone who knows you and it can get extremely tedious and annoying. When I was 14, I came downstairs with red lipstick on and my grandad found this to be such a major thing. Red lipstick. So anyway, he went down to the pub and this was such a big deal that he told everybody there that I had red lipstick on. Now to me, this is no big deal whatsoever, just as mundane as someone wearing shoes, however this is also the pub that I work at. So I went to work on the next Friday and my second cousin who owns the pub came up to me and the first thing he said to be was “so I hear you were wearing red lipstick”, ERM, YEAH?! What’s your point?! They were acting as if I walked out of my house naked with a green afro. Not that there’s even anything wrong with that!!
Ever since I was little my parents used to take me to Camden Market (I say ‘used’ to, I still go, I just usually take myself). If you’ve never been to Camden, it’s a place where having eclectic style is the norm and most probably, blue jeans in Camden would be as hard to find as blue jeans in Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. So this place I used to LOVE to visit, just for all the different sights, different expressions of individuality and styles, and I still love to go there. For me, Camden Market is the epitome of personal style and I advise any budding (or established) fashion designer, stylist, makeup artist, photographer, journalist or whatever you do, to visit Camden just once. Because I guarantee if you go once, you’ll want to go again.

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So in reality, individuality is the way forward, not following trends or buying out Topshop. I think personal style is a personal journey, an evolution of you shown through your clothes. Like I said: personal style, style personal.