SHOPPING HAUL, WHAT I BOUGHT

Screw the New Year’s spending budget. I’m being cliched and living by the “YOLO” mantra. Life is too short, and my fashion brain is too eager, no apologies. Here are my latest purchases from my shopping trip yesterday!

Tees from Zara, both £5.99 (sale price)

Tees from Zara, both £5.99 (sale price)

And I finally got January American Vogue with Gwen on the cover!!

And I finally got January American Vogue with Gwen on the cover!!

Shoes from Office (£7!!!! In the sale, that matters)

Shoes from Office (£7!!!! In the sale, that matters)

Jeans from All Saints... The biggest bargain at £22.50 - reduced from £75. I'm such a compulsive bargain hunter.

Jeans from All Saints… The biggest bargain at £22.50 – reduced from £75. I’m such a compulsive bargain hunter.

Cat-eye sunglasses, £6 in a vintage shop.

Cat-eye sunglasses, £6 in a vintage shop.

Vests, both £12 in the All Saints sale, reduced from £40 each.

Vests, both £12 in the All Saints sale, reduced from £40 each.

Leggings, £22 from Topshop.

Leggings, £22 from Topshop.

Men's watch, half price at £15 in River Island.

Men’s watch, half price at £15 in River Island.

Essie nail polish in Leading Lady (left) and Forever Yummy (right)

      Essie nail polish in Leading Lady (left) and Forever Yummy (right)

 

Yoko Ono tees from Zara, both £9.99 (sale price)

Yoko Ono tees from Zara, both £9.99 (sale price)

BROKE & MY WEEK IN PICTURES: COMING SOON.

17th July 2012. 19th July 2012. 8th September 2012. Probably just three insignificant dates to those reading this. And yes, they do seem rather random. However these three dates have a bittersweet meaning to me. On the one hand, they will most likely be the best days of the year for me, and on the other hand… Well, let’s just say that they’ve made my bank account look like it was bombed in a world war. Sparse to say the least. The two dates in July are when I will be seeing Madonna and the other date in September is seeing Lady Gaga. I don’t expect you all to be as eye-wateringly excited at this as me, just keep in mind that I’ve saved up for near enough a year for this.

Once the tickets were bought, I felt a mix of euphoria of finally having the tickets in my hand (well, for the deliriously annoying ticket maverick that is Ticketmaster to send them) and the relief and panic of ticket-buying finally over, to the thought of the tiny-but-still-significant number that sits heart-wrenchingly alone at the bottom of my wishfully rich bank account.

Since having the money ceremoniously wrenched from my being by said ticket maverick, my soul has felt empty. Okay maybe that was piling on too much philosophy for the dire state of my bank account, but still. I hate not having money, makes me feel insignificant and well, poor. And that’s not to say I feel superior to others when I have money, because I don’t. It’s totally a personal thing, I feel superior to myself when I have money in my account.

I recently laid out onto my bed all my purchases from that week and almost cried (wiping my tears with a lonesome £5 note). The amount of silly purchases that I realised I didn’t really need was incredible. This gave me scope for a blog post… I’ve decided to spend the next week taking photos. Photos of everything that happens in my week, boring or interesting. I’ll capture purchases, outfits, happy moments, sad moments. Everything. Well, almost everything.

I’ll let you into my extremely interesting and lively world. A world where you will no doubt wish you were a part of. (Note: sarcasm is my main source of humour, detect it in the last two sentences I wrote).

So come back next week to read all about my week and see the photographic evidence!

LEGEND IN THE MAKING – TEX SAVERIO

The day the US edition of Harper’s Bazaar’s May 2011 issue came out, I went straight to the shop to buy it. The usual routine of excitement of knowing my ultimate idol is on the cover of yet another magazine, panic over whether there will be any copies left and a sense of relief and almost geeky euphoria when I have the photos and interview in my hand. This routine was slightly different. I still got the pre-excitement/panic before owning the magazine, but this time, when I turned to the article featuring my idol Lady Gaga, the dress she was wearing almost outshone the star herself. I was immediately taken with the design and had to find out more about the designer that had created such a divine specimen of a dress. One quick glance at the bottom of the page informed me that the designer in question was Indonesian-based Tex Saverio. It took me all of three seconds to Google his name and what I found was utterly mesmerising. His first collection for Jakarta Fashion Week was for spring/summer 2011, named “My Courtesan” and I find it very difficult to sum up the collection using words. It is undeniable that his workmanship is truly incredible, and what I find most amazing is how he is virtually unknown to the western fashion world. His creations are so outlandishly fantastic and exquisite that it’s a wonder why he’s not already known as a legend in the making. Personally, I cannot comprehend how amazingly talented this young designer is. His latest collection “The Revelation” was an exploration of the duality of good and evil in The Revelation. The dresses were showcased as an almost performance art piece on the runway at Jakarta Fashion Week. If I could create my own race of people, this is how we would all look. His designs are perfection itself.
After discovering Tex’s work over the internet, I felt that I really needed to get into contact with him just to express my admiration for his work. After contacting Tex’s manager via email, I felt I had to pass on a message to Tex expressing my adoration towards his creations, and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the man himself…

Is there any one person you have in your mind as a muse that you look to when designing?
Maybe it’s not particularly one person, but at one time it could be one person. Gaga is definitely my muse. In general I’m always inspired by a woman with a strong character. Very strong one, perhaps.

What is your favourite part of designing a garment? Is it the process or seeing the end product?
The part when I could turn my imagination into reality, when I get the “looks” that I imagined it to be.

What inspires you most?
A woman. I learn a lot from a woman, and I get a lot of ideas… It is always a mix of the character of a woman and my fantasy.

I am also a huge Lady Gaga fan, what was it like to have her wear one of your exquisite dresses in Harper’s Bazaar?
I was surprised. I was in the middle of a meeting when I got the news from the internet.

You are known as “Indonesia’s Alexander McQueen”, how does it feel to be compared to such a legend in the fashion industry?
Nahh… That’s simply too much! I am nothing compared to him, I think he is incomparable. He’s a legend, while I’m just a new kid. But however this will motivate me to go higher…

Where do you hope the brand to progress to in the future?
I hope to reach international market. Wish me luck!

 

After my interview with Tex, I began scouring the internet for yet more images of the designer’s work, and after analysing almost all of his creations, I now feel that his pieces provide both a physical and emotional journey and connection with both himself and the wearer. I feel this is a huge achievement with a collection and I really, honestly wish Tex all the luck in the world (Although, he won’t need my luck with the talent that he has!) and I hope that one day, Tex will be showing his designs globally!

CHECK OUT TEX SAVERIO’S WORK HERE.