Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Holy Velvet At Heart

Seeking out unique and new designers is always fun, especially when the weather is crazy (with a chance of meatballs).

Maria Soromenho has worked with fashion greats such as Craig Lawrence, Peter Pilotto and Richard Nicoll and is now working at Fannie Schiavoni. Her works are beautifully handmade and influenced by exquisite music and art. She launched her first capsule collection in August 2013 which immediately caught my eye.

The collection is brimful of intricate details and unexpected materials, which is always refreshing to see. It brings forth a sensual mystery within the blues, reds and golds and many pieces are paired with a dark lip and a dark smokey eye.









I was fortunate enough to ask her a few questions about her collection and her goals.
  1. You have a very striking aesthetic. What are your inspirations when coming up with a collection?
    For my first collection I was really inspired by David Lynch's universe and my favourite film The Holy Mountain by Alexandro Jodorowsky. I'm currently working on my second collection and I've been looking at the works of Orlan, Eva Hessa, Gina Pane, Carole Schneemann and Francesca Woodman... All of this added to random moments of "inspiration" that may happen walking, on the bus, on the tube... 
  2. What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing?
    I guess something that you can wear a thousand times without getting tired of... And comfortable too. I have about 5 items of clothing that I almost have feelings for and that i wear repeatedly... I believe those are the good ones! 
  3. How would you define the style your line exemplifies?
    I wouldn't know just yet... I believe this is the beginning of a long search of what I actually want to do. I want to experiment as much as possible and I don't want to be stuck to any label or style if that makes sense... Identity will come naturally hopefully, and that will possible be my signature. 
  4. What are some of your fashion goals?
    My main goal is to collaborate with artists and musicians and to get stockists all over the world. I love the idea of people wearing clothes that I designed. 
  5. Where can readers purchase your pieces?
    In a couple of days a selection from my SS14 collection will be stocked at The Cult Mountain in Brick Lane, London. Otherwise they can get it online from the Kuji Shop (HERE) and Vespoe (HERE). And they can contact me directly for bespoke pieces.
I can't wait to see Maria's next collection and to hopefully add one of her beautiful pieces to my wardrobe!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

DIY Valentino Studded Cuff

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I admit it, I have a weakness for studs. So when I saw this Valentino studded transparent cuff on Polyvore, I knew I had to recreate it.

Materials:
  • PVC plastic sheet (I bought mine from a fabric store)
  • Studs (I used 8mm pyramid studs - yes I actually label all my stud sizes in my collection)
  • Exacto knife
  • One pair of snap fasteners
  • Pen and ruler
  • Grid paper
  • Thread and needle

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Method:

1. Using a ruler, mark out the size of your cuff (mine was 18cm x 5cm) on the PVC.
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2. Use the exacto knife to cut your PVC sheet.
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3. Use the grid paper to mark out size and placement of your cuff. I had 3 rows of 7 studs.

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4. Placing the PVC over the grid paper, lightly trace the markings to guide your placement of the studs.
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5. Studding time! Using the guides, push the studs through the plastic. Turn over and push the prongs in.
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6. Keep studding away, using the markings as a guide to keep the studs in a straight line.
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7. Finally finished studding!
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8. Once again using the grid paper as a guide, draw crosses to mark the placings of the snap fasteners.
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9. Using a bit of thread, sew the fasteners on and voila!
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Minted for Valentines

I'll admit it, I have a slight obsession with stationery. I've even been dubbed "my sister's personal Officeworks". I own far too many pens, highlighters, post-its and markers for my own good and don't even get me started on how many cute notebooks I've collected but never used.

To me, stationery is an art. Minted celebrates the art of budding indie designers, providing unique and personalised stationery for weddings, births, valentine's day and other holidays as well as great art prints and party decor.

Since Valentine's Day is coming up in less than a month, here are some of my favourite picks from Minted. There is now also a 10% discount off Valentine's cards with the code HEART10 (ends 29/01/2014). Other great coupon codes from Minted can be found HERE.

Each one of these cards can be customised with your own uploaded picture or saying, making it a perfect Valentine's gift for someone special.

  1. Favourite Infographic Greeting Card (buy HERE)
  2. Soulmates Greeting Card (buy HERE)
  3. More Than Coffee Greeting Card (buy HERE)
  4. Floral Love Greeting Card (buy HERE)
If cards aren't enough, why not try some beautiful journals? These journals can also be subtlely personalised to create a beautiful gift for the creatively minded.

  1. The Great Escape Journal (buy HERE)
  2. Chalkboard Dreams (buy HERE)
  3. Bright Ideas Journal (buy HERE)
  4. Wildflowers Journal (buy HERE)
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