Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
I've always been a creative person, I studied photography and fine art in Brighton so Fashion Design seemed like a natural progression to me at the time, a step into the creative unknown!
But when I think back fashion and design were a big part of my childhood, I grew up in a very creative home, my mother inspired me a lot, she has amazing style and the best clothes!
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Chantelle - I decided in 2006 on a beach in the Domincan Republic that it was time to pursue my dream career of becoming a personal stylist. At the time I was working full time as a senior graphic designer and I had been in this industry for over 10 years. I couldn’t think of anything better than the thought of running my own business and working in Fashion, doing something that I knew I would LOVE! From a very early age I always had a passion for all things fashion. I spent ages making my own clothes, creating look books and designing my own shoe collections! Pursuing a career in personal styling was a natural progression from designing corporate brand identities for companies and I knew I would get more job satisfaction and reward from assisting individual clients with their image.
I set up TopStylista.com, my fashion blog when I got back from my Dominican Republic holiday in order to test the market. Women wrote to me with their fashion dilemmas and I got a huge amount of enjoyment out of suggesting outfits for them. By the end of the year I had enrolled with an image academy to do a professional course in Image Consultancy. As soon I completed the course I quit my job and started up my own Image Consultancy called TopStylista (http://www.personal-stylist.co.uk/).
me - What inspired you to launch iStylista.com?
Chantelle - The majority of my clients are professional females of around 30, my own age. They work incredibly hard and have busy, hectic social calendars, some have families and others run their own businesses; regardless of whether they are in or out of work they like to look stylish and portray an effortless style. Most hire me to help them create a stylish capsule wardrobe every season to save them time and money. With online shopping becoming increasingly popular and efficient I wanted to create an online personal stylist website and personal shopping concierge service to help women make the right purchases online for their uniqueness. iStylista.com’s core value is being able to offer our members complete convenience and is based on providing them with the best choice of designer fashion within one website. Each member can access their very own private online changing room 24/7 and then be presented with the clothes that are only suited to them.
Chantelle - The bit I most enjoy about my job is spending one to one time with a client and being able to help them achieve the right image for them whilst also building on their confidence and self esteem. Most clients are now very good friends so it’s always a pleasure shopping with them each season.
me - What is your favourite fashion trend for next season?
Chantelle - As I am a typical pear shape I am loving these fierce shoulder pads, details and embellishments on tops and dresses! You’ll also see me wearing lots of deep berry shades, as it’s my favourite colour and I am in love with anything with complete minimalism as it’s striking, fitted and structured.
me - In your opinion what item should people invest on during the current recession?
Chantelle - In my opinion people should invest in classic pieces that you can wear season after season, which won’t date but I stand by this recession or no recession. A dress that exudes your femininity will always make you feel sexy and the fabulous thing is that you can change the look of it for any occasion day or evening, for work or smart/casual with different accessories and shoes.
me - Do you have a favourtite designer, who and why?
Chantelle - I don’t really have a favourite designer; I like to wear a mixture of high street, designer, secondhand and vintage, which makes my style individual.
Having said that this season I am in love with Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, I will wear these dresses continually for work.
me - Have you recently spotted any up and coming designers with lots of potential?
Chantelle - I really like Thurley, I bought my wedding dress recently from this designer and I love it! It’s very feminine and I’d love to see more of her work and collection some time.
Chantelle - 1) My faithful black leather bomber jacket with three quarter sleeves, I’ve had it for years and I must admit I seem to live in it.
2) A pair of new black patent platform courts from Russell & Bromley, they are incredibly minimalist, I can wear them with anything and they’ll last for years.
3) A lilac pleated chiffon bolero – very feminine and vintage!
4) My gorgeous Thurley wedding dress that I can’t wait to wear in December.
me - What are your favourite fashion boutiques worldwide?
Chantelle - I have stumbled across a few in my time in Paris, Jakarta, Dubai and New York but I didn’t take note of what they were called. I still have the clothes that I bought in them, which reminds me of them.
me - Who do you wish to trade wardrobes with from the past or present and why?
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
(above) Jill Sander - Striking colour, amazing sculptural build
(above) Altazurra - gorgeous rouching, so elegant
(above) Rodarte- stunning bondaging, and knee high boots
Monday, 20 July 2009
Miss Selfridge and Hed Kandi have created a capsule collection of 10 sexy body-con dresses featuring iconic Hed Kandi imagery – all designed by Hed Kandi illustrator Jason Brooks. This exclusive collaboration is a first for both brands who have found the precise fusion of music and fashion; the Miss Selfridge girl perfectly demonstrates the essence and lifestyle of Hed Kandi. The collection features figure hugging body con dresses splashed with stunning, quirky vibrant prints inspired by Hed Kandi’s graphics. Dress styles range from cut out, bubble, one shoulder and slinky V-back, all designed to take you from funky, trendy daytime chic to night time clubbing. The collection will be stocked in Miss Selfridge from the 30th July nationwide.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
(above) stunning crocheted look from aw09 collection
Yannis - February 2006. I've always had an interest in arts, clothing and design, so it was an easy decision. I knew I didn't want to work for anyone but myself and designing was the only way I could express myself. I knew in the first years it would be difficult however, my creativity became very popular very quickly and now at a young age through hard work I can say I am already established.me - Describe the "perfect ioannisdimitrousis woman" in 5 words?Yannis - Strong, sharp, sensitive, empowered, sexyme - What was your Fall 09 collection inspired by - what was its theme?Yannis - Pain..Lots of pain..The dark feeling of the collection emphasizes the inner pain of the body. Caging it through the needles and chains with the flesh exposure asks you to look beyond the body and observe the inside.me - For how many years has ioannisdimitrousis's collection been presented in London Fashion Week?Yannis - I have been showing my work at LFW since Feb '06 and after the initial showing at fashion week I was featured in publications such as International Herald Tribune by Suzy Menkes, Let Them Eat Cake and other major magazines and books. The last four seasons are in the form of catwalk shows.me - What are your favourite trends for Fall/Winter 09?Yannis - I'm inspired by multi-cultural influences combined with innovative textile design, which provides an eclectic mix and originality.me - Who is your style inspiration from the past or present, and why?Yannis - chav eleganceme - Where do you hope to see ioannisdimitrousis in 10 years time?Yannis - Everywhere..!me - What is your favourite high street shop and why?Yannis - i am not sure if i have any....me - What is your favourite fashion boutiques worldwide and why?Yannis - Collete in Paris,Dover street Market in london,and couple more which i dont recall at the moment..me - Have you got any tips for aspiring fashion designers?Yannis - Work hard and follow your dream...Nothing comes easy, and if it does, then you won't know what success means. You will succeed only when you will straggle to get to the top and remain on top...
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Gail Sorronda's feminine, utterly gorgeous, chic designs are what caused her to win the "Mercedes Benz - Start Up Awards" back in 2005 leading her onto Australian Fashion Week and then in 2007 to create a collection for Target, as part of the "designers for Target" collaboration. Her collections are sold in many shops and boutiques all around Australia, and I'm sure her label will go on to be sold worldwide!
Below I have interviewed Gail herself - Enjoy......
me - When was Gail Sorronda launched and what inspired it to be launched?
Gail - The label was launched at Rosemount Australian Fashion week in 2005 after winning the Mercedez Benz start-up award. I decided whilst I was studying that I wanted to develop a collection that I would like to sell.
me - Describe the "perfect Gail Sorronda woman" in 5 words?
Gail - In love with a feeling
me - ss09/10 collection inspired by - what was its theme?
Gail - A ritual like exotic birds dancing.
The rare and dominant species are introduced in an awkward embrace.
The love spreads and takes over like an invasive exotic.
"Invasive Exotics” is inspired by a new environment.
Paris has the worlds textiles and invention at my disposal which has meant greater exploration of silhouette, bringing opposite textures together, a sense of discipline and the continuation of dark romanticism.
me - For how many years has Gail Sorronda's collection been presented in Rosemount Australian Fashion Week?
Gail - Every year since 2005. Sometimes off site. Sometimes off schedule.
me - What are your favourite trends for Fall/Winter 09?
Gail - Layering interesting pieces with basics. Playful details. Volume in easy to wear elasticised garments.
me - Who is your style inspiration from the past or present, and why?
Gail - Architect Zaha Hadid. Her visionary asthetic has been applied to many mediums of design.
me - Where do you hope to see Gail Sorronda in 10 years time?
Gail - Label wise improving and developing distribution whilst maintaining a niche market. Career wise I’ll be following the signs.
me - What is your favourtie high street shop and why?
Gail - Top Shop for their accessibility and affordability.
me - What is your favourite fashion boutiques worldwide and why?
Gail - L’Eclaireur in Paris because it stocks my designers that inspire me and it presents a feeling.
The Corner Shop in Sydney as they are great supporter of young Australian designers.
me - Have you got any tips for aspiring fashion designers?
Basically be willing to sacrifice eg doing work for free, searching for an internship or work experience. Work in any capacity in the industry as it may open a door. Be resourceful with what you do know. Be brave and willing to feel uncomfortable. Be honest and disciplined with your work creatively
(above) two models pose during Gail Srronda's show in Australian Fashion Week
Thursday, 9 July 2009
(above) Matthew Williamson sandals
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
me - Did you attend many of the London Fashion week fall 09 shows, if so did you have any favorutie collections?.
Frankie - As an assistant I didn’t get to attend that many shows but I did go to the Eun Jeong show which was amazing, gorgeous bursts of coral, fringed tights are a must have for AW ‘09..
me - On a standard working day what is your office dress code?
Frankie - We all have our own individual styles.. Some you wonder if they wake up looking that glamorous, others rock the London Kate Moss look! As long as your comfortable we have no real dress code..
me - Who is your fashion inspiration/idol?
Frankie - more programme than icon.. Gossip Girl is my latest style obsession (The City following in close pursuit!) Season two, summer for the Manhattan elite, between all the drama, the girls work holiday glamour to perfection with bejewelled kaftans, straw bags and metallic sandals..
me - In your opinion are high heels a necessity to finish off an outfit?
Frankie - There has been real debates about high heels recently, the health issues surrounding a good pair of Jimmy’s but personally, at 5’2 they are the finishing touch to any outfit..
me - What is your opinion on some of the latest trends that are very unflattering- e.g. harem pants?
Frankie - I don’t own a pair of Harem pants, I think trends are a lot of fun, not a necessity, I think if they don’t flatter you its not compulsory to follow.. – try another trend.. I’d swap Harem pants for a bit of the 1950s styling trend, I would look way too much like ‘Cant Touch This!!’..
me - What type of woman is my-wardrobe.com aimed at?