21 September 2011

London Fashion Week Favourites: Part 1

Summer is definitely over in the UK. There is a slight chill and drizzle in the air and the shops are already stocking next seasons autumn wear.

To confuse matters London Fashion Week is looking ahead to Spring/Summer 2012. It can be a little hard to get excited about bikinis and pastel colours when you can't wear them for the next 6 months.

However, there has been plenty of of clothes and designers to love and covet this week. Here is a selection of clothes from day 1 and 2 that caught my eye.

Basso and Brooke

I loved these bold tropical style prints paired with the simple understated shapes of the clothing.

Caroline Charles
These dresses look so wearable and classy. I particularly like the monochrome leopard style print on the left dress.

Clements Ribeiro
Unusual prints on these pieces ranging from large paisley to optical illusions. I keep staring at the black and white trousers expecting them to have a hidden message!

Riviera chic. Just need the yacht and a martini!

Emilia Wickstead

Gorgeous vintage style prints perfect for a tea party. I guess playsuits will be back again in the shops next year, which unfortunately is a look I have never personally felt comfortable in.

Emilia Wickstead

These two dresses are my favourite cocktail styles. The one on the left wouldn't look out of place on Jade Jagger in Ibiza. The little black dress that looks fairly demure at first glance with a sheer chiffon style panel showing the hip and thigh.

Felder Felder

Beautiful and floaty materials perfect to swish around in. The white dress on the right could work so well as a bridal dress.

Felder Felder

Black will be back and is always in fashion. The metallic studs on the dresses in the middle and left work well in the sheer material and contrasts femininity with a rock edge. I love the black jacket with the leather lapels but was a bit bored with the rest of that outfit.

House of Holland

Crazy giant leopard print in pastel colours. It's mad but I would probably wear it if I thought I could get away with it!

Issa London

Such cute prints and love the flattering shapes.

Issa London

The pale aqua dress on the left caught my eye because of the demure classic cut with the scalloped neckline. The middle dress is floaty, kind of leopard (yes I love leopard) and works well in the blue and nude tones. For a red carpet va va voom number on the right.

Jaeger London and Jasper Conran

I need that green hat in my life. You can keep the rest of the outfit. The red Jasper Conran dress has a great detail with the cut out bits at the collar bone. Unfortunately I thought the rest of the dress was a bit shapeless and may have worked better as a more fitted piece.

Jena Theo and Jonathan Saunders

The monochrome dress on the left had an unusual shape and great movement. It looks a bit more forgiving for those days when you have indulged in too many ice creams but still want to look fabulous. I like the ombre effect on the Jonathan Saunders dress but probably wouldn't have chosen those particular shoes.

Paul Costelloe and Sass & Bide

Like the jacket on the left for it's shininess and colour. It would probably make me look huge and better suited to more athletic/slim builds. The white dress on the right is fantastic, loving the sculptural shoulder strap. And some fashion peeps have said one shouldered numbers are over.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

And to finish, Vivienne Westwood. I would happily wear any of the clothes above if I could afford to. They look so tailored and structured yet effortless. The black dress on the right would suit any size and shaped lady and make them look fabulous. An investment that would get worn again and again over the years.

More information on the designers and clothing featured at www.londonfashionweek.co.uk.
Photo credits: Catwalking.com

19 September 2011

My lovely lily themed wedding stationery

Back in October 2008, I got married to Matthew. I can't quite believe that our third anniversary is nearly upon us. Where has all the time gone?

As I am a graphic designer and have slight tendencies towards being a control freak, it made sense for me to design my own wedding invitations. Thankfully I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted and was able to get on with creating my design for the save the date and invites etc. I was worried that being my own client could cause problems with getting stuck or indecisiveness so I relied on friends and family for feedback and comments.

Lilies are my favourite flowers and so I wanted to feature them prominently in the stationery and the rest of the day's theme. I incorporated the lilies with some meadow flowers for wimsy and balance to the designs. I mainly used dark pink and purple berry colours to tie in with the autumnal time of year. All the items were printed digitally and I was really happy with the finished quality.

For some pictures of the wedding day itself went, check out my blog post My Lily and Meadow Themed Wedding.

Here are some pictures of how my wedding stationery turned out.

14 September 2011

Inspiration in Norway

I have just got back from spending a weeks holiday with my family in Norway. Whilst we were there, we made a point of doing some touristy sightseeing in the Telemark region of Norway. Here are some of my pictures of things and places I saw that inspired me.

Pictures taken at the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, Rjukan.

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum
The first day of our holiday, we took a trip to the nearby town of Rjukan and visited one of its museums. The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork is best known for its presentation of Rjukan's exciting wartime history. Vemork was the centre of one of the most important acts of sabotage committed during World War II, when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing a nuclear bomb from the heavy water that was produced there.

The building itself had loads of little architectural details and decoration, such as a design with initials carved and repeated on the wall in the large hall. Even the iron railings had flourishes and swirls which is surprising to see in such a practical and industrial building.

Norwegian style crafted furniture and objects.

Stylised rose painted wooden bowls.

Norwegian Crafts
Whilst staying in the family cottage, I noticed that there were loads of hand painted and traditional pieces of furniture and bowls. They featured beautiful stylised floral motifs with similar shapes recurring.

Rose painting is a uniquely Norwegian decorative painting technique which uses roses of various shapes and sizes as the main pattern. In the rural areas the traditions of wood carving and rose painting continued well into the 19th century. Rose painting is now regarded as a classic Norwegian folk art.

An unusual pattern found on this wooden bowl. I don't know if this is from Norway
or picked up on someone's travels in the Middle East.

Porcelain objects on the left were in the cottage. The crockery set on the right was in the window
of an antique store. It features traditional patterns but the set looked like a fairly new reproduction.

Some embroidered and cross stitched cushions that caught my eye.
They were probably made by my grandmother or great grandmother.

Heddal Stave Church in Telemark, Norway
We visited the largest stave church in Norway called Heddal. It is still a living church for today's congregation in Notodden in Telemark. On the wall in the exterior passage, there are runes inscribed, telling that the church was dedicated to the holy Virgin Mary. Inside the church is a beautifully carved wooden chair from around 1200. The wall-painting is dated 1668. Underneath, on the west wall, there are remains of the original painting from about 1300.

Heddal Stave Church.

I have passed by this church many times over the years and I never get tired of looking at it. This was the first time that I got the chance to look inside.

Between 1100 and 1300 some 1,000 wooden stave churches were built in Norway. Today fewer than 30 remain. While archaeologists have found proof that stave churches were built all over northern Europe, they have only been preserved in southern Norway. It is the only country in Northern Europe with wooden churches from the Middle Ages still intact.

A reproduction stone carving and sketches that were in the nearby visitors centre.

The decoration of stave churches feature an intriguing combination of Christian designs intermixed with what is often assumed to be pre-Christian Viking motifs, such as the interwoven dragon motifs. The wooden doors and finials are beautifully carved.

Some pictures taken near the family cottage.
The fluffy plants grew near the lake's edge and remind me of cotton balls. 

What inspires you when you are out and about? Do you have any pictures that you would like to share with me on this blog? If so, I would love to hear from you.