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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Royals and Rebels

 A long overdue thank you, is in order to Mattel for sending two really cute Princess Julia shirts and two equally adorable dolls- for the launch of a designer collaboration between Ever After High and some of London's emerging designers. Claire Barrow and Ryan Lo designed bags  for the Ever After High "Rebels" whilst Bobby Abley and Ashley Williams ( of Happy Ashley!!!) designed bags for the  Ever After High "Royals".Which went on sale exclusively at Selfridges London Toy Store back in October along side the dolls that inspired them.

 I particularly liked the watercolour painting of "Apple White"  that was printed onto the t-shirt.It think that it kind of looked like Debbie Harry.The other watercolour was also pretty , but I find it just the tiniest bit creepy.



They also sent me a couple of the dolls from the franchise , one being "Briar Beauty" , daughter of Sleeping Beauty , who happens to be an Ever After High "Rebel".I was pleasantly surprised in the sheer detail put into these characters and I'm sure if I was seven again they would make an excellent Christmas present.




My favourite bag was designed by Claire Barrow , I really loved the gothic feel the deep purple velvet adds to this £150 bag.



I think this raccoon bag is really clever and the colours are especially lovely - designed by the always fabulous Ashley Williams!

 Kate
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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Isabel Marant pour H&M

I'm super excited for Isabel Marant's collection for H&M to hit the shops.The pieces she's created are really varied ; some classic shapes and fabrics and some more obscure. Monochrome features heavily in this collection as well as prints and colours that are traditionally associated with that of tribal influences.I think collaborations like this are great , because it gives a wider range of people to access clothes as beautiful as this AND they're actually being sold at a reasonable price!

I particularly love the huge black and white jumper/coat used in the most popular campaign photograph.It just looks like the fluffiest , warmest , cosiest thing in the world!
I also really like that cropped jacket with the red beading , I think it's really cute , as is the slate grey coat next to it.I hate to say this but there is something I strongly dislike about the grey midi dress with the ankle boots - it looks so ugh and boring ( I'm sorry if that completely offends you - I don't know what it is about it.. I'm sorry)
Although , when designing for the mass market designers have to take certain criteria into consideration so that's what I'm blaming this on.

Oh and another thing , I assume you are aware of the completely unjust arrest and imprisonment of 28 activists , a videographer and photographer in Russia - known as the Arctic 30 .Well if you haven't, read about it here:greenpeace/arctic30/

They need our support , so please sign the petition (here)to be sent to Russian Ambassador in London which demands the release of these fantastic peaceful protesters - thank you.
Kate
xox