AW14 Halloween Pumpkin Trends !

30 October 2014

Happy Halloween kiddies!!

Last year it was the Chanel pumpkin that made us fashion folk all smile and chuckle, this year we have something new... thanks to Domaine we now have the whole fashion pack to entertain us on Halloween.

Please may I introduce... Karl! 

Stalked: Karen Hassan, Actress

28 October 2014

Karen is one to watch this year after making the transition from Channel 4’s hit soap Hollyoaks to hugely successful BBC2 Thriller The Fall which is back for a second series this autumn. Karen began her career by undertaking small roles on the stage most notably in Mixed Marriage at the Lyric Theatre as well as roles in feature films Hunger and Fifty Dead Men Walking and in TV movies including Scapegoat (BBC) and Last Man Hanging (BBC) to name a few.

I had the pleasure of stalking this lovely lady in Marylebone and over coffee at Hunter Gather Cafe quizzed her on her next moves.

What are you working on now?

I've just been cast in Vikings. The script is outstanding and written by Michael Hirst who also wrote The Tudors and Elizabeth. It's also has an amazing cast and stars Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen, to mention a few. It's an incredible show and I feel so excited to become part of it. Of course I'm sworn to secrecy and can't tell you much just yet about my part but it's definitely something that has been a career high for me. I'm getting stuck in and loving every minute of it. I remember mentioning in an interview that The Vikings was a show on my wish list of jobs and now I'm here. I'm counting my lucky stars. I've also got The Fall Series 2 coming out really soon. I was fortunate enough to be cast in the first series and my character returns again in series two. I've had a sneak peek at it and it's absolutely thrilling. Amazing performances from Gillian Anderson and Jamie Doran. As a viewer I'm glued to it then I pop onto the screen and have to remind myself I'm in it! Written and directed by the super talented Allan Cubitt, series two is just entrancing. 

Belated Birthday Giveaway: Amanda Coleman and Layana London Jewellery

22 October 2014

To all my darling readers,
I want you all to know how much I adore and appreciate all your comments, tweets and likes! As it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago I wanted to give you something as a thank you for all your amazing support, in which truly makes this blog!

So... I have two pieces from a couple of my favourite jewellery brands to give to two of my amazing readers to say THANK YOU.

Firstly let me introduce the first jewellery designer; Amanda Coleman, the queen of delicate.

Frieze Recap: Acne Studio, The Underwear Memos

20 October 2014

Last week, London was utterly buzzing with arty action, party after party has resulted in a very burnt out Stalker by today! On Wednesday I popped along to Acne Studios on Dover Street to the launch party of their funky (with a capital F) new underwear line and to celebrate these, their Underwear Memos series.

The series not only showcases the new products, but also reflects the Swedish brand’s tongue-in-cheek humour and minimalist aesthetic in a way that will make you smile, even if you’re not sure exactly what’s going on. Watch the entire series at Acne’s YouTube page and shop the collection here.

Back To Basic Stalking: Brittany

17 October 2014

I met the beautiful Brittany a while back and with her very cool rock chick style and numerous tattoos she was a must stalk!! Brittany used to work for Rolling Stone magazine before arriving in London and settling in PR. I quizzed her on her awesome style over coffee and cupcakes in Exmouth Market.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is very heavily influenced from places where I have lived. I am from New York, but spent a few years in California, so I would have to say it is very unselfconsciously laid with a splash of 90’s/bohemian influence. 

Stalked: Benedetta, Jewellery Designer, Dubini.

15 October 2014

They say that love at first sight is only for fairy tales and love stories but beg to differ! On the grounds of the reaction I had to a ring by DUBINI called the Alexander The Great ring! The ring is made up of a silver coin featured in a ring worn by Alexander the Great, the coins are antique and completely unique; in result each ring looks different! I caught up with the designer Benedetta Dubini, a Central Saint Martins graduate who originates from Italy.

What made you decide you wanted to be a jewellery designer? And what do you love about your job?

I’ve always been fascinated by jewellery, but I believe that from the moment I got my acceptance letter from Central Saint Martins I started approaching it in a different manner. I saw the potential there to turn what I loved into a career. 

I love the deep relationship that is formed between the wearer and its jewellery. How an item of adornment even in its simplest form becomes a marker of social or personal status. If you analyse what people are wearing it can tell you so much about what their life is about. Are they married? Do they travel? Are they religious?

Campaign Stalking: Jigsaw

14 October 2014

Hats off to the bridge level brand, what a campaign! 

If you are a Londoner then you may have noticed these all around the tubes and billboards - the brand hit it in a big way with broadcasting it's new image, less is more!

The concept: 
“One minute fashion tells us to wear this, the next to wear that. If we followed every fad and trend, we'd get lost in the tangle. This campaign is about straightening things out. It's about Style & Truth. Fashion may say 'wear green' but if red is your colour, wear red. Yes, Polka dots may be in, but if you like that check coat, buy it.
The concept came about because of the dynamic between the voice of fashion, and these confident, empowered women who had listened to their own voice instead, and wore what they wanted to wear. It created a simple, striking set of images that both showcased the clothes, and an attitude.”
Tom Ewart, Chief Creative Officer at The Corner

Currently Obsessed: Baum und Pferdgarten

13 October 2014

I recently stumbled across a rather cool brand from Denmark when deciding on my outfitting for London Fashion Week. Baum und Pferdgarten was established in Copenhagen in 1999 by Rikke Baumgarten & Helle Hestehave, who had just graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Design, where they had started their creative partnership. They created the brand name as a humorous interplay between their surnames, and it reflects the dualistic playfulness, which is also echoed in their design. 

I caught up with Christian, head of communications for Baum to find out what's next for them...

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I look after all our PR and Communications activities which basically means that I am very hands-on and practical on one side while also being very strategic. I recruit, brief and support our PR partners in other countries while looking after the daily dialogue with stylists, editors and bloggers in three of our main markets (Denmark, Norway & the Netherlands), I meet with our local VIPs (including the Danish Crown Princess), I update our Facebook and Instagram, I plan and produce our Look Books as well as our runway shows and so on and so on… I love three things about my job: the product (it’s a huge privilege to work with such amazing pieces), the people (we really have an amazing team spirit going for us) and the diverse job description (I just love that fact that two days are never alike – and that one second I plan our international press days and the next I’m tidying our showroom).

LFW Stalkings: Tala Samman, Editor of My Fashion Diary

8 October 2014

If anyone is feeling a little nostalgic for London Fashion Week, then this interview should satisfy you for about 5 minutes! This year I had the pleasure of meeting some incredible bloggers and fashionistas. One of them was Tala Samman, the brains behind the gorgeous blog My Fashion Diary who flew in from Dubai for LFW, I caught up with her between shows.

 What do you do and why do you love your job? 

I write a style blog from Dubai called - I love it because luckily, I do what I love.

The Flats V Heels War

7 October 2014

What better way to start a Saturday than with a dance lesson down at Pineapple Studios! Today I joined forces with 5 fabulous bloggers to answer the question asked by Westfield.. flats or heels? The hour and a half class consisted of us all shaking our booties in both flats and heels, at the end we had to choose which one we preferred! 

LFW Stalking: Deborah, Blogger and Stage Manager

3 October 2014

It's always fabulous to see the different styling around the shows at LFW, it's a chance for everyone passionate about fashion to come and showcase their own interpretation on trends today. What I love even more is delving into who and what these individuals are like. Please may I introduce you to Deborah, a stage manager by day and blogger by night, absolutely rocking the same print styling!!

What do you do and why do you love your job?

I work as a Stage Manager in a theatre. I love my job because every day is different. One day you can be trying to source a 1950's telephone and the next day your making a life size dummy out of foam, it's pretty cool.

Designer Stalking: Son Chu, Fashion Designer at Paris Fashion Week

1 October 2014

Paris Fashion Week has just finished and although I wasn't able to get out there myself, I was able to do a spot of designer stalking with one of the designers who were exhibiting. 

Son Chu is a very talented designer who graduated from the Academy of Fashion and Design (AMD) with a BA in fashion design womenswear. No surprises he received the 'Best Graduate Award 2014' in fashion design for his undergraduate studies and graduate collection 'POLYGON'. During his studies Son worked for the incredible Mary Katrantzou. Son Chu’s work is based on craftmanship, experimental fabric manipulation, use of new materials and innovative digital printed fabrics. He is definitely one to watch. I caught up with him as he was preparing for fashion week!

What do you do and what do you love about your job? 

I recently started up my own brand SON CHU, which focuses on womenswear clothing. I love it because working in such a creative way and there are no visual boundaries. As a fashion designer you must handle with different tasks at the same time such as do research for the next collection concept, draw sketches, make patterns, sewing toiles, telephone conversations, answering emails and so on – all these are challenging responsibilities I have to take daily, but I love it.

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