30 July 2015
Recently I was introduced to the very talented Annamarie Sabo, the jewellery designer behind La Corza; “Inspiration is never the question,” says Annamarie. “It’s really finding ways to channel that inspiration, to decide which lines to follow and how far, that is my challenge.” I caught up with her to find out why she loves designing and what tips she has for young emerging designers...
How did you get to where you are now and what do you love about jewellery design?
When you start with nature as your inspiration, you are never at a loss for ideas. I literally fill my sketchbooks with ideas when I'm out traveling and then begin the lengthy process of seeing which designs speak the loudest, or demand to be made. My first cactus cuff bracelet happened that way, by seeing the interior skeleton of a preserved cactus while I was hiking through the desert. That architecture that was revealed, the fine network of veins that once carried the life force of that magnificent plant, struck me as an amazing pattern. From there I began seeing the shape of a bracelet wrapped around my wrist, as if it were carrying that same energy back into my body. That was years ago and I am still refining that design with many different variations.
I design for both women and men, and that is one La Corza's strengths, I think. I love seeing my designs on people from people who look different from one another but share something within, a certain strength and certainty. I'm thrilled that my pieces look as stunning on Conchita Wurst as they do on an NFL football player or someone as iconic as Alicia Keys or Alexa Chung. I design for individuals who want to stand out.
23 July 2015
You may remember I previously blogged about these guys in February this year when they were manically preparing for London Fashion Week, well now things are slightly calmer I’ve got them back on the blog for you all to meet them properly!! Please may I introduce one of my favourite emerging fashion brands, BCollide, headed up by the talented Johnny Wang.
This time we caught up in his studio in Soho with a glass of wine to talk about how he’s developing his brand and what is coming next..
BCollide is still very young, how are you building your brand at the moment?
We’ve been very fortunate and grateful for all the support given by CFE, BFC, SANE Communications, and Touba London, which guided us building the brand from scratch with a well informed background knowledge. In the studio, we work extremely hard on designs and product development. Outside the studio, our wonderful PR and sales are working their magic to help grow brand exposure and stockists. However, we are at the moment an intimate team, and believe in building the brand one step at a time so we can grow together with our audience and ensure creating worthwhile designs for them.
What's you're brand ethos?
Actually you (Style StreetStalker) are a really good example of what BCollide represents. A young professional living and working in a city like London needs good design that helps generate interesting conversations and doesn’t interrupt her daily routine at the same time. All of our ideas are executed with our customer in mind. The product needs to be beautifully constructed and finished, easily cared for, and effortlessly incorporated into any existing wardrobes.
/ City / Maverick / Tailored
20 July 2015
Lingerie is one of those items which I always find I can justify spending the money on and I’ve always been slightly obsessed with this particular (under) garment. I remember my first internship was with the well known luxury lingerie shop Myla and there was something I enjoyed about organising their huge press samples cupboard full of sexy negligée and crotch-less panties!!
So for a while I’ve been on the search for an emerging lingerie designer to get on the blog, finally I found her at Graduate Fashion Week, please may I introduce, Megan Clinch...
Why did you decide to specialise in lingerie design?
I never even considered doing lingerie before university, I knew I wanted to work in fashion but had no idea what I wanted to specialise in. It wasn't until we started learning about lingerie/swimwear in second year which led me to decide that is what I wanted to do! I chose to create swimwear in my second year and then moved into lingerie for the third and fourth years after interning at a lingerie company in my placement year. I've really loved it ever since I started it in second year, and am definitely glad I've chosen this path.
15 July 2015
Anyone who is starting out in the world of street style I strongly recommend Shoreditch in London as a good place to start. It's easy pickings for stylish individuals as well as having awesome unique boutiques and shops to visit in between shopping.
I stalked this lovely lady on these stylish streets over the weekend, I loved her simplistic styling and beautiful laser cut silk pencil skirt, as well as that killer this seasons must have, the backpack!
10 July 2015
This year I toddled along to London's Graduate Fashion Week and as you can imagine this event is hot pickings for a stalker like with a passion for emerging talent!! This is also where I met Natalie, a recent graduate with a final collection that I utterly adored. I caught up with her to find out how she came to designing and her final show...
When did you know you wanted to be a designer?
In school I was talented at sewing and always pushed my self more in the production side of fashion ensuring things were sewn and fitted correctly, playing around with pattern cutting before I even knew how it worked. It wasn't until I went to university that I really moved into design, I wanted to choose a course that would nurture the need for precision in production as well as help in developing as a designer. After trawling through many universities I found Fashion Atelier, still a very young course I was originally sceptical that such a course could provide the teaching that the university's website promised. Yet It really did, two of the most influential tutors being Alan Norris a retired tailor from Hardy Amies and Eva Blonska a retired couturier from Hardy Amies, the knowledge they have to share is incredible and were always on hand to ensure that even the most difficult to construct designs were made possible. Being taught such classic forms of tailoring, enhanced my ability to design in ways that were classic and yet still clever and fresh.
6 July 2015
Sasha Cherovsky is not only a very talented jewellery designer, she is also an artist, with her jewellery, photography and film all having a beautifully 'raw' edge. She values quality over quantity, uniqueness over conventional and spiritual energy over emptiness. Sasha's designs the kind of jewellery which you can easily obsess over and get addicted to wanting to wear more and more.. she is undoubtedly one of my favourite jewellery designers at the moment.
What do you love about jewellery design?
I love to let the material I'm sculpting speak to me. I rarely sketch or plan a design in advance. After exploring a texture and material and having prototypes, I will move on to more rational business decisions.
1 July 2015
As the summer temperatures rise here in London town, all of us city chicks are reaching into the bottom of our wardrobes to dig out those summer essentials as well as discovering the need for new ones. I have to admit I'm definitely more of a winter girl with an enormous amount of coats which my other half often teases me about but as the summers in UK get longer (her I'm not complaining) I know I have to revamp this summer wardrobe. Starting by taking inspiration from one of my favourite stalks.. Pandora Sykes, a girl who could easily out-style every girl in the room and is also the lady behind Sunday Times Styles Wardrobe Mistress.
I adore this look, simply perfect and not too over thought..