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My favourite season*** 
#vintage #sweatshirt #cosy #AW14 #dirtyharrys #brighton #lotd
Brighton you’re so cute***
Brighton Fashion Week - Fashion Market***
Milling around, enchanting sections appear as guests round each corner, one in particular filled with wildlife, earthy tones and mystical creatures. The owner, Sara Lowes, with needle and thread in hand, is the creator of  Animalesque and new to showcasing her working in Brighton. She spoke about how working in India has been great for experimenting with Sari materials and trims for Animalesques embroidery and head pieces. Designing for six years and working on Animalesque for two and a half, Sara drew on her inspiration of reading children story books combined with her experience in screen printing and embroidery to create animal head pieces for all ages, for festival fun, theatre productions and for parties. Two mini mini fashionistas interrupted our interview, who said to Sara ‘can I just say… gorgeous hats!’ She took the words right out of our mouthes!
Following this au-natural theme, we then caught up with The Knowledge Gallery, also inspired by nature and big fans of using recycled materials, as well as female accessory company Sampson and Christie. Sampson and Christie stated that all their ranges are made from the best leather, lining and overall quality and added ‘our current collection is based on butterflies, next season will be birds and the following season, maple leaves – all along the lines of nature’. Their elegant ranges are marketed at all ages, with a much anticipated men’s line to be launched in Spring/ Summer of next year.
 Back in the world of Kitsch, it was hard to miss Ciara Monahan. Her business card reads COLOUR, PERSPEX and KITSCH, and with a collection based on the idea of a Gnome escaping garden life and travelling the world (inspired by the film Amélie) who finally finds his ‘kitschy paradise’, what more could you expect other than wacky chic! The witty slogan ‘There’s no place like Gnome’ is used on a number of her brilliant designs and there are elements of wonderfully, nostalgic souvenirs, like a necklace made out of holiday key fobs. Ciara told us that her collections are for ‘people who want to put a bit of fun in their fashion style’ and adds ‘I don’t follow trends, I like to dress for myself and put colour into everything’. Her favourite items in her collection include her flamingo poncho – referred to as ‘my baby’ and her gorgeous pineapple brooches – which we were sonot eyeing up at all…
Finally, BFW met with Sebastian Bolivara,  jewellery designer for six years, who tells us about the two collections that he is exhibiting today; ‘all pieces are made from pieces I collect when I travel, like seeds and semi-precious stones from Brazil. And my new collection is a copper collection with leather – called Chocolate. You can buy a collection of pendants and/or necklaces, and you can mix and match them - like a chocolate box’. His ‘timeless’ collection has a ‘very specific’ audience. He states; ‘someone with their own direction, their own taste, some people might be a bit scared - they need guts’.
Photographers: Manon Pauffin & Sharon Kilgannon
 Website: http://www.brightonfashionweek.com/

Brighton Fashion Week - Fashion Market***

Milling around, enchanting sections appear as guests round each corner, one in particular filled with wildlife, earthy tones and mystical creatures. The owner, Sara Lowes, with needle and thread in hand, is the creator of  Animalesque and new to showcasing her working in Brighton. She spoke about how working in India has been great for experimenting with Sari materials and trims for Animalesques embroidery and head pieces. Designing for six years and working on Animalesque for two and a half, Sara drew on her inspiration of reading children story books combined with her experience in screen printing and embroidery to create animal head pieces for all ages, for festival fun, theatre productions and for parties. Two mini mini fashionistas interrupted our interview, who said to Sara ‘can I just say… gorgeous hats!’ She took the words right out of our mouthes!

Following this au-natural theme, we then caught up with The Knowledge Gallery, also inspired by nature and big fans of using recycled materials, as well as female accessory company Sampson and ChristieSampson and Christie stated that all their ranges are made from the best leather, lining and overall quality and added ‘our current collection is based on butterflies, next season will be birds and the following season, maple leaves – all along the lines of nature’. Their elegant ranges are marketed at all ages, with a much anticipated men’s line to be launched in Spring/ Summer of next year.

 Back in the world of Kitsch, it was hard to miss Ciara Monahan. Her business card reads COLOUR, PERSPEX and KITSCH, and with a collection based on the idea of a Gnome escaping garden life and travelling the world (inspired by the film Amélie) who finally finds his ‘kitschy paradise’, what more could you expect other than wacky chic! The witty slogan ‘There’s no place like Gnome’ is used on a number of her brilliant designs and there are elements of wonderfully, nostalgic souvenirs, like a necklace made out of holiday key fobs. Ciara told us that her collections are for ‘people who want to put a bit of fun in their fashion style’ and adds ‘I don’t follow trends, I like to dress for myself and put colour into everything’. Her favourite items in her collection include her flamingo poncho – referred to as ‘my baby’ and her gorgeous pineapple brooches – which we were sonot eyeing up at all…

Finally, BFW met with Sebastian Bolivara,  jewellery designer for six years, who tells us about the two collections that he is exhibiting today; ‘all pieces are made from pieces I collect when I travel, like seeds and semi-precious stones from Brazil. And my new collection is a copper collection with leather – called Chocolate. You can buy a collection of pendants and/or necklaces, and you can mix and match them - like a chocolate box’. His ‘timeless’ collection has a ‘very specific’ audience. He states; ‘someone with their own direction, their own taste, some people might be a bit scared - they need guts’.

Photographers: Manon Pauffin & Sharon Kilgannon

 Website: http://www.brightonfashionweek.com/

Am I too old for this…?! @ed_mullen 👑 #fancydress or #everydayattire? @hm 💗

Topshop Brighton’s Press Event for their brand new Personal Shopping & Styling service***💗💗💗

Even the torrential rain, hair ruining wind & my totally uncool Halifax umbrella couldn’t deter me from visiting Brighton’s brand new, super sparkling store.

On Wednesday night, a dream came true - Dramatic as that sounds - imagine an empty Topshop; beautifully laid out, merchandised, filled with heavenly clothes - oh & champs! Here’s a few pics of how the event went…

So if you’re a Brightonian or a visitor for the weekend, pop down to the brand new store in Churchill Square & book yourself, your girls, mum, hen party, brother, or your uncles sisters boyfriend into their Personal Shopping suite for FREE… Yes you heard me! FREE! The lovely team at Brighton Topshop & Topman are on hand to help & find you the perfect outfit… (or outfits in my case!)

My favourites from Wednesday evening were; a stunning mint, sparkling little 60s shift, teamed with a pastel pink faux-fur Gillet (I was in pastel heaven!) a gorgeous cream dress with faux-fur trim, floppy felt fedora & block coloured pastel wrap. The perfect AW’14 wardrobe starter kit!

Visit the beautiful suite complete with chic cream changing rooms, fur rugs & bang-on-trend OOTD ideas hanging from your dressing room wall, Hollywood worthy mirrors, fabulous lighting (hallelujah - ladies we know how important this is!) glossy copies of Vouges, luscious seats for friends & family to join (I’m sure Dads will appreciate this!) and beautiful fresh flowers. It’s a fabulous A* service & setting.

To find out more check out;
Topshop & Topman Brighton today! Or check out the gorgeous Carla Webster, head of Personal Styling at Topshop Brighton at www.iwearmywages.co.uk ❤️

Last night @topshop 💗💗💗 #fblogger #ootn #Brighton #personalshopping
What I wore… Brighton Fashion Week 2014 ***
1) Industry Networking Event @ Funfair Brighton 🌟  • Miss Guided Blouse • Topshop Novelty Jersey Pencil Skit • Toshop Pixel Necklace
2) IYES Video Shoot & Backstage at Sustain & Zeitgeist 🌟 • River Island Red Leather Jacket  • ASOS Red Tartan Wrap  • Primark Monochrome Playsuit  • Red or Dead Silver Boots
3) BFW Closing Party 🌟  • Motel Sequin LBD • Topshop Pastel Flower Crown  • Accessorize Fur Shawl  • New Look OTT cuff

I <3 my job.

Shot from backstage at Create Studios Brighton shooting IYES’ latest music video.***

The FASHION Market for Brighton Fashion Week 2014 @ The Open Market. Brighton&#8230;***

Posts to follow&#8230; &lt;3
Webiste: http://www.brightonfashionweek.com/

BACKSTAGE BFW: Sustain Show***

It’s 2pm on October 10th and the buzz of adrenaline and excitement is undeniable from the moment you enter the Old Ship Hotel. Leaving the gale force winds and torrential rain behind, the atmosphere inside the hotel is something of tranquility and peace - a far cry from usual expectations at a fashion show. Backstage at Sustain is a welcoming environment, a large room filled with a rainbow of stunning colours, printed fabrics and hand embroidered designs.

 Behind the scenes at Sustain were a vast number of people ensuring the event ran smoothly - cue the genius behind the models’ flawless complexion, Alessia Mancini, head of make-up during BFW14, who created her masterpieces with a talented team of fourteen. Alessia praised her team highly, and alongside Will Ackerley, Art Director of Electric Hair, the match made in heaven created the perfect high fashion, flawless look sported by models. For the Sustain show, Alessia and her team used beautiful ranges from Shu Uemura and Kiehl’s for the body and a combination of Shu Uemura and MAC for the face. Alessia described her vision for the models as: ‘a healthy look – it’s them, but it’s like an upgraded them. It’s all about the textures; nice and sheer complexion, earthy tones on the eye, little hints of metallic, buffing up to the brow and contouring with creams’.

BFW14 is supported, once again, by Electric Hair and Cove Hair Brighton. After four years working with BFW, Will reported that this year he wanted to take the idea of a ponytail and add more detail to it, ‘so we’re working with panels and folded sections – it’s still really beautiful and elegant’. He also told us; ‘quick changes are one of the big things, so we needed to be quite robust and so the products that we’re working with have been used for maximum durability’.

 Moving upstairs, floating around was a very calm, beautifully dressed Natalie Courtois; she beamed: ‘I love the fact that BFW isn’t just for the fashion crowd. No matter what background you are from you can be involved’. I was intrigued to hear of her background as a Fashion Historian and Stylist, and her love for styling vintage garments together from different eras, giving it a modern contemporary fresh edge. ’For me I love to find a beautiful 1940s shirt and then pair it with skinny jeans and my Nikes – that’s British Fashion really!’ (Pssst! If you catch the fabulous Lizzy Bishop this week, she’ll be wearing Natalie Courtois Vintage all week.)

 Towards the main door of the dressing room was a design duo who exuded chic - Wan and Wong, whose designs are heavily influenced by the theme of water pollution and the ocean. They told BFW of how happy they are to be here in the UK celebrating sustainable fashion; ‘in Hong Kong sustainable fashion is not very popular, people don’t really get the concept of it. Here it’s a lot freer, exciting, and alternative’.

Amongst the sea of colours: neons, brights, charcoals and pastels, there were some golden Kodak-worthy moments, like as models met their designers for the first time. Designer and owner of Knitty Gritty Clothing, Victoria George whose collection Urban Opulence, a mix of streetwear, art, textiles and graffiti, told us: ‘part of the excitement is making the collection and then seeing how people wear it. That’s what then feeds me for the next collection’. Victoria has been sponsored by Brighton favourites Dr Martens, the perfect partner for her edgy collection, which encompasses graffiti and hip hop artists, the deep purple coloured boots also add to the Egyptian influenced colour scheme of her collection.

 Backstage at Sustain could only be described as one of the most colourful and creative rooms you could stand in; it was full of uniqueness, quirkiness and originality, and the atmosphere was one of encouragement and excitement. In the words of Victoria Dorey, ‘unique designs for unique minds’ sums up the afternoon and the collections extremely well.

Images: Fiona Essex & Jeta B Photography (TOP 2)

Website: http://www.brightonfashionweek.com/

Yesterday&#8217;s fun ✏️❤️ @brightonfashionweek #fashionmarket #writing #blogger #fbloggers #iggers #BFW14
🎀 Bit keen for 3rd year? #stationary #addict #paperchase #cute #ifeelabout5 #bunting #cupcakes
Rainy October days 🍂🌰🍁🍃
Take. Me. Back. 🙏 #Vegas #USA #holiday #favouriteplaceintheworld #fireworks #4thjuly
In bag heaven 🔳🔹🔲 @newlookfashion #velvet #houndstooth #monochrome