This month sees the launch of Republic’s autumn/winter range which is designed to be mixed, matched and loved. The overarching theme is opulence with edge; outfits dripping with embellishments, draped with lace, and accented with faux-fur and feathers.
Made to measure, commissioned pieces have rarely been within the grasp of those of us who have had to make do with hovering around the outside of the fashion press, but recently, t-shirt manufacturers have been introducing a different kind of unique and affordable personalisation.
Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to view Republic's autumn/winter collection. As a little teaser, here are a few exclusive behind the scenes photos I grabbed whilst watching the shoot take shape...
It’s been a stressful day at work and you are standing on a crowded tube, going through the motions of your daily commute home. The lights flicker, the carriage rattles through a tunnel and suddenly you feel like you
are about to die.
In recent years, the global green initiative has exploded. An increased awareness of how our lives impact the environment on a day-to-day basis has lead to a multitude of sectors attempting to boost their eco-credentials by branching out and developing new business strands or goods deemed more ‘earth friendly’.
Do you need to up your cultural intake? Fancy indulging in something that's a veritable visual feast? If you like your editorial with a bit of a bite, then look no further than newly launched The Hunger magazine.
Image: Alexander McQueen SS12 by Marcus Tondo from style.com
As the faint glow of Britain’s last-minute heatwave fades away, it seems a bit premature to be talking about pieces for next spring. Days are getting shorter, models have only just stepped off Parisian runways and frankly most of us are ready to spend the next few months swaddled in faux fur, but if you want to get a head start on the new season’s trends, it’s time to invest in gold.
Amidst post-apocalyptic wastelands and Amish schoolgirl armies, the runways of autumn/winter 2011 posed a question that has the potential to divide a population, let alone the fashion front row; are you a cat or dog person?
Yes, I finally got round to setting up a tumblr. I hope to post little bits and pieces that I come across that don't warrant a lengthy blog post, as well as things that catch my eye and may end up on here at a later date. Pop in at your leisure.
800 words written on the subject for a competition run by Company magazine
I shuffled my feet and looked up at the sky as the first icy drops began to fall. I’d been standing in the same spot for three hours and knew the maze of creases in the girl in front’s olive parka like the back of my hand. According to my watch, there were still five minutes to go until the doors would open and the hoards of us stood shivering and snaking across the pavement would be offered solace amongst the sales racks.
As time had passed and numbers had grown, so had the palpable excitement. Conversations drifted delicately between swaddled bodies and bags were high on everyone’s list. “No trying on and always useful,” said one voice in a thick Liverpool accent. “Easy to grab in the scrum!” added another, before adrenaline and coffee-fuelled laughter rippled along the line.
I smiled and cradled my own cardboard cup. Although I’m partial to a beautiful bag, today I was exclusively part of the ‘shoe crew’, my target being a pair of McQueen boots. I’d lusted from afar after spotting snaps of the perfectly crafted peep-toes on Twitter, but knew that at over £600, they were out of my reach.
However, on this cold December morning, prices were about to drop and I’d decided to try my luck. I was confident; I had enough money and I had a game plan. I visualised my carefully devised route to the shoe department and imagined zigzagging rapidly towards the entrance.
NCTJ qualified magazine journalist and graduate of Southampton University with a first-class honours degree in
I have previously completed stints at and written for: Digital Spy, Red, Elle, Company and company.co.uk, Wahanda.com, queensofvintage.com, britney.com, closeronline.co.uk, buyingbusinesstravel.com, retailmoves.com, BANG Showbiz, asuitthatfits.com, Grace Cole Beauty's 'Hot Pink' magazine (misscole.co.uk) and Popjustice. I love fashion, beauty, music and lifestyle writing but am happy and able to turn my hand to any subject!