#imperfect

#imperfect
This originally appeared on Ami Amalia’s The Mill section as part of the Words Collection launch. The collection uses words to challenge assumptions and celebrate feminine power. Ami Amalia focuses on long lasting and ethically produced luxury knitwear. #imperfect We see beauty in the imperfect, so why do we fail to acknowledge our own perfection? ...

The Rules of #TheArtiParty

The Rules of #TheArtiParty
It’s Vogue Online Shopping Night again so around comes another Artipoppe #TheArtiParty. Whilst it’s a social media marketing exercise it also has the potential for great fun. After all, why should wraps just be worn for children? Add the fact that it’s also aimed at pretty exhausted (mostly) women, it provides an opportunity for some ...

Removing the kid gloves: precious fabric and memories

Removing the kid gloves: precious fabric and memories
I was thinking about how often wraps are mollycoddled as precious pieces. This is partly through fear of delicate threads, sometimes a wish to keep it pristine to retain value (outdated now) and maybe anxiety because they’re made in such limited numbers. This week I was trying to decide what to wear for a Glastonbury-esque ...

Paul Bürck, LikU and playing to the camera 1

Paul Bürck, LikU and playing to the camera
I have a lot to thank the world of babywearing for; friends, visiting wraps, camaraderie, geeky chitchat. What I didn’t expect was a greater appreciation of…me. I recently received a LikU tester from Oxana. LikU is the diffusion line of Linuschka however it doesn’t seem to be skimping on anything – same mill, seamstress, with ...

Mama Twofish fiddle necklace and Linuschka Owls Llama reviews 2

Mama Twofish fiddle necklace and Linuschka Owls Llama reviews
I’ve been mulling over this review for a few weeks as I know it needs to be critical and I will do my best, but in the face of what is probably my most equally enjoyed sling (McQueen is the other), it’s going to be difficult. This review is two-fold, taking in the Linuschka but ...

Discovering Shaun Leane

Discovering Shaun Leane
It’s the 11th February 2010 and I’m sitting at my kitchen table working distractedly (always distractedly) on my PhD thesis. My phone buzzes and it’s a message from my husband, “have you seen the news?” What news? I turn up the radio from its usual background-just-for-company-hum and hear the headlines announcing that Alexander McQueen has ...

Expression through Instagram; Leane and McQueen

Expression through Instagram; Leane and McQueen
I have discovered a love of Instagram as it’s the perfect place to express my interests in fashion and babywearing (and yes they do converge due to the critical element of fabrics and blends). I’m reposting this here as it perfectly sums up my duel love affair with Lee McQueen and Shaun Leane, partners in ...

Who’s next for the lion’s den?

Who's next for the lion's den?
This is the last line from Suzy Menkes’s recent article about why the fashion world is on the edge of crashing. Some might say that has been the case for some time with big designer names taking magnificent falls from grace. Most sneer; fashion appears to be a gilded world but the reality is of ...

Wedding, fashion and carrying your baby

Wedding, fashion and carrying your baby
Last weekend was the wedding of two people I’m supremely fond of and it was such a joy to be asked to attend. They had waited a long time for marriage to become legal and so witnessing the ceremony was emotional and very happy. In particular, they had made such an effort to accommodate children at ...

Paris Fall 2013 Disappoints

Paris Fashion Week (PFW), usually the highlight of the fashion week calendar and the last to take place has been a damp squib. No, more than that, it has been a total disappointment. You know it’s a bad situation when, for once, Milan had more to pique interest and show innovation. So what happened? Certainly ...

Losing my identity; the woes of maternity ‘fashion’

I started this blog because I love fashion and continue to research and collect it. Which reminds me, I need to post about the recent McQueen collection which impressed me. When I found out I was pregnant I was really pleased/terrified/phased but didn’t give a thought about clothes etc….cross that bridge when you come to ...

A Spring hat habit

A Spring hat habit
I can feel it, Spring is in the air and has been for about a week. The new season colours are in the shops and I’m itching to wear a new pink/melon brightly coloured top. Soon, the train journey will become a sweaty endurance to work and the hat band of my wool baker boy ...

Finally, some drama on the catwalk

Instead of off it. Honestly, this season’s Paris Fashion Week has been far too disturbing with all the antics and headlines. Who provided the drama? None other than Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton; who knew the man did anything other than anodyne bags and snooze-some clothes? Well he obviously felt inspired this season and the ...

Prototypes and samples part two

Prototypes and samples part two
I wrote some time ago about a prototype leather jacket made by Alexander McQueen. The post has been updated to show photos of what the jacket eventually became. Not long after I acquired a prototype McQueen black satin dress which I had hoped could be very occasionally worn as it was mostly finished; only the ...

Less hit, more miss, but she’ll get there 1

Less hit, more miss, but she'll get there
Finally, the collection I had been waiting to see, Alexander McQueen F/W 2011. Some forget what a role Isabella Blow had for McQueen. Not just a champion but a difficult, rude and ostentatious muse. When she died and as McQueen’s star rose in the last few years there was a decline and a certain generic ...