Shooting for Jessica Wilcock #1

Model and artist, Jessica Wilcock, who has previously featured on here as a model, has recently started making spiked accessories out of straps of faux leather.

I got the opportunity to wear and style some of the pieces during a shoot we collaborated on. I decided to shoot the pieces in two sets with contrasting styling. Today I will share the first but there is also a darker, post-apocalyptic style set which will I will post when I have decided on the final images.

jesscollarspike bra 2spike braspike bra 3Jessica’s designs can be viewed and purchased on her etsy store.

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LFW 14 Part 2, inspiration.

Being in London already, I thought it would be a good opportunity to visit Berwick street and some of the fabric shops I used to frequent while at university. I’m showing at Manchester Fashion Week in April and I want to include some of my non-latex pieces in the show.

I haven’t been for a while and I noticed a couple of new additions to the row of shops, but my favourites remain the same.

light leathersleathers darkMisan had a great range of both natural and artificial leathers in various textures and colour combinations that I found really inspiring. I’m really into textures and juxtaposition this season so I’d love to be able to add some of these into my collection but aside from the fact that they are probably slightly out of budget, it’s also really hard to determine whether they are ethically sourced.

IMG_4894The cloth house is always great for jersey and knitted fabrics, there were at least 5 I’d love to add to my range but I’ve decided to keep it as simple as possible this time and focus more on the fabric story next year.

lightfabricsI also spotted this long pile, grey faux fur and light textured fabrics in the second Misan shop, further down the road. Faux fur is quite new to me as I’ve only recently decided it can look good. I love the feel and colour of this one but I’m not convinced on the price so I’m going to shop around a bit longer.

We finished off the expedition with a trip to Covent garden to visit my favourite tea shop, the tea house, (I love trying new flavours and also find it quite inspiring as I drink it while I work), and the astrology shop where I browsed scented oils and bought gem stone rings.

photo 3 bb657d129f3e11e3b8cd1227d7fa1b14_8I bought two rings, one in opalite and one in faceted hematite. I think they go with my other “every day” rings and hopefully won’t discolour or irritate my hands. I was particularly happy because it only cost me £3 for the pair!

Hematite is a particularly good one for me to wear as it is said to counteract the negative effects the computer has on your energy body.

photo 2I decided to swap them round in the end and now wear them so the opalite and moon stone aren’t next to each other. I will take a better picture, without the gloves when I get the chance.

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Eustratia giveaway 2014!

It’s time for the Eustratia, annual, multi-platform giveaway. It’s a bit late this year due to me being in London, I thought it would be better to run it at a time when I have regular access to the computer.

2014giveawayYou can enter the giveaway whichever way you like or on multiple platforms. Each of these will enter your name once. On the 10th of March, a winner will be picked at random (using random.org). I will also be picking a winner for the extra credit on the 18th to give you a bit more time for this one. Remember to send me a link!

The winners outfit will be made to measure of course.

1. Like the Eustratia FB page and comment on this image.

2. Follow Eustratia on tumblr and reblog this image

3. Follow on instagram @aestheticcontradiction and repost this image with the tag #eustratialatex.

4. Follow on twitter and tweet about the giveaway @eustratiadesign.

5. Subscribe to this blog or if you already do, leave a comment on one of the posts.

6. Extra credit. Blog about Eustratia adding a link to http://www.eustratia.co.uk to be in for winning a £60 voucher to spend on whatever you like.

Good luck!

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London fashion week AW 14/15 PART 1.

I’ve just returned from my trip to LFW and will be sharing this season’s experiences with you in diary style posts. I have decided to present our adventures in 3 parts to keep them short, sweet and interesting.

The night before we left was stormy and there was a brief moment when it seemed like we weren’t going to be able to make it down, but by the morning trains were running again and we arrived in London with just 20 minutes behind schedule.

Our first stop was Lucinda Sinclair’s studio where the Vauhaus girls shot for Sanctus on a windy roof top.

bts1Left to right: Amber, myself, Lucinda, Toria and Hazel.

I shot for one of their previous lines about a year ago and you can see the shoot here but it was nice to get the opportunity to meet Lucinda in person and hang out.

The next morning we headed to our first show all together. It was raining. I found myself wishing I’d brought a selection of outerwear so my street-style photos didn’t all end up looking the same but alas, my suitcase was heavy enough already.

My outfit:

wall1wall3wall2Hat: Asos, Shirt: H&M, lace blazer: Ebay, pleated maxi skirt: Jane Norman, quartz necklace: handmade, feather necklace: Richard Ayres, body jewellery: Bodyjewelleryshop.com

Thanks to Amber for the pics.

Our first show of the season was Jaime Wei Huang. The young designer presented a modern collection with many contrasting elements but a sleek, consistent feel. She was inspired by the film “the Pianist” and specifically the characters behind the refugees.

jaime wei huangOpposites really inspire me in general so I’m always happy to see a collection with juxtaposing features. Huang mixed heavy and light fabrics, utilitarian features with classic silhouettes and masculine shapes on the female form.

The mood of the show was quite sombre and the models walked quietly and spaced out, allowing viewers to take a good look at the garments but maybe also the character beneath, perhaps a glimmer of the of the refugee’s pre-war identity .

Key features such as the trapper hats, oversized funnel collars and thick buckled straps recreate the resourcefulness of war and show how necessity can form fashion statements.

P1010186-1024x902A lot of the pieces in this collection are highly wearable and would make practical but eye-catching wardrobe staples. My personal favourites are the textured leather gillette and the black jacket.

After the show, I also got the chance to briefly meet Pandemonia Panacea and snowy.

1780799_589915891085833_1269690304_nHere’s the whole team and what we wore.

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