Shirt and cardigan: H&M
necklace: All Saints
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
All images by Richard Ayres
The Eustratia S/S “14 Collection is finally complete and I’m really pleased with it. It will be making its catwalk debut at Manchester fashion week on Saturday and the products will be added to the online store over the next few days.
The collection consists of 8 outfits, in varying levels of wearability and extravagance, but with a consistent embodiment of the essence of Spring.
These images were shot in my home studio. it’s the first time I’ve shot a look book with virtually no team and I really enjoyed the comfort of being in my own home and the control I had over the images.
I also made the backdrop myself and will try and remember to post some info on its construction soon.
Thanks to Richard Ayres for shooting this for me.
For the last couple of years I have released a series of mini hampers containing a variety of fun, discounted items.
This year I decided to go for something a bit more refined and chose a gift box with a window which looks good ad can also be used to store small items.
I have put together three different boxes to suit different styles and budgets.
The “Aria” gift set is the most fashionable of the batch and if the most suitable for combining with non latex items for a stylish yet edgy look.
It costs £50 and contains a T-harness (available in black or white, standard size fits uk sizes 8-12 but custom sizes can also be requested), a pair of latexlace moth earrings (available in in black, white, grey or rose), a necklace (styles will vary as there are not many left), a bow cuff (any latex colour), a pocket mirror and two mini bath bombs.
It can be purchased here.
At £45 it contains high waisted halter hotpants, bow earrings or pasties (please specify), perspex necklace (styles may vary), pocket mirror and bath bombs .
It’s available on the site, here.
It contains bow panties, pasties (or bow earrings if you don’t wear pasties), a necklace, a pocket mirror and bath bombs.
Purchase yours here.
Buying your gifts from small, independent designers is rewarding because you get a unique item that has been hand made or put together with care and attention to detail. There is a much smaller chance of getting your loved one a similar gift to what someone else has got them so they will hopefully cherish your gift and feel special. The seller or designer also appreciates your purchase a lot more than a large company with millions of sales, you are helping them survive in a hard economic climate and, in the spirit of Christmas, making their holiday season a happy one too.
I haven’t done one of these for ages! I knew this would happen at some point but I’m going to try and catch up by posting a few old ones as well.
What I used:
1. Rubber coin purse £6 Arcanum Accessories
2. Silicone plug about £3.50 from just about anywhere.
3. Cross plug, £6 sick plugs
4. Feather necklace £15 Richard Ayres
Though I’m not American, I decided to jump on board with the black Friday sale thing. I thought celebrating the start of the winter holiday shopping season sounded like the right thing to do and hopefully lots of people will buy pretty latex presents for their loved ones.
The sale will last till midnight Saturday GMT. I’ve reduced 120 products on www.eustratia.co.uk, basically all the handmade ones. I did have an other flash sale recently but I thought it might be preferable for most people to do it over a weekend so they can browse in peace.
P.S. Today I’ve also been working on the new and improved Christmas hampers! I’ve decided on having set styles and colour schemes for them this year but here’s the ones from last year to give you an idea!
As some of you already know Bird’s yard is currently my only stockist and I work there once a month so I’m available to answer questions or take people’s measurements for custom orders. I feel privileged to be part of such a unique shop that brings together so many talented designers.
Last week I decided to try on some accessories while it was quiet.
In these photos you can also see me sporting my amazing fake fringe of happiness. I love things that allow me to change my appearance so easily.
I also love Life’s big canvas (where I got my hanging spike earrings from). They always have new quirky pieces in.
I wasn’t really planning on buying anything for myself but I spotted this hairy shrug in the £10 room (yes there is a room full of items for £10 and a lot of them are worth more). This isn’t the sort of item I would usually go for, I picked it up purely because of the colour and tried it on for fun while consulting some customers. After walking around in it for a while and realising it was the perfect addition to my outfit however, I decided I had to have it.
The ground floor has recently been turned into a tea room, adding yet an other great element to the Bird’s yard experience. The downside is that the smell of food can be tempting, even when you’re not hungry.
At the end of the day we had a meeting in the tea room to discuss the future of the store and changes that are being made. The upper floors are all being rearranged and the basement is opening with more art, furniture and boys stuff! We are also planning competitions, parties and a fashion show so keep an eye out for updates!
My label, Eustratia has now officially been trading for a year so I’m going a little giveaway to celebrate!
I’m thankful for all the support I’ve had throughout the last year from friends and people who enjoy my work. I hope by label will continue to grow and give me the opportunity to make more of my ideas come to life.
I thought it would be fitting that the prize be items from Eustratia so I have included a selection of accessories worth just over £100.
I tried to pick a popular colour combo but there may be replacements available for the bow cuff and flower if any other colours we have in stock would suit you better.
How to enter:
Extra credit: (for extra entry numbers)
The winner will be announced in a week (16th Feb). There is a maximum of 5 entries per person. The first 4 steps are compulsory in order to be entered into the draw (anyone who doesn’t use twitter can follow me on tumblr instead).
I recently found some behind the scenes shots from the chimera shoot and decided to share them as I think they show off some aspects of the garments that weren’t that evident from the final images. The majority of these were taken by Phil Nicholls and a couple by myself.
I also took this opportunity to better showcase some of the accessories from the shoot with some still life images as I feel most of them didn’t stand out enough in the final images. These will be added to the online store as soon as I have some more suitable images back
Certain items from this range are already available at Birds yard in Leeds and all will be available very soon at www.eustratia.co.uk .
The will be priced as follows and can also be ordered via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perspex inverted cross necklace: £12.50 on black chain or £16 on thick gunmetal chain (pictured).
Latex, studded inverted cross necklace £20
Latex, studded cross hair clip £18
Latex, studded shield necklace £20
Nutmail choker £50
Nutmail cuff £38
The nutmail chocker and cuff are available in two styles, one solid and one with holes through the middle. All aspects of this item, down to the smallest links are hand-shaped! A truly beautiful item, worth every penny.