GSA fashion week

It’s got to that time of year when the fashion shows are in full show and whilst LFW takes centre stage the student and graduate shows deserves as equal amount of attention and praise.

None more so that the Glasgow School of Art who will be showing their annual Fashion Show on the 8th and 9th of March. The show has been
an eagerly anticipated event in Glasgow’s calendar for over 70 years. However
the 2011 show is unique as it is the last ever to take place at the Vic Bar – one of
Glasgow’s best loved venues which is set to close its doors in June.

In tribute, the Third Year Textile Design students will create capsule collections
inspired by the Newbery Tower, home to Textiles since the 1970’s and also a
wealth of information from the fantastic GSA archives. Working within their
chosen specialism of print, knit, weave or embroidery each student will create
not only the garments but the textiles they are made from. These three-piece
collections will display a wide range of influences from Chinese kimonos to
Glasgow style embroidery and the condemned Newbery Tower itself. Each
Second Year student will also contribute a garment to the show. In addition,
there will be a chance to purchase items designed by the students in the Fashion
Show Boutique before and after the shows.

The show is organized and produced collectively by the Third Year students
who hope to raise enough money to present their final degree collection at ‘New
Designers’ graduate event in London 2012. The prestigious textiles programme
at The Glasgow School of Art has a long heritage and has produced some
outstanding talent such as Jonathon Saunders, Louise Grey, Bebaroque and
Timorous Beasties.

To coincide with the show, an exhibition of the First Year fashion and textiles
students’ work will be held in GSA’s Atrium Gallery from the 8th to the 13th of

The Fashion Show Tickets are priced at £7 adult/£5 concessions, available
from Vic Bar, GSA shop in the Macintosh building and Ticket Scotland – Shows are at 7pm and 9pm both evenings.


Mannequin nails

I have finally got my hands on the holy grail of nail varnishes – the perfect nude! Said to elongate and elegant’ify’ your hands, which is dandy, but I just wanted a low maintenance pretty polish.

Anywhoo, it’s from topshop and it’s called mannequin. Not quite as good quality as my fav’s nails inc or models own but yum colour all the same.

Club Monaco hits UK

Pretty excited to read that Club Monaco is coming to the UK, via Browns. It has to be one of my favourite State side brands, it stocks ultimately chic clothes that make me want to be a better person. By better person I mean someone that can wear lux fabrics in lovely subdued tones without spilling tomato ketchup down my front or accidently drawing blue ink on my trousers… which is why, I always stick to the cheaper end of the high street.

Here’s a few of my favourite looks from their Spring 2011 look book:

Cream with thin black lines

Stumbled across a photo that was taken ages ago, I forget why it was taken or where I was going – although I look a bit startled at taking my photo taken. I’m wearing my beloved camel wool tapered trousers with my ‘wall street’ shirt from h&m. I have became pretty obsessed with silk shirts and blouses as of late, on numerous occasions I have left the house looking a little like a cross between Murphy Brown and Melanie Griffith from Working Girl.

Pass me a cake…

How’s the January diet coming along? Is it starting to lose its appeal – well all you dieters out there that are feeling the strain and just not enjoying it anymore I encourage you to go to your local Topshop and try on a pair of these:

Moto Camel Snake Print Hotpant

I guarantee that nothing else will get you back on the cabbage soup and Ryvitia crackers soon enough – or alternatively make you want to launch yourself in front of the nearest bus. To be honest I should have known better than to try on a pair of shorts called Camel Snake Print Hotpant…

The Miu Miu’s

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year… despite my high hopes of a glamorous festive period I spent the majority of my time in bed sweating out the flu – not the least bit fun. Along with being sick as a dog it meant I never got a chance to wear my new Miu Miu’s (pride of my life but which it seems will never be worn).

I bought them in New York and whilst they are very sparkly, or porn star as my boyfriend described them, I love them and they were the icing on what was a magical trip to the Big Apple.

NYC baby

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog the past few weeks; not only has it been pelting with snow which has reduced me to going straight from work to the sofa and slanket but I have been in New York.

It was my first time and it was amazing, everything everyone said it would be except much, much colder. I couldn’t believe how cold it was, so cold I ditched my entire suitcase and was reduced to buying very sensible trainers and cosy jackets – walking around in converse’s and tweed did not make for a happy girl. Although I did get the opportunity to wear my newish (handme down from mum) fur collared camel jacket on Thanksgiving evening.

Anyway, along with all the sites I did some shopping, although with the crappy exchange rate and NY being expensive in general I was disappointed that I didn’t snap up more bargains. Hopefully, some of my purchases will feature in the next week or so.

Here’s some cheesy snaps of my time in the Big Apple: