Marie Claire Runway Spring Summer 16 has arrived, and it’s big, bold and beautiful! Here’s a little sneak peak of what you can expect …
There are a lot of bright colours and clashing prints coming up in the next few months so to celebrate this I joined forces with artist Camille Walalato create this cover based on her signature style of graphic prints and loud colours. Camille has decorated everything from buildings to bedrooms and table tennis bats so a magazine cover was relatively tame for her!
Yup, Fashion Month has started … The fash pack have all headed out to New York for the start of the crazy whirlwind that takes them from NYC to Paris via London and Milan. There they will find out what the designers have been creating and what they have planned for us to wear in 6 months time.
This all means that the Marie Claire Runway team have started planning the content for the next issue and it also reminded me I haven’t posted about the wonder that is the latest issue!
Once again it was a joy to work on … Design wise each issue is inspired by the shows … Autumn/Winter collections are often calmer and more grown up than their fun Spring/Summer counterparts and that’s something that I tried to reflect in the design.
Lovely trends … Both greys and neutrals and bright colours are in … so that’s good.
We went backstage at Fendi and took some beautiful pictures
We cut out a lot of shoes, bags, hats, belts, necklaces and sunglasses
and chatted to many designers.
Sophisticated and calm design for the most part anyway! We turned our insider gossip pages into a hommage to the teen mags we loved when we were young – this involved a couple of days re-reading old Smash Hits, Just Seventeens and Bliss’s (all in the name of research you understand.) We ended up with this crazy colourful (so well designed it looked quite bad) mini mag which is quite frankly genius!
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Back in June I went to the Rumour PR press day. They had so many lovely Christmas gift ideas that I did momentarily wish it could be Christmas that very day (and then I went out side and it was beautifully sunny so promptly forgot my wishes).
My favourite and my best thing that I saw there were these fabric patches by Jennie Maizels.
Now I love a circus alphabet – I try and do a version in most of my books.
From my books Fresh Prints and Little Sew and Sew
But Jennies little box of letters blew me away. I love them. I love that there are different colourways of each letter, I don’t love that the ‘C’ is quite boring but I’m used to that (I think it’s just a bit of a dull shape to begin with).
Apart from letters Jennie also does packs of patches made up of cute little illustrations, all perfect for decorating plain jackets and dresses and also for disguising worn out jean knees and stains on favourite shirts.
There’s much more to Jennie than iron on clothes plasters, she also writes and illustrated pop up books and has an awesome Instagram account. Recently she has been on holiday and has been documenting it in a visual diary. Now this is my holiday diary …
(admittedly I was 6 years old)
and this is hers…
Oh to be on holiday in Jennies world!
To buy any of Jennies patches click here. To follow her on Instagram and be cheered up by her crazy bright colourful world click here.
This is a good book. It’s a big book full of good stuff by interior stylist Megan Morton. It’s a book which I fully intend to one day sit down with a cup of tea and some biscuits and read from cover to cover (it’s probably number 10 in the queue of books waiting for that glorious day).
It’s a book that when maybe you’ve just got a little tired of amazing pictures of beautiful homes …
you turn the page and get a section of perforated cut-out-and-keep postcards full of witty slogans and pretty pictures (which is quite frankly blowing my mind as I want to use the postcards but can’t bare to tear them from the book) …
Moving on, there’s a chapter of interviews with inspiringly fabulous people …
Then one full of helpful hints to make your home look like it’s from the pages of a magazine …
And to top it off at the end you get a gatefold section (who doesn’t love a gatefold) showcasing Megan’s Styling Manifesto which actually now I’ve read this page is a bit twee and nothing groundbreaking but it looks good and really isn’t that all that matters?
and welcome. I am an all round creative type relishing in a weird patchwork career of author, maker, illustrator and stylist. This blog is a snapshot of the things I like, things I do and things I see. There's lots on here to make and do so please