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

Philip lim

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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Just as the Spring finally starts to make an apperance I’m back at Marie Claire Runway, immersing myself in the colours, styles and trends that we’re all going to be wearing this autumn and into 2014 (fyi: punk, pink and mannish suits). So even though we have barely started to wear our flip flops I am already planning my next winter coat and hat (a nice 1940’s style Prada piece, thank you please).

I have decided that if I have room for another career in my lifetime I might like to be a set designer. I’ve spent a lot of time watching catwalk videos of the shows, (check out Louis Vuitton or Prada to see what I mean) but it’s this little ‘making of’ video from Mulberry that really made me think … “yeah, that’d be fun to do”.

Working with 3D designers extrordinaire Millington Associates Mulberry turned the entrance of Claridges into a magnificent hedgerow, full of butterflies, harvest mice, flowers and mulberries (obvs) then carried the theme through on to the catwalk.

mulberry making of

click to watch

mulberry grabs

Want to make a giant mouse. now.

Now I know we’ve only just started enjoying the summer but may I turn your attention to the season of beautiful coats and crazy fur, massive hats and embellished bags as today the new issue of Marie Claire Runway is out. Showcasing the latest trends hot from the catwalks of New York, Milan, London and Paris, we’re showing you what you (and the highstreet) will be inspired by when the days turn chilly (hopefully not next week). Giving you all the backstage news and gossip and interviewing design greats including Frida Giannini, Alber Elbaz and we also snuck backstage at Vuitton …

Hung out with some Fraggles …

Got a new font …

Did some more patterns that make your eyes go bonkers …

Found a new illustrator. The amazing Nina Cosford who drew my favourite thing in the whole magazine …

Got slightly freaked out by some of the beauty looks

And also got a cover that not only had a beautiful foil title but also a super shiny bit and a matter than matt black bit.. you really need to buy it to appreciate it, it’s soooooo strokable (and smells good too)

For inspiration when designing the magazine I created this strange story about a eccentric Victorian who traveled the world collecting and cataloging the peculiar people he met, curiosities he found and experiences he encountered. I visited the great Horniman Museum in South London for inspiration and trawled car boot sales for odd artifacts (the camera used in our photo diaries is one such car boot booty). Lots of the Victoriana references were left out of the final design as it was tricky to stop it turning into a bad pastiche or something you’d buy from ‘Ye Olde Victorian Tourist Shoppe’ (est.2010). The final design is much slicker but still has little nods to my crazy Victorian anthropologist.

This was my Pinterest inspiration board. Click the image to see more …

All in all it was a joy to work on and you should probably go Buy. It. Now.

(large image from necklace from baublebar and nail varnishes from Essie)

I have mentioned my love of neon before (right here). The wonderful Stedders has also mentioned it here on her blog The Frugality (and she’s ‘in fashion’ so she knows). AND over at Modernmummusthave Erica has found some nice neon and neutral bags, just the colour-way I like; neon with brown craft paper or natural tones, beiges and nudes.


These are some bracelets I made last night. You don’t get a step by step guide for this make as they really are simple: If you can plait, thread a bead onto some cord and tie a knot then you are equipped with all the skills to make these bracelets.



Plait and bead
Cut three 30cm lengths of bead cord, tie together at one end and thread on a 5ish mm diameter bead. Start plaiting the cords together for about 3cm. Then thread a smaller bead onto one of the cords. Continue plaiting for another 1cm then thread another bead, make sure you thread the bead onto the same piece of cord so all the beads end up on the same edge of the bracelet. Plait, bead, plait, bead till you’ve made the bracelet long enough for our wrist. Plait for a further 3cm, thread on another larger bead and tie a knot to finish. Done.

Cut one length of cord an out 30cm long. On one end thread on a charm and tie in place thread on a small bead and tie a knot as close as you can to the bead. Leave about 6cm of cord bare then tie a knot, thread a bead then tie a knot, bead, knot, bead, knot, bead … Skip to the end … For about 30 beads. Repeat what you did at the beginning at the end. Done.

Silver & beige
Cord 25cm, knot, bead, knot, 10cm bare, knot, bead x 15, knot, repeat previous. Done.

Silver & pink
Cord 25cm, knot, bead, knot, 10 cm bare, knot, bead, bead, knot, 2cm bare, knot, bead, bead, knot, repeat once more, repeat beginning bit. Done.

Gold medallion
Cord 30cm long. Thread one end through the hole in the ‘medallion’ then tie a knot as if you were tying a school tie. Thread a bead onto the short end of the cord and tie a knot. Thread the long bit of cord through the other side of the medallion and repeat the beginning. Done and done.

I was going to show you a picture of the bracelets on arm but all my arm self portraits looked a bit like I’d wrapped the bracelets round a passing elephants trunk.

P.S. The most exciting about this post is if your repeat the title over and over again you become an actual human beatbox! Knotsnbeadsnknotsnbeadsnknotsn. Go on, try it.