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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.

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Lovely trends … Both greys and neutrals and bright colours are in … so that’s good.

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We went backstage at Fendi and took some beautiful pictures

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We cut out a lot of shoes, bags, hats, belts, necklaces and sunglasses

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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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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.