Fashion Foundry Social Media Workshops

The Fashion Foundry is a new incubator organisation for emerging Scottish fashion designers, by the Cultural Enterprise Office & Creative Scotland.  I found out about this wonderful initiative, that involves studio and manufacturing space, one to one mentoring and incredible business opportunities, through my friend and colleague at The Scottish Design Exchange,  Piotr Pyrchala, fashion designer behind the contemporary womenswear brand Birds of Prayers, who is now part of the elite group of five young  creative talents from across Scotland receiving bespoke training and support from the Fashion Foundry (read about the launch event here!). Last week I attended their first public workshop, Social Media For International Audiences, in collaboration with Made Brave, a brand-led digital creative agency,  held at the wonderful ISO Design in Glasgow.

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Cult Glasgow Salons: BLOW and NAF!

Earlier this week I went through to Glasgow for the launch of new artisan Scottish fashion brand Nu Blvck and decided to make a day out of it by finally christening my hair and nails with some treatments at two salons I’ve been worshipping on Instagram for far too long, Blow and NAF.

Blow is  a ‘Colour Asylum’ (not as scary as it sounds! They specialise in perfecting fashion hair and use cult vegan cruelty-free hair dye Manic Panic) located both in the hip Finnieston and Shawlands areas of the city. It is renowned for creating the famous glitter roots, rainbow dyed hair, on-trend braids and bangs, and now launching their very own hair styling academy for the next generation of salon talent. I decided to get my roots back to blonde and then my whole hair dyed a pale pink ‘vintage rose’, along with an Olaplex treatment to save my damaged locks, and a sharp new cut.

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A Fast Fashion Realisation

Here’s a wee story for you. Whilst shopping in Glasgow I found myself in the infamous low quality fast fashion superstore Primark , after a frustrating lack of affordable metallic pleated skirts (I really want one after falling in love with this Christopher Kane one) in other shops in the city. I found a decent one that fit, for £13 and on my way to the till picked up a couple of packs of tights and socks, a basic stripy t-shirt and a black playsuit on sale for £5. The queue was typically long, so I took some time to examine my garments. All of them were made in Mongolia, Bangladesh or China. All of them had at least one flaw in the seam or finish. All of them were made of thin, flimsy synthetic fabrics, and all of them were so cheap it would be impossible for a basic living wage to be paid. I suddenly realised that by supporting this company I am contributing to the very problem I advocate against in my work.

This wonderful photo of Sarah Ewen is from the #Edfashion Drink and Draw event last year. 

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Embracing a Healthy Body

I have been roughly the same weight now, a healthy BMI of 20, for about a year now. This is something that at one point was inconceivable, as anorexia and bulimia destroyed my body and my mind over and over again, I was in a constant state of flux throughout my teenage years.

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Rodarte Goes Romantic for Fall/Winter 2016

Today’s post is short but sweet, and for no other reason than my infatuation with luxury womenswear label Rodarte, an American brand based around the concepts of modern femininity, intricate craft and fine art. launched back in 2005 that seems to be on every fashion insider’s radar 24/7.

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