Thursday, 25 June 2009

postcards to beirut

this video from American band beirut isn't exactly brand spanking new, in fact it's from 2007 when their "The Gulag Orkestar" album was released but it is one of my all time favourite songs and videos...and bands for that matter. excitement for my forthcoming backpacking trip around europe has got me pining for beirut's european influenced sounds.

This video is directed by the absolutely amazing Alma Har'el who also directed the bands video for elephant gun which is equally beautiful. the reason i love this 'postcards from italy' video is the washed out nostalgia that it is centred around, it is a montage video yet remains personal and touching. for me it induces memories of childhood holidays and naivety.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Guinea pigs & Balaclavas

as if i havent rambled on enough about graduate fashion week already. i think my favourite designer of the week deserves a seperate post. Hannah Taylor is a graduate from Ravensbourne and i absolutely loved her mens knitwear collection from start to finish. think wool in every colour under the sun, hugely oversized winged jumpers, wool hair helmets, knitted balaclavas and pets faces...hard to picture? yeah it pretty much needs to be seen to be believed. her collection contained so much humour, from the George Formby soundtrack to the underwhelmed poses from the models, i just fell in love with it. the clothes themselves were so well executed and so creative that i thought she'd be a straight out winner. on leaving the show, there was only one name on everyones lips.

Saturday, 13 June 2009


So the past week i have been in london doing work experience at graduate fashion week, which has been absolutely amazing. not only did i get to see all the catwalk shows and awards shows, i was also allowed backstage to get a closer look at the designs and designers. i even managed to blag a couple of goody bags to boot!

the weeks events were held at earls court and the hall was buzzing from the first day. my job was to seat people, VIP's and press in one section, the public in another (definitely not to be mixed up) prepare the stages for the shows and to find out exactly how the universities wanted the shows to run. basically doing a hell of a lot of running about. oh, and packing up 3,500 goody bags and getting paper cuts all up and down my arms.

here are some of my favourite catwalk moments taken sneakily to avoid a telling off-

i met so many amazing people and really enjoyed the entire week even though i was working 7am-11pm towards the end! it all culminated in a star studded gala show where the winner Myrto Samou was announced but more importantly i met erin o'connor, matthew williamson, giles deacon and claudia schiffer...who happens to be even more perfect in person!