Saturday, 28 January 2012

Gifts from Mummy...


My Mumma came home from Brent Cross earlier with a present for me for getting into UCA Epsom. It's like an encyclopedia of fashion designers called '100 Contemporary Fashion Designers'. The photography inside is incredible, not to mention the clothes! I'm looking forward to getting a spare moment when I can sit and properly read it through! :)


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Dreams are coming true!...


I found out yesterday that I got into UCA Epsom!! The interview that I had there went really well, they liked my portfolio and I had a laugh with the tutors! Epsom is one of the top five fashion universities of the UK, 98% of their students get into the industry and 50% end up showcasing in London Fashion Week. I am so excited for this year, it seems to be the year that my dreams become a reality!

#WhatIwore to my interview... Vintage white silk shirt with pleated collar from VBoutique, a tan belt, vintage black fur coat, River Island leggings, Aldo brown boots and a fringed leather side bag from a craft market in Ibiza.
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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Bloglovin...

Along Crossed Paths can now be found on Bloglovin! Click below...


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Ever growing love for Elie Saab...





The first time I truly noticed the stunning designs of Elie Saab was when Rihanna wore that stunning red sheer gown to the American Music Awards in 2010. Since then my infatuation for his designs have only grown stronger and my heart skipped a beat when I saw his Spring'12 couture collection. The things I would do to wear one of these gowns, even just for a second! Pastel colours were a key trend for his collection, as well as for the season in general, featuring a rainbow palette of cream, pink, peach, mint, yellow and baby blue. The garments are delicate and simple yet sparkly and eye-catching. When modelled they look effortless and weightless, almost floating down the catwalk. Many embellishing techniques were used on the dresses and a variety of necklines were shown throughout the collection, ranging from high necks to deep V necks and long sleeves to off the shoulder to strapless. Each garment is unique in a different way, creating a stunning collection. Congratulations Elie Saab!

Grace...


Thought I would share with you some of the photos from my shoot with Grace. The photoshoot was to show off a denim waterfall skirt that I made in an edgy, unconventional way for my portfolio... so we turned it into a cape! Superhero chic!! The skirt was part of a 3 piece dress; detachable skirt, bodycon dress and detachable, sculpted shoulder strap. The entire outfit was created using recycled denim products last year and the maxi skirt is made from jean legs, inspired by Gary Harvey's Levi gown. Hope you like the images.



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Live from la maison de Valentino...


Yesterday I was lucky enough to watch Valentino's live streaming of their breath taking Spring 12 couture collection. As the finale dress (above) gracefully walked down the runway it was a 'jaw-drop' moment! The lace and sheer white fabric looked stunning and subtly floated as it was modelled. The range was very feminine with a variety of spring trends covered, such as lace, whimsical florals, white on white and pastel colour palettes. Below I have included a few of my personal favourites from the show. Congratulations to the house of Valentino, a truly beautiful collection that epitomises the spring season of 2012.


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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

TWEET TWEET...

ACP now has Twitter!... Please follow for latest updates on the blog and anything fashion related!

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Karl Released...


Today marked the release of Karl Lagerfeld's brand spanking new range for Net-a-porter. Above I have displayed a selection of my favourite items (sadly all are very much out of my price-range!). I almost drooled on my keyboard when I saw the stunning black biker dress! The collection is mainly monotone colours with hints of pastels to fit the Spring trends. He has also designed a variety of collars in faux leather, poplin and sequins. I felt this was very reminiscent of Mary Quant brought into modern times. In my opinion, the rock and roll chic look that Karl Lagerfeld has creative is to die for!!
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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Working on my portfolio for Kingston...




Thought I would share with you some fashion sketches from my portfolio. Currently putting together a powerpoint portfolio for Kingston University.

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Nicole...







I made this corset for my AS in year 12. I photographed it today ready for my interview next week!

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Friday, 13 January 2012

Portfolio review..

I had a portfolio review with one of my tutors yesterday due to my up and coming interviews. It scared me a lot! I went through all my work with her and showed her some garments that I've made... Her reply was 'it's not sexy enough!'....... sorry what!? First of all the garments were from A-level, so I wasn't exactly thinking of sex appeal! And secondly, not all fashion has to be sexy, I believe its about making a statement through fabrics, designs and quality of make... not sex! So now I have to photograph them in 'sexy, urban situations'... not what I had in mind at all! :(

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Photoshop creations...


These are my lips that I photographed for a self portrait illustration.


This image and the image below were taken for my A-level art project, I then created 4 A2 fashion illustrations from the photography.





This image combines to photos that I took as part of a self portrait project for my photography rotation at Art Foundation.

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Just bought photoshop, so I've been messing around with various effects and enhancing my photography. I thought you might like to see some of them. This is one of my illustrations that i did last year. It's of Gemma Wards cover for ID magazine. I have collaborated it with a photograph that I took of a bouquet of roses given to me by my ex-boyfriend.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Laser Cut Love...

I am completely infatuated with the laser cut lace garments designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen's S/S12 collection. The peplum dress particularly stood out for me, absolutely stunning! The garments make a bold statement, when teamed with the full faced lace masks gives the outfit a dominatrix look that is powerful and striking.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Interview at UCA Epsom...

Got an e-mail yesterday saying that I have an interview at UCA Epsom to study fashion design! When I found out I was so excited! It's such a great opportunity!.... Then I found out when it was.... in 2 weeks time! Now I'm just nervous, my portfolio is so disorganized! Not ready for this! Fingers crossed it goes okay!
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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Mismatches: Clouds, Jungle and Battered Books

I have recently specialized in Fashion and Textiles within my Art Foundation course and I thought I would share with you my first task. The project is called Mismatches. My tutor put random words into three envelopes and passed them around the class one at a time. When each envelope came to us, we had to take out one of the words giving us three words or phrases in total. Some of the word combinations were just odd! For example, model railways, magic manuscripts, kitchen utensils, aerial photography etc. I was lucky and picked out clouds, jungle and battered books.
Once we had our three words, we took a series of 'drawing workshops' where we would make observations and sketches based on our themes. I had so much fun with these workshops! Art foundation has really pushed me out of all my comfort zones! I am known for being a very slow worker, but in these workshops you are given task after task and they have to be complete within time limits!
The next task was to create a wall installation out of objects and materials based upon our themes. This was hilarious! First of all I was like 'what does this have to do with fashion!?' but secondly, what objects could I bring for my words!? I couldn't exactly bring a cloud! I have no battered books! And jungle! What could I bring for jungle!?... I sorted myself out though. The best part was going to a charity shop, buying a classic Charlotte Bronte book and battering it until it was completely DESTROYED!! I even set it on fire outside of the studio (security were not best pleased!)... I then got to make fluffy clouds out of wadding, ripped some plants up and used them as vines (jungle) and there you go, my wall installation is finished!
Other things that we have been doing to complete this project includes, manipulating photographs, printing onto fabrics, more sketching and designing fashion ranges.. all based upon our theme. I will update you with anymore fun things that we've been up to.

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P.S. Here are some sneak peaks...

University choices

Got an e-mail yesterday saying that my UCAS application has been sent to all my chosen universities! I'm so excited! It's like my dream is finally on it's way! This time next year I could be studying Fashion Design at either Kingston, UCA Epsom, University of East London, Westminster or Nottingham Trent!
I applied to do Fashion Design last year as well but was rejected from 3 out of 5 universities. Consequently I am doing an Art Foundation at the moment, in order to pursue my dream. It was the best decision I have ever made and I highly recommend to anyone wanting to study Fashion Design to complete an Art Foundation course first! Firstly it's free, but also it gives you more uni experience and helps you to create a portfolio worthy of a Fashion course.

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