Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Some of my fashion design work...

As you may know, I studied Fashion Design at the University of Leeds, and as I was going through some of my work I thought it was a good time to share some of it on my blog.

Projects during my time at university included designing ranges for H&M, Burberry Prorsum, Zara, Abercrombie and Fitch, Josh Goot, as well as my own label. As you can see, each range is completely different in order to be in line with each brand, with my own label focusing on the geometric structure of honeycomb, focussing more particularly on the hexagon form and integrating that into clothing. Throughout much development of this concept, the final designs and patterns have been designed with the hexagon structure in mind, with a lot of the pattern pieces being made from hexagons.

Another project shown here is inspired by Alexander McQueen, for which I constructed two outfits made from non woven fabric, experimenting with textures and colour.

 Above: 'Culture Clash' for H&M

Above: Designs for Josh Goot, focussing on structure vs. fluidity

Above: Zara evening wear range looking into drape

Above: Alexander McQueen inspired garments

Above: Own collection based on modularity

Above: Burberry Prorsum designs inspired by military medals

For my designs, I generally use pencil and paper as a starting point for silhouettes and then move onto Adobe Illustrator for the flats and illustrations, simply because I like the clear lines and simplicity.

Monday, 19 August 2013

My trip up the Jungfrau

If you ever visit Switzerland, then this trip is a must. The Jungfraujoch offers the most amazing views, even up to Germany, France and Italy on a very clear day. The Jungfraujoch is also referred to as the Top of Europe, and it is the highest railway station in Europe being located 3,454 metres above sea level. 

The trip is a day trip, as it takes quite a while to travel up the mountain, with two stops within the Eiger mountain where you can take in some the the views. The Eigerwand is one of these points, located at 2,865 metres. This observation point once was secured by a fence, however, today it is safe behind windows and offers views of the Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen, Grindelwald and the Thunersee. The railway journey leads through both the Eiger and the Mönch - quite an unusual experience travelling inside the mountains. Once you reach the top, the views are just incredible, with access to a wonderland of ice, snow and rock, admired from the viewing platforms in the Ice Palace or Aletsch Glacier. When I went the weather was -1 degrees at the top - quite a difference to the 30 degrees that it was at the bottom! However, as it was sunny it didn't feel this cold!

My journey was from Interlaken, and I took 2 different routes when I went up and down in order to stop off at some different places on the way. On the way up, I went via Grindelwald, and on the way back I went via Wengen and Lauterbrunnen. I'd definitely recommend visiting Wengen if you have a chance, as it's one of the prettiest villages that I went to, with some amazing views of the mountains and Lauterbrunnen Valley.

As you can see from the images above, the platform gets very busy and it doesn't feel too secure, even though it obviously has to be very secure - but it feels quite odd going out on it at first, especially when you can look directly down!

As you can see, the ice palace was one of the many things to do at the top of the Jungfraujoch, with a wide variety of ice sculptures. This was probably the coldest area, with the whole palace being made of ice! So you literally were walking through tunnels made of ice - very slippery! The sculptures were really amazing though, and well worth a visit.

Above: train journey down the mountain

Above: View of Kleine Scheidegg, from the Eigerwand station

If you fancy going here and would like some more information, then the Jungfrau website is a great place to start. You can also take a look at some of the activities to do at the Snow Fun Park, including floating on a cable over crevasses, skiing or snowboarding as well as gliding through the sledging park on sledges. For some more of my recommendations for Swizerland, take a look at my other recent post.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Trend Update: Khaki

Paris fashion week SS13 saw the likes of Emporio Armani, kenzo and Maxmara (above) inspire themselves by the Safari trend, using khaki prints and fierce beige as the basis for both their day and night looks. My favourite colour to wear at the moment is khaki; although it has been out for so long, it's a really flattering colour that suits almost any skin tone given the right shade.
Here are a selection of my favourite finds from the high street at the moment that use variations of the khaki colour.

1. Topshop Khaki washed dungaree with adjustable straps - bargain at only £15 (originally priced at £55). This would look great teamed with a basic white t-shirt for a cute daytime look.

2. H&M leggings with quilted leather panel details. I think these are great for both day and night - although they look a bit like something that a jockey would wear, I still love them and would wear them!

3. ASOS maxi dress with drape pockets, £35. I love this dress - great for summer days and I love the asymmetric cut. It's really unusual which I really like about it, and I especially like the two tone khaki colours used, adding some extra detailing.

4. ASOS bodycon dress with leather panels. This is a great dress to wear for a night out - I love the cut and colours.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Holidaying in Switzerland...

Above: Schynige Platte region

Above: Schynige Platte

Above: Schynige Platte region, view of the Eiger 'North Face'

Over the past few weeks I have been really busy with various things, leaving me with barely any time to look after myself, let alone write a blog post! This is the reason why I haven't written one for quite some time now - almost a month - even though I originally stated that it would be at least once a week...

Although this hasn't quite gone to plan, I have some interesting things to write about now, with one of them being my holiday to Switzerland. I went to Switzerland 2 weeks ago with my mum, and stayed in Interlaken, a lovely resort right in the centre of the Bernese Oberland, overlooking numerous valleys and mountains. As there's so much to write about, I will be compiling another couple of posts over the next few days, with one focussing on the Jungfrau, and the other on the Schilthorn - two of the really amazing trips that I did.

Before going to Switzerland, I had quite a few people ask me 'Why did you choose Switzerland?'. The reason is that I was recommended by a few different people, as well as another reason being that I'm bored with beach holidays and fancied something different - I think the images show how much of an amazing place it is to visit!

The images above are of the Schynige Platte region, featuring the most amazing views of the Jungfrau, Eiger as well as the two lakes, Brienzersee and Thunersee. The Schynige Platte is the end of the cog railway, with the train being visible in one of the images above. The views from the train are really spectacular, and the photographs really don't do the views justice - they look so amazing in real life and it really takes your breath away, especially when facing the north face of the Eiger, knowing the amount of people that have died whilst climbing it. I would definitely recommend taking this trip - it doesn't take long to get to the top from Interlaken (approximately 40 mins - 1 hour), and has great views and a lovely restaurant at the top.

Above: Woodcarving village of Brienz

Above: View of Brienzersee from Brienz

Above: Brienzersee

One of my days was spent taking a boat trip on the steamer from Interlaken, visiting the towns that lie around Lake Brienz. The water of the lake was so clear and very turquoise in colour, again with really amazing views. On the way we passed the Giessbach Falls and we stopped off at Brienz. This village is very traditional, with the cute, wooden chalet style houses, and with various woodcarving shops, where you can watch the woodcarvers hard at work. Brienz was one of my favourite places that we visited, as even though it was small in size, it was very lively with people swimming in the lake, sunbathing and wandering around the shops. It's also definitely one of the prettiest places to live - the houses are amazing and you couldn't really beat living alongside a lake as beautiful as that one.

Above: Staubbach Falls

Above: Staubbach Falls

Staubbach Falls is the second highest waterfall in Switzerland, and can be found in Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is known for having 72 waterfalls. As you can see from the photographs, you can actually climb up the rocks and stand behind the waterfall, with amazing views of the whole of Lauterbrunnen. The waterfall is named Staubbach after dust (Staub = dust), as the water droplets spray in all directions. On this particular day it rained all day, and I was originally refused entry into the Trummelbach falls due to the shoes that I was wearing (health and safety reasons), therefore we took a visit to this one (although my mum decided to leave this one out!). With no one there for health and safety, it could be a bit dangerous particularly in bad weather. However, it was a good trip to go on whilst it was raining - at least it didn't matter about getting wet!

Above: Murren

Above: Murren

We visited the village of Murren on the way to the Schilthorn. It's a very quiet place and quite interestingly there are no cars in this village as it is only accessible by cable car. On the way back we walked from Murren to Lauterbrunnen - a massive descent and this walk took a lot longer than we had originally realised that it would, meaning we were feeling very achey over the next few days!

Above: pretty house in Interlaken

Above: Swiss National Day fireworks

Above: Swiss National Day fireworks

Above: Swiss National Day parade

Above: Swiss National Day parade

Above: Swiss National Day parade

Swiss National day falls on August the 1st, therefore we had the privilege of being in Interlaken whilst this took place. The centre was very busy, with food and drink stalls all over the town, as well as a parade and an amazing fireworks display in the evening. The fireworks really were amazing - the best I have ever seen (much better than London NYE). So much effort went into them, and the finale was spectacular; with Interlaken being surrounded by the mountains, once they had finished the noise continued for quite a few seconds due the the mountain echoes. The whole day was a really great atmosphere, with fireworks being set off all day and night. If you are thinking about visiting Switzerland, I would definitely recommend going so that you are there on this day - I was recommended this and I'm very glad that I listened!

Above: Harder Kulm

Above: Starter at hotel

As you can tell, I really enjoyed my time in Switzerland and would really recommend going to visit it if you can. Although it is very expensive (I paid over £5 for a bottle of water in Murren), it is worth the extra money. The food is also really amazing. We went half board as we were informed that the prices were very high for food and drink, therefore we went ahead with being half board rather than self catering. There were four courses of food, and it wasn't buffet food like it is in a lot of hotels that I have visited in the past, it was served dinner with a great range of food each evening. This shows that although it is more expensive, you pay for what you get! 

To find out more about Interlaken, a great website to visit is http://www.interlaken.ch/en/discover-interlaken.html, where you can see all the activities to do around the area.