Fashion Weekend
My flatmates and I figured that the best to celebrate our mid-term achievements was to spend a long weekend in a city (because our univeristy is in the middle of nowhere).  And what better place to go than London?
Our weekend consisted of dancing, eating, drinking and lots and lots of spending...!  Although we were staying in Camden we primarily went to London in order to attend London Fashion Weekend, and by jove the street style in London was mind-blowing.  We went to the evening event on the Saturday and viewed various pieces from different collections, ranging from Holly Fulton to Jasper Conran.  As none of us had been to London during the fashion season we were all pretty content with the show and the experience in general.  I took a few photos during the fashion show so you guys could see bits from it. Having said that, it was a good event, but I'd only recommend it if you were a newbie to the fashion scene.  Hope you like the photos!


Issue 1

Mid-term Stress
After a heavy few weeks in uni I can finally say we've finished and published our magazine!  If you follow me on Twitter you'll know that I've handed in my sketchbooks and the final copy of the magazine also.  I can honestly say I'm proud of what our group have achieved in the short space of time we were given to complete this task.  Soon, we'll have to present our published magazines to Hywel Davies, fashion writer, journalist and lecturer at CSM, which should be interesting as I'm curious to find out what he thinks of it all.
I'd love to show you all the digital copy of the magazine but I have no idea how to do that.  So instead, I've taken pictures of our magazine, page by page, so the effect isn't as great but you get the idea!  I'd love to know what you guys think.



The Understated Issue
I realise I've been quite quiet about everything this year so far, but I've been so busy with uni (I swear this has become my tagline...) and I didn't want to reveal too much about my Fashion Communication project in case things changed about.  However, we're more than halfway through the project and I figured it was time to show you all what I've been up these past 5 weeks.

Throughout this semester's we've been put into groups of about 8 to make a cool, new fashion/lifestyle magazine.  Also, because we're doing a general first year at uni, not everyone in the group is studying Fashion Comms. (only 3/8 in my group).  But luckily, everyone in my team is really enthusiastic and cooperative about the whole project, which makes everything so much easier and definitely more enjoyable.

Every magazine must have a "theme" which is then to become our "issue" title for the magazine.  Our magazine is called PLUS - but using the symbol '+' -  and the launch issue is the "Understated" issue.  On top of this, our publication must be in the style of a certain magazine - ours is Dazed & Confused.  For our issue, we've been heavily inspired by 'real people' who ooze cool and understated - this includes everything from what they wear to what they do.  Slowly slowly, I will do individual posts on what's being included in the magazine (from illustrations, to articles) but for this post (& next) I wanted to concentrate on the photo shoots.

Below are pictures from our "GIRLS & BOYS" photoshoot.  This shoot was inspired by the classic song by BLUR - hence the title - and we based the storyline around a girl and boy who like each other and get up to all sorts of things.  I referred to the cuurent Dr Marten's, Iceberg & The Kooples' ad campaigns for inspiration.  The aim was for each picture to capture a certain mood, eg the last one is clearly quite tense, as suggested by their body language, but you don't know exactly what's happened.  The styling was also inspired by street style and what understated-but-stylish people would wear, but we also wanted Sarah, the female model, to have an androgynous edge. The 'understated' part of this shoot highlights what real, cool people do and where they hang out.

I hope you guys understand where I'm coming from with this photo shoot.  Have a look at the photos below and let me know what you think!  Ciao for now.

Photography: Tatiana Cockburn-Aldana
Styling: Lauren Devlin
Models: Sarah Findlay, Fergus Gallagher