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Jean Paul Gaultier at the Grand Palais

7 Jul

The Grand Palais, Paris. What a setting for such an amazing exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work from the very beginning to the present day. Beautiful gowns, bondage-esque outfits in red lit rooms, so many wonderful photographs… this exhibition really was a treat for a fashion addict. To get up-close to Gaultier’s iconic conical basques, tartan clad punk rocker outfits and those stunning sailor stripes was a highlight of my recent solo trip to Paris. Here are some of my favourite pics from my visit, hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Dior & I

9 Apr


Today I did something I’ve never done before. I visited the cinema solo, I use the word solo rather than alone because I really didn’t feel alone. The screen room had big seats like sofas and solo cinema goers were dotted around happily waiting for the film to begin, they were playing a Louis Armstrong tune and I felt so at home.


Then the film started and I was enraptured from start to finish, Dior and I gives us an insiders view of the ateliers of the house of Dior at 30 Ave. Montaigne in Paris. Everything from the premier atelier cracking open a tub of Haribo to relieve a bit of tension, to the first meeting with new creative director Raf Simons to his first haute couture collection sauntering down the orchid lined runway in 2012.



There are moments of creative madness like the scene where the designer has a toile spray painted black to get a better visual for the final look and moments of pure inspiration… Raf Simons has the controversial artist Sterling Ruby’s paintings painstakingly printed on fabric using the same methods that Christian Dior used for his amazing prints.


I expected a formal film, I expected the nitty gritty to be masked, but the fact that you get to see all of the highs and all of the lows makes this film a small masterpiece like each and every one of the looks in the collection.


The ateliers joke that the ghost of Christian Dior roams the place at night, checking their work and I think they might be right as every piece looked exquisite. Raf Simons couldn’t stop exclaiming how sublime everything was, like he was in awe of the haute couture artistry involved in creating his very own designs. 


We see a last minute change and a group of ateliers all silently unpicking the sewing work on one dress, we see a final celebratory glass of champagne on the final night before the show, the nerves, the excitement, the arguments, the inspiration, everything. 

My favourite scene from the film is when, moments before the debut show Raf is found alone on a sunny balcony by the show director who tells him there are more cameras, press and celebrities there than ever. Raf asks ‘Isn’t it always like this? I can’t believe it’. Then all of a sudden 8 weeks of settling in, designing a collection, producing it from start to finish, being excited, happy, under pressure, proud, anxious and totally exhausted he throws his head back and tears roll down his cheeks. They’re good tears though, ones that spring from your eyes involuntarily because you’ve ran out of room in your body for all of the wonderful emotions you’re feeling.


Such an amazing collection and such an amazing insight, see Dior and I if you can. You won’t regret it.





22 Nov

I’ve always had a creative urge and have found outlets for this in a great variety of ways…singing, acting, dancing, drawing. Designing is a new passion, I love being given a challenge to get my brain working and recently completed a uni assignment based on transport, I wanted to tackle the image of cycling.

In the UK there is a big emphasis on cycling safety and you can buy all kinds of gear to help with that but I think we’re totally missing the point, successful cycling cities like Amsterdam give cyclists safe paths and people wear normal street clothes and no helmets. We need to get more people on their bikes in the UK to have a bigger impact on local councils and the government in making cycling a safe mode of transport.

I wanted to design an advertising campaign that gave cycling a more glamorous appeal, an image that said anyone can get anywhere on their bike and it doesn’t have to be weighed down by ugly fluorescent clothing. I imagined these ads (with a bike company logo added) to feature in our favourite fashion mags, with no sign of trainers or lycra!






I think there is definitely a place for sporty cycling ads but also feel that we owe it to our environment and our general health and wellbeing to make cycling more appealing for a wider variety of people.
I want women and men in their office wear to see cycling as a great mode of transport here in the UK, like they do in Amsterdam or Copenhagen.
What’s your preferred mode?


Design a Tee – Mini Post

19 Nov

One of my uni assignments was to design a t-shirt, loved this project. Here’s the finished work.

So remember ladies (and gents) if he don’t have books, you get your ass outta there.

Saint Laurent Paris

2 Nov

Hedi Slimane has re-branded Yves Saint Laurent and this provocative, sensual and subtly hedonistic ad-campaign is so full of mystery and intrigue it makes me want to wear black and step inside the images.

The new name is a nod to the original branding of the fashion house and Hedi Slimane’s new Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2013 line also paid homage to the late Yves Saint Laurent’s 1966 ‘Le Smoking’, the tuxedo for women.

I love the original ‘Le Smoking’ styling and the empowering air of masculinity… a far cry from fifties full skirts and truly radical at the time.

Then when Helmut Newton photographed ‘Le Smoking’ in 1977 it must have been virtually impossible to resist wanting to be that strong woman stood in the shadows of a Paris backstreet.

Androgynous styling for women always makes me smile, after all we are pretty good at wearing those super-sharp trousers and we get to wear ours with killer heels.

Love H x


Garrett Hedlund & Kristen Stewart Jalouse Magazine

23 Aug

On The Road is due to be released in UK cinemas in September and two of its stars Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund headed to France for a shoot with Jalouse magazine to promote the film in May. The result is moody and dark in a youthful rebellion sense and the sexual chemistry between these two good-looking stars is sizzling, can’t wait for the movie.

I adore the styling in this shoot, Kristen looks young and funky in her white preppy shirt, blazer and tiny leather skirt.


Heather x

Welcome to the Book Of Fashion

18 Aug

It kind of goes without saying that I am in love with fashion, that is why I have created Book Of Fashion for every single person who adores fashion too. Couture, designer, high-end, high-street, bargain fast fashion… they all have their own special ways of seducing me from dazzling gowns and perfect tailoring to slouchy jumpers and perfect-fit jeans. Fashion makes me want to get dressed 10 times a day just to wear it all.

My name is Heather, administrator in Liverpool (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) by day, self confessed fashion junkie at every other hour, love designers and want to be one…seeing a fellow fashionista wearing something that came from inside my imagination is the dream.

Welcome to the Book of Fashion