Fashion




Dóra X NinetyFour

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We are very excited to announce that we are teaming up with Glasgow based fashion blogger Dóra’s to bring you some fresh fashion related posts. What caught our eye about Dóra’s blog is that she has a focus on sustainability and how an outfit can be worn more than once in many funky different ways. With her own creative twist to her outfits using her embroidery and sewing skills, we love catching up on her posts for some serious (cost friendly) fashion inspo… Meet Dóra:

Hey Lovely Readers! 

This is the blog where you will find inspirational outfits, hand-embroidered clothes, vintage and second-hand clothes but most importantly: many different people with many different styles. You are welcome to join us!

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My aim with my blog is to encourage people to show how they wear the same clothes in different ways. Fashion is about creativity, you don’t need to follow trends to be stylish or fashionable. We were all born with style and it is okay if you don’t know what your styles is yet, because you can try many things, but always be creative and enjoy all the options you have. High-street shops offer many things, but have you been to a vintage shop? You can find real treasures there or in charity shops! Remember fashion does not always have to be full price!

I own loads of clothes. Some of them are from my mum’s wardrobe from when she was 20-25, so the same age as me now. I love her clothes because they are coming back to fashion and she has such a good style! I like to wear my clothes in different ways, because this what makes me feel more comfortable and better about shopping. Enjoy looking at the same trousers and tops over and over again on my blog!

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I know sometimes it might be boring looking at the same person who wears the same type of outfits. I like to play with my clothes but I also admire people with different styles. I know a little bit about photography so I take photos of girls and boys who love to dress up but they don’t know how much they could actually inspire people if they had a blog. So here I am to do this for them. I also love traditional clothes and teaching something new in every post about fashion. For me fashion is not just about clothes, style and posing. It has a history, something that has been keeping it alive for so long. I own at least 50 fashion books and Netflix will send me an email soon that I have watched the same fashion documentaries too many times and I should get a life. In all seriousness I love fashion for every bit of it.

I learnt from my Grandma and my Mother how to do embroidery. I started learning to sew as well and I will show some of my outfits that I made myself. I once made a pair of embroidered jeans and even Sew Confident posted about it because they were impressed! I love how much people like what I can make and I love when I hear the positive feedback about people enjoying reading my blog and looking at my pictures!

I am happy to inspire people, because I enjoy doing what I love and still making others happy!

Thank you for being here,

Enjoy!

Dóra

Check out this lovely lady’s work:

Blog: http://dorasfashionblog.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorasfashionblog/

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Sustainable Fashion By Studio Five

Spending the minimum to wear an outfit a couple of times VS spending a little more to wear an outfit for many times to come? I will fully admit I am a consumer of fast fashion… sometimes it’s just too easy to order online and have it with you in 24 hours for a very student friendly price, but at the same time spending £30 on an outfit that you will only wear twice before it falls apart maybe isn’t that great a saving after all… I mean clothes are made to be worn more than once right? Not only can it be a false saving at times, fast fashion is also not too kind to our ever so precious environment and this is an issue that inspired sisters Lucy & Kitty Pressland to create not only an affordable clothing brand, but also a sustainable one with clothes that can be styled more than once.

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Studio Five is a fashion and textiles brand based in Edinburgh that prides itself on unique, stylish and sustainable fashion and interior products. Founded in October 2016, Studio Five want to build a brand that expresses their creativity freely and contributes to the slow fashion movement that they are both so passionate about.

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Both sisters graduated in 2016 with honour degrees in Fashion and Textiles from Heriot Watt and Robert Gordon University. During their studies they became very interested in environmental issues in the textiles industry and started researching ways of changing people’s perspectives on sustainable fashion.

The brands inspiration is drawn from the natural world and their line combines illustration, photography and painting to form a collection of genderless, organic cotton tees as well as hand made organic cotton cushions, makeup bags, stickers badges and postcards. Their street-style t-shirts are fun, bold and above all: affordable. They believe everyone should experience the benefits of sustainability and hope to make sustainable fashion more inclusive by making their products reasonably priced.

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Within the first year of business the brand has taken part in several events that celebrate sustainability, ethics and diversity in fashion, such as ‘Fashion Revolution Week’ hosted by Colour Elements and ‘fashionABLE’ hosted by LocalMotive Markets. Studio Five has loved becoming a part of the ethical fashion industry through these events, as they allow new and established members of the industry to come together and talk, learn and celebrate ethical fashion.

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The sisters released their 2nd collection ‘Wilderness’ in September 2017. They were able to expand on their product range and explore new options as they successfully ran a crowd funding campaign for this collection through Indiegogo. This collection uses autumnal colours and explores the wildlife you would find up in the mountains. They have also released a collaboration collection with knitwear designer Joanna O’Brien who is a graduate resident at Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen. Studio Five collaborated to create a limited edition collection of knitted scarves made from 100% Scottish Lamb’s wool and produced in Aberdeen. Each scarf is completely unique and perfect for the cold months ahead.

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Currently their products can be found on their website and at The Scottish Design Exchange in Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh. They have several markets coming up on the build up to Christmas including the I.D Pop-up Store at the Lighthouse, Glasgow that hopes to be an amazing couple of weekends. Studio Five’s next step is to create a ‘custom’ page on their website where customers can choose any of their prints to be digitally printed and made into jumpers, t-shirts or scarves.

Studio Five aims for all their products to be 100% sustainable and hopes to grow to be a brand that people recognise for their unique designs, great quality and hand made products.

Home grown fashion with a purpose, we love it!

Catch the girls in Glasgow & Edinburgh:

-December 2-3rd and December 16-17th; The I.D Pop-up Store at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

-December 10th; The Flea and Food Market, Edinburgh

Check out more from Studio 5:

Website: www.studiofiveuk.com

Instagram: @studio_five_uk

Email: studiofiveuk@gmail.com

Photography Credit:

Photography by; Ryan Kay and Katherine Harris

Knitted Scarves; Joanna O’Brien

Models; Robyn Spence, Holly Wheelaghan Duff, Jordon Turner and Ellie Turner

Jewellery; Ruth Lesley

Styled by; Studio Five

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Straight And Narrow Isn’t The Only Way

It’s often believed that art school is the way forward when you want to make your first step into the creative industries. Employers are super impressed when they see you went to a prestigious arty educator in the middle of the city, I mean it must mean you’re the best of the best right?

…Not entirely correct. Yes art school is wonderful and congrats if you got a place because it’s bloody hard to get in! But your full creative career does not balance on the fate of you making the cut into your dream school and mega successful artist, Paula Cooper would tell you just that.

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Paula is a 44 years old milliner based in Paisley with a portfolio that would make your mouth drop to the floor.

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What is millinery I hear you say? Millinery is the art of making apparel for the head… So that wonderful fascinator you wore to your cousins wedding is a perfect example. Paula tells us that she has been creative ever since she was a ‘wee’ girl. Drawing up the wall and on the furniture, she was lucky that her mum taught her how to channel her creativeness into something a little more productive and learned to sew from the early age of 4 years old. Before she knew it she was creating a whole load of stuff from dolls, to clothes, to cushions and even on to jewellery. There was absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that Paula was going to pursue a creative career.

“Unfortunately I got no encouragement from my school Art Teacher who said I ‘wouldn’t amount to much’ so I didn’t really know where to channel my energy” There is nothing worse than being discouraged by your teacher… and oh how this teacher couldn’t have been more wrong! The John Downes Award for Art, International Milliner of the Year Nominee and Scottish Fashion Awards Accessory Designer of The Year Nominee are only a few achievements to Paula’s name. Although, Paula did admit she felt a little lost after her teacher so cruelly put her down; “I didn’t really focus on making a portfolio for Art School because I didn’t know what course to apply for”. Paula ended up going to study Graphic Design because it was the only course she was accepted on to, she then went on to study printing and worked in a printers for years before deciding to take her career into her own hands and following her dream.

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“I’ve always been obsessed with hats and hairstyles. When I was younger I used to go into Arnotts in Paisley and try all the hats on!” Working in print but knowing her passion lay within the hat-designing world, was undeniably frustrating; “I didn’t even think it was possible for me to ever be involved in millinery though, I lived in a Council Estate in Paisley, no one really did that sort of thing! So I was just plodding along with my Printing job” Deciding to break the status quo Paula signed up for night classes to build a dreamy portfolio while tackling her day job, she was accepted into Millinery studies at Kensington & Chelsea College and completely packed her job in on her 30th birthday; “Best day of my life!”

Shortly after graduating Paula’s career took off taking her to Australia to work with one of millinery’s top designers and now back in her homeland of Scotland she has her own thriving business designing beautiful head pieces, leading workshops and is also a business mentor.

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“Your work won’t amount to much” a prime example of don’t listen to negative people, if you believe in something and work hard there is no reason you can’t follow your dream… I bet Paula wishes her art teacher could see her now.

Success doesn’t always have a straight and narrow road.

Check out more from Paula Cooper:

Website: peacoopermillinery.com

Facebook: @peacoopermillinery

Twitter: @peacooperhats

Instagram: @peacooperhats

LinkedIn: Paula Cooper

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Glam Rockin’ With Kennedy Designs


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A couple of weeks ago we sat down with Fiona Kennedy in one of Glasgow’s most popular haunts. The 60s inspired glam rock vibe of Fiona’s fashion brand ‘Kennedy Designs’ was immediately apparent as Fiona herself emulates this style in her outfit. With a bright and passionate energy we got chatting about the inspiration behind Kennedy Designs.

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016, Fiona faced the all too well known struggle of graduate life. She tells us she began looking for jobs within the fashion industry but after realising these opportunities were sparse, decided to start her own fashion based ventures. She opened her own studio within a company named Fashioned In Glasgow, near Merchant City. Fiona tells us that she started loving the 60s/70s vibe when she was around 16 years old, everything from the rolling stones to David Bowie she couldn’t get enough of – inspiring her incredibly glam and unique David Bowie dress featured on her Instagram. Fiona feels icons from this era that drive her creativity include Bowie and Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones adding that she loves the peacock appeal of Jones.

We asked Fiona if she can remember when she first noticed her creativity and what made her chase a career in this industry. To our delight – she can and tells us that she has always drawn since she was young. She then shocks us by revealing she was the only one in her year at school who wanted to do advanced higher art. Not so shocking you might think, but the catch was that she had to teach herself. However, she passed which we can definitely believe after seeing her artistic designs.

Fiona told us that she would absolutely die if she saw Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine wearing her designs and When asked what she feels makes a ‘Kennedy girl’ tells us she believes band and rocky type girls fit this category and she wants girls to feel “fabulous as fuck” when wearing her designs as they have a very sassy appeal to them, and after learning that Fiona has styled Izzy from the band Black Honey who are supporting the Royal Blood on their tour, we definitely agree. She also says she would love to work with more bands and music videos as well as collaborating with other creative industries such as film.

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We were very interested to learn more about the design and creative process of Fiona’s designs and whether she has a strict design process or if she just lets things inspire her. In response to this question she responded saying she loves scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration as well as doing some self-led research. She says that for her upcoming collection in particular she was inspired by Pamela de Barres who, among many other things, was a rock and roll groupie. Which led Fiona to be interested in what other groupies around her time may have worn. When working in the creative industries it can sometimes be difficult to find inspiration. Fiona works around this by giving herself a week to design everything so she doesn’t over think. Once her designs are complete she can then organise the fabric and manufacturing of the designs. She tells us she has an excellent and dedicated go-to creative team from other disciplines of the creative industry. Consisting of; model Rebecca Murphy, photographers Aaron Bird and Erica Von Stien and finally, makeup artist Yvonne Lynch.

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We asked Fiona who her biggest fashion inspiration was overall and she replied with Marianne Faithful, stating that she loves the vintage mix ups look and the Victorian style mixed with the sixties looks. Gucci would also be Fiona’s dream collaboration as she tells us: “I love their new stuff that’s out just not because it has a very intriguing 80s mix style going on.”

The fashion industry is super competitive and at times can be gruelling so we asked Fiona what strives her to continue what she’s doing and producing amazing designs. To which she replies: “The vintage appeal of my work mostly, not a lot of big brands have the same style so I’m trying to make my designs a bit different to mainstream.” When asked about setbacks she has experienced she tells us that she reveals that she was never accepted into art school as they felt she was too young and inexperienced but Fiona has proved to everyone that when there are no opportunities for young creative, you must create your own! She admits that funding and finance will be a problem at the beginning, but you have to learn to be smart with your money. So with this we asked her: “Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking of starting their own brand?” Her reply is: “It’s a bit daunting at first but there is help out there. Work spaces are expensive so if you go to London you’ll have no money and will be working for someone else in a small space. After selling my workspace in the city centre and converting my garage, I am saving so much money which I can put back into my designs and I am working for myself and doing my own thing which is amazing.”

So what will happen in the future for Kennedy Designs you may ask? Well, Fiona’s goals are to open a permanent shop in Glasgow before expanding the full brand into department stores across the UK.

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To round of the interview we asked Fiona what three things are her must haves in a working day at Kennedy Designs. She replied, “Glitter, tea breaks and my puppy.” And for those wondering, her puppy is a Labradoodle named Buddy! Lastly, we asked her favourite motivational quote which she told us is, “Just fucking do it or fuck it”. Straight and to the point. We like it.

Catch Kennedy Designs Pop up store at the Barras Art and Design Centre (BAAD) in Glasgow on the 4th of November.

Kennedy Designs will also feature at the ID Pop up store at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on the 16th and 17th of December.

Profile Info:

Name – Fiona Kennedy

Brand – Kennedy Designs

Age – 22

Place of Study – Glasgow Caledonian University; Fashion Business Degree

Location – Glasgow

Social media – @kennedy_design_

Website – www.kennedy_design.net

 It’s often believed that art school is the way forward when you want to make your first step into the creative industries. Employers are super impressed when they see you went to a prestigious arty educator in the middle of the city, I mean it must mean you’re the best of the best right?

…Not entirely correct. Yes art school is wonderful and congrats if you got a place because it’s bloody hard to get in! But your full creative career does not balance on the fate of you making the cut into your dream school and mega successful artist, Paula Cooper would tell you just that.

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Paula is a 44 years old milliner based in Paisley with a portfolio that would make your mouth drop to the floor.

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What is millinery I hear you say? Millinery is the art of making apparel for the head… So that wonderful fascinator you wore to your cousins wedding is a perfect example. Paula tells us that she has been creative ever since she was a ‘wee’ girl. Drawing up the wall and on the furniture, she was lucky that her mum taught her how to channel her creativeness into something a little more productive and learned to sew from the early age of 4 years old. Before she knew it she was creating a whole load of stuff from dolls, to clothes, to cushions and even on to jewellery. There was absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that Paula was going to pursue a creative career.

“Unfortunately I got no encouragement from my school Art Teacher who said I ‘wouldn’t amount to much’ so I didn’t really know where to channel my energy” There is nothing worse than being discouraged by your teacher… and oh how this teacher couldn’t have been more wrong! The John Downes Award for Art, International Milliner of the Year Nominee and Scottish Fashion Awards Accessory Designer of The Year Nominee are only a few achievements to Paula’s name. Although, Paula did admit she felt a little lost after her teacher so cruelly put her down; “I didn’t really focus on making a portfolio for Art School because I didn’t know what course to apply for”. Paula ended up going to study Graphic Design because it was the only course she was accepted on to, she then went on to study printing and worked in a printers for years before deciding to take her career into her own hands and following her dream.

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“I’ve always been obsessed with hats and hairstyles. When I was younger I used to go into Arnotts in Paisley and try all the hats on!” Working in print but knowing her passion lay within the hat-designing world, was undeniably frustrating; “I didn’t even think it was possible for me to ever be involved in millinery though, I lived in a Council Estate in Paisley, no one really did that sort of thing! So I was just plodding along with my Printing job” Deciding to break the status quo Paula signed up for night classes to build a dreamy portfolio while tackling her day job, she was accepted to Millinery studies at Kensington & Chelsea College and completely packed her job in on her 30th birthday; “Best day of my life!”

Shortly after graduating Paula’s career took off taking her to Australia to work with one of millinery’s top designers and now back in her homeland of Scotland she has her own thriving business designing beautiful head pieces, leading workshops and is also a business mentor.

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“Your work won’t amount to much” a prime example of don’t listen to negative people, if you believe in something and work hard there is no reason you can’t follow your dream… I bet Paula wishes her art teacher could see her now.

Success doesn’t always have a straight and narrow road.

Check out more from Paula Cooper:

Website: peacoopermillinery.com

Facebook: @peacoopermillinery

Twitter: @peacooperhats

Instagram: @peacooperhats

LinkedIn: Paula Cooper

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