Saturday, 27 February 2016

LFW AW16 Holly Fulton

There are few shows I look forward to as much as Holly Fulton's.  For AW16 we see her continued use of billowy silhouettes and deconstructed paisley all paired back with a muted colour palette. Citing artist David Inshaw as a primary influence for the collection lending to a surreal and dreamlike feel for the collection. With outerwear taking centre stage with lots of soft flowing lines  Fulton's AW16 has all the hallmarks of her trademark cool girl elegance.


Friday, 26 February 2016

LFW AW16 Jamie Wei Huang

Another season of Jamie Wei Huang has all the hallmarks we've come to expect from the designer. "Lily" returns with Wei Haung's trademark elongated shapes, restricted colour palete and leather finishing for a post war inspired collection.  With cacoon like leather bombers, structured couluttes with bow detailing and ribbed polo dresses, Wei Huang once more treads the careful line blending masculine and feminine to evoke the post-war depressive economy and turning it in to something truly beautiful.


Thursday, 25 February 2016

LFW AW16 Shrimps

Shrimps is the perfect antidote to minimalist fashion. With a 60s biker girl vibe and polka dot Yayoi Kusama would be proud of, Shrimps AW16 collection is a high octane fun mash up of clashing colours and textures.  All the candy shop coloured faux furs we've come to expect of Shrimps are on show here with her trademark striped over sized scarves and coats as the centrepieces of the collection.  This is beautifully contrasted with baby pink co-ords, black velvet suits and pretty a-line party dresses. Basically it's the girl gang you wish you were part of.


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

LFW AW16 Sophia Webster "I myself am strange and unusual"

It's Lydia Deetz meets Corpse Bride this season for Sophia Webster. Her darkest collection to date sees her teaming up with Edward Meadham for her gothic infused presentation "I myself am strange and unusual." Gone are the candy coloured brights and neon flourishes Webster has become known for as AW16 sees her go over to the dark side.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

LFW AW16 Check in to Motel Clio

Prepare to meet your new designer crush. Clio Peppiatt's "Motel Clio" filled instagram feeds this weekend in a flurry of faux fur, embroidery and yes, those bunny slippers.  The young designer takes her trademark kitsch designs, bringing us back down to Earth from her sci-f collection last season to an exploration of identity and sexuality at the "Motel Clio."  Teaming up with Streezie's and Tatty Devine, Peppiatt has cherry picked cult favourites for collaboration, resulting in a pulpy day dream more than a little bit reminiscent of Wes Anderson.


Monday, 22 February 2016

Dead Sleekit: Look Twice

From Jonathan Saunders to Holly Fulton, us Scots have always had an eye for print. It should come as no surprise that print and colour are the very foundations of emerging designer Iain Macdonald's label Dead Sleekit.  The award winning designer's digitally printed designs see illustrations and paintings come to life, all the while being handmade in Scotland.  In short, it's ethically designed wearable art. What's not to love right?


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Help! I have no idea what I'm doing! Dealing with Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you're a fraud, and any success you've had? All down to chance. Or a fluke. Or a clerical error. Either way you definitely 100% should not be here. It's that feeling that you get when any success doesn't really feel earned - that you've come by it by luck,timing or good old fashioned nepotism.  The bottom line though? You don't belong and it's only a matter of time before someone finally catches you out. You're simply waiting for the rug to be pulled from underneath your feet.


Sunday, 14 February 2016

What's yer beef? Byron Burgers comes to Edinburgh

Glasgow has a bit of a burger problem. It's a saturated market. We have burger crawls over bar crawls. Hell, we've got our own quarter pounder quarter to contend with out West. Truly we are peak burger. Yet here I am getting out of my mind dizzy with excitement at the opening of "not-another-burger-joint." And one that didn't even open in Glasgow first.  But Byron's never been just another burger joint for me. London's latest export may be a late arrival to Scotland's flourishing burger scene (because it sure as hell isn't slowing down) but it's got to be my favourite. You can keep your Shake Shacks and your Gourmet Burger Kitchens, I'll take my burger medium rare and with a slice of freddar cheese.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Straight on the Bucket List: What to do in Oslo

There's a few things you need to know before visiting Norway. It's expensive. Like, really expensive. Like, £5 for a coffee expensive. The rumours it turns out are true. You can't buy alcohol at the shops after 6pm and if you want a bottle of wine, you get yourself to the Vinomonopelet. Oh and it's really cold. Like -10 frozen lakes cold. Not really going for the hard sell right? Yet Norway is one of the most beautiful countries you can visit and with return flights from £20, I can think of a few reasons to add Oslo to your bucket list.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Let's talk about Death baby

What would you like to happen with your body after you die? Seriously. Cremation? Donate your body to science? Or maybe you'd prefer a Tibetan sky burial and have your body left in the mountain to be devoured by vultures? As a culture we don't like to talk about death, writing it off as tomorrow's problem until we're left without a choice. The thing is though talking about what you want to happen when you die is one of the most liberating and important discussions you can have. Let's talk about death baby.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

5 Things to do on your Minimoon at Cameron House

For so long staycations conjured images of long sticky days at leisure beaches, are we there yet car rides and caravans in the rain. Sunkissed beaches and long days by the pools have become standard honeymoon fayre. While the Maldives, Bali and Hawaii are great for sun chasers, what if you like your creature comforts a little bit closer to home?

I'm going to be honest, the first time I went to Cameron House was straight after my wedding and it was not great. Worse than not great. We left early and ended up spending the weekend eating pizza and wedding cake. But here's the thing - people kept telling me how wonderful Cameron House was. It was there favourite place to stay, had I tried the Carrick Spa, and oh my god the views. So maybe we were an anomaly? Maybe Cameron House was worth the hype. Maybe it was time to go back.

And what a weekend to return on. Cameron House after the first snowfall of the Winter was like something out of a fairytale. Sure it's a cliche but really there really is nothing quite like a dram of whisky, a roaring fire and a dramatic view. It can be easy to get starry-eyed with the grandeur of Cameron House, even easier when there's the service to match.  It truly was like night and day and all of a sudden I got it. I got why people continued to come back to Cameron House. When she's on, there's nothing quite like her. So for those looking for a minimoon or just a weekend getaway in Scotland, here's 5 things to do on your next staycation to Cameron House. 


Monday, 1 February 2016

Karen Mabon: Rosebud

Panda parties, cats in fancy dress, and the garden of Eden, they may not seem the likeliest of bedfellows but all play a part in Karen Mabon's latest collection "Rosebud." Mabon isn't a stranger to surrealism with Panther Birthday's and Sweet Shop Robberies featuring in her previous designs. As always there is a high fantasy, child-like escapism with her work, it's fun with a capital F. Where else would you find a cat dressed as a pumpkin? Or a shark? Or even a scuba diver?

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