Sunday, March 28, 2010
I'm not giving out. but this is a Chloe gold key chain. For £112. For that you could get about 3 versions of the above Topshop jacket. but I know it's Chloe and designer and all that. but is this not a slightly mad thing to buy? charge that much for? make in the first place?
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I had my hair all flicked out saturday as I got bored with straightened locks. I May have ruined this look by being seriously ill. but, I thought it was fun while it lasted. In the background you can see my look wall where I posted every single make-up look I've ever worked on. It's fun. really it is....
The jumper is from topshop and the eyemake-up is from Benefit cosmetics
(Runner - up - Niamh Rafferty from Griffith College with her piece 'Encased')
(runner up - Matthew Karp from Limerick senior college with 'Butterfly effect'
Ah, what a time of the year. Time for all those late nights, coffee breaks, cigarette burns, pin cushion accidents and hysterical teary laughter moments to all account for something. I am talking about, the Nokia Young Designers awards.
This year I was invited along to see a selection of the creations made by some of the art colleges of Irelands finest students. Although Miss Penny had rather a large blast from the past instead with a lot of familiar faces from LSAD turning up! Representatives from the major colleges such as Limerick school of art and design , National college of art and design, Griffith college, Limerick senior college and Grafton academy.
The collections were all placed on maniquins while the mood boards and sketchbooks loitered upstairs waiting to be viewed. I watched the photocall where designs from Clarissa Hinz and Jialing Zhao were on the backs of some of Assets most indemand models (one did note the VERY familiar face of one model….tee hee hee. Less said about that the better) It was at this point I noticed a very familiar face, Debbie Walker, one of the judges. As this site seems to be rather a love – in for Project Catwalk stars (see previous posts about Wayne and Una Healy) I watched Debbie on one of the series. She now works as a senior buyer for the website asos.com (see the below posts about asos.com black collection) and looked comfortable in a lovely pair of skinny jeans. So once the students returned to the building I could get down to the commencing of interviews and the picking of my picks of the show….
(winning design - Emmy Slattery from NCAD with 'Knotted')
It wasn’t hard to pick our top 5 designers. I examined from every angle, including color, catwalk trends, materials used, cut and execution of the garment. Every last detail including details used, stiching and even what zips where!
So here goes,
NO 1 – Jialing Zhao and ‘Fashion Area 51’.
Zhao based her collection on a study of crop circles and interconnectivity. She was interested in shape and using alternative materials to sculpt her garment. She had an amazing piece of plastic which had been made to look like metal adorning the side of the piece. Although when I asked her who her inspiration was, she said Vivianne WestWood, one cannot help but think of Versace’s latest collection. Spring colors and metal bodices. This design and her use of alternative materials helped me to decide that her piece was my top pick of the day. Jialing Zhao is in her final year in Griffith College.
NO 2 : My second pick was a designer who I didn’t manage to get a chance to talk to.
Averil Blakely and ‘ Medusa.’
I chose this piece as I loved the tie dye effect running down the center of the dramatic maxi gown. There is something really beautiful about a well executed maxi dress. The intense purple of the maxi dress contrasted sharpely against the gold bolero which sat on the shoulders of the manniquin. Adorned with a knitted piece on one shoulder. Blakely is from NCAD.
NO 3 : Julia Doherty. ‘Pixelate.’
I had no time to speak to this designer although her piece was one of my top picks for the same reason as Zhao’s. The use of unusal material. Doherty tapped into the trend for graphic prints by adding squared almost quilted effect pieces of metal to the dress. I did spot the designer (who is actually stunning with cropped red hair and amazing dress sense) cleaning the metal pieces with a baby wipe complaining it attracted dust a lot! Julia Doherty is from NCAD
NO 4 : Aine Kilbridge and ‘ Modern Romance.’
I had almost dismissed this piece until I stopped for a closer look. I have a tendence to lean towards a more aggressive fashion piece (that’s putting it midly as readers of the blog will note) and to dimiss the gentle ladylike ones. But a closer inspection of this piece revealed a really interesting mix of fabrics. The designer had chosen a wonderful lavender feather to construct the skirt (Which I had dismissed as ‘a bit too Topshop until I got closer) I realised she had woven in pieces of wool to make them have the same effect as the feathery bits on the skirt. Brilliant! It was then that I noticed the metallic waist belt and the corset and the black sheer panel. If I had to pick a celebrity to wear this I would have chosen Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud. With a sheer tights and a platform shoe. Which is the reason I selected this piece. Because I could already see someone wearing it. Oh and did I mention it was on trend as it was was assemytrical as well? Oh and just to add that Kilbridge is studying in Grafton academy.
NO 5 Ina Marie Igoe
I stopped for a chat with the designer as having met her before I have always found her to be a lovely person. She was more then happy to have a quick chat about her design. Inspired by OVI she researched interconnectivity and architecture working them into her piece using variious elements. We loved the red ruffles on the front of the A line dress. Our quick catch up revealed that the designer had taken some time to live in Paris (the smell of green tinged envy off me was incredible) and I had to ask had the Parisian way of dressing affected her personal style (BTW the designer was rocking an incredible fur trimmed cape and 40’s style vintage hat, oh and long leather gloves. Possibilty one of the best outfits of the day)
She confirmed that Paris had been an eye opening expierience that had changed her approach to fabric and design. Changing to more contemporary feeling pieces.
She is in her last year at Limerick school of Art and Design.
I decided to let the designers carry on and feeling we had enough material for this blog and subsiquent article off I trotted on my platform fringed ankle boots. Smiling to myself after spotting the coffee area of the show filled with designers. The colleges sitting together. NCAD to NCAD and LSAD TO LSAD.
Unfortunatly this is the point where I mention the fabulous night that was in it and the smell of champagne and success for one designer.
But alas, Having a prior commitment at five that night which another designer I was taken ill (seriously. it was not funny in the slightest) and missed the night. I had to walk to my apartment after fainting at the collection launch (yes, with the print outs in my hand) on the phone to my mother incase I collasped on the way. Not fun. Making it there in one piece I had to do a ring around this morning and apologise to the people who I missed!
Anyway, Thank you to the girls from Elevate PR who helped me with access, interviews and were generally lovely lovely people. All the designers who stopped to give me their time and to the judges for letting me interview them!
Whazzz on next ?
Next time on the event section of this page : We are checking out the collections at Dublin Africa FASHION week. Stay Tuned kids..
We are also pleased to announce that we are going to be meet designer Alice Temperley in the next few weeks! scream! so will be getting all the gossip for you there!
Friday, March 26, 2010
the ulitmate is here.
the big one
the one you can't ignore.
how does 95 per cent off, stella mac, roberto cravalli, miu miu and a whole host of other sexy surprises grab you?
the sale is on saturday at the very top of powerscourt, South William street, Dublin 2 from 10 -6 pm. first come, first served.
there is no sunday re-run for anyone who missed out.
come for the cupcakes
stay for the champagne....
this sale is being organised by the lovely ladies at Covet.
Considering my screensaver is currently a pair of shoes with crucifixes on them. I must have this for my collection. My collection of things that upset my catholic mother and go very well with my outfits for various things. http://www.our-lordandsaviour.com/press.html. there is information and a picture of the clutch here. it is good.
wow. I have gone very very gothic over the past few days....
...it's making me think of that line from that Pixies song....where is my mind?
When you google Pictures of Kate Moss looking ropey on a night out. you find many to use in a post where you rip the piss. When you google the Naomi. You find lovely shots. Why is that? Well, it blows my piss taking out of the water so here :
Now, let the piss ripping commence. She's been in this business a long time. And I could crack every joke about throwing phones, community service and what not. but I once worked with a man, who despite being the worlds biggest gee-bag ever, said, 'When Naomi walked into a room, everyone turned around to look.' which I presume was about her 'presence' when she 'walked' and not because people in the area of the world this guy was from (ahem cork ahem) would be saying.
'Jesus, there's Naomi Campbell, doesn't she look awful ropey. lets not take any pictures incase someone uses them on a blog later in life. But jaysus lads, lets have a good old stare instead.'
then someone in this fantasy conversation which happened 9 years ago asks,
'Whats a blog?'
Apparently, her fella is organising some multi million bash in May when her birthday is in France during Cannes. I just know I'd forget to post in May about it, so I said I'd do it now. Save me feeling embarrassed when I run into her in my local Dunnes while popping in to get a pint of milk and the morning paper. You could see it happening couldn't you....
Here at Miss Penny we are huge fans of the Booooooosh. the mighty boosh at that. so we can leave you with the rumour that, the film is being written. as we speak. right now.
I think the film could be interesting.
The boosh seems to attract a, how do i put this, rather art college following. because finally, after so many years. a tv comedy was written in the sort of crazy language and sense of humour we operate in.
so seeing that on the big screen may or may not work.
Mr Felding had this to say :
"Hopefully, I like the road movies with Bing and Bob, hopefully we could just do lots - that would be great if we could do that."
He added: "There's a couple of ideas for films, there's one we've got quite far into, and then there's one that's sort of quite a good idea that we're just working out now.
"And then there's one that's like a musical, like a Rocky Horror type thing, and then there's an album as well, so lots hopefully coming, it's just we need to do some writing.
"It took us two years to write the first series and now we have about six months to write a film, but it'll be alright."
good lord. please not a musicial. I like that they have their songs and what not, but constantly? all the time. god no.
AND NO CELEBRITIES!
i wont be amused if i see the shaggy head of Pixie Geldoff or the beehived bonce of Winehouse creeping into the titles. seriously, I know your all mates. but cut the shit. This goes for you Mr Holland and your getting your friends to appear in every advertising campaign in London.
and can I add?
as a side note, where is Winehouse? my magazine is getting lonely without her. HEAT have almost gone broke! they are reduced to mocking Jordan constantly, which everyone knows is too easy....
Which main high street brand is re-thinking it's move into a new venture recently? Apparently it cost major bucks to the brand to move in and it swooped after a council presented a lavish spectrum of high street store names which were already signed up.
But three months in and the shine is wearing off.
The brand has made the mistake of thinking outside the capital it doesn't have to be fashion forward and has poured no money into the ventures outside Dublin. As a result they are getting pretty stale.....
.........rumour has it. that after 3 months, the brand is thinking about firing the hiring they did and moving back out.....
because the other shops in the new venture are doing well....very well....and this is like the surprisingly ugly sister next to one particular shop. who we heard, don't hold back when it comes to visual merchandisers.....
good luck twisted sister
I love that buzz of finding a new designer. So when a message from one of my regular readers popped up suggesting I try this designer marko mitanovski. I fell right in love with the collection. And the sick evil twisted-ness of it. Based on Lady Macbeth, the collection is in high demand right now. Lady Gaga has been wearing pieces of it. The collection debuted at London fashion week to a salivating fash pash press and stylists mass. It's been touring the world on some of the most fashionable backs ever since. (it's also been in Serbia, at their fashion week)
swoon. the image of this does not do it justice. it's textural folds and oversized-ness reminds me of those cosy Giles scarves I wanted a few seasons back. I would love this.
Not sure if the model can see. but who gives a shit?
Am full on in love with the leggings. try a cheap alternative. well, a cheaper alternative. try goth stores and markets, sex shops to find something identical. Georges arcade might have something in Dublin.....
the creativity and the fun factor on this, gives it the wow factor. the designer is exploring fabrics and accessories in a wonderful way. I have also noted the trend for the back to nature eyebrow. Topshop unique were showing the unibrow and the unkept animal brow in their show for A/W as well. hmmmm.....
"I was inspired by elements of Renaissance costume, which I experimented with. I exaggerated and transpired collars in several ways by pleating Eco leather, to honour the silhouette of the costume - the collection is not an integral vision of Elizabethan costume, but its replica of the basic theme." - marko mitanovski on his collection at London Fashion Week
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I just heard an UGGly rumour.
The the makers of UGGs and Jimmy Choo are uniting for a capsule collection. shudder.
there are few things in the fashion world I will not try, but Uggs is on that list. here is the list (so you can see the horror I associate them with)
1 - ugg boots
( because they are horrible. they fit badly. our weather is not that bad - no really, it's not. Your feet end up moving to one side in this horrible saggy thing. they come in shit colors)
2 - the peblum
( because one skirt is not enough? because they look horrible. This is the bad side of the 50's reused in the 80's reused today. NO excuse)
3 - Clogs
( I know Chanel is all up in this right now, Miu Miu are also doing 'em. but I can't. i'm serious. I remember my mom wearing shoes like this back in the 90's and I hated 'em then and I hate 'em now.)
4 - checkered shirts
( I can't do it. This is a personal thing. They look well awful on me. I just look terrible in them)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tahita Bulmer from New Young Pony Club. I have to say, I seen her in the flesh and she is every bit as 80's- tastic as you can imagine. she was the first person to rock the shaved head look as well. short on one side and long on the other. I have to admit I don't like her new blonde locks. Thought it was better dark but you wont find another lady with a bigger collection of amazing 80's vintage (esp. jumpsuits) anywhere....
Paloma Faith : I love this lady. She gets a bad press from, well, the press about her wacky off the wall fashion choices but i think she's great. she has an amazing vintage quirky style to her. She always looks like she is having fun with what she is wearing, never forced which I think Lady GaGa can look sometimes. She looks like she fell head first into a dressing up box and walked out in what fell onto her. Which actually works really well for her.
it has been revealed today that Lee McQueen's last project before he died was to be an underwear collection. The collection which was due for release on the 3rd of June was incorporate beach wear, lounge wear and swimwear. but ladies, don't get too excited. the range is for men.