FASHION Collaboration | FUTURE FRESHSunday, March 01, 2015
Hi all! After taking a whole month off, I'm back! In fairness to myself, February has been hectic. So whilst I may not have been b...
After taking a whole month off, I'm back! In fairness to myself, February has been hectic. So whilst I may not have been blogging, I can assure you I've been mega-busy! Tomorrow I dive back in to the world of work as a contractor - 'What about all these creative projects you've promised us?' I hear you say. Well, all creative projects need funding, and this job ought to do that and then some!
So March will therefore probably be even more hectic, with a few creative projects on the go, a full-time job as well as a week out in Dubai for my birthday - it'll be non-stop. Before anyone asks, I will be 29. Yes, 29. How the fuck did I get so old? FUCK YOU TIME, with your relentless march forward.
But on to more interesting things, this post is a collab with Aneela. We picked a 'Future Fresh' theme for our collab.
Bethan Iridescent Pleated V Neck Cami - Boohoo
3 Way Skirt - Cheap Monday
Ankle Strap Suede Heels - ASOS
Iridescent Kimono - Handmade by ME! :)
First up it's me, with this absolute beaut of a kimono, one that money can't buy, literally, as I made it with my bare hands (and some thread and a sewing machine). The fabric itself was purchased from Leon's Fabric Store in Chorlton last year, the sheen caught my eye and had me barging my way past people in the shop as I bolted to the counter with the roll.
I'll have to confess that I'm no sewing guru, and as much as I love this fabric, I hate it too, it's an absolute nightmare to sew if you're a novice like me! My sewing machine doesn't really help with matters either, it's quite an old Toyota one with a broken spool at the top. I couldn't find a replacement part anywhere, so I selotaped 9 rods of spaghetti together and it miraculously works. Blue Peter, eat your heart out!
Next up is the Golden girl Aneela with her Prom Dress of the future! Strictly speaking it's not a dress, but the light gold floaty skirt pairs up so well with the metallic gold top I had to look long and hard to realise they were two separate items! The overall look has a kind of east meets west feel to it, with the golden fabric of the east clashing perfectly with the cut of the west.
It's a winning combination, accessorised well with black platform heels and matching handbag, and that massive gold choker. It was quite tough narrowing down the choice of photos to just five, as the whole shoot just looked incredible, but how could I not opt for the twirl at the bottom that slightly resembles the famous Marilyn shot? In fact that kind of sums up this look, a Metallic Marilyn Monroe. We should also commend Aneela on braving the cold weather, as you can make out the last remnants of snow clinging on for dear life on the grass banks.
I was really looking forward to working on this collab, we came up with the idea a month or two ago, as I just knew we'd take two completely different approaches. The final outcome is exactly how I envisaged it, two very different takes on the same theme which just goes to show that in fashion there's no one right way of going about it. We both nailed it! Whilst Aneela's is more 50s Retro-Futuristic, I think mine is more Oriental, with the iridescent kimono - I guess I've always seen the Japanese as being more forward-thinking and progressive with styles and tastes.
I really hope you've enjoyed this post as much as we both enjoyed creating it, keep an eye out for more collabs in future!