JESSIE J IN OFFSET WAREHOUSE JUMPSUIT!

We’re big fans of Jessie J, so we were rather excited to learn that the super glam bodysuit she rocked out at her gig at London’s Sketch on Monday night was from Offset Warehouse! Inspired by Big Bang Theory, this glamorous, limited edition, Galaxy Jumpsuit is 100% silk jersey and was designed, printed and made in England.

Get the look at Offset Warehouse. Black diamante foot cast optional!

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REAL WOMEN – SUSTAINABLE STYLE, AT ECO-LUXE!

‘Real Women, Sustainable Style’ is an exhibition launching in Spring 2012. This series of heroic portraits celebrates ethical and sustainable fashion using personal interviews, ethical styling and a green photographer to show that aspirational fashion imagery can be produced within a sustainable remit.

‘Real Women, Sustainable Style’ is a collaborative project between, Futurefrock, The Ethical Stylist and Green Lens Studios.

And as a preview to the exhibition, Lucy Harvey, The Ethical Stylist, will be displaying two portraits are to be displayed over LFW at EcoLuxe on the 18th and 19th of September 2011. Come down and check it out!

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CONGRATULATIONS LASCIVIOUS!

Congratulations to the divinely sexy Lascivious who won Independent Directional Brand of the Year at this years UK Lingerie Awards! Founded in 2004 by Creative Director Chloe Hamblen, and beloved by press and customers alike we have watched in delight as the brand has gone from strength to strength.

Futurefrock caught up with Chloe for a quick Q&A…..

FF: Congratulations on winning Independent Directional Brand of the Year! You Must be so pleased?

CH: I’m so proud of my whole team, and am incredibly thrilled to have received this recognition. As an independent directional brand it lets us know we are moving in the right direction.

Candy Crystallized

Josefine

FF: The A/W collection is fantastic! What inspired it?

CH: The AW11 collections take inspiration from dark street scenes; pavements glittering with rain and lamplight illuminating texture & tone. The collection is sexy & sophisticated, featuring gun-metal components & a muted colour-palette punctuated with Swarovski crystal detailing & gun-metal chain. French lace softens & feminine bow detailing transforms the wearer into a provocative gift that longs to be unwrapped & enjoyed. Presented as a whole, this inspired yet coherent collection encourages individual interpretation, for unique & versatile styling.

Kasia

Suki-Kasia

FF: What’s next for Lascivious?

CH: We are looking forward to trying to push our creativity further with the new collections, as well as creating beautiful wearable pieces, and are excited about future collaborations!

Belle

We can’t wait to see what Lascivious create next! And in the meantime, all these delightfully beautiful A/W pieces are available now at www.lascivious.co.uk

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I CAN MAKE SHOES!

I know this is a predictably girly thing to say but, “I am addicted to shoes!”. So when the lovely Amanda Luisa invited me to one of her workshops I jumped at the chance. Amanda began making shoes back in her native Australia where she developed a modern method of shoemaking, incorporate the same quality and strength of more traditionally made shoes, only without the use of heavy machinery. This approach to shoe making gave her the freedom to start making shoes from home and in 2010 ‘I CAN make shoes’ was born!

I CAN make shoes now run a series of bespoke shoemaking workshops and I am taking part in ‘Up-Cycle Your Shoedrobe’. So first thing is to decide which shoes I’d like to overhaul. Amanda recommends starting with a pair that aren’t to battered or even a pair that you’ve never worn and I’m ashamed to say I have the perfect pair!

I bought these gorgeous Character shoes about 4 years ago because they reminded my of a beautiful pair my mum had when I was little, one of two pairs ( the other being bottle green snake skin with a t-bar and gold chain) that I hold responsible for kick starting my fascination with shoes! So it is ridiculous that they have never been worn.

The next step is to try to decide how I’m going to pimp them out! Amanda is on hand with an Aladdin’s cave of trimmings for me to rifle through.

Tools of the trade!

Inspiration.

Oodles of trimmings!

I’m rather set on lace, having fallen in love with a splendid black and white pair made at a previous workshop and Amanda is wonderfully patient whilst I mess about draping Lace and trailing beads, but after having a play around it becomes apparent that lace isn’t going to work as well as we’d like with these shoes. So back to the drawing board. The really great thing about this course is the opportunity to create something all your own and Amanda is on hand to make sure you really get the most out of your shoes! After discounting a rather ambitious plan to cover them, chandelier like in little beads, I finally settle on some beautiful vintage fur pompoms.

Sewing the pompoms.

Getting ready to glue.

Amanda suggests changing up the little buttons for gold buckles and adding a black sued section to the strap, which we then go on to match up with a black stripe down the heel. It’s so exciting to see the new shoes taking shape!

Finishing touches.

The finished Shoes! Woop!

I am totally delighted! I think they look rather grand and can’t wait to rock them out with some grey ribbed tights, roll on Autumn! It’s been a fantastic day and I leave with my wonderful new shoes, feeling very inspired to really make the most out of my wardrobe.

Amanda runs a variety of workshops to suit every taste and pocket and today sees the launch of the I CAN make shoes, ‘Sandal Making for Beginners’ eBook. Available in their on-line store and downloadable as an interactive eBook the book is a fully isustrated guide on how to make sandels from home. And all for £4.98!

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NAKED FASHION BOOK LAUNCH!

Wednesday night found us at the launch of Safia Minney’s new book, ‘Naked Fashion.‘  Naked Fashion, The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution is bursting full of contributions from world wide creatives including Emma Watson, Vivienne Westwood, Orla Kiely, brought together to talk about what they are doing differently to make fashion more sustainable.

With a rousing introduction from both Lucy Siegle and Caryn Franklin who said, once she’d started reading, she literally couldn’t put the book down, we were then treated to hand massages by the wonderful Ecological and Organic Cosmetics company Melvita.

As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. This book is a wonderful testement to the ever growing army of  consumers, creatives professionals and entreprenure who are doing just that.

Pick yours up at People Tree today.

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HUSSEIN CHALAYAN EXHIBITION!

We couldn’t resist a little detour this morning to Les Arts Decoratifs to check out the Hussein Chalayan exhibition. Well, when in Paris! For anyone who has been living in a cave for the past 17 years, Hussein Chalayan is a ground breaking, politically engaged designer whose view of fashion succeeds in awakening an awareness of the challenges facing our civilisation…. oh and his clothes are incredibly beautiful!

Dolce Far Niente

I Am Sad Leyla

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BAG IT UP AT MADE!

Made, well-known for their beautiful brass jewellery, are currently also stocking a small collection of limited edition bags. Made from sustainably sourced leather, the satchel comes in two different sizes and colours. Perfect for rocking A/W’s preppy back to school look.

Mfuko Tan Satchel £80

Large Mfuko Black Satchel £120

And for the foreseeable future Made will be donating 10% of all Made web sales to the East Africa Crisis Appeal to help raise funds to aid those affected by the severe drought in East Africa.

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