Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Interview with Central Saint Martins Graduate: Amanda Harrison

When I saw Amanda Harrison's graduates collection at Centrall Saint Martins, I was truly amazed by the intricate patterns that Harrison designed and drew herself. Since graduating, Amanda has moved to Italy to become a print and textiles designer, here is my interview with her!

What was your experience of studying at Central Saint Martins? How did going there help you to become the designer that you are today?
Central Saint Martins is intense, it's hard work, passion and belief and the ability to survive off a few hours sleep a night. Surrounded by talent it is a place to thrive and develop and to find a personal 'signature'. There are four years to the Fashion Design course, part of it is one year for placement year which is a very valuable year as you find your position within the fashion world and it validates where you want to be, you learn from the phenomenal talents and creative directors which is a truly honoured position to find yourself in as a young designer.


Since graduating what have you been up to?
Even before graduating in the final few weeks I received emails regarding working with designers. So I found as soon as I graduated I immediately started to work with well known couture houses as a print designer. However I was given an amazing opportunity to work in Italy with a very famous luxury label and have been living and working in Italy for a while.

Have you always known what you've wanted to be?
From a young age I always loved art and to be involved with art. As my education developed I found an interest in science developing. So even when I started Central Saint Martins to study Fashion I was still completing my Open University Chemistry Degree. These two subjects compliment each other well, as I also have a fascination and understanding of nano textiles and also the construction and elements of fabrics.



Who are the greatest influences/inspirations in your life?
I had a great art teacher at school called Mr Clipsham, he encouraged me to explore all elements of art from painting, to pen and ink to sculpture and textiles. He enabled me to extend my A'Levels by 
studying at night classes which was a few nights a week after a day spent at sixth form studying my 
base A'Levels.


What do you like best about creating your own prints/designs
Every print is different, it can come from different techniques, for example when I won the Liberty of London award the print originated from me etching a design into a copper plate by hand and then printing from this onto fabric. It is a very old traditional method and provides a stunning print.  Then as in my final collection this was all hand drawn with fine black pens, or I can create a print from hand painting. Or then again a computer drawn print which I have created using a tablet pen and creating a print from thousands of tiny dots to create a full image. There are many variants in print which keeps it exciting.





If you wasn't designing what would you be doing?
I would have been in an artistic career somewhere. As I also have extensive knowledge with all computer design software and CAD I probably would have been in Graphic Design. However fashion is definitely my home.


Do you have an ultimate goal for what you want to do/be or will you just see where life takes you?
I am very happy in Italy, the people have made me so welcome and it is such an honour to be living the same area as my hero Leonardo da Vinci amongst the most beautiful and inspirational architecture. However I intend to stay focused and develop my career further, I have worked hard to be where I am and intend to work hard to get to where I want to be.

Be sure to check out my of her work here.
Lots of love,
Tiana x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Inspiring Blog Award

I want to say thank you to Alex for nominating me for this award, I'm so happy she likes my blog enough to think of me :) Click here to check out her blog!

RULES:
Link the person who nominated you
List the rules of the award
Share 7 facts about yourself
Nominate 15 of your favourite blogs and link them to your post
Let them know that you've nominated them

1. My favourite ever television show it Friends
2. I'm a massive thrifter. I rarely buy something that is over £15 and the most expensive thing I've ever paid for were a pair of boots which were £30 :p
3. I go to the Brit School which is where Adele, Amy Winehouse, Rizzle Kicks and loads of other musicians went. I'm not a singer though, I study Visual Arts and Design.
4. My bedroom wall is covered in white frames with pictures that I like, mainly from tumblr. I have everything up there from Kate Moss to pictures of  The Perks of Being a Wallflower film.
5. I love to knit. At the moment I'm knitting a little hat for my mum's best friend's baby! She's so cute <3
6. I have a massive collection of fashion magazines. I mainly have Vogues but I also get LOVE magazine and occasionally Tatler and Company. 
7. If I ever have a son I'll probably call him Alexander after two of my favourites people- Alexander Mcqueen and Alexander Wang :)

And finally here are my nominees:
Beatrice from The Fashion Cuisine
Visa from 1Finedai
Laura from LauraRibeiro
Oroma from O.R.R Blog
Hannah from Hannah Louise Fashion
Bella from Fashion Cult
Eden from Style and Beauty for Less
Serena from RYOKO GURL
Abbie from Fashion Tatt
Amie from British Couture
Rachel from Oh Hey There Rachel
Jennifer from Art Style Love
Debiparna from Fly Song Bird
Chiddy from The Slumflower
Julie from Raining Cake

These are all amazing blogs so you should all definitely check them out. Can't wait to see your answers!
Tiana x

Alexander Wang for H&M


November 6th. A couple of hours ago November 6th was an insignificant date for most of the world. Now it's going to be the day that people may die tfighting over Alexander Wangs collection for H&M! I think twitter almost exploded when everyone found out that H&Ms new collaboration is with everyone's favourite young New York designer and creative director of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang. Following in the footsteps of Lanvin, Isabel Marant, Versace, Stella McCartney and the one and only Karl Lagerfeld, this collection is bound to sell out in minutes!
In celebration of these wonderful news here's are some of my favourite creations of Alexander Wang. 








What do you think of this new collaboration?
Lots of love,
Tiana x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

How To: Sporty Luxe

Sporty Luxe


This week I've seen a ton of blog posts about the tropical print trend that is flooding through the high street so I decided to focus on a different one which is a personal favourite of mine- Sporty Luxe. This trend was perfected in the Balenciaga SS14 show and ever since I've been trying to do the same. These leather shorts from Topshop would look great during the day with a pair of New Balance trainers. Mesh is an easy way to do a sport look and I think this pink crop top would look great with an A-line skirt and those adorable flatform jelly shoes from New Look. Listen up- jogging bottoms are no longer just for lounging around at home. Asos have a great selection of stylish joggers. To avoid look like your going to the gym, throw on a pair of heeled sandals for an effortless night time ensemble.

Lots of love,
Tiana x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Style Crush: Liv Tyler


Liv Tyler's love of mid riff tops, tartan and a-line skirts is definitely one to compete with my own, and that's saying something considering my current obsession with bare midriffs. Being the daughter of rock legend Steve Tyler and ex-playboy/model/actress Bebe Buell, Liv Tyler pretty much has the perfect genes and throughout the 90s her fashion sense was on point.

I first fell in love with her influential style when I watched the film 'Empire Records'. That mini tartan skirt is to die for and I've been searching for a jumper just like hers for ages now! 


Liv Tyler made 90s grunge  girly and gave those of us who love the music of Nirvana but don't want to look like them, the perfect inspiration. 



She's that rare combination of sexy  it still incredibly cute that every woman craves to be. Simple, effortless outfits with minimal accessories and a belly button on show is the only way to channel Liv Tyler's gorgeous style. I only wish I could share a wardrobe with her...
 
What do you think of Liv Tyler's style?
Lots of love,
Tiana x

Friday, 4 April 2014

My Spring Obsession: Culottes

I cannot even express to you how desparate I am for a pair of culottes. I saw them I a. Vogue editorial and I can't stop thinki about them. I hate wearing tight trousers during summer and I'm not treally a fan of billowing trousers on me so these are like the perfect solution! They look like they're so easy to dressy up or down, with heels or flats. I can just imagine me wearing them with a pair of jelly sandals and a cute crop top. Soon I will find the perfect pair and I'll be wearing them all spring and summer.
What do you think of culotte trousers?
Lots of love, 
Tiana x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

OOTD: Tartan Dungarees

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Here's an outfit that I wore a few days ago and it is probably the cheapest outfit that I have ever worn. I love this new skirt dungaree that I got for free a few weeks ago at Beyond Retro. Underneath I wore a burgundy Abercrombie top which I bought at the £1 sale. I paired it with a navy pair of men's socks, they're way to big but I love them so much, and my black jelly shoes.
Lots of love,
Tiana x
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