The last day of 2008 & the online confessions

31.12.08

To celebrate the last day of 2008, you can confess your 2008 secrets & 2009 resolutions. Just leave an anonymous comment to this post and spill it!

My to-do list for 2009:

Family & Friends
❤ Enjoy the year with Mila before she goes to school.
❤ Be a good godmother.
❤ Find more time for friends.
❤ Go out less, but pick my nights carefully and have a great time every time.

Travel
❤ Go somewhere I have never been before.
❤ Go to America to see my friends there I haven't seen for way too long.
❤ Wherever I go, just get out of London (but not to go to Paris)

Me time
❤ Do yoga three times a week.
❤ Finally getting started on my book.
❤ Look into my secret business idea.

Finally, here's what I will not be doing tonight:


HAPPY NEW YEAR PEOPLE!

The story of the girl who didn't wear sneakers & the Luella Vans

30.12.08

I haven't worn "trainers" since 2005. I even avoided the plimsolls phenomenon, favouring more classic/less trendy black leather flats. I grew up wearing Converse, like everyone else, and I gave up my last pair (white hi-tops - last worn in 2005) after one of my cats destroyed it sometime in 2006. Don't get me wrong, I am not against a good pair of trainers, au contraire. I used to love my Nike dunks (also destroyed by cat in the same pee blitz attack), and am still the proud owner of a pair of Reebok freestyle.

Paris 2002 - I have NO shame

I was in Office the other day, looking for a sensible-yet-stylish shoe option to go to the park in the cold, bleak London winter, and found myself trying on these:

Photo Office

In theory, they were perfect. Really comfy, looked really good with skinny jeans and with skirts, GOLD, looked kinda cool on me etc BUT after staring at my legs for 2 min, I decided they looked like they were someone else's legs. Even though the shoes looked good on me, they weren't "me". They were only £18 but I couldn't even bring myself to buy them just in case I changed my mind. There was just no way I could ever wear them.

And then BOOM! it happened.

During one of my many trips to Memoryland, aka Paris, I stopped by Left Behind Shoe creek and brought two pairs with me in the time machine, direction London. One was my first pair of Prada shoes (patent leather with cut out stars and a little bow), and the other ones, were my Luella hi-top Vans. They had both been sitting in a box, under a pile of stuff, and then I remembered I had brought them back. I meant to try on the Prada ones with one of my 40s dresses, as I thought they'd go really well together, but I pulled out the Luella Vans first and started, as in a trance, trying them on with various outfits...

Photo Vogue from the Luella show (2003)

Since then, I have even worn them several times [roll drums] out of the house [crowd goes wild] and felt quite good about it. I didn't even go to the park, I just went out. I didn't feel like I needed an excuse. Suddenly, they felt like they were "me". Mr Moose sings "Skater Boy" to me everytime he sees me in them, but it is just his way to deal with shock I think. I am still to wear them "socially" as in not just when I am hanging out with myself and my animal friends, but with actual real life buddies. I want to see their reaction. I am pretty sure it will go something like this:

"- Hiya [insert friend name]!
- Hiya Tish *stares at feet*. How are you? *looks concerned & stares at feet*
- I'm great how are you?
- OK *stares at feet*. Are you sure you are well? *stares at feet a bit more obviously*
- Yeah I am GREAT. Why?
- Oh I dunno, it is just... You know... You don't normally... Er... Wear... *whispers* sneakers...*looks down*"

The strangest thing about this is that back in 2003, when I first got those Vans, I couldn't find anything to wear them with, and they didn't feel like "me" at all, even though I was still used to wearing trainers then.

I don't think I am going to go back to wearing trainers regularly anytime soon though, as I am definitely in the mood for interesting heels & nice boots, but after being with me for 5 years, these Luella Vans finally found their place in my closet.

The morale of the story? Keep stuff if you can. You will try it on again one day and it will magically be perfect.

xxx

ps - You can watch the Sk8ter Boy video here! I wanted to embed it for you, but YouTube's lame new regulations mean that I can't.


Mademoiselle Robot loves... Naomi Rose

29.12.08



I am lucky because when I want to interview someone clever and talented, sometimes all I have to do is turn to one of my dearest friends. I met Naomi when we were both working for a videogames company. We used to exchange music tips & talk about cute boys. We both left this company at the same time and went our separate ways. She now lives far away and studies art, so she can finally express her creative genius.

❤ How would you describe your personal style?

Lazy and easy. I am all about being able to climb a wall or crouch down in the dirt to take a picture or skipping class and going for coffee, so dresses and heels won't cut it, it's all jeans and flats and layers.

❤ What are your inspirations? Designers / artists you admire most?

Edwin H Land is my main man. I adore telegraph poles and cloudless skies, also dreamy photos like this.
Designer-wise I totally prefer online crafters to catwalk displayers. Artists I'm into are people like Stephen Shore, Nan Goldin, Gregory Crewdson, my Flickr contacts who are all amazing, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, and Grace Lau.

❤ Which of your creations are you the most proud of and why?

Things that I make out of felt for the people I love take a lot of work and I'm pretty happy with the way they turn out. I'm always happy when a polaroid slides out of it's slot but I don't think I've reached any great heights in photography just yet.

❤ Which trends do you think will be big this Winter? Which ones will flop?

Giant things! Giant brooches, giant bows, giant feet. Hopefully Polaroid will not get put in the garbage disposal. I hope Uggs finally flop with all my heart.

❤ What's the most fashionable city in the world at the moment?

You know it's London! Nowhere else has what London's got (see: some guy wearing a horse riding hat at your last birthday). It's got all the best people including my two faves, Monsieur and Mademoiselle robot.

❤ Which websites do you go to regularly?

Flickr, of course, spurious gossip sites, eBay for camera stuff, Pandora for musical pleasures and my new favourite, trawling through Etsy hoping to catch some charms in my net. And then back to Flickr.

❤ What would you wear on a date?

I made my first polyvore just for you:


Don't forget, kids, next week is interview 2.0, all new and improved!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & SEE YOU NEXT YEAR

24.12.08

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, happy happy holidays, I hope Santa brings you everything you wished for and more.

See you in 2009!

love,

Mademoiselle Robot

"I LOVE Christmas. I don't like Christmas shopping"

23.12.08

"I LOVE Christmas. I don't like Christmas shopping". This is what a haggard looking guy was saying on his mobile phone as our paths crossed on Oxford Street, just after I recorded this post. I thought it summed up perfectly the state I am in at the moment.

Mademoiselle Robot loves... Wendy Brandes

22.12.08

Wendy makes jewelry inspired by powerful women. Wendy has a blog & a very unique voice. If someone else made jewelry inspired by powerful women, there could be a Wendy ring!

❤ How would you describe your personal style?


I never know how to describe my personal style! I suppose I dress practically during the day, with a lot of black like any good New Yorker. At night, I try to wear something more colorful, that will be a conversation piece. It's all about striking up a conversation.

❤ What are your inspirations? Designers / artists you admire most?

For my jewelry designs, I'm always inspired by women and history. I recently did a post on the inspiration for my Juana skull jewelry. One of my newest rings was inspired by a powerful Roman woman named Fulvia . For clothing, my favorite living designer is Alexander McQueen, and my all-time favorite designer is Ossie Clark.

❤ Which of your creations / accomplishments are you the most proud of and why?

I'm proud that I continued my jewelry business on my own after my business partner died. She kept the information on our manufacturers secret from me, so I really had to start from scratch. The whole story is here. It took me about a year to rebuild, which I managed to do right on time for the global economy to go to hell in a handbasket. I plan to persevere once again. That's all one can do, right?

❤ Which trends do you think will be big this Fall? Which ones will flop?

I'm loving that jackets are back. I started wearing my old suits and suit jackets just over a year ago because I was so tired of the droopy dresses that everyone was wearing. Everyone looks good in a nice, tailored jacket. It gives good definition. I don't think extreme dropped-crotch pants will catch on with the majority of the people, though the über-chic make those look divine. I do think a looser pants silhouette will slowly gain ground. People doth protest too much when it comes to that, but it's a fresh look after all the skinny jeans and leggings we've been wearing. But I think it will be more of a spring look than a fall look.

❤ What's the most fashionable city in the world at the moment?

As a long-time resident of New York, I'm going to have to say ... New York! I'm biased and I admit it. Milan is fabulous and London is always edgy. Personally, I think Paris is overrated in terms of chic. I'm never that impressed when I'm there. Sorry, French peeps! But that scarf thing is tired. I think France's First Lady, Carla Bruni, is looking amazing, but she's really Italian.

❤ Which websites do you go to regularly?

I read so many fashion blogs. To single out two: My friend ENC of Observationmode is such a good writer, and Sharon Rose shares my Ossie Clark obsession. I like people with an original point of view. I feel like I read every English-language newspaper's website. I prefer to get my news from print, whether its on paper or online, and not from television. I used to work at CNN and I have flashbacks whenever I watch TV news. Yep, before I was a jewelry designer I was a journalist.

❤ What would you wear on a date?

If I'm feeling energetic, an Ossie Clark dress or a vintage skirt. I have a Todd Oldham skirt that I really like. If I'm being lazy: jeans, heels, a black t-shirt, a sharp jacket and red lipstick. And always, lots and lots of jewelry. My record is seven rings, nine bracelets, two necklaces and one pair of earrings. I aspire to 10 rings eventually, but I have to size some for my thumbs.

Inspiration / Pink Narcissus

19.12.08

I have been thinking a lot about Pink Narcissus recently, especially after a friend posted a photo that reminded me of it.



I saw it in the cinema many, many years ago, totally by accident - a happy accident. The colours, music and atmosphere made a big impression on me and somehow still influence my style. I don't wear white jeans, white vests and white boots, although believe me, if I looked like Bobby I would.







For a long time, it has been attributed to Andy Warhol, till finally someone found out it had been made by James Bidgood. Photographers Pierre & Gilles also have been largely inspired by the kitschy aesthetics of this film.



So I tried to make a mood board showing what it inspires me, here it is


Pink Narcissus by Mademoiselle Robot

What about you? Which films inspire you?

xxx

Happy Holidays!

18.12.08

My posts will be noticeably shorter during the holidays, because I am preparing a crazy 2009 for you guys!
Today though, I am not as it is my birthday. I need to eat cake.

Mademoiselle Robot - The video blog!

17.12.08

First attempt at a video post. I hope you enjoy it and I am sorry if you cringe more than once.



xxx

What I am wearing / My birthday party

16.12.08

Today, I am ill and possibly wearing my best pyjamas, so you won't be seeing today's outfit (although they are GOOD jammies). I will however show you my very understated birthday dress...

...As well as two of my favourite ladies... Just look how pretty they are! Sometimes it just blows my mind.

I will also show you my pet moose / dreamboat.

And my friend D because his outfit was the best.


On this, I go back to my glamourous world of tissues and cheeseball movies for the day. ATCHOO!

xxx

Mademoiselle Robot loves... Pavla Kopecna

15.12.08

Oh yes, Pavla is pretty but that is nothing. She takes amazingly theatrical photographs that you can see on her website. And because being just a photographer would be too easy, she is also responsible for the London night Twee as Fuck. She shared her tastes with me.


❤ How would you describe your personal style?


I'm not sure I have a personal style - am more of a "throw something on and make the best of it kinda gal", but if I make an effort it's bound to be "twee as fuck" - vintage and cute but with a debauched tinge - like wearing an apron as a full blown dress :)

❤ What are your inspirations? Designers / artists you admire most?

I'm really admiring of a lot of the young designers around at the moment; the Rodarte girls, Louise Gray, Nova Dando, Maria Francesca Pepe and Hannah Marshall. They're all fantastic designers and aren't afraid to get out there despite being very young.

❤ Which of your creations / accomplishments are you the most proud of and why?

Last year has been pretty hectic. Somehow I've gotten myself into getting a photography diploma, a layout and design diploma, working as a Picture Editor for Plastique Magazine and a Fashion Editor for Clash Magazine, starting the club night/ fanzine and now a record label called Twee as Fuck and working on various photography and film projects, including three exhibitions and three music videos. I'm just proud I've managed to get it all done without having a nervous breakdown or causing a meltdown somewhere, though the year isn't over yet :) In terms of which creations I'm most proud of, I think it's got to be the Twee as Fuck fanzine - it's a real labour of love and I'm really happy with it.

❤ Which trends do you think will be big this year? Which ones will flop?

I think anything to do with goth Victoriana is going to flop - enough already! On another hand I love all the glorious Recession references.

❤ What's the most fashionable city in the world at the moment?

They're all fashionable in their own way, and the best thing to do is to travel between them.

❤ Which websites do you go to regularly?

Style.com - you can't avoid it for seeing all the collections. Indiemp3.com - the sweetest and very well written music reviews, stylebubble.typepad.com - this girl fashion blogger from London is a sartorial genius, and if she's not a fashion editor of somewhere like Vogue in 10 years time I'll eat my hat.

❤ What would you wear on a date?

It's been so long since I've been on a date, I've absolutely no idea. Probably something that lets me show off my pins shamelessly.

The Ten Days of Birthday...

12.12.08

On Tuesday this week, I officially started my Ten Days of Birthday (tm). Since I have been old enough to organize my own birthday celebrations, I have been having Birthday weeks, instead of just one day & it was great. This year is extra special as I am entering a new decade, the one when you start wearing Night cream. Although I probably won't right now because I am just that crazy.

Luckily for me, this week had quite a lot of good parties for me to attend while waiting for my own, tomorrow night.

On Tuesday was the usual Hot Breath fun, followed by the Glamcanyon party organized by Katja, who I will be working with on the super secret but soon to be revealed Vice project. The party was so much fun, everyone looked fantastic and I danced & danced & danced & danced with good friends.


Wednesday was the launch of War Magazine & a Christmas party where I went with the lovely Mélanie & Monsieur Robot.

Don't pick your nose, kids, it is dirty. Yeah?

For the occasion, I made myself a pom pom necklace that you can see on this photo. It was like having a mini solar system of pom poms hanging around my neck, I loved it...

On Thursday evening, I spent quite a bit of time on the phone doing a very fun interview of one of my favourite artists / people at the moment. I can tell you it involved a lot of talking about John Waters & animals... I will publish it here very soon.

Tonight, I am going to get some rest, I need my beauty sleep before slipping into my party dress tomorrow!
Maybe I will watch a film, as Paris je t'aime & Control have been sitting on my desk for a week now.

What did you do for your birthday this year? Do you have photos of your birthday oufit (no birthday suits, please, unless you are a really hot boy).

xxx

Mademoiselle Robot does Oryx (Qatar)

11.12.08

I am featured in this month's Oryx (Qatar Airlines in flight magazine - 1.000.000 copies, hiya people in the planes!) alongside fashion peeps Bryan Boy (who I love), Who What Wear & the Cool Hunter.






If you want to read the text, you can see it here and here.

ps - i am NOT sassy.

Holiday Gift Guide 2008 - Christmas gifts for your mother in law

10.12.08

This gift is possibly the trickiest of all. To your mother, you can give anything, she will be happy, from frilly underwear to a noodle necklace. To your mother in law, however... Well, I wouldn't give frilly underoos. Although mine would probably appreciate as she is quite the stylish lady.

I think what you'll need here is something carefully picked, not too intimate, but personal enough to show you care.

Here's what I picked

Under £25
Lush has beautiful little gift boxes every year, all arranged by price as well. I picked My Fair Lady, it is filled with delicious smelling soap, lotion & other goodies.


Under £50

An Art Deco brooch found on Etsy. Period jewellery is a great way to show you care, pick her favourite era, and start the research!

Big Spender

Stylish but neutral, those Phillip Lim 3.1 Jeweled Leather gloves from Net à Porter are a perfect gift for your mother in law. They will add a fashionable touch to her outfits without being over the top, and they go with any style. Leather gloves in general are always a good option.

Don't forget to have a look at my suggestions for your BFF, your sister, your mum & stay tuned for gift ideas for your grandma, aunt and the men in the family!

Holiday Gift Guide 2008 - Christmas gifts for your BFF

9.12.08

Today is my very best friend Julie's birthday, so what better day to suggest some gift ideas for YOUR bff?
Bring a bit of childhood magic in your BFF's life with the super cute and girly presents from today's selection!

Under £25

A handmade decorative plate from Lukaluka. Her illustrations are so pretty I would like to have all of them! If you don't want to get a plate, you can also get mugs, tote bags & accessories from Luka's etsy shop. And if you like her artwork, have a look at her website!

Under £50

A set of prints by Fifi Lapin, the only bunny fashion blogger, to celebrate your ever stylish friendship. You can even keep one each!

Big Spender

Another hand painted plate, this time by the beautiful Krisatomic. You can also get one of her original illustrations.

JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE JULIE!!!



Don't forget to have a look at my suggestions for your sister, your mum.

Mademoiselle Robot loves... Adriano from ilikemystyle

8.12.08


Adriano Sack is one of the creators of ilikemystyle, networking site for fashionistas all over the world. With its pretty interface and the really high quality standards of all the members, it is set to get bigger & bigger! If you haven't joined yet, do it!

❤ How would you describe your personal style?

Casual, eclectic, fun-loving, occasionally elegant.
Favourite new piece: Pierre Hardy sneakers, multicolored metallic.

❤ What are your inspirations? Designers / artists you admire most?

Nicolas Ghesquière for women, Lucas Ossendrijver (Lanvin) for men, Stefano Pilati for both. Also inspiring: late afternoon in Vedado/Habana or on Madison Avenue/New York, morning at Berhain/Berlin or in Ibiza.

❤ Which of your creations / accomplishments are you the most proud of and why?

To have some amazing friends despite working too much and not being kind enough sometimes. I'm too self-critical to be proud of my own accomplishments, but the fact that my book "The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends" was published in the US recently makes me very happy.

❤ Which trends do you think will be big this Fall? Which ones will flop?

I do not really believe in trends.

❤ What's the most fashionable city in the world at the moment?

To shop Tokyo, to watch Paris, to live Berlin.

❤ Which websites do you go to regularly?

Spiegel online, New York Times, The Sartorialist, Style.com, ilikemystyle.

❤ What would you wear on a date?

Obviously that depends very much on the nature of the date. I would wear my custom made dark blue silk seersucker suit from German taylor Regent. Or I would wear white jeans and a Prince concert t-shirt. That always works. Plus I would wear a golden cross around my neck so I never feel naked. And I would always wear a condom.

What I am wearing / Layering

5.12.08

I don't know about you, but at the moment, I can never find anything I like in the shops. Even charity shops, vintage shops, nothing nowhere. Apart from Jeremy Scott dresses, nothing tickles my fancy. I could wear mine over and over and over, but that would get boring for everyone to see me wearing big cartoon eyes on my chest every day. Or maybe not. You tell me.



Dress - Jeremy Scott

But I digress... This is not my outfit of the day, you could probably guess by the length of my hair and the youth of my face anyway. Hiya pigeon.

The outfit below is what I wore to go and brave the cold earlier this week. I layered a M&S jersey sundress and a sheer vintage dress (shortened, what a surprise) to create some sort of subtle peplum effect. This outfit really is a mish mash of anything to keep me warm. Underneath both the dresses, I am wearing a long sleeve tee shirt, and a cardigan on top of it all.

I have had this vintage dress for a while but didn't quite know what to do with it. It was quite long (at least for me - just below the knee) and totally transparent. I only wore it once at its normal length and maybe once or twice when I was pregnant as it is a bit big for me. Then it got used as part of a Norman Bates dressed as his mother Halloween costume, which is when I suddenly thought about cutting it. Now I wear it often as part of some layered outfit or play around with textures (this dress + pvc leggings + cashmere cardigan + high heeled brogues = perfect winter outfit).




I generally hesitate a little before adding too many layers, as I am not a skinny little thing, so I can't bulk up too much, but once you add a coat, scarf and hat on top of all this, I turn into the Michelin man & it becomes hard to move around or even hold my phone in the street!

What are your layering habits? Do you triple your body weight in clothes when the winter comes?

Brrrrr I want to stay wrapped in my duvet all day!

xxx

Holiday Gift Guide 2008 - Christmas gifts for your sister

4.12.08

Your sister sometimes made your life a nightmare, but most of the time, she has been your ally and best friend. Whether you are similar or different, this year, give your sis something unusual & handmade.

Don't forget to check the deadline for orders on every site to avoid disappointment!

Under £25


Pick her favourite animal in the Fauna collection, or her favourite character from the Wonderland collection at Paraphernalia. You just can't disappoint with such lovely accessories, and if you are on a tight budget, they are perfect!
Enter the code YAYMR when you order to get 10% off as a present from me!


Under £50

The Lola headband from the new Loulou Loves You collection is to die for, and perfect for the holidays. If she isn't into headbands, you can also get her a beautiful silk collar or bows, all for under £50!
If you order before monday and email loulou@louloulovesyou.co.uk with Mademoiselle Robot in the subject to get 15% off as a present from me!

If you can't order before monday, you won't get your present on time for Christmas, but don't worry, the discount lasts till the end of January, just for you guys!


Big Spender


To celebrate the arrival of Winter in style, get her one of the amazing cowls or oversized scarves from Yokoo. Mmmm nice and toasty!

See also - gift ideas for your mum.


Next in the Holiday Gift Guide - A present for your grandmother, mother in law, aunt, best friend.

Mademoiselle Robot Knows What You Did Last Night

I am so excited, the lookbook from Weknowwhatyoudidlastnight is launched! Chris did a beautiful job, it looks amazing!

You can download it here

Here's a snippet of my intro, but download the whole thing, it is full of gorgeous photos and great comments...




YAY!

Holiday Gift Guide 2008 - Christmas gifts for mum

3.12.08

If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, now is the time! With less than 3 weeks to find the perfect presents, I am getting a little flustered myself. Thankfully, I have the internet, and can do most of my shopping online. I will probably do it in the next ten days as the order deadlines for Christmas are around the 16th of December.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be holding your hand as you do your Holiday shopping and give you suggestions of what to give to the beautiful ladies in your family & to all your pretty friends.

Today, we are buying a present for... Your mother.



Under £25



Something pretty and handmade from Skinny LA Minx on Etsy like this pillowcase.

Under £50


I think Diptyque candles and fragrances make a lovely gift for mums. They are chic, smell delicious & come in a beautiful packaging.

Big spender


A Matthew Williamson bangle, in festive colours.


Next in the Holiday Gift Guide - A present for your sister, grandmother, mother in law, aunt, best friend.

Style Icon / Roisin Murphy

2.12.08

I know I have written about her being my style icon in a previous post, but I wanted to add a layer of Roisin love after seeing her at the Brixton Academy. I have been a big Roisin fan since the very first Moloko album, & especially after I first saw her on stage doing her demented dance moves. The Roisin I saw this time seems to be the ultimate Roisin, letting herself go and going high fashion all the way, multiple times!

I am not going to write a review of the gig, but I have to share with you the wide range of totally mind blowing outfits she wore. I can't even remember how many times she changed her outfit, I think maybe about 20 times in 2 hours. I tried to take photos, but my shaky hands and a crappy zoom weren't a good combination! Fortunately I found a few fan photos online so you can get an idea of what a few of the costumes looked like.





All photos from Roisin Murphy's fansite

The main idea behind her stage outfits was to wear a white bodysuit and then add or remove pieces of a costume. "The main element I loved was the body suit, which I wear with a pair of trousers on stage and it creates a kind of modular system which hats, coats, shoulder pieces, gloves etc can be layered on top of. It's a very ingenious idea even if I do say so myself!" (RM, in an interview in The Independent).
The great thing about it is that you can actually make it work for you in your everyday life. You have to get a wardrobe basis of maybe really good tights or leggings and a body suit, that you could wear everyday (several of each would be better) and then be creative about the layering or the accessories to create a different outfit each time. I am going to try this soon and will let you know the results.

If you didn't make it to the gig, there's a streaming version of her Brussels show on her official website. Go and watch it soon as it won't stay online for long!


This interview about her career and latest album is pretty good.

ps - she also wore those Marc Jacobs shoes...



Bonus gift - a few of Roisin's videos.





Mademoiselle Robot loves... Jasmine Raznahan

1.12.08


The first time I met graphic designer Jasmine Raznahan, I kept thinking she was the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen & I just had to tell her! We became good friends and to this day, she remains one of my favourite people in the world (it is a very small list, shared between London & Paris). As well as being intelligent, funny and adorable, she also has a very personal take on vintage style, which is why I wanted to introduce her to you today. Readers, Jasmine, Jasmine, readers.

❤ How would you describe your personal style?

A little French, a little 60s, a little Annie Hall... but generally too busy and lazy to put in the full effort required to reach optimum Bardot bombshell-ness.

❤ What are your inspirations? Designers / artists you admire most?

Currently Tim Walker, Bukowski, Tauba Auerbach, and Junya Watanabe. But mostly I am inspired by the everyday, serendipity, nature, the sea and good people.

❤ Which of your creations are you the most proud of and why?

Working with friends is my favourite way to work, because there is a mutual appreciation and respect which only comes through knowing someone well. The last project I did was a collaboration with product designer and old friend Marc Owens. I made a book to exhibit alongside his final work at the RCA Show, and it was really interesting to find a middle ground to meet in between the two disciplines.

❤ Which trends do you think will be big this Fall? Which ones will flop?

Not so sure about the Bad girl soft goth thing that's going on, or the power dressing either. Plaid is an oldie but a goodie, and any dress with thick wool over-the-knee socks is a winner too.

❤ What's the most fashionable city in the world at the moment?

I just got back from Japan and I think their fashion is completely incredible. They have created a style from having absolutely no style whatsoever; it is so idiosyncratic the way they put things together. Londoners are well-dressed and well-groomed people, but it's rare to see someone who makes you double take from the sheer oddness of their ensemble. In Japan, that's pretty much every second.

❤ Which websites do you go to regularly?

Ebay, manystuff, ffffound, chloe, apc.
Places to see nice things and sometimes buy nice things too.

❤ What would you wear on a date?

A short smock dress to ensure I can eat as much dinner as I want and not have to hold in my tummy, and heels because they always make me feel good. Or maybe just this? Yes, I will take this, and the gentleman also...

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