The Middle Sister

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Review: Cambridge School of Art Fashion Show - The Fusion

Recently I got my VIP invite to the Cambridge School of Art Graduate Fashion Show for the third year in a row, which makes me very happy.  These events are usually quite the peak into what tomorrow's inspirers envisage for the future of design.  Whilst previous shows were held in the futuristic surroundings of Duxford War Museum, Junction 2 for the 2016 show was quite the atmosphere shift… Cue small grumble, skip the next paragraph if you want to head straight to the review.

Unfortunately the welcome and organisation seemed a little lack luster in comparison to last year and gone were our, very much appreciated, canapes and bubbles on arrival. This may be my stomach talking but honestly by the time the show ended (8.30pm-ish) I was already aboard the starvation express, destination hangry town.  But enough with the moaning as I'm aware bloggers get a bad rap for this sort of thing and onto the important bits. Of the 17 designers these ones stood out to me (for different reasons):

Upgrade me
You know a designer is truly talented when you can see yourself in their clothes as with Pak Woei Chan’s garments.  As a Spring/Summer 2017 collection it had a theme but wasn’t all matchy-matchy, a real pet hate of mine.  The way the bright, vibrant outfits were sashayed down the runway showed a real understanding of form, material choice and what looks both individual and classy. My favourite collection.

A Touch of Stone
While the collection name doesn’t appeal* and I wont pretend they were all my cup of tea the outfit below really stood out. Atalya James' designs were warm and welcoming in soft, delicate colours. Perfect for that summer evening event when you want to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. 

An appealing collection for AW2017, chunky knit accessories featured heavily... in all senses of the word.  I felt the wear-ability had been sacrificed a little for impact though - how big a scarf do we need? I’ll chalk that up to over enthusiasm though, Amy-Louise Rowland is one I would look out for in a few years’ time when experience and (fingers crossed) success has shaved away the desire to stand out.  I’m looking forward to when she produces garments that aren’t so constricting.

The Other
As usual there is always one ‘controversial’ designer choosing to go down the see through path and it seems to be Micaela Mendes Sapinho’s turn.  Whilst it was at least in connection to the feminist issue and I salute the intention, I feel it’s getting a little tired. I’d honestly be more shocked if just once a runway show finished without my seeing the model’s mammaries!

Avant Garde
Hello feminine forward thinking inspiration.  Pastel patterns and ethereal materials flowed down the runway. True some were a little 'Hunger Games District 1' in style but the execution in Emma Pearce’s collection was flawless.  This is something I particularly appreciate, however the best thing about this collection was how exciting they were to view.  A delighted ripple reverberated around the auditorium from the first to the last offering.  Making us sit up and snap away on our *insert smart phone of choice* ready to upload onto *insert social media platform of choice* the minute the show was over.

Which it was far too quickly! in part I wonder if this was down to the model’s speed.  Some of them fair bolted down the runway, barely pausing at the end before stomping off again.  A little annoying as we wanted to study the clothes presented to us. Serious props go to Richard Tooley who had his work cut out for him to catch the images you see before you. 

Though it may not exactly sound like it,I really enjoy these shows and seeing what the students have worked so hard to produce is quite the privilege. If I get another invite next year I’ll remember to bring a packed lunch though!

Have you got a favourite?

All images provided by kind permission of Richard Tooley.

reminds me of the saying 'touching cloth' too much

Monday, 4 July 2016

Photography Post 2 (more nature shizzle)

OK so normal service will resume here shortly with a review of the Cambridge School of Art Fashion Show. However, for now it being Monday morning and the UK still reeling from the House of Cards style dip-shittery of the British politicians here's another nature walk post.  

And Breathe!


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Photography post 1

Just some images I took on a sunny day, back when things weren't quite so chaotic in my home country.


Monday, 27 June 2016

What I'm doing with the nasty taste that Brexit left.

Right, I don't often get into politics here but the weekend’s events have pushed me to write about something more than the usual ramblings. 

To say I was utterly gutted by the EU Referendum result doesn't cover it but democracy, however skewed, has spoken.  Those that think this will blow over by July are deluded as we'll still technically be in the EU for a while and its looking decidedly doubtful we'll have a leader sorted by then either, it’s gonna be rocky for a while yet.  

I am neither a politician nor an economic expert and I haven't a scooby what state England/UK will look like in a year or two when we have actually split from the EU, the immediate effect though is paddle-less shit creek territory. Even if we do manage to fix our economy, our political parties, our relationship with Europe and Canada, USA and Germany do want to trade with us, there's no denying currently, the leave vote has strengthened those with a far right agenda. #PostRefRacism trending in social media shows examples of idiocy on the rise, which leaves many asking how do I cleanse myself of the hatred that is seeping into our society?

Here are my suggestions:

1. Be extra kind today.  Yep I know, this may not be the go get 'em advice you were hoping for but before you dismiss this as pointless hippy talk give it a try.  First off it's immediate, something you can do right now to soothe an irritated mind.  Secondly it will have a calming influence on you, you'll be taking a small amount of control back from this shit storm.  Thirdly you'll most likely make someone else feel better as well. 

2. Look for one of those events talking about joining people together. *Insert Nearest Town* Stays meetings, EU picnics and progressive groups are popping up everywhere. As long as they aren't pissing-and-moaning-because-we-didn't-get-what-we-wanted parties it’s a positive step forward.

3. Young'uns. Educate yourself and get involved.  Find out what us old foggies are doing to the world you are going to inherit. If this f*ck up has taught us anything its that every vote DOES count.

4. Keep your eye out for anyone that is being harassed or abused.  I will and am pledging here not to turn a blind eye.   In London there are almost a million Europeans, many of whom now feel extremely vulnerable and unwelcome.  I'm not suggesting they can't look after themselves however should they turn around and see millions more of us are saying 'we've got your back' odds are they'll feel a little better.  

Let me be clear.  This is not a call to attack, to argue with family or disparage other opinions.  It’s a call to care, to defend the vulnerable.  To prove to the world 48% of the UK ARE interested in being a part of a global solution. More if those that regret/feel sick that they have inadvertently aided racists join in.

And if this action happens to irk someone whose only reason to vote leave was xenophobic, well that's just icing!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Pet peeve: Judgement

Am a little narked.

Last week I was advised ‘in many ways you are very much like ‘name of someone I am nothing like', an innocent enough remark made by someone who I'm quite certain didn't mean to offend.  But it got me thinking, 

It’s not the comparison I object to (though I dispute that as well, obviously) it’s the fact that someone I barely know feels they've got a handle on who I am.  It’s especially annoying, as this person and I have had little interaction. Which means they’ve made this observation from the smallest degree of superficial information gauged from overheard discussions. 

Like I said, Narked... Also

I’m not a fan of being boxed, least of all by people that have known me for all of 7 seconds.  I’ve had friends that have been in my life for 10 years not get the gist of who I am, so how the AF this person thinks they have my number is beyond me.  And I'm not trying to be all 'look at me I’m so complex’ because the truth of it is EVERYONE is more complex then we imagine and it takes more then a few second to work us all out. 

If  you need to define someone in the simplest of terms and the most convenient of definitions, well that makes you as enlightened as a bad principle in a 1980’s high school movie. 

Seriously people, Aren't we’re better than this yet?
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