Monday, 24 December 2012

Uni - Cloning Project

I just started my first year in uni studying fashion design so hopefully there'll be many more of my own design posts to come! I decided to looking in to the idea of cloning for my first project not really sure why but though it could be a cool interested topic to do. 

My Inspiration Board 

My Final Design

The design came from the idea of cloning the limbs so on the top I cloned the neckline by mimicking its shape through the curved panels and for the skirt I made an overlay that split in the middle to clone the shapes of the legs. 

I am quite please with the overall outcome not sure however, if the top and skirt goes so well as both garments are baggy. Please tell me what you think though would love to know other peoples views? 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Doctor Docter

Forget the satchel or briefcase this season is all about accessorising your outfits with the Docters Bag and forget the geek trend it all about being ultra clever think med school.
Keep an eye out for this trend as it's going to hit stores everywhere!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Round up of all the things I missed!

Sorry I have not posted in ages I just going to do a quick round up of all the thing I wanted to post but actually never got round to posting. Here it goes....

Sass & Bide S/S 2012 - Children arts and crafts became an elegant wardrobe choose 

 Carven A/W 2012 Campaign - Hidden colours pop out from underneath your clothes...loving the jumpsuit!

Numero October 2012 Photo Shot - The model poses in front of a backdrop of classic paintings giving these designer dresses a feeling of timeless elegance and wealth. A truly original photo shot. 

 Valentino Pre S/S 2013 - The perfect combination of fabric and embellishment creating its very own pattern 

J.Mendle Pre S/S13 - Giving structures to flowers 

J.Mendle Pre S/S13 - The natural transition from pleats to gathers no one does it better then J.Mendle!

Ann Sofie Madsen S/S 2013 - Danish designer shown here very edge fashion forward versions of an inspired bird, human and fish dress

Please click on each photo to enlarge - this will show you more details you don't want to miss!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Inspiration or Plagiarism?

Designers seem to be taking more and more inspiration from artists these days. But how much inspiration can be counted as plagiarism? Designers from YSL, Dior, D&G, Gucci, Rodarte and even high street brand Free People are taking what they call "inspiration" from the most famous valuable paintings in the world. 

Even though I believe D&G, Gucci and Free People used these artists as purely a starting point to their designs I would be interested to know how the artists would have reacted. YSL, Dior and Rodarte however, copied their “artist inspiration” entire pattern and simply placed it on a dress I don't see how this is right? These artists they are coping spent years on these paintings to get their composition and colouring right and for a designer to mimic it and place it on a garment and say look what I've created seems selfish and wrong. 

 This is just my opinion so please tell me what you think?   

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Tie Dye - DIY Fashion

The 60's tie dye trend is back. I been trying to find cheap tie dye t-shirts  for while now but they are all sleeveless or cropped so I decided to make my own. I spent the whole day yesterday tie dyeing it actually really easy. 

What you need:
·        I used Dyon hand dye but other products are probably better 
·        Bucket 
·        Jug
·        Water Bottle or Squeezers   
·        Salt 
·        Elastic Bands 
·        Clothes to dye 
·        Rubber Gloves

1. Wash thoroughly. Leave damp 
2. Using rubber glovers, dissolve dye in 500ml / 1/2 litre of warm water (small water bottle) Dissolve in jug
3. Fill Bucket with 6 liters of warm waterStir 250g (5 tbstp) salt 
4. Add dye to bucket
5. Either put clothes in bucket and leave for 20-30min or…to create patterns with more then   one colour - put dye into water bottle and squeeze patterns onto the clothing (In a separate bucket)
      Dip dye – Quickly dip clothing in dye bucket, then pin clothing to bucket and let it soak for 20-30min
6. When finished tie dying leave clothes in separate plastic bags over night  
7. Next day rinse thoroughly to get rid of asses dye
8. The hang to dry to see you creations

Dip dye 

 Here I created a spiral shape and squirted different colour dyes on it

 My Creations 

And for those who can't be bothered to make their owns here are sum nice patterns I found in different store

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Sale Price £21

Love this dress! The tight corset with the volume gathers and gothic snake print makes this dress look like a designer pieces. Unfortunately they ran out of my size...I feel like crying right now :( 

The dress actually reminds me of this one that was in Elle a few years ago, sorry but I don't remember the designer. If anyone knows please comment. This is a photograph of a collage I made so I am sorry if it hard to see. Anyway, besides from the pattern it practically the same dress. I personally think the complicated snake pattern just makes the dress even cool. Such a shame I can't get one. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The renaming of my blog...

When I started my blog in 2009 I named it flashingfashionx  ( however over the past couple of years my blog has developed and matured along with me...therefore I felt it needed a more appropriate name.

decided to rename my blog Tartan Boots as when I was about 13 I went to Camden and I bought these knee high Converse look alike tartan boots (as seen on the top of my blog). They were the first fashionable thing I bought...well I thought they were?   

Anyway enjoy the rest of my blog. 

Friday, 6 July 2012

Seeing the sun in radiant new shades

Found this glasses shop called Oliver Peoples Vintage when searching the web. They sell sunglasses as well as normal glasses all over the world, surprised you haven't heard of them? Me too. They specialise in vintage shades which are not found on standard sunglasses which makes their produces so unique. Is it just me who thinks theses weird shades make the glasses look so much more expensive and luxurious why hasn't anyone else thought of this? I am adding a pair to my wish list...


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Flatforms - the higher the better!

Well I am guesting you see the standard flatforms??? Well if you thought they were cool wait till you see these versions...the soles and almost double the hight and are decorated like a septate piece of artwork perfected to create a fashion statement with... 

Free People 
First Shoe £83.57 (ON SALE)
Other Shoes £127

If your on a cheaper budget River Island has designed similar ones, I have to admit there not as nice but these shoes are the closet you can get for just £40 

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Up In The Clouds with Peter Pilotto...

Sorry I have not posted in ages had so much work! But I finished school forever now, many more posts to come. 

I love the Peter Pilotte resent collections his geographic shapes contrasts with the floaty dreamlike quality created by the baby blue tones and repetitive patterns. Stunning!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Art Project - Final Skirt

For my art A Level project I decided to make a skirt inspired by movement and the natural flow of paint. This idea originated from watching this video on YouTube. I thought the patterns the paint created would work well on clothes. 

I asked my friend Rachel Clifford to model the skirt for me. Hope you like it?

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Corrie Nielsen Autumn/Winter 2012 LFW

I was lucky enough to go to Corrie Nielsen (winner of Fashion Fringe in 2010) Autumn/Winter LFW show at Somerset House. The turnout was amazing I spotted Louise Redknapp and famous blogger Susie Bubble from!The collection was a take on last season netted see though trend. Nielsen however added a winter element to it by laying Scottish material underneath the netting.  

Lanvin Spring/Summer Collection last year:

Corrie Nielsen this year:

This was another outfit from Nielson collection which I wanted to show you as it has a Scottish element to it, but still remains pretty and stylish which can be unusual in Scottish tradition inspired clothing. 

The ending of the show was a big blob literally. I was quite confused why she choose this outfit as the final design as it had nothing to do with the rest of the collection yet when the lights come back on to indicate the ending of the show there was a massive cheer so maybe it’s just me?

I videoed some of the show for you. It's only the ending as it took me a while to notice that I didn't press record haha...well it is better than nothing.  

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Fashion As It Happens...

Fashion these days are not all about young girls and pretty clothes, it so much more! Sorry for the cringey line…anyway after searching I was surprised to come across lots of designers who design and create clothes for all ages from a young girls pretty dress to my grandmas gardening outfits. I created this collage to illustrate the never end to fashion and how designers keep on designing and branching out to a wider audience as we venture through our lives.    

(Click image to enlarge and view details)

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Punk Pretty - Lanvin Spring 2012

Ever thought punk can be pretty? Well Lanvin collection juxtaposed punky with girly perfectly.  He created a messy unfinished look by pinning drapes to his dresses then adding slits to make the dresses appear as if the fabric has been torn and pinned to the models. This added a raw, punky and sexy feel to his outfits. However, his choice of pastel colouring and soft drapes brought a fairylike, girly quality to the collection, creating the perfect combination! 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Best Dressed 2011 - Olivia Palermo

Yer I know this post is a bit late but I decided to post it anyway...
Here is to my favourite fashion icon. No matter what she is doing or where she is going she always looks fab!