Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Barbour Experience

As one of my modules we were asked to put together a fashion event; it could be anything from a catwalk show to a launch party. Being a group module, my course mates and I decided on creating an experiential event, that would stimulate all the senses and bring the brand of our choice to life. We chose Barbour as a Newcastle based company with a very small head office located in South Shields. The idea was to revamp the entire building inviting buyers, press and investors from all over the world to the launch of the event. The module became more and more interesting as the event came together and became visual and realistic. Our final idea included a make your own Barbour app, a Barbour history tour and Clay pigeon shooting in the true Barbour agricultural fashion.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Red Magazine

Its been a crazy few weeks with uni deadlines and lots of Christmas shopping, additionally for the past month I have been interning in London at Red Magazine, just wanted to share a bit about the placement for anyone keen to get a magazine placement.

Arriving at the Hearst offices at Carnaby street I was filled with excitement and anticipation for my month ahead. I had previously interned at Easy living magazine so was confident the real life magazine world wasn't as scary as 'The devil wears Prada' makes out, however never the less I crossed my fingers that everyone would be welcoming. it defiantly worked! Throughout my time at Red I grew more close to the team and it was evident they were a lovely, friendly, happy family. The entire magazine was layed out on the same floor which meant you got to see everyone and everything; models coming in for bookings, reservations being made for shoots in LA, New York and Miami, the editor in chief Sam Baker at work- who always smiled and said hello. It really is the little things that make you feel appreciated as an intern. I was keen to make friends and it was always a good challenge to try and roll a conversation when bumping into someone in the lift- four floors; thirty seconds, I think thats a record!

My time interning mostly consisted of returns, filing and returns, I was surrounded by the most amazing clothes so I really didn't mind and it certainly improved my organisational skills! I learnt the key was lists and prioritising- new urgent jobs are constantly popping up. There were always extra things that needed doing that gave me a great insight into how the magazine was run; recording how many times brands were shot in each issue for advertising, creating mood boards of photographers work and of trends for photo shoots and sending out issues and comp slips to all the people involved; this highlighted how many had contributed to each shoot, from PR, models, photographers, beauticians and of course the amazing stylists and their assistants.

On my last day at Red sadly the editor was leaving too! It meant I really finished my placement in style with the most delicious Pizza's and a champagne toast, it was a sad but great way to leave- even if it wasn't for me! I was given a lovely goodie bag of beauty treats and a leaving card, I really will miss the Red team but hopefully will be back one day soon! To anyone wanting to intern don't wait until after your education to get started, its not easy as its usually unpaid so your probably best couch surfing- I stayed in 7 houses in the space of four weeks! However it really is great fun and the best and perhaps only way to create contacts for later and its always a nice bonus to get to explore the countries capital, heres a few snaps from my visit.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Harrods Christmas Princesses

Today I visited Harrods to see this years astonishing disney princess theme Christmas window, I absolutely love it! I can't possibly imagine how they are going to go about next years christmas window display with this years incredible standard to compete with. Exhibiting the most sensational Valentino, Oscar de la Rente, Ellie Saab, and Versace ball gowns- that truly are only fit for a princess.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Tim Walker story telling exhibition

Today I took a trip to the Tim Walker storytelling exhibition. Being my favourite photographer and inspiration to study Fashion communications. I have been looking forward to seeing the exhibit since I arrived in London and it did not disappoint! The exhibition showcases some of his most memorable pieces and collaborations which have been seen in British, French, American, Italian Vogue and many more. Extravagant in scale and imagination the exhibition takes you into Tim Walker's world as you are surrounded by oversized swans, dolls and wasps. I was particularly intrigued by the locations Walker has worked at, I discovered much of his work to be taken in my current hometown Newcastle- I will certainly be paying Howick and Eglingham Halls a visit after Christmas. My last weekend in London well spent, feeling very christmasy!

 Click here for my Tim walker inspired photography (taken back in the day).

Eglingham Halls, below images shot at location.

Howick Halls, below images shot at location.