Friday, 30 July 2010

Samsung Diva Elite Model Look Grand Final 2010

Last night I attended the 'Samsung Diva Elite Model Look Grand Final 2010', yep, the event's title is a bit of a mouth full, but the event itself is simple; to source and develop new model talent in the UK, in the search for the next great British Supermodel. 12 girls made it to the final, from 1,000s of applicants and hopefuls, and they'd been preened and trained in 'Model Bootcamp'.

I loved the idea of this event (BNTM live was the idea I had in my head) and while the girls were incredibly beautiful and the idea of nurturing and developing UK talent is fantastic, the night wasn't the best event I have ever attended, and that was in no way down to the gorgeous and talented young models on the catwalk, but the fact it felt slightly unorganised and wasn't as good as it could have been (The venue, 1 Mayfair, was beautiful and the event could have been amazing).

I was umming and ahhing whether to cover the event at all, as it wasn't the smoothest catwalk show or contest I'd ever seen (they are only in their second year, I guess), and it overran by perhaps an hour after being quite late starting, and the sponsorship messages and VT were a bit unnecessary and changed the feel of the night. The musical and dance intervals were fun, but I wasn't expecting them! But, again, it was about the (very) young girls involved, and they did so well, especially when we learnt that they were all aged between 14-17! They took to the catwalk like pros and showed of the AW 2010 Warehouse collection fantastically.

The judging panel was very impressive, and included Sacha Mascolo Tarbuck, Global Creative Director of TONI&GUY, makeup artist Daniel Sandler and Warehouse PR & Marketing Director Lorraine Pringle. They choose Emma Mactaggart from Blairadam, Scotland from the 12 finalists to receive a modelling contract with Elite London and to attend the Elite Model Look World Final in Shanghai.

Congratulations to Emma, and, as ever, it was lovely to catch up with Reena, Marian and Miggy.


Video: Swamibu

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

15 minutes with Pierre Garroudi

A few weeks ago I was very fortunate to be able to interview the very talented designer, Pierre Garroudi, in his London Studios and gallery (Crucifix Lane, South London, which is open to the public every day, FYI) and view his past collections, and, most exciting of all, get a very early glimpse of his collection for SS 2011 to be shown at London Fashion Week in September. Garroudi is from Iran and has studied and worked at fashion houses and design institutes in Paris and New York, and has had his own label since 1993.

Your gallery space is a mix of fashion and art, how important is having art around you to your design process?

Yes and No, because when you design something, say I manipulate the fabric, that could be applied to anything, from lampshade to the surface of a building, it could be anything. It’s good to go back and forth. Could be fashion, could be art, I think they’re all related to each other, unless you’re talking about commercial fashion. When it comes to couture fashion, pushing the boundaries forward, it makes more sense to look at it as a whole, as fashion influences other things, and other things influence fashion.
Fabrication is always very apparent in your work; what comes first, fabric or silhouette?
This is how I work; to differentiate myself from the crowd, the rest of the fashion industry, and in order for me to open my way of seeing fashion, I do two things. I choose only one colour per season and manipulate all my fabric. You can’t buy my fabric, it doesn’t exist. It’s very time consuming, and you have to be extremely patient to do that.

You base your collections on one colour every season, why is this? What is your favourite colour?

The most common colour is black, because for women black is important, it’s slimming, it’s not loud, it doesn’t reflect, it absorbs. It’s simple and doesn’t get dirty, so there are a lot of positives for black.

Hair, make-up and styling are always very dramatic at a Pierre Garroudi show, do you develop the styling yourself or is it a partnership?

I’m involved in all the pieces, for example, I am using 7-8 hairdressers for my next show, so all the hair is done already, and it’s nothing to do with real hair. Hair as another creative area to express the look, so one of the hairdressers is already working on a ‘London Eye’ piece with lights. It may take a month or two, but I look constantly to quality. And when the model walks, every part of the look has to be maximised and used, it has to be perfect and strong.   

What most inspires you?

Everything, because I am like a sponge so try to absorb everything. I never met a human who is not superior to me, it means, inside everybody is a diamond, my job is to find that diamond, and polish it, so I can enjoy it and use it. For example, when I talk to people, interns, I talk to them and ask what they’re good at, what do you do naturally and what do you love to do. I try to learn from everybody.

Do you have a muse?

Not really, I don’t do the old fashion way. The old fashioned way you could have someone from art, somebody who’s an actress or a performer. Most people in the arts or design to like to wear couture, they like to wear or buy art, like a painting, to put on your body. But I don’t follow what other people do, I try to incorporate as much as I can in my design, I try to make things that are wearable, expensive, but wearable. More like a piece of art.

What kind of women wears your clothes?

Naturally the type of women who wear these types of clothes have to be self secure and strong, and have confidence, because you can’t go out there and wear something creative and be shy at the same time, or try and hide. So naturally has to be the women whose strong enough to express themselves, they use it as a tool to express themselves.

How many years have you been showing at London Fashion Week?

About 4 years now. Last year I showed at the Gallery, and the upcoming fashion show [LFW September 2010] I will be showing at Just St James. Fashion week is important like everything else, you take a small period of time to ask them to come and show what they are thinking for the next 6 months, what they think of the future.

What do you think is the future of fashion?

The worlds changing, have you ever heard of Moore’s Law? He was a co-founder of Intel, and Moore’s Law, he believes that every 2 years, the number of chips will double, so the concept of evolution is that we constantly speed up and change. As you can see from fashion, some stores, like H&M, they bring new items every week, and there’s a demand. One night you may see a Cheryl Cole concert, or whoever, and you say ‘Wow – I want that’ and the manufacturer has to react right away. In the future, we will see even more; that people are no longer willing to wait a month for a magazine, to see Vogue. Vogue has to publish on the website. The new generation want things much faster, right away, they don’t want to wait, they’re just looking for something they want, they get it, they move on. We don’t have time; do you have time to read all the blogs, do you have time to read all the fashion magazines? It’s incredible. Everyday there are new blogs and fashion magazine. This is going to reflect on fashion shows, on the fashion industry. What are they going to do? Are they going to wait?

Me, I’m opening the door with my pieces and I’m hoping someone will come to my door and ask me to be creative director for our couture next season. That’s what I’d love to do. Similar to Karl Lagerfeld, but much more, I’m a new generation. So I want to do as many lines as possible, that’s what I’d like to achieve.
The more creative the better; you have Givenchy, Dior, Chanel, Balmain, lots of couture houses; I’d love to do that [work on their couture lines].

Garroudi's work has clearly evolved from season to season, with his last 2 collections being incredibly polished and beautifully made. It is clear that he takes attention to detail as seriously as he intends his designs to be living, breathing pieces of art. Having seen Garroudi and his team working in the gallery and his stunning, emotive and tactile designs from the up-coming collection and his design archive, he is definitely one to watch. Apart from his clear talent at fabric embellishment and creating head-to-toe statement, couture looks, he also one of the calmest, nicest and organised designers I've met (his SS 2011 collection is almost ready for the September shows!). I'm very excited for his SS 2011 collection - bring on the turquoise!


Friday, 23 July 2010

And the winner is...

...Miss Bouquet! Miss Bouquet wins my first Carina100 competition, and wins the vintage croc clutch, H! by Henry Holland t-shirt AND the ASOS leather belt! Congratulations Miss B!

Send me an email with your address, Miss Bouquet, and I'll whisk your prizes off to you! Thanks to everyone else that enter and all my lovely new followers and readers, stay tuned for more competitions soon!


Thursday, 22 July 2010

Kate Winslet, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Lin Chi-ling for Longines DolceVita collection

Three beautiful actresses, three very different looks, but, Kate Winslet, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Lin Chi-ling go together beautifully as they film a commercial for the DolceVita collection by Swiss watchmaker Longines. The commercial is based upon the 1960 movie classic 'La Dolce Vita', and the films glamorous leading lady, Anita Ekberg.

I'm loving the old Hollywood glamour feel of this advert, and can't wait to see the whole thing. I'm also a bit in love with the the tan leather strap watch from the collection, Kate Winslet's long draped black dress and *that* red convertible! The Sweet Life, indeed.


Monday, 19 July 2010

Manchester hair trend - red means RED!

While on a weekend jolly to Manchester, there was one trend that kept creeping up where ever we were, *bright* red hair. No, not Florence and the Machine 'Ariel red', not Mad Mens Christina Hendricks 'glowing auburn', but tomato/fire engine/pillar box red!

And I liked it. These girls looked like super heroes (in the best possible way) and were playing with the new 'cartoon hair' trend that won't go away (thanks Katy Perry), but red seems to works much better than blue or purple as a day to day, real life, I'm-not-a-pop-star kind of way.

The lovely Rachael (@HJi_Rachael) and I were having a twitter-chat about this trend; she'd spotted it in Manchester herself, and as I tried to come to grips with just how much work this shade of red would be to keep up, it seems it's as simple as Northern girls make the time/effort to get their hair touched up, and their colour fresh. And I can vouch for that, there wasn't one washed out or sad looking red do there, just bright red, and I'm beyond lazy with my colour (whether I'm blonde or brunette). But Mancunians aren't the only ones getting their RED on, pop princesses Rihanna and Allison Iraheta have also been championing the fade-defying red.

What do you make of bright red hair - yay or nay?

Don't forget to enter my competition to win yourself  a vintage clutch bag, H! by Henry Holland t-shirt and an asos belt! Click here to enter (closes Wednesday 21st July at Midnight)


By Carina Sullivan

Images: Cassie and Zimbio

Monday, 12 July 2010

Taste the Rainbow with Irregular Choice, Wildfox and The Cobrasnake

Taste the rainbow with these a-maz-ing Chica wedges from Irregular Choice! These too cool for school images are for EXIT magazine and are styled by the California-dreaming duo behind Wildfox Couture, shot by The Cobrasnake (aka Mark Hunter) and modelled by the uberly gorgeous, how-is-she-18 Atlanta De Cadanet Taylor. The entire Irregular Choice collection is more than a little bit good, and are shown at their beautiful best in these shots, and it's fair to say I'm quite smitten!

Don't forget to enter my competition to win yourself  a vintage clutch bag, H! by Henry Holland t shirt and an asos belt! 


Friday, 9 July 2010

Love. Want. NEED! Summer Essentials

The weather is amazing at the moment, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who's looking at their wardrobe despairingly at a sea of black and oversized cardigans. It appears that while my back was turned, and snuggled up in toasty layers, my summer wardrobe has escaped, run off with the circus or is hiding under my bed (translation - it's right there, I'm just so bored of it and want new stuff!) So the sensible thing seemed to be to create my wishlist of Summer Essentials and share it with you lovelies! And seen as there are some killer sales on at the moment, I thought I'd throw in some bargains too!

Don't forget to enter my competition to win yourself  a vintage clutch bag, H! by Henry Holland t shirt and an asos belt!


Image: Zawada issue #2 of fashion zine

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Blog Giveaway - Win an asos belt, H! by Henry Holland tee AND a vintage bag!

This is my first giveaway competition on carina100 and I'm very excited! I've been collecting goodies from press days and events and saving them all up for my lovely readers. So now I have a gorgeous selection from asos, H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams and a vintage clutch bag that I've donated from my own collection (I have too many handbags and this one's too pretty not to be used on a regular basis). The asos belt is a gorgeous teal colour, it's is leather and has two buckles. The top is an acid-wash tank tee from the current H! by Henry Holland collection and is sheer and long-line with a racer back. The bag, I have no idea aside from the fact it's red, has a gold clasp, was made in Italy, and it's vintage!

I'm keeping the comp nice and simple, all you have to do to enter is follow the blog through Google Friend Connect (on the right-hand side bar) and then comment below saying 'Hi, I've entered!' and anything else you'd like to say! If you want to earn extra brownie points you can also tweet about the comp using the hash tag #carina100comp and a link to the comp.

If one item really floats you boat, and the other 2 don't, just put that in your comment below as well - I don't mind breaking it down into 3 separate prizes or having one big prize!

The comp will be open until midnight on the 21st July.

Good Luck!


Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Life's a beach - Fashion156 Summer Issue

Fashion156 Summer Issue will have you longing for the beach, deck chairs, swimming caps, ice lollies and cute boys like never before. This colourful and fresh shoot was set at the Urban beach at Southbank and was styled by my very talented friend, Rachel Anthony. The look of the shoot is Saved by the Bell meets a 50s summer holiday; with retro prints, geek specs and bright, candy colours.

Anyone fancy a trip to the seaside?


Friday, 2 July 2010

Move over Alexa, there's a new Mulberry in town! Meet Neely

I'm more than a little in love with this bag. 'Neely' is the new breed of Mulberry bags for AW 2010 and what a looker! Mulberry's huge success with the 'Alexa' bag (named after fashionista, Alexa Chung), has resulted in a huge 22% rise in annual profits, and their AW offering is even stronger. With new-look Alexa's and the introduction of the gorgeous and chic 'Neely'. I spotted this beauty at the Mulberry Press day, and it's finally available in the shops.

My new bag crush has to be the 'Tomato Neely', which has gone live on My-Wardrobe today - a more structured and simple satchel style bag - I'm head over heels!