I find that graduate work is usually the most outrageous and experimental, as this is the collection that usually gets a designers foot in the door.

One collection that stood out to me when browsing through some of the LCF grad show collections, was a collaboration between three different designers. Gayane Arzumanova, Beth Wilson and Yui Jiang, who all contributed to a different aspect of the designs. Arzumanova being the designer, Wilson being the creator of the heat-manipulated leather and Jiang being the creator of each dramatic headpiece. Which has created a truly spectacular and original collection.

When interviewed backstage, Gayane Arzumanova said her motive was ‘to capture the idea of a transient moment, a notion communicated through sculptural silhouettes which appeared to have been frozen in motion’ which garments appearing as though they’re melting over the body.

Beautifully abstract.

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Back in March when I visited Amsterdam, I picked up this magazine from COS. To my surprise, it was no ordinary store magazine; featuring a few of their pieces and some editorial shoots, it was something much more interesting. Easily making it my favourite magazine in my collection and something to cherish.

We are lucky enough to live in a society filled with technology and other everyday items we can easily take for granted, such as paper. However, whilst reading this magazine, it reminded me of how privileged we are to have things so simple yet beautiful.
The magazine is made of up of different types, weights and finishes of paper, and whilst flicking through the pages the contract between the different textures and the way the different types reflect light is so fascinating. Along the fore edge of the magazine, there are small descriptions of the type of paper used within the magazine and where the paper is traditionally utilised (e.g. for high-end magazines).

My favourite section is the interview with Gerhard Steidl, a German publisher and printer. It’s obvious when reading the interview, that he clearly has a lust for paper and truly loves his connection with it, from the printing, publishing and even the creation of the paper itself. You can read the whole interview here.

I believe this magazine is one of a kind piece and will stay with me for years.

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Last week, the lovely people at House of Sunny invited me down to their studio in London to view some of their current pieces as well as their upcoming Autumn/Winter collection and try on some of their garments.
It was an amazing experience which allowed me to get an inside view on how their beautiful garments are designed and made.

I tried on two outfits whilst I was there, one being their never seen before striped silk outdoor pyjama set which is part of their upcoming A/W15 collection which I am so in love with! The detail put into their garments is just amazing along with the fact all their patterns and garments are made by hand in their studio.

After leaving the studio, I did some shopping around London and went to the Oxford Circus Topshop which stocks some of their garments. I picked a few for myself; the ultra shirt and the ribbed crop top which I worn non stop since I bought them and I will be featuring them in many future blog posts.

Thank you once again to Sunny and everyone at HoS for inviting me down to their studio! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out House of Sunny for beautiful clean aesthetic pieces which can easily become staples in any wardrobe.


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Today, I’ve decided to do something a little different as yesterday I got to see my favourite band (for the 2nd time) perform live; The Wytches, and they were absolutely amazing so I thought I needed to share my experience with you guys.

So, if you’re not already aware of who the Wytches are, they are a three piece surf-psych band originally from Peterborough but now living in Brighton. They are made up of Kristian Bell (singer and guitarist), Dan Rumsey (backing singer and bassist) and Gianni Honey (drummer). AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM.
I first heard them in late July as they would be performing at a small festival in Skipton I was going to in the August and I wanted to know a few more bands before I went. The first songs I heard by them were ‘Wire Frame Mattress‘ and ‘Gravedweller‘ and tbh I didn’t immediately fall in love with them. It was unlike anything I had ever heard but I thought they were pretty cool and unique, so I downloaded the songs anyway. However, the more I listened to them, the more obsessed I became with the trio, and I then gave them the title of my favourite band – which from me, is a very hard title to obtain.

So, it got to the August and I got to see them for the first time – I was right at the barrier and it was so so surreal. The were amazing performers and they just completely blew me away with their surf-doom melodies and Kristian’s aaamazing vocals.

The Wytches performing at Beacons festival

The Wytches performing at Beacons festival

I really liked the fact that they really put on a show and the songs sounded very different from how they do on record which I think creates a better live performance. I was also extremely pleased to hear that not long after I had seen them that they would be releasing their first ever album, Annabel Dream Reader (which inspired the name of my blog). I had to get it. A signed copy at that matter.IMG_4467

There is that little beauty! I cried for about 60 minutes when it arrived and I just couldn’t believe that I was holding a signed copy of their album, and again – it completely blew me. There was quite a few songs on the record that I had never heard before such as ‘Fragile Male for Sale‘ and ‘Part Time Model‘ but they quickly became some of my favourite songs and my friends never heard the end of my obsession with them.

So, my good friend Adam decided to surprise me with two tickets for me and him to go and see them in Liverpool and I was so excited! The outfit I chose to wear for the gig was the same as the one from my ‘Art Gallery Attire‘ post as it was very comfortable and very simple and I needed something to keep me cooler in the mosh pits. But I then bought a t-shirt and put that over my outfit 🙂


Anyway, the actual gig yesterday was A M A ZING. It turned out to be 400X better than I could have ever imagined. I was right at the front and I can’t even put into words how brilliant it all was. The hour absolutely flew by – but during the last song was when shit just hit the fan. About 30 kids all decided to jump on stage and mosh (including me), whilst the band casually continued to play through it all. But that sadly came to an end as security guards had to push us all off stage:(.


Stage invasion picture I robbed of someones instagram (me in the red circle :D)

However, that is not all. Adam and I also waited for a bit after the show to see if we could meet them, and yes. It happened (well, kinda. It was only 1/3rd of the Wytches, but still!) Kristian came out and was talking to us and I got a picture with him. I couldn’t breathe. It was just amazing and it just completely made my night. He was so so sweet, and put his hand on my shoulder. OMG.


Sorry for the extreeemly long post today but I’m just so happy and I needed to write about it all!
If you’d like to check the Wytches out (which you definitely should) then here’s some links;
If you’d like to listen buy their album click here or check them out on Youtube

If you’ve managed to get this far I praise you and thank you for reading 🙂

Love Fiona x
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