Monday, 6 October 2014

Horst: Photographer of Style.

Note: Images used in this post are not my own and I take no credit for them.
Round the Clock, New York, 1987
Moving to London was not an easy thing to do and even after I'd moved I had serious doubts as to whether I had made the right decision. However, after one intense week at university I am confident that I have picked the right city to live in and I knew I'd picked the right course when they sent us on a field trip to the Victoria and Albert museum. The university paid for us to go and see an exhibition showcasing the work of notable fashion photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999). I studied Horst briefly during my A-levels so I was pretty excited to go and see the exhibition, especially because I'd only been to the V and A once before.

Seeing the exhibition made me fall in love with his work all over again. I am in awe of his talent, Horst was a master of light and chiaroscuro and the attention to detail in his photos is incredible. I myself am pretty awful at photography so I have so much respect for photographers!
Hat and coat - dress by Bergdorf Goodman, modelled by Estrella Boissevain, 1938
The exhibition was so full of information it was almost overwhelming and by the end my hand ached from making notes. I learned that Horst's photographs were often cropped before being published. Uncropped images could show studio equipment and details that would later be removed by retouching. This definitely made me feel about my own photos which often have so much background mess! 

Learning about Horst and his strong work ethic has given me motivation to make my own work the best it can possibly be. Horst sometimes spent two days preparing his studio for more elaborate sets. He even studied, painted and sculpted hands in order to refine gestures in his photographs (he had a thing for hands)! 

When studying Horst for my A-levels, I had come to believe that he was solely a fashion photographer so it was interesting to discover that he also shot homes and gardens for interior publications as well as dabbling in travel photography.

The Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition is showing at the V and A until January 4th and I strongly recommend everyone goes to see it - I left feeling super inspired and creative.

Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939
There is also a free exhibition currently on called 'Disobedient Objects' which is just amazing so if you're low on funds go and see that instead! 

#NP: Rihanna - California King Bed

Quote of the day:
"Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again."
- Horst, 1984

Saturday, 4 October 2014

A little life update.

Hello lovelies. I have been MIA for a while but I promise it's for a good reason! Two weeks ago I packed up my life and moved to London! Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while or follow me on twitter will know that I LOVE LONDON, it has been the dream for so long that now I'm here I can't quite believe it. I have come here to study (fashion communication), work and gain more experience within the industry, as well as explore and experience everything this wonderful city has to offer. 
Now that I'm getting more settled in, I hope to be overloading you with blog posts!

My university room

#NP: Taylor Swift - Shake it off

Quote of the day:

"Fashion is about good energy. It's about feelings. That's what I have to give the people, good energy and good feelings."
- Adriana Lima

Monday, 8 September 2014

A bedroom on a budget.

Calling all students who are looking to spruce up their rooms! I have hunted around to find bits and bobs for anyone who like me is on a strict budget. I doubt these items will propel your room to pinterest fame, however they are such good value for money and obviously the only way to truly make a room feel homely is with your own personal items e.g. photos, cuddly toys (we all have them!) etc.

Clockwise from top left:
IKEA Ofelia blanket in white, £15.00
B+M square ceramic table lamp, £3.99
Wilko storage unit with 4 drawers, £10.00
B+M pop up laundry bin, £2.99
Argos colourmatch bedding set, £8.49 (for single)

#NP: Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

Quote of the day:
"I was smart enough to go through any door that opened."
- Joan Rivers (RIP)

Friday, 22 August 2014

OOTD - pastels.

Something I recently realised is that although I love pastel colours, I don't actually own many pastel pieces. This skirt, kindly gifted to me from my friend, made a welcome addition to my wardrobe floordrobe. Not only am I in love with the colour but the cut and length of it is perfect. I love this skirt for summer however I cannot wait to pair it with chunky knits and ankle boots come Autumn/Winter!




Top - Primark
Skirt - ASOS
Boots - New Look

#NP: Taio Cruz - Break your heart

Quote of the day:
"I am not trendy. I am not 'in fashion.' I am simply a positive human being who has a positive outlook on life."
- Thierry Mugler