Never Not Comfortable: GANT Tech Prep

I've been a bit of a fabric nerd since studying textile technology as part of my BSc in the mid 90s. Finding out which fibres have good wicking properties, enabling moisture to be drawn away from the skin, and discovering the ways in which manufacturers were developing fabrics that were both breathable and easy care... Continue Reading →

Oasis and the Warner Textile Archive

Oasis have been knocking out the park in the last couple of years with their spectacular collaborations. I absolutely loved the collections that were inspired by prints from the V&A's archives - I bought four pieces from the second collection! - and their AW15 collaboration with photographer John Grant was full of stunning dark florals.... Continue Reading →

Oasis x V&A collaboration

I'm a massive fan of the high street chain Oasis. I first discovered them about six years ago when I worked near Russell Square and wandered into one of their shops there during my lunch break. I bought the puff sleeved red jersey polkadot top that features in my social media profile pic and that... Continue Reading →

The Future of Fashion: #LCFBA15

On Monday afternoon, I was lucky enough to get to see the London College of Fashion catwalk show, featuring the Class of 2015. Collections that were a result of collaborations between selected students on the womenswear, textiles, menswear, fashion design and development, contour, and jewellery courses showcased a brilliant combination of creativity and technical skill... Continue Reading →

A Star Falls: Flimsymoon

On Rarely Wears Lipstick we love sharing new brands with our readers. Flimsymoon caught our attention via Twitter, and we were instantly attracted to the Ted Hughes-esque name. Inspired by femininity and innocence, this whimsical brand is totally adorable and brings to mind 1920s bralets and French knickers. Created by Freyia Lilian, a BA (Hons)... Continue Reading →

Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora

On Friday, I attended an exhibition talk as part of the first major exhibition from the The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD). Made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund award, Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora uncovers the fascinating voyage that this famous cloth has taken from its origins in Scotland; exploring... Continue Reading →

Fabulous Fashion Fabrics: Latex

When most people think of latex clothing, they think of fetishwear. While that may be the only rubber garments you could find on the internet a few years ago, believe me, it's not just about super shiny catsuits, tiny mini dresses and uniforms any more. There are some great designers out there who are using... Continue Reading →

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