Fall Prints

I'm often shy of prints. Shy that I'll wear them once before tiring of them. This Zara dress is the perfect exception to the rule. Not so 'on-trend' that I won't be able to wear it next season, and tight enough for me to throw on a skirt and turn it into a top. And look at those sleeves man. I'm having a serious Sixties moment this Autumn.

Dress, Zara / Skirt, H&M / Photography by Steph Dennis


Back To School

I'm back at university for my final year, after almost five months off. Like many others, this is the first and only year of my course that counts toward my degree classification. Here are some things that have changed since first year.

Work Ethic
Library on the first day back? Heck yes. Doing research before you know what you need to research? Well, there's an overriding urge to do something, because this year actually IRL counts. And then there's lecturers saying ridiculously things like 'Don't worry about this bit yet.' I want to, I already am, and I shall regardless.

New Stationary
Went to a tutorial. Thought I was prepared. Transpired that I definitely was not prepared. Panic-bought a 2015 diary (£12 from Paperchase) on my way home? In first year I didn't even have a pen.

Freshers Flu
Over the past two years, I believed my back to school flu to be the result of 13.5% rose wine and cheap vodka. Now that I've eliminated those suspects and still have the sniffles, I've discovered that the responsible culprit is actually just all of the germs everyone picked up at home, festering about the corridors. Nice.

There are two types of people in second year. Those that continue to live as though life is Skins Series 1 & 2, and those that adopt mum wine drinking culture aged nineteen. I was the latter, and now if I'm drinking it's because I've completed my work for the day, and that's either going to take place in my living room, or at a bar in the early evening.

Personal Appearance
I am thankful for the divine intervention that is the trend of normcore coinciding with my final year of uni. That is all.

Anything you think I've missed? Let me know in the comments below:


Sunday Funday

I always work Sundays, and while my Instagram feed fills with posts from friends hiding under duvets in their joggers, I too feel deserving of some comfort. This week, I opted for a delicate Topshop chenille cream jumper, £40. It feels better than a blanket, and doesn't look too lazy when dressed up with a pair of glossy jeans and some snakey chelsea boots.


How to do Sportswear for The Debrief


Photographer: Francesca Allen
Stylist: Pandora Sykes
Fashion Assistant: Holly Hobkirk
Hair: Tiffanne Williams
Make-up: Mai Kodoma
Model: Zlata at M+P Models



Chanel RTW SS15- Boys Should Get Pregnant Too (and other face-palms)

Less than a week after Annie Lennox highlighted the rise in brands and artists "taking the word [feminist] hostage and using it to promote themselves" comes the Chanel Spring/Summer '15 finale. There was the usual tweed, suits and Cara Delevigne, but this season Karl Lagerfeld went all Vivienne Westwood on us, closing with a demonstration for women's rights.

Models marched down the runway with megaphones and placards bearing titles like 'He For She', a nod to Emma Watson's recent UN speech. Other signs did not shout such clear messages. Words of female empowerment are not what any of us would have suspected from a man who says things like 'nobody likes a round woman' and that one must treat the house of Chanel 'like a whore' in order to 'get something out of her'. Lovely! [Almost like the man who wrote the lyric 'I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two' putting on a feminist art exhibition. Oh. Wait.]

What do we want? PREGNANT BOYS. When do we want them? NOW.

The show left something of a sour, expensive taste. Here's where Karl got it muddled up;

A key focus of Emma Watson's speech was to dispel the myth that feminism is 'man-hating' and to fight for equality. Using a slogan that not only perpetuates the idea that women should come before men, but one that also references a chivalrous term? *puts palm to face*

Or 'Feminist but Feminine' in English. Oh, Karl. It is not revolutionary to look feminine whilst simultaneously wanting equal rights for men and women. You can also be a feminist without being feminine. You can also be a feminist and be a man. Game-changer, right?


It's creeping into the early hours of the morning. A small team of exhausted interns are still awake, with only a few placards left to fill. 'How can we make men and women equal?' 'Pay women the same as men? No, no that's too obvious.' 'Wait, what is it that women do? Have babies! GUYS I'VE GOT IT- boys should get pregnant too!'

Well, the women carrying those placards already do... modelling is one of the few industries where women earn more than men for the same work. From September 2012 to September 2013, the top ten female models earned around $83 million. In the same time period, the ten top-earning male models took in about $8 million. That is to assume that this was a comment on the pay gap at all. Perhaps it meant that ladies can get muscles if they want them? Yeah, prominent women's issues! Go Feminism!

Maybe sack off the tweed and take a peek at Twitter, Karl. You may well learn a lot more about what you're preaching. Hashtags like #YesAllWomen and #WhyIStayed are all worth a look. Nothing on pregnant men as of yet though. #Soz

Jokes aside, feminism is a movement for equal rights, and really shouldn't be used as a fad for profit. As Lennox concludes,"I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I think it's a cheap shot."



What I'm Buying - Topshop AW14 Essentials

Towelling Tee- Cosier than jersey, in an easy to wear colour which *shock* is not black.
PU Skort- Everyone knows that floaty summer prints look rank with black tights once it gets cold. September has arrived, so it's time to bury that shit to the back of your drawers and buy this leather-look skort instead. I'm wearing mine tomorrow night under a long tee.
Drape Front Blouse- Loose and long sleeved for autumn, with a drape that ever so kindly hangs over bloating territory. It actually is (sorry) sophisticated yet sexy (sorry again). TIP: The neckline cuts pretty deep, so if your cleavage isn't up to much (like mine!!!) buy the next size down.
Black Coated Jeans- Denim glossy enough to wear out on chilly nights without feeling like you've dressed down, and great for smartening up old knits.


Stylist Training Day

Clashing Prints for The Debrief

Photography: Francesca Allen
Model: Zlata at M+P Models 
Stylist: Pandora Sykes 
Stylist’s Assistant: Holly Hobkirk 
Art Direction: Anna Jay 
Make-up: Mai Kodoma 
Hair: Tiffanne Williams


Festival Hair

I styled and wrote a piece for The Debrief on how to do your hair when tipsy in a tent. Have a read!
Denim Jacket In Pink Mottled Wash, £42, ASOS and Lame Denim School Bag, £48, American Apparel.

i-D Emoji Shoot

Have a look at my shoot with the lovely Anja Konstantinova on an emoji-inspired shoot for i-D.co. LINK


Photography Kimi Hammerstroem
Artwork Eve at the Digi Fairy
Styling Pandora Lennard
Hair Nicole Kahlani at The Book Agency using Fudge
Make-up Danielle Kahlani at The Book Agency using M.A.C
Styling assistance Holly Hobkirk
Hair assistance Elizabeth Befers
Make-up assistance Kamila Forini, Jenny Morrell
Nails Amy Atkins using Illamasqua
Location Recession Studio
Model Anja Konstantinova at Premier


Phoebe Lettice x Illustrated People

Phoebe x IP Launch, The Paradise, Kensal Green
Phoebe x IP Collection at Topshop White City

"The inspiration behind Phoebe’s debut collection stems from her fascination of the vibrant Tokyo fashion scene. Phoebe was inspired with the way Harajuku girls approach fashion as a method of limitless self-expression. The 'Kawaii' (meaning ‘cute’) is a distinct Japanese theme and in order to capture this the Phoebe-Lettice Thompson X Illustrated People collection juxtaposes grotesque iconography such as bloody eyeballs with pretty pastels."
The range is available to buy in Topshop Westfields White City, along with the rest of the Illustrated People collection. For stylist booking enquiries; holly.hobkirk@topshop.com


The Kooks - Around Town

I worked as a styling assistant on The Kooks' new Tarantino-inspired music video, 'Around Town' directed by Ryan Hope. Have a look-see. [NSFW]


Excuse my tripod.

Dress, Topshop | Leather Jacket, Barneys of NY | Shoes, Out From Under | Fur, Topshop SNO
I've finally found an image of my look from Day 5 at London Fashion Week! I was dashing through en route to an interview, hence all the kit hanging from my arm.


Gianni Versace Couture

This nineties Versace campaign shot by Richard Avedon sums up everything about this season and last.


Oppressed Majority

This was an idea I had considered for my Final Major Project. I will no longer do it, but I'm glad someone has. I think the key to opening our eyes to the patriarchal society we live in is to question our every day practices. The two most poignant details in this film were the nonchalant topless joggers and the quote "I should really be talking to your wife."
The protests of the oppressed male were inaccurate. I believe most women go about their day to day lives regarding every scene in this film, excluding the sexual violence, as the norm. This is how we go about our lives, and we should all be asking why.


I'm officially an #ASOSInsider

"Holly! Welcome to #AccessAllASOS! Here's something to style up those white beauties of yours, and something for when the travel bug next bites. Enjoy! Louise"


Cross my heart, hope to die.

Jumpsuit // TOPSHOP   Sunglasses// EBAY   Ring// VINTAGE


SHOP Magazine

My work for SHOP Magazine has been published in its entirety, so I'm now able to share it! Please check out the full publications here: Global Blue | SHOP Magazine 


LFW: The Street Spy

Faux Fur// VINTAGE   White Jumpsuit// TOPSHOP



After a frantic and stressful past few months, I have finally settled into a new flat in Peckham. Anybody who would like to donate furniture (or curtains) to me is invited round for a cuppa from my ever expanding selection of tea. There's some aniseed, fennel and cardamom that I'm really sick of the sight of.

The Ragged Priest Blog: LFW

You can check out Tommy and me working at London Fashion Week on The Ragged Priest blog;

[left] Coat// H&M   Sweater// SECOND HAND    Leather Skirt// ASOS   Boots// ASOS   Necklace// URBAN OUTFITTERS [right] Shirt// VINTAGE   Fishnets// CUSTOMISED   Platform Boots// EBAY

My Summer: #4TDays The Guardian and Channel 4

Channel 4 hosted a journalism themed event in London this summer, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the thirty to secure a place. We spent a full day at Channel 4 HQ and another at The Guardian. Both days were incredibly insightful and provided a boost of determination before I headed in Year 2 of my degree. Although I have chosen to work in Broadcast this year, my day at The Guardian encouraged me to stick at writing stories.
At Channel 4, we received a talk on travel journalism, and it made me realise how much I had learnt during my internship about sourcing stories abroad.

The day after developing my skills with The Guardian, I pitched a new story to Sky and received a phone call accepting it within half an hour.

A very helpful experience, and one for which I am extremely thankful.


Paradice Clothing x Clean

Paradice Clothing x Clean

At Paradice Clothing we recently collaborated with Clean Magazine on a shoot inspired by Michael Mayren- these are the sample polaroid previews! You can view the rest of Clean's work here.
By Michael Mayren

Global Blue: SHOP Magazine

I will be spending this summer working with Global Blue's SHOP magazine, writing, researching and putting together content. To see what they do, click here.


PROJECT: All White

SOURCE: http://love-aesthetics.blogspot.co.uk/

This term, a group of students and I were set the task of forecasting a potential trend from the London AW13/14 shows. It was my flatmate, Alice Conteh, who inspired me to opt for White on White. As a Fashion History and Theory student, her blog focuses on links between today's trends and historical style.
"It wasn't really until the late eighteenth century that white became a popular choice for womenswear in high society. Darker or bright colours were preferred prior to this time so as to contrast against the desired paleness of their skin. To see these three sisters all dressed in white is interesting, and shows a turn in taste."
The Waldegrave Sisters by Sir Joshua Reynolds, painted in 1780. 

As further research for my project, I spoke to Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics, a proud champion of the All White look. She told us; "White has very abstract connotation. If I see something red I think of concrete cliche things; firetrucks, hearts, the devil, Santa, valentines day. White brings more abstract associations like cleanness, emptiness, space, possibilities, a clean slate. I feel that on white I can project my own personality much better than on color, which has so much personality of its own." View Ivania's blog here.