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Sophia Webster Autumn/Winter 2016

I should be studying now but I couldn't resist posting about Sophia Webster's Autumn/Winter 2016 presentation at London fashion week. The presentation is a collaboration between shoe-queen Sophia Webster and queen of everything else Edward Meadham. I didn't expect to see Edward Meadham grace my instagram feed this morning because of the closure of Meadham Kirchhoff six months ago so I was very pleasantly surprised to see such an amazing collaboration. In an interview with AnOther magazine, Edward Meadham reveals that Sophia's inspiration for the collection drew from Lydia Deetz from the film Beetlejuice (played by Winona Ryder) and Miss Havisham from Dicken's Great Expectations. 

Although Sophia's collection has taken a gothic turn, her playful feminine style remains in the butterfly adorned stilettos, crystal encrusted clutches and crushed velvet bows. Meadham translates Sophia's gothic femininity into clothing by creating delicate lace veils, flower crowns and satin mini dresses. Meadham's signature use of tulle gives a personal mark to the collaboration. The influence of Lydia Deetz can be seen in the veiled headpieces, the thigh high lace up heels, and the beaded clutch bag that reads "I myself am strange and unusual". The statement bags which make unapologetic jokes like "bored to death" and "drop dead gorgeous" inject a touch of black humour into the collection.

The drama of the presentation is partly due to the setting at Soho's House of Saint Barnabus. The collection is presented to the backdrop of beautiful stained windows lit with purple mood lighting. Some of the shoes and bags are presented on boxes of dead flowers and dried butterflies which give the presentation a Dicken-esque feel. The gothic drama leads to the presentation of the wedding dress inspired by Miss Havisham. The dress is made from reems of lace which form a trail at the back and cling to the chapel's wall at the front. Part of the lace dress is cut out, frayed and torn to resemble decay. Webster's intricate white lace heels are visible under the frayed lace. The model also holds a tongue in cheek clutch bag which reads "wifey for lifey". I love the drama, fun and gothic romance of this collection... plus the shoes are to die for! 

New Hair, Don't Care

top - forever 21
jeans - topshop 
boots - schuh

my resting bitchface kind of took over in these photos, sorry. I got my haircut today at Peter Marks and I really like it. I think just above the shoulders is the length I like it. Also I've noticed that my hair has gotten pretty light at the ends, it kind of looks like a subtle balayage, woo no need to dye it now. I got this striped top from forever 21 two weeks ago. It's slightly shorter than I expected but it will look great with high-waisted shorts in the summer. I really need new black jeans, these jamie jeans from topshop have served me well but I think its time for a new pair. I'm at home this weekend but I'll be spending most of my time on college work 

Peter Marks are offering €15 blowdrys from the 15th to the 27th of February so consider it my gift too you hehe
I've been reading some music magazines I got in Cardiff this week. Dublin should really start stocking more of these, maybe I just don't know where to get them
the books I have to read this weekend, ugh help me

Five Best Independent Magazines

After hearing about the launch of Polyester Zine's new issue, I thought I'd make a list of my favourite independent magazines. Let me in the comments below if you read any magazines that I might not know about :)

Polyester Zine

"have faith in your own bad taste"

Taking inspiration from the zine culture of the nineties, Polyester zine brings the riot grrl aesthetic to the internet era. It was founded in 2014 by Ione Gamble and has since featured artists like photographer Maisie Cousins, model Arvida Bystrom, musicians Dream Wife and fashion designer Clio Peppiatt. Polyester also publishes articles on gender, sexuality and mental health and was recently described by The Guardian as "a feminist/queer powerhouse". I loved issue three so I'm really excited to see what issue four has in store. The new issue will be released on the 9th of February. It features Rookie editor Tavi Gevinson, tumblr gal Molly Soda and photographer Eleanor Hardwick.They are having a launch party in Hackney on the 9th so if you're London based then check out their event page.

Available to pre-order here

Cost: £5/€6.50 approx


"a visual diary crafted by young creatives for young creatives"

Zeum is a bi-annual magazine made in Canada. It publishes fashion reviews, art reviews, interviews with artists like musician Flo Morrissey, and stunning editorials by upcoming photographers like Francesca Allen. It's aesthetic can be described as nostalgic, dreamy and hopelessly idealistic (like something from a Sophia Coppola movie). The editorials are often vintage inspired and feature beautiful pieces from independent designers. There website gives a good indication of what to expect from the current issue. Issue 11 "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction" features cover star Emma Laird and is on sale now.

You can buy the latest issue here

Cost: £10.99/€18.33 approx

Also available in certain stockists in the UK

Oh Comely

"a lifestyle magazine with life"

Oh Comely is one of the most beautifully presented lifestyle magazines I've come across. The illustrations and images create a desire to travel, explore and appreciate the little things in life. The current issue "Keeping Secrets and Telling Tales" is based on the idea of secrets and storeytelling. Oh Comely reveals personal stories penned by anonymous writers, publishes pictures of teenage diaries, explores the secret world of Venice at night and discusses the discovery of vintage gems hidden in attics. The newest issue "Change" is available to pre-order here and will be released mid-February. If you subscribe you also get a surprise box containing treasures inspired by each issue and curated by the contributors.

Available to buy  here

Cost: £5/€7 approx

Past issues are currently on sale at £3.50!

Thistle Magazine

"a multi-medium magazine driven by the odd, the overlooked and the eccentric"

Thistle magazine is quarterly magazine which publishes submissions by artists of various mediums. So if you like making art, consider submitting here.
The current issue for Winter 2015 is called "Mystery" and features work by photographer Stella Lydak, writer Satya S. Gundu and various submissions. Thistle also publish a curated playlist for each issue on their website so you can listen to it while you read. The upcoming issue is called "Identity" and will be released later this month. 

Available to buy here

Print: $20.60/£14/€19 approx

Digital version: $6/£4/€5.40


"set music free"

DIY is a monthly music magazine from the UK. February's coverstars are London-based post-punk band Savages. In the past they have featured artists like Chvrches, Foals, Wolf Alice and Jamie XX. The current issue contains interviews with Savages, Daughter, and Chvrches, reviews of new singles and album releases, live reviews and articles on David Bowie's Black Star, and the anniversary of the Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. DIY is everything you want from a music magazine and the best part is, it's free!

Free in stockists around the UK

Cost: £3/€4 if you order online from their website