Friday, 29 October 2010

Friday Finds - Red Dresses And More

I had all sorts of ideas about what to include in todays Friday finds but every where I look at the moment, I see the most amazing red dresses, I love red dresses and want to buy them all so apologies now if this post is a bit red dress biased. I guess I am already getting festive. I am planning to get my Christmas shopping done in the next few weeks giving loads of time to artistically wrap each pressy and add little bows! Ok enough of the waffle and on with the finds.
O&O Velvet Maxi Dress- Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters love the shade of red in this maxi dress and the velvet so perfect for a party.

O&O Velvet Shirred Waist Dress, Urban Renewal At Urban Outfitters -a much brighter red than the last dress, this would also make a really amazing party dress for Christmas.


People Tree - Nancy Splatter Fairtrade Organic Cotton Dress - I would wear this dress for the daytime with opaque tights and black boots. I love the striking abstract print.
Emily and Fin - Lucy Red Polka Dot Dress - another day dress and some more fifties inspiration. I just love the feminine look of it.

Tara Starlet - Belted Vixen Dress - being quite short, I find that straight skirts are usually the most flattering.




Nomads Vintage Inspired Fairtrade Dress - another amazing  party dress which would be so great for Christmas parties. This time in that fifties style that everyone is loving this season.

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Have a lovely weekend and a not too scary Halloween!
 
Ceri X

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The New Pier at Weston Super Mare


On Monday we decided to take a trip in the camper van to see the new pier at Weston Super Mare. The old pier burnt down a few years ago and now they have built a shiny new one. Growing up in Southend on Sea, I have a love of the seaside and piers. I understand they are becoming a bit of an endangered species now though with so many of them burning down.

It was absolutely freezing when we left at 9am in the morning. As the Camper van doesn't have a heater, we had to wrap the children up in the back with hot water bottles and duvets. We were definitely ready for a hot drink by the time we got there. Unfortunately, My outfit is really more about practicality than style. I was desparate to wear my new Dorothy Perkins cable knit tights so wore them with my El Naturalista Inuit boots. I wore the only coat that I had that was both warm enough and suitable for digging on the beach. I also wore my snood to keep me extra snug and warm. My skirt is from Jackpot and top Topshop.

The pier and the seafront at Weston was absolutely packed with people but we still managed to do the usual stuff - donkey rides and sandcastles for the children plus fish and chips, it had warmed up so much by lunchtime we even managed to sit outside.




I loved the pier at Weston Super Mare and definitely intend to go back and see it again soon.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Style Eyes Weekly Fashion Round Up


Another busy week at Style Eyes towers. Here is an outfit which I never got round to posting. The top cost next to nothing from a charity shop but I wear it loads because I love the colour so much. I hardly ever wear jeans these days but thought I would wear them as it was so cold.

This week Sherin at Hi Fashion very kindly allowed me to write a guest post on the subject of fashion and social media. It is great to be able to post on such a great blog, please pop over and check it out if you haven't already.

If you haven't already one so, please don't forget to enter my DKNY Be delicious competition.

Some of the posts that I have written this week include Military styles for winter 2010 and what is ethical fashion?. I have also written about British designers and minimalist v elaborate wedding dresses.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Boot Camp

Last year I spent most of the winter alternating between Whooga boots and ballet pumps. Whooga boots are amazing and incredibly warm but they don't go with everything and ballet flats are just not all that warm. This year, there is no question about it, I need new boots. I am fairly choosy about which boots I need. They need to be comfy and practical as well as looking great with most of the outfits in my wardrobe. I have a great pair of wedge boots but can only wear them when I am not walking too far. I need boots for getting out and about in the camper van and walking children to school every day.

Here are some of my practical but stylish picks, all available from Spartoo:

Le Temps de Cerise - Susan - These boots definitely tick all the boxes in terms if practicality and versatility. They would probably also be great with dresses for the festivals that I am hoping to go to next summer. I also love the metal trim detail on them and zip which makes them quick and easy to put on.


Mosquitos Honey - the low wedge on these boots makes them ideal for walking in (plus giving me a little bit of extra height). The suede and texture makes them look really warm. They would look great with most winter skirt and leggings outfits.

Esprit - Mossa Bootie - I love the colour and motorbike style of these boots. They would be perfect for wearing with jeans for a casual everyday outfit.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Autumn Treats and Creative Time


Tesco cupcakes - yesss Tesco's now sell proper nice cupcakes. As I don't live in London or a big city there is no where to buy nice cupcakes near me. I get very jealous when other bloggers post pictures of cupcakes - now I can do my own.  My girls went mad when I made them wait for me to take photos before they could eat them. They come in boxes of four! This is a red velvet one and whilst perhaps not as tasty as freshly baked ones from a bakery, it was very delicious.



African Prints in Autumnal Colours - My new skirt from ASOS Africa has arrived and I am very pleased with it. If you haven't yet checked out ASOS Africa, it is well worth a look for a great way to add some colour to your autumn wardrobe.
Berry Lipsticks - I love Chanel lipstick and my new Rouge Noir lipstick was just a little treat that goes perfectly with most evening outfits and some neutral coloured ones too. I always think that it is the finishing touches that make an outfit.
Getting Organised - I have been wanting a way of organising my necklaces for a long while now and this hook from a local boutique (you can order them online from Bombay Duck) was just the ticket.
A New Coat - I have finally made up my mind on a winter coat and got it just in time for the cold weather . I opted for this Maison Scotch coat which is available from either Coggles or ASOS. It is a really nice cut but a slightly thinner fabric than I expected so I ordered a slightly bigger size so that I can fit a cashmere cardi underneath if the weather is really cold. I haven't managed to take any pictures of me wearing it yet but will do soon.

Whilst all of these things are lovely autumn treats, what I have really been wanting for some time now is a little bit of time and space to be creative, this would be the best treat. Here are the creative things that I have been wanting to do.
  • Shorten my vintage kimono jacket
  • Make a collar with some scraps of lace I have left over
  • Customise some secondhand knitwear with lace, scraps of fabric and beads.
  • Take some amazzing autumn photos with lots of beautiful leaves
  • Redesign my workspace - it is such a mess at the moment and needs to be more of a creative space
  • I love cooking. Cupcakes, soup, great big roasts, curry I just need a bit of time to get a glass of wine, out on some music and get cooking.
I am making it a priority to have some me time and do these things in November and December.

What are your favourite autumn treats and how do you get creative?

Monday, 18 October 2010

Links à la Mode- Coats On!

Coats on!

Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie

Change is literally in the air, bringing with it the cold and rain that requires a wardrobe transition. I must confess to being ill prepared myself and as a consequence have been drenched in the freezing cold. Time to get out your boots and coat because fall is well and truly here. I may stick stubbornly to my floral dresses all year round, but the difference is in the layers. So I'm on the look out for fabulous tights and there are a couple of lovely posts to help me choose or even DIY my own style.

Links à la Mode: October 14th

  • Beautifully Invisible: The Art of Fashion Photography, as told by guest contributor Casee Marie
  • Best of bklyn: A guide to looking great on rainy days.
  • Broke & Beautiful: Kelli Murray proves that fashion and style are both forms of art.
  • Clothed Much: Blogging tips I've learned after a year and a half of blogging
  • Dramatis Personae: If I Were Another Person- What would you wear if you were someone else?
  • Forever Amber: My discovery of style blogging has also led to a discovery of places around my town that I didn't even know existed
  • Grit and Glamour: Friend Friday: Sticks, Stones, Comments, Criticism, and Kindness
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Bloggers Talk Monetizing Sites
  • Intrinsically Florrie: A backstage look at the London Season debutantes of 2010 at the Queen Charlotte's Ball, featuring Pronovias wedding dresses and Mikimoto jewelry.
  • Leia's Delights: Tutorial on how to enhance curly/wavy hair
  • Love Brown Sugar: Why spend your hard-earned dollars on trends that will fade away next season? A Guide To Thrifting Trends
  • Make the World a Prettier Place: A selection of beautiful vintage-inspired dresses
  • Malvestida: I came across the idea of making a photoshoot about two of the things I love the most: music and fashion.
  • Oranges and Apples: Beauty Essentials: Nivea Creme
  • Other Dutch Animals: Mad men and English women: reject the high maintenance of the past and do vintage your way
  • Skinny Purse: How To Wear Tights - Fall's Essential Foundation Garment
  • Shrimp Salad Circus: Get that extra mile out of your tights with seven fun and fashionable DIY projects!
  • Style Eyes: Sustainable Clothing - Progress by the UK high street and online retailers since the launch of the sustainable clothing action plan
  • The Citizen Rosebud: The story a a couple of backhanded compliments
  • The Coveted: Is it Fall Yet? What to wear in transitional weather.
  • The New Professional: DIY: Turn an A-line into a pencil skirt.
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Sunday, 17 October 2010

Style Eyes Weekly Fashion Round Up

It has been a while since I last did a weekly round up but I am definitely making a big effort to get back on track with my posting as afterall it is one of my favourite pastimes.

First up, two outfits which I haven't got round to posting yet this week. The first just an everday outfit for wearing on the school run etc, the second I wore for a christening in Bath on Saturday followed by a lovely meal.




Dress - vintage from Ebay
Bag - local charity shop
Denim Jacket - swapped on Posh-swaps.com
Gloves - Hoss Intropia (from Spartoo)
Belt - Next
Hair clip - Dorothy Perkins

 Dress - Vintage from Covert Candy
Wedge boots - Topshop
Obi belt - handmade by Emma at Style to Wear
hairclip - As before

If you haven't already entered my giveaway to win a bottle of Be Delicious perfume, then you can do so here. As no one has entered yet (no not a single soul), you stand a pretty good chance of winning and I can definitely vouch for the fact that this perfume is delicious.

If you haven't already checked it out, there is a great new website which allow you to vote/rate and have an influence on what will be in the shops for the season ahead. I am part of the Style Council, selecting the items which appear on the site. Here are some of my picks for Autumn winter 2010. If you like them please pop over to register and cast your vote, this will also give you the chance to win your favourite item/s from the site.

Another busy old week, some really interesting posts on the new Mulberry for Target range and the Pixie Lott collection for Lipsy. I have also been really busy writing about all sorts of dresses including cosy jumper dresses for the cold winter ahead and how to choose your bridesmaid dresses (a useful one if you are planning on getting married).

Have a lovely week

Ceri X

Friday, 15 October 2010

Friday Finds - Autumn Updates

Hope you are having a lovely Friday. I have been a bit lax with Friday Finds lately due to work being so busy but have saved up my favourites over the last few weeks so I hope you enjoy.

Printed Pencil Skirt by ASOS Africa - when it  first launched, I wondered at first if the ASOS Africa range might only be the sort of summery clothes that I would wear on holiday but how wrong I was. I have just ordered this skirt and it is amazing (unfortunately I have had to send to back and get a slightly bigger size). It is really well made, beautiful rich colours, a great shape and it it lined making it quite thick for the winter - a definite thumbs up and I can't wait for my new one to arrive.

Organic Cotton Maxi Dress - I just love the simplicity of this dress by new eco label Fair and True from Fashion Conscience. The perfect combination of comfort and elegance. They also do a very nice organic cotton maxi skirt.

Velvet Party Dress - with Christmas only 9 weeks away, I can't help thinking about party dresses (as if I haven't got enough already) and I love the lady like style of this Tara Startlet forties style dress. I also love the colour - brown which is quite unusual for a party dress and makes a change to black.

Lilli Diamond Maxi Dress - this beutiful maxi dress was in the vintage collection at Urban Outfitters. I love the shape and I love the colours, it is quite pricey though. 
Navy Floral Blazer - This is a great way to liven up a plain old pair of jeans. Although actually I don't often wear jeans so would probably end up pattern mixing it with a floral dress.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

DKNY Be Delicious Perfume Giveaway

In celebration of the 5th birthday of Donna Karen's perfume Be Delicious, I have very generously been given a 30ml EDT bottle and makeup bag to give away to one of my lovely readers, as well as some for me to review. In order to enter the give away please just leave a comment on this post. The prize is only available to UK residents and the closing date is 31st October. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will get an extra entry into the giveaway.

The DKNY Be Delicious perfume is perfectly described by its name. With a refreshing hint of apple it smells almost good enough to eat. The bottle is even apple shaped and looks lovely sat on my dressing table. I have been advised in the past that you should keep perfumes in a draw out of the sun light to stop them going off but I am guessing this will all be used up long before it goes off. For me, it is the ideal daytime scent, a sort of fresh and sweet smell that is not too overpowering and makes me feel energised, just what I need in the winter. It is perfect for wearing with both casual and smarter outfits.

Check out the Core Club tab on the DKNY Facebook page to find out about a great competition that DKNY have launched with a trip the New York City to win. Entrants have to design their own « Be Delicious » bottle and Donna Karan herself will select the best design.

Oh btw I have also become a Style Councillor on a new website called the Shopping Forecast. A great place to get fashion inspiration and discover new fashion.

Ceri X

Weekly Shopping And Goodies 12/10


A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a Katherine Kwei Donna Suede Sling Bag. Enter to win!
Couture In The City shares with ushave warm feet for fall Enter to Win Whooga Ugg Boots!
Fashion Cents wants to know "what is the one item that can cheapen and/or make your entire look out-dated?"
Fashion Hippo discovers skin care products that celebrity's love and you can afford.
Handbag du Jour wants to know what you think of the Mulberry for Target collection.
Ladybrillemag.com says Ahmed Soultan Sexy Afro-Arabian Singer is One to Watch!
RedPoppy is excited for Mulberry's partnership with Target!
Shopping and Info is loving lilac pink and purpleboots for winter by Ugg Australia and Hunter.
Style Eyes Fashion Blog reviews progress so far on Black Patent Leather Heel Day! !
TheFind says it isn't too early to choose your customized Holiday greeting cards - Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Tiny Prints.
Violet Revolution asks, "What do you love more: Fashion or Chocolate?"
What's Haute Magazine attended last week's celebrity-studded launch party for the Swatch New Gent's Collection!


Image from a Few Goody Gum Drops

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Sustainable Clothing - Progress by the UK High Street and Online Retailers



At last LFW in February, I attended the fourth update for a Sustainable Action Plan for clothing launched by UK retailers and supported by the government. The Sustainable clothing Roadmap was set up by Defra involuntary initiative involving over 300 companies along the clothing supply chain and co-ordinated by Defra to provide a platform for an integrated approach to sustainable clothing throughout the sector.

I have a really strong interest in sustainable clothing and whilst there are some amazing eco brands and designers emerging at the moment, I believe that in order for sustainable clothing to become more mainstream and the majority of people to start buying more sustainability, changes need to be made at the high street, supermarket (and equivalent online retailer level) as well as the designer and higher end. I also love British high street clothing and think it would be great if there were more sustainable choices available making it easier, more convenient and more cost effective to choose the sustainable option.

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan covers all sorts of initiatives from labelling to recycling, education and setting up greener factories and I think there have been some major steps forward in some of these areas. But for the purpose of this post I am concentrating on the actions which include introducing more sustainable choices for the consumer.

Marks and Spencers and Tesco's led the way with actions which included trialing new fibres such as bamboo,renewable plastics and extending the ranges of clothes made from sustainable fabrics like recycled polyester and organic cotton.

I decided to have a look at some of the most popular UK fashion retailers to to see what they are doing in terms of offering more sustainable choices and where they are now. I am not suggesting that these retailers are particularly good or bad as I guess there are those doing both better and worse than the ones that I have chosen to look at, I just wanted to give an overall picture of the progress so far.


Marks and Spencers
Currently not stocking any organic cotton or recycled clothing unless you count the organic cotton eco bags and an umbrella made from recycled polyester. They do however have 4 different styles of Fairtrade cotton t shirts. Really disappointed by this as Marks and Spencers was one of the leading names involved, was instrumental in setting up the 'Plan A' and is also such a key part of the UK high street.


Tesco
Tesco sell a range of organic cotton jeans by the brand Monkee Genes. They also sell 2 pieces of Fairtrade cotton clothing for women. This is fairly disappointing too as I had high hopes for Tesco following their collaboration with From Somewhere. This was obviously a one off.

ASOS
As a relatively new fashion retailer that is only online allowing it to react quickly to customers needs, it is perhaps not surprising that ASOS has made significant progress. They have their own Green Room selling ethical and sustainable clothing. The Green Room has a good selection of organic, Fairtrade and recycled clothes from a range of green brands including affordable Annie Greenabelle as well as their own ASOS Africa brand. The only issue is that sometimes it is difficult to work out from the website how the varying brands are ethical or eco friendly.

Urban Outfitters
Although they have very little in the way of organic cotton clothes, Urban Outfitters do have a Renewal collection which features some really on trend clothes include vintage, recycled and remade pieces. The collection currently includes some really desirable pieces including a leather skirt, floral baby doll dress and a remade trench coat.

So quite a mixed result. Those retailers that were really involved in the action plan at the beginning seem to have done very little (if anything at all) to increase the choice of sustainable clothing that they sell (please correct me if I am wrong). There are however some who are making a move in the right direction but there is still a long way to go.

I have looked at the DEFRA Website to see if there are any further details on what has happened so far in terms of increased sustainable choice in fashion, but I can't find anything recent to show that.

Is it just me? I am being impatient? did I just expect too much? It seems that over the last few years, countless small businesses have launched selling sustainable clothing and yet some of the bigger retailers haven't even launched a small line of organic cotton clothing yet. I am also always disappointed when I want to buy myself something new on the high street and I struggle to find anything that is made of natural materials as opposed to synthetics.

Your thoughts?

Ceri X

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Pink Weekend and Bus Life

Following on with the challenge to wear something pink each day for breast cancer awareness, I wore my beaded vintage top on Saturday afternoon to go out for dinner with Mr Style Eyes and the children.I bought it on ebay a month or two ago and it has beautiful brightly coloured beaded flowers over it. Sparkly and flowers in one top - this makes me feel so happy although it can be difficult to know what to wear it with. I usually opt for a denim pencil skirt but here I am wearing jeans.  
On Sunday we went out and about in out and about so I needed something a little more practical. I desided to wear khaki trousers (Mango) with a grey jumper (Topshop) and grey jersey jacket (Next). I go the pink neck scarf from Round London. The bag wa a present from my mum.


The reason that we went out and about this weekend was to try out the new (old) VW camper van that we have just invested in. Unfortunately it is a bit cold to camp at the moment so we will have to wait until the Spring to give it a proper try out, but for now we are happy to go out for the day to local beauty spots (here is Mr Style Eyes at the White horse in Wiltshire) for walks, kite flying etc, followed by cups of tea and delicious bacon sandwiches cooked by Mr Style Eyes.

Next summer we hope to make good use of 'the bus' when we go to quite a few of the summer festivals, not fully decided which yet but Vintage at Goodwood is high on the list. We will also be visiting some of our favourite spots in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Pink Again and the Six Items Or Less Challenge

As it is pink week, I had to dig out my favourite bright pink tights. The only problem being that they are not quite as flattering on the legs as plain black tights. They look best when worn with heels. One plus point of the weather getting colder and autumn finally arriving is that I get to wear my clumpy Topshop wedge boots that I bought last winter. I have been wanting to wear them all summer but they just looked wrong with summer dresses.

My outfit
dress- Oasis
scarf- a present
Tights- Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Topshop

I am enjoying dressing in pink this week, it has really cheered me up (also really glad to promoting breast cancer awareness). It is funny how challenging yourself to wear certain items or limiting yourself on what you can wear forces you to be more creative with outfits so you wear stuff that you wouldn't usually wear.

Have you heard about Six Items or Less? It is a global challenge examining the power of what we don't wear. Basically you choose six items of clothing or less to wear for a month. undergarments, sports clothes, mandated work uniforms, swimwear, accessories, pajamas, shoes, outer wear (that’s only worn outside) are not included in your six.

I am considering doing such a challenge as this would be the ultimate in practising what I preach in terms of sustainable style. But such a challenge would create a number of difficulties for me not least in deciding which six items to choose and making sure that they were clean and ironed ready for when I needed them (that does not equate to one outfit per day).

Whilst most people assume the Six Items or Less challenge is about consumerism, it is not really about anything other than putting a challenge out there and seeing what people bring to and the discussions it creates.

Would you consider wearing six items or less for a month?

Ceri X

Thursday, 7 October 2010

In The Pink - Day 2


So day 2 of the my challenge to wear something pink each day to help promote awareness of breast cancer. Today I decided to opt for ladylike and give me the chance to wear my new skirt by Marks and Spencers Autograph which I picked up (New with tags!) from the second hand shop in town for £6. The pink top is at least 10 years old, I love how bright it is and even though I don't really wear it much, I have never been able to part with it, glad I didn't. I love pink, the brighter the better. I can't really do really pale pink though as it just doesn't suit me.

The rest of my outfit is:

Cardigan - George at Asda (3 or 4 years old)
Shoes - ASOS
Necklace - Dorothy Perkins

How do you wear pink? Do you prefer bright or pale shades?
Have a lovely day!

Ceri X

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Blogging for Breast Cancer aWEARness


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month in the US and also in the UK. I read about the Blogging for Breast Cancer aWEARness on Melissa of a Working Moms Closet's blog. You can find out more about the challenge there but basically she challenged bloggers to raise awareness of breast cancer by wearing something pink every single day for the whole of October. I would join in as this is a topic quite close to my heart and I also love the colour pink As usual I am a little late getting in on the act and missed the beginning of the challenge and I am not confident that I will be able to post every single day so I thought I would join in for 1 week.

Finding and treating breast cancer early can make all the difference and you can find out how to be breast aware here.

If you would like to check out the lovely pink outfits there is a full list of participants on A Working Moms Closet.

My outfit (I promise, I am no where near as miserable as look in the photo). I decided to take my own advice on coping with the changeable weather by layering.

Pink cardigan - Fenn Wright Mason
Long Top - Next
Leggings - New Look
Mesh Skirt - Topshop
Necklace - House of Fraser
Shoes - Clarks

Do you like pink? why not try your own pink outfit for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Ceri X

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Busy And Boring


Just to explain the title of the post. Busy is me. September has been one of the busiest months of my life ever. Mainly with work but also lots of other stuff. I can't remember the last time I sat and watched TV or read a magazine. I can't complain, business is going great but this month I need to try and find more time for the stuff that I really enjoy like cuddles with the children, drinking wine with Mr Style Eyes and blogging (for my own blog). I have missed out on lots of stuff this month and I have especially missed visiting everyones blogs. This month, I am more organised and prepared and hope to do lots of catching up.

Boring is the outfit, just the sort of thing I might have worn to work when I worked in an office. I definitely think this outfit could do with much more colour and pattern or perhaps some texture. As I work from home I don't wear suits very often anymore. Yesterday I had a sudden urge to wear something a bit smarter than usual. The jacket is by Reiss but I got if from the local charity shop, the top Next and the trouser Autograph Weekend at Marks and Spencers. Being quite short I really struggle with trousers and really love this collection as they always fit just right. The necklace is from New Look, the shoes Marks and Spencers and the flower brooch from Dorothy Perkins. Oh and the handbag is from the same charity shop as the jacket.

Ideas on how to brighten this outfit up?

Ceri X

Friday, 1 October 2010

More Fashion Democracies

Following on last weeks post in The Shopping Forecast, a new fashion democracy, where you and help to decide what should be in the shops for the season ahead. I have come across lots of other initiatives where the fashion retailers are really listening to their customers in order to give them exactly what they want.

Another really exciting new website is Usabrand founded by Moritz Baier. The site allows users to upload their fashion sketches, which are then voted on by the public and the item with the most votes gets made and sold. If your item gets made, you get 5 Euros for each piece sold. There are some really amazing sketches and I am definitely going to be voting, I might even get out my colouring pencils and try one of my own.

Sense of Fashion is another great site that is a marketplace with a difference. It allows the Indie designers to openly communicate with their customers, fans and other designers allowing them to tailor their products to exactly what the customers want. Designers can poll customers about potential colours and style. It is also a place where fashionistas, photographers, fashion bloggers and stylists can exchange views and recommendations.

As if that isn't enough to keep me busy browsing and voting for hours on end, Beta Fashions is yet another fashion democracy where fashion created on an open platform in collaboration with designers from around the world.  The community can view, comment and help decide which designs will become reality. This is not only a way to discover emerging designers but also is also a step towards changing the way fashion change is created and consumed.

There are also lots of other sites like Teepay which allow you to upload your own t shirt designs. For those who prefer to do a little more than just having their say and want to put their money where their mouth is, there is also Catwalk Genius which I have posted about in the past in connection with the first ever fan funded collection by Kate Eary.

I love the idea of having more say in which clothes are available to buy and also having an input into the creative process of creating the clothes that I wear. I also think the idea of having clothes that are designed and manufactured according to what the customer wants could well be more sustainable because there is less waste and it also encourages individual style (which is timeless) instead of mass produced fast fashion which changes each season. Finally it gives customers the chance to show their preferences for clothes made with more sustainable materials (if that is what they want).

What do you think of these sites? will you be casting your vote?

Have a lovely weekend

Ceri X

Sketch by Mafiu