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Some time back we rather excitedly shared with you the launch for the first edition of this book and it’s accompanying swatch guide (take a look here). Well, Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston, the authors, have responded to the success of that first set of books with an updated version, incorporating a broader look at the world of fashion textiles, called Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide.
Amanda told us “The second edition of Fabric For Fashion has been extended with a new two chapter section on man-made fibres, and includes many new fashion images and specially commissioned visuals.
We wanted to continue the ethos of the first edition by tracing the historical, socio-geographic significance, and sustainability considerations of the fibre and fabric journeys that are the very substance of our Fashion products. Fabric for Fashion The Complete Guide aims to be a user-friendly and easily referenced guide to textile information, contextualized with consideration to how designers source, and work with fabric.”
As I spend more time working with fashion students I feel more and more strongly that they need as much support as possible with understanding textiles, after all this is the foundation of their creativity. Johnston and Hallett, through their many years working in fashion education as well as creative members of the fashion industry, have really understood this need and responded to it by delivering an exciting, informative and utterly essential reference book for anyone who is engaged with textiles or fashion on any level, from fashion journalists to design students or creatives in the industry. £28.00 very well spent.
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In my heart I am a hip hop kid, regardless of the fact that I’m from the Home Counties rather than Far Rockaway… I guess the love affair was sealed when Flavor Flav called me a bitch. In a good way I think. And it was when he was still a Public Enemy too.
Well, this track, Trillmatic from A$AP Mob, takes me back to those early days of my hip hop discovery, in no small part due to the contribution from Wu Tang’s finest, Method Man. There’s a Nas style smoothness to this too, as well as some wonderfully rich, fluid and musically elegant samples. A$AP Mob is a hip hop collective, a little bit like a musical version of ACNE if you like. They incorporate artists and designers alongside musicians and producers. Their most famous son is A$AP Rocky, and Blink Music Monday alumni (check out Fashion Killa).
Really, even if you’re not that into hip hop, I think you’ll still love this just because the sun has decided to shine a bit, and it’s a Monday and you deserve a little musical distraction.
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It’s about time we shared another of our discoveries with you, beyond the world of fashion but very much in our world day to day. Stylish Steals is the category where we slip you the intel on some amazing products that we’ve either discovered by chance or been introduced to. They cover all variety of things, but what they have in common is that these are all things that perform well above their cost. In other words, money well spent, bargains and well, stylish steals!
Ruby Red for sure falls into this category. A new addition to our bathroom shelf, and one that we will be stocking up on across the range. This is a London based skincare brand whose formulations are all based on traditional apothecary, enhanced beyond standard performance with genuine therapeutic skincare benefits. Supporting our opinion that this year old label is doing some very good work is the fact that they are already stocked in Fortnum & Mason as well as Planet Organic. You can also buy directly from their online shop.
I’ve been enjoying slathering on one of their hero products, the Reviving Body Cleanser. As this is all natural, with no chemical nasties, I wasn’t expecting much on the bubbles front so I started off with an extra big serving onto my sponge. The next thing I knew my bathroom had been transformed into a citrus scented version of an Ibiza foam party rave up!
I’ve been following this delicious shower gel with a thorough rub down using their Renewal Shea Skin Cream. It takes some warming up in your hands to make this rub-on-able, but the effort is so very worth it. I must admit to a fashion-based chaffing injury after wearing a ridiculously heavy necklace to London Fashion Week. I had even given my precious pot of Creme de la Mer a try at soothing my sore skin, to no avail. This Ruby Red product has me chaff-free in a matter of two days application. If you suffer from sensitive, dry skin or just enjoy an indulgently rich body cream, I can’t recommend this highly enough.
The only question is, which of their products to try next? Hmmm…