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Hello all,
 
Here is a link to a questionnaire for my univeristy project:
 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6VB8JG2
 
I have decided on a project the title of:
 
‘Best of British:The Relaunch of Norman Hartnell’

I would really appreciate it if you would be able to fill in this quick questionnaire on luxury British heritage brands. There are 10 multiple choice questions and it will take just a few mintutes. Every single response will help me a lot in my final degree project.

Thanks!

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Something a little bit different today…

I am not sure who this is a picture of, I just happened to come across it. It’s quite inspiring for both the pose the woman is positioned in, and for the dress she is wearing.

I am not normally a fan of all this PVC and dominatrix style design, but this is different; it is subtle and feminine. I love how if you crop the image and look at her face she looks like a 1950s housewife, then you see the image from her neck down and it tells an entirely different story. This is an interesting approach to take in design, to mix two opposing and contrasting themes together to create something that challenges the viewer, as well as the wearer.

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Drumroll please…

Another photoshoot on a bike! Something deeply inspiring in them?! Who knows, but what I love about this photo is how carefree and relaxed, yet elegant, Jennifer looks.  And this is what I like to create in my designs – relxed elegance. The black outfit is chic and timeless, and the expression on her face sends out vibes of happiness and fun. It makes me want to go cycling, although maybe not in flip flops…that spells danger to me!! Viva Miss Aniston.

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I just discovered Nixxi, a fabulous fashion label whose clothes are uber cool and glamourous, as well as being sustainably produced. Bravo!

As far as I am aware, Nixxi isn’t (annoyingly) available to buy in the UK…although, trust me, I am looking! It appears to be a Canadian label, and my Mum is travelling over there later on this year, so may have to ask her to bring me some bits back!

Nixxi has been nominated for a ‘Fashion Takes Action’ award, and I hope they do well! The clothes are utterly feminine and gorgeous. Lots of drapery, and floating fabrics. ‘Clean silhouettes in organic textures’ as they put it. I love it. I am a sucker for anything sustainable and ethical, especially if it looks as pretty as these clothes do…

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Today’s image…

This image is fabulous and so strong. The structured lines of the skirt are offset by the drapery of the coat.

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Today my image is…

I love this image of Victoria Beckham, taken by Ellen von Unwerth, with a gorgeous little fluffy puppy. I like how relaxed she is dressed and looks, yet she has styled it up with a fancy, but messy, up do…great weekend casual chic

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Hugely successful handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has just launched a range of outerwear for traditional countrywear label Barbour.

The range of outwear is set to bring a new ‘fashion’ crowd to the country persuits brand. The designs are part of the Barbour Autumn Winter 2010 collection which will launch later this year, and is already gaining a huge amoutn of interest from fashion journalists.

The Telegraph reported on the collection, will the following quoted by Anya herself:

“Barbour is an iconic British brand. It is part of my childhood, and the feel and smell of a Barbour waxed jacket is something that evokes home, family and country weekends,” Hinbdmarch said today. “It was fascinating working in the archives, hearing the Barbour stories behind some of the coats, from explorers, military men and heroines.

“It has been fun to add a little Anya Hindmarch style. We have respected the original design but played with the cut, fit and the details. I can’t wait to have mine so I can look less like a “pavement girl” in the country.”

Anya Hindmarch designs a collection of coats for Barbour

This isn’t the first time the heritage brand has try to seek modern twists on thier classic waxed coats. Back in 2007 designers on the first series of Project Catwalk were asked to design a garment for the brand, in keeping with thier brand ethos, while bringing it more up to date with a ‘fashion’ twist. The winner of the week was congratulated with the company putting the design into production, and availabel for sale through thier stores.

Deborah Walker was the lucky winner, with the winning design shown above.

I look forward to seeing what is to come, although I am still a little uncertain…

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