This weeks must have……. Sequin Trousers!!!!!

Now sequin trousers might not spring straight to mind when deciding what to buy, but we adore them! They look great for a night out, down the pub, with killer heels and cute flats. The carrot shape style above is flattering for slim and curvy figures. Sequins go surprising well with a military style detailing, block colours and knitwear, we have layered knitwear to give a more edgy look. Don’t be afraid of sequins there fun and if your really daring go head to toe in sequins!

Marni for H&M Spring Summer 2012

The next guest designer to team up with H&M is Marni. Marni’s style focus, for women, on clashing prints, colour and pattern with a sleek and slightly sporty styling edge. All finished of with a splash of sparkle and plastic over-sized accessories. To wet your taste buds here’s some of our fav pieces from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Spring/Summer 2012 Marni Collection

Male Marni fans can also join in, although though the details are sketchier on what will be on offer, aside from print and “a relaxed take on masculine classics”.

New shoot….

Watch out for our new shoot guys….it involves…

Fashion is Glamorous! 

and some crazy stories!!!!

One of our team members who is the hairstylist has already started building big buns and long ponytails…

It will be full of colour and mystery we are outdoors to so look out for big clouds of coloured smoke and that will be us!

2011 British Fashion Awards

Image: winners and presenters at the British Fashion Awards 2011. Left to right: Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts) & Christopher Raeburn; Sam Gainsbury & Kate Moss; Mary Katrantzou & Olivia Palermo; David Sims & Stella Tennant; Kristen McMenamy & Tabitha Simmons.
This years British Fashion Awards were presented by George Lamb and Lauren Laverne. Alexa Chung won her 2nd consecutive British style award, which is voted for by the public. Alexa  wore a sparkled bodiced Christopher Kane dress and Charlotte Olympia heels. When she collected her trophy she thanked all the designers “for make such beautiful clothes” With her trophy held high and proud “This is for girls who dress like awkward boys”

The full list of winners:
Emerging Talent Award – Ready to Wear: Mary Katrantzou 

Emerging Talent Award – Accessories: Tabitha Simmons

Emerging Talent Award – Menswear: Christopher Raeburn 

Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia 

Menswear Designer: Kim Jones 

Designer Brand: Victoria Beckham 

Model: Stella Tennant 

BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Paul Smith

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury 

Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney 
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen      
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane 

Interview with Michael Kelly Freelance Illustrator

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First of all thanks Mike for taking the time out so we can have a chat with you about your work. Your illustrations have a fine art side to them I feel that is different to what most illustrators are doing to day, and what we love at Fashion Mould about them.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspirations are fine artists Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollack. I get goosebumps looking at anything photographer Steven Maisel and makeup artist Pat McGrath do. 
I’ll spend hours looking for new talent and there’s so many up and coming artist that really get my creative mind just going. 

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How do you create your pieces they look so detailed?

My medium is totally digital (Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Painter) with custom made brushed. But, a while back I was printing my basic concepts on canvas through a service that prints large format prints, and then using oil and cloth to do a light rub into the basic areas of colour to see if that worked for me. After that I’d go to town on the image until it looked just right.

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Why did you move into digital?

I was never satisfied with with anything I did, so going digital was a perfect for me. Photshop and Corel Painter have the perfect tools to get the job done and I’ve been working on Macs for 20 plus years, so I’ve figured out that if you can tweek any of the custom settings in both those programs and then layer the sections of the painting that still have that “computerised feel”.

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Your work has so much depth, mood and character, do you find its hard to keep those elements in digital work?

With the use of layering and tweeking custom setting that you’ll be able to create a painting that has some depth, mood and character no matter the format. Plus when I’m working on a piece, I’ll keep the mistakes I’ve made in the image (off brush strokes, colour mistakes, etc..) so that when the paintings been completed it has a more authentic look and feel. I’ve always believed that the mistakes within ones paintings are what makes us human and individually original.

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What is your background illustrating?

My background is in publishing. I started out years ago as graphic artist doing book covers for a company called Contemporary Books which was owned by the Chicago Tribune Education. We were eventually bought out by McGraw-Hill and I was promoted to Art Director, creating book covers and interiors, multimedia programs, collateral material and marketing campaigns. Eventually they realised I was I could run and train a staff while still keeping my deadlines, so they made the Creative Director. I worked with McGraw-Hill till 2004 and I received a job offer from Houghton Mifflin. I took the job. I just couldn’t pass up the company that published countless award winning books (The Hobbit, Polar Express, etc…). I was basically train my staff on creating book covers and marketing material, website development (look, feel and navigation) and giving them some inspiration to do what ever they feel would work best for a project and as long as they stayed on goal or track we would get something that was original and exciting.

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Sounds like great fun, did you enjoy it? what made you become freelance?

Of course, I kept some of the fun projects for myself!
In 2009 I decide that I could go off on my own and still be able to pay my bills. I really wanted to work on my passion projects which was fashion. I new getting into that business was next to impossible, but I my dad once told me to “do what you enjoy, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” We’ll he was partly right, I really enjoy what I do, but, I’ve been working my butt off never the less.  

I love that saying and totally believe in it, and what you said about working you butt off.

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What has 2011 been like?

I have created over 70 paintings in the last year and have been working on social media and iPhone and iPad development for several software developers in the Chiacgo area. I have also just been contacted by Italian Vogue to do 2 pieces.

Wow that’s great news! Shows that hard work does pay off, Congratulations.

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So when your not busy working what do you do?

I’m always looking for new things to do and on my off time I off to Chicago with my Nikon D300 looking for the next inspiration. I’ve found through out the years that you can find inspiration in just about about anything I see, even if you just start in you back yard.

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 Thanks again Mike, great to chat with you!

Christmas hits Birmingham.

Birminghams German Christmas market has been open for a week now and is as popular as ever. Selling tasty treat such as German Wheat Beer, Sausage and Pancakes there is something for everyone.
This years market is bigger than ever, spanning the whole length of New Street, from the Bullring up to the central Library and down towards Symphony Hall, it easy to understand why its the biggest “German” market outside of Germany. We personally can’t wait to have ago on the Carousel followed by a Mulled Wine to warm us up!
Check out the pics to get even the most Grinch like of you into the festive spirt.

Power couples…

Here at fashion mould we love a good love story so here are a few of our favourite power couples, who not only look amazing but innovate, encourage one another and in some cases destroy each other!!! 

Anne Leibovitz & Susan Sontag

John Lennon & Yoko ono

Camille Claude & Robin (A case of serious heartbreak)

O’Keeffe & Stiegliz

Krasner & Pollock

Dali & Gala

Diego & Frida
Although we  can never forget our number one duo….
Tom & Jerry
Good things come in two here at fashion mould…so find a friend and partner up just as we did and send us in your artistic results at fashion

A taste of Lebanon in Birmingham

If you want to feel that you have left Sunny Birmingham for the night then head down to Syrianas’. The food, service and atmosphere transports you to Lebanon. Its not only just a great night out, on Saturdays they have a Belly Dancer providing entertainment, but its also very reasonably priced. Check out for more details.

This weeks must have

Starting this week we will tell you what you should be buying and how to wear it. This week must have item is a pair of leather trousers. They look HOT can be worn casually and out and about, great with flats, boots and heels. Best paired with a fake fur jacket to keep you nice and warm. Take a look below for outfit ideas.

£1 What would you do…………………….

So we all know that money is tight in today economical climate, so instead of focusing all on the doom and gloom we though we’d show you how much fun you can have with just £1. Enjoy.
Decorate your Cat in Tinsel.
Rummage around a Pound store.
Saunter down to your local Charity shop and see what you can find. You can get great bargains for a pound  including clothes and books!
Take a gamble and place your pound on the Lotto.
Go to the market and get bowls of veg for a pound. Birminghams Fruit & Veg market is amazing so cheap and colourful. Last week you could have 8 cucumbers for a £1, not sure what you would do with them all though.
Go for a walk its free fun and great exercise,go alone, with a mate or even better a dog you will meet lots of friendly dog walkers.
Make a cake; 1 egg, 2oz Flour, 2oz butter, 2oz sugar Honey, Jam or whatever filling you like. You can mircowave it, with a bit of clingfilm over the top of the bowl for 3 mins or bake in the oven.
Cook Marshmellows over a fire, if like me you don’t have an open fire just use a candle, make sure its not sented as Lavander Marshmellows aren’t nice!
Cosy night in get your fav films on dvd and make your own popcorn  ( fun just to do that). If you feel like being really retro watch a video! 
Everyone knows a snowball fight is great fun, if you win, so when it snows get involved. Until then why not play other “kids games” Hula Hooping, going for a bike ride or making someone jump.
To cold outside for fun get out all the old board games and  have a retro night. My favorite was Twister and Payday.  
Go for a Picnic, its not that cold and you can take a flash of tea or coffee with you to warm yourself up.
Go to the park and feed the ducks, doesn’t cost anywhere near a pound and is great fun.
Go fishing, not as exotic as above but still fun, by a 50p net on the end of a bean cane and wonder down your Canal.
Do a good deed, give up your seat on the bus/train, help someone with directions, the elderly with their shopping, buy some pet food and donate it to the animal rescue centers (there are bins in all supermarkets). Best thing of all its free!