A recent shoot I styled with the gorgeous Brazilian babe, Cris from Premier.
Ralph Lauren turtleneck sweater
MiH The Marrakesh jeans
I have started working on the new series of inside space and a couple of weekends ago went to go and visit my friend Natalie in her house boat.
The jacket was bought the same morning at a car boot for a tenner and is basically a longer version of a jacket I already own.
Every time I go vintage shopping I am always constantly drawn towards old french workwear. I am still trying to find an elusive pair of Le mont St.Michel full length dungarees in the perfect wash with lots of patching (basically my dream dungarees). The fit of the jacket was so good I couldn’t part with it even though my wardrobe, which is currently taking over my whole room, would be a lot happier if I didn’t.
Worn with a vintage stripy shirt, vintage Levis, chelsea riding boots, Cos bag and a really cool vintage brooch that I lost the same day.
With my birthday on the approach next week I have started making a mental wish list of all those dream items that could await my arrival, wrapped up in paper on the kitchen table, ready to be hastily opened. In the sort of fevered excitement that only a birthday can conduce.
My very organised little sister who is currently living in Cornwall has already handed over a bag of parcels wrapped in brown paper, the bag is currently hidden from view in my room, so there is no early opening temptation.
Although most birthdays wish lists are ignored. Instead I always manage to get lots of surprise presents, which I am sure this year will be in the form of homewares and ‘useful’ items. I even asked my brother to buy me a good cooking knife which made me suddenly feel about 40years old.
My favourite kind of present is normally of the homemade variety, it’s just so much more special to receive something that has been created just for you. I made my brother a personalised game of Guess Who featuring all his friends which went down rather well, and another time I bought a bunch of polaroids and took tonnes of pictures at his 30th and made them into an album. It’s presents like that you want to keep forever. So for any friend reading this what I really want is a photo album crammed full of pics!!
Anyway to completely contradict what I have written here is a wish list of things that have caught my eye lately…
1.Love this colourful jigsaw puzzle like phone case by Design Vagabond.
2. I am a massive fan of Reformation and wanted the Charles dress when it came out last year, and now it’s out again. The fact that I still like it after a year is definitely a good sign.
3. This Olympia Le Tan bag is currently on ebay so for anyone out there with a bigger budget than me it’s a pretty special purchase.
4. I don’t know what it is about this ring by designer Hattie Rickards maybe its all the multi coloured gems, the fact that the inner gold piece spins around or that it looks like a sweet, but I absolutely love it.
5. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a bit of a thing for black boots, case in point I think I own about 15 pairs. This pair from ASOS in black leather could easily become no.16.
6. A big fan of colour and using old materials these handmade rugs by Serpent Sea are a really nice way to add some colour to a room.
DARN By Amelia Pemberton
About a month ago I spent an amazing week in Cornwall, I went sailing, walking and even managed some sea swimming. However the main reason I was there was to go and see my little sister’s graduate fashion show at Falmouth University. It was quite surreal going to see her fashion show as it reminded me of my final show and all the stress, endless nights spent sewing and drinking coffee.
I remember watching the whole box set of Weeds whilst pulling an all-nighter working on my bed like a mad woman, trying to finish my portfolio. Most evenings spent accompanied by the constant whirring of a sewing machine, interrupted only with a 10min caffeine fix in the living room which all housemates would appear at, snapping out of their work induced comas to take a quick biscuit break before the guilt set in and everyone went back to there rooms to continue the work marathon.
My sister seemed to take it all in her stride though and produced a truly beautiful collection, (as well as a flip book, short film, and fashion shoot). Using vintage fabrics and designing her own prints, including an amazing chicken scarf. Her collection was the first womenswear collection shown and one I could easily wear every piece from-
The stripy screen printed shorts are definitely a favourite though!
Check out more of her work here - http://ameliapemberton.co.uk
All clothes by Amelia Pemberton
Photography by Amelia Pemberton
Stills shot by River Thompson
Model - Rosa
Pierre Le Tan
Pierre Le Tan’s illustrations instantly put a smile on my face. I especially love the covers he illustrated throughout the 70’s for The New Yorker. His images often make an appearance as prints for his daughter Olympia Le Tan’s collections. I would love to own the above New Yorker cover in bag form!! With such an intriguing cover think I might have to get myself a copy of The Afternoon Cat…
On friday I went to The Hospital Club to check out the launch of my friend Mel’s amazing new denim brand, Bethnals.
Mel is pretty much a denim supremo, she helped to launch the whole denim section at Topshop, and could easily be described as a denim guru.
Bethnals jeans are unisex and come in 2 collections - Core and Selvedge. Core caters to those looking for a timeless pair of jeans, whereas Selvedge is for those who want a jean committed to denim’s heritage. Both denims will come in three fits: skinny, straight and relaxed. I’ve tried on all three shapes which all fit really nicely, I absolutely love the skinny fit!
As well as denim there are linen mix slub tees, a twill shirt named Rodger and an amazing workmen’s style jacket in the perfect washed blue.
Mel is currently fundrasing via kickstarter, it is really worth taking a look at her page so you can see the whole collection and if you fancy a Bethnals of your own then donate towards her cause as every donation gets a Bethnals product. Check it out here.
I had a super little spy in the form of my sister at the Moschino show. Chloe was backstage filming for Models1at London Collections Men and managed to take a few pictures backstage of the colourful craziness that is Jeremy Scott’s take on Moschino.
All pictures by Chloe Pemberton
Browsing through these websites and mentally furnishing my new space is something I find myself doing a little to often lately.
These are my current favourite websites for all things home ware. Goodhood is great for accessories and very nice looking things you probably don’t need but can totally imagine owning.
Labour and Wait offers simplistic design solutions, probably best described as the Margaret Howell of home ware whilst Darkroom hosts the more unusual home furnishing pieces, favourites of which come in the form of bespoke boucherouite rugs designed by The Rug Trade and blankets by Foxford.
Finally a new discovery, Objects of Use - a great little shop I discovered on a weekend visit to Oxford, it also has an online store where I bought my little sister a metal tin lunchbox which ended up being used to take her food to uni and as a handbag in her final collection fashion show. I think I might just have to get one now too!
The problem with being a stylist is you always end up falling in love with a piece pretty much on every shoot. In this case it was the checked Carven dress, the kind of dress you can imagine wearing with the straps half falling down, a nut brown tan, messy chignon and some sandals boarding a boat in Positano…(I can dream right?)
Stylist’s own dress
Stylist’s own striped jacket
American Apparel white vest
1. Slightly obsessed with these Spring Court trainers after I styled Lolita Jacobs in Paris and saw them in her wardrobe.
2. LOVE this now sold out set of days of the week pants by Stella McCartney.
3. Amazing pottery made by Arhoj – these guys would be perfect to fill with colouring pencils.
4. These neon dipped cement candle holders from Goodhood store are pretty awesome, although I would quite like to try making my own.
5. Have always loved these Hay studio trays – mostly in the neon colour ways –perfect for small trinkets and jewellery.
6. This is more of a dream purchase, I want every one of Olympia Le Tan’s bags but this new matchstick one is pretty special!
7. Art that I can afford and even wear on my feet – perfect! From Sock Drawer.
8. Finally I have fallen into the wallpaper trap and have stumbled across Designer Wallcoverings the only website to sell the infamous Beverly Hills Banana print wallpaper as well as tonnes of amazing other designers. They also sell the amazing zebra design by Scalamandre as used in The Royal Tenenbaums movie which I might have to get, just so I can channel my inner Margot.
There is something about 90’s Winona, with her scruffy black hair, big brown bug eyes, and penchant for wearing oversized menswear pieces drowning her slight frame.
Although I think my favourite Winona would be the suited, cropped hair and dinosaur suitcase carrying one.