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Friday, 5 September 2014

Summer Breeze

Hey guys,long time no blog.
Just thought I'd let you know that I'm not completely neglecting this blog , I've just been a little preoccupied with the summer holidays and all.
Also , I'm going to start posting more regularly so expect a ton of new interviews , ramblings about music , photographs ,arty farty waffle and even some outfit posts!
So... a very brief round up of my summer:

I dyed half my hair purple....

....which turned green/grey

I went to Canada with my family  which was really amazing 
( expect photography based posts)

I went to Blackpool Pleasure beach with one of my best friends , Catherine:


I went to a Marina Abramovic exhibition in London and I cannot begin to describe the surreality of the whole experience ( I'll be writing a full post on this)

I gave myself several henna tattoos:

Me and my friends went as The Reservoir Dogs for a fancy dress party - I was Mr Pink.

I went to Scotland to visit my family :

Be speaking to you soon(ish)
Kate
xox

P.S - apologies for the poor quality photos and embarrassing snapchat pics.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Artist is Present


I recently watched the documentary about Marina Abramovic's exhibition ; The Artist is Present.
It was breathtaking.I cannot even begin to imagine how spectacular it would have been to see the exhibition in real life.
 Marina sat at a table motionless and new people took the chair opposite her a conversation between eyes began.The emotion that she could convey with only her eyes was quite extraordinary , bringing many gallery visitors to tears.I can't explain her performance art with much justice and I am sure that I only got a flavour of the intensity from the documentary rather than sitting opposite Marina herself, but with that said I still thought it was amazing.






The person who appeared to make the most impact sitting opposite Marina was her ex-partner and fellow performance artist ,Ulay :he was the only person for which she stretched her hands out to.This received a warm eruption of applause.

The Artist is Present is available to stream on Netflix , I would strongly recommend watching it!James Franco and Bjork sit opposite Marina so if you're fans of either of those people then there is even more reason to watch it.
Just a quick post to let you know I haven't completely abandoned my blog.
Kate
xox 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Two Today!!!

Two years ago today I created this blog.Two years.
There are literally so many things that I've learned through this blog ; about a ton of great designers and labels - even through other bloggers I've found out about so many amazing movies and directors and bands and musicians and photographers and artists.
I've also learnt that I suck at coming up with good/interesting/catchy names for blogs.What is "A Shopaholic's Vision" even supposed to mean-stupid 13 year old me.
I was reading a couple of the first posts that I wrote and they are so embarrassing , I considered deleting them but then I remembered that that those posts were as much a part of this blog as my latest few.If you want to laugh me , go ahead , the posts are still available in my archives.
I vividly remember feeling like a fashion expert when I first worked out what A/W and S/S meant.
I think my blog has changed so much - even since last year ,I'm kind of more interested in movies and music than fashion specifically. I'm still and probably always will be intrigued by fashion ,as a whole ,but the industry never really stops to breathe for a second and appreciate the art and beauty that surrounds it - in fact that might even be what I like about it.
The thing that I love about clothes is that you can wear art. ..whether that be in a subtle(or not so subtle) way ,you can express yourself to the world.It's fun dressing differently every day , you don't have to stick to a particular genre of fashion .It's kind of like being in a movie , being a character and showing that by your clothes and that I think, is really amazing.
Unfortunately for the 2nd anniversary of my regretfully named blog , I don't have anything particularly exciting to share with you because I should really be revising for my science exams.
But , here are a bunch of relatively recent pictures I've taken in various places :











Thanks for sticking with me for these past two years!
Kate
xox

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Liverpool Sound City [part two]

It is very likely that you have been greatly anticipating this post , part two of the Liverpool Sound City diaries( if you're not so sure what's going on then read this first)
And so the musical journey continues....
Iris , Helaena and I started the afternoon at The Bluecoat Gardens where we watched a couple of different bands ( the names of which I cannot recall) play acoustic sessions.

Gentleman Rogues , of USA , were supposed to be playing in the gardens but they were not informed that they wouldn't have access to a drum kit -so just the lead singer performed.
The stories behind the songs that he had written were so funny : like one of them was about a girl who stalked him :she sent him a serious of poems confessing her love for him and saying that she "would be his secret train ride".The three of us of course thought this guy was hilarious.After he finished playing he gave us free downloads for a few of Gentleman Rogue's albums.

After that we went down to The Brink and listened to Alex Moir.

Then we went to the Moon Museum,where we saw Dune Rats.
Dune Rats are these great Australian stoners who just genuinely seemed like they were having a good time.
Brett , the bass player , just continued to laugh hysterically into the mic whilst shouting something like "tell them about the bus story"-we never did hear about the bus story.
Despite the fact that they were all blatantly stoned they could actually play really well.I didn't think that they had the capacity to play their instruments by the second song-but they proved me wrong.And their songs were so good.It was so different to any other concert we went to during those three days and to be honest it was one of the best. C'etait tres ammusant!
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Death at Sea played Studio 2 , Iris shouted a request to the band and they played it!


Then we went to the East Village Arts Club and saw the amazing September Girls.
An all girl alternative rock band named after a Big Star song are going to be good-you can just sense it.

The final gig of the musical journey was Kodaline.
They played the Anglican Cathedral - which means the acoustics were unbelievable, as was the atmosphere.We worked our way to relatively near the front and rejoiced as the Irish band sang beautiful ,beautiful music.
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Did any of you guys go to the festival - which bands did you go see?I'd love to know what you thought of the gigs that you saw!
Kate
xox

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Liverpool Sound City [part 1]

Heyyyy guyzzz!!!!
Sorry I haven't posted for a while but I've been a little preoccupied with exams , I still have my science exams over the next couple of weeks so wish me luck!
At the beginning of May I went to Liverpool Sound City which is a music festival running across three days,with hundreds of amazing artists in a ton of great venues across the city.And I loved every second of it.
In previous years bands such as Noah and the Whale , Swim Deep ,Bastille and The Maccabees have played at this sensational music event: all before hitting the big time.
I'll give you guys a quick run down of my itinerary during the three days:

THURSDAY
It started on the Thursday night; I went with my friend Helaena ,and as you might expect, we were super excited during school and couldn't wait to start our musical journey.(I'm good at coming up with cheesy cliché phrases)
The first band we saw was Wild Cub in the East Village Arts Club.
There was this one guy standing at the back who carried shouting "[play]Wish You Well"  and he wouldn't stop saying it until the band just finally changed the set list to please this one guy.My favourite song that they played was Thunder clatter , it featured an amazing set of drum solos:

Then me and Helaena walked down the road to Factory , where we saw Youth Man play.There wasn't very many people watching them , if there were like ten more people there would have totally been a mosh pit.The lead singer was so fab ,  she pretty much got lost in the music.

And then we finished up at The Shipping Forecast where we saw Jaws.It was a great venue because it was so intimate - we managed to get right at the front so we were practically touching them.

FRIDAY
On the second day Helaena and I were joined by our other good friend , Iris.We spent the majority of the night at the Moon Mueseum.

First off were Beach Skulls, who only had a short time slot but still impressed with their nerdy surfer rock.I was kinda confused because I thought they were from Liverpool but they had weird fake-ish American accents so ...



Followed by Natalie McCool who did a beautiful cover of The Velvet Underground's Femme Fatale:

And then the Sugarmen.
Then we went down to Bold Street Coffee and listened to Yarbo.


Followed by Adam French at The Brink:


Le Couleur's lead singer was a tiny French woman who was running round the audience with a tambourine in Sound Food and Drink.There was such a good atmosphere in there , but we had to leave a little early to make sure that we didn't miss Superfood.

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The most anticipated gig of the night was Superfood ,who played the East Village Arts Club , and they did not let us down.We got really close to the front and I loved it so much.I recorded a bunch of songs and took quite a few pictures.

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Think I'll put the third day of Sound City in a separate post because I feel like I've been writing this forever.
Kate
xox

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Internalized Social Criteria

George Styler is a graduate from College of Textile Design, Technology and Management in Belgrade;who first came to my attention after seeing that he was listed as one of Fashion Scout's Ones to Watch.I was intrigued by his use of fabrics and colours as well as the highly specific and intricate details on his wonderfully decadent designs.
His pieces have been featured in many different magazines and media publications including Vogue,The Wild,Huf and Fashion Affair.His collections are " sociological studies expressed through fashion, where words and phrases are replaced by clothing of expressive communicative powers." 
I decided to get in touch with this exciting new designer and he kindly agreed to participate in this short interview.
George talks communicative powers ,rebellion and embracing the beauty of nature.



-Could you tell me about your latest collection , NetWork?

My latest collection explores various types of networks.  Some of them include the society we live in, or interconnection of cultures and customs in the modern society. I created a unique “net” by interlacing woolen yarns from different parts of the world. I connect traditional with contemporary -using the classic hand knitting combined with the latest weaving techniques.  My designs are a link between past and present,terrestrial and aquatic. They embrace beauty of nature that is, nowadays,somehow forgotten somewhere between hectic lifestyles and social networks.






-What's your favourite thing about working in fashion?

My favourite thing about working in fashion is taking part in creating something new. I’m also fascinated by the entire process involved. It’s an amazing feeling when you turn your sketches into reality. Then there is planning the fashion show, choosing the models and communicating with different people on a daily basis. It’s all very exciting for me.



-Was there any defining moment in your life that made you think,wow ,I've got to make clothes?

Ever since I was little, I loved to draw and paint. I created my first fashion illustration during primary school and began dressing myself. It was then that I realised that I really wanted to make clothes.




-What are your biggest influences to your work?

The biggest influence to my work is the world around me. I’ve travelled to many different places and have always felt inspired by the things I saw.My collections are sociological studies expressed through fashion, where words and phrases are replaced by clothing of expressive communicative powers.




-You've won a ton of awards , which award meant the most to you?

My biggest award was being chosen as the Ones to Watch Winner of the Season.


-Your collection "captivity" , made quite an impact , can you talk me through a couple of your favourite pieces?

My collection 'Captivity' is initiated by reflections on the existence of freedom of the modern man, his right to belong everywhere and to everyone, to move and speak freely, and to dress without restraint, yet still captivated by the freedom of his choices. 
This paradigm derivatives from the reality in which liberty is largely a declarative right, and We are increasingly captured by the modern society, new media,prejudices,internalized social criteria and externally-imposed anticipation.
I’m dealing with the questions of freedom through fashion design which includes elements of symbolic meaning. A bird is a symbol of freedom; but a cage could also be associated with freedom; the punk movement is a symbol of rebellion and nihilism; and decorative details of this collection represent  my opinion that the society wants the man to become a simple decoration - a decoration of the world which he believes he rules.

If you want to hear more about what this fabulous designer has to say go to http://georgestyler.com/  to watch his clothes go down the runway or read more about his background.
Thanks very much to George for helping me out with this interview,you'll definitely be hearing a lot about this guy in the future so keep your eyes peeled.
Kate
xox

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Earth Hour 2014

Hola everyone! Just a quick reminder that tonight at 8.30 is WWF's Earth Hour: where millions of people around the world switch off all of their lights for just one hour to conserve energy.
Sign up and join the people who want to protect our planet and to make change happen- http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/
This year Andrew Garfield (a.k.a the new Spiderman) has become Earth Hour's first super hero ambassador:
Earth Hour has already begun in some countries and the countdown to the UK's festivities is well under way, please join me and supporting this fantastic event.All you have to do is to switch off your lights for an hour , such a simple thing ,but when united with other like minded people can make a real change.
Kate
xox