Karen Mabon A/W'14: I Wished It Would Never End

For Autumn/Winter 2014, Karen Mabon presents a brand new accessories collection entitled ‘I Wished It Would Never End’; a unique look at the American Dream through the eyes of a British Teenager.  

Karen Mabon was inspired by her own adolescence and the popular references she imbibed when spending many rain-drenched school holidays immersed in American films, books and television. A far-away plastic land where the weird and wonderful are celebrated and embraced.

Karen captures Stateside scenes in hand-drawn illustrated scarves printed on luxury Italian silks and wools, as well as accompanying enamelled jewellery pieces. Karen’s colourful collection takes us on a unique road trip through the land of opportunity, starting at the World Poodle Grooming Championships, stopping by the Beverly Hills Hotel Pool and finishing up with an unforgettable night in Las Vegas.

After studying at Edinburgh College of Art, Karen attended the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. She went on to work with many top names including Margaret Howell and set-designer Fred Butler. Establishing her eponymous label in 2012, her work received instant recognition with a raft of stockists around the world, coverage in titles such as Vogue and Grazia. 

Bailey Moss

Click here to visit the website. 

Blogger crush: Juliett Kuczynska

Today we're crushing hard on this Polish blogger, Juliett Kuczynska. Her blog is inspiring beyond belief if you're looking for some fashion inspiration or if you fancy a change in style. 

Here are a few of our favourite looks, the images have been taken from recent OOTD posts. Next personal style icon? We think so. 

You can read Juliett's blog by clicking here

Sretsis S/S'14‏: Children of the Stars

From the Sretsis sisters (note that Sretsis is ‘sisters’ spelled backwards), began at their New York apartment sewing their prom dresses and are now at the forefront of the fashion world. 

While elder sister Kly, with a degree in magazine publishing, oversaw all marketing affairs, middle sister Pim created an international brand while her younger sister, Matina accompanies her working for the Sretsis accessory line. Together, the results are passionate with lasting impressions. 

The collection is noted for signature quirks and the sisters’ rebellious spirits, translated onto their designs. Their individual designs both bold and bright, while at the same time dream-like and dark-humoured contrasting with a look of wide-eyed innocent taking on age old femininity.

Sretsis’ collections take inspiration from their autobiography from what captures their flight of fantasy at a certain period of time, which in turn become design manifestations on fabrics. Sretsis offers a modern twist on classic elements and clichés through proportional adjustments and carefully crafted materials. 

Known for their trademark whimsical prints, Sretsis importantly emphasises their progressive textile development, seen through their avant-garde experimentations. Techniques such as embroidery and appliqué become fresh with and mischievous wits, achieving renewed and elegant perspectives.

The current summer collection, Children of the Stars, was first inspired during a spiritual activity in Bali, interacting with the interconnectivity between the universe and every living organism that both stands grounded and also moves freely. With the concepts of natural power, origins of stars in the universe, and constant binding energy transmissions, the Children of the Stars collection becomes a reminder that those who are in doubt, fear or melancholy are all connected and not alone in this universe. 

The aim of the collection is a gentle reminder to locate paradise within through relaxed attitudes and nonchalant outlooks to life without forgoing an effortless composure and a passionate commitment to style. 

Other designs reconnect with the theme of journeying and embracing paradise seen with the hand drawn ‘Paradise Found’ print on kimono cover-ups, loose knot details, smocking and animal patches that reinforce a breezy and also put-together feel. The “Moon Dreamers” adorned eveningwear is elegant with star shaped crystal embellishments, ruched detail and horsehair hemlines adding playfulness to tulle, knit and chiffon.  The flowing shapes and natural lines create a sense of ease in a swish of chevron fringes.

Yasmin Mahdy

Click here to visit the whole collection. 

Moon Tide Jewellery: For gypsy souls

If you're a jewellery fiend and a fan of the mermaid, gypsy look you'll love browsing  through Moon Tide Jewellery's latest collection. The founder, Sarah Harman makes handmade, affordable yet luxurious British bohemian jewellery using natural crystal quartz, semi-precious gemstones and shells.

Beautifully handmade we're thinking these would make the most perfect gifts, for friends, family to suit a birthday that's coming up - or even a special going away present. 

Sarah Harman is also a fellow blogger at Bohemian Brighton, she usually blogs about lifestyle and general life living in the lovely seaside town of Brighton. 

Sarah went on to say that she's pretty excited about this new venture of hers, and she is looking forwards to hopefully collaborating with other bloggers, photographers and other designers on her project in the future.

Bailey Moss

Click here to visit the webstore. 

Lafamillia: Urban, original and aspirational

Whether you’re hitting up the festival scene, partying in Pacha or looking to turn heads on home soil, Lafamillia, the UK’s hottest newly launched fashion label, has all you need to stand out from the crowd this summer.

Created by television personality and former tailor, Mario Falcone, Lafamillia is an expressive unisex online street wear brand designed for fashion-conscious individuals looking to make a statement through style.

Alicia Joy

From unique T-shirts to boldly printed vests, snapbacks and shades, Lafamillia offers urban, original and aspirational designs, with a celebrity edge. 

For further information visit the website here, or follow @lafamillia_ on Twitter and lafamillia_ on Instagram.

Sneaky Peek Boutique: Top picks!

Sneaky Peek Boutique is a new online store that aims to bridge the gap between the exclusive high-end design products and the affordable gems being created by some of today's most exciting young designers. Launched in May 2013, Sneaky Peek Boutique is the new kid on the online retail block. We've chosen our top picks, so if you have a birthday coming up, or just fancy buying something special for yourself - carry on reading. 

Pineapple Necklace (£18)
Fun, bright and tropical - this necklace is by our friends over at I Love Crafty and it's just £18.

This bag was made by a design label called Vacant Echo who are based in sunny Brighton, their cute prints and cheeky slogans are humorous and unique -- therefore making perfect gifts.

Remember that time we interviewed the very talented Fashion Illustrator Nikki Pilkington? Well you can buy her prints from Sneaky Peek! 

Another favourite of ours is this catchy, vibrant jumper from a brand called Yogurt Warrior, curious? SPB have a whole range from these guys from summer tees to festival jumpers!

Know someone who's just moved into their own place or going away to University this year? You can never have too many mugs and this one is delightful, the design, size - right down to the presentation box. 

Avery Parker

Click here to visit Sneaky Peek Boutique 

D&E x Coyote Negro

Super cool fashion brand Coyote Negro recently announced their latest collaboration with the rad ladies from Daisy & Elizabeth. With this piece they’ve managed to infuse D&E’s free-spirited, sultry, rock n’ roll vibe with the brands boho-rad, mystical aesthetic.  

Coyote Negro created a natural vegetable tanned leather harness, with soft, clean lines and minimal antiqued brass hardware. An empowering piece that enhances the powerful female silhouette.  

"I love how this piece, aside from being a badass harness, is still feminine and delicate. It's like this super sweet lady like woman that will punch you in the face if you fuck around with her." - Coyote Negro.

The back part was inspired by vintage western gun holsters. So yes.. it's a very powerful piece so watch out. The harness is available for Pre-Order at their shop.  If you haven't checked out D&E lingerie and swim collection then add it to your to-do list! 

Alicia Joy
Photography & Creative Direction: Nosotrus
Model: Hadar Shira Yehezkel

Click here to visit Coyote Negro and here for D&E.