SMOCKING….AND EXTENSIONS

Well back at Uni has been dramatic as usual!! All this talk of womenswear getting an extension but not menswear…because their tutor is abroad. Even though our tutor is completely incompetent!!!

Well  I sort this one out (with no back up from the other students) and get started on pleating my fabric….complete nightmare!!! My fabric won’t take to my £60 fusable wadding… I’m feeling rather less confident about the whole thing.

On the subject of smocking, I am loving Michelle Lowe Holders new collection, she’s really pulled it together with this one. Really glad I had chance to catch up with her last week for the latest Cleveland Works gossip!
www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2009/05/simple-smocking.html

Started helping my 4th year this week and it turns out he has none of his collection made up – We have 1 week to make 4 outfits…I mean how is he sleeping at nights? We’ll see on the 13th (final year deadline).

Amaaazing news…My friend Harald Lunde Helgesen won the Swarovski prize in the Festival D’hyeres! Fifteen thousand euro’s to kick start his own label. If anyone is wanting to do their own label after Uni then I really recommend they enter this competition. Its judged by the likes of Kris van Assche , Nan Goldin…and previous winners include .. Viktor & Rolf, Gaspard Yurkievich, Anke Loh, Alexandre Matthieu,  Ute Ploier,  Henrik Vibskov,  Romain Kremer…more recently, the exciting knitwear designer, Sandra Backlund.

Anyway check out the site and get entering for 2010 www.villanoailles-hyeres.com

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He is just a league above anything here in Newcastle….also, check out Marite Mastina et Rolands Peterkops

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Latvians finest, Marite Mastina and Rolands Peterkops won both the Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and the 1.2.3 award for their collection “Private detective,” …The wigs were very Charlie Le Mindu esque!

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