What I wore today: Christmas Day

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Coat: Topshop, Skirt: Missguided

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What I wore today: Barcelona evenings

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I’m in love with is playsuit. I bought it from a little Pop-up at Wilderness festival. The silky material hangs beautifully and hardly needs accessorising at all. The shoes from office toughen up the girly print of the playsuit. 

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This was actually a swimming costume from ASOS that I wore as a body with my Topshop skirt.

 

Interview with Hannah Louise F

Hannah Louise Farrington, shortlisted for “Best Personal Style Blog” in 2014 in Company Magazine, has been juggling her degree with being a fashion-big-shot since 2011.

The third year law student has 3330 followers on her blog, 39.8k followers on her Instagramand she’s on track for graduating with a first. What’s your excuse?

Now, she talks to me about everything from dressing for lectures, her opinion of Manchester’s student style, her future plans and fashion turn-offs.

Photograph by Rachel Cottam

Hannah’s on track for a first and she’s got 38.9k Instagram followers. (Credit-Rachel Cottam)

Hannah’s blog, hannahlouisef.comstarted out from just posting a few snaps of her outfits on Lookbook.nu. She quickly gathered tons of followers who encouraged her to start posting looks on her own blog.

“I didn’t have a clue when I started. It wasn’t as mainstream then, I started out from regurgitating magazines i’d read and doing outfit posts.

“It gradually got bigger and really blew up in the last two years.”

photograph by Toni Power

Hannah’s blog wasn’t always so mainstream, “it’s really blown up in the last two years” she tells us. (Credit: Toni Power)

She’s made loads of friends through blogging including Charlotte Fisher, the woman behind the massive ‘Things I do Think and Buy‘ blog. “Blogging quite a community. We go to all kind of events together.”

She’s always being whisked off to events like London Fashion Week, and even given her own VIP box at a One Direction concert for her and some friends.

Instead of using a professional photographer for her photo’s, she leaves it to her friends: “I always carry my camera around with me, I get whoevers with me at the time to take them.”

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Hannah’s made a lot of friends through blogging, as well as being treated to fancy events

Managing her blog with her law degree isn’t a problem for Hannah: “It’s manageable, it’s all about give and take with time and knowing when to focus on work more.”

When essay writing gets a too much for Hannah, she loves the creativity that blogging allows her: “It’s nice to have something constantly motivating, something creative. It makes me more focused on what I’m doing.

Her blog doesn’t give her time to laze around in between lectures: “I don’t just sit around for ages doing nothing, I’m always thinking about it.”

She’s never been approached by a fan on campus, but says she occasionally comes home to tweets of people claiming they saw her.

She often gets recognised by girls on nights out in the Northern Quarter, where she goes most weekends.

Bet your instagram selfies don't 2546 get likes

Bet your selfies don’t get  2546 likes on instagram

She’s not a fan of the typical Manchester student style (just-rolled-out-of-bed-vibes): “It’s awful, I hate that whole grubby Dunlop’s with gross mom jeans and shell jackets combo.”

Her ultimate fashion turn-off for boys is the preppy look: “I’m really not into that JackWills/Hollister preppy look on boys.”

As for fashion turn-on’s, she’s not too fussy: “I think as long as boys have got a style and look that works for you then that looks good. Shoes are important though, I prefer classic ones; Doc Martins, Converse etc.”

Photograph by Toni Power.

Hannah isn’t impressed by Manchester student style (Credit-Toni Power)

Despite looking immaculate in all her photo’s, she tells me that she doesn’t make as much of an effort for lectures, with her day-to-day outfit being a band t-shirt and comfy jeans.

Despite her top grades, (which are all 2:1’s and 1sts by the way) Hannah isn’t planning on pursuing a career in law after graduating this summer. Instead, she wants to spend more time blogging. Fabulous news for her 3330 followers.

Photograph by Toni Power.

Photograph by Toni Power.

http://www.hannahlouisef.com

Celebrating the human body: Collier Schorr does it again

In The Physical Future: a fashion story that celebrates the power of the body, Collier Schorr and Katie Sillingford  explore the power of the human body for AnOther Magazines S/S15 issue.

Physical strength is shown through the models who pose effortlessly in contorted and mesmerising positions.  The layout of the images leaves viewers turning and rotating the magazine to get a closer look, reminding them of the physicality of the magazine as an object.

As in all of Schorr’s photographs, boundaries are blurred between men and women. Both enact equally strenuous aerodynamic poses, wearing beautiful clothes of leather, velvet and organza that unapolagetically expose their wonderful flesh.

And that’s just from flicking through the images online. Looking forward to

AnOther Magazine S/S15Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15 Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15 Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15 Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15 Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

AnOther Magazine S/S15 Photography by Collier Schorr, Styling by Katie Shillingford

 

 

 

What I’m wearing today: Zara fruity trousers

I still can’t work out whether they are limes, cucumbers or kiwi’s, but what I do know is that I really like these trousers. The watercolour effect print reminds me a bit of my painting style, and while I do get the odd judging look for wearing them in winter, they’re just what I need to brighten up a rainy day.

There’s only so much you can pair with lime-green fruit printed trousers, so I’ve kept it simple with a Topshop cropped jumper, some black ASOS ankle boots and some conviniently matching sunnies.

Trousers: Zara, Jumper: Topshop, Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Boots: Asos, Necklace: Maybury

Trousers: Zara, Jumper: Topshop, Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Boots: Asos, Necklace: Maybury

 

Hubert Duprats fairy-tale-esque Caddisfly Larvae

The aquatic Caddisfly larvae collect twigs, rocks and sediment which they bind together with salivated silk to build themselves pupa-like cocoons. Duprat placed the insects in aquariums filled with flecks of gold, rubies and precious stones to build their homes with producing an accumulation of miniature gold sculptures.

The tiny golden ‘sculptures’ are mesmerizing, dainty, delicate and precious- fit for a tiffanies shop window display.

Vladimir Nabokok, lepidopterist and author of fairy-tale-esque Lolita,  describes the pupa, like the larvae, as “hard and glistening…with golden knobs and plate-armour wing-cases embodied in these golden little creatures that hold “a promise of something wonderful to come” like the adolescent Snow White waiting to be awoken by her prince.[1]

The twinkling golden cases holding the larvae are both beautiful and ugly, like the Grimm fairy tale itself. The video of one of the small, hairy, fidgety creatures crafting his golden masterpieces with their menacing, fingernail-like claws is eerily redolent of the “strange little man”[2] that is Rumpelstiltskin, sneakily appearing from nowhere taking bribes in return for threads of gold.

Duprats piece is an enchanting combination of science and artwork, it is questionable whether he is the true artist as it is the larvae that create the artwork.

Science animates Hubert Duprats Caddisfly Larvae like our imaginations animate the fairy-tale.

[1] Mavor, Carol, Blue Mythologies, London, 2013. 38

[2] Annotated Tales, 130