Hurry! Queen of Charms While Stocks Last…*

Our friends over at Queen of Charms are having a wee sale and there’s quite a few things that caught our eye! The north east-based jewellery brand specialises in bringing you quality jewels to brighten your outfit in an instant. Below are our favourite pieces of a great sale selection; the rabbit ring was featured no Vogue.com no less while that cute geek chic specs necklace was spotted on style chameleon Fearne Cotton. As for the heart pendant, we’re simply in love. Only thing is we can’t guarantee they’ll be still in stock for long….

Dyrberg Kern Chunky Chain & Velvet Ribbon Gold Heart Pendant Necklace Was: £124.95 Now: £69

Me & Zena Bright Eyes Rabbit Ring, Gold Was: £25 Now: £19.99

Me & Zena Geek Glasses Necklace Gold Was: £14 Now: £12

*Queen of Charms online boutique can be found here – follow them on Facebook for more promo’s, news of new stock and all things jewellery

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Jaguar Claws

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What happens if you match black crackle nail polish with a bit of gold? Fabulous leopard-print nail art, of course. For extra miaow factor, use fake talons as they hold the colour better than natural nails.

Crackle Nail Polish in Black by O.P.I.; Speed Dry Nail Colour in Iced Mocha by No. 7; False Nails by Kiss.

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Fag Hag of the Month: October

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Kreayshawn is flava of the moment thanks to her current hit single “Gucci Gucci”. While name-checking some serious fashion labels, this tattooed, film school drop-out gives it up for street style and self-made chic. With a radical styling, all crop-tops, baggies plastic glasses and gigantic earrings, she cuts a cheeky, androgynous ghetto fabulous figure that’s matched with her fun and zesty lyrics. Once a weed-dealer, she raps about drugs and second hand clothes, and having shot music videos herself, knew the value in releasing Gucci Gucci on Youtube with a gnarly video that sees her swaggering around her hometown East Oakland and swigging from bottles at a Skins-esque party. Having only been performing for around 5 months, the video saw her land a record deal with Columbia and get nominated for an MTV VMA, where she also hosted the “Black Carpet”, interviewing slebs on fashion and pre-show nerves. Kreayshawn is definitely more rogue hit-maker than serious rap material, but has strong Girl Power credentials. Born Natassia Zolot to mother Elka Zolot, guitarist for the famous Bay Area garage-punk band the Trashwomen, she directed music videos for Lil B and formed the White Girl Mob with V-Nasty, her fellow female hip-hop hipster on the video. Most talked about lie from Gucci Gucci? “I got the swag / And it’ pumping out my ovaries”. Although she clearly doesn’t take herself too seriously, it would be a shame if this pint sized potty-mouth wasn’t anything more than a one-hit wonder.

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HBAFH @ Paris Design Week 2011

Twice a year, Paris hosts Maison + Objet, a world-famous interior design trade fair. Trouble is, these things tend to see companies lavish stunning visual experiences on industry insiders only, leaving the likes of you and me out in the cold. Like London Fashion Week is now followed by Fashion Weekend, Paris have launched Design Week in an attempt to readdress that balance. Coordinating events across the city that range from glitzy cocktail receptions at swish establishments to arty exhibitions to design shops merely flagging their presence for attention, it was a fabulous way to explore the city through international design. Here are my snaps from the series of exhibitions at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, including Dessine-Moi le Japon, commissioned artworks in aid of the earthquake.

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A Snood for Snoddle

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Forget your instant access, always-on, tweeting, beeping modernity, knitting is an old-school, slow-burning pastime, with each row forming steadily, one stitch at a time. A whole jumper can take weeks, even months, for an experienced knitter to make. Yet, once you get past the first few frustratingly fiddly lines, there’s something deliciously satisfying about seeing the material grow and grow, and with the radio or telly chirruping in the background, you hardly notice the snail’s pace.

As chunkier designs are produced the quickest, I started with this full snood design as my knitting début and managed to finish it in 3 days. The grey has a blueish hue in the sunlight and the net-like weave gives it a nautical vibe I felt went perfectly with this stripe tunic. The vintage appeal and eco-friendly virtues of knitting have much been extolled. In fact, anyone worth their charity shop, hipster credentials these days has turned their hand to the needly craft, so some might say we here at HBAFH are rather late to the game, but this definitely won’t be the last. Rock on, wooly socks. Continue reading

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HBAFH @ Maison + Objet Sept 2011

Maison + Objet is the go-to trade fair for the international interiors crowd, attracting buyers, press and the best brands in the business.  Held at the enormous Parc des Expositions at Villepinte, companies show off their new products and brand innovation in stands that more often resemble a generously sized, lavishly furnished apartment. In a competitive spirit of visual display, there were warplanes, cars and fake snow in the most eye-catching displays. I was working in Hall 2, the textiles hall, as interpreter for Foxford, an Irish woolen brand, and got a access all areas pass nto this coveted design event. Of course, there was a lot of predictable red-and-white-Christmas tat and flowery pillowcases, but also funky fresh ideas such as moustache-shaped corkscrews, skull printed cushions and watercolour-popping bed linen from my new friends at Blue Bell Gray. One hall was simply dedicated to the most cutting edge of designs that week, and although photographs were by-and-large banned, it was there I managed to capture a few sneaky shots. I also signed up for subscriptions to one or two innovative magazines I hadn’t yet come across: TL (Trendsliving) hailing from Belgium, and Magazine magazine, a French production.

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Maison + Objet SS 2012, the next salon, will run from 20-24 January 2012. 

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Hussein Chayalan: Récits de Mode [Exhibition Review]

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This season, Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs plays host to the Cypriot designer Hussein Chayalan’s exhibition Récits de Mode. Ordered thematically, the collections showed snapshots of a man preoccupied with far more than clothing, but with the boundaries of art and fashion, an intellectual dissection of dress rather than trendsetting or megabucks.  Presenting his collections to date, it was a fabulous exposé of one of a living genius. Starting with a piece from his 1995 graduation collection, Buried Dresses, a metallic garment exposed to oxidization underground represents Chalayan’s debut project that fused both scientific muses and traditional Eastern stories. In Afterwords (AW 2000), explored notions of refugees and flight, informed by the history of ethnic cleansing Turkish Cypriots faced pre-1974. Models entered a living-room set, dismantling it one piece at a time, before finally the chair-covers became dresses, the chairs suitcases and the table a sculptural wooden skirt. Most visually stunning of all, One Hundred and Eleven (SS 2007) showed six dresses that morphed with hidden electrodes into different dresses of twentieth-century decades; Victorian became Flapper, and beyond. The effect was electric. Challenging the stereotypes of fashion and it’s function, Chayalan’s work in itself is a challenge to fashion itself to represent society, history and more.

Hussein Chayalan: Récits de Mode runs until 13th November, 2012 at Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et Textile, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris 

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