Hollie Young - One to Watch!

Look out for this fresh and exciting fashion designer, our very own Hollie Young. Originally from the Bath area, Hollie has just graduated in Fashion Design and Business studies from Brighton University. She studied her Art and Design foundation course at The City of Bath College and then went on to do her MDes Level Fashion degree at Brighton. 

 Proud of her roots Hollie used Somerset as an inspiration for her final design work ‘Waif & Stray’.
“My collection of work has been inspired by rural Somerset before the outbreak of WW2. I have studied local cottage industries, mining, farming and blacksmiths in order to find inspiration in designing modern fashionable garments”
Hollie has been involved with Radstock Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. Mulberry even sponsored her leather belt collection she uses to accessorise her garments!
“The collection comprises of tool and corn prints, wrapped leather belts, woven organic dresses, chiffon overalls and smock inspired linen jackets” 
I think you will agree her designs are inspirational, I personally love her tool apron dress, corn apron and leather belts, I would go and buy them tomorrow. Her designs are artistic but her clothes are wearable and versatile. Her work represents our British Heritage which in fashion today is important to keep hold of.
To see the garments as illustrations below is a real treat. I have a real love for fashion illustrations; every drawing is unique and a work of art in itself; they tell a story of the design process and it is great to see them alongside the final photos.
The university exhibition begins on June 8th and her final catwalk show will be held in London on June 14th at The Candid Arts Cafe in Angel. Check out Hollie’s collection on her website:


So what next for Hollie? “I am looking to establish myself as a freelance designer specialising in one off dress design and leather belt design and manufacture.” She will also soon be producing a bag collection inspired by rural leather craft and basketry. Definitely one to watch out for!

After graduation and a well deserved break, Hollie is going to be moving to London and undertake a design internship at Mulberry.

Congratulations Hollie!

Christina x

Fashion Design and Fashion Illustrations : Hollie Young
Photography : Beth Katia Manuel
Model : Charlotte A. Murren


My Jubilee Dress

I am wearing this dress all Jubilee weekend! I’m feeling very patriotic and excited for the celebrations.
I couldn’t wait for this photo shoot and it was really fun to do. Sitting among the daisies in the park was quintessentially British. Just in time before the rain came tumbling down!
I spotted my dress in New Look and it just had to be my Jubilee dress, teamed with my block sandals from Office, cardigan from HandM, sunglasses from Primark, nail varnish – Ruby Me by Rimmel and as usual my makeup by MAC.

Have a great Jubilee weekend Everyone!

Happy Shopping!
Christina x


Cabot Circus S/S 2012

Oasis - Floral Dresses

LK Bennett - Bright Colourful Dresses

River Island - Clashing Prints

River Island - Clashing Prints

Mango - Bright Whites

Mango - Bright Whites

New Look - Mouth Watering Pastels

Harvey Nichols - Bright Whites

Warehouse - Party Wear

Warehouse - Party Wear

Fred Perry - Casual/Smart with statement blue suede shoes!

Republic - Casual Brights

Republic - Casual Brights

Jane Norman - Printed Bodycon Dresses with killer red wedges

Jane Norman - Bold block coloured Bodycon dresses with killer red wedges

Reiss - Natural colours with floaty, comfortable fabrics

Reiss - One of my favourite looks of the show

Reiss - Natural coloured floaty dress

Next - Office Wear

Event Stylist - JP
The Fab Megan (Event Organiser) and Sarah (Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion)

Had a perfect morning at The Cabot Circus S/S 2012 Fashion shows on Saturday. What a way to spend your Saturday morning. I was in great company too, It was lovely to meet Megan Dacey, the event organiser for the show who couldn’t do more for you and I sat next to the lovely Sarah from Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion who was also snapping away (Pictured Above, Left to Right Megan and Sarah). I also had the pleasure of joining the Fab Megan and Sarah in the live bloggers lounge after the first show.

Well lets get down to the clothes – I am still loving the pastel colours out there at the moment and the New Look set was all about mouth watering pastels, modelling an eye catching pallet with silver balloons. I have to say the choreography in all the shows were fantastic and some great tracks were being played. Oasis have some amazing summery floral dresses in store at the moment, picture drinking tea in an English country garden, I think I want every dress in the Oasis set. Stepping away from all the bright colours, white is big for the s/s season. MangoHarvey Nichols and Reiss showed some beautiful bright white pieces. I especially fell in love with the Reiss textured white jumper and cotton white skirt combo, one of my favourite outfits of the shows. I also loved the skinny bright white jeans by Mango with a little white cami top. This show has convinced me I need more white in my wardrobe! It looks beautiful but unfortunately when I am wearing it, it doesn’t stay bright white for long so I often shy away from buying it. Shorts are still big this year, as well as Mango, Warehouse also showed some metallic shorts, great for a night out! I love my shorts!
Warehouse and LK Bennett were all about stand out in the crowd block colours of Pinks and Blues! I am loving bright blue dresses at the moment and may just have to be added to my wish list. I have to say the stylist JP did an amazing job styling the show, it certainly made me want to just hit the shops! I especially loved the choreography of the River Island set, As the models wore bold clashing prints, they were complimented with Marigold gloves, holding colourful washing baskets. These big bold prints are everywhere at the moment and the rule is if the prints don’t match or you don’t think they go together then you have got the look right there. Jane Norman were all about Party dresses with statement shoes, again was taken with the blue dresses and loved those red platform wedges, Wowawea!
Yellow is also splashing about the stores right now, try tight yellow jeans from Harvey Nicks or the floral yellow dress from Oasis. The Republic set was vibrant and energetic showing their casual sportswear, I was a bit disappointed because I love Republic dresses (Have a couple of amazing Maxis) and would have loved to see them shown instead but I have to say their casual wear is great and I am definitely after their colourful shorts, in every colour I may add!

My wish list : Bright Blue Dress from LK Bennett or Jane Norman, Floral dress from Oasis, Republic bright shorts for the summer, checking out Mango and Reiss for all things white. Some killer platform wedges!

Well I guess that is it from me, but before I go I just want to thank Cabot Circus for having me and putting on an amazing production. Thanks so much to Megan and I hope to see you next year!

Happy Shopping!

Christina x

All photos by Christina Sim @ Just So Fashion

Lovely Day

On a lovely sunny day it is great to kick off the heavy boots and slip into something a little lighter, I am loving the canvas pumps around for the Spring/Summer season. New Look have a vast collection of pumps in all different colours. I love this stripey pair teamed with some pastel blue jeans (My favourite ones are from River Island) and a pastel pink panelled shirt. On chillier days of late, I love to wear my black mock leather jacket from H and M, It is the best imitation leather jacket I have ever seen. I love to wear mine with my Topshop shirt to emphasise the panelling. My bag goes everywhere with me, I bought it at the Mulberry outlet at Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet. I have used it every day ever since.
Happy Shopping!
Christina x