Music: Eton Messy

Bristol based Adam Englefield, AKA Eton Messy, 
creates "Future Garage inspired music", most frequently to be found playing The Bank of Stokes Croft. Electronic music and 'messy mixes' that I want to hear on a night out. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Want to know the best thing? All available for free download. 
Merry Christmas! ;-)

(Image from Eton Messy on Facebook, Music courtesy of Eton Messy on Soundcloud)

Absence and a Mini-Haul

Apologies for the lack of posts recently; studying my undergrad full time and working and running the blog all became too much over the past month, but thank you to everyone who's kept visiting LIQUORICE! We are now at well over 16,000 page views!

You may remember my post on Zara's AW12 edgy winter shopper, adding studs to what had fast become a transseason favourite. Recently in the market for a new handbag and not having the cash for anything more expensive than £40 I was so pleased to find this (remarkly good-looking) faux leather handbag with silver-gold stud details from Zara for only £29.99. Also available in a beautiful peachy taupe that will be perfect for Spring (shop here). As the temperatures dropped I've also invested in another coat, this boiled-wool biker coat from Topshop (shop here) has contrasting sleeves and a beautiful texture, keeping it simple and understated. Another pair of Topshop pleather leggings to keep those pins warm! And lastly this tank top from Zara's Trafaluc Evening Collection (shop here), with heavy sequin detailing this is perfect for the more casual (but still glam) christmas party.


Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

On the 15th of November, H&M launched yet another designer collaboration, following the recent success of Anna Dello Russo (read my post on that here), and the past successes of major labels and designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin, Versace, Marni and more. 
Browsing this collection I have picked out my 6 favourite pieces; I'm loving the muted colour palette - black, white and pale pink feature heavily - and those transparent heels are to die for! 
On trend and a perfect balance of smart and casual.
What do you think?

Shop the collection: http://www.hm.com/


Inspiration: Gigi Hadid

If you have followed LIQUORICE for a day, a week or a month you will know that it's all about fashion, inspiration and art. And you should also know that I love The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills...so it's only fitting that this weeks guest starlet, Gigi Hadid, find her way on to my blog. 
And to be honest this is as much an appreciation of the wildly prolific and brilliantly talented photographer-to-the-stars Rony Alwin (who took the above photos) as it is for the unfairly beautiful Gigi! 
Love all round.

(Photos via Tumblr by Rony Alwin: http://ronyalwin.com)


Fashion Photography: Fake It Til You Make It

You may remember I interviewed Felix McCabe a month or two ago for LIQUORICE (find that here), he has since won an award for his first ever video (watch that here) and is continuing the good work. 
As this is primarily a fashion blog (and I was super happy to see the LIQUORICE blog shout out on the top left hand image!) I thought it appropriate that I share Felix's newest works featuring another up-and-comer, South West based model Hazel KM.SS (find her here)! Felix has transformed these fab fashion shots in to popular magazine covers like Dazed & Confused and Wonderland, keeping his artistic integrity well in tact, and if you didn't know better you would be forgiven for thinking they were real! 
Seriously talented and destined for big things.

Find Felix McCabe Photography: Facebook, Tumblr


Caroline Issa for L.K.Bennett

Caroline Issa, for those who don't already know, is the publisher and fashion director of Tank Magazine and a queen of fashion week street style. 
Profiled in publications from Glamour Magazine to the Telegraph she is universally recognised for her fashion choices and expertise in the area, and it's not hard to see why. Issa keeps things simple yet playful; adding bold colours, feminine prints and details to really make her outfits exciting, literally radiating beauty. And don't forget that killer smile, the best accessory of all!

Adding to her success, she has just designed a collaborative SS13 capsule collection with L.K.Bennett that is to feature six shoes (and other items) with "neon hues, Thai-inspired embroidery and pom poms" (Olivia Bergin, Telegraph Fashion)! 
Check out these sneak peek photos I have found!

(Sources top-bottom: fashioninmotion.wordpress.com, Bridget Flemming, trendycrew.com, harpersbazaar.co.uk, harpersbazaar.co.uk, Candice Lake)


Mini Haul

Life is so hectic! 
I've even begun looking for easy alternatives in my fashion choices, and I've invested in a few easy-wear dresses and a simple blazer for a smarter and fresher look this season!
I couldn't find the exact blazer that I bought (mine is speckled grey) on the online store but here's a good alternative in the same casual shape from Topshop Petite (£65.00 here). Midi is the length this season, a midi length, brightly coloured denim skirt is the easier way to work the look that will suit almost everyone but I love this jersey dress, with twist detail on the front (here). I couldn't resist this bright blue printed shift dress from Miss Selfridge (here) even though there was only a UK size 4 left (thankfully it fits!) and these little Buddha earrings from the Freedom at Topshop range that were in the sale and only £3.50...!
So that's my mini haul for now and I promise I will post as often as I can but it's going to be a busy month for me! Please keep looking, sharing and supporting LIQUORICE


Valentino from High End to High Street

It is pure coincidence that I've seen another of these high end to high streets so close to my last one, it probably won't be a regular thing but sometimes it's just too good not to post about! 
I don't mind something subtle that emulates (okay...copies) high end designers if there's no way I could afford the real thing (still doesn't make fake Louis Vuitton's okay though)! Today's high end to high street is the studded clutch, at home on the runway with Valentino for SS13, Missguided have come up with their own version, the 'Caresa', which isn't half bad! And at £22.99 can you really say no? 
Shop here.

(Images from various sources)



Procrastinating on a Sunday afternoon, making fashion/beauty collages instead of doing my university work. 
There are a few things on here that I am dying to get; Dior Nude foundation, Marc Jacobs' Dot perfume, a perspex/resin/studded clutch, ANYTHING from Saint Laurent, and that felt hat from Reiss! Everything else is just a little bit of what I love; Johnny and Kate, croc skin handbags, Azealia Banks, bright blush in the winter, and Daphne Groeneveld.

(Image © Fran Wright, 2012)


Grimes AKA Claire Boucher

It's no secret that I love Grimes.

Not only does she make good music but Claire Boucher, from Vancouver, Canada, is the style chameleon that I (and every girl?) long to be, working everything from tom boy to sophisticated without compromising on her personal tastes.

Vogue December will contain an interview with the 'unlikeliest of pop stars' by Isaac Lock, where Claire will talk about her success so far.

(Image from vogue.co.uk)

Stella McCartney from High End to High Street

High End - Stella McCartney
High Street - New Look £17.99 here

You may remember I mentioned Hussein Chalayan's crazy shiney AW12 outfit before here and it seems that it's still inspiring designers from high end to high street, carrying on in to SS13. 
Whilst browsing the shoes in New Look the other day I came across the above pair of suspiciously familiar heels...very similar to Stella McCartney's pearlised, almost holographic heels that I've seen in Net-a-Porter's Cruise 2013 Lookbook.
Find me something that combines this and the transparent trend and I will wear it every day in Spring!

What do you think? Love it or hate it?

(Images: Hussein Chalayan image from inkmo.tumblr.com, Stella McCartney image from net-a-porter.com, New Look image from newlook.com)


My Expensive Wishlist

(Clockwise-kinda-spiral from left to right)

- L.K.Bennett's already got some new SS13 items out and I am totally in love with the Emmaline shoulder bag in light rose (and clay, and tan, and black...) £345.00 here,
- Bounkit 24-karat gold-plated, flourite and amethyst ring,
- Versace blue and golden yellow scarf,
- Pamela Love gold collar,
- Donna Karen hot pink dress,
- 3.1 Phillip Lim leather dungarees,
- Oscar de la Renta top and skirt,
- Maison Martin Margiela glittery clutch bag,
- Charlotte Olympia pumps and sandals, embellished with flowers,
- Markus Lupfer 'Hollywood' jumper,
- Rochas polka dot pumps with ankle strap,
- Roberto Cavalli red lace full-length dress.

(Images from various sources)


Dark Side of Nude Make-Up

Topshop have done it again when it comes to the gothic trend this AW12 and released a glamourous capsule make-up collection that gives a "high shine and high impact look", inspired by on-screen heroines like Ingrid Bergman and Natalie Portman.
I am seriously craving the Wicked lipstick, which is a dark plummy red colour and applies with a brilliant matte coverage, and the fabulously golden, glittery Stardust nail polish.
If you've got great skin this is definitely the look for you; pale, dewy skin, delicately coloured cheekbones and mushroom eyeshadows.
If you go to Topshop now you can pick up the cute little 'Get the Look' postcard-style pack for free from the tills which give you some ideas on how to best use the collection.
Shop the decadent collection here.


FASH/ON FILM: William Tempest for River Island

William Tempest's exclusive collection for River Island Design Forum debuted at London Fashion Week but officially launched yesterday, with the opportunity to win certain items from the range simply by retweeting on the River Island Twitter page
Available in selected stores and online the range was showcased in a short film as part of the Fash/On Film initiative that runs in conjunction with the British Fashion Council.
At the Fash/On Film event, editors, models and film makers alike congregated to watch the offerings. The mesmerising movement and music sucks you in to the model's journey and the clothes are totally flapper girl; glitzy and glamourous, with a wearable modern twist.

Check out the full video below:

And shop the collection here.

(Images from River Island Style Insider blog)


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Season 3 Premiere

Oh yes, they're back.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills attended the season 3 premiere last night in true housewife style. I'm excited to see what totally-blown-out-of-proportion events will occur this season, and I'm especially excited to see how new housewife and model Yolanda Foster (third from the left) fares! 
Camille Grammer has left the line up which is a shame because she turned out to be really lovely in season 2 and she's the only one who's really not afraid of speaking her mind...
Camille definitely stole the spotlight at the premiere in her amazing red Herve Leger dress, heels and Alexander McQueen clutch.
Season 3 is due to start in November.

(Photos from dailymail.co.uk)


Ombre Nails

Although ombre is a trend that was more 'in' in SS12 I am still loving the ombre style dip-dyed hair and how this trend has translated in to the world of beauty too. 

Why not have a crack at ombre nails? I am loving these impossible gradients with pastel colours and glitters. All you need is a few colours, a nail sponge to apply the second colour and some precision and patience!
In short, you do the base colour, let it dry and then sponge on the tip colour trying your best to blend the colours as neatly as you can.
Try blending oxblood or a rich aubergine colour with black to stay on trend with this seasons gothic edge, or more neutral colours and glamourous glitters to keep it sophisticated.
You can also try ombre nails fading gradually from one nail to the next (like below), which might better suit someone who wants to get the look but doesn't have the time, and anyone who has a huge nail polish collection!

(Images, in order, from originalpiecemag.com, elleandblair.com and imagesforfree.org)


Tim Walker: Story Teller

The incredibly talented fashion photographer Tim Walker celebrated the opening of his new exhibition "Story Teller" at Somerset House last night. 
The exhibition runs until the 27th January 2013 and the opening enticed a wonderful crowd: from Kate Moss to Bonnie Wright, and Tim Burton to Cara Delevingne
The exhibition mainly houses a selection of props and photographs from shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair and many other top fashion publications.

There will also be a series of related events showing and debating the influence films such as The Wizard of Oz have had on Walker's work.

Find out more about the exhibition here.


(Photos from vogue.co.uk)


Spacex Review: John Court Exhibition

You may remember that a few months ago, when I first started LIQUORICE, I reviewed the exhibition that was currently showing at Spacex, an independent art gallery in Exeter where I volunteer in my free time. 
You can read my review of that Michael Samuels exhibition here. This is my second review of the new exhibition of art work showing until the 24th November 2012; John Court's first solo UK exhibition, 'The Work Between the Lines'.

John Court is severely dyslexic and uses his art to explore this; turning something two dimensional like stenciled letters, in to a pattern, and then in to a sort of sculptural, braille-like, tactile piece of art. He is changing something that he finds difficult to understand in to something he can comprehend easily, whilst exploring and working through issues with his own dyslexia. You are invited to touch and play with some of the pieces of art work, which adds another dimension to the viewing experience.

The dedication Court puts in to his art work is phenomenal. He spends hundreds of hours on each piece, which gives way to the sense of discipline there is behind all of this and leads nicely in to his performance art. Court will be performing a specially commissioned piece similar to his famous 'Standing up for 8 hours' at Spacex on the 24th of November, to mark the closing of the exhibition. These performances can be interpreted literally as the marking of time, and push Court beyond technique and exhaustion. Not to be missed!

Read more about the exhibition here: spacex.org.uk/exhibitions/john-court/
(Images © Fran Wright 2012)


Chanel's Little Black Jacket


The iconic, timeless Chanel, currently run by Karl Lagerfeld, has opened an exhibition of a series of photos of that classic little black jacket, at the Saatchi Gallery in London. It opened on the 12th of October and is another little bit of fashion in the UK that you won't want to miss. Vogue posted a few sneak peek photos from the exhibit from which I am sharing my favourites with you here on LIQUORICE: you can see the full article here. The exhibition contains over 100 beautiful black and white photos of everyone from Alexa Chung to Kanye West taken by the fabulously controversial Karl Lagerfeld himself.

What do you think? Will you be going to see the exhibition? 


(Photos from vogue.co.uk)

Brad Pitt for Chanel N°5

Yesterday Chanel announced on their Twitter that they had released a new advertisement for Chanel N°5 starring Brad Pitt! Expecting a new, dreamy, provencial "Audrey Tautou"-esque appearance I was excited to see it: but very disappointed! The pseudo-philosophical script is overplayed and Brad Pitt is not looking that hot anymore (get a hair cut!)! My favourite part is (and I'm not joking) the end, with the image of the sparkling night cities on Earth and the classic bottle overlayed.

What do you think? Is it a load of crap or Chanel genius (I mean, I am blogging about it...)?


AW12 Inspiration

I don't know about you but I find I've grown tired of this seasons big trends already (pleather, khaki, oxblood...be gone!) and I'm lacking inspiration for my retail therapy as my taste gets more expensive and my bank balance more and more unhealthy...! 
Needing some new inspiration, and quickly, as the weather has got noticeably colder in the last few days I have started to take a shine to the more tactile trends this AW! Think peach fuzz jumpers, soft woven wool coats, smooth metallics, perfect suede, and pattern and colour galore. This is what my winter wardrobe needs! 
I'm thinking...midi and maxi skirts, trench coats, studded gloves, big hats, patterned suits, colour blocking, black and gold baroque-style dresses... 
It's all about covering up to keep cool, and keeping it fresh in the dark winter months with a splash of colour here and there...!

Just take a look at this beautiful patterned Miu Miu suit above (paired with clashing shirt and silk scarf), this pink, grey and teal crepe, boucle and sateen coat from Antonio Berardi and this leg-warming Just Cavalli maxi skirt.

(Photos from net-a-porter.com)


Reiss October

Check out Reiss' new fashion feature "The Shape of Things to Come" on their beautiful coats and jackets here! Whether you're looking for something baggy to snuggle up in, like this seasons big trend, the cocoon coat, or something silhouette defining, Reiss has what you need! I'm still on the hunt for a coat but I've absolutely fallen in love with this Saint Laurent style hat...it's on my to-buy list! 
(Photo courtesy of reiss.com)

Artist Feature: Bianca Green

You may have seen Bianca Green's "These Diamonds Are Forever" print (second from the left) adorning Urban Outfitters windows in recent months, or perhaps you've seen her designs on a beautiful bedspread, on a phone case, or a print on a decorated wall! 
I love the amazing combinations of colour Bianca uses in her work. You can see how much fun she has creating these designs, and how much her broad understanding of cultures all around the world has influenced them! To celebrate the launch of her fabric line I did an interview with Bianca to find out more about her, and her work!

How did you get in to design?
It literally happened over night. I took off to live in Uruguay. To find out who I am, what I wanted and most importantly, what I didn't want in life. So there I was, so much inspiration and so much time. I started to create. My only intention was to fill my day with something I enjoyed doing and that would make me happy. And it did! Then I was telling my friend about all this creative venting, and she wanted to see. So I posted some of my works on my blog.. and from there, the stone started to roll and became bigger and bigger.. I think when you don't plan an outcome to something, it can turn out to be the best thing you ever did.

What inspired your bold and colourful designs?
Mostly my family background. Born in Brazil, raised in Germany and a few thousand miles of travel later, I had so much inspiration in me I would have exploded if not put into work! My art pretty much represents me: loud, happy, bold, colourful, old, new... everything you see is a part of me.

How important is colour in your work?
It always depends. I have a few pieces that aren't drowning in color like some others...it changes with what I am trying to express. But in general, I have to have colours in my life. In my food, in my Interiors, the people around me and of course my clothing. Today I wore a blue patterned hippie dress with blue tights, multi colored shoes, a sky blue cardigan and a heavy patterned jacket on top. Compared to all the grey, black and brown that people were wearing out there, I looked like I came sliding down a rainbow! But I don't mind. :)

And what is the reason you use so much pattern?
Probably because of all the passions I have: interior designs, fabric design, vintage wallpaper, nature and the love for shapes in general. I just believe in combining beautiful things to get something that's even more beautiful. Like people: if you get the right mix of people together, your dinner will be much more exciting than eating alone.

What's on your desk right now?
Besides too many emails? A lot of ideas and projects! You would never think that but lately I have been spending more time on administrative stuff than creating...So I am hoping to switch that around soon. As a constant traveler, I am thinking about doing something that might help me find my way...we will see.

Who or what inspires you the most with regards to designing prints and pieces?
I find inspiration everywhere really. In daily life, in movies, in sound, in people. I like to observe situations and people. I do that a lot when I travel. Like on my trip to Helsinki; the people there are so creative, artistic and are not afraid to wear bold colors and patterns. I also get a lot of ideas from interior design and fashion photography. Sometimes you see a picture of a person sitting in front of a wall; but the way his shirt, hair and the structure of the wall work together is what helps to create a vision in my head.

Where can we find some reviews of your work?
There are a lot of lovely features about me and my work online. If you put Bianca Green Art in your favorite search engine you will find a few. But the ones I prefer the most normally don't include any words. A picture of my product in the hands of a happy customer. Those are priceless!

Tell us more about your fabric collection and why you decided to release a fabric collection.
Oh, that was one exciting project! Like I mentioned before, I am very much into interior designs. So one day I wanted to have one of my designs on fabric for these vintage chairs I bought. I found Spoonflower and uploaded one design first. After holding a sample in my hands I freaked out (in a good way!) and did nothing but fabric designs for the next 2 weeks. It's a completely different thing to see your artwork on a piece of paper, on an iPhone case or on fabric. So mainly I created the collection for myself and for my future projects, but the nice side effect is that people can buy them too and get creative. They have been making beautiful things from curtains, dresses, pillows to purses!

Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
Home - wherever that might be, Happy - with what I am doing, Blessed - to have lovely people to share life with, and Curious - always trying out new things and going on new adventures.

Find more of Bianca's work here:


The Best Couples Ever

I'd like to start by apologising for lack of posts over the past few days, I have just started my degree and my new job and I'm lacking both time and inspiration at the moment! I've got loads and loads of ideas for christmas related posts though, is it too soon for that?! Please keep reading, sharing and following! I want to do a big giveaway before the year is out but I'd like to get to 50 followers at least before that happens!

Anyway, the impending Winter has got me feeling a bit gooey and I just wanted to share with you what I believe are the best celebrity couples ever! See Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, and Johnny Depp and Kate Moss above! 
All beautiful, fashionable, successful and inspirational people! ♥