Hat Over Heels: Milliner Workshop For Women With Hair Loss

Milliners Sahar Freemantle & Katherine Ferdinand launch hat making event at Institute Of Making

Hat Over Heels London

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]illiners Sahar Freemantle and Katherine Ferdinand (both pictured below) are launching a project for women who have undergone hair loss. A free day of fun, creativity and empowerment where each lady is invited to make and decorate their own bespoke hat or headpiece. The first event will be held at and sponsored by The Institute of Making, UCL on Saturday 5th April and will allow 15 women plus a guest to spend the day – with the assistance of professional milliners – to create their own cloche, turban, or other style of headwear.

Hat Over Heels millinery workshop

The Milliners

‘Hat Over Heels’ came about when Sahar Freemantle took part in a Leadership programme at the Landmark Education Centre, which encouraged participants to lead a community project. Sahar has had many past requests from cancer patients for hats, and realised how special it would be to hold a day for them and their loved ones to come and enjoy themselves, whilst making their own personalised hat.

Sahar, who has two millinery labels; UglyLovely and Sahar Millinery says; ‘My two brands are quite different, one is about finding beauty in the unconventional, and the other is more vintage in style. ‘Hat Over Heels’ is bringing the two together, a celebration of beauty in all forms, and allowing these incredible women to express their inner gems of creativity and femininity. My aim is to create a very happy memory in this otherwise testing time’.

Katherine joined the project after creating her initiial collection dedicated to femininity and elegance ‘‘As women, hair holds much of our identity and its loss can impact our confidence dramatically. After being touched by cancer both with family and friends I learnt the importance of maintaining the feeling of femininity, fun and normality throughout this process. It is a difficult time therefore when Sahar approached me with this project I was eager to get involved and help to create an experience where all women feel comfortable, beautiful and confident’.

To book a space for yourself or a friend or for press enquiries please contact sahar@uglylovely.co.uk and show support by ‘liking’ the Facebook page www.facebook.com/hatoverheels


Inject Colour With Inkkas Ethical Trainers

Fall in love with Inkkas technicolour Peruvian prints

Inkkas Fairtrade FashionInkkas London Sky trainers

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]pend a bit of time in Peru and you’re likely to fall in love with the traditional woven fabrics piled high in technicolour towers in the street markets. Having bought some myself, intending it for a handmade festival dream coat, I accepted my sewing machine skills weren’t going to cut the mustard. The fabric now adorns my sofa cushions and I’ve let Inkkas do the hard work in providing wearable Peruvian print in the form of their London Sky trainers, see above. Within a year of Inkkas 2012 launch their shoes had been featured in Vogue and Elle, and stocked in Topshop and Urban Outfitters. As well as being a nice blend of urban hipster and tie dye hippy, perfect to inject some soul and colour into a low key outfit, their collections have also been made with the planet and it’s inhabitants in mind. Inkkas are in partnership with Trees For The Future and plant a tree for every pair of trainers sold. Their Fairtrade shoes are made by Peruvian artisans, and the brand work by the moto ‘Don’t just buy a product, buy a small piece of a better world’.

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My Fashion: Canadian In The Smoke

Vancouverite model Julia Lawton embraces London Fashion

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew to London, we asked Canadian model turned teacher Julia Lawton how she adjusted to London style and what it’s like to experience the capital’s fashion with fresh eyes.Julia Lawton's London style

Before the transition in Vancouver (left) and fully embracing London style in ..And Other Stories dress (right)

I moved to London from Vancouver in August last year, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I arrived here but I immediately noticed the fashion stakes were much higher than I was used to. I knew London would be fashionable but I didn’t expect the formalness of the attire and walking around Central London I immediately felt under dressed. Unfortunately Canada doesn’t always have the best reputation when it comes to style, coming from the west coast of Canada yoga pants and hoodies reign supreme, but we are getting better! I knew there would be a huge fashion culture in London but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Lots of designer labels? People wearing their own designs? The answer to both was yes and more! I quickly realized the idea of “fancy” jeans is purely Canadian and people do not generally wear denim to work here. My go­ to outfit of dark jeans, tank top (or “vest” as it’s called here) and a blazer wasn’t going to cut it. I soon fell in love with European brands like …And Other Stories and All Saints, stores I had never heard of before coming to London.

It was traveling to East London for a friends art event that I found the adventurous style I had heard about. Amazing headwear and mis-matched patterns were everywhere. Lots of thrift, vintage and homemade outfits, I was blown away by everyones personal style. Again back to the drawing board for me, looking at my wardrobe in new ways, new combinations. Now I am embarking on my own English tutoring business, I started teaching EFL in China after I stopped modelling and fell in love with it. Back home I got my qualifications and now I’m in London putting it all to good use. Every day in London is a new adventure in fashion as I experience different jobs, festivals and events­­ I love the diversity and freedom the city exudes!

See Julia’s street style in Oxford Circus here.

TWITTER: @juliaherself

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/julialawton.yvr


Valentines Gifts: Pendant Fancy

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lowers fade, chocolates are gone too quickly (5 minutes in my house), diamonds are a cliche, but a pendant; that’s a personal and potentially flawless Valentines gift. There’s pendants to suit any kind of lady, get it right and it’ll be hanging round her neck forever. Scissors for the hair stylist, a unicorn for the dreamy, horoscope reader or a strawberry for the girly girl. Somewhere out there there’s a pendant for everyone, and a good place to start is in the huge selection at Jewellery World.

Valentines Pendants Pendants left to right, all from Jewellery World.

Best Of: London Street Style 2013

The year of ombre hair colour & boiler suits; here’s our top street style of 2013!

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]013 was the year of ombre hair colour, boiler suits, statement necklaces and bold headwear. Trends come and go but London remains the hub of unique fashion, and to celebrate the inspired style on the streets of The Smoke, here’s a collection of Nicely Turned Out’s 15 most popular street style looks from the past year, click the links below for full outfits.Best Street Style 2013

1. Marianne Theodorsen at London Fashion Week

2. Amy Shipp in Oxford Circus

3. Erin Adair on Oxford Street

4. Natasha Rose in Shoreditch

5. Wilderness Festival goer in Spangled onesie

6. Sophie Estelle at London Fashion Week

7. Susie Lau at London Fashion Week

8. Katherine Ferdinand in Seven Dials

9. Amy Isles-Freeman at Wilderness Festival 2013

10. Aldene Johnson in Spitalfields Market

11. Bethan Wood in Spitalfields Market

12. Roz Woodman in Old Spitalfields


Laura Whitmore & Peta: Beyond Skin Vegan Shoe Design Competition

Aspiring designers to battle it out to create stylish & animal & eco-friendly footwear.

Beyond-Skin-Peta[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his autumn, fashion design students – and anyone else who’s ever dreamed of following in Stella McCartney’s footsteps – can get a jump start on their design careers, thanks to a new contest launched by PETA and London born vegan shoe company Beyond Skin. The competition offers aspiring fashion designers the chance to be the creative force behind a new animal-free shoe. Entrants can upload their designs to PETA until December 13, when PETA and Beyond Skin will narrow the entries down to the top 10. MTV presenter and vegan Laura Whitmore will choose the winning design, which will go into production and hit the market in time for spring/summer 2014.

“I truly believe that the future of fashion lies in sustainable, cruelty-free materials, and companies like Beyond Skin and organisations like PETA are leading the way in creating awareness”, says Whitmore. “I am simply looking for ambitious young designers to put their best vegan foot forward and show me their idea for a new cruelty-free pump, flat, bootie or wedge. This competition is their chance to be a part of the trend towards compassionate fashion.”

More and more designers and retailers – including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Topshop and H&M – are recognising the huge demand for animal-friendly fashions and offering their customers shoes, bags, purses and belts made from modern, high-quality synthetics which don’t cost the Earth or harm a hair on an animal’s head. Beyond Skin is committed to helping animals and the environment by using only animal-free, recyclable materials in its products. Millions of cows and other animals whose skin is turned into leather endure the horrors of factory farming, including extreme crowding and confinement, disease and deprivation of food and water. Branding, tail-docking, dehorning and castration are all often performed without any painkillers. At abattoirs, improper stunning means that many animals are skinned while they’re still conscious.

Why vegan shoes?

Turning animal skin into leather requires highly toxic mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives and various oils, dyes and finishes – some of which are cyanide-based. Tannery runoff contains large amounts of pollutants, such as salt, lime sludge, sulphides and acids. Animals on factory farms produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population – without the benefit of waste-treatment plants.

For more information and to enter the contest, please click here or visit animal welfare charity PETA or BeyondSkin.



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Pretty In Print: So It Goes Magazine UK Launch

A peek at So It Goes mag including indie-film queen Greta Gerwig shot by Helena Christensen.

Secret-Garden-2[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ove a chunky magazine bursting with beautiful imagery to liven up the coffee table, and today has treated us to the UK launch of So It Goes magazine. Have a peek at the striking photography from Issue.2 with cover feature indie-film queen and star of Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig, shot by fashion legend Helena Christensen. Also included in the ‘Actors’ chapter is heartthrob of a generation Adam Driver from hit US TV show Girls, set to explode in the upcoming Coen brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Elsewhere, there is a mix of established names and vibrant new voices. Music legends Gilles Peterson and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, king of New York street photography Saul Leiter and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn are all interviewed. Issue.2 also houses a series of portraits of model-actress Clara Paget and a sixteen page A/W fashion story by Jo Metson Scott, while visionary artist Richard Mosse’s infra-red photos of the Congo confuse and shock. Readers will find travel journalism from Oslo, Cartagena, Burma and Makoko, a West African pygmy village. More than just an arts magazine, exclusive reportage includes a haunting travelogue on West African voodoo; a fly-on-the-wall exposé of life in the Flying Squad – London’s armed response unit; and a personal, time-capsule letter to a future digital child. Whether actors, artists, directors, musicians or writers, So It Goes sets out to uncover the stories and storytellers that are rarely heard and shines a light on worlds we don’t yet know. Theirs are the voices creative agency So It Goes endeavours to project from it’s pages, for in an age where so many are shouting to be heard, it’s rewarding to listen a little closer to these whispers of originality. Order a copy of So It Goes.Clara-Paget-1

Model-actress Clara Paget


Richard Mosse’s infra-red photos of the Congo


Adam Driver


Secret Garden fashion editorial


Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Greta Gerwig So It Goes Magazine

Greta Gerwig shot by Helena Christensen on the cover