Friday, September 13, 2019

Autumn tones

I'm doing research for the next Westender shoot so in the middle of checking out what the shops have in stock just now.  They're very full of what can most definitely be called autumn shades - basically you're stuffed if you don't like brown.

To be honest (and in my own opinion) it's terrible samey,and uninspiring.  OK, it's not my preferred colour palette but it is too much to walk the length of Braehead shopping centre and see so much brown - it's a bit like walking through a wood full of bare trees - a bit too drab.

Wallis, H&M and M&S rails are too lacking in anything that seems exciting to me

Bonus points for M&S for jazzing it up a bit in their displays

I won spot the bright colour!!

TopShop at least manage to make it look fun with short skirts and jackets in cool materials.

River Island wins the window display round, and their shop floor was by far the brightest and most interesting of every shop in the centre.

Breaking up the brown

Some lovely hot pink to cheer things up, and I love the Showaddywaddy suits!

RI have some fab monochrome edging it's way in 

Oasis and Warehouse -  only if you like brown, and a bit of rustiness!

Next also had a far more inspiring and diverse selection laid out.

So, there we have a huge variety of warm toned clothes which can be brightened up with a dash of pink and red to put some life into the look.  There are brighter and more subdued shades of colours to add to the outfit.  Seek and you shall find.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Neutrals trend

Here's my take on the current neutrals trend.

Look 1 Coat Ted Baker
Dress Next
Shoes Daniel

Bag Monsoon

Look 2 playsuit TopShop
Shoes Daniel
Jewellery Nancy Smilie

Look 3
Shorts suit TopShop
Shirt Cos

Necklace and bag Licorice Tree

Look 4
Trousers French Connection
Top and shoes Next

Hat Primark (stylist's own)
Bracelet Licorice Tree

Look 5 
(option 1)
Dress and jacket Cos
Jewellery Nancy Smilie

(option 2)
Dress Cos
Shoes Daniel

Belt TopShop


Look 6
Jacket Next
T shirt and trousers TopShop

Look 7
playsuit TopShop
Shoes Daniel
Jewellery Monsoon

Photographer Gregor Reid, MUA Terri Craig, Model Katherine Lee

Fashion Week shows standing for something

Aside from the schedule and celebrities, what else will everyone be talking about at the shows? ( article)
Let’s get this out of the way: No one wants to see another collection that doesn’t stand for something. With climate change, immigration, the U.S. election, and Brexit dominating headlines, a pretty dress won’t cut it anymore. Fashion is meant to reflect the world around us and tell us where it’s headed, so we’re hoping designers open up the channels of communication this season. They should be addressing the social and environmental impact of their clothes, and they should use their platforms to take a stand on gender equality, Trump, immigration reform, and the other issues we spend most of our days thinking about.
We’re also hoping New York designers in particular are thinking about the next presidential election—and possibly dressing the next woman president. New York Fashion Week ends the day before the third Democratic debate; other than a pantsuit, what should a female candidate like Kamala Harris wear? What projects strength, confidence, courage, and optimism? Here’s hoping we see a few compelling ideas this week.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Image Consultancy

As well as styling, I provide Image Consultancy services 

My take on image consultancy is that someone should know how to represent themselves authentically for the situation, and determine how they want to be perceived - asking them what is their identity?  As people are multi dimensional and have different aspects to their lives I look at image styling as being costume design for every day, depending on what role in your life you're currently being. As costume design describes unspoken aspects of a character, your image makes a statement about you as a person.  This is less tangible, and would take a while to evaluate through conversation.

By being more self aware you become more confident and assertive through understanding and appreciating yourself and acknowledging your self worth.

It's not about if your bum looks big in that skirt or not but with having you represent yourself genuinely and appropriately through displaying your persona accurately.

The image consultancy services I provide include body shape and colour analysis, wardrobe evaluation and outfit planning.  I put outfits together ensuring items suit according to body shape, personal taste etc and explain why.  I aim to understand someone's preferred styles of clothing and make sure of the suitability for the occasion and make sure there's adequate choice, developing style concepts for special events of more adventurous looks, and I keep a strong awareness of developing appropriate looks to suit the event  Being trained in body shape and colour analysis means clients are dressed for their body shape/size and colour season so they look their brightest and feel comfortable, and by defining someone's individual style means I create outfits to their satisfaction.  I have a great network of stores and designers which gives a lot of choice for clients, and i maintain careful budget planning and record keeping.

I charge sensible rates - it's Glasgow after all, not London!  Colour and body shape analysis is £60, wardrobe evaluation is £100, a half day shop is £100 and a full day shop with lunch is £165.  I hope this appeals to people to might want to try working with an image consultant and I can get you off to a great start.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Introducing Jacki Clark - Stylist

I'm a Glasgow based fashion stylist, the resident stylist for Glasgow's Westender magazine.

I previously worked in theatre, film and TV before changing lanes to become a fashion stylist.  The move came after first running cabaret shows, then fashion shows and seeing the independent design talent in Scotland which I wanted to promote.

While starting to develop my portfolio I did an online course with the British College of Professional Styling, then a short summer course at London College of Fashion, followed by a comprehensive course with London School of Styling which was a great experience with some good early portfolio pieces

After networking in Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounding areas, and a wee bit of interning in London as a styling assistant, I felt my portfolio was ready for the next level and started looking for commercial work, and fortunately landed the job with Westender magazine in summer 2017.  The first shoot I did with the magazine was on a rooftop overlooking George Square, and I felt part of the team from the beginning.  My good amount of experience on set helped hugely to give me the standard of work needed to meet the requirements, so I would definitely recommend a lot of work experience to get used to the protocol and team work needed on set.  I was introduced to the local boutique managers by the magazine's editor Suzanne, and started some great working relationships with local stockists.  Since then, as the stockists have reduced in the West End I've had to look to stores in the city centre and have got great rapports with lots of high street stores.  One of my favourites is TopShop, and I've always loved going into the store in Argyle Street, which I remember loving in my teens.  On the topic, one of my favourite memories is being in TopShop in Oxford Circus in London when I was sixteen on a sunny summer day, and just loving all the bright trends, cool jewellery and shoes.  It was rave era, I was young and I felt this excitement, an energy I loved and that motivated me to keep on being creative when it wasn't easy to make a living in this industry, especially in Glasgow and particularly after the financial crisis.

I've been able to work my ideas into concept shoots to get statement images out there, and working on these images is a favourite part of my work, as it's full of personal meaning and relevance to me.

I enjoy this work hugely, I get to meet a lot of really interesting people and have brilliant conversations, and that's what motivates me, in addition to getting my point across in my personal rather than commercial work.

Autumn tones

I'm doing research for the next Westender shoot so in the middle of checking out what the shops have in stock just now.  They're ve...