Revamping Blog and Website

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There is going to be fabulous and wonderful things which will be happening here at HGDrake HQ!

There shall be a schedule of blog posts starting soon, posts will be (well) posted every Tuesday and Thursday with a delightful range of hot topics from How I Style my DIY all the way to pattern cutting book reviews, something for everyone.

Plus tones of new things to look forward to, which I cannot yet share with you all.

For now above please have a gander at some photographs from my graduating portfolio and final collection!


Hannah x


Long time no type…

It has been a while since I have posted on here due to the amount of crazy stress throughout the 3 year so far!
It’s just getting started!
As a result of this I thought I would update you on my progress so far for my Pre-FMP Collection.

Sneak Peek

Digital PrintI do not want to give too much away as currently still working my behind off to finish what I need to achieve before heading back after Christmas. I hope you like what you see so far, let me know in the comments below.

Slow Fashion the New Black…?

Our high streets are unfortunately dying due to the increasingly longing of the recession with on average more than 30 shops have closed everyday between July and August 2012. The recession is set to increase but on a much slower pace the government recently announced. What is fashion the future for fashion? Some say, is there a future? Due to the amount of ever growing online retailers.

Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel. Us. With the airing of the Dispatches investigation, in November 2010, into the treatment, working conditions and poor pay of many overseas manufacturing companies in order for retailers to produce ‘fast fashion’. As a result of mass production the quality of the garments can get lost resulting in more items to be returned or into our landfills. This created a chain effect to the consumers making them more aware of how the fashion industry.

Due to that China is ever developing and demanding the cost of manufacturing is increasingly more expensive retailers are having to seek in different countries for example Turkey and Bangladesh. Therefore now is a perfect time to change in the way we manufacture our garments.

‘Slow fashion’ is being referred to as more than just a craze but more of a movement; to counter balance our busy lives. ‘Slow fashion’ is joining forces of ‘Eco’, ‘ethical’, and ‘green’ in one movement, originally founded by Kate Fletcher from Centre for Sustainable Fashion, it is to encourage to slow down the process and production to refine the finer details and to ensure quality is far better than quantity.

If you are inspired by this article and need to find out more details please head over to this website. It has a lot more in depth knowledge of ‘slow fashion’ and the origins of the movement.

Designer Pudsey…

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Last night all of the designer bear collection where auctioned off rasing a total of £150 000 for Children in Need. The high bear sold for was an impressive £24 000 it was Giles Deacon’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted bear, second was Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at £20 000.

At there are some pictures of how their Pudsey bear was made, great if you want a sneak peek at the behind the sceens!

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Yellowism, just a likeness for yellow..?

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The defacing of Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon 1969, at the Tate Modern, earlier on this week left me thinking, why? What is the point of it? What are they trying to say?

In further research I found that the writing, marked in black paint, said ‘Vladimir Umanets ’12, A Potential Piece of Yellowism’. Not understanding the meaning of Yellowism I discovered THIS website and it states, ‘Yellowism is not art, it is not anti-art’. Vladimir Umanets is the co-founder of the Yellowism movement within fine art.

My interpretation of Yellowism is you believe it is ‘worthy’ of the title of yellowism then it is yellowism, it is up to you to determine the point of yellowism. Also I found that as they believe that there is an internal link between the colour yellow that to display their work they paint the gallery walls purple. (complementary colours)

London Fashion Week #1…

I love when Fashion Week is on because so many new and wonderful creations to fill your imagination!

Here are highlights from my favorite designers.

Erdem, a new designer to myself, what stood out to me were those stunning prints. I am not typically a lover prints but these just blew me away. The colour combination, the pattern, the placement all of these elements make a sweet treat for the eyes. What I really do like from this is that they have layered two very different patterns on top of another (floral and geometric) and made it work through placement and colour.

Mary Katrantzou, has done it again! Every season she delivers and spring/summer 2013 is not one to hide from. Inspiration from postage stamps and money the unique patterns create a flattering flow across the body. The main use of black and white create for a strong and bold print which is what I love. Read the original post about Mary Katrantzou HERE

Matthew Williamson, a genius in my eyes. I seriously need that blazer in my collection! The bleeding effect, which you can sometimes get from running ink, is beautiful and is by far my favorite collection and piece this London Fashion Week. Mixed in with this is a stunning picturesque photograph of a mountain and grassland, again, bleeding into the rest of the garment.

Disclaimer:Photographs taken from and only used for demonstrasion purposes

Vivienne Westwood does Jubilee Collection…

We all know Vivienne Westwood’s consistent homage to Britain always frequent through collages of the Union Jack and crowns. It does not stop there she has launched a new range entitled, Red Carpet Capsule Collection celebration the Queens Dimond Jubilee. The collection is launched in store a couple of weeks before the weeks celebrations begin 2-5 June.

Here are a couple of my favorite pieces from the collection. See more of the collection here.