Eustratia Spring/Summer ’14

The Eustratia S/S “14 Collection is finally complete and I’m really pleased with it. It will be making its catwalk debut at Manchester fashion week on Saturday and the products will be added to the online store over the next few days.

The collection consists of 8 outfits, in varying levels of wearability and extravagance, but with a consistent embodiment of the essence of Spring.

IMG_9486blueoutfit 1 fullblue stripey top &dresspurple dress halfopen bust dress backIMG_9615 2flower playsuit fullwhite toppink stockings full2 copyflower braflower bra and skirtfloaty trans topfloaty top and shorts copyflower harness and braskirt and harness copy copyIMG_03492dress and blazer 2These images were shot in my home studio. it’s the first time I’ve shot a look book with virtually no team and I really enjoyed the comfort of being in my own home and the control I had over the images.

I also made the backdrop myself and will try and remember to post some info on its construction soon.

Thanks to Richard Ayres for shooting this for me.

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Rush!

Today I went to drop off some samples with a stylist. Hopefully they’ll be featured in a cool editorial. I was in a rush so I put my hair into a messy half-up twist bun.

rush 7rush1I customised my blazer with some small spikes to give it a bit of edge.

rush 6I also enjoy slipping bits of latex into my everyday wardrobe. Today I wore my kindaku harness over a mesh, polka dot dress.

rush2I also rediscovered my long socks, that have been hiding away over the winter, due to not provided quite enough warm.

rush3When I came home I found a little bag of goodies from bodyjewellerypiercing.com which I will be featuring in a different post, but I decided to try a couple of the pieces out.

rush5Earrings: Richard Ayres

Blazer: H&M

Dress: Miss Selfridge

Shoes: Rock & Candy

Bag: Religion

Images by Richards Ayres.

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Current Obsessions #32

current obsession 32This week I’m looking for promotional photoshoot inspiration. I’m hopefully going to be able to finish, shoot and release my spring/summer range which is pretty exciting. You might have seen a few pieces at VAUVAU but I’ve done some rearranging since then. I’m also loving 3D printing and wish I had the chance to try it out myself. Still working toward my giant paper flowers. I’ve featured them a few times but hopefully they will work out for me this time.

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Flower tribe.

I’ve been inspired to create a pastel image set with with tribal influences for nearly a year now and finally had some free time to play around. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use some of my new Bodyjewelleryshop.com pieces in a shoot.

I love trying out new types of body jewellery and the items featured in this set are some of my current favourites.

269b6bae77e511e3b9410edc7135ac19_8Pink synthetic opal ball which I just slot into one of my large septum rings.

3890ab34701111e3af5d121b1d436492_8Blackline internally theaded disk.

d606ec7677e511e392091200855e15e3_8Iridescent crystal labret stud.

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Most of these where sent to me by Bodyjewelleryshop.com (which was super nice of them) but I also included a couple of items from my personal collection, as I do use their site frequently.

To complete the look I added an oversized jewellery set I made myself out of latex, faux pearls and flowers. Though I make stuff nearly every day, I still enjoy putting together costume pieces for shoots and shows.

The flower harness and stripey bralet are part of the upcoming spring range for Eustratia and should be on sale in the near future. I’d love to know what you think of them!

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Eustratia, top 10 gifts under £20!

I wanted to put together a little board showing some of the affordable gifts available through my website. Usually, people who have seen my clothes automatically assume that everything I sell is expensive. This isn’t true, my products have a very low mark up compared to other companies, some of them just happen to be quite labor-intensive. I like creating elaborate outfits but also understand there is beauty in simplicity and a cute piece to finish off an outfit can be uncomplicated and inexpensive while still looking great.

I created Eustratia to make my vision accessible to customers of all budgets and feel like I’m well on the way to achieving that.

gifts under 201. Stripey folded hair flower, £15.

2. Moth-girl T-shirt, £12.50

3. Avalon head chain, £18

4. Unicorn headband, £15

5. Latex bow cuff, £6.50

6. Stocking toppers, £10 (or 15 with trim)

7. Bow earrings, £13

8. Tote bag, £6.50

9. Standard fingerless gloves, £18.50

10. Standard latex pasties, £18

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VAU VAU Part II: Fashion Circus, the show!

Toria Brightside knows how to put together an event. Vau Vau was good last year but it was evident that the concept had been ironed out at the edges and the execution was more professional, while still remaining fun and full of character. A fashion show promoting sense of style and independent designers.

I got help with the stall because I knew that I would hardly have a change to be there.

1385979_10152283658513868_57482695_nThis is my mum in a latex blazer. I think it suits her.

One of the designers pulled out at the past minute, giving me the opportunity to showcase a few pieces from my upcoming non-latex range, Vanguard. I used chainmail pieces by Richard Ayres to add edge and detail to the outfits and I thought the worked really well together.

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My favourite part of the show was still the finale though. The dolls house, created and erected by Richard Ayres was used as a backdrop for the whole show but was only functional for the finale. A lot of guests commented on the fact that it puzzled them for the whole night and I liked that added element of intrigue.

The presentation and subsequent range was inspired by dolls and the show started with a pair of models draped in sheer fabric (evoking a dust sheet), as if they had been left in a forgotten room for a number of years.

The second pair of models appeared from inside the dolls house in much more current but still doll-inspired outfits and proceeded to uncover the first set of models before walking down the catwalk.

The rest of the models emerged and descended at regular intervals. Two held ornate trays filled with dried petals which the scattered along the catwalk as the went and rest carried vintage bird cages, hanging off poles and filled with fairy lights and flowers or ivy.

My girls had Make up by Jack Tyson and nails by Vamp.

Models in order of appearance: Tessa Burton (vauhaus), Lauren feather (vauhaus), Vex Ashley, Bethany Lauren (vauhaus), Jennifer Joint, Amber Dennet, Briony rose, Harlotte Wonderland, Asphazia, Biomechanina.

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VauVau (14 of 50)VauVau (20 of 50)VauVau (21 of 50)VauVau (24 of 50)VauVau (33 of 50)VauVau (36 of 50)All Images by Emily bailey of ENB photography, who also reviewed the event on her blog. I had a lot to write about my own involvement but if you’d like to see more of some of the other designers you could also check out Vague.  

I especially loved the magical video by NVS Films, it really captured the atmosphere of the show.

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current obsessions #7

current obsession 6This week has been crazy so I’ve been thinking about calming, pretty things. I’m going to be a doll for Halloween so I’m loving my new latex ball-joint stockings.

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