Best of Graduate Fashion Week

A quick visual tour of my favourite designers to showcase at ‘The Best Of Graduate Fashion Week’ catwalk show

My first ever visit to a graduate fashion week in London, and it was great! Now I’ve been to it once it is and an event I will definitely  attend again. I recommend to anyone of any age, if I knew about it at school I would have loved to have gone. You have to pay for catwalks but the actual degree show is free! There are displays put on from Universities all round the Uk and a range of fashion courses everything from Design to Communication.

I wanted to post about several of the designers that really stood out to me in the ‘The Best of Graduate Fashion Week’ catwalk show. We thought it was a good show to see as we would get a mix of all the talent that has been shown throughout the week.

Sarah- Louise Francis
Susan Forrest

Laura Capello

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Irene D’antonio


Halina North



VM at COW Vintage Nottingham

The Giraffe takes on the COW… As part of my course at Nottingham Trent university I was lucky enough to take part in a Lord Whitney workshop. For those of you that haven’t heard of Lord Whitney, they are a prop making duo and with a beautiful company and great workshops to get involved with.… Continue reading VM at COW Vintage Nottingham

La La Land Film Review

As I sit here listening to the sound track for the tenth time after only seeing it last night, it just puts me in a good mood…or though I can’t say the same for my house mates. ‘“La La Land” is set in contemporary Los Angeles, but its heart and soul are rooted in the… Continue reading La La Land Film Review

The Lanky Giraffe takes Berlin

If you have me on any form of social media over the past week, you’ve probably noticed I won’t shut up about the fact I was in Berlin… Lucky for you I’m about to talk about it in even more detail. I wanted to outline our itinerary and what we achieved in the days we… Continue reading The Lanky Giraffe takes Berlin

Nocturnal Animals- Film review

So last week a on Tuesday evening some friends and I made our way down to the Broadway theatre in Hockley to see Toms Fords new film: Nocturnal Animals. Honestly I didn’t really know what to expect when going into this film, all I knew is that it was directed by Ford and I really fancied Jake Gyllenhaal… However when the credits rolled I don’t think i’ve ever seen anything like it, nor could me and my friends stop talking about it for several days…

A tale of revenge. The film entwines a double standard narrative, transitioning different levels of reality. An art dealer (Amy Adams) and a writer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Its very dark but extremely interesting and an edge of your seat watch.


_DSC5202_R Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Tony Hastings in writer/director Tom Ford’s romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, a Focus Features release. Credit: Merrick Morton/Focus Features

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My exhibition mission: London’s must see’s

Last week I spent a few days in London. The reason for the trip was to gather cultural research for my current uni projects, and to add to my general contextual knowledge. I love visiting cities and anywhere rich with culture and art. So with only a couple days to explore I packed as many things as I could in to the itinerary, and heres a little note on what galleries and exhibition are worth a look:

Tate Modern:

The Tate is always one of my favourite museums to go to, there is always something great in the turbine hall and this trip was no different. HYUNDAI commission: Philippe Parreno, Anywhen is a immersive experience that is said to challenge your perception of time and space. The french artist has responded to the Turbine hall through acoustics, lighting, moving objects and film. You enter the large space and are immediately aware of the relaxed tone and atmosphere, most people are sitting or laying on the floor, looking up at the ceiling, taking it all in. The feeling I got was similar to sitting in a cinema- I was excited and suspenseful however relaxed in my surroundings. My eyes weren’t drawn to one point, rather flitting around the room. It made me question the sequences of our environment and feel as though it is a comment of an ever changing life cycle- random elements and no real formula.  After leaving the exhibition I wanted to know more and was interested in the ideas and artist behind the work. I found out that the piece is evolving daily, and will do so for the whole of its six week commission. A truly immersive experience and worth a visit if get the chance, I loved it.

TERRIBLE photos I know, but wanted to give an idea on the size and space



The Barbican:

I’d never been to the Barbican art gallery before and wasn’t sure what to expect, however I would definitely visit again. We made our way to Shoreditch to see the exhibition The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined.

‘Scandal of good taste’

Fashion curator and exhibition maker Judith Clarke has collaborated with Adam Phillips, a psychoanalyst and writer to build on Phillip’s definition of ‘The Vulgar’ as a bases. The exhibition highlights 500 years of fashion guiding you through pieces from the Renaissance to present day. Weaved together with the theme of vulgarity, whilst celebrating the incredible innovations of all the designers included. I really enjoyed this and feel it was worth the £10 fee of entry. Sadly they didn’t allow photographs so you”l have to check it out yourselves!!

The Hayward Gallery:

The Hayward was another gallery that I’ve never set foot in before and I still haven’t actually set foot in it… the exhibition we went to see was called The Infinite Mix. However it was held off site to our despair as we’d already walked all the way to the gallery to only find out that we were in the wrong place.

When we finally got to the correct location we spent the next hour and a half walking in and out of different but very basic screen rooms. The Infinite Mix is a collection of contemporary audiovisual artworks. Ten rooms in total exploring our cultural tensions all through varied genres.

‘They pointedly remix our notions of history and fiction, the real and the staged, and the sublime and the everyday’

Another one that is completely free and so great to go and see! Each film and soundtrack was completely different, some I connected with and some I didn’t understand at all. Thats all part of it. Its a really interesting space and a very thought-provoking experience I would recommend it if you love music, contemporary art or film.

White Chapel Gallery:

It was a few days of discovery it seems as White Chapel was also a first for me. A much smaller gallery but always worth having a look what they have on. We’d made the effort to see an exhibition about the anonymous feminist activists; Guerrilla Girls. If you don’t known who they are, look them up! These women wear gorilla masks in public to conceal their identities and take on the names of women artists from the past all for the fight against sexism.

The exhibition was called Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? The small exhibit is a room plastered with questions, statistics and proof on the subject of sexism in the art world. It highlights daunting facts about the industry and challenges how we can make change. The activists sent out hundreds of questionnaires to museums and galleries quizzing them on the diversity of their representation. With interesting results of inequality all over Europe- go check it out its really quite shocking and worth a visit.

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V&A museum:

My FAVOURITE museum on the planet… The Victoria and Albert. Not only equipped with the best gift shop but also housed a fantastic exhibition that is incredible useful to my current uni projects. You say you want a revolution? Records and rebels 1966-1970. The exhibition encapsulates the vibrant and explosive attitudes of the late 60’s, displaying fashion, film, design, music and political activism. Once again no photos were allowed and in terms of budget it was the most expensive to visit but worth it.

A really sneaky pic from the beginning of the exhibition
Some badges that were on sale in the gift shop.. love the dedicated fashion follower one

-The Lanky Giraffe 


Just a really quick picture post! If your Nottingham based or in the local area get your self down the the Bonnington Gallery at Nottingham trent university. The exhibition is looking at current and social issues to do with crisis’s happening now. Creative and interactive displays in response to the horror and anxiety of our current work and questioning how can we create change.

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Fashion Cities Africa

Casablanca| Johannesburg | Lagos |Nairobi


‘The time for Africa is now. The world is looking to us for inspiration.’- Tiffany Amber, designer.


So I am posting this rather spontaneously as I didn’t plan on seeing this exhibition but stumbled across it, and loved it! Fashion cities Africa is a vibrant and exciting exhibition that explores fashion and style across four major cities in Africa. Celebrating the most talented individual’s within: Casablanca in Morocco, Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi in Kenya and Lagos in Nigeria. A collection of bloggers, photographers, stylists and designers truly express the originality and culture of each city.

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‘The cities featured are highly diverse geographically and economically, as is there populations. While in some of these cities the infrastructure for fashion is limited, the ambition, creativity and dynamism of those engaged in the industry is boundless.’

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Still on at the Brighton Museum from now until the 8 of January 2017!

-The Lanky Giraffe

Festival Style

A week ago Monday I was travelling back with my friends from V-festival in Chelmsford, Essex. The journey consisted of six passed out girls and the occasional rub on my arm from a fellow hangover sufferer asking if I was ok. Obviously this situation was the result of a crazy, exciting and truly hilarious weekend, and the last mini bus journey and utter exhaustion was totally worth it.

It was a weekend filled with music and laughter and I loved every second of it. Festivals are great fun and I recommend going to anyone! As this was my third time I knew what to expect and this included festival fashion. Not only was I surround by my beautiful friends but It was great to photograph who ever I thought looked the part. Armed with my phone and the confidence from a vodka and coke these are some of the images I took of the people it met…

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Hope you like it!

-The Lanky Giraffe 

Paint paint paint

My poor Mum and Dad have had a half finished mural on our garage wall for at least a year- typically I started something and found it hard to find the time to actually finish it. However blessed with a a couple sunny afternoons and lack of social life I was excited to get on with it. Typically, I wouldn’t think to share something like this on my blog but I think its important to put across what I enjoy and love to do when my mind isn’t on Uni work or submerged in social media.

The sad beginnings of my colourful wall

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I mean not quite a Monet but you get the idea- I had fun with it and I hope its brightened up the garden. Painting is something that I’ve always enjoyed- loved it in school and will always have it as a hobby.

-The Lanky Giraffe