#ArtinMotion: Selly's UK Trip

TRAVEL AND STYLE HIGHLIGHTS FEATURING REDBUBBLE!

Just before I left for my trip, I packed some choice accessories. It seems I'm not the greatest at packing light (I am so, so sorry to all my hosts while abroad, for my stupidly heavy suitcase.) But the pieces with the biggest impact to my overall look each day, were actually the lightest. That's all thanks to the fine people at Redbubble and their gorgeous Art in Motion campaign: a new womens street style line, showcasing the work of some truly brilliant independent artists.

When I look back at one of my earliest blog posts featuring Redbubble, I feel that both this blog and the company have evolved by leaps and bounds, this latest collection being a perfect example of that.

Redbubble reached out to me about showcasing some pieces from their new collection. I saw my epic trip as the perfect opportunity to do just that. I wouldn't blog about something I didn't love, and it was love at first sight when I saw these pieces. The "Wings" butterfly pouch by Cassia and "Peacocks" scarf by Andrea Lauren--in addition to being stunning-- really resonated with me emotionally.

Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

I felt that the butterflies represent the many facets of my personality, and were symbolic of my flying abroad, going on this journey, socializing all over the place. Bonus: The artist, Cassia, is in fact based in the UK!

My being a bag lady, I thought I'd prefer the larger pouch, but the smaller size not only ended up able to hold everything I needed : Passport, cash, phone, mirror, lipstick... even shades (!!); but the small scale also made it much more suitable for evening.

My first time ever in Sheffield. Good thing the guide to Sheffield fits perfectly into my pouch! You can grab yourself a guide --and a great cup of coffee-- at Cafe 9. You can even catch some live music there. Wednesdays you can also grab an amazing personal pie from Nether Edge Pizza.
My first time ever in Sheffield. Good thing the guide to Sheffield fits perfectly into my pouch! You can grab yourself a guide --and a great cup of coffee-- at Cafe 9. You can even catch some live music there. Wednesdays you can also grab an amazing personal pie from Nether Edge Pizza.

The peacocks were also symbolic. I took their representation a step further when I wore the scarf out to tea and cake at the famed Maison Bertaux . The scarf and the place were me paying homage to The Girl at Midnight. A beautiful new YA Fantasy novel by the brilliant, violet haired Melissa Grey.

TGAM Redbubble peacocks
TGAM Redbubble peacocks

In a book about warring races of bird (Avicen) and dragon (Drakarin) people, one of the standout characters is the peacock feathered, Jasper. And this renowned French Patisserie in the heart of London--a location frequented by other leading characters, including the book's heroine, served as the perfect backdrop. One of many gorgeous scenes that played well against the accessories with their gorgeous, bright color palettes and whimsical motifs.

Have a look at some of the other places I took my Redbubble goodies to, and how I styled them!

SHEFFIELD

Hardware. Redbubble Cassia "Wings" Pouch and Zipfront River Island Skirt. Galaxy Gear rose gold watch
Hardware. Redbubble Cassia "Wings" Pouch and Zipfront River Island Skirt. Galaxy Gear rose gold watch

LONDON

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Do I look the part of a foreign dignitary? I think so. My fanciest selfie in a gilded mirror at Danson House, wearing my Redbubble scarf and bag in tandem. Never be afraid to mix prints. Look for a solid foundation in a complimentary/ contrasting color to build off of. Bright pink coat: H&M
Do I look the part of a foreign dignitary? I think so. My fanciest selfie in a gilded mirror at Danson House, wearing my Redbubble scarf and bag in tandem. Never be afraid to mix prints. Look for a solid foundation in a complimentary/ contrasting color to build off of. Bright pink coat: H&M

YORK

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GLASGOW

EDINBURGH

 

FINALLY, BACK HOME IN BROOKLYN....

(mixing prints like a pro for the theater)

Which of Redbubble's latest pieces is catching your eye? How would you wear them and where?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Marc Jacobs

I got to pre shop the fabulously geeky MBMJ Resort 2015 collection

Upon exiting the elevator onto the party floor last November, I felt as though I had all but left SoHo behind and had stepped onto the deck of Starship Marc. My name was checked off a list, my coat was taken, and I was promptly handed a can of champagne (you gotta ration that stuff in space, you know?). I'd traded in the chilly Manhattan air for a warm welcome into a chic gathering orbiting in the thermosphere  above our little city.

 

I'd even arrived fashionably late to the proceedings because I goofed and got myself lost. You see originally, I thought the party was being held at one of their stores. Silly me, it wasn't at any store (glad I checked all of them first), they'd invited me to Marc Jacobs International HQ, which is actually 2 blocks from my job. Ah well. I "pregamed" for the event by taking myself on a tour of all the shops; and I'm actually kinda glad I did. They're all very close together. Imagine if you will, the Big Dipper. Each store is a star in a constellation. You can go from star to beautiful shining star in minutes. Anyway, I digress.... where was I? SPACE!

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When Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier took up the helm at Marc by Marc Jacobs, their newly rebranded fall debut (the line is now MBMJ) was all about "Girl Power". It was Alice meets Akira. It was everything. This time the theme continues with a focus on some very specific girls. Your immediate thought, like mine, is Zooey Deschanel in Hitchhikers Guide. And while there are very obvious references -- the standout handbag is a checkered tote with the book/ film's most referential phrase "Don't Panic" boldly emblazoned across it-- the majority of the inspiration really comes from a special "Girl Power" group you may not be familiar with: Mercury 13. A group of 13 female pilots who were trained to become astronauts. Sadly 60s NASA wasn't keen on having ladies in space, so they never went. "They were competent women who were put back into the kitchen," as Bartley put it. Hence the collection features beautiful 50s style fit and flare dresses. Femininity with a real twist in the form of thick straps, overlarge pockets... references to bondage and parachuting. And maybe, coincidentally or (for the sake of indulging a geeky fantasy), totally on purpose... a nod to Marvin.

And then of course there were the prints . Retro florals and galaxies collided. Rose and star motifs made their way onto the jewelry too. And those utilitarian looking pants wouldn't look out of place at a space station near you.

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After I'd had my fill of Champagne , tuna tar-tar,  chocolate bon bons, lemon squares, trying out all the things and Instagramming while tipsy, the night culminated in the distribution of swag bags! Glorious, fancy swag featuring a print by artist Zoë Taylor as seen on the collection's shirts. We also got custom MBMJ galaxy print nail decals and an out of this world starry, starry MBMJ key chain. No, swag is the wrong word here. More like rare, special gifts from my travels. Keepsakes from that time I spent a lovely evening in space.

 

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Introducing SlashCode: The Brand That Geekdom Needs

On my never-ending quest to find examples of designers bridging the gap between the geek and the chic, imagine my delight when the mountain came to Muhammad. That mountain is SlashCode a new premium brand after my own heart. model_SlashCode_02

Here's the story from cofounder Linda:

"SlashCode was created by my partner Kevin and myself because we are Geek ourselves. We LOVE manga, comics, video games, sci-fi, sci-fantasy, RPG, cosplay … But apart from the beloved T-shirt with the huge super hero logo, we couldn’t find a geek and chic fashion alternative The kind we could wear anytime, anywhere : at work, for a romantic diner, for a corporate event …

So we created SlashCode. Our designs are inspired by Geek Culture icons : the ones we grew up with and some more recent ones. Our scarves are made of the finest fabrics and we pay attention to all the details : designs. packaging, printing … "

Attention indeed! UPDATE: When you look at each scarf, have a look at some of the incredible details close-up!) These scarves are gorgeous and are available in 3 sizes with 3-4 models exclusive to each size, all in a light cotton blend.

The Rebel One (60 X 60 cm). Bandana sized scarf, perfect for the bikers to ride in style

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The Square One (100 X 100 cm ) Elegant and chic, easy to adapt to your styles

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The Long One (180 X 90 cm ). Ideal to envelop yourself in your favorite universe.

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THE ARC: A tribute to Iron Man

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Why do we need SlashCode? Because this brand isn't just about making geek chic. In fact, the term is so overused that it's  come to describe a too wide range of product--much of which isn't very chic at all. (I'm keeping it real, people). Instead SC is about elevating geek to something more. Never mind making geek chic. This is about taking our beloved culture and fandoms and interpreting them with a level of elegance and sophistication via a product that is both versatile and affordable. I'm not wearing a t-shirt to the opera. EVER. (And FYI, you shouldn't either) But I would wrap one of these around me.

The scarves are available to pre-order via the brand's indiegogo campaign : I highly recommend you go ahead and get one of each.

The delivery is scheduled for January 2015 and meanwhile the buying experience will include videos and news. That means that you, the customer will literally see the birth of your scarf.

Oh and just in time for the holidays, if you're strapped for cash and feeling lucky, you'll have an opportunity to make one yours via this blog. That's right people, I'm giving a SlashCode scarf away!  Enter to win now: SO EXCITE!

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NOTE: Go and show your support for the brand on their site. If they don't get the funding they need, these scarves won't happen, so support geeky affordable luxury and fund SlashCode today!

Moschino X Barbie

She's a Barbie girl Jeremy Scott: Fashion industry rebel bad boy? Yes. Bat shit cray Genius? Possibly.

Scott's great contribution to fashion is his ability to poke fun at fashion, with a skilled hand, an eye for proportion, a knack for accessories, an understanding of marketing and merchandising... it's this combination of talent and vision that excites us, appalls us and makes us want to buy things while questioning his intentions (are you in fact making fun of us, the consumer? ) and our own sense of humor (maybe we need to stop criticizing his work and lighten up and just enjoy?)

"Moschino For Ages 5 and Older"

What I love about his latest for Moschino (apart from some of the atrocious evening wear... I swear, I think half the time he sits back and laughs out loud at himself thinking: "I dare someone to wear this.") is that he was not only making fun of fashion and consumerism--in true Scott fashion-- but it also played like a tribute to one of our greatest fashion icons. An homage to the very cliche and very real "Barbie is the reason I wanted to become a fashion designer, " story.

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Ummm..... pin cushion  prom dress Barbie?

I too was designing clothes for barbie as a child. The marketing geniuses at Mattel had basically decided our fate for us when they created Barbie magazine, and partnered with Post cereal to make sure we got our barbie croquis (figures) to trace clothes on. But even then, I can't give her all the credit. I also had Selena (what? I'm Latina, she was a very real presence.) and a brochure from FIT that I'd come across at age 8, in the midst of designing Barbie a new Spring wardrobe. I knew then where I was destined to go. But I digress....

My favorite look on one of my favorite models, Hanne Gaby Odiele

Have a look below at the runway tribute to our perfect plastic princess in pumps.  I'm already looking forward to the street style stars rocking these accessories. (Can I haz quilted heart bag?!) Coat hanger as bag? Chanel-esque chained pool floaty? GREATEST IPHONE COVER EVER?!?! What would you rock?

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