The Art of Animinimalism[Concepteur]

Black Penguin Girls Tee shirt, Animinimal

Black Penguin Girls Tee shirt, Animinimal

The Tee shirt has been described as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet, a timeless canvas that simultaneously expresses individuality and simplicity. Australian born designer Andrew Grech’s  interpretation of this classic piece of clothing continues this tradition and does so successfully with Animinimal. Initially, Grech was inspired to create a collection that married both fashion and music exemplified by his early conceptions of the brand ‘the white stag headphone t-shirt.’

White Stag, Animinimal

White Stag, Animinimal

Recently, Animinimal’s  reach has spread like wildfire throughout the UK – stalls in London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling and Glasgow and making appearances in fashion shows such as Nightwalk, Bold Souls, Glasgow University Magazines Launch Party and the International Students Fashion Show. Importantly, the brand has expanded  by releasing vests, jumpers and hoodies to its collection. Rest assured, Animinimal continues to prove that it is the perfect bedfellow/companion for the tee-shirt and jeans types and hedonist club goers. The sky is the limit for this brand which we acknowledged as one of our favourite collections in the 2013 International Student Fashion Show. Love, Share & Be Inspired.

Black octo white hoodie

Black octo white hoodie

Chiroptera

Chiroptera

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En Vogue {International Student Fashion Show 2013 by Jake Mood}

Animinimal collection, Photographed by JD Summers

Animinimal collection, Photographed by JD Summers

On March 13th 2013, Representatives of the Glasgow University Society and Mimosa Life attended the International Students Fashion Show hosted by Jake Mood at Sugar Cube Glasgow. The Merchant city based nightclub was given a contemporary makeover that exuded ambiance, atmosphere and attitude. The ISFS kicked off  in high spirits and was complemented with the glow of stage lights, red carpet runway and a turntablist/ percussionist who played the bongos between intervals . The atmosphere was electric and amused the anticipating audience at large. The bold, innovative and  quirky fashion designs that were on display on that evening included  collections from – M.A.D. Clothing • Nothing • The Pokey HatAniminimalJoanna ChomiczIvyKiss Ltd21st Century Kilts • The Roosevelt Hundred Bow Ties • Rebecca Riddick

Photographed by Tom Veldehorst

Photographed by Tom Veldehorst

Importantly, each individual collection were worn to their full potential by all of the models, each of which had their own style of working the catwalk. The event was indeed a fantastic celebration of innovative and bold fashion and  was a great opportunity to meet influential members of Glasgow’s thriving fashion scene.

Favourite pieces from the collections included – the quirky, oversized bow ties of The Roosevelt Hundred Bow Ties, Joanna Chomicz’s bold yet elegant pieces, Animinimal’s summer ready screen printed T-shirt apparel and Rebecca Riddick’s beautiful couture pieces.

More Photos of the the event below:

Photographed by JD Summers

Photographed by JD Summers

Photographed by JD Summers

Photographed by Will McGregor

Photographed by Will McGregor

Photographed by Will McGregor

Photographed by Will McGregor

Photographed by Tom Veldhorst

Photographed by Tom Veldhorst

Beneath Angel Wings, Introducing Malyka [Concepteur]

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Malyka, is an inspirational lifestyle brand that was formed by three former York University(Toronto, CA)students in 2004. This multi-cultural young collective -Momar Taal  from Gambia, Lavado Stubbs from Bahamas and Fahad Awadh from Tanzania had a strong desire to create a platform that was representative of their respective cultural background, views and  ideas. Notably, the brand has grown to represent various youth cultures and garnered a growing international following – North America, Europe, Africa and The Caribbean. Malyka clothing is  not only enriched with culture and tradition but exudes elements of pan-africanism, individuality, artistic expression and importantly freedom. Arguably, these individuals are at the forefront of  Afro-Caribbean designers who are brave enough  to make bold statements with their art. Enjoy, share and be inspired.

Shop here – Malyka

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Muse- Casablanca Revisited [Oeuvre Noir]

Photographed by Gary Corkell.

Photographed by Gary Corkell.

On Wednesday 30th of January 2013, MimosaLife and the Glasgow University Fashion society collaborated to present an ‘All White Themed Soiree’ called ‘Casablanca’ at the Mama San Room in Saint Judes Glasgow. This event was to celebrate Spring 2013’s muse colour. Guests were greeted and welcomed with a variety of classic cocktails, a 1950s jazz/blues band consisting of a saxophonist, guitarist and drum-kit. Later on in the evening the eclectic turntablist Jamie Morris of Codeine Drums spun a variety of records ranging from electronica,trap beats, hiphop and 90s rnb. The atmosphere was nothing sort of elegant and electric it proved to be a modern twist of a film noir classic. Notably, those in attendance at said event displayed great level of tastes in fashion, individual style and swagger which was refreshing. Here are some of our favourite moments and showcase of the muses of that evening.

To view the rest of the photos click here –Casablanca

'Fly Me to the Moon' Photographed by Gary Corkell

‘Fly Me to the Moon’ Photographed by Gary Corkell

'A work of art' Photographed by Gary Corkell

‘A work of art’ Photographed by Gary Corkell

'The Bowtie is a Timeless Accessory' Photographed by Gary Corkell.

‘The Bowtie is a Timeless Accessory’ Photographed by Gary Corkell.

'Amour' Photographed by Gary Corkell.

‘Amour’ Photographed by Gary Corkell.

'White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black' Photographed by Gary Corkell

‘White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black’ Photographed by Gary Corkell

'A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.' Photographed by Gary Corkell

‘A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.’ Photographed by Gary Corkell

'Chambre De Plaisir' Photographed by Gary Corkell.

‘Chambre De Plaisir’ Photographed by Gary Corkell.

'Encore' Photographed by Gary Corkell.

‘Encore’ Photographed by Gary Corkell.

'To love beauty is to love light' Photographed by Gary Corkell

‘To love beauty is to love light’ Photographed by Gary Corkell

Winter Wonderland [Oeuvre]

In the ‘coldest’ winter, we braved the below negative 1 wind and icy side walks of West End Glasgow for our final ‘Oeuvre ‘ street fashion  photo shoot of 2012.  It was without a doubt that Christmas was on the horizon as the  crowded streets of Byres road was filled with shoppers and some of the city’s most charming citizens.  We encountered individuals who displayed a great balance of taste and comfort in the heart of winter. Enjoy, share and be inspired.

'Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.'At Byres Road, Photographed By Guo.

‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.’At Byres Road, Photographed By Guo.

'Funky, Comfortable  and Electric' At Byres Road, Photographed by Guo.

‘Funky, Comfortable and Electric’ At Byres Road, Photographed by Guo.

'Enlightened are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.'  Adam Smith Computer Lab, Glasgow University. Photographed by Guo

‘Enlightened are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.’ Adam Smith Computer Lab, Glasgow University. Photographed by Guo

' Amazing Christmas Jumper' Photographed by Guo.

‘ Amazing Christmas Jumper’ Photographed by Guo.

' A work of art' At  the Corner of Byres Road, Photographed by Guo

‘ A work of art’ At the Corner of Byres Road, Photographed by Guo

'Beauty is mysterious' Photographed by Guo

‘Beauty is mysterious’ Photographed by Guo

'Bold Colour coordination, it paid off well. Fraser Building, Glasgow University. Photographed by Guo

‘Bold Colour coordination, it paid off well. Fraser Building, Glasgow University. Photographed by Guo

' Style is the answer to everything.' At University Avenue, Glasgow. Photographed by Guo.

‘ Style is the answer to everything.’ At University Avenue, Glasgow. Photographed by Guo.

'Amour' At 174 Byres Road, Glasgow. Photographed by Guo.

‘Amour’ At 174 Byres Road, Glasgow. Photographed by Guo.

Photographed by Guo.

Photographed by Guo.

Glitter and Fur [IshSays]

As much as we all adore a festive flavoured Starbucks latte in a red cup, the twinkling canopy of lights adorning Royal Exchange Square and hearing Mariah Carey bursting about what she wants for Christmas a dozen times a day – as well as being a delightful time of year, the holiday season can also be the most stressful few weeks on the calendar.

Panic present buying and Scotland’s harsh winter weather, mixed with a diary bursting with social engagements and those last university deadlines to meet, can bring even the most confident epicurean into a panic. But dressing yourself and staying stylish doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are two things which will always save you during the winter months, allowing you to cruise through the holiday period: glitter and fur.

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There are few things more classic nor more perfect for frosty Winter nights than a fur coat. Whether fake or the real deal, a fur coat can be thrown on top of anything to keep you snug and looking stylish. Vintage Guru on Byre’s Rd has an excellent collection of pre-loved, affordable furs starting at just £25. Alternatively, animal lovers should hit the high street to find a faux fur, like this plush number from Mango (£69.99). Either paired with some black boots and black skinny jeans for daytime or thrown over your favourite party dress in the evening, a classic fur coat always looks cool whilst keeping you warm.

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The second ingredient to your winter wardrobe has to be a touch of sparkle. All year designers have bombarded us with glitter, studs, metallics and every other type of embellishment imaginable, and if you haven’t succumbed to this trend yet, the weeks leading up to Christmas has to be the time to do it! The key is to focus on accessories and instantly your trusty little black dress will be transformed into a fashionably festive ensemble. Sparkly shoes either with a killer heel or sensible flats will make you feel like Cinderella and will brighten up any outfit. Or go all out with a show stopping dress like this one from French Connection (£230), guaranteed to get you that kiss under the mistletoe!

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Of course, dressing well will not guarantee to solve all of your Winter problems (that flight home might still get delayed due to snow, your family will probably drive you mad and shopping has never been such a stress) but at least you’ll still look fabulous with some fur on your back and some glitter on your heels. Happy Christmas!

Dysfunction Designs [Artdealerchic]

Dysfunction Designs is a Glasgow based company owned by Kristy Rice that specializes in handcrafted, elegant and intricate jewelry and accessory pieces. Her collection of necklaces and bracelets boasts of tribal, natural and alternative influences. Notably, Rice’s choice in natural materials – colourful clay beads, wood and occasionally metals complement each other brilliant to create these beautiful and earthy pieces that can be worn by all free spirits.

Below is our interview with Kirsty Rice on her creative process and the inspiration behind her jewelry collection

MimosaLife – What was the inspiration behind Dysfunction Designs ?

Kirsty Rice – Originally, DysfunctionDesigns was nothing more than a hobby of mine. I’d started making jewellery for myself as I wasn’t happy with the selection available on the high street. Everything looked the same and I wanted something different, something that was more me. As time went by, I started to receive more and more compliments on my jewellery and the positive feedback from others sparked the idea to open my Etsy shop. Since then I’ve been striving to create funky, one of a kind pieces for all those individuals and free spirits out there who are looking for the same thing I was.

Mimosa Life -It is evident, that there is a tribal theme recurring in some of your jewelry pieces, where do these influences come from?

Kirsty Rice – I love, love, love the whole tribal look! I really like the style and also the freedom it represents. There are so many jewellery designers out there focusing on precious metals and gemstones, but that’s just not me. The natural, earthy style of a lot of my pieces is not only enjoyable to create, but it also reflects my own personality. I feel that it’s important to make something I’m passionate about so that my customers and fans get the most from my jewellery. Any other style of jewellery just wouldn’t cut it for me.

Mimosalife – Are all the individual pieces handmade?

Kirsty Rice – All of the jewellery available in my shop is made by me. I mainly use clay beads, all of which are made by me, by hand. I sometimes add natural handcrafted wooden and bone beads in some of my creations to compliment these. I also make custom pieces on request.

MimosaLife- What is the process or craftsmanship that goes in the creation of  your  jewelry collection?

Kirsty Rice -When creating clay beads, I cut off the amount of clay I need and condition it until it is ready to work with. I then sculpt and texture each bead by hand before curing them in an oven. They are then ready to be laid out in a pattern on my trusty bead tray, ready for stringing. I like to use elastic cord to create stretchy, one-size pieces, but I also use beading wires and closures to make easy to wear and extendable pieces.

MimosaLife- How many individuals are involved in Dysfunction Designs.

Kirsty Rice – The show is run by me, myself and I. I’m a one woman machine at the moment and I do everything personally, from making the jewellery to taking product photos and packaging the orders ready for shipping. I hope to get more people involved with DysfunctionDesigns in the future and have plans to expand and open a bricks and mortar shop.

To Purchase click here – Dyfunction Designs