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By Jenny Brownlees, Jun 13 2017 06:00AM

I've pined after Wolf and Moon's jewellery ever since I discovered the brand, years ago in my home town in the North East. I was visiting the Baltic gallery when I spotted the glittering, geometric jewels out of the corner of my eye. I'm somewhat of an earring addict, and I've been hooked (no pun intended) ever since.


The brand was founded by Hannah Davis who began making jewellery from the age of sixteen, crafting "any material or found object she could get her hands on." She later discovered the art of laser cutting and the rest as they say, is history.


You can find Wolf & Moon in a variety of fashion boutiques, art gallery shops and online - in the UK and all over the world. Check out their stockists page to find the nearest to you!


Wolf and Moon is my style personified, if I had to sum up my style in five words they would be: Black dress and statement earrings! I would wear every piece available if I could. That said, these 6 are my absolute favourites:


1. Phase Necklace, £125

2. Phase Earrings, £70

3. Drop Circle Earrings, £48

4. Three Arch Earrings, £90

5. Luna Drop Earrings, £35

6. Talisman Hoops, £25


I have recently become utterly taken with the work of ceramnic artist Anna Beam, so I was delighted to find that you can buy her work on Wolf and Moon's online shop!


Happy shopping!



By Jenny Brownlees, May 31 2017 06:00AM

My newest fashion brand find is the fantastically cute and chic knitwear label Hades.


You may have seen the brands first eight piece collection "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" last year. The names 'Patti Smith' and 'The Slits' were worn across the chest of every cool fashion gal in the know. The collection celebrated all things punk. The marriage of a bold coloured sweater plus a slogan was a winning combination, so much so that Hades is back with a new collection, "Inner Privacy".


Founded in 2015 by Cassie Holland as an ode to her favourite musicians, the jumpers are loved by Alexa Chung and Lauren Laverne. The brand is named Hades after the Greek God of the Underworld.


This collection "Takes influence from the inner self; each jumper is made from pure merino wool and is handcrafted in Scotland and embroidered in England. Every jumper comes with a booklet of short stories and essays exploring the theme."


Cassie has said in interviews the brand was born from her mid-twenties crisis. She was 29, living and working in London, but felt she wanted to utilise her creative background and build a business of her own.


I love the chic simplicity of the pieces, the favourite of my affection is a toss-up between the pink 'Bonjour Tristesse' or cool blue's 'Anxiety'. These are easy to wear, looking as good with some 501's for the weekend as with a leather mini skirt and heels.


You can shop the collection, here. To see how some seriously cool girls wear there's, check Hades out on Instagram


Photo credits: Nathaniel Brennan and Amber Grace Dixon

By Jenny Brownlees, Feb 23 2017 03:04PM

From Gucci's catwalk to Stranger Things' Barb, glasses are having a fashion moment. They're the accesory du jour and I personally can't get enough. When styling my latest editorial, Twenty Twenty for Sicky Magazine, Lunettes were kind enough to loan some of their wonderful glasses for the shoot.


I am a big fan of anything vintage; I love imagining where the pieces have been, their story and who their previous owner(s) were.


If you don't need glasses (I don't and was cursing my good eye sight) you don't have to miss out on the fun, Lunettes' owner Lindsay explained it's easy to put clear lenses in vintage frame and very common for people to do so.


Lunettes mantra is 'Your face is important - dress it accordingly'. I chatted to Lindsay about her passion for eyewear, the brand's begginings and her favourite glasses of all time...


HI LINDSAY! TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF...


I'm 32 and live in East London with my husband and cat. I was brought up in Southport, a modest seaside town in the North of England, but left for university in Manchester at 18, where I studied English. I stayed in Manchester for a couple of years after finishing university, primarily to keep the party going; I had fallen into a wonderful group of like-minded friends and Manchester's clubbing scene was phenomenal at the time with Sankey's Soap in its hey day and the launch of the original Warehouse Parties!


I headed to London 8 years ago for a job at Arcadia Group HQ, which I detested. I decided then and there that I'd never work for anyone on a full-time basis again; I was craving creative freedom and adventure...


TELL ME ABOUT LUNETTES - HOW AND WHEN DID IT BEGIN?


My friend Brenda and I were having a good old moan about our jobs over a gallon or two of wine. She was a locum optometrist and I was working for Arcadia. We drunkenly decided to go into business together and proceeded to set up a vintage clothing stall at Portobello Market. That was about 8 years ago and it all grew organically from there.


I've always adored vintage. Pretty much since I was allowed to dress myself I'd be in the charity shops looking for bizzare cast-offs with which to decorate myself. Luckily there was an abundance of them in Southport and vintage wasn't especially in demand with its other residents.


Brenda introduced me to the eyewear side of things and I swiftly became obsessed with cult brands and particular eras. I still get butterflies when I find something I'm really into; it's a fixation.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE STYLE OF GLASSES OR SUNGLASSES YOURSELF? OR AN ICONIC PAIR YOU LOVE (FOR ME IT WILL ALWAYS BE AUDREY HEPBURN'S SUNGLASSES IN BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS!)


There are many. I'm very much into 70s designs right now; metal aviators with light tints, and big chunky masculine frames. Wes Anderson movies are always full of beautiful eyewear, Johnny Depp's yellow tinted aviators in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are perfection. I adore Iris Apfel for proving that one can break all the boring optical 'rules' when choosing a frame and still look amazing; it's 50% proportion and 50% personality as far as I'm concerned.


WHICH WERE YOUR FAVOURITE GLASSES THAT YOU'VE EVER HAD IN STOCK?


To be honest if I love them that much then I keep them. I have a bit of a stash going on! I do however regret selling some collectable heart shaped Anglo American sunglasses and a wonderfully ostentatious pair of early 80s gold Cartier aviator frames.


WHICH GLASSES ARE PROVING POPULAR AT THE MOMENT?


Yellow tinted aviators seem to fly out as soon as they go up online; it's quite rare to find a decent original vintage pair. Round mid-century silver designs are currently popular with the lads and we are selling a lot of round 90s models in muted shades of green and blue to the ladies.


ARE YOU ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR EYEWEAR WHEREEVER YOU GO?


I have a couple of regular suppliers that I go to, but I always look out for alternative sources, especially when overseas.


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A PERSON WHO'S THINKING ABOUT BUYING VINTAGE FRAMES OR SUNNIES?


I always favour vintage over both high street and designer. That applies to clothing and homeware as well as eyewear. It is comparatively low cost, often much better quality and you will have something truly unique. Plus you can be smug in the knowledge that you are doing something positive for the planet; essentially you are recycling.


WHAT'S NEXT FOR LUNETTES?


I'm currently working on a new website and a range of vintage frames customised with coloured and dip dyed lenses. I'm intent on designing my own collection from scratch but keep procrastinating as it's a big undertaking and means I'll have to learn how to use the dreaded Photoshop!


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Pictured above are just a few of my favourite frames and sunglasses from Lunettes. I could have easily included the whole store.


From top, left to right:


1. Vintage Valentino

2. Balenciaga

3. Dior

4. Gucci

5. Cazal

6. Valentino

7. American Optical

8. Polaroid Sunglasses


Don't worry gentlemen, Lunettes have you covered too with their men's section. I would also highly recommend following Lunettes on Instagram for some serious sunglasses-spiration!


By Jenny Brownlees, Dec 21 2016 01:49PM

I recently discovered designer Naya Rea's London based label.


Naya studied Interior Design in Siberia, before moving to Moscow where she ran a vintage clothing store. She came to London to study at the prestigious London College of Fashion. Since, she has began her eponymous label which has been shown at London Fashion Week.


The images above are from the brands S/S 17 collection, Naya says the looks depict the "delicate strength of the female physique, at the same time reflecting on the many facets and stages of being a woman."


I adore the peek-a-boo sheer details, pretty ruffles and flowing fabrics. I love that the latter are juxtaposed with deep pink pieces, accessorised with a leather harness. Naya refers to her customer as "confident, strong and demure."


Detachable collars and cuffs add playfulness, whilst floral details feature subtley in some garments but heavily in the stand out piece of the collection, the all over embellished floral textured dress.


Cool, hip and refreshing are words often overused in fashion, but they are no doubt warranted when describing the Naya Rea woman.


http://nayarea.com/


Follow Naya Rea on Instagram and Twitter


All images: Copyright Naya Rea



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