Jannaire Faulkner

I happen to like writing about clothes just as much as wearing them.

Writing Clothes.

Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to have something to do with clothes. It started when I was about nine, designing what I now recognise as evening gowns, though at the time inspiration drew heavily from every disney princess combined (they were elaborate to say the least, trust me.) Elie Saab, eat your heart out right?

Because back then it seemed the word ‘fashion’ only had one pure connotation: Design. And as soon as I realised that in fact girls didn’t always want feathers and glitter topped with a meringue hem line all in one dress (I was nine) I quite literally went back to the drawing board. Then there were the countless Friends episodes, one of which feature Rachel landing a job as an assistant fashion buyer, with the key line ‘I would be shopping, for a living’ always being engraved in my mind. This is what I’m going to do, I thought (along with every other 14 year old girl at said time).

So then fast forward a few awkward school years and i’m choosing Textiles as my GCSE option, big mistake. I couldn’t sew to save my life, and i’m still pretty sure to this day my teacher had it in for me. I have always loved English and Fashion, but back then never really knew how to combine them. I was the one that stayed silent when we were given an essay or report whilst everyone else moaned, because if I’m quite honest, I couldn’t think of much better. So I finally finished school and chose to study Fashion Design at college. Well, I didn’t, I changed my mind, thank god. I studied Fashion Promotion, then went on to my degree now in Fashion Communication & Marketing. I’m in my last year, hence the 6 week break from blogging. But I couldn’t keep away, and this was simply a draft waiting to be published. So there you are.

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Tartan? Check.


Image from Zara.

Yes, the almighty tartan check. I’ve been a fan for years, but this year something’s different.

The high-street are doing it right. Oh so right. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a case of a bad check (I’m looking at you Primark) but I’ve been wearing checks lately like they’re going out of style, and I like it.

I’ve gone from wistfully looking at a tartan scarf, wondering how I would style it to buying said scarf, a dress, skirt and everything else the beloved print bestows itself upon. Seriously, I have a problem.

What do you think about the quintessentially Scottish print?

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Talking Books.

Yes today I’m talking about physical publications, because let’s face it, time’s a tickin’ for all that is not digital. But in the last few weeks there have been two book releases in particular which have begged the question: So are books still going strong, then? (I honestly believe sometimes that I am the only one that doesn’t possess a Kindle, living in the past I know)

Let me explain, as soon as I clapped eyes on Alexa Chung’s release titled It, I knew I had to have, well, it, and yet I knew next to nothing about the novel. But the oh so pretty pink canvas cover and the thought of a model giving tips on getting dressed in the morning? I was sold along with nearly ever other young woman with even the slightest of interests in fashion. Also, I may have finished the book in a day, so do with that what you will.

Then, there’s my own personal obsession: Leandra Medine. Only the most witty and funny fashion writer to grace New York with her Man-Repelling outfits and musings. With the genius tag line ‘Seeking love, finding overalls’ Medine talks about her Man Repelling habits and how eventually these work in her favour. It all started with her blog named Man Repeller (Forever in my favourites bar) which stemmed from shopping with a close friend one day, and hopelessly moaning that she can’t hold down a relationship, then her friend simply replies with ‘Maybe it’s because of what you wear.’ Leandra talks about these items that women covet so much, but men seem to despise, as well as other controversial issues, whilst also being entertaining throughout. In short, the woman writes and dresses god damn well, definitely an icon in my books (pun so intended).

You can get both books super cheap from here!

What do you think of the latest releases?

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On London Fashion Week.


The best of London Fashion Week, Images by Paul Wagenblast.

An inexcusably late post on all that is LFW, but I’ll succumb to one anyway – My dog ate my homework? If my dog was an anthropomorphic form of procrastination and my homework was, well, work. Close enough.

Over in a flash was fashion week in my beloved capital, London. Instead of rambling on about ground breaking collections I thought I’d take a different approach by including just some of my favourite shows from the past five days.

Firstly, a designer I’ve admittedly not given enough of an insight to before is Felder Felder. Oh what a Spring/Summer collection that was, i’ve not laid eyes on a collection that versatile for quite some time, but you can have a ganders here. Next up has to be Jasper Conran. Incredibly and pleasantly surprised, the collection had everything I like in an outfit (oh so many collars), and even things I didn’t even know I liked before (so much yellow, not generally a favourite shade of mine, I may be converted). Next is an obvious culprit, but Orla Kiely’s Spring/Summer collection has to be one of my favourites; with binoculars and cameras, French berets and knee highs combined with open toe sandals, Kiely can do no wrong in my eyes and the collection had a beautifully fluent chic-tourist feel.

There are so many more shows of course, but I could go on forever. You can catch up here on all the shows, let me know your favourites!

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Back to School.


Image from JAK & JIL.

If you’re a regular reader of the blog or even follow me on Twitter (If you do both, you deserve some sort of medal), you’ll know that I have no greater love than that ‘Back to School’ feeling. Most people have their new starts and already failed resolutions days after New Years, and whilst I can’t seem to get along with that time of year (must be the endless roast dinners, combined with clothes sales everywhere – why stop such a good thing?), my new starts seem to creep up on me come August, and be in full swing by the end of September.

It’s the wardrobe replenishment, buying stationary I’ll never use and most importantly, the beautiful season that is Autumn (see more on that here). And maybe it’s even more prominent this year due to it most likely being my final year in education, ever (though I will always have those Masters temptations I’m sure) . This year will be the end of my degree and then I will bask in the stress and sallow that is finding ‘a real job’ which made the whole degree debt worth every penny.. Jealous?

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Menswear Style.


Editor of Menswear Style Craig Landale.

Now I have included the odd link before on this blog, but I haven’t actually established that whilst I rant and ramble on here (and honestly not much makes me happier), I also have a great love for Menswear fashion, and have been lucky enough to be a contributing writer for a very successful website called Menswear Style.

From new collections to interviews to fashion advice and tips, the website has a variety of information for the fashion concious male.

You can see my articles on the website, such as my visit to the Topman Design show at London Collections: Men here! As well as other contributing writers (Note: they’re amazing) for the site here.

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New York Fashion Week – Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2014.


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Showcasing her Spring/Summer collection just two days into Mercedes Benz (New York) Fashion Week, I couldn’t watch the masterpiece of a show that was Minkoff and just say nothing. The embellishment, graphic laser cut touches, loose silhouettes and the continuation of that 90’s strap? I’m so sold. I would elaborate but for once I feel there is no need, instead I’ll continue to fan girl and unprofessionally claim that, for lack of a better term, I am in love.

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A somewhat image heavy post for me I know, but I may evaluate the collection so intensely all admiration is lost (Or I may just be a lazy blogger, forgive me.) Long story short, there’s no major ground-breaking pieces from the show in my opinion, but in terms of wear-ability, it is perfection. No unnecessary tight clothes and finally a Spring/Summer collection I can be excited about. Beautiful.

Click here to watch the Spring/Summer show!

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