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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Micro trends Feb 2018

As a fashion blogger and journalist I follow trends, I check out what's happening on the streets, on the catwalks, on social media, I am also influenced by films and music. I am not influenced by anything that is trending, if the masses are into it, then I am not. I want to be an individual, I take influence from both the past & current trends but will not religiously wear this seasons colour, well not on purpose anyway, I will also mix my latest garms with items that have been in my wardrobe for years. 

Fashion designers help to influence your style and in turn they are influenced by each other, which is where the trends come from, including that ridiculous 'this seasons colour', that you should be wearing, a myth created by fashion magazines and corporates to sell more items! Who the hell says I can't wear last seasons colour? It just encourages me to wear it more, at least no-one else will be wearing it! Not to mention what a waste of materials, money & how unsustainable fast fashion is!

Here are a few micro trends that I have personally been influenced by lately, these images have been collected on pinterest and are my own little pot of trends that influence me and my style one way or another. I hope they inspire you too! Consider reworking your current wardrobe, buying less and perhaps making your own clothes? Expect more micro trends very soon up on the No Debutante blog! 

Supercute at Lazy Oaf

Stop this super-cuteness Lazy Oaf, I want it all noooooow! Pink ribbons and ruffled sleeves and hems in candy colours?? All in super soft cotton jerseys too, quite possibly the cutest streetwear ever! Lazy Oaf can do no wrong! No Debutante loves Lazy Oaf!

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Bright and Beautiful

I love these super bright printed dresses with matching tights from the Jeremy Scott & Tom Ford Fall 2018 collections. I've always had a thing for coloured tights, so this is a very exciting & inspiring look for me! Thigh high dresses, statement hair or headresses and big earrings. what's not to like here? Dayglo leopard print? Yes please! 

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Eighties styling at Urban Outfitters

The styling of this shoot from Urban Outfitters for AW17 is super exciting. Shell jackets mixed with slip dresses and slouch boots or a long faux fur worn with a sports top, ski-pants (yes! ski-pants are back) and a stiletto heel. This has to be the most fabulously styled retro collection ever! I need to find out my 80s slouch boots and pointed slip ons immediately!



Look into my eyes

There has been a lot of minimal eyeliner inspo happening over the past year, from small dots on your eyelids to artist graphic lines around the eyes, with the geometric memphis trend beginning to filter through into make up styles too. Glitter is still with us as is the strong brow and coloured mascara is slowly creeping back in, applied on the strong brows too. If you are not a statement outfit type of person, perhaps statement make up is for you? 

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Not just for men

Despite my love of make-up, frilly pink garms, colourful tights and 80s slip ons, I am a slave to being comfortable and often turn to mens fashion for comfortable clothing inspo. The menswear collections are now blurring with womenswear in a welcome blend of androgynous styling. I am not interested in whether an item has been made for a man or a woman, I am just interested in bright colours, prints and being comfortable! 

Liam Hodges' camouflage and contrast blocking

Camouflage has always been a fave of mine and I am just loving the way Liam Hodges has used different panels on his army surplus style jacket and trousers, I am really into panel blocking at the moment, especially on trousers, and this is a perfect example of it. Camouflage and Converse it is then!

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Brights and clashes at Libertine 

I am loving the clashing printed streetwear and bright coloured striped knitwear at Libertine for AW 2018. I am also obsessed with printed or bright coloured trousers at the moment, they are pretty hard to find on the high street. I have found a couple of brilliant polka-dot and striped pairs at Monki recently but I am now inspired to make my own in big bold colours and prints! 





All photography courtesy of vogue.com, models.com, @thesaraengel,michiyoyanagihara.com, lazyoaf.com 

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ND xx









Monday, 12 February 2018

Popples prints at Jeremy Scott AW18

No Debutante is loving the Jeremy Scott AW18 collection. 

With bright clashing colours, clashing prints & a mash up of street style & high fashion pieces Jeremy fails to disappoint. This collection features a mix of super cute pastels, cuddly streetwear garms including oversized sweatshirts, coloured tights, acid bright patchworks, amazing over the knee moon boots, bombers, meggings, sharp crop jacket & skirt co-ords, bright faux fur appliques, metallics & sheer layers, super cuddly velours & the iconic & retro, 80s Popples prints that adorned many of the garms in the collection. 

Jeremy Scott had previously been under speculation regarding plagiarism of prints by recreating iconic prints including those by skate artist Jim Phillips, whose work the iconic Screaming Hand (originally used by skate brand Santa Cruz) was recreated by Scott. Of course many designers get inspiration from artists but Jeremy's recreations were so similar to the originals that questions were certainly asked! We can only hope Jeremy got permission from the Popples police for the use of their imagery! 

Despite Jeremy Scott's love of iconic imagery & whether he should be using it or not, No Debutante has always been a fan of his mix of streetwear, club kid & kawaii collections, there is always a hint of 1960's space age too,which I love! Bright colours, cute prints & a rebellious, look at me, I'm not doing what everyone else is doing attitude, will always keep Jeremy Scott as one of my fave designers.

Check out a few of my fave pieces from the collection below. Which is your favourite?

Popples prints on candy colours

Acid bright patchworks

Over the knee moon boots & printed co-ords

Fur appliques & coloured tights

Soft metallics & pastels

Gold & plastic sheers

Layered up sheers
Cuddly velour's



All photography courtesy of vogue.com

If you are having a fashion event, a new collection or fun event you would like No Debutante to promote please get in touch!

Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine here under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

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ND xx

Monday, 5 February 2018

Winter Wonderland

It seems like winter never ends here in the UK, with snow on the horizon temperatures are set to plummet. For years I refused to give in to winter, I hated it & found it very restricting fashionwise but the last few years it has come as a surprise to me that I don't mind winter, I almost look forward to a bit of winter fashion & masses of layering! Don't get me wrong, I still wear a lot of what some would call 'summer items', I manage to make (most of) my wardrobe work all year round & layering is the key. An array of coats, jackets & faux furs certainly help to keep the winter blues away, keeping you warm and stylish through those chilly months. By just experimenting with different coats and hats you can keep your look fresh instead of wearing the same coat for the whole winter. Don't forget to add pops off colour too, the weather may be dull but you are not! 

Here's a few of the No Debutante outfits from winter 2018. My colour scheme is unusually co-ordinated for me this winter with monochromes, candy pinks, bright red & cyan blues being the colours of choice, alongside oversized tops, culottes, velvets, mesh dresses, cute prints & my new favourite pink Monki beanie. 

Cuddly layers, keeping it cute with pink colour blocks

Beating the winter blues by layering up a t-shirt & a sheer dress

Oversized winter reds

Layered up mesh dresses

Fun polka-dot & heart print layers


All photography & styling by No Debutante

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Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine here under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

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ND xx


Monday, 29 January 2018

Get Social with No Debutante

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Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

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ND xx


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

DIY Pattern making - Part 1

Have you always liked the idea of making your own clothes but didn't know where to begin? Why go straight for an over complicated garment when deciding to give clothes making a go?? I have pattern cutting & fashion designer skills but I cannot bear ready-made sewing patterns. I find them quite complicated & confusing, eventhough I can knock up my own patterns, so I am not surprised to hear that many people are put off making their own stuff after trying to work out how those alien shapes, dotted lines & grading sizes on traditional sewing patterns work.

If you are going to start a new skill, which you may have previously struggled with before, then DIY pattern making is for you. With DIY you don't have to get it right first time, it is all about trial & error, you learn as you go. Nobody is judging you! 

Start simple, don't try to make a tailored garment with lots of plackets, pockets & darts, we don't need to see any of those things in DIY for beginners. We just need a metre or so of fabric, paper (for pattern making), some fabric shears, a ruler & a tape measure to get started.



Keep it sustainable

We can limit the amount of wasted fabric too, why not consider using an old duvet cover for your sample garment or cutting down pre-loved garments & upcycle them into something new? Buy second hand fabric & end of line cuts, make less waste whilst you experiment, you never know you might actually like the result of your duvet cover sample garm so much that you want to wear it & show the world this marvellous garm you've created.

A pattern created by measuring and adapting a ready made garment from the No Debutante wardrobe 


How to DIY?

If we are not using sewing patterns? What are we using?.........Your own clothes!
What's better than being able to recreate a garment you love & then adapting and reusing the pattern, recreating it again & again in different fabrics? 
Just imagine, you may catch the clothes making bug & start adapting your new favourite pattern to create other amazing garms. I promise, as soon as you understand the construction behind pattern cutting & making up garments you will be hooked!
Perhaps you will get so skilled you will be knocking up your own more complicated garms, who needs those sewing patterns eh?


Fashion illustrations and the finished garment by No Debutante for her fashion label Fruit Salad

Still not sure?

Give my youtube tutorial below a watch so you can get the basic ideas behind DIY pattern making. I will follow this post with step by step blog tutorials too. 
We'll have you designing, making and creating in no time! 



Youtube video below. 
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Emma Gorton-Ellicott

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ND xx


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Female Empowerment at the NME 2018 Awards

Here's a brief look at the NME awards for 2018. NME seem to be proud of themselves (or just surprised) that this year they have the most females nominations on the list EVER. 

For each category six bands and artists are chosen, below is a list I have compiled of all the women nominated, this ranges from solo artists to female fronted bands, let's see how female friendly the list really is...


The list starts off a bit flat with only one female artist / female fronted band nominated in each of the categories for Best Band, Best Live Artist and Best Mixtape awards which includes

Wolf Alice Best Band
Lorde Best Live artist
Charli XCX Pop 2 Best Mixtape

Wolf Alice, Lorde, Charli XCX & Haim


Things start to get better in the Best International Band, Best British Solo Artist and Best Album categories where females are nominated for two awards in each category which included nominations for

Haim - Best International Band
Paramore - Best International Band
Dua Lipa- Best British Solo Artist
Charli XCX- Best British Solo Artist
Lorde 'Melodrama'-Best Album
Wolf Alice 'Visions of Life'-Best Album

Paramore, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift & St Vincent


This is followed by the equilibrium evening up nicely with half of all nominees for Best International Solo Artist, Best New Artist & Best Track being females.

Taylor swift - Best International Solo Artist
Lorde - Best International Solo Artist
St Vincent-Best International Solo Artist
Stefflon Don - Best New Artist
Sigrid Best New Artist
SZA Best New Artist
Lorde 'Green Light'-Best track
Dua Lipa 'New Rules'-Best Track
Charli XCX 'Boys'-Best Track

Stefflon Don, Courtney Barnett, Sigrid & SZA


Things take a massive down turn as no females or female fronted bands are nominated for the Best Festival Headliner award but just as you are beginning to lose hope Female start to take over with four nominations in the Best Collaboration category!

Stefflon Don and Skepta Ding-A-Ling -Best collaboration track
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Continental Breakfast - Best Collaboration 
Gorillaz and Jehnny Beth We got the power - Best Collaboration
Lily Allen and Giggs Trigger Bang-Best Collaboration

Jehnny Beth, Pale Waves, The Big Moon & Lily Allen

Finally females take over the show with all Best Video nominations going to females in an all girl line up! Whoop!

The Big Moon, ‘Sucker’-Best Video
Charli XCX, ‘Boys’ -Best Video
St Vincent, ‘Los Ageless’ -Best Video
Taylor Swift, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ - Best Video
Dua Lipa, ‘New Rules’- Best Video
Pale Waves, ‘Television Romance’- Best Video 

The nominations end with the Hero of the Year category which celebrates some fantastic women including
Ariana Grande
Rose McGowan
Elie Rowsell

Ariana Grande & Rose Macgowen


We still have a long way to go ladies but looking at these nominations it looks like females are really starting to get the recognition they deserve in the music industry, with perhaps a few more female and female fronted bands getting a bit more recognition in the future. It will be really interesting to see how many women actually win! 

All winners will be revealed at the ceremony at London's O2 Academy Brixton on February 14

Vote for you winners here! 






No Debutante supports independents in the creative and music industry with a focus on female empowerment and sustainabilty and the DIY lifestyle, especially those from her hometown Bristol, UK.

If you are having a fashion, Music or Female empowerment event or a have a new collection, music or anything creative you would like No Debutante to promote please get in touch!

Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine here under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

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Thanks for checking in Fashionistas.   
ND xx


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My first youtube tutorial - Basic Pattern Cutting Tutorial - DIY skills

Find out how No Debutante creates super cute garms by using DIY patterns constructed by measuring my own clothing, so the garm is a perfect fit. Yes, it's unconventional but what is conventional about my style? There is nothing more rewarding than experimenting and designing your own patterns and guess what? It's easier than you think.

Please give the tutorial a watch and let me know if you were inspired to start creating and pattern making. If you would like to see more No Debutante tutorials then get in touch! 





Youtube Tutorial by No Debutante

Red cropped hoodie designed by No Debutante for Fruit Salad


If you are having a fashion event or a have a new collection you would like No Debutante to promote please get in touch!

Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine here under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

Keep up with No Debutantes OOTD posts, collabs and current fashion obsessions posted daily on all of the following. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr,  Pinterest all under the #nodebutante name.

Thanks for checking in Fashionistas.   
ND xx
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