What I'm Buying - Topshop AW14 Essentials

Towelling Tee- Cosier than jersey, in an easy to wear colour which *shock* is not black.
PU Skort- Everyone knows that floaty summer prints look rank with black tights once it gets cold. September has arrived, so it's time to bury that shit to the back of your drawers and buy this leather-look skort instead. I'm wearing mine tomorrow night under a long tee.
Drape Front Blouse- Loose and long sleeved for autumn, with a drape that ever so kindly hangs over bloating territory. It actually is (sorry) sophisticated yet sexy (sorry again). TIP: The neckline cuts pretty deep, so if your cleavage isn't up to much (like mine!!!) buy the next size down.
Black Coated Jeans- Denim glossy enough to wear out on chilly nights without feeling like you've dressed down, and great for smartening up old knits.


Stylist Training Day

Clashing Prints for The Debrief

Photography: Francesca Allen
Model: Zlata at M+P Models 
Stylist: Pandora Sykes 
Stylist’s Assistant: Holly Hobkirk 
Art Direction: Anna Jay 
Make-up: Mai Kodoma 
Hair: Tiffanne Williams


Festival Hair

I styled and wrote a piece for The Debrief on how to do your hair when tipsy in a tent. Have a read!
Denim Jacket In Pink Mottled Wash, £42, ASOS and Lame Denim School Bag, £48, American Apparel.

i-D Emoji Shoot

Have a look at my shoot with the lovely Anja Konstantinova on an emoji-inspired shoot for i-D.co. LINK


Photography Kimi Hammerstroem
Artwork Eve at the Digi Fairy
Styling Pandora Lennard
Hair Nicole Kahlani at The Book Agency using Fudge
Make-up Danielle Kahlani at The Book Agency using M.A.C
Styling assistance Holly Hobkirk
Hair assistance Elizabeth Befers
Make-up assistance Kamila Forini, Jenny Morrell
Nails Amy Atkins using Illamasqua
Location Recession Studio
Model Anja Konstantinova at Premier


Phoebe Lettice x Illustrated People

Phoebe x IP Launch, The Paradise, Kensal Green
Phoebe x IP Collection at Topshop White City

"The inspiration behind Phoebe’s debut collection stems from her fascination of the vibrant Tokyo fashion scene. Phoebe was inspired with the way Harajuku girls approach fashion as a method of limitless self-expression. The 'Kawaii' (meaning ‘cute’) is a distinct Japanese theme and in order to capture this the Phoebe-Lettice Thompson X Illustrated People collection juxtaposes grotesque iconography such as bloody eyeballs with pretty pastels."
The range is available to buy in Topshop Westfields White City, along with the rest of the Illustrated People collection. For stylist booking enquiries; holly.hobkirk@topshop.com


The Kooks - Around Town

I worked as a styling assistant on The Kooks' new Tarantino-inspired music video, 'Around Town' directed by Ryan Hope. Have a look-see. [NSFW]


Excuse my tripod.

Dress, Topshop | Leather Jacket, Barneys of NY | Shoes, Out From Under | Fur, Topshop SNO
I've finally found an image of my look from Day 5 at London Fashion Week! I was dashing through en route to an interview, hence all the kit hanging from my arm.


Gianni Versace Couture

This nineties Versace campaign shot by Richard Avedon sums up everything about this season and last.


Oppressed Majority

This was an idea I had considered for my Final Major Project. I will no longer do it, but I'm glad someone has. I think the key to opening our eyes to the patriarchal society we live in is to question our every day practices. The two most poignant details in this film were the nonchalant topless joggers and the quote "I should really be talking to your wife."
The protests of the oppressed male were inaccurate. I believe most women go about their day to day lives regarding every scene in this film, excluding the sexual violence, as the norm. This is how we go about our lives, and we should all be asking why.


I'm officially an #ASOSInsider

"Holly! Welcome to #AccessAllASOS! Here's something to style up those white beauties of yours, and something for when the travel bug next bites. Enjoy! Louise"


Cross my heart, hope to die.

Jumpsuit // TOPSHOP   Sunglasses// EBAY   Ring// VINTAGE


SHOP Magazine

My work for SHOP Magazine has been published in its entirety, so I'm now able to share it! Please check out the full publications here: Global Blue | SHOP Magazine 


LFW: The Street Spy

Faux Fur// VINTAGE   White Jumpsuit// TOPSHOP



After a frantic and stressful past few months, I have finally settled into a new flat in Peckham. Anybody who would like to donate furniture (or curtains) to me is invited round for a cuppa from my ever expanding selection of tea. There's some aniseed, fennel and cardamom that I'm really sick of the sight of.

The Ragged Priest Blog: LFW

You can check out Tommy and me working at London Fashion Week on The Ragged Priest blog;

[left] Coat// H&M   Sweater// SECOND HAND    Leather Skirt// ASOS   Boots// ASOS   Necklace// URBAN OUTFITTERS [right] Shirt// VINTAGE   Fishnets// CUSTOMISED   Platform Boots// EBAY

My Summer: #4TDays The Guardian and Channel 4

Channel 4 hosted a journalism themed event in London this summer, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the thirty to secure a place. We spent a full day at Channel 4 HQ and another at The Guardian. Both days were incredibly insightful and provided a boost of determination before I headed in Year 2 of my degree. Although I have chosen to work in Broadcast this year, my day at The Guardian encouraged me to stick at writing stories.
At Channel 4, we received a talk on travel journalism, and it made me realise how much I had learnt during my internship about sourcing stories abroad.

The day after developing my skills with The Guardian, I pitched a new story to Sky and received a phone call accepting it within half an hour.

A very helpful experience, and one for which I am extremely thankful.


Paradice Clothing x Clean

Paradice Clothing x Clean

At Paradice Clothing we recently collaborated with Clean Magazine on a shoot inspired by Michael Mayren- these are the sample polaroid previews! You can view the rest of Clean's work here.
By Michael Mayren

Global Blue: SHOP Magazine

I will be spending this summer working with Global Blue's SHOP magazine, writing, researching and putting together content. To see what they do, click here.


PROJECT: All White

SOURCE: http://love-aesthetics.blogspot.co.uk/

This term, a group of students and I were set the task of forecasting a potential trend from the London AW13/14 shows. It was my flatmate, Alice Conteh, who inspired me to opt for White on White. As a Fashion History and Theory student, her blog focuses on links between today's trends and historical style.
"It wasn't really until the late eighteenth century that white became a popular choice for womenswear in high society. Darker or bright colours were preferred prior to this time so as to contrast against the desired paleness of their skin. To see these three sisters all dressed in white is interesting, and shows a turn in taste."
The Waldegrave Sisters by Sir Joshua Reynolds, painted in 1780. 

As further research for my project, I spoke to Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics, a proud champion of the All White look. She told us; "White has very abstract connotation. If I see something red I think of concrete cliche things; firetrucks, hearts, the devil, Santa, valentines day. White brings more abstract associations like cleanness, emptiness, space, possibilities, a clean slate. I feel that on white I can project my own personality much better than on color, which has so much personality of its own." View Ivania's blog here.


Requested Post: Fashion Advice

I have been receiving a number of messages from people wanting to work in fashion. I am extremely flattered by this, and would like to point out that I am by no means exceptional at what I do. I study with some extremely talented people whose answers would probably hold much more value! Regardless, I am more than happy to help.

First of all, think about what the job you want to do will actually entail, and what you have already studied. Search for the university course you wish to study, or look at job advertisements, as both of these will often note the employers preferred area of study.


Visiting Emeli Sande at Hammersmith Apollo

Turtleneck // AMERICAN APPAREL   Leather Jacket// BARNEY'S OF NY

On Monday night I took my flatmate Ryan to see Emeli Sande performing at Hammersmith Apollo. The show was beautiful and we sat entirely absorbed in Emeli, her backing, and her band. Each live note matched the record perfectly.
Afterwards, we went backstage to see Emeli and my cousin Aaron Sokell. Emeli was a fan of my new hair, which I've recently dipped lightly in some 'Raspberry Rebel' Ultra Brights Hair Dye by Schwarzkopf.

It was a highly enjoyable evening, and it was absolutely lovely to see my cousin!


"Your hair looks like an Easter egg."

"Your hair looks like an Easter egg" from Holly Hobkirk on Vimeo.
London emptied on Easter Sunday, and I was left to occupy myself. Aside from creating a hefty dinner of rosemary seasoned pork chops, roasted vegetables, giant homemade Yorkshire puddings, gravy, seasoned mash potato and red wine, I performed a hair overhaul.

Inspired by the Grease quote "Your hair looks like an Easter egg", said to Frenchy after a mishap during Beauty School, I set to work creating a pastel pink style. As my hair is already dip dyed, I decided to push my bleach further up to generate a retro Fruit Salad sweet look.

Easter's television schedule was on my side, with Hairspray taking me through the dying process and Grease itself beginning as I finalised the look.
To view how my hair was dyed, click play above. A full list of the products used can be found in the video description.


Lion Studio Jewellery

Lion, who photographed me in their jewellery at fashion week, have now uploaded my image to the Street Style section of their website. Have a look!

Flashback: Ikea Monkey Interview


Toronto shoppers were baffled this weekend when they witnessed a clothed monkey making his way toward Ikea. The five month old Japanese Snow Macaque named Darwin wore a camel toned shearling jacket for the occasion.
Darwin had escaped from the car of his owner Yasmin Nakhuda and was headed into the store to find her. He was taken to an animal sanctuary for the night, and was later transferred to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, ON.
Since then, the ‘#IkeaMonkey’ has gone global, with dozens of memes, fake twitter accounts and the aforementioned hashtag. As he himself is currently unavailable for comment, we spoke exclusively to Miss Nakhuda on Darwin and fashion.
First of all tell us, where does Darwin shop?
Most of his clothing was from Baby Gap. The source for the coat will have to remain undisclosed unfortunately.
And is he a keen follower of fashion?
One thing is for sure – he loves his coat and will wait very patiently for me to get all the buttons closed. He does not like to be naked. After his showers he waits patiently to be dressed.
So he definitely loves to dress up?
If Darwin did not like to wear clothes, he would have ran away. He takes off on me whenever he knows something he does not like is about to happen.
Can you give us any inside information on looks we can expect to see from him soon?
I have already purchased a tuxedo collar for him for New Year from Qpet.
He’ll look fabulous.
I also got him a Santa Claus dress coat and reindeer attire for him from Petsmart to be worn on Christmas.
| Chelsea Shearling Coat, Nasty Gal, £110 |
| Lifetime Collective Derby Jacket, Topman, £125 |
| Sheepy Dog Coat, PuchiPetwear.com. £21 |