Summer Legs

A leggy summer collage, ideas brewing. Putting together turquoise, greens, orange and black. Gucci buckles, Jimmy Choo sandals. Glamour glamour glamour. Thigh high boots. Palm trees poolside, all-in-one pieces, throw-on, effortless.

fashion collage summer legs

“Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Glamour is an imaginative process that creates a specific emotional response: a sharp mixture of projection, longing, admiration, and aspiration. It evokes an audience’s hopes and dreams and makes them seem attainable, all the while maintaining enough distance to sustain the fantasy.” – Virginia Postrel

3 miserable verses

A very vague novel idea. Here are some openings, although they all work well together as one. I like verse III the most. A novel that is like a contemporary American work, painfully real but very poetic in its awfulness. Reveals the misery of the mundane, the desperation of the every day. Finds romanticism within the ordinary. Something magical will happen to this otherwise average character – but the world will never lose its grittiness. No frills, in spite of it.

I.
Up until now, any money I’ve had, I pissed it away. I don’t fucking know where any of it went. I imagine myself chucking a lit match onto a pile of cash. Sometimes it makes me feel sick; other times, I rejoice in the cleanliness of having nothing, and wish perhaps that I had even less, less and less to lose. The shame of privilege always kicks in.

II.
I am disenchanted with my life. My father compares me to every other person my age, and older, and younger, but always more successful. They are more hardworking than I am, I must be lacking, all of my fucking money is gone. And I am a brainless imp beneath the manager, who spends her 8-hour shift writing up the staff rota for a soulless suburban high street store.

III.
It is good to be ragged and pained. It is worth it. You might then learn something. From disease and dust, from the grime and gore. There rises the man. Not from the sand nor ocean, not sun, nor hope nor glee. The man, the woman, the beast arises, from the grimness, gutter, blood and rot; crime and anger, deception, foulness, fear and lust. There it grows, there it blossoms, flowers in the rancid muck.

Prose and featured image by Y.L.H.

Colourful glamour, glamorous colour

A few original designs by myself. Heavily beaded pieces, ruches of chiffon, figure-hugging bandage, jet hardware. A bold palette of blood orange, red, black, candy pink, eggshell blue and dark turquoise. Waist belted tightly and décolletage exposed. She is glamorous, dry, open-minded, and wants a hard drink a.s.a.p.

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yasmin leigh fashion designs
Left: Caviar beads embroidered onto double-layered, lined fabric; block colours of beads seem to melt into each other; black spaghetti strap halter-neck; mini length; gathered, cowl drop back, backless. Right: Orange bandage cropped trousers, belted over a sheer, plunge, chiffon blouse; pink bikini with jet, rectangular chain detail.

 

yasmin leigh fashion designs
Clockwise from top – 1: Black crystal mesh hangs from the lower ankle of a square platform stiletto sandal, with suede platform and satin heel. 2: Same as above, shows detail of cowl back. 3: Tight red chiffon ruche, wide and low neckline, suede buckle belt, mini length, chiffon wrapped around arms; white cut-out swimsuit with jet ring hardware. 4: Black bandage flared trousers with high-waist and black crystal inserts above and below knee, to show flesh through the crystal mesh, and a chiffon bralet wrapped around chest and stomach to tie into huge bow at front; nude chiffon ruche, tight against body, cropped length trousers and long, square-neck vest with crystal double straps. 5: Jet and crystal drop earrings; red suede extreme point heeled pump, with crystal anklet attached at back and draping across foot.

 

yasmin leigh fashion designs
Same as above but with idea of colour