A colourful fashion blog supporting independents & sustainable fashion in Bristol and beyond

Monday, 25 March 2019

Independent women in fashion

Hey fashionistas! It's been a month (or so) of repping independent designers, and mostly Bristol ones too! From upcycled vintage fabrics from Balulu and Duvet Days to having a bash at a zip front fleece for my own slow fashion brand Fruit Salad, it's all about the independents, and independent women at that! 

The amazing Mickey Mouse co-ord by Bristol brand Balulu
Print clashing it up in Duvet Days stripe trousers and matching reversible crop top paired with a Lazy Oaf  oversized shirt. 

More Lazy Oaf and Duvet Days Mash up!

Time for me to pair my own creations with Duvet Days stripe trousers - Pastel fleece by Fruit Salad

Streetwear styling with a That Thing beanie and joggers 

Close up of Fruit Salad zip front pastel fleece

These Duvet Days trousers just go with everything! 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

No Debutante X Jolanta Valeniece

It's here! The No Debutante X Jolanta Valeniece photo shoot collaboration!   

Jolanta is a photographer who works in both Bristol and London, capturing reportage style photographs of clubbers to edgy streetstyle photoshoots. 

This fun female collaboration took place on the same week as International Women's Day and was a great way to celebrate female empowerment! 

Thank you so much to the amazing and inspiring Jolanta xx

Location - Dean Lane Skate Park, Bristol

Photography by Jolanta Valeniece  
Styling & Model No Debutante

Boilersuit  - Lucy and Yak
Rainbow jacket - Primark
Trainers - Nike Air Force One Jester XX
Catsuit - Mannerswear
Mesh dress - Monki
Earrings - Tezla Designs
Beanie - That Thing

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Shaker Makers - Shake Bristol

A few weeks back I attended my first Shake zine fair at Rough Trade here in Bristol.

I am a massive zine fan, it's on my to do list to make a zine but I honestly just over think things! One day, maybe!

Shake Bristol put on zine fairs and events celebrating illustrators and zine makers around the country. The fairs focus on comics, t-shirts, zines and prints and encourage illustrative makers to join their colourful and creative events.

Attracted to the bright colours and fun, wobbly Spongebob meets skate artist Jim Phillips characters with more than a wink to gruesome/surf album art from bands like The Cramps, yeah, they got my attention with their poster!


The Palentines Day Shake art fair poster 

From traditional tattoo artworks, comic book characters to Memphis style and handmade jewellery by the lovely Sophie Filomena, there were plenty of goodies to get my attention but I am always sucked in by the zines! 

Local artist Sophie Filomena with her artworks and statement earrings at the Shake Art Fair. 

I love the shortness and straight to the point-ness of a zine, illustrated characters (that are often an alter-ego or reflection of the artist) and downright honest topics. 

A zine will take you into unknown worlds and scenes, normalising everything from self doubt to mundane life moments and personal experiences, using illustrations and (in most cases) words too. 

The DIY element to zines is always super inspiring and a great way to share your artwork and thoughts. Zines are good for the soul! 

Fun at the Shake Art Fair

I could personally of hung out at the Shake art fair all day, chatting with the artists and looking at all the artwork but sadly my teenage sons attention span and excitement for art crashed way before mine! Before they removed me from my zine fair/ record shop haven we did end up with a few goodies from the day including.....

The Shake haul!

A Space Wolf comic by William Powers

A fun comic series, with the hero of the story being Space Wolf. My daughter Sylvie is keen to get her hands on more copies of Space Wolf at the next fair! 

Boring Comics and Sorry I missed your gig zines by Emma Thacker

These are real sweet and honest zines about the difficulties of fitting in and motivating yourself to go do the things you like! Truly inspiring comics by London based illustrator Emma Thacker

Shake Bristol also have a website with lots of own brand arty products up for grabs from t-shirts, tote bags, stickers, pins and patches to comics and zines. 

The Shake Mag is not to be missed as it features lots of illustrators and artists from around the world who have collaborated with Shake on a chosen theme, the most recent being The Wrestling issue. For a mere £8 you get 152 pages of illustrations by 52 artists and a free sticker and a bookmark too?? Wowsers! 

Artwork by Sophie Filomena as featured in the Shake Mag - Wrestling issue


No Debutante totally recommends going along and supporting your local artists and zine fairs, there is so much happening and to explore!

Go check out Shake Bristol and all the illustrators mentioned here today and do get in touch with Shake Bristol if you are an illustrator who wants to collaborate!

Warning no dweebs.....

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

This is Radio Bang

I'm going a bit off the fashion track here with a post about DJing and radio shows! But hey! It's my blog and I need to promote my new venture! 

One of my sidelines from being a blogger/journalist and mother is that I DJ. You may or may not know this already. I have been repping female DJs for 17 years, since I started spinning vinyl sets with, my (now) husband, Phil, in a Bristol pub back in 2002!

No Debutante DJing at the Bang club night
 at To The Moon in Bristol, Nov 2018

By 2003, after a lot more record collecting, we, alongside my brother Mike, had started up our very own club night Bang, which has just celebrated it's 16th birthday! We pride ourselves on playing all vinyl sets from a mash up of genres from northern soul to electro to post punk to alternative 80s, to name a few of the many genres we might drop in one evening.

The one thing we wanted to do was to play the music we loved and make people dance. Bang is a fun, small underground club night that has a cult following of Bangers that want to party hard! Who knew our lil' club night would last this long and we'd have such an amazing group of people support us!?!

Last year, I wanted to try something new. I started seriously thinking about presenting my own radio show, something that had always been a bit more of a dream than a realty. I hadn't considered that I could actually get my own show right here in Bristol, on a local independent radio station. I was pretty much clueless.

I was offered the chance to try out a pilot show as part of the SisterWorks residency on 1020 Radio. I was terrified but just went with it, I even spoke! I planned out my own little - all vinyl - show and played for an hour, mostly female artists and female fronted bands to rep women in music, and, I was hooked....

I literally enquired about doing my own show at 1020 Radio during my set and a month later I was signed up to start my own monthly residency! They liked me! I am sooooo excited!!

My brand spanking new radio show is called This is Radio Bang and is goes out live every third Sunday of the month from 1pm-3pm. The first show starts on Sunday 17 February, on 1020 Radio, which is also a digital radio station, so you can listen to it live from wherever you are!

I shall be representing the Bang club night but also putting my own spin on it, with a few surprises thrown in. Please tune in and leave me messages and support on the 1020 forum and on social media and share the love!

Listen to No Debutante / Emma Bang 
This is Radio Bang show Live on 1020 Radio
Sun 17 Feb

Listen to my set on the SisterWorks radio show on 1020 Radio, I play the first hour of the show. It's pretty obvious when it's not me anymore! 

For people local to Bristol, join me at the next Bang club night at Bristol's legendary music venue The Louisiana on Saturday 30 March.

Top image courtesy of Nitelife Magazine with Photography by Ania Shrimpton 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Anti fashion feels

No Debutante loves anti-fashion fashion. 
It's a given. If it's a bit quirky, even a little odd, I'm in! 

Despite being a fashion blogger and fashion editor, I am always inspired by a fashion designer that does things differently. This is one of the reasons I support independent designers. 

Anti-fashion is not trend led, it has it's own style and beats to its own drum, keeping it fresh and contemporary. 

Anti-fashion does not mean you hate fashion. 

Independent designers create small fashion runs, they are non-corporate and their pieces are not mass produced. It's all about the creativity, they are free to do their thing and if people start wearing their creations, even better! It's non-conformity, it's punk! 

Today, I am looking at independent fashion designers, two of which, including Fuud London and Smock Me are new designers to feature in the No Debutante blog. 

From street wear to super-cute styling here are a few fashion designers that have caught my eye lately, with that anti-fashion, do it your way feel. 

Fuud London  - streetwear without the labels

Fuud London  

Coincidentally, the Fuud brand started in my hometown of Bristol with the Fuudhood, a detachable hood/scarf design. It was only at the end of 2018 that I rediscovered the Fuud brand, now known as Fuud London, on Instagram. 

I was taken in by the bright colors and bold prints used on these super-styled, streetwear garms including sweatshirts, hoodies and joggers. These garms have a kinda retro feel to them whilst looking super slick and let's be honest, mega comfy! Fuud London gives a fresh twist to streetwear, it's more about the design and cuts, than a logo. 

The prints are cut up into panels alongside plain fabrics and colours, I am loving the unmatched legs on the trackies. Yep, I am totally swooning over one of these streetwear co-ords! Nice one Fuud London!

Smock Me

I am a sucker for graphics and I am loving these kawaii punk style logo graphics from Smock Me. They basically had me at the logo. I am loving the quirky, hand-drawn style graphics layered over day-glo camo prints.

Smock Me create bright and bold unisex streetwear piece with graphics that remind me of skate artists like Jim Philips mixed with a kawaii style. Smock Me are an independent LA based brand and are definitely one to watch. 

Lazy Oaf

Yeah, I am obsessed, sorry not sorry! Lazy Oaf have been keeping my world weird for a fair few years now. How can I not share their latest garms? Actually, how did I miss this super-cute hearts cardigan? Yep, it's already sold out, as Lazy Oaf do small runs, making their limited edition garms internationally sought after by all the kawaii kids...and me! 

The Lazy Oaf X Esther Loves You collaboration is just the cutest! All pastel colourways and kawaii bunny prints. 

Who doesn't want the pink bunny boilersuit or the adorable lilac Bungarees?? This is why No Debutante loves Lazy Oaf. Super cuteness and those 'Lazy' slogans! 

OMG The Bungarees!!!!! 

Esther Loves You is an artist and creator of the super kitsch Esther Bunny and has collaborated with Lazy Oaf on several occasions. Lazy Oaf's style suits the Esther Loves You graphics perfectly and I want to see more, more, more! Anti-fashion is so much more fun! 

Super-cute Esther Loves You Bunny graphics for Lazy Oaf 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

2019 - You got this!

Hello fashionistas! 

I thought I'd start this years blogging off with a  lil' No Debutante fashion catch up post. 

I had a year of slow fashion in 2018 where I tried, real hard, to buy less and more wisely, I feel much happier that I have stopped my fast fashion fads and that I don't really follow trends the way I (obsessively) used to, but honestly, it's hard to promote independent designers without wanting to wear all of their clothes! 

The amazing Lucy and Yak 'Frankie' boilersuit £65 and worth every penny! 

I managed to justify my fashion obsessions and yearnings for more clothes by trying to wait until Christmas, where I gently popped a few independent designers names onto my Christmas list to Santa, who kindly bought me a much wanted Lucy and Yak boilersuit in turquoise blue! I have the longest upper body and was very scared it wouldn't fit me but it does.....just! I am already eyeing up the pink boilersuit! Stay focused No Debutante! 

Going wild in faux furs and animal prints
A fun contrast against all the pastels and bright colours!

I also got some much needed new trainers, after I realised I haven't bought any new trainers for a couple of years! My shoe of choice is the Nike Air Force 1 Jester XX, which I literally haven't stopped wearing since I got them! I love them! 

I did crack in my slow fashion buying just before Christmas, when I met the lovely Lulu Harrison, designer at the supercute fashion brand Balulu, for a Bristol 24/7 article and left with a Balulu Mickey jacket and dungaree co-ord. Everyone loves that co-ord! It was the right decision.....

Read My Lips -  One of the supercute Lazy Oaf jumper dresses

The second slow fashion slip up was the Lazy Oaf sale! I just had a little peek over the holidays and couldn't resist two (aargh!) oversized jumper dresses, both are pink and super cute. I know I will wear them for years, like all my other Lazy Oaf buys, so it's completely justified! 

From independent designers to new trainers and spray dyed galaxy pastel hair, it's all been happening in No Debutante's world! Mostly in pastels! 

Pastel obsessions

Lazy Oaf dress and earrings by local Bristol designer Sophie Filomena

The other pink Lazy Oaf dress. Super cuddly and warm with a hood, bell sleeves and a burger print. 

My pastel galaxy hair by Girl On Curl a fun experiment that actually worked!
Inspired by hairstylist and artist Janine Ker  

Kawaii feels - Lazy Oaf cardigan, polka dot Monki trousers and retro kawaii tee from Tokyo. 

Those Nike Air Force 1 Jesters haven't been off my feet! 

My guilty pleasure and Christmas day outfit! The Balulu Mickey Mouse co-ord! 

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