Lisa Hempstock; home-grown designer fashion label ‘Sister,’ charity fashion shows and online global market

by Railah Iqbal

Sister boutique on Ecclesshall road in Sheffield

Sister boutique on Ecclesshall Road in Sheffield

Lisa Hempstock- owner of 'Sister'

Lisa Hempstock- owner of ‘Sister’

Lisa Hempstock started as a teen business woman specialising in lingerie and is now a leading fashion entrepreneur for designer clothes with an upcoming charity fashion show.
Lisa owns boutiques; ‘Sister’ for ladies designer fashion in Sheffield and Chesterfield and she has built a worldwide customer network through her online retail business.
The inspiration for Lisa to own a business spurred from her father’s business. Lisa explained; “I’ve always had a passion to be self-employed and my father had a business in machine and engineering which was seen as a man’s world, so I was not allowed to join it.”
Lisa first took to the fashion industry when she decided to set up a brand and build a career rather than undertaking job roles in other people’s companies. Lisa said; “Whilst I worked for others, I put in a lot of hours and always gave 200%. So one day I thought why don’t I put all this effort into something for myself and I have always had a passion for fashion.”
Her first trademark in the fashion world was through a lingerie store; ‘Caress’ in Sheffield’s city centre in the 1980s. She sold creative underwear to “fill the gap in the market because M&S started had taken ‘knickerbocker’ concept but it was nothing as creative as people wanted.”
‘Caress’ developed into ‘Sister’ when Lisa decided to specifically target professional clientele. Lisa said; “I cater for those who understand good quality clothing.”

Model showing Lisa's latest collection

Model showing Lisa’s latest collection

However just before the first store opening Lisa fell severely ill and ended up in hospital. With the help of her family the store saw its re-launch and is now a popular brand across South Yorkshire.
Lisa explains that a successful fashion business should be customer orientated; “we will wrap a £25 tunic in the same nice tissue paper as a £200 dress, because good customer experiences are important to a healthy business.”Locations of fashion businesses are important in its success and Lisa is hoping to branch out her business in southern areas.
Lisa added; “ I would love to have a shop further down south because I feel there are more opportunities for new businesses there.”
Further Lisa’s recent uptake on the e-business industry through ‘Sister Online’ was a successful move. She explained; “It had a positive effect and it has reached people globally as well as brought people into the store. I should have done it time ago.”

Lisa's fashion leaflet

Lisa’s fashion leaflet

Lisa also established that fashion shows advertising her products are a key marketing device. Her most recent one, held in-store at Sister on Ecclesshall Road, modelled Lisa’s collections and customers were able to purchase items at the end of each show. Lisa said; “I wanted to do a fashion show in-store so people can come in, have a glass of wine, enjoy the show and then are drawn to buying our clothes.”
This show is a taster of the big event happening in Chesterfield on Thursday 16th May and all of the proceedings from this, Lisa is donating to the Ash-Gate charity. If you are interested in attending the event, check out Sister’s page for further information.

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Photography and video by Railah

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This week we’re wearing…Aztec

Me wearing my new aztec outfit - Dress, £15, boohoo.com; Tights, £3, New Look

Me wearing my new aztec outfit – Dress, £15, boohoo.com; Tights, £3, New Look

Ladder back detail on boohoo.com dress (£15)

Ladder back detail on boohoo.com dress (£15)

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

Up and down the high street there’s one trend that’s everywhere at the moment: aztec. The bright and bold print is quickly becoming this summer’s hottest trend and a staple for every girl’s wardrobe.

Whether it’s monochrome or multi-coloured, there’s something eye-catching for everyone this season. New Look are particularly nailing the look with their extensive collection of crop tops, bandeaus, midi and maxi dresses and shorts. Boohoo have also followed suit with their ‘Aztec Invasion’ collection.

Sally Crosby, who works for Topshop, says the look is back in: “It’s definitely on-trend to wear aztec this season, and it’s one of this summer’s staples along with midi and maxi dresses.”

Ashley Tisdale in a sequinned aztec dress

Ashley Tisdale in a sequinned aztec dress. Image courtesy of  www.californiastyleonline.com

Dress down the look for daytime with an aztec top and stonewashed jeans, or glam it up with wedges and a colourful midi dress – the perfect alternative to a maxi for petite girls.

Celebrities from Ashley Tisdale to Megan Fox have been spotted rocking the trend recently. So what are you waiting for? Here’s our pick of the best aztec pieces from the high street…

Megan Fox rocking an aztec dress. Image courtesy of www.celebrityfashionista.com

New Look

Red & blue aztec midi, £16.99

Red & blue aztec midi, £16.99

Monochrome stripe sleeveless aztec midi dress, £14.99

Pink and black sleeveless crop top, £9.99

Cameo Rose multicoloured crop top, £7.99

Cameo Rose multicoloured crop top, £7.99

Pink and purple zig zag maxi tube skirt, £16.99

Pink and purple zig zag maxi tube skirt, £16.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boohoo.com

Amie embroidered denim hotpants, £20

Amie embroidered denim hotpants, £20

Frankie strip aztec crop racer shirt, £15

Frankie stripe aztec crop racer shirt, £15

Izzy tie front playsuit, £18

Izzy tie front playsuit, £18

Astrella aztec monochrome leggings, £8

Astrella aztec monochrome leggings, £8

Ezra light aztec leggings, £8

Ezra light aztec leggings, £8

All images above courtesy of New Look or Boohoo

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Style Icons: Hayley Williams

by Leigh Morley

She’s known as the extremely colourful lead singer of pop-punk band Paramore, and Hayley Williams is one lady deserving of a style icon title.

Her band Paramore recently knocked Justin Timberlake off the number one slot in the USA Billboard charts with their fourth self titled album, not 24 hours into its release. 2013 comes as a welcome good year for Hayley, who suffered a lot of criticism over the years when two band mates quit the band, claiming that Hayley was a ‘glorified solo artist’. Paramore continued as a threesome however, with Miss Williams biting back, adding: “I could never see myself solo. I originally wanted to be the drummer for Paramore, sat all the way back and away from all the attention.”

ImageHayley at Nylon’s 2013 annual pool party

Hayley admits that she was never really fashion concious until the last few years. Her love of experimenting with make up and clothing came when she finally let a make up artist shape her eyebrows during a photo shoot and liked how polished she appeared.
“Before I wouldn’t even wear foundation,” the Now singer said during a recent interview with Nylon. “But soon after that shoot I began playing with eye shadow and more and more things. I was a super tomboy but now I love playing with fashion.”

Hayley’s signature orange hair recently underwent a change when the flame haired songstress dyed half of it pink. Her trademark hair has constantly been imitated, and this new style is no exception. Her famous ‘baby bangs’ has come under scrutiny, but that doesn’t stop her rocking the bizarre fringe.

ImageHayley at the 2013 MTV movie awards. Loving the underpants clutch!

The 24 year old’s quirky style has recently nabbed her the cover of April’s Nylon issue and a contract with MAC make up, something Hayley never thought would happen. The MAC range includes multiple orange products, such as orange lipstick, eye shadow and nail polish, with Hayley admitting it’s because orange is the ‘colour of her soul’.

ImageHayley on stage

Never one to follow the trends, the Paramore singer is rarely seen in heels, and instead would rather wear Vans trainers and hang out with her band mates, Jeremy and Taylor. The monster success of their fourth album is still ongoing, with the band now heading out on a worldwide tour, starting with North America.

ImageWith fellow Paramore bandmates, Jeremy (left) and Taylor (right)

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City centre flashmob shows ‘fearsome’ fashion through experimental make-up

by Railah Iqbal

Photographer: Anwar Suleman Models: Emily, Lia, Emily, Nieve (stood up) and Polly (left to right) Courtesy of Lauren Eaton

Photographer: Anwar Suleman Models: Emily, Lia, Emily, Nieve (stood up) and Polly (left to right) Courtesy of Lauren Eaton

Lauren Eaton, Freelance Make-up Artist, put together the recent Sheffield flash mob when models took on the city centre, exhibiting gothic fashion.

Lauren, 23, of Sheffield, used experimental make-up artistry with a collaboration of fearsome fashion, to explore onlookers’ reaction to non-cliché looks. She said; “This was an exploration of public fashion. I incorporated the looks that people did not enjoy into the flashmob to test reactions to horrific looks.”

Photographer: Anwar Suliman Model: Polly Make-up artist: Lauren Eaton (left)

Photographer: Anwar Suliman Model: Polly Make-up artist: Lauren Eaton (left)

To produce the models images, Lauren explained that she used peculiar and unconventional make-up ideas and pure experimental make-up. Further she took inspiration from the new romantic art, fashion and underground club-culture eras; “where individuals would peacock to dress for attention.”

Photographer: Anwar Suleman Models: Emily, Nieve, Emily, Polly (left to right)  Courtesy of Lauren eaton

Photographer: Anwar Suleman Models: Emily, Nieve, Emily, Polly (left to right)
Courtesy of Lauren Eaton

She added; “I contoured the face and was vastly inspired by androgynous themes where men dressed like women and women like men. I aimed to shock people with my experimental make-up techniques.”
This project, as part of Lauren’s degree in make-up artistry and special effects make-up at Bradford College, was an idea branching out from a previous project where Lauren produced a ‘hypothetical’ campaign for High-street mogul; Topshop where she identified the looks that people detested and feared.

Topshop campaign (courtesy of Lauren Eaton)

Topshop campaign (courtesy of Lauren Eaton)

The team behind the execution of the flash mob included models, photographers and cameramen from numerous places in Yorkshire. She said; “I was lucky really because all these different people came together to help me form this amazing project.”
Lauren said she had audience members follow her and the team throughout Sheffield which was unexpected because “I went for a look totally out of context to the ordinary. I thought people would look once and then look away.”

A public exhibition of Lauren’s creations for the flashmob will be shown in Bradford College next month.
Lauren also specializes in bridal, editorial, catwalk fashion as well as experimental make-up and resources throughout South Yorkshire. To check out her work, visit Lauren’s webpage.

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Style Icons: Kristen Stewart

By Kim Perry

Despite all the recent controversy surrounding Kristen Stewart, one thing that can’t be argued is that she is easily one of the best dressed women to hit the hollywood scene. Well, actually, the best according to the latest poll in Glamour magazine.

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(Photo source: MTV.com)

Back in 2008, K-Stew hit the big screen as ‘Bella Swan’ in the all famous ‘Twilight Saga’. And although her Twilight wardrobe was some what of a disaster, off screen she wowed people around the world with her unusual style.

Breaking the mould at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Kristen turned up on the red carpet wearing a beautiful Yigal Azrouel dress teamed with her scruffy converse. Now she is renowned for swapping the killer heels for something a little more comfortable, and being able to pull it off.

Even off the red carpet, she is admired for her care free image. Usually papped in a plain t-shirt tied in a knot, skinny jeans and the ever famous converse, she still manages to look effortlessly stylish.

Kristen Stewart Heads to the Studio

 

(Photo source: justjared.com)

Although not particularly known as one for floor length ball gowns, when it comes down to it the girl sure knows how to pull one off. Gowns and catsuits. And why wouldn’t you wear a catsuit if you had those legs?

Showing that you don’t need to smother yourself in fake tan, have dramatic hairstyles and tons of make up to look glamourous, Kristen Stewart well deserves the title of a style icon.

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(Photo source: Glamourmagazine.co.uk)

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Festival Fashion Hot Picks

By Lucy Howell

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Credit: STA Travel

The summer festival season is getting closer and closer- time to start planning your outfits!

We have scoured the stores to find you the latest trends and fashions so that you will be rocking this summer.

Check out our must-haves below.

HOTPANTS are a festival staple. Celebrities like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss have been snapped many-a-time rocking a pair with their mud-soaked wellies at Glasto or Reading Festival.

These are our hot picks:

hotpants1: Jail Bait Fringe Denim Shorts, Evil Twin, £30, Asos 2: Pink Pom Pom Short, £49, Miss Selfridge 3: Pink Acid Was Denim Short, £14.00, Internacionale 4: Black Della Studded Shorts, Glamorous, £18, Ark 5: Dip Dye Peach Hotpants, MOTO, £28, Topshop 6: Mid Wash Crochet Hem Short, £32, Miss Selfridge

DRESSES are perfect for the warm weather that you can expect in Benicàssim but layer them with a pair of tights or funky leggings and you’ve got an outfit suitable for Glastonbury or T in the Park as well.

Here’s our pick of the best festival dresses:

dresses1: Kirnea Monochrome Tie Dye Midi Dress, £14.99, Missguided 2: Fringe Midi Dress, £49, Miss Selfridge 3: Denim Dress, £14.99, H&M 4: Sundress In Bright Aztec Print, £28, ASOS 5: Cream Lace Detailed Dress, £29.99, TkMaxx 6: Black Floral Print Button Through Mini Dress, £28, River Island

JACKETS are an important item to consider. They can be an essential to stay warm/dry or worn to make an outfit stand out. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you head off to a festival. It will always pay to have an emergency poncho in your bag (see pic 7)!

Here’s our favourites:

jackets1: Camouflage Sleeve Parka, £35, Miss Selfridge 2: Tie Dye Tassle Kimono, £60, Topshop 3: Denim Western Jacket in Bleach and Dip Dye Wash, £36, ASOS 4: Acid Wash Biker Jacket, £50, Warehouse 5: Veronika Tartan Studded Jacket In Scarlet, £29.99, Missguided 6:Multi Floral Jacket, Lashes, £75, Next 7: Pack of 2 Adult Emergency Waterproof Rain Ponchos, £1.99, Amazon

FOOTWEAR. Make sure you take at least one pair of shoes to a festival. You’ll be on your feet all day standing, walking and dancing, so comfort is everything. If rain is expected, be sure to have a pair of wellies packed.

We’ve picked our favourite pairs below:

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1: Dr Martens Castel Floral 8 Eye Boots, £95, ASOS 2: Converse All star Hi Vintage Union Jack, £56.99, Office 3: Platform Canvas Shoe, £12, George 4: Unearth Tan Leather Boots, £55, Office 5: Old Skool Shoes, £57, Vans 6: Joules Wellibob Chelsea Boots, £35, Topshop

ACCESSORIES! Make sure you keep all of your belongings safe and secure. Handbags with zips are recommended. Pack a pair of sunnies to protect your  eyes, there are so many shapes and designs to choose from. Hats in hot weather are also an essential, the last thing you want is sun stroke. Glam-up your outfit by simply adding some statement jewellery or a flower-power headband.

Here’s our faves:

accessories

1: Perforated Leather Backpack, £75, Topshop 2: Polka Dot Brow Sunglasses, £16.00, Topshop 3: Black Sparkle Peace Sign Stud Earrings, £3.99, New Look 4: Daisy Chain Stretch Bando, £6, Accessorize 5: French Connection Waisted Skinny Cowboy Belt, £25, ASOS 6: Gold Monochrome Arrow Necklace, £5.99, New Look 7: Grey Studded Bumbag, £25, Topshop 8: Rovena Roller Hat With Bow, £12.99, Missguided 9: Wayfarer Havana, £117, Rayban 10: Ginge London Spike Panel Cap, £45, Urban Outfitters 11: Canvas Aztec Cross Body Bag, £5, F&F 12: Gold Tone Enamel Pastel Owl Ring, £8, River Island

*Photo credits: press images from clothing sites

For more information about festivals, check out Polka Dots & Potions ultimate festival guide here.

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90s fashion: back with a vengeance

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

The decade which gave us Nirvana, ‘girl power’ and Art Attack is now making a comeback. The ’90s has made a sensational return to fashion and is big news right now.

London Fashion Week 2013 saw Topshop Unique, Vivienne Westwood and Henry Holland offering punky tartan, oversized boyfriend jumpers and clashing prints on the catwalk. Topshop in particular are nailing the look with their ‘Rave New World’ collection which includes acid brights, Aztec prints, checked shirts and even bumbags!
So I asked the people who grew up in this decade what the latest revival of their childhood fashion meant to them. Was it a good or bad decade for fashion?
Sophi Ward, 20, says: “It was a good decade for fashion. I used to wear double denim like B*witched, jelly shoes, bandanas and Spice Girls t-shirts!”
Saved By The Bell were ’90s style icons. Source: www.bite.ca

Nicole Wood, 19, says:  “I used to rock a white t-shirt with a bright pink net top over the top and bright pink denim shorts to match. And you can’t forget the dungarees.”

Alex Askham, 28, has fond memories of the fashon: “I loved pedal pushers – in fact it took me til the mid-noughties to get rid. I loved my baggy combats too with a crop top, All Saints style.”

Nicola Beal, 30, adds: “Who could forget Sweater Shop jumpers and hair scrunchies?”

There were also fashion blunders aplenty as Sally-Ann Henderson, 20, recalls: “Those skirt/trouser all in one things were horrific! So glad I was a little kid through it. How embarrassing!”
Love it or hate it, it looks set to make an impact time and time again with its constant revivals. Here’s our round-up of the classic ’90s fashion pieces from the high street…

H&M

Boyfriend Jeans, £29.99, H&M
Patterned aztec dress, £9.99, H&M


Patterned earrings, £2.99, H&M
TOPSHOP
Pink jelly shoes, £16, Topshop
  Dungarees, £38, Topshop
Rose cord pini dress, £42, Topshop

RIVER ISLAND

Black and white flatforms, £20, River Island

NEW LOOK

Purple crop top, £4.99, New Look
Dip dye crochet vest, £16.99, New Look
‘Lost In Your Love’ dip dye top, £14.99, New Look

Boohoo.com

Cerise lycra disco pants, £10, boohoo.com
Floral leggings, £10, boohoo.com
  • Do you have fond memories or fashion blunders of ’90s style? Let us know what you thought!

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