Well hello! This is our very first ever blog post, we are super excited to be keeping you all up to date with the goings on here at The Little House of Obscurity. Warning – this may well serve as our therapy.
Firstly here is a little bit of background on us, what we do and what’s been going on up till now.
We are Obscure Couture a new, directional womenswear label based in Glasgow’s East end (BAAD, Barras Art And Design to be precise.) We create street/stage wear for the introverted extrovert. At the moment we are focusing on two collections per season, a couture range (which uses the highest quality fabrics and manufacturing techniques we can get our little mitts on, from the most pampered Kobe leather to the most delicate French lace.) and a diffusion range which grows from the same inspiration as the couture collections but is more accessible for everyone. Both collections are limited edition and all of our tee prints are one offs having been hand manipulated in various obscure ways!!! You an check out our Flesh and Bone couture lookbook at – www.obscure.rabmcnab.co.u
We launched Obscure Couture on the 15th of October, it was a massive night full of entertainment, we had musical treats from Homesick Aldo, Schnapps and Any Colour Black, guests were treated to free booze (danger) and amazerous cupcakes from Flamingo. Then, of course, our show. Our models rocked the catwalk with attitude, covered in Obscure Couture tattoos and swathed in our beautiful couture pieces.
Since then we have been whoring ourselves all over – showing in various catwalks all over the country. Highlights have definitely been Fashion Mavericks during LFW AW 11/12, sending pieces off to be shot for Vogue Russia and our nomination for Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards.
The awards are taking place Wed 15th June, so fingers crossed. To be honest we know most of the other nominees so no matter what it will be an awesome night and someone worthy will take home the award. We are on a strict ‘one glass before food’ rule, no unleashing the crazy…. hahaaaa
But what to wear? Something we have been deliberating over for the past few weeks, unfortunately our sample sizes are tiny model size so we both might turn up wrapped in the Sternum cardi, crying.
Right now we have just finished our diffusion range for Flesh and Bone. Our photoshoot was AWESOME, an 18 hour affair but worth every minute. The day before saw us running, crazed, round our friends and family collecting weird and wonderfully beautiful props to use while our trusty interns worked their sweet lil tooshes off painting, wallpapering and trashing things!! The day went well, everyone was brilliant!!! . Here is a link to our behind the scenes video, many thanks to Fraser for getting this sorted at (as always) the very last minute!!!!!
We had models being photographed while others were being filmed for our ‘view catwalk’ section to go up on the Little Shop of Obscurity. Once product shots were finished we went upstairs to ‘the set’. We created fake walls and tried to play with perception, we wanted it to be a visual feast, glistening models and striking clothes surrounded by the surreal. Lots of wine and louder than loud music eased us into dangerous territory with the girls pretending to kill each other and manic glitter parties. Fun, fun, fun
Now the shoot is done, we will release the lookbook before the end of the month. We can’t WAIT for you to see all these pieces and enjoy the the photography.
Our website is being finished off at the moment. You might not believe it, but we are girls with wild imaginations so our first attempt at the website was sooo much fun and we had a completely free reign. We went out and took pictures of the puppets in the Mitchel Library (you should go, the man who has loaned all the puppets is worth the visit alone. Man, he LOVES those puppets) and used them for buttons, we even went and bought a real heart, defrosted it and strung it up like a puppet over a big silver platter. I had rings and nails on one hand holding this platter with the heart on, and the other holding the strings so it sat properly while Lynds tried to snap it before it sploshed everywhere…
But alas, the website was not as good as the image in our heads. Our business advisor Jeff* said “Girls it looks like a fourteen year old goth has designed it” So back to the drawing board. Thanks to David Young @ Ten-0-Nine Media, Neill Smiley @ Fourtwentyseven Design and Robbie Donaldson @ Rab McNab, our website is starting to take shape, look slick and work as we actually want it to! It’s always so hard for us to try and tone things down, we tend to live by the ‘more is more’ school of thought.
Sending love to all you Obscurites!!!
Jenn and Lynds xx