Thursday, 27 April 2017

Styled by Kimberley : Wearinh Charcot for MS Awareness Week

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It's a busy old week, with both Fashion Revolution Week and MS Awareness Week falling at the same time. Both of these causes are close to my heart. We do something each year for #fashionrevolution and I gave a workshop at the Edinburgh event on Wednesday (details here). We were even more excited to work with Charcot to share the new collection and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis this year.

The visual artist behind the design brand, Kirsty Stevens, is firstly one of those Cool Girls I mentioned in my last post. She's unmistakable with her deep green hair and undercut, gold-rimmed glasses and impeccable style. Secondly, Kirsty has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We've been following her design journey for the last three years as she uses the intricate lesion patterns of her own brain scans to create beautiful prints and pieces of wearable art. Helen picked up one of the earliest Charcot pieces and I've had them on my wishlist ever since. Now that she has expanded the colour range with these vibrant tropical pops, and added in textiles too, I just can't decide! The patterns are akin to detailed ink blot tests but it's fascinating to think that it is a slice of Kirsty. The way that she manipulates the shapes to form the brain moths or brain skulls is wonderful and she is fully deserving of her newly unveiled title as first Design Champion at V&A Dundee. You can watch her story here.

I thought I'd keep the look simple since these bright pieces are the start of the show, whether you know the poignant history or not. I paired them with a few accessories I picked up at last week's Ladies Night and kept to my off-duty mime workwear for an easy, chic look. The palazzo culottes are strictly simple, but feel really fun. Repeating the colours in my makeup (hello, glitter lips?!) kept the circus theme framed to my top half, to complement the beautiful Charcot scarf. I'm loving the textiles addition to the range!

Scarf | Charcot
Necklace | Charcot
Top | New Look
Trousers | Warehouse
Shoes | River Island c/o The Circle
Backpack | Topshop c/o The Circle
Atomic Tote | c/o Sun Jellies

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My personal interest in Charcot designs has changed in the last few years since my mum's diagnosis of MS. MS is an auto-immune condition that affects the brain and spine, and can have short-term symptoms and leave long term effects. The relapse and progression of my mum's condition is something that has been difficult to understand and to watch, but Kirsty approaches the subject with such passion and positive energy, as she puts into all aspects of her life. Hearing someone talk about it so openly, and using it in such an empowering way, has really helped to normalize it for me.  It's a surprisingly common neurological condition, affecting around 1 in 600 people in the UK, but isn't widely known about. It can be difficult to detect but early symptoms can include fatigue, stumbling and odd skin tingling- you can find out more on NHS or MS Trust early signs page. There is no cure for MS and there is a range of treatments used to control the symptoms so it can be challenging. More research and development is very much needed. If you are interested in the cause donating to the MS Society is a great way to start. Or buy one of these beautiful pieces, as a percentage of each sales go directly to the charity. Alongside sales, Kirsty is working hard raise awareness all year round through her art, and I'm so proud of her!

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Thanks so much to Charcot for letting us share an early peek of the beautiful new designs. Keep your eyes peeled for the new website being unveiled soon- catch Charcot on FacebookTwitter and Instagram in the meantime.

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  1. Those are stunning & just an amazing idea. Fantastic cause.

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