Whatkarenfound is a documentary blog for one year only of my fashion and lifestyle items I find and buy. I am not a conventional shopper. I find high street and shopping centers/ complexes uninspiring and patronizing! I shop alternatively, Charity Shops, Boot Sales, Markets, Auctions, Antique Centre's, Retro Shops and the good old Jumble sales. This is an experiment to see if what I find inspires my work as a designer and stylist. All content on this blog is created by Karen Savage. Enjoy !

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Karen Savage is a Feminist in the Fashion Industry. A thinker with a heart, who would like to share her Savage world. For over two decades, Karen Savage’s keen sense of ‘now’ and exuberant sense of humour have lead her on a gloriously winding path, questioning everything ‘fashion’ has to offer. From Designer to Stylist, Trend Forecaster to Creative Director, Blogger and Artist - Karen Savage has been there, done that and turned ‘fashion’ on its head and into something new. Karen is outspoken and charming, a self-proclaimed ‘Council Estate Princess’ via Birkenhead. The Independent crowned her the ‘Queen of Tongue n Chic’. Karen first sprung to public consciousness in the early 90s with her own critically-acclaimed fashion label SAVAGE and her controversial slogan-tees. She explores themes of feminism and sustainability in her work. The UK press just couldn't get enough of this ironic designer and everyone from Just 17, The Times to Radio 4s Women’s Hour has interviewed Karen Savage. Karen Savage is a Senior Lecturer at The London College of Fashion, St. Martin's College of Art and The Hong Kong Design Institute. She also freelances as a Creative Director in Print and Licensing.

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Monday, 8 November 2010

Super Grannies

October was full on for me, hence no posts, with the teaching year starting at London College of Fashion where I teach Styling. Also my infamous “Red Dress Project” that I have been teaching for about 14 ish years at St martin’s, same brief with different students and outcomes every year, LOVE IT !. I have so many fuys to post its untrue so here I go. I am slightly (so in denial) obsessed by older women and their formidable style and attitude. Growing up two of my many style inspirations were my grandmother and Super Gran a children’s TV character from the 80s, gutsy older lady. She’s a crazy mix of granny and superwoman in tartan, gentle but tough, like it!

This post includes bits and pieces I have kept since starting this blog to inspire me and put a concept look together leading onwards and upwards into new work. Earlier this year I had to style and pack my grandmothers wardrobe as she needed to move into a home and there is no doubt about it as well as her being am enormous influence on my entire fashion existence, this experience has also influenced what I have been finding and buying.

One last word Granny Chic is big this A/W season, for me it’s been a part of my look since being a teenager but the older I get the more realistic it looks, be warned Tavi arrghhh so I think “funk my granny up” with fluorescent knits !

Mohair Hat - charity shop in Wittering £1

Vintage Buttons - Charity shop in Shepperton 50p

Dark Green flex knit cardigan - charity shop in Wittering £3
Fluorescent Pink scarf - charity shop in Wittering £1

Knitting patterns - charity shop in Wittering 25p each

Florescent Green and Navy Blue crochet scarf boot sale in surrey 50p

80s Black carved bracelet ¬- Staines Antique Fair 30p (part of 3 for a pound deal)

Fluorescent Pink tank top with knitted Black Rose – boot sale in surrey £1

Broach - Staines Antique Fair 30p (part of 3 for a pound deal)

Orange nylon ruffle front top with back button fastening charity shop in, Paignton, Devon £6.99

Tartan weekend bag – perfect for all the Supergran finds, Charity shop in Midhurst, Surrey £2.50

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