Friday, November 16, 2012


Hello THE BOBBIN fans,
I am pleased to announce I have moved to a NEW blog:

Thanks for following me during my travels & fashion adventures, 
stay tuned for many exciting things on the horizon!


Much love,

Julie X X

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Here's A sneaky look at the new collection 'RUN RIOT'

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The awe-inspiring Xixi Cao is wearing: 
Kimono sleeve leotard in Tangerine Tigre, featuring hand drawn 'Run Riot' print. 

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Stay tuned for the official launch in October, with a new website & online shop coming soon!

For all enquiries or just saying hello, drop me a line here:

Thursday, August 25, 2011


While its been a cold cold Winter outside, I've been a busy bee at work in the studio compiling my new S/S 11-12 collection. 

Its getting closer to its launch and I'm extremely excited!

This mood board shows the visual inspiration and creative design process for the new illustrated prints. The prints are inspired by urban tribalism and wild animal skin.

This print (below) was created during a textile design course at Central St. Martins last year. It reminds me of a tiger print! It was inspired by the London street wear that surrounded me each day, particularly walking though Brixton.

Continuing my love of black and white detailing and fun statement pieces, I've been  playing with bold colours and patterns to make your eyes:

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Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and updates!

Julie x

Monday, May 16, 2011


I'm so in love with Romance Was Born's new fashion collection, The Oracle. Laced heavily with bold colors, lavish embroidery and intricate decorative patterns, I am hypnotized! 

The fantastic duo Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett say their inspiration came from Jim Henson's 80's film, The Never Ending Story. While I can see many resemblance's, it kind of reminded me of Erté's 'Harem' illustration too. As far as the fabric prints go, I can't decide which one I like best!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Here's a simple idea but a very cool one. 
All you need is a love of colour, a bit of patience and a pair of slippers - no hallucinogens necessary!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011


Seeing the final product of a fashion collection is one thing, but what about the process behind the clothing?

I often carry around little notebooks spilling with doodles, thoughts and ripped out pieces of magazines. I collect them because they often come into play when I'm designing a collection. While these pieces are not necessarily refined nor finished, they represent ideas that are in the process of transformation. Free to be turned inside-out and back again until they're refined, the raw work can often shed light on inspiration at its peak.

I recently updated my portfolio to apply for a course in Fashion & Textiles at the The Glasgow School of Art. In the process I thought I'd share a few pictures to demonstrate the mood boards, doodles and random pieces that all go into the mix. 

For the next few weeks, I'll be posting a selection of images from my previous collections. 
First up: SYMBIOTIC.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Sharing ideas with like-minded and positive people is always exciting.

Work Shop , a studio-slash-shop space in Adelaide, is a place I am lucky to share with young talented designers in between my own studio.

Meet one of the members at Work Shop , Alice Rawlinson, who creates beautiful conceptual collections under her fashion label 'Divine Madness' . She describes her clothing as 'part dress-ups, part eccentric couture'. She is one talented lady and I'm pretty excited she just launched her not just a label site, featuring her latest collection 'Skin', Check it out!


Monday, January 31, 2011


I first spotted a frock by Hilary Laing in Glasgow, the home-base of her eponymous label. The frock was covered with a print that looked like she had drawn directly onto the fabric, like an excited kid who just received their first box of Crayolas.

Looking at her fashion collections, Hilary's scribble design is shown throughout as her signature brand. She deliberately rejects sophisticated artistic techniques with her wandering lines and combines colours that clash. While its playful and naive, her garments are far from childrens wear. They're made into clever, sultry cuts for women, not girls.

I like her because she reminds grown-ups to have fun. Its nice to know its possible to keep what's good about being a child while being an adult too!