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  • A minute with Abbie Lou Fowler at a cosy London pub!

    We caught up with Abbie Lou Fowler when we were in London at the beginning of the year. Stopping off at a cosy English pub, we photographed this babe in our Ophir Flares and High Neck tops.
    Scroll on down for our interview with Abbie all about her music loves and vintage furniture projects!

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    What is your favourite music genre?
    It’s a big toss between Glam Rock and Rock n Roll in general!

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Where does your style inspiration come from?

    It tends to come from anything vintage! Reverting back to my music taste it’s heavily inspired by 70’s/ 80’s music videos or vintage magazines. I really love the Vogue shoots from the 60’s for makeup and the Patrick Nagel prints from the 80's. 

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    What is your routine as an artist/creator?

    My routine would be: wake up at 7am for 3 to 4 days in the workshop. At the moment I’m still an apprentice in furniture restoration, leather work & upholstery so each day is wildly different!
    But I’m lucky enough to work for my Dad who has a long list of clients which are some of my idols growing up… aka Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Roger Daltrey... Which is super bizarre for me!!!
    I tend to finish around 5-6pm and get on with my personal profile, styling and making little leather bits for my upcoming project!

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    What would you wear if you were on stage? Would it be different from your daily outfit?

    My stage outfit would have to be giant platform shoes, in silver or gold. I’d really love some Elton John style boot platforms. That’s the dream!
    I’d pair it with either a skin tight silver catsuit with lace up front (Freddie Mercury style) with flared bottoms and studs. Or an epic big collar flared studded suit…. Always with platforms and HUGE shaggy hair.
    Makeup would be blue eyeshadow, a brownish pink lip and lots of almost neon pink blusher going up too my eyes.

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    If you could describe your first impression of our flares in one word, what would it be?

    My first impression of your flares in one word would have too be ‘Groovy’! The colours and patterns are non other than that. Stunning!

    Abbie Lou Fowler London Bell Bottoms England Flare Pants

    Check out our Abbie Lou inspired Playlist on Spotify below, or click here!

    Find Abbie on Instagram here: @abbieloufowler
    Hair and Makeup by Abbie Lou Fowler
    Styling by Lucy Sotelo
    Photographed by Nik Shimmin in February 2020, London, UK.

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  • Step back in time with artist Nolan Pelletier

    Early this year, Nolan’s beautiful artwork caught our eye as the backdrop to an Anna Sui runway show. We fell in love, reposting the wonderful colours and motifs on our Instagram story for days... We couldn’t get it out of our head, and so we trawled through Nolan’s Instagram page, falling in love with his delicately hand drawn pieces and ability to draw on 1960’s inspirations, whilst creating a whole new world from them!

    We couldn’t wait to have our own Flare Street exclusive by him! Chatting about the main 60’s influences, art styles and favourite vintage fabrics we love, it didn’t take long to start creating the magic!

    Below is our latest interview with Nolan, chatting all about his influences, inspirations, things he loves as well as some of our favourite images by him...

    What is your favourite music genre?

    C-86 and other jangly guitar pop. I love all the 80s UK bands from that era (Orange Juice, the Pastels, the Brilliant Corners) and also listen to a lot of New Zealand and Australian pop from the 80s and 90s (Flying Nun Records, the Cannanes, the Church). Australia has done a great job of carrying that flame, and a lot of my favorite modern bands are Australian: Tam Vantage, The Stevens, Chook Race and a long list of others. 

    Tuscan Dreams

    Where did you get the inspiration for this print from?

    I collect a lot of inspiration images from auction listings, antique catalogues, and antique textiles. This print for Flare Street is based on a 19th century stained glass window. I love taking old elements and giving them new life. 

    What is your routine as an artist?

     I like digging around my library of books, and online inspiration from various auction sites and archive.org. I usually start with an older piece of art for inspiration, and start drawing, all the while refining, adding designs, patterns, and other elements until the original source material is unrecognisable. Once the basic layout is complete, I go in and add detail, then more detail, and then even more detail until the whole picture is vibrating with pattern and colour. 

     Nolan Pelletier

    What is your favourite style - personal as well as artistic?

    I love what I call "Psychedelic Victorian"—art and design from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that takes inspiration from Victorian designs but modernises it with electric colours and a clean design. My wife and I live in a Victorian row house covered in shag carpets, plants, spaghetti lamps, and antique books. My personal style is a lot of patterns, golds, mustards, and oranges—corduroy jackets, and vintage western wear. 

    Flare Street Nolan Pelliter

    Flare Street Nolan Pelliter

    If you could describe your first impression of our flares in one word, what would it be?

    Luxe! 

    Spring is here

    Colour Test 

    Notre Dame Magazine

    You can find more of Nolan's work on his website here and Instagram here

    And if you haven't already checked them out, the designs on our Chiara Flares by Nolan can be found here in our latest Tuscan Dreams release.

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  • Our latest collection of Exclusively Designed Flares!

    A Tuscan reverie of simple pleasures; panoramic countryside dusted with sunflowers & villa’s, kissed by the warming sun.

    Flare Street’s exclusive prints are bold, hand drawn illustrations, reminiscent of Art Deco in the 1960’s. The flares are exclusively designed pieces of artwork for Flare Street, made in Melbourne, created from quality Velvet that is sustainably printed in Australia.

    Jet set to the Tuscan countryside and indulge in La Dolce Vita, with ‘Tuscan Dreams’ by Flare Street.

    Shop the new flares here!! 

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