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Angy's Blog October 2010

The trials and tribulations of a fashion designer in the Lake District!

ARCHIVE: my previous entries:

SEPTEMBER 2010 London Fashion Week - Fashion for a Cause - Fashion Mavericks - Talenthouse - Ladies Fanwear - Zoe Gadd
AUGUST 2010 House of Fraser - BUTiQ: ready-to-wear with a difference - Ladies, Gents, Fashion Designers ..., Worst Nightmare
JUNE - JULY 2010
Fashion Mavericks - Pyromania - Catwalk Curves - Victorian Wedding Dress - Quest for an Orchid
MAY - JUNE 2010 London Calling - Little Black Dress - Dress Sizes - Holiday Hangover - Pam Carter - Skye - Mackintosh
APRIL 2010 Spring is here - Howay the Lads! - Kirkby Stephen - April Fools - BUTiQ - Leeds Catwalk pics
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 Stadium of Light - Leeds United Wedding Show - Spring - London Fashion Week Catwalk Show
JANUARY 2010 Life is a Roller Coaster / Alexander McQueen - Tyne Tees TV Interview - LFW - New Year 2010
DECEMBER 2009 White Christmas - Liverpool Debacle - Stolen Dreams Facts - Haverthwaite - Miss Sundlerland - Show Pics & Clips
Lavish & Luxe - The Big Flood - Stolen Dreams - Censored Dreams

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4 NOVEMBER 2010:
AM Models Charity Fashion Event - As You Like It, Jesmond (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) - 07:30 pm until late
In support of the TOMA FUND for Teenage Cancer (see Blog below for more information about the cause)
  • Catwalk Shows by Angy Morton (Pyromania & Stolen Dreams), Ann Summers & EDO Menswear
  • Live Music from Karoshi and Razmataz
  • Selection of Christmas Goodies
  • Charity Auctions (details to follow)
  • VIP upgrades available

for full size version of the Toma Fund Raiser flyer (PDF - 260MB)

PRESS RELEASE - 29 October, 2010

Fashion Designer Angy Morton will be setting fire to a couture dress on Monday, ahead of the public launch of her Pyromania collection to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Newcastle’s RVI. - See PRESS PAGE for full details

'Pyromania' at Fashion Mavericks, 18 September, 2010
All photographs copyright Rob Sheppard
Hair by Michael Haase, Unite Europtherapy
Make-up by Juliet Osodi, Beauty Base London

PYROMANIA from Angy PYROMANIA py-ro-ma-nia: - an irresistable impulse to set fire to things for personal gratification
PYROMANIA py-ro-ma-nia: - the exciting, new collection from Angy Morton

PYROMANIA is my new concept collection, a mix of limited edition 'hand made' lines, which can be made to measure on order, and designs which will subsequently be manufactured in the United Kingdom as limited edition 'prêt-à-porter' lines. The 'hand-made' range will be available from my new online BUTiQ from October 2010, and exclusive runs of 'prêt-à-porter' designs from select boutiques or online, later in 2010.

See BUTiQ for further details and regular updates

19 October, 2010: ATOMIC

It is a coincidence that Bonfire Night follows the Newcastle show, as I will be exhibiting my complete 'Pyromania' collection for the first time to the public. Some burn Guy Fawkes on their bonfire, others effigies of comtemporary politicians or hate figures!

Me? I'm planning to set fire to a couture dress, extinguish it, then use the charred remains on the catwalk as part of Pyromania! Yes, I know it seems a terrible waste but, to be honest, for one reason or another I cannot exhibit the dress in question, so drastic measures are my only option. Not sure of time or date so watch this space ... !!!

A quick stop press on the forthcoming show - Leah already has two NUFC players and more from Newcastle Falcons signed up for the menswear catwalk ... so if you fancy seeing hunky rugby players strutting their stuff, put it in the diary!

14 October, 2010: Event update - As You Like It

The venue for the Toma Fund Charity Event on 4 November is the excellent 'As You Like It' situated in Jesmond, Newcastle, just a few minutes walk from either Haymarket or Jesmond Metro stations, and near the Northumbria University campus. It is described as Jesmond's most beautiful restaurant, spread over three floors with four bars and the extensive Frangipani function room where the main event will be held.
Check out their website here for further details:
As You Like It

Please email
press@angymorton.com if you would like to reserve tickets in advance. £ 5 per person or £ 10 VIP entrance.

10 October, 2010: An Autumn Walk on the Wild Side

After 6 months of nothing else than work and more work we finally decided to take our rotten bodies out for a bit of fresh air. The first few steps I thought I was made of wood...unfit and overweight. It's so not me - I was a professional swimmer for crying out loud. My coach would have sent me in the pool for 400m of butterfly as punishment if he had seem me like that. I hated butterfly. Bad very bad...and if any excuse is to be accepted then I’m blaming the self employment, the stress, caffeine, lack of finances, being overworked and on top of that, London Fashion Week. Anyway enough with excuses and back to walking...

Ennerdale, in West Cumbria, was our destination this time. Beautiful, and wild. They call it 'Wild Ennerdale' because they have been managing to unmanage the valley for the last thirty years or more. Mike remembers when it was just endless neta rows of identical conifers ... now it couldn't be more different as over the years they have been turning it back into one of the few truly wild places in England, a real paradise for nature. See: www.wildennerdale.co.uk

Mike suggested we take an easy 7 mile walk - around the lake. 7 miiiles?? Easy walk? You must be joking me - well. considering I am out of condition. So just to show my geography level, I asked suspiciously, ‘any bogs?’. Naaa, it’s a proper path, was the short reply. Are you sure? No, he said firmly and concisely. Hmm. But , for once (must make a note - he's definitely losing his touch), he was right - there were no bogs to trail me through up to my neck screaming and shouting. Thank goodness. I couldn’t have coped with a 7 mile walk and bogs - not with my rusty limbs, and all those cobwebs hanging around me. But I survived to tell the tale. as you can see.

The weather was astonishing - glorious warm sunshine. The sky was blue and the views mesmerising. It was a perfect day. I think I like autumn much more then the spring. Well having said that, they are both fascinating in their own way. I know that autumn is rather like nature shutting down and preparing to go to sleep, but the process is fascinating, with such vivid colours everywhere: yellows, oranges, reds, purples and pinks and, if you think about it, they are pretty much the same colours as the veggies and the fruits collected in the autumn. It reminds me of Harvest Festival when all the fruits of the earth are brought together and celebrated ... well they were when I was a child.

We also decided to collect edible things - you know what I mean ... berries, fruits, mushrooms, nuts....but it looked like we were too late. Other creatures, big and small, had been there first. We came home with a handful of damsons, no mushrooms, no hazelnuts and no berries. I suppose we had our share of blackberries a few weeks ago, collecting them from the hedgerows along our lanes, and freezing them to make a winter's pudding. Oh! I almost forgot Mike found a few bilberries which were delicious with ice cream. Yum yum.

I was determined to find nuts but I was out of luck. All the trees were empty, stripped bare. Nuthatches and bushy tails, hopefully red ones, had been there before us ... well they do have priority, I suppose. With a winter ahead you need all you can get when you are no bigger then a few inches, and cannot rely on the greengrocer orr the supermarket!

I really had a wonderful time, and felt refreshed even though I was tired when we reached the end. The cobwebs had been blown away and I had built up plenty of appetite - how convenient that my favourite fish and chip shop, Crosby's is not too far from Ennerdale! So, yes I have another very strong reason not to move to a big city. ))

What does autumn mean to you?

Photos: left to right, top to bottom: Angler's Crag, Ennerdale Water; View along the lake to the west; Hawthorn berries against Pillar - it seems like just yesterday when the May blossom was coming out; top of the lake with the Liza Valley stretching beyond Gillerthwaite to Black Sail

7 October, 2010: Sweet Charity: Toma Fund - the story of an inspirational, young teenager

Just over three months ago, between two glasses of white wine, my good friend Leah from AM Models asked if I would like to help by exhibiting my collections for a charity event she was planning for November in Newcastle. I said yes without hesitation. I have to admit I will do pretty much anything for Leah - well, within reason of course! If you read this don’t get any ideas Leah. )) We worked together very well in the past and I admire her openness, frankness, loyalty and no s*** attitude. Well what do you expect from a Geordie lass?

The Toma Fund, the charity we’re raising funds for, is a local Newcastle-based foundation which raises funds for the Teenage Cancer Unit (set up by the Teenage Cancer Trust) at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). The story behind it is one of overcoming your personal problems to comfort others, not an easy task, especially at that age. You can only admire, respect and help as much as you can these charities whatever your position, title or wealth. Cancer never asks who you are, what you are and why, it just hits and to see it at such a young age is twice more painful.

It is therefore not surprising, when we asked for asssistance on behalf of the charity from a well- known organisation in Newcastle, that we were so shocked by the wall of silence we received. Neither yes, nor no. Even though the money and connections to help were there, there was no sign of good will. But then again there was no direct financial gain for them so why should they care? And all we were asking for was an endorsement to use something we would happily donate ourselves ... c'est la vie ... perhaps not!

Just contrast that with my niece who has raised a lot of money for local charities since the age of 12. No wealth. No connections. Only doing what she likes most, making jewellery .... it really makes you wonder. She is no celebrity ... just an ordinary school girl who has devoted hours and hours of her precious time for a good cause. There is no financial reward. No recognition. Just unselfish devotion and kindness. Well done Sophie. See: Sophie's gem of an idea to raise funds

I have nothing but admiration for people like this, especially when all you hear is 'me, me, me' whenever you switch on the box or open a newspaper nowadays. Or receive a wall of silence when you pick up the phone to ask help from people who can make a difference. I am busy too, but that hasn't stopped me from doing my bit . When you have an artistic streak or a talent, you can always help by sharing it for the benefit of others. You don't need to have pots of money. I have been involved in shows to raise funds for the Wigton Youth Station, Cumbria Flood Relief and now the Toma Fund. Of course it can work both ways. I might sell a dress or make a useful contact or two, or receive some positive publicity, but that should be seen as a bonus. It is also hard work and demands a lot of unpaid time. In addition to providing my collections, I have offered my services to be auctioned at the November event to create a one-off jacket for the highest bidder. It could easily take me five long days, perhaps more but, it is something I can do, and if by doing this we can raise significant funds it will be worthwhile. In the same vein, allowing a couple of teenagers suffering from leukaemia to wear my outfits on the catwalk will be more rewarding than you can ever realise - to make their day. To make them smile and forget about their worries. It is the same for Leah who is putting in so much work behind the scenes, rallying people to help her to organise the event. This is real job satisfaction ... knowing we can make a difference, however small it might be. If I ever reach a stage where I believe I am too big or too important to give up my time to help others, then I wouldn't be enjoying my work, and should give up immediately!

This leads me to the Toma Fund and a brave, and inspirational, young teenager who sacrificed everything to help others. Jordan David Thompson (Toma to his mates) was diagnosed with acute myloid leukaemia on Valentines Day 2006 at the age of 13. He was a talented young boy who had played football for the Newcastle United Academy from the age of 10, as well as county level cricket, so you can imagine the shock. He endured chemotherapy, went into remission, then during his recovery realised he had two choices - to turn his back on everything that had happened and carry on with his life as if nothing had happened, or to help others that were in the same boat that he was in. He chose the latter and began visiting the cancer ward at the the RVI in Newcastle on a regular basis to encourage other teenage cancer sufferers to remain positive. He became involved in many fundraising activities and, as he regained his strength, he began to attend the Academy again. However, in April 2007 he relapsed as the cancer returned. Despite chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant his condition deteriorated and sadly he died in September 2007.

The Toma Fund was set up by Jordan's parents to carry on what he had started, in order to raise awareness and funds for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Newcastle's RVI. Six teenagers are diagnosed each day with cancer, but without the benefit of a Teenage Cancer Unit they do not receive the moral and emotional support from sufferers of their own age, that they require. The Teenage Cancer Unit at the RVI is an invaluable facility which will benefit more and more teenage cancer sufferers through proceeds from the Toma Fund.

If you would like to help please show your support by coming along to the event in Jesmond on 4 November, or alternatively learn about the fund and how you can help from the website here:

4 October, 2010: Rails to the Isles

After the stress, and all the bustle and fuss of LFW, preparations for the forthcoming show in Newcastle, not to mention putting together my online shop, BUTiQ, my lovely parents-in- law decided to take us for a long weekend in Scotland. Yipppieee! I absolutely adore Scotland...and this journey reminded me again why.

The day before our departure I was still battling with a dress until Mike said enough is enough. It is very difficult to relax when you are always busy - I tend to find myself becoming easily bored if I suddenly have nothing to do. Switching from more than three months hyperactivity to the opposite extreme where I have to calm down and take life easy is difficult ...it's suddenly so boooring. I really find it hard and it takes me at least two or three days to come back down to planet Earth...but then again, it’s even worse the other way round.

Having packed a few odds and ends for the journey, we left on Friday morning and took the train to Fort William. If you do not know where it is ...well have a look on the map )) ... I met a girl at LFW who didn't know where the Lake District was, and wasn't too sure about Scotland either! Anyway, it took us nine very looong hours. I haven’t been on such a long journey for more then ten years. See what I mean by calming down? Just a week before, we were rushing to London, stressing with dresses, fittings and models and now I had to sit in the train for nine hours with nothing to do other then take photos from the window, relax or admire the passing scenery. Mum bless her said once or twice to stop fidgeting and relax )) Yes of course I had a dress with me to finish - you didn’t think I was really going all that way with nothing to do did you? )

Saturday was the highlight of our trip, blessed with a beautiful day - well, beautiful for Scotland with rain and cloud and then sunshine and spectacular skies. Armed with cameras and coffee we took the steam train ('The Jacobite') from Fort William to Mallaig. STUNNING. Absolutely stunning. Worth every second. The West Highland journey has been described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world and voted Top Railway Journey in the World 2009 and 2010 by Wanderlust Magazine. If you think I’m telling porkies have a look on their website. We left Ben Nevis behind us, then stormed over Glenfinnan Viaduct before climbing through the most beautiful, remote landscape you could imagine. The sun came out as we descended towards the coast with wonderful views over the pure white sands of Morar to the islands of Eigg and Rhum , and to the familiar jagged outline of the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye.

We had two hours to explore the fishing village of Mallaig before our train whistled our return to Fort William. It was all over so quickly, but not before I witnessed a traditional address to the haggis ... I barely understood a word ... click here if you think you can do any better - Robert Burns: Address to a Haggis

The following day it was back home on our chartered train, crossing the bleak and desolate Rannoch Moor with its endless bogs and herds of deer, then on past Loch Lomond and Loch Long and south through the Borders. Our train was pulled all the way back to Cumbria by a diesel called 'Pride of Cumbria' - how appropriate! And I even won a raffle ... first time ever! A voucher towards another rail trip or holiday. I gave it to Mike's parents as a thank you. It is their golden wedding anniversary coming up ...and the train journey was part of their celebrations. I felt terrible not being able to contribute in any way for this journey - it's not easy having a business in the house that eats you and your pockets out, but hopefully things are looking up, and we will be able to do something for them in the near future.

PHOTOS: Above (right): Glenfinnan Viaduct - I was hanging out of the window. clicking away just in case! What a pity some people can only relate to it because of Harry Potter, rather than for its own merits!

Left (left to right; top to bottom): contemporary mural on a warehouse in Mallaig; Full steam through the West Highlands; Typical Scottish weather- sunshine through the rain; Fishng boats at Mallaig

For further information about rail holidays such as the West Highland Line, or even steam day trips like the Settle and Carlisle railway, check out Statesman Rail -

ANGY LFW 2010 LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
You Tube Clip - 5

'Florence No.2 and 'Pahoehoe' (Pyromania Collection)'
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - Pyromania
LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
You Tube Clip - 1

'Meltwater' and 'Harvest Moon'
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - Pyromania Fuji LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
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'Fuji' (Pyromania Collection)
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 Pyromania
LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
You Tube Clip - 2

'Scirocco' and 'Aurora Borealis'
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - Pyromania Firestorm LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
You Tube Clip - 6

'Firestorm' (Pyromania Collection)'
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - Pyromania Ijen
LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
You Tube Clip - 5

'Ijen' (Pyromania Collection)
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW2010 - Pyromania Pacaya LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
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'Pacaya' (Pyromania Collection)
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - Pyromania Flashover
LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
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'Flashover' (Pyromania Collection)
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - West Ham United sample jacket LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
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Sample Jacket created for West Ham United FC
by Angy Morton

ANGY LFW 2010 - Pyromania Krakatau
LFW Fashion Mavericks
18 September, 2010
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'Krakatau' (Pyromania Collection)
by Angy Morton


21 September, 2010:
Westmorland Gazette 'Fashion designer to unveil new collection'
20 September, 2010: Blow 'LFW Day 2 - Romantique Couture'
20 September, 2010: Fashion Mavericks 'Day Two in Pictures'
16 September, 2010: West Ham United Official Website 'Claret and blue couture'
16 September, 2010: BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE - Listen in from 10:00 until 11:00!
15 September, 2010: North-West Evening Mail 'Catwalk Fashion from the Terraces'
12 September, 2010: Sunday Sun 'Toon Dress Designer set to swap teams'
2 September, 2010: Fashion Mavericks 'Angela Morton-Plucked from the Lake'


Avant-garde designer Angy Morton will be unveiling a unique collection of designer, football fan wear, including some samples created for West Ham United,at Fashion Mavericks during London Fashion Week, this Saturday, 18 September, 2010.

See my
PRESS page for further information

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Bespoke Fashion -
with a Difference
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My previous Posts:

SEPTEMBER 2010 London Fashion Week - Fashion for a Cause - Fashion Mavericks - Talenthouse - Ladies Fanwear - Zoe Gadd
AUGUST 2010 House of Fraser - BUTiQ: ready-to-wear with a difference - Ladies, Gents, Fashion Designers ..., Worst Nightmare
JUNE - JULY 2010 Fashion Mavericks - Pyromania - Catwalk Curves - Victorian Wedding Dress - Quest for an Orchid
MAY - JUNE 2010 London Calling - Little Black Dress - Dress Sizes - Holiday Hangover - Pam Carter - Over the Sea to Skye - Mackintosh
APRIL 2010 Spring is here - Howay the Lads! - Kirkby Stephen - April Fools - BUTiQ - Leeds Catwalk pics
FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010 Stadium of Light - Leeds United Wedding Show - Spring - LLFW Catwalk Show
JANUARY 2010 Life is a Roller Coaster / Alexander McQueen - Tyne Tees TV Interview - LFW - New Year 2010
DECEMBER 2009 White Christmas - Liverpool Debacle - Stolen Dreams Facts - Haverthwaite - Miss Sundlerland
NOVEMBER 2009 Lavish & Luxe - The Big Flood - Stolen Dreams - Censored Dreams
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2009 Stolen Dreams - Gambling Man - Laughing Stock - Justice - Broken Promises
AUGUST 2009 Lavish & Luxe - Weddings - Chaos - Photo Shoot at St. James' Park - Harvest Time
JUNE - JULY 2009 Sir Bobby Robson RIP - Mannekins - Liverpool - Georgian Splendour - Price of Fame - Detox
MAY - JUNE 2009 (Toon in Tatters - Fashion Communism - Ele Horsleys - Kittiwakes - Stolen Dreams - Bluebells
MARCH - APRIL 2009 Made in England - Stolen Dreams - Easter Sunshine - Victoriana - Alan Shearer - Funland
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2009 (Favourite View - Punk Revival - Fast Fashion v. Recycled Fashion
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2009 (In Search of Winter - A Favourite Place - Catwalk Videos - Winter Chill
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 (ROCS - Florence No2. - Winter-Mere
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2008 (Cumbria Life - Glitz & Glamour Haggerston Craft Show
OCTOBER 2008 (Woman Event - Catwalk Photos - Radio Cumbria - Brochure Download
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2008 (Newcastle United Wedding Dress - Wedding Shows
AUGUST - SEPT. 2008 (Fashion Designers - Spectrum Collection - Sara Gadd
JUNE - JULY 2008 (Haute Couture - Vivienne Westwood - Dorset Buttons - Magna Carta
FEBRUARY - MAY 2008 (Lake District Inspirations - Long Blondes - Wedding Show

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Angy's Blog is written by Angela Morton, Fashion Designer & Dressmaker
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