Sunday, 21 May 2017

Outfit Post: Sunday Blues

Despite being born in January, I’m definitely a summer child. Watching white fluffy clouds float by while feeling a soft summer breeze on my skin is my idea of bliss. Living in London, I yearn for those precious weeks of sunshine and blue skies. My travel plans revolve around this – winters are spent flying long-haul to chase the sun while summers are spent in London, the best city in the world when the sun shines.

When it comes to fashion, the seasons inspire me in different ways. The autumn/winter season lends itself to creative dressing – complex combinations of textures and layers, invariably covered up with a thick coat but I love the idea of an often simple, functional outer layer being peeled away to reveal a creative form of self expression. The spring/summer season by contrast is easy breezy – just throw on a pretty summer dress with heels and you’re good to go.

I’d love to be one of those carefree girls who can just throw on a pair of perfectly battered denim cut offs with a tshirt and skip out of the house but alas, that life is not for me. You see, denim shorts just don’t like me. Every year, I spend hours traipsing up and down the highstreet trying on every pair of denim shorts within sight to find the perfect pair but they just don’t exist. Apparently the highstreet doesn’t cater to women whose waist and hips are two different sizes. Or as Sir Mix-a-Lot put it “an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face”.

This is why I’m overjoyed at the return of the denim skirt. A staple of my university wardrobe, I haven’t so much as thought about a denim skirt for about a decade. While Topshop can’t grasp the concept of denim shorts that actually cover your buttcheeks, their denim skirts are on point. I picked up this beautifully distressed version a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to style it up for a blog shoot. I went for an all-blue-everything look, an ode to summer’s blue skies and turquoise waters, if you will.

Denim shirt – H&M

Skirt – Topshop
Bag – Miu Miu 

Photography by Adorn Girl

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Outfit Post: Shirted and Shorted in Cannes

Booking a trip to the South of France for Easter was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long, long time. My break to Hamburg this month was great but fleeting; hopping to another city for one night is much more stressful than it is stress relieving. The prospect of four long days to soak up the sun, eat croissants and drink good wine with friends is absolute bliss.

I absolutely love the South of France, it’s so easy to flit between Nice, Monte Carlo, Antibes, Cannes and lots of pretty little towns between them. Pretty houses and the famous azure waters make the perfect backdrop for a chic-but-chilled long weekend. Unlike most blogger, my holiday wardrobe tends to be quite relaxed, except when there’s an occasion to pull a “look” together. For me, holidays are to be enjoyed rather than a working holiday spent finding a pretty backdrop to take outfit shots and Instagramming every moment.

Having said that, when you find yourself spending the day in Cannes, working on your tan and wandering through the excellent vintage market, it’s best to pull together a look rather than just throw on a crumpled tee and some shorts. Everyone in Cannes in impossibly chic.

I decided to smarten up my standard holiday uniform of denim cut offs and Stan Smiths with a striped shirt. Simple but effective. I still wanted to keep it a little casj so went for a half-tuck. There’s nothing more complicated to my look so keeping my post short and sweet, like my outfit.

Shirt – Zara
Shorts – Bershka
Bag - Chloe
Belt – Vintage
Sneakers – Adidas


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Thoughts on Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga

Since Demna Gvasalia took the helm of storied Spanish brand Balenciaga, the style set has been in a bit of a tizz. Also Creative Director of provocative Parisian brand Vetements, Gvasalia is responsible for those DHL tshirts and those £1,000 vintage jeans. At Balenciaga, he has created some equally divisive pieces which stray very, very far from Balenciaga’s beginnings in San Sebastian, Spain.

Cristobal Balenciaga started his couture house in 1918 and he became known for his dramatic, sculptural silhouettes. Respected among his contemporaries, he was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. His signatures included bubble skirts and ultra-modern, directional yet feminine pieces. During WWII, he was noted for his “square coat”, with sleeves cut in a single piece with the yoke as well as using black lace over hot pink fabric. He went onto design the spherical balloon jacket, the cocoon coat and the balloon skirt among many other design innovations.

The likes of Oscar de la Renta, Emanuel Ungaro and Hubert de Givenchy learned their craft while working for Balenciaga before going on to open their own houses, but sadly the house lay dormant for nearly 30 years before being resurrected in a very different world. Nicolas Ghesquiere took the helm in 1997, producing ready-to-wear in the minimalism-obsessed 90s, a stark contrast to Balenciaga’s couture beginnings. During his 15-year tenure, Ghesquiere breathed new life into Balenciaga, making it one of the most sought after Parisian brands.

I was obsessed with Balenciaga, as was the rest of the fashion industry. Ghesquiere’s science fiction-inspired collections influenced every strata of the industry from his contemporaries through to fast-fashion retailers, keen to offer their own iteration of his robot leggings, ikat prints and sci-fi inspired silhouettes. Everyone from Kylie to Anna Wintour wore Balenciaga. It came as a shock when Balenciaga announced they were parting ways with Nicolas Ghesquiere, who was being succeeded by Alexander Wang. Just a couple of years later, Demna Gvasalia was announced as Creative Director.

Gvasalia’s appointment at the storied house in 2015 was met with mixed reactions. On the surface, his irreverent take on fashion is at odds with Balenciaga’s couture heritage. But both designers are unconventional mavericks who are making waves. Gvasalia is disrupting the fashion system by showing two in-season collections off-schedule, resulting in a leaner, more concise collection shown in a timely manner cutting down on the need for pre-collections and to minimise overproduction. In 1957, Balenciaga resigned from the Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture and refused to show his collection to press for nearly a month after it was unveiled to manufacturers, clients and buyers. Not to mention casting “unconvential” models – the models in Balenciaga’s day were referred to as “monsters” while Gvaslia casts friends over models. A widely publicised and notable absence to Gvasalia's model line up is any model of colour. His shows are completely whitewashed, which in this day and age is unbelievable.

I get Gvaslia’s appointment at Balenciaga but I also can’t help but feel like he’s having a massive LOL as he trolls us with tongue-in-cheek pieces which would be right at home on a Vetements runway but don’t quite sit well with the Balenciaga brand. His first collection saw the birth of the Bazar bag, aka the $2 Thai market bag, which has a hefty £975+ price tag. It seems like it’s selling though, with buyers at both Net-a-Porter and Matches surprised at how quickly certain sizes have sold out.

For his second trick, Gvasalia created a luxury Ikea tote and this season sees his interpretation of the blanket bag – traditionally a hideous cheap floral blanket carried in a clear plastic bag, a familiar sight for most people of colour. Gsavalia’s version has the familiar floral pattern and shape, but it comes in leather with a £2,325 price tag. LOL.

Despite the irreverent pieces making the headlines, they are certainly selling and the RTW collections themselves are extremely covetable. Gvasalia takes elements of Balenciaga sculptural signatures and translates them into extreme shouldered blazers reinforced with whalebone rods or bold spandex pointy-toe-to-hip boots, already seen on the likes of Rihanna and Kylie Jenner.

In an age where Gucci is harnessing memes for their campaigns, Gvasalia’s appointment at Balenciaga seems very right. The role of the Creative Director is evolving; they no longer sit in an ivory tower sketching dresses, they’re on the street and fully immersed with what is current. And no one is more current or adept at creating buzz and demand than Gvasalia, much like Cristobal Balenciaga. Personally, I can see the appeal and forgive the tongue-in-cheek, heading grabbing accessories but I cannot forgive the ignorant show casting. 


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Outfit Post: Spring Fling

After spending last week in sunny Hamburg and even sunnier Porto, I am well and truly in the mood for spring. Proper spring, not just swapping a heavy coat for a lighter one. I want to shrug off the knits, push the opaque tights to the back of my wardrobe and just lighten up a little. Spring always feels like a such a happy, positive season when nature and life in general is in bloom. And there’s nothing more perfect for capturing the mood of the season than Millennial Pink.

Millennial Pink has been a phenomenon in the making for quite some time. I remember seeing Paul Smith’s LA boutique years ago, painted a very pretty if unapologetic shade of pink. And of course Acne’s pink bags have become a signature. Since then, everyone from Emily Weiss of Glossier and ubiquitous London restaurant Sketch to Drake have been harnessing the power of pink. No one has been a bigger supporter of the shade, which sits somewhere between baby pink and blush, than Rihanna. Whether it’s a strapless, oversized Giambattista Valli gown or a head-to-toe trouser suit rom Pascal Millet, Rihanna owns this shade, so much so there are calls to rename it Rihanna Pink.

The way Rihanna wears pink completely captures its new mood. Previously confined by gender stereotypes – pink is for girls – Millennial Pink breaks free of those shackles. Pink is for everyone and pink has attitude. Whether it’s a huge oversize pink puffer shrugged over a statement tshirt or a head-to-toe pink Dior look accessories with tattoos and attitude, pink is packing a punch.

I first spied this ASOS skirt on Instagram, which seems to be the only place I get my inspiration these days! It immediately made me think of Rihanna – can we please rename the shade Rihanna Pink already?! Much like Riri, I wanted to toughen up the overall look and avoid looking saccharine sweet.

This cropped tee from one of my favourite lingerie brands was the perfect antidote to balance the pretty pink skirt. I wrote about Reckless Wolf back in 2014, after meeting Creative Director Jade Little. The brand’s vibe is very fierce and unapologetic, you get an inkling for this attitude with the extreme crop and bold typography of this tshirt. I accessorised it with these gorgeous silver block heeled courts from River Island and my Chloe Elsie bag, which I’ve recently fallen back in love with. The pretty pink shades are offset with flashes of metallic, midriff and one of my tattoos. What do you think of my take on Millennial Pink?

Tshirt – Reckless Wolf
Skirt – ASOS
Heels – River Island
Bag – Chloe

Friday, 14 April 2017

Bonjour, Cap d'Antibes!

Although Italy tends to be my go-to destination for a weekend of sun and relaxation, I can’t resist the allure of the Cote d’Azur. The name says it all, from azure skies to azure water, everything is a beautiful shade of blue. After a long, grey winter in London I just had to book a little Easter weekend in the South of France with some of my best pals. I’m flying off to Nice today and I’ll be hopping over to Antibes, Juan Les Pins and Cannes so make sure you’re following me on Insta!
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