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, 25 April 2014

Label Love: Reckless Wolf

A couple of years ago, I met a very talented lingerie designer at The Crazy Horse show. As you do. We both enjoyed the show and chatted about her work and incredible experience and it struck me that in a city of aspiring designers, this girl was the real deal. Her name is Jade Little, I made a note of it as I was sure I would see great things from her in the future. 

Jade graduated from a degree in Contour Fashion Design, one of her university pieces was a bespoke wooden corset which created a huge buzz in the fashion world and attracted the attention of one of the biggest popstars in the world who commissioned bespoke tour pieces. Jade went on to create innovative bodywear collections which could be worn as swimwear, lingerie or outerwear and earned accolades from the likes of Lycra and Wolf & Badger. Collaborating with countless designers and retailers including the Marios Schwab collection at ASOS, Jade set up her own label Reckless Wolf in 2013. 

Reckless Wolf is designed for "the modern independent girl (with a cheeky wild side)", with Jade being described as "the lingerie designer that will make you want to take your clothes off" by Hunger Magazine. Very, very accurate descriptions. Reckless Wolf carves it's own niche in a pretty overcrowded lingerie market. Fierce and provocative, the label is very much designed for independent, rebellious women who know their own mind and own their sexuality. Merging lingerie and outerwear, Reckless Wolf offers four collections - Caged, Howl, Hunted and Prey - with pieces you will not want to keep under wraps for long. 

The current look book photoshoot epitomises the essence of the collection, set in a butcher's shop the images are far from the typical soft-lit, delicate shoots one would expect from a lingerie shoot. The images are bold, suiting the Reckless Wolf collection down to the ground. Go on, join the Wolf Pack...I dare you. 

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