Sunday, 28 May 2017

Outfit post: Florals for spring, groundbreaking

Springtime, florals… cue ubiquitous and overused Miranda Priestly quote. I roll my eyes every time I hear this quote trotted out by anyone who has ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, ever. Florals are an inevitable spring/summer trend but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring.

This season, florals have been amped up. Less straightforward and pretty, they now pack a punch. Neon at Balenciaga and Rococo-style jacquard florals at Marques’Almeida, SS17 florals have an attitude. Pretty floral tea dresses still have their place, just look at Erdem, but I like the new punchier take on florals. It’s all about unexpected pairings, bold colours, abstract prints and a very much maximalist take on classic florals. More is more.

I channelled this high octane energy with this look. It’s a bit of a mish mash of boho paisley mixed with sheer, frills and florals. Pretty much every SS17 trend thrown together in one outfit. In a way, it feels like a very London look. London fashion isn’t polished like New York or super classic like Paris. It’s deconstructed, a bit messy and imperfect. It’s not inspired by the pages in Vogue or any particular runway look. Fashion in London has always been about self expression. And isn't that what fashion should always be about? 

Dress – Boohoo
Sheer tshirt - Zara

Photographer - Adorn Girl

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Outfit Post: The Morning After The Night Before

It’s funny how quickly time flies and how much your life can change before you even know it. This year marks a whole decade since I graduated and it feels like I’ve experienced several lifetimes over the last ten years! Being a bright-eyed, broke graduate is a very distant memory now, as are those heady, party-hard student days. Life is thankfully a lot more serene and settled now.

It’s funny how quickly habits change; nights out have been replaced with nights in, I choose green tea over vodka, reading is a pleasure rather than a chore and exercise is a part of my vocabulary! My current choices may sound dull but priorities change, my indulgences are now travel and investment pieces rather than high street purchases and nights out. That’s not to say I’m a hermit, I just prefer a bloody good Negroni to a Smirnoff Ice! The novelty of going “out-out” is long gone for me, I went from student nights out straight to endless fashion events.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the best way to blow off some steam is a night out. But for me, the best part of going out is the getting dressed and getting ready part – the anticipation and build up. Nowadays, I’ll book in to get my hair and make up done if it’s a special night and I want to feel good, this is always my highlight!

I also like the end of the night, the mixture of elation, exhaustion and sweaty happiness. At university, this meant walking home in a giggly group dissecting the events of the night as daylight broke. The juxtaposition of our dresses and heels still stale from the night before and the fresh morning air, full of the sounds of birds chirping always amused me. This was actually the inspiration behind this outfit, an ode to the walk of shame, if you will.

I absolutely adore this Zara shirt…dress…thing. I’ve had it for about a year and still can’t figure out whether it’s a long shirt or a short dress. Sometimes I wear it as I have here, with shorts underneath for safety but sometimes I wear it to work with skinny jeans. I paired the shirt with my favourite Next heels, a little fluffy and boudoir-esque to add to the overall vibe of the outfit. Now that I’m typing this all out, it feels a little silly to be inspired by such a specific event and time but hey ho, that’s fashion. As Coco Chanel herself stated, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Shirt/dress – Zara
Shorts – Bershka
Heels – Next
Bag – Saint Laurent
Watch - Timex

Shot by Tinuke of Circus Mums.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Outfit Post: Elevated Basics

My sartorial choices have been a little bland recently. This fashion funk happens to me every March, the weird transeasonal period between winter and spring never gives me much motivation to dig around my wardrobe for something cute to wear. Nature is starting to bloom, but the sunshine is still deceptive - I've skipped out of my house sans jacket and instantly regretted it one too many times to trust what I see out of the window!

Shedding heavy layers while still wearing enough not to catch a chill when the sun goes down is a fine art indeed. That's why I prefer to keep things simple at this time of the year, sticking to basic wardrobe pieces which can be easily thrown on instead of trying to put together a "look". Truth be told, I love the low maintenance nature of a look made up of basics, no need to plan or fling clothes around the room while trying things on. It's for this reason that I invest in basic pieces, I feel like a LNA or Alexander Wang t-shirt just hangs a little nicer than a tee from H&M or Topshop. 

Jeans are the ultimate wardrobe staple and, in a slight contradiction to my previous paragraph, I'm a Topshop devotee when it comes to denim. Their collection is spot on and their fit is perfect, on par with designer pairs but naturally for a fraction of the price. Topshop make seasonal denim pieces, like my cutout detail boyfriend jeans, a cute way to elevate your jeans without a huge investment. 

I paired my jeans with a plain black tee from LNA, one of my favourite t-shirt brands. The boots are Isabel Marant, I love the triangular heel which makes my overall look a little more effortless. I slung on this beautiful Levi's Made & Crafted leather jacket, which is a lot heavier than it looks.The heavy leather combined with the sheepskin collar make it the perfect jacket to keep me toasty in the unpredictable spring weather. My cheery cherry red Saint Laurent satchel adds a much needed pop of colour to my look. 


Friday, 10 March 2017

Paris Fashion Week AW17

Phew! We've finally made it to Paris, what an intense Fashion Month it's been. Here are my favourite shows from Paris Fashion Week: 

Jacquemus AW17

Simon Porte Jacquemus described this season’s girl as “(A) Parisian girl who wears couture who falls in love with a gypsy in the south of France. She tries to be like a gypsy, but she cannot – she is too couture!”. The resulting collection tells the story of an impossible love story and two separate aesthetics juxtaposed beautifully. Incredible sculptured details, from cosy shawl collars, high-waisted matador pants, huge raglan shoulders and corseted waists created art on the runway, both super conceptual but equally commercial. It takes a very special designer to successfully walk the line between fantasy and fashion, and for this reason Jacquemus is currently one of my favourite designers.

Johanna Ortiz AW17

When I think of Johanna Ortiz, I think of three things: sensual bare shouldered eveningwear, the most covetable and feminine shirting and endless ripples of ruffles. Her aesthetic is strong, sexy and sensual, so it’s no surprise that her label is such a commercial success. I was happy to see all three signatures going strong in the AW17 collection, in a soft colour palette of muted mint green and smooth lilac and mauve, pepped up with bold red poppies. Puff sleeves and bows were peppered through the collection, which I would sum up as restrained drama. 

Miu Miu AW17

Art Deco decked in lavender fake fur made for the most interesting set for Miu Miu’s AW17 show. Celebrating the madness of glamour, the collection featured fur everything, from baker-boy hats to coats and skirts alongside psychedelic 70s print tunic and flares and exaggerated shoulders. Shiny paillettes were sprinkled throughout the collection, on wisp-thin slips to sassy little dresses. The message was loud and clear – fashion and beauty are here to be celebrated. 

Saint Laurent AW17

Anthony Vaccarello did it again. He created one of the standout moments of Paris Fashion Week with a single shoe. Last season, it was the YSL-heeled shoes and this season, the stunning slouchy rhinestone-encrusted boots. I think they sum up Vaccarello’s high octane approach to designing for Saint Laurent. He has a knack for creating super luxury versions of clothing that you dream to have in your wardrobe, the black leather version of the boots are covetable enough but add the rhinestones and they become something else. 

The collection actually centred around an archive haute couture dress from the early 80s, eveningwear is clearly a focus for Vaccarello but the daywear is equally strong. Luxe details included denim jackets with mink or shearling detailing and pleated cocktail skirts and ivory mohair sweaters. The final lap stole the show, models clad in dramatic, sculptural after-dark looks, all short hemlines, exaggerated sleeves and those slouchy boots. Perfection. 

Chloe AW17

This was Clare Waight Keller’s swansong, her final collection as Creative Director at Chloe, a brand she has helped shape for the last six years. At the helm of the brand, Waight Keller has developed an intrinsic personality behind the brand – the Chloe girl. Bohemian and free-spirited, globe trotting, festival-loving and carefree, the Chloe girl became who we all wanted to be. Dressed in signature floaty frocks which were toughened up with leathers and Baja shirts, her life seemed as dreamy as her wardrobe. Her final collection was full of her greatest hits, as well as a sharper focus on tailoring, with strong shoulders and pleated trousers taking centre stage. An undeniably strong collection from a designer who will be missed. 


Sunday, 26 December 2010

Model Spotlight: Arizona Muse

You may not have heard of her fabulous name but you must have seen her gorgeous face. The 22 year old from Santa Fe has walked for countless hot ticket shows including Celine, Balenciaga, Dior, Sonia Rykiel Chanel and Oscar De La Renta in the past. However, she's just landed her first major campaign, ousting Daria Werbowy as the new face of Yves Saint Laurent. I think 2011 will really be her year, this campaign is just the tip of the iceberg.



Sunday, 11 July 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2010 campaign

Yves Saint Laurent,one of my favourite models Daria Werbowy shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. 

* Source Fashionologie

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 09 Campaign

It kinda came outta nowhere, but I'm a big fan of YSL campaigns now. The use of the logo is so old school and the shoes are out of this world. It's never too clever or complicated, just fairly simple and elegant. The Fall 09 campaign looks a lil something like this... * Source TFS

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Farewell to a legend

The funeral for Yves Saint Laurent will be held in Paris today. Well respected in the industry and regarded as one of the most iconic French designers, along with Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, Saint Laurent passed away on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer. Over 1000 attendees are expected to attend the funeral and pay tribute to the late designer. Among those expected are Stefano Pilati, Valentino, John Galliano, Giorgio Armani, Huber de Givenchy, Alber Elbaz, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gautier, Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel and Kenzo Takada. Several of his past muses are also expected, including Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Schiffer and Laetitia Casta. The service will be held at the Saint-Roche church on the exclusive Rue Saint-Honore. In tribute to the designer, all YSL boutiques worldwide will be closed during the ceremony. 


Monday, 2 June 2008

Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal - Yves Saint Laurent

As I’m sure many of you will have seen and read by now, iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday at his home in Paris, aged 71. Saint Laurent’s death was announced in a statement by the Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, with no cause of death given. Although his ill health has been well documented throughout his illustrious career, recently friends report that he was bed-ridden and unable to eat or talk, his death has come as a shock.

It was during the tough economic aftermath of WW2 that Saint Laurant got his big break in fashion. After the death of Christian Dior in 1957, Saint Laurant was named as chief designer at the House of Dior at the age of 21. His first collection, the Trapeze collection, was an immediately celebrated success. It received rave reviews from buyers and press alike. During the tough economic climate in post WW2, the House of Dior accounted for almost 50% of French fashion exports, headlines and billboards proclaimed Saint Laurent was France’s saviour.

His second collection for Dior was the most provocative of the Paris shows, taking hemlines several inches higher. Saint Laurant continued to push the boundaries for the next two years, his collections always sparked heated debates and were always radically different to the previous season. However, in 1960, Saint Laurent’s Beatnick collection was so heavily criticised that it almost halted his career just two years after it started.

Shortly after this heavily criticised collection, he was inducted into the army. On his return, he discovered that he had been replaced by Marc Bohan, who had been previously designing Dior’s wholesale collections in London. He subsequently set up his own couture house in 1961. His first collection received a lukewarm reception, however, his second collection was a huge success and lavishly praised.
Saint Laurent is best known for his tuxedo for women – ‘Le Smoking’. In true Saint Laurent style, the jacket was both a provocative statement and a huge success. Le Smoking has been one of the signature silhouettes of Yves Saint Laurent since 1966. Saint Laurent continually tweaked the look, designing dresses, short versions, jumpsuits and trenches inspired by the silhouette. All of Saint Laurent’s successors have paid tribute to Le Smoking, from Alber Elbaz to Stefano Pilati.

With a career spanning 50 years, Yves Saint Laurent has been described as one of the four cornerstones of fashion, along with Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior. Throughout his career, he was described as an advocate for women. Saint Laurent himself stated; “I draw on women...I found my style through women”. His clothing celebrated confident women. On his retirement, in 2002, he sai:d “Fashion isn’t just to decorate women, but to reassure them, give them confidence”. Today, the fashion world mourns one of it’s most daring designers, but his designs will be remembered and reworked forever.
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