Archive | April, 2011

This season’s must have accessory…

28 Apr
As some of you may know, a couple of weeks I had a little accident on the way to work. A delightful lady barged into me at the station, sending me flying onto the concrete floor. It turns out I’ve damaged my patellar tendon which basically means two things: I’m in a lot of pain and I can’t wear heels. Horrific, right?! Being a heels devotee, I had to go on a shopping trip to buy a couple more pairs of flats to see me through the next few weeks… On a serious note though, it’s been incredibly difficult to find nice things to wear as I need to be in flats and have a support bandage on my knee, which isn’t very attractive.

For the first week or so, I pretty much lived in leggings and long jumpers but felt like I needed to snap out of that phase and just get on with it. Most of my trousers are too tight on the knee with the bandage underneath and skirts are a sort of no-go as the bandage looks terrible beneath lace tights. When I visited Primrose Hill, I was so sick of my clothing predicament I left the bandage at home but of course I took my must-have accessory for this season – my crutch. How will you be rocking yours this season? 

Playsuit – ASOS
Belt – H&M
Shoes – New Look
Sunglasses – Rayban via Brand Alley
Crutch – NHS 😉

Pamela Love for Topshop – May 2011

28 Apr

I’m a huge, huge Pamela Love fan and got crazy excited when I heard whisperings that she was collaborating with Topshop on an affordable range. It’s been over 6 months since she sat front row at the Topshop Unique show and images of her collaboration have appeared online and I have to say…I’m actually disappointed. The pieces are very unique, distinctive and gorgeous in their own right but I expected a lot more from Pamela. The dark, gothic influences are very evident in her main line, with spikes, crow skulls, daggars and talons being regular features in her work. I expected this theme to evident in this collection, but she has gone in a lighter, more feminine direction. Clearly influences by Native Americana as well as India and Africa, with dreamcatchers, tribal and aztec influences, it’s a pretty collection but I wanted more from the CFDA nominated designer.

Prices start from £50 and the collection is available from 19th May. 

I want to be a One Teaspoon girl

27 Apr

I first came across Aussie brand One Teaspoon years ago when I spent a summer over in Sydney. They were stocked in General Pants, which was one of my main shopping hang outs – a brilliant place for discovering Aussie brands. I remember falling in love with one of their gorgeous dresses and thinking they were so effortlessly cool and rock n roll. Fast-forward a good 4(ish) years and I think exactly the same. Starting life as a handmade denim brand, the brand has expanded to a full fashion brand and is sold in 32 countries worldwide – including ASOS in the UK. I adore this sassy little LBD which can easily be worn dressed up or dressed down with flats and I’m a little obsessed with this cream playsuit with ruffle detailing and draped chains. 

The perfect Easter dress

23 Apr

It’s strange how the tiniest things can inspire you. Yesterday, I received the most beautiful Easter basket full of little chicks, hot chocolate kit and mini eggs and became a little captivated with the pretty pastel mini eggs. I think pretty pastels are the perfect colour for the Spring season, especially with all the blossom. The lilac eggs actually reminded me a lot of the Jasper Garvida SS11 collection which had lots of saccharine sweet lilac dresses. The Julia dress was my absolute favourite; the intricate details and pleating are so feminine and pretty. 

Abstract, blurred prints at Isabella Oliver 365

22 Apr

I’ve got to confess, I’m wasn’t a huge Isabella Oliver fan before but these gorgeous blurred floral prints have shown me the error of my ways. More than just a maternity label, the Isabella Oliver 365 label focuses on easy, wearable pieces with everyday basics as well as more directional, fashion-forward pieces like these dresses and pretty silk blouse. The gorgeous blurred prints are the perfect antidote to the predictable stripes, brights and whites which are around at the moment while being bright and summery. I actually think the blouse is my favourite, I’d contrast the prettiness of it with khaki shorts to dress it down or wear it with slightly high maintenance white jeans to show off the beautiful colours. 

Bryan Morel PR AW11 press day

22 Apr

A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to the Bryan Morel PR offices to check out their client’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collections. They represent a whole host of gorgeous brands including Osman, Maria Grachvogel, Oliver Peoples and John Rocha. The Osman collection was stunning but I came away coveting all of the Maria Grachvogel accessories. 

Osman – The collection was very minimalist with lots of white and structured shapes with little punches of colour and contrasting textures. He used lots of leather which was so strokeable and buttersoft. 

Oliver Peoples – Gorgeous vintage-inspired styles which are instant classics. 

John Rocha – The collection was very high impact, blacks and neutrals punctuated with high impact punches of red. There were lots of different textures including lace, appliqué, ribbons, chiffon and even tinsel! There were two statement coats which caught my eye: the tinsel coat and red goat fur trench. What I love about John Rocha is that everything is manufactured in Ireland, I think it’s very admirable that he is supporting industry and manufacturing. It’s a very topical issue with the spotlight on UK manufacturing being discussed at length in Drapers. 

Maria Grachvogel – This was my absolute favourite collection. I adore her signature digital prints and draping, for better images of the collection check out my post on the LFW show. What I didn’t get an opportunity to see at the show was the fabulous accessories. The big, chunky statement jewellery had tribal and gothic influences with feather details and gorgeous materials. As for Maria Grachvogel’s bags, I just want/need that last black snakeskin one. 

The return of supermodel covers – Vogue Paris

21 Apr
Opinion is divided on the subject of who should grace magazine covers – celebrities or supermodels. The celebrity-on-covers trend is attributed to La Wintour, who started putting celebrities and actresses on covers in the 90s. It does work very well as they have their own fanbase and are instantly recognisable but I much prefer seeing supermodels on covers. To me, supermodel covers are always stronger with a high impact – they know how to command the camera’s attention. Also, they are generally more neutral than celebrities, who have supporters as well as haters and have their private lives aired out in public. I think supermodels are a bit more untouchable and unattainable; isn’t that what fashion magazines are sort of supposed to be? A fantasy land where ethereal Amazonian creatures frolic in Balmain, couture and Lanvin, rather than a calculated platform for an actress to push her film while the magazine hopes for boosted circulation figures.

I’ve been quietly rooting for the widespread return of supers on covers for a while and I think the Emmanuelle Alt is on the same team – I may be a tad optimistic but her first two covers at the helm of Vogue Paris have starred two of the most successful models in the world. The April 2011 cover featured Gisele in a pretty, sheer lace D&G dress shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. I was quite surprised when I first saw this cover, I expected more rock ‘n’ roll attitude from Alt but it was a sweet cover, perfect for Spring. I don’t think many celebrities could pull off the outfit with such aplomb or create such an assertive, confident pose.

The second cover features Kate Moss shot by Mert & Marcus. Dramatically different to the previous cover, this one seems to be more Alt – strong, sexy and provocative. I think Armani Prive was an unusual choice as were the hands but as an overall image it works. Again, I think that a celebrity would struggle to draw the reader in with their expression alone. Both of these covers are creating something beautiful but slightly out of reach, which I think is what a cover should be. It should be intriguing and pull you in..something that celebrity covers just don’t do for me.