26.2.11

TOO STRAPPED FOR STRAPS


ph. knight cat


Alexander Wang's perfectly formed suede Ingrid satchel, of course with his signature tendency to roughen things up in some way or another. In this case, it's straps. Loooots of straps. And I love. 

PS. Somehow I managed to bring my water damaged camera back to life, despite the photography technician telling me it's unfixable. I have fixed this camera twice now, maybe I should start a business? Anyway, good news all round as I can finally rekindle my love for outfit posts. So less of showing you what I can't buy and more of what I do.

20.2.11

BODKIN

ph. SS/11 @ Bodkin

As you may well know, I’m instantly drawn to simple, minimalist clothing and anything with a muted palette. Call me boring, but that’s just what I like. So when I try to find the perfect pocket tank or playsuit for under £100 with no luck, it just leaves me wondering why the majority of the high street lacks relaxed, understated essentials that focuses on fit, comfort and material rather than decoration. I end up spending hours traipsing the Internet, only to find another designer producing perfectly formed urban essentials.

This morning I initially planned to start my Design and Visual Culture project but stumbled across Bodkin, and while Vogue is teasing me with an imageless report for the Acne AW/11-12 show, I thought it would be silly not to blog about it. With comfort at its core, Bodkin is exactly what I’ve been looking for (despite the extra zero added to the price tag). Simple, perfectly formed and honoring that undone, day-to-night effortlessness I oh so love, with wry details that gives its simple shapes a subtle difference. How perfect are those silk playsuits?

19.2.11

WHAT WOMEN WANT


 ph. Vogue.com

Although I adore a number of designers’ collections year in, year out, 3.1 Phillip Lim is at the top of every fashion show list not only because of the name, but because of Lim’s relentless ability to get into every woman’s head. Like Mel Gibson in that film. Making clothing functional without sacrificing form is something that many designers seem to struggle with, but Lim makes it all seem so easy. He excels in effortless sportswear without ever appearing sloppy or mundane, and there is nothing without a luxurious detail to set it apart. Simple yet never forced, and never without some buttery-soft leather.

For AW/11-12, the cosy sportswear layers from Lim’s SS/11 collection have been revamped with juxtaposing fabrics, asymmetric hemlines, and a pop of bold colour, such as this gorgeous cobalt blue (one of very few colours I could actually see myself in). How does he manage to make everything look so sleek yet so effortless? Beats me. And aren’t those nails fantastic? Ah I would do anything to be given a chance to wear anything from his collection. Pure lust.

17.2.11

KOOPLE KRUSH


ph. The Killing Moon, unknown

Margaux and Warren, both effortlessly chic with their perfectly formed faces, impeccable dress sense and gorgeous French accents, are in no doubt the ultimate couple. Jealous, moi? (About as French as I get. Sigh.)

7.2.11

REINVENTION


(One Teaspoon, fashiontoast, Oracle Fox, knight cat, Free People, Jak & Jil, unknown)

Finally realised suppressing your own instincts solely because you think you should is absolutely ridiculous. New hair, less boundaries, more experimentation and lots more jewellery. February is the new January.


4.2.11

SS/11 ONE


J Brand Love Story flares
ASOS multi strap satchel
Reiss Garland sheer shirt
Topshop T-bar sandals
Chanel nail varnish in Khaki Rose
T by Alexander Wang pocket tank
Vintage Levi’s shorts (you can never have too many)
Topshop tortoiseshell sunglasses

The first step to my SS/11 wardrobe. Why the high street still haven’t got to grips with the fitting of the perfect skinny flare, despite having 40 years practice, I will never know.