I was yearning for a place to share book recommendations and new music, whilst still having a fashion slant. It might very well fall flat on its face, but I won't know until I've had a go. After all, I've always been told that failure's good - that's how you learn.
Alexander Koutny's SS09 collection was one of a trio featured in the On|Off presents show. The construction of the silhouettes is just beautiful, creating strong yet feminine structures. I also love the colour palette, especially the shades of teal, together with the use of sheer fabrics.
I hope you'll agree that Alexander Koutny is definitely a name to look out for.
Monday, 6 October 2008 Inspiration Board Inspiration.
I often take inspiration from other people's collages or inspiration boards.
After stumbling across these on flickr, I wish I could create such beautiful collages. I love the use of different media, especially with the combination of sketches. The colour schemes, images and text all create a romantic feel.
I just had to share.
(Also, I must apologise for the lack of posts. One word really: school.) plus become a follower at bloglovin´!
This seems a bit out of place with all the Spring/Summer collections at the moment, and especially as I only spoke about Erin's last week, but I was reminded of this video through the screen caps in Lula Magazine.
The whole aesthetic and essence of this video for me sums up Erin Fetherston. I do however prefer the middle sequence to the beginning, with the appearance of the fairy-like creatures. The woodland backdrop is just beautiful.
‘These bruises? I’ll tell you. I’ve just come from a photo shoot where I had to jump naked off a fourth-storey fire escape. A fashion magazine had the idea of recreating a famous Fifties shot of a mother and child leaping from a burning New York building.
When it was first suggested I thought, “This idea is too mad, even for me.”
Then I thought about it and decided it might be a laugh. I’m not great with heights so when I got to the fourth floor I began to have second thoughts.
But I couldn’t face walking naked all the way to the ground having chickened out. So I jumped. Then I jumped again. I must have done about 50 jumps, landing on a stunt mat.
I had so much adrenaline pumping through me that I didn’t notice the pain I was in and it was only afterwards that I saw all the cuts and bruises. But I’m glad I did it. I find it hard to resist a dare.'
- Agyness in an interview for Live magazine, Mail on Sunday (Jul 08)
If I'm honest, Agyness has never been one of my favourite models. But I do rather like this editorial, especially the whole concept and inspiration behind it. And I can definitely feel winter coming - I just wish that we could have had more sunshine this summer.
I'm definitely going to pick up a copy of Pop soon, just need to decide which cover to choose...
I know that some people find you a bit annoying sometimes. But I still adore you. I often dream about having your wardrobe. And you do look pretty damn gorgeous in Elle. (Apart from I would have probably loved it more if your hair were down)
Wow, I'm really loving Elle lately. The collection covers are beautiful and they've been treating us with the likes of Chloe, Mary-Kate and now, Alexa. Although maybe we'd like a model next month.
A few quotes from Alexa:
On what gets her excited about fashion: "I took a really geeky fan photo of my favourite model, Chanel Iman, when I was filming in Paris the other day"
On Karl Lagerfeld: "The next day when I interviewed him, he said, 'Oh, all these people stink' and then, 'Not you, I like you, but no one else.' I thought, 'YES! Karl Lagerfeld likes me!'...He talks like a wise Chinese man..."
On wearing a £2,000 Matthew Williamson dress at Glastonbury: "I was like, 'What? If I'd have know that I would not have worn the dress in a field!' It costs the same as a sofa."
On why people have responded so well to her: "I dress like a real person would dress...I wear the same things over and over again."
On Henry Holland t-shirts: "How about... 'I wanna sex ya, Alexa?' "
Saturday, 30 August 2008 The Ongoing Search for the Perfect Satchel.
I mentioned my desire for a satchel at the beginning of the year, but am yet to find the perfect one. This is largely because I can't find one the right colour, shape and size with the buckle detailing and type of soft leather I have in mind.
Already browsing through the Mulberry website, I was pointed towards the Men's Bags section following a tip from Alexa Chung, and have found some possible bags that may fulfill the criteria of the perfect satchel that I seem to have I created in my head. The briefcase type bags would work really well with a long strap.
One of these bags would probably live with me for years and years to come. To me it would become somewhat of a classic piece that ages as it becomes more worn, giving it a bit more character.
How talented this girl? Many of these photos were taken when she was only 14 (she's now 15).
I love the clever concepts behind the photographs and the props used are brilliant, with a variety of masks, old wooden doors and supermarket trolleys full with bags of carrots. I particularly like her fantasy type work and how can I not like her Alice in Wonderland inspired images?
I will be stalking her flickr photostream from now on.
I'm starting to grow very fond of the old bowler hat. The first thing that I connect the bowler to is Charlie Chaplin but it looks rather lovely on girls too, with the likes of Iekeline Stange and Clemence Posey being amongst its representatives.
Worn with bright colours, it gives a dressing-up, slightly circus vibe. I love that patterned jumpsuit; the whole outfit is really fun. A bowler hat can also be worn to complete an androgynous outfit. They look great with a pair of skinnies and a tailored jacket. What I like about someone just adding a bowler hat to quite a casual outfit is that it's an unexpected touch.
Whose necklaces (& black nail polish) do these belong to? A bit too easy, methinks.
I've been admiring these for ages now. A bit of a textbook lesson in layering a couple of necklaces / pendants. I think it's great to have some signature accessories which you wear with almost everything - a bit like Miranda Priestly and her white Hermes scarves in The Devil Wears Prada.
I have a fan necklace which I wore with everything - wore it to death and broke it. This was replaced with my old Topshop heart necklace, which I broke the next day. I have now replaced this with a H&M gold chain necklace, which fingers crossed, won't break (well not for a while yet).
I spotted the floral pinafore dress on eBay, and from the back of the plaid pinafore (which I also found on eBay), I have a feeling that it is sort of worn back-to-front. A high-waisted skirt with braces has the same kind of effect. They both have quite a cutesy feel and I love those prints.
Dug out some not-quite-vintage Luella from the archives for you to compare and contrast.
Plaid, for me, has always had that schoolgirl vibe of the Luella collection but it's interesting to contrast this to the folky feel of this season's D&G collection. You know that I always love a bit of Luella and I still have old cuttings from this collection. I also really like the floaty D&G dresses with the added clash of the tartan tights. Looking at these collections has opened my eyes to the versatility in the way that plaid can be worn.
Well I do anyway. Simply gorgeous. A Belarusian with amazing eyes and a beautiful smile. Love her hair - which is best with bangs, methinks. She just seems really warm and someone who would be really fun to be around. My model of the moment. Need I say more?
My current obsession involves high-waisted floral skirts ala Swedish girls and Chloe Sevigny. I think the last 4 pieces that I've bought have been floral and 3 of them high-waisted skirts. I think I am truly obsessed and don't know what to do to cure my addiction.
One thing that's definitely not helping is Poppy Valentine at asos, which I found out about through Catwalk Queen. The label uses vintage fabrics, which I absolutely love the prints of. The colours of the top skirt together with the romantic print works beautifully, making it my favourite print. The colours are perfect for summer. I also really the shape of the skirts, with the pleating and the high-waist. There's a limited stock which makes the skirts even more tempting. I also like the floral dress, which reminds me a little of Chloe Sevigny. I again love the print.
This Fluo collection from Toy Watch seem to be a big hit at the moment. One of these will definitely brighten up your summer. Well, your wrist at least. I really like the lime green but would like to see one in hot pink (I'm not really sure about that particular shade of pink above). I could definitely see one of these going well with my multi-coloured star bracelet. However, if you're worried about these appearing all over the place and therefore losing its appeal, the Storm watch below is an alternative. It's less expensive, but still with the fluo brightness of the Toy Watches.
This collection could be described as eccentric; I found it absolutely fascinating. The inspiration seemed to be furniture and furnishings: from bookcases to grandfather clocks to curtains. Clever shapes and prints were used to great effect. The curtain pole and the picture frame particularly stuck out! There were some beautiful dresses, particularly the one Chanel Iman wore (left, second row). I also loved the superhero mask-inspired eye makeup. All this made a fabulous collection which was packed full of fun. I'm looking forward to what Scott does next.
For a while now, I've been scouring eBay for sailor dresses. The nautical theme has been around for absolutely ages, and I think a sailor-inspired Japanese school uniform would be a perfect translation of the trend. There are loads of costumes around, which are a little bit tacky for my liking. I'm thinking of a vintage dress with a sailor collar, or even a Navy uniform from a surplus store. I think Cassie from Skins pulls off this look perfectly - I do love her style.