Wednesday, 31 July 2013

On my mind

Stella McCartney pinstripe turtleneck

A whole lot of new season Stella just landed on NAP (click at your own risk!) and I'm having a hard time keeping my credit card in check. This pinstripe turtleneck for one needs to find its way home to me asap. Oh, and the matching coat wouldn't go amiss, either. In fact, if I could find a pair of pants with a similar motif, my heart would be content. Who said three is a crowd? 

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Monday, 29 July 2013

La vie en rose

Pink Ruffle Skirt
Pink Ruffle Skirt
Pink Ruffle Skirt
Wash silk shirt
Pink Ruffle Skirt
Larsson and Jennings watch
Pink Ruffle Skirt
(Ph. Jules)

Good-morning merry-men. Did you catch me playing in the mud over the weekend? Fun times to say the least. Fortunately, I scrubbed-up nice before heading back to my London lodgings (though to be frank our Tipi was so cosy, I was all set to embrace commuting for a bit). Anyway more on that soon.

On the sartorial menu today is an exercise in mixing past and future flavoring. Yum. On the one hand, the ever recurring ruffle that has quickly become a fixture this summer - including, if I'm not mistaken, for a whole bunch of us who don't normally do girly frills. That's the effect Ghesquière has on women.

On the other, pink! We have already mentioned how the sweetly hue is making a graceful comeback this fall, and although I have my heart set on a powder cover-up, I couldn't help but indulge in the candy palette ahead of the game. The result is perhaps not who I think I am on paper, but me to a T nonetheless. This calls for some Berstein. Do join in the chorus!  


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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Black cat

(Ph. Jules)

There is a good chance I may be crowd surfing when you read this - I'm quite the wild child when away from home - but I thought I would leave you with a proper outfit to digest over the weekend, while I prance around in denim cutoffs and rubber boots. Incidentally, this is what I wore to work on Thursday. See you. 


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Friday, 26 July 2013

Festival bound

Festival essentials

On my way to Secret Garden Party - my very first festival this season - down in Cambridgeshire. The lure of the impressive lineup (along with the promise of naked trampolining) has kept me fuelled all week, and I can't wait to get out of town and down to business. And by business, I mean manically dancing around until dawn. 

Obviously, no festival would be complete without a trusty pair of Hunter wellies (or three as the case may be). Just so happens I will be taking over the cult brand's Instagram over the weekend, so make sure you come take a peek at what this girl wears, drinks and does when away from her natural habitat. Let's just hope my battery doesn't run out within five minutes of getting there. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a tent to pack! 

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September Issue Preludes

Sasha Pivovarova by David Sims for Proenza Schouler
Marine Deleeuw by Vivianne Sassen for Carven
Malgosia Bela by Steven Meisel for Alexander Wang
Autumn-Winter 2013 campaigns /
Sasha Pivovarova by David Sims for Proenza Schouler; Marine Deleeuw by Vivianne Sassen for Carven; Malgosia Bela by Steven Meisel for Alexander Wang

Out-of-focus, atmospheric - almost off even - seem like recurring themes in the Fall-Winter official spreads. As a general rule, I tend to prefer campaigns that let the obvious protagonist - the clothes - take a backseat, and that offer instead a glimpse into another world. These three stories are amongst my favourite so far. Their strangeness forces the viewer to loose himself between fashion and fine art. Beautiful. 

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

The summer edit

The summer edit

Not that I'm beach bound anytime soon, but here are my bare necessities for a lazy day on the sand. You can't blame a girl for being well rehearsed, after all. That is the second time those sandals crop-up in my imaginary outfits... my sub-conscience is no doubt trying to trick me into thinking I already own them - that way I won't kick myself in the face when I decisively drop the equivalent of a return flight to Greece on a shoe. Not even a normal, sturdy, everyday shoe. A summer shoe! One that can only pay its dues a few days a year, and is arguably the most pared-back flat that ever came to be. Beach diva, moi

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Checking in


Back with a pun, and a bad one at that. Just a few snaps taken last week after work, right before my Houdini-like vanishing act. As you must all be aware by now, my sudden absence across all social platforms has been due to a personal tragedy (for want of a better way of putting it). May I just say, thank you all so much for your kind words and loving thoughts. It has really meant a lot to receive such love and support from all around the world.

I am trying to ease myself back into cyberlife, but please do excuse me for not being my usual super-chatty self (this might actually come as a relief to you). Anyway, I need not worry, as you pretty much know the drill, right? Wannabe Philophile by way of orthopedic looking sandals, ever recurring play on graphic black and whites, and unexpected pop of rouge on my lips and toes. Guess I better brace myself for the wrath of the birkophobes. Be kind.


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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Soft grey

Saint Laurent shades of grey

As Pre-fall comes knocking, I am discovering a new place in my heart for grey. Picture these single sole beauties with frayed-hem skinny jeans or an androgynous pantsuit. I can't help but wonder whether the hue's comeback has anything to do with the infamous novel. After all, they say inspiration comes from everyday life -  and who knows what Slimane & co keep on the bedside table.. 

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Pinstripes and neo-punk


Mango Fall-Winter 2013 campaign
Mango Fall-Winter 2013 campaign

Seriously impressed with some of the looks modelled by Bette Franke for Mango's Fall-Winter 2013 lookbook. The collection seems to draw from two of the industry's leading heavyweights: on the one hand, we have Savile Row pinstripes with boxy shoulders a la Stella Mccartney, in a borrowed from the boys aesthetic (loving the splash of pinstripe on a knit in particular); on the other, an ode to Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent's neo-punk girl, with an array of fishnet tights, denim skirts lined with crucifixes, buckled leather minis and lumberjack shirts that bear a certain resemblance to what the controversial designer showed on the runway in Paris.

I'm really liking both stories, which incidentally made realise that I'm ready to embrace grunge - looks like Hedi will be having the last laugh after all. Why am I not surprised?

I will say this, though. For a couple of seasons now, Mango has definitely upped the ante when it comes to the styling and imagery surrounding their collections, but when I do go and seek out the products in store, I am always disappointed with both the cuts and quality of the fabrics. I always find that the clothes look distinctively more "high-street" (read low-end) than those of, say, a brand like Zara. Here's to hoping this year they have worked on that, too, as I have my heart set on that coat. 

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Print wars

COTR - Print wars
COTR - Print wars
COTR - Print wars
COTR - Print wars
COTR - Print wars
(Ph. Jessica Steuart)

It's been a while since I've let my prints go to war, but yesterday saw the hostilities kick-off nice an early with a bus stop confrontation (the #FromWhereIstand feed proving visual updates to the general public). In my mind, leopard and stripes are just as basic as, say, a white slouchy tee, or ripped jeans, which is why it didn't even cross my mind that these two would not get along. In the end, they found a way to put their differences aside (I think there was some talk of a mutual hatred for girly florals) and we all ended up partying the night away in gay (uh uh) Soho. Happy families. How about you? Do you struggle to cope with print feuds? Or do you just avoid hostilities at all cost, and stick to one pattern at at time? Tell, tell. 


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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Plagiarism

COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Jennifer Zeuner wishbone
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara
COTR - Celine Gusset tote
COTR - Balenciaga by Way of Zara

Something is up. Either I have grown a magic beanstalk overnight - one that can sprout Balenciaga runway outtakes at will and keep me looking boxfresh without menacing bailiffs hanging over my head - or mass distributors have a serious case of plagiarism on their hands. Again.

Take a wild guess.

Put together four letters courtesy of the world's third richest man, and you have your answer. Zara is getting dirty again, which begs the question: is this even legal? Am in in trouble with the fashion police? Do they allow print wars in jail?

But Nicolas is a good sport, and when asked how it makes him feel to know that girls all over the world are wearing pieces that are direct copies of his work, the genial designer simply replied "ain't bothered". OK, that is not a direct quote, but in his extensive interview for System (the very conversation that landed him a lawsuit brought by former employer PPR/Kering - ironic to say the least) he makes it perfectly clear that he doesn't hate the player, nor even the game for that matter. "When it's distribution on that scale, it's about successful business and nothing else; their role is is to make fashion more accessible." Straight from the horse's mouth. Put that in your pipe.

In fact, the only people Ghesquiere admits to resenting when it comes to creative copycatting are fellow luxury houses. And given Phoebe Philo's decision to keep her Resort offering under wraps, he is not alone. Sure, part of it might have something to do with maintaining fast fashion at bay, and insuring that an exciting new shape or garment is not overexposed to the point of saturation before retail season has even begun. But the reality, as discussed per the Saint Laurent grunge gig, is that the lands of high and fast fashion rarely come together (give or take the odd H&M super-collaboration). As Ghesquiere-isms and Philo-isms permeate the industry, it has never been more clear who the opinion leaders are. No wonder, then, that they feel the need to shy away from the spotlight. They don't need it, anyway. The fashion speaks for itself, as and when it lands in store. It always has, and it always will.

I exit on a high note though, happy in the knowledge that my tentative Balenciaga-by-way-of-Zara experiment will not be looked down upon by the god - my god - of sartorialism. And I hope the French courts commend a person for finally speaking their mind and the truth about this cut-throat industry (the interview is one of the best out there; if you haven't already, make sure you read it!), condemning instead those who try and shut him up. A word to the wise.

Now for some credits. And FYI, in case you are wondering about the profesh-looking set, this is part of a collaborative series with This is Collective. We are actually behind-the-scenes in the office, and this was shot in five minutes tops over our lunch break, so don't be thinking we are taking the studio thing seriously. We just liked the graphics. Make sure you don't kiss and tell, or I'll be in big trouble. Bye.


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