Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Mood Board # 1

A swift mish-mash collaboration of a few things that have taken my eye, and ear, recently.

Kicking off; underground creepers.  I hold my hands up, this most definitely was not a love-at-first-sight affair.  However, these quirky platform trainers have grown on me, and hey, I could do with a few extra inches.
Black Suede Round Toe Underground Creeps, picture sourced from http://www.underground-cybershop.co.uk
I've got my eye on these black suede beauts.  Yes, they're Harry Hill'esque, but even fickle fashion has a sense of humour.

Migrating considerably from "a'la TV Burp", my second pick is a piece inspired by Chloe's S/S 2011 collection; the pleated maxi skirt.  A typically 70's style garment, the pleated maxi skirt has come back with some serious fashion vengeance, and I for one love it.  Wear it in nude or spring pastels for a sugary feminine look, or alternatively don a darker shade and work it against tough accessories for a sassier demeanor.
American Apparel Orange Accordian Skirt, picture sourced from http://store.americanapparel.co.uk
American Apparel, the gurus of accomplished simplicity, have an incredible array of pleated skirts and the orange accordian maxi, pictured above, is my undisputed favourite.  Though many may shy away from this vivid shade, I think its vibrancy only lends to its versatility.

Thirdly, a slightly more practical piece:
Urban Outfitters Bright Aztec Backpack, picture sourced from http://fashionfinder.asos.com
 I need a bag, a truly accomodating bag.  I've had quite enough of lugging around my grimy tote because my current satchel proves to be a "hold-small" as oppsosed to a holdall.  So it is decidedly essential that I invest in an aztec backpack, right..?  Like I need a legitimate excuse anyway, this one's already in the shopping trolley.

Finally my soundtrack.  James Blake has been accompanying me on my recent morning commutes, making the London rat-race a bearable haze with his dreamy dulcetness.  If you haven't given him a listen, I strongly recommend that you do.  He's captivating.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Whoever said fashion couldn't be comfortable?

However appealing the notion has proven to be on those desperately difficult early mornings, leaving the house in your bed clothes is a categoric style no-no.  That is until now it would seem.

But with designers such as Paul Smith, Stella McCartney and J.W Anderson following (sleep) suit, who would I be to argue?  In fact, I for one cannot wait to embrace this comfy meets couture trend.

The key piece to mastering this look is specifically the pyjama pant.  Wide leg, tapered, high waist or slung low on the hips, wear your bottoms with an air of casual elegance and you will not go far wrong.

Still feeling dubious?  To elude the possibility of looking as though you've made a slob-dash to the shop for some semi-skimmed, opt for trousers in silk and flamboyant patterns such as paisley or large floral prints, as these more ornate designs will appear more credibly high-end and less "lounge pant".

To keep it chic, keep it sleek.

Example of Stella McCartney SS 2012 collection, picture sourced from http://searchingforstyle.com
Example of J.W Anderson, picture sourced from http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/
Example of Diane von Furstenburg, picture sourced from http://besfamilnaya.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, 8 April 2012

A view to Spring

March spoilt us with bursts of unprecedented sunshine, spurring us to make some premature summer purchases, yet now it's April, the most indecisive of all the months, and we're left deliberating; to brave our newest maxi or don the old anorak?  It's a fact widely accepted that British weather has no empathy for any aspiring fashionista.

So, how should a girl dress appropriately for the fickle spring of 2012?

Looking to the catwalk for inspiration, the trends are dominated by sugar and spice and all things nice.  Louis Vuitton, Mui Mui, Giambattista Valli and Valentino were all aboard this whimsical bandwagon. Broderie anglais, brocade, lace, tulle and satin feature heavily in this sickly sweet show of girlishness.  Think Brother's Grimm caricature meets Little House on the Prairie and somewhere amidst all of the florals, frills and ruffles, you've just about got it.

The question is, how are we to work this delicate trend practically?  Such bold femininity is not an easy look to pull off and, as a self-professed tomboy, I will be approaching the fashion with great care and caution.

To avoid looking like you have just skipped off the set of The Sound of Music, my advice would be to consider the following points:

  • Don't over do it
  • Wear it with irony
  • Team it with something tough 

I will be introducing this trend into my wardrobe gradually, clashing prettiness with boyishness, paying specific attention to the juxtaposition of textures.  By working dainty fabrics against more fibrous and rugged materials such as tweed and leather, I will be able to go girly without surrendering myself entirely to this super sweet craze.  In turn I will also be dressed suitably for whatever weather the spring will bring; two birds, one savvy stone.

Examples of Louis Vuitton, picture sourced from http://style.mtv.com/

Example of Miu Miu, picture sourced from http://www.elle.com/Runway/
Example of Dolce & Gabbana, picture sourced from http://www.fashionizers.com/fashion