Sunday, 6 April 2014
Ignoring my month of radio silence, due to lack of internet (and unexpectedly early return to the land of online window shopping and blog-reading thanks to stolen wi-fi), let's jump straight into my most recent obsession. In case it's not obvious, when I decide I want something (Chelsea boots, trainers, a winter coat) I scour the depths of the internet for every possible version before occasionally actually buying one of them. Usually I just decide my holy grail of the item in question doesn't actually exist or comes with a price tag that's way out of my reach, and I end up buying nothing at all. This time round, it's the humble espadrille I'm craving, and I've found lots I (sort of) want, but of course the ones I ought to have bought slipped through my fingers whilst I was busy deliberating, so now I'm back to square one...
|Clockwise from top left: Manebi from Net a Porter, L'Autre Chose from Shoescribe, Bimba y Lola, Marc Jacobs from Shoescribe|
The out of my reach dream shoes:
|Clockwise from top left: Celine, Valentino, Chanel|
And the ones that got away:
Aside from clicking daily in case the sold-out ones make a miraculous re-appearance, I'm leaning towards either the Manebi ones, or the Bimba y Lola striped, slightly platformed version. Hmm...
Monday, 3 March 2014
Whilst the rest of the world is in meltdown over fashion month (oh yeah, and the potential outbreak of another Crimean war, to keep this in perspective), I've been losing interest in the whole circus. Nothing I've seen on the catwalk for the upcoming autumn/winter season has really caught my eye, and even the street style I've seen has been fairly "meh". I've liked a few looks from the usual suspects- Simone Rocha, Chloe, Dries Van Noten- but nothing wowed me, so instead, I've turned my attention to the current collections (to be fair, spring is always about a million times more exciting than the promise of cold, dark, rainy nights that come part and parcel with autumn). I'm particularly enamoured of the S/S Miu Miu campaign, and the colourful crochet tights and lace-up knee high boots featured with every look. They're the perfect solution to my end of winter wardrobe fatigue.
I must admit, I haven't been paying all that much attention to Miu Miu the past couple of years, and I can't even remember if I bothered looking at this last fashion week. Seeing the Elle Fanning ad in this month's Vogue awakened my curiosity though, and I'm thoroughly smitten. I think generally, it's difficult to get a proper feel for a collection just by seeing it on the catwalk, and there have been a lot of times I've failed to notice something until I see it in print, both in ad campaigns and in editorials. I'm all for the democratisation of fashion, and whilst things like live streaming/instragramming/tweeting have brought the once rarified experience of seeing a fashion show to the masses, I think it's also taken away our ability to properly digest what we see. Everyone is so hungry for the newest (and therefore best) designer offering, that we forget what's in front of us. At the moment all I want is to focus on the upcoming season, not to wish it away thinking about what I may or may not like in six months' time. So I'm all about slow fashion- taking the time to flip through a physical magazine, and noting what makes me stop and stare, wanting to absorb a certain image, or piece of writing. Somehow this all gets lost whilst scrolling through endless photos on a screen. So this spring, I'm mainly planning to revive my old habit of scrapbooking, cutting and pasting my favourite magazine photos, saving them for a rainy, inspiration-less day. Meanwhile, I'll spending every free moment scouring ebay for vintage lace-up boots...
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
And only a month late! I've been slacking on all things blog-related lately, and outfit photos are no exception. I feel like I've spent the last month or two wearing about five things over and over, so haven't felt any of my outfits has been particularly worthy of being documented. Nevertheless, here are a few things I did manage to snap in the nearest mirror...
|L-R: top- Cos, trousers- Zara, trainers- Nike; dress- Topshop Boutique, trainers- Nike; dungarees- Topshop Boutique, top- Oysho, boots- Massimo Dutti|
|top- Zara, jeans- charity shop, shoes- Pollini; jacket- Marc by Marc Jacobs, t-shirt-Gap, skirt- Topshop Boutique, trainers- Nike|
|jumper- charity shop, skirt- Topshop Boutique, boots- Beau Coops; top- Primark, skirt- vintage, shoes- Kurt Geiger|
So basically this past month or so I've embraced trainers and far too much Topshop Boutique. And also attempted bare legs in an attempt to stick two fingers up to the frankly unbearable London weather. Wake me when it's summer...
Sunday, 2 February 2014
|Nike Pegasus 83 from here|
|animal print skate shoes by Diemme|
to my footwear family, and they're both sensible as can be. I never thought I'd see the day a new pair of trainers would make me happier than impractical heels, but clearly fashion's current mood for shoes you can run for the bus in has won me over. The first pair in particular are the perfect thing to cheer me up on the greyest of days, and I'm trying really, really hard not to buy them in the other colourway which has just gone into the Asos sale. Can one have too many trainers? Is there anything you can't actually pair them with? (I've convinced myself the answer to the second question is definitely no, and my current favourite thing to wear is dresses and trainers. I really did not see this coming.)
Sunday, 26 January 2014
I thought I was obsessed with colour at the moment, but then I saw the latest La Garconne Moderne lookbook, and now I just want simple, easy clothes in which to wait out the rest of winter. Because the cold, dark, grey first months of the year are best spent draped in glorified loungewear which will make things like horizontal rain, and long, cold waits at bus stops slightly more bearable...
Friday, 24 January 2014
I didn't even realise See by Chloe did resort collections, but I'm really glad they do- it sums up just what I want to be wearing now (and not in 6 months' time)- tomboy-ish cuts in girly colours, with the perfect amount of slouch, and lots and lots of trousers, with no black tights in sight. Can I have the lot please?