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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Love Angel Music Baby

I have always thought Gwen Stefani had amazing style, a sort of mix of sexy, funky, piratey cuteness that I have never understood how she manages to pull off. I think part of the attraction is the glamour of all the tiny details in her looks.

Her new S/S '11 collection is just as inspiring, pirate-like looks, billowing tartan fabrics, thick black eyeliner... She also has some gorgeous fabrics in there, vibrant and patterned in a way that subtly reminds me of those beautiful alien like patterns from Alexander Wang.

Anyway, here are all of my favourite looks from the collection, let me know what you think!

The necklace combined with the hairstyle and long dress is somehow really beautiful, and reminds me of egypt.  


I love the lace peeking out under the tartan here, its reminds me of the whole underwear peeking out of overwear look from last year and to me it seems to make the whole look very subtly feminine
A bikini under a jacket, tres chic :)
I love the mix of this African style necklace with a traditional black jacket, it makes the whole look somehow sexier and fresher.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Fashion Week in 3D


Aaaah I am very excited, it's fashion week and I am a bit overwhelmed with all the fashion my brain is processing at the moment...Anyway to get back down to earth I am collecting all my favourites at the moment ready for blogging analysis but for now I'd just like to share with you a couple of looks from the one collection that has really stuck in my head.




These pictures are taken from the Karla Spetic S/S11 collection from Australia.

 When first seeing them, these designs had the odd effect of almost bending my 'fashion' mind in a different direction. I know that we have had patterns, prints and even peoples faces printed on clothes for a while now but this brings us to another level. The winding road shown on the skirt above looks almost 3D and seems to give us a glimpse of another place that we could just drive to through the skirt itself. We are all comfortable with clothes in different shapes and textures but what about clothes with different places on them? Clothes that stand out, not due to their design or the specific model wearing them , but because of the beauty, uniqueness and general alive 'real' feeling of the image shown on them!?

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

christopher kane a/w '10 yes or no?

Christopher Kane's newest collection has left me slightly baffled, I am not sure if I like it but I certainly like the ideas behind it. He has combined two current trends, florals and leather, to make this collection. The leather has a kind of sexy edgish vibe whilst the florals are pretty and sweet so the combination is definitely an interesting one!

Here are the pieces I like from the collection;


This coat sort of makes the flower pattern at the bottom sexy, its like a basic black coat but with some added spice..

The prim collar and bright yellow flowers combine with the shiny leather in a suprisingly satisfying way, she looks like she can be tough but can also be pretty, this definitely appeals to the urban side of me.
This one almost reminds me of some sort of Renaissance dress, (the flowers look like they are taken from some sort of ancient tapestry) except for the fact that its a minidress. I think this would be something I woud hang in my wardrobe and look at from time to time because I liked the intricacy of the flower pattern rather than actually wear.

There were two pieces from this collection that I really didn't like though,





The first picture with the fur collar seems a clumsy nod towards the massive predominance of fur on the catwalks this winter. It also seems to link in slightly with the current trend for aviator jackets but it hasn't been added to the dress with any sort of panache its just stuck on the top of the dress in a way that makes me want to rip it off and throw it away quickly while no-one's looking.

The second dress also seems to be quite clumsily made, the skirt does not sit on the models body properly and what the earth is up with the uncomfortable black stripey thing going on over the front of the skirt?

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 Let me know what you think of the collection and whether you would wear any of it?x x x

Monday, 2 August 2010

Rings. . . .


I have decided to post about rings today. I have recently seen bloggers post pictures of themselves with handfuls of rings and I'm finding it really hard to resist the temptation to do the same! To me, rings are amazing things in that they carry so much traditional meaning and they can be a symbol of something so personal between two people. They can also be loads of fun and you can create so many different looks just by using different combinations of rings. Here are some pictures I found in my hunt through the internet;

genius...


I love the way that lots of rings can give you a kind of sexy 'armoured' look. Its as if you are shielding yourself from the world around you and also from your own fear of being boring or ordinary by adding pieces of 'ringed' art individual to you. Whenever I put on all my rings they make me feel more structured, each one has its own meaning to me and so by wearing them I am somehow more assured of who I am and where I've come from.



Its amazing to think that people wore rings hundreds and hundreds of years ago and that these rings were involved in showing the political and social status of the wearers through their symbolic use as a representation of class and power.









I would love to have a massive collection of rings to put on my fingers all of which meant different, private things to me. To this end I will post up the different pictures of the rings I have already got in my collection and the ones I hope to get with the explanations behind them as my ring collecting goes!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

For you or for me

I've been thinking about this question for a while and it has occurred to me that there has been a turning point in my understanding of fashion. I was in Oxford Street yesterday and when first arriving felt the familiar excitement of  being in the vicinity of the biggest collection of clothes shops in London. However, I mistakenly (very mistakenly) chose to go during the rush hour when there were literally thousands of people trying to get in and out of every shop. This is when I noticed people were wearing the same clothes; the H&M top that I had just seen in the shop, or those Primark jeans that have been around for about a year now or the free scarf from the cover of Elle that I got two months ago. Just a few of these coincedences began to make me think. Of course I know that people have to end up with the same clothes, but I had never really let this thought go any further. We end up in the same outfits and the same style of clothes because these are what the world around us tells us are the acceptable things to wear at the moment. This led me to wonder why I then go on to buy what I'm told to buy. Is it because I like to fit in and to feel I have 'got it right'? Is it also because I believe it willl make me more attractive/approachable if I am wearing what everyone else does. I think both these things are partially true. I also think it requires a lot of courage or self assurance to go against the stereotype of fashion. People will always look at someone who is dressed differently to others and see them as the 'outsider'. To most people and in certain ways to myself, it is too much effort to go against the norm. However, I believe that fashion should not just be a way of trying to fit in and make others see you as included. I personally would like to take my interpretations of fashion further and try to look beyond the current and 'fashionable' trends. Instead of dressing for others I want to also try and find a sense of dressing for myself, finding clothes and styles that I like for reasons other than that of social politics. In a way gaining a sense of self that is independent from anyone else and not broken down by anothers criticism is one of the most important steps that anyone can take, not just in fashion but in any area of personal identity.

For example, I have always wondered what wearing a typical Elizabethan dress with a corset and flowing skirt would be like. Or indeed alternatively wearing big Camden boots and lots of piercings.
I havent done either of these things for the interesting reason that they would not fit in with the image of me that I like to project to the world. Fashion is more than just personal decoration, it also gives people a glimpse into who you consider yourself to be. Dress smart and people will treat you far differently to if you dressed as a slob. In every code of dress there is an inbuilt code of behaviour and rules and social standing. I can't neccessarily dress however I like because it would affect my job, my friends and my way of life. Fashion is, in a very subtle way, far more than personal decoration. It is also a representation of our internal world. How we percieve ourselves and our place in the world and therefore how others judge us. Extracting myself from thinking about the social implications of fashion is, after consideration, a far more difficult task than merely learning to have confidence by myself. However, in places away from the more formal worlds of jobs, banks and so on I think that I will begin to experiment with the way I dress. My ultimate goal is to find a style that comes more from me than from the world around me.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

burberrying

I have always had a bit of  a thing for Burberry. They manage to produce pieces that, to me, seem to have a perfect balance between elegance and sexiness. This seasons fall collection has not disappointed and what stands out most in this collection (apart from the gorgeous thigh high boots) are the range and extravagence of the coats (all of which I would like to own).

I love the banding around the sleeves on these two pictures, it pulls the look of the coats together giving them a slightly sexier, harder edge.
Are belted coats now coming into the world of male fashion?
This is my favourite look, the combination of a furry oversized coat with those boots fits perfectly, she reminds me of a sexy Russian spy.
I like the way the material of these coat looks almost velvety yet is stopped from looking too 'grandad-like' with the aforementioned banding around the sleeve. For some reason I picture this coat on some kind of fictional hero returning from the depths of middle earth or some such place..

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

ART in action...

 I have just been at an art festival that I go to every year called Art in Action. It is held down in Oxfordshire in the grounds of a beautiful old house and loads of different artists come from around the world to show their artwork, fashion, music, dancing and so on, here are a few of the pictures I took over the weekend and I'm hoping they give you a bit of a flavour of the whole thing!                                                           
This is a very fine piece of blown glass made to look like a wave.

There are some beautiful gardens by the house and this is one of the pictres i took of the lilies on the pond.
Thats me.

This was a design for a bridal headdress, I think its beautiful!


There was a lady there who made hats and headpieces...

The pond at dusk.
They have practical classes there where you can learn how to do things like sculpture, jewellery making, pottery and lots of other things.
Learning how to weave!
Glassblowing demonstration.
Hand painting, the colours were beautiful.
I want all of these bowls..
I love these colours
I think these were hand carved from clay but the shape is lovely.
These were designs printed onto silk paper.
Handmade soap :)
Weaving, I watched for a while and it looked very complex.

An Elizabethan inspired ruff
I dont know what these are but they remind me of rain drops.
Hand painted 18th century text on an old christening gown.
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