There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a finding bargain, this 70s vintage dress was £10 on Ebay and I’m thrilled with it. I like clothes that are just on the right side of frumpy; I love the pie-crust collar and the feather print. I’ve worn it with a pair of Mary Janes by Joanne Stoker.
I’ve been a fan of Self-Portrait since its launch in 2013; in three short years the label’s popularity has grown exponentially. Self-Portrait is now stocked at Selfridges, Net-a-Porter, Matches and ASOS, to name but a few. I’ve heard women who like Self-Portrait branded as ‘basic bitches’ by other people who work in fashion; I take umbrage with this assertion. ‘Basic bitch’ is a pejorative, sexist term which describes a female conformist who loves all things bland, including Ugg Boots, Taylor Swift and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The ‘basic bitch’ is a girl who is dismissed and objectified because of her taste for the popular and generic. It’s an insidious phrase which has slipped in through the back door and become a part of contemporary lingo. Although it’s often used in light hearted banter, ‘basic’ is a horrible expression and should fall into obsolescence. It’s also dripping in unintentional irony, as […]
At the moment, I like wearing different shades of the same colour. I’ve always been a fan of a pleated skirt, and despite the fact that I have many, I couldn’t resist this olive green one from ASOS. I’ve styled it with my favourite jumper from Teatum Jones‘ AW16 collection; I love the ribbed tailoring, the extra long sleeves and the cut-out details at the elbow.
One of the things I love about London Fashion Week, is having the chance take a close look at the clothes and talk to designers about their work. Judy Wu’s latest collection was a beautiful combination of sports-luxe and exaggerated femininity. Entitled ‘Curve’, Judy took inspiration from architecture that blends structure with generous arcs and contours, mimicking the female body. The pieces were beautifully constructed, with classic vintage-like tailoring, complete with nipped in waists and boxy, elegant jackets. I loved the skirts layered with petal-like layers of chiffon, that gently fluttered in the breeze. Judy’s zingy colours served as a palette cleanser, which will be most welcome come spring time. Technically, a fashion journalist should analyse a collection with cold impartiality, dissecting the designer’s work without personal bias. When I’ve written for other publications, I’ve tried to apply equitable journalistic integrity. However, when writing on my […]
Roksanda Ilincic is renowned for her use of vibrant colour and inventive tailoring. SS17 was a departure from the architectural shapes of the past, with billowing swathes of fabric marking a new direction for the Serbian born designer. The colour palette was muted, but still dynamic; Ilincic combined rusty red, ochre, blush pink, copper, sunflower yellow and purple to dazzling effect. Inventive sleeves have long been Roksanda’s calling card and this season was no exception. Beautifully draped from the shoulders, the sleeves were contemporary, yet also harkened back to the poets of the Romantic movement. The models were accompanied by a recording of pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, known for his ability to play “continuous music”. The undulating, flowing piano perfectly complimented the movement of the diaphanous clothes. Ilinicic has a gift for creating pieces that make a statement, but are still feminine and wearable. Although […]
In recent years I’ve become less bothered about trends; I know what suits me and I stick to it. If my look happens to be fashionable, then fine, but I certainly don’t bend my style around a flippant, passing trend. That being said, leopard print is a key look this season, but it’s also is a perennial classic that I’ve loved for years. I’m rather fond of this top by Y.A.S, although my husband thinks it looks like part of a Cirque du Soleil costume. I see what he’s saying, but I like it and that’s what counts. I’ve styled it with an old skirt from Zara (similar here) and even older boots from Carvela (similar here).
Right now, I’m in the mood for red lipstick; not the bright coral-red I’d wear in the summer, but deep, berry hues that feel right for Autumn. I’ve been wearing a lot of Cruella by Nars and Red Volution by Bourjois. I often fit my outfit around my makeup, which sometimes leaves me over made-up and over dressed. I find applying makeup therapeutic but I sometimes get a little carried away, resulting in me showing up late with a full face, when a little tinted moisturiser and a slick of mascara will do. This dress from Zara seemed to compliment the lipstick, I’ve worn it with a pair of boots I bought last year from Kurt Geiger (similar here).
I was gutted when Prince died, not quite as sad as I was when David Bowie passed away, but still. Good music embeds itself in the soul and becomes an essential part of life’s journey. It has the power to to heal a broken heart and celebrate the good times. It’s as though the musician is singing directly to you, beaming straight into your emotional life. When the person who provided the music dies, you feel as though you’ve lost a friend. From Purple Rain to Kiss, Prince was the soundtrack of my teens and twenties. I bought this blouse in Dawn O’Porter’s brilliant vintage boutique, BOB. The colour and ruffles scream Prince, which pleases me greatly. It’s impossible to rock this little beauty without a spring in my step; I wore it out the other day with I Wanna be Your Lover cranked up high on my […]
I often like to dress like an old lady; pussy bows, long sleeved vintage dresses and demure skirts in loud colours are right up my street. I think that when I hit my golden years, my style will really come into its own. I love the brazen flamboyance of style mavens like Iris Apfel, and the other venerable birds of paradise featured on Advanced Style, which is one of my favourite blogs. The influence of Alessandro Michelle at Gucci means that Granny Chic is having a bit of a moment, but I’ll be wearing this look long after the trend dissipates. I bought the blouse from Reformation last year (similar here), the skirt is 50s vintage from Etsy, and my shoes are by Joanne Stoker.
Despite its slow start, this summer has been rather glorious. However, when the temperature goes above 28°C in London, the heat becomes uncomfortable; you feel simultaneously sticky and dusty. I shouldn’t complain about the weather, given that we get so little sunshine. But I can’t help looking forward to the new season, even though we’re likely to have a few more weeks of lovely warmth. This dress from Zara (similar here) is a good transitional piece as it’s light enough to wear now, but has a few nods to AW16. The shoes are old, also from Zara – similar here and here. My sunglasses are by Versace.