Saturday, 5 September 2009

Louboutin Studs

I've just recently joined the wonderful and quite bizarre land of twitter, and whilst I'm trying to learn how to actually use it, the stalking part is of course very straight forward.
Whilst stalking Henry Holland, I repeatedly read his praises of his new Christian Louboutin slippers. I then clicked on a link only to find him modeling his new slippers. They really are worth the praise!

Henry Holland's lovely feet :-)

As usual, I googled them and learned that these Louboutins were made for 3.1 Philip Lim's A/W collection this year... 
These shoes are also available in a gorgeous pale green - featured on the catwalk

Friday, 4 September 2009

A Victorian Winter

My return to London apparently meant my return to cold and damp weather. As I was planning my outfit, I began to crave the cosiness of my blanket. Once I had put on my faux fur jacket, my necklaces and satin shirt appeared to be quite Victorian-esque. I decided to play on this further and tied a lace ribbon into a Chanel inspired bow. I was quite pleased with the result.

LFW & London Transport

25 British designers (and Naomi Campbell) produced posters for London Underground to celebrate 25 years of London Fashion Week.
My fave posters are those by Christopher Bailey, Antonio Beradi and Henry Holland.

The Christopher Bailey poster is by far my definite favourite as it so accurately typifies Londoners.
Today, as always, I sat complaining after my return from sunshine that can only be found abroad, about the RAIN RAIN RAIN in London.
After I saw this poster, I actually associated a smile with London.
No matter what the weather, Londoners will find a way to manipulate fashion to their advantage i.e. glamorous wellington boots

Antonio Beradi collaborates all that is classically London - The London Eye, Buckingham Palace guards, the Union Jack and couture. By keeping the entire poster black and white except for the colours of the Union Jack, an immediate feeling of "Britishness" and patriotism is transmitted.

Finally, I love the poster by Henry Holland because its light-heartedness and simplicity, and I think it's really funny :-)

Thursday, 3 September 2009

My New Babies

As soon as these angelic python Louboutin's hit my faux fur coat on my bed my camera magically landed in hand, turned on and began snapping.
It felt only polite to respect my camera's wishes and share its muse.

Alexa Does It Again

Whilst browsing the web, as you do when you're sitting on your bed, 10pm with nothing to do, I came across a photo from July of Alexa Chung from her MTV show "it's on with Alexa Chung". Naturally, I skim her outfit for inspiration. As my eyes lead me to her shoes, I noticed a silver platform thinking these looks a bit like ice skates?
Zooming in I discovered that these are no ice skates, these are a pair of incredible black lace-up platform wedges.
Some quick googling revealed that these are Acne wedges sold at A new entry into my never gonna happen wishlist.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

High Street Femininity

Floral skirt - Urban Outfitters £28, Bow dress - ASOS £20, Print cami - French Connection £50, Tiered bandeau dress - French Connection £55, Belted cardi/dress - All Saints £70, Headband - Accessorize £8

Long tee dress - Topshop £25, Baggy floral dress - ASOS £139, Floral corset top - Topshop £35, Scoop back top - Urban Outfitters £38, Floral wallet - ASOS £15

Mesh bodycon dress - American Apparel £42, Floppy hat - American Apparel £39, Floral top - Topshop £28, nude long vest - £40, Shiny high waisted skirt - American Apparel £30

High Street Edge

Shoes - Urban Outfitters £60, Bag - ASOS Miss Sixty £80, Studded leather jacket - ASOS £110, Gloves - ASOS £40, Slashed sweater - ASOS £30

Blazer - Urban Outfitters £68, Aztec dress - ASOS £28, Bow bag - ASOS Ted Baker £99, Stripe Tee - Urban Outfitters £40, Harem jumpsuit - Urban Outfitters £29.99

Kate Moss bandeau dress - Topshop £75, Cardigan - All Saints £75, Patch bag - ASOS £20, Tortoise clutch - All Saints £95, Tier tee - Topshop £30, Ruffle skirt - All Saints £65, Coloured snake bag - Dune £45

Oh Jewelry, How Do I Love Thee?

bangles - H&M & Topshop

locket - Portabello antique market, large necklace - Accessorize

Junk Jewels postcard necklace, Swarovski necklace, Links of London sweetie bracelet, Magnolia stone, This Charming Girl anchor, Urban Outfitters message in a bottle (changed chain), Market stall in Ibiza necklace,

Ray Bans, Antique stone, Grandmothers bordered stone necklace, Follie Follie watch

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Thrifted jacket, All Saints dress, Topshop leggings, Primark boots, Michael Kors watch, Tiffany necklace,

Ashish explained

Evening arrives, I pour myself a cup of Earl Grey tea, turn on the TV, recline on the couch, laptop on lap and escape to a land beyond - the internet. Blog, blog, blog, ebay, gmail, facebook, check out Topshop.

I spot very cool leopard and Zebra print wedges.

I see they are by a designer called Ashish. Who's Ashish? I wonder for a moment, I continue browsing

Later on that fine Summer's day still thinking about those boots I found designed by a man I have not heard of, I return to the Topshop website astounded by the fact that I cannot get these shoes off of my mind. Excitement rises… "back in soon" is captioned. Back in soon? I repeat out loud. Two reactions followed: 1. I now REALLY want these boots (possibly because I can't have them *I found them on Ebay for £285?!*), 2. Who is this Ashish guy??? I start to Google... Here is what I find on LFW website:

Designer name: Ashish Gupta

What are your design signatures? “Sequins, glamour, sportswear and more sequins.”

Name three things that are inspiring you for spring/summer 2010: “Summer vacations, holiday romance and faraway places.”

How would you describe the Ashish woman? “Fun-loving and sexy with a sense of humour. She likes to make an entrance.”

What venues sum up quintessential London for you? “The Everyman Cinema in Hampstead for rainy afternoons; Primrose Bakery for the best chocolate cupcakes; Claire de Rouen books on Charing Cross Road for books on fashion and photography.”

Where in London do you find most inspiring? “The library at Central Saint Martins.”

So what have I learned? This guy loves sequins and clothing that stands out. The man is no liar, these Topshop wedges are definite eye-catchers.

Intrigued, I continue to explore his other creations.

As we can clearly see, Ashish is not a designer that sticks to basics. Bold, bright colours dominate his collection along with sequins, animal prints, pom poms ensuring everything clashes to that level where they clash so much that it works. Ashish also experiments with different silhouettes, with loose harem pants and a baggy sweater along with body-con dresses.

Quite doubtful I'll ever be seen wearing his catwalk collection but I will be waiting for the removal of the "back in soon" caption to fulfill my leopard printed wedge desire.

Monday, 31 August 2009

McQueen Loving

Alexander McQueen, known for his rebellion since his controversial days at Givenchy, has created his A/W 09 collection for a strong, powerful and slightly dominatrix woman.
McQueen's palette mainly consisted of black, white, grey and red but has a wide spectrum of silhouettes from work attire and structured shoulders to sweaters, floor-length gowns to top hats and canes.

The absolute creme de la creme of McQueen's collection (and the real reason for this post) is this incredible red whip snake knuckle duster clutch bag with skull and Swarovski ring detailing brilliantly mixing elegance with edge. You can be sure not to accidently lose your bag as I have been known to do on more occasions that I'd even like to admit...


New YSL clutch and wallet - utterly amazing!

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Before Summer Is Officially Over

My sunshine inspiration board -> Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away!

From top left:
Alexander Wang tank, Chloe perfume, Lipsy skirt, Marc Jacobs pendant watch, Aldo sandals, Chloe heels, Chloe bag, Chanel handbag charm.

Paris vs UK

One thing I love exploring is how fashion and beauty differs between different countries.
The August issues of Vogue Paris and Vogue UK proves the typical, and somewhat stereotypical, differences between the two country's styles.

At first glance, the two covers appear to be not just of different countries but even different decades.

The top cover is clearly UK Vogue showing the typical edginess of British style. Bold and bright fonts teamed with an abundance of headings almost smack you in the face with pure British intensity.
Sasha Pivovarova stands proud and powerful in an almost feminist
stance. Wearing only a blazer and a pout, seduction and supremacy are commanded.

The second cover is almost a complete 180. This cover is romantic and feminine, with a vintage-esque feel - all that is expected from the capital city of love.
The cover is solely focused on the model with only one heading. The Parisian elegance is further promoted by the delicate use of cream coloured font.

Could us wild Brits ever pull off such a cover? I think not.
- In all honesty, I will forever admire the quirkiness and overall guts of British style.