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"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves" - Shakespeare

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Oh baby...

Far be it from me to be a girly girl who will pick anything if it's pink. No. My weakness is embellishement, which may not seem much better, but anyway that's not the point...the point is that I am finding myself drawn to baby pink more and more. What is going on?! The latest object of my affection is this Topshop holdall.

Arm-candy is perhaps an especially appropriate term, given that it is the colour of candy-floss. Nonetheless, you have to admit that is really rather fetch and it could definitely be brought out on Wednesdays (spot the Mean Girls fan)! In fact I think I'd bring it out most days. If ever a bag held the promise of Spring it is this one. Maybe that's why I like it so much, or maybe it's because it is chic and fun and, wait for it, practical! Either way we shouldn't have to justify why we like something. I stumbled across these words of wisdom last week and maybe we should (at least I definitely should) take heed...

"If we let ourselves get even a little bit carried away we can surprise ourselves. For many people fashion gives them a way to express themselves, but if we let it, if we search for that (fashion moment) feeling instead of searching for that specific item, it can also give us a way to learn about ourselves and to express a side we didn't even know we had."

I hope this doesn't mean I'm going to discover that I'm a secret barbie girl, but if it does, at least I'll be doing it in style! Style is having the courage of your convictions, so be brave!


Sunday, 29 January 2012

The best of the rest

I may have said Valentino's Couture collection was the best (an opinion that, might I add, Vogue shares!) but come on, it's couture, so obviously there are some other wonderfully crafted garments for us to lust after. Here is my pick of the best of the rest...

Christophe Josse

Armani Privé
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier

Alexandre Vauthier
Stephane Rolland
Stephane Rolland
Stephane Rolland

Saturday, 28 January 2012

The very best of Haute Couture

Spring 2012 Haute couture collections graced Paris runways this week, but did you know that in France, Haute Couture is a protected term? Fashion houses and designers must adhere to certain regulations to be able to work under the label of Haute Couture. They must:

  • Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
  • Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
  • Each season present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.

It's an exclusivity that we can only dream of, and for me no collection captured the very essence of this dream and made it into an oh-so-close-yet-unnatainable-reality than Valentino. The luxurious promise of romance and innocence creates a paradoxical feeling of lust and desire that makes this collection so wonderful...

And that's why we love fashion.


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Let's Court

Two posts in one day?? You must be thinking you've struck gold (lol). It's cos I'm determined not to break my resolution before January is out!

The Court is a shoe that has never really appealed to me before, but it has been catching my eye more and more as I trawl the internet planning what's going on my unaffordable wish-list. I used to think of it as an un-interesting shoe, so maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old (20 is rapidly approaching), but i'm definitely going to invest (as a student it's the only term that can justify spending more than £50 on one item) in a pair. Haven't decided which ones yet, but here are some of my favourites...

Maybe I'll just invest in all 5...


Pretty in Pink?

I love autumn and winter, mainly because I adore A/W fashion and all the layering that it allows, but ever since I saw this shorts and blazer combo even I have found myself wistfully longing for warm weather so I can wear it, or at least consider doing so.

 I can picture the scene: shorts, blazer and crisp white v-neck top with an elegant pair of courts, walking through the streets of Paris or NY (I'm not fussy which) accessorised with a gold watch and a tan. And there's the snag - pastel pink shorts aren't going to flatter my (almost luminous) white legs, nor would my legs flatter the shorts, and fake tan is never going to happen. My usual go-to, a pair of black tights, ain't gonna work without resulting in me resembling a 6 year old who's been given free reign with her wardrobe. It's a real to-do but at least I've got plenty of time before Spring hits to figure it out.


Sunday, 15 January 2012


One of my favourite quotes ever from Le Petit Prince de la Couture...

"The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves.. But for those who haven't had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there." --Yves Saint Laurent

Been up since 5.30 so that is all =)


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Print Perfection

I was flicking through magazines at work when I came across this amazing silk print playsuit. It is so amazing, in fact, that I let out a little gasp (which I think bemused my next customer a little) so I thought I'd share the wonder with you, because really, you need to see this.

It is from D&G's SS12 collection and I don't know what it is about it but I desperately want it. In fact, I want the whole collection (it is linked below so you can experience the sheer amazingness for yourself). Before I saw the collection I thought I would probably just skip over the soon-to-be-current craze for prints but now I am on the lookout for anything remotely similar. Any collection that can turn my normally stubborn mind so drastically is definitely worth a look (not that really you need me to tell you that D&G can create something so fabulous). Unfortunately a look is all it will be at £650, so make sure it's a good one...


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Who knew economics could be so interesting?!

You know all these midi and maxi skirts and dresses that we've been embracing (or at least noticing) recently? Well economist George Taylor knew back in 1926 that this would happen. Not even the world's greatest fashion designer could tell you what will be gracing the catwalks almost 90 years in advance, so how was a man who predicted figures instead of dressing them, able to do it? The answer is in his hemline index theory which essentially says that as economic prosperity drops, so do our hemlines. 

When I read an article on this topic recently, I was quite surprised at the link between the two, firstly because I had never made the connection between fashion and the economy before, but also because had I thought about it, I probably would have come up with the reverse theory; I would have thought that during economic hardship women would want to show off their legs to make them feel good, and that it would be cheaper to make shorter skirts because they require less material. However, apparently economic booms bring about an increase in fabric prices and so designers reduce their expense by reducing lengths. Furthermore, when Taylor came up with the theory in the 1920s, during economic booms women wanted raised hemlines to show off their silk stockings. It was when they wanted to hide that they couldn't afford to buy these stockings that hemlines lowered. It is strange to imagine such a society.

Obviously I don't whip out my darling green maxi-dress to hide the fact that I'm not wearing silk stockings, so why has the lower hemline made a come-back this time around? Taylor's theory has been proven but given the mix of mini, midi and maxi, and the varying fabrics and prices we are seeing at the minute I'm thinking that maybe it's more of a coincidence this time that lower hemlines have been resurrected during a recession? Regardless, I'm going to enjoy experimenting, and the plus side is that to get away with midi lengths I need heels so my resolutions are still on track!

Which length will you be embracing?


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Resolutions are for life, not just for January.

Ahh! Happy New Year everyone, I may have been awol for a few weeks but now I'm back to share my fashion resolutions for the new year (inspired once again by Niall), which I intend will last far beyond the end of this month! 

  1. This is at the top of my list because it causes me the most problems when I don't do it - When I see something I want I will buy it. This may sound like a recipe for disaster for someone on a student budget but let me tell you, it isn't. Anyone who knows me will know how specific my taste is and so when I pass up on the opportunity to buy something in the hope of finding something slightly better or cheaper I am essentially setting myself an impossible task that involves hours of fruitless internet trailing. For example, I saw this shirt in November but I didn't really want to spend £60 on it so I thought I'd find something cheaper. Turns out I can't and now it's sold out, if anything I should have bought 2.
  2. This is the scary one because if I fail you will all know - I will update my blog at least twice a week. Have faith!
  3. On the same note, I will read many more fashion blogs because I haven't even scratched the surface.
  4. Perhaps the least practical one given that I live in a 'city' full of cobbled streets and hills but I will wear heels more often. All the 'power women' (me in 10 years i hope) are doing it and at 5"4 people will probably barely notice when I do.
  5. Finally the most difficult - challenge myself style wise and branch out a little more. Apparently I am very closed-minded so this will be interesting. Can I do it? I'll keep you posted.
To finish, some wonderful quotes from some wonderful people to influence your fashion decisions of 2012 and beyond...I couldn't decide which one was best so I'll leave that decision up to you! 

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
—Ralph Lauren

“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”
—Jean Cocteau

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”
—Miuccia Prada

“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”
—Coco Chanel

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
- Lauren Hutton