Hoisery Hatred

There is a disturbing penchant here for the most offensive tights ever to be produced. We all know that tights can be a tricky subject and although they appear a simple garment, can really work against us. Well, tights will never look bad again as I will now forever have imprinted in my mind an image of the favoured style in this transitional weather.

‘Granny tights’ doesn’t even begin to describe these monstrosities. It is the colour which is offensive – not skin colour but also not black, they are a disturbing beige with a tinge of grey. They are like flesh coloured tights in need of a good wash. It is as though the women want to look like they have tanned legs, but all they succeed in doing is looking as though they have a disease. If you then take these hideous tights and add to them open-toed shoes, you have the worst street style trend ever to emerge. I see this sight on about 50% of the women in the city. Kate Middleton, you would love it here (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

From Russia with love.

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Bum’s The Word

The advert for L’Agent, a diffusion line designed by Mónica and Penélope Cruz for high end lingerie company Agent Provocateur, marks Penélope Cruz’s debut as a director, and not a bad one at that. The advert is classic lingerie: sexy, steamy, desirable. All the things needed to sell the product. I for one would happily buy the underwear, having been convinced by said advert that I will look like the women seen here if I do. (N.B. I am easily swayed by luxury advertising.) Highlights? The poor man breaking out into a sweat at the sight of such a bevvy of beauties, swanning around in their rather delightful undies. That, and a very pregnant Mónica Cruz in a babydoll – she gave birth 2 days after filming. Enjoy, it is cheekily charming (pun fully intended).

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Discovery #1: Delfina Delettrez

This week saw me starting my first week working at Vogue, as part of the team coordinating this year’s Fashion’s Night Out which is taking place in Manchester on October 10th. After just 1 week working there, I have already found many exciting new designers to delve into, the first of these being Delfina Delettrez.

Delfina Delettrez, owner of her eponymous jewellery label, harks from the Fendi family and so has fashion in her blood. Her jewellery is eclectic; it ranges from delicate, dainty chains with tiny charms, to bejewelled necklaces, skeleton hand bracelets and chunky metal bangles. There’s something for every taste, so long as you’re not averse to colour and life in your adornments. She is a favourite of fellow accessories designer Charlotte Olympia, amongst others. The best piece? The small hoops decorated with gems and pearls. A perfect fusion of femininity and androgyny.

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Fashion(Ed) In London Returns

After a brief hiatus during which much time was spent in the library,  I am back in the world of Fashion. What a wonderful feeling! So here are some of the things that have been going on while my head was stuck in books, essays and poetry:

Sign your allegiance

New York boutique Les Plus Dorés have released a range of varsity-style t-shirts sporting the names of your favourite designers on the back, meaning we can show the world our brand loyalty. Not only do they have their names, but the numbers correspond to the year in which each particular designer was born. Nifty. So now in the Simons at Dior vs. Slimane at YSL debate, you can proudly show your team loyalty. Available here.

images from LPD website

Fashion Goes Disney

New York department store Barneys has collaborated with Disney to produce a film named Electric Holiday; the film follows Minnie Mouse dreaming her way to Paris Fashion Week. Along the way, she meets some of Fashion’s biggest names: Anna Dello Russo, Alber Elbaz, Carine Roitfeld, Franca Sozzani (long-standing role model for this blogger), Emmanuelle Alt, Juergen Teller, Pat McGrath and many more. The film looks very cute indeed but unfortunately it can only be seen in store. Let’s hope it’s released to a  wider audience later on!

images from Vogue

Thanksgiving Parade Re-imagined

John Januzzi has created a series of drawings depicting big fashion names as huge balloons in the illustrious Macy’s’ Thanksgiving Parade. A fun (and probably very popular) idea!

images from becauseimaddicted

And Finally…

It’s that time of year again: sample sale time! This week boasts Erdem, Christopher Kane, J.W.Anderson, Alexander McQueen and Nicholas Kirkwood sample sales.

Erdem: Tuesday 4th December 8.30am – 8.00pm
Wednesday 5th December 8.30am – 5.00pm

The Future Gallery
5 Great Newport Street
London
WC2H 7HY

Christopher Kane: Friday 30th November 12.30 – 8.00pm

The Mercer Street Studios
16 Mercer Street
WC2H 9QE

J.W.Anderson: Friday 30th November 4.00 – 8.00pm

37-75 Shacklewell Lane
Lighthouse Studios
Dalston
London
E8 2EB

Anna Dello Russo’s Fashion Rules

Anna Dello Russo has taken the time out of her busy schedule of adorning herself in show-stopping clothes, head pieces, sunglasses and jewellery to make a little song with 10 of her fail-safe fashion rules. The 3 below resonated most with me. Give it a listen, you might learn something new…

Lesson number 3: Fashion is always uncomfortable. If you feel comfortable, you never get the look.

Lesson number 5: Wearing night clothes in the day time is unexpected.

Lesson number 6: Somebody wearing the same outfit? Wonderful, you made the right choice.

‘Kate in Nude Shoes Shock!’

The above picture is of a recent article in the Saturday Times (29th September) which perfectly demonstrates everything which has been previously said on this blog about the Duchess of Cambridge’s choice of shoe. Hilary Rose writes in a witty way, satirising the awful LK Bennett Sledge, the 3rd person in the royal marriage. I am sure that were Kate and Wills to have a son, Kate would want to call it Sledge as a dedication to her favourite shoe of all time.

The following are some of the best lines from this wonderful piece of writing:

“One style guru describing [sic] them as the white stiletto of the middle classes (bit harsh). But now they’re the Ugg boot of 2012, worn everywhere by everyone from WAGs to yummy mummies at the school gates, from pole dancers to celebs on the red carpet” – Describing them as the white stiletto of the middle classes is definitely not too harsh, it is a fitting description. We’re not talking a Céline or Stella McCartney-style white stiletto; instead picture a very high, pointy, patent white stiletto and that is the sister shoe of the patent heel. They look cheap. End of story. Nude shoes are not actually flattering and I will say it again and again until it becomes a widely accepted fact. They look cheap, especially the patent variety.

“Kate’s job is to be the photogenic wife of the heir to the throne.” – It has always been difficult to discuss Kate’s style without people commenting that it shouldn’t be something people care about. In one sentence Ms Rose has perfectly captured the exact reason why it is, and always will be, something we care about.

“So will she swap the shade if not the style?…According to a spokesman for LK Bennett, the Duchess owns Sledges in different shades – “cream, off-white and taupe”. So probably not, then.” – The perfect closing statement.

There is however one small sentence with which this anti-nude shoe blogger does not agree – “They go with everything”. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. They supposedly ‘go with everything’ because they are the same colour as your skin. This is hardly ever the case and they end up being some odd shade of greige which draws attention to them, whilst also having the unflattering effect of making the wearer’s skin appear greige too. And there-in lies the other problem with nude shoes; why would you want a shoe which fades away and no one looks at? There is a world of options for women and amazing shoes out there, we should celebrate and wear the most eye-catching, pretty shoes available, not the most drab, ugly ones.

Stud Obsession

Without noticing it, I have recently added more and more studded items to my wardrobe. It is an unconscious action that occurs when I go shopping, leaving me with clothes, shoes and bags covered in metal embellishments. I realised this after my last shopping trip when I came home, surveyed my purchases and found that I had bought a Topshop cardigan with studded shoulders and a clutch from Urban Outfitters with little gold studs on the sides (pictured below). Studs are everywhere now (luckily for me) and even better, they are elegant and understated, rather than in-your-face and gothic like they used to be. The best way to incorporate them into an outfit is with a small detail, for example, a studded shoulder or shoe. This way you avoid looking like you’ve crawled home from a grungy night in Camden. Whereas studs and leather used to be considered a match made in heaven, they now look best juxtaposed on silk or wool. They also work best with neutral colours, although royal blue and gold stud details are a winner. Here are some of the best items on the high street at the minute:

Where the love affair began, all those years ago – Alexander Wang Coco Duffel

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Butler & Wilson

Costume jewellery – it’s big, it’s bold and it’s brilliant. There’s nowhere quite like Butler & Wilson where you can find big, sparkling, over-the-top jewels and wacky, ever so slightly creepy jewellery. Not for the faint hearted, the majority of their pieces are eye-catching but luckily not eye-wateringly expensive. A win win situation. Such jewellery can be worn with anything but its real strength lies in taking a plain outfit from the everyday to a much higher level. Below are my favourite pieces at the moment.

Crystal Art Deco Pendant on Double Chain Necklace – £58

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Thierry Lasry Sunglasses

These beautiful sunglasses are the creation of Frenchman Thierry Lasry. He started his sunglasses label in 2006 and all are entirely handmade in France. Thierry gets his inspiration for each pair from vintage designs but he modernises them with his avant-garde touch, making his sunglasses ‘futuristic vintage’. What sets him apart from many sunglasses designers is the lack of logo, only real fans can identify a pair if seen in the street. Here are some of the best pairs from his 2012 collection:

AGONY

ANNOREXXXY

PERFIDY

PLATONY

PUNCHY

You can check out the rest of the collection here. UK stockists include Liberty and Net-a-Porter.

Similar styles can be found for less on the high street, particularly at Urban Outfitters who have designs like these: