Unexpected, Therefore Fashion

What does this riddle of a title mean exactly? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. When an outfit has an unexpected twist, it leaves the realms of the everyday and becomes stylish, becomes a statement. Breaking the mould is easier than we think.

Take the recent trend of buttoning shirts up all the way to the top. Whereas the preppy Ralph Lauren 3 buttons undone look was once favoured, shirts fully buttoned are now a go to look for women everywhere. This was a new, unexpected twist on the shirt. Unfortunately said look has become so widespread that is no longer falls under the heading ‘unexpected, therefore fashion’. It has had its day, as most trends inevitably do. Fans of this look can keep it up however, simply add a statement gold necklace over the shirt to give it some interest.

LuluFrost

Continue reading

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

Fashion(Ed) In London’s Olympic Round-Up

The past two weeks have been possibly the best that London and Britain have ever seen. There is so much British Pride in the air right now it is slightly overwhelming. In honour of the amazing spectacle that was the London 2012 Olympic Games, here is my compilation of some of the best (looking) bits.

Top 5 Olympic Hunks

Tom Daley – British Diver and Olympic Medallist 

Camille Lacourt – French Swimmer

Louis Smith – British Gymnast and Olympic Medallist

Ryan Bailey – American Sprinter and Olympic Medallist

Steve Lewis – British Pole Vaulter

Best Opening Ceremony Outfit

Mexico take the gold in this category due to their fun and colourful representation of their country and culture. They stand out from all the other countries and really make an entrance. Good work, Mexico!

Best Olympic Hair

There’s no competition, American sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross wins hands down for her beautifully flowing locks.

Best Accessory

US high jumper Erik Kynard wins this category for his patriotic socks. 

Most Fashionable Event

Who knew that synchronised swimmers were so fashion-conscious? Spain and Canada wowed with their costumes which looked as though they were inspired by Gareth Pugh and Meadham Kirchhoff respectively. We can even forgive the awful make up as their outfits were so unexpectedly amazing.

The Canadian team

Meadham Kirchhoff

The Spanish team

Gareth Pugh

Best Fashlympic Moment

The Fashion World wept with joy last night as 9 British models showcased the creations of 8 of Britain’s most celebrated designers last night. Each piece was specially created for the September Issue of British Vogue and was then showcased again at the closing ceremony.

L-R: Lily Cole in Erdem, Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane, Karen Elson in Burberry, Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen, Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Georgia-May Jagger in Victoria Beckham and Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Saunders and Stephen Jones

David Gandy in Paul Smith, with Jourdan Dunn

Best Kit

There is no doubt that Team GB had the best kit of the games. Stella McCartney did a stellar job as always and made British Olympians the envy of all. The US came a close second though with their athletic kit.

London 2012, you exceeded all expectations and did us all proud.

How I’d Style It: Kate Middleton

I feel as though I’m missing a gene – the love of Kate Middleton’s style gene. I simply cannot fathom how she has managed to secure the top spot in so many ‘Best Dressed’ lists. She dresses like someone 10 years her senior and when she does wear a stylish dress, the allure is always ruined by her accessories. It has been said before on this blog and it will be said again – nude shoes are awful at the best of times, and when patent (like Kate’s LK Bennett Sledges) are possibly the most unflattering shoe there is. They do not go with everything, so dearest Duchess, please stop pairing them with everything. I know this is a contentious issue and there are many people who disagree, but there are also many who, like me, find it infuriating that Kate pips true style queens like Miranda Kerr and Diane Kruger to the top spot in style ranks. It is obviously not the Duchess of Cambridge’s role to be a trend-setting fashion icon, but she is a very prominent figure in the public eye and scrutiny of her appearance goes with the territory.

Were I the stylist of Kate, I would continue to push her to wear British brands (something she does often) but I would give her the more exciting, colourful, vibrant and less drab outfits. According to a recent Daily Mail colour chart, Kate wears grey 16% of the time, white 10% and cream 6%. She is also, thankfully, a fan of royal blue, one of the key colours for AW 12, so we know she does have some taste for a pop of colour in her wardrobe.

So here is a compiled list of clothes I would put Kate in from the AW12 collections. All are by British designers and all are appropriate for someone of the Duchess’ position.

Alexander McQueen – In keeping with Kate’s penchant for green.

Continue reading

The Joy of Sample Sales

This week has been mostly dedicated to attending sample sales – Erdem, Joseph and Christopher Kane – as well as one ‘Fashion Jumble Sale’. The sample sales were all fantastic and very different. The Erdem sale was held at The Future Gallery in Covent Garden and was full of sales assistants drafted in from the store. The clothes were on neat rails arranged by size and divided into dresses, skirts, trousers, shirts and jackets. It was incredibly well organised and made for an extremely pleasant shopping experience. Of course there was a communal changing area but there were 2 or 3 big mirrors and more helpful sales assistants giving advice. In fact it was just like being in a shop, to the point that oen sales assistant took my items off my hands and took them to the changing room so that I could browse more freely. I was extremely tempted by a pink silk chiffon shirt (pictured below) for £160, but ended up resisting the temptation and moving on to the Joseph sale on South Molton Lane.

Continue reading

Inspiration: Chelsea Flower Show

Here are some of the best floral looks around, inspired by sights like this

and this

seen on a recent visit to Sloane Square during the Chelsea Flower Show.

Erdem, the King of anything floral:

Christopher Kane, for a modern take on a floral dress:

A tropical feel from MSGM:

Graphic prints from Whistles:

Metallics and acid brights by Topshop:

And the final touch by Giuseppe Zanotti:

When wearing floral prints, it’s best to keep everything else simple (unless you’re feeling brave enough to clash your prints). So if you choose floral trousers or a skirt, pair them with a neutral top and simple accessories. Pair a dress with plain shoes in a complimenting colour, as demonstrated in the MSGM look. Floral shoes can make an outfit pop. For more inspiration, get down to Chelsea and see the amazing floral displays!

This is how I style my H&M floral print trousers. I paired them with a simple Zara shirt and River Island shoes.