Rick Owens Drape Back Leather Jacket / H&M Maxi Cardigan / FAIIINT ‘Splice’ Dress / Wolf + Sadie ‘Theurgy’ Ring /
Birds N Bones ‘Taxidea’ Claw Ring & ‘Mus Hip’ Knuckle Ring / Kurt Geiger ‘Saturn’ Boots / Bracher Emden Bag
I promised myself I wasn’t going to be a cliché Brit and talk about the weather for the third outfit post running, but as you can see, after our brief bit of summer weather I’m right back to being wrapped up again. The upside to this is that I get to wear this beautiful jacket for a little longer, before (hopefully) it gets way too warm to be wearing leather.
When I brought this jacket I was originally intending to buy the Naska style. The Naska jacket has been my dream ‘one day’ jacket for the most ridiculous amount of time, so when I convinced myself that I deserved a treat after working so hard and achieving some things that were important to me, I decided that would be the perfect big treat. That was until I stumbled upon this beauty from the Autumn Winter 2010 show as I was browsing Vestiaire Collective for a nice second hand one – because who am I kidding, I could not afford to buy a new one! I couldn’t decide which to go for, so I asked you guys over Twitter and it was pretty unanimous in favour of this more unusual one.
I’m so glad I went for this one in the end, because as so many of you rightly said it’s a total showstopper and every time I wear this I get people staring at me. Sure, some of them aren’t looking in a good way and I’ve had my fair share of “it’s not Halloween yet!” comments, but I feel like that’s what good pieces do and I always get a weird kick out of wearing things that really divide opinion like this. There are so many things about this jacket that make my heart skip, from the wonderful mixture of different leathers and textures to the padded shoulders, asymmetric collar and the beautifully draped back. I know this is a piece that I’ll have and cherish forever, and that even in years to come will still be making me sigh a little at its beauty every time I pull it out of my wardrobe. If ever there was a case for investing well in forever pieces, this is it.
Heritage frames from Vision Express
Last month Vision Express launched a brand new, exclusive collection of in house brands. I was invited down to the Oxford Street store for the launch event to check them out and for a personal styling session with the lovely Gemma Sheppard to find my own perfect pair.
As I arrived I had a quick browse of the store before being handed a glass of bubbles and taken upstairs to have my eyes tested. The last time I had an eye test I was told that I really ought to start wearing glasses for computer work and reading. I feel a little bad admitting it, but I didn’t think they seemed all that bad and so I just never got around to getting myself a pair. That was two or three years ago now, but over the past year I’ve noticed them getting quite a bit worse. As I expected, my eye test confirmed that one of my eyes is long sighted and one is short sighted. The optometrist also told me that this is something that could really be contributing to my frequent headaches and I suddenly felt pretty annoyed with myself for putting off getting a pair for so long.
Once it was clear I needed glasses I went downstairs to see Gemma, who had already laid out a good selection of frames she thought would suit my face. It was lovely to see Gemma again and have a little catch up, plus a quick play around in the photo booth! I’d met her before when I went to check out the Zatchels factory in Leicester way back in 2013, and it was so nice that she instantly remembered me, even despite how long ago that was.
We both agreed that a black pair of frames were obviously most suited to me, and so we tried on a few different styles from the Heritage and In Style ranges. As soon as I tried this pair on, it was clear to both of us that they were the frames for me. The slight cat eye shape is super flattering on me and the oversized lenses make a great statement. I love that they are kind of like a hybrid of my favourite cat eye and wayfarer sunglasses too, meaning it took me no time at all to get used to seeing them on my face and adjust to wearing them.
Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses via Discounted Sunglasses * / H&M Crepe Dress / Pieces Wrap Belt /
Wolf + Sadie Petite Lucid Necklace / H&M Suede Boots / Balenciaga City Bag
This is the problem with the British weather, just last week I was telling you all how I couldn’t quite bring myself to leave the house without a jacket, and yet now here I am jacket-less in the sunshine! I’m not getting too excited just yet though, it’s back to rain, cloudy skies and layers today. I could definitely do with the heat returning and getting a little more sun on my skin, I think I’m pretty much in full vampire mode now, I’ve become so pale that I literally glow in the sunlight!
How clever are these folding wayfarers? When they’re folded out they look just like a normal classic pair, but then they fold down into this palm sized case. I’m not sure if it’s just the novelty of it, but I’ve had the tiny case almost permanently in the pocket of whichever jacket I’m wearing or tucked into my bag. It’s the perfect size to always have on you, ready for when the sun comes back. I had planned to get them in black, but I was oddly drawn to this matte grey colourway. They have all the classic appeal of a glossy black pair, but with a little twist and the silver mirrored lenses compliment the deep grey beautifully.
Catarzi Fedora / Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket / Lavand Lace Hem Dress / Phoebe Jewellery Moonstone Moon Necklace * /
Kurt Geiger ‘Saturn’ Boots / Bracher Emden Bag
I’m still not quite ready to fully embrace the no jacket weather we’ve been having lately. I got caught out a few weeks ago as I stepped outside and decided, a little too optimistically, to quickly throw my jacket back in to my house before I ran to get a bus. I instantly regretted it when 5 minutes later I was shivering walking to the bus stop and didn’t have time to go back for it! Now I am stubbornly wearing a jacket until summer is in full swing.
This dress is one of the reasons I love ASOS’s outlet section. I always find myself aimlessly browsing it when I’m a little bored (filtered by colour black, obviously) and I regularly come across brands there that I would otherwise never have heard of. I couldn’t resist this beautiful heavy lace hem, adding just the right amount of detail and texture to a perfectly classic dress. It’s made from a nice crisp cotton, as all good summer dresses should be, and I just can’t wait until it’s properly warm and I can swish around in it without the need to throw on extra layers. I’ve also now got my eye on this shift dress from the same brand, it seems they do classic pieces with a little twist very well, and I love the wrap over back on this one.
Sid Neigum Autumn Winter 2016 presentation / Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
This post is quite belated as I was having a bit of a ‘my work is rubbish’ crisis and was convinced all of my shots of this collection (and everything else I shot over LFW) were all too awful to publish. I’m sure all creatives can understand this and have been through similar themselves too. I’m my own worst critic and though sometimes I think this is a good thing as it pushes me to strive to be even better, sometimes it can be quite crippling. This is especially true when it’s something like photography, which always makes me feel like a bit of a fraud as I’ve never really learned the craft, I just kind of picked up a camera and played around with it. Having looked back over these shots recently though, I realised that maybe I was being a little harsh on myself, but mostly that this was just too good of a collection to not feature and share with you all.
Sid Neigum is a Toronto based conceptual, interdisciplinary womenswear label. Favouring an experimental approach using innovative fabrics and the precision and reasoning of a mathematician, Neigum applies modular origami and packaging design techniques to create his signature minimal yet maximal designs.
Drawing inspiration from Le Corbusier’s landmark tome The Modulor, for AW16 pieces were cut using the golden ratio, imbuing the collection with structural and symbolic balance. Le Corbusier harnessed the proportions of the human body to perfect his architectural works, describing his system as ‘a range of harmonious measurements to suit the human scale’. Neigum has translated these principals into a collection of garments which effortlessly envelope the body, softly structured and beautifully cut, these pieces have a modern, easy elegance about them.
The predominantly black colour palette came in richly textured wools, neoprene, crinkled silks and metal blends which could be shaped and scrunched into place. Highlights of warm camel, charcoal grey and white provided a beautiful contrast whilst still in keeping with the dark and dramatic feel of the collection. The quality of the pieces and their craftsmanship really shone through too, and Neigum has crafted the perfect blend of contrasting elements here – hard and soft, modern but classic, relaxed and easy, yet statement making.