Catarzi Fedora / H&M Asymmetric Shirt Dress / Ailsigr Talisman Necklace / H&M Boots / Bracher Emden Bag
With the weather suddenly turning a lot more autumnal, I thought I ought to make the most of being able to throw on something so simple before stepping out of the door. I’m sure you all know by now that I live for layering up all black in the cooler months, but there’s no denying there’s something so perfect about just throwing on one single, simple piece. I love pieces like this H&M shirt because they make this kind of dressing effortless, and also look just as good layered up too. It’s a basic item, yet the simple asymmetric cut makes it anything but.
I spoke about Ailsigr in my last post, when I showed off some of her beautiful silver pieces. She also works in bronze, and this talisman necklace is my favourite piece after the beautifully statement mountain rings. Inscribed with mysterious symbols, has an aura of history and magic, and is another perfect example of a simple piece made extra special.
River Island Drape Top / New Look Wrap Maxi Skirt / Pieces Leather Belt / Ailsigr ‘Mountain Range’ Ring /
Ailsigr ‘Tiny Mountains’ Ring / Ailsigr ‘Crescent Moon and Stars’ Necklace / Kurt Geiger ‘Saturn’ Boots
It’s always exciting to come across a new independent designer whose work you love, and I just couldn’t wait to share these wonderful pieces by Ailsigr with you all.
Through her pieces Ailsa explores our relationship with mythology and nature, seeking to understand where this all fits into our technology driven, twenty first century lives. The use of traditional, hands on techniques paired with a modern eye for design gives her pieces a raw and ancient feel, almost as if these are lost totems from a long forgotten time. Combining symbols, texture and organic shapes, her pieces act as mysterious talismans for modern times.
My personal favourite piece has to be the large mountain range ring with its statement textured peaks. It’s a striking piece, one that demands attention and made from solid silver, it feels pleasingly weighty on your hand too.
Birds N Bones Darkling Beetle Collection shot by Aubrey Janelle
Zoe and Ashley, the designers behind Birds N Bones Jewelry, believe that the current way of releasing a collection is broken. With their latest project they aim to shake things up, allowing for a better connection with their customers and the ability to respond to them, by crafting pieces they truly love.
Drawing inspiration from how musicians release an album, their latest collection will drop in 3 limited availability pre-releases, building up to the arrival of the main collection in November. Giving a taster of what’s to come, this release process allows the designers to gauge the reception to their pieces and tailor the final collection to their customers desires. Based on the input they receive, some of these sets will make it into the main collection, whilst others may be exclusive to the pre-release and unavailable again afterwards.
Each of the mini collections will focus on a different specimen, and the first of these releases centres around the darkling beetle. Available in necklaces, earrings and rings, the pieces have such a beautifully raw feel, thanks to the richly textured organic forms and attention to detail. Delicate little beetles appear as if frozen in silver, crawling along wrapped branch rings and hanging elegantly from necklaces. Zoe and Ashley have done a wonderful job of translating the beauty found in nature into unique, wearable pieces worthy of coveting. My personal favourites so far are the triangle necklace, horizontal ring and the stone necklace and earrings with labradorite bullets. A portion of the sales from the limited release collections will also be donated to insect conservations, giving back to the creatures that inspired them. If this is just the start, I honestly can’t wait to see what’s to come.
The Darkling Beetle Collection is available until the 6th September. If you have a favourite, make sure you grab it now!
The Ragged Priest Cropped Jumper / H&M Asymmetric Tee / New Look Coated Jeans * /
Wolf + Sadie ‘Theurgy’ Ring / Elemental Luxury Phantom Quartz Ring / Converse All Star Brea Silver High Tops *
I spent a long time debating over whether or not to get these sneakers, I even took to Twitter to ask you guys for your opinions and it was pretty much straight down the middle. Some of you loved them, some of you hated them, and I was still completely torn. I couldn’t decide if they were trashy cool, or just plain trashy. However, being a bit of a sneaker addict and sticking by my ‘if it’s not black but I still weirdly want it’ rule, I decided to give them a shot.
As soon as they arrived I knew I’d made the right choice, glossy silver vinyl paired with sprayed silver soles, they’re just the right side of tacky. I always enjoy pieces which really divide opinion, and it’s become very clear that with these there is no middle ground, it’s either love or hate. The reworked ‘Brea’ style is a really nice update on the classic Chuck too, with it’s wrap around velcro strap and padded lining and tongue. It’s a subtle change, but one that makes them feel very fresh again. I’m already eyeing up the all black leather version. The silver, black and a handful of other colours are also currently in the sale at lovethesales (they have a pretty great Reiss sale on at the moment too!) if you fancy yourself a pair.
Warehouse Striped Dress * / H&M Wide Brim Fedora / Bloody Mary Metal Tribal Moon Necklace / Vivienne Westwood Animal Toe Heels
And now for something completely different… If you know how much I love Monty Python, you’ll understand just how much I’ve been dying to type that ever since this dress arrived!
It’s definitely different, and pretty bold compared to my usual shadowy black layers, but even despite this it still feels very me. Black and white stripes have long been a part of gothic fashion, and though I do usually tend to steer clear of them to avoid looking too costumey or like a teenager who just discovered Hot Topic, I’ve always had a soft spot for the right kind of stripe.
I think the key is in choosing a more grown up version and paying close attention to the fabric they’re adorning. Here they’re thick and blocky, laid over a beautiful heavyweight cotton. The off white colour softens the print, whilst still maintaining a very graphic look and when combined with the structured prom dress silhouette, gives it a super classy feel.