Monthly Archives: March 2013

Maxi

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After having just spent a small fortune on a sale haul from ASOS I really shouldn’t have spent any more, but when I saw this maxi dress I couldn’t help but make another order. You know when you see something & it is just so you, it could have been made for you? This was one of those pieces, I couldn’t say no to it. The asymmetric midi/maxi hem, the contrasting jersey/crepe panels that give it a little stiffness & that beautiful flared shape & the top half is a t-shirt too, total perfection.

My cropped leather jacket from my degree collection (are you sick of seeing this yet?!) was the perfect compliment to the long lengths, I love playing with proportions, especially when wearing maxi lengths. Everytime I wear this I remind myself I need buy some more leather & make a better (less rushed) version, but never get around to it. I’m hoping to get my machine fixed in the next few weeks though, as I plan on making some summery dresses & shirts, so hopefully I might get around to it then.

Also, on a side note, I overheard some chavvy kids call me ‘the angel of death’ whilst wearing this, I think because it billows out so much when I walk, and of course all of the black… I’m sure they meant it as an insult, but I definitely spent the rest of the day swooshing around with this in my mind!

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Lily Kamper

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I seem to be on a bit of a jewellery kick recently. I used to be one of those people who didn’t feel fully dressed without at least a necklace, a ring, a bracelet (or two) to accessorize my outfit, then a few months ago I found myself not wanting to wear any at all, it seemed so much cleaner & less fussy.

Now I seem to be falling in love with jewellery all over again, and Lily Kamper‘s hand-turned perspex & metal creations are one of the many reasons why. They are so unique, both quiet & yet statement making, with their unusual shapes & interesting mixture of materials. They seem both modern & ancient all at once, like relics from some long forgotten, advanced civilization.

The first 4 are my favourite pieces, I love the organic speckled stone-like look they have & the ombre effects are really beautiful. I also think the pieces that mix leather with the perspex, like the bracelet, are really eye catching too.

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Faux

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Sorry if this is a little repetitive, but I just had to take some better photos of this dress I wore for the ‘Libertine’ launch party in my last post, and get some shots of the beautiful metallic faux-fur up close too.

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of interesting textures, I think when you dress primarily in black it becomes much more important, as layering different kinds really helps to keep a monochrome outfit interesting in place of colours. So as you can imagine when I spied this on ASOS it went straight into my bag. I love the mixture of the leather back & sleeves with the fur front & that subtle bronze shimmer, the shift shape is really flattering too & gives it a slightly futuristic vibe. It’s so soft & fluffy, I think I ended up secretively stroking it most of the night!

I know I’m in danger of wearing this Bracher Emden belt too much & it losing it’s wow-factor, but I can’t help myself, the added punch it gives to any outfit is pretty addictive. Plus it seemed the perfect compliment to this dress, upping the sci-fi factor a little more. You know as far as I’m concerned the more something makes me feel like I’ve raided the costume chests of some of my favourite sci-fi movies, the more I like it!

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Giles Deacon ‘Libertine’ Launch

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ASOS Revive Faux Fur Shift Dress / Bracher Emden Belt / Topshop Laced Heels / Balenciaga City

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On Monday we were invited down to The Ivy Club for the launch of Giles Deacon’s ‘Libertine’ jewellery range in collaboration with QVC. The venue was beautiful, with pieces from the collection arranged around the room draped inside birdcages sprinkled with gold flakes & Swarovski crystals. I loved this way of presenting the pieces, it made it feel as though you were peering into cages containing precious treasures, despite the fact that everything was under £50.

The rose stem hoops & the beetle bracelet were my favourites, I haven’t been able to get the hoops out of my mind since, I’m imagining them worn simply on their own with one of my draped dresses, clean & unfussy. It’s no surprise the simpler pieces stuck out to me though, as I’ve been finding myself suddenly craving more minimalistic jewellery after years of buying big statement pieces & piling it on.

Giles was also the perfect host, walking around chatting to guests about the collection & posing for photos. I wish I had been a bit braver & gone over, but I am always far too shy at these kind of things, I can barely mingle with other guests without feeling anxious, let alone a designer whos work I have long admired.

We didn’t think to take any outfit shots until after it had started to get dark, I always seem to do this when I go to events, I’m just too forgetful & so unorganized! The front of this shift from ASOS is actually the most beautiful bronze/black metallic faux fur & I feel like this shot really doesn’t do it justice at all. I think I’m going to try to re-shoot this as a full outfit post for Monday so you can all get a better look, as it’s one of my favourite recent buys. You all know how much I love a nice texture!

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Dreaming of Spring

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I can’t believe it’s March already, it’s supposed to be the start of spring & yet I haven’t seen a single peep of sunshine. I have well & truly had enough of this grey, miserable weather now & I can’t wait to start wearing more spring appropriate things.

As usual I’ve absentmindedly been browsing the stores online daydreaming about pieces I’ll wear when it’s finally warm enough & this has left me with a million & one pieces on my current wishlist. I can see myself wearing a lot of sleeveless cotton jackets, paper thin linens, airy silk dresses & simple, unfussy jewellery. I still wear mostly black and a lot of tailoring, even when it’s summer, so I always look for pieces in super lightweight fabrics & the sleeveless cotton blazer would be such a perfect piece for warm days. I love the boxy cut & the little zip pockets.

I also recently came across Max Studio, a brand focusing on womens designer clothing, in beautiful fabrics, but at really great prices too. I am in love with the plaited harness dress, loose fitting jersey pieces are one of my staples when it comes to summer & the plaiting on this adds the perfect amount of detail to an otherwise plain & easy dress. I’m also coveting their asymmetric top, it is so perfectly draped & the airy crepe material looks as though it’d be a dream in the sticky summer heat.

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