Monthly Archives: September 2013

Frill

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Minkpink wool biker jacket, Little Mistress faux leather frill dress, Stylistpick velvet boots. All black, street style, goth.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Minkpink wool biker jacket, Little Mistress faux leather frill dress, Stylistpick velvet boots. All black, dark, street style, goth.

I’ve been dying for the temperature to drop enough to dig this MinkPink biker out again, I wore it to death last winter & I’m sure it’ll be getting a lot of wear this year too. The wool is so thick & cosy, and the chunky rose gold zip means I never feel like I need to bother with jewellery when wearing this, it’s such a simple but standout detail.

I think this Little Mistress dress is about the girliest thing I own, and I say girly because of the frill. I know it’s a black faux-leather frill, but still, that automatically makes it seem girly to me. I originally got it with the intention of wearing it to a posh meal, and I felt I needed something a bit more corporate & ‘proper’ compared to my usual draped pieces & generally quite relaxed wardrobe, one of those things I thought I needed to scrub up for. I didn’t end up going though, and it’s been sat in my wardrobe since. I felt it was about time it got some wear, so sticking to my always foolproof rule of ‘chuck a biker over it’ for anything I feel too dressed up in for daytime, that’s exactly what I did.

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Outfit Loves Teesside

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop at Outfit collarless blazer, ASOS wet look draped asymmetric top, Topshop coated jeans, Stylistpick velvet boots, Bracher Emden classic tote bag. All black everything, street style, outfit of the dayFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop at Outfit collarless blazer, ASOS wet look draped asymmetric top, Topshop coated jeans, Stylistpick velvet boots, Bracher Emden classic tote bag. All black everything, street style, outfit of the dayFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop at Outfit collarless blazer, ASOS wet look draped asymmetric top, Topshop coated jeans, Stylistpick velvet boots, Bracher Emden classic tote bag. All black everything, street style, outfit of the day

Last Thursday I had a little bit of an adventure way up North. I was invited along to Outfit‘s newest store opening in Teesside, where they were having a bit of a party & had invited a few bloggers along to basically raid their rails & put together some outfits! I got to hang out with my blogger friend Kylie & also met the lovely Claire too. My favourite thing about events is always getting to meet the other girls, some I’d now call friends & new ones too.

If you’re not sure what Outfit is, they are huge stores which house all of the Arcadia brands (Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis .etc) under one roof. The stores are divided into little sections in the shop & it’s so nice to be able to try on & buy from all of these different places in one location, hassle free & perfect for lunch hour shopping. These are some of my favourite highstreet brands, as they are most British girls, so as you can imagine I had an absolute field day running around grabbing armfuls of clothes to try on, my changing room was overflowing with black!

Outfit kindly gifted us each with a £100 giftcard to spend on our favourite pieces that day, and I brought this beautiful blazer & another pair of coated jeans with mine. I felt like I should have brought something a bit more exciting with it, but I think when you find good quality basics like this you need to grab them or regret it! I know I will wear both of these pieces to death & they’ll be great additions to my wardrobe.

I can’t even describe how much I love the blazer. I have some jackets that cost me three times as much that are not even as nice as this one & I think Topshop is one of the best places on the highstreet for jackets, I have so many of them. The material is a lovely viscose blend giving it a slight slouch, but it’s thick enough that it still gives it quite a tailored silhouette & I love the simplicity of it, without any fussy details, not even a collar. I’ve been searching for a plain, casual blazer like this for such a long time, and this one couldn’t be more perfect.

My last pair of coated jeans were on their last legs from overwear & I’d been meaning to get a replacement pair for a while, but unfortunately it seemed that Topshop didn’t make them anymore. Whilst browsing at Outfit though I spotted this exact same pair, it seems they’ve been re-introduced! I was completely ecstatic about this & so of course had to get a pair, I’m considering ordering another pair online too, just for backup incase this happens again!
 

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I had such a fun day with the other girls, I only wish we’d had a little more time. We had 2 hours before we had to run for the train (I’m sure you’ve already heard of my train nightmare from Twitter & Instagram!) & it just didn’t seem long enough, plus we all ended up pretty sweaty & gross from dashing around! Huge thanks to the guys at Outfit who couldn’t have been more helpful & awesome, and to the lovely Lil at Biglight for arranging it all.

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Hélène Poujade

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As soon as I saw Hélène Poujade‘s work my immediate thoughts were ‘tattoo’, how awesome would the first image be as a full sleeve?! Her work explores the themes of death, dying, our mortality & eventual decay, but the images are far from dark & depressing thanks to the bold, graphic style & the light hearted details scattered throughout the pieces. I love the ‘cut here’ line across the neck & medicine mask in the first image & the eyeball clutched in her hand in the second.

The level of detail in her pieces works so well with this pen & ink style, it’s bold & eye catching but has a certain nostalgia to it too, coming from the traditional medium & use of techniques, like the painstaking stippling. I love the possibilities modern methods allow for creating, but I’ll always have a soft spot for actual pen, ink, paint on paper or canvas & these really appeal to that part of me. There is so much going on to absorb & take in, a real feast for the eyes, these pieces deserve to be gazed on for a few moments, to really appreciate all of those little details.

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Fedora

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Allsaints draped silk dress, Vivienne Westwood animal toe shoes, Balenciaga city bag. All black, dark style, gothic outfit, street styleFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Allsaints draped silk dressFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Vivienne Westwood animal toe indent moulded shoesFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Allsaints draped silk dress, Vivienne Westwood animal toe shoes, Balenciaga city bag. All black, dark style, gothic outfit, street styleFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Allsaints draped silk dress, Vivienne Westwood animal toe shoes, Balenciaga city bag. All black, dark style, gothic outfit, street style

For months now I’ve been craving a huge black hat, seeing some of my favourite girls rocking them made me need one even more, but I feared it just wouldn’t suit me. Even when it arrived I was unsure. I liked the hat but it felt odd on me & I really couldn’t decide, so I asked you guys on Instagram if you thought I should keep it – it was an overwhelming yes, so I guess it’s staying! I’ve never been a hat person, it was only last year that I took the plunge & brought my first hat in years, a beanie. I fell in love with it & it barely left my head all winter, what had taken me so long?! Hopefully it’ll be the same story with this one.

I haven’t worn these Vivienne Westwood shoes for such a long time that I almost forgot how much I love them. A rescued eBay steal, they were beaten up & a metallic gold before I got my hands on them. They are starting to look a little battered again now after a lot of wear, but I think they’re one of those pairs that look better a little lived in & scuffed up. It kind of suits the sculpted toes, as if they’re so old & worn they’ve molded to your foot shape & yes, they are as comfortable as that image implies!

They’re one of a handful of things I own that always seem to get me a lot of repulsed looks whenever I wear them. I know to some people they are quite ugly, they’re definitely not pretty shoes, but I’ve always been drawn to that sort of strange beauty & I love how they make my feet look like little animal paws!

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Kofta ‘Hug’

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I came across the first image on tumblr a little while ago, and it left me completely speechless. The eerie feel of the photography and styling, those muted colours, the stark contrast between the models porcelain skin & the layered blacks that surround & envelope her, the images took my breath away & are the perfect backdrop to showcase what a beautiful work of art the clutch is. I searched for hours to find out whom it’s maker was, and was blown away when I came across Kofta‘s website & the rest of his stunning pieces.

I’ve always been obsessed with anatomy, the body is such a beautifully designed machine and I love when little hints of this are used in design. Though here it is more of an obvious reference, I think the black leather makes it rather subtle and I love the surrealism of the pieces too. They are pieces that are, at once, both understated & yet attention grabbing. I couldn’t get the hands clutch out of my mind when I first saw it, it haunted me & I longed to have it. I’m not so sure now, as I think the ‘scoliosis’ backpack is possibly even more beautiful, though I would also kill for the torn leather boots & the wonderful ‘hand’ backpack too.

I had a tough time selecting just a few images to showcase here, as every single one of the 24 piece collection is incredible, but you can view the rest of the lookbook & the other pieces here, you won’t be disappointed. Select pieces of the collection are available through Vertice & ODD.

‘We know nothing other than that which we can see and feel… Spirit does not have form, but some forms can have spirit’

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