AllSaints Shirt Dress / Zara Wrap Striped Shirt / AllSaints Clutch / Rick Owens Wedges
Zara Skort / COS Cut Out Necklace
& Other Stories Platform Sandals / Haider Ackermann Obi Belt / Topshop Dress
It’ll come as no surprise that I’m excited about all of the oriental influences that seemed to show up everywhere on the Spring/Summer catwalks, being a bit of a Japanophile myself. I’ve taken inspiration from traditional oriental dress, particularly from China & Japan, many times for my own projects at college & university. I always preferred the mens garments though, they still have those lovely crisp, distinctive silhouettes, but without the fussiness of all the prints & decoration that you usually associate with this kind of dress.
It’s a more relaxed, minimal take & it’s great to see so much of it about for Spring. There are so many pieces I’ve got bookmarked to buy, but these are just a few of my favourites. I like that most pieces just hint at the inspiration with their high mandarin collars, wrapped fronts & origami inspired folding, it’s so subtle. There’s nothing worse than looking like you’ve dressed head to toe in the new seasons trend, but these pieces are timeless & would slot effortlessly into my current wardrobe.
In : Covet Tagged & Other Stories, Allsaints, COS, Haider Ackermann, Minimal, Oriental, Rick Owens, Spring Summer 2013, Topshop, Wish List, Zara
Barbour Waxed & Leather Jacket / By Malene Birger Leather Dress / Firetrap Leggings / Michael Kors Zipped Dress
White Leaf Rose Gold Bangle
Psyche has evolved over the last 30 years into one of the UK’s leading designer concept stores, stocking a mixture of premium designer labels & more accessible brands, meaning there is something for everyone.
I have totally fallen for the Barbour jacket, the leather collar & lapels are such a nice, subtle contrast against the waxed cotton body & the little quilted details are great touches too. I have enough biker jackets as it is, but I think the mixture of fabrics here make it different enough compared to my others to add it to my ever growing wishlist of jackets!
I’ll never tire of a good leather dress either, and this By Malene Birger one is so great with it’s super fitted shape, huge zip & slightly cropped sleeves, I’d defy anyone to not feel seriously amazing after they’d poured themselves into this! The Michael Kors one is also very tempting at it’s current sale price, I’m not usually a fan of his & I’d definitely ditch the tan belt, but I love the zip detailing & the structured shape.
I love the two tone paneling on the Firetrap leggings, I would never usually wear leggings as trousers, but these look as though they’re thick enough to do so & it would be a shame to cover up those nice zipped pockets. I’m a little obsessed with the rose gold cuff too, I think it would look beautiful worn at the top of the arm, warrior princess style!
All jewellery by Lily Kamper
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.
Topshop Blazer / Zara Cropped Leather Top / Max Studio Plait Dress / Maria Francesca Pepe Spiked Ring / Max Studio Linen Shorts / Max Studio Draped Top / Topshop Studded Sandals
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.
OS is a handcrafted accessories line based in the Philippines using polyurethane to produce hyper realistic reproductions of bones for necklaces, harnesses & rings. The reproductions look & feel like real bone, giving the pieces a raw, almost primitive kind of beauty. Yet, they also feel incredibly modern, thanks to the pristine, milky white colouring that is without the usual blemishes, scars & imperfections you’d find on real bone.
The vertebrae choker is easily my favourite piece & is going straight onto my wishlist. You know how much I love a ‘conversation piece’ & this is definitely one of those, plus I imagine it would look seriously striking against my usual all black. The other pieces are equally as beautiful though, and with my love, borderline obsession for bones & anatomy in general, I get the feeling I may end up amassing a small collection of their pieces…
Scott Wilson for Aqua Collar / AllSaints Draped Dress / Topshop Bag / Topshop Woven Boots / Inlovewithfashion Draped Skirt / Helmut Lang Blazer / ASOS Kitten Eye Sunglasses / ASOS Spiked Bangle / A.F.Vandevorst Double Belt
With the mixture of snow, gale force winds & buckets of rain that we’ve had here for the past few days I’ve not been able to shoot an outfit for today, so I thought instead I’d share with you all a couple of the things I’ve currently got my eye on…
As I mentioned in the last post, I’ll always have a soft spot for a good blazer & this one from Helmut Lang is possibly my dream jacket. Satin lapels, slight wrap to the front, cropped back & a nice sharp silhouette, it’s also at 65% off on The Outnet making it a huge steal. As usual though, there are none left in my size & it has left me obsessively searching Google & eBay for any that are still around that I can fit into! I need this jacket!
Another thing I will always love is beautifully draped jersey pieces, I can never have enough of them. The knotted AllSaints dress is the perfect shade of charcoal, in the softest viscose jersey & the heavy draping makes it so much more than just another basic dress. I’m also a little bit obsessed with the draped skirt from Inlovewithfashion, it reminds me of a Helmut Lang one I wanted last year, but I couldn’t find one anywhere in black. This version looks like it’s a slightly heavier jersey, which I actually prefer & is a fraction of the cost too.
I don’t think I even need to mention how much I want all of the accessories, every single one would fit so effortlessly into my wardrobe. The Topshop boots & bag are at the top of the list though. I need more black boots like I need a hole in the head, but the woven texture on these makes them too good to pass up.
In : Covet Tagged A F Vandevorst, Allsaints, Aqua, ASOS, Black, Draped, FAIIINT, Gold, Gothic, Grunge, Helmut Lang, In Love With Fashion, Topshop, Wishlist
Francis Leon Spring/Summer 2013 Lookbook
Lately I cannot get enough of Aussie designers, everything they produce just seems to ooze this laid back, effortless kind of charm & elegance, clothes that although intricately detailed & in super fine fabrics feel as though you can just throw them on.
Francis Leon is the latest Aussie designer crush to add to that list. The label produces the kind of clothes I image superheroines wear on their days off, a mixture of futuristic, graphic paneling, tight silhouettes & functional sportwear detailing, it’s laid back luxe at it’s best.
The SS13 lookbook has me hooked even further, it has this infectious sci-fi rock’n'roll kind of attitude about it, it makes me want to be that girl & want to own every piece, especially the jackets. My favourite is without a doubt the first jacket, it’s the perfect biker & the little flash of oxblood on the inner arms make it really special. It’s these little details that really make the collection stand out, the small ribbed inserts, the masterful mixing of textures & fabrics, subtle paneling & the beautiful fitted cuts, they’re the type of pieces that you’ll always find something new to love & wear to death because they make you feel so kick-ass.
In : Covet Tagged 2013, Biker, Black, Collection, Francis Leon, Jacket, Jersey, Leather, Lookbook, Oxblood, Panelling, Quilted, Rock, Sporty, Spring Summer, SS13, Texture