January 24, 2012
I used to own a pair of zebra print ponyskin pointed toe kitten heels. It has taken me a while to be able to say that sentence aloud, but I accept it now. In fact, I imagine a point in the near future I will wish I never got rid of them.
A friend of my recently christened me Tiger Force, given my penchant for all things animal print and my endearing (mental) habit of wearing them all at once. I am clearly not the only one though. These are the animal prints I’m crushing on for summer.
When done in a subtle way, animal print is a great non-print, working as a texture to add to an outfit. When done in a not-so-subtle way, animal print cna be the WOW factor. So, I guess, like, it’s quite versatile? So, like, that’s good? And while the cat family has been the animal print du jour for some time now, snake and zebra seem to be making quite the comeback. Snake, when done right, is a great textural print. When done wrong however…..well, I guess there is a fine line between tragedy and comedy…
P.S. Let’s take bets as to how long it’s going to be before cow print pops up on the catwalks again….ss13, anyone? lol…
Proenza Schouler SS12
Isabel Marant SS12
Just Cavalli SS12
Roberto Cavalli SS12
Just Cavalli SS12
June 20, 2011
Today’s challenge of “an outfit you wish you had” ties nicely in with my desire to share my thoughts on the Resort 2012 collections. I really enjoyed looking through all the collections, as I felt like recently despite being totally immersed in the creation of fashion things, that I was totally divorced from what was going on outside my little bubble. So, since I last checked, I realise that I have developed a penchant for massive trousers, and more print than usual. I still like shirts, although I could have told you anyway, seeing as I bought three of them the other day…So here are the outfits I wish I had from the latest collections…
3.1 Philip Lim Resort 2012
Alexander Wang Resort 2012
Celine Resort 2012
Celine Resort 2012
Chloe Resort 2012
Erdem Resort 2012
Givenchy Resort 2012
Jason Wu Resort 2012
J Mendel Resort 2012
Jonathan Saunders Resort 2012
Preen Resort 2012
Proenza Schouler Resort 2012
It’s quite a varied selection, granted, but I think the overall feel is a sort of relaxed glamour, luxe sportswear, classic shapes with a twist. I am continuing my love affair with shirts in all variations. Leather and print feature heavily in my favourites, although I don’t think it’s indicative of the general mood of the season, but rather my own preferences. If I was severely loaded…I think I’ll play the lotto tomorrow…
PS Full review of the NCAD Grad Show to follow, either this eve or tomorrow.
PPS This is where I got the post title from, they have disabled embedding, but click the link it’s fierce funny!
MAD TV – Can I Have Your Number
January 20, 2011
*Insert gushing sentiment about Proenza Schouler here*
Proenza Schouler is a company I want to work for when I grow up (read: four months, when I finish college, eeek!). Last season they did their first advertising campaign, and it was great. Here’s this season’s one, beautifully shot images with equally beautiful clothes.
There is a simplicity that runs throughout everything that Proenza Schouler do. It’s a confident and daring decision to leave so much out, but the result allows what is there (amazingly cut clothes and unreal prints) to shine through with understated elegance, modernity and, well, deadliness.
I also love the makeup in this shoot, did someone say orange lipstick for this summer? Don’t mind if I do….
images via Fashiongonerouge.com
October 11, 2010
I like to flatter myself by saying that one of the reasons I dress fairly boringly (is that a word? is now…) is that my lack o funds means I don’t have access to the amazing designer clothes. Now, you can argue in favour of the high street, and second hand and making the most of it all you like. Don’t get me wrong, I trawl through charity rails, I shop high street, looking for interesting, well designed clothes. But most of the time my style is quite muted and not that fashioney. Why? Well for one, I usually buy clothes based on the quality of the fabric (ie no polyester, no acrylic wool, no crappy cut garments or badly sewn seams), which rules out a massive amount of high street clothes. And also, and this one kills me when I find something i like, it’s because I HATE buying a really pretty/dramatic/fun/colourful dress and wear it out and see ten other girls in the same thing. I HATE HATE HATE IT.
Does that mean I think I am more original than I am? Possibly. But let’s be honest, the high street rips off designers, and often has their knock off versions in the stores before the designer collections arrive at their sales points. I hate that for many reasons. One of which is that they are essentially making FAR more money than a lot of designers, without having to take any of the design risks or innovative thinking. Which sucks for the designers. Another one is that the quality just isnt there in the high street version. Which sucks for the consumer – us. Aside from branding and exclusivity and all that jazz, part of the reason that designer clothes are so expensive is that they are made to really really high levels of quality. which means that they look better, they feel better and they fit better.
That’s not to say that you have to be loaded to look good, we can all agree that the ubiquity of street style blogs renders that a very moot point. HOWEVER, when it comes to wearing really striking clothes, like proper FASHUN, kick ass, omg-that-dress-is-freaking-awesome clothes, designers do it better. And personally, I would rather just not play the game than be the poor cousin to this lot….
Proenza Schouler AW10
September 21, 2010
Fashion Week is on right now. And while I am defo going to trawl through all the collections, I’m not going to do it just yet. Nope, I’m going to take my sweet ass time about it. Why? Well, because it’s not even cold enough to put on my giant winter coat yet. And I’m not a fashion buyer. So I don’t really NEED to worry about it. Anyway, with that in mind, here is a collection of this season/last season’s (is AW10 last season already?) prints that I think are great. Most are pretty subtle, adding the right amount of texture and visual interest to your winter wardrobe. Which, if it’s anything like mine, features black black more black, some grey, a touch of denim, a camel coat and more black.
All images via Style.com
I love the Cynthia Rowley pants; while I normally balk at printed trousers (evoking images of the worst kind of Eurotrash), these ones are just the right amount of fun, and a really gorgeous cut. I am so obsessed with Erdem and Mary Katranzou at the moment expect separate posts extolling their awesomeness. I also really really like the Wunderkind & Proenza Schouler stuff. Actually, I like it all, so I don’t want to be picking favourites. What’s your favourite?! Oh yea, and the Turkey Trot thing…I have been listening to a lot of Little Eva the past few days, here she is in action.
September 12, 2010
Messenger bags have been ubiquitous with the fixie/courier scene for aaaages now. It’s a style statement, a message to others that you are SERIOUS about cycling bikes. Grand. And I get it, and it’s cool, and functional and blah blah blah.
I’m a girl. I don’t want one. But I do cycle a bike and any other girl who has tried to cycle with a stylish bag will hear me when I say a lot of bags out there are useless for cycling. Like where do you put them? On the handlebars? That’s annoying….On the rack at the back? That means those elastic things that look like they’ll take your eyes out…..hmmmm. grrr. But, it would seem that designers have been having the same problem on their super cool trendy fixies/dutch bikes/other cool bike types i dont know the names of, because I have started noticing more and more bike-friendly bags everywhere. It’s really quite a simple design solution, in the sense that most bags become cyclable when you add a long strap to them. However, the handles draped on crook of arm look has dominated the accessories market for years now, so designing bags to sit longer on the body is pretty much the handbag equivalent of going from super bodycon mini to flared and flowy maxi. The “across the body” bag has caused a bit of a stir in the style pages, with clebs and fashiony types getting papped with their bag hanging from their body. IMAGINE!!! Funtion AND fashion?!!!! MADNESS!
This is one of those nerd things that I find really interesting because *warning i’m about to get all nerdy* – it shows how fashion is directly influenced by the ways in which people choose to live their lives and how designers come up with design solutions to these lives. It is also interesting that fashion and trends are as much inflenced by functionality as aesthetics. This current over the body trend is a result of people wanting to live a healthier/more eco lifestyle and then other people who dont know one end of a bike from another think it’s cool and buy into it because Alexa was papped with it. *Phew, nerd rant over*
Anyway, clearly noone really reads blogs and only visits them for the pictures, so here you go, I shall prove my point in visual format. x
Tory Burch Carson Messenger
Proenza Schouler PS1
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sophie Saddle bag
Isabel Marant Frangie
Chloé Paraty. Nom
Alexander Wang Sydney Velvet Backpack
I just realised I forgot to put the Alexa Mulberry in there. It’s pretty much the poster bag for cycling/satchel/”across the body” bags today. Although I personally prefer the versions above. So, eh, I guess my blog my rules. xx
July 12, 2010
A really sick part of me was a bit glad the other day when the beautiful weather we have been having came to a cold and rainy end. Only a really small, very sick part. But still, I did it. And I feel like a hypocrite and a traitor, given the amount of complaining we do about the shit weather. But, in my defence, I am useless at dressing for summer time.
I’v never been a girly girl. Floaty floral summer dresses feel alien to me. And as everyone knows, if you are not comfortable wearing something, it will look ridiculous on you. I don’t really know what it is. I like looking at prints, and I think they are a great way to add texture to an outfit, as well as adding drama without too much extra volume, as would be the case with a structural feature such as high shoulders or masses of frills or that……..ok sorry, too far…
What I mean is that I like prints, I just don’t wear them. Then when summer rolls around I’m unused to how they feel and i get uncomfortable and don’t bother. I guess I’v just never thought about a manageable way to work them into my (very fashun,lol) uniform of BLACK. So maybe I’l buck the trend and start wearing more print now for winter, so that by next summer* I won’t look or feel like a goth in mourning when everyone else is bloom.
Luckily, there is an abundance of great prints around at the moment to ease me into it. Well, I say that but I’m way too broke to buy the expensive version, and let’s be honest, the high street knock offs are either not as nice or so ubiquitous that you just can’t wear them. NOTE: The attention-grabbing nature of prints means that wearing the same print as ur mate is basically the same as turning up in the same wedding dress. Morto. Even worse if your mate is better looking. Ultimate stinger.
But I digress…Here are some lovely summery prints.
Peter Pilotto SS10 (Soft textural prints are just as nice as loud florals, and good for the not-so-daring! Separates are also less full on that all over printed dresses.)
Roskanda Ilincic Resort ’11
Matthew Williamson SS10 (A print master. A mental, genius print master. This one is defo for the brave!)
Prada SS10 (LOVE!)
Rochas SS10 (try layering chiffon over print if you are a bit shy!)
Proenza Schouler Resort ’11 (More muted than their SS10 offering but no less delicious)
(all images via Style.com)
That’s probably enough for now. I’ll leave you with this one…
*by next summer I mean those 2 weeks of sunshine we get during the Leaving Cert.