2011/09/19

God Save The Queen.



source: style.com

What a great show you put on for your Spring 2012 Red Label collection, Dame Vivienne! It was supposed to be fun and that truly came across. Draping and tailoring with a twist, at its best! Your quirky draped tartan suits are always easily the best out there, with their kooky cut, unstructured lapels and beautiful fabric, that for me, sum up quintessential Britishness. Cropped trousers with a silly low-hanging crotch? I didn't think silly! Never mind what some critics have to say, and I bet you really couldn't care less anyway! You are the godmother of Punk! With your non conformist attitude you remain a constant source of inspiration, and for this, I salute you!  


source: PUNK.

2011/09/15

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 NYFW



































































Source: Fashionologie


I was quite eagerly awaiting this show. Phillip Lim creates these clothes with a modern appeal, that really have that cool urban city look nailed, and that I really want to wear. And he didn't let anyone's expectations down either. The inspiration behind his collection were flying kites, that translated beautifully into rectangular flowing dresses and strips left hanging from tops and jackets like tails. I loved the geometrical tops with sporty looking silky pants in light sorbet colours with a stripe running along each side - the slouchy but elegant cut pants with zipper vents left open over the shoes, resembling track pants - the culottes, (I am a huge fan of culottes in winter and summer, and Mr. Lim does these well!) that were cut wide like boxer and basketball pants with mesh along the inside of the legs (I am loving mesh, too) - and the deconstructed collars on jackets. Colours were held in black, white and sorbet hues. I want to wear it ALL! Thank you Mr. Lim! 

You can see the rest of the collection at Fashionologie.

What was your favourite collection at NYFW so far? 


2011/09/12

Investment Buy: The Best Winter Coats A/W 2011

A new coat for the season is definitely a serious investment buy. You want to keep warm, you want value for money, you want it to look good with most of your wardrobe and be chic at the same time and it should last several years. There are lots of styles out there, like Maxi versions, contrast arms, dropped shoulder, and I am liking the slightly more cocoonier shapes that make a longer coat look modern like the Jaeger and Stella ones. If you want the coat to go with most of your wardrobe opt for classic shades in grey, navy, brown and black. I've got a fantastic grey, below the knee MaxMara wool coat that has kept me warm the last years (before that puffa comes out) and it's still great, despite having been to the dry cleaners. Quality really pays off. If you calculate cost per wear...well, you get it. Don't buy the coat too small, as you want to get a thick wooly underneath and a slouchier fit will look better, than if it's too snug. You want to avoid those sausage arms. Make sure there is a high percentage of wool, ideally 100%, because that is what will keep you warm. There are versions for every budget, whether you want to go designer or high street. I absolutely love them, as nothing changes a look more easily and dramatically than a coat! Have fun picking your favourite!

1. Jaeger The Cambridge Coat http://www.jaeger.co.uk
2. Stella McCartney Astro Navy Wool Twill Edith Coat http://www.stellamccartney.eu
3. ETRO Wool and leather double-breasted coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
4. Miu Miu SLIGHTLY FLARED WOOL COAT http://www.mytheresa.com
5. √Čtoile Isabel Marant INA WOOL BOUCLE COAT  http://www.mytheresa.com
6. Vivienne Westwood Red Label Oversized wool-blend coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
7. Vivienne Westwood Red Label Double-breasted wool-blend coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
8. D&G Oversized wool-tweed coat http://www.net-a-porter.com
9. 3.1 Phillip Lim http://www.my-wardrobe.com
11. See by Chloe´ Wool Coat with  hoodie and bow http://www.mytheresa.com
12. Alexander McQueen http://www.colette.fr

13.COMBINED COAT ZARA
14. MALE VIGORE COAT ZARA
15. Cheviot Coat ZARA
16. Contrast Leather Sleeves Coat ZARA
17. DOUBLE BREASTED COAT ZARA
18. Belinda Sailor Coat Whistles
19. ASOS Slim Coat In Heritage Check ASOS
20. WOMEN (+J) Wool Cashmere Double-Breasted Coat UNIQLO
21. WOMEN (+J) Wool Dropped Shoulder Coat UNIQLO


2011/09/07

Get A Loafer, Girl!


...get a loafer, girl!...this voice inside my head kept telling me.... So, finally,  I gave in to it, and bought myself these lovelies at ZARA! They met all my requirements, and at 50 Euros I didn't really have to think twice. And they really are comfy! I guess I'll be getting a lot of wear out of them this fall. Btw, aren't shoe "without the outfit" posts strange...hahaha. xxx

2011/09/06

MIU MIU GLITTER AND SUEDE PEEP TOE ANKLE BOOTS


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Here they are: Miu Miu's crazy silver glitter and suede peep toe ankle booties, to go with those beautiful 40s style dresses I featured earlier. Love the banana bent heel! Insane aren't they! Available in following colours: Camelio+Oro and Pistacchio+Argento at:


 

2011/09/05

How To Make A Denim Skirt From An Old Pair Of Jeans


Recently I told you the story about my old denim jacket collection here. Well, it was the same with fabulous jeans. Some were too precious to throw away, like these old high waisted Wrangler jeans. They were ripped at the knee and the material was going really thin in that area, so I decided to chop the legs off and make a skirt out of them. I am not a sewing genius as you can see, but it's actually quite easy. First you think of what length you want ( I chose knee length), and then cut off the legs. Now you will have a pair of shorts. Leave about 2,5cm at the bottom to hem. Don't through the legs away because you will need the material to fill in between. Then cut along the inside of the legs, up to the crotch, and try it on. It will be mega wide and floppy and look very strange - that's where the chopped off jeans legs come in: Cut out a patch or two, I took two parts - overlap the crotch, place the patches underneath and pin them on to each side. Do the same at the back. Pin it all together at chosen width, and start sewing together. Apart from the bottom line that I did hem, I just sewed around all the other parts without turning them in, because I wanted the frayed out look (without the real fraying). It takes a little time and you might get slightly cross eyed during the process, but it's worth the effort. It's a fabulous and versatile piece in my wardrobe and it's still going strong!