Archives / 2011 / August

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For the love of fetish…

Rhianna wanted whips and chains; fashion happily obliged. AW11 brings with it its darkest, fantastical offerings. Since Lady Gaga’s daring performance at Thierry Mugler’s Paris Fashion Week show, fashion bled fetish onto the catwalk. While Giles and McQueen hit the trend hardcore – head-to-toe leather, chains, latex – houses Dior and Christopher Kane prefer to nod to naughtiness, walking black silk and lace in delicate yet conspicuous style. Critics of the fetish scene would argue its demeaning dominance, but this fashion displays the strong woman styling such bondage around...

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Hat-trick

I never thought I was a ‘hat-person’. At the tender age of seven, yours truly was happily entertaining herself in the playground, donning a terrific mullet and suitable baseball cap. The following words were about to haunt me forever: “Are you a boy or a girl?” Eyes swelling with tears, I glanced at the brutish lad who spilled such a question, before sprinting to parental safety. I never wore a baseball cap again. 7th September 2010:Berwick Street, London. During a standard shopping session in a vintage store, I spot a masterpiece. Rich, bloodied burgundy in colour,...

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Ahoy, Hoisery!

‘I do recommend it for all girls, and boys, out there: put on a pair of fishnet stockings and find your inner sexiness!’ -Nia Vardalos  A lady in stockings exudes the two crucial ‘C’s’ – class and confidence. I believe it a physical impossibility to adorn stockings under a rather more conservative outfit, without wearing a flicker of a smile or a skip in step. Such poise will undoubtedly affect personal mood  – I think of this as instant therapy! The rising of hemlines by the darling Flapper Girls took...

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Micro Mini

  Things are getting smaller (and not just men or our bank balances!). Bags are too. I am loving the new micro mini pochette phase that is sweeping the catwalks at the moment. Isn’t the Gucci one (pictured on cover) and this furry one from Simonetta Ravizza (below) Gone are the giant totes that you get lost in rummaging looking for your purse, in are these cute little hand held mini clutches – aren’t they just divine. I love this Stella McCartney mini bag (below) They are bonsai versions of...

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The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection

The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection was never going to go unnoticed. My grandmother has a glass trinket box on her dressing table. As a tiny girl I would peer into this feminine heaven and decorate all three foot of me in exquisite broaches, charms and jewels. With the vital addition of ‘genuine’ Christmas Cracker Pearls, I felt every inch the princess. Upon discovering Zandra’s collaboration with Adele Marie, waves of nostalgia washed over me, a grown lass with a never-ending penchant for dressing up. I have always admired Zandra’s...

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A bit of serendipity…………………

The very first day I started wrestling with this blog to get it started, I got an email into my Inbox out of the blue from Nina Koutibashvili asking me to have a look at her luxury handmade jewellery range. I did, and I can safely say its stunning, it made me long for an oligarch just so I can have even one of her pieces. So I am wishing Nina every success with her beautiful range and maybe some time soon she can say her collaboration with this...

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Kumihimo, darling! Bracelets by Tanya Walker

The  braid: whether Heidi or Grecian Goddess, such style exudes a straight-laced cheekiness that traverses from infancy to beyond. While out shopping in my local florist, I happened upon these delightful specimens by designer and creator Tanya Walker. Tanya’s inspiration for these intricate bracelets initially sourced from research into plaiting techniques for her floristry qualification, when she discoverd Kumihimo. This ancient Japanese technique was originally used by samurai to decorate armour and in is a form of finger-loop braiding. Tanya’s background in floristry provides her designs with an artistic fluidity, capturing colour and...

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I love thee Forever (21)

With great joy I welcome a new relationship into my life; one I don’t mind sharing with every savvy lass in London Town. Wednesday 27th July 2011 marked the grand opening of Forever 21 in Oxford Street, W1.The last time I stepped into such emporium was rather an eventful mini-break to The Big Apple. Between collapsing on the aeroplane and subsequently being strapped to oxygen (before misplacing my passport en route from customs)*, I made certain that Forever 21 was on the Hit List. While the US chain is...