Sunday, September 13, 2009

NYFW Spring 2010: Karen Walker

The Karen Walker show was one of a couple I have been desperately anticipating, and she did not disappoint. Love the breton stripe tops (I've been growing more and more obsessed with these in the past few months) so I'll definitely be getting myself one of these - the drop shouldered one is particularly ace.
Walker knows how to do a killer navy piece - girl after my own heart (I'm a sucker for the ultimate nanna/orphan hue). And paired with gold buttons is even better. The a-line dress would be the ultimate easy-breezy summer item - and equally good with tights and boy-boots for winter. I'm 99% sure the look on the right is a romper, therefore it is 147% amazing. And being a liberty print fiend, I know I don't need to tell you how much I'm lusting after the blue floral waistcoat in the center.
And she's done the same print in a jacket. Also, I think I kindof love that acid trip of a print. I'm thinking it could be the type that looks good on the runway but actually blows your mind (highly appropriate) in the flesh.

NYFW Spring 2010: Alexa & Erin

One of the things I love about fashion weeks, other than the amazing collections obviously, is that it brings so many of favorite sartorial muses out of hiding. Granted, we have been getting a lot of Alexa action lately with her stateside MTV show, it's still nice to see her "in the wild" so to speak. And I would quite possibly snatch and grab that Mulberry bag. Survival of the fittest oui?
Erin, as expected, looked all kinds of crazy-awesome at her show. Although I'm always a sucker for an ethnic blanket jacket, I'm not gonna lie.
Source: Zimbio

NYFW Spring 2010: Charlotte Ronson, Erin x RVCA, Preen

Miss Ronson hit all the nails on the head with her show - reinterpreting a lot of the current trends (denim, plaid, sheer). Her collection had a delicious grungy-ballerina-off-duty look. The contrasts between the two ideas shouldn't work, but they sure as hell do.

I love the nude palette of tones; soft ballet pinks and creamy tans. These offset the beat up and shredded denim pieces perfectly, not to mention the chain and embellished details, and the injections of sharp black. I particularly love the endearing quirkiness of the (perfect) pink blazer with the plaid shirt.
The darker looks worked equally well. Love the shear black tees.
A splash of brighter colour was provided by the perfect shades of sky blue and chambray (both die hard faves of mine). I'm totally digging short suits a the moments, so the blue one ticked all the boxes. I also have the urge to start tying my shirts... Which I haven't done since the age of about seven.

This year, our girl Erin was playing with the big boys at the tents - and did not disappoint. The collection perfectly captured her trademark and much lusted after grunge-hippie aesthetic - with some refreshingly simple and timeless pieces thrown in (like a lovely "frumpy length" stripe skirt).

I particularly love the dye-ey pieces in a myriad of blues; they don't scream tie-dye, more evoking the ocean and the sky. Killer cut offs are an unsurprising, but very welcome feature. And I love that oversized breton top on Irina.
I love the soft tailoring of the nude-toned outfit on the left. And the spotty, midrif baring shirt on Freja - although I think I'd double the amount of my daily sit-ups before I slipped into that. And hello "Keep It Neil" tee! Being a major Neil Young fan, this I obviously love.

I loved the slick and futuristic metallic pieces from Preen's collection. The leggings I would do in a heartbeat. That dress however? I admire from afar, but god you would need killer body confidence to handle that baby.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

FASHION'S NIGHT OUT: Daria, Alexa, Pearl & Alice

I would die to be in New York right now. As well as Fashion Week kicking off, the just had Fashion's Night Out - aimed at "making shopping fun again" and helping local retailers. Apparently it was a major success.

The first pictures of our favorite girls are slowly filtering in - plenty more to come, after all EVERYONE was out (Wasson, Olsens etc etc)

Daria looked killer at Sunglass Hut in to die for leather pants. And look at that skin!
Also love Alexa's mini prom-ish dress at Miu Miu - and, of course, the green nails.
Over in London they threw there own version of FNO. Daisy and Alice nailed it; edgy and youthful yet fun and relaxed.
Source: Zimbio

Friday, September 11, 2009

NYFW Spring 2010: First Up

So it's started, and although no massive names have shown yet, what I have seen so far is very promising. Everyone seems to be taking the hardship of the recession and the needs of consumers and turning it into wearable, yet appealing collections.

Jenni Kayne
The luxe twist on classic sportswear pieces from Jenni Kayne hit the spot. The injection of sequins adds some unexpected fun and glamour, as do the midriff cuts.
This has been a fave so far. Love the sheer pieces, the geometric panelling and the chainmail. And that all were executed in beautiful nude tones.

I love the sleek, crisp, minimalist of these looks. Particularly love the contrast of slick tailoring with sheer pieces.

I love the wrapped bandage dresses that play with black, sheerness and some killer prints - that look like Monet's waterlilly paintings on acid.

Anticipating: Karen Walker

You all know I'm a total Karen Walker groupie, so understandably I am dying with excitement to see what she pulls out of the bag at New York Fashion Week.

Lucky for us, our boy Isaac from Isaac Likes is over in New York and went to visit Karen. His post is a must read! He has some tantalising hints of what the collection is like:
- "plenty of masculine blazers and pants (including beige pleated), lots of prints and some straw hats"
- "Gold buttons on blazers feature a peace sign"
- " 'It's a nautical resort, holiday kinda feel.... There are lots of tanks and navy blazers and stripy breton tee shirts and just that really great 60s seaside resort feel which I've always loved.' - Karen Walker "
- Chukka boots

Oh man, sounds too good. Im dying!

And I thought I'd include some of my favorite looks from her recent collections. Can't wait to see the upcoming show!

Hedi Does Anna.. Again

Hedi Slimane's work is always an infinite pleasure to look at. I loved his first shots of Anna Selezneva, and these I love more - probably because they feature more clothes than last time, and all of which I adore.

Swedes: The Boys

How do Swedish boys get it so so right? And they never look like they are trying too hard. I can't say I've seen a trench look that good (and a but grungy) in a long time. Also, am seriously contemplating busting out the plaid shirt tied around hips sometime. Actually don't think I've done that since I was ten.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jalouse February 2009

"The Goonies"
I love this. The nostalgia, grungy Americana and the filmic qualities of it. The letterman jacket and denim vest are iconic and too perfect.

Oh man no way. TLC were so late 90s and I was a nineties child. This is too good.

The Outnet: Balmainia

I feel like a blatant fix of Balmania. A ton (no joke) of it has popped up on The Outnet lately, so I spent the whole other night salivating over all of it.

One of the iconic looks I associate with Balmain under Christophe Decarnin is silver embelishd black pieces, be they bejeweled jackets or sequin encrusted dresses.

On the flipside, I have always been a sucker for the Little White Dresses that pop up every season. Kindof "Groupie Goes To A Garden Party" dont you think?

Their infamous distressed skinnies have been hot property for seasons now - I particularly love the pairs with the detail at the knees.
Left to Right: Zip-detail Narrow Jeans, Stonewash Biker Jeans, Distressed Denim Jeans.

That sequined top is undoubtably one of my favorite pieces ever - from the Spring 08 collection (one of my all time most loved collections from anyone ever) it is surprisingly timeless and trans-seasonal. I'm not gonna lie, I would wear this with EVERYTHING.

That black lace tee with killer shoulders from Spring 09 is also an all time favorite, and likewise would actually be super wearable (as opposed with uber-embellished mini dresses).

And while I love their OTT animal print jackets, that tee grabs me a lot more - simplicity, comfort etc.
Left to Right: Leopard Print T-Shirt, Leopard Print Leather Jacket, Zebra-print Calfskin Blazer.

And I will always be a sucker for the tie-dyed print pieces from the afor-mentioned and much beloved Spring 08 collection. Although my favorite of all were the tie-dyed flares that Erin Wasson was seen out and about in.

I love all the detail shots - the beadwork, sequins and mesh are dreamy.

And, I will always ALWAYS love this dress.
Source: The Outnet

Ps: Sorry guys, some of the pieces sold out before I could go back and add links to them!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This Is Fur Real

Because sometimes all you need to wear is fur and lingerie.
And this of course reminds me of the infamous Marianne Faithfull "girl in the fur rug" incident.

Cover Sept 09 "This Is Fur Real"

Vivienne Westwood Fall 09: Accessories

I love the new campaign for Vivienne Westwood's Fall 09 accessories and underwear. Something about the colours, the background and the frame of the image. And I always love a well placed Virgin Mary statue.
Sources: Fashion Gone Rogue, The Fashionisto,

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Do any of you fashion-fiends know where I can find the following: spotty pantyhose, tan brogues & a breton/matelot stripe top (navy and cream)???

I'm desperate! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Left to Right: Vogue Australia Sept 09 "Short & Suite", Alexa Chung, Balenciaga Fall 09

Left to Right: Burberry Nautical Striped Sweater, A.P.C Fine Wool Sweater, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Long Striped T-Shirt

It's A Guy Thing

I've probably been overdosing you all with classic, masculine inspired things - I guess I have it on the brain (and it's also related to my concept for uni at the moment - therefore I feel less guilty with distracting myself blogging).
But how can an editorial like this not be helpfull and inspiring in some way - just look at the amazing cuts of the coats and pants; the earthy, tweedy colours; the movement in what are usually rigid, serious pieces; the stunning lighting and setting. Not to mention the stunning Bette Franke - the girl is growing on my for sure.

UK Harpers Bazaar Oct 09 "It's A Guy Thing"

Bette Franke by Paola Kudacki

Source: The Fashion Spot

Pleats Please

I'm fully digging pleated pants at the moment - it took me a while to warm up to these, but now I'm a full blown (paid up and carded) fan. I've nearly paid off my Karen Walker pair - so am starting to brainstorm outfits!

I love pairing such a masculine pant with pieces that have have fun, feminine embellishment like sequins and bows - whilst still letting the cut and strength of the pant take centre stage. I love them paired with an endearingly frumpy "serious bag" - solid, reliable.
Top Row: Boy By Band Of Outsiders Double Pleat Pants, Topshop Sequin Crop Vest, Marsell Open Toe Back Strap Low Boots.
Middle Row: Chloe Bow Embellished Suede Pumps, Boy By Band Of Outsiders Paperbag Pant, Lanvin Gloria Leather Bag.
Bottom Row: Topshop Striped Gold Button Cardi, Chloe Small Marlow Top Handle, Alexander Wang Sheer Back Sweatshirt,

Vogue Australia June 09

Wow this is an unbelievably delayed post. I only JUST got around to scanning the June issue of Australian Vogue - it's been sitting forlornly in my magazine pile for way to long. Anyway, I loved two of the editorials; quirky, fresh and a new spin on classic pieces. A nice change from what we usually find in the Aus issues.

"Paris Match"
Love the high waisted pleat pants combined with cropped shirt proportions. The perfect way to balance.
On the other end of the spectrum is the long blazers, short shorts and leather. Love the juxtaposition of the manly, refined blazers with leather and bare legs.

"Old Glory"
I'm not gonna lie, I'm a total Chanel fiend. I even love the blatantly logo-tastic nature it often has. Therefore I love the tongue-in-cheek label bashing irony of this editorial. It should all be too much but it's actually too good.