Our latest blogger dress up was quite simply brilliant. Not only did we have the gorgeous Monica from The Elgin Avenue as our stylist/model we also had the super talented Lea Salomone taking the photos.
The weather was gorgeous, the outfits were superb and the talent was obvious. Below are a couple of our quick snaps, but really you must go to The Elgin Avenue to see the real deal. Also make check sure you out Lea’s website.
Thanks ladies. It was a blast. Em x
It being still unbelievably wintry (it is March for goodness sake!) we decided to ask Shay to pick out some of her favourite pieces from our extensive closet and take some pics. And it turned out she has great taste, picking piece after piece of my personal loves. After our random twitter chats on such wide ranging topics as autumn leaves and celebrity ‘designer’ disasters I knew Shay and I had a lot in common, but this was uncanny.
Amongst the pieces that caught Shay’s eye were an incredible Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 dress, my favourite piece from the whole Mother Of Pearl SS10 collection and some rather amazing Louboutins. As I said; a great eye.
On a totally random note, it just dawned on me that the floor of our closet looks like it belongs in a Mediterranean villa, not in a super cool converted electricity substation in London.
If Cleopatra were around today she’d be wearing me. Walk like an Egyptian baby!
We all know that fashion designers can a temperamental lot. Ruled by creativity and often fuelled by little more than black coffee and Haribo, it is no wonder that tempers flare once in a while. There have been some very entertaining fashion spats over the years – some even making non fashion headlines. This is my top 5
Chanel v Schiaparelli
There was famously no love lost between Chanel and Schiaparelli – it was no secret that they were great rivals. Both strong, independent women they loved throwing barbed comments at each other. Chanel once called Schiaparelli “that Italian artist who makes clothes” and Schiaparelli famously called Chanel “that milliner”.
Cavalli vs Armani
Two very different stalwarts of Italian fashion, Cavalli and Armani reportedly have an uneasy relationship. Things came to a head last year when Cavalli complained about his position on the Milan Fashion Week schedule. Noting that Armani, who he called “the little king”, had been moved up in the schedule so he wouldn’t be last in the running, Cavalli complained about how unfair this was. Armani responded to WWD (allegedly with a laugh) that “Cavalli should be quiet because the Little King could start to get angry”. Get them!
YSL vs Christian Louboutin
One of fashion’s most famous fall-outs of recent years, the YSL vs Louboutin saga played out in the international court rooms but also in the international fashion press, many of whom described the lengthy back and forth legal battle as ‘exhausting’. The whole thing centred around, and called in question whether a colour could be trademarked. It was finally ruled in October 2012 that it could be. Almost. YSL were still permitted to use red soles on their monchcormatic, all red pumps – the ones that had kicked of the whole furore in 2011. Oh, the footwear irony!
Karl Lagerfeld v Stella McCartney
Famously outspoken Chanel svengali Karl Lagerfeld has never been backward about coming forward with his opinions, on pretty much anyone and everything. When McCartney took over at Chloe Lagerfeld did not hold back, saying that Chloe should have “taken a big name. They did, but in music, not fashion. Let’s hope she is as gifted as her father.” He also called McCartney ‘a T-shirt designer’. Since then Lagerfeld has allegedly softened his feelings towards McCartney, but even so it much have been sweet for Stella when she topped a Google ‘most searched-for fashion designer’ poll in 2012. Lagerfeld came second.
Raf Simons v Heidi Slimane (maybe)
Probably the two most discussed names in fashion at the end of last year; it is no surprise that talk of rivalry between Dior’s and Saint Laurent’s new designers was widespread. After all they joined iconic fashion houses at the same time, they both come from menswear backgrounds – Slimane famously at Dior Homme (and YSL) and Simons at his own label – and they were both born in the same year, 1968. Considering the pressure they were both under with their respective debuts it was inevitable that the fashion world would assume them to be on less than friendly terms. There is actually not a lot of evidence to support any serious beef between these two, beyond a usual healthy competitiveness. Maybe there isn’t any, or maybe there are just very discreet about it.
We have been thinking for a while that we really have a stock closet that is far too good to not share. So we have invited some of London’s most stylish and lovely bloggers to come over to Style Sequel Towers (ok, we don’t have an actual tower, but we do have a spiral staircase) and play designer dress up with us. Which is where the amazingly inspired title for this new section came from…welcome to Blogger Dress Up. Number 1.
We knew as soon as we saw Claire’s blog Chouquette that her taste for the finer things in life, along with her carefully crafted, mix and match aesthetic made her the perfect fit for a day in the Style Sequel closet. We pre-selected some stunning pieces for Claire to try and she put together some great outfits; added to with a selection of our gorgeous shoes and bags. We are sure you’ll agree that she did a darn good job.
And after the (sort of) hard work came the fun bit of course. Claire got behind a our screen and outfitted herself in a dazzling array of gorgeous get-ups. Below are some of our favourites (and yes, she did look fabulous in everything).
Isaac Mizrahi dress, Jimmy Choo crystal clutch, Dolce & Gabbana pumps
Of course Claire wanted to keep (ahem) a few things. We’d like to say we had to wrestle her to the ground to get them back, but she was far to sweet for that. A fab afternoon. Cannot wait for the next one……
This week I have chosen colour, teaming this fabulous Balenciaga neon pink dress with a contrasting Kenzo ‘Macaron’ golden satin bag. These Christian Louboutin ‘Fibbia’ spike heels and this stunning Alexander McQueen skull ring add ‘edge’ to the prettiness of the pink.
A new feature for Style Sequel, Steal Her Style will show you how to channel the chic of some of the most iconic dressers in the world. We could not think of a better place to start than the mighty Kate Moss. With her penchant for skinny jeans, crisp shirts, blazers and killer heels no-one does off duty model like Ms Moss. Featured pieces from Margiela, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Louboutin.