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
Some superb, summer beckoning Miu Miu footwear on Style Sequel at the moment. With these on your feet who cares about the odd bit of cloud?
A trend this season, last season, every bloomin season; fashion’s brush with the wild side NEVER goes out of fashion. Shop our animalistic edit below. As with all our stunning finds we have only one of each. You can’t get much more edited than can you?
Top left: Dolce & Gabbana Inside ‘n’ Out Leopard Print Pumps – two lots of leopard for the price of one
Bottom left: Rupert Sanderson SS13 ‘Elba’ Silver Leopard Heels – red carpet favourite. Oh, and current season. Oh, and unworn with box
Centre: Nanette Lepore ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Leopard Velvet Coat – it looks like leopard, it feels like leopard. It is not leopard (phew!)
Top right: Miu Miu Pink & Grey Python Platform Heels – pink gets a tough snakeskin make over
Bottom right: Dolce & Gabbana ‘Sicily’ Grey Leopard Leather Bag - another Dolce piece. Well what did you expect from a feature on animal print? NEW NEW NEW
I think we all like to think that we can cope with every fashion name thrown at us, slipping it into our conversation with ease. But let’s be honest, that is sometimes not the case. Or it is sometimes not the case with me and I am happy to stand up and say so. I have been doing a little research on how top designer names should be pronounced and I can tell you that it is far from cut and dry. I think I am now more confused actually.
(All capitals eg ‘AA’ or ‘KEY’ take the stress of the word – thanks BBC)
There seems to be little controversy on how Louis is pronounces, LOO-ee, seems to be the consensus. However when it comes to Vuitton, lordy there are some very different views on that one. There is the simplified VI-ton and the slightly more tongue bending Voo-EE-ton. Marc Jacobs’ apparently says “VWEE-ton” and many people side with Yves Carcell (the Frenchman who runs the fashion and leather goods division of LVMH) and his pronouncement of vwee-TO(NG). I even called the Louis Vuitton shop on New Bond Street a few times and I got slightly different versions there too.
Since Balenciaga founder Cristóbal was Basque purists believe his surname should be pronounced bal-en-thi-AA-guh. However as the house of Balenciaga itself is French most people substitute the ‘t’ for an ‘s’ so it becomes bal-en-si-AA-guh. Other spellings of this last one, which have the same effect overall are bah-lehn-see-AH-ga or balenSEEaga.
PS Balenciaga’s head designer from 1997 to 2012 is no easier. Easy to remember to drop the s from Nicolas – so Nee-co-la – but Ghesquière is a little trickier. I have heard it pronounced as guess-SKARE, guess-KEY-air and (sin of fashion sins it seems) guess-QUire. From what I have read the middle one is most accurate. I love you Nicolas but thank goodness for the ease of Wang is all I can say!
Taken from founder Miuccia Prada’s nickname, I always (to the amusement of my team) get this one wrong. I actually know I am saying it wrong, but something in my brain just won’t let me say it correctly. I always say Mwee Mwee, but I KNOW it is Myoo Myoo or Mew Mew – like a cat. I have also seen Me-You Me-You which I kind off love.
Looks tricky but actually once you know this one it is easy – pro-EN-za SKOOL-er is the consensus. Interestingly the label’s designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have been quoted as saying “One of our biggest regrets is the name of our company. There are so many letters. Even coming up with a font was a mission.”
I am huge Chalayan fan and I have been to events where he was speaking (such an interesting man), but I swear on those occasions everybody pronounced his surname slightly differently. I have always said Hoo-sane sha-LIon, but I have heard it pronounced with a ‘ch’ sound- as chuh-LIGH-uhn. And many slight variations on both of these. Still no clearer really.
I honestly feel I have opened myself a phonetic can of worms here. Must be the love of research in me. There will be more to follow. Let me know yours or feel free to correct/comment on any of the above.