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
Just some pretty pictures showing details from our amazing stock. For no other reason than they are lovely. Sometimes that is all you need.
Alexander McQueen jacket
Jil Sander dress
Jenny Packham dress
Lulu Frost necklace
Fendi Mini Spy bag
Alexander McQueen trousers
Delicious. And calorie free. Today we salute candy shades.
Bottom left: Jil Sander SS11 Neon Pink Side Split Maxi Skirt – one of Raf’s most famous pieces
Centre: Jil Sander AW09 Orange Architectural Drape Dress - another super Raf piece
Top right: Brian Atwood ‘Maniac’ Hot Pink Suede Platforms Heels – as seen on Emma, Olivia and Jessica; the ultimate red carpet shoe
Bottom right: Carven Coral Suede Draped Bow Slingback Shoes – total orange crush, with a bow on top
Led by Marc Jacobs’ graphic black and white prints at Louis Vuitton, we have all gone mad for monochrome again this season. Not that I have ever not been mad for monochrome, I am very much a fan of the impact this most classic of combinations can make. But if you think you’ll miss a little brightness, try adding just a pop of colour (POC) to your outfit.
Top left: Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Black Faux Suede Quilt Large Clutch Bag – on its way to becoming a modern classic. Perfect mix of classic quilting and tough chainwork.
Bottom left: Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Sharon’ Black & White Stripe Yellow Snake – POC all the way!!
Centre: Helmut Lang Black Cream Geometric Reversible Light - for the indecisive monochrome lover. Wear it black one day, white the other. Or confuse your wok mates by popping out to lunch in one option and coming back in the other. See who notices.
Top right: Alexander McQueen Resort 2010 Black Crepe Zip Dress - it is McQueen, it has zips, it is the most amazing shape. What is not to love?
Bottom right: Versace ‘Dvea’ Black Patent Double Platform Heels – seriously, why have one platform when you can have two?
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
Born of a union between old school French fashion house Dior and distinctly non old school German contemporary artist Anselm Reyle, I am part wedge, part art work. A shoe with a split personality; what I do know is that I am the most fabulous fashion jungle* footwear ever.
*Camouflage capabilities not guaranteed
I have to admit to being a bit torn on this one. There is no doubt that the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Sandal is popular, hugely so amongst celebrities, but I can’t decide whether is is a true Modern Classic, or just an example of the ubiquitous ‘go-to red carpet shoe’. I am sure you will all have an opinion on that.
Launched in October 2007, the Tribute was an instant hit with its super high (although not by today’s’ standards) heel and ‘subtle’ platforms and 1970s ‘YSL Heyday’ vibe. There is also a 3″ (YSL Tribute 75) and 4″ heel version for ladies who prefer being a little closer to the ground. Super flattering and elongating to the legs with perfectly placed T-straps, I have been told that the YSL Tribute is surprisingly comfy to wear and very easy to walk in (but then aren’t all truly well designed heels?)
Produced in a veritable rainbow of colours and materials, ranging from animal prints to stingray, candy pink to electric blue the can be no doubt that the ‘Tribute Train’ shows no signs of slowing down. Like the YSL Arty Ring the Tribute has a devoted following with fans collecting them in every colour and textile they can.
Little point in me listing who wears these as it seems pretty much everyone does. There is no doubt that The YSL Tribute is a closet must have for a lot of fashion lovers.
When Hedi Slimane took over at YSL (sorry SL) last year rumours started to fly that the Tribute was to be discontinued. To the relief of shoe lovers every these rumours turned out to be unfounded. Maybe the fact that there was such comment on the discontinuing of a shoe means that it must be a Modern Classic?
PS The Tribute sandal is to be ‘reworked and upgraded’ under Hedi’s reign, so let’s see what happens there…..
Shop Yves Saint Laurent Tributes here
Capsule Wardrobe? For me one of the most overused (along with Style Icon) and uninspiring phrases in fashion. Am I the only lady that does not adhere to the idea of having a set of basics to build around?
Now I have no issue with the original concept behind the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ (coined by Susie Faux, owner of London boutique ‘Wardrobe’, in the 1970s), as a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion and can then be updated with new pieces each season. I guess for me it is just the idea of what ‘essential’ means that differs. For instance, I don’t own any of the below.
1. a Trench coat or any kind of Mac. Even the one leather jacket I own is a two coloured asymmetric one with zip off sleeves.
2. any tailored black trousers. I have a super pair of Felder Felder sparkly drainpipes and some amazing Jean Pierre Braganza military ones with leather pockets. And that is it. Trousers just never seem to be on my radar when shopping.
3. a wrap dress. Not even justifying this.
4. a plain white T-shirt. I have a black one. Just one. Am I a bad person?
5. anything from GAP, J-Crew, Banana Republic…..
Now I admit that working in fashion and being the boss means I get to dress pretty much how I like on a daily basis. And I understand why the Donna Karan inspired collection of seven interchangeable work wear pieces was such a big hit in the 1980s and why that idea has endured. If you have to dress to a business code then the idea of a capsule wardrobe must be not just appealing, but downright imperative.
But for me? Nah..I’ll stick to my John Rocha red velvet coat, my Kenzo grape print dress and my LD Tuttle ‘mummy’ shoes. And yes, I do mean all at once. Any supporters out there?
Inspired. Shop your non-capsule wardrobe here. Practicality be damned
Number four in our super ‘Blogger Dress Up’ series features the beyond lovely Victoria who (amongst other things) runs a gorgeous blog called Plumdiddlyumcious. Victoria is also the VP of The Dalston Darlings – one of the coolest WI’s there is – you can follow them on Facebook here.
Not only was Victoria’s super sweet and super stylish, she was also brave enough to embrace the chilly December air for our first outdoor shoot. And she knows how to strike a pose – loving the lamppost shot.
Victoria had a good browse through our rails – pulling out gems from Alexander McQueen, Acne and Balenciaga – before selecting some fabulous pieces to model. Most of them you can even buy now from our website – click on the photos or links.
Charlotte Olympia ‘Polly’ Leopard Heels, Alexander Wang Black Trousers and Prada Grey Cashmere Jumper