Saturday 26 May 2012

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Peony

Peony Lim, before Issey Miyake, Paris, March 2012.

This is my favourite outfit that Peony wore during the fashion weeks.....chic, masculine, girl meets boy styling. My favourite part? Her hair. It reminds me of a photo I love from one of Mario Testino's books ( I think it might have been taken in Argentina or Spain).

Recreate Peony's look (kind of):

Suit up: Stella McCartney Iris tailored wool blazer + trousers, Maison Martin Margiela blazer + trousers, Thakoon suiting blazer + trousers

Leather neck tie from Peony Lim store (Peony has just added a load more products to her store....this leather neck tie being one of them. Head on over and check it out!)

Gucci fedora, Helene Berman wool felt fedora or Steven Alan Janis wool felt fedora

Paris Fashion Week SS 2012

Summer weekend hair inspiration.....a garland of tiny flowers.

Recreate her Look (kind of):

Tibi mint green sleeveless maxi dress , Raoul belted green dress, Madison Marcus halter maxi dress, Vince maxi dress or Maison Scotch washed silk cotton maxi dress

Johnny Loves Rosie garland headband, Johnny Loves Rosie rose bud garland, Olympia Le - Tan grosgrain and felt floral headband.... or better still make your own out of freshly picked daisies :)

Paris Fashion Week SS 2012...Hedvig

The beauty of simplicity:  Hedvig Palm, after Celine, October 2011.

Recreate Hedvig's Look (kind of):

Something Else laser lace black shorts, Kore by Sophia Kokosalaki washed silk shorts, Rag & Bone Ordell silk shorts

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Vika

Vika Gazinskaya, in pieces from her AW 2012 collection, Paris, March 2012.

p.s. If you would like to see more of Vika's AW 2012 collection, check out Buro 24/7 here.

New York Fashion Week SS 2012

Nothing says summer has arrived more than a floaty maxi dress......mmmm except maybe shorts, a tank and a bikini!

Recreate her look (kind of):

Diane von Furstenberg Mirina maxi dress, Tory Burch Gail floral maxi dress, Thayer Wild One floral maxi dress, A.L.C Luisa dress, Winter Kate Kimono maxi dress, By Malene Birger Abondance dress

Paris Fashion Week SS 2012...Hege

Hege Aurelie Badendyck, Fashion Editor, Costume magazine (Norway).

Recreate Hege's Look (kind of):

Show off tanned, toned legs in an A-line mini: Dion Lee Zip waist skirt, Theyskens' Theory Saman Fandi skirt, By Zoe Rosy draped skirt, Raoul side pleated leather skirt or Acne Castle denim skirt (I think this is the SS '12 version of the skirt Hege is wearing)

Soft, relaxed button-down shirt: Acne Patti print blouse, Equipment signature python print blouse or T by Alexander Wang panelled silk shirt

Add a coloured pump: ASOS Santo suede court shoe, Alice + Olivia Devon high heeled pumps or Pierre Hardy two-tone suede pumps

Weekend Life....A Walk in the English Countryside (Surrey)

The English Countryside....Westhumble, Surrey circular walk.

On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning two weeks ago, we set out to do a country walk from the Time Out Country Walks Guide. I love living in the city but sometimes it is nice to escape the sirens, planes, traffic and crowds that are part of living in London. These country walks are brilliant for getting out into the stunning English countryside for a day, filling your lungs with fresh country air and stopping for a pub lunch along the way (the book gives suggestions for morning/afternoon tea and a pub lunch).  And the best thing is you don't need a car to do them - most walks are circular and begin and end at a railway station within about an hour or so of London.

The walk that we did was the Westhumble circular walk (walk 14 in volume 2 of the guide) and it took us through rolling hills, fields dotted with sheep and bouncing baby lambs (they do literally bounce along!), woods with bluebells in flower, a vineyard and to the magnificent Polesden Lacey estate which is now run by the National Trust. We stopped here for morning tea and purchased a beautiful Welsh blanket from the National Trust shop....which I then had to carry for the rest of the day on our walk!

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Eleonora

The beautiful Eleonora Carisi, Tuileries, Paris, March 2012.

Have you seen Eleonora's amazing adverts for eBay? She looks so good!

Recrete Eleonora's Look (kind of):

Christian Louboutin pumps

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Franzi

German model Franzi Mueller, after Roland Mouret, Paris, March 2012.
Recreate Franzi's Look (kind of): 

Theory Luvetta eyelet mini skirt, Jessica Hart for Pencey Standard lace skirt, Paul & Joe Sister Guilieta broderie anglaise mini skirt, Club Monaco Alice embroidered skirt or Isabel Marant Delph broderie anglaise mini

AG Adriano Goldschmied ruffle back tank, Ella Moss Annie eyelet tank top, ASOS luxe tank

Current/Elliott The Perfect Shirt, Free People True Grit denim shirt, American Apparel denim shirt

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Tamu

Tamu* from All The Pretty Birds, after Dries Van Noten, Paris, March 2012.

A lesson in how to wear print pajama-style silk pants + summer brights + the boyfriend lightweight cardi. And jewels...we love Tamu's beautiful necklace collection!

Recreate Tamu's Look (kind of):

Philosophy Di Alberta Ferreti wide leg print pants, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Day Off pants, Alberta Ferreti printed silk pants , Missoni Phyliss crochet-knit pants,  ASOS Africa pants in Mombassa print

Love a long length cardigan: See by Chloe pink cardigan, Milly striped boyfriend cardigan, J.Crew jungle green cardigan   or ASOS boyfriend cardigan

Statement necklace: Erickson Beamon Eccentric Lady necklace (love the tiny little skulls on this necklace), Erickson Beamon Colour Me Crazy necklace, ASOS Darling Bug necklace

*love how all the street style fav's (like Tamu, Anne-Catherine, Hanneli) are all just known by their first name! No surnames needed :)

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...After Issey Miyake

After Issey Miyake, Paris, March 2012.

I love a pretty, fluid maxi skirt although I probably associate them more with summer (throw on a tank and flat sandals and you are good to go), than winter. The way this model has teamed the blush pink skirt with her leather jacket and coat makes me think it can work for all seasons!

Recreate her Look (kind of):

Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse ballet flats (no matter how many seasons I see these, they never fail to make me smile. squeak :), B Brian Atwood Amata flats, or Miss KG Lola Ballet flats 

New York Fashion Week SS 2012....Susan

Susan Cernek, Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor,, NYC, September 2011.

Classic, elegant, sleek - this is perfect summer city wear taking you from the office, to meetings with clients, to drinks after work. Susan, we love your wearable style!

Recreate Susan's Look (kind of):

A statement crimson blouse: Rachel Zoe Sawyer tie-collar top, Equipment Signature blouse or Derek Lam scoop neck blouse

Navy trousers (a wardrobe essential especially for summer). Thakoon slim navy pants, Marc by Marc Jacobs Kline navy pants, Miu Miu midnight blue pants

Alejandro Ingelmo Grace navy platform pumps, Christian Louboutin navy New Declic suede pump 

Monday 21 May 2012

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Hanneli

Hanneli, Paris, March 2012.

Today's posts are all about shorts: short, cute and frilly, mid-length and tailored, high-waisted, patterned or disguised as a skirt. And Hanneli's frilled leather shorts are probably the kind of shorts that you either absolutely love or absolutely loathe. Me? I love them. On Hanneli....they probably  most definitely aren't going to suit everyone. They are fun, eye-catching, a little bit cheeky and I love Hanneli's styling.

Recreate Hanneli's Look (kind of):

Shorts which have the same feel (very, very sort of!): Thakoon banded shorts (love, love, love these), ASOS smart shorts (in ivory), Rag & Bone Pascal shorts, Chloe leather shorts

p.s. I think Hanneli said that she wore a pair of the shorts on a shoot, adored them and the designer was kind enough to make her a pair of her own!

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012....Emma

Emma Rotenberg, before John Galliano, Paris, March 2012.

Recreate Emma's Look (kind of):

Boxy jacket: Tory Burch Marion tweed jacket, B Store loves Liberty Running Jump jacket, Michael by Michael Kors tweed and cotton jacket, J.Crew braid trimmed jacket (such a great colour)

Add a pair of fitted, high-waisted shorts: ASOS belted shorts with turn-up, Dsquared2 Madeline shorts (love the tie-waist), Rag & Bone high waisted shorts

Maison Martin Margiela cutout wedge booties, Giuseppe Zanotti platform wedge booties or ASOS Alive chelsea wedge boots

Balenciaga Arena classic envelope or Arena classic handle

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Before Chloé

Before Chloé, Paris, March 2012.

I hesitated to post this photo (the wind was a little crazy that day!) but I think her outfit is a nice example of how to wear shorts in a sophisticated, office-appropriate way (well, depending on where you work of course!). And you can't go wrong with the crisp, classic combination of nautical navy + white (updated with some chunky peep toe wedges).

Recreate her look (kind of):

Diane von Furstenberg New Boymuda white eyelet walking shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim Bermuda shorts with skirt overlay, Catherine Malandrino shorts with cutouts, ASOS longer length smart shorts or Yves Saint Laurent cotton-canvas shorts

Parker navy collared wrap top  or A.P.C. pleated washed-silk pussy bow blouse

Chloe peep toe leather wedges (in caramel) or dark green

New York Fashion Week SS 2012...Jourdan

Jourdan Dunn, after Michael Kors, NYC, September 2011.

Love this outfit on Jourdan. Suede shorts, oxfords, an oversized sheer blouse.... Teamed with her messy braid (do you see the tiny threads of leather intertwined in her plait?) it has a faintly urban safari-ish feel.

Recreate Jourdan's Look (kind of):

Slip on a pair of suede shorty shorts: Surface to Air suede shorts, Pepe jeans suede shorts, Donna Karan casual pleated shorts (these aren't suede but have the same feel as Jourdan's shorts), Maison Martin Margiela suede shorts or findersKeepers faux suede shorts

Add a floaty, sheer blouse (great for days when the heat feels unbearably stifling*): Haute Hippie peasant blouse, Winter Kate Pushpa blouse (add a pretty bra or cami underneath), Thomas Wylde Devil's Daughter blouse, Jeunesse Francoise blouse

ASOS Marksy leather brogues, Rag & Bone Hanalei oxfords or Esquivel The Wing Tip brogue

* we haven't had one of these days yet in the UK...although tomorrow promises to reach 23°C. Woot!

New York Fashion Week SS 2012...Maria

Glamour magazine's Maria Duenas Jacobs

A crisp basic white t-shirt + a pair of printed shorts + strappy wedges = perfect summer in the city wear.

Recreate her summery look (kind of):

Basic white tee: Vince Little Boy Tee,  J.Crew vintage cotton t-shirt, Theory brushed jersey t-shirt

Tailored printed shorts: Carven high waisted shorts (fab colours and the perfect length for city wear), J.Crew printed cotton shorts, No.21 printed silk shorts, Jil Stuart Abelie quilted shorts (love the bird pattern and quilting detail on these shorts) 

Diane von Furstenberg Opal crisscross wedge sandals

New York Fashion Week SS 2012...Gertrud

Love this cute shorts masquerading as skirt look (apparently it is uncool to say skort?! who knew;))

p.s. Anyone know if this is Gertrud Hegelund? It is embarrassing when I get people's name wrong so I like to be sure :)

Edit: yes, it is Gertrud! Thanks you @anonymous

Recreate her super cute look (kind of):

Pull on a lightweight sweater (layered over a tank or t-shirt) until the weather gets warmer: Nation LTD Pomona sweatshirt, Joie Denis pullover, Raquel Allegra two-tone sweater

Marc by Marc Jacobs Saatchi shorts, Thakoon banded shorts, Cheap Monday Janey shorts or D&G floral print shorts (such a pretty print for spring)

Slip on some sandals: Rachel Zoe Gladys sandal, Steven Benit suede sandals, Maison Martin Margiela suede ankle wrap sandals or Steve Madden Bethany sandals

Balenciaga handbag

Thursday 17 May 2012

London Fashion Week AW 2012...After Mulberry

After Mulberry, Claridge's Hotel, London, February 2012.

Some weekend hair and make-up inspiration for you courtesy of Karlina Caune, Nadine Ponce, Rose Smith, Sara Blomqvist and Monika Sawicka.                                                    

I think a version of these twists/plaits/braids would look pretty after a day at the beach (no need to blowdry!).