Thursday 30 August 2012

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13....Jac

Polish model Jac (IMG), after Elie Saab Couture, Paris, July 2012.

p.s. Have you seen the amazing illustrations by Danny Roberts for IMG's show package? So brilliant. Danny is insanely talented. Check out the video and illustrations here.

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Josephine

Danish model Josephine Skriver (Marilyn), after Giambattista Valli, Paris, July 2012.

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS 2013...Tatiana

Tatiana, after Miharayasuhiro, Paris, June 2012.

Love how Tatiana has worn her hi-lo/dipped hem dress: cinched with a belt to make it empire line-ish and black laced up ankle boots. The way she has styled her look reminds me a little of Laura's look....

Recreate Tatiana's look (kind of):

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS 2013...Junior Street Style

After Paul Smith menswear, Paris, June 2012.

I photographed this handsome littlie last year after Paul Smith (his mama is Sanny Dodd, Head of Licensing for Paul Smith - hence his cute little Paul Smith outfit) so it was nice to see him again!

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13....Before Stephane Rolland

Before Stephane Rolland, Paris, July 2012.

Yesterday, when it was teaming with rain here in London, I saw 3 separate girls wearing army jackets/anoraks over dresses and thought they looked great. Inspired by their looks, I decided to post the photos of this girl and Jac (see post above) from couture in Paris....both wearing an army jacket in very different ways. If you don't already have one in your wardrobe, vintage/charity stores always seem to have a few in stock (there is one vintage shop in the Marais in Paris which always seems to have a couple available).

Recreate her look (kind of):

Paul & Joe Sister Spinner cotton-twill jacket, Topshop Army shirt jacket, Etoile Isabel Marant Alan jacket, Topshop khaki army jacket or Thakoon Addition Flower camo utility jacket (for those who want pretty + gritty)

Balenciaga bag, See by Chloe Bunny keychain, or  Gucci faux patent leather parrot keychain (he reminds me of one of the parrot characters out of Rio!)

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Ming

Chinese model Ming Xi (Ford), after Christian Dior Couture, Paris, July 2012.

Love this sheer jumpsuit on Ming! 

Paris Fashion Week AW 2012...Peony

Miss Peony Lim, before A Show, Tuileries, Paris, March 2012.

With a nipped-in-waist, luxe shiny fabric and abundant ruffles, Peony's coat/jacket is perfect for the coming season. Team with leather pants and super high heels to complete the dramatic look.

Christian Louboutin Particule 100 suede pumps, Jimmy Choo Abel pointed patent leather pumps or Boutique 9 Justine pumps

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS 2013...After Dior Homme

After Dior Homme, Paris, June 2012.
Such a fresh, pretty summery look: a lovely white peplum top, jeans, wedges and a basket bag (so chic and so often confined to fruit and veg shopping at the markets, or carrying things to the beach. This brings it back to city wear).

Recreate her look (kind of):

Julie Haus Novak peplum top, Alice + Olivia peplum top, River Island peplum top, or Elizabeth and James Yumi metallic brocade peplum top

Rag & Bone/Jean skinny jeans, J Brand 912 Pencil leg jeans, or A Wear slim boyfriend jeans

Kors Michael Kors Vivian wedge espadrilles, Paloma Barcelo Canarias knotted wedge sandals 
or Paloma Barcelo Lucy patent leather espadrille wedge sandals

Rebecca Minkoff corn husk boyfriend tote or Cath Kidston weave basket bag

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Elizabeth

Elizabeth Cabral, Fashion Director Flare magzine, before Giambattista Valli Couture, Paris, July 2012.

A summery version of the opulent trend for winter....metallic embroidery, jacquard, brocade, the more luxe the fabric the better!

Recreate Liz's look (kind of) in brocade/jacquard pieces:

Monday 27 August 2012

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Kasia

Polish model Kasia Struss (Women) after Chanel Haute Couture, Paris, July 2012.

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Angelica

Beautiful Angelica Ardasheva from Angy's Tea Room blog, before Christian Dior couture, Paris, July 2012.

A pretty peplum dress for the last long days of summer.....

Recreate Angelica's look (kind of):

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Tamu

Tamu from All The Pretty Birds blog after Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris, July 2012. 

Okay, so I think you all know that I love anything in lace and this Valentino dress on Tamu is no exception. I love the shape, the fabric and the beautiful ivory colour. A dress to take you from day to evening and everywhere in between.

Recreate Tamu's look (kind of):

Red Valentino leopard flower and lace dress, Alice by Temperley Kitty lace dress, Lover Tennessee lace trimmed dress, Elkin Djuna dress or Magda Berliner vintage lace dress

K Jacques St Tropez sandals, Canfora of Capri Gail thong sandals or ASOS Finish leather sandals

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2012/13...Caroline

Tank Magazine's Caroline Issa, before Versace couture, Paris, July 2012.

Love these sandals on Caroline and her gorgeous embellished blouse.

Recreate Caroline's Look (kind of):

Embellished top:  Marni embellished brocade top, Emma Cook embellished cotton sweater or Miu Miu jewel collared sweater

Pink skirt: Coast pink pencil skirt,  DKNY pleated hot pink skirt or J.Crew sequined silk pencil skirt

Black strappy sandals: Alexander Wang sandals, Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout sandals, Alexander Wang Inna sandals, or Alexander Wang Sonja ankle strap pumps

Diane von Furstenberg Drew Connect bag or Pierre Hardy suede shoulder bag

Saturday 25 August 2012

Weekend Life...Wilderness Festival 2012, Oxfordshire

Wilderness Festival, 11 August 2012, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

This was my day spent at the beautiful, magical, whimsical celebration of life, love, family, food, friends, music, the outdoors (and so much more) that was the Wilderness Festival 2012. It is difficult to explain just how beautiful the Cornbury Estate is: lakes, a waterfall, hidden forests, fields of deer, ancient trees and lush green is truly a little (although the estate comprises 1700 acres so maybe not so little!) piece of paradise in the heart of Oxfordshire.

I had a wonderful day wandering around the festival taking photographs, chatting to people (bumped into a few familiar fashion week faces!), eating incredible food and drinking in the magical surroundings. I can't wait for next year's festival.

p.s. I know, I know, a LOT of photos again (maybe I need an intervention?!) so congrats if you made it through the entire post without closing down the page :) I totally forgot to take food photos (particularly the Yotam Ottolenghi banquet) but figure I can do that next year :)

p.p.s Thank you so much to everyone who let me take their photograph including all the mum's and dad's that let me take photos of their kidlets.