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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dennis Basso - Spring/Summer 2013: Ready-To-Wear

I must confess to have been very uneducated when it comes to Dennis Basso, and since looking at this show, I can only express my extreme regret at having not discovered him sooner. The pieces in this collection are astoundingly pretty, and my inner princess is in adoration. Take a look at sparkles, chiffon, and embellishment galore.












Ooops, think I may have just posted the entire collection. I feel that is justified - LOOK AT IT. I'm in love.

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3.1 Phillip Lim - Spring/Summer 2013: Ready-To-Wear

Phillip Lim has for a long time been one of my favourite designers. I first spotted a dress of his that Kristen Stewart wore at the MTV Music Awards back in 2008, which I would probably still sell my soul for. His use of pattern has always astounded me, and this season's cut-and-paste approach has opened the fashion world's eyes to incoherence more than ever before. The street style patchwork nature of the collection is undeniably chic; here are my favourite pieces.










AMAZING.

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Rag & Bone - Spring/Summer 2013: Ready-To-Wear

The Rag & Bone S/S '13 show embodied the brand's image, which David Neville described as "a British girl in New York", backstage at the show. He and Marcus Wainwright have claimed that the show built upon their original simplicity, but avoiding monotony by adding 'spring's extra element' - Vogue. This came in the form of Middle Eastern influence, whilst somehow retaining the quintessential Britishness that shot them into fashion stardom to begin with.






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Oscar de la Renta - Spring/Summer 2013: Ready-To-Wear

I am FINALLY catching up on New York Fashion Week. My laptop has been out of charge and my charger out of sight for weeks now, leaving me with only my ancient desktop to maneuver the world wide web. At last, the charger has been found, and thus Vogue's website can be experienced in all of its high tech glory. Bring on the shows.

Oscar de la Renta's S/S '13 show featured no particular theme, sixty different looks, all with 'exquisite detail' and 'refined sophistication' - Vogue.














This show has made me want to invest in a series of magical pencil skirts, as well as dresses that reminisce Grace Kelly in her heyday. Absolutely beautiful.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

"The Trick is to Not Give Up. If You Don't, Anything Can Happen."

The above quote came from the lips of one of my favourite people in Hollywood, Rachel Bilson. Whether its having been told that I resemble her since I was fourteen making me biased, or the fact that she was hilarious in The O.C. and incredibly well dressed the rest of the time, I can't help but love her.

As some of you may know, I recently came second in a shoe design competition, hosted by Upper Street Shoes (an amazing company for which you design a shoe online, and pay them to make it for you; expensive but magical) and WIWT (What I Wore Today - its like facebook for fashion. Amazing.) Although I was very disappointed that I came second by only thirty likes, I could not ignore the insane amount of support I was given by family and friends. My shoe currently has 521 likes, so the fact that that many people took a moment out of their day to click the button was amazing! The prize for first place was to have the shoe made for free by Upper Street Shoes, but unfortunately, narrowly missing out has left me shoeless. Perhaps if everyone that liked it wanted to donate 50p, we could purchase them... Though for some reason, I don't think they'll go for that.

Back to Bilson, it came to my attention a few months ago that she designed a collection for Shoe Mint in America, and whilst I was floating around on British Vogue's website last night, I discovered that it has debuted in the UK in collaboration with Stylist Pick! You can imagine my excitement; favourite person, gorgeous shoes, cheap (ish). And by coincidence the shoe that I designed was in fact inspired by a pair of Christian Louboutins that I spotted her wearing at the CW Upfront After Party back in May.


With flats from £38 and heels from only £50, I am definitely already plotting what to spend my student loan on (old habits die hard) These are a few of my favourites...


 


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Monday, 10 September 2012

Fashion's Night Out

First of all, I must apologise for the lack of blogging in recent months. I'm sure that if I ever did have any 'followers', they have now left me. I will try my humble best to win you back with a series of photos that will make you froth at your fashion addicted mouth. Cute.

Back to the subject matter that the title implies - I went to Fashion's Night Out! It was amazing, a day in London is always a good idea, even with very little/no funds. A gorgeously cheap return on a not so gorgeous National Express whizzed me up there for one loooong but luxurious day trip, filled with sight seeing and window shopping galore.

For those who don't know, Fashion's Night Out is a global event created by Vogue, in which the wealthy and well dressed hit capital cities and shop, hard. I, unfortunately, couldn't reaaally afford to do that, what with the omnipresent overdraft and rent looming over me. But I could look. And dream. And vow to myself that one day I will do it properly... ££££££££££

But in order to get from Victoria Coach Station to Bond Street on foot (no tubes allowed when on a health kick), one must trek the whole of tourist London. When in Rome...

























(Please excuse the utterly tragic quality of the photographs, they have not transferred well from phone to computer)

Victoria's Secret was a personal highlight, the store itself was phenomenal whilst the staff where so kind. They were offering cupcakes and macaroons on the door - I had my first macaroon! It was incredible, I totally get the hype - and the underwear itself was beyond anything I could have imagined! New favourite store alert. 3 floors of sheer bombshell wonders; amazing.

Whenever one goes to such soirees as these, it is imperative that one keeps a celeb count. My count includes:
1) Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall - I realise that this barely counts
2) A famous looking bloke from Thomas Pink - I awkwardly didn't know that he was famous whilst asking him directions whilst we stood outside Vogue House with his beautiful personalised 'Thomas Pink' car lurking next to me. It was only later on in the evening when I walked past his store and realised why he looked so staggered at my blatant ignorance
3) Daisy Lowe - a genuine celebrity at last I hear you sigh! Yes. She was gathering quite a crowd outside Mulberry but I managed to snap a picture of her
4) Bruce Forsyth! - I caught him coming out of Gordon Ramsey's restaurant and heading for a cab. I must admit that the highlight of this moment was a man walking past me whispering 'Nice ta see ya'

So that was my first (of many, hopefully) Fashion's Night Out, complete with mindblowing prices and ever-agonizing blisters. What a souvenir.

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