I’ve never been into wearing patterns. In fact, I don’t own a single printed item. I just ran to my closet to double check and it’s true – not a single thing. For...Read More →
I’ve never been into wearing patterns. In fact, I don’t own a single printed item. I just ran to my closet to double check and it’s true – not a single thing. For some reason prints have always felt a bit dated and tacky rather than something to covet. This all changed recently though.
It might have been that print from Celine ss11 or those knitted jacquard trousers that Susie rocked so well. Whatever it was, the tectonic plates have shifted and suddenly prints are sitting at the very forefront of my mind. I want them. I want to be doused in prints from head-to-toe and the more obnoxiously painful it is to look at the better.
Okay, dramatic antics aside. When I went to My Wardrobe’s ss12 press day last week my obsession was solidified. Patterns were everywhere and especially noticeable on the trousers. From Current Elliot’s spotted jeans to By Malene Birger’s green silk trousers – almost every brand had snuck a pair into their collection. When I met the womenswear buyer Georgina Coulter we started talking about the selection on show. ‘I love it!’ I cooed, ‘The prints are amazing.’ ‘I know,’ she replied, ‘have you seen the Elizabeth & James printed suit?’ Embarrassingly I was holding it behind me about to take a photo, it was one of my favourite looks. Although, I’ll still always be a sucker for the basics… I would gladly live in J Brand’s grey sweatshirt and black leather trousers.
Last Sunday morning I woke up feeling groggy and in East London. Charlie and I decided to start off the day by going over to Columbia Road Flower Market because, ‘You’ve never been before?!’ It was my first time and I couldn’t recommend it more. The street, that is normally dead during the week, is taken over by an endless stream of flowers and the most outrageous group of people. If you want a taste of London that you wont find anywhere else, this is the place to go.
As soon as we arrived we were handed a carton of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee which softened the blow of being awake so early. Seeing everyone walk around with little miniature mustaches was pretty hilarious.
The atmosphere at this market is so vibrant and upbeat. There’s a real sense of community and solidarity. Being surrounded by such boisterous people and rows upon rows of bright flowers is a bit intoxicating. I never wanted to leave.
Last Thursday I came out to London to help celebrate the launch of the eBay Fashion Outlet’s first Winter Wardrobe Collection. Held in a ginormous suite at the W hotel, bloggers were invited and welcomed into the new wonderful world of eBay. The incredibly pristine room spiraled into mayhem after everyone was given the challenge of styling a cover look that represented the eBay customer. The winner, Lexxie, won a new Canon dslr camera (sweet – certainly the ideal prize).
Thanks so much to everyone that attended the event. When I arrived and saw the printed version of the look book it was totally surreal. The relationship between bloggers and brands seems to operate quite differently depending on which country you’re in and I think it’s great that companies like eBay are reaching out to bloggers in the UK. This is a project I’m so proud to have been a part of.
Massive thank you again to eBay for having had me on board.
This is my attempt at getting dolled up. I wore this to the Alice + Olivia party last night that I never quite made it to. Nothing quite beats a low messy bun, dark lipstick and the perfect black dress. It’s a failsafe tripartite that every woman should have easily at hand. I’m in love with this dress, it’s so easy to wear and gorgeous from the back. Minimal effort, maximum impact – exactly the way I want to dress.
Photos by Charlie
Saddle shoes and coloured denim are currently all I want in my life. Swedish Hasbeens and 2nd Day are both on my wishlist for spring/summer 12. Get in my life you two, you are both perfection. Bob is also perfect. He’s my new best friend and wears a Louis Vuitton collar. Fancy.
Photos taken at Varg