How gorgeous is the new Moxham look book? I’m completely obsessed with the oversized hardware. Madeline, the founder, has really taken the brand to the next level with this collection. It’s completely covetable. The...Read More →
How gorgeous is the new Moxham look book? I’m completely obsessed with the oversized hardware. Madeline, the founder, has really taken the brand to the next level with this collection. It’s completely covetable. The Osiris and Anubis necklaces are my absolute favourites. I love how they combine chunky metal detailing with leather. They’ve both been added to my mental wish list.
Photos courtesy of Moxham
Whenever someone I know is coming back to Zurich from London I bestow upon them the monumental task of bringing me back bucket loads of magazines. English magazines are so overpriced here that I never buy them – so I relish the opportunity to get anyone I know to act as my donkey for them. This time my husband brought me back Vogue Collections. Have you seen it before? It’s incredible. It’s separated into the five categories: Paris, Milan, New York, London and accessories. Inside are just pages and pages full of looks from each fashion capital’s shows. There isn’t much text, just a little description of each show and there are also hardly any advertisements. Perfect for drooling over and an excellent alternative to browsing style.com. It comes in at a hefty 25quid but totally worth it if you want to have a tangible reminder of how drool-worthy all of last season’s shows were.
During London Fashion Week one of the shows I was most looking forward to was Charlie Mays. This was the first season that Charlie put on a catwalk show and I was so excited to see her collection saunter down the runway. On the day I got to shoot some of the action backstage before the show. Everything was so organized and well run. You wouldn’t at all expect that this was just Charlie’s third season showing.
The SS13 collection is absolutely stunning. The first look that came down the catwalk was a top and trouser velvet combo in a shade of icy blue. It was my favourite look from the entire collection and I can just imagine myself wearing it now (perfection). There’s also a nude coloured biker jacket, asymmetric shorts and classic white silk shirts that would be incredibly useful in anyone’s wardrobe. Charlie’s collections just keep getting better and better each season as she hones in what her design aesthetic is. I already can’t wait to see what see what’s in store for next season.
Forget about grunge, if the Fall 2012 couture shows are anything to go by fashion is about to get fancy pants.
It doesn’t matter that it’s couture. Fashion is interesting because it works in mysterious ways. Inspiration is becoming ever more fluid. This means that something that shows on the catwalk today can be interpreted quickly by mega-powerful-all-reaching high street shops.
That’s good for you and me because it’s affordable…
Anyway, this isn’t a philosophy class – let’s talk about the clothes.
They are so pretty, right? We start with Armani Privé in the middle with its double model Frenchi looks. There’s something distinctively 1920s-esque about this… for some reason it has me thinking of Great Gatsby and long cigarettes. You’d wear this sort of outfit to a weekend away at your summer-house, surely. On the left we’ve got Balmain with its power shoulders and easily recognizable signet belt. It’s equally powerful but in a more 1980s sort of way. This woman is smart enough to have a high-powered job but God forbid she ever gets her fingers dirty. She’s wearing a pale pink suit after all… there’s no room for a messy McDonalds, this girl only eats oysters. Then, on the far right we have the beautiful Christian Dior. This woman is straight out of the 1950s only she accidentally ran into Madonna circa 1990. A cone bra plus a teeny tiny waist makes for an interesting and new silhouette. Raf Simons nailed it.
I love couture because, while it’s highly aspirational and entirely out of reach, it also offers a clear vision of the direction fashion is moving. I’m jumping happily onto board this bourgeois boat. It’s one part nonchalant and another part painfully perfect. I like that.
Images from style.com
* Update * As Michael correctly pointed out, the Balmain collection is not couture, it’s Resort 2013. Sorry for the mistake. Live and learn suckas. Live. and. learn. Thanks for letting me know. Love you Duck.
I have been attempting a closet clear out for over a year…
You might remember when it all started. It was a rather embarrassing situation. I’ve slowly been selling pieces and giving things to charity but I still feel like I have way more stuff than I need. Obviously it’s an ongoing project but I hate that feeling of ‘having nothing to wear’. You know it, you’re standing in front of your wardrobe wondering where that one perfect T-shirt is that hangs just so. When you can’t find it anywhere all hell breaks loose because ‘it’s the only thing that looks good right now.’ I know I’m not alone in having these mini-emotional breakdowns… I’ve seen some of you getting ready to go out (evil eyes Charlie and Shini).
Anyway, things are changing. I’m pairing down.
I think I’ve been inspired by Ivania – she’s the absolute queen of minimalism. As much as I love having loads of options I actually much prefer things to be simple. I’ve picked out a handful of items that make up pretty much what I’ve been wearing the last few weeks. They are as follows: a Paul & Joe Sister leather biker jacket, a Cabbages & Roses striped Breton top, skinny jeans from 7 for all Mankind, a white shirt from MiH and a cotton dress from Laura Ashley which used to be my moms (I had about 4 feet of fabric cut off the length). For accessories I’ve been sticking to a cotton floral tote I got at Banana Republic about five years ago, a pair of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses and an old baseball hat because, you know, they’re so trendy. For shoes I’ve just been switching between my black and white Converse. That’s it. That’s what I’ve honestly been wearing. It doesn’t make for very interesting outfit posts but it’s real life.
My goal over the next few months is to start investing in key pieces to help expand this little mini-summer wardrobe. My goal is to only spend money on things that fit with the paired back attitude… so no spur of the moment crazy purchases. My goal is to have a working wardrobe that is easy to navigate and style. Let’s see what happens. I’ve got my fingers crossed for my restraint.