Friday, 31 August 2012

I'm quite the brogue.

One of my favourite outfits of late. I wore it a few days ago and think I didn't post it at the time because I had already done a post on something else that day. Don't want to go over-board and spam everyone like I did at the start of the summer when I had too much free time on my hands! 

There's a lot I like here; blue tones, simplicity, modernity, menswear inspiration and ease. And I do love clothes that make life easy. Hot as pencil skirts and the like are, they don't promote the amount of movement that somehow ends up in my daily life despite being ridiculously lazy. And these brogues and blazer are two of my favourite items in my wardrobe/best buys ever so combining them is always great.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

"Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy"

A modern version of a slightly cowboyish look; denim, a check shirt, a neckerchief and boots. And that was kind of an accident. I really just wanted to wear the neckerchief that I bought yesterday. My last post highlighted them as one of my new obsessions and I was crazy to start wearing one. So I built an outfit around it and this happened. They're just so cute! How could I resist? I stayed in a tonal family of red with cherry and burgundy tones - hot colours for the new season (pun always intended) and some of my favourites to wear.

"Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy"

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

September Obsessions.

Ahead of one of the biggest months in fashion (which coincides with my birthday - a coincidence? I think not!) and a new season, here are some of the things I'm most excited by/craving/stalking.

Clockwise from top (l-r) - 1. Neckerchiefs 2. Bomber Jackets 3. Cateye Sunglasses 4. Gloves.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Zara's Campaign Films.

Go to Zara's site now. Do it. You won't be disappointed. 

The AW '12 films for the Woman, Man, TRF and Kids sections are gorgeous, cinematic things of beauty. 

Here are some screenshots from the Woman film. It's got the nostalgia factor that's been everywhere since a certain music video last summer but is charming enough to be saved from being too band-wagony. Think impossibly cool, chic and young France of the 60s and the movies of that era.

And, yes, I was too lazy to edit. Problem?

Monday, 27 August 2012

Keep it simple.

Messing around with flashes and shadows today. I find shadows endlessly fascinating! Pretty simple outfit and I've come to the conclusion that bold simplicity is my thing, much as I admire other aesthetics. I just feel that this is the best fit for me. I like clean lines in an outfit and solid basics that can be added to and built upon if I end up doing something other than messing about the house. Besides, I climb things and run around too often for anything overly fussy. Saying that, however, I could be wearing anything tomorrow! Wouldn't be the first time I spent a research day in an evening gown...

Emma Stone for Interview.

Emma, please may I be in your gang?

This shoot with Emma Stone for Interview magazine is super-gorgeous. Normally portrayed as the naturally beautiful girl in your class that you pine after who is funny and smart, here we see her sexed up and looking cool and editorial. You have to look twice to recognise her. I love the styling, shooting and concept; it's almost like a futuristic take on Grease-style packs of young guys who follow Stone around adoringly as if she's Madonna from her Material Girl video. Adore the chainmail dress with the little black gloves - two things you wouldn't necessarily put together but they look amazing. An interesting styling of this dress especially if we consider how Keira Knightley was styled for her recent shoot for Harper's in one.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fluffy slippers as an accessory?

I spent most of the day in an outfit inspired by stereotypically slobby middle-aged men in the white wife-beater - quite trailer trash - but I gave it a fashion twist. Both the tank and shirt are oversized River Island attire at its best. Often their clothes are cooler when bought in larger sizes and worn in a more relaxed way and I love playing with traditional wardrobe staples that are worn at unusual lengths or with different silhouettes. I'm photographed here in my favourite fluffy slippers reading Dubliners upside-down (the idea of my brother/photographer for the day) and sipping a really awesome Japanese beer (Kirin Ichiban) that we had with our fancy family dinner. The overall effect is a confused mish-mash of literature, fancy beers, fashion and slobbiness. I could have put on real shoes for the photo but I like what the slippers brought to the outfit.

Friday, 24 August 2012

A Debutante and whatever the male version is.

The Twins hitting the Debs and hitting it hard! Hopefully not too hard...But how gorgeous are they, though? James in a fairly classic slim-cut black suit with white shirt and the black bow-tie I eventually convinced him to wear. Anna in her altered Ted Baker. She took a cute high-street bandage dress for going out and made it haute and red carpet worthy. Both looks are quite modern (James' suit cut and Anna's silhouette) but have nods to timelessness to prevent the "Oh, God, I can't believe I wore that" effect that Debs often attract. So lovely and chic but undeniably youthful. Did me proud. Although, I can take some credit as I became the unofficial suit and dress consultant for the sibs and a lot of their friends. For someone who didn't care too much about their own Debs, I've done a lot of talking about them in recent weeks...

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Guy clothing in a girl way.

I haven't done an outfit post in a bit so here's a quick one! The tee is a recent purchase and is from the men's section in Penney's, I like the idea of wearing guy's clothing in a way that is not manly at all. This outfit comprises a lot of things I like, actually, despite being simple; menswear, luxe sportiness, really modern, urban dressing, staying within a tonal family and breaking "fashion rules". Yes, I've paired black and navy once again. Shock horror. Also, excuse the mess, for some reason my brother is the only one in the house with a full-length mirror - go figure.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Grimes looks kawaii in anime-inspired video.

Grimes at her Grimesiest in an awesome new anime-inspired music video for the song "Genesis". As it is directed by Boucher herself, you can really see her own stamp on it and, like the video to "Oblivion", it's really playful and energetic. I love the Japanese school-girl look she has going on, especially the hair! She's just so adorable in this! And, as per, it's a very stylised, visually rich video with lots going on and lots to see. The supporting cast of neo-warriors and hip/crazy friends are also dressed impeccably awesome. LOVE IT.

Monday, 20 August 2012

So adorable.

Say awwwwwww...It's my little bro's streetstyle. He's so adorable and stylish (but annoyingly picky). He kind of goes for a laid-back take on polished or preppy but with a little bit of edge brought in through humorous, ironic or risquĂ© t-shirts. A fan of the skinny jean and a recent chino convert, he has a great eye for colour and coordinates a great variety of different looks despite having limited amounts of clothing (because of the whole picky thing).

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Video: Perry Ellis, Sui, De La Renta S/S 1993.

It's funny how dated that famous Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis collection looks on the runway versus in stills...This video shows that collection in all it's glory (and misses) as well as Anna Sui and Oscar de la Renta for S/S 1993. There's a lot of unflattering tailoring, hooker-makeup and florals my granny would label old-fashioned going on but then there are moments of clarity. It seems that it is those moments being focused on in the current nineties nostalgia, and while many will bemoan this on the grounds of pastiche etc, I think this video really highlights the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of that era in order to create awesome looks now. Besides, bemoaners, that's what we do for every other era - including pre-modern eras as can be seen in the baroque trend hitting up designers and highstreet alike this coming season. I can see why people are so attracted to the period, especially grunge aesthetics, as it was kind of the last musical genre that defined a generation and, therefore, their wardrobes. Nowadays, we're so awash with influences that it can be dizzying.

I know I've crapped on at length about this topic before but I think this video makes for a good visual aid. And, if nothing else, it's cool to see the Supermodel pack strutting their stuff in their heyday.

Friday, 17 August 2012