Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Granny Chic

 

It’s a trend that’s dominated the runways for the past two seasons and everyone’s obsessed with it, taking clothes from your granny’s closet and taking these looks to the street. It’s not all about wearing vintage clothes, but mixing pieces from your wardrobe to create something fresh and exciting. And it doesn’t necessarily mean going out and buying a whole wardrobe of new clothing (although one or two pieces couldn’t hurt… could it?) but reinvention by adding appliques and patches to your old clothes. Even adding something as simple as a scarf tied in a bow to a blouse or dress can instantly have a transformative effect on an entire outfit. The possibilities are endless; the only real limits are the ones you set yourself within your own imagination.




Lately I’ve been obsessed with two piece dresses and using these as the basis for an amazingly eclectic outfit. StyleWe have an amazing selection of really gorgeous dresses that don’t have the same designer price tag. These include two piece dresses with pleated skirts and the occasional pussy bow blouse. Rather unsurprisingly, some of my favourite pieces feature gorgeous embroidery, and I’m a sucker for animal-themed appliques emblazoning jackets and knitted sweaters.





One of my favourite street style looks inspired by granny chic is pairing floral tea dresses with something as unlikely as a ‘sukajan’ or Japanese souvenir jackets. Pulling off this look is as simple as finding a dress and jacket combination with both feature oriental motifs! 


For more style inspiration, fashion trends and dressing tips you can check out StyleWe on Instagram or on their Youtube channel!

*Photos 2, 4, 5, 8, 11 & 13 via 100 ways to style Gucci
Photos 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 via
StyleWe

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Summer heat

Reasons to be pumped for summer:
1.) dressing like a sardine in a sequinned bodysuit
2.) swimming in the ocean wearing said bodysuit
3.) The Lucy Folk Resort 2017 campaign

Friday, October 28, 2016

Desert Rose




Wearing: Akubra hat, vintage dress and River Island sandals.

So a few weeks ago now I promised there would be more outfit posts on the blog, and then virtually disappeared off the face of the planet. Apologies! It's been a busy couple of weeks, with extra work commitments but I've finally got a week to myself to catch up on everything from emails to Instagram and everything in between. I've also been working on some new DIY projects, slowly but surely and without a sewing machine. My boyfriend recently gave me some of the some of the most amazing vintage dresses, which he found stashed away in the shearer's quarters on his property. I'm in love with this ethereal, ruffled floral maxi dress which is basically the perfect Virgin Suicides dress. The best part is it's made from polyester which was super easy to clean and the bell sleeves will hide all of the lovely sweat patches sure to appear under my arms this summer.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Flowers in your eyes





Just bought me some flower sunglasses made by Californian artist Marina Fini off depop from Matilda Baker who is basically the physical manifestation of a rainbow in a woman's body. Thanks so much Tilly for making my daisy themed dreams finally come true!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sophia Webster Spring 2017






British designer Sophia Webster is one of many to present at London Fashion Week embodying the philosophy that fashion should be innovative, push boundaries, and above all else, be fun. Her Spring 2017 collection, entitled 'Dolly Birds of Paradise' takes inspiration from rare birds, like those documented by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style, as well as the swinging spirit of the 60s. Or maybe I just get that vibe because the models fluttering to and fro seriously reminded my of
Ilona Royce Smithkin's fluttering eyelashes. Spring 2017 is the culmination of a movie marathon marrying two unlikely classics, 'Dreamgirls' and Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. The result is nothing short of glamorous, with an extravagant set and equally boisterous models sitting perched in suspended birdcages or lounging in a large peacock chair. 










Rather surprisingly, the themes conceived before the showing of her last collection, giving the designer time to create a pre-collection meshing the two together. Bridging the gap between Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice with a crossover of Dreamgirls and The Birds is no minor feat, but Webster seems to take it all in her stride. It's the release of shoes and bags throughout the year, on top of her contributions to London Fashion Week that allow the designer to release up to eight collections a year. What Sophia Webster really excels at is shoe escapism and for centuries shoes have acted as ontological symbols for status.

To complement the shoes and bags, the accompanying garments were heavily textured and adorned in ruffles and marabou feathers. As one would expect, the clothes were a mixture of swinging shift dresses and bell sleeved nightgowns. Each look left me with a serious case of headgear envy. It's these details, as well as the intricate beading of the collars and bold vibrant feathers that really contributed to the success of the collection as a whole. However, it's the shoes and accessories which have set the tone for the art direction of the set. Given that the focus isn't on clothing, it's important that the decor lends itself to the motifs of the accessories, whilst also enhancing the experience for the viewer. What's wonderful about Sophia Webster, is that the audience can become part of the experience and watch the models preening their feathers. Unlike other designers to present at Fashion Week, the front row was not invited to explore the birdcage jungle for themselves after the show's presentation, but the explosion of neon colour and vivid eye makeup were enough to leave a lasting impression without so much as a backstage selfie.







Since releasing her Fall 2016 collection, Webster has also opened her first brick and mortar store on the prestigious Mount Street in London. I am guilty of frequently drooling over the carefully curated interiors, as well as amazing shoes and couches adorning the store via their Instagram account. Dangerous thinking when one lives on the other side of the world, and in a town of less than a thousand. Although describing the brand as a digital business appealing to a younger generation of online shoppers, Webster counts the direct feedback from customers instore as invaluable. Combined with winning the British Fashion Council in collaboration with Vogue Fashion Fund in March, Sophia Webster has well and truly set the standard for accessory designers, not just in England but internationally. It makes me somewhat relieved that I myself am not in the fashion industry when there's such stiff competition, particularly from a woman with a savvy business sense who's also bursting with ideas. There's a certain nostalgia about the themes which inspire Sophia Webster, but she instinctively knows how to transform those ideas and make them modern, shiny and new.










Standouts from the collection were that rainbow feather coat, as well as the amazing accompanying beauty looks. If I weren't mentally preparing for a summer heat wave almost-guaranteed to melt any makeup, I'd be spending my money on glossy lipstick and every colour of eye shadow. Three-dimensional florals were also a key staple of the collection, whether dotting the toe strap of a sandal or laser cut in leather and creating a Mary Jane ankle boot with a difference. The most outrageous pieces were the psychedelic pink and orange heels with interwoven chain ankle strap for added glamour. As usual, Webster has demonstrated a keen eye for detail with ultra feminine designs, including but not limited to stiletto heels, spacious drawstring bags and ballet flats for tiny toddlers. Her research into girl groups from the sixties and film informed the techniques and embellishment of the shoes. This includes sandals featuring musical notes woven into a birdcage motif, created using high frequency molding.












*Photos via NY Mag, The Impression and Vogue UK