Monday, July 31, 2017
I've come to the realisation that wearing something bright and colourful (or failing that, print) is my armor. Lately I've been going through a really rough patch, and the pieces that speak to me include the Romance Was Born Electro Orchid collection and festival wear.
1 & 3 via Romance was Born instagram, 2- yourfoxface.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Wearing: Romance Was Born dress and skirt, thrifted earrings and Asos loafers.
The last week or so has been filled with many cups of tea, the occasional bit of sheep work and fossil preparation. It's a stark contrast to working long days and feeling completely emotionally drained by the end of it. The welcome change has also brought out the more adventurous, and self-assured side of my personality, and with it a willingness to try new things. They include, among many things this amazing Romance Was Born skirt. It's a piece which I've had hoarded in the depths of my closet for a few months now, and as gorgeous as the fine chain detail is I was completely stumped as to what I would wear with it. It sounds absurd, especially when you take into consideration the cat and mouse chase that occurred over the space of a month in the lead up to the purchase.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
There are very few figures who have remained a constant within the fashion industry, but Tao Okamoto has been a mainstay for the last fifteen years, which given the fashion’s fast pace (further accelerated by social media) is a lifetime. Born in Japan, Tao started modelling at just age fourteen, where she then moved to Paris in 2006- the same year she signed to Elite where she later walked for Emanuel Ungaro and Martin Grant during Paris Fashion Week. It didn’t end there, after moving to New York in 2009 her unique bowl cut prompted designer Phillip Lim to dress each model in a wig based on her own choppy cut for Fall 2009.
There are very few brands Tao hasn’t represented in some shape or form, whether it be on the runway or featuring in a campaign. She’s walked for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, Miu Miu, Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent. Within the realm of glossy magazines Tao has also appeared in the pages of i-D Magazine, and several international editions of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. It’s an impressive CV to say the least, one that many girls (myself included) can only dream of aspiring to.
As you can probably imagine, Tao has been recognised as one of the most successful models to have come from Japan, earning top honours including “Model of the Year” bestowed by the Japan Fashion Editor's Club and "Women of the Year" by Vogue Nippon in 2010. It's motivating in itself to know that there are hard-working women out there who have hustled within their own industry. The appeal of a model is a vehicle for clothing or blank canvas for designers, creative directors and editors alike to mould and shape as part of their own vision. But after taking a break from modelling and launching her career as an actress playing opposite of Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine (2013) she’s far from it. Whether she’s an ultra glamorous goddess from the near-future or dressed in a hyper-masculine and disproportionate suit Tao carries it off with ease and grace. Without meaning to undermine her success, I cannot wait for a time when more women like Tao rise to prominence and become more prevalent. There's still a distinct lack of diversity on our runways and in our magazines, with digital somewhat more progressive.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
For Fall 2017 designers are presenting flats and boots with evening wear and what would be better than a pair of Delpozo flats or embellished slippers from Zyne? I've never heard of Zyne before but I can easily fall in love with a pair of well-made and rather glittery shoes.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Wearing: Asos tropical dress and wool coat, Loewe elephant purse and Dr Martens boots.
Lately I've just been exhausted. While I would love to say it's because I've been up late writing a book, conducting research or editing visual content for the blog unfortunately it isn't anywhere near as glamorous as that. Work has been absolutely hectic and I've just finished working my sixth day straight, starting in the afternoon and finishing in the evening. Too tired to properly look after myself I had a late supper and eventually retired for the evening, having an early morning shower to shake off the working week. Thankfully I have one more solid week at work before things slowly start to settle down and return to a state of normality. Although it wasn't the best time of day to take photos, I relished in the idea of throwing on this outfit after having done my nails, walking down to the bakery to buy a morning coffee. I'll also happily admit that the evening before I treated myself to a glass of wine while eating leftovers from a work function!