Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Some kind of temptation

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As much as I'd like to be someone who dressed in a very sleek and modern way, I can't help but be like a magpie attracted to all that glitters and gleams. Add in a rainbow of colours, draping and a luxurious fabric and I am as happy as can be. The second I saw this Stavropoulos gown on Decades today I nearly died (can you tell I'm watching The Rachel Zoe Project right now?) as it combines all of these loves in a rather over-the-top and glamorous way. The cut is incredibly elegant with the one draped shawl sleeve and long, lean skirt but the pattern explodes across the body with a bounty of rays and roses. This doesn't overwhelm the wearer though as the colour palette is kept rather muted muted- mauve, rose, aubergine, forest green, cadmium and navy play across the delicate silk surface. Silver bugle beads highlight the patterns and encase the single spaghetti strap. While this dress might not be for everyone, I can't think of anything more fun than this hyper-elegant early 70s amalgamation of loose hippie fashions, pop art patterns and high fashion.

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Also, one of the forefathers of the crafty-hippie-luxe look I love, Koos van den Aaker, was interviewed by StyleLikeU. Is it wrong that I am incredibly jealous? I have always adored his heavily patchworked couture garments from the Seventies and would love to have the opportunity to discuss his inspirations and career with him. Guess I shall have to start working on that...

Monday, 28 September 2009

Echoes of emotion

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Seemingly there is a new theme here- the last editorial I posted was entitled "Daydreaming," and this editorial from the October 2009 issue of W is "Dream Sequence." Shot by Paolo Roversi, this season's couture collections appear to be copied straight from the history books- Edwardian, rococo and 50s Balmain couture meld together in an intoxicatingly haunting and romantic story. Heavily smudged eyes and frizzy Gibson girl hair punctuate the luxurious gowns and high-necked white blouses.

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What's amazing is when you can feel your life going somewhere, like your life just figured out how to get good, like, that second

For a couple months in 1995 my friends and I would religiously sit down to watch one show that made a huge influence in our lives. My So Called Life was only on for one season and has already been cancelled by the time it came to England, but we'd heard so much about it from the imported Seventeen magazines we'd pour over in the High School Library that we felt it was essential for us to watch it. It seems to have been the defining show of that era for teenagers and pre-teens (I was only 11 when it was on), as it seems to come up in conversation pretty regularly. Since we were so young Angela's life seemed so exciting, especially since she made out with Jordan Cantalano. The clothes were also a major point of interest- the styles worn by Angela and her friends were reflected in Seventeen but were completely alien to the teen magazines we bought- Just Seventeen (back when it was still a weekly), Sugar and Bliss. Her grungy look can be seen on almost every hipster at the moment, and I can't help but think it is partly in homage to our first girl crush (or at least the girl who got our first guy crush).

Earlier today I started re-watching the first couple episodes, and they are still as insightful as I remember- listening to her narration really at seems to be like re-entering my 14-year-old mind. All of these reminisces were started when one of my best friends, Milena Selkirk, sent me a video she put together. Milena is one of the most talented musicians I know (her music can be found here and here), and she's now starting to play around with video. This is a mash-up between My So Called Life and Twilight, a phenomenon that might just be one of defining parts of being a teenager now (though sadly much more dumbed down, in my opinion). It's a fun video and they work perfectly together.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

silhouette of a dream

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Another wonderful editorial, this time by Salim Langatta from the October 2005 issue of Vogue Germany. Soft, diffused light bathes Heather Bratton and Dovile Virsilaite with a golden glow while they clamber around a country manor. Casually wrapped turbans top off eccentrically styled outfits with heavy Goth eyeliner. The printed smock feels a little incongruous but overall it has the dreamy look and the slightly seventies-does-deco clothing that I adore.

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Friday, 25 September 2009

Memories fade like the wind

More than ever, I seem to be attracted to a certain looseness in clothing- in both a laxity of "morals," as I'm wearing vintage lingerie as outerwear more than ever, and also in tailoring. The elegantly louche suits of Hannah MacGibbon for Chloe and Dries Van Noten have me wishing that trousers suited me, even though I haven't owned a pair in seven years. This boudoir themed editorial from the October issue of Marie Clair Italia, by David Bellemére, perfectly tunes into the look I've been cultivating lately. Since I'm bypassing the trouser suits, I've been dressing myself in loose blouses, long skirts, calf-length dresses and lots of muted tones. This look is definitely a modern re-spinning of the Seventies styles I adore with a splash of modern sequins and antique lace. The softly curled Edwardian inspired hair and subdued tones make for a coquettishly elegant spread.

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And a few other things...
Cherie, of Shrimpton Couture, asked me recently to write some guest posts for her blog so I put up the first tonight- please check it out and, while you're there, check out her stunning selection of vintage.

Anyone have any ideas on how to get my hair to look like this? I know this doesn't make much sense following the editorial above, as I've definitely been using Anne of Green Gables as my hair inspiration recently, but I've always been interested in getting my hair as big as possible.
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