Friday, 30 September 2011

Yang Du

I love this knitted tiger rucksack. It reminds me of those teddy bear rucksacks I had when I was little. And I already have the matching shoes!

They are from Irregular Choice

The collection was a bit less cartoon-y, but never the less fun, than last years. There were lots of knits and a very cosy vibe to it all.

I love these fancy swans on the shoulders. A bit like a posh pirate. The red eyes are a little creepy, but overall this is a lovely cardi. You wouldn't be able to wear a coat over it though.

And squirrels too. lovely red ones rather than grey ones. I don't think I like squirrels, I think I'm with Carrie Bradshaw when she said that a squirrel was just a rat with a better outfit. I don't mind pictures of squirrels. My brother laughed at me when I said that, but what I mean is that I wouldn't like this cardigan if it had rats (or worse a possum) on the shoulders, but little woolly squirrels i can appreciate.
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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Lu Flux

 Sometimes I get truly bored of fashion. I can wander around the shops and read all the magazines and think 'I'm not even a little bit interested in any of this'. I wonder if I've made a huge mistake, in ever getting into all this fashion lark. Then I'll see something so amazing, so spectacular that I swoon all over again.

I admit I was looking forward to seeing the new collection from LuFlux, but honestly, I was in a bad mood from a fight with a press office and starting to feel that same old same old vibe from the London Fashion Week exhibition.

I think I spent the rest of the evening in an excellent mood, which had nothing to do with all the champagne drunk.

Happiness is clashing florals.

The collection had a tiki theme, which isn't one you see often. It worked well with the pastel colours and classic florals.

The laser cutting on this top was very nice with masks cut out from it.

LuFlux clearly shares my love of the lovely suffork puff as they regularly appear season after season. It's nice to see quite a traditional and 'craft' elemnt worked in. I think the slightly home spun feel is a large part of the appeal. This dress made entirely of suffok puffs, actulally reminds me of little cocktail umbrellas, although that just could be the power of suggestion and the fact that there were hundreds of them, right behind

A lovely pinafore dress with a Tiki mask applique and embroidery, and floral print 'grass' skirt. This is really the sort of thing I can see myself wearing.

These skirts are reminiscent of grass skirts that Hawaiian ladies wear. The strips are laser cut so there will be no fraying. Laser cutting usually smells vile, like burnt hair (or if it's wool burnt dog) but I did my research and got some funny looks for sniffing all of the garments and all smell fresh. Lu's suggestion for keeping the smell of them fresh? Running about of the Yorkshire dales. I would absolutely love to see some running about in these skirts with fringing trailing behind.

The skirts are very reminiscent of the crocheted ribbon ones from previous seasons.

I love this take on a hawaian shirt, without the lurid print and instead lovely vintagey florals, in a mix-match patchwork way.

Lu flux has moved from the esthetica part of the exhibition, which is always a little dark, lighting wise, I feel.
I love the prints and bright colours on this raincoat, it'd cheer up the greyest of days. Most nice coats aren't water-proof, so this is a nice change.

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Me and French Sole had a falling out. All I wanted was a lovely pair of fur lined ballet pumps. I basically live in ballet flats and these seemed to be the mist perfect most opulent pair available. The woman in the shop warned me that they tend to size small. My feet are size 6 or sometimes 6.5, not exactly flipper like. I couldn't even cram my foot into the largest size they do which is an 8 due to the sheer bulk of the fur. Why not size the shoe AFTER the fur is in there! 

So at London fashion week, I went past French Sole with my nose in the air. You can't tempt me with all your pretty new shades.

I had to go back. These shoes more than make up for me being unable to ram my foot into a cinderella-esqe fur slipper. They are beautiful. Velvet monogrammed ballet flats. Available in red, black and navy with either matching or more fabulous golden embroidered initials on. You can have 1, 2 or 3 letters which mean lucky people with three letter names (such as my friend loz) could have their whole name written. I'm tempted to ask for nad on one foot and ia on the other. Or just big Ns. Or NK. however will I choose?

I'm sorry French Sole, all is forgiven.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Looking Like a Cake

This dress from Domino Dollhouse is from their Delectable Delights Collection, which is a collection of dress that look like yummy food. This one is perfect, the 'cupcake cutie dress', for the girl who want to look like a cake. Unfortunately for me the website is for plus sizes and the dress I think is too big for me.

Also available in watermelon and strawberry.  I also like the models Tracey Turnblad hair do.

Wish I was here; Meadham Kirchhoff

I really wish I could have gone to the Meadham Kirchhoff show, from the moment I saw the pics of the balloons on twitter, to looking at the photos on Vogue, I have fallen in love.

Photo from Love Magazine's Twitter

I love all the balloons.

 This Dress reminds me of Lu Flux's Bear pinafore dress. (Lu Flux photo from

This feather skirt is very cute. I love the pastel colours.  They have a similar one in Zara, that I tried on at Fashion's Night Out but it is in red or blue.  I would prefer a pastel one. I have actually been considering making one using this tutorial and a bunch of boas, but think it looks less costume-y, more fashion, with ostrich feathers and as it turns out ostrich feathers aren't cheap.

I find the sugary sweetness of this collection particularly funny after reading an interview with them in last Friday's ES Magazine. They seem very serious fashion sort of people. Although I liked their previous collection, their Gothic overtones were a little much for me, and ultimately what stopped me from falling in love with it like I have for this collection. I understand however how this collection fits in; ES magazine described their "knee-jerk reaction to anything that suggests good taste" and although I love it, I know for most it will be vile and cloying. They also talk about how they don't want anyone to like their clothes in a mediocre way. I definitely love this collection, it's really the sort of thing I would seek out.

Mean girls was obviously another inspiration. Tweets about the soundtrack also enticed since everyone said they were playing the Spice Girls and teen girl movie soundtracks, which seeing this make total sense.

 I love this smart jacket with a pair of frilly hot shorts look.


I am also beginning to see Marie Antoinette as an inspiration, but I'm not sure if that's just in my head. The pastel colours, tall hair and silhouettes do suggest it, even just to me.

I love the laser cut jackets with their paper dolly cut work, as I used to love making paper dolly chains. I'm actually considering a huge one now to put around my front room.  This laser cutting is one of those ideas that is so simple but so lovely, that I really wish it had been mine.

I prefer the simpler, one colour cuts to the multi-coloured ones which just don't quite sit right with me and i can't put my finger on why.

This pinafore dress reminds me of my vintage heart jumpsuit.

 And I love this happy cloud jumper, it's so cute and pretty.

I wish I could have been their for the spectacle of the show, I always prefer a show that is a little different a little fun. I'm hoping to find a video of it to watch as Vogue describe; "the show began with a gaggle of dolly birds trussed up in silky pink slips with matching tights, all pulling their dresses off to powder puff themselves and showing off their neon bra straps in the process. Then they burst into a cancan as the models started parading around them – and never have you seen a group of journalists trying to watch and write at once with such difficulty. There was so much to see." and "a team of darling little ballet girls in red ribboned shoes and tutus with huge butterflies at the back, twirling and pliĆ©-ing their way to the back of the catwalk where they posed on a giant glittering cake"

It truly is an amazing collection and I'm thoroughly with Benjamin Kirchhoff when he says "Do we really need to see another digitally printed shift dress?"

Quotes from ES magazine, Catwalk Photos and description of the show from All images are used for commenting purposes only.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Bora Aksu

 I was actually walking past the Bora Aksu stand at the sommerset house exhibition, but I had to stop. This caught my eye;

I just love the idea of these ruffles being entirely covered. It's something thought of when I saw the Chalayan dress that was covered entirely in ruffles (and I had someone follow me around the design museum at the Hussein Chalayan exhibition because I touched the dress. It was begging to be touched and I just had to know what it felt like. No as bad as when I was told off in the Margiela exhibition at Somerset house for being too pointy. Anyways...) and all I wanted to do was make a cover for them, then squeeze the dress. Bora Aksu did the job for me. 

It's just one of those collections that is so textural that you want to grab at it. I'm really glad it was in the exhibition as well as a catwalk show so I could have a really good look at it. I really appreciate how long these ruffle will have taken too, after sewing my ruffle coat for collection. 

I also really find interesting the shapes created by the sheer weight of the ruffles pulling on such a light net. 

 The lady also told me that these detachable collar will be available separately, which I am very pleased about.

I am also happy about this line of tights. I really like interesting tights, and they tend to be the higher end ones so another line of them can only be a good thing.

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