One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art - Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Let It Snow

Whenever it snows, I'd rather be atop a mountain. On skis. Or at least sipping some (Swiss) chocolat chaud by a roaring fire. As it should be. Alas for me, I am in town, and outside, the snow is falling for the first time this year. I love how snow brings out my (not so inner) child and when flicking through the D&G AW 10 collections for both men and women it appears that I am not the only one. These collections brought a smile to my face.
Let It Snow.

Dudes In Snoods

D&G AW 10

I want this onesie.....

D&G AW 2010
D&G AW 10

Apres Ski

Stylishly Snug

Monday, 29 November 2010

Hipsters Are Doing It For Themselves

The hipster ain't going nowhere despite a Youtube led cultural backlash against this Dalston bred breed at the moment. If anything they are becoming even more ubiquitous, turning up on just about every street corner and in every corner shop. I want to know what's next please. Bored now. 'Being a Dickhead' is not cool any more now that everyone is doing it. So, my prediction is this: the luxe-hipster. Still a bit grungey, but with a bit of spit-n-polish and some actual individuality mixed in (i.e. not a look you can bottle in a song). It's about adding your own idiosyncrasies to something that's already there. It's realising that not every accessory has to be 'ironic'. Here are some of my favourite luxe hipsters at the moment.

1. Clemence Poesy

The flouro yellow heels

2. Lou Doillon

The oversize men's tweed coat. With the sleeves rolled up.

3. Edie Campbell

The Mulberry Bag. The prim pleated skirt. The perfect red lips

4. Zoe Kravitz

The Little White Dress and matchy bag.

Kate Loves.....

Kate Moss has picked out her favourite pictures of herself in honour of the upcoming annual Miami Art Fair, 'Art Basel Miami Beach'.  

This is my personal and absolute favourite of the bunch. It's the least 'natural' but as Tyra would say in ANTM: Girl looks fierce! 
And here are the rest......

....which is your favourite??

Saturday, 27 November 2010

On the Wings of a Dove

Inspirational and breathtaking advertising campaign from Hermes for their latest fragrance: Voyage d'Hermes. In fashion terms, Hermes is the equivalent of the most exclusive members club in the world. Love how this advertisement plays on their (equestrian) heritage and at the same time, with the bottle design, embraces modernity. Visionary.

There Are No Words.

Today I feel like winning the lottery and then purchasing this indescribable dress by Alexander McQueen. Brocade, red duchess satin, crystal and real gold thread. Retails at a mere £7, 640. Casual.

LSD* - My Drug of Choice, 2

Holly Fulton

* LSD = Long Sleeved Dress

Back in the balmy summer months (remember those heady days?) I presented on one of my first posts LSD: the Little Summer Dress, as an ultimate style staple for any wardrobe. Now that winter has well and truly arrived, please allow me to reintroduce LSD: the Long Sleeved Dress.

I would be quite lost without my collection of long sleeved dresses during the winter months and the best part is, they work equally well during the day and at night.  For daytime chic, feed your sartorial habit with jersey, wool and velvet, worn with ribbed tights and ankle boots. For evening glamour, look towards lace or embellished numbers with opaques and heels.

Baby, it's cold outside.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Konichiwa, Bitches

OK yes so I am ripping off Robyn in my post title today (love her!!) but here's something for the weekend. If you haven't already, head down to the Barbican to see their latest retrospective , 'Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion'.

This exhibition, the first of it's kind, traces the impact Japanese designers have had on our sensibilities by looking at works by prolific designers: Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto, and exploring such themes as the preoccupation with shadows and darkness; and the way in which [these designers] utilised traditional Japanese design processes. The exhibition finishes by taking a look at Japanese fashion today. 

This exhibition precedes the upcoming Yohji Yamamoto retrospective at the V&A in the new year.  In terms of trend forecasting: look out for Japanese references bubbling up in street culture, fashion and music. Spotted so far: 

'Konichiwa' slogan T's in Urban Outfitters


Check. It. Out.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


It is officially too cold to shop. Or rather, it is officially too cold to trawl the shops and spend any time outside and now that it is coming up to Christmas I point blank refuse to go to Westfield or any other such crowded shopping experiences. So instead, until I come out of hibernation, all my shopping shall be done on line. Here are my top 5 online boutiques for gifts and goodies galore.

1. Beyond the Valley

This online boutique specialises in under the radar labels: my go to when I want to find that unique fashion statement.

Arrow Print Jumper by Beyond the Valley

Silver Wedge Ankle Boots, by Finsk
Gold beaded necklace, by Fiona Paxton

2. Wolf and Badger

A new(ish) concept store in Notting Hill that also offers an online shop. Sadly the website is currently under construction but check it out :

3. Not Just a Label

This is the best source for tomorrow's talent.

Classic Diamond Pendant by Myia Bonner
Zip maxi by Fanny and Jessy
Grey dyed drape dress by Julia and Ben
4. Austique

For luxe labels and perfect gifts for girlie girls: a Chelsea girls' favourite stop. Labels include Alice + Olivia, Alex Monroe and Winter Kate.

Camilla and Marc mini dress
Hummingbird necklace by Alex Monroe

je t'aime purse by Rebecca Minkoff

5. Atelier Mayer

The vintage specialists, with rare collectors items dating back as far as the 1920s.

Rafael Lopez brocade one sleeved dress

Rouge Allure

Jessica Rabbit

Yesterday, at a visit to the hairdressers, I hit the bottle so to speak and decided to dye my hair red. Or rather re-dye my hair - I was born a red head, but have been obstinately dying my hair for years (much to my mother's despair) every colour from blonde to deep chestnut. However now it is time to go back to my roots (or at least a deep burnished copper version).

I love the fact that red heads have always been controversial. In history, red heads were feared-the fiery colour of red used to symbolise violence. Writers have portrayed red heads as strange or unnatural characters, for instance Mark Twain believed that whilst humans were descended from apes, red heads were descended from cats. And in the great Russian novel The Master and Margarita, the female vampiress, Hella, is a red head.  There is no doubt then that this colour will always make a statement, I think that was best summed up by this unknown quotation:

Blondes are noticed, but red heads are never forgotten.

I think I'm addicted.  Here are some of my favourite fellow red heads of the moment:

Tilda Swinton - actress

Vivienne Westwood - designer
Julianne Moore - actress
Lily Cole - model

Julia Johansen - model

Pandora Lennard - fashion editor/stylist
Taylor Tomasi - editor hair looks amaze with: bright red lipstick; dark lipstick; pale skin; black and neutrals.....I am looking forward to experimenting with more new looks so watch this space!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Listen Up!

What to buy now for the discerning fashionista who has everything? (Well, there is always something!) Check out these extremely cool ipod headphones from Italian based company 2ME STYLE. From rock n roll skulls; to kitsch strawberries; to swarowski-encrusted butterflies: the only problem is which ones to choose! 

Check out the full range at Sounds amazing 2 me! 

Silver Skull headphones with Swarowski crystals by 2ME STYLE

Swarowski butterfly headphones by 2ME STYLE

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Just in

Finally, found a way to be in Wang's gang! Just in on the Outnet: iconic pieces from Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2010 at massive 60% and 70% discounts. Go forth and grab! Here are some of my favourite pieces:

Sydney Leather backpack
Trish Leather Wedge mules

Twill overlay shorts
Leather insert cut-out sweater dress
Quilted shell micro shorts