A whiter shade of pale

Winter White made the strongest impression on catwalks for the Fall 2013/14 season. Just keep your spaghetti bolognese at a distance whilst dressed head to toe in this look.  It may not be the most practical trend, but it’s one of the new seasons most wearable trends, easily replicated from the wardrobe’s of most women…

Stark, fresh and minimalist; shades of oyster, eggshell, alabaster and antique whites were layered together to create a kind of snowy sandwich. Different shades were varied so subtly, but made intentional as part of the look.
To get the look right,  go for striking texture and cut- my favourite boys at Proenza Schouler did this best as they paired a thick bouclé tweed back with woven strips of leather. Crafty handiwork and no doubt an expensive combination from the label whose RRP’s continue to rise as they expand on their accessories development and e-commerce, and maximize on fabrications since their relatively new financial backing.

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Peplum waisted- the trend that never dies.

 They hit the runways for Spring with flirty and flouncy styles, while the new Fall season welcomes them again with a sharper, more structured elegance. We have seen the Peplum for at least four seasons running now. 

We’ve had oversize t-shirts, boyfriend jeans, and leather jackets season after season that these have now become a wardrobe basic, but the Peplum- such a specific fashion item, is fast on its way to becoming a staple. Maybe because its a trend that suits all age groups? An organza or silk taffeta peplum top looks divine on a 50-60 year old, as does a leather version on a 20-something! It really is the catwalk to high street fusion that’s just as popular on a-list celebrities as it is on street-style mavens. Worn on the cheap back with dispensable chain store combo’s, or teamed with Celine and Balenciaga for the afficionado’s with the bank balance to match. 

Wearing Spring’s Peplums for Winter
Carry over your Peplum pieces from seasons past with these great tips.

  • Spring’s peplum cocktail dresses—especially dark colors—transition well into fall. Combine these with a structured coat and knee-length flat boots.
  • A sleeveless peplum top will work back with oversize leather pants or waxed denim plus a pair of closed-toe pumps. A tapered jacket like a blazer will complete your Winter look.
  • Detachable peplums work well transitioning into fall – you can even find belt versions to add to a regular top or high waist skirt (Etro offer a great one, and locally you can get one from Peter Lang), these can be worn over a wool or leather shift dress in the winter

 Some rules for wearing Peplums

  • Be aware of your body type when picking this style. If you have a larger bottom, a peplum skirt is not a wise choice; you should consider a peplum top instead.
  • Combine prints, lace or mesh detailing with Peplums and other key trendy pieces in your wardrobe.
  • Try bolder, more structured peplum ruffles this time around -great for minimising the look of alarge bust, by drawing attention to the peplum, and good for hiding a food baby.
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It’s Ruben’s fantasy…

The new Christian Louboutin Fall/ Winter 2013/14 magical collection was inspired by artist Peter Paul Ruben’s fantastical prints of nymphs and Satyrs, and a storm of  Greek gods and goddesses.



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Hermès Nombre D’Or

From the beautiful new Hermès catalogue, Nombre D’Or.

“Precise alchemy, precious geometry: the bracelet plays with the light in it’s golden glow. White, rose, yellow- Hermès makes the world go round.”

“Ever since Antiquity the Golden Ratio (Nombre D’or) has symbolised universal harmony. Scientists, artists and architects saw it as a model of aesthetic, spiritual and philosophical perfection. “

Image source: Hermes photographers Iris Velghe, Koto Bolofo, Enrique Badulescu, Masao Nishikawa, Zoë Ghertner, Michel Denancé, Paul Lepreux

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What You’ll be wearing for FALL 2013

It was all anarchy at Junya Watanabe, Versace and Fausto Puglisi. It’s a look referenced regularly by Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier- biker zip jackets, bold tartan checks and acid wash (Rodarte). Whilst PUNK was definitely a trend for the season, it wasn’t heavily referenced by the big names though.

You can always count on Céline of late to deliver a breath of fresh pastel amongst a sea of  Winter darkness. The softest peach and candy pink tones were represented in minimalist shapes (mostly oversize coats) all over the runways. When designer’s would typically favour deeper, richer hues for Fall, there was a push toward the ‘girlier’ end of the colour spectrum this year.  Ice blue was a popular colour choice at Rochas, Sonia Rykiel and Gucci.

The cinematic, full-skirted look made famous by Christian Dior in 1948 was referenced again for the Winter season, with designers building out hemlines in to full skirts, draped skirts and skirts with nets underneath.The look appeared as a suited outfit at many different shows, with coats draped over the shoulders to give an effortlessly polished vibe.
Fur was in abundance for Fall 2013. It was so present you’d be left to wonder if there was any roadkill left on the world’s highways.
It wasn’t all glam though in my opinion. The normally ‘opulent’ fur trend turned down-right yeti at some shows (I’m talking ’bout you Sylvia Fendi, and you Tom Ford). So cartoonish was Donatella Versace’s bold yellow coat covered with animal spots and stripes, it wasn’t so visually pleasing. Below are some of my favourites.
Houndstooth, Herringbone, and Price of Wales checks were present in many collections, giving an English duck-hunting vibe to the new Fall season. Heavy tweeds and wools were draped and manipulated just like their lighter-weighted fabric friends, and they were also dotted with trimmings like feathers or lace applique. When you raid your Grandads closet in search of vintage replica’s, ensure you search for styles that fit closer to the body for a more feminine silhouette.
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A natural sugar fix

Crazy for Pina Colada any time of the year!
My current obsession with all things pineapple-related has nothing to do with 60′s retro surf or Hawaii. I love it’s natural geometric shapes, and the way it tastes when mixed with Malibu. I also love pineapple on pizza.

1. Bermuda lamp base: (
2. lamp stand: (
3. pineapple ring: (
4. aluminium pineapple cactus (
5. Aquazurra pina colada heels: (
6. pineapple ornament: (
7. Kiehl’s pineapple papaya facial scrub: (
8. white linen pineapple cushion: (
9. 4pc pineapple cutlery set: (
10. Kate Spade pineapple clutch: (

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Molten-dipped magic for 2013

Burberry Prorsum has created a monster! It was all glitz and glamour at their Spring Summer 2013 show as Christopher Bailey showed abundance of metallics, rehashing the sci-fi trend we saw for the season prior. The pinks and blues were standouts for me, as metallics in any form of green looks way too sickly.
Metallics in their softer metal forms are so wearable they can really be considered a form of neutrals. Pair a silver sweater with a boyfriend jeans, or substitute the trench for a soft gold coat and you’re good to go! This is a trend you can keep in your closets, with metallics proving popular into the Fall season, on the catwalks at Marc Jacobs and Paul Smith. There are loads of amazing molten-dipped pieces on the market right now. Shop the trend below:

metallics20131. ASOS PRIOR metallic pointed high heels: (
2. HAIDER ACKERMANN metallic sateen coat: (
3. PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 mirror leather clutch: (
4. SEPHORA Prisma chrome eyeshadow: (
5. BURBERRY PRORSUM watersnake-trimmed PVC tote: (
6. REED KRAKOFF gold, silver and gunmetal plated ring: (
7. SAINT LAURENT metallic shift dress: (
8. GIVENCHY PVC banded cone heel: (
9. NINA RICCI glass marble ring: (
10. JOSEPH Clare metallic pencil skirt (
11. ALEXANDER McQUEEN stud leather box clutch: (
12. MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA laminated wool ‘Serge’ blazer: (
13. Marc by Marc Jacobs foil printed cotton jersey sweater: (

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Karlie Kloss by David Sims

The beautiful images for the Hermès Spring Summer 2013 catalogue display a stunning ‘how-to-wear’ for their famous silk scarves, as they dance across your screen. How nice it would be to sleep in a patchwork quilt the size of Europe made from the whimsical prints that make up Hermès’ world.

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French Revue VS. Richard Prince: Some shameless ‘inspiration’

Creative’s rip-off Richard Prince all the time… he is one of the wonder-boy’s of our generation, so it’s no wonder.
The latest to get inspired by Richard Prince’s iconic GIRLFRIEND’s images (I reported about these a few weeks back) is photographer Thierry Le Goues for issue #22 of French Revue de Modes, featuring buxom blonde bombshell Ashley Smith, and Australia’s fave tomboy Anja Kostantinova with some of the biggest hair I’ve ever seen on her tiny frame.
I’ve placed the French Revue de Modes’ black and white images on the left, next to Richard Prince’s dirty biker images on the right, so you can see the similarities.

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The Pop Asia debate

Just touching on some Spring 13 collections that are in-stores now. 
‘Orientalism’ is a trend that comes around season after season, and it’s a trend that I’ve never really admired. 
Maybe it’s because it’s often too stereotyped and literal (remember Louis Vuitton Spring 2011) or perhaps it’s because it seems too fancy dress. Okay I get that you could (maybe) see a Geisha shuffling through a park at random in Japan, but I’ve travelled through many parts of Asia, and oriental prints and shapes are just not a common form of dress.
Louis Vuitton Spring 2011It's a fail for me...

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011
It’s a fail for me…

Prada and Etro took a much too common approach to win my appreciation this Spring season. 
What was much cooler, was the sporty take on Orientalism seen at Céline and Haider Ackermann that’s so fresh for now. I realised this is the only time that Oriental-inspired fashion has appealed to me even the slightest bit, and I had to write home about it. 

This is how a cheongsam or samurai warrior’s jacket SHOULD be done. Subtly. 
Get a load of these little winner’s below. 
-It’s the kimono jacket at it’s finest, with the cut and sex appeal that it deserves.
 -It’s the origami folded high pants with just a hint of Asia- and not a bath house in sight.
-It’s the Harajuku platforms together with (gasp!) silk satin… and worn by Korean model, Ji Hye Park. But it totally works!  Likely because there’s not an orchid or lotus flower to be seen. And it’s in a palette of mostly black, white or gunmetal. 



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