Wednesday, 10 September 2014

wonderland


New York Fashion Week has been spilling with etherealness. We have gone down the rabbit hole with Thom Browne, under the sea with Rodarte and into a poetically nostalgic version of the ‘70s with BCBG Max Azria. This creation of fantasy worlds has been completely fine with me. Going back to school has been a drag although I am enjoying the subjects I decided to keep on for A-Level. Nonetheless, I would rather be daydreaming about what one does when wearing a shimmery punk mermaid gown created by the Mulleavy sisters. (Probably rock up to a party with a hot merman punk boyfriend and trade stories of what it feels like to get eight piercings in each eyebrow.)


I love collections that are otherworldly because they have more of a narrative than collections that seem to fulfil the purpose of “looking good” without any wider context. However, when a model walks out in something like the Thom Browne look above it makes you think “oooh I wonder where she’s been and where she’s going?” It is so brilliantly eccentric that it inspires all kind of ideas. When collections are based around fiction it means that there are a lot less boundaries for the designers. They can go wherever they want with it.


An unearthly collection would not be the same without the right setting and soundtrack. This is something that I have been noticing more this season than ever before. Flicking through some photographs on style.com is all well and good, but in order to appreciate the way that the clothes move and get a closer understanding of what it would be like to wear them, you must watch the show. I usually like a collection much more after watching it in motion. Alexander Wang’s collection, for example, looks okay in the photos, but just okay. Watch the runway video, however, and it is absolute magic. The soundtrack and the models’ walks make the clothes appear really empowering. Also there is Alexander Wang cuteness at the end when he runs down the runway beaming. You can really tell how proud he is that it has all come together and it’s truly inspiring.


In 2008 Tavi Gevinson had a week where she dressed as book characters. And yes I know that because I spend a lot of nights going through old posts on The Style Rookie. Clockwise from left: Pippy Longstockings, Blanche Dubois and Violet from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I am more attracted to dressing like a writer than a book character. However, suits and similar outfits can get boring. I do think of flowing chiffon dresses when I think of poetry.


Prabal Gurung's Fall 2011 collection was inspired by the heartbroken would-be bride Miss Havisham from Dickens' "Great Expectations." Fashion can be linked to every aspect of culture. This web of inspiration just keeps going. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

heart ny

New York Fashion Week has me so starry eyed this season. To celebrate its start I have compiled a list of what I think of when I think of New York. Despite my cynicism over New York Fashion Week last season, there is so much that is promisingly otherworldly about the Big Apple. This is what I dream of when I dream of The City:

1. The Velvet Underground

...And Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick etc. That edgy cool that epitomised the underground scene of the 1960s. The Velvets coined the hipper than thou leather jacket and dark sunglasses look and Edie Sedgwick's enigmatically iconic style still spawns boundless inspiration for designers today. The cultural influence of this time and place cannot be underestimated. A quick search of "The Velvet Underground" on style.com achieves masses of results from Dior couture 2005 to Ruby Jean Wilson as the living embodiment of Edie at Marc Jacob's Spring 2013 RTW. The Velvet Underground and the people surrounding them infiltrated deep into our culture and that won't be going away any time soon.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013, Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2012

2. Vogue

American Vogue is so steeped in history that even someone with merely a casual interest in fashion would associate the magazine with NYC. That scene in "The Devil Wears Prada" where Andy is walking through the city and her outfits change is what I dream about. If/when I work at Vogue, this is what I would/will wear:

Chanel Resort 2015, Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2014

3. "Just Kids"
Around the same time as The Velvet Underground et al, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe were residing in the Chelsea Hotel. Struggling artists trying to be heard in the Big City, they both rocked a kind of relaxed punk look. However, this sense of throwing things together has become quite a refined kind of beatnik aesthetic. Patti Smiths 1973 debut "Horses" is notable for the cover art in which Patti sports an androgynous oversized suit. It was then that she, unknowingly, created her status as fashion icon.

Undercover Fall 2004, Paul Smith Fall 2011

4. Bill Cunningham
If the 2010 documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" had been titled "Bill Cunningham's New York", it wouldn't have been far from the truth. Bill Cunningham is THE original street style photographer. In my tendency to romanticise cities I have never visited, I imagine that he is hiding round every corner, wearing his blue raincoat, balanced on his bike, camera ready...

DKNY Spring 2014, ZAC Zac Posen Spring 2015

5. The Jazz Age
1920s New York would have been A M A Z I N G. The speakeasies, the flappers, the glitter, the presence of Diana Vreeland, the jazz. The '20s are one of the most fruitful decades for style inspiration. It was the first decade to see womenswear fully liberated from gowns and corsets. In their place was a more practically elegant style of dress popularised by Coco Chanel and speakeasy flappers.

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014, Gucci Spring 2012

More fashion month posts to come...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

crazy for you baby

The summer holidays are drawing to a close but I am feeling more tired than ever. My laptop is royally f*cked at the moment so I apologise for the gap between this post and the last one. I could have put money towards a new laptop, but then I went on the American Apparel website. At least I can be well dressed, even if I have no internet. 
I have not had a chance to take any more outfit photos because we're having our decking removed (RIP in peace decking) so the men working on that are in the garden where I usually take photos. Here are some photos that I have taken in the past few weeks to sum up summer and its ending.

My window from the front of the house which my mum's friends keep commenting on and the window frame painters probably had a good look at the other morning.
I decorated my sociology folder with feminist slogans, the riot grrrl manifesto, SlutWalk photos, a photo of Callie, Avalon and I at JAWs in January, Agyness Deyn, Freja and her gf, Taylor Swift, Courtney Love, Tavi and Lorde's sleepover, Kathleen Hanna, Laverne Cox and Rookie Yearbook 1. 
I took this photo right after my friend and I were followed by a field by a naked man masturbating who then stopped to talk to us, and just before the police arrived to look for him with us. It was really horrible and I haven't written about it on here yet. They still haven't found the man.
I decorated the centre of my wall with minimalist and pastel images because that is how I want to start dressing. I really like that sort of clean aesthetic.
On Friday I saw The Smyths (AND BOOKED MORRISSEY TICKETS ASYAVDWSHFUEFH) and now my Smiths obsession is back at full pelt. To celebrate I dedicated my shrine entirely to my favourite band once more.
Speaking of obsessions...Kate Bush. Has taken over my life. I went to a boot fair this morning and bought her biography.
Some records I've bought/received/acquired over the summer.
Dreamcatcher and lyrics to "Moving."
We went on a hellish coastal walk in Dorset, but there were some pretty sheep and the cows looked like massive dogs from a distance.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

multicultural...kinda...

The first time I saw this Armani Privé coat all I could think of was the Japanese flag and Salvador Dali's moustache. 


Can you see it?

The collection was definitely Japanese inspired, as a lot of other Armani collections have been.I don't know what the inspiration for this exact piece was, but I think more clothes should have Dali moustache prints on them. Looking at it this way at least makes it a bit more exciting and purposeful than random black splodges.

style.com, clker.com, mocp.org

doll parts

I really feel like summer is coming to a close. However, it is still warm enough to wear my tennis skirt without tights underneath so all is not lost. How has everyone's summers been? Have you been on holiday? Has the weather been nice? How many TV series have you managed to make your way through? (Mine is a pathetically minuscule 1 because my laptop is on it's way to the grave and is aggravatingly slow.) Has anyone got a tan? Tell me all about it in the comments. Today I decided to wear every long necklace that I own which meant that everyone could hear when I was approaching which made me feel like a fictional character or something. I was aiming to look like a 7 year old; an aim that my mum unknowingly noted that I had achieved. I always want to dress like a little girl when I wear my Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon sweatshirt because of the cute little girls (style icons in their own right, I assure you) printed on it. I am also wearing a DIY'd flower headband and American Apparel tennis skirt. Yes. I gave in to the generic-ness of the AA tennis skirt, but it was my birthday and I think that it is very flattering, well-made and versatile, so its popularity among teen girls of t'internet is entirely justified.


I stole some flowers from the vase in the kitchen to take photos with, but ended up waving them around the room to The Smiths' "Cemetery Gates." Whenever I'm holding flowers I suddenly decide I'm Morrissey. It's uncontrollable, I swear. *shifts nervously*

The above pose was inspired by Jarvis Cocker. I watched Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets last week. Has anyone else watched it? It was different to how I expected it to be but wonderful nonetheless. There's this really cool guy who is interviewed wearing a leopard print coat and lipstick. He tells a story of how he went to London and got mugged and when he returned to Sheffield (his hometown) he really wasn't himself, so a friend took him to the pub and told the landlord that his friend had just got back from London and he wasn't feeling himself, so the landlord put on a Pulp CD and the leopard print coat man sat in the pub all afternoon listening to Pulp and then he felt better. It's full of cute lil anecdotes like that one and I have really admitted how much indie band frontmen influence me in this post.
On the night before I went to Dorset for a week, Antonio came round to help me finish Issue 5 of Pretty Zine. He stayed until gone midnight because my scanner decided to stop working. However, we managed to get it done and it was kind of fun working into the night and we felt a bit like Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe or something. Anyway, it is now available on Etsy. I'm really proud of this issue. It explores a wide range of topics surrounding the themes of beauty, obsession and (obviously) drama. I've put mine on the windowsill in my room that represents "newness."
It would be really great if you could order a copy of Pretty. I guarantee that it will improve your life greatly. Or maybe just a little. Well, it should be fun to read at times. AND THERE'S A QUIZ. You should be sold by now. Click the links below ~~~
Two of my friends are getting more piercings on Tuesday and when I met Flower from Bobbly Rainbow Socks when I was in Dorset last week we talked about piercings and tattoos. I'm not particularly enthusiastic about getting any more piercings (I only have one in each earlobe), but I would like to get a tattoo when I turn 18 next year. I have wanted a sunflower tattoo for sometime because of Allen Ginsberg's "Sunflower Sutra" poem (if you haven't read it then I thoroughly recommend that you do: it's in its entirety here.) I was bored today so I drew a sunflower in my hand (I couldn't find a black pen.)
Journals. Antonio and I were talking about what we've achieved/experienced this year so I looked through some old journals to remind myself that sometimes (just sometimes) I do move. I also looked through them all to scan the embarrassing number of pages I have dedicated to The Smiths so that I could submit them all to Shoplifters Mag.

 Bedroom bits and bobs.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

sssummertime sadnesssssss

I still can't wait for Autumn so I can wear oversized coats and lots of layers, but in Autumn you can't hang out by the pool or in sun drenched parks. In Autumn you can't wear the gorgeous clothes and beachwear in the editorials below without covering them up with an aforementioned oversized coat.


My parents got me August 1997 issue of British Vogue for my birthday this year because I was born in August 1997. The "She's Electric" shoot is my favourite because it is fun and young and reminds me of Petra Collins' photography.


This photograph in particular reminds me of Petra's work; specifically the photograph also featuring a lilo below.



By Petra Collins for i-D.







I adore this shoot. I had forgotten about it until I flicked through the issue just now, but it seemed so familiar to me once I rediscovered it so I must have studied it a lot when I first bought the magazine.



This photograph reminds me of Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend. If you see me dressed similarly and sitting in a field, do not approach me because I am busy hanging out with my imaginary boyfriend

Fortunately, I do not need to mourn summer just yet, even though the weather has suddenly got a lot more autumnal. I am going to Portugal for 10 days in October so I can buy some clothes and bikinis in the summer sales to take with me.

images from either British Vogue or i-D

i could be a genius if i just put my mind to it

This is one of my favourite outfits that I have worn in a long time. I'm wearing nearly every item of monochrome I own, which includes a total of 3 skirts. I've wanted a fishtail skirt since Prada's Sping/Summer 2011 collection of fishtail skirts. This morning I realised that I could make my own by manipulating the miracle that is LAYERING.








This is the most creative outfit I've worn in a while. I'm starting to come up with new outfit ideas for school next year because I plan to go full out 12 year old me weirdness in order to piss everyone off because it's my last year so, why not?
ilovestonefox.com sunglasses, Forever 21 top, DIY'd ribbon belt, New Look rose print skirt, River Island geometric print skirt, thrifted pleated skirt, gifted socks and boohoo.com boots.