I like clothes not for their prices or other such aspects but for their evocative power, how much "dream" they carry with them.She truly is a fashion inspiration and is a reminder of why I fell in love with fashion in the first place.
Anna Dello Russo is the editor of Japanese Vogue. She has had an amazing career spanning a couple of decades and has been described once by Helmut Newton as a "fashion maniac". Every head turns when this lady arrives at a fashion show, because unlike the many editors who will play it safe with the uniform of black, Anna experiments and boy does she. She has a special relationship with Stefano and Dominico from Dolce and Gabbana that goes way back and is often seen wearing their pieces. She has her own blog too that you can follow which is comprised of mostly images and quotes by Anna Anna Dello Russo. This quote really sums up why I like her.
Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen will be opening a vintage store in West End London sometime next month. Called Lucy in Disguise, it all came about when Lily decided that it was a waste to have all these amazing clothes hanging unworn at home. From her phase of wearing prom dresses to her time spent as a muse for Chanel she has amassed a huge amount of really special pieces. Her shop has a new concept where certain pieces can be rented and others purchased. Here is a little sneak peek with Alexa on Frock Me. Now we can all have a little piece of Lily's wardrobe.
My trip to Hamburg was magical.The weather, the food, and the company were great but most importantly the shopping. I love going to new cities where I can discover vintage stores that I haven't been to before. Sometimes I find nothing but usually I come back with one little gem that I love. Hamburg was just great for vintage. In an area called St. Pauli there were loads of vintage shops. There was one called Hot Dogs where I found an 70s Oscar de la Renta ensemble skirt and top for Euro 50. I didn't buy it because it looked like a dress on the hanger and I only realised it was a two piece with a long skirt when I went to try it. A little bit too prairie style for me. I am kind of kicking myself that I didn't buy it anyway to resell. Hipcats and Suspect were two other ones that were great too. So, back to the point! While rambling around I found one of my best little finds ever. This bag above. I just love it. A black leather shoulder bag with a gold lions head on the front. It is just delicious.Everything I have ever wanted in a bag and more! I love it so much its hanging in a prime spot in my room now so I can see it ever time I walk in.
Another great find this week was this Balenciaga shirt I bought from eBay for Euro 40. What a steal. It is a beautiful cotton shirt with really cute embroidery spelling BB which you can see from my pics and also cute button details on the collar and arms. It still has the tags on it and has never been worn. Those hours spent trawling through eBay can be worth it.
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Daria is such a hotty. I love these pics of her shot by Cassie Bird in her amazing New York loft apartment for Dossier Magazine in June.That girl could throw a black sack on and still look fabulous! Enjoy x
Hi all, I am just back from a really great trip to Hamburg. The weather was a scorching 30 degrees. I stayed with my boyfriend's old neighbours, from when he lived there as a kid. We didn't know, but it was just good timing that there was this really famous street festival called Schlager Move on. Schlager is a really cheesy type of German music that was famous in the 60s and 70s. Every year there is a street parade in different parts of Germany to celebrate it. The one in Hamburg is really huge with thousands of people from young to old taking to the streets dressed head to toe in really cool 70s gear. It lasts all day with party floats and music throughout the city. It was so much fun. I saw the best 60s and 70s clothes. Heres some pics I took of people on the street.
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I am really in love with this designer. Former assistant to Thierry Mulger and knitwear consultant to Louis Vuitton this Macedonian native has recently started his own label. Every garment is created with love in Macedonia by a workshop of 100 women. I adore his use of knitwear, texture and colour. The clothes just seem to jump off the catwalk. His label is going to be very big, very soon with celebrities like Courtney Love and Katy Perry already seen sporting his designs.
Risto says he is heavily influenced by nature. His collections have explored themes such as predators, galaxies, neon reflections on dark waters, and for spring, a lightening storm over an erupting volcano. The new A/W collection 2010 features beautiful cashmeres in greys and pastels with splashes of sunset orange. My favourite piece is this spectrum parka above and worn by model below. It is divine. Also see a few pics from the new collection and one of Courtney Love wearing the " lightning " catsuit from his Spring/ Summer collection 2010. I want it all!
Courtney Love in Risto Spring/Summer 2010
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So,while trawling through the debris that is the end of the Brown Thomas sale, I come across this little smasher for 30 Euro's. Yes ! 30 Euro's.A spring/summer piece by popular and expensive French label Paul and Joe. It can be worn casual with tights and boots or it can be dressed up with a pair of heels for night time. Made of cotton with beautiful beaded detailing on the front.It has a tartan print on the inside of the sleeve which you can turn up to show or leave down for a simpler look. I just couldn't resist. There are only two left so run and grab yours fast. This goddamn recession can be good for some things..
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Styled by Carine Roitfeld editor of French Vogue and photographed by the controversial Terry Richardson this shoot has a distinct 70's vibe, with Lara and Freja rocking chokers with tailored trouser suits and furs. Very opulant. Very Studio 54.
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