Mary Katrantzou








I first spotted this designer almost a year and half ago in Collette, Paris. It has finally made it's way to Dublin. Now stocked in Brown Thomas, her baroque inspired digital printed dresses are seriously trippy.

Right now in Sydney...


Totally cool from top to toe. This girl is rockin it from the shades to the 70's platform boots.Via streetpeeper

Biba is Back in House of Fraser



The brainchild of Barbara Hulanaki, Biba's first store opened in Kensington in 1964 and revolutionised fashion in the 60's. Becoming a destination store for most teenagers and girls in their twenties Barbara started new trends with all the clothes designed by herself. It was a new concept, almost the beginning of high street with all the clothes being affordable for the average working teenager.Outside, the windows of the store were blacked out to seduce customers with the idea of what could be inside and inside the decor was opulent with ostrich feathers, chequered floors and the lack of light from the windows creating a dark moody atmosphere. Music was played loud and fast and clothes were hung on coat hangers instead of rails. The brand soon epitomised the swinging 60s and became the first cult label of the era. I always think that it would have been my perfect place to work! The label suffered financial difficulties in the 70s, was bought over and Barbara left the company. In 2006 it was relaunched with Bella Freud as designer and didn't really take off but it has recently been bought by House of Fraser and will soon be available for all us ladies to buy in September. I am waiting with bated breath......

Mod shoes

Prada

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Prada and Miu Miu are known for their statement shoes. This fall 2010 models were sporting 60s style brogues with thick heels in pastel hues adorned with bows and buckles. Seems its time for some pretty shoes again. To be worn with knee high cashmere socks and very short hemlines! Pradas shoes reminded me of a vintage 60s pair of mine so I went on a mission to dig them out of my shoe closet.




Beautifully made caramel coloured patent leather with white bows and gold chain on the front. I think its time these babies had a day out.

Abbey Lee Kershaw

Model du jour and the one that every designer wants this season, Abbey Lee has the fashion world at her feet. This Australian is so refreshingly candid and very much the tomboy.

Whitney Eve in Alila





The only boutique in the country that will stock this funky little label is Alila boutique in Drury Street, Dublin. We all know and love Whitney Port, star of The City and I was delighted to hear that we would actually get to see Whitney Eve in Ireland. Ali, the boutique owner showed me some of the great pieces she has ordered from the Fall 2010 collection which are pictured above. The lace dress is just divine. They will arrive around September/October so get your name down for the ones you want, as I am sure there will be a stampede! Ali told me that she was actually filmed for the series while buying the collection in New York. What a great experience! It was the episode where Whitney and Roxy were showing the collection to potential buyers. She got to meet Whit and says that she was really sweet. Now that just makes me love her even more! Alila

Colette Displays



Have a peek at the current displays in Colette, Paris. They always have the coolest new designers and the quirkier pieces from the better known ones. Like a luxury Urban Outfitters. I love that store.

Dolce and Gabbana's Lookbook Fall 2010









Dolce are known for their use of leopard. It is going to be every where this winter but I like their twist for fall 2010.

Jaspare Neckwear

This is a great new menswear accessories collection by Jaspare. They are a small independent fashion label that make neckties and bow ties from python, worn leather, Japanese indigo cotton, Italian wools, and raw silks. Pretty edgy. Check out their page Jaspare.

Hat shop in Amsterdam



This is a pic I took of a great hat shop while in Amsterdam last. I cannot remember the name but it is just one of the many quirky shops you can find there. People are put off by the stigma attached to the city but it is fantastic for vintage and fashion shopping. I was lucky enough to have the best tour guide ever last time. My great friend Dee who can walk faster than anyone I know brought me to all the best vintage shops in Amsterdam. I would never have found them if not for her. Thanks Dee!

Tsumori Chisato in Smock

These socks caught my eye while I was browsing in Smock boutique the other day. They are so cute and super kitsch. There is a great pair of leggings too and Susan from Smock kindly showed me how they look when they are worn together. Tsumori is a Japanese designer who has worked under the tutelage of Issey Miyake. Tsumori is only stocked in select boutiques and has a stand alone store in the Marais district of Paris. She specializes in intricate beading, unique prints of her own design and luxurious fabrics. The socks are Euro 32 and the leggings are Euro 92. The girl in my recent Paris streetstyle post is actually wearing a rad pair of Tsumori's leggings too.



Rhinestones






I could spend hours just oogling the beautiful displays in Rhinestones. A visit is always guaranteed to cheer me up. The shop is located on Andrews Street in Dublin city centre and is an alladins cave of vintage jewellery. My boyfriend bought me a beautiful 50's rhinestone necklace from there at Christmas with some gentle persuasion of course! Its a great place to get really unique and cherished presents for friends. With pieces from every era there is sure to be something you fall in love with.

Right now in Paris ..........



I love a girl that is not afraid of colour or to stand out from the crowd. She who dares wins!!! This image is streetstyle from Paris via Streetpeeper. Cape coat by Pendleton and leggings by Tsumori Chisato.

Kate Moss for September Vogue


Photoshoot for Vogue UK September '10 by Patrick Demarchelier. Mossie you are still rockin it. Leopard, red leather, balmain, shoulders, tousled hair. The girl can do no wrong.

The Runaways

I cannot wait for this movie to come out. Starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart the movie depicts the highs and lows of being in a famous 70's girl band. The Runaways were huge with members all modelling their look on their perspective idols Joan Jett played by Kirsten Stewart (Suzie Quatro), Cherie Currie played by Dakota( Bowie)and Sandy West (Queens drummer Rodger Taylor). The band enjoyed huge success with world tours and sell out concerts in Japan. Member Micki Steele later went on to become a member of 80s band The Bangles. The movie should be released in Ireland next month. All lipgloss, aviators, flares and platforms this movie is bound to have a kick ass soundtrack. Heres a trailer for the movie and a video of the original band playing their hit Cherry Bomb in Japan 1977. There is a really good likeness between Kirsten and Joan Jett and Dakota with Cherie Currie.



Seeing Double.....

These twins look like a very fashionable cross between Sarah Jessica Parker and a Bottecelli painting. With casading curls and flawless skin these girls have their pick of designer clothing. Haya and Sama Abukhadra hail from Saudi Arabia and buy for their mum's luxury fashion store called The Art Of Living in Riyadh, Dubai. At only 16 years old they must be the youngest buyers that are seen at Paris fashion week. Citing Hussein Chalayan as a favourite, the girls say they share the same taste in clothes. Jealous, me? Oh yes!





Je Desire .......

Now, I know we are still clinging onto to the hope of a few more weeks of summer but as far as the fashion world is concerned we are slap bang in the middle of winter. Already most pre-fall collections have arrived in store and I am already picking out the pieces that I want. Every girl, I feel, needs one great pair of boots, one fabulous coat, and one amazing bag to get her through the winter. This Autumn / Winter coats are cut sharp and come in great colours. Camel has made a huge comeback but black and khaki were seen on the catwalk too. Balmain are still doing military style while Gucci and Celine were doing sharp cuts and minimal design. Camel is all well and good but it is more for the uber groomed high maintenance lady. This great coat by Vivienne Westwood is definately more suitable for a wash and go girl like me!It can be purchased on Net-A-Porter for Euro 656 approx.



Bags again are minimal with shoulder straps with Celines satchel as an example raging up a storm already in the fashion press. I am really over the Mulberry Alexa, talk about overkill but am really loving this pillarbox red Neely. Already spotted on Fearne Cotton it retails for about Euro 800. You can buy it here at the Mulberry online store.




I love these Acne pistol boots. I have lusted after them for the past for weeks and am finally taking the plunge tommorrow. With a low heel so I can run around easily they are a little rock and roll and something I can wear with skinnies or dresses and tights. Kurt Geiger in BTs has started to stock Acne for the first time so grab yours before they are gone. Coming in at Euro 370 I know they will see me through this winter.

Solange Azagury- Partridge




Almost as amazing as her jewellery is her new store in Madison Avenue, New York. Have a look at her website its pretty cool with coloured jewels in designs that will blow your mind. Can someone buy me the Pisces zodiac ring please! Solange Azagury- Partridge.

ManiaMania

Take a look at these moody images from the look book of hot new jewellery line called ManiaMania. They used stunning new Aussie model Bambi in the shots and she brings a gritty rock 'n' roll vibe that really works with the collection. This girl has got to have the best eyebrows in the business. Very Brooke Shields! The designers Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis used to work at a magazine together. With only two collections to date they began this project because they loved how personal jewellery is to people and how it almost becomes a part of them. Citing inspirations such as Anita Pallenberg, Bowie and ancient Egypt this is definitely another jewellery collection on my wish list. Check it out at ManiaMania.