Disco Diva....

TopShop Backstage S/S' 11

A look that is going to be absolutely huge for S/S 11 is disco seventies. I don't mean boho babe which has been seen before but I am talking Disco Diva 70's. Designers have taken inspiration from Studio 54 the club that is so infamous even though it was only open for a few years from '77 to '86. We are talking big hair back combed and almost frizzy, huge square shades, Halston style disco dresses with huge glittering platforms and to finish BIG wide brimmed hat and clutch. Colours are very strong with deep burgundies and jewel colours mixed with pastels and fabrics will be silky or lurex.Makeup has emphasis on dark glossy lips. All over the top, all fabulous. Very decadent.
Here are a few images for your own inspiration.

Diane Von Furstenburg @ Studio 54

Jamie Nelson for Nylon January 2011

Marc Jacobs S/S '11

Caveat Emptor .....

Christmas for me is usually short lived. As a fashion slave, no sooner has my Christmas feast been digested but I have to think of the dreaded 26th. 9am doors open and I prepare to spend the next few days ducking in and out of the thousands of frenzyed shoppers vying for the last 50% off Prada bag! All for the love of fashion I say. While some of you have passed happily through Christmas and haven't even thought about leaving the house yet, there is one type of person thats been very busy the last few days. THE SALE SHOPPER. I think we can honestly divide this girl into two categories.
The clueless: Those who scored loads of gift cards and money for Christmas are out in full force ready to spend. She doesn't care what it is as long as it is on sale. Out of my way!
The focused: This girl eyed up what she wanted before Christmas and is now armed and ready to make that long desired purchase. One that will fit into her perfect capsule wardrobe.

So girls when the musics pumping and the price is just too good to resist bear in mind a few things.....

1. How will this item fit into YOUR wardrobe?
2. Do you really love it or just love the new price tag?
3. Try thinking of things that you actually need to complete your wardrobe instead of just making naughty purchases.


Dublin Taxi Driver Style .....

Yolanda, 25, UK.

Walking through a very busy Grafton Street last Saturday this girl caught my eye across the street. Running along clutching Christmas presents with her two adorable little daughters Yolanda struck me firstly, because of her hair. Sporting a bright red Mohawk looking like a combination of Travis Bickle's from Taxi Driver and Grace Jones. You have to be seriously beautiful and seriously baddass to carry that hairstyle. Secondly, her style which involved lots of piercings, great tights, faux fur gilet, flatties and brilliant blue nail varnish. But what made her stand out the most was her beautiful smile and great personality. Thanks to Peter for the fast action phone photography !

Je Ne Fume Pas ............

Malgosia Bela by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia September 2010

John Lennon ...

You made music that moved millions. Can't believe it is 30 years already. RIP

John Lennon ...

You made music that moved millions. Can't believe it is 30 years already. RIP


While us Irish and British fashionistas have been wrapping up in all things shearling this winter across the Atlantic our New York counterparts have been wrapping up in something else. PENDLETON. An iconic old American company started as a woolen mill in 1889, they use Native American Navajo style prints in warm wool coats and blankets that were traditionally worn by the Native American population and then gradually became popular with white middle America. They have had successful collaborations with Levi's, Opening Ceremonyand Pendleton has been sold in Urban Oufitters too. I would love to have one of their cape coats. But if you daren't wear it as such a statement they have really cool accessories like bags and ear muffs too. A stylish way to keep warm in this cold snap.

Studs ....

Add studs to make any old boring thing cool. You can buy them in bulk on ebay see Here and glue away to your hearts content breathing new punk life into your old favourite jeans, boots, shirt, gloves and even bags. See below for inspiration. Just be careful about the really spikey ones though. I have a great Giles by Mulberry bag that's covered in studs and everytime I travel through Heathrow they stop me to examine it as if it's a weapon! It's only a bag darling don't sweat it.

My Mulberry by Giles

Black Swan ...

Who could more perfect to play the role of a ballerina but Natalie Portman. The ever beautiful and graceful actress stars in Black Swan which is being released soon on the 3rd December. A dark thriller where Portman plays a perfectionist ballerina who starts to crack as a dancer rival begins to affect her. The costumes were designed by the genius Mulleavy sisters Laura and Kate from Rodarte so it's worth the watch for that alone.

Karl Lagerfeld Pirelli Calender..

Karl Lagerfeld has been the photographer for the the infamous Pirelli calender for 2011. The theme Roman Gods and Godess's see Erin Wasson, Julianne Moore, Elisa Sednaoui, Freja Beha, Anja Rubik, Abbey Lee Kershaw , Heidi Mount, Natasha Poly, Daria Werbowy, Iris Strubegger, Sebastien Jondeau, Garret Neff, and Jake Davis posing in Lagerfeld's personal studio. Shot in tasteful black and white the calender serves in stark contrast to that of Terry Richardson's last year who has a rawer style.