Intergalactic Princess...

Pamela Loves amazing new designs presented at Milk....







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Les Guerriers......

A fantastic collaberation between the designer Joanne Hynes and artist extraordinaire Helen Steele who cooked up a storm at Vauxhall Fashion Scout for London Fashion Week yesterday with their collection entitled "Les Guerriers".The name a great play on the French term for "The warriors" and the widely used Irish term "gurrier". They really did it for the Irish coming out with a strong statement first collection. The patent and leather flat jodhpur boots were divine as were as were the beautiful multi - dyed furs. Aran knits with beautiful crystal embellishment, the straw hats and tweed had lots of Irish referencing and mixing this with high octane reds velvets,lots of leather, fur and psychedelic prints pushed this collection to new boundaries. The unique look shows the international fashion community that this pair are ones to watch.....
Their aim was to produce a collection that‘supports freedom of expression within art and fashion, with both disciplines becoming one" and this they certainly did with prints worthy of hanging in the Saatchi gallery. Enjoy the show(look closely and you can spot a few Irish fashion peeps sitting front row!)xxx

Take Ivy by Teruyoshi Hayashida...









This book was originally published in Japan in 1965 by four Japanese sartorial style enthusiasts. These guys were capturing style before the huge surge in style blogging the last few years. It set a huge trend in Japan of "Ivy Style" amongst the fashionable kids in Tokyo's Ginza district. It captures the distinct style of these college boys and also how these boys carry the Ivy style with them post college. With varsity jackets to be found everywhere at the moment look to these pictures for some preppy inspiration. The book has only recently been published in the US and is now available to purchase in good old Urban Outfitters. It has been a style bible for the fashionable in Japan for many years just showing they are light years ahead of us in contemporary cool!

Street Ediquette.com have made a vimeo for us with the slightly more funky prep called "Black Ivy"

The Black Ivy from Street Etiquette on Vimeo.

Bunney Studs..




Well you may or may not know I love studs. I LOVE STUDS. Here is my current obsession called Bunney sold at Collette and Dover Street Market. They are like a brooch stud and can be added to scarves, shirts, dresses or anyfink you wish!!!!

Velvet Burnout ........

I am really loving 70's velvet burnout robe jackets at the moment. We are going to see a lot of velvet on the highstreet again soon but this particular style of jacket requires a bit of sifting through vintage shops and online.



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Paris - Byzance.....










On a rainy evening 7th December in Rue Cambon the Paris - Byzance Metiers d'Arts show was held. The cushions were handpainted and the walls were covered with gilted sequins. The show was attended by Diane Kruger, Vannessa Paradis and Charlotte Casiraghi. Karl was inspired by Coco's love of Byzantine jewellery and Theodora the Empress of the Byzantine empire. His interest in Byzantine history brought him to Ravenna in Italy where he saw the last of the worlds remaining Byzantine architecture and spectacular mosaics.
This collection was golden, decadent and just so beautiful.
The work that goes into these collections is really unbelievable. Hours and hours of intricate beadwork on each piece.
People often comment on the extortionate prices of ready to wear and haute couture but it is all in relation to the detail and hours work carried out on the piece.
Take a look at some pictures from the house of Lesage. They are one of the oldest embroidery and beadwork houses in Paris. They are owned by Chanel but work on 85% of the worlds couture. Lesage hand sews 100 million sequins and 150lbs of beads a year.
François Lesage, is the 80-year-old master and last remaining heir of the 150-year-old establishment. Here are some pictures of some seamstresses working on the Paris - Byzance collection. You can see Karl's sketches and their beadwork in relation to that.







Also take a look at Massaro the atelier in Paris that makes shoes for Chanel. Here are some pictures of Byzance boots and shoes being made in Massaro. Amazing. Now you know why they are so expensive. These ateliers are preserving dying crafts.








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SnakeBite .....

TopShop Snake Kimono
Cavalli S/S 11
Stella McCartney started off the trend last season and now it is carrying into this Spring Summer with gusto. Your outfit ain't nothin without a little snakeskin this summer. Wear it as an accessory in shoes, belts or even a clutch, or for those more daring wear it head to toe but make it a light gentle print and its best in a sheer fabric.Topshop's Snake Valley campaign sees snakeskin mixed with velvet fringed jackets, tie die tee shirts and even paisley for a nouveau gyspsy rock look. I am drooling over this Acne blouse ( see below) at the moment. Damn you Acne. Just when my credit card has recovered from a bashing you go and bring out all this new amazing stuff.....

Acne Spellbinder shirt
Topshop Snake Valley Look




Green snake clutch
Python Belt