OutCry Apparel...

Sorry peeps, Summer took over and I lost track of time. Though, what nicer way to return than by posting some pics of my dear friend Anusia lookin' hot modelling Irish label OutCry Apparel's deadly "Mythos" T. Check out their site here. All designs are hand illustatrated by Lara Hanlon.
See hows it's drawn too. xx

Patch Your Denim....

Get that old Levi's jacket you have lying around from the 90's and pimp it out with crazy patches and studs. 
images vis streetpeeper.com

Let's go Skiing............

Hell, I know it's summer but this awful weather has me inside thinking of warm clothes. Tsumori Chisato's Fall' 12 collection was inspired by her holiday snaps of the Swiss Alps. Featuring beautiful  inartia knits with sequined designs of cable cars and ski's, soft Mongolian furs, amazing jeans and dresses with silk screen printed images of chalets and ski slopes that had a little punky checkerboard thrown in for good measure. It's exactly what I would want to wear apres ski. I love the detail ......

Cover Me In Tapestry .....

Inge Jacobsen alters images from fashion magazines, porno mags and newspapers using embroidery, weaving, collaging and cutting. She has worked with Vogue covers and altered images of Alice Dellal and Leah Weller.
In her own words she explains her work:
With the over saturation of images, my practice seeks to intervene in this overwhelming consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something unique.
And  this she does creating pieces with depth and layer that lift of the page. Beautiful.

Valentino Campaign
Abbey Lee Kershaw

Freja Beha
Alice Dellal
Chanel Campaign
Interestingly her biog says she was born in our very own Emerald Isle. Check out her site Inge Jacobsen xx

Claire Barrow painted leather ...

Claire Barrow started to experiment with painting leather jackets whilst on a year out from fashion college, where she was spending most of her time hanging out in her flat watching cult movies. Her first was of white clouds on a sky blue background (my favourite) painted on a leather jacket bought by her in a charity shop. The design she confesses may have been a subconscious optimism at the time.

Joseph Collaboration

 One worn on Rihanna's Loud Tour

Her designs since then have been inspired by gang tattoos, tribal designs, care bears and many other wierd and wonderful subculture references. Her work is so distinct that it was picked up by none other than RiRi herself when she wore two jackets on her Loud tour and one on an album cover. With such a famous fan her career has catapulted. So much so Joseph are now doing a collaboration in which Claire says she would like to keep as much of her personal touch as possible. Returning to the University of Westminster she will graduate from fashion design this year and I'm excited to see more amazing things from this talented artist. It's people like her that keep me loving fashion. Check out her website Claire Barrow and her Tumblr TheMilkofDanzig.

images from MilkofDanzig Tumblr


Chalayan Fall/Winter '12 To die For....

gif from loveaesthetics.blogspot.com

Indian Summer.....

Add a little Indian inspiration to your summer wardrobe. Wear jewel coloured shoes like the lovely Acne Alice's, make turbans with vintage scarves you may have lying about and decorate yourself with elaborate costume jewels like in Givenchy.

Vogue India 60's

Chanel Pre-Fall 12 Paris- Bombay

Givenchy Haute Couture '12

Acne Alice Shoes

The King of Fringe..............

I don't think my eyes have seen an item of clothing as beautiful as these jackets. Tim Ryan you are a magician. As a fellow Tipperarian my theory is that the boredom of growing up in the countryside without civilization for miles, coupled with the beauty of the surrounding nature forced kids of a creative persuasion to develop very powerful imaginations. I think that wearing one of these wondrous fringed masterpieces would transform me  into a very sexy 60's Anita Pallenberg crossed with 70's disco glamour puss all at once. This jacket is deserving of a white pony entrance to Studio 54.

They will be available to buy at Brown's in a few days. Now, how will I to get one  .............

Anita Pallenberg 60's

Diana Ross 70's
photos of jackets via TimRyanKnitwear on facebook ;other photos from tumblr

Tavi on TED.....

I discovered TED through a friend quite recently and immediately became hooked. There are loads of really interesting talks by super intelligent academics in fields such as psychology, science, technology etc. I was overjoyed to see my little blogger hero Tavi do a TED talk for TEDxTeen talking about her blog a little and her views on teenage girls and the ideals they have to live up to. I am amazed at how confident and eloquent she was in her speech. I can remember what I was like at 16 and I  wouldn't have had the composure to stand up and speak in a room full of adults. She came to fame at the age of 11 when she started her blog TheStyleRookie.com which soon gathered a loyal following by all those amazed at this little elfin kid's whacky insights on fashion. Tavi has now started a magazine called rookiemag.com for teenagers and the forever teenagers like me. Her aim for the magazine is to have articles and advice written by real girls for real girls. Five days after it's launch it reached a million hits. Creatively she is super inspiring.

Daphne - A fashion heroine....

When Isabella Blow sadly passed away in 2007, her sisters were left the executors of her estate. As there were outstanding debts, her sisters had no choice but to sell Isabella's treasured fashion collection. An auction was organised with Christies in London for the collection that is thought to include 90 McQueen dresses, 50 Treacy hats and portraits of Blow by photographer Mario Testino and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. At the last minute a private bidder swooped in and bought the entire lot. We now know this was Daphne Guinness. Daphne and Isabella were long time friends sharing an eccentric avant garde view of fashion, both supporting young design genius and both loved Haute Couture. In Isabella's memory Daphne could not bear to see the collection sold and split up and decided to buy it to keep it preserved. She has now set up the Isabella Blow foundation and her aim is to exhibit the collection on an online museum so people from all over the world can see these beautiful pieces. Interestingly online museums may be the future for museum exhibits. Valentino has already experimented with this medium and has set up his own virtual gallery to archive his collections. Check it out here

To fund the Isabella Blow foundation, Guinness will be auctioning a 100 pieces of her own personal collection to aid the foundation that will support young artists and designers and also the area of mental health.
The auction will take place on the 27th June 2012 but it is possible to see the collection from the 23rd at Christies in Kensington , London.
image from recent shoot for Tatler Hong Kong by Marcus and Idriani on Fashiongonerogue.com

Preen for Aldo Rise..

These shoes by Preen for Also Rise are digital print heaven. They are probably the biggest success in the Rise collection at the moment in my opinion. JW Andersons shoes are quite cool too. Check all the collaberations (Libertine, Mark Fast, Preen and JW Anderson) out here. These babies defintately look more luxury than high street. These shoes were actually worn on the runway in Preen's S/S '12 collection and mirrored the cool prints used in the fashion collection. A great statement shoe for summer. Best worn with a tan. Have to get these.

image from ahautemess.ca &

Laura Bailey Today I'm Wearing...

I often check into Vogue's Today I'm Wearing section on Vogue.co.uk for a little inspiration. Sometimes I love who is featured, sometimes I don't. Wasn't too keen on Eliza Doolittle last month! Anyway, this month it's Laura Bailey who radiates British effortless cool. She has a unique way of putting things together. This is a great Springtime look. Bag and Boots: Chanel, Skirt: Old Season MiuMiu, Shirt: Margaret Howell.
image fr om Vogue.co.uk

Meadham's Wonder Nails....

Nail Wraps from the A/W Show

Sharmadean Reid, founder of Wah Nails started the nail art revolution. Her tiny little nail bar in Oxford Street's Topshop made nail art cool and suddenly we saw nails wraps of all styles and design appearing and beauty bloggers were having a field day experimenting with all the crazy designs. Soon it spilled onto the catwalk with designers Meadham Kirchhoff seeing another way to creatively express their vision. For S/S 12 they had a frilly, sweety, dolly collection. It was an ANTI collection of sorts in which they were sticking their fingers right up at how women in society are "supposed to look". To match the collection they collaborated with Nail Rock and developed some super cute nail wraps with cute bears, dolls, kittens and such. Their A/W RTW 12/13 was another insane collection inspired by the club of their fantasy. While I love the concept creatively, I don't think you could wear it together and not look like you need to be locked up! Full look would defo look great on some cute Tokyo chick but mere mortals would have to separate. Anyway getting back to the point AGAIN they had some rad nail wraps to match the collection. This time crazy little images of mushrooms, My Little Pony horsies,cats, eyes and bizarrely enough fried eggs. Their S/S 12 ones are currently on sale for around Euro 8 here on topshop.com so hopefully the A/W ones will be available to buy soon too.

Meadham Kirchoff A/W 12/13

Under The Water .......

Chanel's S/S show was inspired by the sea. The colours of the sea, sea life, water and shimmering effects of shells. Florence and The Machine sang her beautiful sea themed song at the show, from her new album Ceremonials while standing in a giant sea shell. She looked amazing. In the collection were these amazing sea shell clutch's that look so realistic and are almost little works of art in themselves. While at the Dublin Flea market last Sunday a beautiful bag caught my eye at a stall and I had to stop and admire it. It reminded me of the Chanel shell clutch's. It was a wicker bag covered in beautiful little sea shells. The stall owner said it had belonged to her Granny who had purchased it in Nice decades ago. She didn't even want to sell it at the flea but felt as she wasn't using it she should sell it. It was definately too special to sell at flea prices and I think she was selling for around E80. If your a vintage collector this bag is something really special and definately worth the money. When I saw it I just thought about how something so old could be so very current at the same time.

Get Spotty....

My favourite spotty things of the moment.
balenciaga, marni ,danielle scutt ,marni x hm

Create your own Gwen Stefani Don't Speak moment and embrace the polka dot trend that's emerging. All the big names have been taking part with Balenciaga and Dolce doing some spotty shoes, Marni have been using large spots on seperates and also their H&M collaberation featured much spottyness.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama who is now in her 80's has spent her lifes work using polka dots in psychedelic repetitive abstract patterns making sculpture, paintings and installations in her trademark print. She only ever wears polka dot printed dresses and has been living in a mental institution in Tokyo since she comitted herself in the 70's and has stayed there in permanent residence by choice. She continues to work from her nearby studio. Completely bonkers I would say but completely frickin amazing at the same time as with all great people. She is doing a collaboration with Louis Vuitton at the moment that I would love to see at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris until the September 16th. Check out her dotty work here on her webpage. Her stuff is amazing.

Kusama in the 60's at Woodstock above and some of her art below.