I am very proud to have unearthed this gem from the archives. In fact when I discovered this picture I felt a surge of satisfaction on par with that of finding a gold encrusted prehistoric fossil on an archaeological dig. Whilst the fashion world is all about moving forward, looking to the future and what is coming next. Sometimes, somehow there is nothing quite like the fond nostalgia or the cringe factor brought about by looking at the past. The Style conscious world is a funny place where we are fickle and move cyclically. This glory shot comes from the early 1990s and the irony is that some point between then and now Miss Sarah Jessica Parker may have been very ashamed of this photo. However, right now, the outfit in this picture could not look more right. We are currently embracing all things velvet, rich jewel tones, the upper midriff, statement jackets and not quite conical bras but no doubt with Gaga's inspiration we will get there very soon. I haven't got so excited about an outfit in a long time. Something tells me SJP's fashion alter-ego; Carrie Bradshaw would be very proud!
Being that she is my absolute ultimate dream girl of forever, I didn't think it was possible for me to love Gisele any more than I already do. This was until I saw this picture posted on Fashionista... the Brazilian goddess is looking better than ever strolling in the West Village in Autumnal garb as a glowing mother to be. The term 'yummy mummy' is an outdated euphemism when it comes to this model mum. I love this depiction of her for it's appropriateness, not only is she a vision of health and beauty but she is dressed comfortably and stylishly, making the whole image just, well... perfect! I'm too excited at the notion of the most genetically blessed child since Shiloh Jolie-Pitt!
I never thought I would hear myself say socks and sandals were the way to go. But lately I have been thinking a thick sock with a chunky high heel is the best look in the world! The long socks trend came back last year with a vengeance thanks to Patricia Field via Carrie Bradshaw in last year's fashion smash SATC the Movie. However nothing says this season like short socks with heels. Channel Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with cutesy frilly socks and ruby slippers. Of you've got the legs for it why not work geek chic with short socks and flats for a fresh look a la style queen Chloe Sevigny. Burberry have revived the slouchy socks with high heels trend and I love it. Such an effective style updater, not to mention cheap and easy to imitate.
Lavazza is the reputable Italian family, responsible for keeping a sense of glorious old-school glamour in the effective branding of their coffee. If you ask me all the charm of the coffee industry has died out thanks to bland expressions like fair-trade and hideous newfangled terminology such as skinny-soya-frappe-latte. However, if like me you like an extra shot of fashion with your macchiato, you need look no further than the Lavazza calendar. A well connected friend has just returned from schmoozing the Lavazza family at a 2 day press event held in Turin to unveil their 2010 calendar. She and her sister enjoyed a 4-hour long dinner and allegedly when the boring "journos" retired to the hotel, the party really got started! Lavazza is as synonymous with coffee as it is with delectably directional advertising campaigns. Each year their calendar is photographed by one of the greats, last year's edition was shot by Annie Leibovitz and previous photographer's include David La Chapelle, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Ellen Von Unwert. After hearing a full report of 2010's amazing calendar by Miles Aldridge, I wanted to see his depiction of old school Italian glamour for myself. I particularly enjoyed the Winehouse style make-over given to 'girl of the moment' Daisy Lowe. I liked the juxtaposition of Lydia Hearst with her pearlescent skin and strawberry blonde hair with the more typically Italian looking dark and smouldering Bianca Balti. Miles Aldridge has been exploring the different avenues of 'sexy'. Whilst Aldridge evokes past pin-up style, his colour palette is more nu-rave neon which gives a kitsch flavour and brings the calendar right up to date. He uses acid green, bubblegum pink, fluorescent yellow and pop-up blue to bring his images to life. The concept behind this year's calendar was classic Italian love songs. Aldridge took his inspiration from the big drama filled operatic ballads: Va’ Pensiero, Guarda Che Luna, ‘O Solo Mio, Con Te Partirò, Baciami Piccina and Nessun Dorma. The pictures make me want to embrace my Italian heritage and dance around the dinner table with my Uncles and Aunts singing Volare.
I'm a girl who loves shoes, I'm also a sucker for embellishment, a bit of zip-detailing, a couple studs, tassels and feathers are all fine with me. There is something about studs that is always so effective, a reason why they won't go away, they always seem to look so gooood. I know last season's iconic Balmain shoes are old news but despite being over-exposed, it would be criminal not to include them in this list, as they are still the ultimate in footwear! I have also included some men's brogues from Prada. Here are some of my favourite studded beauties:
Here are a few designer pieces I am currently coveting. They are a diverse and random mix. The pieces really need little introduction as the images should speak volumes about my momentary label lust. While grouped together the items below look like an eclectic selection, they are all very much seasonal, statement party pieces. Whilst the tongue in cheek Russian doll clutch back may not be a timeless style staple it is certainly delightfully inspired, and a guaranteed collectible! A girl can dream...
Public attention has been grabbed lately by increasingly avant-garde hair styling, endorsed particularly by the pantless wonder Lady Gaga. Gaga's ever changing hair length, colour and elaborate hair pieces have been as much cause for specualtion as her theatrically provocative clothing and the mystery surrounding her gender. The recent comeback of wigs got me thinking about a press day I visited last Spring for Blow PR's designers for Autumn/Winter 09. It was there that I first became aquainted with the spooky and inspired designs of hair-master Charlie Le Mindu, particularly memorable and disturbing was a kind of balaclava fashioned out of dead rats whose fur he had dyed white. And yes a model had to wear that on her face! Here is a picture I took of it:
Check out some of the more recent pictures of his other worldy designs at Fashion Week, the fantastic photographs are courtesy of The Guardian.
Nails go all Dita Von Teese on us, as manicurists du jour favour long pointed glamour girl talons. This style is reminiscent of Burlesque stars and old-school pin-ups. The half moon polish style pioneered by Dita Von Teese gives a particularly sexy effect, best in traditional post-box scarlett or gothic black. If you ask me, it's about time we said good riddence to the chavvy Victoria Beckham style square tipped acrylics of yesterday. Right now it's all about short and sweet or long and pointed, putting me in the mood for witchy Halloween inspired garments!