Monday, 22 November 2010


Wow, as soon as this month started it was like BOOM- faux fur coats, capes, lace, scarlet, leopard print, tanned beiges, olive, over the knee socks, chunky wool cardigans, aviator, camel, worker boots. Oh my good gracious. In love, or what?
It's this time of year my parents always have a go at me for leaving the house with not enough clothing on, I admit I tend to prefer dressing Summery because you can wear pretty much anything you like and everyone will see it, but in Winter you're forever covering up with scarves and coats. However this year, with the beautiful capes and faux fur coats mixed with boots and thick socks or tights, I realised you can actually wear something gorgeous on top as well as underneath when staying warm! 
I'm hoping to invest in a military cape this Winter, but there are so many different versions and colours!

We're seeing gorgeously embellished capes on the Parisian catwalks, but they're also high street fashion. For example the cape nearest the bottom on the left is a cashmere and wool blend cape by Emilio Pucci who normally uses fantastically inspiring patterns, but has adapted to created this beautiful cape. The second cape is also very nice and the drape of the sleeves and shaping around the middle is definitely a signature cape that is stylish in it's classiness. 

Camel is also a fashion trend of this Winter, which has carried on from the last, and someone fantastic merged the two together. I don't know who they are, but I BLOODY LOVE THEM!
By Isabella Oliver.


 So Dear Dear Dear Santa, pretty please?

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Did you know that...

The Issa dress that Kate Middleton wore for the announcement of hers and Prince William's engagement sold out within the first 24 hours of images going live?

Coco Chanel's apartment looked like this?

 The nominees at British Fashion Awards 2010 for Designer Label are Burberry Prorsum, Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland and Victoria Beckham?

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony are planning a fashion project together?

Kate Moss has been voted best dressed woman of the decade by US Vogue?

Haider Ackermann has been said to be the most likely to succeed Karl Largefeld at Chanel?

Now you know...

Sunday, 14 November 2010

So, I've been thinking...

I don't understand people who don't understand fashion.
If we didn't have fashion, what would we look like?
We'd be naked.
And okay, I'm personally not up for that.
I guess I understand where they are coming from, I mean, the human body is beautiful and we should be comfortable as ourselves without having to cover up in something that shows a difference. Then again, why do we choose the clothes we choose. Because they represent who we are. And that's what fashion is- a representation of the wearer.
Everyone has a different take on fashion. I like to wear things that I like and yes, I admit in some ways I am a sheep and follow the current fashions, I mean HELLO? camel capes- who wouldn't fall in love with that? But, everyone has their own individual fashion sense- some may be hideous in a certain person's eyes and some absolutely gorgeous.
I like to think that by wanting to go into fashion as a career I won't turn out to be stupid and not care about much more than the latest clog epidemic. I'd like to have more understanding of life and how fashion is an effect and not just something without any thought.
Quite a few people think that I'm extremely dumb- I mean, alright I thought that Dubai was the capital of India, that India was next to Brazil, that Cardiff was the capital of Australia, but that's just geography. Not my strong point. I'd like people to think that I am smart and not that I'm just doing fashion as a career path because I'm not academic enough to do anything else. Fashion is in fact intelligent and complex.
Going back to my previous point, that we would be naked without fashion, every piece of fashion is beautiful in it's each significant way and it is there to embellish our bodies where our complexion and features cannot. If we had sequined eyes with velvet lashes and patterned silk skin, maybe, just maybe, we could go without fashion, we would be our own fashion. But without that, we can only hope that everyone will make the right choices when they go to their wardrobe in the morning and think, what should I wear today? That they will wear fashion that shows off their body and personality for being them. Yourself and no one else.  Being a sheep on the odd occasion is fine, but making the fashion your own is what gives someone the right to wear clothes.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

model melt down!

Top ten? If it's possible to narrow it down that much...

10. Linda Evangelista 

She has a sort of angled wide eyed look that suits classic styles very well. I love her as a model because she can portray different visions, such as the bottom left photograph reminds me slightly of Kate Moss, the first photograph of Audrey Hepburn and the third of Twiggy. However that may just be me seeing things...

 9. Tyra Banks

Ah, Tyra. She has such a defined face and gorgeous eyes that all her photographs focus on her face more than the fashion or backgrounds. 

8. Dree Hemingway

Dree is the kind of i've- been- out- all- night- and- in- the- morning- I- look- fabulous girl. She has an edge of her dark side where she can pull off the scruffy look and a side that shows her contrasting innocence. I love her fashion style also and think that she is, as well as being a supermodel, a high street icon.

7. Patricia Van Der Vlier

Surely she is the most beautiful thing you must have seen this week, right? Without make- up, with make- up, natural hair, styled hair- she can just pull off anything. No wonder she was claimed the FACE OF BEAUTY in the Vogue Nippon Beauty in August earlier this year. I would kill to look that good twenty four seven.

6. Agyness  Deyn

DRAMATIC- The word that comes to mind when thinking of Agyness Deyn. With her short hair cut and boyish charm she looks gorgeous on camera. 

5. Daisy Lowe

Her hair creates a blocked frame of her face and with the dark eye liner and lipstick we can see that she is an almost gothic character with a bold dark side. She is rockstar model who can simmers in an ideal black.

4. Anya Rubik

I love her, I love her, I love her. Her hair is ay- may- zing.  It's so classically off the point. Her shoots are unique and anyone could tell that she has her own style even when posing for someone else. (In the case of the last photo: Patrick Demarchelier. Sigh.)

3.Lara Stone

Lara Stone has been an idol of mine for ages now and I still find her inspiring. Her sunken, carved eyes and confident style she is most definitely a supermodel with passion. Plus- I mean wow, her cheek bones in the fourth photo?! Soft or harsh looks, she can master them all.

2. Freja Beha Erichson

Freja is unique and classic. Her natural, minimalistic style is wonderful and her face is beautifully carved. She is probably the best Chanel model, along with Audrey Tatou that I know. She beats Keira Knightley I'm afraid. Choppy, styled and grungey. I love it.

1. Kate Moss

Number One would have to be Miss Moss. She is BRILLIANT. If you saw any of these photos on a billboard outside, you would most definitely say wow. Would you not? Colourful, elegant, stylish, natural and beautiful. Her photos cover all of this. She has even taken modelling one step further and has just this week announced her last range at Topshop and also designs for Longchamp. I am always jubius when models become designers because I never know whether they will always just be after modelling fashion and won't look outside the box. However, Kate has proved this theory wrong. To meet her and Mario Testino- the best combination possible, I would die a million times over!

 "I thought that it would be quite vain to say, I want to be a model"- Kate Moss.