Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vogue China February 2013 "Micro Temptations" featuring Cara Delevingne

The inimitable Cara Delevingne is undoubtedly the model of the moment, and has that talent of making everything look not only chic and good - but also believably and perfectly imperfect. I love this story from Vogue China's February issue - sunlit suburbia, youthful beauty and a nod to Pasadena girls.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vogue Paris February 2013 by David Sims

I haven't liked an issue of Vogue Paris this much in forever. Ironically this particular edition is an homage to New York City. Regardless, the majority of editorial content is a fresher, more relaxed spin on that familiar French Vogue aesthetic. Or perhaps just more to my tastes. The David Sims lensed story is my absolute favourite - relaxed and candid in a girl-downtown kind of way. Each look finished off with those Celine furkenstocks that I've unashamedly loved since they were on the runway

On another note, I'm really loving that hair - slept in but "done". Or "done" yesterday. Adult hair. Like Daria Werbowy's in the latest Celine campaign.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dries Van Noten menswear Fall 13: Prints and detail

The morning after a hard night out is what Van Noten described it as, and the result is tailored yet romantic menswear. Ambiguous shirting, soft knitwear and paisleys of every shape and scale.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Self Service #37 by Venetia Scott

Maybe it's the new year, or maybe it's getting older (or the general mood of fashion at the moment) but I'm really into working girls right now. I have been rereading all my issues of The Gentlewoman - and nothing makes you want to be a successful, cultivated and stylish woman like that does. So maybe that's it. Because I can't stop wearing pencil skirts (more on that later) with red lipstick and bare nails. Also "done" hair - so good.

So obviously this Self Service editorial is pressing all the right buttons for me right now. Part Mad Men of course, but also with a nod to Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Row Pre Fall 13 - as usual, showing everyone how it's done

Season after season The Row does it better than everyone else. No compromising, no bowing to trends, and never trying too hard. It always just makes me want to be a better woman - and also, RICH! But independently so - because The Row's woman can handle shit herself (although she'd let her lover buy her leather goods and jewellery). 

I'm super enamoured with the suits here - in both grey and silk. So practical and simple. Likewise the skirt shapes are exactly what I'm into right now - longer lengths and luxurious fabrics (particularly that black silk jacquard the appears in a few looks) and perfectly offset with classic pumps. The severity of the black silk looks are so simple and prove that satins don't have to be flouncy or saccharine. And it's even more fantastic in the wine hue. I wish I had the means and the lifestyle to dress like this all day every day. In the meantime, approximate as best you can.

Friday, January 11, 2013

UK Vogue February 2013 "Collective Spirit"

The February issue of UK Vogue has the best round up of the spring collections so far. Brought to life by the group dynamic of a multi-girl editorial and a fantastically wasp-y location - relaxed and playful. It's a far cry from the standard collection fodder featuring the exact runway styling (hair and beauty inclusive) on a greige background that you usually see in the mainstream magazines.

Particularly, how good is that Miu Miu denim? So ladylike yet so utilitarian, all in the same garment without even being remotely jarring. The whole spring season was great, as reinforced here shot after shot.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Stella McCartney Pre Fall 13

This is my favourite Stella McCartney collection for a long time. It's the perfect example of the winter dressing I love - luxurious prints, crisp turtlenecks and big, sensible coats with everything. Not to mention solid loafers and well cut trousers with that sliver of ankle on show. 

As much as I love the hot summer weather we're having, I can't pretend I'm not looking forward to being able to throw a coat over everything. Especially the amazing cream teddy-fur coat I got for $20 in Paeroa. Am I the only one already thinking about winter? Or are any of you already thinking about it?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sherie Muijs' new shirt range is in store now - and fantastic as always.

I know every other week I'm preaching about the value of a good shirt. But at the end of the day, it's always my default option when I want to feel pulled together, classic and like a somewhat functional adult (you know the drill). They also tend to look their best when approached with a less is more ethos whilst getting dressed. I buy at least one shirt a season from Sherie Muijs, and all became quickly much worn and well loved. My blue and white striped shirt is my current favourite - crisp but relaxed, and the perfect lightweight cotton (picture below). 

Sherie's latest lookbook is also right on point - shot and styled by Greta Van Der Star on polaroid. The latest range is stocked at Fabric and Ingrid Starnes / Tessuti. The pale blue stripe is available at Father Rabbit. Or you can totally shop online if leaving the house is too much admin right now. If you pick up one thing to get you through summer, make it one of these.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Guest Editorial for The Department of News #02 - White On White

Sorry for the hiatus recently, everything naturally stops for the holidays as you become caught up in enjoying the good weather with your friends and family. Christmas was hectic, and then I was away for a week in the incredibly beautiful Gisborne. Slowly easing back into normal routine now though and thoroughly re-inspired after reading Grace Coddington's memoir.

When summer is in full swing like it is at the moment (we are finally getting that stunning weather we didn't have last year) all I ever want to do is wear all white everything. Not only is it fresh and cool and ideal for good weather, it requires zero thought really. It's also a little nod to a that wasp-y, colonial throwback aesthetic. Last month Frances Carter and I shot some of my favourite white-on-white looks for The Department Store.