Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Elegant, professional loungewear at Max Mara

Take your cue from Max Mara's latest collection and channel two of my favourite blondes (Sharon Stone and 90s Gwyneth) for spring. Slip dresses and super minimal house-coat shapes. With pantyhose (of course) and a dash of lurex for good measure. The beauty look is also so right - from the matte face with bare eyes to the hair scraped behind the ears.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Vogue's #OneStopShop

When everyone's meals, pets, hotdog knees and selfies get all a bit too much on Instagram, it's nice to see something a bit refreshing. Everything seems to be on either end of the low-fi or overly-contrived spectrum (I'm looking at you Nicole Warne) so it was nice to see American Vogue of all publications do three Instagram specific fashion stories with photographer Michael O'Neal. Shot on nothing but an iPhone, below is 'One Stop Shop' featuring Arlenis Sosa in fresher, more relatable looks than we've seen in the magazines pages for a long time - not to mention the best hair. The shoot with Xaio Wen wearing The Row (among others) in Chinatown is also fantastic. Maybe it's the lack of frills, photoshop and hoopla, but it somehow all feels a lot more real and achievable (albeit real through a Vogue lens) and most of all, welcome.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Channel more of your literary heroines with Kate Sylvester's new eyewear collection

There's a new small but perfectly formed eyewear collection out from Kate Sylvester. As timeless as the last range, the three new styles are perfectly in tune with the ladylike, eccentric Sylvester girl. As always, the styles are named after literary heroines (a touch I love) and my favourite pair (pictured, in cloudy grey) is the Lux - named after the already iconic protagonist of Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides. Also available in classic tortoise and black tortoise - the latter is my favourite, dark and mysterious. In stores now.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Let's do Dysfunctional Hamptons for Spring

All that Grey Gardens eccentricity, WASPY elitism and dysfunctional family dynamics - all in a palette of green and brown holiday prints and nostalgic silhouettes. I'm all about this for when summer hits. It's so much more fresh than your standard, well-balanced summer fare like cheerful prints and hot pants worn with a smile. In related news, I really don't mind that hair from Marc Jacobs.

Left to right: Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Black and white at Narciso Rodriguez

Keep it clean and simple. High necklines, no superfluous details - and that collarless white coat dress is particularly fresh. Wear with clean hair, flat shoes and a bare (relatively of course) face.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NYFW: The Row Spring 14 (so perfect it kills you, every season)

The ultimate in aspirational dressing - their spring offering is (as always) exactly how you want to dress now and for the rest of your life. Just look at it - don't you want to just die right now? So achingly light and effortless. Elite luxury yet so calm and restrained - already iconic of The Row. The deft touch of romantic exoticism for spring was particularly beautiful, with a quiet nod to colonial nostalgia. The best looks were the long columns of ivory and black, finished with hats and veils - and there's just something about the tradition, functionality and privacy of a beautiful, simple hat that speaks volumes and elevates a look.

One thing I particularly love about The Row, is there commitment to flat footwear every single season. It's a subtle, calm consistency that defines the whole look - the pieces don't need heels, on the contrary they are elevated by the lack of them. This season's in particular are brilliant - backless loafers commissioned from a cobbler of handmade mens footwear in Italy.

I'll be trying to evoke some vague approximation of this for spring and summer - because nothing else even comes close to a look like this right now.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Unexpected footwear at Victoria Beckham

It's like pre-emptive footwear. Equal parts athletic and sensible - and the perfect foil to crisp white pleats.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

NYFW: Altuzarra Spring 14

For the upwardly mobile and sexually promiscuous city-girl in you. Molten metallics and preppy stripes sit alongside each other so nicely - with untied silks suggesting an interrupted rendezvous.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NZFW: Twenty-Seven Names, for the preppy Tori Spelling in you.

The Twenty-Seven Names girls haven't had a solo show at New Zealand Fashion Week in several years now - although last year they did present in the group show Blue Sky. This morning saw them show their Winter 14 collection "I'm Lost" - and I'm not exaggerating when I say it was their best collection in years. All set to a soundtrack of Mariah Carey, Jay Z and Frank Ocean (designers Rachel and Anjali always have the best show music, bar none.)

Although their starting point was Magritte, ultimately the collection conveyed a more recent nostalgia - every look was a different incarnation of a rich, Beverly Hills prep-school girl. Shrunken blazers and matching trousers, cable knit sweaters, soft silk shirt-dresses. Always known for their unique prints, the standout this time is the heart print silk-jacquard in navy - super luxe but also so restrained. Perfect in a cropped shell top and skirt, not to mention a shrunken suit. Each look was finished with bowler hat or side-swept hair that Tori Spelling would be proud of. The beauty look was all about natural but expensive, because really what else should we ever be aiming for?

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