Chapter 5: Can you show me the way to Neverland?

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Dress- Vintage 60s nightdress pinched from my grandma

Waistcoat- 2nd hand from a boot sale in France

Hi guys! Here’s the next chapter of the photoshoot I did with Anna plus an interview, remember to follow her on Twitter at @_Lily_Luna_ and check out her awesome blog http://eye-i-captain.blogspot.co.uk/.

1. So, what inspired this look?

WENDY!! From Peter Pan!! Wendy’s really great, she’s someone who I used to look up to/like quite a lot and whose style I really liked.

2.  Do feel that as a feminist it’s important to accept traditionally ‘feminine’ styles as well as challenging ideas about femininity?

As a feminist it’s really important for me to dress like I want, whether that be feminine or not. I like wearing a really wide range of clothes, like from traditionally feminine and cute, like Wendy, to “masculine” or just plain bizarre. I think that’s partially because I’m Queer and I like the idea of subversion and playing with/against tradition etc. And I definitely fight for women to do the same, I think feminism is partially about being yourself, or fighting for the right to be yourself, and that can be in all forms. So yeah, in answer to your question, definitely!

3.  Do you wish Neverland existed and if so what would your ideal Neverland be like?

OMG YES. If Neverland existed it would have a fuck ton of chocolate in it, and it would be full of cute furry animals, places to scrapbook and make things and also endless supplies of like thread and loom bands for constant friendship bracelets. It was also have lovely beautiful woods and winding paths and my friends

Hope you enjoyed this an I’ll be posting the final, more gothic outfit as Haloween approaches.

Chapter 4: Fairy of Glitter

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Top- Topshop

Dress (worn under top)- Primark

Salutations again.

Remember the photoshoot I did with Anna that were inspired by fairytales and fantasy worlds? Well there are still more pictures to come so here’s the next installment

    Although winter is slowly tiptoeing in, something which I am very excited about as winter dressing is the best, I thought I’d brighten your dark evenings by sharing some more of the photos I took with the lovely Anna.  These are probably my favourite from the set as I think the outfit really suited Anna and I love how her hair just made the look even more fairy-like. As you can see we went a little glitter mad and having begun with a whole pot we left our location with about a quarter of it, glitter that didn’t leave my hair for a week and puddles of glitter where it looked like tumblr had come to town. However, making our mark on our location had to be the highlight of the shoot as chucking around glitter like there’s no tomorrow has to be one of the funniest ever, seriously it’s practically therapy.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed these carefree whimsical pictures and I’ve got more to come plus an interview with Anna.

Z

Gorilla Suit to Fur Coat

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Hat- H&M

Shirt- 2nd hand from my mum

Belt- also 2nd hand from my mum

Jeans- Topshop

Boots- Topshop

Bag- Turkey

Hello again. I seem to have a habit of putting up one post after another and then completely forgetting I even have a blog.  Woops would be putting it mildly.  Anyway, I thought I’d show you this OOTD that I’ve had up my sleeve for a while.  Quite a contrast to the looks in the previous post I know but I’ve never wanted to limit myself to just one look and indeed that’s what I love so much about fashion, you’re almost obliged to be fickle.  This outfit was inspired by images of the Rolling Stones in the 70s in all their faded glory, Marianne Faithful and her effortlessly cool rock n roll glamour and Saint Laurent AW15 although everything Heidi Slimane is producing is giving me serious fashgasms.

‘But why the title?’ I hear you cry.  Well, that involves what I like to think is a rather charming story that you’d hear some super blogger, editor, celebrity or any style icon divulge in an exclusive ‘closet revealed’ type interview.  Actually, it’s not a very delightful story but rather a reflection of the idiotic things I do for fashion.  So I was in the East End Thrift store, a know well-known secret of every broke yet style-aware under 30 in London, and I came across this amazing shaggy mass, emphasis on the word ‘mass’.  But thinking it was a slightly oddly proportioned (I mean a short-sleeved long fur coat?) yet very funky jacket with a lot of potential I rushed to buy it, having jabbered on about wearing it out with hat and something sparkly.  Having ignored the amused looks I got at the till I trotted off home only to find that my jacket had legs. And they were probably even longer than mine if looked at it proportion to the rest of the suit which was a bit depressing.  This is where ‘gorilla suit’ came from as I suddenly realized I’d basically just picked up the wardrobe of that drunk bloke from the stag do you see on a Saturday night.  However, this was when the scissors came in handy as I chopped down the seams that joined the legs together, creating one long coat.  Et voila, that’s what I’ve got here! Just shows that even if you’ve made a bit of a haphazard purchase you can always save yourself!

Since then I have cut it even shorter so it’s more jacket-like and so perfect for chucking on over a plain top and jeans to add a bit oomph and glamour.

Hope you enjoyed this little ramble and I’ll be back soon with some Halloween inspired pictures.

Z

LFW SS15- Asli Polat Presentation

Photo from: http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2014/09/13/asli-polat-catwalk-show-report-lfw-ss-2015/jean-pierre-braganza-lfw-ss-15-358/

Photo from: http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2014/09/13/asli-polat-catwalk-show-report-lfw-ss-2015/jean-pierre-braganza-lfw-ss-15-359/

 

Photo from: http://wjlondon.com/lfw-asli-polat-ss15/

Photo from: http://freakdeluxe.co.uk/category/fashion/collections/

Image from:  http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2014/09/13/asli-polat-catwalk-show-report-lfw-ss-2015/jean-pierre-braganza-lfw-ss-15-346/  

Image from:  http://www.phoenixmag.co.uk/fashion/lfw-ss15-asli-polat/

Image from:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/99985366@N07/15236900256/  

I think I may just be breaking the record for the latest London Fashion Week blog post ever but how about we just pretend that we’re in still the rosy husk of September rather than on November’s doorstop.

Asli Polat’s presentation was perhaps my favourite event that I attended this season.  First things first, the location: The rooftop bar at the ME hotel which even my mum recognises as ‘trendy’.  Pretty good start, especially for a fashion foetus like me who admittedly is easily swayed a waft of glamour. Although it was a spring/summer collection, it felt fitting for a early September’s morning when the sun was first piercing the misty haze that had settled upon London’s rooftops. The clothes seemed transitional, blending innocence with flirtation, tough with tender, experimental with classic sophistication.  For example, one second a model would float down in a billowing nightdress inspired slip and the next we’d see them march defiantly in rose gold two pieces or sometimes there’d be a mixture of both.

Clearly inspired by sportswear, we saw retro gym classic styles reworked with an elegant edge.  I know I’d be persuaded to go to P.E. if I had a kit like Polat showed, an exquisite lace bomber trimmed with an US varsity stripe and paired with teeny tiny matching lace shorts.  My favourite however had to be the translucent, shimmering bomber that with a band of feathery fluff at the front, something that I’ve seen around the high street so I feel a purchase may be in order. Details such as the fluff, a technically correct fashion term I’m sure, the swamping proportions of the silver mac and skirt and the black shorts paired under the white lace skirt prevented an otherwise quite minimalistic collection from becoming too vanilla. Instead, Polat crossed the fine line between the common and safe vanilla to the fresh and slightly more acquired coconut if we are to continue with the gelato metaphor.  Indeed, there was something quite delicious about the collection with its dazzling hues and shimmering materials evoking images of a candyfloss wonderland where the lines between girly innocence and  and womanly sophistication have been gently smudged.

As soon as I came out of the show I, dressed in towering platforms and nearly black lipstick, decided I had to injected some of Polat’s modern and crisp minimalism into my wardrobe. Not being naturally inclined towards either the paired back or delicate approach this was the best I could do.

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This outfit was particularly inspired by the sportier looks and while I doubt I’m going to be asked to the next Olympics based on it, I felt super comfortable, laidback and like I should be mooching around a hip Scandinavian design shop.

Glasses- Boots (always look at the old men’s section)

Jumper- 2nd hand from my mum

Trousers- £1 thrifted!

Shoes- Birkenstocks because I’m like so totally fashion darling

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Here I tried to recreated the fluffy jacket the best I could, hopefully without looking like a hairy michelin man (suddenly realising the fur is looking increasingly like a spare tyre).  I thought that the semi-sheer shirt captured the translucent textiles used while the ensemble being all white created the modern, unfussy look of the collection. Rather than being predictable, and perhaps body flattering, I decided to ditch the heels and opt for making myself even stumpier with my trainers. However, I like the relaxed look that they give to an otherwise fairly formal outfit, while still echoing the sporty vibe.

Hope you enjoyed this post and sorry there isn’t more writing but my computer deleted my first, poetically penned of course, draft.

Have a good week!

Z

LFW SS15- Day 2’s Outfit

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Dress- Monki

Jacket- Vintage from Rokit

Clutch- ASOS

Shoes- Ebay

Sunglasses- Fancy dress shop

Lipstick- Mac’s Cyber

Hello again! This is what I wore to the second day of London Fashion Week and because it was the only full day that I was going to I thought I’d go all out with the outfit.  As you can probably tell I’m loving monochrome at the moment, whether or it’s a trend I’m not sure as it is always popping up.  Whatever it’s dressed up as, the term ‘classic’ is always thrown around whenever monochrome enters into the mix. So what do I do? Make the most non ‘classic’ look involving monochrome.  I grant you this outfit isn’t really trend following and definitely something I’d wear at any time however it’s not your standard paired down and basic ‘classic’ outfit.  Not that that’s anything bad, in fact I wish I could execute perfect minimalism but that requires a face/body and budget I don’t have. Anyway I thought I’d play around with monochrome and you can see I’ve tried to be clever with my print clashing of the ‘op art’ inspired dress, the polka dot shoes and the checkerboard printed sunglasses. Got pretty much every pattern there didn’t I?  Therefore I kept the jacket simple and because the dress is quite thin it added a necessary layer.  The lipstick is not actually black, I didn’t take the monochrome theme that far, but a very dark purple and thought that and the silver clutch kept with the futuristic/alien look that the shoes lent.

Hope you like it and stay tuned for more of my fashion week antics!

Also photo creds go to my friend Leone, she’s such a good photographer that I’m definitely going to be seeking her assistance again soon.

LFW SS15 at London Fashion Scout- Little Shilpa

 

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I was also lucky enough to be invited to the Little Shilpa presentation, entitled Disco Denimals. Having grabbed our snogs, we were met by an empty Vestibule, wondering what Little Shilpa had in store.  I like presentations as it means that you get a better view and while the atmosphere can lack theatrical glamour of a catwalk show it is much more intimate. This meant that for once I was actually able to take some decent pictures myself so all of those above are mine. I was pretty pleased with how they turned out and with some of them I barely even needed a zoom.  Often the models would come really close and pose specifically for you if there was no one around which was pretty awesome.

The focus of the presentation was the contrast between the relaxed denim and the eye-catching, sculpture-like head wear. The denim shirts themselves weren’t actually of Little Shilpa’s design, as it was provided by Arvind Mills, but it provided a plain canvas to the opulent head dresses and reflected ‘the revelry-loving festival spirit of the designer’s moodboard’.  In the middle of the presentation the models began to get up on the tables  while another loosened the ties on each others’ clothing. Rather than indicating the start of a table dancing routine, it showed how the wearer could style individually depending on their mood at that moment.  Paired with the achingly cool and on trend Nike Feather’s, the-out-of-this-world was brought straight back down to Earth, landing in the coolest spot in town.

But it was the headgear where the ‘Disco’ got started. But there’ll be no dads pulling the screw the light bulb, pat the dog moves here. The pleats are described as being wing-like to ‘evoke the buoyancy of both the zeitgeist of the moment and the disco-tinged era’. Horn like ships also abounded, and indeed she was inspired by animal imagery, reflecting a wild element which is made decadent with technicolour hues.  Mixing the two created a fresh look that harkens to ‘a free-spirited tomorrow’.  As with all of Shilpa’s work, there’s always the sense of fun injected throughout.  With the models’ face paint and faces studded in piercings there was an element of the tribal, establishing the Shilpa girls as the festival-hopping whose summer is the envy of all. Indeed Shilpa describes the collection as ‘an ode to the fun-loving, i-Clouding crowd for whom fashion meets function, mode and individuality’ and it definitely looks like a pretty good crowd to be part of to me.

LFW SS15 at London Fashion Scout- Ashley Isham

    So while fashion month, let alone fashion week, has been put to the back of the wardrobe, only to be whipped out again season for another glossy feature, on nearly every other blog and publication, I thought that I would delay the joy of it a little longer.  Peel off a few layers of pretense from that and I suppose what I’m trying to say is sorry once again for getting my posts up on time.  So without further ado, I shall reveal what I has been lurking in the depths of my veil of a hard drive for so long.

From Beach to Ballroom at Ashley Isham

Image taken from here: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/9HWpxaPJbNI/Ashley+Isham+Runway+London+Fashion+Week+SS15/O8QZX7N2jNk/Ashley+Isham  

This season Isham was inspired by a lady with a colorful legacy, Mari Hari, who was known for her fusing of Eastern and Western influences in her eclectic style .  Having gained a reputation for his ballgowns, a thread that still weaves its way through this collection, this season he has taken his expert drapery and unapologetic glamour to other occasions.  You could imagine the collection being worn by the elegant protagonist of a spy movie, as she swans from through a luxurious beach side hotel, where intrigue secretly lurks.  First he showed some day time appropriate looks with a minimalist focus of clean lines and grid-like details.

Then as the day moves our protagonist slips into something a little more structured for lunch. But there’s still a lightness in the dresses that although you’d get a few stares if you rocked up for a meatball rocking one, you wouldn’t look like you got confused between 12 AM and 12 PM.

Now the Isham woman moves down to the beach, either for a quick afternoon dip or to simply have a day off from her high stress job and soak up some rays.  Isham’s swimsuits prove that they don’t all have to look like your old school Speedo costume and that they’re often a more chic and mature alternative.  The shape of the suits suggest an influence from decades past, for example the 50s as they hug a woman’s figure perfectly and his drapery skills are again at their best.

Let the cut do the talking with this no frills attached number.

However if you feel that the the pale colour and bandage technique will make you look a little too much like the Michelin man, Isham’s also got some floral fabulousness. Despite the Devil Wears Prada rule, ‘Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.’, these swimsuits are so lively and fun that we’ll let it slip this time.

Last but not least we have the showstopper (too much GBBO perhap?) evening gowns and this is when it’s clear why Isham has the reputation he does.

We begin the evening with some pre-dinner cocktail drink as Isham showed a series of dresses with a distinct Eastern influence with obi belts, kimono-like structures and Indian-like embroidery and embellishments. The dresses were very sharp and tailored however exuded a distinctly whimsical and eccentric character that Hari was known for.

The show hit its climax as the full-length, sweeping ballgowns hit the catwalk that balanced opulence and elegance perfectly.  As I’ve mentioned before, it was the drapery that was the most stunning as the fabric flowed in an almost liquid-like state across the contours of the body and the dresses almost became like a second skin on the models, heightening their drama.

Following photos from: http://thefashionscoutsept09.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/collection-ashley-isham-ss15.html

All images are from here on Vogue.co.uk unless stated otherwise.