Showing posts with label Spring Summer 2009. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spring Summer 2009. Show all posts

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Then We Came to The End

The September issues have hit the shelves, my traditional signifier that summer is officially O.V.E.R. And I can breathe a little easier. There was one dodgy period when the forecasters were frightening me with their talk of heatwaves, but thankfully that didn’t last for much more than a week. Yes, summer is over and I survived with my opaque tights still intact. I just don’t do summer – much more of an autumn / winter girl and there are so many treats to look forward to this season - The September Issue, scarves, The Sartorialist goes from blog to book, velvet, fashion week, Coco on the cover of Love, our first look at Dasha's Pop, autumn leaves on Holland Park Avenue, even woollier tights. I kinda knew it was all going to be fine when I saw the cover of July’s Vogue, usually the sunniest and therefore, for me, the worst issue of the year. But there were no scary cover lines proclaiming the Summer of Love, no swimsuits. Just Julianne Moore photographed by Alasdair McLellan in all her fiery, autumnal glory. But how did Alex and Co. capture the mood and sense that summer would be such a washout? If life at Vogue House ever gets too much, a career at the Met Office could be on the cards. NOK

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Feeling the Heat

Yay, it’s summer. Well, it’s spring. But a very summery spring. Either way, the sun is shining and the temperature has hit the 15 degree mark for the first time in about 2 years. As we’ve documented previously, Spring/Summer ‘09 is all about the 80s and reruns of the Cosby show should serve as a style reference. Gladiator sandals also seem to be as popular this year as they were last. Ditto denim cut-offs. OK so my ideal summer OF is a pair of pale denim cut-offs, an oversized white shirt and some flat gladiator sandals, all offset against my long bronzed limbs and flowing blonde hair. Yes, I don’t know why, but whenever I start to think about my summer wardrobe, I imagine myself as some sort of Erin Wasson lookalike. Reality – a five foot four brunette with the kind of skin that attracts pitying stares on the beach – goes out the window and I peruse look books with abandon, pointing out the various pairs of teeny stone-washed jeans and tiny hot pants that I’m going to wear once May hits.

I also forget that one is still actually expected to work in summer. Instead of the imagined spontaneous picnics and endless outdoor drinking sessions, one must contend with smellier-than-usual public transport and sweat patches. There is also the dreaded fake tan problem. OK obviously I hate fake tan - it smells, it ruins your sheets and towels and most importantly, it generally looks gross. But I can’t possibly be expected to bare my muscular calves (thanks for that Dad) in their current milky state, can I? Will I just have to continue wearing the 80 denier black tights right through the summer months or should I succumb to the L'Oreal NutriSummer? Ah it’s a conundrum.

Erin Wasson

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cosby Cool

Zoe Kravitz is a regular fixture on NY party pages but I'm more of a fan of her mom, 80s babe Lisa Bonet. Bonet's Denise Huxtable was the coolest of all the Cosby kids. Old eps of the show are a masterclass in styling for SS09. Her key silhouette was a sharp tuxedo jacket paired with slouchy trousers, finished off by loading on the accessories - brooches, headscarves, sunglasses. When I attempt to pull off the same, I look a lot less like Denise and a lot more like 90210's Brandon Walsh a.k.a short and stumpy. But if you go easy on the Rifat Ozbek-style ethnic prints, Miss Huxtable is an ace muse for this season.

                                              Doo.Ri SS09

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Heads Up

Hats are everywhere right now - Mary Poppins boaters at Marc Jacobs, couture fantasies at Dior, paper delights at Chanel. You can also pay homage to star milliner Stephen Jones at his spec-HAT-ular (oh no I zi'int) exhibition currently on at the V&A. In the show, Jones takes us on a magical tour of his craft, trawling through the museum's archives and choosing over 300 treasures for display including Audrey Hepburn's Cecil Beaton-designed hat from My Fair Lady, Camilla P-B's Philip Treacy wedding headdress and Carla B-S's Dior beret from her sojourn in London. The centrepiece of the show is an amazing recreation of a milliner's atelier with ribbons, feathers and beads covering every surface. I have dabbled in millinery myself: for the first wedding I ever attended, I cobbled together a headpiece out of a bit of cardboard, a scrap of veil and a couple of feathers. I thought I looked great but I'm sure everyone else was thinking "why is that girl wearing a Rice Krispies box on her head?" Oh well.

Christian Dior

Marc Jacobs


Images from / TFS

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Boy, it's cold...

Sitting in my drafty kitchen, I cling to the radiator, layer on cardigan after cardigan and peruse online look books for Spring/Summer 09. I need to distract myself from the fact that the circulation in my extremities has ceased and my hands have turned a strange shade of palest yellow. The polaroids and videos on the Boy by Band of Outsiders website are doing a very good job of diverting my attention from the frosty conditions and transport me to a place where one can go bare-legged without worrying about hypothermia. Last season Michelle Williams was Boy’s model and for S/S 09 Kirsten Dunst is doing the honours. The clothes are beautiful – perfectly insouciant and effortlessly cool. I want them all. I know that the khaki trousers would look terrible on me but they look so good on Raquel Zimmerman in January’s US Vogue that I want a pair anyway. Most of all though I want one of those stretchy, stripey pencil skirts. There are no stockists in Ireland and Boy doesn’t come cheap but next time I’m in London I’m going to have to swing by Dover Street Market to check out the line in person. Visit Boy by Band of Outsiders for lots of lovely pictures and a full list of stockists worldwide.

Images From Boy

US Vogue January 09

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cruel Summer

A new year and time to look to the future / back to the 80s. Let's begin with a quote from a Bananarama classic - very apt as they are one of the key inspirations for this season. "Strange voices are saying, (What did they say), things I can't understand". Those strange voices belong to Marc Jacobs, Christophe Decarnin, the Topshop team and many others. For Summer 2009, they're telling us to wear jumpsuits (Marc by Marc Jacobs), big shoulders (Balmain), stone-washed denim (Topshop Unique) and peg-leg trousers (everybody). It was full on Bananarama-orama at the Topshop show where Katie Grand looked to her own teenage years for styling ideas - the result: models bouncing down the catwalk with bouffant hair and headscarves. 

It could be a cruel summer indeed with horrific holiday snaps to document it if I attempt to carry off the trend from head to toe. As much as I love the Banana girls, I'm thinking I won't be able to carry off the complete Siobhan Fahey circa 1987 look but a couple of 80s elements will definitely be added to my summer wardrobe.  

                                       Topshop Unique - Images from Vogue. com

Monday, October 6, 2008

Just Peachy

I know we’re entering winter and that black is the new black or whatever but I’ve become obsessed with peach. Peach featured strongly in the Spring/Summer ’09 collections but I just can’t wait until then. Instead, I plan to team my floaty peach dresses and blouses with the dark greys and blacks that are peach’s best friends. Too much peach can be a little saccharine and summery so thick woollen tights and chunky cardigans are a great way to toughen things up, whilst keeping out the winter cold. The leather trousers and PVC leggings that are everywhere this season are also a great accompaniment to peach – a chiffon peach blouse over skinny black leather trousers with lots of gold jewellery and really high shoes is my perfect winter outfit.

Unfortunately there just isn’t that much peach in the shops right now so vintage is the way to go. Peach blouses, dresses and slips that can be worn as outerwear abound in vintage shops and there are lots of lovely finds on eBay. So get ahead of the Spring trend and get into peach.

Peach at Marc Jacobs

Peach at Lanvin

Peach at Chloe