Category: Designer Brands

Pascale Monovoisin x


I like to think that way back, when the rules of the world were decided, there was a little subsection that was quietly written into stone which read, And for summer there will be a certain type of jewellery that will look and feel right, sing of sunshine, long days and blue skies. These pieces by Pascale Monovoisin belong to that heady group.

Is it the simplicity, the link to nature, the colours? Or is it that summer just makes choosing much easier, freer and organic?

 

Laters, Kate x

Phluid x

Clothes are so ubiquitous it’s easy to take them for granted: fripperies, feathers and function. Except they unconsciously say so much – they are our inner identities reflected back to the world.  Those moments when you have nothing to wear? It’s really because there’s nothing to express who you want to be that day.

But what if the freedom we believe in is really a myth? What if society has conditioned our thinking so much we no longer notice the rules, the divisions and the assumptions they lead to?

And there are many of them: Blue for a boy, pink for a girl, pretty dresses for girls that look sweet but don’t take into consideration climbing trees and protection against skinned knees, trousers for boys that metaphorically take on another meaning, T-bars for primary school girls, running shoes for boys, Pedestal high heels for women: the literal presentation of an object of desire: Look sexy, feel sexy they shout. Taxi shoes! We laugh, the truth covered by humour, falling for the fantasy rather than admit they’re restrictive, tortuous and totally lacking function.

What about sizing? It’s another hidden form of segregation: There’s the designer labels who don’t make anything above a size 14 – what’s the message they’re giving?  That only the rich are perfect?  Or that designers only want to hang their clothes on hangers, not real bodies, real people? But we still let them, maybe one day hoping that person will be us, another part of our insidious cultural brainwashing. What about the clothes store that allegedly offer larger sizes except they never have any in stock? Is it because they can’t understand why someone with that body would want to wear it? Is that really their choice to make? When what’s available for one body isn’t available for another it’s limitation, restriction, and control.

Gender is another straitjacket demanding clothing conformity, every store with racks of clothes marked out for one type of person only, the changing rooms following suit.  Who has decided these divisions?

Certainly not PhluidPhluid is the first gender neutral store that’s just opened in New York as a place without judgement or fear where it’s the clothes that do the talking, not our mental labels. Phluid says we have the ability to imagine a world without ‘because we do’ traditions and outdated rituals that don’t work.  They say it’s up to us to open our eyes and fix it: Acceptance, balance, integrity, intention are so much more appealing.

 

(All pics Phluid)

Personally, it’s such a relief to see a store that celebrates what makes us different whilst cherishing what makes us the same: We think choice is freedom, but it only is if that choice is available to everyone.

 

Laters, Kate x

The Oscars 2018

With dresses it’s personal, but given timeless elegance with a touch of vintage or eyeball hogging extravaganza the first will win every time.  Like Laura Dern in Calvin Klein by Appointment pure cool, sleek understatement.

Looking with new eyes, never is the difference between men and women more visual than on Oscar night, hashtag – when will we see a man in a dress? This is Gal Gaddot in Givenchy with just the right amount of flapper girl swing.

2018 marks another year with little experimentation, hence Haley Bennett in Christian Dior makes my best dressed list.  A brave choice and with any luck, the current PC storm will suppress any bush trimming innuendos. Who knows?

Zoey Deutch in Elie Saab Couture sneaked in because it shouldn’t work, but it does.

(All pics Vogue)

 

Phoebe Waller Bridge, a particular icon of mine, looking demure in Vionnet.  Except I lay good money she chose the print to match her beauty spot and trod the carpet giggling inside…Go Phoebe!

 

Laters, Kate x

 

 

High Altitude x

The mirror in which we see ourselves is warped – so why not pull the lines a little bit more?

So thinks Paper London, a fashion brand that imbues simplicity as it’s backbone and strong architectural lines, it’s war cry.

How cool and clever? Asymmetrical, flattering and pulls the eye to a different point of interest.

(All pics Paper London)

A fashion label that knows what it thinks.

Laters, Kate x

Jamb x

If money were no object and unicorns were real, the choice of light for the study wouldn’t be which light, but which light from Jamb.

There’s a meticulous attention to detail that sums up the English historic aesthetic.

All these lights are reproductions. Except you wouldn’t know it, from looks or price.

(All pics Jamb)

Sigh. Dream. Lust.

 

At least it’s the first of December and Christmas can finally be mentioned. Now where did I put those pesky elves?

 

Laters, Kate x

Needle and Thread x

The little black dress is due for a revival and, like the label Rixo, Needle and Thread is a reliable bet when it comes to punching above one’s weight in the world of competitive design stakes.

 

A visual cross between Self-Portrait and Armani, the label does only cater for one type of figure: big busted, look away now.

But the attention to detail (note the stars and the polka dots on the tulle, plus the beading on the shoulders) plus the price point – add a nought for most designer equivalents – means it deserves its place in the spotlight.

(All pics Pinterest)

(They also offer similar dresses in blush, cream and white..perfect for the bride who wants something a little different..)

 

Laters, Kate x

Time x

And so it starts..from fancy free summer to rigour and routine with no transition, like an open door has been slammed.  Maybe that’s why this coat is so appealing – it shouts attitude, purpose and no nonsense.

Or maybe it’s that I love coats and autumn is the time when the craving is at it’s strongest?

All these are designed by Barbara Bui who combines a Parisian’s eye with a rock chick’s sass.

(All pics from Barbara Bui)

If you can’t escape, embrace.

Laters, Kate x

Alexa Chung x

It’s British, it’s a woman, it’s designed by a fashion icon…so Alexa Chung by Alexa Chung should be the wobblies de chiens.  So why does it leave me – like her collaboration with AG   on the clammy side of cold?

Like a crow over carrion, time to pick over the bones…

  1. There’s no progression of ideas.  Like famous clothes horses before her, she’s taken inspiration from the wardrobe that’s made her: a bit of this, a bit of that.  The link that draws them together is her, which is great if you are her.  Or want to pretend to be her.  But don’t you want to be yourself? Isn’t that what she’s all about? Being an individual…I’m confused.. 2. She’s a hipster chick who’s proud to buy vintage and snuffle her way through charity shops. I doth my feathered hat.  But to emulate her style you just need to do the same..those Mary Janes? a fiver at Camden…  3. Because it’s so reliant on the past there’s not much modern twisting, which begs the question – where’s the house style to hang a feathered hat on? (All pics Alexa Chung)

 

4. She’s an intelligent woman who understands and has personally experienced the patriarchal influence on fashion, so why reproduce clothes for boys again?

You’re beautiful, rich, clever, creative – so be it, be original instead of hiding behind things other people have done.

Laters, Kate x

Pure Moss x

‘Picture a summer night when it goes silvery-blue from the light of the moon’ Is how Kate Moss describes the inspiration behind the wallpaper for her bathroom.

Based on silver-tinted anemones symbolising luck in Greek mythology and interspersed with shards of solar radiance, the wallpaper is the creative result of a collaboration between Moss and De Gournay, the bespoke wallpaper house.

(All pics Architectural Digest)

The hall is now proudly adorned with the daybreak version. ‘I like the feeling of when the sun is just coming up at a festival and you have that glowy light.’ It’s all pale pastels and bright, in your face neons.

 

A match made in heaven.

Laters, Kate x