Category: fashion comment

High Times x

January to easily represents the bleak recognition of the aftermath: The twinkly lights are gone, the weather is foul and last months credit card bills are circling like starving carrion.

But the first signs of spring are out there – the first glimpse of snowdrops, the first hint of cotton clothing appearing on the high street.

H&M have some impressive staples to offer – on trend blouses, softly hanging silk shirts, high waisted tie trousers and easy wear long sleeved dresses…

(Pics from Pinterest)

It’s temptation – but it’s sensible temptation.

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

I swear, My Swear..

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The price of these babies will no doubt induce an apocalypse of weepiness and hair tearing…and also make them ‘highly desirable’ such is the strange world we live in because the basic price starts at £300 – plus postage. And then this goes skyward depending on how much customisation you fancy.  Yep – these walking mortgages from My Swear are labelled the first ever customisable trainers…and are sure to be a wallet slapping cosmos flying hit.6fbff209ddea6f7c96bdc6ce763c589a

Where the joy comes in is even if you can’t buy, you can play: The power of the internet/websites are so good now, you can literally watch and plan every step  – colour – not just all over, but for each section, type of leather, soles, toes, eyelets, laces – it’s a long list of decisions meaning you can end up with a totally unique object.

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Ta-daaah!

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(All pics from My Swear)

Expect to see them strutting their stuff at the AW17 fashion shows.

You’ve been warned.

Laters, Kate x

Lady of Misrule x

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Do you look at clothes for their integral beauty or as something you could potentially add to your expanding wardrobe? Take the By. Bonnie Young clothes – a veritable smorgasbord of gorgeousness – but the chances of them say, fitting me? Limited.  But it doesn’t stop me drooling. Or do you dream of what you want and hope that somebody out there can read your fevered mind and actually produce it?

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It’s a subtle twist on that age old question, does style come before fashion? (Which one could argue is a posh way of saying if you wear what suits you first, do you look better?) which also the means, the chances of finding what you’ve dreamt of  are low.

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Which as cunningly as a foxes tail on a badger, brings me to the point of this post: The eternal hunt for the perfect pair of jeans..mainly because there’s an imaginary pair I’m desperate to find…high waisted that flare from the hip rather than the knee…and I suspect these: Irina High Rise by Citizens of Humanity could be them.

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So I’m looking and thinking would they fit? would they really suit…… And who at Citizen of Humanity has  got the power of telepathy? Maybe if there’s ever a chance I could try on a pair in the right size in a half price sale, I’ll jump.

 

Laters, Kate x

BY. Bonnie Young x

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A woman of my heart as a true renaissance woman, Bonnie Young has worked in the fashion industry, travelled the world, written a book, amassed an important collection of tribal costumes and jewellery (hashtag-very-jealous). Then returned to Donna Karan, to leave Karan to start a children’s line to suddenly realising that women were actually buying the clothes for themselves (pausing now briefly for a cynically raised eyebrow at the momentary snapshot of society today) leading her to start her own label, BY.Bonnie Young. This was her New York Fashion Week debut.

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It was inspired by nature, the South, the Victorians all wrapped up in a velvet bow with a flair for seventies ease.

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It’s flounces with fierce rather than frivolity – there’s nothing over the top or distracting.

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Each texture, cut, silhouette has a reason.

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It’s totally wearable, totally special, grown up, no-nonsense strength.

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She’s one to watch.

Laters, Kate x

Pretty and Pink x

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The rollercoaster of fashion steams on, morphing, re-inventing, disappearing and then back with a bang.  Each time the story is different, responding to design needs, changing faces and context, which is what makes it all so fascinating.

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Take the shoulder pad: Nemesis of the 80s, spawn of the 40s..and ripe for a re-birth.

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But now less cut-out character from Disney, more cutting edge with balance.

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I don’t know much – but I know I want some.

Laters, Kate x

Haunted x

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Hunter, an authentic British heritage brand beloved of the posh, festival goers and anyone inbetween: It’s the mainstream label with proper appeal and sits on it’s tartan wingback armchair like a curled, sleeping cat.

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There’s much to love: simplicity, versatility, a sense of tradition mixed with a slick, modern attitude.

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And yet I have a gripe (I suspect it’s to do with old age)

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Take a product like a mac or a wellington boot (both things Hunters do particularly well). Part of their appeal is their adaptability and flexibility…so why do their products have to be divided ‘mens’ ‘womens’ ‘girls’ and ‘boys’? Why this continual need to introduce psychological barriers to choice?

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I’m starting to think that the division of the sexes is a background noise that all too often we just accept and that it’s insidious reach starts when are children and impressionable: Boys uniform, girls uniform, pretty school shoes for the girls, practical ones for the boys, netball for the girls, rugby for the boys.  And I can see the result of this in all the adults associated with school: The parents that are class reps for the school?…all women.  The contact emails for playdates?..are for all the women – even if they work full time as well.  If a child was sick..the school would phone the mother regardless of whether she was the main breadwinner or not.  Pick up and drop off? This is more mixed..but it’s certainly not equal.

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If we want true liberty of thought and equal treatment of the sexes then little things like unnecessary labels really do need to matter.  And Fashion (with a capital ‘f’) is in the perfect place to take the first steps forward.

Laters, Kate x

Square Root..

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The trouser is having a moment.

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Cropped, fuller cut, sometimes with a higher waist, it’s evolving into something special.

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Transitional, versatile and already tugging at the heart strings.

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It could be the most important new piece in your wardrobe.

Laters, Kate x

Stunning Storets x

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This is a new label for me: Storets (based in the States, but they do free shipping, even internationally for any purchases over $75) Their USP sings a happy siren song: Interesting fashion with a feminine element that won’t break the bank.

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Prices are roughly $60 – $150..but they look a million dollars – like straight off a red hot catwalk with the cats licking their paws to cool them down.

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The only downside is – and this could be due to the season winding down – when I looked, the only sizes available were small. Maybe that’s how they keep their prices so low..

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I can only hope they expand. In more ways than one.

Laters, Kate x

Dog Wool..

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Can love ever be too much or am I just too westernised? I spotted an article on DogWool on the plane on the way back from Greece – apparently there’s a little place in Brittany between Abercerac’h and the Virgin Island lighthouse that will use a traditional spinning wheel, to spin your dogs unwanted hair into balls of wool ready to knit.

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Which is nothing if not honest recycling: It’s something Eskimos have done for centuries using Husky hair as the perfect property against the cold.  In northern Russia they knit socks of dog wool to prevent rheumatism…

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But here? Now?? Maybe my worry is that we don’t live in an extreme cold environment where fingers drop off if they’re not covered appropriately and – lets be honest – this further blurs the line between dog and owner – we already know how many morph to look like each other and now, through this they can genuinely can be a human in dogs clothing.

And what happens when your dog dies??

 

If this is your thing, then by all means go for it – there’s certainly a high level of skill involved…personally, I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like…sadly I can’t say the same for knitwear..Molly, you’re safe.

 

Laters, Kate x