Tagged: Balmain

Wool and the Gang x


Wool and the Gang was born to find the best way to produce fashion..namely by hand…your hands..(or if you’re really nervous..someone else’s)



It’s a quirky, sustainable reaction to the fast fashions of our generation that says stop, think..and make something special that lasts whilst reducing stress and improving dexterity.


You can either purchase complete kits to make yourself..or a separate price is given for a ready made item where you can support fellow ‘Gangsta’s’ by buying their handmade pieces.


There’s different levels for various abilities..and options for men, children and the home too…even crochet.


Wool is a favourite yarn, but they also work with fashion factories to repurpose their fashion waste into new yarns to reduce landfill.


Clever eh?


It was founded by three women: Designers Aurelie Popper and Jade Harwood met while studying textile design at Central Saint Martins in London, after which they went onto work at Alexander McQueen and Balmain.  Third member is Elisabeith Sabrier, former model, world traveller and yarn lover.


It’s the kind of stuff you you really want to make.



And now there’s no excuse..

Laters, Kate x

Shoe Fantasies..

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Just add a bit of boho..


Kristen Stewart style cornrows..


(all pictures from Tumblr)

And you’re good to hit…the street.

Laters, Kate x

Fashionable Selby x

There’s a new book out by the Photographer Todd Selby – Fashionable Selby –  opening the door to the sort of voyeurism that really tickles my fancy: Designers at work..

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Dries Van Noten quietly arranging beautiful flowers.

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A highly organised bohemian Isabel Marant.

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A Marant mood board with a lust-worthy bracelet.

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Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of Balmain at work on a stunning parquet floor.

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Inspiration from every corner: Carla Sozzani, Italian gallerist and founder of Galleria Carla Sozzani and the creator of 10 Corso Como in Milan.

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Surrounded by colour: Pascale Mussard, Artistic Director of Hermes Petit H.

It’s thinking you have that little bit of knowledge to know what they’re really like and what makes them tick..the reality behind the curtain.  Even though you know in your mind, you’re still seeing what they want you to see….but it helps that each profile is accompanied by Selby’s watercolour portraits and illustrated questionnaires, revealing answers to personal questions.

It sounds delicious non?

Laters, Kate x

The Sales..

m-31-167417-4-daGSmqdJwxXK After the gluttony of Christmas the January Sales have to put on their best bib and tucker to draw us out again by dangling tempting morsels of true fashion aristocracy…like the chance to clutch an iconic Charlotte Olympia creation reduced from $1556 to $785..tempted?

m-31-197568-3-0so2QarcX2qP Or fall asleep knowing these Sleeping Beauty suede pumps are yours: Magically reduced from $995 to $500…almost a steal..

m-549-198237-2-Dz7DmmahyQUk All the rage and quality guaranteed: Balmain skinny leather pants – were an eye-watering $4560 now $1370..a deposit on a car..but these are Balmain!


Made for elegant entrances: MSGM wide leg side stripe pant..dress up, dress down..and down from $400 to a cool $120..


Subtle yet uber sexy, 10 Crosby Derek Lam pyjama shirt.  Once $375 now a reachable $190..


Easy on the eye, easier on the wallet: 10 Crosby Derek Lam faux belted leather shorts reduced from $295 to $180..

m-193-204385-3-DI2h4uPBC1p3 Add a splash of provocative colour: MSGM floral printed Gazar top, was $905 now $545. You’ll certainly get noticed..

m-119-198009-2-GXYoktcTL7z7 Carven has the best jumpers and this one sings on multiple levels: Colour, texture and the perfect length.  Was $390 now $235. (And check out The Outnet for more woolly bargains)

m-279-163896-2-ggDQX77Bpwld Vamp style: Sergio Rossi Optikala high heeled striped sandal, were $835 now $420…temptation has a name.

m-119-136070-6-RjOG00Co2Mhz An undisputed stalwart of any wardrobe: The biker jacket.  This quilted version by Carven was $1995, now $1000…just think, it could be your new best friend..

True fashion will always have a price but I’ve always thought if it takes a bit of pain to gain then it rises above normality and takes on special powers that naturally envelope the wearer. On that basis I think I’d better learn the lesson…and get saving for next year…

(However, if you want to start with a simpler challenge and some group motivation for support then check out Kat the designers Blog..She’s leading the charge for spotlighted New Years resolutions and aims to keep you on the straight and narrow! Good luck!)

Laters, Kate x