Tagged: fashion

The Dirty Shirt x

The true version of sexy isn’t bandeau dresses and containment, in both the physical and metaphorical sense.  It’s suggestion and just the right number of buttons left undone. And what better way to achieve that than with the humble shirt?

(All pictures Pinterest)

(Time to raid the husband’s wardrobe…)

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

Rejina Pyo x

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There’s a quiet freshness about Rejina Pyo’s clothes.

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She says herself ‘When it comes to clothes, I prefer a subtler approach and an element of surprise’.

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With that in mind she resists the temptation for disposable, seasonal pieces.

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Which makes her clothes familiar yet special.

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Less is more: It’s feeding into my subconscious.

Laters, Kate x

Vika Gazinskaya x

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It started with this dress spotted in Pintrest.  So simple yet beautifully crafted – the flow on the placket, the upright collar, the slouch on the shoulder, the choice of colours, the block of colours..the clever, subtle curve on the blocks..

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And so the journey starts discovering a new label and what other delights to feast on.

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That blue at the bottom..

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You’re either a volume person, or you’re not.  I love it.  I love the sense of intrigue that’s added when a person steps inside.  Vita Gazinskaya has it down to a tee.

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Not that volume is the only choice.

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It’s clever cutting and ingenuity.

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A simple palette with bold designs.  Mi piace.

Laters, Kate x

The Palace x

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Yesterday I went with the lovely Galliana to Buckingham Palace.  As you do.  The only downside was we were there only as ticket wielding plebs.  But we still had the chance to admire the ornate state rooms and look out over the beautiful 39 acre garden in the centre of London.

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But the highlight was the exhibition of the 90 years of style from the Queen’s wardrobe amounting to eighty outfits and 62 iconic hats.

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It was a lesson in the diplomacy of fashion: Made for a reason, for a specific person with a unique job using colours to be seen with subtle emblems and signs to flatter the right people in the right places – like the incorporation of the colours of a national flag for a tour abroad.  There was thought, care and attention to detail and whilst fashion was was there, it wasn’t fashion for fashions sake.

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It really was the best of British.  The collection is on till Oct 2 and is well worth a visit.

 (You can also have tea by the lawn afterwards…)

 

Laters, Kate x

Food for Breakfast..

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Things are moving on a pace on the renovation…painting has started on the cellar, lights have gone up and the hallway, which was boarded up for protection by the builders has been opened up again..it now feels twice the size.  More paint samples have been bought (I swear this is where paint companies make their profit)…but at least they’re starting to make sense. Pictures will follow soon…

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Outside the sky is brilliant blue and it genuinely feels that spring is knocking on the door..hence of the appeal of these spring pics from Toast, suggesting bare foot easy living with simplicity the main ingredient and quality the key.

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I want to be here.

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Toast also do the best summer scarves..expensive, but worth every penny.

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In contrast their Swedish clog shoes are great value – just £65..

Goes to show…there’s always something exciting around the corner…

Laters, Kate x

Happy birthday..

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It’s Finery’s first birthday – it seems hardly believable they’ve been around for such a short time.

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It’s such a great label that fills a gap in the market you never thought was there. Until they started.

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On the one side it’s reflective, mild mannered and be-spectacled.

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On the other, clever, en pointe, different.

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This is a label that joins all the dots.

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And does the best trousers. Stalk them.

Laters, Kate x

A Green Summer x

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Is there a place for fast, wallet-friendly fashion?

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Can you really have your cake and eat it?

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Monki would certainly like to think so.

cdb300b038b413ddf010778d7e585de2There’s nothing in this post that costs over £50.

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But this is a Company with principles..their Care Label represents their ideals regarding organic cotton and their better cotton initiative which is to ensure the cotton they buy uses less chemicals, less water and gives the people involved in production more benefits.  It also stands for their Code of Conduct, which all their suppliers must comply with, to ensure decent working standards and conditions for the employees of their suppliers.  And finally it’s a promise to minimise the impact of fashion, both in production and regarding landfill, by re-using existing materials and re-cycling them into new cotton, polyester and wool.

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With designs like these…..it’s cream teas all round..

Laters, kate x

Fashion Story x

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In the focaccia bunfight of fashion, how is true style evaluated and who wins the cherry on the top?

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We know sometimes less is more..

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That it’s thinking out of the box..that magic moment when perfectionists take risks..

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Finding that rare sweet spot moment when it takes brains and a perverse delight to play a swaggering fool.  When you aren’t.

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Elegance and body language is in the mix..

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And it’s not about money..

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Style isn’t beauty, it’s perfectly picked proportions.

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That fine, hazy line between victim and genius, because there’s no beauty without strangeness.

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(All pictures from Style.com)

Fashion is conforming to current styles and trends.

Style is throwing them out of the window.

Laters, Kate x