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Rag & Bone Spring 2010

September 13, 2009

To be honest, I hadn’t looked too hard at David Neville and Marcus Wainwright Rag & Bone line. That is until I saw the amazing images from the Spring 2010 Ready to Wear Collection from New York Fashion Week.

Total Urban Hawtness

Total Urban Hawtness

What made me even more joyful was the fact that I own a green parker in the same shade as the one above. I bought it a while ago from H & M but never really knew what to wear it with until a couple of months ago. This collection reaffirmed what I had been thinking. Layering and with crisp neutral shades.

What I love about this label is that the designers have no formal training, just sheer passion for what they do. Something I can relate to.

Here is my rip off Rag & Bone outfit…

Deconstructed dress which I practically live in, navy long cardigan, belt made out of a handbag strap and fabric from a sabotaged wrap dress, grey school socks, ridiculously high brown wooden and suede sandals (Kurt Geiger £59, the ultimate bargain of my entire life) and the parker.

Give me your bric-a-brac

Give me your bric-a-brac

A rag and bone man is a term that describes someone who collected other peoples junk. Funnily enough, there used to be such a man when I lived at my pervious home. He used to ride through the alleyways, collecting old washing machines, fridges and kettles, you name it, he took it. Who knew he would be so über chic in 2009?

Rag and Bone Man

Rag and Bone Man

Rag & Bone photo from style.com, Rag and Bone Man photo from bbc.co.uk

It’s a bingo…

September 12, 2009
The Basterds

The Basterds

I watched Inglorious Basterds this week and Christoph Waltz has to win the Oscar for Best Actor with his performance of Hans Landa. Smuggly evil yet eloquent, his portrayal of Tarantino’s Jew Hunting Standartenfuhrer is one of the best characters I have ever seen. His ability to speak English, French, German and even Italian fluently as one character is awe inspiring. To be able to act on top of that, well, just give him the Oscar, please.

During the film, I realised I possess a few Inglorious-esq pieces of attire. I am obsessed with the clothing from the World War period…I have no idea why. Anna B. Sheppard was the costume designer of the film and I have been besotted with her work without knowing it belonged to her.

She has worked on Schindler’s List, The Pianist, Hannibal Rising and my favourite, Band of Brothers. Spotify the soundtracks, even though they are emotional, they are truly amazing pieces of scoring. Michael Nyman and Michael Kamen- Geniuses.

Clothes on film is an interesting blog with an analysis regarding the costumes in Inglourious Basterds.

I am a Russian Solider

I am a Russian Solider

I looked like this during the snows of the past winter. My military boots are from French Connection and I was inspired to buy them because of the cute punk rock girl in Blink 182’s Always video. They are amazing and have zips down the side. My military coat is from Zara and my lovely Russian hat is from Oxfam, which cost £1.50. It is falling apart slightly, but that adds to the charm.

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

My vintage Ralph Lauren skirt is from Oxfam off Kings Road, my khaki green two-tone shirt is from St Christopher’s Hospice and my aviator leather jacket is from Zara. I love the shirt because it is over sized and puffs out a little. I am not a shoulder pad fan but the jacket achieves the same effect with the leather and metal popper detail.

I took the photos by the side of my house. I like the brick work as it suits the hard-wearing look and feel of the clothing. I am thinking that I need some military badges or something to embellish my coats with.

My inspiration spawned though my love from Band of Brothers.

Winters and Nixon

Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston as Major Winters and Captain Nixon

I cannot even begin to explain how awesome this mini series, so I won’t even bother trying.

I don’t agree with war in the slightest, however, I feel many people today have no idea what kind of hardships the elder generations have had to endure. Maybe if they did, there would be more respect in this country.

Inglourious Basterds photo from filmofilia.com, Band of Brothers Photo from wikipedia.org

My shopping travels of the past week…

September 5, 2009

I finally went to Westfield this past weekend with my cousins from Leicester. I met them in Oxford Street’s Topshop, where I saw the sweetest cream, pink and grey dress, which I have no photographic evidence of. What a muppet! We hopped on to the central line after my cousins grabbed a Starbucks to go to the much hyped shopping mecca.

Gorgeous Cousins

Gorgeous Cousins

We walked around all the shops and to be honest I wasn’t really impressed. Maybe it is because I spend most of my time on town high streets looking for charity shops. The only shop I really wanted to visit was Kurt Geiger and it didn’t disappoint me at all!

Kurt Geiger Heaven

Kurt Geiger Heaven

I was looking for a particular pair of shoes that I had seen online. My friend had seen them in store and she said they didn’t look that nice. However, I disagree because this is what they looked like when I tried them on:

Hessa ♥

Hessa ♥

They were £140 now down to £99 (still out of my price range). The snake skin print, woven detail on the front and tassels are so cute. Plus, they are grey and white! My cousin bought these sexy shoe boots in navy suede. I ♥ suede shoes.

Rosh in Antonia

Rosh in Antonia

Yes, she also has amazing legs!

I spent some time walking around the shops of Croydon and I saw two very nice things. A emerald green skirt from H & M which had no bleeding lining and was £20. I could actually make it myself. Then a moment of genius, I went to Past Times and found a peacock broach, which I have been looking for since forever. I was reluctant to purchase it, because even £16 seems like a lot of money for me these days. I may change may mind though because my mother likes it also.

Ohhhlala

Ohhhlala

Kurt Geiger shop image from alamy.com

The weather in England is like a woman’s mood when menstruating…

September 5, 2009

On Wednesday it was insane. Look what happened to me and I did have an umbrella. The rain peed all over me new (old) Karen Millen £6.99 Mohair/ VIRGIN wool dress via Purley’s Oxfam. Thankfully, it didn’t shrink. I wore it with my long Zara cardiganand my flat Aldo sale (£29.99) black suede peeptoe bow shoes (that I wear everyday of my life).

Attacked by mother nature

Attacked by mother nature

I added a glum looking face as an accessory. I actually enjoyed running through the rain with soaking wet legs and feet. I wish I had a camera to take pictures of the large raindrops.

Our Anna is on Letterman

August 28, 2009

Posted by Ethereal

Anna is so dainty yet stern, although she did seem a little uncomfortable during the interview. This was probably due to Letterman’s daft questions and the imposing laughter from the audience.

Apart from promoting The September Issue, Anna was also speaking about the up coming event, Fashion’s Night Out. It is taking place on 10th September in 12 cities around the world. It is a drive by Vogue to get people back into the shops. Certain stores are also offering discounts. Check out the website for information.

I will be in attendance in the glorious city of Londinium.

We Love Clothes

August 28, 2009

Posted by Ethereal

My best friend and I love shopping, period. As per usual, we went to our local high street, which we adore. We also dragged her boyfriend who was visiting from California. Poor thing. Our local haunts include Oxfam, Cancer Research, St. Christopher’s Hospice and Starbucks for a frappe.

Driving home from the gym, I often noticed a charity shop we hadn’t been visiting. So we decided to pay it a visit. Great idea that was. My friend found my Halloween costume! Slightly early, I know, but it was a bargain at £15. To be honest, we have not celebrated Halloween ever since we met each other. She grew up in California, so not celebrating the pagan festival is somewhat of a sin.

“Oh my God! I have found your Halloween costume. It is so cute for you,” she exclaimed loudly.

The dress

The dress

It is so pretty and fits like a glove. Whilst in the fitting room, my personal stylist/best friend grabbed every single pearl-like necklace the shop had and flung them into my hands. “Oh my God, you have your whole outfit. You can be Bridezilla!”

The lady at the till was ever so nice and told me that wedding gowns costing around £1000 are brought in and resold for a mere £50. There were none there at the time when we bought my “Bridezilla” costume but I can imagine the joy of finding one.

I love charity shops because as a student I feel I don’t earn enough to give to charity (which is a load of rubbish). But I feel better knowing that the money I spend makes a difference. I have spent £53 (£20 in H &M and Zara) this month, excluding my dress and five pearl-like necklaces. I gained one monochrome stripped sleeveless dress, one pink shirt, a pair of grey leggings, a tan belt and a pair of tight straight leg trousers. That is a shopping spree for me!

Interesting amalgamation of apparell

Interesting amalgamation of apparell

The point that I am trying to make is that it is not important how much you spend. Moreover, it is the love you have for the clothes. Everything I own I will repair, re-heel, stick back together and wear even if it falls apart. I have a four inch nail in one pair of my wooden sandals. I have torn my favourite dress thrice and my favourite flip flops have been to America, India (twice) Tunisia, Cyprus and Crete and are held together by superglue.

Wear your clothes, don’t let them wear you, dammit!

The September Issue

August 22, 2009

Posted by Ethereal

The September Issue is a fashion documentary based on American Vogue and my fashion Jesus, Anna Wintour. Jerry Oppenheimer’s unauthorised 2005 biography, Front Row: Anna Wintour, Wintour is stated as saying, “You either know fashion or you don’t.” Funnily enough that was my response when I dropped out of my Fashion Promotions Degree at the UCA in 2004.

Why do I think she is cool? Well, she is from England. Lets face it, powerful fashionistas seem to come from this little island. Victoria BeckhamTamara Mellon and Kate Moss (Croydon rules). The list goes on.

Reading about Wintour’s life at this present time. when I am being rejected job interviews because of my lack of fashion experience. I find her shrewd determination inspiring.

The September Issue is out on 9th September. Orange Wednesdays!