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Monday, 29 October 2007

American Retro - The French show us how to be American!

American Retro is a Parisian brand offering a unique insight into French style; I'm loving the juxtaposed brand name! Their style - daily Parisian chic...with that little extra "je ne sais quoi!" Parisian's have an inimiatble and envied style, so it is a true gift to find it incapsulated in American Retro's collection. Be in awe of their website and pay a visit to one of their boutiques the next time you visit Paris.

Erdem...where have you been hiding?

Erdem is a name I've seen floating around several magazines recently. I'd never heard of this fashion brand before, therefore further investigation was required. Their website is a revelation. It showcases an eclectic mix of shape and style and makes me yearn for summer as the U.K.'s dark nights draw in. The hints of colour, bold prints and mix of fabrics offer everything that appeals to me in a collection. I have been unable to find an online stockist yet but on their website is a list of their above ground stores. Keep your eye on Erdem, I feel a bright future beckons...or maybe just a hint of colour.

FrostFrench - The delights of the online boutique.

FrostFrench has always been a brand with top celebrity credentials. Sadie Frost, ex-wife of Jude Law, is the brand's co-founder and Kate Moss famously got down to her FF knickers for one of their fashion shows. FrostFrench is so much more than a celebrity favourite. Their looks are relatively affordable, while still maintaining a strong sense of originality, effortlessly fusing the contemporary with the traditional. So, in my world, Sadie Frost and Jemima French are more than "the celebrity's friend", they are a true up-and-coming design duo.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Space NK - Beauty becomes beautiful.

There are posts to come from my Barcelonian experience but here is something that has caught my eye since my return. Space NK are producing their own beauty range, which would add more than a hint of coolness to any bathroom or dressing table. I adore the design value that these products offer. This is my problem; sometimes the "value for money" ethic behind beauty products is lost on me. "Is it pretty to look at?", tends to be my first question, "Does it work?", tends to be my second...so wrong! Well apparently these products work and look beautiful; everything I require!

Friday, 26 October 2007

¡Ya he vuelto! - awe inspiring Barcelona.

Barcelona was beautiful. I saw the sity by bici and foot and now my bones feel as if they are made of dust! (Click on any of the images above to enlarge) Let the posting recommence...

Sunday, 21 October 2007

A few days in Barcelona...

...so no posts for a few days while I pound the streets of one of my favourite cities. I shall take a plethora of photos and look out for any random fashion cool, which I know there will be in abundance!

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Missoni - An awe inspiring ad campaign.

I know that we are now well into the winter season but these ads by Missoni still slightly take my breath away each time I see them. The idea behind the campaign is so simple, yet effective. I adore the purple hue, exaggerated angles and beautiful use of shadow. Missoni becomes so much more than a bold print.

Tatty Devine gets bloody.

Tatty Devine is getting bloody...ready for Halloween. Have your name-necklace personalised, in dripping blood style, ready for October 31st. What I love about Tatty Devine is how they quirkily publicise their products. I adore this comic style storyboard and despite not being a huge fan of the necklaces (slime green not really being my colour), I am drawn to the product. Also take a look at the new Dark Stages collection here.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

American Apparel does Halloween and gets a thank-you from me.

Following my recent ranting post about American Apparel, I must add that they kindly did refund my item last week, easing my AA woes! Here is some appreciation for the AA brand. With Oct 31st quickly approaching, American Apparel have offered us some great costume solutions. Be you favourite fashion icon or film star with the great inspirational outfit finder. Such a quirky yet simple idea - AA redeems itself!

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Pushing Daisies...a visual delight.

Pushing Daisies is a gem of a show on the US ABC network. I never feel compelled to blog about television shows but Pushing Daisies is so visually stunning, it has to be commented upon. It is filmed in the vein of Amelie and is a concentrated bubble of colour à la Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory but it is the fashion that blows me away. Anna Friel's character is a impeccable style icon, dressed to perfection in each scene. There are no screen shots that accurately depict this fact but I assure you, watch and you will agree. The plotline - genius! but I shall not give it away. I am not sure when Pushing Daisies will grace British screens but there are plenty of places to "share" it and lots of You Tube clips. See ABC's show site here and glimpse into the fairytale world of the Piemaker.

Vivienne Westwood - Historically Organic.

This little one speaks for itself. Vivienne Westwood's designs blow me away. Coggles are stocking what I can only consider my dream dress, below (if it weren't for the price tag of £2,555!). But it is Miss. Westwood's new add campaign that has caught my attention. She has channeled her inner cave woman and made a very organic, back to basics set of print adds, with a personal appearance to boot. I adore the unusual use of bones as accessories and the "minimal" dirt make-up. Fashion must be fun and Vivienne Westwood's tongue-in-cheek viewpoint is so refreshing. Feast your eyes on what Vivienne has to offer here and start some serious penny pinching now!

How cool do you have to be to get away with "unusual" headwear...?

...the answer is easy VERY COOL. I have headwear issues. Even when I ski I feel uncomfortable in my woolly hat. It may be my asymetrical ears or misshapen head but more likely it is the attention that headwear can bring. Sometimes it is unwanted, people misunderstand your fashion choice. Sometimes it is appreciative, a mutual love of the "different". I would looovvve to be cool enough to get away with these looks below but my fashion courage (and more importantly my self-esteem) aren't that high yet! If you are brave enough check out Urban Outfitters looks here. When my braveness arrives I shall post some celebratory photos!

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Hidden Art - Fashion Finds

I often find it hard to find a truly original piece of jewellery, something no-one else will have. Hidden Art has offered me a possible accessories haven. They sell original pieces by a variety of designers that have to be unique, special or distinctive. They have many sections but the jewellery has to be my favourite, especially the Frida Kahlo inspired hand earrings and the Virgin Mary brooch selection - so weird, so different! See all the delights on offer here.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Laura McCafferty - illustrative fashion.

Illustrative design is one of my favourite artistic media, so I was bowled away by Laura McCafferty's stand at 100% Design. Laura creates beautiful textile artworks that aren't shown in their true glory via the pixelated screen. I love individual pieces translated into 3D art forms, especially the red military trench. Check out Laura's unique vision here.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Melanie Haarhaus - finding that essential element of fun in fashion.

Melanie Haarhaus' aim is to find individuality in a truly complex world. She definitely succeeds with her truly unique designs...all injected with a sense of humour. Her website explains,

We live in a confusingly complex world. Every individual, incident or item presents itself in a different manner to different observers. Viewed from one angle a facet may shine all the brighter, while from another it will disappear into the shadows.

I adore the ironic and iconic "Hello from Moscow" brooch above - a true feeling of fun can define fashion for me. Melanie's humour is evident in her bio; coming from a small Bavarian town of 30 inhabitants, she says how disappointed she was to discover, "not one dwarf among them!" See more of Melanie's fantasies become jewellery here.