I've seen quite a few of the 2011 summer collections but I've purposely been avoiding posting images of my favourite so early but I saw Nathan Smith's, who is a new designer to me, summer collection and I had to do a blog post on it.
- I like the use of slightly drained out colours;
- I love the fragility of the looks due to their minimalist and flesh revealing style;
- I also like the casual yet sophisticated chicness which I think is down to the shoes.
The beautiful understated look on the left is from Urban Outfitters website, and the two images on the right are from an unknown lookbook I posted images of in 2009 which I feel fits in with Urban Outfitters casual, trendy looks.
"I have not spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man." - Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher.
Every woman needs at least one pair of ridiculously high heels? :)
The first image of what should be a dark grey wrap cardigan, I bought from COS a long time ago and never got round to wearing it, but I plan to wear it this a/w with the dark blue waisted belt, leggings and brogues or boots. I found, amongst other designers, Margaret Howell's fall collection inspirational when it come's to wearing the new it item, the high-waisted belt.
I love seeing street style looks taken off runways, or is it the other way round? The top image on the right is from Chloe's spring 2010 collection which I briefly mentioned in a past blog post about how it was a designer trend for this a/w -you can view the post HERE.
I like the idea of wearing a sheer or lace skirt with shorts underneath, but I don't think I have enough confidence to wear it as a daily look plus I'm not as grungy as I used to be. I would probably attempt the look if I were to go to a gig, a festival, or If I was living in a hot country (minus the boots).
Not quite autumn/winter looks, particularly for a British a/w, but the looks could be reinterpreted by replacing shorts with; jeans/tapered trousers/wool skirt with tights/shorts with thick cotton tights, but I guess even then you'll probably have to add a coat, a pair of gloves and/or a scarf over the whole look hence the top, right image.
"Cluelessness is the mother of invention." -Lorelai Gilmore
The work of Antonio Ysursa; there were so many images I would have liked to add to this post but I think the above images do enough justice to his work. The lyrics of the song below featured on Ysursa's website as one of a few soundtracks to his work, and Simon and Garfunkel are one of my favourite 60s/70s musicians.
Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you
"Be unique, because you are different.. but don't be different for the sake of being unique." -Carine Roitfeld.
The runway look is actually from Nicholas K's SS 2011 collection; this year I've been really into soft colours particularly when combined with other soft colours.
I did a post ages ago in which I was completely amazed by the above street style image of the guy in predominately all grey taken by Scott Schuman; blue, grey, black and boots for winter is a very safe can't-go-wrong combination.
I personally prefer smaller backpacks over larger ones even though it technically defeats the purpose of a backpack, but the above images show how big and small backpacks can look really good worn with anything really.
"Life is a journey, not a destination. We determine our destiny by the direction we take." -Carine Roitfeld
I'm not a fan of the Manic Street Preachers but I would nominate them for having some of the best art work for their album covers. The above image is for their new album, Postcards From a Young Man; the man pictured is actor Tim Roth.
The look pictured on the right of both sets of images are from COS's autumn/winter collection which has been perfectly put together on Isabelle's blog HERE and HERE. I'm not a huge fan of the looks for the collection except for the two looks I've including in this post. When I blogged about wanting to get leather gloves I hope you all didn't think they would look like the one's featured in COS's a/w collection.
I also like the two blogger images on the left; I need to find the perfect coat to get over my infatuation with coats but in the mean time I'll just be drooling over coats I can't have.
Apart from the cold, the worst part about winter is how it gets dark early.
I knew the Louis Vuttion dresses/skirts would feature everywhere this season simply because they enable magazine editors to provide readers with what they want which is to see more volumptious/curvaceous figures in magazines, which has been the case for some magzines whereas others I can only guess photoshop was first resort.
Sometimes men who are clearly into fashion can irritate me (don't worry I'm easily irritated) particularly when they crave attention for it, but I think that also relates to women too. Somewhere indescribable, there is a middle ground which you can just tell where that lies when you observe the fashion style of other people. The beauty of style is that, that boundary is always being pushed when you see somebody trying something new yet not looking like other people...anyway that's my scrabbled view of the week. :)
A young woman with other places to go stopped briefly and passed only one comment. "Why he looks like a toad" she said. Forgive me you are mistaken, he's not a toad but a frog, and don't you know that frogs turn into Princes.
"At this Homeric time, the Sea was not navigable and was called Axenos (inhospitable) because of its wintry storms and the ferocity of the tribes that lived around it, they sacrificed strangers….but later, it was called Euxeinus, friendly to strangers” Strabo.
Sat in the crowd the girl radiated the luminosity of her youth. But the weight of her place had already set her expression.
H&M fall 2010 ad campaign alongside a pair of their fall 2010 chelsea style shoe boots. I first saw the boots by Scorett worn by Caroline from Carolines Mode (click the link to see the boots worn) and I instantly wanted a pair, plus they were in my favourite colour.
Converse are timeless and I like the disheveled look of the street style image taken by Vanessa Jackman. The above two boots, U.O and Novita, are expensive but they are worth every penny particularly as they won't age (style wise). My tip would be to make sure any boots you get are real leather because they last a lot longer since they are stronger, so you get your money's worth.
Doesn't the look on the left remind you of Olivia Palmero? I like how the sleeves of her blazer are rolled-up.
Looks by Stella McCartney
The model above reminds me of Annabelle Dexter-Jones, the model for most of Charlotte Ronson's lookbooks. I do like the above looks, especially the hats which are perfectly elegant and feminine; like the cherry on the cake.
Looks by Marni
I completely loved the above two looks; the combination of grey, black, brown, the polka dot scarf and the coats.
Looks by Sonia Rykiel
Autumn/winter looks have to look and feel comfortable and warm hence my love of Sonia Rykiel's collection!
Left: Sonia Rykiel; Right: Chloe
I'd love more collections to feature flat shoes for the new modern woman who doesn't want to be obligated to wearing high heels. My tip is to reinterpret designer looks by replacing heels with another type of shoe with a less painful heel, such as boots or loafers, and you can now buy feminine boots such as THESE rather than big chunky army style boots.
Left: Chloe; Right: Celine
I like the colours in Chloe's collection and I want a big black leather bag to fit the whole world in. :)
"It is about style, not fashion. Fashions come and go, but style is forever." -YSL
The above looks are taken from some of the latest and old pre-fall 2010 looks on style.com.
I've been disconnected from the internet lately but I went to visit a new art gallery in Nottingham called Nottingham Contemporary, and it is definitely worth visiting if you ever visit the city!