"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different".. Coco Chanel. I shall live and die by this quote. Be who you want to be, not who someone wants you to be, it honestly is the difference between being happy and not. I aim to blog about fashion and all that surrounds it.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Auto Prada

Please do not take this personally Mr Louboutin, your still the only man to bless my sole but I just had to share these 'inventions'. Prada's 2012 Spring collection is rather electrifyingggg, inspired by American classic cars of the fifties theres chrome, 'wings' and 'spoilers' on the new textiles, eyewear, shoes and handbags.  If you're looking for some nice new shoes, I wouldn't say turn to Prada this season, but If your looking for something to totally blow the socks off... this is your stop.


Sunday, 26 February 2012

Loubies have landed!!!!

They're hereeee! It was a very joyous moment this weekend when I met my mum and sister in London this weekend and they brought me my new Lou-boot-ins!!!! The loubie love just keeps growing. They are wonderful, and shall be making a appearance this week at Uni! Now to plan my third purchase, and start saving....

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy was a British fashion photographer, peaking in the 1960’s and 1970’s becoming internationally recognized, as one of the “terrible three”, along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan.

Before 1960, a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual!

On the 9th February 2012 I visited the Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia, Florence to see the exhibition dedicated to Duffy’s photography from the swinging 60’s that was running from the 12th of January through until 25th March. On arrival to the small entrance I paid €7.50, student rate, at the gift shop till and entered through the right hand doors into a spacious maze-esque room. The exhibition had been split into three sections to show Duffy’s best work: Moda (fashion), Volti (Faces), showing people such as Michael Cane, David Bowie and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and finally Denaro (Money), including his adverts for Benson and Hedges. 

Each photograph had been mounted on a plain white wall, at a average height for eye level, with roughly 3feet (minimum) between itself and the next, allowing you to have full appreciation of each one without being distracted by something else. Exactly how it should be to appreciate some of the best British fashion photography.

The exhibition was quiet and very few people were there when I was, allowing you to think and not have people crowding around to try an peer over your shoulder, slowly observing and moving on to the next at your own pace, slowly drifting back in time, wishing that I was there, when such great things we’re shaping history. The collection of photographs were limited, however the legacy of Duffy’s great work is limited due to him deciding to destroy many of his negatives, burning them in his back garden in 1979, like many other infamous artists. *

Although the collections of images were limited, the rest of the museum was filled with photography as far back as can be recorded. With examples, show reels and vintage cameras in glass displays. However, what really interested me was deep in the dark depths at the back of the Dufy exhibition, you follow round a corner to a corridor with a screen built into the wall, with cushioned benches awaiting you to sit and watch a documentary on loop about Duffy himself. In a dark corner, you really felt submerged into the story and life of Duffy with the video around an hour playing on loop for people to trawl across whilst looking around his work. It was a great loss to the Fashion industry when Duffy passed away in 2010 and a even bigger loss that we cannot celebrate his work in a greater way. The exhibition was worth every euro spent.

The Great,   Brian Duffy.

*“If you burn your bridges you’re fucked aren’t you? It’s very exciting, you can’t escape if you’ve burnt your bridges, you are forced into another set of dynamics. If I start thinking about the fucking fire in my garden I’ll go berserk and have a nervous breakdown. Now this story might be an absolute crock of shit and lies, but it’s the way I’ve been able to put it together in my cranium. I came in to start work, and an assistant said to me “We haven’t got any lavatory paper, bog paper, you know toilet paper,” and I said “Oh Yeah,” and he said, “We haven’t got any”… and I thought “I am either going to kill this bloke, or I am going to kill somebody.”
I realised in a flash that I’d ended up where I am, commander-in-chief, managing director, senior partner in charge of the toilet bloody paper.
And that’s when I decided to knock it on the head, and that I would never take another picture. During the course of the morning I decided to burn all my negatives. I was doing it in the garden, and I thought they’d burn like wood shavings, but it’s very difficult to get paper and plastic to burn.
All this bloody smoke going up, and a neighbour phoned the fire brigade and the Council, who came and stopped me. Bailey happened to come round, and he could see what I was doing, and I think he stood there like a spare dick at an Italian wedding, and said “I could look after those for you,” but I said “Don’t bother”, and he went. I felt everything I had to do and say in photography had been done. I suppose later on I wished I’d kept some negs [negatives]. Looking back on odd things we’ve found, I’d love to have known the sequence of prints, only from an historical point of view. You make decisions in one period that you wouldn’t necessarily make in another. But it’s very stimulating to try something new, it’s interesting to be crazy. The one thing I’ve never done is to make a wrong decision as a single entity.”*


Monday, 13 February 2012

Tk maxx

There are times where the TK maxx chain is full of trashy trollop to be quite honest. But at the same time, I must give it it's due... They do have some bloody good bargains at points.
Several times in the past I have stumbled across magnificent bargains that are screaming at me to buy then! And well, you know... Would be rude not to!

Today I was at the Thurrock store and I discovered their vast Gold label collection, Galliano and the like. Some things, well they were still trash but then I saw them. It was love.
A Jean Paul Gaultier orange vest top.. Originally £650... I paid £79.00! And thn a Moschino top, originally £120, I paid £35. I'm sorry but it was just too amazing! Pictures are below, not the best but I'm sure you'll see them styled up soon

TK Maxx, keep doing you thang

B x

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Louboutin's 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

He carries on to be phenomenal time after time and after dedicating his life to our soles with complete soul himself, the time came to release his 20th Anniversary collection, which may I say, is as beautiful as ever and something certainly worth celebrating. The bags and shoes are still rolling out in all their glory and the excitement that fills me, as well as the burning desire to own more, yet now I can pull out my own copy of his book, and reminisce on that November afternoon I met him...

Artemis Paris

 A shoulder strap that could potentially take your eye out, but I have always said looking good does sometimes come at a painful cost.   With a mini Eiffel tower centred on the strap along with the Louvre and other monuments/land marks of Louboutin's home and epicentre of Fashion itself.  

Artemis Plumes
There is nothing better than splashing with colour when it comes to Spring and Summer clothes/accessories. This crocodile skin effect shoulder clutch is just that, with the elongated feathers to one side and bold colours together is a striking bird of paradise. 

Artemis Shoemania
I think it is safe to say, this is much more subtle sophistication. The placement of the gather ruffles is beautiful, especially with his signature red, but with the classy rectangular black clutch, it isn't all crazy, but classy and fun. 

The Troisronds
To sit her and Blog about Loubie but only show bags is Taboo. So, here they are....Red on red, The Troisronds. I would love to slip my feet into these beauties, with the supporting platform and delicate ankle strap, I couldn't possibly go into Summer without them! (Unfortunately, it is probably more than likely that I will..But still!) Stunning to say the least. 

Keeping faithful as always.

B x

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

How BOLD will you go?

 It happened again, creating a questionnaire for my current marketing unit and NET-A-PORTER (http://www.net-a-porter.com/intl/home.nap) has successfully grabbed my attention, to be fair it isn't that hard to distract me. However, the colours and cuts of some of these clothes, well, I don't know how they couldn't distract the least fashion conscious person going. 

Along with the pastels coming through in the up coming season, I also think that it is strongly dominated by bold statements and is going to consist of who will brave the boldest pattern or the brightest shade they can find. 

Now I might have totally lost the plot but at the same time, I think I have just found myself my own fantasy wardrobe and now am going to be fully depressed until I manage to find high street alternatives... I might also want to wait until the freezing temperatures lift a little higher as I think I may just freeze other wise.

So here they are! oooooooh!!!!!!

  Option A                                                                                              
PREEN: £1,025                                                                              
Statement cut out back detail and a phenomenal fuchsia pink. I LOVE THIS! Available with matching trousers...           
Option B
Steve Alan: £330
Double breasted silk blazed, in juicy orange, a little more subtle than the  shocking pink. Another Love.

Prabal Gurung: £965
A little crazy and not my favourite shirt ever, However, this is a piece that I think can be pulled off with either of the above jackets, start bold and get bolder.

Christian Louboutin: £1,165
A little biased your probably thinking but, this embellished strap to Louboutin's shoulder bag is subtle with a splash of elegance and fun. And who doesn't want a bit of fun!? Plus, you can use this for any and every out fit!  (Can I have one yet?!)

Michael Kors: £345
Finally the straight leg trousers to finish of on a plainer note. However, these aren't your usual boring black trousers, they have embellishment down the side seam to keep the bold style running throughout your whole outfit. 

Yves Saint Laurent: £500
But to top the whole outfit, and to finish it off... better then the icing on the cake we need the shoes. These black suede peep-toe YSL pumps are perfect with there shaped heel and small platform.

There are some seriously amazing styles out there at the moment, dipping into sub cultures and feeding all our needs and requirements. This is just a crazy one that I would love to style and shoot.

Do I have any donations? I am a student after all...

I hope I haven't blinded you..

B x