I’m a complete sucker for art and photography books (and am very proud of the Bruce Weber ‘Branded Youth’ book I received for my birthday from D – total gobsmacking surprise) but have been wondering why no-one’s done a book celebrating stylists? In my ideal book there would be a profile on my favourite stylists (Venetia Scott, Joe McKenna, Lucinda Chambers, Caroline Baker), alongside pictures of their work, maybe an interview with them and I’d love, love, love to see what their house looks like (although you can see Venetia Scott’s in the current UK Vogue, and very nice it is too).
Well, some of this has been addressed in Sarah Mower’s book, Stylists: The Interpreters of Fashion which comes out on 30th October. Featured stylists include Paul Cavaco, Grace Coddington, Carine Roitfeld, Venetia Scott (yay!) so it should be a goodun.
Another book that is reportedly in the pipeline is one by Alex Michon who was the unsung heroine responsible for The Clash’s styling and quite possibly the person to thank for our unending passion for all things military and punk. Not safety-pins-through-noses punk, but the heartbreaking androgyny of army surplus, boilersuits, overcoats, berets and the like. Michon is apparently working on a book about her time with The Clash and I am hoping to interview her for this blog in the not-too-distant future.
On the subject of biker chic, I was rather taken by these cotton fleece and denim biker jackets at the London Fashion Week exhibition. They are both by My Lovely Jean, a new label from the same stable as American Retro and Zoes Tees. No London stockists as yet but as they’re not due instore til February 08, I’ll do some detective work and report back nearer the time.
Update! My Lovely Jean will be stocked by Asos.com for ss08!
I must say, I felt terribly pleased with myself a few months ago when I unearthed a barely-worn pair of (ahem) Hobbs biker boots circa 2003 from the forgotten depths of my wardrobe. It made a welcome change from the Converse-and-jeans rut I’d unwittingly got myself into. When you spend your days haring around London from one appointment to another in all sorts of weather you can’t really cut it in 4-inch Chloe heels.
Biker boots feel fantastically practical and protective, yet rebelliously cool at the same time. What I have noticed is I’ve been turning up my (straight-legged Nudie) jeans oh-so-slightly in order to show off the buckle, as without that essential detail I could be wearing any old generic work boot. Which makes me wonder, as the biker girl look takes off – witness all the leather jackets and biker boots in magazines and stores from Gap to Burberry –will we see a return to turn-up jeans? Last time we had the turn-up trend it was all about showing off the selvedge seam on your limited edition, uber-rare Japanese denim jeans, and the time before that it was the eighties-copies-the-fifties look channelling Marlon Brando in The Wild One.
As someone who will always champion the androgynous look over anything overtly sexy, I reckon this one’s a goer. After the boyfriend jeans and the high-waisted flare, let’s welcome back the straight-leg turn-up. Keep the turn-up small to elongate the leg and as with any masculine-inspired look, remember to factor in loose, flowy hair, a generous application of eyeliner and a good swipe of lipgloss.
I’ve only just managed to start trawling through the hundreds of catwalk pictures on Vogue.com from the recent spring-summer 08 shows and…what’s this…good-taste clothes from D & G? The show presents a decidedly cool summer student look, all layered sweatshirts with pushed-up sleeves, seventies denim, ethereal dresses and gladiator sandals, a far cry from the usual in-ya-face racy fare we expect from Vicky Beckham’s favourite Latin twosome. Combined with the minimalist make-up and straight good-girl hair, this collection could almost have come from the wholesome runway of Chloe in the Phobe Philo days.