Kirsten Owen in no make-up make-up, smiling and having a cheeky fag on the cover of Vogue Italia. In a plain black jumper. No coverlines. Just fantastic, no? (from September 1997, by Steven Meisel…)
I’m so thrilled for Rebecca C. Tuite who has just published her book, Seven Sisters Style (Rizzoli, £22.50). I stumbled across her site a while ago, when she linked to a blog post I wrote about Vassar Girls. She later emailed to let me know she was working on this very book.
If you loved Take Ivy, you could consider this the female version, but it’s so much more than a photo book. Taking us through the origins and evolution of female preppy style, via the elite ‘Seven Sisters’ American universities, we learn about feminism, sportswomanship, denim etiquette, prom chic and the big business of selling campus style to the masses.
If you’re a fashion scholar, a style enthusiast, or simply a lover of collegiate dressing, this is a beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched and intellectually nourishing read. As I sat in my turn-up indigo jeans, navy cashmere crew neck, white ankle socks and oxblood Bass Weejuns, I devoured every page…
What a surprise to see a Nigel Shafran shoot in Vogue. And styled by Joe McKenna too. Shafran’s last Vogue shoot was 21 years ago and he has brought his quiet observational style to the the UK title with this ode to consumerism (beating Karl to the punch), shot in the temples of Vuitton, Chanel and Celine on Avenue Montaigne… Continue reading
I love this combo of long and long on The Sartorialist. We’re so used to the oversized boxy silhouette that this looks different and sweet.
I also just noticed the Vuitton bag. I’ve recently fallen back in love with the classic Vuitton monogram used in the most simple context and you can’t beat a functional cross-body bag.
Woah, why is everyone in fashion obsessed with Normcore and Acting Basic? These anti-fashion trends could be a reaction to the street-style/overdressing circus, or maybe we’re just tired of agonising over how we look. Plus, sometimes basic Gap tees and Fruit Of The Loom sweats can look as good as clean, serene Celine (well, almost). Continue reading
We’re not even two weeks in and it’s already shaping up to be another good year for sneaker heads.
First, the surprise appearance of trainers (in thrice waxed leather or white velvet!) at Tom Ford’s AW14 menswear presentation. In fact the whole Tom Ford collection was casualised (below), so posh trainers aren’t too out of place…
Ahhh beaches and discos, my two favourite things. I love love love Massimo Vitali‘s cult photo book, Beach & Disco, perfect for perusing at this time of year while envying the likes of Marc Jacobs frolicking on the sands of St Bart’s and other beachy New Year destinations. Here’s Marc wearing his Orlebar Brown swimming shorts which depict their very own Massimo Visali-esque scene (thanks What’s-He-Wearing-nee-00o00 for the heads up)…