FOUND! The detachable collar that wont swivel!

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Thanks to Keep It Chic I have discovered a new fashion term. A ‘topping’ is apparently the name of these switcheroo collars that have a bit of extra fabric to keep them in place. The word ‘topping’ came from CeCe Toppings‘ founder Jamie Turquie; “it’s the top of the shirt. The word ‘dickey* was so unattractive that it automatically put off so many people. Topping sounds so much prettier, don’t you think?” Continue reading

Firenze4Ever Part 3: Ready, steady, shoot!

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A bit like a fashiony take on Ready Steady Cook, the concept of the Firenze4Ever Style Lab is you get given your ingredients – the team (model Seo, photographer Gianluca, assistant Carlotta) plus a delicious spread of the AW11 collections for you to whizz up a (hopefully) delicious, sartorial concoction. Against the clock, you prep, style and art direct your shoot before editing down to a final selection. Continue reading

From the vaults: Rainbow rollergirls

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One of my oldest shoots, these pictures* were taken on a freezing November day in an Epping airfield. I don’t remember the exact year, but definitely over ten years ago. We had been invited to submit a shoot for a Japanese exhibition and the photographer had an idea. “I thought we could do nudes.” Continue reading

Vassar Girls

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LCF sent me its MA fashion journalism newspaper last week and I couldn’t put down Rebecca Tuite’s story about the ‘Vassar Girl’ look (the female Ivy League look, if you will). The Vassar Girl look was epitomised by an unofficial uniform of Bermuda shorts, Brooks Brothers shirts, twinsets, Shetland sweaters, loafers and knee socks. Continue reading

Jeepers creepers

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Love em, hate em, whatever, they’ll be around for a while. Brothel creepers that is. Joe Casely-Hayford has updated the cult John Moore boots for SS11, adding a small creeper sole to add an inch of height, while Prada’s SS11 chunky ‘flatform’ creeper-esque shoes tipped them into the mainstream. Continue reading

Dandy Girls

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[Runway images: Jason Wu AW11]

Reiss’s pieces

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Just before Christmas, Reiss asked me to take part in their guest stylist programme. They gave me free rein in their fashion cupboard (ie, the entire flagship store – whoop!) and let me dress my model in a mash-up of menswear and womenswear (and some of my own tat ‘archive’ bits). Reiss’s own Jonathan Weatherley shot the pictures in their studio, Sonia Bhogal did the make-up and I was thrilled with my model, Hirschy from Select. Don’t you love her intense eyebrows and Mean Girls stare?

Most of the clothes are sold out now or in the sale. The camel men’s coat is in the sale for £142 and it’s a really beautiful coat! The red shoes are by Underground shoes who incidentally just did the shoes for the Thierry Mugler menswear show

I was lucky to get Hirschy when I did as she jetted off home to Australia for the holidays the next day. But I did manage a quick fire Q&A with her first…
Favourite photographers?
Mert & Marcus, Camilla Akrans and Mario Sorrenti 

Favourite shoot?
A brilliant shoot I did with Tank magazine for Liberty – in a completely bizarre set with a load of random  props. It was like a crazy jungle!
Favourite designers?
Zimmermann for their vibrant coloured swimwear, Sass & Bide for their cut-out stuff and Acne for the shoes.
Can you recommend any Australian shops?
In Melbourne I like mostly vintage shops. I’ve bought heaps of stuff from Lion in Love on Brunswick Street – I still wear the little black wedges I bought there years ago.

Hirschy is with Select

Ines de la Fressange’s style guide

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I know everyone raves about Carine and Emmanuelle but I do love the classic, untampered-with style of Ines de la Fressange, don’t you? Yes? Well good because she’s just about to publish her book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. From what I can gather, the book – which comes out in April – follows the standard prescriptive format of any style guide, minus the cringy Trinny & Susannah-type bad photography and styling. This book very sweetly features Ines modelling alongside her daughter Nine d’Urso de la Fressange (who I notice has a bit of the Natalie Portmans about her). Instead of badly lit studio shots, we have these paparazzi-meets-street-style snaps of mother and daughter in similar but different outfits to illustrate such wardrobe classics as the ‘mariniere‘, the trench coat, the white shirt and so on. Apparently the book also features Ines’ drawings, home and lifestyle tips and her Paris address book.

Ines and Nine in action… werk that hair, girls!




Nine d’Urso de la Fressange

While we’re on the subject, Ines’ Chanel ss11 campaign has finally dropped. If you get your magnifying glass out, you might *just* be able to make out Ines on the right of the picture below, gazing at Baptiste. No? Hmm, you’ll just have to take my word for it then…

UPDATED 5th April: OK, weirdly, the UK version of the book doesn’t have the Ines pictures, only the Nine ones but the book is still a brilliant buy if you want a fashion handbook that is a guide to Ines-like French style.
[Parisian Chic]

Quote of the day

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“Stylists are facilitators. They channel energy, they pick up on trends way before they happen on the catwalk. They’re the key people in the industry who have something to say.”
Caryn Franklin on Fashion Creator of the Year, Nicola Formichetti

From the fashion cupboard

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A selection of Cutler & Gross Vintage and ss11 sunglasses I called in for a shoot. I have four pairs of Cutler & Gross, the quality is excellent as they are all handmade. I’m seeing so much of these green and yellow ‘Marni colours’ at the ss11 press days – I love it!

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