Monday, 16 May 2011

Brands that Inspire 1

This brand is all about sexy androgyny, lots of tailored jackets and closely fitted shirts. To give you an idea of how cool the brand is, Pete Doherty has just agreed to collaberate with them and design a collection. It;'s also not that pricey, i got my black smoking jacket on sale for about 160 quid which isn't too bad considering   it's an investment piece that i'll have forever.
The London store has recently opened on Kings' Road. EVERYONE GO VISIT IT!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Braided T strap top [Ont2888] - $128 : Pixie Market, Fashion-Super-Market

Braided T strap top [Ont2888] - $128 : Pixie Market, Fashion-Super-Market

We all love a bit of Androgny

How the models do androgyny

And how I do it.
This is my latest outfit up on lookbook. Comprised of a Kooples smoking jacket, black american apparel high waisted jeans, american apparel shirt, asos cuban heel boots and a bowtie nicked from my unsuspecting brother. Will have to keep it on the low that I somehow managed to break it... And of course the finishing touch, a cigarette dangling out of my mouth or in my hand.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

My new love affair

I know it's really unoriginal but I just couldn't help taking it. I've always wanted a dslr and this one's so pretty. It'll probably take me more a few months to learn how to use it, bit of a technophobe but i'm looking fun to playing around. 

My Recent Inspiring Travels

For anyone who hasn't PLEASE PLEASE GO TO SOUTH AMERICA. Patagonia in Argentina is the most beautiful place that I've ever been, and I like to pride myself on having seen quite a few countries. The countryside of Argentina has a traditional romance because of the gauchos (the Argentine equivalent of cowboys) that seem to be stuck in a time warp. Their traditional dress is a billowing shirt, colourful sash, baggy "gaucho trousers" and bright hats that look like oversized berets. I was lucky enough to be staying on a ranch called Ranquilco (though it came at a price) and so got to live amongst these fascinating people who do everything on horseback, shoot pumas and are capable of drinking bottles of whisky at a time.

Sipping "mate", the Argentine equivalent of coffee. Have scolding hot and with some sugar.

A ranch inspired photo shoot by Mario Testino. 

But for those wanting creative inspiration Buenos Aires, Rio and Havana are the places to go.

Buenos Aires

                       On a graffitti tour or "street art" in Buenos Aires.  It's rife and sure makes buildings look a hell of a lot more interesting than in London. Not that they need to, the city is full of derelict but picturesque old colonial buildings. I had many day dreams of one day owning one, and swanning around in a silk dressing gown with Mein Heir blaring off my balcony... I've probably seen Cabaret way too many times.


Though we only got to stay three days in Rio, it was enough for me to fall completely in love with it. Ipanema Beach was ideal for lying around watching the glamorous Brazilians strutting around in those bikinis that only they can pull off.

Above: The view of the Sugar Lump Mountain
Below: The View from the historic part St Theresa, accessible by an ancient tram, of a favela.

The Lapa steps in the bohemian area of Rio, this is the only place in Brazil where smoking weed is legal, on Friday nights from 8 until 12. Utterly bizarre. 


Hemmingway got his inspiration sipping mojitos and daquiris in Havana. How could one not be inspired watching archaic and once grand 1950's American automobiles used by the Cubans in modern day as taxis. The fact that we were in a Communist country only sank in when my friend Issy and I were were on the rooftop of the Casa Particular that we were living in, and could see a huge fire burning all day and all night of a power plant. Issy joked that it looked like the eye of Mordor, it certainly gave the same omnious feeling. 

Shocked as I was by the outdated law that Americans can't go to Cuba, I couldn't help but feel relieved. After the tourist trap that was Cancun, serious mistake in going there, it was nice to be in a place with so few tourists, even in the hotel area. I fear that if the current Communist system does eventually fall that Cuba will go back to the American whore den that it used to be, exploited for drugs and tourists by a cascading wave of Americans. Though even that may be preferable to the crumbling buildings and grim faces of the Cubans that comes from the hard toil that is socialism.

Photographers I adore 1, Ellen Von Unwerth

With the emergence of entertainment such as Burlesque underwear as outerwear, luxury lingerie brands such as Myla and Agent Provocateur the modern fashion industry has been sexed up and I think that due credit should go to the fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. So much of her work is amazing but here are a few favourite photos. She's kooky and naughty once stating "I love all the old photos- of spanking and Betty Page and corsets. But you can't do spanking in fashion, so I wanted to do a project where I could really let go and get girls who also love those things". Just too cool!

"Women are not just there to be admired, they're there to be enjoyed"


My debut into the world of fashion blogging

As Mary Schmidt said in her essay "Wear Sunscreen" (which everyone should read by the way) "my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience", this blog is just my opinions on inspiring fashion people and places, I'll probably have some political rants on here along the way. I hope you enjoy it whether you have stumbled across this accidentally or are genuinely interested in a dazed and confused nineteen's views on things.