Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rebel Rebel: The Students of Burgess Hill

The Daily Mail posted some cool archival footage of Burgess Hill, an experimental 1960s British boarding school that let students do whatever they wanted.

What I was most struck by, however, was the pupils' killer style. Motorcycle leather, black sweaters, and brightly-coloured skirts make for a mod look soaked in teen rebellion.

Can't you see some indie fashion mag using this as fashion-spread fodder?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Come Fly(away) With Me

Of all the beauty trends popping up on the fall runways, my favourite favourite favourite is messy hair. Not faux-messy "beachy waves" but hair with real flyaways. As a girl who can never manage to keep her hair salon-perfect for more than about 20 seconds, I fully support this.

Pictured above (left to right): Burberry Prorsum, Derek Lam, Rag and Bone)
Pictured below: Guess whose disgusting hair is suddenly trendy?

After all, who can manage to keep their hair pristine when there's dancing to do?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Super-Belated NYFW Trend Roundup!

So New York KILLED IT this season. Here are the trends that I can't wait to try:

Tiered/Layered Skirts:

Eye-catching but super versatile. Tadashi Shoji showed a romantic take on the look with light-weight tiers, while others, like Thom Browne, took the trend to an edgier place. The best part of this trend is that you can recreate it with the clothes you already have (read: I'm excited about this because I'm a poor student between semi-paying internships). Just throw on a mini dress over a maxi skirt and you have a Tse-inspired ensemble.

From the looks of things, leather is going to be EVERYWHERE this fall. Go hardcore in head-to-toe leather like Cushnie et Ochs' maxi dress or try a basic piece with leather trim, like Charlotte Ronson's sporty jacket.

Full Skirts:
More "Sandy at the beginning of Grease" than "Sandy in the final scene of Grease?" Full, below-the-knee skirts were all over the runways. Pair a full-skirted dress with grungey combat boots as seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs or eschew the man-repelling aesthetic in favour of Naeem-Khanish voluminous dress, statement earrings and heels combo.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

FW12: The Best of the First

Chadwick Bell:
Semi-wearable and super-fun. I'm seriously in love with the long-sleeved feather-bottomed maxi dress. Chadwick Bell's girl this season isn't screaming "look at me," but somehow you can't help but stare.

This collection was full of great basic-but-still-fashiony pieces, and the overall aesthetic was totally badass.

10 Derek Crosby:
Manic pixie dream girl meets Rachel Zoe. Playful but not over the top.

Which shows have been your favourite so far?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Inspiration: Soft and Romantic

Maybe it's the fact that Valentine's is getting closer (the perfect excuse to watch cheesy romantic movies and binge on candy) (I didn't mean for that to sound so "tragic but plucky single girl in a romantic comedy") (I sure use a lot of parentheses) or maybe I've been spending too much time staring at spring's floaty couture confections on Style.com, but I've been craving over-the-top purely pretty fashion and beauty lately.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Couture Cheat Sheet: Armani Prive

In five words: Sleek, reptilian, vaguely late 90's?
Highlights: That one AMAZING sparkly green gown, slick skirts cut above the knee
Who'll wear it: Cooler-than-thou socialites, maybe show attendee Jessica Chastain

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Inspiration: Reppin' the Great North

One of my favourite Canadian models (Coco Rocha, duh) in one of my favourite Canadian magazines (Flare).
Doesn't this image make you want to break out all of your white clothes? Very mod meets mad scientist.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Alexis Mabille's Spring/Summer 2012 Couture Will Make You Want to Sprout a Flower from Your Head

At least if you're me, that is.

Can I just say how glad I am that the couture shows are here? Time to kick off the fun fashion weeks! Men's fashion is so not as exciting.

As done to death as the whole solid-colour-face-painting thing is (see: fall's Viktor and Rolf), I like the makeup and gigantic floral head puffs in this collection. Maybe they detract from the clothes a bit, but the entire effect is dreamy and gorgeous so it's so worth it.

Anyway, once I stopped FREAKING OUT about the amazing hats, I noticed the cool cut of the blazer/dress thing on the left. It's sort of like the laid-back cousin of an eighties power suit?

Other notable looks were that killer yellow suit (I love the colour), a Glinda the good witch dress and the bold metallic frock that I really hope someone, somewhere wears to an awards show so US Weekly can hate it and I can love it.

There were a few misses in the collection, though:

It's not that these dresses are bad, but they just don't look as luxurious as couture should be. Plus, the pink dress is just a little too Legally Blonde for me to take it seriously,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Prints and Me

Fact: January is the gloomiest month EVER. Why not spice up the long cold days by breaking out the bold prints?

Head-to-toe prints are decidedly not for wallflowers, but you can tone the craziness and Man Repeller factor of the look down a bit by sticking to neutral accessories and simple cuts. A single printed piece, like a maxi dress, is also easier to pull off than a blazer and pants combo.

Would you dare to wear an all-over print?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crazy Charm Bracelets? Treat Yo Self

Growing up, I was the girliest girl in the world. Barbies, tea sets, and baby dolls were my favourite toys. So while I'm a total feminist and way supportive of gender role bending, I never really got the appeal of "boy" toys like race cars. I remember trying to play Hot Wheels with these kids I baby-sat and the kids yelling at me because apparently giving the cars unique personality traits and making them talk to each other is not actually how you play with toy cars.

But this crazy charm bracelet from PoniesofDooom (Is that a bronies thing? I don't understand bronies.) on Etsy has helped me to see matchbox cars' appeal.

(Okay, you can't even see the matchbox car in this picture, making the intro of this post seem really random)

I'd be tempted to try and DIY my own, but I'm a procrastinator when it comes to crafting, so I'd probably end up accumulating a pile of small toys and just letting it sit there. And then one day someone would find my weirdo stack of matchbox cars and be freaked out.

The good news is it's only $27, which is really not that much considering it GLOWS IN THE DARK.

Oh, there's the car.

Do you think this bracelet's cool? Would you make your own instead? And if you do, can you send me one?

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Channel your inner angsty teen in graphic tees, random layers, and the occasional vintage wedding gown.