21 Sep 2010

Things I like at the moment

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1. Fashion week street style.

Everyone seems to make more of an effort during fashion week, even if it just means wearing skyscraper heels instead of flats. If you live in one of the major fashion cities, it's not hard to get snapped if you wear the right clothes and hang round the right places, easier still if you're with the right people. And so every fashionista worth her new season Alexa bag and Burberry aviator jacket dresses up in the best of her best clothes and parades around waiting to be photographed, much to my delight. Fashion week street style has a huge influence on what people will be wearing for the rest of the season. It susses out what is wearable from last seasons shows, shoves in any new up-and-coming trends which have emerged and grown since, and mixes it up with some pretty wicked personal style to boot.

2. Rachel Antonoff's Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

Quite often, my favourite collections are those smaller, less well-known labels, with more reasonable prices. Those who show presentations rather than catwalk shows. Rachel Antonoff showed her 'slumber party' presentation in a New York apartment and had me drooling over every piece. Vintage inspired gingham and floral dresses with sailor collars, button-down shirts tied at the waist frilly ankle socks spoke right to my heart.

3. Peter Pan collars.
Ahh peter pan collars, how I love thee. On dresses and on blouses, these cute collars instantly make an item of clothing appeal more to me. They seem to be all over the spring/summer catwalks ... pictured here at Charles Anastase and featured in collections by Band of Outsiders and Mulberry amongst others. It must be the vintage connection that appeals to me - some of my favourite vintage finds feature a prim little peter pan collar - but it looks like my favourite collar is about to go main stream.

4. Creative lookbooks.
It's all very well to make beautiful clothes and have an interesting website and minimal yet beautiful stores. But what really makes a brand stand out for me is when they produce a stand-out lookbook. Take this lookbook by Talula - stunning high contrast photographs, featuring scattered flower petals and floral crowns. The clothes aren't always the main focus of the images - in fact, they're not even visible in some shots of the flowers alone on the wooden floorboards- but this series of images makes me want to wear Talula clothes. These lookbooks, whether they are in print or online, suggest a lifestyle to go with the clothes. And if you like the look of the lifestyle, chances are that you will want to buy the clothes that they are selling.

5. Alexa Chung for Madewell 'Margot' skirt.
Gosh, I want this skirt. I really, really want this skirt. Even if Madewell shipped to this country, it has sold out online and is way out of my price range. And there are none on ebay. What is it about this skirt which makes me crave it so? My friend, Ness has a really similar skirt that I have had my eye on for a while. It's more a beige colour that the Margot, and it has little buttons down the front (which I love), but it is more or less the same length and shape, and it has those beautiful pleats. The Margot skirt reminds me of my friends, with the added bonus that it was designed by Alexa. This skirt could be worn with anything in my wardrobe. Heeled lace up ankle boots, or flat brogues. Casual tee shirts, or cotton button up shirts. Long granddad cardigans, or short boxy knits. I need this skirt in my life!

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6. Cosy, lived-in, bohemian decorating inspiration.
My ideal home would be a modestly sized countryside abode, complete with sprawling fields, chicken coop and vegetable patch. The inside of the cottage would be a labyrinth of rooms, with small unexpected staircases, wooden floorboards and original beamed ceilings. All of the furniture would be old -not necessarily antiques, but old and loveworn- and each room would have a vague colour scheme. The lounge would be a mixing pot of reds, browns and creams. Couches would be big enough to drift off to sleep on, piled up with layers of cosy patterned blankets and large suede and faux fur cushions. Sheepskin and frayed pattered rugs would cover up the floor boards. Tiffany lamps would be placed on carved wooden coffee tables and interesting ornaments would sit beside them. The overall ambience would be homely, warm and welcoming.

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7. Film photography.
I can't get enough of the 35mm camera that my boyfriend's dad gave me. I am now compiling a list of other analogue cameras that I want/need. I love the gritty, raw feel of film. Digital is too polished, too perfect. You don't get accidents in digital photography, you get infinite chances to perfect the same photograph. With film, you are limited to how many shots you have. It's these inperfections and accidental shots which have reignited my love of film.

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8. Full length skirts.
Another skirt that I really want in my Autumn/Winter wardrobe is a plain jersey maxi, in either black or dark navy blue. Teamed with silk blouses or cosy jumpers, this skirt is the ultimate comfy yet stylish piece for this season. I'm yet to find the perfect skirt - one like this one pictured, that doesn't cling, but falls perfectly.

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9. Velvet dresses.
A velvet dress (a bright blue one would be perfect) with a little white lace collar is number one on my winter wish list. I would dress it down for day time with a thick woolly scarf, wool tights and flat brogues; or dress it up for night time with the highest heels that I could manage. I had a bit of a velvet kick last winter - notable a mini skirt and a capelet - and this Christmas it is going to be back with a vengence!

10. Topshop Unique coat.
If only I had £300 to spare .... I have craved this coat since first gazing at photographs of it being shown in London Fashion Week back in February. The luscious brown leather oversized duffle fastenings, the gorgeous cream shearling detailing. The perfect length. I see myself wearing this coat with brown lace-up heeled ankle boots, cream opaque tights and a little dress underneath. I'd have the hood pulled up, low over my eyes and a huge smile on my face.


  1. Such a lovely post to read! I went style-spotting at Paris Fashion Week last season and it was such a crazy experience! I definitely know what you mean about people making more of an effort ;) Speaking of pretty lookbooks, did you see the decorations and invites for Mulberry this year? So beautiful. xx

  2. This is a lovely post and it must have taken you ages!
    I'm obsessed with Peter Pan collars too. Can't get enough of them! I love velvet dresses too. I have a fitted one from last year but I want to get something more wearable during the day as well!
    The one in the picture is perfect xxx

  3. So many of these things are on my own "things I like" list too. I'm sure a skirt similar to the Margot one wouldn't be too hard to find in a thrift store etc. *fingers crossed*

  4. The Alexa Chung Madewell skirt is sooo beautiful! I saw it in the store when it first came out. I did actually see "Never Let Me Go". It's weird, for all its darkness, I couldn't help but feel as though I'd fallen into the Secret Garden! It was beautifully done, but it really does leave a pit in your stomach towards the end. they also stayed pretty true to the book, which is something not often done anymore!


  5. I live in New York, and the film has been released in a couple theatres here! If you can not see it until January, it is still worth the wait. But perhaps you can find it online soon?


  6. Great post! That topshop coat is gas... dunno what to make of it! But I feel I want it! Now. Unforto 300 - chaaa chiiiing too pricey!