I Forgot – I do that a lot!! + Update


(Wearing: Ann D jacket, Vivienne Westwood tee, Topshop jeans)
Obviously this isn’t the post I planned to do on my classic investment pieces, it is coming, but I also forgot that I had this to show you!
This is the Ann Demeulemeester jacket I picked up, the photos are terrible but I am sure I will be wearing it again very soon so you will get to see some details. Basically from the front it is a cropped blazer style, meant to be worn loose. In fact I think I like it better left open, but anyway it has a one button fastener so it drapes at the front – note to self try it belted! It has graduated bell sleeves and it has little folds on the shoulders which my leather jacket has too, a real Ann D signature. Amazing from the front yes, but the back of the jacket is where its at! Can you believe it, it is totally split open with two draped panels in a lighter more chiffon-like fabric, there are two adjustable straps attached underneath this which can be altered to play around with the structure of the jacket.
I don’t know which collection it is from but here are some similar styles for you to feast your eyes on!

Ann Demeulemeester Left AW 07, Middle & Right S/S09
I absolutely love Ann’s aestetic and really like to channel a bit of my inner goth during winter, bring on the black!
Montages courtesty of Harpers Bazaar UK
(Wearing: Ann Demeulemeester jacekt & boots, Topshop leggings, Primark blouse, reclaimed vintgae necklace)
I actually decided to wear it last night just after I had posted so here’s what I wore!
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Autumn Early

(Wearing Chanel jacket, H&M pants, random shirt, Burberry boots, Fendi bag, vintage necklaces, vintage Mulberry belt)

Looking rather moody and slightly wind sweapt here, but it turned out to be one of the hottest days we’ve had in a while. Just what you nedd when you are wearing winter boots and hiking socks with a flannel shirt!

I am wearing so many of my favorite things here from my old bobbly flannel shirt, and my vintage Mulberry belt. To my classic Fendi bag which has to be one of the best investment pieces ever. My absolute favourite piece of Chanel is this jacket, I have a thing about buttons and these are perfection. Also some of my new pieces such as the Burberry boots, H&M pants and my bargain vintage necklaces.

This got me thinking for my next post, what are my absolute classic items and what will I invest in for the future? Will let you know next post!

The Not Shopping Kind of Shopping


H&M Autumn Window, Manchester
As you know I am not the biggest H&M fan, yet the last month I have been insanely impressed! It started with buying a camel cape and shirt dress, then a pair of khaki pants I have practically not taken off, then just the other day I bought the very pants they now have in their window display. I also wore them with a check shirt and have the sneaking suspicion that mannequin is channeling my A/W fashion self. These are exactly the kind of looks I will be embracing as it gets chilly (I live in Manchester it does not respect the month of August, it is cold). Now one thing I do like about H&M is the designer collaborations, there is one set for November but they are keeping it strictly underwraps. Apparently this is a big one, bigger than Karl (no one is bigger than Karl) and Stella! We think it might be Marc Jacobs!
Anyway I took those photos on the way home from a day of not shopping with Florrie and Emma. We defiantly were not shopping but visiting Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume for educational purposes and for Florrie’s project. But what were we to do when we found ourselves with an hour between the next gallery opening, and it was pouring down so we absolutely had to take cover in Elite. I picked up these two necklaces for just ┬ú2 each, one is solid silver and the other a huge rose quartz, I also got a camel over sized blazer by Donna Karen for ┬ú35!
Here is Emma looking like a princess in this fabulous dress she tried on, but ended up getting a Vivienne Westwood blouse and shirt and a Prada top, whilst Florrie got a lovely D&G blouse. We still weren’t shopping when we picked up some books at the Costume Gallery, especially not when we were give a 10% student discount (erm I can so still be a student). I got Radical Fashion by Claire Wilcox which I had been hankering after for ages, and Handbags by Stephanie Pedersen. Oh and a pencil.

Big thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Marie Claire competition, I didn’t win by just a couple of votes, but might try again on Monday. Here we are modeling the Felder Felder canvas bag.

CHEESE!!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend,
tell me who would you like to see as the next H&M guest designer?
P x

Please VOTE for me TODAY!!!

Taking inspiration from Jen the Style Cruisader I have entered the Marie Claire UK facebook competition today, to win some Felder Felder goodies, seriously do you know a more deserving rock chic?

It would really be appreciated if you could vote for me, but it has to be done TODAY!

All you have to do is ‘LIKE’ Marie Claire UK on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/MarieClaireUK

Then click on my photo and ‘LIKE’ it:
http://www.facebook.com/MarieClaireUK#!/photo.php?pid=183094&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=157136240296&aid=-1&id=100000901852763

I will be eternally greatfull and it will only take you a sec,
P x

The Importance of Displays

Or a post alternately titled WTF!

My friend took these photo’s on her iPhone and sent them to me whilst visiting Coventry’s Herbert Museum. She knew I would be appalled by the way this Chanel wedding gown was displayed. I really just cannot see why anyone in their right mind would curate such a piece with so little disdain? Surely illusion wire or simply covering the mannequin with muslin if it was dirty would have be cheap and simple enough, but a white ‘Primark’ t-shirt is just insane, it actually takes the focus off the dress as it is so bright and lurid!


On the other hand this fabulous display at the Textiles Dept, University of Manchester is a wonder unto itself. The garments are printed in 3D and the 3D glasses suspended on the window so you can view the print in all its glory! Absolute genius, in my opinion.

Please can someone give me a job as curator of a costume / fashion / textile gallery, or let me win the lottery so I can set up my own, I am sure it is my life’s calling.
P

P.S Thanks so much for all your comments on the last post, I love you guys and feel much better after a good old rant LOL xx

I Never Wear the Same Outfit Twice

I never wear the same outfit twice…

Actually I do, I wear lots of my clothes over and over again. I also said I would never shop at H&M and here I am on three different occasions wearing these H&M khaki pants. Anyway I shall warn you there is a rant coming on, which I took out slightly on Make Do Styles comments section – sorry Kate. It just so happens that I had a rather obnoxious comment this morning and basically saying I was disgusting because all I do is buy expensive things when I should give that money to charity.
Kate’s blog on the other hand is one of my favourites, but this week especially she is having a few debate posts which I am finding fascinating. Today’s topic is what we think of other blogs. It raised the issue of consumerism on blogs and of course Sea of Shoes always gets a mention on this topic. Personally I love Jane’s blog, and her mom Judy’s, I really love to see them style up their amazing designer clothes. That said I also love to see other bloggers styling up vintage, high street whatever, I like variety. Back to my point, is a fab quote Wendy B said someone commented on her blog ‘Get the fuck out of my wallet’! It sums up how I am feeling, I never discuss my job, what bills I pay, etc because that’s a) really boring and b) nobody elses damn business. I will tell you this however, I earn my money and will spend it on what I please. You may do the same, buy a house, car, ipad, dinner it doesn’t matter to me. I do not judge people on how much money they have. I will judge you if you wear crocs.

(Wearing H&M pants, vintage shirt, Chanel clogs, Ann Demeulemeester jacket)
So I wanted to make a few statements to see what peoples reactions were, take my khaki pants for example and think, really think about this, if I told you the following, how would you feel:
-I got them for £15 from H&m
-I got them for £900 from Balenciaga
-I thrifted them for £0.99
It really doesn’t make the pants any different and it certainly doesn’t make me a different person which ever statement is true.
There are many things I have, many things I would like and yes sometimes I wish I could have something someone else has, but it doesn’t make me hate that person. It makes me work harder to have something of my own.


(Wearing: Left -As above with Pierre Hardy shoes and clutch; Right – same again with Topshop waist coat and House of Holland FFS tee)
My final points are this:
1. I usually only post what I think are really great outfits such as the pants with the blue shoes because I think you guys will find it boring seeing the same things over and over, please correct me if I am wrong.
2. Scraping my Prada heels is not bad karma because I buy expensive shoes and do not give every penny I earn to charity.
3. I do actually support charities, in particular Bleak Holt animal sanctuary – they welcome donations of money, food and blankets to keep the animals warm.
4. I started to write this blog as an outlet for all the fashion related things I love and wanted to share, and I continue to write this blog for that reason and the fact that I have made so many great friends in the blogosphere.
Big kisses to all my lovely readers, and to all the bloggers who I read. And a big two finger salute to all the people who have nothing better to do than berate others, the Prada karma will get you.
P x

Pirate

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jumpsuit, vintage Chanel jacket, Dior shoes, Miu Miu bag, vintage necklace and the hefty Harper’s Bazaar September issue)

We had the video mode on by mistake so accidentally made a clip, thought I would have a go at a mini-vlog!!
The jumpsuit (technically I guess it is a playsuit as it is short but I detest that term, I am not 5 years old), is in one of Vivienne Westwood’s trademark prints, the ‘Pirate Squiggle’. When she launched the 1981 ‘Pirates collection the print featured heavily. This was the year I was born so I guess it was made for me!

“With Pirate, Westwood began an exploration of historical cut and tailoring that would inform her life’s work. The loose-cut trousers and romantic, billowing shirts, with their vernacular ‘squiggle’ print, were based faithfully on 18th century men’s clothing. Westwood blended the idea of the pirate with the North American Indian and the early 19th-century French Merveilleuses. This heady mix created a collection that bursts onto the London fashion scene in a riot of gold, orange and yellow.”
Claire Wilcox ‘Vivienne Westwood’ V&A Publications, 2004
Modern Pirate boots in the Squiggle print

Even Pirate wall paper!
What do you think of the Pirate Print?
P x

Pirate

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jumpsuit, vintage Chanel jacket, Dior shoes, Miu Miu bag, vintage necklace and the hefty Harper’s Bazaar September issue)

We had the video mode on by mistake so accidentally made a clip, thought I would have a go at a mini-vlog!!
The jumpsuit (technically I guess it is a playsuit as it is short but I detest that term, I am not 5 years old), is in one of Vivienne Westwood’s trademark prints, the ‘Pirate Squiggle’. When she launched the 1981 ‘Pirates collection the print featured heavily. This was the year I was born so I guess it was made for me!

“With Pirate, Westwood began an exploration of historical cut and tailoring that would inform her life’s work. The loose-cut trousers and romantic, billowing shirts, with their vernacular ‘squiggle’ print, were based faithfully on 18th century men’s clothing. Westwood blended the idea of the pirate with the North American Indian and the early 19th-century French Merveilleuses. This heady mix created a collection that bursts onto the London fashion scene in a riot of gold, orange and yellow.”
Claire Wilcox ‘Vivienne Westwood’ V&A Publications, 2004
Modern Pirate boots in the Squiggle print

Even Pirate wall paper!
What do you think of the Pirate Print?
P x

Pirate

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jumpsuit, vintage Chanel jacket, Dior shoes, Miu Miu bag, vintage necklace and the hefty Harper’s Bazaar September issue)

We had the video mode on by mistake so accidentally made a clip, thought I would have a go at a mini-vlog!!
The jumpsuit (technically I guess it is a playsuit as it is short but I detest that term, I am not 5 years old), is in one of Vivienne Westwood’s trademark prints, the ‘Pirate Squiggle’. When she launched the 1981 ‘Pirates collection the print featured heavily. This was the year I was born so I guess it was made for me!

“With Pirate, Westwood began an exploration of historical cut and tailoring that would inform her life’s work. The loose-cut trousers and romantic, billowing shirts, with their vernacular ‘squiggle’ print, were based faithfully on 18th century men’s clothing. Westwood blended the idea of the pirate with the North American Indian and the early 19th-century French Merveilleuses. This heady mix created a collection that bursts onto the London fashion scene in a riot of gold, orange and yellow.”
Claire Wilcox ‘Vivienne Westwood’ V&A Publications, 2004
Modern Pirate boots in the Squiggle print

Even Pirate wall paper!
What do you think of the Pirate Print?
P x

Vintage Dress in the Flesh


(Wearing: vintage dress from Cow, Vivienne Westwood belt, Prada shoes, Ann D jacket)
Forgive me for the unnecessary photos but I couldn’t resist Sirius’ posing, he is such a fashion dog! You will also notice we are doing a bit of renovating hence the random junk in my ‘photo corner’. I still have no idea where that traffic cone came from but the dogs like to chew it.
Anyway I benefited from playing around with potential outfits the other day, as I was rushing late this morning and had the purple dress I got from Cow ready and waiting. I went for plain accessories as I had to take my work bag which is dark brown. When I got these Prada shoes the one thing I wasn’t planning on wearing them with was lady-like dresses but I guess the trend is growing on me.


You can’t see it on the photos (I couldn’t bare to see it up close) but I had rotten luck today, one heel fell victim to a curb stone and has a huge (at least 1cm x 2cm) gash out of the leather. I am trying not to look at it, and pray the lovely man at Jones the Bootmaker can magically make it go away. I can’t tell you how much I HATE, HATE, HATE the pavements in Manchester.

Sirius was getting bored by this point… it was quite cold today so I threw my Ann Demeulemeester leather jacket on too, it is pretty much one of my staples now. The fashion gods must have felt my Prada pain and cast me down a some fashion luck, as I found another Ann D jacket at Elite (I have to stop telling you guys about my bargain shop, but I can’t help sharing the love). It is the most stunning blazer, just wait till you see it! They also had some knit wear to die for but the jacket wiped me out for the rest of this month (erm yep that would be along with all the shoes, technically bought last month though now, so does that still count?).

On a final note Petite Stilettos rock, new shoes, no pain!! I also think they are very flattering on the ankles, giving a delecate shape.
Have a fab weekend,
P x