(Wearing: Lanvin hearts H&M faux fur coat, Burberry snood, All Saints jeans, Primark boots)
This is my friend Aimee we were there with the intention of checking out possible wedding dresses for her – if Aimee disappeares later on today it is because I got told off for putting her on the blog LOL! Now if I remember correctly she is wearing a Karen Walker dress and Sports Girl cardi – both New Zealand designers, where Aimee is from. Her belt is from Reiss and I forget where her shoes are from but we have about 10 photos of them, possibly to prove how on trend her petite stilettos are.
This sequin snake skin pattern dress was so beautiful and perfect for shimmery nights out no matter what the season.
Luckily we have Style.com so you can see for yourselves the wonderful Cruise 2011 collection
There was also an influx of mullets on the runway – no not the hair style, the hemlines (seen above bottom left and right). I don’t know if this is an official term or just Aimee’s but I liked it.
The was also the return of Stella’ s leopard t-shirts and a new horse print which I might have to add to my collection. There was also a fine collection of handbags and shoes, damn it I wish I had taken more photos now, oh well I guess that means you will have to take your good selves down to Selfridges!
I usually throw on jeans or leggings when I want something casual but for a change I went for trousers I usually wear with heels, then for later on I switched the flats for heels and added a brooch to the necklace to dress it up a bit.
I also bought two of the embellished t-shirts, again they are comparable to mainline, the cotton is very soft and the attention to details is wonderful to behold. With different fabrics used for each part, beads to highlight the faces and even pearls on the illustrations necklace.
So there you have it, I think I have proven my point that some of the pieces are exceptional quality. Having said that I did not like everything I saw. I tried on the short faux fur jacket and it did not pass the ‘instant wow test’. This is how I shop, you know how you can spend ages umming and ahhing over something, trying it on, pulling at the sleeves etc. Well I find that if I try it on and it isn’t immediately fabulous then there is no point in buying it. The fur jacket just didn’t do it for me, it looked to boxy and the sleeves felt wrong. I too only a minute to try it on so didn’t really notice the rest of the quality but the fit wasn’t for me. I also by passed the shoes as I didn’t like the look of them and I am insanely fussy over shoes. But I would like a closer look at them to see the quality and fit.
Just had to show you this, I took this photo as I was typing. This is Han, Sirius’ brother, my mums Pomeranian, he decided to sit patting me on the head as I typed!
The most important thing with blazers is the fit, you should be able to tell a good blazer blindfolded just by how it feels, cut it everything. A blazer is a workwear perennial so you need to be able to move around in it, it should not be tight around the shoulders or armpits, if it so it is a bad fit. You should also be able to raise you arms above you head comfortably.
Also check the buttons on the sleeves in this way but also look at the alignment. Sleeve buttons should be perfectly aligned with the holes well stitched. Fabric covered buttons are also a nice touch and usual only found on more expensive items.
I am a pocket lover, however on structured blazers I do not want the pockets open so it is important that they are either fake or well stitched up so I can choose to leave them closed. I am too tempted to constantly shove my hands in pockets which will soon pull a blazer out of shape.
A good blazer will always be lined, preferably in silk but this is really only for very high end. Silk is expensive but the natural fibre lets skin breath for comfort, you won’t get hot or static. Most brands will use a man-made fibre, polyester in the past was a no go but modern polyester is comparable to viscose in many ways. The lanvin is polyester, the Westwood viscose, I haven’t worn the Lanvin yet so will report back on comfort.
Both blazers have contrasting material on the collars, Lanvin went for texture contrast whilst Westwood went for colour. The important thing here is that both fabrics are harmonious with each other in quality. Too often I see blazers with a cheaper fabric as trim which instantly detracts from the whole garment.
So I guess you are also wondering what makes the difference between hundreds for Westwood and thousands for Chanel??
Erm OK I got totally off the point there, what have I told you about getting me started on the Chanel love!! My point was that the Lanvin for H&M blazer is outstanding quality and a beautiful design, I would have been happy to pay more money for it had I see it in Selfridges. In fact if I didn’t know where it was from I would certainly not have guessed.
Come on guys share your quality opinions and issues, gripes and triumphs!
Zoo Uniform is an exclusive lifestyle brand centered around 36 animal faces designs. We’ve been looking to create what we believed was missing in shops and magazines: a clothing brand able to mix multiple animal figures with a trendy and fashionable look. Animals are present all around us in life, so why can’t we buy items exposing them in an enhanced and stylish way?
Our logos are unisex, carefully conceived and most of all cool. They all have an evasive gaze that makes them appear dreamy and adaptable: looking at them, you can imagine whatever your mind lets you envision, and even perceive some features that remind you of your own identity or looks. We have thus designed 36 animal faces, that’s to say most of the customary animals, in order to match each person’s taste in an individual approach.
Zoo Uniform will be an extensive brand universe based on an all-around appeal. Honestly, who doesn’t love animals? Add wicked graphics to that, and you will feel extremely proud of wearing them.
At first, we’re going to launch standard products bearing only five of our designs (The Koala, The Monkey, The Owl, The Panda and The Pig). We will then expand by having a larger range of goods and by introducing our other animal designs over the time. In the future, we plan to add even more animal faces to the current collection.
We welcome collaboration offers from artists, brands and designers as we would love to release customized versions of our animal faces. We are also opened to licensing some of our designs in defined areas as long as our guidelines and quality expectations will be respected.
Zoo Uniform is a select and luxury brand: our products will be commercialized in numbered editions only. We aim to be distributed in the world’s leading fashion capitals, through a network of exclusive shops in addition to an online store. We also plan to open some Zoo Uniform stores.
Zoo Uniform is not related to animals a graphical way only. One of the main reasons why we started the brand was because we truly love animals. We thus feel we have the responsibility to help endangered species survive and animals’ rights be respected. Hence, we have decided to donate a part of our profits to an animal-related charity.
For now, we have chosen WWF, as we believe they do amazing job saving animal lives. We also recommend you to donate money to them (www.worldwildlife.org/donate). In the future, we would like to have our own organization to support precisely the animals that are represented in our logos. Every time you purchase a Zoo Uniform item, you are contributing to making animal lives safer on this planet.
What do you guys think of the designs and concepts of Zoo Uniform?
I took a few obligatory snaps of the windows, there wasn’t a queue or any interesting fashion carnage to take photos of. By this point I have been awake since 5am and am loosing the will to live. Starbucks have no soy milk so I then want to kill them, luckily Cafe Nero are better stocked but damn they keep making really sour coffee lately!
We finally got in with a mini 5min queue and they pretty much had most of the stock left – must have been about 10:30am. The only thing they didn’t have was the faux fur military coat which was the thing I wanted most, but I forgot to ask if they just didn’t get it or if they sold out, whatever. They also didn’t have a big pearl necklace left for me, but my mum got one so I can borrow it.
Anyway I couldn’t be bothered trying anything on again and you really don’t want to see what I look like right now (the crypt keeper to be precise), I did try the skirt on over my trousers and probably need a smaller size but was beyond caring enough to figure out how to get into the crazy sale area again (if you are thinking of buying on online sizes are generous except for the gilet which I went up a size in). I hear the H&M website crashed this morning I knew it would.
So here are some bad photos I took on my bed which I hadn’t even made yet (how do people get up at this time), I feel like I am about to fall asleep standing up.
Here are the two embellished t-shirts the ‘face’ and ‘girls’ designs, and the black ruffled skirt. On the right are the accessories the red necklace and earrings, the brooch and the pearl and leather necklace which can also be worn as a belt. The thing at the back is the faux fur gilet and the freebie bag with the pashmina it is a really nice teal colour (I actually got a purple one but purple makes me look like a corpse so I made my mum switch).
Whilst in the loo I saw this great poster from the NHS, never mind going to the gym, you can walk around the mall instead?? Awesome I do that anyway.
Louis XIV to Louboutin
We are all familiar with Christian Louboutin’s scarlet heels, in fact he has had the famous red soles copyrighted. But he wasn’t the first to become transfixed with red heels. In the 1700’s King Louis XIV of France declared that only royalty could wear shoes with red heels, and that no one could wear heels higher than the king (1).
The actual origins of the first high heeled shoes is unknown, and often debated, however what is possibly the first statement shoe are the Chopines originating from Spain but gaining fame in Venice in the late 1500’s (2). Reserved for women they elevated the wearer from any mud on the streets, but where mainly worn for decoration. The higher the shoe the higher the status of the wearer. Many were between 5-9″ but some are reported to have reached 3ft!! Having two servants to help the lady walk was a common occurrence.
The First Stiletto?
Another subject often debated is the invention of the stiletto heel. It is generally accepted that the creation of the modern stiletto was Roger Vivier to accompany the dresses by Christian Dior in the 1950’s (4). The name stiletto comes from the thin Italian dagger it resembled.
Messy shoes in the basket; the shoes all cleaned up, I have two pairs of flat boots the lace ups are H! by Henry Holland the Chelsea boots Clarks, the wellies are Marc Jacobs, Whooga uggs are my favourite thing to wear around the house, and of course trainers this pair is Nike.