Friday, 30 January 2009

Lalique



I just remembered a ring I've had for ages, this blue Lalique cabochon ring. Sometimes, when you put something away in a drawer, you just completely forget you have it. And now I have unearthed it again, I remember how beautiful it is and how I must find an occasion to wear it immediately. The work of Rene Lalique is very distinctive and is probably best known for his Art Deco style. 

I also bought this perfume bottle a few years ago for £1 at a flea-market. It took me several months later, when giving it a dust, I found the Lalique stamp on the base. Overcome with excitment at my find, I trawled the internet trying to find information on it. Even now, on a quick Google search, they can be found here and here. Around that time, I was in a local jewellers who sell Lalique, and mentioned to them my find. They just happened to have some Lalique valuers in from Christie's due a couple of weeks later and suggested I pay another visit. 

After examining the bottle, they shed some light, the bottle commissioned by Nina Ricci was likely to be missing a leaf but they suggested it could still be worth around £100. Not a bad mark-up from £1. It was good to know I'd found a bargain but I just loved the bottle as soon as I saw it regardless of it's worth.

Bold Vuitton


As you can see from the date on the picture, this was taken a few years ago on the Champs Elysees in Paris when the construction work was being undertaken for a new Louis Vuitton store. How fabulous to cover the building mess with huge Vuitton cases. 

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Sky Blue Ruffles





Vintage Etsy chiffon dress ❖ Vintage Etsy brown snakeskin belt ❖ John Lewis cream tights ❖ Peter Jensen for Top Shop cream patent boots

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Hot Accessory


I love bold jewellery and this has really caught my eye today. Hmm, wonder if it's available in the UK store?

Designer Highlight - Erin Featherston


Does anyone know if Erin Featherston is producing a Fall/Winter 09 collection? Am I too early, am I getting ahead of myself or is now the right time, as most of the other collections are currently being reported on.

In the meantime, here are some images from the Spring 09 line - pure Erin - whimsical, feminine, enchanting, floaty.....






































Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Icon - Irina Lazareanu

I was pleased to see today at Dior, the return of my absolute favourite model, Irina Lazareanu, after a brief break from Spring 09. Although I think most models are pretty fantastic, there are not many who I look to for sartorial inspiration. But Irina I love for her quirkiness. I never fail to be eager to find out what she is wearing outside of her model life, she throws things together in an individual way and makes them very much her own. I have only ever felt Irina could be the one to take over from Ms Moss but I'm sad to say it hasn't really happened yet. Maybe now she is back on the scene, the time will come?









Sunday, 25 January 2009

Graduate Fashion

The sun is shining on this late Sunday morning, and while it may be freezing outside, it has me thinking of the spring time and the lovely spring/summer fashions I will embrace.

It has me thinking of fashion closer to home and the Northumbria University Graduate Fashion show I attended last year. This took place at the Sage, Gateshead and then later went on to London Graduate Fashion week. While I wasn't blogging then and unable to post about the event, I think this is as good a time as any to look at the key trends that were covered.

The University already has links with some major fashion companies, Nike, Aquascutum, Abercrombie & Fitch and Barbour, but last year local department store Fenwick got involved. 

They offered students "live windows", in which they could be seen putting the finishing touches to their pieces prior to the fashion week. On top of that, a Fenwick Fashion Award 2008 was offered by choosing and funding an outfit for production and to sell in the French Salon within the store. The piece they chose was my personal favourite too - the ruffle outfit appearing in the bottom two images.




Tailored



Masculine



Polka Dot




Neon



Plaid



Graphic



Metallic



Feminine



Volume



Ruffles

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Jewellery Overload



I have lots of large cocktails rings already that I have been wearing for years. I kind of got a bit sick of the big ring look and bought a petite diamond ring. Now, after seeing this fabulous YSL, I'm tempted to revert back to the chunky look and pile 'em high like those below.





Winter Warmer



Vintage fur jacket ❖ Karen Millen black mini-dress ❖ Tabio tights ❖ Kurt Geiger shoe-boots ❖ Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley bag

The Shoe Queen


I'm currently reading this book - if you love shoes and the decadence of Paris in the 1920's, I would thoroughly recommend it.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Wow!



The SS09 Lookbook from Top Shop. Personally, I'm digging Sport Nouveau, sans sun visor. Want want want!

Bambi

In conjunction with my 1940's flea-market find on Saturday and my recent look through my picture files for the Tag, I had to share these with you. A favourite film of mine, Bambi, here is the original 1942 trailer for the film. And these pictures were taken last year, I managed to get really close to the stag and mother and child.








Tuesday, 20 January 2009

YSL v H&M



I love this jumpsuit from the H&M Spring collection. It reminds me so much of something Yves Saint Laurent's muse LouLou de la Falaise would have worn in her 1970's heyday. I can't wait to go try this on, I hope they get it into my local H&M.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Cream Lace




Vintage Ebay dress ❖ Buckled vintage Etsy belt ❖ Cream tights John Lewis ❖ Peter Jensen for Top Shop cream patent boots