I recently went to the cinema to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and ever since, I’ve been hooked on the colour palettes that Wes Anderson (the Film Director) features in his collection of films.
I find Anderson’s films completely mesmerising and I’m pretty sure the 1970’s-esque colour palettes are something to do with it! Typically highly saturated and just down right wonderful, the colour schemes can be clearly matched up with their associated films. The pinks and purples of The Grand Budapest Hotel look good enough to eat and the whole film appears as though shot through an Instagram filtered lense. (and that’s no bad thing seeing as I am OBSESSED with Instagram.)
I happened to stumble across a tumblr blog dedicated to Wes and his colours this week - http://wesandersonpalettes.tumblr.com/ - and it looks to be a fantastic source of inspiration for artists, designers and for those who like pretty things alike. I love the internet for throwing up this beautiful aesthetic study and whatever you may think of Wes Anderson, you can’t ignore his charming use of colour.
Personally, I just wish The Grand Budapest Hotel existed. For once, this is something Google doesn’t have the answer to.
(All images from: wesandersonpalettes)
House of Hackney.
Flights of Fancy:
I adore House of Hackney. Anything that combines interior and fashion via down right delightful prints is a winner in my eyes. I love the Palmeral (palm tree) print since it allows me to dream of tropical, exotic days… And as for the floral rose repeat designs, we all love flowers, right?! This vintage-esque, traditional design stands out for all the right reasons. Even though I’m not a big animal lover, the animal drawings on top of the stripes is very quirky, very cool and very eccentric. It ticks all the boxes for print and pattern lovers like me.
With the emphasis on design, quality and a general Made in England feel, what’s not to love?! House of Hackney’s mantra exists as: “‘to take the beige out of interiors” and I think they do that rather well, don’t you?
(All images taken from: http://www.houseofhackney.com/)
S/S14: Joseph Spring.
If you didn’t already know it, the 90’s are back.
From cami slips to slides and sequins, this overall collection from Joseph Spring has brought the 1990’s right into the present. Metallic, leather and lasercut details, Spring showcases a sporty collection that even appeals to the non-sporty people in the room. (i.e. me.) Plus, that Dalmatian-esque printed jacket and trouser piece really is something else… Crisp, minimal and androgynous, Joseph Spring has got me wanting to relive the 90’s all over again, but this time it promises to be much, much cooler!
(All images taken from: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2014RTW-JOSEPH )
The Chloe girl likes soft, free-flowing clothes of subtle shades and this Autumn/Winter 2014 collection certainly fits the bill.
Tones of cream, grey, aubergine, lilac and pale olive green, Clare Waight Keller created a collection for the girliest of girls. Polo necks (YES!) tailored trousers, soft leathers and furry ruffles all highlight texture and detail in high abundance. A navy ruffle dress with a side split is high on my most coveted list. That collarless cream coat had me at first glance. And that charming floral, geometric pattern is just utterly… charming. I want that pattern on everything and anything. Elegant and effortless, I want a slice of this Chloe pie. YUM.
I think you’ll agree, clothing can’t get much prettier than this.
(All images from: http://www.elleuk.com/catwalk/designer-a-z/chloe/autumn-winter-2014/collection)
Phoebe Philo has only gone and done it again.
Known for her minimalistic approach to design, Philo created this Celine collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 with a “Tough and tender” ethos. Tailored, strict but nurtured, A/W14 looks like it has good taste.
Oversized coats, chunky knits and flares, Celine brought elegance and prettiness to the occasion. With more of an urban edge than previous collections, the overall showcase played with the notion of asymmetry. From white buttons running down one side of a coat and wearing an earring only in one ear to carrying a fur shawl or a clutch bag in the other arm. With a 1970’s feel to the show, her woolen flares were also the talk of the show and it’s not hard to see why! Bringing back flares is hard enough but woolen flares?! Now that’s something else! Forever strong in the coat department, I’m lusting after them all. In fact, I’m lusting after the whole collection. Money, please…
One thing’s for sure: This girl can do no wrong!
(All images from: http://www.elleuk.com/catwalk/designer-a-z/celine/autumn-winter-2014/collection)
Hello My Name Is Paul Smith.
I finally managed to go and see the Hello My Name Is Paul Smith exhibition at The Design Museum. Aside from the surprisingly warm and sunny walk along the River Thames, the exhibition lived up to my expectations and satisfied my appetite for something cultural and arty to do whilst in London.
This quintessentially British brand is one of the leading fashion labels of today’s world and it is clear to see why. Stepping into the world of Paul Smith is no ordinary experience. Merging creativity, inspiration, personality and wit, this exhibition celebrates his career and the overall success of the company.
If the multi-coloured button wall simply isn’t enough to persuade you, perhaps the opportunity to have a photograph with a cardboard cut-out of the main man himself may sway you…? (F.Y.I. the cardboard cut-outs don’t have a patch on my Harry Styles one…) With a passion for colour, Smith’s designs are ones which exhibit an effortless style and a flair for simplicity.
I had serious room envy when I saw the recreation of the Paul Smith studio. I want printed wallpaper, scrolls of paper and reams of fabric piled up in cupboards and an old school mac computer. Essentially, I just want the room but in my house. (When I get a house…) The special edition Roberts radio was also a standout piece. The printed floral leather case caught my eye for all the right reasons - just a pity only 30 were made. *sigh*
February 25, 2014
As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the fashion showcase which opened the stylish event is still playing on my mind - a similar feeling to waiting and checking your phone constantly in the hope that THAT boy has sent you a text….
J.JS.Lee may be all about unrequited love where I’m concerned, but for the first time I don’t mind being the keen one. I love the slouchy tailoring, the oversized jumpers, the ever-lasting plaid trend and the cosy, yet, elegant feel to the whole collection.
A black and white colour palette has always been a winner in my eyes. But paired with floor-length coats, higher than high polo necks and luxe knits, J.JS.Lee has encapsulated a collection that I am SO into!
The bottle green, colbalt blue and navy hues break up the monochrome goodness and only serve to intensify my admiration for the perfectly designed items which strutted down the catwalk. The tartan coats and plaid two piece had me interested as soon as I set my eyes on them. Thus, showing that checks are going no where fast, from my heart or otherwise…
A fashion collection of elegance, sophistication and coolness, I want to be in their gang. Can AW14/15 just hurry up already!!
Must calm down.
All images are from: www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2014/ready-to-wear/j-js-lee
February 18, 2014
I’m a big fan of everything copper at the moment. Just look at it in all its stunning metal-ness.
Featured as pendant lights, coat-hangers and magazine holders, the little hints of copper go a long, long way. Personal favourites are the copper lights by David Derksen as they are extremely stylish and unique as well as the pink and copper interior colour combination since the industrial factor is softened, whilst the pastel shade instantly becomes edgy and much cooler. Why not go the whole hog and put all the copper items together in one room? I know I would. There can never be too much of a good thing… Copper 4 lyf.
February 12, 2014
NYFW: 3.1 Phillip Lim.
This season, Phillip Lim created a collection of a sunny disposition and I most definitely want a slice of this stylish pie. Even though intended for Autumn/Winter 2k14, bold coloured shearlings, jazzy, printed collage dresses and trousers and the unstoppable pastel shades were all present to fight back against the bitter coldness of the Winter months.
Pastel dungarees and pastel, plaid coats - What’s not to like?! The power of the pastels is too much, yet it shows no sign of hibernating for the Winter. I adore the lilac shearling jacket. It’s simply delicious. Of course there is the issue of: ‘what would I wear with it?’ However, for something this good looking, I’d wear it with everything. Beware, colour clash central! I’m not even ashamed.
The brightly coloured shearling collars are also pretty special. In other words, they are must-haves. Gimme a patchwork coat with a bold collar any day of the week. (and some money to buy one with please…) The oversized clutch bags are also pretty damn fine. Yes, I just called a bag fit. I’ve a serious case of bag lust after seeing these Lim creations. I think it may be unrequited…
It also looks like polo necks are still on trend if Lim has anything to go by. As my collection of said jumpers have rocketed over this Winter, me (and my neck) are pretty happy about this. Polo necks are casual but oh so chic. I approve of this trend SO MUCH! Long may it reign.
Phillip Lim can do no wrong in my eyes. If I could use an emoji right now, (and we all love an emoji) the smiley face with hearts for eyes would never be more appropiate. Great style, great colours, great shapes. Autumn/Winter 2014 is set to be one where we shiver in style. I, for one, can’t wait. (As long as I can bring my mittens to the party.)
(All images from: www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/F2014RTW-PLIM)
February 12, 2014
NYFW: Del Pozo.
With the spotlight currently on New York Fashion Week, my Instagram is going crazy! Naturally I’m (bitterly) liking every fashion photo wishing I was on the FROW. But alas, I’m sat at home, eating a jacket potato for tea. Glamorous.
One such Autumn/Winter 2014 collection which caught my eye was that by Del Pozo. With incredible photography by Isabel Martinez (@isabelitavirtual) it was hard to ignore the perfection created by Pozo. This Spanish fashion house boasted a colour palette of retro neutrals, pastels, metallics and vibrant plaids. Alongside mini dresses and midi skirts, silver nails were also added to accessorise the overall look. Metallic hues could also be found in the shape of chunky block heeled shoes - the type of heel I can actually walk in! - and embellishment also played a key role, adding stunning finishes to the fashion pieces. I’m all about the detail.
Furry tartan (yes, you heard right!) brought fun to the catwalk. As soon as the checked outerwear emerged on my Instagram newsfeed, I instantly thought “Wrap me up in this plaid, please!” The coats really are something else!
With some elements quite futuristic and structured, there was a complete contrast with chunky and delicate knitwear also present. Shoulders were slightly exaggerated with the tartan all-in-one a particular highlight. Long live the jumpsuit and matching two piece I say!
Del Pozo is a fashion brand which has quickly found it’s way onto my dream wish list. And I think it’ll be sticking around for a while! I applaud you, Josep Font (Creative Director.) However, as I am millions of miles away, a ‘like’ on Insta will have to do.
(All images from @officialdelpozo on Instagram. Taken by Isabel Martinez: @isabelitavirtual)
Fig.1: Honor Resort 2014
Fig.2: Leben Landebahn
Fig.5: Simone Rocha A/W2013
Fig.6: ACNE S/S14
Fig.7: YSL S/S14
Fig.8: Chanel S/S14
The pastel colour trend shows no sign of slowing down. Having been a firm favourite amongst fashionistas for Autumn/Winter 2k13, rose, pale blue, mint green, lilac, lemon yellow are still reigning on the catwalk and the high street for S/S14. Pale and interesting has never been more apt.
Even I - whose wardrobe consists of black, black, a hint of cream and navy and just a tad more black for good measure - have surrended to the power of The Pastels. When you look good enough to eat, what’s not to like?! The pastel coloured craze was sprinkled in large quantities along the Fashion Week catwalks akin to life sized hundreds and thousands. From the likes of Burberry, Jonathan Saunders, Miu Miu and Christopher Kane, powdery hues whipped the fashion industry into an ice-cream sorbet frenzy – and left me wanting a sizable spoonful!
And what’s even better is that this trend looks even better when every shade of the pastel spectrum is layered up together. So why not wear that mint green pencil skirt with a fluffy, pale pink cropped jumper and a baby blue oversized coat altogether? Your style credits will be sure to soar. Everyone else will be green with envy. (F.Y.I. If that jealous green colour isn’t a pastel shade, we ain’t interested!) For me, Spring/Summer is all about the powdery, pale palette and head to toe combinations are the only way to go. With S/S14 more likely to be full of grey days until August, we may as well shiver in skirts and sandals of the pastel kind. After all, no pain, no gain! And we do have so much to gain from coveting this trend. It would seem that pastel power is here for the long haul and we had better embrace it. Looking good enough to eat never looked so chic!
The Working Girl.
Since graduating from University, and upon entering the real world, my style has undoubtedly changed.
Gone are the days of studentsville where a messy bun and vintage jumper would suffice most days. Instead, such attire has been replace with smart, structured, clean lines and with a definite penchant for everything monochrome.
The quest is on for a proper, grown up bag since I am currently using my mum’s and she tells me everyday she would like it back.
This selection of monochome goodness come from Zara (No suprise there!) and ASOS. I would have all five if my purse strings allowed it, but alast, they do not.(Definitely no surprise there!) I can tell I have a tricky decision on my hands. Oh the dilemmas…
The structured rucksack is a standout item but I’m not sure if it would fit the kitchen sink in that I ALWAYS carry around with me. Whilst the dove grey handbag is just delicious. There is literally nothing wrong with it. In fact, I could be here all day describing my love for all five bags. I’m officially torn between leather and pleather goodies. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
From a bag obsessed, working girl.
I think I’m in L-O-V-E.
Now I’m rather cynical when it comes to Love. To top it off Valentines Day is only mere days away and the shops are going overboard. Red hearts here, Me to You bears there. Spare a thought for those of us who shall be eating their own body weight in chocolate and drinking wine for the day. Oh, who says stereotypes of girls are dead…?!
However, something has recently caused my heart to skip a beat. (Hurrah, I don’t have a heart of stone!) Instead of being the usual brown haired, 6ft tall guy, I’ve fallen for a brand. I’m Rebekah Holroyd and I’m in love with a shop.
Whistles, you’ve only gone and done it again. With your laid back, casual character, your attention to detail and high quality remain second to none.
In other words, I want it all.
Contemporary, effortless and elegant - you’ve got it all. If you were a guy, you’d be a 10/10, a hottie, even a Mr Right. Pastels, structure, oversized elements, Even futuristic accessories. Whistles have got it all going on for S/S14 and I most definitely want a slice of their pie. If you don’t believe me, take a look for yourself…
All images from: http://www.whistles.co.uk/lookbookimages/look-book/campaign-springsummer-2014
I’m a sucker for a great pattern. There I said it.
The past couple of days have brought with them a few eye-catching patterns and I couldn’t help but take a photo of them simply because I take photographs of EVERYTHING. I get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t post on Instagram for 24 hours. Social media addict? Me? Never…
Anyhow, back to the patterns… I love the bold yellow floor with geometric details because it adds some brightness into these grey winter days we’re having. F.Y.I. I’m totally over Winter now. Like totally. Bring me the sun!
I also adore the gold and pink pattern because it’s simple but with the small marks layered over the top of one another, it creates depth and texture. And texture does helps to make the world go round. Well for those in the creative industry anyway…
I have also taken to wearing clashing patterns together - Because why wouldn’t you?! Another obsession of mine, which does not seem to be waning any time soon, are patterned trousers. I love seeing a jazzy print on my legs and I like to think everyone else does too… Paired with a cropped, patterned jacket, I’m a walking advert for dressing in the dark but I couldn’t be happier. Plus the jacket has elbow patches and all the best jackets have elbow patches. You heard it here first!
I’m A Magpie.
As the title above suggests, I’m a magpie for all things shiny and gold. I can’t help it. Its my weakness. That and brown shoes. (I love a man shoe.)
I have been on the hunt for a vintage looking watch for absolutely FOREVER! Perusing Instagram, I discovered Olivia Burton Watches. This London based watch company have topped the ‘One to Watch’ bill for me since their watches are not only what I’ve been searching for but they are affordable, distinctive and just down right pretty cool.
I chose a watch with a rose gold face which has massively satisfied my obsession with everything rose gold at the moment. Like I’m seriously obsessed. Send help my way. Now.
I also discovered these silver and gold Zara bracelets, which some of you eager fashionistas would notice, are VERY similar to the Miansai cuff bracelets. (Minus the very expensive price tag.) I adore the simplicity and classic look of the bracelets and it would seem others do too since I’ve had a lot of compliments on them. Hats off to you, Zara - you’ve done a great job!
It would seem that I can now add Zara to my list of weaknesses. My poor bank account…
(My own images)