Studio Nicholson dropping it. I adore this whole ensemble. Drop crotch trousers are most certainly not everyone's cup of tea but they are definitely mine.
Well, I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but where I am it's utterly crap. However, just like when you leave the house in your nice sandals and then it nearly always rains because, by wearing your sandals, you jinxed the weather, I'm posting about bright, sunny sunglasses hoping the same thing will happen - reverse weather psychology. Cunning, eh?
When it comes to bright and sunny glasses, it doesn't get much better than these limited edition ones by Moscow based sunglasses brand Fakoshima, which were created in collaboration with Georgian designer Ria Keburia.
They are inspired by the "light-hearted world of naughty children and their favourite joys: colourful toys and sweets". These sunglasses, with their ironic accents and combinations of matt and polished acetate with bright and pastel colours, are reminiscent of ice-cream, fruit lollipops, liquorice candy and caramel, which I'm sure are the favourite things of plenty of adults too *raises hand*.
This kind of joy doesn't come cheap however - these will set you back an eyewatering $395 - but if you are dedicated to unique accessories then you really can't get any more unique than these. My personal faves are the first and last pairs.
I give you something to brighten up your mid-week...
Matter Matters is a handbag brand based in Hong Kong, created by graphic designer Flora Leung.
Leung was the creative director of a well known vintage accessory store in Hong Kong, where she served as head buyer. She simultaneously worked as a freelance graphic designer and art director at one of the biggest advertising agencies in Hong Kong. Flora went on to attend London College of Fashion with an eye to ultimately creating her own label. She was also named graphic design student of the year while at Birmingham City University. Clearly a talented multi-tasker.
Her handbag range is deliciously bright and bold and heavily inspired by Post Modernism, Art Deco, Bauhaus and Cubism. The strong colour palette is borrowed from the artworks of David Hockney and Edward Hopper.
These creations are so graphic and heavy on simplistic, geometric shapes it's really no surprise she is also a graphic designer and, as a fellow graphic designer, I just adore these bags, they are so fun! The primary hues would be sure to brighten up even the dullest of Glasgow days.
Currently, the brand that is really ticking all my boxes is The Kooples.
They have made an appearance on and off this blog for years but their SS15 collection is absolutely spot on for where I'm at stylistically at the moment. There is nothing in this collection I wouldn't wear. My days of wearing midriff-baring cropped tops may be over, but I'd happily layer these leather ones over a t-shirt.
The label have always had a leaning towards rock 'n' roll styling. Various music related countercultures have clearly been their inspiration, from Teddyboys to Rockabillies, but this season they have added in Western detailing such as conchos, leather neckties, fringing and leather - basically everything I want to be wearing, and have been wearing, albeit less polished than this.
There is a Kooples concession here in Glasgow in Frasers so I need to pop in and see which pieces of this collection they have. I'm particularly excited by the accessories. I'd be all over that hat if I thought for a second it'd fit my tiny head but I know it won't. The ankle boots are also high on my list (as you might have seen from Monday's wishlist post) and their belts are equally beautiful.
Our dear friend Angie from Norwegian Wood has launched her new bohotastic collection and shiny new website. The collection is filled with floaty 60’s vibes with a fun dash of 90’s thrown into the mix.
She explained a little about the collection, "My general aesthetic inspiration for the collection was to try to merge 1960s psychedelia with modern athleticism. I love the 1960s and all the crazy patterns and colours that go with it, but I didn't want to create costumey clothing that looked like it stepped out of Mad Men...if people want that they can just buy vintage! So I tried to take the colours, prints and some silhouettes from the era, but "sport" it up a bit to refresh the look. The Doors, The 13th Floor Elevators and Goat were on heavy rotation while I daydreamed of Art Nouveau inspired concert posters, backyard hangouts and spirit quests in the desert."
She has also been busy collaborating with some great photographers to create a series of editorials featuring NW matched with some unique vintage pieces. In the images we see a beautiful blanket created by Angie, paired with richly patterned 60's dresses and loopy wool coverups.
I have a hate/hate relationship with bras now. Back in the day of 30C cups, I could walk into Agent Provocateur and get myself a fab little number, no problems at all. Now I have no such luck. Sure, I can find my size, but everything makes me look like I've scaffolded my boobs up to neck. And those days of wearing little triangle slips of nothing are long gone - most cut into the upper part of my chest making me look like I have four, small boobs.
Now my bra drawer primarily consists of some sad, nondescript bra tops, sports bras one Mimi Holiday bra that still fits....kind of. It truly is a pathetic state of affairs.
There is perhaps a little bit of hope on the horizon as I think my boobs have gotten ever so slightly smaller in the past few months, so if I keep doing whatever I am doing, perhaps I can get down to a B cup. OK, even when I was a tiny 8 stone I was still a C cup, but a girl's gotta have hope, right?
If I ever do get down to the hallowed B Cup, I'd like to cover the girls with a pretty little vintage inspired bra by Scottish brand Mischke.
Mischke Lingerie was founded in 2013 by Edinburgh born and bred designer, Hazel Lethaby. All items are handmade in her Edinburgh studio, often from sourced second hand or vintage materials. Mischke draws inspiration from vintage finds, pop culture and friends and family.
There are only a few pieces in the shop at the moment, but I really look forward to seeing what other gorgeous frippery Hazel will design. I also love that she has used a nice, softly rounded girl as their model, rather than an angular, model thin body.
Mischke offers a bespoke service but she has an Etsy shop.
Photography by Cat Thomson Photography
“Settling into a new country is like getting used to a new pair of shoes. At first they pinch a little, but you like the way they look, so you carry on. The longer you have them, the more comfortable they become. Until one day without realizing it you reach a glorious plateau. Wearing those shoes is like wearing no shoes at all. The more scuffed they get, the more you love them and the more you can‘t imagine life without them.”
This is how German label Reality Studio feel about their recent relocation from Berlin to Portugal. The move has clearly had a defining effect on them as their AW15 collection, 'Moving', takes it's inspiration from workwear. We see removal men-esque overalls and nylon strapping and canvas, sitting alongside cozy wool plaids. Bulky pockets, loops, metal zips & press buttons are strong details referring to worker trousers and jackets.
Reality Studio excel at the muted, unstated palette and this collection is no exception, with hues like indigo blue, forest green, grey and fire red. This season, they collaborated with Kim Nekarda, a German artist who is based in Berlin, resulting in a beautiful blue printed jumpsuit. The plaid jackets are also wonderful and perfect for this awful confusion of weather we seem to be suffering from here in Scotland.
I got an email from the lovely Kimberly last week, pointing me in the direction of the most glorious blanket coat you ever did see courtesy of the charmingly named Missy Bonkers
I have to say right at the start of this post that I can make no apology for the number of shots I am going to show of these coats. The images are so lovely I struggled to decide which ones to use...
Model Stephanie Casserly, Photography Alan Fitzpatrick, MUA Eye Candy, Stylist Sarah Conneely, Coats by Tina O’Rourke
Missy Bonkers was set up in May 2009 by Tina O’Rourke and Alan Fitzpatrick.Initially as an upcycling initiative, Missy Bonkers created limited edition clothing designs using recycled and organic materials.
Since 2013 they have worked exclusively on upcycling & redesign projects, creating an awareness of slow fashion that is both individual and unique, while also encouraging awareness of how clothing can be restyled to prolonging the lifespan of a garment, rather than disposing of it.
It was set up to raise awareness of textile recycling and to advocate the idea of slow fashion.To provide a service where clothing can be restyled to a high level of design and quality and to actively provide training and awareness of how clothing and textiles can be restyled and reused.
They are also looking to actively promote other designers working within the design and craft medium using recycled materials on their website.
What a wonderful website, it is has tutorials how to make your own blanket coat, bag or even how to turn a shirt into a skirt. See here
I love being swaddled in layers and have more coats, jackets and scarfs than are seemly.
Made to order from a Blue, Pink or Green blanket , costing £150, each coat is custom made to your own measurements.
I think it's pretty safe to say, this will be my next coat. I just need to decide on which colour to choose...
I'm currently freelancing and having to pay myself what I can only describe as a pathetic wage. A fraction of what I earned in my last job, I can safely say the days of Marni shoes are well and truly over, unless a fab new full time job comes along.
Freelancing suits a lot of people but definitely not me. I love designing and being around other designers so working alone is depressing. And working in studios is great, except you are there for so little time you don't get to really know anyone. But yeah, the pay. That sucks hardest of all.
My shopping has been cut down to the bare minimum and I can only occasionally treat myself, and even then it's only from places like ASOS. I have to chose my purchases exceptionally carefully and buying clothes simply because they are fun or because they make smile is no longer an option. I have to buy sensible things now. Things that will last me and things that are so simple they go with absolutely everything, i.e. bland.
However, if I mixed up one little bitty fun thing with one sensible thing that's still counts as being sensible, right?
I have on my sensible jeans and my sensible shoes, but what if I wore this fluffy pink bomber jacket? Sensible becomes FUN! And it has a badge which reads "so broke" on it, so it was almost as if it was made for me. At £127 however, it's almost a week's wages.
But what if I'm wearing the same sensible jeans but added a cat shirt instead? OK, so I'm not that fond of cats but this shirt has whiskers on it, so there's that. At only £55 that is definitely doable.
I'm wearing my very sensible jumper to keep warm so I don't have to put the heating on at home, but wouldn't being cold be much more fun with skull trousers? Yes, yes it would. And £68 is affordable. Of course, I'd also want to wear the matching t-shirt and so freeze to death, but I'd look good doing it. T-shirt is £30.
I first featured streetwear brand, Passarella Death Squad back in 2009 and I have been friends with the co-founder, Danny Broddle ever since. We bonded over a shared love of music and a general disconnect with the fashion industry. We've had similar career ups and downs and "what's it all about?" moments.
The brand was founded in 2004 and fuses together music, fine art and fashion and has been sold in some of the world’s best retailers, including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty’s, Colette, Bloomingdales, Podium and TSUM Russia.
The label has collaborated with a variety of brands from Casio, to iconic Acid House club Shoom, to cult Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro. They recently collaborated with Penthouse to create capsule collection for the magazine. Yes, Penthouse as in the porn magazine, but Danny's t-shirts are subtly evocative of the magazine's chosen subject rather than, well, tits out brash.
The core of the label has always been t-shirts however, the brand has moved forward for AW2015 and have released a collection of both men's and women's wear. Featuring Japanese denim and cotton, the collection sees clean cotton tops and dresses complimented by architecturally cut jeans.
Danny tells me a bit about the collection; "The collection itself was originally inspired by the ‘Skin and Bones’ exhibition held at Somerset House, held back in 2008. It was a study into the parallel practices in Fashion and Architecture"
He goes on to tell me about why Japanese fabrics are important to his collection, "I’ve been working with Japanese fabrics since day one. My opinion is that Japanese fabrics are the best around. They can really bring a lot of control and personality to the garment".
Well done to Danny and his team on their first foray into womenswear. I love it all.