Thursday, 5 September 2013

London Calling: Punk Style A/W 2013


Punk and Grunge dominated the A/W 2013 catwalks and on a recent trip to the London I could definitely see the trend filtering down to the high street.  Nobody does Autumn/Winter style like London, from classic trench coats to woolly tartans, we Brits remain predictably stylish in the not so predictable weather. 

London punks

Janette Beckman-Punks London 1979

World's End, 1981

Take inspiration from the trends of the late 70s and punk it up. Don't be afraid to leave your style comfort zone and make a statement.  When it comes to punk and grunge more is more so combine leather boots with infinite buckles and everything tartan.  
Camden Market
Vivienne Westwood


Covent Garden

Denim, make mine a double. 

London, 2009

Siouxsie Sioux
Siouxsie Sioux

“In all my time taking pictures on the tube, only one person ever objected, ” revealed photographer Bob Mazzer, “and that was a guy with a huge teddy bear on his lap, which was a pity because it would have been a great picture.”

Blondie Blondie Blondie & Blondie

Givenchy breaking all the fashion rules and getting away with it. Red definitely does go with pink and tartan definitely looks good with floral print.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday (1953)

When packing my Rome wardrobe I look to classic 60s style for inspiration (as usual).  I constantly refer back to the late 50s and 60s partly because of my obsession with all things from that era and partly because it truly was an iconic period in fashion history that revolutionized the fashion industry.

  I love Rome, when I visited the city last summer I was very aware of the nostalgic feeling of the city.  I imagine that parts of city haven't changed in the past 60 years and that's what makes it so wonderful.  

The view from our lovely hostel
The four of us at the Trevi Fountain

Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita

Anita Eckberg

For me, La Dolce Vita is a film that embodies chic Italian style.  It was made in 1960, and stars Marcello Mastroiani as a passive journalist, fleeting from party to party and woman to woman over a period of a week in Rome.  The clip above is the films most iconic scene where Anita Eckberg's character takes a dip in the Trevi fountains, which could actually cost you a big fine and a short stint in jail nowadays...if you get caught.

The Italian Actress: Sophia Loren


Sophia Loren

The Italian Brigitte Bardot: Claudia Cardinale


The 60s bombshell look is all about feminity, emphasizing the hourglass figure.  A "fit and flare" style dress or top and skirt looks flattering and chic, accessorize with a patent waist belt that will cinch in your waist. 

The Modern Day Pin-up: Monica Bellucci

The Immortal Dress
Your wardrobe's biggest investment, a little black dress is a style staple and stays chic from season to season.  This is one item worth spending a little more on to ensure that the cut and material is of the highest quality.  Make this dress your own by styling it with different accessories- the beauty of the LBD is in its versatility.

Audrey in Rome

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Moroccan Musings- Marrakesh Style

Marrakesh is a vibrant city located in the northwest African nation of Morocco.  Originally a trading point between Europe and Timbuktu it still possesses the bustling energy of those past times.  When packing for your Moroccan holiday, take inspiration from the treasure trove markets of Marrakesh and create a wardrobe of jewel toned, embellished and patterned items.

Although I have never been to Marrakesh myself, I got a real sense of the vibrancy and mystique of the city from Laura's wonderfully descriptive post on her blog Destino Infinito which I will link to here -




Talitha Getty in Marrakesh- late 60s


I've taken inspiration from actress Talitha Getty's Moroccan photoshoot to create quite a bohemian look.  I love the simplicity of the white in contrast with the loud pattern of the Monsoon jacket.  Having a distinctive item like this in your wardrobe will instantly reinvent staple items such as white denim shorts into a completely different look.  This Accessorize ruck sack is both practical and stylish, its relaxed boho vibe would be perfect for travelling or a festival.

Brian Jones

Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones, Marrakech

In the late 1960s Morocco became to the Rolling Stones what India was to the Beatles, an escape and a source of inspiration.  This was a significant time in fashion history where the architectural silhouettes of 60s Mod style were transitioning into the billowing skirts and relaxed shapes of the hippy movement in the late 60s.  We have to give credit to the Rolling Stones and Morocco itself for their undeniable influence over fashion trends during this period.   

I can't get enough of paisley print, I think it epitomizes the bohemian and the exotic.  The loosely fitting paisley dress from Minkpink would be perfect for a day spent in the labyrinth of the Moroccan souq.  Pair it with stacks of gold bracelets and slipper style shoes for an easy, bohemian look.