Posts Tagged ‘Fashion

18
Dec
13

A Style Post: Heart Print Shirts & Leather Skirts

Hi All! 🙂

I bought a Burberry-inspired, heart print shirt. The trend exploded at the end of the summer, when everyone from Harry Styles to Clare Danes was wearing a version. I didn’t buy a designer one, mine’s from Topshop. I have a soft spot for a good shirt, and I’ve worn this one so much it has started piling. 😦 Sad times. It hasn’t stopped me wearing it, I went for a walk around central London on Sunday; I adore the City, Fleet Street and all around St. Paul’s on Sundays, it’s almost eerily quiet, most pubs are closed and there are very few people about.

It means you can wander around looking up at the architecture with a far smaller chance of bumping into an off-duty lawyer or banker, or stepping out in front of a taxi. It also means you can walk along from street to street and discover things you would normally miss on a busy week-day. Just off Fleet Street is a small alleyway, which leads to Temple Church.blogger street style london midi leather skirt heels heart print (6)

Hanging with my ‘Plus 1’… No better dressed man than one with a briefcase and a cane…blogger street style london midi leather skirt heels heart print (3)     blogger street style london midi leather skirt heels heart print (4)

blogger street style london midi leather skirt heels heart print (7)The skirt (vintage) is made of the softest leather and is incredibly warm, the Shirt (Topshop) and shoes (Miss Selfridge) were both seen-online-must-have-them-now, High Street buys. I love mixing high street fashion with vintage pieces. This leather bowling bag (M&S) is a little pop of colour and the gold buckles on the shoes (there are a lot of them) mirror the gold watch (ASOS) and vintage gold chain aceesories.

Oh and this is what I was looking up at…Temple Church London Outside Round Tower (1)

Temple Church London Outside Round Tower (2)Yours, Whisty Xx

28
Nov
13

Biba & House of Fraser spring/summer 2014 preview

Hello!

At House of Fraser there is an obvious definition when it comes to the store’s designer fashion. On one hand it offers on-trend, edgy labels, like Acne, Sportsmax and MCQ; on the other is the every-day, classic labels like Dickens & Jones, Label Lab and Linea. The two style elements, classic and edgy compliment each other as well as being their own entity. For me a pastel tweed car coat from Linea worn with a pair of leather trousers form Bruuns Bazaar is the perfect way to wear both styles…

And then there is Biba, a mix of both day and evening wear, classic and edgy, from sequins and silk to Jersey and leather. Now in its 4th season for House of Fraser, Biba’s S/S’14 collection is its best yet. Hot pink leather coats, sparkling bead-work, statement clutch bags and that leather detail Macintosh are some of the key pieces…Here are the pieces that caught my eye for next season’s spring/summer style…

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It is also worth mentioning the Biba interiors collection; thick fluffy throw-pillows, monogrammed towels and gold, black and white porcelain dining sets… and gold cutlery.

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Other stand out pieces included:

A floral neoprene top and skirt by Bruuns Bazaar @ House of Fraserimage

Pretty pastel tweed from Lineaimage image

Label Lab and its inclusion of Graduates’ graphic prints for their ‘British Talent’ collection.imageYours,

Whisty Xx

27
Nov
13

Kurt Geiger Spring/Summer 2014 preview

Hello!

For Kurt Geiger, spring/summer 2014 is a celebration of its signature spike heel; toasted with luxury leather bags and fantastic flats.

Whichever trend you embrace next s/s Kurt Geiger has a shoe to match your style. Not to mention the bags, which are a particular leap forward from the classic clutch-with-shoulder-strap we’re used to from Kurt Geiger. Next season the brand is offering totes, bucket bags and smart organiser bags… which I read the other day as ‘career bags’… a great description for the bag-I’d-use-at-the-office-bag…

Here are the stand out pieces (imho) from the Kurt Geiger S/S’14 preview showimageRed patent spike heel Kurt Geiger S/S14 shoe

imagePatent black and pale pink leather, hot pink suede Kurt Geiger spike heel S/S14 shoes

imageNude and black snake print, two-strap spike heeled, Kurt Geiger S/S14 shoes

imageMore snake print spike heels for Kurt Geiger S/S’14 – this time with no ankle strap

imagePerspex sided, classic courts with gold spike heels

THE Spring/Summer 2014 BAGS
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THE Kurt Geiger Spring/Summer 2014 FLATSimageMasculine tan and snake-skin embossed flats – beautiful

imageBlack & white Harlequin and gold woven loafers

imageCut-out black patent and white Oxfords

Next spring will be the first season sine becoming a Kurt Geiger fan that I think the flats will run home with the ‘most-coveted’ prize.

Yours,

Whisty Xx

06
Mar
13

Striped Up, Hyped Up, Ready for Wilin’

Hello.

If you haven’t already sussed it yet, the S/S’13 trend most heavily represented so far on the high street is inches-wide stripes.

Stripes make regular appearances year after year, but something about this season’s stripes feels fresh and unique. Their width definitely feels new, the fact that the pieces are tailored yet loose feels new, but mostly I think it’s the way that the stripes clash. By that I mean they’re worn going in different directions. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal stripes meet and twist and repel each other on dresses, separates and suits. See Marc Jacobs and PPQ, Jonathan Saunders and Acne

SS 2013 Striped Trend PPQ Marc JacobsTop Row: Jonathan Saunders, Acne, PPQ

Bottom Row: Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders

Images via Vogue.co.uk

Here’s my take on it in this month’s Metro Herald column

At the first spring/summer fashion preview I attended last autumn, a single trend got me immediately; bold, brilliant, black and white stripes.  Inches wide and perfectly defined these stripes are inspired by Marc Jacobs’ bold, multi-directional black and white pieces, PPQ’s nautical inspired, off the shoulder dress, and the way Acne and Jonathan Saunders mixed perfect banded tops with plain white trousers. Graphic, monochromatic stripes are here in a big way for SS’13.

Not only are they unique and current, these stripes are definite and dramatic; not pretty, not fine and definitely not subtle. Too fine and from a distance your stripes merge into a dirty shade of grey, but you’re making a monochrome statement everywhere with this season’s take on stripes. Forget school-days, grunge-inspired faded stripes, these are well-defined lines to be worn with cool confidence, not scuffed-up Doc Martens.

Don’t believe that stripes aren’t flattering either; loose fitting dresses, separates and jackets, skim off shoulders and hips. These stripes don’t cling to your shape they merely highlight your angles. They’re easier to wear than you think; team vertical striped trousers with horizontal striped tops, and plain white or black outerwear. Mix up your stripes with accessories in neutral leather, bright patents, and top off the look with luscious red lips.

A key way that stripes were worn on the catwalk was with a flash of flesh, at midriffs, ankles and scoop necklines. These Warehouse trousers (pictured €63) combine this season’s stripes with an ankle-grazing length – a glimpse of flesh makes the stripes less aggressive. This New Look thick stripe jumper (pictured €29.99) is a casual way to combine horizontal stripes with plain white trousers. The chicest way to rock bold spring summer stripes is to team this high waisted ASOS skirt (pictured £40) with 1940’s inspired make up. If you didn’t do your fashion homework, then you’ve got detention, and you’re doing lines.

Monochroms Wide Stripes Trend SS 2013 WhistyTop Row: Topshop, New Look. Middle: Warehouse. Bottom: ASOS, Penney‘s/Primark

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Inspired by… perhaps?

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Yours,

Whisty Xx

18
Feb
13

Kurt Geiger SS’13 Shoe Collection

Hi All, 🙂

This week I was lucky enough to visit the Kurt Geiger design rooms at the company’s HQ. I was there to view the 2013 spring/summer 2013 collection. I was a little apprehensive… was it going to be like a high-heel massacre, discarded soles, frayed laces, broken stilettos and thrown away designs everywhere? “I’d definitely have worn those” ready to burst from my lips, I went in…

Of course it wasn’t like that, it was actually better than I could have imagined. A genuine atelier, it had fashion sketches, style collages, inspiration boards a plenty… Walls were made of huge glass windows, and next season’s shoe styles were already being created by designers sitting at Macs.

Not to mention the swatches and photographs which covered every work surface… and you know the odd pair of shoes…

Kurt Geiger SS13 Preview Whisty

Kurt Geiger SS13 Lady Bell Whisty

Kurt Geiger SS13 Arden Heels Sketches Green Leather 1

Absolute FavouritesKurt Geiger Lady Bell Black Patent Heels White Snake Clutch SS13 Whisty

Kurt Geiger SS13 Carrie Whisty

Kurt Geiger Purspex Heel Buckle Straps Whisty 2013

Stand Outs

Kurt Geiger Ankle Strap Heels with Gold Detail SS13 Whisty 1

Kurt Geiger Black Tan Boots Turn Down SS13 Whisty

Kurt Geiger Baroque Slippers SS13 Whisty

Kurt Geiger Heart Leather Cut Out Wedges & Heels SS13 Whisty

Accessories

Kurt Geiger SS13 Accessories

Crazy Ass Heels…

Neon, Platforms, Baroque, Studs…Kurt Geiger Orange Pink Green Jessie Platforms SS13 Whisty

Matchy Matchy Match Matchy etc etc…

Leopard Print Courts, Ankle-Strap Heels & Clutch BagKurt Geiger SS13 Black & White Leopard print collection

Yours,

Whisty Xx

28
Jan
13

January Haul: Sales and Fashion Tales

Hello dear readers,

After the strong words I had with myself last week it’s business as usual today. Sort of…

Firstly, I thought I’d get things back on track with a short and sweet January haul type style post; including a couple of Christmas prezzies, sales buys, vintage pieces and an amazing tour jacket…

As much as it’s a bit soulless to receive cash and vouchers for Christmas, I rarely know what I want till I see it; I couldn’t possibly write a fashion list for Santa at the start of December because I’d change my mind by the time my advent calendar windows are all opened. But there are some style-essential pieces that I’ve always wanted or I always need; namely leather trousers and Lepel underwear respectively.

Whisty Blogger Style Collage Outfir Post Farah Cable Front Merino Wool Vintage Jumper Navy Detail Siouxsie Banshees Last Beat of My Heart Leather Tour Jacket Whisty

Leather Trousers, ASOS

Leopard Print Devore Cape, Military Boots, River Island

Cream Cable Knit Jumper, Jack Wills

Blue Cable Knit Jumper. Farah

Black Lace Bra, Lepel

Vintage 60’s Black Bag, Judy’s Vintage Fair

Siouxsie & the Banshees Leather Tour Jacket, A Gift

Lepel if you haven’t heard of it, is a boutique lingerie brand made in a factory in Nottingham, England. (NB: Nottingham is famous for it vast 19th/20th century lace production). They also make the most comfortable, perfectly fitting, gorgeous underwear I’ve ever worn; and at around £20-£25 for a bra, is on the less expensive side what most of us spend on a good quality bra right?

So this underwear manufacturer is able to sell great quality underwear at a reasonable price. (I’ve been wearing their ‘Fiore’ bras for a few years now and have them in 7 different colours). I’m lead to believe that making products in Britain /Ireland costs too much and so companies outsource manufacturing. Which brings me round to my second point, it disturbs me just how much of the new clothes I buy aren’t made locally…

I started thinking about it when I saw a report from Rochdale, Lancashire on Sky News. It said that the area was suffering from 72% unemployment. If I use Rochdale as an quick example, Wikipedia names well over 100 mills that have known to have existed in Rochdale; 45 of which were textile mills; indeed Rochdale and much of Greater Manchester and Lancashire were known during the industrial revolution for cotton/woollen/textile production. During the 20th century it fell into a deep decline and eventually came to a halt.

There does however seem to be a re-spinning of the mill wheel so to speak, Mary Portas’ ‘The Bottom Line’ (shown on Ch4) highlighted the issue and the Manchester Evening news reported this story last November, it claims that 200,000 jobs could be created in 5 years if plans to re-establish textile manufacturing in the area transpire. But until companies begin to start sourcing components, and manufacturing produce locally, then I can’t see how these kind of problems can be resolved.

But should I care and just how big an issue is it? Not everything is made outside Britain/Ireland surely? I checked the labels in all my new clothes, here’s a list of their origin of manufacture:

ASOS Leather Trousers: Made in India, River Island Boots: Made in Brazil, River Island Cape: Made in China, Jack Wills Jumper: Made in China, Farah Jumper: Made in China, Vintage BLL Leather Tour Jacket: Unknown, Lepel Bra: Made in England, Vintage 60’s Leather bag: Made in England

So as far we know, 2 out of the 8 pieces of clothing I have bought/received in the last month were made in Britain, and none were made in Ireland. Should we support British/Irish manufacturing? And even if we want to, do we have a choice?

If we want something on trend and cheap we pretty much know it’s not going to be made in Europe, but a Lambswool or Merino jumper that costs the best part of £100/€100, should we expect it to come from a local manufacturer for that price? I’d like to believe that I’d support local producers, (it’s pretty easy food-wise) but based on the above list, it seems I can only viably do it with clothes if I buy vintage.

When I read that both jumpers were made in China, I was surprised and for some reason I felt short changed, but why? Is buying local produce even a quality issue? Are products that are made in Britain/Ireland a better quality and thus they cost more, or it is purely the manufacturing costs that causes the price increase? Is buying local merely a moral issue then, and would places like Rochdale see an increase in employment if we all insist on buying local, the Manchester Evening News seems to think so.

Yours,

Whisty Xx




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