Posts Tagged ‘Maxi Dresses

15
Aug
12

Designer Alert: Georgia Hardinge autumn/winter 2012

Hello All,

I hope you’re well, I’ve been going a little AWOL in recent weeks, there’s a few things going on, which I will keep you posted on as and when things are finalised. In the mean time I apologise for a lack of blog posts. s

For the time being I’ll be looking at a few autumn/winter 2012 collections over the next week or so, starting with Georgia Hardinge‘s ‘Inverted’ Ready to Wear collection.

Touted in fashion magazines this year as ‘One to Watch’ or ‘Name to Know’, Georgia Hardinge is obviously making all the right waves. As her third autumn/winter collection is launched for 2012, it is easy to see why. Retaining the extravagant elements from her epic SS’12 fashion collection – the stand out piece from that collection being the Shatter Cape Dress – Georgia Hardinge has created a stunning, ethereal collection…

…the AW’12 collection includes colour block suits, vibrant prints in subdued colour palettes, and dresses of flowing layers of ivory. Making ‘Inverted’ a desirable collection of show stopping wearable pieces.

Fashion Editorial

Photography by Miguel Domingos: Hair Rudy Martins: Make Up Marie Lanne

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Georgia Hardinge is available through Wolf & Badger

Yours,

Whisty Xx

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26
Mar
12

Whisty Guest Editor and Fashion Feature on whatshewears.ie

Hi All!

I was asked to guest edit and write a fashion feature for Irish fashion website, WhatSheWears.ie.
I really like the site and was delighted to feature as guest editor, joining such fashion leaders as Corina Gaffey from Stellar magazine, blogger and stylist Anne Marie O’Connor and Sarah Rickard from Irish Tatler. Inspirational woman all.

So here is what I had to say:

Favourite Spring/Summer 2012 designer collection

Alexander McQueen’s S/S12 collection was breathtaking, looking at coverage of the Paris show, every piece Sarah Burton sent down the catwalk looked like it was sculpted out of coral or alabaster and tipped with gold leaf. Even the oil-slick-black gowns looked delicate and fragile. It is a stunning collection, I love when the art of fashion is so overtly expressed.

Spring/Summer trend and how you’ll be wearing it

I am head over heels with the return of the peplum. Jason Wu and Vera Wang’s S/S’12 versions are wearable and easily translatable. While Alexander McQueen and Givenchy’s are exquisite and showy, I like how the peplum has returned in different ways; the traditional version as a second layer over a skirt; on the bottom of jackets to soften sharp, fitted suits; then worn over trousers and shirts as well as skirts.

If I could wear it anyway it would be with black netting as part of a pretty floral summer dress by Nina Ricci (pictured). Peplum perfection!

Highstreet Shop

I rarely shop on the High Street; I find the idea of buying cheaply made overpriced ‘on-trend’ pieces in manmade fibre, wholly distasteful during such tough economic times. I much prefer to shop at vintage fairs and flea markets.

I also shop online through ASOS, its Marketplace; (marketplace.asos.com) is a great way to buy good quality clothes at reasonable prices. I also sell on there too on Once Removed Vintage.

Favourite Shop in Dublin

I’m afraid my favourite Dublin shop is no great revelation; Brown Thomas is without a shadow of doubt a heavenly place to be if you like anything to do with fashion. From jewellery, to perfumes, shoes to designer gowns, on every floor you’re surrounded by beautiful things and it actually makes you feel special. The staff are great, the décor is chic and the whole experience is joyful. (Made only that little bit better when you have enough in your purse to actually buy anything!).

Make-up look

Eyebrows. I’m obsessed with them at the moment; I recently had an eyebrow lesson from a consultant at Benefit Cosmetics. She showed me how to use their Brow Zings shaping kit properly, among other things. When I look back at photographs of myself when I was at university I had really thin brows, (I actually look like I’ve attacked my eyebrows with a disposable razor) I can’t believe the difference that now having a good pair of defining brows makes.

Go-to piece in your wardrobe

Maxi dresses are my staple pieces; they’re as suited for formal events as they are for balmy summer evenings. I have a beautiful black, silk chiffon one with tiny shoestring straps that I wear for anything glamorous, and a number of cheap, brightly coloured ones that are great to throw on with flats for casual summer days.

Best bargain

A turquoise and pink bouclé tweed Chanel suit that I found in a dreadful state at a vintage kilo sale (yes, it honestly does happen). It weighed 1.05kg, and at 1kg=€20 it cost me €21. I sent it to the dry cleaners (twice in the case of the skirt), and afterwards removed all remaining marks with wool-carpet cleaner. It’s damn near perfect now.

Most Prized Pair of Shoes

All shoes make me happy, but heels even more so. I like the way they look and I like the way they make you feel. They take a lot more effort to wear than flats, but the rewards from wearing them are worth it. Brand wise I think Kurt Geiger (pictured) manage to achieve the right balance between style, price and quality. They also do great classic pairs that last for years. I have a pair of black suede knee-high boots that I bought four winters ago that I’ve looked after so well they’re still going to be wearable in two winters time.

Signature Perfume

During the daytime I wear Jo Malone, normally it’s the fresh and citrusy ‘English Pear and Freesia’ but I also adore ‘Wild Bluebell’. At night time I wear Coco Chanel. It’s such a heady, sensual scent and is as perfect for evening as a silk ball gown.

Top style tip

Even if you don’t think it’s going to suit you, your body shape or your skin tone, try anything and everything. If you don’t try everything, then you’ll never know what definitely does look bad and what looks great on you.

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 Read the full article here, and if you haven’t discovered the joy of reading What She Wears, try it out!

Yours,

Whisty Xx

31
Jul
10

Morrocan Inspired

Hey All,

Just a quick Weekend fix. I know I did the post last week on long white maxi’s (still loving). I just saw the new AW10 campaign images from Monsoon. Not only do I want to go to a souk in the worst way, I want to dress like this when I go: (It’s all very Rolling Stones in Morocco, no?)

More Specifically in either one of these BLACK maxi’s. Be in no doubt, I shall have this dress. (They’ve called it the Farah Maxi, like I needed another reason. €110).

On the failure of me getting my mitts on that one, this one, with a mini dress underneath, will suffice (Mouroux lace maxi €280 (eek)) :

The rest of the campaign images are also pretty great. I love the colours, the attitude, the setting, the models, ah the whole kit and kaboodle. (After the jump). Continue reading ‘Morrocan Inspired’

20
Jul
10

Mini Trend – White Maxi Dresses

OR: One wholly inappropriate sartorial choice for a soggy Irish summer.

Hey All,

I’m crushing on every one of these photographs. I know that ankle / floor length white dresses and puddle-ridden Dublin streets are not exactly a match made in heaven, but still. I very much would like a pretty white maxi dress immediately please.

I saw the post-Glasto pics of Florence Welch in hers and since then, I’ve seen long white dresses everywhere. They’ve been teasing me saying, oh go on, you know you want to. And I do want to, especially the sheer skirted ones and I’d wear it with my scruffy old pair of black Doc Martens to boot.

Florence Welch, Glastonbury ’10 (image via Style.com)

Daisy Lowe (R), Opening of Acne London Studio July ’10 (Image Via Zimbio)

Joanne Hynes, Failte Ireland Race Day, ’10

Rumi Neely, Fashiontoast, July ’10

When Decades Collide, July ’10

Topshop, AW10

Xx

OR: One wholly inappropriate sartorial choice for a soggy Irish summer.

Hey All,

I’m crushing on every one of these photographs. I know that ankle / floor length white dresses and puddle-ridden Dublin streets are not exactly a match made in heaven, but still. I very much would like a pretty white maxi dress immediately please.

I saw the post-Glasto pics of Florence Welch in hers and since then, I’ve seen long white dresses everywhere. They’ve been teasing me saying, oh go on, you know you want to. And I do want to, especially the sheer skirted ones and I’d wear one with my scruffy old pair of black Doc Martens to boot.




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