Saturday, June 15, 2013

constant in the darkness

My clothes here are all black and white. I bought the dress to replace one I bought from Etsy a couple of years ago that I've gotten too tall for (shock horror (I'm still short but taller than my previously shorter self, at least)). It was green velvet with a lace collar and pearl buttons down the front (I just found the link here). The annoying thing is that I had to take it up first of all to wear it, then I outgrew it, so if I'd have left it I could still wear it now. Anyway, I wanted a 60s dress that actually fitted me because I have a habit of buying clothes that are gargantuan. The top half is tiny pin tucks in a sheer fabric and the skirt bit is crimplene.

Dress - Vintage
Glomesh Bag (with tortoiseshell Lucite handle) - Vintage (and doesnt belong to me)

Unknown. I found similar tights in American Apparel to these and I want them.

Under appreciated things 1) patterned tights. I branched into buying vintage hosiery last summer with 3 pairs of Mary Quant tights. Only one pair hasn't laddered, which sucks. If shops sold geometrically patterned tights more I swear I would buy hundreds because the way they used to make tights seems prone to laddering which isn't great for klutzes like me and there's only so many that are available for sale online/in vintage shops. They also always seem really small and I'm not tall (as afore mentioned (as afore noticed by you, in the picture above)) so I'm perplexed as to why.

Sharone Poole.

Tights - eBay
Shoes - Gift for my birthday (brand Kenneth Cole)

My feet. You can sort of see the cutouts in the sides of my shoes. I like wearing white socks/tights with them because it makes them look more like saddle shoes. They're like saddle shoe/loafer hybrids.

Marc Jacobs SS13 by Juergen Teller. Other collections with monochrome/optical illusion-y clothes that spring to mind are Moschino SS12 and Louis Vuitton SS12, but their campaigns have bright colours in too so I haven't included pictures here.

Also, I only have one exam left (on Monday)! Then summer starts and I'm off for 12 weeks. It's all fun and games until results day in August. As a side-note I've found myself uploading things to Tumblr instead of putting them here at all more often recently. This used to be more of a record for myself only, and the fact it is a blog dedicated basically just to myself feels overwhelmingly contrived sometimes and this was ok when I didn't have to think about others seeing it. I guess I'm becoming disillusioned with Blogger as a whole but I'll try to continue to use it because I enjoy it when I do use it. Not that this occurs often. I'm sure it's just a phase.

- Hollie

Thursday, June 06, 2013

now i think my winking days are through

Arja, 27 and Axel, 15.

Eliel, 27 and Ines, 20.

These pictures are from Hel Looks, a street style blog from Helsinki. I must have been living under a rock because I only came across it in March-ish via Tumblr. I like the sort of style featured on it, it's not so 'high' fashion, more every day casual stuff, but still really innovative and fresh (I need to rinse my mouth out and download a new vocabulary). I don't know if i's something to do with both being nordic countries, but when I went to Iceland in March 2012 the street style I witnessed while I was in Reykjavik (for only about 3 hours) was also astonishing there. We saw a man in a head to toe purple suit inc. matching top hat.

Also, Australian designer Karla Spetic is someone/something else I found out about through Tumblr. Oyster Magazine describes her AW13 collection as reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides so it shouldn't be much of a surprise I'm fawning over it.

SS14, AW13.

SS14, SS14.

AW13, AW13.

The translucent and tiered layers of the collections above remind me of Tata Naka (I may have written on my blog about Tata Naka before but I can't remember). They are one of my favourite designers.

AW13, SS13.

AW13, AW13.

AW12, AW12.

AW12, AW12.

And the same sort of thing (diaphanous, semi-sheer) again from a more minimalistic perspective, Low Classic SS13. I found this through Tumblr also.

Low Classic SS13.

Dress - eBay
Skirt - eBay
Socks - Topshop, £3.50
Shoes - Kenneth Cole (for my birthday).

An outfit from a couple of weeks back? Maybe last week? Exams are making me lose track of all time. Everything is merging in to one. I only have 5 exams left and have done 12. I am free from the 17th of June and I have so many outfits to take photos of and a photo shoot I have had planned since last July that might actually materialise. 

- Hollie