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Tartan & Plaid together? Oh my

Sometime last month I did this post about the early trend of tartan/plaid/squares/grids that was coming straight off the streets during Fashion Week. Well as expected, that was simply the warm up and we are now in full tartan heaven, with high street stores surely only weeks or days away from dropping their offering into store, to further spread the plaid joy. Like it or lump it, it’s going to be here for a while, so jump on board I say (with caution), but pick your print carefully and style it up with good sense, to avoid looking like Scotland has just thrown up all over you.

To roll like the Celine/Stella Mc Cartney plaid, opt for neat light coloured tartan knits or sweaters and maybe even combine plaids, a-la-Ms. Centenera, if thats for your choosing. Otherwise channel the Saint Laurent inspiration by embracing the grungey tartan shirt or baby doll dress. If this all seems a bit much, but you do still want to get involved, then there’s always the trusty old tartan sneaker, the Vans shape reinterpreted by Celine. However if Celine is slightly out of your price range, then give it 5 minutes, and surely Zara will have a more viable option in store for you.

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Socks. Lets debrief

Wearing socks with heels is certainly not a new concept, however, as a ‘thing’, it appears to be presenting itself these days, inline with the ongoing love affair fashion is having with sportswear and streetstyle. Previously socks with heels were really only done in a preppy or hipster way, reiterating the wearers ‘anti fashion’ stance while unknowingly contradicting themselves at the same time. Today though, we are seeing socks with heels, socks with sandals (and not on old Greek men) socks with frocks and socks with Birkenstocks (ok, that was last one was me, and it was only while I was at home. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know what Im talking about)

So how do feel about this sock situation and what does it all really mean? . But are we that desperate for fashion freshness that we are resorting to leaving our socks on after a trip to the gym, then simply adding our mega heels over the top? Or are our toes, simply just feeling a bit cold? Thoughts?

In Paris just last week, Karl Lagerfeld even jumped on board the sock express at Chanel, attaching his ribbed basic sock to a patent round tow pump which resulted in this season’s school girl chic must have heel. Hedi Slimane channelled Michael Jackson’s sock situation in his 80’s inspired runway for Saint Laurent, pairing sparkly socks with low heels. Adding more fuel to the fire, Miuccia Prada has brought the sports sock look back again this season, via her jewel encrusted football style leg warmers. Thankfully she hasn’t gone the whole hog with a full sock, but the mere presence of a sock like leg warmer will surely encourage plenty of spin off attempts that end up creating a plethora of socks-with-heels-wearing-women. Will you be one of these women? Honestly, I probably wont, and not necessarily because I despise the look (which I don’t) but more so because it’s not really my thing and I just don’t think I could pull it off.

So socks with heels, from me to you, I say: ‘Farewell new friend, it just wasn’t meant to be. But be free, be fun and prosper’ while I admire you from a safe distance, in the comfort of my black Birkenstocks, the other ugly footwear trend item of the moment…

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Rachel Zoe SS14

I’ve often said of R Zoe that she should stick to styling, as I think thats where her strengths lie, however the collection she has just presented overnight in New york is making me think again. While her designs lack the innovation and ‘style setting’ prowess of high end designers, this collection offers much more accessibility to satisfy to the mainstream commercial market, which she has moved into over the last few years. The collection is wearable, and a far cry from her Yves Saint Laurent meets boho personal style, which she struggled to leave behind in her early collections. Zoe’s penchant for boho wasn’t completely lost but it was good to see floaty maxi dresses were few and far between, instead replaced by the more modern silhouettes of clean lines and structured shapes.

Theres clear evidence here of her learnings and her more developed understanding of who and what she’s designing for, with her US department store buyers, surely happy to buy up big. She’s always known for having a white moment and within this collection, I believe this is when she’s at her best, with the emerging NYFW trend of all white, taking centre stage in this offering…

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Isabel Marant Resort 2014

Isabel Marant is the absolute epitome of understated French ‘cool’. No one does this look like she does and her 2014 Resort collection is no different, offering up IM staple items such as blazers, flirty ruffly skirts and heels which will soon be seen on the feet of anyone who’s anyone. The key to Marants brilliantness, is her focus on simplicity, styling and understanding how to accentuate a woman in an effortless classic way. I mean,  after Decarnin-Balmain, she definitely owns the cuffed pant/jean and heel combo.

I especially love this collection for the drops of fun she has added, like the bronze metallic pant and fuschia pink mini, all items bound to be seen on the streetstyle over the next year. So here’s to hoping this is somewhat of a premonition to what her SS14 collection may hold, only approximately 3 weeks until we find out…

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Now we know that the French pack love a bit of IM, and when looking at this collection, I feel like I can already see Emanuelle Alt, Geraldine Saglio and Capucine Safyurtlu in many of these looks, so thanks to photoshop (and some super fast messy work), I can kinda prove my point, thoughts? I reckon Im bang on with these!

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US Vogue The September Issue

Jennifer Lawrence covers the September Issue of US Vogue, and while I love her & I love love Mario Testino and I love Vogue, I feel a little bit underwhelmed by this cover. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad, in fact it’s great, but I just personally always hope for something uber high fashion and groundbreaking from Vogue and I just didn’t get it this time. Admittedly it’s no secret that US Vogue is one of the most commercial of all the worldwide Vogue editions, marketed to a far wider audience than say Vogue Paris or Vogue Italia, which just drip with couture fashion & sartorial forwardness (thats not a word, but I just made it one). And on a side note, I definitely feel like that huge print ‘902’ on the cover is quite misleading, as I read it and begin to automatically think there’s going to be an article on Beverly Hills 90210 (the TV show that is), did anyone else get that? No? Just me? oh well, anyway, enough of my waffling about what I think, enjoy the pics…

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A world without Galliano…

While in the lull that is this time of year on the fashion calendar, I began pondering what Im looking forward to in the coming fashion month and heres what sprang to mind: Something exciting and groundbreaking. Hmm, I thought, who will provide this for me? And naturally I mentally went straight to Dior Couture (eventhough we’re heading into a RTW month), which led me straight to John Galliano which led me straight to writing this post. Why? Because I miss him and the fashion world seems to have a gaping hole without his creations to fill them. Yes, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and JP Gaultier fill some of the void, but as Galliano could never replace each of them, in turn, the cannot replace John Galliano.

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Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood & Jean Paul Gaultier

Now, before anyone starts commenting about how awful he is and his anti semitic slurs and drunken racist tirades, yes, I hear you & No, I don’t think it’s ok or cool at all and I certainly disagree with what he was waffling on about. But reality aside for a few minutes, now we can move on.

So as I was saying, I miss him. Again, why? Well mainly because no one does Couture quite like Galliano and no one does opulence like Galliano. He really is the true meaning of a designer, someone who can create enormously over the top gowns, that cascade elegantly down the female form, like they were a part of her. Galliano’s shows for Dior were exactly that, shows. They were extravaganza’s of excessiveness, celebrating all that was creative, unique and beautiful. Without him at Dior, we have seen a more conservative (only by means of comparison) offering via Raf Simons, which is just as beautiful, but in a more refined and restrained manner, that sits at the opposite end of Galliano on the fashion scale.

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A Galliano couture gown & one of Raf Simons debut couture gowns

John Galliano was the first British designer to head up a French fashion house in Givenchy in 1995, but was soon thereafter moved over to Dior, which he led from 1996-2011. His creations for the French house were awe inspiring , meticulous in their structure and helped bring Dior into the modern fashion climate. His limitless imagination soared when producing Couture collections, which he did consistently with ease,  creating gowns that seemed to be something of mere magic. While I always did love his Ready To Wear, I couldn’t help but feel there was restraint in them, an involuntary restraint that was visibly set free when one of his Couture pieces walked down the runway. Have a peruse of some of his history at Dior, and maybe you’ll see why I think the fashion world misses John Galliano…

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Fall 2011 RTW, John Galliano’s last collection for Dior

 

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And the man himself…

Sadly, John Galliano made a foolish mistake in todays “someones always watching” world when going on a drunken Anti Semitic rant in a Paris bar, which lucky for him, was being filmed by British newspaper, The Sun, who consequentially ran the video on their website prior to Paris Fashion Week. For this, he was asked to stand down from his role as Head Designer at Christian Dior, a house in which he created a legacy over the last 15 years. He has paid the highest penalty for committing the highest crime, and now seeks forgiveness in the eyes of the world and those who he offended.

A dark cloud hung in the atmosphere at his last show for Dior, to which he was not invited. Tim Blanks of Style.com wrote this of that day:

Overtaken by events, this ready-to-wear show ended up as a swan song, but it was a pale testament to the extraordinary work the ateliers have done for Galliano over the past 14 years. The proper tribute would ideally have been one of the Dior couture shows, where the extravagant drama of the designer’s soaring imagination was evenly matched by breathtaking workmanship. Still, there was enough of that symbiosis between creator and atelier to give today’s opening outfits some oomph”

Early 2012, Oscar De La Renta, with the help of Anna Wintour, invited Galliano to join him in preparation for his 2013 Fall RTW collection, to which Galliano accepted. After the show finale, Galliano remained quietly behind the scenes without even as much as a peek around the corner, a humble step backward for the usually extravagant showman. So where to from here for the man, we don’t know as yet, but as long as theres is possibility of his return to creation, I will eagerly sit and wait…

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Whats what with Fashion Blogs

After reading Amy Odell’s piece about fashion bloggers on Buzzfeed (which you should definitely have a look at, thanks Gabs) it made me wonder how this Web 2.0 inspired fashion fad came about, whats the difference between them all and how sustainable are they. I don’t proclaim myself to be an expert by any means in this area, but I thought Id share my take on whats what with fashion blogs…

Personal Style Blogs

This is a group of people who’s blogs are based on sharing their outfits. They run their own blog which contains images, both professionally & unprofessionally taken, of themselves, in a variety of different outfits sometimes in quite random locations in an effort to make their images appear more editorial. This is also the group hardest hit in Odells article, claiming their shameless narcissism is what makes them so loathed by the fashion elite.

If this group takes your fancy and you want some high end and editorial looking bloggers, then hit up Gary Pepper  or Style Heroine

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Evangelie of Style Heroine

If high street, fast fashion is more your thang, then head on over to We Wore What or Victoria Torenegren

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Danielle of We Wore What

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Victoria of Victoria Torenegren

If you like your stylistas served with a bit more edge then check Fanny Lyckman or Twinfashion or The Black Cape

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And finally, if you prefer an entrepreneurial big business blogger who is her own brand, then check The Blonde Salad or Fashion Toast

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Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad

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Fashion & Diary Blogs

The difference between this group and the above group, is that these sites tend to have a mixture of self outfit pictures, along with fashion recommendations (sometimes advertising) and lifestyle reporting, which some might even call a diary. This group usually get slammed for their aforementioned lifestyle reporting, which some claim is more of a ‘this is what I do everyday in my pretend fabulous life’ involving pictures of travel, outfit selfies and fruit salads. These guys however, are the bloggers Odell refers to as having a means to the end of their blog. Make up your own mind on these guys and check out Shine by Three or Style By Kling or  Sincerely Jules

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Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three

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Elin Kling of Style By Kling

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Streetstyle Blogs

This is where it gets different. These sites should not ever be confused with ‘Fashion Blogs’ and typically have very little to do with the actual person who creates the site, as the creators are usually street photographers who focus on street style. To be the object of a streetstyle photographer is (sometimes) the secret wish of a high percentage of fashion week attendees, excluding the fashion elite of course. These sites are my personal favourite, as I love a good real street look. Check the original streetstyle blogger, The Sartorialist and while you’re streetstyle browsing check out my personal fav, Streetpeeper. After that, head over to Stockholm Streetstyle, Facehunter and Lee Oliveira.

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Anna Dello Russo by Scott Shuman for The Sartorialist

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Christine Centenera by Phil Oh for Streetpeeper

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So there you have it, somewhat of a breakdown of fashion blogs and a few pointers on who to hit up for what. So now with that there, I must ask, where to from here for fashion bloggers? More outfits? More sales pitchs? Who knows! But without sounding like the grinch, I stand by the age old saying that ‘all good things must come to an end’ and if so, what does this end look like and how far away is it. Me thinks not too far unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint) but with society’s ever insatiable appetite for bigger, better, shinier, newer, I see the lifespan of some fashion bloggers cut very short, because soon it wont be enough to just post pics of yet another outfit involving yet another pair of denim cut offs or your newest netaporter purchase or a summary of your instagram week, because readers/viewers will want more and someone somewhere out there will be ready to give it to them.

It is well known in the digi world and proven in fact, that social media fads are no different to a simple fashion fad, one minute you’re hot and everyone wants you, but sadly the next minute you’ve been outdone and something else is hotter. Take Myspace for example, or MSN chat (those of you who know what Netscape is will remember yahoo chat and MSN) both highly successful digital communication platforms that quickly died off because something supposedly bigger and better landed, have you heard of Facebook? Anyway I digress, but in the words of the late PM Julia Gills, its really all about sustainability and I just don’t know if some fashion blogs have it in them to develop their own carbon tax, but it will be interesting to observe either way…

Disclaimer

Happy Monday peeps, just wanted to share a few things about Stylesnooperdan…

Stylesnooperdan is a fashion inspiration blog that honours all levels of fashion aesthetics, design and photography in a celebratory way. It’s here to hopefully inspire and make you feel good, while encouraging you to embrace any form of individuality you can. Fashion can be fickle, it can be nasty, it can be unhealthy and  it can be suffocating, all things I deliberately aim to work against when I post, preferring to just simply showcase the most interesting & intriguing fashion bits that I’ve come across. After all, it is just fashion, it’s supposed to be fun, not a lifestyle 🙂

Dan xx

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ze Birkenstock

Im going to keep this short and sweet. Birkenstocks. They’re back.

Blame Celine, blame ze Germans, blame whoever you want, but there’s no denying it. I said it once (here), then I said it again (here), and now Im saying it again. And, Gabs, this is for you…

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The Magic Number

Unless youve been living under a rock, you probably would have noticed the sports tee trend going around the last 6 months, as literally every high street store/brand/label has produced their own version, ensuring this trend is a stayer for a few more months at least. The trend started some seasons ago now and owes itself to Isabel Marant (see first image) and LPD who create the designer surname tees…

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Colour on the streetstyle

I could not be happier perusing this latest bunch of streetstyle shots from Milan Mens Fashion week as it’s a reminder to me why I love fashion but more so why I love high end streetstyle. Its so good to see some colour, some smiles, some flowers and god its good to see people wearing something different. The authenticity and conviction of the fash pack is a super big breath of fresh happy air after having my head buried in blogger blogs lately, case in point (one of my favs) Carlotta Oddi starting us off again in Adidas… and just a quick mention to Zina from Fashionvibe, who is also looking super shmick!

On a side note, it’s interesting to see a few key trends that seem to be keeping on keeping on; The Sports thing & Jersey Numbered tops, mirrored sunglasses, overalls, multitude of coloured friendship bands and midriffs, which I did a bit of a ‘how to’ on, just a few days back, check it here. So dont throw your mirrored sunnies and jersey tops out just yet…

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Milan Mens Fashion Week 2014

The Mens fashion weeks have been going on last week in London and now in Milan, so naturally the streetstylers are out and about, and dont they look amazing drenched in European sunlight, not to mention that it looks like mirrored sunglasses are going to keep going for another season… And Carlotta Oddi’s outfit in this first shot… wow

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Got any blacker?

Us Melbournians love our black and I think we excel in wearing it head to toe, especially in winter, so here’s some all black dressing inspiration and plenty of reasons why wearing all black, is never a bad idea…

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Bare

Baring your midriff is one of the single most difficult trends to pull off sucessfully, however when done well, can look really shmick. One serial midriff practitioner is the Anna Wintour endorsed uber blogger, Hanneli, who happily jumps at any opportunity to show off her toned tum.

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Now obviously this is not a trend everyone will want to get on board with, but if you decide to, then these are my recommendations for getting it right.

1. Only show a sliver. Try and avoid the Brittney Spears ‘oops I did it again’ inspired midriff that shows your entire torso, instead, opt for a smaller, select section of skin and remember, it’s about modesty not Playboy.

2. High waist is best. As you can see below, by wearing a high waist skirt/pant with your midriff top, you’re only showing a small section of the top part of the torso, which somehow manages to look a lot more chic than when your belly button is exposed.

3. Make sure it fits. Now this should apply to all trends, but make sure your clothes fit you properly and please do not try and squeeze into the smaller size just because it does up. Skin overhang is the first way to ruin the look.

Take inspiration from the peeps below, all of who rock the midriff…

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Who do you dress for?

The concept of dressing in way that is ‘man repelling’ is something I’m finding currently, quite relevant. If you’re not quite on my page, then let me break it down for you: Man Repelling dressing refers to dressing for fashion, in fashion, for the love of fashion, inadvertently  repelling men as opposed to wearing a form fitting LBD and patent pumps in an attempt to attract men. Think of it like this, if you were to run out and purchase a pair of the furry Celine Birkenstock sandals, what would be the response from your man/father/brother/male friend? Confusion and most likely a laugh accompanied by a condescending shake of the head. Now this is purely because most of them dont understand fashion the way we do and therefore their appreciation for it usually non existant. NB. I cant stress how much this is a generalisation, and I am well aware that there are plenty of men out there who would probably shame both me & Anna Wintour through their love/knowledge/understanding of fashion.

Some great man repelling trends include drop crutch pants, socks with heels, pyjama styling, sports sneakers with dresses etc. Check these ripping man repelling outfits and also if you haven’t checked out Leandra Medine, the one who coined the term, otherwise known as the Man Repeller, you should, cos she is the business…

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The reason I bring up man repelling, is that I believe Ive been doing a hell of a lot of it lately, which brings me to my next point: Who do you dress for? Because Im pretty sure I haven’t been dressing for my man when I put on a washed out stussy sweater, oversized unflattering boyfriend jeans, chunky Isabel Marant sneakers and my russian fur hat.

So who do we dress for, and I mean really. Cos yes, Im sure on some level, we all dress for ourselves because what other people think doesn’t matter blah blah I know all this and I am definitely an advocate for doing & being only what makes you happy, but lets be honest, sometimes, we all dress or attempt to adapt our look for someone/something or even some place. In addition, dressing for men and women are two very different outfits, and I’m going to put it out there and say that I believe, most women dress for other women, most of the time. Yes.

A little while back I wrote a post about losing sight of my real style, and Im disappointed to report that this still appears to be the case, So having said that, I wonder who the hell have I been dressing for? And more importantly what shall I do about this pickle I find myself in, as you see, I do like my clothes (obviously, as Im wearing them) but it appears that once again, my own true style has become a little lost and I still am being drawn to the familiar (things i’ve seen look good on others) maybe over things I actually like. Hmmmmm, thanks Instagram and Fashion blogs, I blame you. How’s the irony in me proclaiming this to you… via my very own fashion blog… hmmmm

I suspect I could be quickly becoming another victim of a new more modern influence in dressing which I will label: ‘blogspiring’. Thats right, I mean dressing based on being severely under the influence of fashion bloggers and their instagrams. Yes person wearing senso boots, zara skort with a striped top semi tucked in, standing in a laneway casually looking down at your shoes acting nonchalant trying to instagram the right angle which includes all elements of your outfit, Im talking about you, because you are also infected. You, like me, are probably suffering from blogspiring…

Check these tell tale current (June 2013) ‘blogspiring’ outfit looks… nb. I added the date as blogspiring looks tend to change quite swiftly…

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