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New York Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2018

I’d like to start this by saying that I am so over New York Fashion Week and, as I write this, we are only halfway through. I’ve had this conversation with a few people already and I have come to the realization that fashion week, now more than ever, is just a spectacle and not at all reflective of the fashion industry as a whole. I am disappointed to see coverage on the shows focusing on the models or the afterparties instead of the clothes (often with zero mention of the actual designs), coming from actual media brands and magazines all the way down to microinfluencers on social media. It is now totally clear that fashion week is just a marketing vehicle, but who for? In my opinion, fashion week is about models and influencers building their brands even more than actual fashion brands. It is all about what shows people have attended (and sat front row, and snapchatted, and Instagrammed) and what model is going to be the newest socialite with the most followers online. It’s really sad to be honest. However, I think that actual buyers and people who attend the shows because it is their business to be there are still, obviously, working hard and are detached from the whole circus of it – Man Repeller actually published a good piece about the Alexander Wang show which I felt summed this up, sort of. This New York Times article was a fantastic take on this topic too. Anyway, I’m going to follow a similar format as I did last season and post images of looks that I particularly loved and also link you to some others. Let fashion month commence!

Rachel Zoe showed her collection before fashion week started in Los Angeles. I loved this print worn by both Zoe herself and Chrissy Teigen at the presentation. Funnily enough, I was sitting a couple of tables away from Zoe during her birthday dinner at Chateau Marmont the weekend before.
I love this look from Rachel Comey from head to toe. I want the earrings. Since interning at an e-commerce site I have a newfound appreciation for the brand as I’ve seen how well her products photograph and how they can be worn so easily in a woman’s daily life.
Rosetta Getty presented another collection which I can see future me wearing (like me as a 35 year old mom lol). I’m always a fan.
Rosetta Getty, again.
Tom Ford’s show was great because he was referencing himself at Gucci, and everyone in fashion looooooved Tom Ford for Gucci. I’m loving his brand more and more as time goes by. This orange coat looks amazing on the model’s skin tone too.
Tom Ford again, and Gigi looks great.
A look at Tom Ford.
I love this romper from Kendall + Kylie. Plus, shoutout to the model Bella Harris! I have shot with her before and she is such a sweetie and really beautiful.
Brock Collection was so romantic and pretty and felt very Spring.
Brock Collection again, giving me Dolce & Gabbana vibes.
I am always here for strappy dresses and matching belts!! Brock Collection, again.
I like this dress by Cinq a Sept. I always stop and look at their stuff in Bloomies.
I love the shape of the bra tops from Adam Selman. He did these in a couple of colors.
Cute, (almost) underwear dressing at Adam Selman.
So obsessed with this menswear look at Calvin Klein. I’d like to see A$AP Rocky in this.
Interesting effects at Calvin Klein.
So pretty but also like blotches of blood. American Horror Story at Calvin Klein.
Liya + Vinyl = Love, at Calvin Klein.
There were a lot of cool looks at Kith, not just for the hypebeasts.
I really loved all of the asymmetric dresses at Jason Wu. I hope this trickles down into fast-fashion.
My favorite look from the Jason Wu show.
I love the two different weights of polka dot in one dress, at Jason Wu.
Say yes to the ruching! At Jason Wu
I want this to add to my collection of black dresses, at Jason Wu.
An updated shirtdress (and the best / most wearable hair and make-up of fashion week) at Hellessy.
I love this color and the way the fabric sashays at Cushnie et Ochs.
Retro style with the matching belt and a super flattering cut at Brandon Maxwell.
I love this glamorous look on Romee Strijd (who I also love at the moment thanks to her vlogs) at Brandon Maxwell.
I love the tied up neck at Prabal Gurung.
The strongest Fenty X Puma collection yet.
Mid-2000s chic at Fenty x Puma.
Sexy with a twist at Fenty X Puma.
I loved too many looks from Alexander Wang to include them all. One thing I don’t like is the runway debut of Kaia Gerber this season (a 16 year old who posts the most risque photos on IG). Let kids be kids.
!!!!! at Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang does Chanel
Two shirts in one at Alexander Wang.
Anna Ewers looking very glam at Alexander Wang.
Marc Jacobs was actually so great this season. I looooove the turbans. So glamorous.
Another great look from Marc Jacobs.
My favorite look of NYFW in general, c/o Marc Jacobs.

Coachella Capsule Wardrobe – 2017

COACHELLA WARDROBE

 

On the back of my previous post about Coachella and the influence that the festival is having on retailers, I decided to style a set of what, in my mind, would be a perfect Coachella wardrobe. I tried to have as few pieces as possible, especially ones that I thought were interchangeable but still looked good as when you’re at a festival you don’t want to take your entire wardrobe. Some of the items I included were high-end (which is not uncommon at festivals nowadays) but they are also substitutable for fast-fashion pieces as well.
The first look is a lace bralet with lightweight flowly culottes and Puma sneakers. I could actually wear this look as I have most of the elements at home (besides these exact sneakers). My reasoning behind this was that you could wear the sneakers on all three days so your feet stay covered (no open-toe sandals at festivals), and the other elements were so you didn’t get too warm. Coachella is held in the desert and it seemingly gets crazy hot. I added bangles and a watch to this look because your arms would be on display so it added something fun. Finally, the crossbody bag is so you can be handsfree. The second look consists of the same shoes and accessories (minus the bangle) but this time with a mesh top and denim cut-offs. The same denim cut-offs would be worn the following day, this time with a spaghetti strap bodysuit (or tank). The final look has the matching kimono for the culottes from the first look.
Let me know what you think? Who could you picture in these looks?
Looks I liked from previous years

Shopping Find: Alexander Wang x Topshop x Urban Renewal

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I’m not a denim skirt fan. They look weird on me. In my mind, they are for mid-2000s moms. However, they seem to be having a resurgence. I noticed this last summer when pretty much every cool girl stepped out wearing one. I didn’t partake in it last summer and I probably wont next summer. However, I liked this Alexander Wang option because it was a little bit more interesting to me than your standard, straight-across denim skirt. Instead of being his mainline runway collection, it is a piece from his Denim x Alexander Wang line. I haven’t actually purchased any jeans from them yet but I am planning to get a pair of either the skinny style or the slightly wider straight legs. I haven’t yet decided. I came across the two dupes organically. I was just browsing on both Topshop and Urban’s websites when I seen the styles that looked eerily similar.

As this is an older season style, Alexander Wang’s skirt is available on The Outnet (therefore already reduced from regular retail price) and is on sale. Furthermore, the Urban Renewal style is half price. What’s funny to me is that Topshop’s version is current season and still full price (34 GBP). However, out of all three options it is the one I like the best. I think the wash of the denim is the nicest. All of these styles come out to less than 100 GBP in total so really any of them are a relative steal. Maybe you can rock the summer staple with the cut-out twist better than I could?

SHOP ONLINE
Alexander Wang (via The Outnet) – 94 GBP, if you’re in the US you can get it at Barney’s for $69
Topshop – 34 GBP
Urban Renewal (at Urban Outfitters) – 20 GBP

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Spring 2017

It has been a crazy few weeks. This is one of the first posts that I’m actually writing in New York since I arrived here. For a quick update, I moved around 4 weeks ago now. I lived in dorms for two weeks then I decided to move out on my own and here I am in my own apartment now. Truly living the dream. Anyhow, I missed fashion week sign up because I was apartment hunting then signing a lease. I’m a little bit disappointed that I had to keep up to date with things just via the internet instead of being there to experience it myself, but hey there’s always fashion week again in February. FIT is great though as they help you get involved in a variety of shows. I have friends who did the Tommy Hilfiger rehearsal show and got to walk the runway to help them time the music and rides to the marks hit by the models. It sounded super cool.

It is very strange because this is the first time that I’ve ever been in the same city as fashion week when it was actually happening yet I felt very disconnected from it. The only show I streamed was Alexander Wang, I barely looked at the Vogue Runway app, and I even scrolled past a bunch of images on Instagram. I was very distracted with other things unfortunately. However, I’ve had a look through literally every collection available on Vogue Runway (I always have an urge to type style.com here) and here are my thoughts.

Brandon Maxwell

It is strange to think that a year ago Brandon Maxwell was just Lady Gaga’s stylist. He has come so far in such a short time. Think of all of the celebrities who have worn his designs recently: for example, Naomi Campbell at the VMAs (she wore two different looks). I really like what he does. His designs are slightly old Hollywood but feel modern. He uses all of my favourite fabrics (you know I die for silk and satin), he picks colours that I would pick, and he chooses shapes and silhouettes that I love. Basically, I think we have a similar aesthetic. It is nice to know that there’s another designer at fashion week whose show I can look forward to seeing. This season my favourite look would have to be the black pant suit with the silk, plunging top underneath. Super sexy. I also loved the second look, the white dress with the tiered, flouncy skirt.

Sally LaPointe

As I’ve said a million times on here before, I love Sally LaPointe. I want to dress like her woman. In fact, a lot of the time I already do. Her designs speak to me and I feel like they are made for me, which is what I’m always looking for when it comes to fashion week. I want to see pieces that feel very me. This season she did a lot of cool embellishments with beading and feathers, plus she had some cool corsetry that wasn’t too extreme for me to feel intimidated by. The only thing I didn’t like was the lace up pants but that’s something I’ve always hated, not just by her. I also liked how there was a little bit more daywear in this collection. For example, the floaty shorts that she showed in a few colourways could be worn during the day more casually, with a cotton t-shirt, or in the evening paired with the embellished tops as shown in the show. The look with the cropped khaki pants and the sheer blouse would also work during the day. Overall, a great collection from one of my true favourites. I hope her brand continues to grow.

Alexander Wang

As always, I livestreamed the Alexander Wang show. One day I’ll be there I hope but for now the livestream is almost as exciting. There was a lot of cool lingerie inspired pieces, hidden details like the floral linings on skirts, a fun soundtrack, and the afterparty looked dope. I didn’t like the neons but loved the lace up details, even though they weren’t entirely new. The surplice necklines were also appreciated as the whole robe style is my favourite look. I cannot count the amount of tops and dresses I own with this look because it looks sexy, even if you have small boobs. Once again Wang produced a commercial, sellable collection and that’s what I like about his brand. It’s accessible but still exclusive in a way. You feel cool wearing it.

Dion Lee

As soon as I spotted this collection I knew I had to mention it. It was one of the few collections this fashion week that stopped me scrolling and made me really look at it. Let me start this off by saying I have never seen any Dion Lee clothes in store so I have no idea what it really looks like. Based off the runway images, it is cool. However, I’d like to make an effort to see some in person so I’m going to research some New York based stockists. The first thing that struck me was the colours of the four opening looks. Beige. My favourite neutral. Couple the colour with another element that I love, belts, and I knew we were onto a winner.

And the rest…

As always, I adored Altuzarra, especially the snakeskin shirt dress. He also managed to make gingham look sexy once again. Only Joseph Altuzarra.

I loved Wes Gordon‘s lookbook. It was cool seeing places that I’ve actually been used as the locations for the shots. Also, the clothes were super pretty and very me. I can see myself in a lot of the pieces, unmodified, and that’s rather rare when it comes to “fashion week” clothing.

Narciso Rodriguez is a brand that I don’t think gets nearly enough hype. Every single season he produces a collection of beautiful, streamlined, wearable pieces that I can imagine a lot of people wearing. I’d love to know how well the line sells as I can imagine it being the unassuming kind of designer goods that wealthy people actually buy. This silver fluid slip is to die for.

This J Mendel dress deserves a red carpet moment. 

I would love this dress (or the Zara copy, let’s be honest) from Carolina Herrera because it makes me think of something Grace Kelly would’ve worn back in the 50s. Very Hitchcock but less restrictive. I love anything with a matching belt.

I expect to see this Proenza Schouler look on many magazines covers/in editorials next Spring. It’s very striking.

I found a few items in the Yeezy show kinda cool, but I think that may be because I was still on a high from his concert when I seen the show images. I stood in line for an hour for a t-shirt. I sipped the Kool-Aid.

I am obsessed with these two dresses (i & ii) from Brock Collection. No furs this season but still a collection that I enjoyed.

Hellessy’s interpretation of the off-the-shoulder trend was the best I’ve seen.

Area always have the coolest lookbooks. I think it’s the lighting that does it. I don’t even need a show from them because their lookbooks highlight the product even more effectively I think.

I really liked Oscar de la Renta this season then I found out that it was the designers from Monse who did the show. It all makes sense now, especially given that when I seen Monse my initial thoughts were favourite show so far. It is definitely a brand to keep an eye on over the coming seasons.

Jonathan Saunders’ first collection for Diane von Furstenberg was interesting. I found the shapes more youthful than usual. It was cool but still DVF. I especially liked the two tone wrap dress with the toffee and the black and white stripes. Very cool.

New York Fashion Week Highlights – Fall 2016

It is fashion month again, can you believe it? I am constantly filled with the desire for something new, a thirst that cannot be quenched, and the speed of fashion doesn’t help this. It has me feeling the need to buy new things all the time. The new season has rolled around so quickly this time. I think because there has been so much talk of changing the fashion calendar with a few designers not even showing this season. Instead they are choosing to wait until September to show their fall collections, in time for them going into stores. I shared a post about this concept a couple of months ago when it was just theoretical but now the changes are beginning to take shape. I can only wonder how much longer the current system will last, if more designers will shift to the new way, and how the new way will work out for retailers and press alike.

As always, New York comes first. It has got me very excited to think that next time it is Fashion Week in the city, I’ll also be there. Maybe I can volunteer? Or just awkwardly hang around outside the venue? What do people even do about that? Anyway, I’ll continue writing about this season in the format that I’ve been doing for a few years now (see the Fashion Week tab in the header). I’ll try not to discuss the things that I didn’t like because that seems like a waste of time. Let us begin!

Alexander Wang

I am on such an Alexander Wang high at the moment, it’s getting dangerous. All I want to do is buy his clothes. I want to be a part of the badass, downtown cool that I am so far from. This season was no different. Firstly, I will be getting myself a pair of the slogan tights, no matter what. I found them fun. I also smirked both when I seen the mohair coat with the marijuana leaf print and also the pole dancer motif. Only Alexander Wang could show these and make people actually want them. Moving on from that, his edgier take on the classic tweed suit, made famous by Chanel, was actually fun. The leather and metal hardware added a fun twist, and this combined with the shorter skirt length made it something that a young person would actually want to wear. My favourite look of the entire show, however, was the pleated black dress with the leather accents. Also, honourable mention to the studded booties. I thought I was so done with studs but I found myself in love with these.

Sally LaPointe

Sally is my favourite young designer. Her brand is so young – Spring 2013 was her first season – yet I think she knows exactly who her woman is and what they’d like to wear. There’s a touch of fur, some cosy knitwear, and some draped, often asymmetrical skirts and dresses. And it’s fairly expensive. Sally makes the kind of clothes that I want to wear. I feel that you could create an entire wardrobe with her clothes, a little bit of Rosetta Getty, and some more pieces from The Row – a cosy, capsule wardrobe. I think these brands have slightly similar aesthetics and would work well with each other. As usual, I am wild for the fur sweaters: surely they’re the best-selling piece. I also loved the added glitz in this collection and the feathers. I am so for feathers.

Altuzarra

If there’s a designer who I can count on to make clothes that I love every single season, it’s Joseph Altuzarra. I think his brand is my current favourite because in each collection I see so many pieces that I want to incorporate into my own wardrobe. I find his way of dressing women inspiring. Where Alexander Wang plays up to my cool fantasies, Altuzarra plays up to my sexy fantasies. I’m neither of the aforementioned adjectives but I feel like if I wore Altuzarra I wouldn’t feel like a fraud. In fact, maybe it would give me the confidence to be sexy. I think a skirt of his needs to be my next big purchase. As usual, in this collection there were slits-a-plenty, with thigh bearing skirts and dresses. However, the skin was contrasted with cosy knits and shearling jackets. The collection was more pattern-heavy than I expected but I think the more delicate ones worked best, like the tiny little flowers on this coat. I’m not a fan of paisley but I think it worked in many pieces here, especially since Lou Lou de la Falaise was cited as an inspiration – the print is synonymous with her in my mind.

The Row

Trust Mary Kate and Ashley to turn out yet another brilliant collection for their brand. They have transcended the label of celebrity designer because they have been consistently good at making truly luxurious clothes that people want to buy, and believe me their pieces would be considered a splurge for most of us. I wonder exactly how much involvement they have with the brand on a day-to-day basis, especially as they have Elizabeth + James as well, a brand known for its fun furs. I loved the minimalism in this collection as it shows that it doesn’t have to mean boring. There were discreet but interesting details on many of the pieces, like the fact that from afar this dress looked like it was fringed but it was in fact ruched. I’m also obsessed with this coat, a classic piece worth the investment.

And the rest…

Christian Siriano had some nice dresses and braided knitwear. I actually really liked the one-sleeved dresses which surprised me because I’ve always thought that style was so ridiculous.

ZAC Zac Posen had a fun deer print which I loved, although there wasn’t much of it in the lookbook. However, he showed more of the collection on his Instagram, along with debuting a I heart Zac sweater which I would like, I must admit. For his mainline show, Zac Posen gained a lot of attention for his stellar, diverse model casting. It is sad that it has to be a big talking point when a designer actually used models of colour in their show, however. In this collection there were very few pieces that I’d have identified as traditional Zac Posen – where’s the ball gowns? – but I adored the lighter-weight, black dresses with many layers like these ones (a, b, c).

I found myself really liking Brock Collection again, although I’d like to know more about the brand. What is their price point? Who is their customer? I did like the whole deformalisation of fur because I love incorportating fur into casual looks. For example, I loved this furry, almost dressing gown paired with denim. Anything belted and cosy looking is for me.

Gigi Hadid looked really good in the opening look at Tommy Hilfiger.

Both Protagonist and Trademark are making clothes which I’d actually want to wear and buy. This is one of my favourite things about New York designers, they don’t shy away from the everyday.

I loved the almost liquid slips and the ruffles at Cushnie et Ochs, a brand that I do look forward to seeing each season. Although satin is a fabric they often use, I found that it didn’t photograph brilliantly this season, looking slightly too shiny in some shots. I think some of the blouses will look better in person. I’m predicting a red carpet moment for this gown and this one too. Edit – I wrote this before Selena wore the dress to the Grammy’s (and kiiiiilled it!).

Jason Wu produced another quintessential Jason Wu collection: beautiful and expensive looking clothes for ladies with beautiful and expensive taste. I loved the looks with the feathers, so glam. I’ll take this dress for the evening and then combine these two (i & ii) for an elevated everyday look.

Ryan Roche made another collection of beautiful, cosy knitwear – her speciality – which are perfect for the chilly temperatures in New York.

This Marchesa dress is screaming to be worn at the Oscars.

I loved the curves at Boss, particularly in this look.

Things I want to buy (if I came into money…)

I got paid last week and the money is burning a hole in my pocket. There’s so much that I want to buy yet the cash only goes so far. For this reason, I write lists. I have many of them: a to-buy this month, a to-buy at some point in 2016, and a to-buy if I ever manage to save. This post is the last of the three. Realistically I’m not going to be able to afford anything on it because I’m saving for college but it’s nice to dream. I think I could live like a damn King if it weren’t for college savings but it will be so worth it in the end. Any time I think “oh, I wish I had money for [insert item that I don’t really need]”, I then remember that I’m moving to New York in literally a single digit number of months and I no longer care. Fuck. I’m moving to New York. I’m so excited, if you can’t already tell.

Since I’ve started working full time and therefore had a little more disposable income than I was used to having before I’ve been trying to buy nicer, slightly better quality items. Instead of loading a basket full of crap that I don’t actually need from the various online stores (who all seem to have the same clothes bought from the sale wholesaler, but at varying prices), I’ve been planning what I want and trying to source the best quality option in my budget. Of course, I still shop at Zara, Mango, Topshop, and the likes (I consider the quality to be fairly good for the most part but I’ve never experienced true luxury so I can’t really compare) and I struggle to resist a really good bargain on Missguided. However, I find myself increasingly longing for a good quality item that will last me forever. If I ever manage to save up for these items (and I think many are actually manageable), here’s what I would buy:

(I’ve added links to the items in the images, click and it will take you through to the retailer)

 

Gucci Soho Disco – £650 I actually have a bag from Mango which is a wonderful dupe of this (slightly larger though) and is my go-to bag for the weekend. If you ever look at my Polyvore, you’ll notice just how much I use this in sets. I find it very versatile.
Max Mara Manuela camel coat – £1125 This is a coat that I’ve wanted for years. It is a classic and for that reason I feel in no rush to buy it as I know that it will still be there in 10 years time. In the meantime, I have a wool camel coat which is similar (although a slightly different texture) that I know will keep me warm until one day I can afford to buy this.
Paul Andrew suede heels – $675 I first found out about his brand after watching “The Fashion Fund” tv show online where he was a contestant (if you haven’t watched it, let me assure you that it is more a documentary than it is reality tv). I like how his heels have a slight twist on your regular pointed heel styles. However, if I were to buy just your standard heels I think I’d buy either Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo shoes, whatever one is more comfortable.
Dolce & Gabbana summer dress – £750 – 1500 Whilst this wouldn’t be the exact print I’d choose (I’d rather a floral), every season Dolce & Gabbana puts out a range of cotton dresses which I find so delightful. They make me think of a perfect little housewife who is taking the children on a picnic. Maybe I’ll buy myself one when I become a mother.
Emilio Pucci shirt – £460 I’m a real Pucci enthusiast. I go wild for the prints. I love scouring Etsy for vintage finds. However, this shirt from Yoox was a newer alternative. I’m currently looking for a great scarf too.
Altuzarra pencil skirt – £400ish (full price) This particular style is on sale so it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get it, but I’d love an Altuzarra pencil skirt of some description, even in plain black. The thigh slit takes an already sexy style to another level. I love them.
Alexander Wang sandals – £455 These are seemingly some of the most comfortable heels out there and I’m all for comfort plus height. Fortunately, these styles often make it onto the Outnet so I may be able to score a bargain some time in the near future.
Diane Von Furstenberg Julian Two Mini – £202.75 A shorter version of her classic style.

Grace Coddington, Designer Departures, Excessive Clear Outs

Departure seems to be a common theme in life at the moment: we have left one year behind and are now into the next (the best year yet, I have prophesied); I am turning 18 and therefore finally leaving behind the label of being a child (still a young person but no longer a child); and best of all, I am leaving one country behind and moving onto the next – America, New York specifically. (Yes, I know America is not the official name of the USA but it is much easier to type and pretty much everybody refers to it as that.) This year may be rather tumultuous but I am prepared because it is everything that I have wanted for a very long time finally coming to a head. I don’t want to get overly excited and start imagining scenarios that will never come to fruition but it is nice to dream. I am moving to New York to go to college in approximately 7 months. I cannot think of anything more exciting. That is one departure that I will not be sad about.

Someone else who has left their position in life (work, life, it all rolls into one) and is moving onto the next is Raf Simons. This news is very 2015 but since the Pre-Fall images for Dior have been released, it has been back on my mind. (I really like the new in-house designed collection by the way.) I started to really appreciate Raf’s work for Dior only after I watched Dior and I, the documentary profiling the lead-up to his first couture collection, made in only 6 weeks. His departure has been reduced to the overkill of the fashion schedule in the press – 4 ready to wear and 2 couture collections a year is insane. The fact that fashion is going at a rate that was before unimaginable is indisputable. Technology is marvellous yet dangerous. In the time after Raf announced his departure, Alber Elbaz was fired from Lanvin (to much shock and dismay) and rumours have flown around regarding Hedi Slimane leaving Saint Laurent. I cannot imagine the latter to be true, given that sales are soaring and the brand is perhaps in the best place it has been in a decade (at least, but I don’t know official numbers). For the most part, public perception is positive. Yes, many members of the fashion press are not fans of Hedi for Saint Laurent – Alexander Fury has been vocal about his disdain many a times before – but I think he has done well to create such a strong brand in a short time period. Hedi leaving seems like a bizarre move and I think it would be a decision made by Hedi himself rather than the folks at Saint Laurent – he is a cash cow. I do hope the rumours are proven to be false although I have heard speculation that the next show, which will be held in Los Angeles, is his swan song. Quite frankly, it is a departure that I would be sad about.

Another exit which I think has been overstated by people is Grace Coddington leaving her position as Creative Director of Vogue to become Creative Director at Large. People are reading the headlines saying she is leaving and thinking it means the worst – retirement, no more Grace, no more fantasy – but if you actually read into the articles it is clear to see that Grace will still be very much a part of Vogue, and so she should be. She will retain an office and contribute 4 editorials per year (that means her work is in a third of the issues a year, still a fairly high proportion). On top of this, she is free to explore other projects. That means we could see even more of her work. She could style fashion advertising, she could work with designers, she can do whatever she damn pleases. To summarise, Grace is going but she won’t be gone, so don’t be too upset about it.

Something that I am upset about is my hastiness with clear-outs, also known as great pieces of clothing departing from my wardrobe. As I am moving in the summer, as I said before a gazillion times, I am trying to downsize everything I own. I go through every single item in my wardrobe at least once a month so that by the summer I will hopefully be able to fit all of my possessions worth taking with me in 2 rather large suitcases. It sounds unachievable but it has to be done. If I want to cheat, I could probably leave some stuff behind and take it back with me when I go home after Christmas. Anyway, not the point. In my ruthlessness I have disposed of items which I now regret. Lying in bed last night, mentally planning my outfit for work the next day, I decided on black skinny pants, my black boots (devilishly soft leather ankle boots with a chunky heel that I can walk for miles in from Hobbs, in the sale!), a black top of sorts (that can be figured out in the morning easily as almost every top I own is black), and this fantastic Prince of Wales check blazer from Ralph Lauren. It was an eBay steal. Perfectly fitting with slight padding at the shoulders and a fantastic double breasted shape – so eighties, I know. I got up and began looking through my wardrobe to lay out my outfit for the following morning to then discover that the blazer was gone. As ridiculous as it sounds, I was devastated. I then remembered that I had given it to the local charity shop only a few months earlier, deeming it too Working Girl and deciding that I would never, ever wear it again. Yet now I want it. I intend to go to said charity shop this weekend and buy it back if I can, however I fully expect to be told it is long gone. Even if it didn’t sell in my shop it will be in a random distribution centre somewhere and then sent to a store in a random little town where some lucky sod will buy it and love it and probably not be stupid enough to chuck it out in a mad-clearing frenzy. As if one thing wasn’t enough, I then thought about another one of my clear-out casulaties. A wonderful blouse that I got in the Zara sale a couple of years ago. The print was very Chloe, yet at the time I was at school and almost exclusively wore crop-tops and high waisted jeans (it’s much easier just to fit in, ok) and didn’t have enough forward-thinking skills to realise that it would be a damn good top to have for work. Oh well. It is also gone, a loooooong time ago. Some surburban mother is probably wearing it right now thinking it was such a bargain – “Only £2.89 for this Zara top in Barnardo’s, what a steal!” she will say, “It looks so much more expensive than that” her friend will reply. Goddammit. In the future, I plan to NOT throw things out that I could possibly ever wear again. I also made the mistake of throwing out my sheepskin aviator jacket only for them to make a killing on fashion blogs this winter. FORWARD PLANNING, my new motto.

So far, 2016 has been a year of changes, especially in fashion. But departures always mean leaving one thing behind and going onto the next, hopefully bigger and better. Many designers who have left their roles are proceeding to focus on different projects – Alex Wang left Balenciaga to focus on growing his own brand (god, I really can’t call him Alex like we are friends) and Raf is reportedly focusing on his line – so often leaving things behind is a positive. I can’t help but think of the negatives in situations but often things work out just as they are supposed to. That’s what I hope happens this year, everything turns out just as it was meant to. So far, so good.

15 Looks Nicki Minaj Should Wear From The Spring 2016 Collections

Nicki Minaj is a queen. I truly mean that. I feel like she’s someone whose popularity is continuing to soar and I’m so happy about that. Something that I think has boosted her fame is her image overhaul which began around the time she joined American Idol. She stopped wearing the colourful wigs, wild make-up, and out-there outfits, and toned her look down – natural hair, more “normal” make-up, and a mix of high-end designer and fast-fashion clothes. To put it simply, she had a make-under. Whilst I do miss her old sense of style (it was so fun), I think she looks amazing now. For example, the VMA dress was a killer.

I find it fun to try and predict what Nicki is going to wear next, especially because she attends a few fashion shows nowadays and actually works with a brilliant stylist, Rushka Bergman, to create her red-carpet/event looks. There are a few designers who she clearly favours: the Alexanders (Wang & McQueen), namely. I’ll choose looks from designers I know she likes and also ones which I think she would like to be introduced to. I’m going to pick 15 different designers and select looks from their shows which I think she should wear (yes, I’m totally cheating with this post title). When I did this before, I actually got a couple looks spot-on that she wore. I wonder if the same will happen this time.

Also, on the topic of Nicki, read this NY Times profile – it’s amazing.

Jeremy Scott

Nicki used to wear a lot of Jeremy Scott back in the days when she used to dress more kooky and she still does wear a lot of his designs for Moschino. I think she would look great in this checkerboard cardigan, mixed and matched with this printed bikini. I think this would work great for a music video.

Givenchy

Another brand that Nicki seems to be rather fond of, Givenchy is a show which she actually attended in New York (wearing the designer head-to-toe, naturally). There were quite a few looks which stood out to me and I think would work, depending on the occasion. The first would be the dress which Joan Smalls wore – the black gown with the full skirt and fur – which I think would only be appropriate for a grand red carpet event (Oscars, Grammys, Met Gala) but I’m not sure there’s anything coming up soon that this would suit. The cross-over top and skirt combination that Pooja Mor wore would work well for a more casual event, however it isn’t often that you see Nicki in that type of neckline. Finally, I think that the feathered jacket with the bejewelled top and trousers would look insane. Nicki doesn’t often wear trousers to events but I think this could look great. Conversely, the trousers could easily be swapped out for a black pencil skirt. I’d go for Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist shoes in black with all of these looks.

Zac Posen

I’m not sure that Nicki has even worn a lot of Zac Posen but I wish she would – a ball gown would look fabulous. However, the look that I am going to suggest is the black bandeau strapless dress with the full skirt and slight tiers. I think this would look amazing if she had her hair down in a centre-part, a dark red or wine lip, and pointed black suede heels (Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo perhaps).

Burberry

There’s three different looks that I think could work from the Burberry show. The first is the long dress with the full skirt and sheer panels. I think Nicki would wear this firstly because it has transparent sections and therefore it would show off her insane body, and secondly because she has favoured a fuller skirt in the past. I’d also like to see her wear this black coat with gold details. I think this would work for a casual look (perhaps paired with some items from Fashion Nova, a store that she seems to love nowadays). Finally, I think this short taupe dress would work well. As I said before, she used to wear full skirts quite often and this one reminds me of Alexander McQueen dresses which she has been seen wearing before. I think the details on this are so pretty too.

Moschino

As I said before, Nicki likes Moschino. I think it’s a bit of a throwback to the wild outfits she wore when she was first blowing up. I think she’d buy these two t-shirt dresses because they’re both rather funny (the second being a Chanel-logo parody, another brand she’s fond of), maybe the boots, and also this coat. The coat reminded me of the one she wore for a Casio event in New York back in 2012.

Monique Lhuillier

The only time I can remember Nicki wearing Monique Lhuillier before was at the AMAs a few years ago when she wore the bright yellow gown – it was quite a moment. This look I’ve chosen is more casual than a full-on gown. On the runway it is styled with a white top underneath but I propose we remove that and just have the floral crop-top and skirt instead. This is a look that I really really really want to see her in because I can just imagine it looking so brilliant.

Christian Dior

Now that we know that this is Raf’s final collection for Dior, I feel that Nicki needs to wear something from the collection. I mean, who knows what the next collection will be like or who the hell will be designing it? Maybe the floral set was an omen that I missed – taking it full circle. I chose this simple jacket-dress, reminiscent of the infamous Bar Jacket. Hey, you’ve got to try the classics at least once right? Pair it with some tough looking boots and all will be good. I’m thinking something by Saint Laurent or Giuseppe Zanotti.

Balenciaga

Since I didn’t include any mainline Alexander Wang in this list, I thought I’d better include something from his swan song for Balenciaga. I see that next season will be one of change – will Nicki even wear Balenciaga if it isn’t designed by Wang? I opted for this white look with the shaping around the breasts, because I can only imagine that it would look better on someone with fuller breasts than the model – no offence intended, I’m in the small group too. Louis Vuitton

I went for this pink biker jacket from Nicolas’ latest collection. It reminded me of when Nicki used to be like Barbie. If only she’d go for one of the old Barbie necklaces with it. That would make my life. I can imagine her wearing this casually, perhaps shopping, flying, or the likes (I don’t know how she spends her downtime).

Alexander McQueen

Instead of going for one of the flowery, floaty looks from this show I propose something a little different – my favourite look in fact. Jeans and a top. I can see her going for this entire look to be honest. To make it perfect, I’d like black hair in a bun with a fringe, but that may be too much to ask!

Versace

I loved this season’s Versace. Raquel Zimmerman opened it by stomping down the runway in this khaki blazer which I’d love to see Nicki in. I also really like this dress which Gigi Hadid wore but I fear that it might be too associated with her already for someone else to wear it and nobody really wants a “who wore it better?” moment, so I think Natasha Poly’s could be a close alternative.

Oscar de la Renta

This dress was just so pretty that I couldn’t not include it on this list. I can imagine this with a centre-parted wavy hairstyle and matching lipstick. I know Nicki used to favour Oscar so maybe its time she wore something from the brand again.

Altuzarra

My favourite New York designer’s clothes have never been worn by Nicki as far as I know. That should change. I went for this exotic skin coat because I feel like it is her down to a tee – glamorous and luxurious and so fucking expensive. This would be a great introduction to the brand’s clothing.

Anthony Vaccarello

This dress may be pushing the limits a little in terms of how risque Nicki is willing to dress. However, if she’ll push the boundaries this far I’d be impressed. I loved Vaccarello’s show and this was one of my favourite dresses from it.

Ashish

The first thing I’ll say about this is that I suggest hiking the skirt up over the belly button to make it high waisted. I think that would look better (more flattering) and also show less unnecessary stomach. This is one of the looks that I think she’s least likely to wear, but I’ll include it anyway. Oh, and change the shoes too.

So there’s 15 different designers, a few more looks. You’ll probably have noticed that there’s a few major brands who I’ve left out – Balmain, Alexander Wang, and Chanel are just a few – and the reason for this was rather simple: I couldn’t see any looks that I’d put her in. I can guarantee that she’ll wear quite a few pieces from Balmain (she always does), maybe something from T by Alexander Wang or a custom modified runway piece (I couldn’t see any straight-off-the-runway that I’d put her in), and she’ll buy a few bags and maybe shoes from Chanel.

Is there a glaringly obvious look you think I’ve missed? Let me know. Apart from that, I’m fairly confident in my choices. I hope she wears at least one. Ruskha, it’s over to you now.

Fashion Flashback: Alexander Wang Fall 2009

Now that it is confirmed that Alexander Wang and Balenciaga are parting ways and his final collection for the brand will be shown this month, I thought it was a good time to look back at some of his very best work at his own brand – he hopes to grow it. This show is from 2009. It was only 6 years ago yet look how much has changed for Alexander Wang in this time period. This was one of his early shows (I think it was his fifth or sixth season showing). Bear in mind that he didn’t even graduate from Parsons and was actually very young when he launched his brand.

I think this is quintessential Alexander Wang. It is everything that I’d expect from one of his shows. A booming soundtrack (Welcome to the Jungle is always a good choice, especially as the fashion industry has been compared to one quite a few times), an insane cast of models, lots of black, sharp tailoring, interesting twists, and the cool edginess that made him famous. Don’t you just love it?

I spent hours trawling Vestiaire Collective, looking for pieces from this show (or even just some older Wang) but I struggled to find much beside T stuff. Just show me Natasha Poly’s blazer or Cat McNeil’s coat and any of the hats, and I’m sold. Well, within reason…

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