Saturday, 20 February 2010

lets all go alice ♥♦♣♠

Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland is coming out on the 5th of March (in the UK) and theres a HUGE buzz for it...
Incredible Johnny Depp? Madly Wonderful Helena Bonham Carter? Twilight Lovely Michael Sheen? and more! Sounds fantastic right? Oh wait.. hang on... they want to go and ruin it for us. Apparently, because Disney is being picky and wants to cut the gap between the showing in cinemas and the DVD release to 12 weeks rather than the typical 17 weeks, there is a chance that the 3D film will not play in any odeon, cineworld, or vue (which all represent 95% of the UK's 3D screens). wah, sort it out please we want some of Burton's magic!

In fashion news however, everyones going mad for Alice in Wonderland- 
Christopher Kane's spring 2010- a significant resemblance to the original Alice... yes? 
Quite a cute and 'kitsy' outfit I think... hehe

Stella McCartney- also inspired by Alice. I love her bracelet and necklace with the typical Stella but pretty, muted palette, and her campaign is lovely. I've never really been a Stella fan, but isn't it adorable? it's also pretty unique- I've never seen a fashion ad like it before. Then again, I haven't seen all the fashion ads hehe. (ps. I should add here that stella decorated her entire store with subtle disney characters! aw)
These pieces are by Tom Binns. You can see more of them here and here.
Personally, I love them- I'm a huge fan of cute little charms and beads and things so his designs (especially the gorgeous central gold bracelet) are looovvely (and also relatively cheap- eg. £125 for the gold bracelet- a lot less than I was expecting). 
Aren't the little teacups so sweet?
These are his main limited edition pieces (priced at a LOT more ($1000-$2000)). I don't like them as much- too dark and vivid for my taste but I guess that's an occurring theme in Wonderland.

Swarovski have joined in the game. I don't like Swarovski- it's pretty but too exspensive and not really worth it (personally) but I do like their groups- Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, etc...
(I have OCD like that..:/) (by the way sorry for the poor quality of the pictures)
For me, the Cat, Queen's set, and Flower set are a little tacky but I adore the delicacy and appeal of the rest. 
The collection is available on 1st March 2010, with a cheap (for Swarovski) price range-  around £70- £280.

 I have a new love. It's this clutch by Love Moschino. £180. 
I adorreee the vibrate colours, the random array of hearts, and of course, the inspiration of Alice in Wonderland.

Alice In Wonderland Book Of Shadows set by Urban Decay - may I say delightful here without sounding like a fool?
 Only £28, out on the 22nd February in Debenhams in the UK, and already out but extremely hard to get a hold of in the US (I think it's sold out there.. not sure). Urban Decay have done well here- a cute set- limited and special. 
 Even MORE beauty products for ya! (wow.. this Alice in Wonderland list is getting prety long eh?).
Anyway, enjoy these nail polishes by O.P.I 
(- Off With Her Red!
- Absolutely Alice
- Mad as a Hatter
- Thanks so Muchness!)
  Mad as a Hatter- pictured above- looks crazy but apparently in person, it sparkles in the light amazingly. hmm maybe I should try it?
I both love and hate this Versace bag... It's quite garish but I figure it could look amazing with the right outfit, and I like the hectic patterns. It's easy to spot the Alice in Wonderland areas... however, price on request (eek) always scares me :(

These stunning Nicholas Kirkwood shoes are window only for the French Department store Printemps, but that doesn't prevent me from admiring them in all their mad glory. 
Black, white, red, and green? What a unique and successful palette! Talk about fairytale shoes...
 Click hereto see some of the other items in the Printemps window display (Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, and more contributed)
 The pieces above are from Alice Temperley's spring/ summer 2010 collection. I love the collection- it is made up of simple yet striking colours, intriguing and contrasting patterns, and a mixture of feminine and masculine shapes. At the same time it was inspiring to look at and contained a range of pieces from everyday- comfy to overthetop- evening.
The Alice in Wonderland inspiration is obvious from the colours (black, white, and red (not pictured above)), patterns (hearts, diamonds, stripes etc...), and top hats.  A really amazing designer.

I think I should finish there.. but if you are in London, I recommend you go to Selfridges (note: do Selfridges actually sell fridges? hehe). On the 22nd of February 2010, 5 of the shop windows will be set up beautifully dedicated to Alice in Wonderland complete with costumes from the film, and the Wonderland room will be the perfect oppurtunity to buy some of the things I have listed above, and more!
Anyway, I must go now! I am craving a Rubicon Mango juice mmmm :)

D.I.Y. GaGa

(Sorry for the poor quality photo...)
I thought I'd show you all this. I found this girl on lookbook and I really like her mask. She made it herself, and though it's not as crazy as Lady Gaga's costumes, it has a similar theme (covering up her face aha). 
Also GaGa's sported some butterflies before.. I especially love the glasses- I wonder where she got them from? 
No really where does she find all these clothes?!?! I love them but are they specially made or does she get them made as she goes along..?
Pair some amazing shoes with the mask and you'll have a fantasic outfit...
here's the girls blog anyway
taa, talk later.

McQueen Samsonite Black Label

Sorry to have not posted in such a long time but I've been very busy, and I also didn't know what to write after McQueen's death. You could say I was, and still am, lost for words.

However, I have found something which has been around for years but I never knew about. Alexander McQueen, in 2006 (I think...), worked with Samsonite Black Label to create luggage.

I love the pieces, although I find them slightly creepy. Although that does sort of describe McQueens general style- creepy. He loves to push the limits.  There are more in the collection, including the limited edition silver ones pictured below. I don't like those so much- the silver distracts from the form. 
I really love the white tortoiseshell suitcase though- I saw one in the flesh and its pretty nifty with a beautiful patterning on the inside, plenty of compartments (pictured above), and I like the similarity to a tortoise.
 My favourite part about the collection however is the personal touch- McQueen's own fingerprint on the zipper (below) makes me  desperate to bag one of my own. (I'll have to add it to the White and Navy classic Mcqueen Silk scarf I just bought ;) )
  Anyway more updates coming soon... I must go now.. I'm completely exhausted with jet lag :(

Thursday, 11 February 2010


Very rarely is a designer special. Normally, clothes have arms, legs, and neckholes. Alexander McQueen went beyond this simplicity to lead millions of fans and followers, to inspire the entire fashion industry, and to explore clothes with more interest and imagination. His talent comes along every 40 or so years, but, aged 40, he was found dead in his London Apartment on Wednesday the 10th of February.

I am beyond mourning, and I am beyond devastated. I am in complete and utter shock. He was so young, and there was so much left in him.
His death was incredibly unexpected- for such a long time now I have been boring my friends and family with Mcqueen Banter- "How gorgeous is this, oh look this designer copied his last collection slightly, oh wow do you think I should buy this, ah he is so talented"- and the list continues.

He dressed everyone from Madonna to Bjork to Beyonce with his dramatic pieces, and gorgeous tailoring. I will worship him forever.

I even contacted someone who worked for Alexander (known as Lee by close friends and family) and I practically secured a temporary job there when I'm 18. But this is no time to think about myself.
Instead, my heart reaches out to his family and friends, and to Mcqueen himself.
A British talent, beyond everybody else, his creation's are sacred. R.I.P Alexander McQueen♥

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Live Stream

Don't forget to go to on the 13th February, 22:00 GMT to see Alexander Wang's Fall 2010 collection live...
Also Rodarte's collection will show live on Nick Knight's page on the 16th February, 17:00 GMT.
I'm looking forward to that...
Nick Knight is definately the future of fashion. His work is incredible and I am in awe of his work and style- he has this crazy obscene twist which both purplexes you and allures you and he uses a variety of mediums, backdrops, scene changes, and ideas to create something mesmerising, unforgettable, and original.
Take, for example, the image below. It's a plastic cup. That's it... nothing special. But this photograph is beautiful and elegant and I can't help but stare and stare. It's a perfect example of his complex skill and of how he enhances every element in the photograph into a glorious and precious creation. <-- his website

open up a style box

I've had a pretty exciting few days- I got into my dream school for sixth form next year,  I'm currently relaxing in West Palm Beach in Florida, and my amazing Mum has bought me one of my dream items- The JC- DC Leopard Heels. They aren't just heels with a leopard print, they bring the face and tail with them too:

I adore these shoes, and I am so insanely happy right now.

In other news, anybody else see Rihanna wearing a Viktor & Rolf dress at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy bash?

I would have gone for one of the other options in the collection, but she's still pulled it off fantastically! She later changed into a striking Elie Saab Haute Couture Gown, with strong sc-fi shoulders, an elegantly flowing hem, and a ruffled front. She certainly loves to stand out with strong shapes, and her style, for me, is unique, outrageous, and beautiful.
Talking of styles, I am so not going for Kelis lately. In early January she was spotted wearing an all leather and fur outfit. She literally looked like a black loo brush. It was just too overdone, and not at all flattering. In late January she opted for a futuristic look complete with Mcqueen's latest heels:

Really? What was she thinking?! There's going extreme on your outfit and looking good like Lady Gaga, but this does not look good. She has killed off Mcqueen's gorgeous shoes with an idiotic hair do, over the top jewellery and additionals on her face, and  a matt-pink all in one with what seems like weird bits of gold on her upper half.
This whole crazy look isn't working for you Kelis, sorry.

I recently came across Linda Schailon-a designer attempting to make the 'world cleaner and more colourful'.
She has designed rings made from straws:
and she charges usually €8 or €12. It's original I have to admit, but I don't think it's going to be succesful at all. Who would pay when they can easily make one themselves? They are certainly adorable, and Linda perfects them with flair, but can you picture anyone apart from a young child wearing one? For example, Victoria Beckham? (haha they would look good with one of her Armanis wouldn't they? Though now she can't wear heels I do wonder where her wardrobe is going next...)
So good luck Linda, but I don't think it will be as successful as you have planned. <-- her website.

Anyway that's all for now.. I must go- the beach and the sun are waiting for me (I wonder if I will eventually get a tan! aha)