Tramlines 2017!

Tramlines, the annual Sheffield music festival, made its return this July into a rather dreary weekend, but being British (and from the north) involves a level of ignorance when it comes to dressing for the weather. Every grey cloud has a silver lining of girls in barely there dresses and boys in flip-flops and this ran true for Tramlines.

Personally, I only went to one event during the Tramlines weekend, which was at Record Junkee. The event was a small, free entry gig, and a few local, up and coming bands played. I went with my friend Skye, to support our friend Dan, who is the drummer for a band called The Kicklips. It was my first time seeing the band live or hearing any of the music, and the raw indie-rock vibes were a pleasant surprise. The sound felt both fresh and contemporary, but held onto a sense of nostalgia and romance.

“You think I’m the one for you, love are you blind… Love?” From Hillywood, by The Kicklips.

My outfit

Let’s finally talk about my outfit, in the hopes of keeping this blog post somewhat related to fashion. I wore a vintage denim jacket on top of my Dsquared2 red long sleeved shirt. This was tucked into some raw-edge white denim shorts and paired with my Dsquared2 belt. Keeping in the theme of red white and blue, I wore my limited edition red suede superstars, and some colour blocked Topman socks. Colour blocking has really interested me recently, and I’ve been experementing with colour palettes. Clearly here my colour choices could be viewed as patriotic, but I promise I won’t be singing Rule, Britannia! anytime soon.


 

I’d also like to take the time to mention my friend Sophia’s blog, The Girl With The Purple Dockers, She posts about her life, pieces of creative writing, and tries to raise awareness for mental health. Her posts are open, honest and humorous. Her most recent post is titled Self-care and anxiety and she talks about how she has, or wishes she had dealt with feelings of stress and anxiety in the past. If you have the time, please give her a visit and leave a nice comment.

Thom Browne S/S 18 Menswear

“Think St. Trinian’s, but for boys.”

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Thom Browne is quite possibly my favourite Menswear designer, and in this collection he reminded me why I adore him. The runway was themed around his personal life, featuring family artifacts, but the looks were universal. One of the most prominent themes was youth, which was accompanied with freedom. In this collection the lines between gendered clothing were blurred, intersected and broken up. The colour palette was surprisingly limited, with neutral tones only broken by sporadic appearances of gold.

On three marble pedestals, were three pairs of shoes dipped in solid gold. The pair on the center column were Browne’s first pair of shoes as a baby, and the dipping in gold is a family tradition. Each model turned to look at this pair of shoes as they walked the runway. This made the looks feel intimate and personal.

The looks…

This show was a stirring pot of themes, but each element was carefully pieced together to create one image. Out of the 45 looks, I have chosen five, including the finale, tho share my thoughts about with you.

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This look incorporates the Hector (Brownes beloved dog and muse) motif in gold, against a navy blue blazer. This, combined with the full length pleated skirt is one of the first suggestions of youth in this collection, referencing traditional school uniforms. There also appears to be an underskirt, which is actually an ankle length shirt dress, worn underneath everything. We also see the shoe for this collection, which is a masculine heel. The shoe is smart and simple, and there are a variety of heels throughout the collection, including golden ones. Thom Browne pushes the limits of the standards expected from fashion.

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In this look, the model is wearing a corsetted dress above a calf-length sleeveless shirt dress. The slim fit of this look makes it feminine, but the tailoring contrasts this and adds masculinity. In this look we see the mismatched socks. This references the haphazard nature of the collection and the clothes in it. We also see the heels again.
What also interests me is the running hairstyle of a simple buzzcut, which suggests hyper-masculinity,the polar opposites of the ultra-feminine clothing.

 

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This is one of the simpler and understated looks of the collection, however we get to see the tie clearly, and the imperfect knot suggests even further that this is a uniform of sorts. What i particularly enjoy about this look is that the sleeveless top doesn’t fully unbutton, which somehow creates a level of minimalism. Again, the heels and pleated skirt offer feminine qualities, but on this particular model the tattoos give this look a punk feel.(Think St Trinians, but for boys.)

 

 

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This is my second favourite look of the collection. From the pencil skirt to the ‘cape’, I think this look captures the essence of Thom Browne’s collection. While this look does break away from the youthful theme with the more mature implications of the pencil skirt and the cape. This look is unexpected and inventive, it appears as if three outfits have been copied and pasted together in photoshop, yet they all work to compliment each other. One detail I thought was particularly important in this skirt, is the crotch zipper. This shows us that this is men’s clothing, and not just a re-purposed womenswear item. This level specificity makes this collection truly shine.

The finale…

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thom6bThe finale look was both completely surprising, yet expected. While Browne is definitely not the first person to make clothes like this, but the beauty lies in the details, for example the shoes are also split in half, with white heels at the back, and the black brogue toe. The fabric bouquet of flowers is an example of expert craftsmanship, and the tendrils of what appears to be silk add drama to the look. While this finale look is clearly more costume, than wearable fashion – it perfectly represents tradition and the freedom of gender expression.

 

In conclusion…

I really really loved this collection, the high contrast Browne managed to convey, whilst keeping his colour palette limited and his silhouettes relatively simple. The detail of every outfit truly made the collection’s narrative come through.

What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

**All photos taken from Thom Browne’s website. OR here. **
I do not claim ownership of any of these photos and no copyright infringement was intended.

 

5 ways to wear: bleached denim.

Possibly one of the standout trends for early 2017, and a staple that will last through the year, bleached denim in any form will prove to be a crucial addition to your wardrobe.

But what are you even meant to wear it with?

I’ve put together five outfits featuring one pair of DIY bleached denim jeans (stay tuned for a tutorial) and now I’m going to show you how I wear bleached denim.

Look 1 – Prints on prints on prints.

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For some people, pattern mixing is the opposite of a good time. But the best way to do it is by diving in. With the loudness of bleached denim, you can easily get away with other bright and extreme choices. For example, I wore a tie-dye shirt, that I found at a local vintage store, the orange and blue design made use of complementary colours, and also complemented the blue jeans. I wore a DSQUARED belt with a large, statement buckle. I paired my rainbow print Stan Smiths with some KenzoxH&M socks, in the blue/green leopard print. I accessorised this look with a Topman bandana, and a handmade rope bracelet in purple and blue. Because I wanted to show off each element of this outfit fully, I tucked in my shirt to reveal the belt and show more of the jeans.

If you wanted to pull off a similar look, you can find similar tie-dye shirts on asos in almost any colour.

Look 2 – Crayola box.

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For the second look, I wanted to do something exciting, yet simple. So I chose to do some colour blocking. In this outfit, the denim ties two pairs of complementary colours together. I wore a purple Slazenger t-shirt, which I bought along with a yellow one from a thrift store recently. While Slazenger hasn’t particularly made a comeback, other vintage sports brands have, however for this outfit the appeal was the complementary logo embroidery. I accessorised with a yellow cap and a vintage yellow baby-G watch. I wore a black and white checkerboard print belt from Blue Banana, I think the recent rise in the use of this print from brands such as Granted has made this belt a useful item to own, whether you’re an emo or not. I wore some plain red socks and a pair of green Diesel shoes. The overall look is sporty and fun, and the jeans add excitement to an otherwise simplistic outfit.

If you wanted to try something similar, you could look at Size? which has a variety of sportswear brands, and has lots of exclusive pieces, like this FILA t-shirt.

Look 3 – Doubling up on denim!

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The first thing most people think of when they hear double denim, is JT and Britney’s iconic couples look at the AMAs. But, it can be a little less extravagant than that. I chose to wear a denim shirt I had also bleached with song lyrics from Maps, by The Front Bottoms. I wore this over a Ben Howard t-shirt, and accessorised with a gold buckled belt and a gold watch. The photos I took for this outfit were inspired by Theresa May, fields of wheat definitely make for a dramatic photo.

If you wanted to try double denim, H&M has a variety of shades of versatile denim jackets, such as this distressed one.

 

Look 4 – Go grunge.

 

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Bleached denim lends itself to the grunge aesthetic in the way it feels distressed, and it’s easy to take your look there. I wore a customised penguin polo shirt. (I cut off the collar of the shirt and left a raw edge to add to grunge vibe.) I tucked this in and wore a leather diesel belt, with a large silver buckle. I accessorised with a casio watch and a wooden bracelet. I added a simple pair of black shoes and some pale yellow socks. In this outfit, the jean become the focus by wearing muted tops, acccessories and shoes.

If you’re a fan of the shirt, I found a similar top on Topman. By pairing the bleached denim with another item that’s been altered, it makes the jeans almost belong in an outfit.

Look 5 – Keep it Kasual

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Okay, so maybe you’re not a Kardashian, you don’t want to look over-dressed for a simple day out. But you can wear bleached denim and still look casual. Bible. For this look, I wore an Evisu t-shirt, with some simple embroidery, I left it untucked so the asymmetry of the Hem was visible. I wore a vintage overshirt in a faded purple and orange pinstripe. I wore some casual white shoes, but almost anything could go with this vibe. I wanted to add a bit of flash to the look, so I accessorised with a pair of round reflective sunglasses.

If you want to try for something more casual, on the ASOS marketplace, you can find tons of vintage pieces that have that perfect faded, washed look, like this piece.

In conclusion,

Don’t overthink your outfits, bleached denim might seem like the evil sibling to ripped jeans, but it’s just as versatile, friendly and comfortable.

How do you wear your bleached denim? 

What would you like to see me do a ‘5 ways to wear’ with next?

 

Picture credits to my photographer, Tom. @tomhowson_ on Instagram.

** I am not associated with any of the sites I have linked to, these are just my personal recommendations. **

CHANEL Fall-Winter 2017/18 Haute Couture

Karl Lagerfeld has made me fall in love with Paris all over again.

At its core, I believe that Chanel has always been the quintessential French fashion house. This concept was brought forward by miles in the Fall-Winter 2017/18 Haute Couture show. The stage was at once, both understated and radical. A pathway beneath the Eiffel tower was Lagerfeld’s manifestation of what fashion in Paris is about. By utilising the iconic parisian attraction, audience members were immersed in Lagerfeld’s Paris.

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I was blown away by the opening shots of the stage. The event looked so casual, yet epharrell.jpglite. It represented exactly what entices me about fashion – a sense of grace, ease and exclusivity. The crowd was your typical group of fashion show attendees – celebs, musicians, models, editors, designers, influencers. There was some exciting outfits on the front row alone, my personal favourite being Pharrell Williams’. While it is admittedly casual, it stood out in the plethora of dark metallics, blacks and whites that filled the room(?)*


* Would it be considered a room? Technically it could be an area.


 

 

Now, the looks…

Sixty-four individual hand crafted looks were presented in the show. Obviously, to talk about each one individually would be a treat for me, not you, so I’ve chosen a few of my favourite pieces, along with the opening and closing looks.

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The first look provides an insight into the rest of the collection, we see the boater hat utilised in every look (minus the finale). We also see the puffed out arms that feature later in the collection. The shiny boots also make their first appearance. What I love about the opening look is the desaturated colouring. The fabric reminds me of television static, but also forces me to notice the silhouette of the look. It feels traditional and formal, but still irreverent, which I often think is hard to find in Chanel collections.

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I particularly enjoyed this look as it reads as casual, especially in comparison to the more formal looks in the collection. The contrast between the silky fabric with high movement and the stiffer, thicker tweed. Once again, the muted colours encourage me to enjoy the unconventional silhouettes. We get a clearer look at the boots, which while simple, make each look feel edgier and current – what with the recent trends of PVC materials.

 

 

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Look 25

This is another strong example of the distinctive silhouettes Karl presents in this collection. The long full skirt that stops mid-calf creates a sense of modest femininity that deviates from the sense of strength and power that the padded shoulders and arms creates.

 

 

 

 

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In this look we see the theme of opposites come to fruition. The stiff shape of the top is the antithesis of the flowing skirt. When both pieces are combined with the shoes, the mismatched materials do seem out of place, but the rust colour of each piece complements the materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is possibly my favourite look of the collection. The sheer fabric with the chic silhouette tells me we’ll definitely see this dress on a red carpet. The bow in the front adds a cute quality to the look. The sleeves are particularly interesting, as they introduce an element of elegance.

 

 

 

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The finale look, a wedding dress. The silhouette reminds me of the traditional Korean Hanbok dress. But where the Hanbok is characterised with bright colours, this dress is minimal and ivory.
The bow at the front center of the dress as seen on other looks in the collection returns, as do the feather trims. The dress, while seeming traditional and pristine, has a youthful essence with the black boots and also with the addition of pockets. The veil is simultaneously the train of this dress, and floats behind the model beautifully.

 

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With the makeup, reparations were made for the collection’s lack of colour. While the lips were left nude, the eyes were painted in every colour. The look reminded me of parrot feathers, but I really enjoyed the abstract design.
The shoes were simplistic boots, with pointed toes, clear heels and buttons. The knee high boots were longer versions of the shoes and continued the modern feel.

 

In conclusion.. (TL;DR)

The collection signified romance, Paris, and tradition. Each look was fresh, yet still classic. I think Karl has done himself proud.

What did you think? What was your favourite look? Let me know in the comments.

 



 

All images taken from CHANEL’s youtube video of the show. or the CHANEL website or VOGUE’s website, or here.
No copyright infringement was intended in the making of this post.

 

Prom 2017!

One of the many blessings that comes with the end of GCSEs is Prom, a night where you can go all out and splurge on an outfit to round-off the four years of uniformed education. At my school, talks of prom dresses and suits rippled around the students as early as September of Y11, 10 months before prom.
prom3-e1499032057499.jpgIt’s easier said than done to get a prom outfit. In a group of over 100 teens, it’s likely there’ll be at least two people wearing the same thing. At my prom, that was definitely the case. But luckily, it wasn’t all the same old, same old. While some girls opted for the more traditional princess silhouettes and prom dress styles, those who chose brighter colours and fun silhouettes definitely stole the spotlight.
One of my personal favourite outfits of the night was a short red garment with an asymmetrical nude panel, worn by my friend Hannah. The contrast of her dark hair made her stand out in a positive light.

 

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Another highly anticipated part of prom is the presentation of awards, of course the classic prom king and queen awards. (Shout out to my prom date Ruth who won prom queen!) But also prizes such as most likely to win an Oscar, or most likely to become a professional footballer.  The one I was looking forward to the most was best dressed: who would win? (Here’s a clue – I did.)

I wore a look inspired by plant-life and with an influence of the french renaissance. I stuck to a colour scheme of teal and cream. From top to bottom, I wore a pussy-bow style cream silk tie made by my mother. The shirt was from ASOS, it’s a light, loose fitting piece that was easy to wear. I wore a brown leather belt with a large buckle, keeping onto the trend of statement belts. But the trousers probably made the largest statement, also from ASOS, the floral design came to life on the silky cream fabric. I particularly liked these trousers because the pattern doesn’t repeat in a strikingly obvious manner. Finally, the shoes which were also from ASOS (I promise I’m not sponsored,) look simple and understated at first. But under a flash light or direct sunlight, the holographic glitter makes the shoes sparkle.

Finally, here’s a short gallery of related pictures. What did you wear to your prom? Let me know in the comments!