Tagged: sheer

PLEASE MUMMY / WISHLIST / VOL IV

I accidentally spent a disgusting amount of money by ordering a load of clothes that I was already feeling mildly guilty about buying to my old address, and surprise surprise they weren’t there when I made the pilgrimage over there. Obviously the natural thing to do in this situation is punch myself in the face and be a lot more careful with money for the rest of my life to commit sartorial self harm and…buy more shit!

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From my new favourite website in the world, ssense

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I bought some men’s sock suspenders the other day, I had a dream that I bought some and they looked really good, and who am I to argue with my subconcious. These give a similar look, but less ‘creepy victorian dad’. These bad boys are from ASOS

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I think people at work who are witness to my Hello Kitty obsession think that it’s ~ironic~, but  it really isn’t, I just love that lil bitch. I keep getting shouted at by scary old women on my estate for not having a bell, so I can justify this wondrous find as a NEED rather than a WANT.

ImageI have actually bought this but haven’t tried it on yet. Obviously, being a professional model myself it’s going to look exactly like it does on this lovely lady, and not like sausage meat wrapped in chiffon. Denial is not just a river in Egypt…

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I need a new wallet/purse so badly, scrabbling around in the bottom of my bag for change like a derranged pigeon looking for food isn’t my most attractive habit. This Alexander Wang baby is from shopbop.com and is only £125.

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My flatmate’s just bought this amazing Patrick Bateman-esque flasher mac (here), it’s a men’s, which doesn’t bother me, but they don’t run it in an XXS or even an XS, so I think I’d look more like a sofa with the wrapping still on it.

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I’m not just an incredibly pretty face, I am also incredibly intelligent and interesting which is why I’m going to read this on the tube so everyone will know. No, for real though I find anything about human behaviour really interesting, and I keep reading books about gay alcoholics lately so this’ll be nice for a change. Here’s the Amazon description:

“In his work as a practising psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Lifedistils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon.” So excited.

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This is probably as ~summery~ and ~feminine~ as my summer wardrobe will get. I’m usually against slogan clothing, especially places I’ve never been, but I love how the florals contrast with the black, and apparently all I want to wear at the moment is sheer because I’m a pervert.ImageI’m not usually a Jeffrey Campbell fan, but I’m so surprised I liked these and they’re not black that they’re worth a mention. Again, these are from ssense.

BRAND FOCUS VOL II / & OTHER STORIES

When Swedish high street favourite H&M announced the launch of a new “luxe” label, my first thoughts were, why? After H&M getting criticism for perhaps not as stellar as expected designer collaborations (I genuinely saw a H&M Margiela jacket down from £150 to £5 in the Regent Street store), is now the right time to launch a new brand, rather than focusing on improving the existing one?

Secondly, is there really a gap in the market for another high-end high street brand? COS, Reiss, Joseph, Jaeger etc, these all seem to cover all aspects of the high end high street market, from luxe basics at COS and Jaeger to Royal-fave classicism at Reiss. Particularly, COS, which is only 6 years old, is probably closest to the H&M ‘basics with a twist’ sensibility, and also stock menswear,  something that & Other Stories doesn’t at present.

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Represented by PR power-house Karla Otto (also home to Chalayan, Viktor and Rolf and Marni, to name but a few) & Other Stories will no doubt be a regular editorial pull and ‘How To Wear…’ magazine feature favourite.

The press release is pretty standard, “Other Stories is a fashion brand offering women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and ready-to-wear to create their personal style, or story. Our creative ateliers in Paris and Stockholm design diversified fashion collections with great attention to detail and quality at an affordable price. It does annoy me when brands say ‘affordable’, because obviously what is affordable to you, mister, might not be affordable to me, with your £40 for a plain jumper sensibilities. I find it slightly patronising. But having said that, Prices are actually a really good scale, basics are mostly around the £30/40 quid mark, which isn’t too bad, with the more exciting items around £100, which is quite a good mid-point, and still, that’s about the same price as Topshop, without any of the wacky sally “STUDS AND GALAXY PRINT ON EVERYTHING!1!!”

It continues, “We believe shoes, bags, jewellery, lingerie and beauty are key for styling and just as important as clothing.” Shoes etc are one thing that ususally fall to the wayside for brands, Zara for instance generally does really good on-point womenswear, yet the shoes are a.) few and far between, and b.) usually really hideous.

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I had a look at the website, and I was actually quite impressed. The range is very extensive without being overwhelming (have you ever got stuck in an ASOS black hole? Pop on to look for a skirt, 80 minutes and 8,000 pages later, you go on eBay to look for a noose) with a good mix of product and model shots (can you tell I work in eCommerce?). There’s also a very pleasing Tumblr.

Here are my favourite things currently on offer from the website:

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