Monthly Archives: March 2015

Saturday Style: Couture Special

This week’s style is brought to you by the colours of spring and the watchword couture. A bulletin from Paris Fashion Week is followed by some fun designer inspirations for the turning of the seasons.

 

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Michelle Elie in a Comme des Garçons dress

 

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Solange Knowles at Carven with Malone Souliers shoes.

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Jared Leto as Karl Lagerfeld steals Kim K’s bleach thunder.

Drama and lace at Alexander McQueen.

Luxe 80s glitz at Balmain.

From left: Balenciaga, Chanel and Giambattista Valli

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Alice + Olivia Preena applique stretch cotton and tulle minidress, £610, net-a-porter.com. A witty yet ladylike piece.
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Elizabeth and James India feather-trimmed crepe cotton mini dress, £400, net-a-poter.com. This is a fairy-tale warm-weather dress, accessorise with only the most sugary of pastels and the Ryan Storer two-finger ring (see below).
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Junya Watanabe Faux-leather circle top, £875, Selfridges. The Japanese designer’s top has to be the most fun waterproof ever.
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Junya Watanbe faux suede and organza top, £2,410 net-a-porter.com. This is out of stock and unlikely to be back in, but has to be included for the structural art of it. If you can find a similar top available, maybe for less money, snap it up. Your office won’t know what’s hit it when you waltz in wearing this.
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Kenzo pique mini dress, £415, net-a-porter.com. Sport luxe for warm days.
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Erdem Ama draped guipere lace skirt, £1,765, net-a-porter.com. This tropical, dramatic skirt shows guipere lace is a fabric to look out for this season.
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Burberry Prorsum dip-dyed lace skirt, £695, net-a-porter.com. Pretty.
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Ryan Storer rose gold-plated Swarovski pearl two-finger ring, £140, net-a-porter.com.
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Anya Hindmarch printed twill-silk scarf, £250, net-a-porter.com.
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Burberry Prorsum cropped suede jacket with patent leather panels, £2595, net-a-porter.com. A directional statement piece in candy suede.
 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/538736/Burberry_Prorsum/cropped-patent-leather-paneled-suede-jacket-
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Isabel Marant Jeanne plisse-leather waist belt, £850, net-a-porter.com.
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Alexander McQueen jacquard knit mini dress £1,365, net-a-porter.com
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Marni draped printed silk-crepe top, £650, net-a-porter.com. The bold iris print and asymmetric draping mean this top could be paired with jeans and sandals and still provide instant chic on a relaxed spring city break.
 http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/497137/Marni/draped-printed-silk-crepe-top
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Peter Pilotto “Haze” draped jersey and silk-chiffon mix dress £1,680, net-a-porter.com. This Summer of Love-inspired dress has an artistic feel.
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Off the Beaten Tracks

The soundtrack to my life this week, old, new, new-ish or new to me…

Fantasma – Sefty Belt feat Josiahwiseistheserpentwithfeet

This is from this South African collective’s joyous debut album, Free Love. Its intricate, lacy playing and affectingly tremulous vocals deserve more listeners.

Daniel Johns – Aerial Love

A google search reveals this guy was once the lead singer of a rock band, Silverchair. I don’t know their music, but I do know that this single and the EP of the same name feature some serious Jamie Woon-style slink that has shimmied its way to the top of what I want to listen to right now.

Elliphant – One More feat MO

Why do Scandinavians make such great electro-pop? I don’t know but here’s more evidence of it with a London-based, dubstep-influenced Swede making this righteous banger with a Danish partner in crime.

The Do – Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy

Sticking with the Scandi theme, here’s a track from a duo of which half is Finnish (singer Olivia Merilahti). Their album Shook, Shake, Shaken, is dangerously addictive.

Flume & Chet Faker – Drop the Game

Back to Oz for this masterful melancholy from these artists’ collaborative EP, Lockjaw.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Taken from the American/Kiwi collaboration’s upcoming third album, of the same name, available on 26th May.

Tame Impala – Let it Happen

This is the first song from the Aussie purveyors of classy psychedelia after their mammoth 2012 album, Lonerism. The 7-minute evolving track features Kevin Parker’s pearlescent vocals and rangy sound, but arguments have already erupted in YouTube’s comment section on whether it is psychedelic enough. Hint: it is.

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FKA Twigs in Alexander McQueen at the V&A Gala

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FKA Twigs at the V&A Gala for the launch of its Alexander McQueen retrospective, Savage Beauty, in a bird-of-paradise inspired gown from the late designer’s S/S 08 collection. Pluming great.

Yay it’s International Women’s Day! Oh. Thanks Indonesia…

An Indonesian company has drawn criticism on social media for the washing instructions it has printed on a football shirt:

“Washing instructions: Give this shirt to a woman. It’s her job.”

Naturally, the problem here is mistranslation, the manufacturer says, and also, they were paying us a compliment.

“The message is simply, instead of washing it in the wrong way, you might as well give it to a lady because they are more capable,” Salvo Sports posted on Twitter.

“There is no intention to humiliate women. In contrast [we want to tell the men] learn from women how to take care of clothes,” it said.

Happy Women’s Day everyone! What are you doing here, reading? Get back to your vocation in life, scrubbing stuff.

Sunday Poem

Today is International Women’s Day and so this week’s poem comes from Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848), author of Wuthering Heights and one of literature’s most tragic real-life heroines, dying of TB at the age of 30. Her poetry is not as well-known as her perennially popular novel but is striking in its own right. I toyed with choosing Sylvia Plath’s Tulips for today, in which a woman in a mental hospital is tortured by the redness of some tulips that have been brought for her, but decided there is too much of a link between women and madness as it is, so that can wait for another time.

This poem is pretty enough taken at face value, but if you want to look at it metaphorically it offers even more interesting nuances.

A Little Budding Rose by Emily Brontë

It was a little budding rose,
Round like a fairy globe,
And shyly did its leaves unclose
Hid in their mossy robe,
But sweet was the slight and spicy smell
It breathed from its heart invisible.

The rose is blasted, withered, blighted,
Its root has felt a worm,
And like a heart beloved and slighted,
Failed, faded, shrunk its form.
Bud of beauty, bonnie flower,
I stole thee from thy natal bower.

I was the worm that withered thee,
Thy tears of dew all fell for me;
Leaf and stalk and rose are gone,
Exile earth they died upon.
Yes, that last breath of balmy scent
With alien breezes sadly blent!

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Mark Kermode’s Verdict on Unfinished Business

If you’ve been subjected to the trailers of this Vince Vaughn vehicle you may well be aware of how dreadful it looks, but just in case you were left in any doubt, Observer film critic Mark Kermode has delivered his hilariously scathing verdict:

“Jesus wept, Vince Vaughn has done it again – kicking the putrefying corpse of feel-bad scrotal comedy around our screens with the dead-eyed stare of the fiscally medicated. […] It’s ghastly, headachey fare, like a hangover (or, more precisely, like The Hangover) but without the fun drunken bit first. Honestly, the News at Ten has more laughs, not to mention fewer cock-and-ball gags. As for Vaughn, he has become a poundshop Adam Sandler, and that’s not a phrase I use lightly. Unfinished? Enough!”

Ha!

Off the Beaten Tracks

The tunes – old and new – making our ears prick up this week…

Major Lazer – Lean On (feat. DJ Snake and MO)

This is a side project from American uber-producer Diplo. He’s a bit commercial for me but the presence of MO’s vocals means I’m there. This song is nowhere near as good as anything on her debut album but it’s good to hear her vocals reaching a bigger audience.

Therapy? – Still Hurts

New single from the long-lasting Northern Irish alternative metallers.

Dio – Stand up and Shout

Vintage heavy metal with guitar solo that sounds like it was hewn from Satan’s own frets.

Nadine Shah – Fool

The Pakistani-Norwegian singer/songwriter from South Tyneside has an Anna Calvi vibe about her.

Dan Deacon – Feel the Lightning

Beguiling electronica from the American composer’s latest album, Gliss Riffer. The sweet female vocals are actually him.

Romare – Motherless Child

Spooky little addictive tune. The London beatmaker’s debut album, Projections, released on Ninja Tune, uses musical collaging of samples of African-American music to great effect.

Brodinski – Need for Speed (feat. Louisahhh!!! & Bloody Jay)

His album Brava is way too hard for me and the lyrics too generic and annoying, but this is quite cool.

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