The New Romantics: S/S 2011

Britain may have a face like a smacked arse right now but whilst Spring does it’s very best to emerge from behind the sleet-grey backdrop of winter, romance is once again rearing it’s whimsical head and stretching out its languorous lace-clad limbs on the high street.

Of course it’s not all lace, think back to s/s 2010’s fetish for layering sheers and chiffon and add a dash of theatrical decadence. That’s the new romantic.

Now, time for your mandatory shot of runway inspiration…

Think déshabille chic and work sheers in dramatic layers for 20’s-nouveau-meets-art-house appeal a la John Galliano’s ready-to-wear collection based on the life and nefarious pursuits of Maria Lani – a Polish émigré who conned Paris’ artistic elite during the late 1920’s (read more about her here)

John Galliano S/S 2011 RTW

For something altogether more virginal why not reference Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring collection and work the table-cloth aesthetic (and no…I’m not joking…and it’s FABULOUS) – delicate tatting, sheer whites, crochet and beautifully executed broderie anglaise.

Okay, so virginal in a wild, animalistic, Wuthering Heights’ Cathy kind of way.

Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2011

Or, given the season – Golden Globes, Oscars…anyone? – why not look to Donna Karan’s breath-taking red-carpet chic…beaded applique, silk, tulle and (of course) sheers…*sigh*

Donna Karan S/S 2011

Of course if all that soft-focus, gentle femininity is too much for you, you can always rock it up with black leather (I recommend the Burberry cropped biker). Who said romance had to be good?

Burberry Prorsum Biker Jacket S/S 2011

Hardcore biker-chic from Burberry…Christopher Bailey can you do no wrong?!
Okay, so you won’t exactly be huggable, but you’ll sure as hell RULE when it comes to standoffish Jimmy Dean cool!

I’d pair with girlish neutrals in floaty fabrics…just – you know – for the sheer iconoclastic joy of it.

Amplify’d from
Burberry Prorsum 

Editor’s notes

Burberry Prorsum’s silver stud-embellished black leather biker is the ultimate trophy jacket. Walk this striking style straight off the runway with a printed body-con dress and glossy black pumps. Shown here with a 3.1 Phillip Lim bag and a Burberry Prorsum dress and shoes.



Lets Get Leathered!! Loewe Leather Icons F/W 2010

British designer Stuart Vevers takes the Spanish Goddess of luxury leather back to basics with his new über chic, consummately cool and – dare I say – totally trans-seasonal Icons range. Featuring a wardrobe staple bonanza with pieces to take you from fierce and formal to sexy casual, all crafted from Loewe’s world-famous ‘nappa’ leather (light and supple like a textile but with that vampish edge only leather can bring to the stylistic table) and all in classic fashion-never-fail black…

From the Jimmy Dean retro-rocker jacket to the grunge-tastic Courtney Love pencil skirt, this collection is so goddamn cool it’s making the inevitable tears of envy, covetousness and all-round sinful lust-related emotion freeze directly onto my eyeballs.

Images courtesy of Sun Rainey

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Look du Jour: Born to Mosh

Just caught sight of this stunner on Look Book, solid-rocker structure meets a peculiar brand of laissez-faire anarchism creating a hard-edged fusion of punk and directional modernism. I simply can’t get enough of the leather on chiffon contrast…and the boots, well, best not get me started on those when an emoticon will do the trick! ♥ !!

The design (and styling) is by Amanda Lew Kee, find her website here (no collections up as yet…but it’s definitely one to bookmark!)

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