Christian Dior F/W 2011: Galliano’s Romantic Renegades

After the scandal came the show (the huge crowd seemingly oblivious to the rumoured boycot) and, while it may have been a swan song of sorts, few in the history of fashion can claim to have been as dramatic.

Rebels, renegades and lashings of theatrical romance have always been Galliano’s hallmark and his final collection for Dior was no exception to the rule. Mulberry and striking red fox fur, velour and satined midnight blues, victoriana cameo-choker detailing, Cavalier head-gear, and THOSE thigh-high boots.

 

Day-wear saw Bohemian highwaymen meet dashing Royalists in autumnal tweeds with a slightly fetishistic twist whilst the evening-wear swept in with elegant tiers of ruffles and ruching in bewitching black sheers to give beautifully bad boudoir appeal alongside candy floss creations that oozed saccharine savoir fair.


Gorgeous. Theatrical. Indelibly Galliano.

Head here to view the entire collection.

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The Thigh’s The Limit

Galliano revisited old ground this season with an eighteenth century equestrian extravaganza for Dior which was arguably hot enough to stop Dick Turpin in his tracks, if not innovative enough to wow an audience still high on Phoebe Philo’s ‘new’ purism…


The entire collection was, essentially a sequel to his spring couture offerings, albeit with more of a Bohemian fairytale twist, but I digress…the purpose of this post was actually to bring your attention to the collection’s crochet knit hold-ups. Those who know me will be well aware of my ongoing love-affair with hosiery (it’s a curse; the man hours involved in hand-washing my collection, well, it just doesn’t bear thinking about)…anyway THESE are my new must have – the rest can carry on lounging in my laundry basket.

They even bridge the gulf between sexy and practical (close enough anyway!). Bonus, FTW, <3! etc!

Images courtesy of Tom and Lorenzo and Style.com

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Gotta Take the Rough With the Smooth…

Continuing the more is more theme of Spring’s print clash attack, the shift from summer to autumn is all about piling on the texture. Mix, don’t match should be your mantra for some slap-bang on-trend cafe intellectual meets sex siren chic.

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

From ultra-lavish velvet to sheeny-shiny silk and beyond into deshabille denim, crumpled chiffon, spangle-tastic sequins, gentle jerseys and luxe leathers (yes, I am ‘on one’, and by one I mean a self-indulgent post-modifying lexical binge… it has been – as great Aunt’s and Grandparents are oft heard to mutter – ‘too long’), rework the big trends of spring with a side order of grunge…column skirts and DM boots? Yes. You. Can.

Costume National Fall 2010

Pair leather with your lace, wool with your chiffon and inject some autumn glamour with shearling a la that Burberry Prorsum Aviator or a little bit of Oscar de la Renta-esque fur-hemmed extravagance, and a seasonal palette update of gilded pumpkin, russet and (mmmmm) chocolate.

Kenzo Fall 2010

Emilio Pucci Fall 2010

Images courtesy of Style.com

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Look du Jour: Short Chic

Black bandeau, cheeky high-waisted turn-ups foxed up with devil-may care flounce of a scarf = super simplicity and effortless, understated über cool.

This is how to wear your 2010 shorts: casual, rough-around-the-edges and festival ready…

I couldn’t possibly let this one go without mentioning the hair: Courtney Love 90’s grunge-shag meets red-hot über siren Florence Welch’s boho show-stopper of a barnet. Need I say LOVE?!  Citified summer chic doesn’t get much easier (or more sexy) than this!

Photograph/ Styling by Erika A: Check out Erika’s blog or her fabulous Flickr for more inspo!

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Look du Jour: Frontier Fringing

Hippy meets ranch ready Americana on what looks like a definite lazy hazy lemonade day…

I’ve actually been thinking about festival outfits over the last few days (whilst staring morosely out of the patio windows into what I can only describe as the perfect backdrop to Wuthering Heights – and I thought summer had already sauntered back onto the scene in the guise of a be-hatted orb of hot UV goodness. Wrong. Again). Anyway, back to the point…

Festival garb: Often the most difficult thing to balance is the free-spirit hippy boho floatiness – think billowing kaftans, maxis flowers in the hair… – versus the practical, all the mud in the world has also been invited and will arrive approximately 30 minutes after you do, camping veteran mentality. (Yes, those fluorescent waterproof overalls will keep you dry – and, one would hope for the level of embarrassment incurred, very warm – but they’re not particularly flattering and there will be photographic evidence).

So it’s good to see there is another way…mix your boho head-scarf and (on trend right now!) fringing with this seasons denim for a kind of Little House on the Prairie meets hippy-commune chic frontier fusion effect. Very cool…and a little bit practical too…

Photograph/ styling by Kasia G: find her blog here (best fire up that translator)

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Look du Jour: Bohemian Beauty

It’s not often you come across a look that perfectly embodies the true bohemian aesthetic: subversive irreverence for the bourgeois trend slaving, the flagrant incorporation of a mish-mash of vintage, thrifted pieces all held together with lashings of unabashed cool.

Forget Mischa Barton in a kaftan, if it’s boho you want this is a visual masterclass…the floral knee-length high waist wonder of a granny skirt, battered leather satchel and those classic rose-tinted Ray Bans (yes, I am rather jealous!) all styled to insouciant perfection with tumble-down hair and heaps of anachronistic charm. (Need I say) LOVE this outfit?!!

Photograph/ styling by Heather R. : Lookbook here, or head to her blog (no really, do)

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Miss Bibi: Teeny-Tiny Trinkets & Miniature Marvels

Quirky, whimsical and evocative, Miss Bibi’s playful pint-sized jewellery collections featuring scaled replicas of everyday objects are anything but small-time. Designer Brigitte Giraudi began her career creating miniature sets for animated films and (luckily for us) has brought her painstaking attention to detail and doll-house aesthetic to the world of bodily adornment.

Earrings: Coat Hanger

Earrings: Pinocchio

…Lilliputian wonderland, Looking Glass dreamscape…whatever your preferred comparison these cute and insanely collectable treasures are pure petite perfection: pile them on with a/w’s bohemian attic-romance evening-wear (think John Galliano, Isabel Marant and Charles Anastase) in inky indigo and rumpled silks for a shot of dainty dollish eccentricity. Tres chic.

Earrings: Candelabra

Ring: Farfalla

Ring: Lock

Cufflinks: Corkscrew

Bracelet: Eyelash

Brooch: Window

Necklace: Chair

Necklace: Boot Lace

Necklace: Matriochka

Necklace: Purse


To shop / browse / locate retailers head to missbibi.com…even the website is freaking fabulous! ♥

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