Miu’s the Word: Shoes to Die For

Miu Miu ss 2011 shoe ad campaign

Ah, Miu Miu, not content with stealing my heart last year with those cute-meets-luxe silk print platforms you just had to do it again.

Miu Miu ss 2011 ankle boots

Strappy, patent leather ankle huggers with absolutely darling cut-out detailing – sigh – AND they nail the fluoro trend. How do I love thee?

Miu Miu ss 2011 patent leather boots

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Faux…but Foxy: Fur Fall/Winter 2010

Winter. It’s here. A fact which struck me as I was stumbling home on the obligatory walk of shame at 8am on Saturday morning (and you KNOW it’s a walk of shame when the local homeless guy who probably hasn’t washed, eaten or enjoyed what one might consider ‘home comforts’ since flares, bell bottoms and Gary Glitter were deemed socially acceptable, inquires after your state of health and well-being).

How, I hear you ask, did this revelation manifest itself (and no, it wasn’t the tramp – he was just an interesting aside). Well. It was the moment I decided that I would quite happily sell my soul – and probably everyone else’s –  for a pair of Chanel F/W 2010 fur trousers…

When legs like Bungle become a viable – DESIRABLE – option you have got to conclude that either a) googlemaps has mistakenly led you to the arctic tundra or b) the season to be jolly has, for the umpteenth time, managed to catch you totally unawares and very unprepared (Soooo… you thought you’d get away without your thermals did you?!…FOOL!!)

With this in mind – and the fact that my wardrobe has, in conjunction with its local Trade Union representative, imposed a ‘No, not ever, not ever ever. Just NO‘ policy in relation to Long Johns – I decided to go and find some warm things I would actually wear. Conclusion? Faux Fur…everything. (Please).

Burberry Prorsum F/W 2010

Let’s start with fur coats which tended to fall into three broad categories for Fall 2010: either, massive, cosy and teddy-bear-esque a la Paul and Joe, slimmed down and chic gilets – see DKNY’s long length chocolate number for this season’s archetype – or edgy and elegant anachronistic beauties (take inspiration from Burberry, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana).

Gucci F/W 2010

The only issue I could foresee in owning any of these (they all have that magical  ‘go with anything’ factor you’d expect from a coat) would be the fact that I’d be too busy hugging myself to actually breathe. A minor inconvenience I think you’ll agree.

Gucci F/W 2010

Fendi F/W 2010

Christian Dior F/W 2010

Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2010

THIS I WANT with every fibre of my being…

Of course I’d  have to top it off with a  Cossack hat (still lounging in fifties redux heaven here, plus it fits nicely with the whole global-traveller-meets-alpine-ski-lodge winter utility “vibe” which has been doing the rounds) Oh! and a pair of tan leather and fur trim ankle boots (which may or may not exist)…and some Miu Miu cable knit tights.

Santa…you had better be writing this down…

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Septuagenarian Chic F/W 2010

Okay Fashionistas, t’is the season to Nan-it-up. It’s time to don those duffel coats, cosy-up in a cardy, pull your woolly socks up and pop a couple of teabags in the pot. Autumn has come over all old-school.

Literally.

Prada f/w 2010 Ad Campaign

From ribbed metallics and alpine lodge sweater dressing at Michael Kors, to duffel’s and cable knits at Dolce & Gabbana, and lets not forget Miu Miu’s nan-tastic take on the fishnet. Granny glam is big news (and ultra practical – wouldn’t want to catch a cold now would we dears).

Miu Miu f/w 2010 Ad Campaign

Herringbone, cable, ribbed…the chunkier the better…even over-enthusiastic-Christmas-jumper knits are getting a look in over at Jean Paul Gaultier. Think blue-rinse chintz chic meets Celine-inspired layers: just hang fire on the lavender and moth balls. No one wants to smell like a doorway to Narnia.

Michael Kors f/w 2010

Dolce & Gabbana f/w 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier f/w 2010

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Lula Loves…and so do we

UK fashion magazine Lula is celebrating its 5th birthday this month in its own inimitable style (gently kitsch, sugary-sweet…roll out the soft focus, add a wash of dreamy haze and stir in some guileless sexuality…) with a Lula Loves pop-up shop in collaboration with the colossus of retail aristocracy Harvey Nichol’s.

The store – designed and produced by Fiona Leahy and curated by Lula founder Leith Clark –  features a selection of Clark’s (soon to be your) favourite things including one-off pieces by Rodarte, Erdem, Charles Anastase, Miu Miu, Lover and Sonia Rykiel, some insanely covetable cult archive revivals (notably the Miu Miu glitter shoe) as well as a selection of books and music from the renowned artist/ writer/ film maker Liz Goldwyn and the insanely talented illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve along with other illustrious members of the Clarkian inner-circle (Derek Blasberg, Melissa Auf Der Mauer…)

The whole set up, found in the newly opened concept space on the fourth floor, is sheer Lula magic – a celebration of the ethereal, whimsical and beautiful. Well (I’m not sure how much I can stress this!) worth a visit, even if it is only to briefly exchange the non-stop monotony of the real world for a nostalgic jaunt through a sigh-provoking wonderland.
In fact I love it so much I’m considering relocating from my beloved E2 to planet Lula.

Images with profuse thanks to Style Bubble; click through to view more Lula gorgeousness (one of these days I shall get my hands on a half decent camera) and/or for the inside scoop (plus pics) on the launch night head over to Fashion Bite.

The Lula Loves pop-up shop is open in-store and online until the 1st August.

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Miu Miu Gets Glam Rocking

I’ve been obsessing over these beauties since they hit the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week in October ’09! Miu Miu reworks chunky retro 70’s platforms in super-luxe satin for s/s 2010…think Ziggy Stardust with a ditzy-doll twist. Shoe Love

Got a few (hundred) pounds to spare? Shop the Miu Miu collection over at theitguide.

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Go Crazy for Collars

Vogue Gioiello (Vogue Accessories Italia): Charvet Paris with Chanel & Bulgari collars

Thanks to Miu Miu’s knock-out s/s 2010 collection which saw the collar’s triumphant return to the gilded halls of sartorial cool, I have been on a web-quest of epic proportions in search of the shirt collar necklace to end all shirt collar necklaces…

Miu Miu s/s 2010 Detachable Collars

Gemma Lister: Peter Pan Collars s/s 2010

The Queen of big, bold and undeniably funk-tastic jewellery, Gemma Lister’s take on the collar trend is cute, classic and fabulously simple (not to mention slightly more affordable!)…♥

Utopia Accessories Collection: Clip-on shirt collar

Sadly, I haven’t yet come across any high street options, although Zara’s recent homage to the Miu Miu cat print replete with stylish shirtless collar gives me some small measure of hope! (If anyone comes across the elusive Zara collar let me know!)

Don’t fancy saving the pennies? Check out whatwasithiiinking for a shockingly simple Miu Miu collar DIY tutorial!

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The Cat’s Out of The Bag at Zara

If – like me – Miu Miu makes your knees weak – but the price makes your bank balance blanch then check out this cute little number from Zara’s summer collection…

Pretty-prints...shirtless collar...Deja vu?

Yes, Zara’s design team have jettisoned the gorgeously overwrought detailing for the cheap-chic simplicity of the play suit, but the (virtually identical) cat-print on an inky blue-black backdrop leaves no doubt as to who is being channelled.

Say what you like about knock-offs, this is one high street hero that’s sure to send any bona fide bargain-hunting recessionista purr-crazy…

To view the rest of Zara’s summer collection head over to nitrolicious

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