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: Frock Fantasy

I’m in the mood for some pretty, powder-pink, airy-fairy, cute-as-a-button, princess frock frivolity. Give me fantasy, daydreams and a romp through the wilderness with a knight in super sharp Armani paired with Grenson brogues wielding anything but a man bag…sigh. Otherworldly escapism with a side order of whimsy please – and hold the fainting (damsel in distress? Me thinks not).

Back to the outfit – a minxy thigh-skimmer of a hemline, peep-toe neutral wedges and socks and nailing the hot as hell asymmetric trend (look to 3.1 Phillip Lim and RM by Roland Mouret for references) this look couldn’t be more now. Details wise, the chic frayed edging of the under-shorts is VERY Prada’s s/s 2010 distressed graphic silks; deconstruction contrasted to perfection with the Rodarte-esque romance of that diaphanous one-sleeve wonder.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me…I’ve a wilderness to get back to…

Photograph/ Styling by Frida Johnson: Blog

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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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Look du Jour: Big Love

It’s Shan Shan and those relinquish-a-limb-just-to-get-your-(remaining)hand-on Vivienne Westwood shoes again!

This time paired with the most incredible over-the-knee socks I have ever seen (I’m practically melting into a puddle of radioactive green goo with envy…)

Extra kudos for the underskirting (more petticoat-love here) and the sublimely simple colour coordination (personally, I never seem to have two items of clothing that come even close to being the same shade of red – I feel I may have to take this matter up with my washing machine. Or maybe my eyes).

If you haven’t already, head over to tinytoadstool to check out more of Shan Shan’s work and style (and to get a heads-up on new additions to her etsy shop!)

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Look du Jour: Spank!

No, not the monkey…We’re talking Spank! fashion the  80’s pop revival trend from Japan: think pretty retro referencing, acid-bright colour pops, bows, lace, clashes and LOTS of layers…

Essentially an 80’s jumble sale gone right (pick your jaw up off the floor – I told you the Japanese were ahead of the game…or maybe they’ve actually gone beyond the game to a whole new level of kitsch-retro-future fusion fashion)…

LOVE the peach-tinted hair! (I’m actually almost swayed to give that a go…although the spectre of hair-dye disasters past may have something to say about it. Definitely going to be rocking the lace headscarf and face-framing fringe sometime soon though….)

Oh! Just had to show a close-up of this earring – I think statement just about covers it!

Photographs by: Emi Kusano (Japanese Streets)

Subject: Fumi (click through to see all the detail shots)

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Look du Jour: Ahoy!

Another bank holiday over…another working week to begin and –  joy of unbridled joys! – the mist has descended and the rain, if not exactly pelting, is sure giving those windows a good once over. With this in mind it seems only fitting to roll out the nauticals (and the sweater-dress – sartorially sanctioned style super hero and comfy weather-fail fall back).

The striking no-nonsense one-shoulder design puts this look firmly in the oft-pursued, rarely found no-mans-land between smart and casual, and those over-the-knee socks (in classic school-girl white – the coolest way to wear) rack-up the (totally, freaking) kawaii factor…

Outfit taken from Danielle N’s graduate collection: a super-cool-cat fusion of geek-chic, 80’s retro, Japanophilic-Harajuku styling and – yes – nauticals (click here to visit her blog and check out the full collection!) Needless to say – it being a literal pick-and-mix of my favourite fashion genres – I love the lot!

Head here to visually imbibe another of Danielle’s looks which made the “du Jour” grade…

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