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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Jean Paul Gaultier Couture F/W 2010: The Lady & The Vamp

You’d always do well to expect a certain amount of raunch from a JPG collection and Gaultier’s showing for this season’s Parisian couture week was definitely no exception to the rule, showcasing as it did two pieces from the upcoming JPG/La Perla Lingerie capsule collection with a little Parisienne Ooh la la from Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese.

Of course it wasn’t all about lingerie…taking us back to his classics – the signature trench coat reworked first in black gabardine with voluminous batwings and then again in ivory silk, the Madonna cones reincarnated in black mink – Gaultier served up a heady dose of provocative Parisian chic with a delectably Deco twist.

Models sashayed down the runway wearing high twisted turbans, oozing feminine glamour and smoking from elegant cigarette holders like achingly cool spectres of silver screen legend Louis Brooke. Structured shoulders, generous sleeves and hobble-inducing pencil skirts all served to supe-up the voluptuous silhouette of Gaultier’s girls to show-stopping proportions. Essentially, this collection was Jean Paul Gaultier doing what he does best: self-assured,  sassy. Sex. On. Legs.

And boy does he do it well…

Images Courtesy of Style.com

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Alexa Chung for Madewell Fall 2010

Lo! What’s that on the horizon? Could it be a celebrity collaboration to salivate over…one whose sheer awesomeness will coax your long-suffering wallet into submission (recession or no recession)?

Give profuse thanks and sacrificial offerings to the retro redux gods of yore…

The Fashionista’s Fashionista, Alexa Chung’s debut collection for Madewell – hot, hip and hype-worthy Americana brand with prep-tastic credentials – rocks into your world (and mine, pay cheque pending) this August featuring fresh-faced androgynous casuals with a smattering of sweetness and a vintage twist all topped off with an all-American-prep-meets-London-Indie-chic edge of a cherry…

Photographs courtesy of Nitrolicious …go forth and covet!

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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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Get the K Factor: Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010

Article first published as Get the K Factor: Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010 on Blogcritics.

High Summer has hit Britain and the hallowed halls of Topshop are once again ringing to the sound of the Moss mob as fashionistas from across the globe try to get their trendy talons on a little slice of Kate-pie.

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Embellished Dress

The queues will be endless, the battles fiercely fought with gritted teeth hidden behind picture-perfect pouts, and many a sly jab with bony elbows cleverly disguised in this season’s diaphanous chiffon will be doled out to any retail-rampage rookies unlucky enough to find themselves standing between one woman and her laser-cut suede shorts. Only the savviest, hardiest and most brutal will survive—let alone make it out of the store successfully brandishing an item of (approximately) the correct size.

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Feather Cape

Of course, what anyone of sound mind will be wanting to know before hurling themselves into the sartorial snake pit is: is it worth it? And I regret to inform you that, in this case, yes it is. Casting aside her rock-chick roots and jumping headlong into a Woodstockian Garden of Eden, Ms. Moss has credibly surpassed the hype with her airy-fairy vintage-meets-boho take on the hottest summer trends.

Highlights include a dreamy graduated floral print maxi dress with fluted ¾ length sleeves which evokes an otherworldly romantic wistfulness; the breezy floor-skimming leaf-print frock in tea green with its tie-straps, frill hem and bow back has Glastonbury written all over it. A maxi-back dress in vintage printed cotton adds a contemporary twist to the collection, whilst a quirky feather cape in rainbow pastels will inject enough gratuitous twenties glamour to your wardrobe to turn even the brightest young things green with envy.

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Poppy Lace Dress

An anachronistic hotchpotch of historical references (the fifties frock, the seventies silk all-in-one, the twenties maxi) vies with an equally eclectic profusion of pretty prints for your awe-struck delight and delectation. Add in a heady dose of reworked runway—Dioresque sheer chiffons and luxe lingerie silks, ruffles and flounces a la Fendi, crisp pastoral Chanel credentials in broderie anglaise—and the resulting melange is the 2010 high street collection to covet (and covet you will).

The lines have been drawn and the bugle sounded. It’s time to whip out that credit card, sharpen those elbows and join the fray: this is one collection that isn’t going to hang around…

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…

Kate Moss for Topshop Summer 2010: Graduated Floral Maxi


…Industry darling Nick Knight’s official video short.

The collection is exclusively available from Topshop’s Oxford Circus Store and at Topshop.comserious hot-footing is advised!

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Look du Jour: Dizzy with the Dame

Forties slick chick … suave, sophisticated and dressed to the nines in this season’s neutrals and a reworked trench (with ruffles no less)…

Photograph by Coury C.

…trend-ticking madness, and I do love those Farylrobin shoes, retrolicious!

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