Vivienne Westwood’s a/w 2011 Red Label collection takes us forcefully by the hand and drags us (not unwillingly) head-first through the looking glass into a wildly eccentric world of quirky Queens in skewiff coronets, surrealist shapes and cockamamy curiosities all served up in artfully Westwoodian disarray.
Gorgeously paired naturals (not neutrals) punctuated with striking cerulean and vamp-worthy red, tartan (in the VW signature asymmetric cut – natsch), an executed-on-the-Central-Line-at-Rush-Hour approach to make-up and huge birds nests of artfully teased hair. In short a collection which left noone in doubt as to the true progenitor of the London look.
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!)
This Fall sees the riotous return of Rock Chic (excuse me while I gesticulate with wild abandon)… punky, edgy, bold – the epitome of a peculiar brand of sang-froid sexiness. It is, dare I say it, bovvered: the haughty eye-rolling teenager of the sartorial sphere.
I am LOVING the Fall collection from the unsung genius of alternative menswear Thomas Engel Hart (above); retro-punk and super SUPER cool. The safety-pinned skinny jeans almost make me wish I had balls, and the natty cropped jackets are, as ivankay neatly (and rather perfectly) sums up, spunky.
Cast your eyes over the runways of NY Fashion Week and look to 80’s icon Debbie Harry for inspiration. Rock out in fringing and studded leather as seen at William Rast, go gothic in leather and lace a laJill Stewart or sex-it-up Seditionaries-style in a pair of Miss Sixty high-waisted hot-pants in black leather.
For a less extreme foray into the trend check out Philip Lim’s disco-punk inspired collection…
Release your inner wild-child and nail this trend in skin-tight leather, metal studs and acid-wash denim. Accessorize with some serious attitude.
Check out Time Out London’s sample sale calendar – Chloe, Valentino, Philip Lim, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Reiss and more… – dates, times and map-links for this summers hottest sample sales in the Capital. Show your diary some love. ♥