From Seditionary to Sovereign: Vivienne Westwood a/w 2011

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.

All Hail Queen Viv!

FYI: Those feather leg-warmers? Mine.

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: ♥ Tsumori Chisato ♥

I saw this frock and I fell in love…

Cheery graphics, whimsical pairings, absolutely corking colour combos…sod minimalism, Tsumori Chisato is all about taking everything to the max like a disneyfied Vivienne Westwood…

Here are a few of my favourites from her a/w 2010 RTW collection…boho goddess meets circus meets gypsy meets unashamed and overblown fancy-dress joy…

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Look du Jour: Wear Your ♥ On Your Shoes!

It’s an affaire du coeur, an epic love story in lace, fanciful florals and those wonderfully wistful Westwood shoes…sigh. I think I’ve come over all starry-eyed…

Photo by Shan Shan over at Tiny Toadstool

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon Heart Shoes s/s 2010

Love…or slavish lust? Who cares…I NEED these shoes!

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The brim’s the limit

Hats, hats, hats… because the Sun shows mercy to no man (or woman for that matter) and a burnt face is the ultimate dermatological don’t – not to mention a fashion gaffe par excellence.

Panama, straw, boater, trilby…Stetson-esque…this season there really is a hat for all trends so get ready to doff those caps and take your hats off for this summer’s must-have head-wear…

I love these two from Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label – particularly the one on the left: Oxford boat-race with a sharp-edged twist…wear with anything!

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Fall 2010 Flashforward: Rebel Without a Cause

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.

William Rast

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 la Jill Stewart or sex-it-up Seditionaries-style in a pair of Miss Sixty high-waisted hot-pants in black leather.

Jill Stuart

Miss Sixty

For a less extreme foray into the trend check out Philip Lim’s disco-punk inspired collection…

Philip Lim

Philip Lim

Release your inner wild-child and nail this trend in skin-tight leather, metal studs and acid-wash denim. Accessorize with some serious attitude.

Heads-up Fashionistas!

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. ♥