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Temperley S/S 2012

In Fashion on September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

My love for Temperley has only been strengthened by the S/S 2012 show. Inspired by Grace Kelly and the beauties of the silver screen, the collection is elegant, luxurious and full of theatrical and real movement. It’s not brash or blinding, but delicate and extremely beautiful. Light cream, iced blue and tan colours, sit with bright red lips and silk headscarfs, guiding you around the pool and across the lawns, to the sea. Stirring a Tom Collins, the world looks as if it were a dream. As if it were something from a film.

What with the weather clearly having some kind of heat rush, time spent looking and lusting after this Temperley goodness seems justified. Temperley dress in the evening; completely viable for right about now. Were it not for the sun being so low and the brown leaves scattering the floors, I’d think we were in a time when August used to be muggy and hot in England. Alas, I am sure next week the knitwear will reign again.

All photos c/o Temperley Press


Arbiter Elegantiarum – Corrie Nielsen at London Fashion Week S/S 2012

In Fashion on September 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

All photography by Christopher Dadey

I watched Edward Scissorhands when I was probably too young. Actually, I would say definitely, I was too young. Unlike E.T. which left me in tears, Sir Scissorhands left me in a dream like shock. Firstly; I was in love with Edward, which meant that Danny Larusso was out, and secondly; I had so much empathy for the love/scissor situation, I wasn’t sure how to deal with it. Most importantly however, the music and atmosphere of the film seemed to sail me away on a darker ship of imagination. It was the beautiful misery, the comfort with gothic/death/love and lust, and the ethereal snow globe in which Burton placed all of his characters.

The theatrics is one of my favourite aspects of London Fashion Week. If you are left with a resounding feeling, the designer has ticked some serious boxes. Lust is only half of high fashion, the other feelings are those that set you upon a ship to some form of inspiration. My very favourite sort of feeling (see: Scissorhands), is that of slight discomfort, awe and the wonder that you’ve been left within the story for a while afterwards.

I wrote about Corrie Nielsen’s A/W 2011 collection (for Amelia’s Magazine), after attending her show in February:
Then two show stopper dresses came out. One nearly pure, off white with a hooped top skirt, corseted top, long train and beautiful headpiece, wrapped around the model’s blonde hair. With ballet satin encased feet, this was ghostly, heavenly and adventurous in one. It appealed to me through its theatre, gracefulness and just off purity. The dress had character, frivolity and fantasy wrapped up. Spiced up innocence, a thrown out of her castle, princess. What did she do to be ejected? For me, although more Elizabethan perhaps in design than Victorian, this was Hardy’s; Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Walking over the hills, her boots worn through, her daze; a story.

For me, Corrie Nielsen completely captures the sort of fantasy, gothic and historical referencing I adore. Therefore I was exceptionally excited to see her S/S 2012 show. My review follows after this short video by me (thus not terrible amazing quality). Click on this post’s title to see it full sized.

The congested lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling, dimly lit and sensual, watched from above as the audience filtered in and sat on their pews. Expectation could be felt smoothly across the top of the room, like a stiff, important foam atop a coffee. The morning of the first day of LFW S/S 2012, this was just the beginning. Eventually, the lights dimmed further, backs straightened and noses rose up.

Oriental, slow and sombre music, mixed together with the tweet of spring time birds.

A model walked out slowly, dressed in a structured black buttoned jacket. Her hair centre parted and eyebrows thick. The music’s slow and purposeful sound, was matched by the footsteps. Following her, was a model in a white, very high necked, sheer balooning sleeved shirt, a white waistcoat and white high waisted tapered trousers.

The latter – almost angelic, yet highly composed – outfit perhaps most clearly displayed Corrie Nielsen‘s inspiration for her collection; Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture Of Dorian Gray. The text – dealing with beauty, lust, immortality, horror and dark corruption – has been mixed with Japanese influences to create these refined long, tailored jackets, pleating and powerful shapes that both sway with their architectural prowess and float with femininity.

All photography by Christopher Dadey

The looks that followed were coloured black, white, navy, pewter, light green or shiny gold. Corrie Nielsen is simple in her colour palette, rather making statements through the shape of her pieces. Sometimes with a dash of flowered detailing, they are always smartly structured, and often oversized in some aspect; whether through the sleeves, ruffled or loose necklines, or long, long length. Oriental silk wrapped around the shoulders and torso of one model and the trouser suits were made slighly loose, soft and feminine, helped by the shorter, floaty sleeve and despite the bustled, formal necklines.

As the show progressed peplums started appearing. Necklines remained high and voluminous, structured shapes still dominated, working perfectly with the strong eyebrows and pretty, Japanese inspired, loose buns. My favourite dress of the show was exceptionally strong in shape and yet vulnerable, in that it was white and strapless. It looked boned from the top to the bottom, but doll like. It was a dress of contradictions, yet worked like a powerful shot of feminine strength. Unapologetically intelligent, elegant and beautiful.

“But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.” The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Pencil skirts, abundance, silk and structure, mixed with elegance and beauty. The lady I saw in the winter hills of Nielsen’s A/W collection, is now in a more delicate, less whimsical surrounding – yet equally powerful. Still she nods to Victoriana, but now she has travelled and has a certain knowingness that has more of a late 30s/early 40s feel – a woman contemplating, but you’re not sure what about. The darkness of Victoriana, also has the added element of magic, secret whispers and mystery, aided by the obvious Japanese influence and sharp tailoring.

“You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.” The Picture Of Dorian Gray

LFW snapshots No.2

In Diary on September 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Just strutting.

Cake in the Corrie Nielsen goodie bags - Oooh! Sugar!

Amazing dress

Incredibly relaxed in this multi-thousand pound dress and high rise heels. Sat next to me to chat – popping up to have photos taken every six seconds. Casual.


True frozen yoghurt heaven

Swanning about.

Mood board at Topshop Newgen – I love this

I also love this.

Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton

Michael Van Der Ham mood board

Rave/cycling squirrel

Mood board beauty. Resembles my own Lionheart desk/ my thousands of scrap books. Gives me hope.

Do love that she uses cotton buds.

Goddess dress

LFW snapshots No.1

In Diary on September 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I didn’t mean to do this, but check out the Panama. Another one chalked for the hat.

For some reason, I see Harrison Ford when I look at this hat. A Harrison Ford movie. A beautiful woman, a man with stubble, moody tendencies and a strong jaw – bit of a Don Draper. Hate/love/hate/love/love.

Right next to Harrison Ford. I can’t even explain how perfect this is/would be. Perfect.


Boots are brilliant.

Can you imagine? Like a thousand chocolate ad’s mixed with the Labyrinth and a Midsomer Night’s Dream.

Hat people.

Wearing very nice nightwear and drinking gin. Onboard a train.

This looked stunning. Long, floaty and important.

Really cool workwear.

Goddess shoes

Serious fashion.

Pretty stairs

Presenter within a circle of fabric streaming girls. Equally hilarious and ridiculous.

I know.

The sparkle was blinding.

Perfect accessories.

Zandra Rhodes



In Diary on September 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

What a week. It’s been a learning experience and one with a diary allowing no space for the above. Not that you could lie on a beach now in the UK. I’m sure I only had about three days actually sitting outside in the sun this year. Those days basking on Cornish beaches are currently taking a break. That said, I’ve spent a long time outside this week, cycling in the wind and rain, freezing at bus stops, taking photos and playing washing wars. For this, I’m mostly grateful. Sometimes though, you just need a strong tea (strong, but milky) and well… a bunch of Co-op flowers. This supermarket bunch (complete with carnations) was bestowed upon me by my lovely bf, who spent the weekend on a Cornish beach incidentally. He works hard, we work hard, time together is good time. These flowers have boosted my morale. I feel like my mother. Flowers just work for me, they’re beautiful and looked marvelous here in the morning, autumn light. I felt sad for the flowers that I’m away for a couple of days, so I took a couple of photos.

I’m going to London for London Fashion Week (only a few shows- not a big league mag. just yet) and seeing CityCityCity friends, so I’ll let you know how that goes and take the nice camera with me.

Editorial Shoot (oramaaa!)

In Events on September 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

(Nearly) Autumn = Knitwear

In Fashion on September 5, 2011 at 8:10 am

Aleila Jacket by Toast

I am getting ahead of myself, just slightly but to me, Autumn is as exciting as spring. Actually, I think it’s more exciting than spring. I love new boots, berries on the trees and knitwear in abundance. It’s not cold enough to freeze your nose off, there are pretty red and brown leaves on the trees and long walks become story like & fantastical. The temperature has decreased, but it’s ok, the sun may be lowering, but the lighter evenings haven’t nipped away just yet and the light somehow always has a beautiful, dappled quality to it. I think Autumn is also verrrry glamorous; visions of grandeur fill my mind and ambition with renewed excitement.


Limoncello Knitwear

Ely Kishimoto

Ou Polloi of Manchester

Rea Coat by Toast