There's something pretty snazzy about a pair of sneakers with a nice outfit. But it's probably one of those things that only works in editorials, like these! (also: does Adidas have some sneaky placement deal going on with stylists worldwide?)

 Here you've got your dark and moody sneaker combo:

As opposed to your summery, happy-go-lucky look:

                                                     all photos from FashionGoneRogue (visit them, thank them)


World of Interiors

This isn't about fashion but it's still about how things look so... it fits! It's all aesthetics after all. There's this fantastic magazine called World of Interiors, which IMO isn't good just because of its interiors but also because of the architecture that comes with it. You can get quite a few architecture/design magazines but I think you should avoid most of them because they are v. pretentious (ahem Wallpaper), and lack a certain... soul. World of Interiors, on the other hand, has an abundance of soul. It features the houses and apartments and studios and castles of writers and artists and designers and regular folk from all over the world, and they are all photographed incredibly beautifully.

                                                                        Yves Saint Laurent's bathroom!

Y'know it does have somewhat of a link to fashion. For one thing, the way the magazine is organised is very similar to fashion magazines - the first half of the magazine is about products or reviews and bits and bobs, with the second half dedicated to photo-heavy spreads. For fashion this is editorials, and for World of Interiors it is pages and pages of these beautiful spaces. And for another thing, many of the writers and owners of the houses are sneakily connected to fashion. You've got Yves Saint Laurent's house in the country, Hamish Bowles' Parisian apartment and even one of the homes of Anna Wintour herself.

                                                                              The writer Goethe's house

Out here on the internet you can get a similar-ish kind of deal with The Selby. He has some pretty nice photos too, but I don't like it so much because I find the main focus is on the people who live in the spaces. It's not "this house is designed immaculately" it is "LOOK INSIDE OLIVIER ZAHM'S BEDROOM HE HAS COOL STUFF". World of Interiors doesn't (often) put people in the spaces. It let's you focus on the aesthetics and that is what gives the photos such a beautiful sense of stillness and peace.

It doesn't restrict itself to design either, and has features on art and festivals and all sorts of wonderful things - one of my favourite's was about the man who maintains the clocks at Versaille.


Hate to Love #1

The Spring/Summer ’12 collections are showing at the moment, but I thought I won’t write about them yet because you need a bit of time to get a proper perspective on things – even after a week the shows you thought were amazing can seem kinda lackluster. So instead I’m going to look at those collections that you do 180s on. I’ve done the hate/love thing a few times, but I thought I’d start with Prada because it was the first.
I have to admit, when I saw Prada’s SS10 collection for the first time, I was confused. I was confused and unhappy. It all seemed so lightweight, so disappointing after the moody wool and waders of fall. There were barely any clothes on the models and what was there seemed half finished. The prints were strange and washed out. There were cycling shorts.

But then something wonderful happened, I watched the collection’s campaign video and BAM it all made sense. The metallic holiday prints, the raw edging, the chandeliers, everything. It probably took seeing those chandeliers in motion to do it. And all of a sudden this collection went from something I loathed to one of my most loved collections OF ALL TIME.

I may still not get the cycling shorts (at all) but that’s ok because I get the collection as a whole. And there is something about the satisfaction you get when there’s a personal history behind a collection – the hatred, the first pangs of love, the grand epiphany – which is more rewarding than instantly loving a collection (and then probably later hating it because you end up thinking about it way too much). Gosh I’m coming across all romantic – a love fought for is a longer lasting love (or something).

And finally, let’s not forget those shoes.

                                      runway photos from vogue.com and accessories photos from style.com


First Post

Hi y'all, this is the first post. What to put in a first post? I could describe what this blog is but instead here is a photo from Proenza Schouler's SS12 collection. It kinda fits because it's in the banner, the collection was based on Googie Architecture (which is kinda trashy), it's fashion and it's brand new.

                                                                        photo from vogue.com