Wednesday, 29 January 2014


 Anna Sui

I never thought I was a bomber jacket kind of girl. When I was at school an achingly cool friend used to have one emblazoned with the logo of a pirate radio station. I was in awe but I knew that I was never that cool.


But mostly the problem was that my style is quite femme and I felt that the bomber was not for me. I need my clothes to go in and out to prove that I too go in and out, although slightly less in and slightly more out these days.


With Isabel Marant championing the look over the past few years I have decided to revisit. And this season seems to be the right time to do it. Unlikely style icon Mary Berry and her floral bombers seem to have encouraged a more feminine take on the look.

 J Crew

Admittedly some of the jackets might come under the label of baseball or varsity rather than bomber, but I'm not to be exclusive, as you can see above you can definitely glam the look up.

 Maison Martin Margiela

I would probably chose to wear it with a flippy little skirt, grey sweatshirt and trainers, but it looks pretty bitching with jeans and heels too for a sports luxe take.

 T by Alexander Wang

Plus, I think the added bonus is that they can be worked right now by adding a layer under your regular coat. Warm, stylish and up to the minute? Whodathunkit?!

T by Alexander Wang

(Images via Net a Porter)

Pale and Interesting

Pastel colours sing out a message of springtime for me. Of course we are somewhat far from the moment when spring will be sprung, and while the first brave flowers are starting to show their faces in my parents' garden it is due to get cold here from tomorrow. Again, relatively speaking, no polar vortex in the gentle hills of Bath, but still cold enough not to want to be something braving life outdoors.

And not to want to think about wearing baby pink lace. But I can't resist showing you the Burberry Prorsum spring summer collection.

These colours are just so delectable and the cuts so very femme.

As soon as I am brave enough to poke my head above the soil I know what I will be copying wearing.

Except, you know, with more than just big pants underneath…

(Images via

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Well Armed

 3.1 Philip Lim

Is anyone else intrigued by the sleeveless jacket/coat mini trend? I wouldn't want to flash my arms necessarily but with a fine knit underneath I think it could be quite appealing. I bought a vastly discounted short-sleeved Cerruti trench a few years ago which I adore, and it has definitely opened my mind to a slightly unconventional coat shape.

And you know me, I like something new.



(Images via Matches)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Packs a Punch

(Image via Deadly Ponies)

For the last year I have been loving my Deadly Ponies bag that I bought from my good friends at Found in Bath. (It is like the one above but a delicious burgundy colour.) However, in Bath I don't tend to lug around lots of stuff. Now that I am considering moving back to London I need to rethink things slightly. Because in London I like to walk. I like to avoid public transport as much as possible and that means Shanks' pony. You know, the plates of meat... Erm, you know, walking.

Old woman that I am I seem to have aches and pains most days so adding the strain of a bag slung over my shoulder while I pound the pavements doesn't exactly appeal. So the solution?

A backpack.

I have been using one for the last couple of weeks and it does mean that I can heft my stuff around in relative comfort. I would like to stress that I take it off when on public transport and endeavour not to make any sudden moves and knock people over with it. Both of which are a major bug bear of mine. But the bag I have been using also travelled with my around South East Asia. IE. it is very functional but not so pretty.

Soo, oops! I guess I'll just have to have something new. The good news is that Lady Fashion is having a serious flirtation with back packs at the mo, so there are stylish treats to be had.

Now I just need to decide whether I want stylish but mostly functional/practical/comfortable or be superficial and go for something that looks beautiful and stylish and will work with my look, particularly a more corporate look that will probably be necessary, and hope that function is also catered to.

Here are some of my options. What do you think, form or function?

3.1 Philip Lim

Alexander McQueen

Christopher Kane



 Jerome Dreyfuss


 Marc by Marc Jacobs

Proenza Schouler

(Images via Found, Net a Porter, Selfridges)

Friday, 10 January 2014

Dog Days

I love a dog in an outfit. Crazy for it in fact. A sausage dog in a hot dog bun? Or a pekingese in a party frock. I can't get enough.

I'm also pretty keen on shoes, hats and jewels, jewels, jewels.

So needless to say this accessories feature from the Independent had made me very, very happy indeed.

(Images via Independent)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Draw the Line

 Calvin Klein

Ha! I have just seen a new blog via Another Magazine called When They Were Kids; The Fashion Cartoons Blog, with funny little cartoons imagining the fash pack in their youths.

It has made my day!

 Hamish Bowles

 Miuccia Prada

Suzy Menkes

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Last Resort

 Alexander McQueen

January always seems a strange time of year, fashion-wise. The excitement of Christmas sparkle has faded and we are ready for something new. Of course it is when we should really be concentrating on our winter wardrobe as, in England at least, the cold weather hasn't really started. Our American friends will be only too aware that we are in the thick of winter, and are hopefully focused on staying warm indoors.

But we are contrary beasts, myself in particular. I want something new and pretty to ooh and ah over.

So before I focus too much on spring summer there are the resort collections. Of course this is just spring and summer under another name. Spring and summer for those who can afford not to have to deal with winter.

The trends coming from the resort collections are not for wearing now unless you are migrating south. (I wish! Sob!)

My favourite of them is the crop top. Which considering that my midriff is nothing to write home about, particularly after the excesses of the festive season, is something of a surprise. But I'll tell you for why, shall I? It is because there is no need to actually show skin. Yay!

To a man these looks are layered over high waisted skirts and trousers. 

Once we all thaw out I am going to be so into this.

Jen Kao

 Proenza Schouler

 Reed Krakoff


(Images via