October 28, 2010

Alice the Camel has...

...the perfect outfit.


October 14, 2010

Dear Diary

Buying your yearly diary.

It's a big decision, a decision we only (hopefully) make once a year - and if you're like me and can't live with out your diary, then you hope and pray that you're not going to be sick of it come December.

I Finally bought my 2011 diary the other day and I'm already filling it up. I've been using the same brand (Kiki.K) for  three years now. I refuse to change. I tried Moleskine in 2007 but lost it mid year and I suppose that was the end of that.

Do you have a particular favourite brand that you like to buy again and again?

Are you a free spirited Moleskine collector, an old-school Collins secretary or a sweedish inspired kiki.K/Typo/Smiggle girl? Or perhaps something else?

inspiring office images: gary pepper vintage

October 13, 2010

Brunette's wardrobe

Now that I have brown hair, I figured it's the time to try new colour pallettes and steer away from my all black and white uniform. I get this eery feeling that I look like a goth chick when I wear all black now. Morticia Addams. You get it.

You may remeber/care/dream about every single night this old post about Chloe Sevigny giving me the shits becuase she looks so good in mustard. I'm going to try it from now on, and I think the below jacket/draped shorts combo is the perfect place to start.

October 12, 2010

Fluro in small doses

Is apparently completely okay with me...

"It's actually best you don't stare directly at it in daylight unless you have cancer council approved sunglasses." - Alexandra Spencer.


October 6, 2010

Now on Twitter!

So now I'm tweeting all the "interesting" garb that I'm not blogging. Follow me! @MiannScanlan

To celebrate - here's a classic (ruined by Eurotrash pop sensation The Saturdays) that I deem rather fitting for the occasion....

Look at those girls go!


Style.com's street-style love triangle

Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil has just released his PFW round of photos for Style.com entitled "tommy, can you see me?". I'm super excited, I can't wait to click through the collection of images, but before I do, I can't stop myself from doing a quick check to see if The Sartorialist aka Scott Schuman is still contracted to Style.com as resident street-style blogger (he has been since early 2007).

He is. He still holds the http://www.style.com/fashionshows/sartorialist/ link that he's always had.

So why does the byline to Tommy's collection read "Everyone's favourite photoblogger, Tommy Ton of jakandjil.com is back in action at Paris fashion week."

I don't know.

But the photos are amazing. I'm going to hunt around for some more info on this love-triangle. Style.com you cheeky devil! In the mean time, feel free to drool.

images: Style.com by Tommy Ton


It just won't go away

And I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing or not...
It's already everywhere, and it has been so for quite some time now. It's been done to death by the blogs, by the hipsters, by the high-street, fast-fashion chain stores, hell, I even did it in my vintage DKNY jacket last year (and today with my scarf from Africa - yes I see the irony). But for a trend that is so monolithic in the current, circulating grand scheme of trends, I'm actually surprised to see it feature in the S/S11 shows so predominantly once again.

And it kind of makes it worse that designers don't show in season so we already have it and more of it is coming, and in between those season time frames we get to see every celebrity have their go at the trend, so really, by the time we're all super excited for this season, it's kind of like "blah" to have it thrown in our faces all over again.

Givenchy was soaking in leopard, Carine Roitfeld has been wearing  her's everywhere, (the same jacket as Bryan Boy's). Leopard was the feature of Lanvin's recent pre-fall collection, and if you do a "leopard" search on Net-a-Porter, you return upwards of one hundred items taged with the print - that that doesn't include the designers that are selling straight on Net-a-Porter post show. But with even all this high-end attention, I still can't get over how many blogs have been citing the trend for the past year, and only now it's being picked up and really pushed by the industry. 

I'm kind of over it. Although, seeing the below photo snapped by Tommy Ton, I kind of find it hard to hate.


images: nymag, tommy ton

October 5, 2010

Natasha Poly goes Brunette for Givenchy

Everybody's doing it.

Or at least that's what I've been telling myself since I made the spontaneous decision to do an at-home, impromptu albiet very dramatic/risky colour change from blonde to brunette last week.

Since making the change, I've been noticing the numbers of blondes darkening their locks to brown (even though summer is pretty much here).

Just like this morning when I rolled over and checked my twitter feed. Modelinia tells me Natasha Poly has gone brunette for Givency's Paris show. She appeared on Fendi's runway sporting or famous golden tresses during Milan Fashion Week on September 23rd. Then yesterday, just ten days later, she opened the Givenchy show as a brunette - reportedly dyed by Christophe Robin.

With the buzz surrounding Abbey Lee's bleached out look, it seems dramatic colour changes are the go for S/S11 round of shows. I kind of can't wait to see who or what's next!

Natasha at Givenchy 

Me at Parklife

images: style.com and me

October 1, 2010

Whoa, horsey

Don't you just get a wee bit excited when a trend you used to love gets its second wind? It's such a shame when you first see it die out, like around 2008 when Sass & Bide's harnesses were all of a sudden in full force, then just as fast as they came, they left the scene. But thankfully (like middle parts) they're baa-aack!

For a while now I've been following designer Zana Bayne, who initially reminded me of Paula Kyle Walden which is probably why I fell in love with her stuff in the first place. Her focus on extreme shoulder appliqué and leather harnesses make her the absolute go-to girl when on the hunt for this trend.

A few weeks ago, model Hanne Gaby Odiele was snapped wearing a Zana Bayne tan leather harness ialled "The Basic" in the Alexander Wang show at NYFW (pictured below). Does this not just make you melt a little? Like, could a leather harness be any less BDSM and more street-style than ever before?

To further excite me, New Zealand American designer Nicole Miller (who was invited to show in New Zealand) worked the harness trend into her collection at NZFW. Although a little reminicint of the strappyness of previous Sass & Bide crepe silk dresses and a little whimpy in terms of adopting the trend in all its leathery glory, I still love the look none the less.

images: fashionising and fashionnz

*Thankyou Emma of Rag Pony for the correction