Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Leather & Leighton

I love, love, LOVE this look on Leighton Meester. Leather paired with soft, floaty, feminine fabrics is a favourite look of mine and she just does it so well.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dipped Hem

Oh, just one of those outfit posts that I always threaten to do..

Skinny Jeans - Topshop | Dipped Hem Tunic - Zara | Assorted Jewellery | Boots - Kurt Geiger

My friends will tell you that I lahurrrrrrrrve eBay. I'm obsessed. My phone constantly has notifications to tell me an item is ending soon. I once filled my 'watch' list. That's 250 items. I might have a problem. I digress, below is the BEST bargain i've ever found on eBay. A vintage Givenchy silk & wool scarf all for the princely sum of €8 including postage. Totes barg loike. I love it. It's HUGE  and soft and warm. Expect to see a lot of it. Or not.

The Fashion Movement @ Jervis

First off, let me apologise for the potential to alienate any non-irish readers. There's a lot of exciting fash-related things going on in Dublin right now, and, well...that doesn't happen often! But there's definitely a little bit of interesting reading in this post if you like your jeans and, let's face it, who doesn't love jeans?!

Brendan Courtney, Ireland's own Gok Wan, last week launched The Fashion Movement at Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin. Every Saturday & Sunday from 20th August right through to 10th September there will be live catwalks and mannequins along with the Jenius Jeans Style Station - a FREE jeans fitting service.
What's not to love?

Brendan will be at the shopping centre every weekend giving mini-makeovers and offering advice. Such a great opportunity to ask those burning questions you've been dying to get off your chests.
Below are Brendan's five tips for choosing the perfect jeans - take note!

1.      Start with a little stretch; try finding denim with a little give

2.     Avoid bootcut; use a wide leg to balance the hip

3.     Try a skinny jean! They make every leg look slimmer. You'll be amazed. Start with a jegging to break you in and remember, it's all about what you wear on top

4.     Back pocket size: big on small bum, small on a big bum

5.     The perfect indigo colour is always the best place to start and is much easier to smarten up

Interested? Of course you are! Here's the information from the press release. Go forth and find your perfect jeans!

The Fashion Movement@ Jervis Shopping Centre will run for four fashion filled weeks. Each Saturday there will be four fashion shows throughout the day showcasing the hottest trends from all of Jervis Shopping Centre’s fashion stores including Forever 21, New Look, Topshop, Bershka and Stradivarius. These will take place at 12pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm, and will feature a special fashionably fun kids performance each week from the young trend setters from a number of schools in the local community.   
For more information see www.jervis.ie.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bill Gibb - A Welcome Discovery

We all have friends of our parents that have done something we admire, something a little bit cool, something which sets them apart from our parents other friends. For me, it is that one of my mother's dear friends worked in Fashion PR during the 60's and 70's (I might have to double check the decades, I hope I haven't just insulted her!). She worked for Cartier amongst others and as a Fashion PR girl it was her duty to always look impeccable.
Fast forward to the noughties and you'll see her gifting me a heavy, knitted, silver and grey cardigan. At the time I must only have been about 19 and, whilst fashion conscious, I certainly didn't have the love for well made pieces as I do now. It was all about whatever was IN fashion at the time, competing with my friends.
Thankfully my mother kept the cardigan and recently dug it out for me. And boy, am I glad she kept it.

Upon further enquiries to my mother's friend I was informed that the cardigan was by Bill Gibb. A name that was unfamiliar to me. She told me some stories and remembered him with fondness.

Born in Scotland in 1943 he studied at St Martin's School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London. Upon graduating he worked for prestigious London fashion house, Baccarat as a designer, but left 3 years later.  He was a partner in the Alice Paul clothing boutique in London and later opened his own named shop in London where he sold wonderfully designed pieces, elaborately influenced by the Far East and tribal uniform.

It is said that he was inventive and bold in his use of textures and fabrics, often mixing the 2 in ways that weren't all too conventional at the time. A point that my mother's friend made was that the cardigan she had given to me was all in one piece, with no seams. The idea behind this was that it would fall perfectly upon a woman's figure. He understood the female body and shape and form were forefront in his designs.
Bill Gibb design commissioned by Twiggy for the LA premier of The Boyfriend in 1971

Crowned Vogue Designer of the Year in 1970, his shop was opened in the mid 70's and he graduated from using rich wools and Liberty prints to designing with leather and furs. A quick jaunt online found a Bill Gibb mink fur stole reaching well into the thousands.
Liquidity struck Bill's business in the late 70's, but the mid 80's saw him re-emerge with a runway show in collaboration with knitwear designer Kaffe Fasset. The show only proved what people from Twiggy to John Galliano already knew about Bill, that he was a master of decorative, baroque fashion with the ability to take influences from the hippy fashion at Woodstock to tribal customary uniforms in the far east.
Bill passed away at the age of 45 in 1988, leaving behind an army of admirers. He was described by Twiggy as her 'knight in shining armour' and according to John Galliano he was the essence of British design.

Bianca Jagger in a Bill Gibb kaftan

Since his death there have been numerous exhibitions dedicated to Bill, including in the Louvre in Paris, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
There are many books also written about Bill Gibb and I, for one, will be striving to find out more about him.

Here are a few (sketchy) pictures of the cardigan given to me. Camera excuses once again!! I can't wait for an event for which to wear this. It's so special that I think i'd wear it with black skinny jeans and a black vest and let the cardigan do all the talking. The balloon sleeves mean it's perfect for winter & summer alike. Breezy.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Your Newest Obsession: Kreayshawn

You'll be hearing A LOT from this girl over the next while.

Covering I-D Magazine via Fashion Copious

A/W Burgundy

A/W 2011's must have colour is reminiscent of expensive red wine, nights in by the fire, glamorous theatres and red velvet cake (any excuse to get a mention of cake in).

Here's my picks of the best of burgundy. Drink up.

Work It

Skirt It

Slip them on

Jacket On, Jacket Off

Your bag, my bag


Dress for the occasion

Top of the pops

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dublin ROCKS

Lately Dublin has been transforming itself and trying to steer itself away from the stereotypical Guinness-swilling image that it seems to have attracted for itself. Aswell as the Pivot Dublin campaign to for Dublin to become the World Design Capital for 2014, we've also seen the likes of Thread, a Dublin based fashion magazine with input from the likes of super-stylist Angela Scanlon. Angela herself is becoming somewhat of an Irish treasure with a regular jaunt on Grazia Daily's website, reaching a far wider audience than just Dublin.

And now, in it's second year, to add to all the above wondrousness, we have the Dublin Festival of Fashion.
Check out the website, but here's a little bit from the press release to whet your appetite:

The annual style spectacle that is the Dublin Fashion Festival returns this September 8th to 11th, celebrating all that is great about style in Dublin’s fair city. Hosted by this year’s Face of the Festival, Sonya Lennon, the Dublin Fashion Festival is the brainchild of Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID).

Unfortunately I missed last year's festival due to holidaying commitments (woe is me), but i'm super excited about this year. 
Dublin is one of the many cities without it's own fashion week and it seems a crying shame, especially when you count all the successful designers, stylists, photographers and more that hail from Dublin. There's the obvious likes of John Rocha, Joanne Hynes, Philip Treacy and all the new talent like Simone Rocha and Stephanie G Foy. 

And that's not all!  Project 51 is a new space opening this month on trendy South William Street. Featuring Irish designers it is a great chance for consumers to get their mitts on some lovely bits and pieces. I'm looking forward to paying it a visit. 

So with all of these initiatives, and they're honestly to name a few, it's pretty easy to agree that Dublin, despite it's economic and social woes, really does ROCK. 

I'll leave you with the video of the launch of DFF. Check it out and check out the website. For anyone in Dublin, or  Ireland, it looks to be a great weekend. For anyone outside of Ireland, why not make a trip over, there'll be Guinness-swilling aplenty once the fashion show lights down. 

Dublin Fashion Festival Launch 2011 from Jerome on Vimeo.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Stay strong London. Let's hope the madness ends and quick

Monday Muse

First of all, apologies for my absence of late. I feel like i'm constantly saying that, but ya know, sometimes life just gets in the way.

Here's this week's Monday Muse, Fashion Chalet.

I love her mixture of textures and styles. Smart and casual. 

An All American girl with a penchant for accessories. 

And these pink jeans? AMAZING

Check out her blog, Fashion Chalet for more photos and style.