I haven't lately been perfectly adequate to my responsibilities as a blogger, The month of June has probably been one of my busiest months to date as I've had endless yet very pointless mock examinations...discounting my grade 5 music exam. I'm currently in the middle of a week's work experience placement at Waterstones (For anyone who wants to know, Its been pretty boring - I'm not even allowed to lift up a box of books, A hazard and you have to be professionally trained....) so I've haven't had much time to blog hence why my blog has become a barren of old crap. It's hard to settle the balence between school & blogging however once again I will try blog more often as the summer holidays swiftly approach. Lana Del Rey's music video for "National Anthem" has just been released mere hours ago, I'm not sure on the provenance for her videos but I'm sure she had help sourcing the retro clips to form her videos. But I do like the wit of having A$AP play the starring role of the President - I haven't quite fiqured out the message behind the video that looks like it has been shot with Instagram...Enjoy x
I am really puzzled by seasons, In the real world we have four - winter, spring, summer and autumn. In the fashion world we have the fundamental spring-summer together with autumn-winter. Somehow the fashion world has gained a couple more "seasons" - cruise, resort and pre-fall....I have no clue why this has happened, designing extra collections must be very challenging as how could you be so inspired to create all these collections. Most end up not being original or really mediocre and just plain boring. The reason for is I think is that the fashion world is increasingly becoming more commercial hence why designers have created sister lines/capsule collections to keep up with the fast pace fashion lovers we live in.
Back to the main point of this post, I was looking at 3.1 Phillip Lim's resort collection and I saw a pair of tailored leather dungarees. I'm a deep blood-sucking sucker for all things buttery leather simultaneously a leech for dungarees. No I am not a hill-billie but dungarees have been looming over the fashion horizon for a profoundly long time - But not enough to enter the mainstream cycle. It has returned in many forms such as short dungarees (playsuit) and the very prominent jumpsuit too so there is still hope for a 90s return! Apart from being a undoubtedly timeless piece its comfortable, easy to style and groovy! So dare to wear leather or one step further - Dungarees 100% fabricated from luxurious crocodile skin designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Though to be honest, think exotic animal leather couture seems a tad too expensive for a garment originating from poor labour workers dont you think?
Sorry for the late post, I have never been savvy to seize a good hour to stop and format a blog post when it's a week off school, 2 weeks off or more I could definitely curate a piece but 7 days...(its 5 but we still call it a week) I CANNOT DO IT! Maybe its the sudden impact of being intersected so quicky without adapting to the latest routine, This situation occurs at the start of a new school year; Difficulties to listen, Not able to write (MESSY) and confuse myself with the new and previous timetable of the hand-selected lessons I have each day. Fuck that YOLO!
*****I WILL BE JOINING THIS CLAD AT SOME POINT IN BLACK SO JEN WON'T BE LONELY and making this equal and symmetrical*****
So after travelling to Marylebone via hot sweaty tube we steadily roved to Alfies Antique Market, It barely met up to my dream antique plentiful wonderland expectations if I had to speak from the depths of my nitty-gritty hypothesis. I had the impression in my mind that the actual interior would be very stylish, The range of stock for sale did exceed my expectations but it wouldn't hurt to make this place a destination and give it a must deserved buzz. We didn't get to delve into Alfies as much as I would like to as we were all starving for some food so we spent most of our time in or more appropriately on TOP at the Roof TOP terrace cafe. I'm picky when it comes to food thus ate two croissants however I did get thumbs up from the rest of the gang who had proper meals. Other than the cuisine the weather was AMAZINGGGGGGG! I think the four of us had telepathic moment where we were all thinking in our minds "I wished I lived in London"
*****IMAGE FROM COLETTE FR*******
My favourite part of the day was visiting the extraordinary Vivienne Westwood World's End boutique on the glamorous King's Road, The many weathered shades of grey slate tiles contrasting against the tiffany blue painted frames as if were the back of a galleon with the iconic mammoth-sized cuckoo clock whizzing around anti-clockwise at an insane pace. Walking up the rickety steps thinking that you will land on level ground; THINK NOT! The wood decked floor slightly slopes (If this place is meant to mimic a ship then it certainly has reached its goal) resulting with a feeling of being.......Drunk? On the right you will see A line of blank faced mannequins dressed in the latest gear (A lie in this case as the majority of the stock is reissued classic Westwood in new styles) and on the left you will on most days meet Lisa who embodies the brand head-to-toe and everything cool. An absolute sweetheart and deserves to be featured in the international ad campaign along with Vivienne and Andreas in my opinion if already has so.
Being broke I couldn't purchase anything which was a real downer however one can still appreciate his companionships buys, My favourite and I know Rich and Pearl will agree is Jen's Lily Dress casted from an end of a Gold Label roll of candy-stripe taffeta (Chanel actually destroy their leftover fabric so that's one more reason why to <3 Westwood) that only composed two dresses worth so I'm looking forward for September to see Jen sporting the couture on her birthday in the forthcoming September. A big thank-you to Pearl for organising the trip and kiss kiss to Jen and Rich for joining us!
If to admit the truth, as a biggie London enthusiast, I only deeply realised how beautiful the historic city is a few days ago. The major factor was that the symbolic british weather hasn't inhabited the country for over a fortnight in lieu replenished by the sizzling sun that affectingly caused a few fashion obstacles (a) I'm a modest person and likes to be covered up b) A isn't possible as its too warm to be wearing coats, cardigans, layers etc c) I don't own many non-winter garments) which I did overcome. So on that note, I'm sure your all dying to see what I wore for such a negative mind against that big fire ball in the sky that provides us with life...
Here is me and Pearl attempting our SICCKKKKKKKKKK HOLY poses behind a door neighbouring the SICKKKKKKKKKK World's End boutique in the bona fide affluent area of Kensington & Chelsea (I envy the people who are lucky enough to resident there) I wore the tiney winey 70s bomber jacket with navy and teal paneling, All Saints breton t-shirt, Valentino X Gap ruffle trousers and my trusty Office boots (I always wear these boots when I go to London as I'm not brave enough to in Wilmslow *weeping) and don't bother questioning Pearl's...you know its Westwood.
Our first destination on Pearl's extremely beautifully planned...plan is the cultured uber cool (borderline overrated) area of Notting Hill where finding a toilet is extremely ambiguously challenging and home to a magical shop where some of the most phenomenal pieces are hiding - 1 of A Kind (according to this months Vogue the emporium has a new online website). It's name really does speaks for itself, We were buzzed into the beloved Aladins cave from the hustle-bustle of the tourist filled street on a hot Saturday afternoon. Surrounded by awesome clothes, clothes fucking everywhere, side to side and right above you. I was beginning to question the irrelevant fact that will I walk out of this dreamy place with out a 1920s tassel jabbed into my eye or a similar type of scenario. Jeff (the owner) was running late so we were shown around the immense appointment only room by one of his fellow laid-back colleagues as a matter of a fact is a freshman at Central Saint Martins studying Graphics.
All four of us (Pearl, ME, Rich and Jen) wriggled into the brimming room (and fellow I thought the BFC tent at LFW was a tight squash) and in a place like that, you really don't know where to look.....
*****CHANEL BAG GALORE*****
Abundance of contemporary, retro and old Chanel bags, (I favored the massive one...which was about 1 metre in width) One off pieces from Ossie, Paco and Westwood; Speaking of Vivienne Westwood, Jefferson Ihenacho is in fact a personal collector (rumor has it he has his own warehouse full of it!) of Vivienne and John Galliano who are both tremendously iconic british designers. My favourite piece was an early Westwood clutch, Cut in an odd shape in the most supple crimson leather with an edging of tassel and two caricature features (an eye and smackers) that winked/blew a kiss when walking. I adored it mainly because I haven't seen anything like it...the only thing that comes to mind is those crappy 3-D bookmarks with unrealistic moving images of polar bears or stallions.
****THIS RAIL ABOVE - ALL CHANEL*****
To be honest this place is heaven to the trained eye, Prices range mostly £1000+ It ain't cheap but you have consider that most of the stock is archived in this shop to be rented out for photoshoots or glamorous events, I picked out an Issey Miyake crumpled top and was told that it was worn by Lana Del Ray for German Interview Magazine. The majority of the battered VW shoes that covered the carper were pre-owned by Pete Burns and every fashionista & designer imaginable has visited to buy to wear or for inspiration.
Thanks 1 of A Kind for letting me visit your radical boutique! The ratio of my next post (after the ohh so important patriotic Jubilee post) will be 8:2 World's End and Alfies Antique Market.