5 Interesting Style Icons

As a budding stylist myself, I’m constantly inspired the people I find by my spontaneous browsing on the web/instagram/facebook/twitter. These are the people I’ve come across that I’m in awe of their style and personalities.

1. Alisa Ueno

Japanese designer, model, director of Fig and Viper blog.

I love the fierce look in her eyes you see in her photos, and the colours she dowses her in (candy pink,purple, aqua and so on). She is like a living superhero for style.

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2. Susie Lau (Susie Bubble)

This lady, is probably the reason I got into fashion and blogging and all things style in the first place, she is really the creation of my love for all things colourful, textured and interestingly upbeat! She is now a massive style icon around the world, British, very clever and basically one of the founders of fashion blogging (her blog – Style Bubble).

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3.  Grace Coddington

I recently watched “The September Issue” – a documentary behind the scenes of Vogue Magazine and was blown away by the charisma and realness of Grace and how she has a true love for creating beautiful imagery in fashion, styling photoshoots. She was also a stunning model in her time, and is probably holds the record for most years at Vogue with over 20 years of service. I loved her untamed red hair, her stubborn attitude and her work.

If you have a minute, watch the documentary, it’s fantastic!

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4. Karl Lagerfield.

Well, I shouldn’t really need to introduce such a universally known name – the German fashion designer who has been the creative director/designer of Chanel and Fendi for many years, besides the millions of other fashion projects he busies himself with. I love that fact that he is basically ageing with style and grace. Not one to throw on the plaid pants and gramps hat. The way he holds himself with confidence and prestige ever so slightly leaning towards anti-establishmentarianisms with his dark glasses, leather ‘hobo’ gloves donned beside the resemblance of a black and white tuxedo/suit/blazer. He is one to throw the fox in with the chickens and being a little left of field, with his fashion shows and concepts (hiring strippers and porn stars to model his Fendi collection in 1993) .Yes, he is one of my style icons. I’m never giving into the knitting needles and slippers.

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5. Eva Fontanelli

Eva, I actually found through browsing “The Satorialist” (Scott Schuman, the original street style photographer) book that I was given for Christmas. Out of the hundreds of faces I saw photographed, her smile really caught my eye, and of course what she was wearing. It was quirky, playful and mixed up with classic looks. I loved the fact that her smile seemed to come from the inside, like she was truly happy with herself and identity. The positivity felt infectious, even though I’ve never met her, and it was only a photograph. You should check out Scott Schuman’s work (most of these pictures are his) on his webpage.

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Thats it! Wow, that was a challenge. I am truly inspired by these people however, and hope you were too!

Tejal Patni – an inspirational Photographer

There are many budding photographers that it seems are really blossoming from their viral exposure on the web. This is another of those who has recently created a editorial style calendar interpreting the upcoming trends for 2014. The over the top colour and vivid miss-match of texture creates photos that are jam packed with detailed patterns and shapes. The depth of detail that Tejal Patni has given is outstanding and very fresh to open all of our eyes as to how photography can communicate fashion.

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He has amazing style and is very inspirational.

Wardrobe Essentials

Many stylists and fashionable types go via the mantra of “if you only purchase clothing that looks great and makes you happy, you can never fail with an outfit”. Lets face it, no matter what you’re wearing, if it’s something that makes you amazingly happy as it feels good to wear, you’ll feel confident.

So, with that in mind; having these simple items in your wardrobe to go with those ‘wow factor’ wardrobe pieces will always make throwing things together a simple task.

1. A belt

Will help define your waistline and create a shape when worn over a dress, or t-shirt. Will also complete an outfit when it comes to jeans/pants depending on the colour you choose. Ideally, a neutral coloured belt will be a shape defining item to go over coloured garments and a bright belt (primary coloured) will add a splash of colour to plain work/smart casual outfits. You can also use a patterned scarf as a belt.


2. Decent pair of boots

Don’t cheap out on the boots. Having a well made (not in China), great fitted pair of boots will look after your feet and your outfit. They will last years, be timeless and help your posture (if you choose something with a heel it adds height and encourages you to push your shoulders back for balance). Choose a neutral colour (such as black or brown), something that will go with your existing colours (e.g if you prefer to wear earthy toned or denim items, brown will suit and if you prefer black and bold, then black will work). Materials such as leather will also last many years over suede that will stain and weather badly.


3. Decent pair of flats

Once again, the more you pay, the better quality it will be, and therefore the more comfortable. Leather will mold to your foot and soften, synthetic will tarnish and rub. If you can buy hand made, the stitching will be stronger and repairable over something that is quickly factory made. It may seem pricey, but if you spend wisely, it will be a great investment. Colouring goes the same way as the boots, something neutral will compliment, something bold will highlight and draw attention (not always a bad thing, such as red ballet flats – timeless with a pop of colour to brighten up your outfit!). Get something that you love the look of, but will not grow tired of.


4. Black, White and Grey t-shirts

Used for layering, adding, drawing the focus to other areas if need be. Can be worn under jackets, dresses, over dresses, skirts, complimenting your casual look with multiple colours and so on. If you have a great ‘pop’ item such as some high waisted pants, or pleat skirt they can be thrown together nicely with a blank-canvas t-shirt. Wether you prefer tight or loose fitting is up to you and your personal style. I like tight fitting shirts, as they define my tiny waist and draw the focus to my good bits, rather than my thighs!

5. A great jacket

Everytime you see one of those ‘street style’ pics, ‘hot trends’ or ‘ways to wear’, I gaurantee 80% of the time, they will be completing the look with an awesomely versatile jacket. Blazers are a good starting point, as they can be dressed up or down and layered. Leather jackets are good for the rocker/edgy look, and double brested are good for the uniformed/defined look. Check which will be best with your shape. Whatever part is your best, this is what we accentuate. The eyeline will be drawn to wherever the jacket stops, so if you don’t like your thighs (like me) don’t get a jacket that stops there. Wrap style jackets will suit most body shapes, as will longer blazers.


6. Great pair of Jeans

Knowing what jeans suit your shape is a must. I’ll do another post on that soon, but in the meantime, check online or ask your local shop assistant. There is heaps of stuff around about this, but basic rules: accentuate the good, hide the bad. If you are curvy, don’t go for a super skinny jean, go for something with a flare or high-waisted to balance your shape. Those with no curves, show off your skinny legs with tight jeans! High waisted jeans make everyone look good, and also don’t show off your coin slot when you bend over! (no one wants to see it).


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Don’t be afraid to buy yourself something of high quality. If it looks good, is high quality, a reputable brand and made by a reputable manufacturer (e.g made in Europe instead of China), it’s worth spending the money. Let’s face it, how many times a week do we spend money on food, bills, little bits and pieces that will all eventually add up to forking out one big amount on an item that is timeless that you will keep for years on end. This is something that will hold the memory of when you first purchased them, how good you felt when you first tried it on and how amazing it looked! It is a real materialised trophy of how you deserve to hold something you purchased with your hard earned dollars.

Tips when buying these items;

1. Don’t buy something that is a current fad, buy something that is timeless

2. Get a colour that will match with most outfits (you will grow weary of hot fluro pink)

3. Check the label. Check where it is made, research the label and ask the shop assistant their experience. They are trained professionals who are there to help.

4. Things that deserve the extra dollars (I think) are shoes. If you have an awesomely comfortable yet stylish pair of shoes (e.g, the ever popular ballet flat, or the ankle boot), they will worn more often and earn their keep. Something that is made with more support is usually heavier (feel the quality of the fabric,the weight,the soul of the shoe should be thicker than cheap shoes). Shoes are there to support your posture as well as complete your outfit, so shop wisely my friends. Your body will thank you.  * Try them on in store first!!! Biggest mistake I make is buying the wrong size online!*

5. Ask yourself whether it’s an injection (hot this season piece) or classic (timeless, longlasting trend piece). If you already have a few basic wardrobe staples (such as the blazer, jeans, that little black dress), maybe it’s time to invest in something fresh and colourful, or something that adds a bit of zing to your look.

You are worth the money, spend it wisely, rather than frequently.



What is Fashion?

What is fashion?

Can one item of clothing tie all ages, cultures and races together.

I want to do a fashion show where everyone is black,old,fat,asian whatever, different types because ultimately these are the ones who are buying the clothing, it’s not one type of race that buys clothes, everyone buys clothes. We need clothes to protect our skin and no matter how ‘high end’ or ‘low end’ it is, it’s going to be a colour, a shape, a fabric, pants, jacket, shirt, whatever! Who really defines what is fashion? Ourselves? The Media? Anything could be fashionable if it was glamourised, a 70 year old man wearing  stilettos and a potato sack could be fashion.

In today’s world, we are certainly not one type, we are not one shape or one age (quite frankly do you really want everyone to be the same?) it’s the beauty of difference that makes our world interesting. Why can’t the media reflect this. Rather than stereotypes, just acceptance of reality.

If you want to expand your mind on this, take a look at some of the inspirational stuff Rick Owens has done with his last Fashion Show,

Or have a read of Vestoj Magazine