Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
I mentioned earlier that I'm a firm adherent of Feng Shui. The cornerstone of said philosophy involves shedding the old to make room for the new. That newness comes in the shape of a pair of Dries Van Noten heels. Granted, I may have been somewhat premature in enforcing the 'new' in my closet without having yet shed the 'old', but this is more than just a pair of shoes - it's an act of God - and God my friends, likes to shop! Let me explain. In 2010, I bought a pair of pump-my-heart-I'm-about-to-faint Dries Van Noten ponyskin shoes in Smock's winter sale. I was lucky to have nabbed the last pair in my size-ish (I convinced myself I was a 7.5); unluckily however that I never bought the matte gold pair which I had my eye on as someone pipped me to the retail post. I mourned for the loss of these shoes; not least because it is a rarity to find a UK size 8 (shoes are bought in batches with usually about one size 8 per style). That said, I wore my ponyskin puppies to death and still do. So when I saw these bad boys at an absolutle knock-down end-of-sale price in a size 8, it was like hearing angels sing. There was a curious incident whereby in a fit of fanaticism, I licked the shoe before trying it on, but hey, that's another therapy session. I thought I'd share given that this was indeed a rare guilt-free indulgence. Everything else gets hidden in the back of my closet...
I've always respected but never quite lusted after the offerings of French luxury house - Celine; not in the same way that other fashion folk do. Although I admire Phoebe Philo's ascetic aesthetic (and her immeasurably immaculate cut), my deference has always been to the left of centre. That all changed once I clapped my peepers on the Resort 2012 collection. Call it a coming-of-age but I think I've seen the light. That being said, I think our Phoebes has met me half way. Just check out her use of print clashing (stripes and florals) and colour blocking (camel and cobalt), peppered with a very tongue-in-cheek monogram tee. The minimal silhouette still reigns, albeit with a soupcon of playfulness.
As you may or may not know, I practice Feng Shui - at my desk, in my home and in particular, my wardrobe. The ancient Chinese practice has its roots in the less-than-esoteric issue of space. The reality is I have none - or at least, very little of it; and in order to have any affect of order, something's gotta give. This often results in clothing - worn, not worn, planning to be worn - the bottom line is: if it hasn't seen the light of day in six months, it gets a new home. Take this Tim Ryan fringe cardi for instance. Purchased in a sample sale last summer, it has since been occupying prime hanger property. Granted, the pastel fringing is deliciously outre, but it unfortunately looks out of place with my more ascetic tailored separates. Alas, it's time to bid adieu. The good news is, it's up for sale. The better news is, it usually retails upwards of €800 but I'm selling it for €200 (ex. postage). I've attached pics with measurements below. Should you wish to get in contact about the item, email me on iblogfashion (AT) gmail (DOT) com for Paypal and postage details. Prefer to go through eBay? CLICK HERE.
|17 inches neck to hem|
15.5 inch sleeve
Size: small but would fit up to a UK 10-12
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Much noise has been made of late regarding Margaret Thatcher's style - or lack thereof. With the January 6th cinematic release of 'The Iron Lady', starring Meryl Streep, this furore has been further amplified with fashion critics eviscerating the Tory's lack of finesse in comparison to political figures such as Michelle Obama and Carla Sarkozy. A clothes horse Thatcher most certainly was not, but the political agenda behind her sartorial choices was indeed cut from a different cloth. The thought process behind her outward show is worthy of examination, as I've outlined in a recent article written for the Irish Examiner. Have a look and if fashion history interests you, the book Margaret Thatcher - A Life in Pictures (Ammonite Press) offers a unique visual chronology from her early years through to her third term in office.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
Credits: Irish Examiner, December 31st
Wool cape, Public Beware €93; D&G black and gold dress, Brown Thomas €1,035; Heart courts, Topshop €88
Photo, Miki Barlok; styling, Annmarie O'Connor, assistant Bríd Ní Laochdha