A fiery little ensemble whereby mixed metals, blacks and reddy oranges are combined with snakes, skulls and pony skin leather. If ever in doubt of how to grunge an outfit up a trusty skull or two and an array of rings never fail.
Red Midi Cute Skirted, £46, Decayed Skull Studs, £5, Black Faux Pony Skin Purse, £12, Decayed Skull Ring, £7.50, Tan Cord Leather Skinny Belt, £26, Gazelle Black Nubuck Cut Out Shoe Boots, £68, all Topshop. Cobra 18-Karat Rose Gold Diamond Ring, £2,010, Ileana Makri. Naga Silver & Gold Black Sapphire Ring, £725, John Hardy.
Aurélie Bidermann is a stroke of genius. Managing to combine my love of less dainty jewellery with feminine characteristics is no mean feat. And we all know I'm partial to the odd skull or peace sign. She's only gone and thrown a bit of colour in there, like when parents used to hide carrots under the good bits. She would have me wearing pink before we know it. Visit her website to snoop some more, intriguing to say the least.
Firstly, a bit of background... "Swear is a footwear brand created in London by entrepeneur Jose Neves. In 2000 Jose and brand manager Jorge Sampaio wanted to create a crossover shoe for a crossover generation. Tired of going to gigs and seeing cool young people wearing a mix of converse and vintage boots with their skinny jeans, they set out to design a sneaker-classic shoe hybrid that would look cool with tight jeans and t-shirt, a bold and minimal look of the early 00's, taken to the streets by garage rock revival bands such as The Strokes, White Stripes or The Hives." Now, I do love the womens (above) but the mens (below) just about pip it for me. This is demonstrated by the basic fact I couldn't narrow my choices down to four pairs like that of the womens. In all honesty I struggled limiting myself to six. You'll be pleasantly surprised to hear they have lovely high street prices.
I genuinely have little palpitations at the thought of Pamela Love. This month is just getting too exciting. First she goes and releases more ab fab fantasy collectables, then I realise the release of her Topshop collaboration is in seventeen sleeps.
Love's collection, from £90-£1,035.
Her Topshop range below is not quite as gothic as her own line, she takes this one back to her Native American roots. I do love it but hearts and feathers are pushing it.
Nothing like a few neutral and tangerine notes to kick start the Summer wardrobe.
Barricade Babe Sterling Silver-Plated Earrings, £100, Tom Binns. Mushroom Pocket Vest By Boutique, £25, Script Natural Linen High Vamp Peep Toe Platform Wedges, £70, Macrame Fringe Crossbody, £25, all Topshop. Nails in Atomic Orange, £10, OPI.
If I was £1,704 better off and didn't have to work this evening, I would revel in gathering this outfit for a far more titillating occasion.
Arrowhead Sterling Silver & Obsidian Necklace, £1,085, Pamela Love. Y Satin Envelope Clutch, £505, Yves Saint Laurent. Pink Silk Racer Back Strappy Cami By Boutique, £38, Taupe Leopard Print Silk Cropped Trousers By Boutique, Java Black Suede Wedges, £65, all Topshop. Nails in Cadogan Square, £11, Nails Inc.
'Practical' sandals, baggy vest, stone chinos and tribal decor can only mean one thing; a bloody fabulous safari ensemble. Not that you have to be on safari to wear it, the Savannah and wildlife would merely be the ideal accessory. I have tried these sandals on a grand total of three times, but they look like a shoe and not a sandal once on - an arguably overcritical detail I have tried to see past but simply can't. A victim of my own fastidious fashion if you like. Nevertheless wear the following this Summer if effortless style is you forte.
Cotton-Voile Tank, £60, Chinti and Parker. Tribal Spike Three-Finger Sterling Silver Ring, £535, Pamela Love. Repeat That Tan Sandals, £55, Office. Stone Chino Shorts, £30, Multi Woven Leather Plaited Belt, £26, both Topshop.
Yet another jewellery label lust. Not hard to see where it came from this time. Raw metal, anatomical references and natures finest feathers and stones. I hate to be predictable but I guess in this instance I am.
I've been meaning to dedicate a post to Nicole Richie's jewellery line, House of Harlow, for a while now. Here it is. The following are priced from £28-£100 so it's actually an option and not just another trip to a fantasy jewellery land. Topshop have recently done a high street alternative to the multicoloured hexagonal ring, it's not online yet though. I'm a sucker for a bit of shell so I'm quite content.
I try not to visit Mr Porter too often because I simply cannot handle the air of gentlman that engulfs me. My jealousy is an embarrassment. Today, however, I have failed and looked at every item on the site. A 'few' faves...
Unsure where this post came from really. I definitely don't have the most colourful wardrobe, not by a long shot. But recently I've seen a few colourful things I like, and in all honesty am a little taken aback. One step at a time, blog before I buy.
Tell me, can Lanvin do no wrong this season? I challenge you to critique the following, not taking factors such as wearability or price into account because they are arguably irrelevant. As per, I've saved the best til last.