Archive | January, 2013

Trapeze Totes – slow trend?

28 Jan

Hello Style Lovers!

If, like me, you are subscribed to the usual fashion suspects (Net a Porter, Savoir Flair, My Wardrobe, Vogue…etc…) then you will surely have been urged to ride the “new” trend for Trapeze Totes…

Louboutin Trapeze Tote

Louboutin Trapeze Tote

They are out in force this season, with options from most of the top designers… I smell a fashion rat… why now? Why all at once? Is the fashion industry really so commercially trend-led, even at this level?

It’s just, it seems a little late coming. The YSL Downtown bag, which I wanted so so bad (in ostrich), was touted around town by the likes of Mossy back in 2008 already…

YSL Downtown Tote Ostrich Hide

YSL Downtown Tote Ostrich Hide

 

Kate Moss with YSL trapeze tote "Downtown"

Kate Moss with YSL trapeze tote “Downtown”

So why did it take so long for the trend to be picked up by other designers?

For me, trapeze totes are gorgeous – the style is so cool it’s hot! But I’m wondering what went on here and why YSL was so far ahead of the curve?

The mysteries of modern living.

Here’s my pick of the new trapeze totes… including my FAVOURITE by Ellie Saab:

DVF Trapeze Tote

DVF Trapeze Tote

 

Celine Trapeze Tote

Celine Trapeze Tote

 

Ellie Saab Satchel - trapeze style

Ellie Saab Satchel – trapeze style

 

Valentino RockStud Trapeze Bag

Valentino RockStud Trapeze Bag

Generous donations of the Ellie Saab satchel would be gratefully received ūüėČ

 

K x

 

Advertisements

Sienna Miller Golden Globes – Hit or Miss?

23 Jan
Sienna Miller Golden Globes 2013

Sienna Miller Golden Globes 2013

Now, I’ve been thinking this over for a few days already… so I know there is already a lot of coverage out there on Sienna’s choice of attire for this year’s Golden Globes… but as I can see, I’m one of the few who finds her choice perplexing…

She is beautiful. So wearing a bin liner with her head covered in vomit, this girl would still look fabulous, but for me, this outfit choice… was a miss.

I find it shapeless and frumpy on her. It would look wonderful on a more mature woman or even on someone of supermodel height, but for her, I find it takes away from her youthful glow and zesty style image.

Just because you became a mum, doesn’t mean you have you to dress Mumsy – Sienna. Why not get your sis to knock you up something fabulous next time?!

K x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of Petite Fashion for Young Women

13 Jan

It must be a new year itch… I’ve got an uncontrollable urge to purge all those items from my wardrobe that: aren’t cool, don’t suit me, don’t fit me, I don’t like (anymore), are just looking tired, or I just never wear and don’t quite understand why.

World's Most Famous Closet...who's is it?!

World’s Most Famous Closet…who’s is it?!

But this year I’m taking things a little more seriously – this time I want to work out why it is that with a wardrobe full of nice clothes I never quite¬†feel happy with what I wear… and here’s one little gem I came up with… nothing quite fits right… because I’m petite and I never buy petite range clothes… duh!

Well, I reasoned with myself, that’s because petite clothing ranges are designed for the more mature woman… not with a young woman in mind – or are they?

In the most part – yes, ranges designed specifically for petite women do tend to focus on women in their 50s/60s – like Precis Petite and¬†Karen Gillam, but here’s what I found out there for us young¬†little ladies who want clothes to fit and be the right proportion, but aren’t quite ready to dress like their (lovely) mum.

Nordstrom

American fashion line with a youthful and colourful line for petite women.

Nordstrom Petite

Nordstrom Petite

 

Top Shop

The pride of Britain’s high street – Top Shop – has a petite range which reflects the styles available in in other ranges – a london-y youthful look.

Top Shop Petite

Top Shop Petite

 

Miss Selfridge

I haven’t bought anything from Miss Selfridge for at least 5 years – trying to get away from the teeny-bopper-slave-to-fashion thing the line has going on… but that said, there are a few cute pieces here, so maybe it’s a go-er?

Miss Selfridge Petite

Miss Selfridge Petite

 

Asos

I stopped using Asos years ago – after the disappointment of poor quality merchandise just got too much… but maybe they have upped their game? If so, they have quite a large petite range.

Asos Petite

Asos Petite

 

Marks and Spencer

I’m constantly drawn to the clothes at Marks and Spencer for one reason above all else…. quality. At this price point I don’t believe you will find better quality than M&S and in the last few years the designs available for a younger crowd are really growing. One downside… you may find yourself wearing the same top as your best friend’s mum… yes she is stylish, yes you are stylish… but is this a situation you want to face too frequently? Great fit and great cuts in the petite range.

Marks and Spencer Petite

Marks and Spencer Petite

Beyond the High Street

The clear downside to being petite is the lack of high quality designer petite ranges – or unique, cool designer pieces – one offs – never to be found in petite (small yes, but not with petite proportions). I love to shop in the young designers section at¬†Bloomingdales, but often regret my¬†purchase when I’m¬†fighting to hide my bra as the shirt is cut too low for me…

Although still high street – ish, Whistles apparently has a good range of petite pieces and at the top end of the market, with the likes of Ralph Lauren and lines targeted at a more mature woman, you are sure to find something to fit… but I’m spotting¬†a gap…

If you know of any fashion conscious cool petite ranges – please comment to share with the little people!

 

K x