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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 38#

Recently a friend told me that I have a very ’70s vibe’ going on with my look lately… honestly, it surprised me, but looking now at today’s styled look (as while I can’t afford this crazy, wear-it-once wardrobe of my imagination), I can see what she means. The chunky heels, the socks, the colour palette… yes, I see it now.

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1. Zara Double Layer Top in Black. £25.99. Available here.

2. River Island Black High Waisted Peplum Shorts. £28. Available here.

3. River Island Black Lace Up Chunky Heels. £35 £20. Available here.

4. Topshop Tara Colour-Block Holdall. £45. Available here.

5. ASOS Metallic Contrast Over-the-Knee Socks. £15 £4.50. Available here.

6. Zara Contrast Check Scarf. £25.99. Available here.

7. Zara Rhinestone Necklace. £19.99. Available here.

8. Ottoman Hands Ruby in the Rough Gold-Plated Ring. £44 £33. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 35#

Because surely there’s nothing better to round off an all-cream look than a glorified shopping bag? Keep it simple, let the bag do the talking. Yes.

14-sep

1. No. 21 Mohair and Silk Dress. £615. Available here.

2. Charlotte Olympia The Lady is a Vamp Leather Pump. £545. Available here.

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Totes Amaze Embossed Leather Tote. £910. Available here.

4. The Elder Statesman Wear LACMA Printed Cashmere Scarf. £175. Available here.

5. Hervé Van der Straeten Hammered Gold-Plated Ring. £155. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 33#

Maybe it’s because it’s September, maybe because it’s school season, and I suddenly find myself once again wondering whether I am invisible to anyone under the age of sixteen as children leave school on their scooters, ramming the front wheel into my ankle, running their bikes over my toes, headbutting me in the thigh, their screeches of laughter and shouts to each other ringing through my ears, disturbing what was just a week ago a very peaceful route through the quiet residential streets of my neighbourhood. Maybe it’s the first crisp, falling leaves of autumn, but there is definitely an element of back-to-school chic intertwined with an autumnal colour scheme for today’s look. Slightly-clashing patterns, block colours, lashings of accessories and a hit of grown up lace lingerie peaking through a shirt… yes.. I like this one very much.

12-sep

1. Isabel Marant Eddie Striped Cotton Shirt. £185. Available here.

2. Malene Birger Linah Felt Midi Skirt. £210. Available here.

3. Stella McCartney Georgia Bodysuit. £125. Available here.

4. Christian Louboutin Fred Metallic Leather Brogues. £495. Available here.

5. Valentino Rivet Colour-Block Leather Shoulder Bag. £1550. Available here.

6. Karl Lagerfeld Nadine Leather and Cotton Bow Tie. £95. Available here.

7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Obi Leather Belt. £265. Available here.

8. Finds Shore Projects Watch. £115. Available here.

9. Aurelie Bidermann Postiano Bangle. £300. Available here.

10. Valentino Cash & Rocket Studded Leather Wrap Bracelet. £170. Available here.

11. Finds Petite Grand Bracelet. £120. Available here.

12. Maria Black Set of Three Midi Rings. £115. Available here.

13. Maria Black Lilac Gold-Plated Ring. £65. Available here.

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London

Another London Stroll…

Once again, me and my camera went on one of our London ramblings… oh dear, I’m already running out of post titles for these walks…

There are also one or two thrown in from last week that have since grown on me.

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Evening in London

So once again I thought I’d set out to explore London, just me, my camera, pen and paper. I made the most of the late night museum openings, spending hours sat in near-deserted galleries, for once able to really look at the art on display without having to peer through crowds of tourists.

Lately I’ve fallen in love with street photography and I’m having a lot of fun with experimenting with it and with finding my own style. It’s completely out of my ‘comfort zone’, not just for that reasons that I spoke about here, but also because for the past seven or eight years, I have focused primarily on fashion photography, an area in which I don’t have to worry about capturing an candid, spontaneous instant before it’s gone, but instead the model and I can spend as long as necessary perfecting their pose, their expression, explaining the story behind each image to bring character to each shot. With street photography, I get frustrated every time I miss a great shot, and I still tend to duck my head and rush off if ever someone catches me taking their photograph, but I’m missing less shots with each ‘camera walk’ and so far no one has done more than look at me curiously if they see my camera to my eye. I’m a lot more alert, constantly poised with my camera against my chin, my senses seem to have sharpened quickly to what is going on around me, and in the busy, bustling streets of central London, I never quite know where to look, aware that for each great shot that I do see, there could well be – and probably is – another one just over my shoulder. Does anyone remember that kids TV show that was on in the late 90s, about a pocket watch that could stop time? I think it was called Bernard’s Watch. If I had that pocket watch, I’d use to it to make sure that I never miss a shot again. But I guess that would be all too easy… not to mention, exhausting.

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AW14: How to wear… Folk Fairy Chic

You don’t have to look hard at this season’s runways to the heavily layered influences of folk and fairy tales. From romantically dark, Grimms brother-esque graphics to sheer, floating florals, woodland decals and Germanic prints, all __ atop a deep pallet of emeralds, navy’s, rubies and deep golds. This trend compliments the overruling trend of statement coats, capes and ponchos perfectly, combining to create a romantic, whimsical look which will send us all harking back to those childhood days of playing make-believe as our favourite fairy tale characters.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

D&G

Dolce & Gabbana

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

etro

Etro

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Temperley London

Temperley London

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Valentino

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Valentino

Get the look…

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1. Traffic People. £100 £58. Available here. 2. Topshop. £55. Available here. 3. Topshop. £55. Available here. 4. Free People. £58. Available here. 5. ASOS. £38 £15. Available here.

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1. Mata Traders. $79.99 $55.99. Available here. 2. ModCloth. $59.99. Available here. 3. American Apparel. £12. Available here. 4. Mantaray. £29. Available here. 5. ASOS. £60 £30. Available here. 6. Topshop. £14.50. Available here. 7. My Flash Trash. £22.50. Available here. 8. River Island. £8. Available here. 9. River Island. £3. Available here.

To recreate this look this winter, opt for keeping warm with thick tights, rather than packing away your dresses and skirts; have you ever seen a fairy tale princess in trousers, after all? As the air chills, swap light, floating fabrics for thicker fabrics like velvet, wool or flannel; brocade, embroidery and gemstone shades are all in. Team with leather accessories, and keep yourself snug in a thigh-skimming cape. If you find one with a hood, even better, but if not, pinning a fur collar will complete the look.

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If you’re a fashion minimalist and so not a fan of the woodland-animal themed motifs and extravagant florals that have flocked to the runway, you can still inject some folk influences into your look. Stick with block colours as your base; such as this dress or this skirt and top combination, teamed with folk tale themed jewellery such as this or this and a laser-cut leather handbag, such as here or here. Keep yourself with a blanket cardigan such as this or this coat, while this scarf would look great tied in a bow around the handle of a leather tote. A cute pair of leather boots, and of course, don’t forget those thick winter tights (or socks, if you’re feel you can brave the icy winds), and your look is complete.

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