I had fun today looking through some of my favourite online shopping spots (Marni, Orla Kiely, J.crew, Topshop and more) and adding to the February Pinterest board along the way…… Feel free to take a look here
Recipient of the ‘Emerging Talent’ award at the British Fashion Awards, Irish-born designer Jonathan Anderson of the JW Anderson brand, is a name we just keep hearing more and more of. His men and womenswear collections are being talked about with great excitement and among his admirers are the likes of style icon Alexa Chung and model Daisy Lowe. Androgynous is the word that springs to my mind when I look at his work. Personally, I love that boy/girl crossover in fashion and although his Mens Autumn13 collection (Check it out here and see what you think?) might be just a tad outrageous for any of the men in my life (who would be more along the lines of Jonathan’s dad, former Irish rugby international, Willie Anderson) it is definitely a reminder that fashion is constantly evolving and that undisrupted creativity brings us to new places…… You have to love that! The JW Anderson label can be found in fashion houses like Dover Street Market, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Browns and Net-A-Porter.
The good news is that, thanks to Topshop, Jonathan’s designs are also available on the high street. His second collection for Topshop will be launched on 15th February and I for one will be there to check out, among other things, those amazing platform loafers. Click the picture below to view the collection:
I’ve spent some time recently browsing through websites trying to find a smart, with a kick (fashion of course), shoe. Shoes that can be worn with a dress but work equally well with a pair of smart cut trousers. I’m trying not to be seduced by heels because these shoes are for every day wear which requires being able to walk distances. I want groovy sensible shoes! I’ve posted my finds on the October board. These are my favourites:
I spent a few very pleasant hours in Dundrum Town Centre yesterday with my mum. Living in a house full of boys means that girlie shopping moments are thin on the ground in my life. So, any opportunity that comes my way to enjoy female company whilst perusing the rails of the stores, has to be given serious consideration!
First stop was BT2 to look at Cos. I love Cos for their clean lines and crisp fabrics. Structure is the word that springs to mind when I think about Cos. Beautifully architected clothing with a price tag that makes it attainable. I was drawn to a crisp white shirt with zip close to the back (not in my size unfortunately) I couldn’t spot it on their website but there are loads of other white shirts worth looking at. As usual there were several a-line style dresses. These have, over the years, replaced jeans as my wardrobe staple. I find they’re a great starting point for putting your every day look together. Easy day wear with long-sleeved tee, pretty cardi and shoes or boots, or if you want you can glam it up with a dressy cardi and heels. I would recommend a visit to Cos (BT2 Dundrum or Grafton St) before the stock depletes too much. Never fear with Cos though, as you can always buy online. In fact, if you like their style, the website is a treasure trove of beautiful pieces. One of my favourites!
Whilst in BT2 I tried on this Marc Jacobs dress. I love the frills, very feminine and yet subtle in black. A flattering shape, forgiving around the middle. Pretty with Opaque tights and nice vintage shoes.
I went into House of Frazier to look at Boutique Jaeger, I have, in the past, picked up some pretty pieces there. unfortunately they no longer stock it. I’ll have to make a trip to Arnotts in Henry Street to take a look. Next stop, Topshop in House of Frazier, to see if they have any interesting footwear. My best buy would have to be these great boots. They look super cool (and comfortable) and would work well with winter opaque tights. The price is in sterling so don’t forget to convert.
For some colour, I noticed that Gap have some great coloured long sleeved tees and some casual colourful knitwear. I think I’ll be rooting through last year’s cardis for my colour!
And so ended my girlie day out. No purchases but lots of fun looking! Now back to the real world……
I am constantly seduced by shoes. Every time I shop for them, I promise myself that I’ll get a cool comfy pair. Friends for my feet. Then I hit the shops and I lose my way under inches and inches of beautiful high heels and platforms. I’m not saying that I don’t love what I buy, I do, it’s just that my feet need to love them too. So this Autumn I’m determined to find that elusive pair of shoes that will love me as much as I love them.
I have always been a sucker for Prada. They, in my opinion, really are the most beautiful shoes you can buy. Of course, a lot of trawling discount websites and some smart sale shopping is usually the only way I can afford them. Close seconds are Marni. I just love the design, they really can put a new slant on last year’s dress. Again, not cheap by any means but if I can find them at the right price, I can’t resist. They, like Prada, are timeless and slip effortlessly into vintage after a few years. You should never get rid of them, Just leave them at the bottom of your wardrobe and love looking at them until you decide to bring them out again, which you inevitably will. Of course I spend ages trawling around the likes of Ebay, The Outnet and Yoox, hoping for a miracle find. And the good news….. yes they are out there.
Even if it’s only for pleasure and inspiration. Click on the links above and discover this season’s shoes to covet!
In the meantime, I bought these cute Mary Janes from Topshop. I will dream on…..