There is such a thing as too much choice.  I like to pick and choose from a conveyor belt instead of having a big fat main course.  Some people have THAT dress for every party occasion that they can fall back.  I prefer piecing together separates as opposed to relying on the sole power of a dress.  More to the point, I don’t have the luxury of having one stunner of a dress.  For the On/Off party tomorrow night I have devised outfits that will hopefully

a) Not make me look like a fool

b) Not make me feel like a fool

Quite a simple objective really as I’m in no danger of falling into trap b).  a) might be a little trickier to conquer so I have some strategies…

"Girls just wanna have fun" – A whole lotta pink that is hopefully more sharp than sickly seeing as I’ve paired the vintage shirt and PVC flared skirt with some inky black tights and vintage bustier top.  The cape also takes the heat off the skirt as well…. 

"Gwyneth-chic millennium" – Got the phrase from the pilot episode of that show Popular (was I the only one who watched that bit of naffness?  The Roland Mouret dress would look a little ‘corporate lunch’ were it not for the leggings and the Zara boots were a 0.99p eBay find

"Casual Sunshine" – This really is like a beach outfit shot with some literal sunshine yellow.  The Unconditional skirt is about the dressiest thing about the outfit even though it’s really quite casual and plus, I should get more wear out of these perspex wedges.   

"Caught in a Net" – I was unsure about the Ann Sofie Back fishnet body stocking but when worn over things, it works.  For some reason, my legs are reminding me of Gwen Stefan circa ‘What you waiting for’.  Not sure whether that is a good thing or not. 

"I made this myself" – Not sure if I want to be parading around my botched up DIY projects but here is a black trench I customised with an old gold lame dress worn over a H&M brocade dress. 

Me personally?  I’m veering towards having fun (my choice) or being caught in a net (the boyf’s choice) but you may think otherwise.  There’s about 9 hours before I leave the house again and I have never implored for comments on the blog before but for a better mathematical accuracy, the more votes the better!  Of course, you could just turn around and say ‘Ick’ to all of them…..

There is such a thing as too much choice.  I like to pick and choose from a conveyor belt instead of having a big fat main course.  Some people have THAT dress for every party occasion that they can fall back.  I prefer piecing together separates as opposed to relying on the sole power of a dress.  More to the point, I don’t have the luxury of having one stunner of a dress.  For the On/Off party tomorrow night I have devised outfits that will hopefully

a) Not make me look like a fool

b) Not make me feel like a fool

Quite a simple objective really as I’m in no danger of falling into trap b).  a) might be a little trickier to conquer so I have some strategies…

"Girls just wanna have fun" – A whole lotta pink that is hopefully more sharp than sickly seeing as I’ve paired the vintage shirt and PVC flared skirt with some inky black tights and vintage bustier top.  The cape also takes the heat off the skirt as well…. 

"Gwyneth-chic millennium" – Got the phrase from the pilot episode of that show Popular (was I the only one who watched that bit of naffness?  The Roland Mouret dress would look a little ‘corporate lunch’ were it not for the leggings and the Zara boots were a 0.99p eBay find

"Casual Sunshine" – This really is like a beach outfit shot with some literal sunshine yellow.  The Unconditional skirt is about the dressiest thing about the outfit even though it’s really quite casual and plus, I should get more wear out of these perspex wedges.   

"Caught in a Net" – I was unsure about the Ann Sofie Back fishnet body stocking but when worn over things, it works.  For some reason, my legs are reminding me of Gwen Stefan circa ‘What you waiting for’.  Not sure whether that is a good thing or not. 

"I made this myself" – Not sure if I want to be parading around my botched up DIY projects but here is a black trench I customised with an old gold lame dress worn over a H&M brocade dress. 

Me personally?  I’m veering towards having fun (my choice) or being caught in a net (the boyf’s choice) but you may think otherwise.  There’s about 9 hours before I leave the house again and I have never implored for comments on the blog before but for a better mathematical accuracy, the more votes the better!  Of course, you could just turn around and say ‘Ick’ to all of them…..

Fashion sleuthing is what I seem to spend half of my time doing and just as well that I’m a dilligent student as I was going through my archives, I realised how much of a random variety of things I had written about.

The sleuthing begins when I spot something and note the name down as a draft SMS message on my phone and then I am itching to Google it at home.  You hit a stump when the person/object in question has no online presence but you score a ker-ching when they have a superbly designed website as demonstrated by Fred Butler, whose giant zip necklace I spied in the Selfridges window, seamlessly blending in with the blue Herve Leger bandage dress (so much so I wished the zip was part of the dress…).

Fred Butler is actually a woman who studied fashion but later trained in set design.  My fascination in objects/props used in editorials for the purpose of heightening an outfit doesn’t seem to want to end because though the exaggeration of say a giant paper-cut scissors is purely there to create a sense of the surreal and odd, for me that inspires me to take it to the next level and somehow incorporate that into reality, into what I wear in real life.  It doesn’t surprise me how little bearings editorials have on what people wear in reality but for me, I’m very likely to sponge off Fred Butler’s extensive portfolio, to inspire whatever shenanigan of an outfit I put together,  For example, is a Swarovski flesh covered bodysuit such an impossible feat in reality?  I don’t think so… 

Impact on personal style aside, Fred Butler’s accessories and editorial set-ups really do add that final touch that no conventional designer accessory or garment could ever do.  The sort of stylists that I admire are the ones that really use their imagination in pushing the boundaries of a certain ensemble by collaborating with people such as Fred Butler.  It doesn’t of course work for everything but on the right garments, the FB touch is just what is needed.       

Scissors and paper necklace from ‘Hue Model Army’ from Observer Fashion Supplement from Tank Issue 6 // Swarowvski covered bodysuit from ‘The White Sands’ from Vogue Nippon, Issue 91

 

Collars adorning two Hussein Chalayan dresses from ‘Analogue Bubblebath’ from Quest

Star paper cut-out applied as make-up from ‘Cut Out and Keep’ // Mirroballs and cardboard headpieces from ‘Trip Trick’

Prop setup from ‘I Love Bags’ from Amelia’s Magazine Issue 7 // Cardboard set-up with Emma Cooks and Alistair Carr shoes

Having seen the shows at London Fashion Week for AW07-8 in person, it’s nice to see a lot of that ACTUALLY making it onto the land of retail.  They’re not just fleeting figments of my memory as they sailed down the catwalk but they’re alive and available to pre-order on Brittique, a site I talked up for their ability to stock the designers I rave about but find it difficult to point out a solid stockist.   

There are practical reasons why I want to pre-order the following but seeing as pre-ordering is a fanciful affair of paying for something that requires a lot of elated anticipation, I’ll give my flighty fanciful reasons why I have chosen the following…

…I want to be covered in roses of this specific colour and have people tug and touch them as they walk by… (Tata Naka Rose Dress ¬£660)…

…I want to wear something that Minnie Mouse circa 1949 might have worn had she not been taken over by the giant polka dot … (Tata Naka Mini Mouse Dress ¬£405)

…I want to have a Turner painting on my dress swishing away with colours that are hard to describe and pinpoint… (Basso & Brooke Landscape Dress ¬£306)…

…I want to, as mentioned before, channel what those Jalouse featured girls seem to do so well with their boots and dresses, never looking too done or preened…(Camilla Staerk Ribbed Dress ¬£273 and Camilla Staerk Boots ¬£315)…

Then there’s Brittique’s continued support of Louise Amstrup who is someone else I have raved about in the past, whose AW07-8 collection is once again, stellar.  It’s all regal purple, fan-shaped with hints of burlesque.  The sauciness of the body stocking and lace leggings are balanced with flared out jackets and prim blouses.  Basically, I want it all.  Is there some sort of fund I can start? 

Body stocking £120 // Fan coat £555 // White blouse £135

Copper skirt £205 // Lace leggings £195 // Fan jacket £405