I had to find out more about Bordelle, the label that gave birth to my elastic cage corset which I’m quite willing to give up Ferrero Rocher for in order not to *ahem* bulge out of with the pudgy fat rolls (some of you mentioned about having some…trust me… I have them too…).  Andrew Ibi, the owner of The Convenience Store where I bought the beautiful Bordelle piece did promise an even more impressive S/S 09 collection where by definition, it makes the full crossover from lingerie to bodywear.  Herve Leger-type bandages gets warped a little so that there are gaps in between… I’m picturing a juicy shade of peach peeking through… not to add to the sexual innuendo or anything…I just happen to really like that colour…

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Criss cross elastic corsets, chiffon ruching running up latex leggings and harlequin lambskin sectioned leggings.  I can think of more than one or two bloggers who could pull these off with effortless aplomb…

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Going back to the issue of bulging rolls though, unlike the model here, if I indulged in another piece of Bordelle,  of course a bit of grey jersey or worn down cotton would be going underneath the corsets/basques (thank the lord for industrial strength elastic…), and thus lessens the roll issue.  I am speaking from experience as on the day after Boxing Day, I put mine on and in the mirror miraculously, evidence of my Crimbo pork-out (no less than FOUR different roast meats within a three day period goddamnit…) suddenly ceased to exist… 

Posso the Spat has gotten a lot of blog lovin’ in 2008… but as well as vintage options on eBay, a new company which I’m keeping my eye on (they’re going all the way to e-commerce, baby… that sounded cheesier when typed out…) for 2009 is Hi Bandit, hailing from Denmark.  Perhaps less sculptural and suggestive than Posso’s offerings but to me, they seem more useful for actual shoe-to-boot conversion.  The site isn’t completed yet but hopefully we’ll see more pics and prices (Posso’s are a little out of my reach at the mo..).

I’m keen on having vintage pumps in coral pinks, aqua and pistachio (basically Laduree macaroon colours…a box of which is sitting on my Christmas foodie gift table…) peeping out from these spats…

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We know we’re officially old when we’re receiving Le Creuset casserole pots for Christmas and hankering to go into Habitat to check out the winter sale.  Do I see a white picket fence in the near distance future?  Maybe I’m also going to be worrying about taxes soon (I still haven’t a clue how much I get taxed…).  For now though, it’s just a mild homebug that I will have to alleviate pretty damn fast (I can’t be obsessed with sheets AND shoes… that’s just plain greedy…).  At Habitat, I spied some bedding that looked strangely familiar and for about ten minutes, was pondering where the hell I had seen it… until I look at the tag and realised that design duo Swash were responsible for the illustrations on the bedding… 50% off… bargainous bed joy… I don’t mind being swaddled in Swash‘s drawings at all…

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It sort of twigged as that detailed black outline and watercolour technique that Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka have developed is quite distinct…(snapped their sketchbooks here…)

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They’ve given their website a redesign and have included some lovely natural light flooded pictures of their S/S 09 collection in a very English looking garden…

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For S/S 09 they have also done a set of huge scarves in silk and double layered chiffon…

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I just need to be swathed in the scarves as well when lying on my bedspread… as well as wearing one of the dresses…sick Swash fantasy… I think I’ll leave you with that slightly odd mental image.

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I fear 2009 will be a year of more losses and casualties… labels have gone bust, magazines have quietly slipped away and shops are closing down… recently, most notably Shop at Maison Bertaux has got the chop…

Amelia’s Magazine, which I wrote about when I was still a wee baby blogger has come to an end after ten issues… editor Amelia Gregory says in her letter that it was always supposed to be a ten-issue project and that it will still continue as a website… she also mentions debt so I’m thinking that perhaps the magazine took its financial tolls…

Still, I’ll treasure my issues because bounded up like a book and with addictively nice-smelling paper, I go back to them time after time and re-read them, unlike other mags.

Like previous issues, it’s still filled with the mix of new designers…

Like Mark Liu

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Glad they profiled Fred Butler and Vanessa da Silva

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Bath products really need to be potted into an array of egg cups…

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Stylish cyclists photographed by Gemma Booth (her online portfolio is fantastic…) and styled by Oxana Korsun…

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My favourite editorial is "The Upsetters" by Gerald Jenkins and styled by Harris Elliott… love the eclectic elements of the styling and the colour tones…

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They took to Kingsnorth power station in Kent for this part illustration (Laura Quick), part photography shoot (Julia Kennedy).

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Colourful grey days…..my favourite sort of grey days…

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As usual they let a whole bunch of illustrators take over the pages… like Kate Slater

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…and Nikki Pinder

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They took a trip to India to profile tons of creatives (which gives me more research fodder) too like designers Sudhir & Tapash and artist Manil Gupta

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And finally, they continue their tradition of overly-generous/quirky gifts… a Gossypium fabric bag DIY kit that you cut-up and sew…

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Bye for now Amelia… I’ll miss the way you smell…