I think just about every fashion blog combined with fash forum and Polyvore lovin' has heaped gushing compliments on Bebaroque, creators of tights that make you think twice about saying "But they're JUST tights….".  I can attest that they are pretty and striking in person and most importantly can withstand wear and tear considering the prices.  Now they have added another string to their hoisery-focused bow by incorporating body wear into their new collection.  I've been obsessed with the concept of body wear for a while now, beginning with my Bordelle corset and now being attracted to any tight mesh or body garments.  These new bodies have headed over to Russia for inspiration which naturally combined well with the familiar Bebaroque paisley patterns.  So pretty that I'm tempted to go it alone with just the body, opaque tights, an up do (need the tresses out of the way to best show off the bodies) and super high ankle boots…

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Of course they haven't neglected tights and I'm thinking the studded body and tights combo is the answer to the Kate "But I'm dancing" Bush look…

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Sitting at home watching Masterchef and then Grand Designs, searching on eBay and listening to the new Bat for Lashes track.  Oh awesome awesome joy!  Yes, I am back on the eBay game after restraining myself for a period of time and have put together a whole list of search terms to go through and have a few things on watch.  One though that isn't on watch but made my eBay day is this vintage Alaia plaid jacket and skirt set circa 1986 that so reminds me of Cher a la Clueless circa 1995.  Like, duh?  Isn't the reference like totally obvious?  I totally paused for a second there at the resemblance between the ensemble and the outfit that Cher picked out on her nifty computer programme at the beginning of the film.

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Better yet that the suit is by Alaia, the "totally important designer."

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It's not on my watch because frankly I have a feeling other Cher-freaks out there could benefit from the suit better than I.  Still, if it did fall into my hands and seeing as I'm like totally  NOT Cher at all… my outfit involving the suit would be a leeetle bit different…

…Rodarte-inspired black knitted thigh highs which I've just bought on Etsy (I succumbed but hey over pastel stockings and floral tights I feel a different slant can be achieved…) over Bebaroque bridal sheers, Inside Out trompe l'oeil sweater vest tee (I do recall a Tai outfit involving a Fair Isle sweater vest…), and Pierre Hardy gold trainer boots (have these on watch for no reason seeing as I can't afford them…)…

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…and seeing as I don't a have a sheeny shiny golden mane to shake and run my hands through, I'd rather divert attention away from the tresses with Anthony Vaccarello's headpiece from his new collection…

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I'd only wear all of this sporadically of course… hopefully I don't end up looking like a "Monet"…

(Apologies for excessive references to the film…if you haven't seen it I'd heartedly recommend it…)

Some of you might think that I have completely forgotten about Chinese New Year.  Truth is it's been two years in a row that I've missed CNY because of being abroad/work.  Still, it ain't over just yet as the Chinatown celebrations are rolling in this weekend in Chinatown and the strings of lantern are all up and threatening to fall on our heads (there's no need for SO many….).  We've talked about my dodgy relationship with red before on the blog.  I'm still baffled by it.  Only the Lanvin necklace has safely made it into my red wardrobe quota.  It's the usual reasons; when dressed in it, I look like Chinese festive decoration, inappropriately vampy, scary lady from Chinese Ghost Story, the list goes on…

Instead though, I'm favouring my sheer bright blues over black or grey.  I say "sheer bright blues" like I have LOTS of sheer clothes but I really have been stubbornly drawn to anything sheer of late for its ability to go over things and over each other in the same way I used to like sticking Quality Street wrappers over each other.  In the current grey state (I mean weather, not economy…I'm sick of talking about the R word…), the sheers on their own is not an option but over black/grey, I can still justify that I'm fairly wintrified.

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Spot the cheesy CNY pose…

A belated ÊÅ≠ÂñúÁôºË≤° to everyone who cares…

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(Vintage pale blue ruffled bed jacket, Copperwheat Blundell sheer blue gingham dress, Uniqlo t-shirt, American Apparel leggings, Bronx cut-out shoes)

The purpose of Felipe Oliveira Baptista's presence at couture fashion week isn't really to shock or be sumptuous or decadent – all the things that people love/hate about haute couture.  Baptista proposes a different side to couture – clothes that are beautifully crafted and entirely stands up with its own vision that doesn't need to veer into costume territories to fulfill that vision.  People can gasp and ooh/ahh over Dior but I was more distracted over the details going on at Baptista.  The oil spill patterns on the dresses and leggings and more interestingly, from a distance what looks to be shoulder fabric panels turn out to be a smattering of feathers up close.  A beautiful bit of thrifty economising on materials there, seeing as a dress covered with feathers might not nearly look as lovely as small spray of them on the shoulder or on the hips…

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