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>>Is anybody egg-cited over Pam Hogg's new pop-up shop which sees her returning to her Newburgh Street address (a few doors down…).  It will have a mix of vintage pieces from when the shop first opened in 1989 and some new collection pieces.  I'm also egg-cited that she'll be building a proper website with archive footage – hopefully of all the crazy antics she got up to in the 90s as seen on Blitz Kids and her MySpace.  Actually, I'm just generally egg-cited that Newburgh is getting a lift again…. the disappearance of The Dispensary, 55 Broadwick and Doors oddly coincides with Newburgh Quarter getting a big massive PR push on how its the London shopping destination to be.  A Pam Hogg return is hopefully the start of good things to come around this Carnaby spot.  See you there in your best spandex/lyrca jumpsuit! 

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I enjoy a good old dance around the fine line between bad and good taste.  In fact, I do hopscotch jumps between the two with so much vigour that even my PE teacher would be proud of me, given that I bunked off so many of those horrid PE lessons (hockey in particular….beurk….).  Today, the dance is a treacherous one as I contemplate this joyous cat tapestry suit, matching bag and shoes.  It's the singular most mind-bending look from Indonesian designer Nikicio's otherwise perfectly chic vol 4. collection.  Most of the other looks from the collection resemble the gang of oversized blazers and uniform cool type pieces.  The cat tapestry is some sort of mind-blip digressions in designer Nikicio's mind that actually stems from her love of dogs and dislike of cats.  The love hate thing that can similarly relate to the good/bad taste dance I'm doing.  Do you hate it so much that you love it?  Is it so bad that it's good?  Those sort of questions that flash across my head as I'm hopscotching about…  

My final conclusion is that if I'm gonna do it, ALL four items have to be worn at the same time in order to truly embrace the cackness of it all…

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Unisex label Pudel has come on leaps and bounds since I first wrote about them back in the good old days of Style Bubble when I would post four times a day.  Perhaps though it is Pudel's aesthetic that has risen up in popularity that has aided its success; the drapey monochrome pieces, contrasting oversized tops and tight bottoms, zippers.  A hard to pinpoint sort of style but you definitely know it when you it's moodily posing in front of you.  As always, my attitude to this sort of strict-aeshthetic pieces are that they can be easily integrated into one's wardrobe without my getting lost or swamped in the style.  However, head to toe Pudel isn't altogether a bad thing anyway.

Take Pudel a step further and you get Lina Osterman's own range, which head to toe is even more of a strict statement.  Lina is the founder of Pudel and after wanting to add and complicate her clothes a bit more than the confines of what Pudel allows, she set up her own separate label that is now two seasons in.  With more shredding, deconstruction and an exaggeration in shapes, it's a natural extension of Pudel and where Osterman's true passion may lie.  Her A/W 09 collection also features a mask collaboration with Mark Fast.  Even the slightly scary image of a face masked by Fast's web-like creations doesn't obscure the overall stunning effect…     

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Lina Osterman S/S 09 collection.

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IMG_4192 Some of you may have already read about Style Salvage Steve's love affair with the matching his n' her wardrobes that were delighted to find when we arrived at the Aan de Keizer Bed & Breakfast in Antwerp.  So much so that we couldn't wait to unpack our stuff into the wardrobes even though we were only going to be there for two days.  Literally could not have been more giddy over a physical empty wardrobe.  This 1920s-30s mahogony affair had each compartment labelled with its specific purpose – Millinery, Underwear, Lingerie, Hose, Blouses etc.  I did start to daydream about a larger version of this compartimised wardrobe for my own clothes and winced at my makeshift Ikea industrial shelving at home housing all my bunched up stuff.

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IMG_4304 As I started putting my limited luggage into the different compartments though I realised it was a little like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  Where it said 'Hose' I put leggings.  I couldn't quite work out the difference between 'Lingerie' and 'Underwear'.  I presume there were more layers to shed underneath flapper dresses back in the day.  In place of 'Handkerchiefs' I shoved my Simple face wipes in there.  Oh and alas, 'Millinery' couldn't be filled at all lest I put my Bernhard Willhelm visor sunglasses.  Such compartments would be more relevant if I had ALL my clothes to fill it up.  If I were to have an entirely personalised version of The Valet Company wardrobe, I'm thinking I would have to replace the ivorine labels such as 'Hose', 'Handkerchiefs' and 'Underwear' with, "Cages", "Leggings", "Harnesses/braces'…

Just need to enlarge the compartments enormously as well.

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