>> This is a collage that really couldn't have happened without London Fashion Week, or rather, the Christopher Kane for Topshop collection coinciding with LFW.  Phil of Streetpeeper peeped these guys and gals wearing an array of Christopher Kane t-shirts, both mainline and Topshop collections so you get a nice mix of gorillas and crocs.  Then he bunged them in the jungle here…

I don't usually reduce myself to using internet acronyms in a post but… LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…

That's not laughter at the tees or the people wearing them of course, but it's just the assembling of them all together in one happy jungle that is giving me the chuckles…

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>> I won't say too much because I think there are some deets here that need to be investigated in person.  It's a smear of favouritism again as I'm once again, super psyched and super egg-cited about posting the new collection of my friend Anthony Vaccarello.  Favouritism is only one teensy tiny contributing factor though and perhaps my faith is slightly blind but I'm truly in awe of his talent and actually being his friend can make one feel a bit wee and feeble because I end up wretchedly looking at my own hands and mock-crying to the skies "Why am I such a loser-ish mediocrity?!?"

After the silly boo-hooing and mock-crying though, I of course am immensely proud of Vaccarello and his achievements with his ideas, his execution and of course, the clothes.  From last season's concentration of high-octane dresses that are heavy with embellishment, he lightens up for S/S 10 collection, focusing on his idea of two summer staples; the bathing suit and the statement jacket.  You might query the word 'staples' but there's something quite refreshingly severe about concentrating on just a jacket and a swimsuit.  Willful perhaps but I guess that's better than bending to expectations.

I haven't been to Paris in a while so I haven't seen any of this in progress yet so I'm really REALLY psyched to see it all in person… deets will be posted imminently of course… 

Those in Paris can also see the collection at the Joyce Galerie in Palais Royal…

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>> When leopard afficionados Roberto Cavalli goes all countrified and dainty on you for S/S 10 you know something has got to give.  Still, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to go to Cavalli for patchwork florals when some people have been doing it ever since they started out.  Lu Flux, an Edinburgh graduate is an… ethical designer (buzz buzz 'e' word…) who uses salvaged or organic fabrics and traditional knitting and patchwork techniques to make her clothes.  In the past, her collections may have danced around the folksy line too closely for me, but her S/S 10 has hit patchwork haven by exaggerating the variety of fabrics with a scalloping detail that is best seen in the second image below. 

It's the kind of gardening/picnic/country attire where if I was ACTUALLY wielding a shovel or erm… walking along a country trail, I'd get sniggers for not being properly dressed.  Like the exaggerated cliched airhead version of 'outdoors' dressing.  This is making Lu Flux's collection sound awful but I am saying that it's something of a good thing to be a little cartoonish and overly literal. 

On a separate note, the collection is called "The Eco Life of Riley"… which makes me think of Rilo Kiley as I can definitely see frontwoman Jenny Lewis rocking some of this, with a straw hat and vintage espadrilles…

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>>No less than three people sent me a link to the Ostwald Helgason for ASOS leggings when they went online sometime last week which a) goes to show, I could well start drawing up shopping lists from a quick glance at the inbox (scary stuff, as you guys might also unintentionally bankrupt me…) and b) I've become incredibly transparent when it comes to showing my likes and dislikes.  Stained-glass window effects, digital print, jewel-like tones and oh, yes, that's right…it's another pair of printed leggings to add to the collection. 

I have no qualms with being so predictable especially as these days, any helping hand in the shopping dept is gladly welcome (on the weekend, I actually felt tinges of guilt for escaping out to the shops for a bit as I've been so locked into working on the weekends…).  Under the faded dull light of the ol' Nikon L35 camera though, the colours are a little bit more chilled out… and also catch the last of the summer sun…

Oh, and I've mildly developed an obsession with wearing my Alpha 60 pleated scarf as a skirt/bum bustle/pelmet type thing… did the same thing at the Chictopia/Forever 21 party in New York two weeks ago where I roadtested the scarf to see whether I'd have an embarrassing moment of it falling down whilst walking/dancing around…

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(Ostwald Helgason for ASOS leggings worn with vintage jewelled jumper from Treasure Chest Vintage, LD Tuttle boots, Alpha 60 scarf worn as skrirt, Urban Outfitters belt)