(Photo taken by Rebecca of The Clothes Horse, with whom I met up… I didn't break out into a jig though…)
>> What can I say – I'm a fashion journo hack mode that can't come up with a title better than this one even though as a song title it's probably been shoved into many, MANY article standfirsts. Still, I stand by the choice given that it's 100% apt for these 80%20% boots which I've been wearing non-stop. It's a shoe label that I've come to discover first hand through a weird and wonderful job that again, I can't quite talk about yet (I promise I'm not being mysterious on purpose… ), and their Adair hiking boots from their A/W 10/11 collection have since been doing a lot of walking in addition to jumping, running, jogging and also prancing. I am also indeed prone to do a little bit of a jig in the street if I've had a very good meal or I've bagged a bargain in the sales, and these boots are also good for err… jig purposes.
As a general rule of thumb in the designer heel comfort rankings (and this is personal for me and applicable to LENGTHS of walking as opposed to a few dance steps at a party…), LD Tuttle shoes are good for walking day and night in, Miu Miu/Marni chunky heels are good for walking all night long and as a zany addition, Atalanta Weller wedges give enough bounce to walk around for an afternoon in. However, on the lower end of the scale, basically only Topshop, Irregular Choice and a few vintage heels have served me well in the WALKING stakes (again, I'm talking about LONG BOUTS of walking…) but now I can add 80%20% to the list. In addition to the Adair hiking boots, I'm also quite smitten with the toggle shoes and the calf-hair shoes they have in a number of fall-friendly, leave-crunching styles…
… but of course, these creeper a-likes with the hidden wedge in have a neon sign hovering above them saying "Susie could potentially live in these…"
(Soon to be available on Karmaloop who look to be stocking most of the A/W 10-11 styles…)
>> I'm still feeling like a horribly blasted jacket potato after my flight home – who knew you could get across the Atlantic in just five and a half hours – this unfortunately isn't conducive for catching up on sleep. Bear with me as I know I haven't really said anything of Montreal, the place where I went but I saw so much and also spoke to so many people, delving into the fashion scene of a city that is full of contrasts isn't a task for someone with a jacket potato exploded brain.
I am just about equipped to say a few things about these embroidered facial coverings courtesy of Scott Ramsay Kyle. Now, Scott has been weaving in and out of collaborations and consulting work for other brands and instead has chosen to go down the route of projects as opposed to full blown collections. Blub blub for me who has always been a fan of his embroidery work from the get-go of his MA collection. His latest project is a small collection of face and body coverings photographed here by Cassia Tabatini, which inevitably leads onto items with more religious connotations – I picked up the latest issue of Worn which successfully cleared up the glossary of the hijab. I might be being too presumptuous by saying that Scott Ramsay Kyle was trying to twist the idea of an opaque piece of black cloth for religious function into something sheer, ornate and colourful… that would be me making this into something too cerebral. Instead, I was reminded by a recent interview I did with Daphne Guinness (oh dear, that's an amazing can of worms I can't delve into until later…) where she told me of her love of decorative veils, covering her face with something sheer so you can make out features but at the same time you're kept hidden in some ways. These sheer coverings by Ramsay Kyle, certainly fit the bill in both covering/revealing and are certainly not pieces for icognito attire, considering the amount of deets on the cloths. I love that you can clearly pick out the colourful stitches of Ramsay Kyle's embroidery, which highlight facial features and abstracts them on the sheer organza cloth like fleeting demi-masks…