A Quick Turn

I've missed a gazillion shop openings in London that have crowded the past few months, which means missing rounds of vodka/gin/rum mixers (whatever drinks sponsor is doing the rounds…) and cupcakes/mini fish and chips/Tesco Value crisps.  These are the times when a Style Bubble under-study/correspondent would sort of make sense but then I remember that I'm a control freak and that I would reduce him/her to babbling tears. 

Instead, I'm trying to catch up on all the goings-ons slowly but surely.  First on my list came via hairdresser Charlie le Mindu who told me that a vintage store had popped up on Kingsland Road.  Whaaa?  Which end?  Near Evin Cafe?  Near WAH Nails?  Near that empty bit just after Pho Mile?  Turns out said vintage store was just there, across from the Geoffrye Museum (still have not made it inside and I haven't a clue why…).  House of Liza popped up in September and has been making quiet treads, selling threads collected by the owner which started from a private collection of vintage Jean-Charldes de Castelbajac and Stephen Sprouse and now includes pieces by Kansai Yamamoto, Jil Sander, Comme des Garcons, Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier.  In particular I found that they have a lot of JPG Junior pieces that are anything but kiddy like.  Colour also dominates the selection that is extremely edited and definitely ripe for the Dalston crowd who perhaps want a little more out of their vintage than simply picking through mountains and mountains of clothes.  I'd level House of Liza at the same level of vintage editing as Vintage Academe with a bigger emphasis on 80s-90s key designer pieces and of course, it's slightly closer to home turf for me. 

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This pailette and chain knit Azzaro piece hits all levels of insane… and sadly pretty far from the tame Azzaro of today…

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Their Tumblr blog gives a few picture and fashion encyclopedia clues to what House of Liza has on offer…

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I came away with a vintage Moschino shirt where naked redheads play with hearts and flowers… obviously Miu Miu weren't the first to tread the naked lady printed shirt ground…

I may as well slot in a few of my favourite things that have headed my way such as this Monki cape which allows my arms complete movement unlike a lot of 'poseur' capes where you're not allowed to do things such as carrying supermarket baskets… as I said before, me THINKS their e-store is coming soon in 2011…

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I can't think of anyone else except for Jessica Rabbit when I look closely at the print…

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Another wardrobe newbie are these Jas M.B. leather 'waders' or leather leg-warmers attached to a suspender belt which I bought from Feathers in a feverish state (I've never zoomed so fast down to Knightsbridge…).  I hadn't a clue that Jas M.B. had ventured outside of his bag/wallet remit (his camera bags are high on my Christmas wish list now that I've downgraded to a smaller cam…) but I'm glad he has chosen the less conventional 'wader/leg-warmer' route rather than the predictable leather jacket path.  I can attest that the leather is buttery soft and the fit hovers at the right level of looseness.  I think the ones with the belt are sold out but they also come sans belt as leg warmers.  Layering devices such as these leather contraptions can only mean plenty of fun times with outfit experimentation. 

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I had a round of good/bad luck with Swedish designer Carin Wester as I was sort of hell bent on wearing this long sleeved A/W 10-11 red gown for the H&M x Lanvin shindig but when I ordered it, alas the fit was not quite right on my strange bust area.  Ironboard chests don't always do you favours so the dress went back even though I was ready to confront my fear of red with it's perfected flow.  On the flipside though, these peep-toe wedges with a handy fold in the middle of the shoe arrived from Sweden and I just can't stop doing this (see pics below) to it.  I think I might whip them out at airport security if I once again get my suitcased investigated (I have a tendancy to be THE one hauled into security…) and show them what these shoes can do.  They might chuckle and perhaps speed up the search process and let me off the hook…

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0 Replies to “A Quick Turn”

  1. i guess i’m a bit late to jump on the bandwagon but i absolutely love your style. i think it was the pajama outfit for the lanvin opening that did me in- it was genius.
    i wish i had an eye for matching pieces like you; my outfits are always way too simple. i need some eccentricity in my life and you give me that inspiration. take care susie.
    from a new fan xx

  2. the shirt looks great, Susie!! could you tell us what are the prices there? i live just down the road but haven’t ventured in yet… hope all is well xx

  3. the cape is fantastic! and those wedges are awesome, chic and entertaining.
    I cannot wait to shop at Vintage Academy! thanks for the update!

  4. I just adore the print on your blouse, how fab! Rockin the leather trousers too! Those have been on my want list for quite some time. Your dark look is stunning for the season!
    Maryjane xoxo

  5. By the way, can you sit in those leather leg covers without the straps coming off??? I’m thinking they could either be easy or an easy wardrobe malfunction.
    Maryjane xoxo

  6. That shop is very very inspiring, had a look through it myself a couple weeks ago…its put together so well, and although all the pieces are very full on(in a good way) its all pretty clear, what you can see…I mean each piece is a true jem:)

  7. love love LOVE the cape!!!Didn’t think I’d ever fall into the cap trend but this post may have made me think otherwise….also, just so you know Miss Lau you’re my inspiration! Same situation with Chinese parents and the usual expectancy of attaining a degree/job in the usual medical/law/accountancy field….I decided to be brave and picked the creative choice!!xoxo

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