Hot Tropic

Hot Tropic

I was told by my old assistant at Dazed, Flora, who is a proper 'muso-head', that music that young ppl listen to was getting very tropical.  I shrugged and said "I dunno?".  That was nearly a year and a half ago.  I still don't really know whether music got tropical but it's definitely come bursting into fashion.  The seeds were somewhat sewn last summer with Stella McCartney's citrus fruits and House of Holland's palm tree prints.  Then Maarten Van Der Horst came storming out as one of my top picks from the Central Saint Martins MA show earlier this year.  Now it is thrusting through in the men's and resort collections shown last month.  

Back in February though, in amongst a lot of apocalyptic oversized cut-and-paste silhouettes came Van Der Horst's refreshing take on the typical Hawaiian shirt, "dragifying" it with pastel vintage nylon petticoats.  A low budget means to an end meant that Van Der Horst stumbled onto something that got a lot of hearts racing – Hawaiian Frill.  Unsurprisingly, John Waters is a huge influence for Van Der Horst (Waters' book Role Models is my plane read this summer…). 

I have been harassing Van Der Horst in the manner of a possessed Fash Bitch, to see if any pieces from his MA collection are up for sale.  I'm still hoping my incessant wheedling will result in some tulled-up Hawaiian print on my back.  Either way, I'll be looking forward to his debut at next season's Fashion East lineup.

For now though, I've gone down my own low-budget route and dug up an old Topshop tulle skirt and picked up a shirt dress of genuine Hawaii print (Made in Hawaii label verified…) from my favourite haunt The Shop on Cheshire Street for a slightly incongruous pairing of silhouettes.  The ante is upped with a vintage Hermes light trench from Strut, my latest vintage shop obsession.   I've pegged it as a 80s-90s find but whatever decade it is, it simply is a piece that makes the action of 'slipping' on a coat a pleasure in itself.








An assembly of Maarten Van Der Horst's MA collection…     

i-D Online: Mind Over Pattern – Photographed by Justin Borbely, Styled by Anthony Stephinson

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Fashion 156 Couture Gardening Issue - Photographed by Shiba Huizer, Styled by Guy Hipwell, Fashion 156 Beauty Colour Clash - Photographed by Shiba Huizer, Styled by Luke Raymond

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i-D Online: Introducing Maarten Van Der Horst - Photographed by Greta Ilieva, Styled by Margaret Crow

Dazed & Confused July Issue - Photographed by Amira Fritz, Styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell

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i-D Hedonist Summer 2011 Issue with Billie Turnbull – Photographed by Ronald Dick, Styled by Hanna Kelifa


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  1. JM

    2011-07-30 at 1:56 PM

    Like it! Very Leonard of Paris . .

  2. Betsy

    2011-07-30 at 5:05 PM

    The shoes are very cute!

  3. Susie

    2011-07-30 at 7:55 PM

    I love, love, love the print of that shirt dress!

  4. Mode Uncover

    2011-07-30 at 8:15 PM
  5. Taylor Lewis

    2011-07-30 at 8:16 PM

    great post so summery 🙂


    2011-07-30 at 10:18 PM

    that trench is to die for!

  7. Rachael

    2011-07-30 at 10:48 PM

    you will love Role Models; especially the chapter on Comme de Garcons 🙂

  8. Melissa James

    2011-07-30 at 11:38 PM

    Great colours and patterns, love the pictures.

  9. Olive

    2011-07-31 at 6:09 AM

    Super duper in love with your outfit! You look stunning and inspiring! Very cute!

  10. zoë sue

    2011-07-31 at 8:58 AM

    What a cool outfit! Love, X

  11. Dessislava

    2011-07-31 at 12:31 PM

    You are so cute whatever you wear!

  12. archiex

    2011-07-31 at 1:28 PM

    Wow,love the color combination.. The fashion styles were awesome..Love it!

  13. Manel

    2011-07-31 at 1:30 PM

    Love the photos, as well as the designs of the clothes..
    Just want to share my fashion blogs, I hope you like it!

  14. adore

    2011-07-31 at 3:11 PM

    You look so cute in everything that you wear! I also love your writing…such a pleasure to read! I hope I can be as good a writer as you!

  15. shima

    2011-07-31 at 3:16 PM

    Lol, Suse, I love you, but this is the stupidest outfit I’ve seen in a while. (·µî ÃÆ ·µî)

  16. Lois

    2011-07-31 at 3:57 PM

    Wow the patterning is very colourful and summery!

  17. Laura Griffith

    2011-07-31 at 7:38 PM

    that’s freeky/awesome… ive just completed my BA and my collection was very ‘hot tropics’ looking towards vintage hawaiian fabrics and surf culture in the 50’s ….

  18. Sarah

    2011-07-31 at 9:10 PM

    I LOVE your Hawaiian shirt dress – it goes with you skin tone beautifully!
    I’m craving fruit now!
    xx Sarah

  19. Shan You Orchira

    2011-08-01 at 11:55 AM

    Really nice jungle print clothes! And I love the frills! It’s like a Carribean breeze! Shan

  20. Berty Morales

    2011-08-01 at 10:05 PM

    How fun!!!!!


    2011-08-03 at 7:34 AM

    OMG you r so awesome Susie!!

  22. Shoes&Clothes

    2011-08-03 at 9:51 AM

    Is that girl a Asian Girl? I think she must be a chinese. Right?

  23. Shoes&Clothes

    2011-08-03 at 9:51 AM

    Is that girl a Asian Girl? I think she must be a chinese. Right?

  24. Shoes&Clothes

    2011-08-03 at 9:51 AM

    Is that girl a Asian Girl? I think she must be a chinese. Right?

  25. livie

    2011-08-04 at 4:10 AM

    Love the outfit really fashionable

  26. white suit

    2011-08-24 at 4:36 AM

    The Purple one up there is like a mini tutu..really look so cute.

  27. Miche Purses

    2011-09-09 at 11:30 PM

    looooooove the shoes!

  28. wall art

    2011-10-19 at 11:03 AM

    Lovely stuff!

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