It's not been a great day for chanting about reds down in Holloway Road where "In Arsene we Trust" is law, not opinion.  Understandably Steve's definitely got the blues today after the pounding yesterday.  He'll be licking his footie-related wounds later on his blog but for now, I've been feeling the reds and blues through an altogether more upbeat channel. 

Search for red and blue plaid or check on eBay and you'll probably find yourself knee deep in generic shirts that guys wear as part of their urban lumberjack look.  They're not going out to chop trees in the depths of Shoreditch, Williamsburg or the Mitte but who's checking.  Through the course of a few shots of it from the A/W 11-12 collections and most recently in S/S 12's Louis Vuitton menswear collection helmed by Kim Jones, red and blue in square formation never jarred so beautifully together.

The red and blue plaid message was really honed in at Thakoon's A/W 11-12 show.  I really thought Thakoon stepped it up a level for the season turning out a collection that was unexpected and a welcome change-up from his tendency for ultra-feminine prettiness.  Where sporty elements are used such as parka drawstrings or pufffa jacket quilting, in conjunction with his Masai plaid print, that's when my interest levels at the show were especially piqued.  


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At its most accessible level, Thakoon's Masai plaid print comes in 40" x 60" wool scarf that can loosely drape around the shoulders/neck. For extra feel-good appeal, 100% of the scarf's sale proceeds go to UNICEF who are working in the countries that make up the Horn of Africa.  


My mum, your nan, and the neighbour's dog has probably made the connection between Thakoon's Masai plaid and the appearance of a red and blue check at Kim Jones' Louis Vuitton S/S 12 menswear debut.  It's most probably a happy coincidence that Jones has used it as an accent print in the collection appearing in sproadic moments as well as being a convenient vehicle for Louis Vuitton's logo to to be housed.  

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Y-3 also had it popping in and out of their A/W 11-12 collection… 


…and here in the Dazed & Confused July 2011 issue in a Dutch tulip field, both the Y-3 and Thakoon plaid dance merrily together on Lisanne de Jong.  I don't post up full editorials anymore like I used to because sites like Fashion Gone Rogue do such a stellar and fast job of it but I thought I'd take the opportunity to say that this has sky-rocketed up the 2011 editorial charts… 


Dazed & Confused July 2011, Photography Viviane Sassen, Styling Katie Shillingford

To add to this cacophony of red and blue checks, Rag & Bone's collection also sticks vividly in my head.  My pictures turned out to be duff at both show and showroom which is a shame because I enjoyed immensely delving into their last S/S 11 collection where I thought Rag & Bone had shifted somewhat in aesthetic.  This A/W 11-12 collection was no different.  The duo promoted challenging layering and the ultimate belief that a kilt is a wardrobe staple – can't fight that from my perspective…   




What does all of this summarise for me?  That I need to find my own Masai plaid to get happy with for the coming months.  At the moment, that plaid is taking the form of a vintage dress by Pendleton that I bought from Etsy (it's jostling with eBay in the vintage scouring stakes).  Reds and blues are piled on in separates but alas it's not quite the same striking effect as Thakoon's in-yer-face plaid.  The only saving grace is in the combination of a pair of Ayame socks and Tsumori Chisato red and blue shoes that have…

…wait for it ((LOL cat fans will like this…)…

…a cat face built into the shoe as well as a cat paw print in the heel.  Take that Cat Power…   





(Vintage Pendleton dress, vintage Neil Barrett leather jacket, Monki red checked shirt, Mundi cardigan wrapped around waist, Jaeger Boutique bag, Ayame socks, Tsumori Chisato shoes)

All backstage imagery by Morgan O'Donovan for Dazed Digital

>> New Designer from Far Flung Place alert.  It's been a while since one of those beeped.  Alright, Budapest in Hungary is not that far flung but it's not exactly a place I have any knowledge of, fashion or otherwise.  Pleasant surprise then to have this flurry of colour flood my inbox, the one time when a 5mb attachment is most pleasing to me.

Dori Tomcsanyi is still studying for her MA in Budapest but has been keeping busy with collections that she launches through her Hungarian fashion showroom initiative.  For her latest one she got colour happy, taking cue from 60s graphics as well as the more obvious strands of colour blocking that has pervaded the S/S 11 collections and onto the streets.  A tweet popped up the other day that expressed their tiring of colour blocking as if it was a rampantly widespread trend.  It's easy to forget that within the 'bubble' (uh-huh-uh-huh), we seemingly *think* we might have been bombarded by a trend when really it's the repetition on the internet that is playing tricks on our eyes.  In reality, colour blocking hasn't made the impact that say a floaty gypsy dress still floods London's streets in the summer.

Therefore, Tomcsanyi's Colour Project (she says Color, I say Colour – because I like a superfluous 'u') is still in my eyes something to welcome with open arms.  The majority of these fairly simple and visually effective pieces are already set up ready to sell in her webstore and more than reasonable prices.  She's made her clothing all the more persuasive with a popping lookbook that really shows the smart way she has played with colour.  A shifting of seasons won't deny me the still-abundant opportunities to shout with Tomcsanyi's shades of colour.  













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Susanna Lau, also known as Susie Bubble, is a writer and editor living and working in London. Lau started her blog ‘Style Bubble’ in March 2006. It consists of her widely read thoughts, personal experiences and observations on fashion with a focus on spotlighting young and unknown talent. Lau was editor of Dazed Digital, the website of Dazed & Confused magazine, from 2008-2010. Lau now works full-time on her blog and other freelance projects, including writing for Elle, The Daily Rubbish and Dazed Digital.

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Ten things about Susie Bubble…

 I’m British Born Chinese by way of Hong Kong – though often get mistaken for being Japanese/Korean by fellow Hong Kong-ers.

 I grew up eating my way around the world because my parents are obsessed foodies – I will literally try everything and anything. Kangaroo steaks? Yum. Fried cicadas? Hmmm hmmm.

 I have a disturbing weakness for period dramas – especially BBC ones!

 I had two hamsters named Bobble and Bubble after the arcade game – they ended up killing each other though and when they died, I buried one under the apple tree and the other under the pear tree – I thought they’d be happier by themselves.

 I went all the way through primary school thinking I was a high achiever but then got to secondary school and realised that I was actually quite a mediocrity.

 My love of fashion was initially an act of rebellion against my parents and the ‘popular’ people at school – which then developed into something all consuming and now is my number one passion.

 I take up tons of craft, DIY projects and other creative things only to leave them half finished and botched up – this is something I’m working on!

 I have 3 younger sisters – we are all wildly different but are all outcasts in our own little ways.

 My parents met in an airport and fell in love at first sight – they have a sickeningly together/stable marriage. Thus, the bar has been raised too high and I in turn have NO faith in love whatsoever.

 Susie Bubble wasn’t made up by myself, it was my friend Sarah Hill at primary school that gave it to me. Then the whole class started calling me that – it’s because I always looked like I was in a world of my own, in a BUBBLE! 

I have not really grown out of this – you will often see me staring into space, fixated at nothing in particular or listening to my iPod oblivious to many things.

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