>> It's time to start fiddling around with big nubby toggle buttons as bare legs are starting to get a bit prickly from nubby goosebumps and leaves are turning colours (though not half as pretty as they are here…).  This Element of Eden coat will be starting the duffle days proceedings (with more to come I hope – I love anything with toggle buttons) for practical warmth … 

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(Element of Eden duffle coat, J.W. Anderson blue lace zip-up top, J.W. Anderson knitted half skirt/belt, Toga white fringe skirt, J.W. Anderson shoes)

… but if I want to stubbornly insist that I'm not cold, then it's what's underneath that is important here.  I know I put up a very VERY late J.W. Anderson sample sale notice on Saturday morning but that was the sort of sale it was – low key and buried down in a Shacklewell Lane basement for J.W. Anderson's growing London fanbase to go diving into.  With just two rails and some shelving, everything was ACTUALLY a sample ( as opposed to overstock) and was priced accordingly.  A little rip here or there was left to the discretion of buyer whether to mend or not which suits J.W. Anderson's interestingly dishevelled stylings… 

I went for a lace top that Steve says makes me look like I'm wearing a figure skating costume… chanelling inner Michelle Kwan can only add poise right?  

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Slightly more versatile but equally head-scratching was this belt that comes with a half knitted skirt/loincloth embroidered with all sorts of bits and pieces that makes it weigh an absolute ton.  It was used in the S/S 11 show as part of the mens collections, styled to look like a jumper had been tied round the waist, trailing the back of trousers.  I've always loved the idea of combining two skirts into one and any opportunity to don a half-skirt is fine by me especially when there are kilt-esque buckles involved… 

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This piece isn't flight friendly though as it's a good 1kg plus… I may have to jangle my way through security with it…

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My feet got very happy on a shoot when I had these J.W. Anderson 'bearded' A/W 11-12 shoes on.  Miracles of all miracles, my weirdly maleable feet fit into these size 4 samples that were at the sale.  I'm noticing one shoe is slightly more beardy than the other which means either one is due for a trim or I'll have to somehow add a bit of beard.  Perhaps I could incorporate in some lilac bear just to mix things up.  At the very least, I'll be stopping my M&J Trimming in New York to get some different coloured elastics to make some loopy lace…. 

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Comments (27)

  1. Raggie Doll says:

    Always love you blog x

  2. This whole look, from top to bottom, is pure sartorial genius.
    You have such a knack for combining clothes in such a brilliant way with such an identity.
    Fantastic.
    x
    Daphne @ http://styliseddialogue.blogspot.com/

  3. Neda says:

    I adore the “figure skating costume top”; it almost acts as a beautiful anf equally intricate and meticulous in detail canvas background, therefore everything you wear on top of it, will simply form the scracthes of a somewhat (clothing?)collage…along with that, the skirt is also, well, INCREDDIBLE. I mean, isn’t it just the type of thing that can secretly and quitely hang in your wardrobe, without probably much wear but rather a consistent source of inspiraition?…oh- and there is not guilt here, just pure and simple indulgence…
    X Neda X
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  4. love the lace susie and love the fur on those shoes! great look as always! you could literally wear a bin bag and pull it off!!
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  5. Anna says:

    The colour of the lace top is lovely, it suits you xx

  6. Laura_joyner says:

    Amazing. Wish I hadn’t had to work on Saturday!

  7. Shini says:

    Those shoes just made my day oh-em-giraffeeee.

  8. That lace top is so fabulous! Looks amazing on you
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  9. Joel says:

    Uhm okay i just found your blog and i am in love!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚ following!

  10. I love your top! Such a crazy color!

  11. I love every single piece of this outfit! And the skirt (? what should we call it?), I really thought you had styled the sweater, shawl and belts yourself. And those shoes are just the piece de resistance! Plain terrific.
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  12. Sean says:

    Wow, awesome look, quite a knack for layering!

  13. Robin says:

    The new layout is great, first of all. This lace top is also great.

  14. Chic Geek says:

    Love the shoes, great layout and just love the unique-ness of this outfit ๐Ÿ™‚
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  15. Maria says:

    Dear Susie.
    Made a little picture/collage with u. Please check it out at my blog:)
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    love your blog.
    /Maria Schifter

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  17. I’m still amazed by these shoes, they make me giggle. This outfit is perfect!

  18. FashionClout says:

    Those shoes….shoegasm alert
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  19. Tiny D says:

    LOVE that top! It is a bit figure-skater, but in a fab way! You have such a great eye for detail.

  20. Kb says:

    Ah I went to the sample sale too but couldn’t really find anything that would work for me, love the way you styled that skirt though! I was wondering how it might look on. Love the duffle coat too, noticed it’s not available online, is there a UK stockist?

  21. Kat says:

    That skirt is amazing! Actually, I love it all.
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  22. In love with the lace top… Gorgeous color! Saw something similar at The Cherry Blossom Girl and was stunned by it. Now I am stunned twice ๐Ÿ˜‰
    XO Charlotte
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  23. Olive says:

    what a lovely blue lace top!

  24. Adele says:

    love the shoes! you handle texture so expertly

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