Virgin Queen

Virgin Queen

One of the first portraits that I ever even remember seeing and memorising in its entirity was this painting of Queen Elizabeth I at the time of her coronation (annonymous painter).  My mother had this Royal portraits phonebook that had this painting in it.  I remember flicking through it constantly and picking this one out as my favourite aged seven.  Then I stalked it at the National Portrait Gallery as a copy of it hangs there in the Tudor section (incidentally my favourite section because it's the quietest).  If I'm going to go back to my seven year old mentality, basically I loved the way her hair hung like an ethereal halo and that she didn't look like she had smeared scary white ceruse paste all over herself.  It's the portrait that informed the way I sketched impossibly thin women's waists for the next five years or so, or at least until I got to do life drawing.

Who knew that years on, the portrait would come back and be printed on a crushed velvet skirt and that she would be updated with a pair of jazzy red headphones.  Remember Fabitoria, the Taipei-based label that started out with some very enticing photo print mini skirts with patch pockets?  Since my initial post they've got themselves set up with an Etsy shop that means that everyone can get their hands on jungle/traffic/stained glass window print.  Their new collection sees them take on the slightly trickier midi-length skirt as well as the pork pie hat.  That stokes up another youth-related memory from the Brit pop years.  They've also chosen a crushed velveteen type texture to use as a foundation so that the print isn't as vibrant and is given a mottled surface.  Oh well, there goes young Elizabeth's perfect visage.

I had to grasp the opportunity to have this portrait printed on my thighs, my arse and my bulbous head.  Who knew that obsessing with this portrait when I was a child would lead me here?  Such is the weirdness of life.  You might chortle at that nauseating statement but seriously, there's a strange symmetry of events here that makes me appreciate the ensemble even more.  

Oh, and since this outfit is all about indulging in nostalgia of the portrait and the pork pie hat, I thought I'd throw in the bomber jacket as well.  I've spoken before about the apparently region micro trend of the bomber jacket that hit my primary school when I was about ten or eleven.  We all had to trek to Camden Town to get our bomber jackets or you'd risk exclusion from the cool corner of the playground.  I've now got an update on that oversized and lumpy specimen, which I wore to death aged ten.  This one is vintage Gaultier Junior.  Have I ever mentioned my mild obsession with Gaultier Junior?  If I haven't, it's probably because it's tricky to find the stuff.  I sometimes stumble upon it once in a while in stores like Bang Bang or Strut.  Now though, East London vintage store House of Liza has made all my Gaultier Junior dreams come true as owner Gon√ßalo also shares my obsession with this bygone diffusion line of Jean Paul Gaultier and has racks and racks of the stuff hidden away in his Dalston location.  Many pieces are also on FarFetc, which means you too can share my Gaultier Junior lovin'.





Worn with Emma Cook heels







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  1. Serdane

    2012-10-18 at 12:33 PM

    AHHH ! I just fell in love of your skirt ! Genius !

  2. mariposa

    2012-10-18 at 12:42 PM

    Great outfits!
    The skirt is fantastic…
    xoxo from germany

  3. Ana

    2012-10-18 at 12:54 PM

    I’m not all that into crushed velvet, but I’m all into Renaissance and graphic prints, so YES!

  4. Edita

    2012-10-18 at 12:58 PM

    Power skirt mixed with a power hat. A fashion power punch indeed!
    Isn’t it funny how our childhood memories at times dictate our style preferences?

  5. Rolandas

    2012-10-18 at 1:00 PM
  6. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    2012-10-18 at 1:01 PM
  7. Lili Gabbiano

    2012-10-18 at 1:01 PM

    great fabitoria…their first collection was brilliant…I’m not such a big fan of this one but the prints are cool…


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  9. Miss Coco

    2012-10-18 at 2:14 PM

    I love ypur hat!

  10. coline

    2012-10-18 at 3:30 PM

    that’s so funny and cool!


    2012-10-18 at 3:50 PM

    Exquisite! Fine art marries fashion, brilliant.

  12. Fab Ego Magazine

    2012-10-18 at 5:19 PM

    Ahhh such adorable sunny fall combination! Your nail polish goes very well with the outfit, love it!


    2012-10-18 at 5:20 PM

    Those who sneer at the idea of fashion should read that post and try to retain their cynicism of fashion. The way a fabric, print or garment can evoke that emotional nostalgia is beautiful. Elizabeth I was an absolute powerhouse and it’s nice that the subliminal connotations associated with her will be able to be felt by the people you walk past in the street.

  14. bob hairstyles

    2012-10-18 at 6:30 PM

    So lovely and awesome outfits.Looking so beautiful and fantastic.I love your selection so much.

  15. natashke

    2012-10-18 at 6:39 PM
  16. CIZIT

    2012-10-18 at 6:54 PM

    Fifteen people already said that: amazing skirt!

  17. Kati

    2012-10-18 at 6:56 PM

    That skirt kills me!

  18. How Very Dare

    2012-10-18 at 7:26 PM

    We have a digitally printed collection on Etsy too!
    We are called How Very Dare. We specialize in high quality, digital printed women’s wear. All garments are cut in sewn in Brooklyn, NY.
    Check us out!
    Hope you enjoy!

  19. Virginie

    2012-10-18 at 7:51 PM

    Nice mix of prints !!! Good Hat !!

  20. dipitblack

    2012-10-18 at 8:35 PM

    Beautiful post!
    Beautiful outfit!
    Beautiful collection &
    beautiful skirt!
    Love it!

  21. Natalie's Exploding Head

    2012-10-18 at 10:16 PM

    This is outfit is so creative. Love that you’ve had your childhood love printed onto some clothes. The Etsy store is a really interesting concept and I love the collaboration here.

  22. childrens jackets

    2012-10-18 at 10:24 PM

    We have our own choice when it comes to clothing. Printed clothing are the favorite of the young ones. But the most important there is to choose the right clothing that are suited on our personality and we feel comfortable.

  23. captivelouise

    2012-10-19 at 1:25 AM

    Those are some seriously badass prints, I love them!

  24. Sari Purdy

    2012-10-19 at 7:12 AM

    Ha! Ha! I really like those outfits. They are kinda funny and hilarious. I love them.

  25. Elvis Trujillo

    2012-10-19 at 7:13 AM

    Did I tell you I love your nail polish? I also those outfits. The cap! The skirt… I love them!

  26. Noe Farrell

    2012-10-19 at 7:45 AM

    Wow! I love the pictures! That skirt and cap looks beautiful just as the one drawn in it! You are also not much far from that beauty hahaha…. I like love that!

  27. Rigoberto McClure

    2012-10-19 at 7:46 AM

    Hahaha, that pose is actually charming. I love it. You look so beautiful in that cap and shoes, the skirt, finger nails color is perfect- you indeed are perfect. Keep up!

  28. Rosemary Schmidt

    2012-10-19 at 7:49 AM

    Ooh wow! You make feel jealousy! You are indeed beautiful, sexy and stylish in that skirt, shoes and cap. I love your pose too, very cool and yummy!

  29. Ursamare

    2012-10-19 at 9:54 PM

    Heart-meltingly artistic. I wish I could see the garment up close and check out the detail. Just grand, Ms. Lau.
    x Ursamare

  30. sasa valencia

    2012-10-20 at 11:34 AM

    wow this look and this outfit is so so amazing i hope i will got one‚ô•‚ô•‚ô• Dress Me Up

  31. Kostüme für Kinder

    2012-10-21 at 12:54 PM

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