Snapping Cold

Snapping Cold

>> Everyone is walking around with an eerie smudged vaseline look, from the white matte glow of snow reflecting on to their faces.  For somebody who is anti-shine (bronzers, moonshines and sparkly liquids for the face be gone‚Ķ) and would prefer going through life with the complexion of chalky matteness, this weather is heavenly.  The jibber jabber of constant transport updates from the media may be making the snowfall louder than it should be but being holed up for a day or so at home watching your surroundings blur into a white blanket is pretty awesome.  As I type right now, I'm speeding (albeit slower than normal) down to Paris on the Eurostar and looking outside on the horizon which meets the sky in one indistinguishable haze.  

Apologies if I'm going overboard on the poetics here.  What else to type to accompany what is in effect, an impractical but ever so dramatic snow-grazing outfit .  It's partly a mini shout of huzzah over John Galliano's semi-return to fashion, into the unexpected welcoming folds of Oscar de la Renta's atelier for a three week residency.  I received this John Galliano jacket as a gift from Marianne, my Comme-mad fashion heroine, who happens to be my agent (not the awful, eyes-on-the-prize, grabby grabby type of agent but someone who reminds me that I need to be less of an unambitious lemon).  Every time we meet up (she lives in Dublin), she always has a tale to tell about her fashionable exploits in the eighties slash nineties when she was a fashion buyer.  She picked up this jacket in a now defunct Coco boutique in Dublin shortly after Browns snapped up Galliano's infamous graduate Les Incroyables collection in 1984.  I can't date it precisely but it's most probably from the subsequent A/W 85-6 The Ludic Game or S/S 86 The Fallen Angels collections, with both displaying traits of the deconstructed historically-charged tailoring that bought Galliano to prominence.  It's my one and only piece of John Galliano, and treasured precisely for its early origins before Galliano developed a more excessive design vernacular as well as other excesses in his private life.  You know where I stand on the whole debacle and whilst this isn't a "I wear you therefore all is forgiven" gesture, I think we can all agree that his mark on the fashion world shouldn't be buried and erased.  

Along the lines of the style of the Incroyables and Merveilleuses, is a pair of impossibly voluminous silk gazar navy trousers with fold upon fold of fabric hidden in its trail.  They're Louis Vuitton (even harder to discern the originating collection to be honest‚Ķ) and were a bargain find in New York secondhand designer store Tokio 7.  I've dubbed them my samurai trousers and should I want to take revenge against those that have dishonoured my family, I shall be unsuccessfully welding a sword in Crouching Blogger, Hidden Talent mode.  

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Worn with Emma Cook shirt and a pair of Prada espadrille brogues, also donated to me from the magical wardrobe of Marianne.  She claims she can't walk in them.  I say she didn't try hard enough but then again, I do have the advantage of my ankles being fully adjusted to the dizzying flatform heights of creeper shoes.

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  1. The Provoker

    2013-01-20 at 3:56 PM

    I need to take my creepers out too and make some Prada footprints around London lol. Love the lacy shirt underneath and the whole layering system here, especially when accompanied by an effortlessly bundled high twist bun. Great proportions here S.

  2. SACRAMENTO

    2013-01-20 at 4:21 PM

    I adore John Galliano, and it was about time he came back.
    You look like a winter faiyr, dear Susie.
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  3. Millie Cotton

    2013-01-20 at 4:28 PM

    This post brought me a refreshing break from studying! Adore this outfit and the Prada print in the snow. Stunning post!
    It’s a LDN Thing

  4. Mellygoround

    2013-01-20 at 5:13 PM

    So gorgeous 🙂 x

  5. Jessie

    2013-01-20 at 5:48 PM

    You look beautiful!

  6. mayathapapaya

    2013-01-20 at 5:52 PM

    this outfit is so cute. you look amazing!

  7. Kasia

    2013-01-20 at 5:55 PM

    Great outfit ! Prada shoes- love !
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  8. Charlotte

    2013-01-20 at 7:49 PM
  9. LIKE-ENCHANTED

    2013-01-20 at 8:43 PM

    I love your outfit, although coosy. The jacket makes you want to dive into it together with a hot chocolate.
    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3
    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

  10. Marta

    2013-01-20 at 9:42 PM

    Very nice look, great shoes 🙂
    http://www.martasfashiondiary.com/

  11. Nadya

    2013-01-20 at 9:53 PM

    I definitely understand Marianne’s concern with those shoes. I myself am unable to properly walk in those shoes without fearing I might trip up on the stairs and die. So you managing to pull it off in a whole great look is super awesome, in my opinion.
    Nadya
    http://thedillychic.com

  12. Rhoda Wong

    2013-01-20 at 11:26 PM

    i love your fearless style, always!
    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  13. milex

    2013-01-21 at 2:15 AM

    I love that I am a guy and I would wear it from head to toe.

  14. Mikaela

    2013-01-21 at 10:01 AM

    you look amazing,Very nice CUTE

  15. Aga

    2013-01-21 at 10:13 AM

    Amazing:) And please visit my blog trulylovefashion.blogspot.com- new post and some photos soon:)

  16. Nataya @Chachamisu

    2013-01-21 at 10:24 AM

    Seeing your looks, I’ve never felt bored. Great great treasure.

  17. thespotstyle

    2013-01-21 at 4:26 PM

    ohhh You just can’t imagine how I love your blog!!!! <3
    🙂
    Pat
    x

  18. Joy

    2013-01-21 at 11:51 PM

    you look so good here. heard its getting real cold there so stay warm!!!

  19. ebony

    2013-01-22 at 9:18 AM

    During winter, we all want to look our best, but it‚Äôs just so hard to look great in winter months…but i got good ideas from this post about how we can style ourselves in winter months and look awesome! I your dress up overall.Its giving a warm and elegant feel!

  20. The Creative Directory

    2013-01-22 at 4:08 PM

    All the layers you’re wearing here (and always wear) work so well together! We’ve got some more inspirational work from stylists who use layering in their work too. Take a look here: http://thecreativedirectory.com/?q=layers&a=styling

  21. Peter

    2013-01-22 at 6:09 PM

    Do the shoes ever bend? When I tried them on, the sole was so flat and stiff… I wondered if it ever loosens up.

  22. susie_bubble

    2013-01-22 at 6:22 PM

    No, the soles aren’t bendable but I don’t really need them to to walk as I raise the whole shoe to take a step as opposed to lifting off from the toe . I have a pair that are lower than these ones (these are the double height style that were available made to order) and they’re a bit more flexible.

  23. georgeandninaphotography

    2013-01-22 at 8:00 PM

    Amazing outfit

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  25. Lillian

    2013-01-23 at 9:35 AM

    The shoes are so rad! I really love this look 🙂
    xx
    Lillian
    http://therustyhead.blogspot.com

  26. Caroline Lee

    2013-01-24 at 1:27 PM

    i love the LV trousers, and i love your reference to Tokio 7, a shop which remains dear to my heart, and which I miss profoundly. x

  27. Peter

    2013-02-01 at 8:01 AM

    So there is a noticeable level of geisha-style shuffling in these?
    Speaking of, I’m eagerly waiting for your first post in this season’s getas… I request a walking gif.

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