Grounding to Spring

Grounding to Spring

I find it very difficult talking about the 'big gun' designers without feeling a little bit like a retreading tool, adding nothing new to the streams of dialogue that is in full flow on all the blogs.  Alexander Wang is a particular sore point.  What do I say that people haven't touched upon many, MANY times before?  All I can say is that I'm with the consensus that his past two seasons have shown more thorough scope, an expansion of ideas and have actually made me more intrigued about him, but of course other people feel this way as well. 


Well, I've gone for the easy way out of this little conundrum.  The shopping coward's route if you will. In Hong Kong at Joyce, I got rather taken with these 'Trish' loafer wedge mules (I had to look that one up as I'm not one to remember shoe names‚Ķ) in tan.  It's the fuddy duddy-ness and the overall practicality of them that swayed me.  They are sort of refreshingly unremarkable yet not without interest all at the same time.  Anyhow, eschewing the leopard print mules that other peeps were urging me to buy instead, I plumped for a pair of shoes that I'll be kicking off at the end of many hot, sweaty days over the next few months.  Have you ever kicked off mules whilst simultaneously plonking yourself down on the sofa?  It's weirdly satisfying as the shoes clack around on the floor and you then take a good hard look at your swelled up, ruddy feet, thinking the day has ended and you can now settle down to Masterchef.  Ah… bliss…

These grounded shoes have also instigating my own version of 'spring sensible' dressing.  I've never shied away from trendwhoring to the point of obnoxiousness so lo and behold…out comes all of those S/S 10 strands that would inevitably manifest themselves some time or another‚Ķ camel/tan/beige, denim shades, nautical, slightly prepped-out modes of dressing, borrowing boy bits‚Ķ there's a trend-ho in the house!     

(Vintage printed skirt and matching jacket, Carolyn Massey denim shirt, Whistles denim knitted jumper, vintage patent bag)

(Vintage lace top with DIY white beading, vintage gingham check skirt, Topshop plaid shirt tied around waist, Topshop nude lace stockings, Luella saddle bag)

(Vintage beige cashmere jumper, rope skirt worn as top, Lanvin belt, Digitaria poofy shorts, Raf Simons sheer trousers, vintage straw boater)

(Creature de Keis white tee from Liger, Steve J and Yoni P for Topshop chambray jumpsuit, vintage breton top, vintage denim jacket from The Urban Collection, Postalco envelope clutch, vintage beige leather gloves)

(Vintage camel coat, vintage polka dot raincoat, Sibling skull breton jumper, Collection Privee leather skirt, Falke socks)

(Krystof Strozyna teal blazer, Adidas SLVR floppy hat, Antipodium leopard print sequin dress, Richard Nicoll gold trousers, Sou Brette necklace, Acne scarf)


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  1. Clare

    2010-03-27 at 12:36 PM

    I love those wedges! They’re a marvellous alternative to massive heels for Spring. Plus they look oh so comfy…

  2. Kayleigh Ann

    2010-03-27 at 12:40 PM

    I LOVE your loafer/wedge mules, I wore my last pair of wedge’s to death and have been looking for a new pair… these fufill my new shoe need prefectly.
    Kayleigh Ann x
    Kayleigh Ann Style Blog

  3. Vicki

    2010-03-27 at 12:51 PM

    no matter what you wear, you always look amazing!

  4. Florence

    2010-03-27 at 1:19 PM

    Oh my goodness! that bag in the first picture is fantastic!
    (also, i recognise that scarf as your site background- did you scan it in?)

  5. amalie

    2010-03-27 at 1:28 PM

    gosh , you always look fabuulous! and i looove your shoes 🙂

  6. Pearl Westwood

    2010-03-27 at 1:43 PM

    I know summer trends are oh so predictable but I love them all the same!

  7. Catherine

    2010-03-27 at 1:51 PM

    Looking like a tourist in sheer trousers, and pretty beaded top!
    great shoes? I dont see how you can walk in them without tripping

  8. rouli

    2010-03-27 at 1:58 PM

    very nice post!
    loved all of th outfits!
    your blog is lovely too

  9. Dani

    2010-03-27 at 2:41 PM

    im so jealous of your color/texture matching skills.
    always some kind of interesting contrast going on.

  10. Kamicha

    2010-03-27 at 2:49 PM

    This post is an endless source of wardrobe-envy! But that is not entirely negative thing to say…

  11. Persephone

    2010-03-27 at 3:25 PM

    The shoes are a lot of fun in very “un-fun” way…pretty great. I’ll admit what caught my attention the most, however, was the Collection Priv√©e leather skirt…beautiful.

  12. KKK

    2010-03-27 at 3:30 PM

    Just want to say … yr effort in mix and match… is damn bad…… work hard gurl… alot of works to do with yr styling…………

  13. India Seth

    2010-03-27 at 3:52 PM

    hi people (:
    i’m india, and welcome to my wonderful world here on my lovely island.
    lots of love
    india seth

  14. Daisy Ellis

    2010-03-27 at 4:52 PM

    The wedge mules are gorgeous, and so many well put togehter outfits, I love them all. if you get a minute, please check out my blog at leather, lace and studs. my 200th follower receives a gift from my wardrobe 🙂

  15. Leonidas

    2010-03-27 at 5:19 PM

    the mohair jumper, the clogs, the denim and the camel are all huge trends for the spring!

  16. Carla

    2010-03-27 at 5:46 PM

    your expression on the second pic is hilarious. and i love those raf simons trousers to death

  17. Julia

    2010-03-27 at 5:48 PM

    wow, you’re such an inspiration! Very refreshing style. I like the shoes!

  18. Clare

    2010-03-27 at 5:50 PM

    That peeps skirt look great worn as a top! I would never have thought to do that.
    I have never been a wedge girl, but there are so many interesting versions of them this spring, that I may have to try them out. I’ve heard they are very comfortable…
    Clare x

  19. Ganymede Girl

    2010-03-27 at 6:09 PM

    The leather on those shoes looks really soft, they must be comfortable! Having shoes that you can pair with anything and everything is great, and being able to just kick them off is such a nice convenience on top of it which is probably why my lazy self always tends to just slip my feet into a pair of loafers and run out the door. That Collection Privee leather skirt is such an incredible piece, I would never have guessed it was leather from the way it drapes.

  20. sarah dobbs

    2010-03-27 at 6:22 PM

    Those wedges are great!!! Are they comfortable? Too cute
    S.S. DOBBS

  21. roula

    2010-03-27 at 6:35 PM

    Loved your wedges and those Topshop nude lace stockings of yours!!!

  22. Sandi

    2010-03-27 at 6:44 PM

    Your facial expressions are spectacular!!
    As are your shoes, of course.

  23. hoyan

    2010-03-27 at 7:14 PM

    i love you!

  24. Frivolous

    2010-03-27 at 7:15 PM

    <3 so amazing! The shoes AND the clothes :)
    please come check out my blog

  25. Robyn

    2010-03-27 at 7:36 PM

    You’re right; they DO ground your outfits and they look great! I really like them and I’m not much into the clog trend either. I also really like your bag in that first picture– fantastic vintage find!

  26. melina bee

    2010-03-27 at 8:07 PM

    you layer things like such a professional! melina bee

  27. melissa

    2010-03-27 at 8:24 PM

    Awesome shoes! Love the gloves too!

  28. Becca

    2010-03-27 at 9:13 PM

    I love those shoes – they look so great with all of those excellent outfits

  29. Winnie

    2010-03-27 at 10:41 PM

    Oh Susie, you did it again, your layering is fantastic as always. I think my favourite outfit is the one with that gorgeous vintage camel coat!

  30. Minette

    2010-03-28 at 12:01 AM

    I like these looks. They all have a bit of a preppy feel without being at all.

  31. Ji.

    2010-03-28 at 2:09 AM

    The mix of all these clothes always creates a magical effect on you. Just incredible.
    I just do not really like the last outfit, i find it a little “old” (sorry for my bad english).
    When will you come in France? Did you see the Yves Saint Laurent exposition at the Grand Palais? If you didn’t, come to visit it, it is worth a travel here.
    Kisses from France,

  32. k.m.

    2010-03-28 at 2:14 AM

    these wedges are great. i think i prefer these to the over-done clogs these season. you take such sweet photos too!

  33. Silly silly silly

    2010-03-28 at 3:19 AM

    You edited. And I’m finding your new arrogance hard to take. You need to embrace fellow bloggers and their Alexander Wang fixation. As that’s where YOU started. Don’t undermind the minions Susie. That’ll fade you away…….. Especially with the DAZED loss.

  34. susie_bubble

    2010-03-28 at 3:31 AM

    ^Edited? You mean the post…? I haven’t touched it since it first went up and I’ve been out all day… you can verify that with Typepad if you like?
    As for when I first started… I don’t recall an Alexander Wang fixation back in March 2006…?
    When did I undermind/undermine the minions? I simply said I felt I had nothing new to say about the matter… ? Which is true… what else can I say about Alexander Wang that hasn’t been said before?
    And as for fading away…that’s completely fine with me as long as I still get to blog and last I checked, nobody needs thousands of readers to carry on blogging…

  35. susie_bubble

    2010-03-28 at 3:39 AM

    To further clarify… I would like to say that bloggers and journalists alike have all made fine points about Wang’s work… so really I was questioning what I could say that didn’t feel like rehashing other people’s work…it is afterall a form of plagiarism!

  36. ArtistKatanaB

    2010-03-28 at 3:39 AM

    What a wonderful smile you have in that last photo!

  37. Style Eyes Fashion Blog

    2010-03-28 at 7:49 AM

    Love your shoes and really love the blue/ beige colour combination. Will most definitely have to try this out for spring.
    Great outfits as usual!

  38. christina

    2010-03-28 at 7:54 AM

    great combinations – all of them! although i like the shoes better from the front.

  39. sioux

    2010-03-28 at 8:44 AM

    fantastic, absolutely brilliant and perfect in every detail … I have it all wrong in my life, every time I come to your blog makes me want to throw away everything from my closet and start over with a different style!!! I wish I could be like you!!!

  40. bellemerebellefille

    2010-03-28 at 8:44 AM

    you nail it, girlfriend! million bucks. I just discovered your blog and I really really enjoy it. kudos!

  41. VC

    2010-03-28 at 11:46 AM

    Love the blue sweater!
    visit & join

  42. Iamfashion

    2010-03-28 at 11:51 AM
  43. Frances

    2010-03-28 at 12:10 PM

    Love the 2nd, 3rd and 5th outfit!! you look charming!!! 🙂 xxx

  44. vliin

    2010-03-28 at 12:23 PM

    indeed, that comment’s ridiculous, there has been no re-edit in here, read it yesterday! as for the outfits, very inspiring, brilliant combinations. i especially like the shirt-as-skirt!

  45. patricia de miranda

    2010-03-28 at 1:15 PM

    allll lovely concept and style ;o)

  46. ChestCinema

    2010-03-28 at 1:21 PM

    i love love lvoe your shoes

  47. Ezra

    2010-03-28 at 5:53 PM

    Those shoes are so nice

  48. Amanda Clarison

    2010-03-29 at 11:44 AM

    Love the shoes! And you look great in all these outfits, they are so well put together. Love the looks.

  49. Lyrebi

    2010-03-29 at 12:34 PM

    Oh Susie, you da woman! I’m in awe again at your styling skill. you’re the mistress of mixing – colour, texture and pattern. BTW, the map scarf – are map patterns around generally?I want anything with maps on it!

  50. indie

    2010-03-29 at 3:52 PM

    Love the camel coat! Eeek and I’ve tried to steer away from trends too…haha.

  51. Styletastic

    2010-03-30 at 8:37 PM

    oh no you didn’t….!
    And too right about wang, everyone hearts him so much there isn’t much left to say. And people come back to your blog because you are a leader, not a follower so what’s the point in trying to think of something new to say about a very blogged about designer? except that the shoes are very nice of course.

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  54. sequin dress

    2010-04-14 at 9:12 PM

    Not sure about the leopard print sequin dress… but I love those tan shoes 😉

  55. selina

    2010-04-15 at 3:01 AM

    sorry for late commenting, still catching up on google reader! i halted the scrolling when i saw your nude stockings, wow i’ve never seen that before! all the naughty connotations of stockings almost disappear because they are nude, so arguably they could not even be there! they’re not making a statement but they’re still visible, i love it!

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