Alexander McQueen once told me before I went out on the runway (I was wearing a dress that was very long and difficult to walk in, and I was concerned the dress was going to get caught on my shoe), “Don’t worry, Karlie; if it does, just take it off and throw it, throw the dress. Remember—YOU own the dress, the dress does not own you!
--Karlie Kloss (via erytheis)
The Eternal City- Livin’ La Dolce Vita
Leather Jacket- Barcelona
As I’ve been pretty hectic I’ve not yet had the chance to blog about my recent trip to Roma. The city is truly spectacular, and feels like you’re walking onto a film set. You almost expect Caesar himself to come striding out into the middle of the epic Colosseum (or at least Russell Crowe). Every corner brings a new wonder and getting lost is possibly the best thing to happen as it enables you to discover the many hidden treasures off the beaten path. Of course Italy conjures up images of perfect pastas and pizzas, again going a few streets away from the tourist hotspots where food is average and overpriced you will realise you’ve never really eaten Italian food, until you’ve eaten Italian food, and when you do I promise you will never forget it! Although not quite Milano in the fashion stakes, Italy’s capital does not disappoint for those with money to burn! The powerhouses of fashion Dolce, Gucci and Armani obviously are the go to names, aswell as Missoni who’s scarves I lust after all have a strong presence in the city but there are an array of beautiful independent boutiques (I fell in love with these glittery pumps, above). Although in Blighty our high street is undoubtedly the best in the world the flipside is that often the glorious mini havens of unique clothing are crowded out here, unlike in cities such as Roma where they thrive. A special mention has to go to the Roman men who are suave beyond belief, even in some cases outshining the perfectly preened and polished ladies that lunch. All in all Roma is a fabulous city and one which I cannot wait to return to!
SPOTLIGHT- House of Herlihy
By the end of Day 3 of Manchester Fashion Week, ‘House of Herlihy’ was the name on everybody’s lips. The second line by Leeds College of Art student Sinead O’Herlihy blew everyone away! In studying the similarities between classic French and Indian colonial architecture the nascent ideas for the collection were formed. These ideas were juxtaposed with the high-tech medium of printing digital patterns on silks and other delicate materials. The outcome is a beautiful collection which feels fresh and exciting whilst retaining a chic undertone through the classic shapes of many of the dresses. The colours influenced by the amazing Holi festival in India where revellers throw brightly coloured powder at one another are perfect for SS12. Team with nude accessories and let the dresses do the talking! Unfortunately the collection is not yet available to buy but I’m sure O’Herlihy will fulfil her aim of selling the collection to a high end department store. For now we’ll just have to swoon!