Natalie wears…the LBJ

Any excuse to post about the style maven that is Natalie Hartley. Fashion editor with In Style UK, she has elevated this monthly to stellar style status. Whether for In Style or Natalie Hartley Wears, her fashion musings are a must! In this case, she took an ‘It’ item, i.e. the elusive Chanel little-black-jacket (brought to the fore recently by the launch of Karl Lagerfeld’s LBJ book, dedicated to said classic item) and made it relatable – most definitely wearable – with supreme styling and pinch-of-salt insights. MY HERO.

Seize the day?

// Vila dress // Topshop ankle boots // Accessorize collar // Vintage watch // Assorted rings //

A quick outfit post, followed by apologies as to the lack of others in the last week or so. While I haven’t been manic busy of late, I have been settling into new work projects and adjusting to living at home full-time again (still haven’t quite gotten my head around the fact that I won’t be returning to DCU this year…). When I think back on it now though, this year itself has been manic. So much has happened and I’m in a completely different place to the one I thought I would be in only a few short months before I ‘officially’ graduate. It was only in September-October of 2011 that I really and truly decided to go with journalism (the course I happened to be studying…), for a career in the media, preferably in fashion journalism. Always himming-and-hawwing, now I just think – Why didn’t I just suck it up and realise what was staring me right in the face all along? SEIZE THE DAY, as I’m told they say. Which is what I am actively doing as of now and on second thoughts, not such a short outfit post and more of a reflective and thoroughly rambling rant. As to the OOTD, not really my usual style but in keeping with embracing new things, etc. etc., here we have probably one of the most delicate dresses I own, teamed with leopard print and gold-plated goodness.

What of fashion film?

I read somewhere a while back (I’m going to say IFB, I think?) that a good blog is music and video free. Starting out blogging, IFB was a handbook of sorts for me and it’s only now that I realise how utterly ridiculous it would be to ban music and videography from a fashion and lifestyle blog, especially with the increase of fashion film and behind-the-scenes footage that accompanies most photoshoots these days.

An area embraced by fashion die-hards and industry insiders alone until now, fashion film as a genre is gaining momentum, with Business of Fashion discussing its merits here and here recently. I myself posted about an initiative sponsored by River Island in conjunction with the British Fashion Council earlier this year, focusing entirely on their Fash/On initiative in the run up to London Fashion Week. Fashion film can be anything from a behind-the-scenes montage from a photoshoot to the interactive realisation of a narrative in an editorial. In the above fashion films, I love the way both soundtracks mix with the styling and the theme of these shorts. It gives an altogether fresher dimension to what’s on offer for fashion consumers who may be suffering from editorial overload what with the proliferation of all manner of photoshoots nowadays. What’s more, they’re just fun!

As London Fashion Week draws ever nearer (yes, it’s that time of year already), I eagerly await what those at the forefront of fashion, those in the know and ultimately, those with the unlimited resources have given those of us exploring the ‘unchartered’ territory that is fashion film.

Can we still be friends?

The answer being no, Alexandra Shulman, no we cannot. Stick with what you know, editing the one and only British Vogue. I eagerly awaited the launch of the book and was left disappointed. ‘Can We Still be Friends?’, Alexandra’s début novel and one which she had longed to write for some time, follows three university friends and ambitious individuals in eighties London, striving to find their niche in The City after being hoisted out into the real world. Unfortunately, the subject matter feels played out and Alexandra’s description of the decade that style forgot (some may say) comes across as a third party retelling of the way things were, almost clichéd in its description of society, fashion and one particular glamour model turned PR maven. However, it’s a timeless subject, which most teens and young adults will identify with. Entertaining and readable, CWSBF will never top bestseller lists, but it’s by no means signals the death knell for Alexandra’s literary career. If for nothing else, fashion die-hards will purchase, read and subsequently keep this book as a collector’s item of sorts (guilty). Also, for those of you who may question the timing of this post, I’m not slow, I just hadn’t got round to posting about it. Happy reading, folks!

Pitfalls

It’s a tricky thing posting about collections due to the sheer fact that there are so many on such a regular basis. I feel that once I comment on one, there is an owness on me to follow up with another collection, then yet more again, until I have posted about all related collections. Take the recent Resort collections for example. Toned-down versions of the SS collections, they were previews of sorts to the AW collections, a mixture of the two seasons in one annual collection. When Vogue and co., and all fashion bloggers and co., have said all there is to say about the SS and eventually, the Resort, collections what is there left to say? In this case, I’ve had Markus Lupfer’s Resort Collection (sourced from Knight Cat) bookmarked for the guts of a month, leaving me gagging to say something about it, but not wanting to fall in to the afore-mentioned trap. Giving my bookmarks a good ‘summer cleaning’ (there’s a new one), I realised that instead of needing to post this collection, I wanted to, albeit terribly late. Of all the Resort collections, it was Markus Lupfer’s that stood out for me. This particular collection still makes my breath hitch, even after all this time (in fashion terms), something which few of the high-profile designer’s Resort collections do.