All posts by Derek Des Anges

I write books. Occasionally I leave my house but it's mostly to go to the library and haunt the shelves there. I live in London and love all of it, including the awful bits.

Footwear of the (Greek) Gods

It’s spring! Most of Team Faschionism are hibernating as the winter has been dramatically hard on us, but to tide you over while we decide how best to get the blog of fashion excellence up and running again, here’s the best sandals you will ever see in your natural life:

Odyssey by Ancient Greek Sandals
Odyssey by Ancient Greek Sandals

At nearly three hundred Euro these aren’t what you’d exactly call cheap, and even the less dramatically theatrical shorter and shinier ones are only half the price… which sounds good unless you realise that half of three hundred Euro is still a hundred and fifty Euro.

Ikaria by Ancient Greek Sandals
Ikaria by Ancient Greek Sandals

Still, what is spring for if not for fantasising about the kind of life where one can afford the kind of summery footwear that would make Hermes say “Wait, why do I need those, I have real wings?” — and here’s hoping at least one of you wins the lottery between now and the onset of really hot weather, so you can take us up on our recommendations.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate D&G

After the successfully me-pleasing Byzantine Collection and Ancient Roman maiden-inspired coin-heavy spring/summer collection, Dolce & Gabbana continue to present excellence in their A/W 2014-2015 Menswear:

With some impressively medieval-looking prints:

If their continued romp through history follows the same pattern as before I guess we can expect a step backward in time to the “Dark Ages” (maybe some Hun-inspired jewellery?) and then another leap forward to around the Georgian period. Either way, I can’t wait, and can’t get enough of these architectural and printing-press prints.

And unrelated to D&G, but with a rather similar look, they could do worse than to take a leaf out of the book of whoever created these glorious Garden Of Earthly Delights Doc Martens:

D.I.Y. Cyberfashion.

Over on her personal blog, our very own Jane Tweed turns her dressmaking skills to experimenting with Adafruit’s wearable electronics systems, and discovers some of the problems potentially faced by combining steel thread with lightweight cotton poplin.

The Vault of Heaven (Jane Tweed)

Adafruit’s Wearable Electronics

A video demonstration of what Jane’s finished project looks like.

A-England: Chivalric Nail Polish

In the internet age it’s never been more possible to try out a truly global collection of clothes, accessories, and cosmetics. Thanks to concepts like Etsy.com, it’s even the case that you don’t need to be in contact with megamonolithic corporations to buy what’s being innovated overseas – I recently bought a beautiful bracelet from a small vendor in Ankara thanks to the magic of the internet, and have barely taken it off since it arrived – leaving the fashion-conscious shopper with a wider range of choices than we’ve ever had before.

And perhaps it’s because of that that I really enjoy finding and supporting local fashion industries. Now, living in London I have no shortage of options: this city is overflowing with creative and interesting people making beautiful things and getting their brands to local and global attention, from the stall-holders in various markets to London-domiciled fashion houses of small, medium, and vast size.

One of my favourites is a-england.  Based in Wandsworth, this nail polish company currently only ships to the UK, but if you’re abroad and able to get someone to ship on to your location I’d definitely encourage you to take the risk, as their products are beautiful.

With collections themed around romantic ideals of English mythology , “Gothic Beauties” (both in the modern and in the literary sense), the works of one of my favourite artists, and quotations by famous Romantic and Arts & Crafts poets  the polishes themselves are thick, glossy, and bestowed with a real depth of colour that I’ve rarely seen in other brands.

Beauty Never Fails
Beauty Never Fails
Holy Grail
Holy Grail

I own Beauty Never Fails and Holy Grail, which in addition to having rich depths (Beauty Never Fails for example looks rather like a sepia photographic of a clear view of the Milky Way) are excellent partners for each other. a-england also sell their magnificent polishes in pairs and in three-part harmonies, meaning that if you’re not quite sure what to wear with what, you’re in good hands already.

Promo Slot

Hello! At Faschionism we’re very interested in supporting independent fashion retailers, makers, and merchants.  If you’re in charge of something like this and would like your store to be featured in our links section just drop us a comment on this post and tell us which of the categories in the sidebar you fit into. If you’d like to do a longer promo piece, talking about your business and showing off your exciting creations and merch, get in touch with the editor (me) at delilahdesanges [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll be happy to look over whatever you want to submit.

Bolongar-No Trevor Stop Doing This.

A new season of wallet-taunting, evil accessories from the architects of my financial downfall:

Clicking on this will take you to the website and empty your bank account.

A military bages scarf, in case the t-shirt was too small for you. Thanks, BT, that’s not helpful.

A faux-fur-edged cashmere shawl which also comes in black.

Being Satan’s own minions, I have no doubt that when I stop needing warm, blanket-like things which are soft and comfortable and lovely colours, this demonic fashion house will find spring dresses to upset me with instead. I will keep you all posted.