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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
A new season of wallet-taunting, evil accessories from the architects of my financial downfall:
A military bages scarf, in case the t-shirt was too small for you. Thanks, BT, that’s not helpful.
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.
Who needs an Alphonse Mucha silk kimono in their life?
Everyone with £175 to spare on one, of course!
She Vamps, a London-based Etsy seller, has a serious collection of these beautiful, classic Art Noveau kimonos and a selection of other high-end accessories guaranteed to appeal to the decadent and comfortably-off.
Thoroughly recommended if you’re staggering under the weight of excess Christmas money and just want something beautiful and unique to shine out in at New Year.
The middle of the darkest patch of the Northern Hemisphere year is obviously the correct time to think about spring wardrobes and to purchase thin cotton dresses, and why not start where I did, with this lovely wrap dress from Look for the Stars, via Amazon:
Sizes go from a UK8 to a UK22, and the site advises that you buy larger than your size: however, I am on the borders of a UK24, and the size UK22 I bought fits snugly but well (and does terrifying and wonderful things to my cleavage). It is 100% cotton, thin, and rather more vibrant than it appears in the publicity images: comes in other colours if for some mad reason you don’t like leaf green, and Look for the Stars is, according to their publicity material, a small family-owned business trading out of Yorkshire. I’m a big fan of supporting small businesses, and at £33.99 this is a pretty good deal.