From Underwear Factory to Understated Living Space


The transformation of this former state-owned underwear factory by German architect Arno Brandlhuber is quite amazing.

Known among his contemporaries, according to T Magazine, ‘…for his affection for the ugly, the discarded and the minimalist’, the Berliner has reimagined what was a concrete bunker in Potsdam into an elegant, contemporary home.

I love the jagged windows, which the architect and his friends knocked out with sledgehammers!  And inside, the huge open space, dotted with pieces from Arno Brandlhuber’s collection of modern art, is a minimalist’s dream.  Simply stunning.

Source: T Magazine





Sheer Delight

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Spring’s sheer trend may be tricky to wear, but it doesn’t stop me admiring these dreamy dresses, which have been given a dose of attitude by model Kate Hutchinson Driscoll.

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Shot for the April 2016 issue of Marie Claire UK by David Roemer, Kate has been styled by Jayne Pickering in a variety of designer looks, including this dramatic tiered dress from Sarah Burton’s latest collection for Alexander McQueen…

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and this ethereal design from what was Raf Simons’ final collection for Christian Dior, paired with those super shoes

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What’s fashion without a little fantasy…?

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credits: Fashion Gone Rogue



Come to the Cabaret!

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These spectacular sketches were penned by Jean Paul Gaultier.  The French designer, who has in the past created tour costumes for the likes of Madonna and Kylie Minogue, has long wanted to create costumes for  a cabaret show, and this autumn his ambition will finally be realised.

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To be staged at the famous Friedrichstadt-Palast venue in Berlin, ‘The One Grand Show’ will feature over 500 of John Paul Gaultier’s costumes on a cast of over 100 performers, and you can clearly see many of his style signatures in these colourful images. I love the feathers and fishnets!

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‘The One Grand Show’ is scheduled to run until the summer of 2018.  Another reason to visit Germany’s uber-cool cultural capital.

Source: i-D

The Hoodie Goes Haute


Fashion’s fascination with streetwear shows no signs of waning, and given that many design houses now adopt a wardrobe approach when creating their collections – “I start the season with a list of clothing…”, admitted Vetements and Balenciaga creative Demna Gvasalia recently – it was never going to be long before the hoodie was given the haute treatment.

The autumn/winter runways were peppered with upscaled versions of this sporty staple, and if you’re considering whether, and how, to work a hoodie into your own wardrobe, this great little video may just inspire you.

Oh and by the way, that  Alexander Wang longline hoodie-come-coat has my name on it…

See credits for all the items featured in the video  here.

Pretty Tough

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Inspired by vintage photographs of a Seventies road trip, Chloé’s creative director Clare Waight Keller infused her typically romantic aesthetic with a tougher edge for autumn/winter.

The road trip in question was undertaken by French writer Anne-France Dautheville, who travelled across the Middle East and parts of Africa by motorcycle, so needless to say the boho girl that usually walks the Chloé catwalk had more than a touch of biker chic about her in Paris earlier this month.  And of all the looks that were shown on the runway, it was this one (above)  that caught my eye.  I do love a dungaree.

Mixing pretty pieces with much tougher elements is a favourite styling trick of mine, but  not only did Clare Waight Keller choose to pair what has traditionally been a tough, workwear staple with a pretty poetic blouse, she also transformed the dungaree itself into a much softer garment, given her choice of material, and of course the ruffled panelling.

A similar softened up look appeared in a recent shoot for the Telegraph, starring British model Sam Rollinson…

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And here are a couple more photos featuring a more feminine take on the dungaree from my Pinterest feed…

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Despite being shown as part of Clare Waight Keller’s autumn/winter collection, why wait?  This ‘Pretty Tough’ look would make the perfect spring outfit, paired with some great leather boots à la Chloé of course!

See all the looks from the Chloé autumn/winter 2016 collection here 

Image Credits: / / pinterest

Vogue 100: A Century of Style


This year, British Vogue is celebrating its centenary, and to mark the milestone London’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’, an exhibition featuring the stars of fashion and film, as well as royalty, who have graced the influential magazine’s pages over the years.

This great video short gives a snap shot of what to expect at the event, which is showcasing work from the glamorous, think  Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson, to grunge-era Corinne Day, and everything in between.

Three years in the planning, the exhibition runs until 22nd May. A must-see!


Alice is a Punk


These arresting images of model Alice Metza come hot on the heels of my ode to the fishnet (here).


Featured in the spring/summer 2016 edition of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, the Los Angeles native has been styled by Carine herself for this dramatic shoot, which is a clever combination of punk, tribal and heritage influences.


And credit must go to the hair and make-up team, Didier Malige and Isamaya French, too.  Quite stunning.

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credits: We Are So Droee