This is the one time where mutton sleeves gets a pass.
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Dress Like You're Already Famous
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Confession, I had no idea how to do a simple braid (note: not a plait) in my hair until last month. Doing a braid looks so effortless and easy for those “in-the-know” but for me it always seems like a mystery with fingers and hair flying all over the place. But after a short 20 minute hands on session, we managed to learn how to do a basic braid as well as a fishtail braid. It was actually quite simple really – start off like you would with a plait, loop your hair twice, then add/gather extra hair every time you pull a bit of hair over from the side.
If you are anything like me, that would have just done straight over my head. I like to see how things are done to ‘get’ it.
So we owe our new braiding skills to the owner of Alan Buki for O&M Syd and co-founder of Original & Mineral hair care, Alan Buki himself and tomorrow he will launch Home Hair School with Braiding 101 classes for clients who want a little hands on training on how to do a braid.
The idea is to offer a different Home Hair School to clients per month with a maximum of 15 clients per class. Alan and his well-trained team will show clients how they can get salon-sassy hairstyles at home and between salon appointments, giving them the know-how to re-create their favourite hair looks in the comfort of their own home. A wider global audience will also get access to Home Hair School via his website.
If you haven’t visited Alan Buki for O&M Syd, make a booking now and ask about Home Hair School. If you can’t get in with Alan himself, we love Emily for all your colour needs (done of course with O&M’s Clean Color Technology hair dye which is free from paraphenylenediamine, rescorcinol and ammonia).
– This post originally appeared on: SASSYBELLA.com
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Somehow, miraculously, I have not one, not two, but, like, four and counting holiday parties to go to this year. Despite what you may think, this is unusual for me. My December is typically one big, sweaty “wintry mix” blur, not a punch-laden, heartwarming mixer. But this year, this year will be different! I will sashay (in general), I will coo into new acquaintances’ ears, I will balance iPhone and champagne in one hand, and I will do so while wearing an $88 dress by Nasty Gal. That’s right: the same dress, to party after party.
We talk about the “holiday party look” being one look—one per person—and this is probably due to the fact that each year, I find it simplest and most fulfilling, personally, to really nail one look, and ride that wave through New Year’s. This year, my inspiration is Hedi Slimane’s flat-booted ’60s (’70s?) lady-Beatles. My hair is currently somewhere in between Edie Campbell’s fashion-approved mullet and a late ’90s John Frieda campaign. Luckily, it works really well with anything remotely “costume-y.” Cue this dress’ clean, mod lines and modest cape-back. I’ve added two necklaces, in the haute-bolero vein, from Piaget, because I’m willing to bet necklaces are about to make a comeback. Seriously, where have they been? I’m not kidding!
And now, to makeup. Don’t kill me! Don’t kill me. I’m not wearing any. Just the Glossier Phase 1 Set: the Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and Balm Dotcom. And! And. Gucci’s black mascara, on the bottom lashes only (picked it up for the OTT packaging; kept it for the formula). Some of you might say Ah, how boring. Another person who doesn’t wear makeup. I love makeup. It’s in my blood. I just don’t like adding a bunch on at night right now. I think it’s way cooler to do a day look for night, both for hair and makeup. And wear something super chic. Mixing high-low is always the most fun, in my opinion.
For evening, my formula is: dewy, clean, glowing skin + one quick, unexpected makeup accoutrement—thick black lashes on the bottom only; a flick of metallic liner.
Oh! And try a heavy-handed application of stellar cologne. Yes, that’s right: cologne. Might I suggest Chanel’s Eau de Cologne, a curious citrusy-floral scent that guys freak out over because, I suspect, they’re jealous because they want to smell like you do.
Cheers to 2014—you have one month left. Make it count!
Emily Weiss photographed on November 21st 2014 by Tom Newton in New York City.
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(COS mohair coat, Are You Am I tshirt, Isabel Marant leather skirt, Mezzi Cosima bag, Ray-ban sunglasses, and Céline espadrilles)
I was so happy to make the drive up north to San Francisco for Thanksgiving to spend the holidays with my family! And say hi to fall! Lucked out with beautiful coat on skirt weather and used it to play tourguide with the bf. We shot these earlier in the day than 99% of my photos after I got my coffee from super cute breakfast spot farm:table. I’ve decided that I haven’t worn this skirt nearly enough to make sense so I mapped everything outward from it. Navy COS coat from the new location in Beverly Hills, super sheer basic athletic inspired tshirt from my line, and this beautiful structured bag by Mezzi that sharpens most anything up and is impossible to lose due to some casual in built GPS tracking.
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Quirky and playful, Opening Ceremony’s hand print is a fast way to brighten the day. The surrealist statement is one of my favourite prints of the season; catchy and cool, it’s more than enough to liven-up my monochrome staples. Like usual I’m tempering the mini hemline of this skirt with sleek flats, then upping the sixties vibe with swinging earrings and stripes. Hands up if you love this look!
Oh and in honour of this five-fingered print here are a few massively discounted sales that can’t be missed!
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Sydney’s finest fashion darlings flocked to an all white affair in
Centennial Park over the weekend for an annual secret picnic of sorts.
Picture 4000 people looking oh-so-chic with oversized rabbits dotted around the
outskirts of the clearing and a centre stage beautifully lit up with hundreds of
fairy lights. Really cool, right? To top things off, a sea of white danced the night
away under the stars listening to a man play French music on the harp
(yes, you read that right – there was a guy there playing the HARP.)
Now if we didn’t think the all white look was on trend before this, we certainly do now.
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Diner en Blanc has got to be the number one fashion event on the calendar.
It’s fair to say there was outfit planning a month out, with multiple
options completely necessary. Let’s do more of this Sydney.
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Updating the classics.
After our day together in New York City I was really taken to the idea of wearing a timepiece and started thinking about how that could integrate into my daily wardrobe from working days to all the holiday parties coming up. I was talking to my friend Laurel about this, who herself has such amazing taste (remember THIS shoot?!), on updating timeless dressing. I loved the idea of wearing a watch; it says a lot about a person, and with the IWC Portofino Midsize I think that says someone who is classic, intelligent, and above all timeless.
But let’s look at timeless dressing.
Laurel and I discussed how to make it more interesting, how to update the standard little black dress, how to do something surprising with a wide leg trouser… so in a sun filled studio on Manhattan’s west side we played dress up with Jessica Wall, with our city shining bright in the background, and spent together that thing that is the most valuable of all: time.
Cover image~ IWC Portofino Midsize Ardoise & Diamond Timepiece
The best thing to wear with black lace is more black lace.
A full, dramatic skirt is essential for evening dressing, especially when worn with a backless silk shell.
Sexy doesn’t have to mean sleeveless. A long sleeved LBD with a deep V neck is a great update on a classic.
A side tie blouse is the chicest twist on the classic silk shirt. This shirt is both sexy and understated.
There’s nothing yummier in the world than satin and cashmere. This combination makes me feel like a baby bunny.
Every woman needs a great pair of wide leg trousers. Give this classic an update in a graphic print.
Nothing is more timeless than a trench coat. Styled in to an all white look, this piece is always stunning.
A structured, oversize sweater is the perfect counterpoint to a sheer skirt – especially in black and white. Worn with loafers, the look stays classic and cool.
Never underestimate the power of a little white dress.
A classic cardigan goes mega sexy when worn with a perfect black lace bra.
Below~ Cardigan by Giulietta | Lace Bra by L’Agent by Agent Provocateur | Burgundy & Cream Skirt by Giulietta | IWC Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase Mother-of-Pearl & Diamond Timepiece
An oversize sweater with a flowy dress is the epitome of classic American dressing.
The classic power suit gets an update with wide leg trousers and a men’s inspired tie belt.
Below~ Blazer by Alexander Wang, MatchesFashion.com | Trouser by Balenciaga, Matchesfashion.com | IWC Portofino Midsize Automatic Mother-of-Pearl & Diamond Timepiece
PS~ IWC & me…
All watches from IWC’s Portofino Midsize Collection | Modeled by Jessica Wall of Ford Models | Styled by Laurel Pantin | Makeup by Christine Cherbonnier | Hair by Michael Thomas Lollo | Shot at Jack Studios in NYC
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Wearing: J Brand jeans, Madewell chambray shirt (similar here), Prada sunglasses, Toga Pulla ankle boots, Chanel Boy bag, Elephant necklace from Brooklyn Flea Markets (similar here), Elizabeth and James ring.
It is safe to say that this is one of my absolute favourite day to day outfits. Any reason to wear double denim is perfectly acceptable in my books, and Paris’s dreary weather certainly called for it. There is no need to overpack while travelling during the summer and I rejoice in not having to wear several coats on every flight, so the above plus my lightweight trench were the only warmer pieces I had for nearly two weeks of steady rain. Luckily I could never get sick of double denim!
Photos by James Thompson
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Every time my guy’s grandmother (who migrated from France to a podunk Texas cowtown as a World War II bride, besotted by romance and desperately in love) finds herself back in Paris, she celebrates with a Kir Royale. It’s the perfect cocktail: super simple, crazy delicious, ideal for easy holiday entertaining.
All it takes is a tablespoon of Crème de Cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur worth buying for your bar based on the prettiness of the packaging alone), topped with a glassful of either Champagne or Chablis. It’s everyday upgrades like these that make the holiday season extra sparkly!
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When I talk up new labels, the sad truth of it is that a lot of it is not affordable or accessible for many readers. I accept that and move on and try and concentrate on the artistry of it all because that’s what interests me, and then hope that somewhere down the line, something that is affordable but also interesting design-wise will come along and grab at everyone’s heart and purse strings. You’re going to be hearing the name Finery a lot over the next coming months for several reasons.
Business of Fashion ran a piece last week about its business backing credentials. It’s a new London based brand, financed by Global Fashion Group, that seeks to plug the gap in the middle between the high street and the mid-market. Founder/CEO Nickyl Raithatha says it’s for “women who had grown out of the high street and were looking for a considered outfit with a focus on quality, but without that significant jump in price we’ve been seeing in mid-market brands.” The real story is Finery’s super fine creative team though. I call them the goddesses or doyennes of the British high street. You have Caren Downie, previously fashion director at ASOS and buying director at Topshop, who is Finery’s brand director. You’ve got Emma Farrow, who left her job as design director at Topshop, to be Finery’s head of design. You also have Rachel Morgan, who left her job at ASOS as womenswear buyer to be Finery’s head of buying. That’s quite a power trio.
Emma and Rachel all spoke frequently about “love” and “feeling the product again” when they spoke of their decision to come onboard, with Caren helming this Finery ship. They talked about ASOS and Topshop being such giant machines that as designers and buyers, they had become far removed from actually touching and designing the clothes and seeing suppliers. For Rachel, the switch of scale is a completely new experience: “The Finery is very edited and every piece has a reason to be there. We’re all so used to doing “More More More” so it’s quite refreshing.” And so with carte blanche from Finery’s backers, the trio began the design process by looking at their own wardrobes, thinking about pieces that women really need and want. No, it’s not a capsule wardrobe or everyday basics. We’ve heard those phrases bandied about too often. Instead, a beautifully embroidered emerald dress is in the collection because it was inspired by Emma’s own vintage Victorian version. Same goes for a thin bonded leather coat, inspired by Caren’s green suede one that is on its last legs. They say that Finery has a distinctly “London” or “British” feel to it, which translates into exuberant prints, embroidered pieces and a warmer aesthetic in comparison to say their direct competitors COS or & Other Stories’ Scandi vibes. “It’s slightly more quirky, feminine and conscious of flattering more figures,” says Caren.
In their brand book, the pepper their brand values with words like “pride”, “authenticity” and “integrity” – not things you’d necessarily associate with a middling high street brand, even at that £40-£250 price bracket. However Finery, although backed with impressive financial credentials, is still essentially a start-up. They can aim to maintain those values because as an initial team of 25 people, they can control things like supply chains, selecting carefully their suppliers and ensuring that quality is not sacrificed in the manufacturing process. Twenty percent of the collection is made in the UK and all of the embroidery pieces are done in India. When somebody asked on my Instagram, what exactly were their social responsibility ethics were, Finery were quick to reply with “We assure you that we’ve hand-picked suppliers that have good ethical standards and our customers should feel confident our products have been sourced responsibly.” These are concerns that need to be addressed when you create a brand for women that are supposedly growing out of the high street.
The quality is fully tangible. At a preview event this week at the Royal Academy of Arts, the pieces and in particular the leathers and the embroidered pieces had heft to them. The prints looked rich. The brogues looked sturdy. The bags are well-made. There was polish in abundance without it being too cold or stark. The same goes for their website which will be Finery’s flagship. Nope, no bricks and mortar stores planned although it will be sold through international wholesale partners in Russia and Australia, which is one reason why they can achieve such great quality at relatively affordable prices because of the volume in orders. The website will be shipping to the UK, USA and Canada when it officially launches in February.
Currently, a group of friends, family and curious journos like myself can preview the website and buy from it so that Finery can work out any glitches before its proper launch in February. The current collection is sort of like resort and then in Feb, there’ll be a brand new spring summer 2015 collection. A five minute browse on the site and you can immediately see it’s a different beast from other e-commerce sites. The images are HUUGE and atmospheric, giving the customer both an inspirational and a realistic view of what the product looks like. Without a physical store, Finery will really need to sway their customer online. “Being born online influences how we do things. Constant evolution. Continual refinement. Forward thinking.” Or so the brand book tells me.
For me, Caren, Rachel and Emma have hit the sartorial nail on the head. They’ve tapped into a gap that isn’t going to be filled with needless clothes but ones that people will wear and love. To be dressed in finery need not come at a prohibitive price and Finery addresses that. The proof is in the wearing of course. Like I said, you’ll be hearing more soon enough. This is just the very beginning.
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