Sunday, 31 January 2010

John Cavanagh is my hero

Okay, so I was doing some research for an article I'm writing about John Cavanagh and I very soon came across this dress (obviously, as it's a picture that appears about a million times when you type in John Cavanagh's name into google). Made by John Cavanagh for 'The Coronation Collection' in 1953, it has a uniquely designed fabric by Oliver Messel and it's absolutely gorgeous! Both vintage, and classy (unlike some vintage clothes that look like something a frumpy old person would wear), it's stunning and I would love to own it. Imagine going to a uni ball in that...

Thursday, 28 January 2010

I want...

Surfing the net (again, because I clearly have too much time on my hands), and I came across these on I want them. Like really badly. They're French Connection and they're gorgeous. I'm going to buy them and wear them with thick cream slouchy socks during the spring, a la Burberry.

And I think I'll buy this dress to go with them - the colour is what caught me and I think the tie detail with a few well placed buttons is so cute.

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Monday, 25 January 2010

My idol. In my opinion, Coco Chanel is by far the greatest designer of the twentieth century. Love her, love her, LOVE HER!! Classic style, classic cut, even classic fragrance - what didn't she do?

Denim is the new denim

Hmmm, today I saw someone walking down the high road wearing denim on denim - and not even matching denim. It did not look good. In fact, to be perfectly frank, she looked like she'd gotten dressed in the dark. I know mixing denim is a hot trend for s/s 2010 but I guess the trend is just not for me. It looks so eighties (and not in a good way). Denim will always be for me either the statement jeans, or the statement jacket - not both!

Friday, 22 January 2010

My glamazon's gone soft

My glamazon has gone soft this summer to match the sweeter, more girly tones that are about for s/s. Gone are my towering heels, to be replaced by lower, daintier ones (okay, that's not entirely true, but surely a girl can't be expected to give up her favourite pair of power heels just because they're five inches tall?). Gone too are my structured shouldered blazers to make room for the cute little knitted cardys I plan on wearing all summer. Pinks and nudes are - for the first time since I began dressing myself - making dramatic progress in my wardrobe, both through the clothes that I'm buying, and through the different clothes that I'm making.

However, I will still be keeping the hint of leather that I've fallen for oh-so-deeply because some dresses suit the girly meets grungy look. They just do.

Smoke is sexy

Oh my God, I love these shoes by Philip Treacy for Valentino! They're absolutely stunning - if they were a man, I'd marry them. Thank you Vogue for featuring these shoes. Who doesn't think the smoky look is sexy after seeing these babies?

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Underwear - emphasis on UNDER

No, no, NO! I hate this trend so much!!! Underwear is underwear - with emphasis on the under! It might look great on the catwalk but in real life no one can get away with it. That means NO ONE. Unless your aim is to actually look like a ho.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Socks in Sandals

Now, I've always hated it when my Dad has committed the crime of wearing socks in sandals, but this season (S/S 2010, not A/W cause I haven't seen any of those pics yet) socks in sandals have appeared to hit th runways of loads of designers, such as Burberry, DSquared, Dolce and Gabbana, Rochas etc. I'm not entirely sure whether or not I can make my mind up on this trend. Up until I saw the pictures of the models working the socks in sandals combo I would have totally against it - fashion faux pas leaps to mind - but honestly the examples I've seen on the runway actually look pretty amazing. I'm not sure if it's the types of sandals they're wearing with the types of socks, I really don't know, but something about these specific combos is damn right hot. I would even say that they've convinced me somewhat to maybe, just maybe, try out this trend myself. Damn you Burberry for pairing such cute sandals (well wedged sandals anyway) with such cute socks!

Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model

Yes I'm sad and watch this programme, but I think it's a great way to get tips about the fashion industry and even fashion itself (it's not because I'm secretly addicted to it that I watch it... No, never...). So far my favourite's have got to be Nicole and Rae. They're both gorgeous girls and take brilliant shots, although I think Nicole has more of a quirky edge than Rae because she's so introvert and interesting - and no, this does not just mean that she's weird.

Oh, haha, I just looked on the CWTV website and found out that Nicole is the winner. Yay :-)

Monday, 18 January 2010

Golden Globes

As we all know, the Golden Globes 2010 was on today(or is it now yesterday?), so I thought it would therefore be extremely appropriate for me to comment on some of the dresses worn by the female celebrities (sorry guys, but I just don't really care about boring old suits). Some of my favourite dresses tonight were:
Elisabetta Canalis' Roberto Cavali dress. I ADORE the colour, and the Empire style with the cut-out midsection is a great style, especially on her.

Heidi Klum's Roberto Cavalli dress was stunning. It reminds me of a fairytale Princess with all the netting and pouffiness at the bottom.

Unfortunately, there are two dresses that jump to mind that I hate absolutely and they were Zoe Saldana's Louis Vuitton and Mariah Carey's Herve Leger. Unfortunately for Zoe, her dress looks like the ribbons were sewed on in the dark by someone who hates her, although the colour is, begrudgingly, gorgeous (it also doesn't help that I'm not a massive fan of Louis Vuitton). Mariah Carey's dress would have been okay, had it not been worn by her. However, seeing as though it was her that decided mistakenly to wear it on the red carpet, I can only say that it makes her shoulders and bust look comically enormous. And I don't care that Vogue appears to rate them among the best dressed women of the night, I don't think that they were.

Here's where I got the images from (sorry, I'm a technology reppelant so I haven't figured out how to add hyperlinks as of yet):

January Jones:

Zoe Saldana:

Everyone else:

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Golden Oldies

I was listening to my favourite golden oldies earlier it got me thinking about their style and what I love about it. The 70s and 80s really do seem to have been a time when you could more or less do whatever and get away with it. I mean, Punk and Grunge were big styles during those decades and have influenced fashion so dramatically that they're still massive inspirations today. For example Vivienne Westwood was a very punky designer back in the day, and to be honest she's still pretty out there now, which is what I love about her.

Pat Benatar, Blondie, Stevie Nicks. Three women of the 70s and 80s that I greatly admire and would love to steal their style. Bordering on grunge/punk, all three women carry off the grunge style amazingly and make it look glamorous. Oh what I would give to look good in a dress made of ripped up green material... (check out to see what I'm on about)

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Puppy Dog

I was surfing the net earlier (during the time I should have spent doing a uni essay. oops) when I came across the cutest jumper I think I've ever seen at It looks like this:

I love the colour of it and the fact that it has a cute little dog knitted into the pattern just made me fall in love with it. AWWW it's so cute! Granted it's 48 quid - which will stretch my lowly student budget a little - but I really think it will be worth it in the long run.

Plus I already have an outfit planned out to wear with it :-)

Friday, 15 January 2010

Knee-high boots + jeans = chav

Okay, so this is my first blog (if you hadn't already realised by the many posts I have written, or the lack there of) and to be honest it's a little bit of an intimidating project.

For the purpose of this said blog, I will be known as Peachy, and peachy I shall be. I come from the chavvy-er part of London: the East End, and although recently a few really good vintage and thrift stores have began to pop up, the East End is relatively well known for it's, ahem, more "common" type of fashion.

Which conveniently leads me on to my next topic: knee-high boots and jeans. Due to the particularly pants weather London has had over the last few weeks, boots have been a staple piece of clothing (if footwear counts as clothing that is), which is of course understandable. No one wants to fall on their arse while trying to get to the shop, right? However, adverse weather conditions does not mean that any type of footwear/legwear ensemble is acceptable. There are plenty of combinations I could pick on at the minute, like wedged boots with fur and laces, but the one that really stands out is knee high boots. They look great teamed with a shorter length skirt and thick tights, or a long jumper and leggings, but I just don't like the effect they have on legs when worn with jeans. They automatically appear to me to shorten even the longest of legs and make your calves look a thousand times wider than they actually are, especially if their worn with boot cut jeans stuffed into the top of them - it just makes your knees looked deformed! So please, please save the knee highs for skirts, shorts or jumpers and bring out the shoe-boot or cute ankle boots to wear with all things trouserish and denim.