Designers, heels and the LV Ladies..

What could possibly be more delicious than three supermodels in one room, surrounded by designer gear? For their Fall 2010 campaign, Louis Vuitton have gathered Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova for what is for me, one of the most exciting photo shoots since Cecil Beaton paid a visit to Ascot on the set of My Fair Lady. That said, between this campaign and FCUK’s This is the Woman/This is the Man, flicking through this season’s magazines has been positively thrilling. Should I be a little more remorseful at the thrill these adverts give me? Yes, probably. But my god I love these models.
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If you followed any of the LFW roundups, or are in any way aware of what the current Trends are (and I don’t mean trends in the way that Camden hipsters mean “trends”), you will be aware that fashion has suddenly become aware of Woman. As in Woman, meaning curves, full skirted dresses, chic heels and pearls. It’s retro, it’s vintage, it’s classy. It’s a reminder of a time when tiny waists and rounded hips were more desirable than a boyish figure, and when few things were more sensual than an exposed wrist or ankle. As a cyclist and an eternal adorer of dresses that reach my knees and knitted cardigans, I have also been reluctant to cease a long tradition of heel-wearing simply because my mode of transport has changed from a bus to a bicycle. Last year I wrote about The Comfort Heel, and my endless search for that perfect heel height, and now, thanks to Louis Vuitton, the work has remembered the joys of lady-like chic: heels that you can walk in all day. Heels that will be just as much at home in the office as at dinner, in a tea shop, or even for an evening out. Primark are currently jumping on the fashion bandwagon and are selling these LV-meets-Minnie-Mouse heels in a patent nude for a mere £10. And while I was there I picked up this pair of gorgeous vintage-style necklaces for a bit of loose change each. Now all we need is for them to lower their hemlines and the transformation can be complete.
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This is the Man, this is the Woman.

If you live in London, shimmy down to Covent Garden and pay a visit to the French Connection outlet pop-up shop on the Piazza on the site of the old Nicole Farhi store. They’ll be there for the next two weeks and have a slashed the prices on a large selection of garments: both for men and women. Pick up a men’s t-shirt from £3, or a shimmering dress for £8… Or invest a painless £60 on a coat for the winter months, whatever you do, don’t miss out!

Images from FCUK‘s 2010 campaign.

Flashback. .

Remember Dannii Minogue’s stunning National Television Awards dress in January (lj entry “NTA“)? Very.co.uk have what could be the vintage gown’s twin for a well-worth-it price of £175. I’d better start saving.

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Forever Unique dress @ Very and Dannii Minogue in her vintage Victor Costa.

School Daze

Remember Ambreal Williams from cycle 9 of ANTM? I stumbled across this lovely hazy photoshoot for Mwari Magazine featuring soft feminine fashion and, what had originally caught my eye, some beautiful vintage bicycles.


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“While spring has sprung, school is still in full force. Join these ladies for a study break as they have some fun in the sun!”

Roman Alexander for Mwari Magazine 2010, “School Daze”