The Best Swimwear Styles of the Summer

Commoner Creature Swimwear Edition SS16 BikiniI’m a terrible viking. I’m terrible at dealing with cold weather, terrible dealing with winter fashion (I just want to be warm!). And since I can count my “tanning days” this year on one hand, I’m mega excited to go across the pond in a few weeks to feel the burn in LA.

Just give me sun. Please.

I’m trying to figure out which suit and/or bikini I should be packing – there are so many great options out there! So I’ve done a list of my favourite summer styles. What’s your go-to beach look???

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Read more and see product picks in the Commoner Creature Cravings board on Pinterest!

Kiko

tumblr_nxypy4hEsi1ql6djxo1_500Ok, so cheesy as it sounds, there are two ladies I’d switch bodies with in a heartbeat; Bad Gal Riri and Kiko Mizuhara. Not that I’m not happy with me – but they are so intriguing, fascinating and unreachable to me. Perhaps this is how a 13 year old girl felt peak Bieber-era.

I first found Kiko through some Pin-sessions and, I assume, late night Tumblr rampages. I didn’t know her name, I just had a few images of this completely STUNNING individual and I won’t lie, I admired her like Kanye does Kim on social media. It feels very superficial to feel strongly about someone you’ve not even learned the name of, but alas I started researching her more and found that she was a Japanese-American actress, model, singer, designer (all around hustler) who was about to start shooting the then-upcoming filmatisation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood which happened to be one of my favourite books at the time (still love it, I just never find time to read anymore). After seeing it, I was stanning hard.

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Introducing Commoner Creature Cravings: Pinterest Edition

I’m excited to share with you a new concept for the Commoner Creature brand; a curated Pinterest board full of treasures and inspiration! I’m always pinning the latest trends that I enjoy and have had similar boards privately for well over a year now so I figured  might as well make a public one to share with you all. Check it out HERE!

On the board, there will be a key look featured with similar inspirational images as well as actual products complete with a link-to-buy scattered around it. I’ve done four concepts so far; Earth Tones, an All White Look, a Sporty look and a Denim & White Shirt look inspired by the latest post on the blog. There are also many different inspiration boards on the Commoner Creature Pinterest-account. If you’re not on the platform yet, it’s super easy to sign up by linking it with your Facebook – trust me, it’s addictive 🌾

I hope you’ll enjoy it – let me know which look I should do next!

April Cravings!

Hello everyone, and happy April! In London we are getting some glimpses of sun between the showers and it’s starting to feel like Spring. This is one of my favourite seasons; I love the smell of wet asphalt being dried by the sun, the look of people wearing sandals and shorts getting caught in the rain, the dandelions pushing their way through the cement and last but not least; knowing that summer is just around the corner. So I feel it is quite fitting to do a little April cravings post with three looks I wish I could wear right now. How AMAZING is the long bomber jacket from Weekday?! I wish they had a store in London.

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Break on Through (To The Other Side)

Anna Ewers is perfect for this shoot by Ryan McGinley for Stern Mode Magazine (SS16). I love her charisma and presence mixed with the gorgeous locations and styling; which gives off this 70’s vagabond feeling. It’s like a modern day 70’s story; complete with a soundtrack from The Doors.

via We Are So Droee 

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Sussudio

I love these little marble earrings that I picked up the other day at Topshop. When I wear them I get ‘Sussudio’ playing in my head, especially if I do a natural makeup look with matte lipliner and strong brows + sleek ponytail. Get them here (affiliate link <3).2ss1ss

Instagram | Chloé Le Drezen

I wanted to share this Instagram account with you guys. This woman is incredibly talented and inspirational and I’m really excited to see the full set for one of her latest shoots, “Solid Ground” for Whitelies Magazine!

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Commoner Creature’s Guide to Fall ’16

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Although it feels absolutely dreadful discussing Fall fashion at this time of year, here’s all you need to know about the upcoming season!

After a long tirade of colourless garments (which coincidentally is just the way I like it), this is about to change. Though white, beige and black are still in the mix; yellow, reds and soft pinks popped up on the runways. Perhaps this will be the season to start wearing more colour? The 70’s influences are still adamant, and skin-tight clothes are a no-no (thank you, fashion God’s). The textures are soft, ranging from silks to velvet, while the big metal accessories break the “mushy” looks. I feel very inspired by this season, I’m not sure how you can’t be – the shapes and silhouettes are both contemporary yet retro, and the comfort level is HIGH. Have a look below of my predictions for the top trends of FW 2016!

 

OVERSIZE

Gone are the days of struggling to fit into a tight little number or looking like a member of the Ramones. Finally, oversized is in many ways taking over. While it’s been in the “now” for a while, the styling of it is changing; designers are telling us to layer oversize with oversize instead of the old rule of thumb to keep the bottoms tight while the top is oversized or the other way around. Now, I’m the first to encourage people to wear whatever they like and enjoy, but I must say I’m really happy about this look becoming more trendy. Because trendy = options when you go shopping. Just last summer I had a hard time finding wide fit trousers but I’m already seeing them start to pop up around London. Find a big coat to tuck yourself in with (Ellery), feel like you’re living inside a cloud (Christian Wijnants) or go for heavier materials paired with hard leather (Pringle of Scotland).
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WIDE PANTS

There was hardly a skinny jean to be seen on the runways. The three main silhouettes were varieties of the culotte (Creatures of Comfort), the wide and shapeless full-length pants (Tibi) and the awkward-length flared trousers (BLK DNM).
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BEIGE

This season, shades of beige is used as either a nude/basic substitute (Each x Other), layered (Emilia Wickstead) or as the main “showstopper” (Hermès).
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BLACK

I have to give black some extra attention in this round-up. Many designers produced very strong all-black looks which is difficult to get right as the layering, textures, silhouettes and styling has to be perfect. I’m in love with the oversized Céline coat, the layering and long sleeves at Yang Li, the fantastic Jil Sander pants, the casual and undone look at Damir Doma, the low-key cyber goths at Dior and the chic and effortless feeling of Lemaire.
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RED

One of the main colours this season is red, and it was often used boldly. Pictured: Stella McCartney, Tibi and Alberta Ferretti.
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TURTLE NECK

As part of the 70’s revival, the turtle neck is of course a central look of the season. Either as a chunky type (Chalayan), used as a delicate layering piece (Christian Wijnants) or as a comfortable jumper (Yang Li).
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VELVET

I always found velvet to be a really fun texture but never really wore it. I think I’d go a bit more safe than the red look at Costume National or the pyjama style designs at Alberta Ferretti and go for a simple dark pants like at Jill Stuart.
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BUM BAG

I did a post on bum bags about a year ago and I’m intrigued to see the new designs they come up with. Of course there is the more standard version as seen at See by Chloé, but I think the miniature purse at Lemaire and the bag-like type from Céline are even more interesting.Bum Bag

DUSTY PINK

This look can give you a tooth ache… Which is why I really loved the styling of it at Creatures of Comfort where they kind of pulled the cuteness back with a black turtleneck. Middle: Emilia Wickstead, Right: Monse.
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NECK SCARF

At the end of the summer I talked about how Norwegian designer Frank Remme completely changed my mind on skinny scarves and now I find them to be really attractive accessories. There are a few different versions on the runway this season, The thick coloured scarf (Vetements), the choker type (Beaufille) and the classic skinny scarf (Francesco Scognamiglio).
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STRIPES

Albeit a bit 80’s stripes and pinstripes were perhaps one of the main patterns for this season, often interpreted into menswear inspired looks. I like the coolness of the Max Mara look, the interesting silhouette at Jacquemus and the simple approach at TibiStripes

BIG EARRINGS

Speaking of 80’s… Big earrings are coming back with a bang. I’m getting more and more used to the idea and now find it really fun to mix oversized clothes with larger jewellery – it’s makes for this kind of fab juxtaposition of casual comfort and cocktail party. The massive gold ones (Véronique Leroy) are perhaps a bit too much for me right now , but the solo kind at Lemaire and the long and heavy version at Alberta Ferretti are really exciting. Earrings

WHITE

All white looks are still going strong. The styling at 1205 was on point, the layering at Stella McCartney was really beautiful and the simplicity presented at Tibi was aspirational.White


YELLOW

Last but not least, yellow was a colour that really stood out on the runway. It was often used as an accent colour but moreso on its own as a real showstopper. Layered look at J. JS Lee, maxi velvet dream at Valentino and with sharp lines at Emilia Wickstead.Yellow

All images via vogue.co.uk.

 

The Best Pieces from the new UNIQLO x Lemaire Collection

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Designers pairing up with high street retailers is nothing new, and this particular partnership is not the first of its kind. French design house Lemaire is at it again with Japanese casual wear company UNIQLO, and this time I believe they’ve produced much more interesting and inspiring work. This collection has some of the best versions of basics I’ve seen – I love (need) many of the pieces. The garments looks great for layering up, they are timeless and look exclusive.

UNIQLO x Lemaire drops March 3rd 11PM! Here are my favourite pieces from the collection (images via fashionista and uniqlo)

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Brassy

I feel like this post should have a pun-ny title related to the Beastie Boys but it’s Saturday and my brain waves are simmering at best. I’m starting to get really into gold and brassy details, it’s maximalist but looks so great paired with simple or architectural silhouettes.

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