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Hello!

I’m a busy busy bee these days finalising my last hand in’s and BA dissertation for university. I’ve specialised in branding and social media this last year, something that is becoming increasingly interesting the more I read about it; there’s so much psychology involved and strategic planning behind good accounts. On top of this I landed a great placement doing digital strategies and social media and it’s sooo relieving that I feel excited to go to work. Sometimes you think you love doing something and once you get it it feels different, grass is greener etc. but thankfully that’s not the case! Soon, job hunting starts and I have to start adulting (yikes).

Anyway sun is shining and in just a week I will have officially graduated uni! Any tips for a new graduate? 

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One to Watch | Sorelle

I can’t get enough of this NYC based jewelry brand designed by Francesca Grosso! She makes amazing earrings (and rings) that are both simple and statement-y at the same time. Her designs are really fun, playing with asymmetry, symmetry and geometry. I first came across her work through artwerk6666; an Instagram worth checking out, run by model Alexandra Marzella. Alexandra is the model of the FW16 collection lookbook, and a perfect fit for it; she’s a very strong character yet has this softness to her. Exactly like the Sorelle pieces. Check out website and Instagram – it’s filled with stunning inspiration!

Sorelle Fall / Winter 2016

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Frank Remme FW16 Lookbook

Frank Remme Fall Autumn Winter 2016  FeaturedGlamorous, amorous, badass women – those are the words that pop up into my head when I look at Norwegian designer Frank Remme‘s AW16 lookbook. I’m a big fan and love his adventurous yet in ways easy-going approach to design. I would consider it maximal designing if I were to compare it to the typical Scandinavian aesthetic, but there’s some minimalistic inspiration in the actual silhouettes and cuts, ensuring that the looks are not overpowered by each other when layered.

As mentioned earlier, this fall is full of 70’s inspirations, which you can see hints of in Remme’s new collection. In the lookbook, the models are styled in true studio 54 spirit, with voluminous waves and heavy eye makeup in earth tones It doesn’t get much more glam than that! He plays a lot with textures, a focus of his that I’ve noticed in previous collections as well (HERE and HERE). I love the look of leather paired and layered with soft knits and silky fabrics. Have a look below and see some of my favourite looks from the collection! Oh, and how lovely is that flowy dress in burnt orange?

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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.

 

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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Night Time, My Time

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Fashion is having a pyjama party this year! It’s been a lounging (no pun intended) trend for a long time, and appears to be peaking in 2016. To be completely honest with you, I’m kind of digging it. I’ve been attracted to pyjamas as outerwear for a few years, probably ever since laying eyes on that gorgeous Prada Spring 2008 collection. It was beautiful satin, silk and translucent fabrics delicately layered, creating whimsical shapes. The colour scheme was totally luxe, with mustard, deep purples, blues and greens, and the shoes were like something out of Alice in Wonderland. I remember going to New York and coincidentally coming across a pair of them in an outlet store in Manhattan and being gutted they didn’t have my size left. Honestly, it was one of those pieces that I almost got just to have as shelf display. Looking back, the shoes are not my style at all but the feeling they provoked at a time when I was just properly getting into fashion as an art form will stay with me.

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Maybe it’s “nostalgia” or maybe I’m just ready to be able to roll out of bed and go to uni in PJ’s like a boss – either way I’m keen on a pyjama revolution this year! How do you feel about this trend?

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images via vogue and pinterest

 

Be Bold

featBeing great at makeup is one of those things that I low-key wish to be. The only looks that I know how to tackle are the natural eyes + bold lip or a smoky copper eye. I might do a bit of eye shadow every once in a while but it’s never anything more fancy than dashing it on my lids using my fingers! So inherently, I love looking at creative makeup looks that are a bit out of the ordinary yet simple in their nature. I guess it makes it feel more doable, all though you’ll need a super steady hand for some of these looks. I particularly enjoy looking at Ivania Carpio‘s pictures; she does some really cool work with graphic lines both with her makeup and manicures.

Tomorrow is new years eve; the perfect time to try a new look! I hope my selection of photos can be inspirational ❤

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Fully Slick by Hunter Ryan

 

I hope everyone’s had a great time over the holidays with family and friends! I wanted to share this editorial shot by Hunter Ryan for Oyster Magazine. I love it!

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