We love 1960s style clothes and this season’s sporty aesthetic and Raoul combines both in a candy coloured collection that is soooo sweet it will give you a toothache.
We are obsessed with the perfect pink bag after spying it in Selfridges and it has a seriously cool clasp (a bit of a Raoul thing) where you align the rotating silver circles to secure the opening. More impressive still is the brand’s use of vegetable leather and its sexy simplicity – these are clothes that look fabulous on the catwalk and you just want to wear – with a big smile.
Sometimes it is exhausting keeping up with trends and fashion angst can set in – print clashing is a perfect example of a tricky trend. We always hear fashion editors banging on about wardrobe staples – a good pair of jeans, white shirt etc etc and while we love individual style, we also adore handy items of clothing you can thrown on with a favourite pair of jeans and still look chic whatever the season…which is why we love Breton stripes.
So this fashion blogger diligently did some research (ahem Wikipedia) and it confirmed that Breton does indeed come from Brittany France (they even have a stripy flag) but is also a breed of horse (not stripy) and a type of crepe– who knew?!
The stripy shirt we all know and love made its first appearance just after the 1858 Act of France which meant that all guys in the French navy in Brittany wore this most stylish of uniforms, although it was called a marinière and had 21 stripes for each of Napoleon’s victories (my equivalent from H&M does not!)
Unsurprisingly folks around the area realised how effortlessly dashing these sailors looked and adopted the Breton top for themselves…as have plenty of fishermen and sailors since. Aptly I believe the real McCoys have a ‘boat’ neckline!
Coco Chanel made Breton chic again in her nautical collection of 1917 and posh folk holidaying on the French Riviera couldn’t get enough of it – women were still cramming themselves into corsets, which are not so handy on the beach so you can see why! Apparently Coco’s Breton top was designed to be worn with long flared trousers and in the 1930s women updated the look teaming their stripes with a natty blazer and shorts.
Onto 1950s Hollywood now and Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were big fans. Apparently it first popped up in Marlon Brando’s film The Wild Ones, but was more famously worn by eyecandy of the day James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief.
I have been a Breton devotee through the nineties, noughties and now…and will never give it up! It is so rare that you find a pattern that never lets you down and is truly effortless – skinny jeans, ballet pumps, Breton top and trench coat – done. Current obsessions include: Cos’ bright Breton tees, Alexa Chung’s Breton addiction, Kurt Cobain’s indie take and forever the work of Jean Paul Gaultier. How do you wear yours?
Info: Wikipedia and WikiFashion
There’s an amazing exhibition Iwant to see at Somerset House (home of the BFC and LFW) called Mondrian Nicholson in parallel for a master class in minimalistic modernism. While both men were geniuses and have left their mark on every part of modern design, Mondrian’s work inspired another French genius – Yves Saint Laurent and having read so many reviews about the art exhibition, I had to blog about YSL’s 1961 Mondrian dress, which looks almost as current today as it was then and continues to inspire. It’s hip to be square.
Never-before-seen photos of sixties model Jean Shrimpton have gone on sale and what timing- everyone’s wearing beehives! We’re also really excited to see We’ll take Manhattan (thanks BBC!) starring Dr Who actress Karen Gillian. The drama tracks the relationship between Jean and iconic photographer David Bailey – can’t wait!
Lost pics via The DM.
Who would have thought that a former Spice Girl could become such a credible and respected fashion designer? (We remind you to look at stage outfits circa 1997 if you disagree 😉
We love Victoria Beckham’s latest range, simply called Victoria, which claims to be ‘affordable’. While we kind of disagree on that front as prices range from $450 to $1,250 is not a budget range for most people, we love the fun and flirty sixties shapes and candy colours, as well as the cat print.
Apparently the cat dresses were inspired by Emily the Strange comic characters and we’re crazy about the primary colour Charlotte Olympia for Victoria shoes.
Prada is one of the few fashion houses that can simultaneously do romance and quirkiness. The Italian powerhouse gave us broad stripes, coloured brogues and bright wide brimmed hats that defined SS11 and its SS12 collection of 1950s Americana-inspired clothes is bound to do the same next season…we love the flame heels!
So we’re super happy that Prada has unveiled its latest jewellery collection online (and 10% of sales will go to charity as part of Online Fashion Week). There’s a mixture of heady florals with clusters of diamantes, alongside quirky crocodiles and chunky bangles that dare we say it- are pretty Marni-esque.
Do you prefer the flower power or fantastic plastic?
Alexa Chung’s well known for her sixties style smock dresses and love for everything from the grooviest decade, so it’s no surprise that she’s looking super cute (and incredibly fresh faced) in a shoot for Teen Vogue.
It was only last month that Alexa rocked a similar look in Harper’s Bazaar and don’t get us wrong – we love it…but we’d love to see Alexa deviate from her signature style now-and-again as we’re sure she could make any trend her own and give us all some new style inspiration!
If you could choose any look or trend for Alexa to try, what would it be?
Feline-style eyeliner is a big part of Alexa’s signature sixties-style look and we love this tutorial by Tanya Burr on YouTube. Give it a go! x
While some women might hang up their heels and embrace a world of elasticised waistbands and tracksuits as work wear during pregnancy (and there’s nowt wrong with that!), Beyonce is rocking the 1960s trend and looks incredible in this teaser video for her new song Countdown. Check out the bump!