Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Harlequin Style

Print bright like a diamond! Balmain and Aquilano Rimondi were into harlequin print with their s/s 2013 collections. Rather than just pay homage they played with the print and upgraded it for 2013.
Oliver Rouseting at Balmain was influenced by a trip to Cuba to replicate the harlequin pattern seen on tile floors and wicker chairs.
It's a quirky way to do monochrome if your not feeling stripes and chessboard patterns. Balmain went for big shoulders 90s style.
This jacket and look is probably the best. Full on and fun.
Cool lace effect with this dress.

Aquilano Rimondi
Carnival was an influence for Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. They went with some wonderful colours and twists with harlequin pattern that were really refreshing.
A very sleek Italian look below.
The shoes on this collection were fun and interesting. 
Party time with this shiny number below.
More ladylike with this long skirt.

The harlequin print is a key Narzipan influence. New post coming soon with our latest 2013 sweaters.
Blue Jumper, Diamond neck detail

Red Jumper Black leatherette circles

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Mr Selfridge

Shopping has rarely been this glamorous. I'm really enjoying TV series Mr Selfridge, the Edwardian costumes, the panache and the genius of Harry Selfridge played with great flair and charm by Jeremy Niven.
Here's some facts from a great piece in the Daily Mail by Annabel Venning about the real Mr Selfridge. A true innovator, showman and pioneer.
He invented the phrase 'The customer is always right' and believed in serving them with style.
He was the first person to suggest lighting shop windows at night. 
This elevated them into an art form and starting a trend for iconic window merchandising.
Henri and Agnes produce the wow windows in the TV series
He created Britain's first perfume counters. Products that were normally hidden away and kept separate were brought out of the shadows and into the very front of the store.
It pays to travel and experience new cultures as Harry discovered this idea in Paris in 1910. Perfume was not seen as classy or aspirational until he put it centre stage.
He was the first to open an in-store restaurant.

In the show celebrity events and a rich backer in Lady Mae echoes Harry's love of advertising and determination to make shopping an event.

He loved a mistress!
Would you spend £270 million dating this pair? Harry did!
Aged 69, Harry was obsessed with sisters Jenny and Rosie Dolly. 
His affair with Jenny in her 30s would her eventually cost him around £5m in money for houses, gifts and gambling on a monstrously stupid scale. £5m in 1929 would be roughly the same as £270m today. Women be shopping, WOMEN BE SHOPPING!
Superstar ballerina Anna Pavlova was one of the many stunners Harry would 'escort'.
In the show theatre girl Zoe Tapper is given a flat my Harry and made 'The Spirit of Selfridges' right under his wife's nose.

The mistresses would prove Harry's ruin. After running up huge debts to his company and the Inland Revenue Harry was kicked off the board and would even have his pension cut as his star faded.
What a legacy though!

'Downton with tills' is a great drama with cool characters. Check it out!

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Grunge Style

Grunge Girls

If you want to rock the grunge style here's the ladies you need to follow to be on trend.
Charli XcX

Topshop picked up on Charli's crop top obsession and used her to promote this range.

'You' is a great tune.

Sky Ferriera

'Lost in my Bedroom' 


She could be the biggest torch bearer for grunge in 2013.

She'll be the Queen if she can top hits like Obilvion and Genesis.

queen grimes

Her music is full of eclectic influences such as K Pop, The Weeknd and Marilyn Manson.

Grunge perfection.

Claire can do ladylike too.

Is she the next big thing in R&B? A big hit with Nas will be followed with her solo single 'Sticks and Stones.' Arlissa sits in the glam grunge camp.
Arlissa ma już na koncie duet z Nasem


I have a real soft spot for these guys. Indie songs with a pop and r&b flavour means seriously cool catchy tunes.

Full of attitude and great one-liners they are proving a journalist's dream subject.

'Don't Save Me'

Deap Vally

These rockers bring attitude and toughness to the look.

Ms Mr

Totally love Lizzy's voice. Ms Mr's 'Hurricane' was used by Tom Ford for his s/s 2013 preview.

Kitty Pryde

Wonderland mag call her 'The Hayley Williams of Dream Rap'. Her 'Okay Cupid' video has had over 750k hits.


Think electro-pop but not Pitbull. Quirkier than that!
M0 has sold out her London show this February but is back in May.

Rita Ora

Perhaps more famous for her hip hop 90s vibe, Rita does glam grunge with serious panache.
Rita Ora - Rita Ora Leaves Her Show
Statement coats are her current fetish.

Cara Delevingne

Model of the Year Cara is into cool bands,

fab footwear and chic tartan.

Liza Thorn

Styled by V magazine in a shoot that maximised her Courtney Love influence, Liza is tipped as one of their girls of 2013.


The smash hit tv series is a polar opposite to Sex and The City's glam look.

Grunge Street Style
Bernadette F in Black Milk Leggings
Bernadette F

Statement caps on @ki_zy @kistyle
BloShitUp *foreign accent*

Grunge Shoes

Mary Kate adds edge to her look with Balenciagas.
Derby boots


These shoes are hot right now.

Grimes would love these.

Leopard print on @ki_zy and friend.
My valentine tried to give me a free flower. So fucking KAWAII *_____*
Love this colour!

Check them tights!
Paixão por Cores <3
@ki_zy's twitter


Find some matching homies.
Cory Kennedy, Sky and Cara at Jeremy Scott s/s 2013.
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