Rag & Bone: The Fedora

You may recall my hat post earlier this month where I had be scouring the internet for the perfect hat.  I ended up going with Rag & Bone's floppy brim fedora.  Have you noticed it's so hard to find hat sizing?  The small, medium and large reference, without measurements, really does nothing to assist with a purchase.  Mine is a large since it was the only size in stock at the time (and I have a big head... but shh).  It's a little roomy but not excessive which is easy to correct with a tad bit of Charlie's Angels hair style underneath.  Now we are in business!  

Turns out, it's perfect for the the lazy, no fuss hair days and in this case to keep my little head dry with the rain.  Welcome to my little hat montage.  Who knew photographing a hat could be so much fun.

Photographs by Tom

  The details:
Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora (HERE)

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I've been obsessed lately with items with lace or strategically designed cut outs.  The kind that result in a garment of understated elegance and the perfect amount of exposed skin.  In particular, clean, sleek, body hugging dresses hitting just below the knee, and shoes with a gladiator influence, wrap around or barely there strap.  

The Suno dress is one of my personal favourites. So classic but with nod to retro times due to the floral print.  It's been moving in and out of my online shopping basket for the past few weeks.  The only stopping point has been the chill in the air and the on-set of winter.  Do I really need a sun style dress at this time of year?  It is pretty cute!

Wild things

Normally it's the small details that make an item.  Normally... but in the case of these Aquazzura sandals, there is no detail that is slight or even subtle. These slap you in the face with the amount of attitude they deliver.  They are wicked, distinctive and captivating.  Even with the best intentions you can't help but stare at the sheer beauty of the design which I may or may not have done for several minutes prior to even trying them on. What?  You've never done that?!  Let me tell you, the slogan on the box did nothing to lesson my obsession for these shoes either, reading "if the shoe fits buy it in every colour".  Believe me, I had already considered this in my moment of sheer delight.  Not realistically, but the punch line wasn't lost on me. It did kick me off at least entertaining a multi-buy scenario in my little fantasy land of excess.  Back to earth we come...

Normally I would team them with a more down played outfit but today was all about having a bit of a wild things influence.  A tiny bit over the top, but sometimes it's just about having a bit of fun with an outfit and not taking it all too seriously.

Photographs by Tom

What I'm wearing:
Etoile Isabel Marant 'Alan' parka (HERE)
J Brand skinny jeans (HERE)
Cecile 'Cheetah Circle' tee (HERE) 
 Aquazzura 'Amazon' lace-up sandals in pink python textured leather (HERE), yellow python textured leather (HERE) or plain matte tan leather (HERE)

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Neutral tones

Photographs by Tom



What I'm wearing:
Balenciaga leather biker jacket (HERE)
Valentino Rockstud nappa leather sling backs in Hazelnut, Nude and Platinum (HERE)
Current/Elliot 'Stiletto' jeans in Townie (HERE)
Mulberry Travel Bag
Acne 'Wonder' linen t-shirt (HERE)

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Old school rebellion

Ever since I first laid eye on Balenciaga's Fall 2007 collection when Nicolas Ghesquière designed the iconic schoolboy blazers, I have desperately wanted one.  I'm not sure if it's the fascination with the collaborative mix of prep school with a slight touch of military chic, the too cool for school kind of attitude that seems to naturally resonate from deep in one's soul when you put it on, or the lavish details.  Maybe it's the perfect mix of all three or even that I lacked the opportunity to wear a crested blazer during my education years, although I'm thinking this blazer still would have won me over. 

Photographs by Tom

What I'm wearing:
Balenciaga (HERE) schoolboy blazer
Balmain (HERE) distressed boyfriend jeans
Isabel Marant (HERE) Woody sandals

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Harden up princess!

I have noticed that a lot of my latest wish list items have something in common.  Pure attitude and the ability to toughen up a look.  Any pieces which melds my age old favourite colour black with either a fetish (but sophisticated) influence, a touch of metal hardware bling, perforated materials, leather or strategically cut out designs, are on my list. 

Granted my choices below are predominately not suitable for wall flowers.  Some of them border on hard-core pieces that may well be confused, if teamed all together, as being a little too S&M dominatrix.  Still these are my favourites and it's a trend that is booming on the S/S runways.  Naturally balance needs to be considered. I would choose to add just one or two killer pieces to my wardrobe.  These pieces are dramatic enough in themselves without going all head to toe.  Shudder!

In all honesty, I can't see the knee-high gladiator sandals forming part of my wardrobe. My lifestyle just doesn't afford me the opportunity to wear them, but hell they are cool!  With that one exception, I bet I could mange to work in any of the others.  Now money tree, where art thou?

The details...

Row 1 (across, left to right)
Jerome Dreyfuss 'Pat' perforated leather bag (here)
Christopher Kane flower embossed leather clutch (here)
Chloe 'Charlie' leather tote (here)
Givenchy Obsedia star-studded minaudiere (here)

Row 2 (across, left to right)
Vince leather jogging pants (here) 
Haider Ackermann cutout stretch-jersey dress (here)
3.1 Phillip Lim leather overalls (here)
Victoria Beckham broderie anglaise-paneled dress (here)

Row 3 (across, left to right)
Valentino Rockstud slingbacks in matte leather (here)
Gianvito Rossi satin sandals (here)
Givenchy multi-strap suede sandals (here)
Gianvito Rossi gladiator knee high sandals (here)

Row 4 (across, left to right)
Ksubi leather top (here)
Balmain leather jacket (here)
T by Alexander Wang leather bralette (here)
Saint Laurent leather biker jacket (here)

Row 5 (across, left to right)
Valentino 'Va Va Voom' studded bracelet (here)
Gucci gold plated leather cuff (here)
Alexander McQueen 4209 sunglasses (here)
Omega Speedmaster day date watch (here)

The practical geek

For most of us I would say that we don't go around 24/7 all glammed up. I'm going to make a huge assumption here and say that we all have our style staples and then our essential or practical items.  No?  Although I recognise some of the items in this outfit (hello Proenza Schouler) are my most loved, this outfit in its entirety fits into the latter categories.

This tweed blazer I've had for so many seasons I've lost track. It's one of those items that I reach for rather often and has real staying power, never really going out of style.  Any outerwear which flatters your frame and is an easy wear is a long-term investment in my book.  

The bag is one of the most practical items I own. It has earnt the title in many fashion circles as being a bit of an 'it' bag, so in that regard I suppose it's a statement piece. I have to tell you, I really struggle to consider it as such.  It's not a piece that overwhelms. Instead it compliments most outfits seamlessly. It's also the lazy gals answer to having a versatile larger style bag that you can lug everything in (going with the bigger is better theory). Cross body (abled) bags are my weakness!

My weekend run-a-round footwear used to always involve Isabel Marant sneakers. I'm pretty sure the soles are moulded from over wear!  These days I like to mix things up a bit more since I've actually grown fond of brogue and loafer styled shoes and have more variety.  An appreciation of comfort is something that I've really gotten used to since I've acquired shoes that keep my feet in contact with the ground.  Don't worry, the almighty high-heels still account for a good sixty percent of my shoes. A leopard never truly changes its spots! It just does a little masquerading.

So I have to mention the glasses (mine are prescription). I'm interested to know, are you thinking what the hell is she thinking wearing those in an outfit post?  Or are you of the opinion that, ok she wears (and needs) glasses, so the outfit is a true representation of what I wore that day and part of my life (failing eyesight) at least in this instance when we were heading to the cinema?  The reason I ask is I read the post on The Manrepeller the other week and I have to say I was engrossed with the content first of all, and then the various commenters position's on the practicality and incorporation of glasses as part of one's style.  Have glasses ever been appropriate to wear (in fashion speak terms)?  Do they still conjure an affiliation with 'geeks' (either negatively or positively)? And here's the big question, do they actually repel the opposite sex or attract them?  I've read from time to time that glasses are 'in' then glasses are 'out'. Dare I ask, who determines when it is ok and when it's not to wear something that aides a person and enhances their life?  Personally, functionality (and the avoidance of eye strain) wins every time for me.  What are your thoughts? 

Photographs by Tom

What I'm wearing:
Proenza Schoulder large PS1 bag (HERE)
Smythe tweed equestrian blazer (HERE)
Balmain ripped jeans (HERE)
Acne cotton boxy cut tee (HERE)
Arthur Galan distressed leather belt 

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