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Marios Schwab film by Crane TV


I love this video of Marios Schwab!
I think they captured his personality very well!

Hahah you can see me at 1:36 ;)

You can also see his heavenly ss12 collection that I helped with here

Fallen Leaves


My look of the day, simple and comfy.
It's getting colder here and all I can think about are layers! Can't wait to play with them again, after all we are nearly in the middle of autumn, the trees are getting more colorful, you walk among dead leaves and you feel fresh all the time.
Soon I will be leaving again for Bucharest; oh dear.. I don't want to pack again..



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Wearing: thrifted sweater, Zara blazer, random brand shoes, vintage bag, gifted shorts.


Posted by Fashion Editor at Large in Paris

CNN International got in touch today to tell me about their show "The Fashion Season" which has been airing all week at 2100 BST (British Summer Time). First of all, how many of us get the chance to watch CNN? I tend to tune into it only when I'm travelling, and not at regular times either. Second of all, its rare to find a global news channel covering the fashion world without reducing it to visual fluff, or casting a cynical eye over it, so I was straight on the case to see which of their mini-episodes - most run for five minutes - was the most revealing, interesting and relevant. I chose the fashion photography report, which aired Wednesday night.

I'm a huge fashion photography fan; my dream is to collect work from my favourite photographers who include Ryan McGinley, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Francesa Woodman, Corinne Day, Erwin Blumenfeld and Paolo Roversi. In fact Tim Blanks of (who lives around the corner from me) is my inspiration for this - I am a junior collector, but he is a prolific amasser of photography and has an inspirational collection that I can only dream of..

The editor behind this CNN mini-series is smart and tuned in, he chose photographers from three fashion disciplines - editorial, catwalk and online. They talk to Mario Testino as he celebrates his 30th anniversary in fashion photography; Getty photographer Frazer Harrison shows the reality of what it’s like to work in the catwalk camera pit, and The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman talks through his craft. Enjoy.



Posted by Fashion Junior at Large

During London Fashion Week, we blogged about lots of the brilliant collections by the NEWGEN SS12 contingent. Paris is now upon us and we thought that any of you lucky enough to be in the city over the next few days might like to know that you can drop in to have a look for yourselves at the collections (n.b at a different location to previous years, see bottom of post for details). Michael Van der Ham, J.JS Lee and Craig Lawrence  (amongst others) will be in attendance and you can see what we thought of their offerings by following the links.
Christopher Raeburn SS12 (
 Christopher Raeburn is a member of the NEWGEN crew and his LFW show was an example of how this group are really shaking things up. I attended his presentation at the Museum of London on the Friday night, and the three stages which he took his audience through made me really excited to be a young journalist embarking on my first fashion week.
Christopher Raeburn SS12 (
First up was a short film which focussed on the 'Made in England' element of his designs as well as the technicality of the fabrics used in their construction. Raeburn told me that the vast majority of his pieces are still made in-house, with a few others being manufactured in three factories around England. Second, was a museum-like presentation of the collection. The models were set against all colours of the rainbow and there was a kind of eerie beating music which only added to the blurring of the lines between art and fashion.
Christopher Raeburn SS12 (
 Finally, a completely fun element; the opportunity to get touchy feely with the clothes. In fact, attendees were positively encouraged to bang the items which were wired up to lights so that your bash literally lit up the room. Take a look at the video below of the fabulous Susie Bubble having a go.

Installation at Christopher Raeburn S/S 12 from Susie Bubble on Vimeo.

Raeburn emphasised to me the desire to create an 'exciting show in an amazing space in a limited time' (the Raeburn team had just six hours to transform the classic museum space into a fashion show venue). In short, this was a completely inspired, super fun way to show a collection. And a perfect example of why the New Gen crew are so exciting and a must-see if you're a journalist or buyer in Paris in the coming days.

You can visit them from Friday at 2pm, here: Le Loft, L'Impasse Guemenee, 3 Cour Berard, 75004, Paris (4eme). They'll be around for a week.


Posted by Fashion Junior at Large

Lace is nothing new on our fashion radar, in fact it is rarely off the agenda. For next Spring/Summer, there is a particular sort of lace which we have been seeing again and again on the catwalks. Let me introduce you to GUIPURE. This is a chunkier lace than the flippety, delicate pieces we might be used to. The technique for creating it is thought to originate from darning onto fishing net, which will give you some idea of the sturdier nature of this lace in comparison to, for example, a chantilly. The word guipure means a thick cord over which thread is twisted; guiper can mean 'to wrap' en francais. 

Thakoon SS12 
 Throughout New York and London, we heard the word guipure enough times for it to stick. And then Miuccia Prada used it as an overlay throughout her collection. This cements guipure's status as a key texture for SS12. It is also highly versatile- it can be used as a trim (as on hems at Clements Ribeiro), an overlay (see Thakoon and Prada) or in an entire garment (see the Preen pencil skirt below). We've also seen designers (like Clements Ribeiro's dress below) take the guipure lace pattern and print it onto garments. This achieves the same balance of prettiness and chunkiness with the fussiness of dealing with the lace itself. So, there is clearly no one way to work your guipure- we're excited to see its many manifestations next Spring/ Summer.
Clements Ribeiro SS12

Prada SS12

Prada SS12

Preen SS12
I cannot confirm that this IS guipure but it looks a lot like it to me, trapped between layers at Simone Rocha SS12

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Posted by Fashion Junior at Large

We may be experiencing a temporary heatwave (putting our Paris wardrobe plans into COMPLETE disarray) but we all know that soon enough, temperatures will drop, winds will whip up and we will have to put away sandals and flippy dresses for another season.  

This prospect might leave you feeling a little dejected but, never fear, My-Wardrobe is here with a very exciting  boost in the form of Grenson's debut collection of womenswear brogues. The brogue has become a new winter staple but the love is peaking right now with sales and searches up by 68% compared to last year.Many of the savviest brogue wearers have been buying men's styles already so the Grenson line gives a slightly more feminine edge (an elevated heel and slimmer silhouette) alongside the old-school quality that Grenson is famed for. 
My favourites- the two tone Marthas £176
My-Wardobe's Merchandising Director Luisa De Paula says that ‘When it comes to the brogue, Grenson is one of the best go-to brands, so it’s fantastic to see the brand launch a womenswear collection.   The craftsmanship and quality leather used by Grenson ensure beautifully-made shoes, which will last for years.   With brogues firmly back on the agenda with the androgynous trend, we believe that the Grenson collection will be a key buy for our female shoppers.” 
Patent £176

Grenson's expansion into womens shoes is long overdue given the brand's 140 year history ( they began as Green and Sons). In 2004, Christian Purslow and Tim Little joined the company and have taken its heritage aesthetic into a new place with some highly desirable styles at super reasonable price points. We recommend a flash of bare ankle to keep a brogue sexy, or wear with skirts and tights when bare flesh becomes unthinkable.
Grey Suede £176

Milan Spring 2012 Favorites

See all these beautiful prints and colors? These are candy to my eyes and it seems next season will be a fun one, oh I can't wait!
Here we have Etro, with a very fun collection, what I love most is the '20s silhouette which I also saw at Gucci and which I love so much! The collection is both fresh, joyful and yet subtle chic.


The amazing lace, striking details and of course the famous Pucci print give this collection a bohemian air, for a free spirited woman, which sometimes I keen to be..
The black dress was worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at the Emmy's and she was divine in it!


This season Prada surprised me in a good way. Mainly because she explored the pleated skirt which you may already know how much I find it adorable. The coats have a minimalistic silhouette but they stand out with the tiny colorful prints in contrast with even more color, both soft and bold. Like they's all in the details.


And lastly...the explosion of color and fluid shapes at Missoni! Don't you just love all those tones, prints, fringes and ruffles? It may be hard to wear this garments in this world, mainly because women lack courage to do so, but seeing the pieces all together, you notice how much balance this collection it has and you just can't love the whole picture!


What would you most likely wear next spring?



if you haven't already heard, alexa chung's MADEWELL collection is now out!
i saw the palm tree silk pants a while back + have been counting down the days!
all the pieces are super cute + perfect for fall- think knits, button ups + great boots.
my top picks are the silk palm tree pj pants, the leopard boots + the polka dot button up ♥
you can check out all the goodies from the collection HERE!

disclosure: this post was sponsored by madewell. the opinions, as always, are my own.


Posted by Fashion Editor at Large

One word can sum up the entire spring/summer 2012 catwalk shows so far, and that word is optimism. Everything is bright and sunny, light and airy, jolly and upbeat, go-getting and fun. You get the picture. Yellow is the colour of Spring 2012, and if a floral print is not your thing, god help you.

The main thing about Milan, was, well it was very Italian. Molto Italiano. Looking at Pucci, Gucci, Cavalli, Dolce with their big bouncy haired models, exuberant prints and multiple-colours, there was no where else in the world you could be. And, as this is a season of optimism, the Italian designers were ten times more jolly about it than London and New York was.

Well, apart from Prada, Jil Sander, and Marni the triumverate of  thoughtful greatness that resides in the city. Without further ado, here is my top ten which veers away from that Molto Italiano vibe focusing on Fashion. Amazingly there is only one dress - its all about separates in fashion these days.
Divine Arizona Muse at Marni. Love the craft and layering.

No 21 by Alessandro dell'Acqua. All over print but done in cool way.

Sporty, youthful and feminine chic by Christopher Kane for Versus

Dolce Gabbana, just beautiful no matter how you look at it 

Pucci's only beam of cloistered purity in a show of steamy prints

Fashion's man of the moment Raf Simons at Jil Sander asked the Picasso family for permission to use this face - taken from some of the artist's pottery - for this sweater which is top of my wish list for SS12

This Jil Sander look by Raf Simons is perfection itself. Love this neon paisley.

Guipure lace embroidered coat in a colour clash last seen on my childhood duvet cover at Prada.

Prada, taking it to the limit in its uniquely cerebral way. What may jar with you now will trranslate to gold in the shops next Spring. Trust.

You can't do Milano without some Mr Lagerfeld at Fendi. This outfit is luxe and relaxed

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What is your top Milan Fashion Week look and collection?
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Kinga Rajzak walking for Proenza Schouler SS12 (
The Milan shows have only confirmed what London and New York majorly hinted at: if you want to be on trend next Summer, you're going to have to get your abs out. And for that you need to be at the very least fat free, or at the most ripped.  Our abs poster girl is Kinga Rajzak, who stole the show at Proenza Schouler with her aspirational midriff flashing and have you seen her muscle tone? Kinga's agent informs us that, contrary to appearences, the ab queen doesn't moonlight as an olympic athlete but is a gym bunny and yoga lover.

Dolce Gabbana SS12 (

Dolce Gabbana SS12 ( 

Antonio Marras SS12 (

In my own personal pursuit of midriff perfection, I have become a devotee of 8-minute abs. The video below is surely the secret weapon of fashion editors the world over. And judging by the number of views of the video in its various guises, as much as 10 million in one version, there is a kind of secret abs cult which can only grow as next year's abs reveal grows closer. Yes, it's super cheesy but if it works do we care? I guarantee you will feel completely ripped the next day and, if you manage to avoid all salt, sugar, wheat etc. then you MAY have Kinga abs by Spring.



just spent some time shopping my new sponsor's site NINA MAYA EMPORIUM- it has a great mix of her own designs, vintage + other great brands. one of my favorite sections is the jewelry. nina's necklaces are super cool. plus there is a great selection of LUV AJ goodies! make sure to also check out nina's personal blog NINA MAYA MODE - you can shop her looks in the store ♥

Under the Bridge


Remember I told you about another post I made with this little black dress ? Well, here it is. I simply put a printed top which I won at a giveaway and a pair of simple flats and there you go, a simple outfit. I finally got to wear my new bag from New Yorker ,which I am very fond of, and I am eager to wear it more this season.
Have a lovely week dear ones!






Wearing: self made dress, vintage shop, random brand shoes, New Yorker bag.

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