Friday, December 2, 2016

Petite Meller

Petite Meller, the Parisian pop singer, plucked from obscurity after debuting her track ‘NYC Time’ has become somewhat of a style icon. Spotted sitting front row at Chanel’s Spring 2016 show, the artist turned heads dressed in a head-to-toe pink look complementing her signature red lips and kawaii flushed cheeks. It’s her unusual beauty look and penchant for pastel which has kept the fashion establishment on their toes. Pastel has become synonymous with her name, which dominates her artfully directed music videos including that for ‘Baby Love’ underpinned by a Brigitte Bardot theme. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, the singer and songwriter splits her time between music production and studying for a master’s degree in philosophy from Sorbonne. I’m a sucker for smart, talented women and while she may look young, Meller is clearly wise beyond her years.

In a cookie cutter world where there is so much sameness, anyone who dares act as an individual is usually met with some level of condemnation, criticism and scepticism. Petite Meller’s unique beauty look stems from her childhood, where blush became a method of highlighting her sunburn. That feeling of turning a vulnerability into something to be proud of, likening the feeling and confidence to that of jewellery. She wears this with rumpled sailor hats, straw boaters and her hair plaited in thick blond braids. Her personal style is an extension of her personality, influenced by her academic study (sidebar: she’s a Freud fangirl) and the experiences during her childhood. The song ‘Backpack’ illustrates how her style came about, with the outfits in the video a collaborative effort between her London-based stylist, Noa Koyabu. The two choose vintage bathing suits from the 60’s and 70’s with directors A.T.Mann and Napoleon Habeica attempting to recreate the aesthetic of a childhood summer in the South of France. 

Ambiguous in age, living in a dream-like state and dedicated to creating a magical world for herself, Petite Meller firmly believes her study only enriches and enhances her song writing experience. I’m somewhat envious of her ability to balance her artistic career while simultaneously penning a thesis on the sublime interaction and finding time to sit front row at Loewe, Stella McCartney and Chloe. While the outfits she wears front row may be borrowed, Petite manages to make the looks her own, favouring anything feminine, pleated, with ruffles and preferably pink. “It’s always from my perspective—a girl’s world, and I show how I see it as a girl”.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A dress fit for a princess

Bridesmaid Dresses UK

Ruffles and all manner of frilly things have dominated the runway this year, starting with the Spring collections of 2016 from the likes of Proenza Schouler to Marques Almeida and Roberto Cavalli. They say three’s a trend in fashion, and the aforementioned designers were just the beginning for ruffling things up. This then translated to street style with varying iterations of tops and dresses in a variety of different shapes, sizes, fabrics and every imaginable arrangement. There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin, but a personal favourite is the tulle frock, preferably of the sequined, ruched and smocked variety suitable for fancy dinners and formal occasions. I have always been enamoured with pastel pink tulle dresses, with my inner child a diehard girly girl deep down, and a pink pastel dress would be perfect for Bridesmaid Dresses UK.

The newest take on these gorgeous ruffled dresses are, evening dresses with ombre maxi skirts, observed on the red carpet and a more artistic style of Dressfashion. One thing is guaranteed, when wearing the perfect princess dress you’re sure to have an awesome time, swishing, rustling and flapping about in an excess of fabric and volume. There’ll be a swing in your step, and that irreplaceable feeling of luxury.

The Cult of Our Bedroom Fantasies

Phiney Pet's Spring 2017 collection was inspired by the notion of sisterhood and all things pertaining to the female experience, including but not limited to: frilly knickers, diaries, taking selfies and sequined halter tops. Although we see more designers talking about diversity and body positive campaigns, very few are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Designer Josephine Pettman purposefully sought out her own personal muses to model as part of her presentation, showing her commitment to London and emerging creatives.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Now Trending: Customised Denim

Every fashion girl should have at least one denim jacket in her wardrobe. But one thing I’ve never felt comfortable with was looking like everyone else or running the risk of becoming a wallflower. Increasingly more and more designers are offering personalised denim pieces and creating wearable pieces of art, but you yourself can let loose and create your own dream jacket. It’s as simple as buying some fabric paints and for those who want a cohesive look, you might also jazz up a pair of jeans you would have otherwise donated to a local charity shop. It’s double denim with a difference, a statement piece that says so much about style, proudly proclaiming to everyone within the immediate vicinity “only me” rather than “me too”.

Denim jacket customised by Phiney Pet for Topshop 

In case I didn’t have you already hooked, I’ve searched high and low for the dreamiest of customised denim jackets and hopefully you’ll be inspired to make this your next weekend project. There’s a lot to be said for the satisfaction of a DIY jacket made with lots of love.

Dirty Disco has been on my radar for a while, since debuting hand-painted denim featuring feminist slogans and technicolour dinosaurs.

Paige Joanna has turned her blog intro a brand, creating ultra-feminine denim jackets inspired by the beauty of flowers and French sensibilities. My favourite is her now sold out, ‘Girl Gang’ jacket.

Me personally, I like to wear either a colourful (and slightly mad!) denim jacket or dress up a vintage jacket with pins and buttons. The former was made by British designer, Kit Neale. What you wear says so much about you, and for me I’m at my happiest when I wear something colourful and bright. I'd love to know how you do customised denim and if there's a special piece in your wardrobe!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

DIY ruffle choker

Something I wanted to explore more this year was DIY, under the assumption that I would spend less money on clothes and become comfortable with my very small wardrobe when I moved across the country at the start of the year. While I've tried to stay on top of my expensive fashion habit, there have been relapses and there's been very little time to craft and gussy up pre-loved items of clothing. Rather than spend $18 on a choker necklace from the high street e-retailer Asos (who throughout the year have already received my patronage), I decided to recycle an old dress into the ruffle choker of my dreams.

I almost wish I took a photo of the dress before I started the DIY, but at the same time I'm glad I didn't. No amount of photo editing or cute stickers would have distracted from the threadbare and faded piece of fabric. Fortunately, the neckline and pleating was still in relatively good condition and after inserting some elastic the dress has a new lease on life as an accessory worthy of Marie Antoinette.

The next time you see a garment in desperate need of some tender loving care, look closely and see what you can salvage. It's amazing what you can do with a sewing machine and a little bit of imagination.

Susie Bubble wears her Asos ruffle choker with vintage Comme des Garçons dress, Miu Miu slides and Chloe sunglasses.