Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Femme Fatale: Alexa Chung

I think I may have discovered the perfect crush and embodiment of all that is cool, vintage and stylish - Alexa Chung. It's funny to have this sort of weird longing to meet someone but to also become more like someone since I never really had that teenage stage where I plaster the walls of my room with only images of one person. My wall at the moment is a hot-pot of vogue extracts, posters and other magazine clippings from Russh. 

But just because I'm not used to this sort of bizarre feeling of fascination it doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it. Her look and style is so simplistic but chic. There are moments where her eyes give of this fantastic mysteriousness as well as brooding inert darkness. She can pull of a model's pout but she looks so gorgeous and like she has a warmth of her own when she smiles. I love the quirky little cameo skeleton necklace she wears, but its really difficult to find high quality cameo jewellery that's quirky. The eccentric cameo pieces are usually plastic which is why I'm more incline to stick with vintage pieces.
The eyeliner Chung wears is enough to accentuate and bring attention to those beautiful eyes of hers without over doing it and leaving long comet tails too far across her face. Something I have yet to fully master. She looks so gorgeous and slight; but not in the tradition of being unhealthy and skinny. She looks radiant and gorgeous. This post mainly has Chung wearing muted tones of light pink, beige, cream, white and black. There's something to be said for her mastery of the minimalist effect and how it really makes the wearer stand out. Not being over shadowed by the clothes they wear.

I've been growing my hair out long so that it reaches my waist but seeing how lovely she looks with her tousled shoulder length hair almost makes her face look longer and more delicate. It makes me want to hack off my own hair and have the different tones throughout its length but I know that I would only look dishevelled and trashy whereas she is known for it and carries the style far better than I or any other mortal could try.

There's something to be said about a strong woman who is very talented without spreading herself thin. A style icon, TV presenter, contributing editor to British Vogue DJ, model and I am sure, a wonderful person and very lovely in her own right Alexa Chung is setting the bar high for standards of grooming and quirk. Something I hope to one day aspire towards within my own right.

Black Milk - Leggings

Black Milk is continually moving - each design is limited to number in production and the brand is fast paced and the best bit about it is that they're truly taking fashion into the 21st century and putting Australian fashion on the map. Although the leggings have wild and eccentric prints, they're really comfy and fit well. Provided you get the correct size and aren't limited to choosing amongst limited eBay listings then these fashion pieces are flattering as well as eye-catching. On their website and online store (which has been prone to breaking down a lot due to the massive consumer demand for leggings, dresses and bodysuits) there is now a 'museum' section dedicated to their retired prints as well as various media sites (Tumblr and Facebook) and of course their the online store. I mus admit though I am happy to see all the galaxy range of leggings, dresses and bodysuits available in all sizes at the time I write this, the range of pieces available previously had been much better and some of my favourites such as the aquarium and cathedral leggings have been retired. I will continue to hunt on eBay when my wallet permits but I am annoyed that they are missing out on the opportunity to expand their sales profits because they are too proud to print more of a certain print. Although it may just be that they are intricate and difficult to make I sincerely hope that they make some of the wilder and more eccentric leggings and revive them. I leave you with my gallery of captured Black Milk leggings and hope you enjoy. If you have any enquiries please direct them to the official Black Milk website.

Most of the images in this post have been taken directly from the Black Milk website as well as from Tumblr fan pages of Black Milk crazed girls showing us how it's done. And Tavi Gevinson showing us all how you really wear them and looking amazing while doing it.