Archive | January, 2012

(micro)Trend: THE BOW TIE

18 Jan

Last time I was in London I went to a Pony-Step party and took full advantage of the opportunity to dress like an outrageous circus tart. With a guest list including Beth Ditto from the Gossip, it was anything goes and so I wore: sequinned knickers hot pants, pony hair shoes, a sleeveless white shirt, and tied it all up at the neck with a lovely little black ribbon. I fit right in amongst the dudes in drag (one in a pair of red running shorts) and shirtless, leather-trousered artists.  Since then the bow tie has stuck around, peaking in mexican-wave type ripples across the fashion world from time to time.

me, pony-stepping

Well, the wave has hit again – everyone’s doing it!  My go-to girls for trend inspiration and confirmation, Diane Kruger and Chloe Sevigny, owned the look late last year. Early adopter Alexa Chung and Vogue Nippon fash ed Anna Dello Russo are all over it like a rash; Abbey Lee donned one for Dazed and Confused; Beyonce loves it; and Karl Lagerfeld is running the bow tie in the Chanel Cruise SS12 accessories range.

BEST WAY TO WEAR – your man’s bow tie with a crisp white shirt and shorts a la Kruger or, for softer styling, take a nice big piece of satin ribbon and tie it in a droopy bow at the collar.


Chloe Sevigny via

Diane Kruger via

Diane Kruger via

Abbey Lee Kershaw via

Alexa Chung via

Beyonce via

Anna Dello Russo via



15 Jan

Arizona Muse is simply delicious. Currently world #5 on (which is a BIG FAT DEAL in model-speak), the brunette-bobbed-babe is much more than a pretty face. This self-assured honey is a working single mum (son Nikko was born in 2009) and has bagged enough campaigns and magazine covers in the past year to fund her baby’s school fees for life. I’m counting seven Vogue covers to date, as well as the latest Isabel Marant and Fendi campaigns (pictured below).







The first time I noticed her was early last year at the FW10/11 shows, although her breakout was scoring an exclusive for Prada in the September shows 2010. In a sea of leggy eastern European adolescents, Arizona – who, funnily enough, was also born in the state of Arizona in the US – parts them down the middle and stands out as a cut above the rest. Anna Wintour describes her as “a gorgeous, smart grown up” with “shades of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova”. High praise indeed. Her niche at the moment is the ‘wholesome/slightly-more-grown-up-than-the-average-waif’ look, and she’s got it covered. There’s no other girl in the top 50 who comes close.








Inspiration: ANIMALIA PARAPHERNALIA, it’s a jewellery jungle out there!

11 Jan

An ode to the animal kingdom:

I love animals, truly I do

But I don’t want to feed them or walk them (would you?)

and seeing as taxidermy’s not my thing

really, what better than a nice big ring?

Ok poetry’s not my thing either but what else was I to do but pen a passionate poem on the subject that has occupied my mind night and day? I want it, I need it, I SIMPLY MUST HAVE a shiny little (or big) jewelled animal to call my own!

Dior, Delphina Delettrez, and Chopard are my inspiration, Dior’s turtle ring being at the top of my “one day when I’m rich” wish list.

Dior turtle ring, P.O.A, via

Dior fish earrings P.O.A, via

Chopard bee ring, P.O.A, via

Chopard monkey pendant P.O.A, via

Delphina Delettrez ring, via

Delphina Delettrez beehive necklace AU $3 000, via

Until my poetry starts raking in the big bucks, the above beauties are, sadly, aspirational.  However, a tout about the world wide web turns up some lovely, more achievable options for a budget conscious fashionista, including a darling antelope on etsy . Fuelled by desire for my own bargain beastie, I hit the local shopping centre and headed to a tacky budget jewellery chain store in the hope of turning up a treasure. And what do you know, I struck gold – nestled in the charm cabinet amongst blingy initials and 21st keys was my lovely lady bug, and in that moment I knew it was love (it’s much easier to fall in love when the price is right). See my new pet pictured below … soon to be added to my bracelet alongside a triple-jointed crocodile and a flying unicorn.


my new lady bug, all at sea

Vintage antelope pin AU $24, via


8 Jan

Turbans are having a major moment for me right now. Or – more truthfully – they have been ever since I was six years old and first learned to do that flicked-back-wet-hair-turban-trick in the swimming pool. From there it was a bit of a slippery slope – from icecream containers, to sarongs, to my mothers scarves; anything capable of being appropriated as headwear was promptly upturned, wrapped, or knotted and cast upon my head.

Now that I’m a grown up (sigh) – and said turban fetish shows no sign of quitting, I have been facing the quandary of how exactly one gets away with wearing les chapeaux exotiques if one is sans caravanserai and not Erykah Badu/Akuol de Mabior. The answer? Hermes.

Not only are Hermes scarves the perfect size for wrapping around one’s noggin, they also come with a set of instruction cards to guide you. Admittedly, when I attempted to recreate Hermes rosette-side-tie  (aka the watered-down version of a turban), I failed dismally. I suspect that this was due to the instructions illustrations leaping inexplicably from 1. “fold scarf and wrap around head” to 2. “et voila!” without the vital “create infinitely complex and masterful side knot, whip hands around ninja-style to create perfect rosette” step in between – although it could possibly have been something to do with one too many glasses of champers on my behalf as well.

Luckily, I had a stylist on hand to help me (see the second picture for my voila! moment). As for my next trick – the turban proper, seen on Peony Lim below – I think imma need origami lessons and some sellotape.

– Z x

image from Marie Claire South Africa, November 2011

image via Jak & Jil Blog

image via Park & Cube

image via Park & Cube

More tips on Turban-Tying here:

How To Tie A Turband 3 Ways from LEAFtv on Vimeo.

P.S. Apologies for the lack of recent posts – who would have known that blogging from darkest Cambodia ain’t easy. I’ll be back for real soon with LOTS of exciting Christmas loot and travel treasures to post about. x