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Designers: KATE ROHDE/ROMANCE WAS BORN

13 Dec
A few weeks ago, I was sitting for an artist/photographer friend of mine, and as he snapped away he was telling me about how he has been recently coveting the work of Kate Rohde. The way he described it was “like crazy colourful neon animals and crystals and flowers and stuff, in like,  a terrarium,” which, as it turns out, is not far off Rohde’s own description of her work as “a natural history museum on acid”. Of course I thought that sounded RIGHT UP MY ALLEY and immediately raced home to google-stalk her. In the process, I realised that  SHE was the girl who did that amazing collab with Romance Was Born for their Renaissance Dinosaur collection. Yes, perhaps that little tidbit is a bit Renaissance Dinosaur itself as far as fash news is concerned, but the point is that KATE ROHDE IS AMAZING, and you should totally check out her more recent crazy colourful neon animals and crystals and flowers and stuff. Along similar lines, Romance Was Born is also rather fabulous, and fortuitously their S/S 11 Collection ‘The Oracle’  has just got on sale all over the shop(s). Get your hands on it at The Grand Social NOW.
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‘live forever number 1’ by Kate Rohde

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Kate Rohde x Romance Was Born

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‘crystallised menagerie’ by Kate Rohde

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Kate Rohde x Romance Was Born

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‘crystallised 7’ by Kate Rohde

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Kate Rohde x Romance Was Born

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‘crystallised 4’ by Kate Rohde

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From left to right: Denim Jeans now $447.50; Bodysuit now $230; Empress Mini Skirt now $260; Meow Tee now $260 – all from The Grand Social.

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Designers: DIEPPA RESTREPO

10 Dec

“Inspired by classic gentleman’s style, Dieppa Restrepo is a sophisticated unisex collection of shoes founded by Colombian duo Andrea Vargas Dieppa and Elisa Restrepo. Blurring the division between the sexes, the collection is refined, androgynous and elegant. The shoe is the quintessential grown up sneaker: beautiful and simple enough for the chic and fashion-minded, yet comfortable and durable enough for their contemporary urban lifestyle. The shoe is a walking dichotomy, both non-intrusive and timeless, yet modern and undeniably present” via Dieppa Restrepo

Image via Dieppa Restrepo

Image via Dieppa Restrepo

Image via Dieppa Restrepo

Image via Dieppa Restrepo

Image via Dieppa Restrepo

Image via Dieppa Restrepo

I recently purchased a pair of Dieppa Restrepo classic loafers in lilac (5th picture, on the right) – let me tell you, these shoes are TO DIE FOR. I’m almost convinced that these and a handful of K. Jacques are the only flat shoes a girl could ever need (NB I said almost, thus that statement cannot be used against me in future flat-shoe fetishes). I am now coveting them in the rose gold (below), patent black, and – oh, pretty much every other colour. See more Dieppa Restrepo on their website  (including their collab with Theory), or hop on to My Chameleon or La Garconne to purchase. Not sure you can pull off a loafer? Google Giovanna Battaglia and change your mind.

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