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12 Mar

I’ve long been a fan of fanciful face decoration. Not make up, face decoration. What’s the diff? Face decoration says “LOOK AT ME,” it’s costume-ish, like the blue scalloped colouring-in I did around my eyes for Day of the Dead, or the gold leaf from eyelid to above my brows when I went as a goddess to a Religion party.

Thanks to King Karl, now I’ve got a new trick to try – eyebrow art. For the showing of his latest crystal-inspired collection for Chanel, Lagerfeld dreamed up crystal encrusted eyebrows to tie in with his geometric, glistening clothing creations. It’s a new take on another strong trend that peaked a few seasons ago; strong, coloured-in brows.

How to appropriate this look without looking like the Wicked Witch of the West:

  • The brows are the main feature. Keep lips and eyeshadow to a minimum.
  • Whereas previously it was about strong, natural brows, now it’s about glitter and colour. If colour is pushing the envelope for you, try colouring your brows in with a metallic or sparkle flecked eyeliner, and dress like a vampire. MAC does a good metallic pencil. If feeling brave, wear violet or blue mascara and also run it through your brows, leaving lips entirely nude.
  • Walk with a swagger.

Take a closer look at the Chanel dollies for inspiration:


all images via and High Snobette


LFW: HOUNDSTOOTH a’la House Of Holland

21 Feb

London Fashion Week is taking off and Henry Holland is turning up the colour factor with his FW12 collection of clashing, tonally graded, pop-a-licious houndstooth separates and dresses. House of Holland started as a kitsch run of tongue in cheek tees, and Holland has retained the fun, irreverent personality of his early gimmicky gear whilst managing to also show that as a designer, he’s now a bit more grown up.

Holland’s houndstooth is not entirely original – remember Nicholas Ghersquiere’s flirtation with the iconic print for Balienciaga RTW SS11? – but card carrying hipsters all over take his say-so pretty seriously. So, slice it or dice it whichever way you want, looks like colour pop houndstooth is the G.O for this coming chilly season.

Show pics below.


Balenciaga SS11

Balenciaga SS11

Balenciaga SS11

Balenciaga SS11

Images via


16 Feb

Bag lady chic takes on a 21st century sheen with Marc Jacobs’ FW12 mangled ode to style icon Anna Piaggi. Eye-popping brocades, fur of all colours in enormous volume, sparkly shoes, and chunky knits. The silhouette is bulky, made up of structured jackets and padded hips – the effect is that of a seven year old playing dress ups with mum’s wardrobe. The colours are all over the shop, the prints clashing and vibrant, with traditional overtones.

As is often the case with Marc Jacobs’ runway shows, the focus is on theme, not so much wearability (key looks will be re-worked for retail). Translate this trend to everyday wear by making light of dressing.

Matching? Bah, what of it? Look out for key winter pieces:

  • bulky, coloured outerwear
  • a few printed pieces to work back with coloured knits, e.g. heavily patterned shirt, a printed pant and a skirt that sits below the knee
  • chunky (and I mean CHUNKY) knits in bold colours, particularly ones that can be wrapped around or layered up
  • an ironic piece that Grandma made … felting, appliqué, shoe clips … so long as it’s bold (we’re not going for “festival-vintage-hipster” here)

Basically, throw Coco Chanel’s ‘take one thing off before you leave the house’ rule to the dogs. More is more. Ms Piaggi as Muse.

x C

All images via and The Sartorialist


9 Feb

Girly girls rejoice – Spring has arrived, and this time she’s riding a fairy-floss chariot and scattering a trail of sugar dust in her wake. From diaphanous pale violets at Richard Nicoll, to structured lemon souffle at Giambattista Valli, to a rainbow of pastel princesses at Elie Saab, saccharine-sweet is one of the key themes of the Spring 2012 runways. Off the runway, this trend translates perfectly to prim and preppy, such as this dress from Preen Line, or Christopher Kane’s metallic jacquard tees. If you’re more inclined towards biker than barbie however, keep this trend to accents only, with the divine Dieppa Restrepo patent leather seafoam Dina oxfords available here, or Ellery et Graz Quixote Catseye sunglasses in tongue-tingling shades of Batter, Fairyfloss, and Listerine. And for more inspiration on transforming edible to wearable, check out the amazing WARDROBE v PANTRY blog. Délicieux!

– Z xx

From top: Christopher Kane metallic jacquard top, available at Net-a-Porter; Versus shoe, via; Richard Nicoll Spring ’12 via; Preen Line Cameron cotton-drill dress, available at Net-a-Porter; Dieppa Restrepo seafoam patent Dina Oxfords, available at MyChameleon; MiH jeans, available at; Giambattista Valli Spring ’12 via; Arnsdorf Mint denim shorts, available at MyChameleon; Gary Bigeni Xack Cross Jacket, available at MyChameleon; Elie Saab Spring ’12 via; Ellery Et Graz Quixote Catseye glasses, available at Elleryland.


2 Feb

I prefer to wear no clothes at all (have offended many a housemate traipsing around zee house in underwear) but if I must wear something, let it be pyjamas. Lucky me, fashion designers are having a collective pyjama party!

The first slew of suiting cropped up in the Spring 2012 shows, but the pyjama look really took priority in the recent Pre-Fall Collections.

This Matthew Williamson delight is all I want to wear right now!

Matthew Williamson Pre-Fall 2012 via

Meanwhile, fashion-foward Euro-babes are taking pyjama dressing to the streets. It’s like Where’s Wally? but Wally is hot and a girl.  This trend is for the boys too, as Ryan Gosling aptly demonstrated at Cannes (below), though he pared his version back by taking the pyjama cue but losing the print.

Seen: image by Tommy Ton via

Seen on Caroline Sieber via

Seen on Viviana Volpicella via

Seen on Ryan Gosling via

While the runway look is head-to-toe print, this trend can be taken as inspirational rather than literal. The key elements are:

SILHOUETTE (slouchy, wide leg and sleeves, button through top with collar);



If an entire suit of printed paisley is overkill for you, pick one element and build your outfit around it. Below are some of my favourite runway inspirations, plus some neat shoes that would update any old standard skinny leg jean combo.

Get styling!


Stella McCartney SS12 via

JW Anderson SS12 via

Peter Som Pre-Fall 2012 via

Del Toro X Man Repeller slipper shoes via

(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


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