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Not Goodbye… Just See You Later

February 12, 2012


It is with bittersweet sadness that I have to abandon ship for a while. I’ve just landed a new job in Trend Forecasting (eek!) and have been informed that unfortunately Layers&Swathes would result in conflict of interest (bummer).

I’ll miss you all. Stay in touch? I’ll still be tweeting at layersnswathes

L&S xx

p.s – the video below changed my life (melodramatic but true) – if you’re feeling stuck, trapped or creatively devoid, I suggest watching it.

Similar Vein: Hussein Chalayan & Helen Bullock

January 27, 2012

Who had the original idea?


Over To You, London Boys.

January 24, 2012

I always wonder what fashion historians in years to come will make of our generation. What have been the defining moments? With androgynous gender-blending and traditional roles totally skewed, could it be the emancipation of men’s style? Could the importance of men’s fashion as an industry ever take over from women’s? I guess we are just going to have to wait and find out…

Click below to see these bad boys nice and large – the details are superb.


images via Tommy Ton for GQ, Street Style Aesthetic, t-shirtandtails, The Cool Hunter & The Style Scout

The End Of Trend?

January 18, 2012

What a lovely surprise to see that Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci had repeated the instantly covetable Rottweiler theme for the Pre-Fall 2012 collection. Could it be that instant fashion and the ridiculous car speed in which trends circulate are becoming a thing of the past? If this were true, I think it would urge people to invest in luxury brands that bit more.

SS12 – The Season Of The “Anna Wintour Look”

January 16, 2012

One thing that struck me immediately after reviewing the SS12 shows was how well suited the silhouettes were to Anna Wintour’s style.

First, lets look at some quintessential Anna looks:

her skirt length always below her knee, her love of prints, her narrow waist… sound familiar? Here are some key SS12 looks that look totally Wintoured:

BOTTEGA-VENETA-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-013_runwayAnna in Bottega Veneta

DRIES-VAN-NOTEN-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-016_runwayAnna in Dries Van Noten

PRADA-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-020_runwayAnna in Prada

CELINE-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-013_runway copyAnna in Celine

JCREW-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-007_runwayAnna in J Crew

MARNI-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-037_runwayAnna in Marni

JONATHAN-SAUNDERS-SPRING-2012-RTW-podium-026_runwayAnna in Jonathan Saunders

DEREK-LAM-SPRING-2012-RTW-PODIUM-017_runwayAnna in Derek Lam

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Hello, Robert Rydberg.

January 11, 2012

I’m loving Contributor Magazine fashion director Robert Rydberg’s work. Every image is like a poem dedicated to his love-affair with fashion. He doesn’t seem to be trend-led rather than instinctual, passionate with a fantastic knack for truly mixing it up. You can feel that he’s doing it for himself – his art, his way.

images via and TFS

Who Wore The Christian Dior Maharajah Jewels Better?

January 9, 2012
Kate Moss shot by Annie Leibovitz in 1999 vs (model unknown) shot by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia 1997…
 images via TFS and iiiinspired