Join those three points and what do you get?

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Doesn’t a triangle feel like the most sensical shape in the world when you used to put your two thumbs and index fingers together to make a triangle as a child?  Is it weird to feel an affinity with a shape?  Ok, just me then who has a penchant for cutting up toast into four triangles and eating them ever so slowly.  Still, even for people with non-triangle fetishes can appreciate this AW08-9 collection by White Trumpet which is the label’s second yet.  Reno Inchenko has gone made for triangles but hasn’t forgotten that he’s supposed to be creating superb clothes too.  It’s a cohesive collection that ranges from using the triangle subtly to all an all-out triangle assault on the eye and all the while contrasting delicate and heavier fabrics

Well, triangle-laden collection mission accomplished and he’s now also bagged Opening Ceremony as White Trumpet’s first stockist.  Yay for joining up three points on a sheet of paper!

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Brit Fay? No Brooklyn Fay…

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The first of the Sart’s London photos have started to emerge and this girl seems to be making waves on the commentary front (though it does comprise of the usual toshy ‘Oh, she’s nothing special…’, ‘I just don’t get it…’ malarky that really ticks me off about the Sartorialist…).

However, as later commentors and now today’s Guardian G2 Close-Up (do you look forward to The Close-Up as much as I do…?) have revealed, Fay Leshner is actually not a Londoner but a New Yorker studying fashion in London.  Ah well.  I have no beef with that.  If the Sart wasn’t inspired by my fellow Londoners, that isn’t a big deal…

I do find accompanying questionnaires very insightful though and though I am a pic-y person, a bit of juicy text also goes a long way which is why I tend to blather on a fair bit here.  For a start, reading her Q&A would probably stop a few people on The Sart nit-picking the way they do… 

What are you wearing today?

A dress that I made myself and a jacket by Karl Lagerfeld. Also a Vivienne Westwood pin and a vintage Christian Dior pin that I took from my mother. I have a tendency to adopt things of hers, then if I wear them long enough she thinks they are mine anyway. My shoes are Charles Nolan – I bought them in New York, where I live – and my socks were a value pack from a kids’ store. I made this shirt into a tuxedo shirt from a regular shirt – now it has tails. I have a lot of high-waisted pants and I hate stuffing shirts in, and I like having tails out, so it’s completely functional.

Your bowtie isn’t so functional though.

It’s fashionably functional. It was my father’s – he is 68 and used to go to a lot of black-tie events but he obviously didn’t know how to tie them because this is a clip on.

Describe your style.

I dress based on mood. I’ll have an image in my head. Today I wanted to look like a 20s portrait – like a doll.

What about your colourful bag?

This is the only one I brought over from New York because I had to conserve space. It’s my happy 60s bag by Lulu Guinness – it goes with everything. The umbrella is from a drugstore, or pharmacy as you would say.

Do you spend a lot of time and energy shopping?

Yes, it’s a disease. Right now I’m trying to spend more time playing with my own things – redesigning them. When I shop I’ll be looking for something specific to complete a look that I have in my head, so I hate it when stores are pushy because I’m already in the zone.

Is this an everyday look for you?

Yes, but it changes a lot. Every time my hair gets long enough for me to change it, it gets cut. I’ve had every colour and every cut but right now, since I’m modelling, I have to keep it consistent.

Is there anyone whose dress sense you admire?

Not really. I think Audrey Hepburn is completely glamorous, but now you can’t have any American style icons because they’re all styled by someone else, so I’d be paying homage to the wrong person.

Do you apply those huge false eyelashes every day?

No, it’s just for this look. I’m scared of applying them every day because there was a time when I did but the adhesive stuck so well that it pulled out a few of my own eyelashes. That visual freaked me out, so I had to take a break for a few weeks. But I’m back on the wagon now.

Does this outfit give out any clues about your personality?

I think it does. It’s a hybrid that shows the different levels of my personality. It’s a little girl’s dress but in adult proportions, with a man’s tailoring aspect to it, and then with showgirl eyelashes.

What’s the most expensive item of clothing you’ve ever bought?

An Issey Miyake dress that was $1,600 (¬£810). The truth behind the dress – as degrading as it may be – is that I had lunch with my friend and we had a bottle of wine between us. Never go shopping drunk. It’s a fantastic piece, though, and I think of it as an art piece – there were only four dresses made like it. But I never told my mom what I’d really spent on it. I lied and said that I found it for, like, $400. I’ve worn it a lot of different ways and quite a few times, but I feel like some places don’t deserve to see that piece. You have to be really worthy for me to bring out my Issey Miyake dress.

She sounds to me like a gal with an eclectic style with a penchant for the past.  Nothing wrong with that… she’s also reminded me never to go shopping drunk…

The last laugh?

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By now, most of you will probably have heard that Yves Saint Laurent sadly passed away last night in his home at the age of 71, as announced by his partner Pierre Berge.

I can’t help but go back to my review of the book ‘The Beautiful Fall’, which I have read and re-read countless times, always concluding that I ended up sympathising and rooting for Yves more than Lagerfeld, perhaps under the guidance of Alice Drake’s prose.  That said, the book does end up questioning who has the last laugh, and now Lagerfeld having outlived Yves Saint Laurent and still wildly successful could be called the victor of the rivalry.  As a lot of the papers have said though, Yves was the last of French Fashion’s ‘Holy Trinity’ (Coco Chanel and Christian Dior comprising the rest of the trio…) and as a personal opinion, the impact of Yves’ intentions, creativity and vision is so deep felt in fashion that though he ceased designing in 2002, the aftershocks of his work will continue rippling in the way we dress. 

Trying Too Hard

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After a week or so of watching my back in what I wear to work in my new working environment and adjusting to a creative, relaxed and fashionable atmosphere, the Susie skin is finally emerging and I’m feeling more at ease.  By ‘watching my back’, I’ve been very subdued in my style (so much so that Style Bubble Daily Wear has been suffering a bit…sorry!), keen to concentrate on the job at hand and not let any ‘loudness’ in what I’m wearing detract from my role affirmation.

Well, it’s the weekend and Disneyrollergirl has started the ‘Trying too Hard’ campaign which I’m fully onboard for after a week of feeling small and feeble.  I’ve always had problems with the negative connontations associated with the term ‘trying too hard’ and also have had my suspicions about that oh-so-popular style chant…’effortless’.  They’re problematic for reasons that I won’t go on about AGAIN because repetition is tiresome. 

Disneyrollergirl touched upon the tough economic climate that Western Europe and North America are cruising into and in these times of fearing, worrying and second-guessing, it’s probably the best time to nurture a ‘trying too hard’ attitude.  I’m supposed to be seriously delving into why high fashion is thriving despite the economic downturn for an article but my own initial action had to be looking to my own wardrobe and ‘trying too hard’ in my own way and having oodles of fun whilst doing so because fun is still fundamentally the key thing that will survive monetary crashes.  Whatever happens, fun will defeat all… and I guess that goes some way to answering why people will still spend millions on fashion, to pretend that the shit isn’t going on around them.

The critics and nay-sayers will always exist and fight for ‘effortless’, but this is my reverse reaction to the tough times ahead…

‘Black, white, black, white, if I veer off course, it would be mighty tragic…’ – Anthony Vaccarello headpiece, Ulrika Sandstrom blouse, vintage elastic harlequin skirt, Sock Dreams black and white striped stockings, Moschino Cheap is Chic black ankle boots

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‘Think Pink!  Think Scarlet!  Think Fuschia!  Think Berry!’ – American Apparel pink headband, vintage Versace pink, red and orange dress, Topshop Unique pink pinafore, Bebaroque fringed pink tights, Miu Miu pink platforms

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‘Granny throws a fit and throws on some Balenciaga and paint on her dress….’ – Vintage Hermes headscarf and vintage scarf as belt, oversized blue chain necklace worn as belt, paint splattered Vivienne Westwood corset dress, Balenciaga biker jacket, Falke scarlet tights, Rupert Sanderson sandals

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‘I don’t want to see how many floral patterns I’ve put on…’ – Vintage rose-print bed jacket, tiered floral print chiffon dress from Hong Kong, vintage floral strapless dress worn as skirt, Celeste Stein floral tights, Pierre Hardy x Louise Goldin ankle boots

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‘The crow just landed on my head and there was nothing to do but to let it stay…’ – Beddug black crow headband, Label velvet printed caped dress, vintage Calvin Klein long chiffon dress, white felt ruffle worn around waist, tied with vintage black leather plaited belt, Bronx black cut-out ankle boots

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‘Texture upon texture!  Look, touch it all!  Isn’t it marv?’ – Vintage black fringe jacket, vintage tea stained lace collar, vintage square print skirt worn as top, vintage zig-zag print skirt, vintage black sequin skirt, American Apparel cracked black lame leggings, Topshop black patent strappy platforms, vintage fur-trimmed leather gloves, raw silk necklace worn around head

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