To the DSM market we go…

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>>A few of us may have been confused when Dover Street Market opened only to discover it’s not really a market, with the London Mayfair address being a bit of a giveaway.  However, DSM have decided to put on a ‘market’ of sorts this coming Bank Holiday Weekend.  I say ‘of sorts’ because it’s not an open-air affair.  Of course not.  We are talking about Comme des Garcons archive pieces from AW04-SS07 at ‘stupendous prices’ (their words, not mine…).  Can’t really have those flapping about in this sunny windyness we’re getting.  So it’s gonna be held at Phillips de Pury & Co. auction house in Victoria, London…

There will also be Pierre Hardy, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Dior Homme, John Galliano, Nina Ricci, Undercover, Number (N)ine blah blah blah…. if there are indeed archive pieces from those labels too, then the boyf and I are going to have quite the field day…

Shall be seeing you there… we can rummage the charity shops and the sadly closing Cornucopia (grrr…let’s not get into that…) on Upper Tachbrook Street afterwards as a contrast to all the ‘DE-ZINER’ DSM offerings…   

Bamboozled by Brilli

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Nataliahead Upon further investigation then of Natalia Brilli’s AW08-9 collection, it would seem that the collection is exactly what I expected with a firm and trusty continuation of leather covered beads, bows that don’t look sickly sweet, trinkets that border on being a little odd and bags that are solidly beautiful rather than flimsy.  There is just no chance in hell that anyone, even the most saccharinely enthusiastic person could look at Brilli’s collection and say ‘Oh that’s cute!’ in a high pitched voice… thank god though because I believe that Brilli is aiming for a different sort of embellishment and adornment altogether with her collection.  The clutches aren’t airy of full of fluff; they seem weighted, like you need to be in awe of them.  The cuffs are unapologetically big but not cartoonish.  The necklaces whilst using bows and beads, manage to look warrior-like.  Oh, and how she managed to turn a Chinese phoenix-like bird, usually seen in naff Chinese costume dramas in bright colours and metallics into something sleek and truly covetable (left) is beyond me…   

For the next season, she has explored different textures such as grey gradiated ponyskin, burnt wood and of course a whole host of coloured/treated leathers to add to the black staple that has served her well over the years since launching her collection in 2005.      

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The mens range of accessories excites me just as much as the womens stuff, if not more, only because I’m a fan of the passport/card/key holders and would like a matching embossed set as seen in this collection… 

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When I’m talking about being ‘bamboozled’ in the title though, I’m referring to Brlli’s use of black goat fur in items like a tasselled clutch, tote and cape for the new collection.  It reminded me of Lady Coveted’s post about being intrigued by ‘monkey fur’ and so with a cautious heart and head, I do officially announce that I’m becoming quite a fan of the aesthetic of Mongolian black goat fur.  Having done a lot of Googling, I found it incredibly difficult to find out the process of how the material is sourced and produced so this may actually lead to a bit of research with Ms. Brilli herself…  I’ve actually always held the ‘sitting on the fence’ stance when it comes to fur, depending on situation, production process and research to back up whatever piece is sitting in front of me as opposed to spitting and toshing at whatever fur comes my way.  The superficial truth is, I do like the way this fur has been used in these accessories and the material itself seems to lend itself well to jackets and gilets as well.  Like I said, further investigation is needed but for now… the cape…hmmm…

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(BBlessing, Erie Basin and Order & Progress stock a good range of Natalia Brilli accessories online…)   

Where is Style Bytes?

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People have been asking me about the whereabouts of Agathe at Style Bytes as her last post documented that she was off to Stockholm for the weekend and now it has almost been a month since her last post…

Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue where she is or what has happened to her.  I just know that I’m severely missing her stylishly executed outfits and amazing photography courtesy of her husband.  Alas, dear Style Salvage Steve (yes, it’s all out there, the boyf is a blogger too…) doesn’t have the same level of patience in the photography area (once a week is his tolerance level…) but he does take a nice shot or two…

It struck me that the outfit I donned yesterday complete with props donated by the boyf was a little subconsciously Agathe-inspired.  The SX70 camera, the brown box bag for the camera, the Linda Farrow for Topman glasses together with my newly thrifted John Richmond navy dress, Future Classics button down silk skirt and a vintage faux fur bolero which was acquired from The Coveted’s brand new Etsy vintage shop and the pointyness of some cacky-ASOS taupe patent shoes… somehow all fell into a bit of an Agathe style shot…except not quite at that exceptional Agathe-level of course…

I’m unable to trek it to Norway to go searching for Agathe but I’m willing for her return anyhow with this assembled outfit…    

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A different sort of gladiator…

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My eyelids are a little heavy.  The fatigue has come on.  They’re squinting because yes, the summer uniform of London is official.  It is the leather jacket over ruffled floral print dress/skirt and gladiator sandal combo.  Walking about in Camden on Sunday which is a pretty generic reflection of London style, I think I counted about 20 girls working numerous variations of this uniform… I was even tempted to go about documenting this in an Exactitudes sort of way…   

The surprise hit of the season considering the fact that glardiator sandals are not exactly the easiest items to wear and when they come about every summer, they never really quite took off until this year when shoe retailers have provided about a gazillion ways of presenting the gladiator shape, making it a doodle to pick a pair no matter what your style is, in a similar way to what happened to flat buckled pirate boots a few years ago…

So naturally, despite my liking for the gladiator shoe, it’s no wonder that the fatigue has set in. However, Finsk’s interpretation of the gladiator shape (available at Poste Mistress) is sure to snap me out of the heavy-eyelid action. It’s an alternative vision of the gladiator with the Finsk qualities like the purple wooden heel and the unique colour palette.  It also conveniently goes well with faded neons as demonstrated here…. going hand in hand with my love for that particular spectrum of colours that veers between pastel and neon…   

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