Spring Solution

Geez…I know Susie is at home all day now with too much time to think but does she really want to venture into… "solution dressing" aka the sort of instructional styling garbage that TV lurves to feed us as their way of putting 'fashion' on their entertainment agenda?

I know the post title is a bit wack.  By NO means am I offering any kind of solution.  If I even began to presume that my pee brain could offer any sort of sartorial solution, then I'd ask the other half to promptly give me a good shake and say "Silly LauLau – NO!" (he's taken to calling me by my last name but repeated twice… I have no idea why). 

All I have happed upon is my own little spring solution, galvanised by the arrival of this beaut of a kimono winged over from the lovely Cherie at Shrimpton Couture.  The site itself isn't overflowing with kimono selections apart from the beautifully reconfigured ones courtesy of the collaboration with The Glamourai so I'm even more grateful that Cherie took the time to attempt to answer my kimono woes I was expressing a few months back. 

It's certainly a brighter kimono than the one I had imagined in my head of owning but then looking at my current intake of colour, it suddenly seemed all the more natural that a purple kimono with a crane print (even faintly reminiscent things like this print is reminding me of Miu Miu S/S10… in particular a pair of shoes which I'm on a desperate hunt for…) should sit comfortably alongside say…. two Louise Gray dresses.  I'm not even taking into shade clashing into consideration here.  To me it just makes sense to have several shades of pink running alongside the rich purple and other brights too…



Ah yes, the solution… hah… even a post title couldn't keep me on track.  An indication of my own aversion to 'solution dressing' perhaps.  A mannish blazer/jacket underneath the kimono seems to be doing the trick to keep me suitably warm enough for this spring weather (16 degrees in London today…WOO…!) as well as reassuring myself that I'm not going out looking like I'm auditioning for a poor stage version of Memoirs of a Geisha.  I gave it a road test this morning when I accidentally turned for a breakfast that was in fact tomorrow, not today and even with the bun hair, I'm hoping that I didn't have themed restaurant waitress written all over me.


(Louise Gray Dress, Lanvin blazer, purple sheer tights, Kurt Geiger flats)


(Krystof Stroznya jacket, Louise Gray dress, Bebaroque tights, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes)

Let's end this with a completely NON-solution item shall we?  These shoes from the Nicholas Kirkwood S/S 10 collection are not about solution.  Just pure impulsive desire.  I like making different pitches of squealing noises whenever I put them on.  If someone recorded them and mixed them into a track, I'd have a hit on my hands. 


45 Replies to “Spring Solution”

  1. I love all the brights together like a happy rainbow family, good LauLau!
    Those shoes are amaaaaze.

  2. Genius working of a kimono.
    And the LauLau thing may or may not be a reference to a character on kids’ TV show Waybuloo (she’s a cute little purple rabbit). :o)

  3. nicholas kirkwood <3 louise gray <3. i'm really trying very hard not to be jealous of you susie...(or should we all start calling you Lau-Lau now?)

  4. It seems like there are a lot of colors but interestingly the colors just coordinate with each other very well…

  5. Everything about this is fabulous. First of all the tights are amazing. The shoes are incredible. I love the Shrimpton Couture kimono with the grey (blue?) blazer & printed skirt. How can you not have a great day wearing that outfit? xoxo

  6. you use colour so beautifully, every time i see a photo of you mixing shades i’d never dare to, i take one step closer to livening up my wardrobe. super kimono and blazer combination, too!

  7. I think the blazer mixed with the kimono is a genius solution…totally takes away all inklings of costume-ness…and the shoes…good god woman…they’re mesmerizing!

  8. Stunning! Stunning prints, colors and (especially) matching! …and I love your expression in the fifth picture!

  9. susie i think you have an extraordinary talent at putting colors, shapes, patterns and lengths! i think you are a dvf!!!

  10. UGGHHH kimono! Louise Gray! Nicholas Kirkwood! I just died a little. Loving the mix of these colours as well.

  11. Ooh, I just went to the website’s kimono section and I kind of just have to mention that how they’ve “reworked” the kimonos KILLS me. Whyyyyy? Oh, sorry but
    “Created from antique kimonos dating from the 1920’s to 1950’s”
    My heart is broken.

  12. Susie you look fabulous! I am so happy you love the kimono! And now I have to go and buy those Kirkwood shoes too – they are to die! I love both your looks and hope the kimono brings you much joy
    PS: to Eline – Kelly’s kimonos (The Glamourai’s collection) are really gorgeous too – I know how you feel about chanign vintage – I myself constantly walk the line with the whole concept even though I love all my designers. I am CRAZY anal about who I choose to showcase on the site for just that reason!
    The kimonos Kelly uses are indeed vintage and they are reworked but she often uses ones that where partially damaged or ones that honestly would be other wised overlooked for their more “flashy” counterparts – in vintage kimono land the more elaborate and patterened the more highly sought after. Leaving the “basic” blacks in the dust – literally. I say if it means a new girl loves them and wears them for that much longer rather then having them languish unworn and unloved in some dingy storeroom – all the better!

  13. LOL ‘LauLau’…
    it definitely sounds better than ‘LawLaw’ (that’s my surname), a.k.a. ‘bum bum’…
    Loving the kimonos, but regarding the above comment, yes, it is quite a shame to ‘rework’ from antique kimonos. However, they would just be left in a corner if the Shrimpton peeps didn’t pick them up.

  14. Woop, colour! Every element is utterly awesome, the second outfit with those gemmed tights being my fave. Sadly I can only dream of such clothes! And I seriously wouldn’t be able to walk in those Kirkwood shoes :O

  15. Gorgeous outfits – especially the last one! You’ve really managed to take away the costume element from that kimono. It looks wonderful with the blazer on underneath!
    And those shoes… I would kill for those! I love the shape of the platform. You have a rather lovely collection of shoes.
    Clare x

  16. Lovely kimono =) and crazy amazing styling as usual!
    makes me crave those kimonos form beyond the valley even more

  17. Kirkwood shoes? (I’m so jealous)
    Love the all the color in all your outfits wish I had your color-blocking talent√óD

  18. The new designer Jayne Pierson has just made a really cool collection featuring period elements with futurism. The new shoulder shape on the black leather outfit is inspiring and I think it would be perfect for someone like La Roux….I think you would love it to xx

  19. cute prints in a cute “kimono”, very corefull and full with life, love the final shoes

  20. Hi Susie,
    I read often your blog and I love it!
    I’m very sorry for your job but I think that you will find soon something: you are a genius!
    I love this beautifull Bebaroque tights and this vintage kimono! I have too a vintage kimono (my own is grey) and I love wear it with longuette skirt, leather gloves and high heels.
    Sorry for my english… I’m Italian!

  21. Where are the tights from? Did you gem them up yourself? Do I need to pay more attention? probably……….

  22. Beautiful kimono, and an absolutely perfect amount of colour! I love it!

  23. Those Nicholas Kirkwood shoes! They are glorious! I love the dress you’re wearing them with as well. xx

  24. Cherie is a friend who I really admire and the wonderful collaborations will keep on coming. The kimonos are brilliant, Kelly has outdone herself with these. My heart explodes for beautiful fabrics, especially when they’re doubled with contrasting prints. That is one happy outfit!

  25. Your colour coadinating is so amazing. I love it!!
    I’m Japanese, so I was very happy that you wore kimono.
    I’m looking forward your blog every day!

  26. Susie, I think these colour/pattern combos are absolutely outstanding, a thrill to look at. And no, you never EVER look “costumy”. I like your take on “Asian” style when you do it, it references the traditional but is always unique to you, in fact I think it’s an essential part of the individuality you bring to your aesthetic and it really distinguishes you from a lot of stylists out there who are usually doing a set style, e.g. New York style, London, Milan, indie, etc.

  27. I love all of the colours here! so Great! the mix of prints is fabulous, as always, but not as fabulous as those AMAZING shoes!!!

  28. I know the post title is a bit wack. By NO means am I offering any kind of solution. If I even began to presume that my pee brain could offer any sort of sartorial solution, then I’d ask the other half to promptly give me a good shake and say “Silly LauLau – NO!” (he’s taken to calling me by my last name but repeated twice…

  29. I think that you will find soon something: you are a genius!
    I love this beautifull Bebaroque tights and this vintage kimono!

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