If you don’t know me, you won’t know that I’ve recently fallen into a Hobbit shaped hole which I don’t really want to crawl out of just yet. I’ve become so enthralled with it that I’ve noticed it creeping into my style choices – which given the other worldly aesthetic, probably isn’t such a bad idea.
(Tolkien may have said all that is gold does not glitter but I don’t think at that stage he’d seen any of Chupi’s pieces yet)
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I’m not going to lie here. I didn’t know a whole lot about Balenciaga before I went into this exhibit. I had only heard of Balenciaga once in a Halsey song.
I visited the V&A last May just a few days after this exhibit opened and I was too broke to go. As in, I couldn’t spare the £12 to buy an entry ticket. It looked so beautiful from the outside, and a few people I knew had seen it, but I knew that if I wanted to make it back home, I really needed to stop spending money. So I made a promise to myself to come back before it closed in February 2018.
I was very lucky that I managed that.
I’m not into high fashion but I do appreciate a good design when I see it and this was the exhibition for it. The story of how Cristóbal Balenciaga came to set up his first house to how he shaped modern fashion by creating something so far removed from what others were doing at the time was truly wonderful to look at.
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I’m a self professed Kate Spade lover. She could release a handbag made from a bin liner, make it fashionable, and I would consider buying it. That’s the wonderful talent the brand has.
What’s even more wonderful is that their products never go out of fashion. Classic leather looks in muted colours to loud ones to quirky bags with a sense of humour, nothing is ever past its sell by date. It’s a brand that will probably still be a major player in the bag industry in decades to come.
But I’m not ignoring that Kate Spade is pretty pricey in Ireland.
The KS outlet store in Kildare Village though is incredible – plenty of in season delights at a much, much lower price. And it’s not just the “rejects” or out of style designs. My current bag, just a standard black leather tote that fits all my stuff plus laptop (and is perfect all year round), originally retailed at €500 but I got it for €135. Don’t be put off by the prices in Brown Thomas, you can always get a bargain in Kildare.
Kate Spade is also fantastic for channelling their quirkier side in their designs and below are a few examples of some of the ones I found whilst searching for my next buy.
PS: KateSpade.co.uk doesn’t ship to Ireland so it’s going to be an AddressPal or ParcelMotel situation though after this incident, I think I’ll stick with AddressPal.
Top Left: Ooh La La Dollface
Top Middle: Haute Stuff Takeout Bag (c wat dey did der)
Top Right: Scenic Route Cactus Bag
Mid Left: Scenic Route Cactus Sima
Mid Right: Ma Cherie Antoine Sima
Bottom Left: Baja Bound Porcupine Bag
Bottom Right: Penny the Pinata (my favourite!)
What should Kate do next?
Loafers are in. Well, they’ve never been not in but this season, they’re definitely in. And I’ve never owned a pair. I wore boat shoes in school, polished black to match the school’s requirements of black, flat shoes but they were flimsy and definitely not as high quality as the classic Dubarrys that everyone wore.
In Autumn, I am glued to boots. The minute it begins to feel cold, I have my boots on. Riding boots, ankle boots, Chelsea boots – I have them all, in a range of colours (black AND brown) and once on, they don’t come off until March. I could own seven pairs of Chelsea boots, every single one black, and not get tired. But this year, I found myself wanting something different.
Working in an office has given me a new eye, and appreciation, for the smart-casual work aesthetic. You know, what’s now Normcore after Normcore became a little less boring. I’ve begun to come around to the idea of a pair of smart shoes that I can wear to the office that aren’t heels, boots, or worse – heeled boots.
So I’ve been scouring online to see what’s out there and here’s what I’ve found. Now, I know Office dominate this list. Many places have got the classic loafer but I wanted colour and Office had them. Hail Office for they truly are the kings of colourful, practical shoes.
Continue reading “The Humble Loafer”
Okay the title doesn’t completely work but bear with me here, I’m making a venture into fashion. Yes, I did say that this blog can do anything, didn’t I?
So, I was wistfully looking through Vogue this morning and THE VELVET TREND IS BACK. I’m delighted, ecstatic, as you would say, completely beside myself. Velvet is everywhere, right from accessories to clothes to homeware, and is, hands down, the nicest of all fabrics out there, bar satin of course. Satin is to die for.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve seen in velvet this week so far. What a time to be alive!
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