During my week at the beach I spent hours flipping through a huge stack of fashion magazines that I had saved up. As always, I was inspired by things on every page and started writing notes and ideas down on paper. Here is some of my fashion inspiration for January.
America: On Tuesday, it will be two weeks until I move to America. While I’m sad and slightly traumatized at the thought, I am excited too. After all, Topshop is opening in NYC any day and I’ve been going slightly mad without Topshop ever since I left London. And America is the “land of the free”, right? So, I’ll go with the hopes and wishes of other immigrants and endeavor to live a great life there.
Floral Prints: I’ve always been a big fan of floral prints but every summer I feel like I want just one more floral dress or floral skirt. This year I’m after a tiny tea dress with bright green floral patterns, a la Kate Moss. Also, a grungier, black and white version and some sort of floral draped tank top. Worn with rough and tough separates or accessories, like chunky boots and fierce jewelry.
Kings Of Leon: There’s always been something about 70s rock bands that I’ve loved and Kings Of Leon almost, almost bring that look into the new century. Cowboy boots, long hair. Apart from always bobbing along to their music, I just love their style – part rock star, part country, part On The Road. They make me want to dress boys up for fun, or something.
Carine Roitfeld: I’m fairly sure she inspires me every month but the more I Google her, the more I love her. She is the epitome of French chic and someone I constantly want to blog about. Skimpy black dresses, straight hair, lean legs and a fierce look on her face. I love the fact she considers herself a “bit punk at times” because that’s just what she is, not to mention a far cry from the more structured, classical Anna Wintour.
House Of Harlow: I’m a huge fan of ethnic styling and House Of Harlow’s jewelry makes me happy. Beautiful African colors, deep reds, burnt oranges. Love the chunkiness of some of it too. The dinner plate-sized ring, for example, with the leather detail and gold starburst cut. I think Nicole Richie has a good eye for fashion. Hopefully the quality is good too.
Marianne Faithfull: Photos of her in full black lace body-suits, fur clad, holding a cigarette over her face, with her choppy hair and bands and full lips. How could you not be inspired by her? As a muse to the Rolling Stones, she travelled the world in paisley dresses, leather gloves, knee high boots and inspired some of their greatest songs (Wild Horses being one of my favorites).
Gemma Ward: Her fresh-faced beauty reminds me of all the good things about Australia – natural beauty, summery locks and a laid-back appeal. Her wide-eyed face reminds me of a little owl, like Lily Cole, and I love that she has that “different” look about her. Her photo shoots, for some reason, always make me happy, like watching someone having simple fun.
Doc Marten Revival: It’s been many years since I made a covert schoolyard purchase from a friend; her cherry-red Docs for my $50. Those Docs have long passed on and now I feel like it’s almost time for a new pair. I don’t know if I’m ready to regress into my teenage years just yet (especially not the fashion) but when I see Daisy Lowe frolicking in a pair, it’s hard not to want to wear frocks and Docs.
Little Doe: I had already seen Erin Wasson rock a feather headband from Little Doe long before I ever knew who Little Doe was. Now I’m starting to seriously consider saving the money to custom order a feather headband of my own from Little Doe owner, Chase Cohl. I’ve just got to work out if I have the long, wispy 70s hair required to wear this look. If you do, don’t hesitate!
Influence: My boyfriend bought me this book for Christmas and I’ve been slowly going through it, turning the pages so carefully. These girls have influenced me so it’s awesome to a see a book on what influences them. The interviews are fairly well-crafted, though I’m only halfway through so far. I can’t wait to get an apartment to live in soon so that we can have a coffee table specifically for this book.
Etro: Etro are my new favorite designers. Every year as I browse the hundreds of collections from various Fashion Weeks, I get a little giddy about certain designers – Marni, D&G, Miu Miu, Anna Sui – the list goes on. Now it’s Etro. I can’t get over their gorgeous floaty designs, bright colors, hippie embellishments and detailing. I want to dress head to toe in Etro.
Jen Brill: I’ve loved Terry Richardson’s photography for a long time but never paid much attention to his life. Enter Jen Brill, his girlfriend. Her half-Asian looks lend her an exotic edge, but she also holds her own in the fashion world with her doe eyed stare, bright red lipstick, childlike features on a curvy body. Something about her always makes me just stare at her.