Once upon a month ago, I was chatting to the folk at HTC about the release of the HTC One M8 (you’ll see the red version in my paws, above). While we all know I’m something of a nerdypants, this was actually more of a fashion chat than a tech talk.
In collaboration with one of the industry’s leading fashion illustrators, Jacqueline Bissett, HTC just launched the first ever illustrated look book for a smartphone, placing their flagship device in the limelight.
I was asked if I’d like to be included in the project and have Jacqueline illustrate me with the scarlet smartphone.
Have me illustrated at the creative hands which curated the illustrations of Givenchy, Swarovski, Harrods and more? I didn’t need to be asked twice.
The result is below, digitally, though the full illustration has been hung as the focal point in my hallway. While the illustration is altogether more glamorous than the tired remains of Post-Fashion Week Lela, I think it only proves the accessory magic of a beautiful smartphone. Like a red lip, a red phone is the wearable cherry on top.
(And when all your energy has been spent running around the country in your get-out-of-jail-free-card*…that’s an essential.)
What I Wore:
My #1 Autumn/Winter pick – the Simone Rocha tulle embroidered dress
(in real life)
* The get-out-of-jail-free-card (the perfect Winter coat) from Superdry – the spoils from their Fashion’s Night Out celebration!
Taking a break from scheduled programming, I wanted to forgo a traditional outfit post to scream and shout about Bethnals and Butterfly Twists.
These two new additions to my wardrobe may just be flats and jeans, but as a woman who has never been able to identify as a flats or jeans-lover, my infatuation for each item is simple testament to the pieces themselves.
On leg? It’s Bethnals. The brand (which is very much still a baby) is London-based and was established by Melissa Clement – denim and creative product development genius – last year. After launching a Kickstarter campaign to find investment for production, her unisex denim brand got the thumbs up from all the right people…and now, me.
With denim sourced from ISKO – the highest quality denim mill in the market – Melissa’s designs (like the rinsed indigo ‘Pete Skinny‘, shown here) are able to make quality, conscious, beautiful denim a reality at price poiints that bridge high-street and high-end. I am a complete convert.
Shoe-wise, you’re looking at a pair of Butterfly Twists.
More specially, the Gabriella flats. Though I will often throw on a pair of reasonably-heeled boots if I’m running around all day, these flats have come as a luxurious alternative. While the brand is known for its post-party foldable flats, these pony hair smoking shoes are quite literally as chic as it gets. The quilted memory foam insole means you feel like you’re walking around in slippers, yet the silhouette maintains all seriousness.
Note: no sponsoring of nothing, nada, zip. I just need to share the love.
To satiate your international appetite before I share my video postcard from Paris, I think it might be time to pause for an outfit post.
Though I’d ideally be running around patisseries in a beret and stilettos, tackling miles upon miles of city streets in under 48 hours calls for a more practical ensemble. Casual pleats, bows, and tailoring it is.
What I Wore:
Blue tie-back pleated dress from Closet via House of Fraser
My trusty handbag
Bejewelled city sandals (old, similar here)
Most women have a very personal take on the criteria which quantifies an ‘acceptable’ heel. Depending on the occasion, most ladies choose to spend their day in a heel under three inches tall (if they choose a heel at all).
Try as I might, it is simply impossible to spend a day in anything thin, tall, or (sigh) shoegasm worthy.
Except for these babies. These ‘Heels of The Year’ (courtesy of Lela London’s completely unofficial and ongoing blog awards) are four inches tall, super glossy, and extraordinarily comfortable thanks to Sargossa‘s patent-pending insole technology. In fact, I was able to spend a total of thirty minutes hopping and skipping over cobblestones and steep roads on an evening. Sargossa insoles are no joke.
Only problem? Now I want the entire line (I don’t think any hashtag quite explains my life like #tremblingbankcard).
What I Wore:
Sargossa Inspire Nude heels
White dress (old school, similar here)
Saint Laurent Ligne Y Chain (similar here)
This is what happens when you let an American loose in England – she recklessly hops and skips around town wearing collegiate Brooks Brothers whites and Pop Tarts accessories.
(I swear, they’d kick me out if I wasn’t addicted to Game of Thrones.)
What I Wore:
Petite non-iron white shirt from Brooks Brothers
Neon skirt (out of season, similar here)
Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses
Pop Tarts case as a clutch (bought last year in the US)
Citizen Drive watch
Neon heels (out of season, similar here)