Thakoon SS12
Mix a little bit of “The Devil Wears Prada” with a whole lot of “Wild Wild West“, sprinkles of Bollywood, a dash of technicolour, and you get the perfect Spring/Summer 2012 Thakoontini.

The excellent oddball Western aesthetic had nothing “hick” about it. With metallic finishes, cornflower blues, and Indian motifs, Thakoon Panichgul has created a stylist‘s multi-tiered dream. After his Fall/Winter 2011 collection mixed Versailles rococo with Kenya’s Masai tribe, the Thai designer seems to have found his niche in cross-cultural expression. The best thing about this creative continuity is that he has pulled off something wild without forgetting the “special little dresses” that brought his talent to light. It was a fabulously fearless and engaging showing. View Post

Crystalline Kinga Rajzak
Yum, yum, candy-coloured yum. For their August 2011 issue, Dazed & Confused employed Kinga Rajzak as the solo model for their “Crystalline” editorial. With Ruth Hogben on the ever-colourful lens, stylist Katie Shillingford pulled some theme-ringing Walter Van Beirendonck and Frankie Morello pieces, then added an unexpected yet gorgeous dose of Just Cavalli and Louis Vuitton. Flufftastic. View Post

Egle Milly Yana Vogue Turkey
I am completely in love with the fresh faces of Egle Jezepcikaite, Milly Simmonds and Yana Sotnikova on the cover of Vogue Turkey‘s August 2011 issue. With the beauty handiwork courtesy of Youtube sensation Lisa Eldridge, the Cuneyt Akeroglu photograph was perfected with stylist Ece Sukan‘s idea of tangerine-tinted triplets. Divine.

Zalando
Though I mostly post shoe-related things to my shoe blog, I had to show all you Fashion Masters and Fashionistas my latest obsession.

These Buffalo booties/ankle boots from Zalando are essentially perfect. As I don’t exactly tower over people at the five-feet-and-one-inch level, I absolutely adore a skyscraper heel. At the same time, working as a stylist and writer means my days are spent running around like a headless – and hopefully sartorially sound – chicken. Stilettos just aren’t practical. When I saw these babies on discount, I had no chance of leaving the browser empty-handed. The wedge and platform gives me the boost I love while keeping me comfortable. Proof: you don’t need to suffer to pack a stylish punch!

With the ‘comfy mindframe’ engaged, I also basketed these Tamaris heeled sandals with leg shaft (quality product down from £44.95 to £13!), a Korres Mango lip balm (not only the smoothest balm on the market, but a reminder of Thailand!), and coconut bath salts from Lavera (again…Thailand!).

Amazingly, all four items still totalled under £100. I definitely had to stop myself from breaking my set budget; Zalando has a selection of items that many other e-tailer’s don’t seem to invest in. The range was high and the temptation…mighty.

Kipling
What’s all that, you ask? That is Kipling‘s brilliant collaboration with Silver Spoon Attire. Today, your friendly neighbourhood fashion blogger (…that’s me) went down to Selfridges to get one of Kipling’s new college-friendly bags customised in the best Vintage Americana embellishments you could think of.

After leaving my red “Erasto” in the talented hands of Damian Collins, I head back roughly 30 minutes later to the beauty below. My spacious carry-all was now donned with a pom-pom, two L’s in a Letterman-esque blue, tassles, star tacs, buttons and circle hoops! The “Erasto” has enough space for my stylist essentials and can even fit my netbook. Practical, and full of personality. Way to go, you two!
Kipling