28 Dec 2012

moth.



It would appear that we have been very good girls this year; so much so that we're spending our Christmas cheer in dainty but stylish boutique moth.


Located within Manchester's popular district of West Didsbury, moth occupies a quaint spot along trendy Burton road; seemingly alluring the public with its carefully selected collection of fashion accessories and luxurious homeware.




Scarlett: Once you take a step inside moth you're taken aback by its eclectic mix of French ornate chandeliers, interesting ceramics and statement jewellery which is then all tied together within a rustic backdrop of wood and fur. The handbags add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral store.
 
Moth describes their store as 'simple, pared down and comfortable', offering customer's products with a 'timeless, understated quality' as well as 'effortless' but 'modest luxury.' A welcome break from the monotonous atmosphere we often feel when browsing through the high street.


With its prime location, beautiful interior and intricate, unique merchandise you may have come to the same conclusion that we did - 'strictly look but don't touch'




Verity: We automatically presumed that there was no chance of having the feeling of a soft reindeer skin rug under our feet and affording this month's weekly food shopping; until we took a closer look at the hand written price tags.Each item is offered at a very tempting price; including an intimate collection of sophisticated stationary and elegant jewellery all for under £30.


Verity: I've been looking for the perfect clutch bag for a while, one that is both simple and stylish but still acts as the key feature in an outfit. Moth have a selection of bags that meet all my needs and won't cause any harm to my bank balance.



We highly recommend that you reconsider battling through the crowds of the city centre and take a trip to this gorgeous boutique. Away from the relaxed atmosphere of the shop, moth have a petite online store that provides a small taster of the main collection which can be viewed here.



| IMAGES: moth online |

the queen is coming.

Behind the scenes: Queen Khan - 'The Jungle Book' collection




24 Dec 2012

merry christmas.






                                                        




                         

15 Dec 2012

queen khan.

We won't tell a lie; if you had said the name 'Dominique Khan' or 'Queen Khan' to us a little over a week ago we wouldn't have had an inkling as to what or whom you were talking about.

Now it seems we can't get her out of our minds.



Thursday, 6th December....

Whilst most of us here in the Northern Hemisphere wrapped ourselves up in yet another layer of clothing; emerging designer Dominique Khan unveiled her début S/S unisex collection from her own label Queen Khan to an intimate gathering of friends, media and bloggers alike at her home in Melbourne.

Appropriately named 'The Jungle Book' after the famous children's novel; Khan brings the essence of the jungle to stylistic life with the use of adventurous prints (exotic fruit, gorillas and most importantly bananas), bold colour tones, beautiful, hand-crafted embellishments and printed fabric, as well as intricate detailing and a use of contrastive textures such as quilting and fringing.

The quote behind the brand fits perfectly with the basis of the design - 
It’s always the weirdly dressed people who are the most interesting.”

Finding ourselves a little jealous of Australia's fashion conscious, we are eager to kiss farewell to this cold front and say hello to each individual piece from this amazing début collection.
We give our praises to Yvan Rodic aka face hunter who conveniently photographed Australian fashion blogger Jess Dempsey of What Would Karl Do in the gorgeous Gorilla print skirt from the collection (an item Verity has not stopped pining over for the last couple of days). Without his photographic genius we may not have discovered this hidden gem from down under.

Dominique's obvious talents are showcased throughout the complete collection which can be viewed here.

| Images | Meagan Harding Photography & Queen Khan Designs Facebook Page |

9 Dec 2012

eastern city lights.


| Scarlett - American Apparel Sweater | Topshop Jacquard Trousers | Acne Pixel Boots | Topshop Boyfriend Coat | Leather Gloves | Vintage Necklace |



| Verity - American Apparel Sweater | Topshop Scarf Print Slip Skirt | Wooden Wedges |



Now that temperatures have reached absolutely freezing; it's time we rekindled our love for oversized knitwear. There are only so many times we'll pair ours with fail-safe denim so we've decided to team them up with playful textures and prints.
Proving once again that metallic's are one of the season's most desired shades; these trousers make a statement. Coordinated with the right colour tones, they add excitement to an otherwise neutral outfit.
The trousers are also cut off at the ankle which means we've been that little bit more daring and styled them with these unique but ultimately gorgeous boots by Acne.
Scarlett: The trousers are a super luxe way to dress up a simple chunky knit and I am in love with the boots which are surprisingly comfy and easy to walk in. Acne is one of my favourite brands and I love the signature style they add to all of their shoes.




We were prepared to turn our backs on floral prints and try something innovative. At first you may think there is too much going on with this skirt, what with all the varied shapes and colours, but that's what we find most appealing. The colours pop out when coupled with this basic piece of knitwear but still don't scream overdressed.
When teamed with a high denier tight; the wooden platforms we wore in summer instantly become an autumn essential and altogether turn an otherwise plain jeans and sweater look into an instant chic ensemble.
 
Verity: I adore the pattern on this skirt it's simply unique. The shape is flattering and the split adds sultry sex appeal.



28 Nov 2012

british fashion awards 2012

Last night London's style savvy descended upon The Savoy Hotel to celebrate this year's British Fashion Awards.
Naturally the red carpet was graced by some of fashions elite; from the likes of top models Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne to talented designers Erdem and Valentino.


All that aside, it comes as no surprise that Stella McCartney would steal the evening's limelight to be awarded not one but two major gongs. Looking effortlessly chic in a black structured jumpsuit with embellished panelling from her own collection and signature scraped back hair, the quintessential designer was awarded 'Designer Brand of the Year' as well as the pièce de résistance 'Designer of the Year'.

Alexa Chung looked every bit the style icon; wearing a simple but still beautiful Simone Rocha black lace skater dress paired with statement boots by Nicholas Kirkwood and an Anya Hindmarch bag whilst also taking home the accolade for 'British Style Icon' for the third year running.




'Model of the Year' was awarded to none other than über cool and quirky model Cara Delevingne. Looking stunning in a green metallic Burberry mini; it's no wonder after walking every catwalk of every fashion week this autumn she scooped up the coveted prize.

Verity: Cara is my model of the hour; so much so that we now have the same eyebrows. She represents a new kind of supermodel; a sort of 21st century Kate.



Couture hats were taken off many a time to congratulate each winner; one in particular being that of Jonathan Anderson who claimed the award for 'Emerging Talent - Ready to Wear' for his brand J.W.Anderson.

Scarlett: Jonathan Anderson is an immensely talented and upcoming designer. Each year his collections inspire and I was overly pleased when he decided to collaborate with Topshop.



Other guests who we thought looked simply delectable were that of model Jourdan Dunn in customised Topshop, Gemma Arterton in designer of the night Stella McCartney, Edie Campbell in a gorgeous pink Christopher Kane dress and super 'it' couple Jamie Campbell Bower & Lilly Collins both in Mulberry.





20 Nov 2012

blanc classique.


| Scarlett - Urban Outfitters Hat | Topshop Linen Shirt | Silk Cigarette Trousers | American Apparel Clutch | 

| Scarlett - J.W. Anderson x Topshop Cotton Shirt Dress |

| Verity - Zara Cotton Shirt | Topshop Silk Pinafore Jumpsuit | 


Nothing compares to a crisp white shirt.

A must have item for every woman's wardrobe, dressed up or down, it never fails. For a modern twist on a classic look we played up the textures and silhouettes; adding leather and silk cut off at the ankle instead of the 'play it safe' cotton black trousers. Finished off with a splash of seductive red.

Who says the white shirt has to stop at the waist? 

Scarlett: This J.W. Anderson dress is my favourite from the collection. It has a feminine feel and a high fashion edge. 

Homme ou une femme?

Verity: Scarlett and I favour an androgynous style to our everyday outfits. The shirt paired with this jumpsuit is perfect as the shape has a masculine edge whereas the silk adds softness. 

Whether vintage, high street or designer it's a timeless piece. 

| PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEX BRYAN |


14 Nov 2012

mmm x h&m


Tomorrow sees the arrival of H&M's eagerly anticipated collaboration with Belgian born designer Martin Margiela. By far our favourite collaboration to date.

                        
Oversized peacoat.

The A-line shape of the coat proves flattering to all figures; a change from the traditional peacoat into a modern classic. Simple but still exciting, we find this to be a key piece within the collection and a worthy investment. 


Oversized turtleneck jumper.

A modern take on a 70's classic, the extreme oversizing adds a playful twist on the standard turtleneck.

Scarlett: I would style the cream version with contrasting colours and texture. Perhaps a simple pair of leather trousers.


Verity: Team the navy coloured turtleneck with a high denier tight and some strappy, wooden platform sandals for an effortless, chic look. 



Horizontally worn dress.

The aesthetics of this dress appeal to both day and night. We prefer the black version as an exaggerated take on the LBD.

                      

Mould effect belt, Hand painted belt, Extended belt

Each belt provides the perfect statement piece to chop and change the oversized silhouette of the garments in the collection. 

Verity: The Extended belt would provide an androgynous feel to an otherwise feminine look. 

| Collection in store & online 15th November 2012 | 



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