TBT Look of the Day: Club Tropicana, Two

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Hello world,

For this week’s Throwback Thursday ‘Look of the Day’, I’m featuring part two of the Club Tropicana series. This was shot back in My 2012 and it never originally ended up on my blog. With this shoot here, you can see why as nearly every image is blurred to an extent. I done the best I could to sharpen them out, but unfortunately it’s still a bit obvious.

While the lack of focus in the images might have bothered me two years ago, now I think it really adds to the character of the shoot. It’s blurred and frenetic, much like the idea behind the shoot.

IMG_5831It’s really interesting to compare the fashion trends from the last two years. Just like in 2012, the tropical print is a big theme in this spring/summer season, but it’s interesting to see that while trends are recycled, they do change over time. This season it’s all about palm prints and multi-coloured jungle prints, whereas two years ago, the predominant colour was blue and it was more aquatic in theme.

This outfit here is a perfect example of it, and I have to say I’m still absolutely in love with this Zara skirt. It honestly makes me feel like I’m scuba diving along a reef.

IMG_5846 IMG_5850And it’s cool to see that bralets were in style even two years ago. This Topshop bralet is a cool blue tropical print and it matches the skirt very well.

I finished the look off with a multi-coloured embroidered clutch from River Island to give it a punch of colour and some neon sunnies from Primark, which I must have in almost every colour by now. :-)

IMG_5854 IMG_5851So what do you think of this shoot? It’s this series that has made me fall in love with tropical prints all over again, as they’re so vibrant and youthful and make me feel like it’s summer already. As always, let me know what your thoughts are on this in the comments section.

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Bralet: Topshop, old season
Skirt: Zara, old season
Clutch: River Island, old season
Sunnies: Primark, old season
Rings: HM, old season
Necklace: Forever 21, old season

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Orange Sunrise

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Today’s post is a simple one. I wanted to give the orange Zara trousers a different spin to a previous post with them. This one is much more casual and everyday wear, and I thought I’d team it up with a classic white blazer as they are very much on trend right now.

As it was in a previous post, the emphasis of the outfit is on the bright colour of the trousers, but this time I thought I’d keep everything else very neutral. The striped Breton was an added touch to make sure my upper half isn’t washed out.

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The accessories are very simple; just my modified H&M necklace from a couple of years ago and my Hermès Collier de Chien cuff. The pumps are a very old, and rather dirty, I’m ashamed to admit, pair of River Island ballerina flats that go with absolutely everything!

IMG_9191 IMG_9183I loved the time of morning that I shot this at. It was about half an hour after dawn and Greenwich was a haze of orange light from the rising sun. It not only was a beautiful sight to see, but also made some great photos. There was a thick fog hanging around the city, which made the shot below even more beautiful as you just see the tips of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf rising out of the haze.

The week that I shot these images was a bit of hilarious one. Due to a combination of pollution from continental Europe, Saharan sand and dust having travelled north and sheer luck we ended up with a thick smog hanging over London and most of England for over a week. Needless to say, people completely freaked out, the tabloids treated it like Armageddon was on its way and people were so afraid they kept their kids indoors. This is all rather ironic, since London was and to an extent is still known as the ‘Big Smoke’ or ‘Schmoke’ if you’re trying to say it in an East London accent. Frankly, for a city that for a long time was known for its smog, this overreaction was a bit odd.  Either way, the smog faded and everyone calmed down again.

IMG_9242 IMG_9218So what do you think of this simplistic ‘Look of the Day’? It’s not as elaborate as my usual ones, but I thought I’d try something more casual. Don’t worry though, the over-the-top shoots will be back again on Saturday. :-)

As always, let me know what you think, what you liked or disliked. I love to hear your opinions.

IMG_9226 IMG_9186Trousers: Zara, current season found here
Striped top: H&M Modern Classics, current season found here
Blazer: H&M, current season, found here
Flats: River Island, old season
Necklace: DIY from H&M
Cuff: Hermès Collier de Chien

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Inspiration for ‘Look of the Day’ Mirror Mirror

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Hello world,

Happy Easter everybody! I hope everybody has a good day, you eat lots of chocolate and enjoy the time with your family. I will be spending the morning controlling a hyperactive one-year old and cooking a massive Easter dinner for our little family.
So here’s today’s Inspiration post; a little something pretty to get you inspired.

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The main inspiration for yesterday’s ‘Look of the Day’ shoot, Mirror Mirror was an editorial from Harpers Bazaar UK September 2010. Shot in Venice, it featured Vanessa Hegelmaier and was shot by Miles Aldridge. I loved the dark gothic tone and the complex styling, the blue lighting and serious tone. I really wanted to do something like that myself, and with the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, it seemed the perfect location.

Harpers Bazaar UK, September 2010

Harpers Bazaar UK, September 2010

Harpers Bazaar UK, September 2010

Harpers Bazaar UK, September 2010

The Royal Naval College was built by the famed British architect sir Christopher Wren, the same man who designed St. Paul’ Cathedral in London, and the entire site is protected by UNESCO for its heritage value. The buildings are part of the English Baroque period, famous for their neoclassical styles used. I could think of no better place to shoot at than this place rich in English history.

Image courtesy of flickr

Image courtesy of flickr

Image courtesy of flickr

Image courtesy of flickr

Image courtesy of flickr

Image courtesy of flickr

Here are some other metallic themes that inspired the shoot. I wanted to focus on the silvery aspect of the trend, the shimmering of the metal in the light.

Cosmo US, June 2013 #4

Cosmo US, June 2013

Cosmo US, June 2013

Fashion Magazine, April 2013

Fashion Magazine, April 2013

Vogue Nippon, February 2009

Vogue Nippon, February 2009

Vogue Australia, May 2013

Vogue Australia, May 2013

As always, let me know what you think and which images you love.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Mirror Mirror

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Hello world,

I like shiny things. I’ve often been called a magpie, because much like the maligned bird I can’t help but be drawn to nice shiny things. So you can imagine how I’d react to the metallic trend.

I love that you can see your reflection in your clothes, how the light bounces off the surface and how it seems to make everything brighter and shinier. Metallics just make the world that much brighter, and I’m convinced that’s why we’re still drawn to precious metals.

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This is a bit of a twist on the metallic trend. With a previous ‘Look of the Day’ post I focused a little on the prevalence of silver in this season’s collections, but here I wanted to do more than wear shiny silver clothes. That’s why I love this two-tone skater dress from Topshop. It’s metallic, yet it flits between copper and sapphire depending on the light.

The skirt is so flattering and to add a little more to the outfit, I teamed it with my trusty paneled tee from H&M Trend that I seem to be using way too often in this blog. The shoes are an old pair of Zara heels, along with a burnished metallic belt that’s at least three years old.

The bag is a very old piece from Berlin when I lived there in the summer of 2008, and it’s from an Italian brand called Coco California. It too is a two-tone metallic clutch and it fits very nicely with the dress. The necklace is from H&M, and the rings are from my large collection of silver rings.

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I was having so much fun shooting in Greenwich that it started getting dark, which only prompted me to stay longer and start shooting with the lights coming on. It can be an absolute nightmare to shoot in the dark, what with fading light and a flash gun washing everything out, but it was a nice challenge to do. It also created a lovely orange tone to the images.

I also love that I got a great view of Canary Wharf just across the river from Greenwich. It is lit up in various colours at night and looks so pretty. It also makes for a great backdrop. :-)

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So let me know what you think of this shoot. I like it. It’s quirky and so much fun to shoot in the fading light surrounded by the magnificent and historic building of the Old Royal Naval College. If you’re ever in London, they are worth a look, especially at dusk.

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Dress: Topshop, current season found here
Tee: H&M Trend, old season
Belt: Zara, old season
Shoes: Zara, old season
Necklace: H&M, current season
Rings: Forever 21 and H&M, old season
Clutch: Coco California, old season

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

TBT Look of the Day: Club Tropicana, One

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There was a time, about two years ago that I was a little obsessed with tropical prints. They were all over the high street and I loved every single piece on offer. I also did go a little mad and bought quite a lot of the same trend. Funnily enough, I’m currently going a little mad over a tropical print dress from Karen Millen, so it’s good to see much hasn’t changed in two years!

Well I wanted to do my very first studio shoot in the massive living room of my old apartment and while I generally liked the end result, I somehow felt too self-conscious to post the images. It’s a bit of a pity as they’re quite cool and I love the clothes in them! I have to say the styling I done for this shoot is pretty good!

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I really went all out with the bright neon colours and clashed it with an array of tropical prints. In saying it, the high street gave me lots of gems to work with, so it wasn’t half as hard as this polka dot trend I’m trying to style right now.

This shoot consists of three different looks, but I thought I’d do a look per post, so this is the first of three.

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I went for a casual, beach vibe for this outfit and even though it was the height of summer when this shoot was done, I love the River Island high tops I have here. Sure your feet might be a little sweaty, but they look so nice! I still wear them quite a lot, two years later. They were also the shoes that got me through my pregnancy! :-)

I also like the clashing of the neon vest with the tropical shorts and underneath was a very cute Zara bikini top that you can see better in an image further down the post.

IMG_5799 IMG_5812 IMG_5819So what do you guys think of this shoot? It’s a little colouful, a little fun and a whole lot of tropical prints! Let me know as always in the comments section.

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Vest: Primark
Shorts: Topshop
Bikini top: Zara
High Tops: River Island
Bag: River Island

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Mary Katrantzou and Adidas: A New Match Made In Heaven

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Well this was unexpected. I didn’t think I’d be getting two major collaborations of my favourite designers with high street brands this close together. But it looks like Mary Katrantzou’s latest collaboration is with sports giant Adidas. And just when I was getting around to buying those expensive Nike trainers and converting to them, Adidas came and blew it all out of the water.

Image courtesy of ldnfashion and Instagram

Image courtesy of ldnfashion and Instagram

Set to launch sometime in November, this is more than just a once-off collaboration and it will debut clothing and footwear.

“I’m really excited to be working with Adidas,” Katrantzou told Vogue this morning. “I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand. They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market.”

Equally as excited is Dirk Schoenberger, Global Creative Director of Adidas’s sport style division. “I admire Mary’s extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colours and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the adidas originals women’s collection,” he told Vogue.

Image courtesy of The Telegraph

Image courtesy of The Telegraph

Now, I was never the sporty kind, whether it’s exercise or wearing sports clothing. I’ve always been more feminine and classic, but lately I’ve been leaning towards sports apparel, so I’m genuinely curious to see what they are going to come up with. Will it just be their standard sports gear with Mary’s quintessential prints all over it, or will they be wearable daywear?

I honestly can’t fathom how this collection will turn out to, so I’ll be eagerly waiting for the first images to hit the web.

What do you guys think of this new collaboration? Will it be worth it? Let me know.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Crystal Palace

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Today’s ‘Look of the Day’ was shot at Crystal Palace, a big and really nice park close enough to where I live. It’s also the first time that my son will be joining me in the shoot as my fiancé couldn’t mind him on the day, so that’s an added bonus.

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I’ve been wanting to shoot here in the park for quite some time as they have these lovely brick alcoves on which the old crystal palace used to sit before it burnt down in the 1930′s. It’s also where the park got its name from and it was the home to Crystal Palace FC for many years before they moved down to Selhurst. In its place is now a massive Athletics Centre and  fantastic gym, but that’s getting off topic. For anyone living in south London, this place is a bit of a staple to visit and that’s why I wanted to incorporate the park into this blog. Because as the years go on, I’m finding that this blog is as much about the beauty and wonder of London as it is the fashion I portray. So here’s my little homage to a great park.

IMG_8923 IMG_8938I’m falling in love with my Chanel 2.55 again, after going off the bag for a good year or two. It’s the perfect size, it’s in a classic shade like black and goes with absolutely everything! This outfit is quite preppy, so the bag fits into this reworked fifties style very well.

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The jumper (or sweater for those with American English) is one from Kenzo, and it might be a it cliché to have a blogger wearing a Kenzo jumper, I just loved it and had to get it. I might be a little late on the scene to show it on my blog, but I was gone for two years so some of my clothes are a little old. Anyway, when I bought the black midi skirt from H&M and wore it in this post, I knew I had to pair it with the Kenzo jumper. I added a crisp white shirt that was borrowed from my fiancé for the outfit, and I think it looks really great together.

IMG_8959My son loves getting his picture taken. For a one-year old he’s quite vain already and he only has to hear the click of a camera and he’s already staring at it. It’s quite annoying when you’re trying to take candid photos of him, but it’s also quite cute. Here he’s delighted to be in my arms after being forgotten about for 15 minutes.  IMG_8963The belt is a vintage snakeskin belt I picked up in Beyond Retro many years ago and has been featured quite heavily on this blog, and the rings are from H&M. I’m quite new to this idea of stacked rings, but I think they look quite cute and they’re growing on me.

IMG_8966_2The choker is Versace for H&M, and I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve worn it on the blog. I love it, even if it can get  bit uncomfortable, so I was quite surprised it had never featured before. I think it adds an unusual touch to the outfit and fits in well with the tiger jumper.

The shoes below are my new patent black Valentino Rockstud, which I am absolutely in love with! It took a bit to get them, as I had to order them from Neiman Marcus in America, but I’m glad I did.

IMG_8982_2Jumper: Kenzo, found here
Skirt: H&M Trend, current season found here
Shirt: T.M. Lewin
Belt: Vintage from Beyond Retro
Shoes: Valentino Rockstud, found here
Necklace: Versace for H&M, old
Cuff: Hermes Collier de Chien
Rings: H&M, current season found here
Bag: Chanel 2.55

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

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The images of the Louis Vuitton ‘city’ bags collection starring Michelle Williams has been released, and they’re gorgeous. Styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Peter Lindbergh, the images are clean and bold, with the emphasis on black, white, nude and red. They perfectly match Michelle’s classic style, so I’ve gotta give kudos to Carine for that.

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Now I’m quite excited about this new collection. I’ve never been that big a fan of Louis Vuitton handbags, even though my first designer handbag purchase all those years ago was a bronze Mahina XL. I personally hate the classic Louis Vuitton pattern, the Monogram Canvas and the traditional check pattern, but when they do bags without the trademark check and interesting styles I actually quite like them.

The new collections sees an updated versions of the Alma, the Capucine and the Lockit; and as expected I find myself drawn to the red Capucine of the first image. I might even consider buying one.

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All images courtesy of fashionista.com. Shot by Peter Lindbergh for Louis Vuitton

 

This is Michelle Williams’ second time promoting Louis Vuitton, with her debut collaboration for autumn/winter 2013 being just last September. It was also shot by Peter Lindbergh, and even though her close friend, Marc Jacobs, has left the brand, I’ve got a feeling we’re going to see more campaigns with Michelle Williams and Louis Vuitton.

So what do you think of the images? Do they entice you to buy any of the new bags? If you’re interested, the images will debut in the May 2014 issues of fashion magazines.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Alexander Wang X H&M

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Well this has just made my week! Though it’s not officially been confirmed yet by H&M, looks like we know who the next collaboration is with.

Yep, it’s the favourite of chic young urbanites, New Yorkers and bloggers alike; Alexander Wang. I for one can’t wait!!!! I haven’t been this excited about a designer collaboration since Mary Katrantzou.

In even sneakier style, the brand announced the collaboration on their brand new Instagram account, making it also their very first post. They have also in the meantime posted another video from Coachella, seemingly confirming the upcoming collaboration.

From the video we can guess that the date the collection is launched is the 6th November 2014, which is typically around the time these designer collaborations are released. Either way, this will be awesome beyond words and I can’t wait until the first images of the collection hit the web.

What do you guys think of this news. Are you as excited as I am? Let me know what you think.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Inspiration for ‘Look of the Day’ Orange Crush

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Hello world,

In today’s inspiration post I thought I’d show you the concept behind yesterday’s ‘Look of the Day’ Orange Crush. It has quite a bit of inspiration coming from some very diverse places, so I’ll try and explain it easily. Here’s an image of the shoot just to remind us of the finished product.

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The first thing that really inspired and influenced this shoot was Zara’s ‘Orange Mood’ trend that they focused on their website a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a screen grab of the image.

Image courtesy of zara.com

Image courtesy of zara.com

This is probably what set me off on the idea in the first place. I just love the strong colour; it’s not quite orange and not quite yellow but somewhere in between. This season, as we see so often in spring, the tendency is to go for muted shades of colour and pastels and I loved that this went against the grain. That and I’ve always been a fan of Zara’s clean lines and simplistic style, and this was no exception. I just had to have something of this collection. I naturally went for the trousers, as I always do shorts and the coat was a bit long for my taste. I am 5’3″ and long coats generally swamp me, so the only thing left were the trousers, and frankly I really don’t do enough shoots with trousers in them!

The second thing that inspired the shoot are two editorial shoots from Elle Denmark April 2013 and Elle Vietnam December 2011. Both feature orange and both really put the emphasis on the colour, which I loved.

Image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Image courtesy of designscene.net

Image courtesy of designscene.net

And the last image that helped inspire the shoot was this one shot from Harpers Bazaar China, July 2012. I love the combination of the orange backdrop and the cold blue dress, and it shows what a brilliant match blue and orange are. Zara done this a bit too in their ‘Orange Mood’ trend, but Harpers Bazaar China were the ones that really put the oomph into the colour combination. It brought about the idea of using my old royal blue coat in the shoot and I’m really glad that I did as it really makes the colours pop.

Image courtesy of loveisspeed.blogspot.com

Image courtesy of loveisspeed.blogspot.com

The last thing to inspire the shoot was the No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom. I love the cover with Gwen Stefani holding the orange to symbolise Orange county where they’re from and where the album was recorded. It was this image of Gwen holding the orange that made me think of incorporating that into the shoot.

No Doubt Tragic Kingdom

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So that’s how I came up with the ‘Orange Crush’ shoot. What do you think?

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

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