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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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.

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

Until then,

Franzi

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Look of the Day: Orange Crush

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Today’s shoot was done at one of my favourite places in London; Greenwich. If I had a limitless supply of money I wouldn’t go and live in Hampstead or Notting Hill or any of those other celeb-style places, I would live in Greenwich. I’m a massive history buff so there’s plenty there for me, and it honestly feels like a little village tucked away from London. There’s a simple way of gauging how good an area it is, and that’s how good are its transport links. The worse they are the better the area, and Greenwich is no exception.

I’ve been wanting to do a shoot here since I moved to London, but I never seemed to have the time or the right outfit. I finally said, screw it and done one and I’m really happy with the results.

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The shoot was done at the Royal Observatory on top of a massive hill and the Queen’s House. They are both definitely worth a visit for any tourist coming to London, although I will recommend you don’t try and climb the hill in heels! It was a lesson I had to learn myself. :-)

IMG_9249 IMG_9050_2When I first spotted these trousers in Zara, I knew I had to have them! I’m not really one for wearing smart trousers; anyone who regularly reads my blog knows I’m firmly a dress and skirt kind of girl, but these are fab! They are so bright and clean that I knew I had to pair them with something bold too. The top I paired them with is an old one from H&M with the mesh panels, which surprisingly is back in fashion. You gotta love how cyclical fashion is.

IMG_9079_2 IMG_9140I decided to go for a metallic finish to really accentuate the bold orange trousers. I’m loving the silver trend that’s so big for spring/summer 2014 and I wanted to do the trend in a way that’s more office-wear and daytime. I done another shoot at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, which I will post in a week or so, that does the metallic trend in an evening/party wear.

Getting a metallic clutch that was just clean lines and no added detail was actually quite hard to find, until I spotted this little baby in Primark. I love that it reflects everything and it reminds me a little bit of a disco ball.

IMG_9171IMG_9160I love this photo above. It got taken with me standing in between the Greenwich Meridian Line.

IMG_9180The last photo I do love quite a bit. It’s quirky and fun and when I was first thinking up the outfit for the shoot the album cover for No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom came to mind and I had to take an orange with me to try out the idea. It worked quite well and the orange ended up being  tasty treat for when the shoot was done. :-)

Coat: H&M (old)
Trousers: Zara (current season found here)
Top: H&M Trend (old)
Clutch: Primark (current season)
Shoes: Zara (old)
Necklace: H&M Trend (old)

So what do you guys think of this shoot?

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

TBT Look of the Day: Black Lake

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This is yesterday’s Throwback Thursday Look of the Day post, because my laptop had to be repaired and I only got it back last night. So sorry about the delay in this post.

Well this shoot is from the very start of my blog, a good three years ago! This was when I was still getting my mum to do shoots for me and I really didn’t have the confidence to do shoots of this nature. I loved looking back at these photos and remembering how awkward but cool the entire process seemed. :-)

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To be honest, I’m not quite sure why I never posted this shoot. I think I wanted to create a really dramatic and dark image and I just didn’t know how to use Photoshop well enough to pull it off, but looking back on the images three years later and I really don’t think the images need it. I still can’t do the images as dark and dramatic as the first image, which my mum done for me. Just goes to show, mummy knows and can do better!

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The dress is a hilarious one. It cost me €5, I bought it while living in Berlin for a summer and it has got to be the cheapest dress I have ever bought! But surprisingly, it’s very flattering on and looks like it’s worth a lot more in the photos. The feathered bolero is from Next, and from a shoot I done for SCOPE magazine called ‘Feathered Queen’ found here. I loved it so much, I went and bought it for myself afterwards! This was also my feather phase when I was obsessed with them!

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So that’s this week’s TBT Look of the Day. What do you think of this simple, but rather dramatic shoot? I really like it, though I do look quite squinty eyed in most of these. It just goes to show, I should stop being so self conscious and not hold on to images for so long. IMG_1443Dress: Tally Weijl (old)
Bolero: Next (old)
Bracelet: Vintage
Ring: Forever 21 (old)
Necklace: Jimmy Choo for H&M (old)
Shoes: New Look (old)

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Lolita Striped

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This is just a small ‘Look of the Day’ shoot, that was heavily inspired by Lana del Rey. I love her 50′s girlish style and when I spotted this striped pencil skirt I knew exactly what I wanted to shoot it with. IMG_8514 copy

This is just a simple shoot on my bed, as I wanted the focus to be on the striped skirt and the bold red necklace. A busy background would have just taken away from the two contrasting colours and I love that the main emphasis on this shoot is white. Plus I look really pale, but for once it looks good!

The bralet is from H&M Trend, and I shot it already in the Sequins and Waterfalls shoot here.

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Just a close-up of the necklace. I’ve had this baby for about four years, ever since the H&M for Lanvin collection came out, but I’ve never gotten the opportunity to wear it. I’m loving how I’m lately just finding all these amazing pieces in my wardrobe that I’d completely forgotten I own. It might have had something to do with the fact that it stank for the first year after I bought it, whether it was the glue or the paint coating the necklace, I’m quite sure but that might have been a reason why I never wore it. I do remember, even wanting to sell it on eBay and taking the picture for it, but thank God i never went through with it, as it’s such a unique piece now. Plus, when do you ever see a red necklace around?

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I love this image above. I tweaked on it so long on Photoshop it just ended up this white mess, but I strangely like it. You can’t see a thing of what I’m wearing, and my nose seems to have disappeared into the white light, but I think it looks funny so I had to put it up.IMG_8496 copySkirt: H&M (current season)
Bralet: H&M Trend (current season)
Shoes: Zara (old)
Necklace: Lanvin for H&M (old)
Belt: Zara (old)
Bracelet: Forever 21

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Inspiration for ‘Look of the Day’ Summertime Sadness

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This is a bit of a new one, but I thought I’d show you guys a kind of behind-the-scenes look at the concept behind a ‘Look of the Day’ shoot. Now most of the ones done for it are just a beautiful outfit shot on a street, but some have a bit more thought put into them. For those of you who’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that I not only worked as a stylist’s assistant at Irish Tatler, but styled all the shoots for our magazine, SCOPE. From time to time I like using those skills I learned there to create something a bit more professional than a standard outfit shoot.

That was the idea behind the shoot I posted online yesterday.

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I thought I’d show you some of the inspiration behind it, so you can get a bit of a better feel of what I was trying to create here. It was inspired by two shoots in particular, the first being Vogue Russia July 2011 shoot with Erin Heatherton by Enrique Badulescu. I loved how dark the images are, and how the image editor really highlighted the bright colours by making them seem almost lurid. It always stuck in the back of my mind as a beautifully extreme example of Photoshop.

Image courtesy of lostinvogue.com

Image courtesy of lostinvogue.com

Image courtesy of fashionista.com

Image courtesy of fashionista.com

The second shoot that acted as inspiration was a shoot I helped on myself, Irish Tatler’s July 2011 shoot with Charlotte Carter Allen. It was shot by Barry McCall and styled by the wonderful Sarah Rickard.

I loved how the Irish Tatler shoot just had something as simple as a coloured wallpaper as the background and then created the effects by hanging palm leaves into the light to create those dramatic shadows. I wanted to create that myself, and thankfully I managed to catch the light at the right time. The place I shot my ‘Look of the Day’ was actually the garages behind our house and instead of doing the shoot early in the morning when the light is the best, I waited until 3pm when the sun was starting to set and thus create such dramatic shadows by just filtering through some trees. I also tried to up the colour balance to replicate the effect they have on the Vogue Russia shoot, though maybe not to the same standard.

So that’s how I came up with this shoot. As always let me know what you think.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

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