Faux Fur – The Update

I got paid and headed to River Island to get THAT coat … you’d think i’d learnt by now the online image and actual product in the shop are very, very different items…

I found it eventually, tucked away behind the Rihanna collection, and the sparkle for me instantly disintegrated.  I felt the texture of the main material and it felt horrible, like a poor quality parka that hadn’t been overlocked or hemmed properly. 

I was disappointed at first, THEN I went to Dorothy Perkins who have never let me down for when I want smart tailored clothes.  I walked over to the shoes, because Dorothy’s printed shoes are always spot on avant garde – but I realised all ones I liked I had already got last month!  I turned around and I literally beamed like a Disney Princess.

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The coat – it’s £40 cheaper than the River Island £100 intended one.  This was £59 and OMG it was worth every press of my pin number.

Thankyou Dorothy Perkins, i’m indebted to you.

Lucy

Faux Fur Deluxe

This coat.

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This is the coat i’ve had my eye on for ages and ages and ages.  I like the style, the fabric used, and the composition of the coat.  Yes, it’s from River Island, a favorite of mine. 

I get paid a week tomorrow, and i’m going to try and buy online for fashion.  I’ve done it before for books, but never had the guts to do it for clothes, just because.  My mum, looking over my shoulder saw it, and immediately began a faux fur speech that Churchill or Martin Luther King would be proud of, whereas I immediately began thinking of what dresses I can wear it, with which shoes it partners with, and also what bags.

It’s a gorgeous faux fur coat that can last me for now and for future Autumn/Winter seasons as well.  It is a smart navy as well, a bonus, lighter than black and more sophisticated I think than colour spectrum or greys, whites, or khaki. 

This coat is a everlasting coat.  It says faux fur on tjlhe label.  I’ve done my research, and i’m fully satisfied it is faux fur.  I’m purchasing this piece and will walk through the Quarry listening to Snow Patrol 😉 

Lucy

Princesses At The V&A

Exciting so so can’t wait – the limited edition Disney dolls are coming out in October !!!!  I don’t care if i’ve got an early at work that day, i’m staying up online to buy this Eric and Ariel dolls the moment it turns midnight on the 15th.

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I collect the Disney princess dolls because of their costume.  Think about it, the princesses and princes are dressed to represent the culture and fashion era they are attributed to, and to nail the era, how character are dressed is key to showing the styles of men and women of the place and time period.

To see and understand further the fashion evolution for all eras, many people go to the renowned pride of Britain masterpiece – The Victoria and Albert Museum (the V and A to us on trend folk and citizens).  A centrepiece of art and design trophies, including real princesses dresses including examples from Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ by Catherine Walker, to HRH Princess Margret’s blue cocktail dress by one of her favorite Parisian designers Jean Desses.

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I purchased two magnificent decadent V&A books this week -‘The V&A Gallery of Fashion’ and ‘V&A Ball Gowns’.  Each are full of beautiful and exquisite pieces of clothing from distinguished places and designers.  I knew I wanted these books from the moment I saw the trademark symbol of the The Victoria and Albert Museum, defining the quality and craftsmanship of the information and products featured. I opened the V&A Ball Gowns book and fell in love with the Erdem dress 2008 and Stella McCartney dress 2011.  

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Erdem dress 2008 

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Stella McCartney dress 2011

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Bellville Sassoon 1964

Vibrant colour, sophistication with a touch of chic and delicate pastel with avante garde beading, just three dresses that represent the different ballgown looks, with patterns and cuts of the fabric and haberdashery touches that the ballgowns book discusses. 

Please either request this book form your nearest Waterstones or borrow it from your local library, where you can photocopy all the images and words and decorate your wall (within copyright laws of course!).  This book is the encyclopedia of fashion full of historical and contemporary garments with engaging information making you want to go to the actual Victoria and Albert Museum instantly.  Of course, I have many many favourite sections in this book.  One is the tennis dress by Hepburne Scott (1926) that I think easily can be a summer evening stroll dress as well as it being a competitive uniform from it’s day.

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Hepburne Scott 1926 

Each chapter has a brief introduction of culture and society of the period the following garments and accessories are from.  Many of the V&A pieces are over 100 years old (personally, i’d hate to see that dry cleaning bill for care of each piece!).  This image below is a true fairytale piece.  If I won the lottery, i’d pay to have a photo shoot in it, though no one should buy this dress, the V&A is it’s permanent fairytale castle. 

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Mantua gown 1753 – 55, silk brocaded with gilded silver thread. 

My best parts have to be the modern and contemporary fashion now chapters, where designers are scientists, experimenting with their fabric, pattern, cut formulas, color and design.  A new spectrum of creative formulas are evolving.  The renowned Gareth Pugh created a piece combining two elements – leather and metal – now historically, yes, you may think done before, leather shoes metal buckle.  No, a material combination of two elements formulating a new fabric for the world. 

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Silvered leather dress 2011.

In the same year, Prada went scientific, taking the highly popular material plastic and thought – forget packaging, we’re going to use it for a component to form a shoe!  Below shows their vibrant magical result, I adore the heel, the best part. 

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The front cover image is this beautiful evening coat.

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Elsa Schiaparelli 1937.

From the front, tailored Savile Row approved, but from the back, artisan magic arrives.  Elsa was a creative magician, and all her pieces were exquisite in cut and design.  Simply makes you pick up this encyclopedia of fashion perfectly.  

Lucy xxx

The Things We Do For Our Nans . . .

I cleaned out my wardrobe this evening, got rid of some tops that I no longer wish to ever wear, and during this clear out I actually found a dress that . . . can’t believe i’m saying this . . . goes over my knees!  :O

Gobsmacked!  How can this be?  All my dresses are on the knee or maybe just slightly above, how can I possibly wear and have this dress!?  Then I realised, it’s my ‘going to my nan’s in Prestatyn’ dress.  I wear it to please my nan, who likes my dresses, but prefers if I wear  flats (OMG) with them!

Nan, I love u dearly, but im never gonna wear flats.  The day I wear flats is the day you see Piers Morgan, Ian Hislop and Jeremy Clarkson all having a bromance picnic together . . .

I’m unsure whether to keep this dress, or put it in the ‘no longer wanted’ clothes pile.  It’s a good make, a John Rocha summer print dress from Debenhams, Stockport.  If I get rid, i’ll have to make my nan get used to one of my shorter dresses that everyone else knows me for, but that means nan will make me traipse around Rhyl’s cheap version of Peacocks and Shoe Zone AGAIN (shudders).

Not going thru that again.  That”s it, the dress is staying.  But in very back of the wardrobe.

Or I could hem it . . . maybe  . . .

But it has soooo made me want to wear my cherry dress and red tights tomorrow, and my pink tailored coat I got from Oasis in the sale.  I saw it in mint green the other day, wish I had money to have that one.  I have nothing in a mint pale green shade, maybe i’ll hint at my nan, or i’ll make a deal with her.
I’ll wear this dress, if you get me this Oasis pale mint green coat.
if it’s a tailored coat, then i don’t mind if its over my knee.  I love that, but a dress over my knee is only for my nan.
Lucy x