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A Dandies Approach to Festival Fashion!

Getting festival ready…

Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles Leaving The Hotel Meurice (USA & OZ RIGHTS ONLY)

Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles Leaving The Hotel Meurice – looking pretty festival chic

We are now officially in the thick of the Festival Season! Oh the festival, the emblem of summer, synonymous with denim shorts, spent in vain without Hunter wellies and not a summer at all if you’re not attending at least one! Well, truth be told in my twenty nine years of living I must have lived only a handful of summers, because I am far from what the likes of Glastonbury and V-Fest goers would call a ‘Festival Goer’. In fact, I’m not. I just happen to wander along to the odd festival the occasional summer, and I am delighted to say that this is one of those summers. Indeed, on Friday I will be attending Wireless Festival at the Olympic Village park and as you would imagine, the ensemble preparation has begun.

My stylish thoughts have led me to the conclusion that festival fashion can be easily imitated; firstly it’s functional, so common sense and practicality, before aesthetic, dictates many of the garments Festival Goers select as a collective. Secondly, festival fashion is pretty much preordained; cut off denim shorts (Levis), sunglasses (Rayban), wellies (Hunters), parka (Babour) and an across the body bag (of your choosing) and of all the aforementioned designers for hardened fashionista festival attendees. These are  what I have called the non-variable garments of a festival ensemble –  although the designer can be varied in accordance to your bank balance, the actual items themselves can’t really be argued with. 

If like me the rock chic/boho/festival/fashion student/Topshop look (all styles make up festival chic) isn’t ‘honestly’ your style remit, then putting together a festival ensemble you feel comfortable and chic in poses a slight fashion challenge. Readers of Charms of a Dandizette will know that I love a fashion challenge –  such challenges allow you to dip into different styles and fashion sub-cultures outside of your comfort zone – giving  you a broader scope to draw upon when creating ensembles, which can only add to your styling capabilities.  

As tempting as it is to go against the grain, which is an approach I would usually take, for my festival ensemble I have looked at what has been working for the masses and imitated the essentials, the non – variables. As much as  what Solange wore to Coachella this year is closer to my own personal style than the likes of denim shorts and wellies, I am not confident enough in this realm to be able to break the rules just yet – so, you could say in this context I am playing it safe. Did I just say that? Admittedly, following the crowds isn’t an overly dandyish or dandizette like approach to dressing, but you see, the festival would not have been a dandies typical playing field anyhow – so I believe there’s no need to feel bad about not being overly creative at this point. Besides, this is just the beginning.

In line with this way of thinking, I was able to select the key garments in my festival ensemble quicker than you can say ‘denim shorts’ and indeed, those cut off denim shorts I have an on again off again relationship with are on again, not Levis but Topshop. My footwear, not Hunters, but black zip up stack heel ankle booties, also from Topshop and my across the body bag, the only one I own, from Marc Jacobs, have all been selected. The variables, on the other hand, the  sunglasses, jacket (or something to keep warm), jewellery and head wear – are the more fun and more expressive elements to the ensemble. These are the game changers and I am going to be using these items to be more expressive, more individual and more on trend – hopefully showing off some fashion savviness at the same time!

My Tom Ford sunglasses, my summer investment piece, will be replaced with a non-designer pair that are loud enough and conspicuous enough to earn their right in the sea of Raybans. And can do so without denting the bank, because let’s face it, although the opulent and frivolous sunglasses, think Dolce and Gabbana, are trending right now, we’re sure to hate this trend by next summer. I’m adopting this attitude for all the variables, replace my everyday cuffs and chunky Marc by Marc Jacobs turn lock bracelet for wrists embellished in a pile up of gold bracelets and plenty of  bangles. And, instead of opting for the conventional parka I’m opting for an elaborately printed  silk bomber jacket.

I am now in the midst of selecting the perfect top, but that’s nothing that a visit to Topshop won’t solve! I am feeling festival ready and pretty fashion confident! Should my ensemble be a success, there could be some personal photos to look out for!

Take a look at my inspirations…

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Solange Knowles at Coachella – not so practical, but loving the ensemble

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Rihanna rocking the crazy glasses – up the ante on those festival accessories

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Beyonce at Coachella 2010 – copy this entire outfit and you won’t go far wrong

Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles Leaving The Hotel Meurice (USA & OZ RIGHTS ONLY)

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Chanel Iman at Coachella 1013

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Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio at Coachella 2013 – hat lovin’

Rihanna looking festival chic

Rihanna – if you can pull it off go for it!

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Jay Z and Beyonce perform at Coachella

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Kate Moss at Glastonbury – queen of festival fashion

Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candace Swanepoel  at Coachella

Miranda Kerr rocking out with her Victoria Secrets Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Candace Swanepoel at Coachella

Miranda Kerr at Coachella

Miranda Kerr at Coachella

Rihanna Performs at the V Festival

Rihanna Performs at the V Festival

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

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Rihanna’s Photo Shoot for Schon Magazine

Rihanna for Schon! magazine’s June 2013 edition…

Rihanna_Schon-Magazine-05Photography / Zoe McConnell @ Chilli Media
Talent / Rihanna
Styling / Mel Ottenberg
Hair / Ursula Stephen for Motions/Epiphany Artist Group, INC
Make Up / Mylah Morales
Manicurist / Kimmie Kyees

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Stunning as always,

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

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Made For Rihanna – Miuccia Prada Red Hot Flame Heels!

We’re all very accustomed to seeing the Made In Italy tag on an item of clothing as a seal of quality, or at least we were before Primark. But how about receiving a pair of shoes Made in Italy, made especially for you?

Unfortunately I am not lucky enough to share with you how this might feel. Rihanna, on the other hand, can tell you exactly how this feels – in fact she did, via twitter to all of her 15,666, 319 followers. And no, the R on the sole of the shoe does not stand for ‘Right Shoe’.

Miuccia Prada, or at least the fashion houses’ communication department, sent Rihanna her very own personalised pair of Prada‘s spring summer 2012’s Red Hot Flame heels. I suppose the shoes are particularly appropriate for the hottest artist on the globe right now. And no doubt, now that Rihanna has tweeted, and tweeters have retweeted and bloggers have blogged, these shoes will be just as hot off the shelves as their name!

It’s all about Rhi-rhi!

But can I have a pair please?

Rihanna's Red Hot Flame Heels

Prada Red Hot Flame Heels Made for Rihanna

Prada Red Hot Flame Heels Made for Rihanna

Prada Red Hot Flame Heels

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

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Coveted Collars…

The Perfect Collaring…

Gold Louis Vuitton Collar with Gold Chanel Chains
The Perfect Black and Gold Ensemble. Gold Louis Vuitton Collar with Gold Chanel Chain

Designers, stylists and fashion enthusiasts have been paying a particular  attention to the embellishment of shirt collars for some time now. However, it would appear that the trend has evolved, in typical fashion manner, and the collar has now graduated from being a mere aspect of a garment, that when accessorised appeared fashion savvy, to being an actual accessory in its very own right.

Although the Peter Pan collar has been gracing the high streets with its presence for some time now, the rounded, almost cutesy collar climbed the ladder and reached critical claim amongst the fashion big wigs when Marc Jacobs designed his autumn/winter 2011-12 Louis Vuitton collection that featured a motif of the collar throughout the entire collection. Models walked the Louis Vuitton runway adorned in dresses, coats and blouses that appeared to have been designed with the Peter Pan collar as the leading stimulus.

The collar is absolutely huge this season, literally, and walks hand in hand with yet another trend of the season, the sweater. However you choose to wear your collar and which collar style you opt for is entirely up to you. I have found the collar to be the perfect accessory to revamp simple black dresses and sweaters. I have  been slipping printed shirts with classic collars beneath round necked jumper dresses, woollen sleevless dresses and v-neck sweaters. The classic shirt collar and the likes of the long pointed style collar, like Rihanna wore beneath her Alexander McQueen dress on the  X Factor UK 2011, can appear serious and buttoned up if not careful. However, Rihanna’s collar worked because of its complete unpredictability and frivolity.

The key to implimenting the new collar trend into an ensemble that  leans itself more towards fashion savvy as opposed to formal work wear,  is to keep it quirky and unpredictable –  particularly when donning the classic shirt collar.

Coveted Collars

Louis Vuitton Peter Pan Collar - Louis Vuitton Winter 2011 Collection

Louis Vuitton Peter Pan Collar - Louis Vuitton Winter 2011 Collection

 
Louis Vuitton Gold Collar

Louis Vuitton Gold Collar - The perfect accessory this seasonRihanna X Factor UK 2011 wearing Alexander McQueen Dress accessorised with shirt collar

Embellished simple shirt collar

Accessorised Sweater and Denim shirt collar

Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2011 CollectionA Collection of Collars

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Rihanna wears Alexander McQueen on X Factor

McQ Alexander McQueen Dress worn by Rihanna on X Factor
McQ By Alexander McQueen dress worn by Rihanna on UK X Factor 2011

On Sunday  night Rihanna bounced around the UK X Factor stage wearing beetle crusher shoes and a cutesy Alexander McQueen dress. Admittedly, this may not have been the sexed up performance we would have expected or hoped for from Rihanna.  It was a major contrast to the femme fatale, seductress many of us associate Rihanna with.

The performance didn’t even remotely compare to her previous X Factor appearances, that have seen her under dressed in bra tops and barely there shorts, sculpted in a power shouldered body con dress and sensuous in that full length black dress, cut away from the top of the hip the entire way down the leg, that nearly sucked the voice out of Matt Cardle.

The beetle crusher shoes may be a little way out there for me in terms of fashion, but because I am absolutely all about the collar this season I was excited by the fact that she embellished the Alexander McQueen frock with a perfect pointy collar.  

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Rihanna’s a Rock Star now???

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Vagina Boots – The ‘V’ Word in Boot Camp

All hail this season’s supreme and essential boot for the winter rain or feline predator, coined the V boot by fashion bloggers, the V indeed refers to the woman’s genitalia. Could the vagina be any more à la mode?

Propped on the top of perforated, studded, patterned, matt faux or real leather, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci models strutted down the runway with their legs wrapped in black, oil slick leather climbing way up their legs. Over the knee boots are so last season, winter 2009 the new boot is Vagina high and proud. With our second Christmas in the recession, 7.8% of the work force unemployed and no prediction of employment increasing anytime soon, the nation’s strength and confidence is vulnerable. Designers kick the recession in the teeth with these strategically powerful boots, although the Gucci V boot is priced at £1560 these boots will definitely pay for themselves – over and over again.
Last year the high streets saw a surge of flat over the knee boots, it was protocol on Oxford Street to do your Christmas shopping donning these, at that moment markedly long boots. But as if that boot wasn’t ferocious enough, the V boot has upped the ante; the heel significantly higher, the leather tighter and the boot longer. Dress would have it that the more flesh the woman reveals the more sexual she appears, this would suggest the more she covers up the more modestly dressed she is. Strangely, this rule doesn’t seem to apply when women adorn their pins in boots – women’s boots hit the top of the sexual radar the closer they edge to the Vagina. Let’s be fair, this boot personifies sex, they’re definitely not for the faint hearted or coy. The V boot is for the woman who has no qualms displaying female sexual power.
Beyonce, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, perhaps the most influential of the dress and music world today have already been seen executing sexy moves in the V boot. The masses may not have submitted themselves to the sexual prowess of this boot just yet, but it’s not a long time coming. There’s always a distinctive ripple in the fashion ocean when a certain Spice Girl is papped wearing a catwalk key item and like clockwork Victoria Beckham, dressed for a night on the town replaced her uniform YSL court shoes for a pair of the towering boots.Unafraid of the force of these boots, Topshop, Aldo and Asos have taken them from the catwalk and bought them to the high street. The uptake appears to be slow, maybe these epic boots don’t belong on the streets for the average woman, but in the wardrobe of Trinity from Matrix or in the bedroom of a dominatrix herself.
However, the only accessory needed this season is the confidence to be overtly sexy. Commanding? The V boot most certainly is, but designers have it that sexy no longer discredits sophistication. This winter is a special one where women can be sexy, classy and most importantly empowered – employed or not.

 

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