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American Vintage

Probably the most perfectly designed t-shirt in the world. A bold statement I know! The American Vintage “Jacksonville” t-shirt is truly a wardrobe staple. Masters of both the long and short sleeved t-shirt, the American Vintage Jacksonville is a loose fit yet seamlessly contoured to hang perfectly with its dipped side hemline. Once I discovered this shirt I secured it in every colour (but more on that later). What’s your must have wardrobe staple? x

Vintage Azzedine Alaia

I can still remember the first time I saw this vintage Azzedine Alaia image in Vogue, (American Vogue I think?) and the feelings it provoked. Imagine the scene, a sixteen / seventeen year old black girl from deepest Kent flipping through her older sister’s copy of American Vogue. In our house we had an unspoken rule…namely, you never riffled through a magazine until the purchaser of said magazine had done so, but I simply had to see what was within those crisp silken pages.
In those days you had to travel into central London to obtain a copy of American, French or Italian Vogue. You had to really want the fashion. Nowadays it is expected that the budding fashion beast will pop along to their local “Smithies” and bag a copy without a second thought.
Looking at that image I think it provided an insight into the power of beautiful woman. Here we had a group of women in various “body-con” dresses but with limited degrees of flesh on show, an arm or leg at best. It was all about the form, the stance, the attitude and I loved that! This to me was genius; Alaia was one of the first designers to not only use but favour black models. His mutual admiration of Naomi Campbell is well documented.

I used to deliberate over which dress I preferred…I’m still uncertain to this day! For me these images represented a learning curve. I think I realised that all of the vicissitudes that made me feel awkward about my body namely, the hips, lumps and bumps would one day afford me just such a womanly stance and I think I’m finally OK with that.

Ooh…Pour Moi?

All Aboard the Alpaca Train!

Vintage Ralph Lauren Cardigan

Today I am very very pleased with myself. The other evening whilst obsessively happily trawling Ebay I stumbled across a fantastic find! A vintage Ralph Lauren Alpaca cardigan. Résultat!

As you know, I have something of a soft spot for the trusty cardi’ I have been single mindedly searching for an Native American / fair isle inspired chunky knit for some time. Something that could strike a perfect balance of snug sophistication yet does not appear to have been wrestled from some unsuspecting individual on a lonesome prairie. Eh bien … mission accomplie! Many designers have submitted similar offerings this season, most notably; Isabel Marant (see below pics), and where Marant goes the high-street is sure to follow. It just goes to show, when something truly stylish it never really goes out of fashion…