29 August 2012

McQueen at Matches

For some it's a pair of red-soled Louboutins, for others it's that famous Mulberry Alexa but for me, that one thing that I cannot wait to be able to buy is a McQueen dress. For years, I would flick through magazines and stare at the catwalk coverage of Alexander McQueen in awe; and now with Sarah Burton at the reins of the famous British brand, it's no different. In fact after that stunning Royal Wedding dress, I may have fallen even more hopelessly in love with the brand.

Which is perhaps why recently, I've found myself browsing the
Matches site a whole lot more than is probably healthy. With pages and pages of bags, bracelets, dresses and more, there's enough McQueen to last you a lifetime. Or a season, at least!

I am almost infatuated with this wonderfully-opulent pleated chiffon gown in a fuchsia pink which somehow manages to be both feminine and gothic. Typical McQueen, how do they do it? With my final leavers prom not too far away, I am genuinely tempted to save up.

Another equally feminine but slightly more wearable piece I've spotted on the Matches site is this 100% silk blouse. It incorporates that popular Peter Pan collar, whilst the black piping adds a quirky element to the luxe wardrobe essential. And did I mention it's in the sale?
The final item on my McQueen wishlist (that's a lie, my list could go on forever but I thought I'd limit myself to just 3 today) is the monochrome skull-print chiffon scarf. Last summer, during my trip to New York, I visited the McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition and one quote which really struck a chord with me was "I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil" perhaps explaining McQueen's heavy use of skulls and skull prints throughout his years of designing. Right now, the fashion world (me included!) is just as captivated by skull-prints as he always seemed to be and although I may not be quite ready to order that beautiful chiffon gown, perhaps this scarf can be my first dip into the designer ocean.

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26 August 2012

Outfit of the Day - A Shade of Grey

Sunglasses - River Island
Jumper - Pimkie (France)
Denim shorts - Republic
Shoes - Converse
Bag - Select Fashion
Scarf - Texto (France)

Went out for lunch and a nice little stroll with my parents today. It's not often we spend much time together so it was cute to have a catch up and go for the obligatory bank-holiday-walk. I'm still suffering from post V Festival sadness and have therefore spent the last few days on the sofa, wrapped up in my duvet, with Professor Green and The Killers on repeat, so today I grabbed my new Pimkie jumper which despite not being the happiest of shades, is so comfortable. Note to London/Paris/New York/Milan: Please bring 'slouchy' back in, I just want to be cosy. Yours, rather chilly and sleepy Claire. I also donned my trusty pair of Converse and went for a shorts and tights combo as it's not quite Carribean weather right now.

The more observant of you will notice from the top photo that I am now rather blonde! I'd been wanting to dye my hair for a while but was too much of a scaredy-cat to go all out so I went for highlights and I'm so glad I did. Still not sure whether I want to go completely blonde; my hair is looking pretty straw-like as it is, so I think I'll need to do a bit more deep conditioning before I go near anymore bleach!
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