Lanvin AW11 campaign

Awkward holiday in Torremolinos meets the AW11campaign of exquisite Parisian fashion house, Lanvin. Love Alber's groovy cameo. 

FRI-CON Veronica Lake

I haven't done a Fri-Con in a while. You'll see on Tuesday why I've chosen to do a Fri-Con on someone with iconic hair like Veronica Lake with a super exciting blog post on a brand new hair care range that I'm trialling. Here Veronica is being a little sauce pot with her triumphant victory rolls and waterfall waves. I love this shade of soft lilac, who'd have thought it would work with a deep red lip?

I am totally and utterly in love with this Tee that Veronica is wearing. I love a Bavarian landscape at the best of times but when it's immortalised on a loose fit, ruffle neck tee I'm in vintage heaven. I like to think that the olive green skirt is a pencil skirt and that she's wearing a mid height red court shoe.

We've seen daytime Veronica but this is the femme fatale siren that broke umpteen hearts in 1940s Hollywood. I love the bodice section of this ivory silk dress, the un-ending trail of covered buttons and billowing sleeves. (On the flip side, I'm hating the couch).

Chill out Veronica! This is cowgirl chic at it's best. Just lounging here on a hay bale Veronica means business, the bib detailing on the shirt printed with faux pull cords is something else.

Autumnal Veronica Lake is nailing the autumn 11 tobacco tend with aplomb. There's an interesting neckline on this coat and the jaunty of centre covered button is a sweet touch.
This is perhaps the most iconic image of Veronica Lake and her tumbling hair - one I'm most certainly supposed to be paying usage rights for. Veronica had a complex personality and a bad working reputation. Her breakout role was in I wanted Wings in 1941. After a good career, a few marriages and an acute drinking problem, Veronica's mental and physical health deteriorated. She died in 1973.

Spirit Hoods

As this schizophrenic weather in London continues to run a mock on our lives (and importantly outfits), our minds cast forward to autumn and the cosy times that await us. These cute little hood-come-scarves by SpiritHoods hit Asos this weekend and are the perfect snuggle up accessory.  Whether you're looking to unleash your inner snow leopard or wise owl, which ever style you buy into you help to protect that species. When you purchase a SpiritHood with the PRO BLUE logo, the label donates 10% of net profits to a non-profit organization dedicated to helping that particular animal.

Asos AW11 men's shoes

Asos hosted a press preview of its aw11 men's shoe collection to show off the prowess of it's own label design and Made in Britain credentials. 

Importantly pork belly baguettes were plentiful, we were kept lubricated with potent Moscow mules, all of which were served by waiters decked out in Breton stripes.

The shoes were impressive and will hit the Asos site in a 2-3 weeks. The perennial trend favourites were visible - an own label brightly coloured Vans interpretation, hiking and duck boots and some special velveteen slippers. Judging by this collection, newness will come through on fabrication and detail for aw11 (see the hiking and snow boot hybrid) as the heritage and work boot trends continue to evolve.

Duck boot to the left, hiking to the right.
Velveteen slippers coveted by Chic Geek blogger and part time Croydon Aristocrat, gardener and sailor Marcus Jaye.
Chukka boots, saddle shoes and the Red Wing interpretations with bright soles
Nylon moon boot and hiking boot hybrids, fresh from an '80s, salopette heavy snow slope
On a tour of the collection the Asos footwear design team said that the above tasseled style has seen a strong press reaction
As did this style, love the shark tooth, cleated sole.

For 3 years Asos has been working with Wollaston based shoe factory N.P.S, and the boys were also at the event. The NPS factory was founded in 1881 and today makes the Asos Made in Britain collection for which every shoe is Goodyear Welted.

Left-to-right; NPS's Malcolm Knighton, NPS owner Mr Tilley, and Micheal Sutton

Here's a video of how they make the shoes up at N.P.S

Vuerich B

Two Belgian skateboarders have started a company recycling old skateboards into sunglasses, resulting in beautiful wooden frames with character. The layered, wooden textures and washed out tones come from years of nose grinding *is that right?* the wood of the board against various pavements or rails. The shades are unisex, super lightweight, and are almost sit-on resistant as the maple wood is so flexible. The boys make about 3 pairs of shades from each board and the brand is called Vuerich B. The website build is in progress but you can contact them on Facebook here.  
Thanks to little brother Dario for the discovery.

Jacket Required

Set in the Rochelle school in East London, a new trade show was born last weekend. Jacket Required;  all menswear, all cool, with great brand adjacencies.
Carhartt -Work in Progress look strong for ss12, the brand is playing the heritage card well with archive prints decorating their stand at the show and slubby tees and vintages sweats. Velour continue to serve the best chinos in town, while footwear brands Gram and Maians stepped up. Vanishing Elephant and a few other brands at Jacket Required truly delivered something fresh in a market that is being dominated by heritage re-hashes.

Painterly, Pollocky silky splattered shirt by Vanishing Elephant.

Batik shorts, again on what handled like a silk mix, by Vanishing Elephant.

La Panoplie hit the ss12 sweet spot with brilliantly bright outerwear.

Duck vest by Human Made. Into it.

Maians loafers..from penny to tasseled, from £19 to £34 wholesale.

Big shout out goes to Mickey Singh who went to Spain, saw the shoes that the old folk were buying from the orthopedic footwear stores, brought them back to the UK and made them cool. Well done. Maians can be found in Coggles and Sakis

Kate Bosworth dips her ends

Celebrity clothes horse Kate Bosworth has dip dyed her ends.  
Isn't this look this a touch passe now?*

*But by God she's pretty.