Lucy Jay Scarves

Absolutely loving this new line of scarves Lucy Jay! I personally can never have enough color in my wardrobe but  for those of you who opt for a more muted palette this is a tasteful way to incorporate a pop of color without feeling uncomfortable. You have to branch out sometimes & not be afraid to experiment with new looks, never know what you’ll come up with(I’m preaching to myself on that one)! I love the simple all white 90’s theme used for the look book, lace tops, loose-fitting dresses/skirts and amazing platform shoes seen here all flow well without detracting attention from the striking scarves.

Dividing her time between London & Wirral designer Lucy Jay graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Fashion Design last summer. Inspired by a mash-up of ideas, Jay’s debut collection of scarves are visibly alluring with colorful patterns that resemble something you would see if you glanced into a kaleidoscope! Each scarf is digitally printed and made of silk measuring 90cm x 90cm (about 35 in.). The multi-functional scarves Irene, Bryan, Lucy as seen in the look book pics are named after the designers close friends &  family. The Patrick scarf was recently seen at Selfridges as a part of  Supermarket Sarah’s final pop-up shop wall display Clash Mash!

You can follow Lucy’s journey via her blog where she documents her life as a designer! If your interested in purchasing some of Lucy’s lovely scarves you can e-mail her directly at hello @ lucy-jay.com and don’t forget to visit her website to stay up to date on stockists and the launch  of her webshop! Oh & of course can’t leave this out:  FOLLOW @LucyJayLtd ON TWITTER lol!!!!!

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Inspiration: Photographer BJ Pascual

(photos via BJ Pascual)

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Annelies Timmermans S/S 10

Turbans, head wraps I want it all for spring, I think I’m going to try to tackle executing this chic trend. It’s partly why I’m so in love with Belgian designer Annelies Timmermans Spring 10 campaign. This is not my first time featuring Timmermans, but the last was a very brief intro to her line of luxury leather bags. I was immediately taken by the styling of the S/S 10 shoot. For Spring she aptly uses light colors like acqua ,pearl & beige with a pop of red in a supple elephant print leather. Produced completely in Italy a variety of leathers & techniques are used this season, ecco tanned leather handles & hand dyeing are just a few that make the line even more desirable .

After doing a little research I learned that each bag in the spring collection is named after a mythological god(african,asian,& european origin) with some attribution of the god incorporated into the design. There are also 3 subcategories furious, nature & zeus that coincide with the various characteristics of the mythological gods. The Donar bag resembles a bolt of thunder visibly influenced by the Germanic god of thunder. One of my favorites bags in the line -the Marpe made from pvc reminds me of water, a fitting contrast to the predominant leather. Please visit the site to view the complete collection!

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Photo of the Week

I’m digging Jeneen’s blog, she puts her outfits together so effortlessly it seems…I love every fit I’ve seen thus far! Check it out & have a wonderful weekend…Thanks for hanging in there w/me I know things have been slow :)!

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Japanese Fashion Week/NYFW

Browsing my computer I realized that I neglected to post these pics. from Japanese Fashion Week which I attended during NYFW. The the one thing I love about  Japanese fashion, designers create without inhibition. They are not limited by trends or even consumers, although I think Japanese society are also more open to trying new things which is a plus.

The show was held in a sprawling loft in Soho, I can remember the place was packed to capacity. 8 designers showcased their collections, rotating the standing models in groups of  3 with new looks periodically. Although I was not a fan of every collection there were a few that stood out. I enjoyed Mikio Sakabe’s interpretation of the popular turban trend, mounds of roped fabric & chains. There was an obvious influence of heavy metal throughout the unisex line, oversized ripped band sweaters. Naoshi Sawayanagi’s line was all about texture. Two toned beige & white tights were paired with short dresses/tops  made from fur and a really interesting metallic bubble texture that looked futuristic. Apt form a menswear line by Michael Gikins was a favorite as well. Interestingly this is Gikins first entry into the american market and womenswear boutique Blake based in chicago will sell his collection to their female clientele. Gaskins says that his line is unisex, a concept that I believe is becoming more and more popular in fashion. Overall the Japanese designers delivered cutting-edge fashion that was wearable & functional.



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Manimal Warm Weather Days S/S 10

I always anxiously anticipate what designer Kristen Lombardi will unveil each season with her line Manimal. The spring collection is all about lightness and ease and includes items which are effortless and functional. I love the idea of an urban kind of hunter/gatherer.  Walking around in good looking moccasins and tucking discoveries away in a pouch belt-tying parcels up with a beautifully decorated leather strip.  I grew up in the woods and loved roaming the forest in the spring, documenting new growth.  These spring items were really created in the spirit of those wanderings.

Spring brings a simple aesthetic with the direction of the campaign shoot, allowing the key pieces to stand out. Signature moccasins in neutral earth tones like sand & dust are enhanced w/colorful triangle fringe. I’m still amazed at how Kristen manages to use every bit of left-over scrap to produce various other creations like the math necklace, design at its best. My favorite piece from the collection this season has to be the cutesy Pouch Belt. It appears so simple, but the smallest touch of detail like the miniscule stacked pieces of scrap suede used to hold the knot at the end of the drawstring and knowing that every piece is leftover remnants from another leave you in awe of the designers creativity. Another new addition for spring that Kristen tells me are selling like hot cakes are the adorable baby moccasins.  Again neutral tones accentuating funky zig-zag shapes lined w/faux fur, need I say more :)! And I can’t leave out the important fact that all Manimal products are handcrafted and a good portion of them are vegan. Please visit the Manimal website to view the complete line for Spring & don’t forget to check out the fabulous sale going on.

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