COS

           
COS
31.10.2009
I love COS.
What a great store.
COS - Collection Of Style - is the more high end version of H&M. A couple of years ago the owners of H&M launched COS, to serve not only young girls and students, but also working women (and men!) with a slightly bigger budget. Vogue UK is a fan, I am a fan, everybody should be a fan.

COS does fantastic cashmere sweaters, Isabel Marant inspired little slouchy numbers and more dressy pieces. The big difference with H&M is the choice of fabric and the complexity of the design. I discovered COS when I was still in University. At the time, I liked what they had but I couldn't afford it. Now that I' m a working girl it's a different story. I buy there so much, they should start giving me a discount for bulk buyers. I'm going broke here!

I don't like everything they do though. Some of their designs are very stiff and way too taylored for my taste. Also, they're into ochre yellow, brown and dark green; definitely not my colours. I stay away from those pieces and head straight for the grey supersoft t-shirts, the knits and the cashmere. Most recent purchases: the grey jacket in the image and an Alexander Wang inspired black beany.
xa.

Ps. In Holland, you can find COS in The Hague. Check out their website for the other shops worldwide.

Images: www.cosstores.com

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BOLD

           
BOLD
28.10.2009
Bold necklaces are everywhere this fall. Lanvin did beautiful embellished ones and Louis Vuitton showed a new HUGE take on the chain necklace. They're amazing accessories since they style up even the simplest of outfits. A plain white t-shirt becomes a style statement when it's combined with one. I picked up a silver chunky chain necklace at H&M (men's department). I wear it with everything, from t-shirts to cashmere sweaters.

Even easier is a shirt or dress with a necklace attached to it! I found this very simple black body hugging dress with bold detailing along the neckline. Perfect for a more dressy occasion.

I am now searching for a chrystal 'princess' necklace. You know, the very old fashioned chandelier-like kind, that Carrie used to wear all the time in SATC.
xa.

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BROTHEL CREEPERS

           
BROTHEL CREEPERS
26.10.2009
So, I stepped out of my box and bought brothel creepers. You know, the suede old fashioned booties from Clark's. They're shoes for old men really, but I bought them. Why did I do this?

I have been fascinated by these shoes since I was a little girl. Boys in my class wore them in dark brown and I liked them. Don't know why but I did. Later on, I always considered them to be very preppy and un fashiony, the kind of shoes you like in secret. But then there was a shift. The last couple of months they started showing up in the world of high fashion. The Sartorialist took pictures of them, Style.com talked about them and young fashion forward girls were spotted with them. Then a few weeks ago I saw a nice looking girl on a bike wearing them in Amsterdam and I knew I wanted them. My youth revisited!

I bought the light brown version and started wearing them immediately. And then... suddenly, doubt started to fill my mind. They seemed less elegant on me somehow than on others. So I emailed my sister Sophie, who just came back from a trip to Paris. She told me she saw a Francaise wearing them and said it looked awesome. And somehow, when I heard this my mind was at peace again. If a French woman wears them and looks great, it must be ok.

So as we speak, I am wearing my creepers. I'm going into town later and I am planning on flounting them like crazy.
xa.

Image: Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere wearing his Clark's, Style.com.




OBSESSION DU MOMENT

           
OBSESSION DU MOMENT
23.10.2009
Leopard print leopard print leopard print.
Some time ago I discovered these spring 2010 shoes by Acne.
So weird but so cool, I want them!
xa.

Image: www.pause.se/bloggar/linn-gustafsson



NO FASHION VICTIMS HERE!

           
NO FASHION VICTIMS HERE!
23.10.2009
Fashion is one of my biggest loves loves in life. However, the last couple of completely fashion-less weeks in Indonesia were awesome. I packed light, well semi-light, so there wasn't much choice in the morning. Also, the conditions we were in, were pretty low-profile and survival-like. Make-up and dresses in the jungle? Not for me! So this left me with denim cutoffs, tanktops, baggy jeans and my hair in a bun. I loved it!

I enjoy fashion tremendously, but I once again discovered that I am no fashion victim. And thank the Lord for that! Less is more!

This however takes nothing away from the fact that the minute I got home, I threw myself on Paris Fashion Week. I missed it completely because of my vacation, so there was work to do (and there still is...). And also, I immediately paid a visit to COS, to check out their new stuff. I bought a very gorgeous wool / cashmere blend boyfriend blazer, and a PERFECT grey t-shirt.

Wrapping this up, I can conclude the following: I loved my holiday from fashion, but am glad to be back. Simplicity has always been my thing when it comes to clothes, and I am now even more convinced. Just look at this picture shot by Garance: a t-shirt, loose long hair, no make-up and one simple bracelet. This is how it's done!
xa.

Image: Garance Doré.



FASHION DRAMA (WITH SILVER LINING)

           
FASHION DRAMA (WITH SILVER LINING)
01.10.2009
There's going to be hardly any action on inspi-me for two weeks... This is because I will be iiiin......... Indonesia!! Two weeks of relaxing, swimming, having fun and partying with twelve girlfriends. Amazing!

Good news: Vacation in Indonesia
Good news: Paris fashion week just started
Bad news: Can't do both at the same time!!

Dramaaaa.
When I get back I'll have a lot of catching up to do!
See you in two weeks!!
xa.

Image: Garance Doré



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