Weekly Style Inspiration- Audrey Hepburn & Givenchy

Ok, so I’ve decided that I’m going to start a weekly segment. Every friday I want to upload a post about someone who has inspired the fashion world, and someone who I truly adore- I think it will be fun!

I have an almost unhealthy obsession with Audrey Hepburn. She is perfect and I have been fascinated with her since I was very young. Her style was outstanding, and she was beautiful enough to make girls of any generation jealous.

Hubert de Givenchy was a french aristocrat and fashion designer, who founded the now famous and prestigious House of Givenchy in 1952. The main cause of his huge success as a designer was due to his close relationship with Audrey Hepburn, whom he dressed on multiple occasions for very important parts of her life in stunning outfits that mesmerised the world.

This video definitely captures the essence of my point here. Part of Audrey Hepburn’s huge popularity was down to the way she dressed- people loved her not only for her adorable personality, but for her flawless, quirky appearance.

Audrey Hepburn continues to inspire and change children’s lives today with her fund, raising money and providing support for underprivileged children in Africa. Definitely check it out if you have the chance 🙂

Thank you lovely readers ❤

À bientôt!!

London Collections- Men AW13

So, these past few days have seen a huge number of menswear fashion shows in London, for the 3 days of London Collections.

Personally, I have always been really interested in menswear (there was actually a period of time where I was seriously considering studying it at university), and the shows this year didn’t disappoint.

The majority of the shows have concentrated on the idea of the “english gentleman”, with top hats and bow ties making a lot of appearances.

There was one show in particular that I just felt the need to share with you. You have to watch this video, showing “The Nutters of Savile Row x Peter Werth”‘s collection. I promise you, you’ll love it- it takes a typical runway show and adds a quirky twist 🙂

These outfits were some of my favourites from the collection. I love the little pop of colour added from the pink and red blazers, colourful ties and vests, and obviously the blue trousers. I think it adds a quirky, fun aspect to the traditional black and white of mass produced menswear.

I absolutely love the top hat, you have no idea how happy I would be if it became fashionable for men to wear them again haha! And bow ties of course of course 🙂

London fashion week is next month! My plan is to go and lurk outside of somerset house, does anyone want to join me? hah!

À bientôt!!

Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist

Now, I’m sure you all know Scott Schuman, otherwise known as The Sartorialist

As a fashion photographer/ blogger, I have to say he is one of my biggest inspirations at the moment. His images are effortless, always capturing the individuality of the persons clothing, as well as managing to capture a hint of their personality and attitude too.

I bought one of his books a couple of months back, and it has literally lived on my desk ever since. I love every single one of the images, and along with Scott’s quirky stories behind the photographs it makes a lovely addition to any fashion lovers book collection- its something that you can dip into again and again.

So my lovelies, I thought I’d show you a few of my favourites.

And of course, Garance, Scott’s girlfriend, and my favourite blogger of all time:

Scott Schuman’s work is unbelievably gorgeous, and his blog is one of those places where you can spend hours before you get bored, so if you’ve never heard of him I sincerely suggest you check out The Sartorialist .

Check out Garance’s blog too, she is so great and I am totally jealous of her life. You will love her, honestly.

À bientôt!!

(wow, two posts in one night- i’m on a roll!)

Flowers

Today I thought I’d just share a few recent photos i’ve taken with you.

Literally everything i’m working on at college at the moment has something to do with flowers. I honestly dont even know why or how this has happened. I’m thinking maybe I just have this unconscious obsession with flowers that makes me include them in my ideas for everything haha!

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Black and white photography is kind of my baby at the moment, I really like the different effect you can get from a photo just by taking away the colour. I also prefer close macro shots compared to full length ones.

I have so so many images of flowers saved on my laptop, if anyone were to look at my files i’m pretty sure that they would assume I was a florist. Maybe I will share some more of the photo’s i’ve taken with you sooooon 🙂

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend~

À bientôt!!

Etsy Etsy Etsy

Ok, so anyone that knows me also knows that I am completely obsessed with Etsy.

I can spend hours on that website, and before you think wow Holly, stop it, then you might actually keep your money for a change- this is actually without buying a single thing (that is what I call willpower my friends). I just love looking at people’s creations, and all the handmade things on there makes it an extremely inspiring place to be.

So, today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite sellers, and some things that I simply wish I could have.

First of all, we have Dan- Ah Kim‘s shop. Here we find a beautiful collection of illustrations available for sale, and I just love them. I am always extremely jealous of anyone that can draw illustrations, because any time I try to draw anything cartoon like, I always end up with a drawing that looks like something a 5 year old did. Sigh.

Anyway, my favourite ones at the moment are these, just because I love the colour, the style, everything.

Right, next I have something that no gadget obsessed girl can resist. Cute phone cases.

I have to admit, I have a huuuuuge weakness when it comes to phone cases, I’ve even got a section of one of the drawers in my bedroom dedicated to them!

Blossom in May  sells some of the most adorable sleeves out there, and they will custom make a case to fit the size of your phone. I purchased one of these cute things for my beloved samsung galaxy s2, and it fits a treat. Inside they even put a lovely velvety type fabric which is great because it actually cleans your phone screen as you slide it in and out of the case. Perfect ha!!! 🙂

And finally, I have found a seller that sells some of the cutest dresses i’ve seen on etsy. They are unbelievably lovely, and although they are well out of my price range, I always have fun looking at them and gaining inspiration and ideas for things I could add to my (overflowing) wardrobe.

Frances Baker sells handmade, eco friendly clothing that is, to me, extremely stylish. I’m someone that just cant resist girly dresses, and anything that looks even slightly vintage is perfect in my opinion.

I love the photo’s here too, natural poses and the sunny countryside make me beyond happy haha!

I could go on forever really, but I’ll leave here.

Are any of you obsessed with etsy, or am I alone in my weird ways?  I actually am planning on starting my very own etsy shop soon, so look forward to it haha!!!

À bientôt!!

The jewellery of Husam el Odeh

Today I have been doing some reading of a wonderful book I received for christmas, Fashion Jewellery: Catwalk and Couture by Maia Adams . Its a great book which explores many different jewellery designers and their work, and I definitely recommend that you check it out if you have a chance 🙂

Personally, I have always loved jewellery, sculptural or more conventional pieces- I find it all fascinating. I’m specialising in jewellery design in my sculpture class at college at the moment, and i’m loving every minute of it.

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So, whilst flicking through this book, I landed on a page of Husam el Odeh’s work, and it instantly captured my attention.

Odeh, originally from Germany, moved to London to study Fashion Jewellery at Middlesex university. His work focuses around “the re-imagining of everyday objects in relation to the human body”, and I think his pieces are stunning.

He has collaborated with other designers to create jewellery-like chain dresses, shoes, and recently has even started designing sunglasses. And the good news is if any of you wanted to get your hands on his jewellery, some pieces of his recent collections have been pretty affordable, ranging from £100-£800.

These photos are just a few examples of my favourite pieces of his work, but you should definitely take a look at his website, there are some really beautiful things on there. 🙂

Ok that’s it for today!

À bientôt!!