I'm trying some blue sky thinking about how to counteract the grey old weather we're having in the UK at the mo.
These beautiful sculptures by the artist Jim Hodges got me thinking. Lets dip,drape and coat everything around us in delicious metallics that reflect even the smallest amount of sunshine and like a buttercup under the chin philosophy our moods will be magically lifted!*
The second weekend of Coachella all wrapped up I suppose the Festival season is now in full swing.
What I'm missing so far is some new fashion statements.
I've had to be satisfied with some cool cropped bra wearing,
a trend that seems to have been around for a while but its only recently we seem to be getting the hang of how to
wear it stylishly.
Go high waisted with your bottom half if you are not ready to bare the midriff or if you are in the UK it's actually no where near warm enough yet! Definately team with a little cardigan or boxy jacket and finally get some attitude because you are after all wearing a bra as a top.
It's sometimes frustrating when you design lingerie as you don't generally get to see women wearing your designs as regularly as say a designer that creates dresses or handbags. I have had to stop myself from gazing at women in their underwear at the gym as it's not really socially acceptable !
So I'm glad to say there's a new trend bubbling around town that might change that.
In my mind the credit goes to Dita Von Teese for setting the seed for this trend a few seasons ago with her take on a vintage silhouette for her collection with Wonderbra. This bra actually had a wire along the top edge of the bra so you get this amazing sweetheart neckline. She has gone on to repeat this look in her new collection for Australian brand Von Follies.
Since then this trend has subtlety influenced the styling of some of the big Womenswear brands and also lots of DIY looks.
You might think it a bit brash to show off your bra but the subtleties of this look are really important.The bra should sit much higher on the neckline so it actually covers up your bust. The effect is that the bra neckline almost becomes a piece of jewellery.
This look is definately much more about 'look at my bra' rather than 'look at my cleavage!'
Hope my mum doesn't see this because she would be no doubt uttering the word 'dishrag' under her breath, I prefer to call it authentic vintage casual.
I'm having a casual day, lots to do and I need to be comfortable and stylish.
As you may have noticed already I am not a fan of a white bra, they are so high maintenance and the biggest sin of all to me is to let a greying bra strap into the world. So, while I worked at Madame V I decided I was going to create the kind of white bra I would like to wear.
It started with a collaboration with a friend of mine Yiying who created and runs the label Noodoll. Some may of thought it was odd collaboration, a cool cute character with a sexy lingerie brand but me and Yiying got on so we thought it would be fun.
We created super cute underwear pieces in soft cottons with raw edges that would get more authentic with wear rather than grey and wornout.
Yiying created a special edition rude Noodoll, which lined all the bras and it still makes me laugh when I see it.
So was created the perfect white cotton bra that hides some cheeky secrets and frankly some handy tips.
It's Eastertime, so what about a bit of hunting through your bra drawer to discover any bras you haven't worn in a while or have grow out of or maybe have worn a bit too much etc and donate them to you local Oxfam this April.
Oxfam wants your bras so they can send most of them to Senegal where they run 'Frip Ethique' – a social enterprise where people earn a good living by sorting and selling donated clothes. Bras raise more money than any other item – and the profits generated by the business get invested in their work fighting poverty in Senegal. Some bras they will also sell in their UK shops to raise money for their work around the world.
I love seeing a well thought through visible bra strap look and LA seems to be full of them at the moment.
Just a couple of tips girls.
Miranda, I hope you weren't entertaining any serious physical jerks in the gym as that looks like a push up bra and it ain't gonna do much! and Kim, I don't know what you actually do but you wear a neon sports bra well.
While having dinner at a friends last week they happened to mention that one of their highlights of South London was the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
Now, I've heard about this museum intermittently through my
years of living in London but never visited. A new exhibition just launched there may just be about to change that.
The Body Adorned exhibition reveals how a diverse population clothe and adorn their bodies to find their place in a city.
Over time, saris, tattoo parlours, nail bars, distended ears and scarification have become a visible, everyday part of the London cityscape.
The exhibition considers how the movement of people, objects and ideas influenced London dress in the past and explores body adornment in today’s world city of London.Ultimately they invite
you to look at how you dress your body and why.
The exhibition features hundreds of stunning objects from the Horniman’s collections including adorned figures, early tattooing instruments and headdresses, a film installation by The Light Surgeons, several wardrobes of London residents exploring why they wear what they wear and urban street portraits taken by young people.
the exhibition runs until the 6th January 2013 so you have plenty of time to organise a trip there.
Together with the gardens, the eccentric year round taxidermy exhibition and free admission its a great visit for kids too!