Spotted: The Floor Length Kimono

I absolutely loved the black, full length Kimono worn by Kendall Jenner at Coachella-it’s bought a whole new edge to what I’ll be wearing this Spring/Summer.. how great is it to have a light cover up that still adds a touch of glam to a look?

I’ve found a few great variations, so here are some for you guys to choose from.. Enjoy!

There is definitely some serious tropical summer vibes from this one! (River Island- £60).
My absolute favorite of them all- just waiting for payday to buy this beauty (Pretty Little Thing £25).
Image 1 of ASOS Tropical Print Fringed Beach Kimono
Not quite full length, but this is perfect for those who want a bit of a shorter Kimono style, and the print is gorgeous! (ASOS £32)
Ark Black Kymm Floral Long Kimono main image
This sheer black, almost floor length Kimono is bought to life through pretty floral detailing! (Ark £19.99)

(And as a side note, I found it quite annoying that River Island didn’t show the Kimonos on a model.. I assumed ‘long line’ meant around about knee length or longer, but there is no way of knowing for sure until you order it..but nevertheless they are great designs and colours, so its not all bad 😀 )

Surrealism: Now and Then

So, I know we were all wooed by those McDonald’s inspired Moschino pieces, and then later, by those supermarket inspired handbags (lait de coco, anyone?), but after doing my research I found that maybe such quirky pieces aren’t so original after all…
In the 1940’s designers, like Anne Marie de Paris, took the surrealist movement to the next level by creating witty and playful items inspired by unusual objects that had never been seen before. Sometimes we can get so stuck in the future when it comes to fashion, but it’s always good to know about the history of trends,too. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of these true vintage pieces with you guys, I know I was inspired, so enjoy!

Anne Marie de Paris: Surreal Handbags
(Champagne Bucket, Cocktail Bar, Carousel, Sugar Bowl, Telephone, Playing Cards) 

          

 

 

Alberta Ferretti SS14

The runway shows for SS14 had some standout designers for me this year, but my absolute favourite show has to be Alberta Ferretti, simply for it’s colour, femininity and playful charm. The styles weren’t too complex, but instead gave pretty and youthful looks that are easy to wear (and copy, for those of us who can only dream of buying the real thing). Maybe I was more drawn to her collection, because of the way it reflected glorious summer days through white broderie anglaise, brightly coloured embroidery (and ribbon), pretty florals and candy stripes-an absolute dream for the ultimate ‘girly girl’ like me!

So, below is a run down of the main elements of the show- a must read, because it was such a beautiful show- so, enjoy!

White and Brights

White chiffon and broderie anglaise dresses, blouses and skirts were mixed with brightly coloured embroidery, ribbons and florals in a rainbow of colours, giving a pretty, youthful glow.

Summer Brights

From fiery reds and oranges to leafy greens and cobalt blues, these chiffon dresses, bright sandals, and ruffle skirts were reminiscent of summer evenings, especially with that gorgeous floral embroidery (a lovely thought on such a drab December morning).

Pretty Patterns

Think candy stripes and pretty florals in skirts and dresses, both long and short, cropped blouses and bralets in silks and chiffons. Although this all sounds like a playful take on Spring/Summer, the patterns at this show gave polished and feminine finish, but still managed to keep it’s youthful edge!

Black is Back 

The darker side to SS14 is of course the colour black in the form of silky ruffle skirts, lace dresses and sheer materials, with Ferretti’s added twist of coloured floral embroidery. Although I try and steer clear of black during Spring/Summer usually, Ferretti has changed my opinion a little. If it’s teamed with a colour pop of embroidery or a pair of bright sandals then it can really transform a look, although that doesn’t mean to say her all black lace ensembles are any less beautiful!