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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Perplexed and Confused. Despondent and Pessimistic.
These feelings come rushing through my head, in quick succession, one after another, when addressing the topic of "cult fashion".
Read on to find out why.

Cult fashion, to me, is quite simply a paradox. 
It is heavily involved in attaching people to one another, forming cliques and friendship groups.
Yet, it is ever so detached.
It is detached from every other aspect of society that has ever influenced street fashion; politics, music, high fashion, influential figures, culture.

Perplexed and Confused.
"Why?" you may ask.
Well, the look of cult fashion, (which I won't define, as it changes far too rapidly), seems to derive from nothing but the infamously clichéd and cringeworthy "common white girl." culture.
When considering this look- be it cutoff shorts or white jeans or crop tops or purple Topshop body con basics, it seems to have no connection to anything particularly important, other than the collections released into the local high street stores.

"Why?" I ask.
Why does one opt for this look, which they know that one day, they are more than likely to grow out of.

My advice?
Do some research. Develop your own style. 
You'll stand out more for it, you'll come across as more genuine.
Find an era, an icon, an artwork, a style of music, a manifesto, a space, an album sleeve.
Be inspired.

Despondent and Pessimistic.
"Why?" You may ask.
Honestly- I'm scared.
The thought that so many people strive to be the same instead of being different, to me, is such a worrying concept.

What do I wish for?
That everyone were to do their own thing, and knock nothing until they'd at least read about it, or listened about it, or better still- tried it.

There's a charity shop, or a market, or a boutique or something actually interesting not far from everybody.
Do something thrilling one day, and go there, instead of to the high street.

Be Interesting.
Let go of the skinny jeans that everyone owns, and the way that you pair it with that crop top that half the world has.

Switch it up, find yourself, learn about a culture that you love, create something of your own and be fascinating.

Here's my style post: http://www.thestylehedonist.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/personal-style.html?m=1

Ciao for now,

Ronnie x

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Autumn Editions.

Early mornings of greying grass concealed by thin veils of silver frost.
Hazy beams of sunlight obscured by the Aurelian remnants on the otherwise bare branches.
The unfathomably warm aroma of pine needles and trodden-on damp leaves.

As the nights get longer, ernest interiors, boasting the same clarity as your white-washed summer minimalist rooms become the "things of the season." Warmth is valued, texture is key and subtle, warm tones come into their element.

This season, I'll be looking at ways of applying a minimalist approach to my Autumn/Winter interior re-shuffle.

This purchase from Eleanor Pritchard at Hauser & Wirth is everything one could wish for.
Lavish quality, classic finishing and all with the simplicity of neutral colours and a geometric edge.

The transition from lighter cotton to brushed cotton signifies the beginning of Autumn just as clearly as the shortened days.
Envelope oneself  in comfort and uncomplicated simplicity.
One has the chance to play around with gestures of autumnal colour and texture here, too.     

1) http://www.thewhitecompany.com/bedroom/bed-linen/logan-bed-linen-collection--white/?component=LOGAN-DV £75

2) http://www.orlakiely.com/uk.cfm/house/bed/Tiny_Stem_Jacquard/_/ £90

Candles and Lighting
Often, spaces shrink into sullen looking things when the weather is grey. 
To me, a happy space is a space that is lit with a multitude of candles in neutral vanilla shades.
Plain or intricately carved, scented or for the glow alone- there is something significantly homely about a faint flicker.

Vintage Cows and Market Stall Candle.
Found Chair and Assortment of glass jars.

Quilting, crochet, leather, fur, flannel, wood, wool- the list goes on and on. 
Texture adds a certain substance to a room.
In order to certify that a space doesn't possess a "dull feeling" or a "sense of nothingness or emptiness.", one has the option to bulk up a room with a variety of textures- for a tactile and softer, more interesting finish.

Cowhide on white-washed bare floorboards

Sheepskin on leather

Most coveted piece? Peace of mind.

Ciao for now,

Ronnie x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Minimalism on the Jil Sander Runway.

The truth is that minimalism spreads way beyond the boundaries of black and white.
Here, the goddess of simplicity, Jil Sander, demonstrates how minimalism can be represented through shapes, structure and contours. Think strictly straight lines that dare to remain, even when using fabrics such as leather and wool.

There's something extremely cosy about this collection. The combination of socks and sandals- a widely accepted trend by now, and the incorporation of high neck sweaters adds a much appreciated twist of warmth, alongside the Wes Anderson-esque palette of rusty hues.

A sporty-schoolgirl vibe runs prolifically through this collection- fabricated into starched collars and knee high socks, yet the cocoon sweaters and side split skirts give the looks some fresh, zesty edge.

The hair and makeup looks keep the models looking well groomed and post-shower slick, although not overly so, as one's eyes aren't pulled away from the main focus. The main focus of course being the clothes that are so effortlessly layered, and boast a functional and also dare-to-be-seen-in-me simplicity.



Ciao for now,

Ronnie x

*credit to the rightful owners of the photographs.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Christophe Lemaire F/W 2014/15.

This year, I feel that the statement "Style not fashion" has been brought to our attention more than ever before. As far as I can say, I've been focusing a whole lot more on developing a strong sense of personal style than I have been on following the fashions and keeping up with the trends.
 Having said this, I still look towards the high fashion catwalks during Fashion Month for inspiration which I re-visit throughout the year.


Chistophe Lemaire- the ex-creative director of Womenswear at Hermès has a way of working with your standard, basic elements and creating an innovative amalgamation of drapery, structure and tailoring.
Working with neutral colours, these items work collectively as well as separately. Shades of brown and taupe were draped and sculpted into relaxed shape that spelled out both 'nonchalance' and 'pure luxury' on the body.

Working with staple shades such as black and white, Lemaire experimented with the structure of formal tailoring. This, coupled with the high necks, knitwear, tonal makeup and slouched hair set a laid-back tone to the collection, making it both inspirational and very appealing as a canvas or as a finished work. It was a collection that was open to interpretation. It had room for elaboration, but also readily posing the idea of being able to leave a look alone, without over-fussing.

One look which included a heavy grey coat and minimalist block-heels captured the essence of French effortless-chic on a great beauty, Marine Vacth- who stars in one of my favourite French films: Jeune et Jolie.

Lemaire's Hermès beauty was fabricated into easy, wearable shapes that held their structure. This collection is one which screams nothing, as it only needs to murmur, in the voice of a young, rich, french, 40-a-day smoking, aristocrat, in order to convey it's timeless, chic and luxurious attitude.

Relaxed take on the 'rolled neck'

Tucked hair adds a sense of Parisian ease.
Marine Vacth playing down key pieces with jeans.
Blunt cuts for a fuss-free sleek turned slouchy edge.
Oversized tailoring and tonal layering.
Embracing Parisian masculinity.
Toying with texture and length.

Shirt details
Starched cuffs and a relaxed take on 'power dressing'
Flattering masculine tailoring with a militant edge.
Playing with knit, layering, knotting and drapery.
Tonal drapery, playing with proportions.

Ciao for Now,

R x

*credit to the rightful owners of all photographs.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kate Moss, Jeans, Underwear, The 90's-
 these are amongst the few most common symbols of the brand, and so, you could imagine how surprised I was to see that there was no particular emphasis on any of the listed elements in this season's collection.
Admittedly, I never really look to Calvin Klein for inspiration, as I never feel that they have the "force you to look twice" factor that I find oh so appealing. However, this season really caught my eye, and I'm still struggling to work out why.
After too much time spent contemplating, I've made the following short list:
1) there was simply more press and blogger and social media coverage, which made the show unavoidable. 
2) my personal tastes are more enticed by Calvin Klein, as of late.
3) the brand has managed to create an exquisite collection this season, which has drawn in a whole new audience, of which I am part of. 

Either way- what a captivating and wearable, buyable collection.

The key pieces and aspects that caught my eye were:

The shoes

The perfect amalgamation of minimalism and statement. Everything from the height, to the comforting platform. The selection of monochromic colours and the little metallic and Perspex accents add a moderate unconventional touch to the creation. Something tells me that they will be a huge sellout, and a great inspiration to the high street stores. How can one deny one'a love for these- the temptation to order a pair of each kind is synod imaginable.

The Texture

Leather and Mesh are not often seen together, but, this collection has me asking "why?". Calvin Klein has taken a sporty, everyday, less sleazy and more current approach to "leather and lace", bringing a new wave of texture mixing. This lightweight combination creates the light effect of layering, carried through to the summer months.

The Colour Palette

It was the colour palette that made this a 'capsule' collection. Versatile and interchangeable. The shades of navy and bold red enticed and coaxed monochomic-freaks like myself out of our white-washed caves. I found the idea of classically 'trashy' Americana colours being transformed into shapes and silhouettes that boasted the classical-chic elements of your average Parisian collection. Clever, simple, but never to be overlooked- something I never thought that I'd like.
 The Silhouette 

I feel as if three of the most flattering elements came together in this look:
Tall shoes, flowing fabrics and thin waist-cinching belts.
Of course, the models never fail to look beautiful, but this silhouette automatically elongates the legs and slims the waist, in a flattering manner. The coats play on proportion, and the mesh creates a "false-length" - lengthening the garment without covering too much skin, which keeps the look demure yet fresh.  

The Faces
The reason why I think that so many high street stores will draw inspiration from this collection is because it was presented as a "wearable" take on high end fashion. The makeup doesn't seem to be compromising for anything, and having the hair slicked back adds to the modern twist on elegance. Everything is muted, down-played and fresh, which is just what everyone can appreciate in the warmer months.

Collectively, I believe that this collection is one that I'll keep re-visiting and referring to.
A great success by Calvin Klein, in my opinion!

Ciao for now-

R x

*credit to the rightful owners of the photographs. x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wish List Wednesday.

Personally, I find it tricky not to lust after something- be it a place, an item or whatever. This Wednesday, I'll be showing you the things on my current minimalist Wish List, which lead us into the Autumn/Fall season.

In no particular order:
Diptyque Candles
Regular: £40 at Harrods
Mini: £20 at Selfridges

Firstly, I've been eyeing up diptyque candles for well over a couple years now (when Rumi Neely  posted about them on Fashion Toast.) Unfortunately, the price tag is rather large for that belonging to a very 'mini' candle. However, my father taught me that Mimosa is the flower of International Women's Day, and has such a pleasant smell that reminds me of the florist's stall in Mayfair.
Pierre Hardy Fur-Trim Sneakers
£695 at Barney's.
Before anybody tries telling me that these are utterly 'unwearable'', I suppose I ought to remind you that you're talking to the girl who wears her Celine fur lined sandals almost daily! These are such a fun, high fashion take on the casual sports luxe trainer, and would be such fun to incorporate into a closet full of clean lines. For me- the texture of fur just adds luxurious volume to any otherwise simple outfit! The price is asking a little much, however, my black and white Warhol Nike '82 Pegasus' simple don't have the same 'wow' factor!

UNIQLO Extra Fine Merino Polo Neck Sweater
£20 at UNIQLO.com
I've got an amounting collection of perfect beatnik sweaters, but there's something more modern about this white one. Quality is a huge factor for me, as I really appreciate garments that feel 'special' in one way or another. This seems like simply a bargain, a staple and a necessity. I think that it would look much more expensive when worn as well, which is always a positive.
Zara High Neck Sweater
£45.99 at Zara UK
Many a time have I seen this sweater in store. Folded and hung, it just looks like such a quality item- easily to the standards of Acne or Wang. It is a staple, which can be styled up or styled down. I like that the cropped sleeves add a structural element to an otherwise 'standard' item. There's a definite Francoise Hardy rocker chic element to the styling here as well, which completely has me sold. Reel in the Patti Smith and Lou Doillon style references and that's it- I'm in!
Voss Water 800ml
Around £8 for a few on Amazon or eBay
The only problem that I've encountered when attempting to purchase one of these is that they sell out quickly, when looking for individual bottles. They can be easily overpriced as well, but if you can find a safe deal- I think that these are very classic and sleek bottles. From what I've heard- there's nothing too special about the water itself, but if you're looking for something aesthetically pleasing to re-use everyday, why shouldn't it be this gorgeous and functional?
Zara Turtleneck Gilet With Slits
£45.99 at Zara
If it isn't already obvious- I'm totally adoring this season's knitwear from Zara. All of the pieces seem to drape well on me, and they have a timeless, slightly androgynous, architectural feel to them. I'm not a huge wearer of colour, but I think that this warm-dark hue is very wearable and chic. It's not garish at all. I'm finding it impossible to steer myself away from the beautifully oversized high turtlenecks, or the asymmetric proportions, but I feel that each of the knitwear pieces, including this one, could be layered as well. Not only this, but they could easily be sold for so much more than a mere £45.99 and passed off as Acne or The Row.

So, there it is- my autumn Wish List. Stay tuned for a Winter version. Let me know what's on your Wish List!

Ciao for Now,

R x

 (instagram: @_rxnnie)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Polyvore: @ronnieangelpope
Polyvore: @ronnieangelpope

My style has developed and changed rapidly over a short period of time. I've experimented with rock-chic to 70's glam rock, to all white to beatnik- all in an attempt to discover my own niche. Finally, I think I've found it. 

Here, my style is summed up in a few words and references. I find that making 'inspo' lists like these can help me develop a very personal, very strong, individual and well cultivated look- with interesting reasonings and inspirational figures and phrases behind it:

Acne studios
New York
Lou Reed 
The velvet underground
The factory
Fred Astaire
Off duty 
Ciao for Now! 

R x 

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