Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed..

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Why I’m Obsessed with Vintage:

1. To quote Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade but style is eternal”. And vintage never goes out of style.

2. Because each piece is unique and tells the story of the true “You”.

3. Because you have to know enough about fashion to know what you’re looking for, and not just be spoon-fed a trend.

4. Because it costs a tenth of what the big designers who copy it does.

5. The thrill of the hunt.

For all of these reasons and more, check out the new Cheeky Vintage store on designersocial and find your accessory-soulmate from eras past.


The Most Important Accessory You’ve Never Met

In case you haven’t yet seen or heard of Google’s Glass Explorer- eyewear as we know it will change forevermore when it debuts on fall/winter 2013 runways everywhere.

Get ready for a brave new world where you can not only scour the Internet and overlay information on your view of the street, but also find your friends by what they’re wearing.

“It uses a smart phone app to take snaps of your chum, then makes a spatiogram — a file that captures the spatial distribution of colours, textures and patterns of their togs. This unique combination of colours, textures and patterns makes them easier to identify over long distances, or from odd viewing angles.”

Thereby creating a “fashion footprint” of sorts. (CNet- UK)

Le technology. C’est chic n’est pas?

-Francine Ballard

Get to the point already. #ready for it.

Beware right angles or smooth surfaces, these Karen Walker Number One Sunnies make me want to ditch my aviators pronto.

The only thing that could potentially upstage Hedi Slimane’s spring collection or golden Balenciaga rings on every finger is a fabulous Minx mani. If you’ve ever been tempted to try it, there’s no time like the present. Since it’s been around since ‘07, it’s probably safe to say it’s become sufficiently mainstream.

- Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane silk and satin jacket, silk blouse and pants and neck bow. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere rings via W mag.

Flowers, feathers and lace @CHANEL

What Karl’s spring couture collection may have been lacking in front row star-wattage (weirdly), it made up for with pure glam. As he has alluded in the past, the trick is to take the recognizable elements of the house and make them fresh again, season after season.

Fresh it was, with traces of elegance (structured tweed, black and white) layered in whimsy (lace thigh-highs and a version of feather fascinator) with a splash of gold-lame vintage drama- presto, bravo, Genius.

Images Courtesy: CHANEL USA

Yves Saint Laurent 1971. “Because I’m unhappy and I don’t want to go on this way, constantly torn between what I want to do and what I have to do.” [Why abandon haute couture?]

Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Les Miserables,” an adaption of the 1862 Victor Hugo classic last night at the Golden Globe Awards.

Clad in a white beaded strapless dress from CHANEL (naturally) she delivered her acceptance speech with a swan-like stature that has yet been seen. Poised as ever she thanked her mother who she had watched perform the role of Fantine on Broadway when Anne was just eight years old. But the most memorable quip from her speech may well have been:

Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt.

GG Images Courtesy: CHANEL, LM photo: Vogue magazine

Hathaway’s gown: Look 63, from the Spring Summer 2009 Haute Couture Collection.
CHANEL Fine Jewelry: "Franges Swing" and a "Plume" bracelet, as well as "Camélia" earrings, all in 18-karat white gold and diamonds.


Raf Simons is laying claim to some of Dior’s awesome heritage for his pre-fall 2013 collection.  He caught our attention by pairing some incred accessories with a few of his “new classics,” which include the tuxedo suit and the “bar” jacket.

He also artfully showcases the omnipresent menswear-as-womenswear trend this season by incorporating masculine fabrics/patterns (Dior’s signature houndstooth and Prince de Galle) embroidered with feminine details.

Looks to be a superb (and utterly wearable) interpretation of the house’s inimitable legacy. I do love a dose of realism with my whimsy every now and again. Bravo Raf.

-Francine Ballard [Images via WWD]

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