Sunday, 28 February 2010

Nightwear as outerwear

My latest obsession, clothes wise, is silk- preferably in dusky pink please! So you can imagine how happy I was when this amazing thirties silk night dress arrived on my doorstep, fresh from ebay. You can just picture the kind of glamourous woman who would have worn this, probably with a quilted satin bed jacket over the top. (Another thing I have been searching for!)  The detailing is just so stunning, from the understated frills to the delicate bows. I always tend to look at things from a design viewpoint, so the little things always interest me.
It took me a while to choose what to put it with, but after seeing this long grey woollen dress in my mum's wardrobe, I knew it would be perfect! I was very inspired by the kind of layering that Susie of Style Bubble does so well.
I have been angling to get this grey dress into my wardrobe for a while, but this is one item that my mum will definitely not let go of! One day, one day...
I then added some ribbed grey long socks. (Me? Obsessed with socks? Particularly ankle socks? No, no- must be someone else you're thinking of..) These shoes interest me because they look really mundane when sitting on a shelf, but suddenly when you put them on with ribbed socks (yep, definitely not me with the obsession) then they look amazing. But they are a little difficult to put on in the middle of the coastal country side, standing on a slightly wobbly rock. The tied belt and grey beret are thrifted, and the silver bangle is a victorian one from a family member.
We shot this outfit on holiday, and it was slightly awkward with lots of dog walkers going past me in my thirties night dress, posing on top of a hill.

London Fashion week is now over, and although I couldn't go, I still got my daily consumption of fashion from the LFW website, the Sartorialist and Jill of http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/. The latter two showcased some amazing people with amazing style.
I'm going to give a quick summary of my favourite collections on days 1-3 here, because if I list all the designers of day 4 as well then I will be typing well into the night. So here we go:

Kinder Aggugini for the restrained colour palette and desirable classic pieces I can see exisiting in my wardrobe very easily, especially that tailored khaki/ brown coat-cape with the red detail. I discovered how much I liked capes recently when I found the two family inherited ones at the back of my mum's Narnia-esque wardrobe, and so was impressed to see quite few on the catwalk this season.

Topshop Unique for a collection that totally reminded me of  'Where the Wild things Are'. Seeing it, I had one of those moments when I really wished I was a stylist so I could use some of the pieces in a Wild Things inspired shoot. The long socks + custom made head pieces + delicious looking coats and layering = Yes please.

Betty Jackson for exquisite layering (being able to create leather underwear as outerwear without making it sleazy is quite an accomplishment!) and very cosy looking jumpers and coats. She makes dressing  for winter look very desirable to me, even though I am longing for sunshine at the moment.

Margaret Howell for the fact that I couldn't find fault with a single design. I'd wear every outfit that was showcased. All those skinny belts pulling in coats, jumpers and all other manner of beautiful things... I loved  the shirts too, especially layered under dresses. Every piece looked like it had a longevity, a very classic feel.

Aquascutum for the beautifully structured jackets and coats. You can really see the detail in each one. A very clever idea too, the reinvention of a single item of clothing in many different ways. The fact that the colour range was so minimal meant that you really focused on the shape and design.

What I found really interesting about all the clothes this season, is how many of them:
A- I could imagine myself wearing
and B- looked really classic and chic. If I was talking in fashion speak, then I would probably say that they were 'investment pieces' or some other phrase along the lines of that.

Kudos to anyone who has taken the time to read this whole post full of my ramblings! I'll stop now before this becomes long enough to qualify as a short non-fiction story. Hope you all have a great week.

33 comments:

Jacqueline said...

What a great ebay find! I love soft pink and in silk form, GORGEOUS! You have the best settings for your photos and you look beautiful. xo

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Ganymede Girl said...

That dusty pink color really is special; soft and feminine without looking cheesy/too girly. Wonderful pairing of the slip with grey dress, socks, and hat. Pink and grey is one of my favorite color combinations (or perhaps I should say just about anything and grey haha).

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Dulcette said...

Hats off to you for braving the cynically practical, dog-walking British public in your utterly whimsical outfit! It looks beautiful. I'm trying, not in a stalkerish way, to ascertain where you live in relation to landscape shots and I'm guessing either Cornwall or the North East, Whitby direction? Either way, you have a totally idyllic location :)

The Lady Nerd said...

You have a lovely way of being able to pull off an old world (or would that be 'olde world'?) glamour that I see many models try to emulate and fail. It's really quite refreshing. Dusty pink has an interesting way of being paired with grey and other seemingly dull colours. I don't think I could quite pull it off, you do, however, pull it off quite nicely.

My personal favourite is Photo #3. The way the light hits your face and bounces off into the waves of your hair is just pristine. (Great photo composition too. Verticals work wonderfully well for fashion shots.)

Tiny Quirks said...

love dusty pink, sweetest color

dace design said...

Wow, you do have amazing taste and an amazing photographer :)
Love the dress and I love the dusty pink.
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Eli said...

Love the seventh photo. It has a perfect light and the place is beautiful.

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Lemondrop Marie said...

You look lovely in that shade of pink. I love finding pretty vintage pieces of boudoir clothing- the shoes, the little bedroom jackets. So fun.

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

fashion fletcher said...

I love your photos, your outifts are beautiful. what camera do you use?come visit!

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♥Lola said...

Love this look, it's really pretty! What eyeshadow are you wearing in the first pic?

Sher said...

The 3rd last picture is absolutely beautiful! Nightwear as outerwear has never looked lovelier:)

xx

hilaryinspired said...

Roz, this outfit is a beautiful combination of rough and delicate textures. I love the idea of pairing warm wool with soft silky materials...and grey with muted pink is one of my new favorite color schemes. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed your post!

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Vera and Rudy said...

I think I might have just that kind of silk night jacket somewhere in the house - do remember to ask me! I like your inventivness in shopping! My thoughts are with you babi

Jennifer Fabulous said...

You are so breathtaking in these photos. Everything looks so magical. I love your outfit. That light pink is perfect on you! xoxo

Carly said...

Wow, this is probably my most favourite shoot that you've done, i especially adore the 3rd and 7th shots, the light hits you beautifully. I think you've styled the slip so well mixing the fabrics. Even the creases work well adding to the different textures. I really think you should get into styling as a career, you'd be amazing. Do we see the next Grace Coddington?

All in all another great shoot, i'd love to see a book with all of them together and your inspirations behind them. It'd make a great coffee table book.
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NiftyThriftyBeth said...

that last picture of you is absolutely beautiful.

Raez said...

lovely all over! that pink is amazing with your colouring, and the photos just keep getting better and better:)

xx raez

reckless daughter said...

these are so lovely! I have a few pieces like this that I'd like to wear. I think layering is definitely the answer.

Pearl Westwood said...

Pices like that are definatley too pretty to be kept only as nightware, it looks just perfect with the grey.

A. said...

I like how you chose to layer your look: everything comes out looking nice. London Fashion Week sounded fun (and I saw lots of picture of it on The Sartorialist)... though I did see the runway pictures for the shows afterwards. I also loved the Topshop Unique collection. I'm loving all the belts too...

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The Trendy Fashionista said...

What can I say, these pictures are breathtaking.
Your outfits are lovely :)

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debi-joy said...

i like your blog ver much, maybe you can becoma a follower from our blog too. greets

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frances said...

my mother just can't comprehend why i'm gathering a collection of pale coloured silk pajamas from charity shops... which probably belonged to old dead ladies. these photos are incredible. x

polka dot said...

Oh, Roz, love these shots & am loving pale pink with grey these days, too! Nightwear as outerwear, great ; ) I can't wait to see the warmer weather follow-up, as you turn it into a summer dress.. it's gorgeous.

I love the way you write: write as long as you want!

And I agree: the word I kept hearing as people were walking out of the shows was how WEARABLE it was. I gather that's high praise indeed.

Great post, once again. xox

hilaryinspired said...

btw, love the new header!it's very appropriate for the upcoming Spring season...I want warm weather so badly!

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lauren lanza osias said...

just found your blog and it's stinkin' fabulous!!!! this outfit is absolutely stunning, you layer like a champion and i too am obsessed with dusty rose right now, yes please, indeed! you take beautiful photos.

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Chris said...

J'adore le robe. il est tres jolie. J'adore colour douce. :)

NaPo said...

the new header is gorgeous, the chair exquisite. i loved your other headed too but i always had to scroll down to see if you had a new post and trust me i check your blog like twice a day, so i got pretty frustrated.

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kimee said...

gorgeous photos!

xs said...

you take such lovely photographs. i wish i had scenery like yours to take advantage of!