Saturday, 14 May 2011

Dressed Down Saturday






In keeping with my new 'study mode' attire (meaning today a massive vintage Betty Barclay Mondrian inspired jumper and black jodhpurs), I thought it only appropriate to post a more 'dressed down' ensemble. Occasionally, certain sets of photos are styled, taken and chosen - only to languish for several months on my computer's hardrive, waiting to see the metaphorical light of the internet. This is one such outfit, which only makes the posting all the more satisfying.
This look was made up of ripped skinny jeans I have had for several years (they magically still fit - I have no idea how), second hand Topshop shoes, my mum's woollen top and a Charlotte Taylor jacket. The leather bag and belt are both charity shopped, and the vintage gloves were my great-grandma's - along with the silk scarf in my hair. The locket was given to me by my paternal grandma.
Now, let's go back to the mention of Charlotte Taylor. What's that? Is it a reference to one of my all time favourite up-and-coming designers? The same Charlotte Taylor whose autumn/ winter collection is her best yet?
I was given this jacket after modelling for Charlotte's s/s11 collection. Although you can't tell from Claire Pepper's skilful photography, I was in the last stages of scoliosis when I went down to London - meaning my body was more than a little twisted out of shape. However, the whole team was incredibly gracious, and it is the perfect memory to have of my last modelling stint before surgery. These were two of my favourite lookbook images:

However, what I would really like to talk about is Charlotte's latest a/w11 collection - described as being inspired by "snippets of African, English Heritage and Hungarian Gypsy". Anything that involves the phrase 'English Heritage' immediately grabs my attention. What I particularly love is the way she has built on the idea of her trademark prints - this time with the addition of ants, elephants and lobsters. Having one of her scarves myself (styled here and here), I can testify to the way it makes me feel happy every time I don the mad yellow penguins on a blue background. Below are a couple of headshots from the Autumn/ Winter lookbook - so pleased to see the re-emergence of the penguin. However, it is the red ant print that gets me itching to see and feel the collection up close.


 Photographer: Claire Pepper   Model:Jodie @ Models1

There is something quite special about prints - whether it is jolly robots marching over the Charlotte Taylor silk playsuit (pictured on me above), or the sixties geometric shapes on one of my own vintage dresses. Some people are interested in colours. Others appreciate shape and structure. And then there are those fascinated by print. Although I tend to mix all three, I was particularly struck by the idea of prints when I took a trip with my mum to one of my favourite vintage shops last weekend. My eye was drawn to an impeccably chosen line of forties and fifties garments - all with varying patterns. Whether it was a see through blue dress covered in delicate white leaves, or the linen fifties housecoat peppered with sprawling hot pink flowers, I wanted to buy them all and stuff them into my already overflowing wardrobe.
I have some very well loved patterned pieces already, including: a vintage silver dress with a pagoda and blossom trees print, a full length vintage sleeveless evening coat covered in metallic zig-zags and second hand blue skirt with ambling clouds and seagulls. But if we are playing the 'dare to dream' game, then I would jump at the chance to get my hands on one of the absolutely incredible Mary Katrantzou ss11 designs, that were printed with images of rooms and impeccable interiors. Maybe I should just get a big, lacy lampshade and use it as a skirt to emulate her ideas...

Do you have a particular favourite print - vintage or otherwise? I'd be interested in hearing some descriptions of well loved patterns.

Also, blogger seems to have deleted some comments on the previous post. I have no idea if they will reappear, but I would just like to say that I read and appreciated them all. Oh, the woes of technology...

41 comments:

Vanessa said...

I'm not much of a print person - but if anything, I tend to like bold graphic, prints with a touch of kitsch... that's probably why I love that penguin shirt! :)
xx

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Lydia said...

I love the shoes with socks.

I myself am a sucker for any pattern that recalls the American Southwest, American Indians, Navajo, Aztec, Mexican, all that jazz. I love the geometry of it but also how it totally captures the beauty of the desert.

styleeast said...

I don't think I've ever seen you 'dressed down' before, though your dressed down is still very glam (mine is typically what i had on today - converse, denim shirt, hoody and jeans!) and still so 'you'!. I love the extra touches of the scarf and gloves. Hope studying is going ok xx

Kendall said...

Even your dressed down is nicer than my dressed up. :P Anyway, I really like the look. And those prints are awesome. :)

Chantelle said...

You're so beautiful, I have been wondering for a while if you model! The dress in the first lookbook picture is so cool! I guess a favorite pattern of mine is anything with an animal on it and stripes.

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Kate said...

Love that yellow playsuit! I adore prints, especially if they are bold and eye catching!
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revital said...

great photos as always! I would so kill to have your long lean legs!

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PinkBow said...

an amazing 'dress down' outfit. love the shoes with the narrow jeans.

Alexandra Thérèse said...

Roz, even dressed down you have the perfect look - to me this says straight away "off-duty student taking a break from revision". The modelling images of you are beautiful Roz - you are the perfect model. As far as prints go, I am always drawn to silk scarves with colourful, imaginative prints. I have a favourite silk scarf bought at a vintage fair and it has a map of Australia printed in bright yellow on a turquoise background with drawings of all the native Australian birds and animals as a border all the way round. I love the clashing of the bright colours and the intricate detail in the drawing of the creatures and labelling of the map. There was an interesting article in The Telegraph the other week all about the history of the silk scarf and my favourite of the ones featured was by Arnold Lever for an unknown manufacturer in 1948 and it commemorates the Olympics of the same year. Here's the link if you want to see, it's the 5th picture along.: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG8464030/The-necks-big-thing-a-colourful-history-of-the-silk-scarf.html

I also especially loved Christopher Kane's Resort 2011 collection - the prints of space, stars and planets were beautifully mesmerising, and just something a little different.

Alexandra xx

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Tori said...

awesome gloves:)
-Tori
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Lacee Swan said...

love your outfit--the gloves are so cute!! i will have to check out charlotte!

sacramento said...

My dear Roz, as beautiful , and inspiring as ever.
I started a while ago a search for unusual prints: prints that tell stories. That it how I found the old postcard. I got a few interesting ones in Berlin too.
Much love my dear friend.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Pearl Westwood said...

Blogger has eaten up most of the comments on my last 3 posts, so upsetting as I hadn't read them all :-( they say they will restore them on their twitter, but I am not confidant.

Anyway wow, look at you firstly in jeans (a blog first, surely) and then in the marvelous look book! Charlotte Taylor has a wonderful way with prints, I would love to one a pice form one of her collections. I also admire the many prints of Diane von Furstenburg. I don't have all tha many prints but I have a wonderful vintage jacket with an African blue and yellow print which is one of my favourites. I also have a yellow and black playsuit in the famous Vivienne Westwood squiggle print which is another all time favourite x

Closet Fashionista said...

Why is it that you look so good in EVERYTHING!! No matter what you're wearing you look amazing! :D
Those 2 lookbook images are gorgeous
And yes! I looove prints :D I seriously lack them in my wardrobe but I am always drawn to them
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Fashionistable said...

Hey is is amazing to see you in skinny jeans - this is a first - for me anyway. I love the pose in the 3rd shot. Charlotte's work is wonderful. I love the magic of photography so much, how it transforms people. I never realised the 2 lookbook images were you. You are always so beautiful and these are a testament to what a good model you are too. I love the 2 scarf shot from this year as well, especially the one on the right.
Thursday and Friday were frustrating watching Blogspot stutter then fail. I had to totally rewrite Thursday and Friday(posted Saturday). Guess we are lucky it was only 2 days. Xxxx

danniekate said...

hello sweetheart! wow, i love this prints post - i love traditional liberty florals, but some of the wackier geometric prints are great fun too :)

thank you so much, good luck with yours too - though having met you, i know you're far too clever to need luck! xx

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

This is a great look. I love the fact that even in a casual ensamble you still manage to look totally glamorous. The gloves are the perfect fancy touch. You are incredibly beautiful and I'm happy I found your blog as I just spent some time going through your older posts. You really have an inner star that shines so brightly. I can't wait to read and see more.
XOXO

Penny Dreadful said...

Oh gosh, I didn't realise you'd done real modelling. No wonder you always look brilliant in your photos! Charlotte Taylor prints are always so beautiful, I have been lusting over those turban pictures for a while xx

Jessica said...

Great pictures, your shoes are great :)

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the nyanzi report said...

I love the third picture from the top. Incredible style and writing as always.

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Beautiful outfit & photos. And I just love the graphics on Charlotte Taylor's designs. Sorry to hear about your scoliosis surgery. My mom had surgery, my sister wore a back brace. I still have scoliosis but somehow work through it with my ballet.

M & Em said...

You look flawless. You are seriously one of the prettiest girls out there. I love your gloves!

xoxo
Em

SabinePsynopsis said...

You make such a beautiful model, Roz, these pictures are wonderful (and as you say, your back problems do not show at all, but I'm so glad that the OP went well). I love the jacket and the 'dressed-down' version with the jeans is very chic.

Sigrid said...

I love the one where you are crouched down and looking up a bit. you look like a porcelin doll. =)
thank you for your comment! I have aLOT of dance pics from berlin so I will be posting them soon!

<3 <3

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Clara said...

Really beautiful!!
lovely look!
xxx

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

Those photos look like they belong in a fashion magazine! So beautiful! I love your outfit, you look incredible!

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

how nice to see your modeling photos!
you look incredible in those awesome jeans. i very much like this dressed-down look. perhaps you will do more posts like this! it's always fun to how you put things together- casual or dressed up. :)
-Style Odyssey

Lala said...

You look beautiful as always and I particularly like your shoes. Thank you for featuring Charlotte Taylor, I discovered her a few months ago and have loved her ever since but hadn't come across her new lookbook. :)

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. I totally appreciate them! I'm really enjoying your blog. xoxoxo

Lucy said...

Ah Roz you look amaazing!! I actually gasped and asked Carrie to come see, I love the 'dressed down' look on you, fantastic! Your styling is very inspirational! Thanks so much for your comments on my perfume bottle! - you're so kind :) Hopefully Richard Nicoll will like it too!
Lastly - I cannot believe that's you modelling! in.cred.ible. seriously you model so so well! ahh Roz you're amazing and my favourite Charlotte Taylor print is the robot :) Generally I'm a sucker for Liberty prints or something chunky and geometric :) xxxx

Hannah said...

You are so incredibly, incredibly beautiful.
And your comment is so appreciated. I'm sure you know what it's like getting a comment from one of the bloggers you admire most; it just makes it so much more special.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I need to come back and read more about this designer. She sounds wonderful and I love her list of inspirations.

Speaking of: lovin' your "study" outfit. It looks righteously unstudied, and you, as ever a glorious blossom!

tara grace said...

Wow, I've never heard of Charlotte Taylor before but oh my goodness, oh how I have been missing out! Quirky, gorgeous fun style, I do adore it.

tara grace

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the moonchild said...

i love your blog! (:
and how your thought-process is layed out for us all.
following!(:

stop by sometime?
rena.

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Caitlin Rose said...

you look great as always!

I've always loved flat colours and textures more than actual patterns on clothing, but sometimes something really takes my breath away. My mother has a vintage blouse that has massive bouquets on it that is just stunning, that actually reminds me that I should take some pictures of me in it ; )

Fashion Tales.... said...

This is a wonderful and inspiring post. I adore the Charlotte Taylor the silk playsuit. It's always very intriguing to me to see the change colour/scale with prints of the 40s-70s.

I also love your shoes! Thanks for this post.

SomeoneLikeYou said...

Oh my goodness, I am so truly blown away by your blog and not to mention your beauty! If I were to pass you when walking down a street, I would probably stop and stare! You are a true stunner.

Thank you also ever so much for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment <3

haus of chic said...

wow! great pictures! your so pretty!

Marta said...

Oh! It's wonderful! This outfit connects past with now [because of pants]! You look beautiful as always!

Xx,

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jess said...

Your blog's been in my bookmarks since the beginning, even though I've gone in and out of the blogging world (and now I'm back again!) But seriously, you are so gorgeous and I love your outfits! X

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Amy (London, UK) said...

Great outfit, love the socks/shoe combo!

Amy xxx