Sunday, February 28, 2010

Straw hats

Straw hats have a raw simplicity to
them that is carelessly, flippantly,
naturally right for the mood of the
From old straw boaters to crumpled and
with loads of character, these hats are perfect for the
beach , the city or the carousel in Monte Martre!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bearded Boys

You have had to have nticed those barbed bandits on the
street of late.
Not since the 70's , when Burt Reynolds, Mic Fleetwood
and just about any one on the streets from San Francisco
to Sydney wore there growth with pride, have beards
been so everywhere.
When I was in Paris recently , if a guy didn't have a beard,
he had probably not yet reached puberty.
So don't grow a mo, or sexy side burns.
Forget the taste collector or whatever that small triangle
of bumb-fluff under ones' lip was called ,that was so 2006.

Whether going for some longish stubble or the full beardorama,
just don't shave off the hairs on you chinny, chin, chin!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ray of Light

You know sometimes you are wandering down the
street and you just need a ray of sunshine to light up
your path..well here are a few.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wild Horses

What is it with the streets of Paris and Horses. This
animal has to be the symbol of the city.
Did you know that the positioning of the horses feet
relative to the ground in sculptures, signifies how
the rider of the horse died.
For example the beautiful golden sculpture of
Joan D'Arc outside Hotel Regina (above), with feet
raised off the ground, means that she did not die
on the battlefield.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Studded Style

Hardware chic is everywhere on the street at the moment.
It as though we are all preparing to go into battle out there.
Why, sign of the times, or just a hardy look that adds
an edge and a little bit of a gritty contrast.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dancing in the Streets

Though these shots aren't officially in a street,
(they were taken in an underground area adjoining a train
station in Singapore), I just love the combination of the
dancing figures , the reflective floor and the intense
halogen spotlights.
For some reason it looks almost other worldly and magical,
don't you think ?

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I think there is something almost amphibious happening
in fashion at the moment. Whether it be the fabrics of
a lot of almost wet looking clothing around to the
reptilian prints in textiles.
This lead me to thinking about how wetsuits could be a
great inspiration for a designers collection.

Check these out and tell me if you agree.

Tights are alright!

Men in ..

Girls in ..


You have to have noticed that tights are
the new lower-half staple for most inner
city girls.
They have been for some time now and
don't seem to be going any time soon.
In Japan I noticed that boys are getting in on
the black tight action. Under shorts as seen here.
They make them look very sporty cool I think,
especially with the day-glo white trainers.
How come in Japan, they look great in most
things that probably wouldn't translate as
well anywhere else?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Lace, Lace, Lace

Lace is going to be huge for a while. Why..
1 Alexander McQueen would have wanted it that way.
2 It is cheeky and exposes while covering up simultaneously which suits the mood of now for some reason.
3 It is very 80s ( Prince wants his catsuit back).
4 It goes with leather and Lycra..also huge.
5 It has that Spanish flamenco thing about it that is always going to be on fire.
6 It has that Jane Austin thing about it that is always going to be like a fresh English breeze.
7 Lady Ga Ga says so.
8 Madonna says.."I said so first. "
9 Beyonce says.."yeah , but I say so last."
10 The girls in these photographs look great in it so you will too.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pumping Iron

The street gym is not your average gym. We are not
talking about your hi-tech Fitness First here, with
speakers pumping, designer sports wear and Pump and
These are gyms not for the faint hearted.
Equipment is often rusty and basic, but does the job.

Some are outdoor , with amazing views
(see the famous Bondi beach gym above).

Others are almost underground, like a secret men's
only club, like the ones I stumbled across in
Havana, Cuba.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crochet Chic

There is something very comfortingly crafty going on
with fashion at the moment. I don't know if some one's
Grandmother is working overtime or if Gen. Y have
discovered the art of crochet.

Any way, it has been hibernating for sometime and now is
back; this time not in the shape of table cloths and
doilies , but bags, vests and dresses.

The look is somewhat herbal chic with a dash of
Fleetwood flavour.
Stevie we love you for inspiring a whole new generation
of modern day gypsies!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

American Boy

I was in L. A recently and I was struck by how fresh the
street style was there. Especially young guys.

They dress with a simplicity that is very cool.
They combine basics with flare and it is often the way
they wear things as much as the clothes themselves,
rolling sleeves to just the right length or haplessly
letting the tongue flop out of a boot.

Perfect denims, chinos and classic elements are all
thrown into the mix.

With so many fashion blogs and mags. extolling the
virtues of the perfect this and that, and Hollywood stylists
creating roll models of style everywhere from Brad Pitt
to Robert Pattinson, maybe it is easier to get style
inspiration and information these days.

But I think it is often instinctive, just as the
French somehow know how to do that sexy rock
look better than anyone. The English do eclectic to
perfection, the Italian's ; sartorial style with ease,
and the Japanese somehow get onto trends so
quickly, looking more directional and current
than anyone else. The Spanish rule with that gypsy Ibiza
holiday look, and of course, when it comes to Australians
(and possibly the Brazilians).. they know how to do
beach better than the rest.

Well the Americans do classic street wear like
no other.
Evidence above!