Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The YSL Rive Droite Collection

 Our purchase histories this past year have been a true rollercoaster. From the uncertainty of what a lockdown means to companies offering appealing sales to keep the revenue, businesses have really had to think outside of the box with their releases.With Christmas soon approaching, new collections are going to be dropping left, right and centre. The 'Gift' section on every website is about to grow larger and it's easy to get a bit swept away with the amount of potential purchases. 2020 has taught us several lessons, one of them being to expect the unexpected. I came across Saint Laurent's new Rive Droite collection and I had to share it with you - whether as a gift guide or some treat yourself goods. 

The Rive Droite 'Goodies' category is gift central. If you're shopping for a fashion lover or someone who enjoys YSL's prints, this page is for you. This collection features all the random bits and bobs you need at some point, and some extras. A series of USB flash drives, bottle openers, disposable cameras, you name it. Granted some items seem gimmicky, they all share the Saint Laurent edge.

Here are some of my personal favourites from the collection.

A Juergen Teller Poster - £50

There are several posters of photographs shot by the German photographer Juergen Teller available but this one is my favourite. Featuring a shot representing the Summer 2020 campaign for YSL, the atmosphere reminds me of something hanging on Serena van der Woodsen's wall. The shoes, the colours, the warmth, wonderful.

The Black Cotton Tote Bag - £50
Black totes have become a staple in many people's lives, the ideal 'grab a few groceries' bag. Of course, they also have the sustainable element as they are a brilliant alternative for plastic bags. This collection offers multiple different phrases printed on the 100% cotton tote. Understandably not the most overwhelming design, but ideal if you rely on cotton totes regularly. Most are black with a white font, but this particular one is my favourite. Paired with a denim jacket, it's a look.

A very simple, classic phone case. This is the average price of a case at Apple so I consider this price point to be reasonable especially for a high end brand. Available in black, white and red, you can't really go wrong with it. It is clearly branded but without being in your face and won't clash with any monograms or logos from other brands. Also, these are made out of silicone so you do not have to worry about them chipping or snapping.

Pocket mirrors are a must have. Whether you need to make sure your mask is on straight, top up your mascara or fix your hair, mirrors are more reliable than a phone selfie camera. This is a lovely little gift, especially if the recipient enjoys animal print. Something very small but not restricted by age or trend. Just like with the phone cases, this is something branded without the logo shouting from the roof tops. You never know when you are going to need a mirror on the go. 

Which is your favourite?

K x


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Movies To Watch For Fashion Inspiration

 Since I dedicated a post to some of the best shows to watch for fashion inspiration, it’s time to shine the spotlight on movies that do the same. This is quite literally just the tip of the iceberg. The list of films exceeds the variety available just on Netflix. Very often when you think about movies with iconic style, you instantly gravitate towards Clueless and Legally Blonde. Those are classics and loved by pretty much all, but here’s the part of the list which isn’t as common. Put on your face mask, grab your gin glass and enjoy.

Salvare La Facia / Psychout for Murder

I adore this film. I have recommended it to a few people before but when they heard that it is Italian and they would have to rely on subtitles, they were discouraged to watch this. That is a very big shame. Growing up bilingual and in a foreign country, movies and shows with dubbing or subtitles are normal to me. I only really clock onto the fact there are multiple languages if something isn’t translated correctly and you think ‘huh, that’s not what the actor said in English’. It is true that English is a very common language but please don’t close the door to other arts just because they weren’t produced in America or England. The world of cinema goes far beyond Hollywood and the most common A-Z alphabet. You may have actually seen screenshots of this movie floating around online before. Licia’s style is unmatched. So colourful, bold, feminine and young.  Also, the storyline is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. That being said, I encourage you to watch a foreign film even if it is not this particular one. 

Notting Hill

Such an underrated movie by our generation. Young Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, I don’t really know what more you could ask for in a 90s movie. The particular fashion moment which stands out to me is Anna’s black leather jacket, black Chanel beret and black cat eye shades. A timeless look. Alongside this, it’s a very warm film to watch. A light-hearted romcom with no dark or deep storylines and classic outfits.

Cruel Intentions

I adore Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon so of course I had to include Cruel Intentions. It’s impossible to look at the corsets currently trending and not see Kathryn if you have previously watched this movie. My favourite of her looks has to be the brown/maroon toned dress with embroidered flowers. Another stand out moment is her black fedora with the black suit – timeless. However, all of her looks are just as dazzling. I haven’t yet met a person who watched this movie and didn’t like it.

Uptown Girls

Probably most known for young Dakota Fanning saying, ‘It’s a harsh world’, this movie is wonderful. Molly Gunn’s wardrobe is one I would happily spend some time in. The reason this movie made the list was the birthday dress. It is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The 2000s shape, the sequins, the bright colours contrasting the nude – amazing. This is one of those pieces you see on a screen and dream of wearing yourself. There are too many outfits in the movie that I could choose from. The embroidered and embellished denim dungaree dress deserves an honourable mention. Molly’s style was always fun and youthful. The white mini dress with the three cartoons is another example of this.

With a never-ending list of movies yet to see, these are a good place to start.

K x
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