August 30, 2013

A Day in Selfridges Pt. 2: Denim Dreams

Lying somewhere between Picasso's blue period and a foray into James Dean's wardrobe is the Denim Studio in Selfridges - the world's biggest collection of clothes fashioned out of a fabric which was originally designed for cowboys. 
We wandered around the mountains of denim and then drifted  into The Fit Studio, where we found a bevy of experts ready to chat all things denim. A team of riveted elves are also housed back there and in just one hour they can have your jeans fitting you like a stonewashed glove. 

Welcome to Denimland!

In Denimland, the DJ wears a Canadian Tuxedo...

... even the cushions are fashioned out of denim...

...and the shoppers wear moody blue.

 But with the mesmerizing Jeanius Bar...

....which has a myriad of denim cultural references, including the perfection that is Kenickie, Danny et al's James Dean inspired look...

....and chatty Chucks - who was on hand to talk about the perils of  "pancake arse"....

...we were anything but blue.

Miriam's outfit:
Crop tee - Topshop
Neon bag - Zara
Cream brogues - Faith
Chunky sweater - Topshop (similar here)
Rose Gold necklace - H&M (similar here)
Neon bracelet - River Island

August 28, 2013

A Day in Selfridges Pt. 1: In a Barbie World

Some might think that Barbie is a bit of a flake, drifting, as she has, from one career to another - vet, ballet dancer and flight attendant to name but a few. We, however, prefer to think of her as the master of reinvention, a veritable renaissance woman, as she now turns her molded hand to the role of shopkeeper, with the opening of her perfectly pink paradise in Selfridges's brand new toy department. To celebrate her latest venture she has been given three very different makeovers by three of the UKs brightest fashion stars - Fred Butler, Nasir Mazhar and Sister By Sibling have all created limited edition looks for her and we skipped along to take a peek.

Our day began with a sudden downpour and forced Siobhan to utilize her woodland skills of hair protection aka the tight low-bun. It keeps your curl from falling out in humid/wet weather. After that we were off to Selfridges new toy department on the 4th floor!

Fred Bulter's origami design definitely made us question if we could recreate our own paper dresses, but we thought twice after contemplating the logistics of sitting down (among other things...). Nevertheless, it was refreshing to see Barbie doing a spot of man repelling in this Lady Gagaesque ensemble.

(On the right is actually a Gustav Klimt inspired doll but our magpie eyes fell in love with her gold gown and so we had to include Adele Bloch-Bauer I)

Barbie knows how to show it off or cover it up in Nasir Mazhar and Sister by Sibling, respectively. The string-dress isn't really our cup of tea but Barbie looks ladylike, stylish and cosy in Sister by Sibling’s knitted wares.

That awkward moment when you actually want Barbie's shoes. Those plain, pink pumps never did it for us but this, this we could work with.

Siobhan enamored with a 1960s version of Catwoman. She had a statement necklace and gold waist belt back in the day. We like the fact that in the 60s version she actually let herself floss some of her loot. 

Siobhan's outfit
Floral top - Zara 
Leigh Jeans - Topshop
Pointy D'orsay Flats - Chinese Laundry 
Spiked bracelet - C. Wonder 
Spiked earring - ASOS

Outfit teaser of Miriam! The next episode of our day in Selfridges has her full look, so stay tuned!

August 23, 2013

In Praise of Men Wearing Skirts

Well, it has been over 10 years ago since Madonna released, What it Feels Like For a Girl and we think that the time to praise those men, who don't think that it's degrading and instead don clothes that are traditionally thought of as "for girls", is long overdue. 

Boy hero No. 1: Jean Paul Gaultier
In 1985, when Jean Paul Gaultier showed the skirt for men in his Spring/Summer collection, Et Dieu Créa L'Homme, it caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised, but undeterred he has continued to use fashion to question ideas about men’s behaviour and appearance, and in his collection for spring/summer 2014 the skirt for men again was featured.

Boy hero No. 2: Kurt Cobain
The pin-up from our teen years wore Courtney Love’s dresses on stage (who wouldn't though? They were pretty excellent) and again in the video for In Bloom, as a stance against traditional ideas of masculinity. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times he said that, “Wearing a dress shows I can be as feminine as I want.” Yes you can Kurt, yes you can.

Boy hero No. 3: Marc Jacobs
He has been carrying off the skirt for men with aplomb for a good while now and because it looks so natural and effortless on him the skirt no longer makes a statement, other than that of its own lack of gender - which perhaps is the loudest of all.

August 21, 2013

Kris Jane International

If you know anything about us RF girls, you know we love dipping a toe into the world of fantasy. Our ultimate escapist dream involves imagining ourselves as Khaleesi of a tropical island with an armada of well-dressed warriors who tend to our every need including: brushing our unicorns' manes, preparing sea-fresh sashimi and cups of tea, and of course performing K-pop songs on demand. There also might be a teleportation device involved so we could travel to favorite international locations (Tokyo, Seoul, California, London, Washington DC and Columbus, Ohio).

When my friend, Kris Jane, showed me the beautiful and fantastical designs of her clothing line, I truly felt like my inner Khaleesi fantasy was being beckoned! The vivid colors and psychedelic prints in ladylike and flowing silhouettes are certainly what we envision our inner warrior princess wearing. Cue Xena warrior yells of excitement! I also appreciated the mixture of international inspirations, as she is wanderlusting lady, just like Miriam and I. Learning about Kris Jane's inspirations only confirmed my visions:

My inspiration mostly comes from patterns and colors from nature and architecture. The Oceanica collection for example..., the print was inspired by the patterns from the mandarin fish. And the new Foulards collection, the prints are inspired by exotic animals and plants from the rainforest.
And indeed, Kris Jane International's Foulards collection, will make your eyes dance in enjoyment as flora and fauna explode into geometric images. And like a camouflaging chameleon, the shapes morph depending on how the scarves are tied, making the styling possibilities truly exciting. Below are our favorite pieces from the new Foulards collection, that are now available at her online store! Check it out and let us know what your favorite design is.


August 18, 2013

It's a Nice Day For a White Wedding

The first question asked upon receipt of a wedding invite is, "What am I going to wear?" There are tomes upon tomes dedicated to exploring this topic, but apparently the answer can be as unexpectedly simple as, "a jumpsuit" or, "a crop-top."

Kate wears:  Jumpsuit - Topshop,  Platform courts - Marks and Spencer, Clutch - Vinatage
Miriam wearsCrop top River Island, Midi skirt - Topshop, Pointed courts, Clutch - Vintage


August 15, 2013

Sono Mama

Stitched Panel Track Pant - 3.1 Phillip Lim | Plush Trousers - Zara
Patchwork Back to Front Shirt - 3.1 Phillip Lim | Check Panel Sweatshirt - Gorgeous via ASOS
Racer Double Flap Bag - 3.1 Phillip Lim | Snakeskin Shoulder Bag - H&M
A-line Biker Wrap Skirt - 3.1 Phillip Lim | Quilted Wrap Mini Skirt - Dorothy Perkins

If you have a touch of the Summertime sadness, then taking a gander at 3.1 Phillip Lim's autumnal collection will surely lift your spirits. Just seeing the promotional film, Sono Mama, for the collection made us a giddy as Japanese rockabilly! Well, they seemed quite giddy in the video. Not only that, one of absolutely fave models, Kiko Mizuhara, is center stage so go check it out already! And come back here. OK! Now that your appetite is whet, check out these style substitutes from the fabulous collection. We'll be booking our tickets back to Japan and don't be surprised if we join a biker gang. 

August 13, 2013

The Curly Pledge

Siobhan's outfit: Tank top - Madewell, Loose Printed Trousers - Zara, 'Easy Does It' Flats - Chinese Laundry, Rings - River Island, Anklet & Necklace - Etsy, Tote Bag - Forever 21

Miriam's outfit: Speckled T-shirt - Topshop, Eagle necklace - Topshop, Basket bag - H&M, Gold Wedge Sandals - Office, Boyfriend Jeans - H&M

August 14th marks the world's first Wear Your Hair Curly Day and being naturally curly haired ladies, we had to jump on the bandwagon! For those with naturally straight strands, it may be a bit confusing as to why curly haired women would even need a day to wear their hair in their own natural state but anyone with curls, coils, or kinks knows that it's not so cut & dry. Many of us have made our straightening irons a psychological crutch during the 2000's (blame Gwyneth Paltrow) but recently curls have made a huge comeback and we think they are here to stay. Not just about a look, embracing one's curls is also about feeling confident in one's natural state which also may be a societal zeitgeist of the moment. Indeed in the past, we have reserved our curls for those close to us, but now we are more willing now to show our follicular versatility.

But maintaining pretty curls is a learning process and it took us years to refine. My hardest lesson was learned when at 8 years of age, I attempted to get rid of my frizzy halo by gleefully snipping off sections of my mane. My mother was suitably horrified and I'm just glad she didn't put me in a straight jacket. Anyway, here are our hard-earned tips. 

  •  I only comb my hair in the shower with my hair soaking wet. After my hair is fully detangled, I follow up with another rinse of water to encourage the curls clumping together. After squeezing out the excess water with a towel, I allow my hair to air dry. 
  •  Since my hair is fine, I stay away from heavy styling products and simply apply Argan oil to moisturize my hair. 
  •  Once a week I slather my hair with Argan oil and sleep it in overnight, washing it out the next morning. Argan oil is one of the only oils that can fully penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize the hair intensely. 
  •  Up-dos and side-swept styles are my go-to show off my curls while also keeping them from going too Mrs. Rochester a la Jane Eyre
  •  My hair drinks up conditioner, so I only use deep conditioner after I'm done shampooing with a sulfate-free shampoo. 
  •  I also use a wide-tooth comb when my hair is wet, but not every day. Sometimes not detangling my hair allows my curls to better clump together and thereby reduce frizz. 
  •  I apply a creamy leave-in conditioner (Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner) and holding product (Tigi Curls Rock) in my very wet hair and then put my hair up in a towel to dry. 
  •  I usually air dry but will use a diffuser on medium heat to speed the drying process. 
  •  Never ever, ever allow a hair dresser use a razor to 'thin' your hair. Like punch them in the throat if they even suggest it. 

We challenge our dear readers to take the pledge as well and wear your hair curly tomorrow! By pledging your name on the Garnier Fructis website, you can also enter to win a trip to NYC and also send deserving girls to 'Rock Camp'. Sounds pretty rad to us. Happy curls!

August 7, 2013

Summertime Sadness

Maxi Dress - H&M (similar here)
Ankle Boots - Jeffrey Campbell 'Roscoe'
Crystal Ring - Urban Outfitters
Gold Pendant Necklace - Brandy Melville (similar here)
Hat - Urbant Outfitters (stolen from RF Ken doll's wardrobe)

As I was recently catching up on the upcoming fashions for Fall/Winter 2013, I do admit I felt a twinge of pain at the inevitable death of summer. Don't let my smile in the images above fool you! As I am now writing this in sleeveless top, I am to happy report that it has not arrived yet. But now I feel almost frantic to do ALL the summertime things! (In a very Hyperbole and a Half fashion) So a couple weekends ago, I attempted to do something decidedly British and I finally went punting along the river with the RF Ken Doll and some friends. The outfit above was what I wore on the blazing hot day (well, by English standards). My incredibly thrifty H&M maxi dress served me well and symbolizes my mourning for the death of summer. However, I can console myself -- I think about how some of the best clothes are for when you're shivering in your ankle boots and beanie. 

August 4, 2013

Sheikha of Hearts

American Embassies might be closing here, there and everywhere across the Arab world, but for us there is a beacon of style drawing us to the Middle East; Sheikha Mozah (or Queen Banana) is  impossibly glamorous, perfectly put together and never puts a foot wrong as she walks the tightrope of dressing fashionably yet modestly. Actively involved in politics and listed as one of the world's 100 most powerful women -- never have we wanted to wear a turban more.

Shikha Mozah Chic
Clutch Bag - Nancy Gonzalez,  Eyeliner - Dior, Earrings - Arman Sarkisyan, Turban - ASOS

August 2, 2013

JP! Digital: Holy Trinity

Art, design and photography loving readers, hear hear! Remotely Fashion is now a part of the Just Pirez! Magazine's bloggers network and we would like to share our love of the core of fashion -- art. JP! Digital's newest issue definitely has got our creative juices flowing so bad that we might just start an organic juice bar (flavors will include: 'Purple Drank' and 'Mountain Dew Muse'). 

Just Pirez! Issue four, Holy Trinity, has an overarching theme of perplexing, detailed images that elicit a range of emotions from awe, sympathy, disgust, to curiosity. One of our favorite features in the issue is Andy Rudak's remarkable architectural photography project that depicts a variety of international locations made entirely of cardboard. The realism is amazing and we adored how baby woodland animals randomly appeared in the cityscapes. Another feature that made us look a little harder were the detailed illustrations from Rachel Walsh. Her artwork will make you inspect every detail like when you were a child searching for Waldo. The issue has many more intriguing works from a variety of talented and emerging artists from diverse genres. Be sure to check out the latest issue over here!
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