New Vlog: see who made my best & worst dressed lists from last week…

Yours truly, The VSG x

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New Shoot: House of Liza, my mecca!

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I really have FarFetch to thank for my obsession with uber amazing boutique House of Liza. Thank God the little fashion pixies working in-house at FarFetch, also affectionately known at ‘Fetchers’, found House of Liza (which is situated in one of the most random streets in Hoxton, London). Even though I can’t afford most of what they sell, my life feels complete now I’ve tried all these special special pieces on.

HOL’s ‘thing’ is vintage. I, for one, am usually so sick of hearing that word banded about, but what Goncalo, HOL’s owner, has achieved through actually a life long hobby for the world of vintage fashion is just incredible. It’s like he has dedicated his life going round the world to find one offs, limited editions or just very rare pieces of fashion history.

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It’s one thing seeing all these pieces on line, shot in studio light, but it’s quite another to feel, smell, touch and try them on. You feel instantly amazing in them, you feel special. And that, lovely reader, is very hard to come by with pieces of clothing.

When I walked in to the shop, I just gasped. For a about three minutes straight. It’s hard not to. Some of these shirts you only hear of, like a fashion myth, never think you’ll see them in the flesh, let alone try them on. Gianni Versace shirts from the 80s, JC de Castelbajac’s fun 90s prints, Moschino’s novelty, when Franco reigned, way before Jeremy Scott!

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I asked Goncalo a few questions. I asked if he could explain the ethos of House of Liza:

House of Liza’s ethos is very simple, to find, buy and collect garments by some of the most iconic and forward thinking fashion designers. We are particularly interested in garments that had an impact on the development of fashion. In this sense, all the clothes we stock defined the vanguard of their period.

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Me: Out of all the pieces you’ve ever sourced, what has been the most discovery so far?

I have a few favourite ones, but maybe the Teddy Bear coat by Jean Charles de Castelbajac (1988.1989), made with 40 peluche teddy bears!

Me: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is an expression of one’s inner self, of one’s identity. Fashion is about projecting to the rest of the world who you are as a person, what your values and aspirations are.

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Me: What’s your favourite piece from the current FarFetch/House of Liza collection?

At the moment my favourite piece has to be a men’s jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier from his 1993 seminal collection “Les Rabbins Chic”! This collection, which was heavily inspired by Jewish Orthodox apparel, is very revered amongst fashion collectors. Even before “Les Rabbins Chic”, Gaultier was known for exploring religious themes within his collections, albeit mainly Christian themes. To be inspired  by orthodox Jewish Rabbis was considered by many as too risqué and controversial. He is rumoured to have caused offense by sending female models down the runway in rabbis’ clothing, in what was considered a “charged” atmosphere.

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As you can see I’m in absolute heaven here. I really must thank Goncalo for letting me loose on his shop and his pride and joys. If you’re ever in Hoxton, and even if you’re not, you have to go and give House of Liza a visit. You’ll love it! I could have spent all day in the shop, trying everything on.

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Shop all my looks here…

With special thanks to:

Goncalo and Phillip at House of Liza

Caroline at FarFetch

Richard Hanson for photography

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Skinted//Minted: Marks & Spencer and Stella McCartney’s face print tops…

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SKINTED: Marks & Spencer face print blouse – buy here

MINTED: Stella McCartney Gary Hume sweatshirt – buy here

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Today I’m Loving… all the camp from Ashish!

031L32770003_1 These Vogue jeans, the ones that sent Twitter and Instagram potty over fashion week, are NOW ON SALE! Everybody SCREAM!

Aren’t they just amazing? And actually, there’s loads of new season Ashish available now that has me wishing I was a lovely lady. From his ruffled denim to the amaaaazing fringed full tracksuit, and the frilled jumpsuit to his uber kitsch jewelled skirt suits, it’s all just mind blowingly fabulous!

Ramp up your wardrobe with a piece of Ashish ladies!

 

Yours truly, The VSG x

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New Shoot: New Look’s New Shoes…

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When I tell people that a T-shirt or pair of trousers come from New Look, some still have no idea that the high street giant does menswear. Silly really, because their mens stuff is really quite amazing.

Take their new-in shoes, for example. For autumn/winter (yes, shops are starting to stock new season now) New Look’s new shoes include, for the first time, a real leather collection (with chic red lining, and retailing at just £39.99), real suede, cool day footwear – like the moc-croc black and white slip ons – and some fun double soled shoes too.

I wanted to put my own spin on some of the shoes, so New Look kindly lent me some of the key new-in pairs, loads of printed socks and some trousers to style them up with. Here’s some shoe-spiration for you…

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What are your favourite pair?

Model: Lee Knight

Photographer: Richard Hanson

Styling: Moi!

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Today I’m Loving… some amazing matchy matchyness!

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I’m a MASSIVE fan of the matchy matchy look, even more so when it’s trousers and a top like this Vila set from ASOS. Aren’t they amazing together??

And at £63 for the whole look, it’s a bargain that would be rude not to take up! It all looks so much more expensive!

Buy the top here and trousers here

 

Yours truly, the VSG x

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Couture Autumn 2014: What I’ll be wearing from the collections…

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*Ralph & Russo’s sublime elegance*

 

Ya’ll know how much I love a dramatic frock, so you can only imagine my excitement when it comes to couture week in Paris. Suffice to say I’m usually screaming and gasping and clutching my head in pure ecstasy either watching a live stream or seeing the images come in ‘instantly’ on Style.com or Nowfashion.com.

And for Autumn 2014, there were some incredible sights. Versace kicked it all off for me with Donatella’s stamp on the construction and deconstruction of gowns, with Jennifer Lopez wearing one of the key pieces from the collection – the ‘tress’ (trouser/dress) (or ‘press’ (pant/dress) if you’re American), sat FROW and looking gorgeous.

I thought I’d just show you all what I’ll be wearing once I’ve put all my couture orders through. There’s a lot here, but you know, I’m a very busy woman person. Lots of outfits needed!

Here goes…

*Atelier Versace*

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*Stephane Rolland’s exquisite architecture*

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*Zuhair Murad, for that Jennifer Lopez moment*

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*Vionnet’s prehistoric amazingness*

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*Wear the red carpet like Viktor & Rolf*

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*Elie Saab’s sparkling collection*

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*Drama of all drama, Giambattista Valli. Gowns that are so fabulous it hurts!*

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Yours truly, The VSG x

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Zoo Jeans… would you wear a pair created by lions and tigers and bears?

A zoo in Japan is creating “the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals”.

WTF? How? Yup, that was exactly my reaction too. But they are. They (Kamine zoo) are wrapping tyres and big balls in denim, throwing them into the tiger, lion and bear enclosures and letting the animals do their worst on the fabric.

They then go in, reclaim the shredded denim and create jeans out of the material. It’s not, however, common practice in Japan. No no, three pairs will be auctioned off on Japan’s Yahoo Auctions. The proceeds will then be used to preserve Kamine Zoo.

I just can’t work out if this is genius or screams of exploitation. I don’t like zoos, I won’t visit them anymore, not since the horrific incident with the giraffe at Copenhagen zoo, but there’s no stopping them. As long as people pay to get in, they’ll stay open. So I guess if this zoo in Japan is going to keep big cats and bears, then this is one way to keep them occupied.

And this whole thing does remind me of Trine Lindegaard’s ‘Happiness’ collection, where she worked with UK prisoners who helped with embroidery for the pieces of her collection, as part of the programmes within their prisons. These animals are, in effect, prisoners.

Here’s your options:

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I hope whoever buys them has a tetanus before wearing them!

Yours truly, The VSG x

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New vlog: The VERY best & worst dressed of the week…

Yours truly, The VSG x

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GLA-MAZING Conversations – Celia Sawyer

I strive to keep this blog as fabulous as possible, hence why I always gush about big dramatic gowns and my favourite old school divas. I don’t know if you saw my first GLA-MAZING Conversation with Jo Elvin, Editor of Glamour magazine (watch here), but I want to do a lot more, and do have more fabulous people booked in for some video interviews. In the meantime though, I got to ask fabulous interior designer to the A listers, and star of Channel 4′s Four Rooms, Celia Sawyer some questions.

But first, see her here in action. Here is a clip of Celia obsessing over some Alexander McQueen (click on the image to view)

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The Very Simon G: Before Four Rooms there was your successful interior design business. Is your house just full with amazing finds? And what’s your favourite piece in your home?

Celia: Well my house continuously changes as I buy and sell various collectables, I especially change things on the walls. I have some beautiful pieces. I can’t mention some for obvious reasons but I have a fantastic art collection and curiosity cabinet. One of my favourite pieces is my road kill couture – I’m waiting for the right occasion to wear some of it!

TVSG: You clearly love fashion too, but what does it mean to you?

Celia: For me fashion is incredibly important as it’s an extension of my personality.

TVSG: You’re the only woman in the Four Rooms cast, that must be quite a power kick? Are you a feminist at heart?

Celia: I love to see women in an equal role to men, it’s great to see women succeeding in business. Quite honestly I don’t feel any different from some of the men on the show. And in fact I’m probably more masculine than some of them!

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TVSG: Interior design is much like styling – your interpretation on what looks good. How would you describe your style, clothes and interiors?

Celia: Very cool and glamorous, chic with an edge of rock and roll. This applies to my style and my interiors!

TVSG: Have you got any female role models? And if so, why them?

Celia: No but I do admire a lot of women that work hard and achieve their dreams

TVSG: If you had to choose a designer to wear for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?

Celia: The one and only Tom Ford. The reason why is because his clothes are glamorous, sexy and his clothes make women feel really feminine!!

TVSG: What’s your most couture item of clothing you own?

Celia: I’ve got the most amazing dress that was designed by Carolyn Cleverly. I wore it to the inspiration awards for women when I won last October. It’s crochet threads and is very organic.

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TVSG: Any tips on how to keep wardrobes neat and tidy? Or are you more of a ‘floor-drobe’ person?

Celia: My wardrobe is complete chaos. Strangely enough even though I have order in my interior design my clothes are all mixed up. However every night I choose what I’m going to wear the next day and I’m never indecisive!

TVSG: Out of all the things you’ve seen in Four Rooms, what’s the one thing you lost out on that you most regret?

Celia: I missed out on some Alexandra McQueen prototype dresses, which I really really wanted. Geoff Salmon beat me to them!

TVSG: Who in the celeb world always gets it right, and who always gets it wrong

Celia: I couldn’t possibly say who gets it wrong! It’s a bit unfair as there’s a lot of pressure in this industry to be dressed well, and we can all get it wrong. I love Heidi Klums elegance on the red carpet and Joan Collins for an older lady always looks immaculate

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Yours truly, The VSG x

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