I am back!!!!
Yes, Le Chic Librarian has returned. From a year of complete fashion fabulousness and oh my goodness, the things that happened while I was away – Kim K became the world’s most glamorous mother, J-Law had a haircut, the 1990s and grunge made their fashion comeback, an awesome Glassons flagship launched on Lambton Quay, Marc Jacobs left Louis Vuitton, Alexa Chung turned THIRTY (!) and continued to look awesome.
Meanwhile, I was travelling the globe searching for inspiration, following fashion weeks, stalking street style.
ALL FOR YOU.
Or, perhaps not…..
Lauren Conrad’s back! At the library, with a new book that is. A companion book to her previous guide – Lauren Conrad: style – and filled with beauty tidbits from her blog. The book has just been ordered and isn’t on the shelves yet, but be the first to reserve it HERE.
Another fashion book, just ordered for the Young Adults collection, you might want to check is Fashionable by Owen Weldon. It covers the more outlandish trends of fashion history, such as the dandies of the Macaroni Club – and just whatever that is you can see here.
New York fashion week’s biggest show – the one that WILL influence what you’ll be wearing in seasons to come – Marc Jacobs, brought to you by one of the world’s biggest fashion bloggers Garance Dore – someone who has made a successful million dollar career out of blogging.
The real skill of Dore’s is not so much the topics covered but the tone. She really makes you feel like you’re her friend, having a sneak-peek at the hottest New York fashion parties, the front row fashionistas, coming across as human and humorous. Check out her blog (or her youtube channel) for her Pardon my French series of clips that show you more about fashion week than just pretty models in clothes.
It’s a little late of me to point this out, but New Zealand Fashion Week is just coming to an end in Auckland, as we speak. There’s been great coverage online, if you don’t already know, so everyone still has time to catch up on what their favourite New Zealand designers have created for the next season.
There’s also the good old Glassons blog Style Keeper and one I follow called Amber and Hilary – they have great pics of the catwalk shows and the glamourous show attendees. Of course there is the official Fashion Week website, and I’m sure a plethora of other sites to keep you updated. So you really have no excuse for not being an informed Kiwi fashionista!
Also, this book is rather timely too, as one of fashion’s older and kookier icons has recently died. Anna Piaggi was best known for her outrageous way of dressing – she had a look which was distinctly her own and certainly noticeable – and you’ve really got to admire that! She was Italian and a former employee of Italian Vogue, she died on August the 7th at the grand old age of 81.
Did you know that Miranda Kerr has been doing her best to raise the fashion quotient of Wellington? While here with Orlando Bloom (who’s working on The Hobbit) she’s been shooting up storm with all types of fashiony pics of her in our city suddenly appearing. (First was the Rag and Bone campaign shots).
Then last weekend this rather beautiful photoshoot for New York’s T magazine appeared all over the interwebs – including a pic of Miranda outside our very own Newtown Library! (below). Whilst I’m not a big Miranda fan, I think she looks great (and with some awesome shoes to boot!)
Hot or not – new and emerging trends for spring. You decide!
Cute and frilly blouses with bow ties and such? (As also seen at Karen Walker)
Studded collars and creamy pastels? (As also seen at Glassons)
Crochet knickers?! (As seen….well, nowhere really)
Boring old Kate Middleton has toppped Vanity Fair’s best dressed list for 2012, the third year in a row. YAWN I say – but what do you think about Kate’s style? Who’s your ‘best dressed’?
(Super-mean Karl Lagerfeld – designer for Chanel – has some rather unkind things to say about Kate’s sister Pippa too!)
My pick for best dressed might be Azelia in this cool video for Alexander Wang’s T collection.
Crop-tops for summer! For everyone!
Two interesting fashion books at the library for you this week. Firstly, this new one above is for all you ladies that are fans of jeans, blazers and Patti Smith-type dressing.
Take Ivy / [photographs by Teruyoshi Hayashida ; text by Toshiyuki Kurosu and Hajime (Paul) Hesegawa].
“Originally published in Japanese on September 20, 1965 by Fujingaho sha, Tokyo, Japan.” (Syndetics summary)
Secondly, this is for fans of what’s known as preppy style. I guess that could mean if you like letterman jackets and chinos (which are all over Hallensteins at the moment). Its kind of a strange one for a fashion book – just pictures of 1960s college students at American universities. But its been highly influential in Japan, where it was first published, sparking their years-long love of American style.