Thursday, 30 September 2010
I have been waiting to write this post for a while now, my fingers itching to get at the keyboard. But I wanted to hold back and make sure I had uploaded all my pictures from London Fashion Week first, since I find it very easy to get behind with the blog (and I figure, if it's not up-to-date, what's the point?). Saying that, waiting until now has actually paid off because it coincides with another happy incident in my life...
So, I hear you all ask, what exactly was I so excited about? Well, it was the arrival of this little package above (modelled by Anastasia, naturally), gifted to me by the lovely Amy Young, containing a pair of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's latest trainers produced in collaboration with Gola. You probably know already how much I love JCDC (having first attended one of his shows two years ago...), and how sad I was that his Conduit Street store appeared to have shut down, so I was pretty much over-the-moon that I could get my hands on some JCDC wonderfulness without having to hop on the Eurostar any time soon...
The trainers are black and rainbow-coloured hi-tops, with a jingly-jangly JCDC logo chain attached which makes a satisfying clinking sound as I stroll around town in them. They are surprisingly comfy (as compared to many other designer collaborations I have tried) although let's face it - you don't wear Castelbajac for the comfort! I am currently using them to add a vibrant pop of colour to my darker outfits (below there is a picture Mother Duck snapped outside The Ivy during LFW), but come Spring and along with it the maximalist in-your-face colour explosions we are seeing come out of the London and Paris shows, I will be rocking these bad boys with lots of clashing colours :-) They certainly attracted a lot of attention during fashion week, with street-style bloggers snapping away happily. Even Paul Hartnett, who never requests the provenance of my clothes, asked me where they were from. The full shoe collection is apparently available in the UK as of last week.
I almost have enough JCDC clothing to make an entire outfit now (shoes, tee, sweater, necklace, scarf...) although I am missing some trousers. Which leads me on to my second piece of good news - JCDC has launched an online store for the UK! Admittedly, I am not completely in love with the South Park theme this season, but there is a cartoon wolf snood with my name on it...
For a lunchtime snack at The Ivy, I wore my JCDC/Gola shoes with Acne sweatpants and canvas biker jacket, an Alexander McQueen scarf and a Marni manbag.