What with all the excitement of coding going well (yesterday I managed to get the analytic forces working and today the torques will be a success – I realise this probably means nothing to you...) I completely forgot about blogging this week. Sometimes I can only have one side of my brain firing at once, but then it gets worn out and I have to switch to something creative for a break. This morning I suddenly had that urge to get my camera out and then realised le flatmate is back in the homeland until the end of the week. Despite having had my tripod for over a year now, I've never actually attempted to use it outside; I'm pretty sure my Spanish neighbours think I've completely cracked up now. I think the results aren't too bad, although it's really hard to adjust the lighting when the camera screen is facing away from you... Clearly, I need to convince a sugar daddy to buy me my own studio.
This is the penultimate outfit post based around pieces I managed to track down in Antwerp. I couldn't go to Belgium and not come away with a bit of Ann Demeulemeester, and at around 140 Euros this wool and hemp jacket was a bargain. Add to that the size that fits me is SMALL and I was sold. The back and sleeves are closely knitted while the front has a double layer of fabric with large buttons and a Mao-style collar. The shaping round the back, the collar and the khaki colour (label says 'mud') lend it an overall Austro-Hungarian look. I like to think it's something that Snufkin/Snusmumriken might wear.
Wearing: jacket by Ann Demeulemeester, t-shirt by All Saints, trousers by Topman, ring by J W Anderson.
Like the Raf pieces, I traced the jacket online to Ann's AW 2008 collection. On the runway it was worn underneath a coat but that's definitely it, in one form or another. I had forgotten that Ann wasn't always the Queen of Night; this collection is bursting with prints, florals and ruffles-galore. Not exactly my favourite assortment of Demeulemeester but I've put together those bits and pieces I like below. I wonder if this is the end of my own personal obsession with black? When I first became #OBSESSED with fashion I went a little bit crazy, layering neon colours with ridiculous accessories. The closer I got to the industry, the more I was seduced by the head-to-toe ninja goth look. Black, black, black, and lots of leather. I still love the sleek, chic look but I'm starting to incorporate the softer, sludgier colours I liked as a teenager. Dare I say 'earth tones'? There's a khaki military coat from the McQ AW collection calling my name...
Anyway, while we're on the subject of Ann, let's talk about her AW 2012 collection. If 2008 was about the old-world dandy, 2012 is the post-apocalyptic terminator. The dip-dye dresses are cool, but for me it's all about the jackets. Cropped like a riding jacket and slim-fitting around the arms and shoulders, they are just so damn sexy. The royal-blue satin cigarette pant poking out from under a sea of black is divine. Want. It. All.
Tomorrow I'm getting a little preview of the menswear British Designers Collective at Bicester Village. I'm going to try so hard not to buy anything and just take nice photographs...but I got paid two days ago and I still have a tiny bit of money left over from my birthday. I'm going to need all the restraint I can muster!!