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Ok. I admit I have an unhealthy obsession with Rodarte. The brands Autumn/Winter 2010 collection upsets me so much as I know I will be sartorially bribed into owning certain coveted pieces! However, I have found that practicality can be fashions friend when it comes to certain ingenious designs. Forget Katie Perry’s unflattering strip lit glow dress at the NY Met Ball, Nicholas Kirkwood’s vertigo inducing melting wax heels for Rodarte are the way forward.

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte 'Sleepwalking' AW 2010

A cool internal design, way over my head, allows the shoes to glow in the dark. The gorgeous feet candy are finished off with beautiful soft leather gathered round the ankles (Sigh!).

As far as I am concerned they warrant a ‘Totally Beautiful and Safety At Night’ award. Nicholas Kirkwood must have been influenced by Supergirl’s Omegahedron when creating these.

Fuella xx

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I love to own something with a story behind it. London-based brand Vassilisa derives its name from the legend of a Russian folklore heroine as well as Russian aesthetics, myths, art and aristocratic traditions.

The brainchild behind Vassilisa is Central St Martins Graduate Nadja Solovieva trained with sartorial visionaries such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen before taking the brave step to set up her own label.

Vassilisa scarves have unique swirly prints and are created in a long lengths. This makes them great for layering with a jacket, over bare shoulders or on your head for some super-summer festival cool. Using luxurious natural silks and yarns each print is limited-edition and produced in the UK.

I am also tempted by her dresses. Beautifully constructed yet very simple.

Vassilisa Swingy Floaty Style!

Sultry Summer Gorgeousness!

I have a mental image of myself, Vassilisa clad in a meadow with dreamy prints stretching to be fully visible in the gentle breeze.

The online shop will open soon. Keep an eye on the brands Facebook page to know when!

Fuella x

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The  super-cool folk at London College of Fashion have been styling our nation since 1906. Now that’s sartorial credentials with longevity to envy!

I am loving this clever T-Shirt for wearing under blazers and tucked into tapered trousers. Get yours from the LCF Students Union at the Colleges new Holborn site.

Limited Edition T-Shirt £10

Fuella x

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I do not think of myself as a super girly girl, but I am falling in love with anything that has a smudged cut flowers print on it. With the long winter I feel I have been deprived of beautiful earthy floral colours. Yesterday I made up for this by ridding my closets of anything black, brown or dark grey.

Stella McCartney has a beautiful range of floral wonders for this summer. I love this gorgeous printed satin one shoulder ruffle dress.

Stella McCartney Printed Ruffle Dress £2,753

It almost looks as fragrant as a meadow of flowers and perfect for summer cocktails. Net-A-Porter launch their ‘Say it with Flowers’ Magazine online tomorrow. I will be looking out for a ‘wear with everything’ wrap jacket. Of the many colours variety of course!

Fuella x

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A cheeky streak of sun on the tail end of the Easter holidays has prompted the imminent peeling off of winter layers and the reawakening of the flip-flop. Take haste though, as from experience we know that this could be a summer teaser. It could all end in tears when the heavens open up and rain on our sartorial parade!

In preparation for summer, when it decides to arrive. I can tell you that I want and heart this super cool yet intricately chic Annix Embroidered Crop jacket by Marlene Birger £238. It is a staple that can simply be worn with anything at any time of the day!

Annix Embroidered Crop Jacket £238

The super cool Danish designer has just opened her first UK flagship store at 28 Marylebone High Street. This could prove very dangerous for me.

Keep on Fuelling

Fuella x

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Dr Martens give some kick to any outfit. They dress down a formal look, add rock chic character to a girly outfit and are super cool with khaki leggings/tailored harems and loose silk shirts for Spring.

Dr Martens- Rock Chic at its best

The brand is synonymous with generations of cool style culture and tomorrow (1st April) Dr M celebrates its 50th anniversary.

I feel obliged to add to the festivities of this milestone by purchasing a pair of boots to mark the occasion and feel drawn to the Hot Pink Patent Lamper boots below.

Hot Pink Patent Lamper boots £70

The epitome of Dr Marten with the assurance of never being missed in the festival crowd this summer!

Fuella x

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I am so excited about  this luxe light wool and cashmere blend scarf from Liberty London (£195). The colours are bold, bright and highlight a rather relaxed photo of Liberty London Founder Arthur Liberty and his wife. The historical photo was taken in 1800s.

Mr Liberty & his wife scarf £195

As you twine the long lengths of material around your neck, the colours and imagery are twirled in a fantastic collage of colour. The scarf is part of a series which depict Mr Liberty and his wife together and also separately. I love the colour and reawakening of these historical images for Liberty of London.

I have a desire to wear this all day with everything I own. I also fancy that I may even buy another to pin to a picture case and hang at home. Simply beautiful and beyond any trend.

Fuella xx

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I wonder if clothes have or give emotional vibes or feelings. The richly colour drenched dress dictating the theme of an entire fashion shoot or a messenger bag that reminds you of the one hanging behind the door in your grandmother’s house untouched for years.

It is natural to think of clothes in a thought-provoking way. Creations come into a consciousness via colour, tradition, inspiration and are translated into a design and ultimately their own being. I wonder what the creator thinks whilst working and if they hope someone wearing the finished piece will feel the power of inspiration.

There are certain colours, fabrics and designs I will be drawn to because of sartorial memories I have. Of course I love directional, innovative ideas and those instigators who move the industry forward. However those who blend this majestically with past influences to create something to makes you think are mesmerizing.

Manish Arora embodies a wake of power in his magnificent creations. Each intricately hand-made piece is a weave of inspiration combining colour, fabric and technique.

Manish Arora SS2010

The first time I saw a Manish Arora piece I felt that it could be carefully pinned to a platform and encased in a glass box. A piece of art.

Barely out the door following her MA showcase at London College of Fashion, Young Lilee is a true design talent with skill for creating beautifully structured designs with intriguingly draped pieces of French rope. Each length is hung around the designs in symmetrical patterns.

Young li Lee

I was at the LCF MA show to see the young designers showcase their new collections and found this one quite memorable. Influenced by the strength of a women and their use of passive aggression to assert themselves.

Ann Demeulemeester could be described as an Artist who uses fashion as one of her mediums. Her clothing effortlessly combines tradition, versatility and contemporary feelings in its own form of poetry.

Ann Demeulemeester

Someone once said ‘It is not the clothes but the person who wears them’. That I guess is true but if you buy something that has some meaning to you because of its colour, fabric or style then you have added to it with your own identity.

Fuella x

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As this winter as been long, cold, windy and just annoying weather wise I am definitely going to make up for it in the summer with some super prints and colour. I feel that it is only right to make the most of good weather and beautiful clothes as neither of them get to see each other very much in the UK!

There is a refreshing feeling of everything goes with everything. Think personality, urban Asia and the area of the pantone chart you need sunglasses for.

YSL Dress with shell print waist £1740

The YSL shell print waist dress from Browns is the dress you wear in the city on return from holiday. Chic, stylish and the perfect colour to show off a tan. (sigh!) Are we sure the sun still exists? As I am losing hope.

Temperley London Cirque wide leather belt £235

I heart this dark orange leather belt with gold studs. It has a futuristic terracotta feel. Paired with a simple shirt dress or as some added spice to an evening dress it is perfect!

Erdem Silk Print Scarf £240

Summer needs a scarf that has the essence of hazy sun, freshly cut grass and delicious smelling beach oil spilt across in colour. Erdem has captured the mood with this beautiful silk print scarf. I will do a bit of tying this little number to my bag aswell- who says I don’t multi-task!

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I am definitely suffering from winter wardrobe fatigue. Be gone black, charcoal grey and navy. Sadly the temperature is not cooperating and so, I am left dreaming of crisp white trousers and losing myself in the Spring/Summer fashions.

I have just conducted a web window shopping tour of some of my favourite designer online stores. As a result I have chosen two gorgeous pieces to covet and drool over.
This Roksanda Ilincic number is fantastic for special occasions. Can someone plan a fancy party for the summer so I can go out and buy it?

Roksanda Ilincic ruched turquoise dress £918

And this Balenciaga Jacket would make a fabulous transitional S/S wardrobe staple.

Balenciaga Seersucker Jacket £855.

Too bad they are both so expensive, but, imagine how much use you would get out of them. I am slowly convincing myself.

Fuella.

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