There's something about London style that's just so unique and effortlessly cool. We Brits wear a mix of vintage, high street and designer (designer for those who can afford it) and pull it off by looking like we didn't even think about what we were wearing. I think Burberry is the perfect example of a brand which has kept true to its heritage whilst still keeping up with the times, and in my opinion it is the embodiment of British cool.
Eddie Redmayne and Cara Delevingne for Burberry S/S 2012
(p.s sorry for posting so much Cara, it won't happen again! - at least not for a while...)
...her friends call her, though she's better known as Cara Delevingne. You haven't heard of her? Shame on you. I guess she's relatively new in the fashion industry and on the media circuit, but she's already walked in her first Haute Couture show (Chanel S/S 2012 - wow) and starred in many Burberry ads, as well as been in Vogue China, Brazil and Turkey. To say I'm a bit jealous of her is an understatement - the thing I'm most jealous of her for, though, is her incredible eyebrows. They're so dark compared to her blonde hair, but they work perfectly.
Burberry Spring 2012 Campaign by Mario Testino (with Eddie Redmayne!)
Frida Gustavsson (Swedish beauty who started modelling at 16) is my absolute favourite model. I wouldn't say ever, because the icons like Kate Moss and Twiggy are a given - but in terms of young, working models, Frida tops every list. She's walked in hundreds of shows, including Valentino, Chanel, Lanvin, opening and closing. She's been in American Vogue, ELLE, and has won a Model of the Year award at the ELLE Sweden Awards (which she obviously deserved). There's nothing this girl can't do, and on top of that, everything she does she does with an effortless cool, that you can see is 100% natural. So, after reading that embarrassing gushy paragraph, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was when I discovered Frida would be doing Paris HC Spring 2012! Paris + HC + Frida = perfection out of this world. She's already walked for Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli and Chanel (wooo) so far, as well as closing Armani Prive. If I've achieved half as much as that by the time I'm 18 I'll be happy. She is the queen of Paris Haute Couture.
Since I first heard about her, I've had mixed feelings about Lindsey Wixson. Her overly-gapped teeth and squashed up baby lips came across as quite ugly...I wasn't really seeing what everyone else did. I forgot about her for a while, but a few days ago I came across this incredibly creepy yet charming editorial in Vogue Italia (shot by the amazing Tim Walker). Any previous thoughts of dislike I had of Lindsey before I saw this went away, because her face is completely impossible not to love! She's clearly a talented model, and I find slightly twisted editorials like these so intriguing - a step up from the average fashion editorial.
Miu Miu was one of my favourite shows in S/S 2012, no doubt inspired by traditional Dutch peasant garb and so on, yet with a touch of inner-city modernity with the silk dresses and colour block eyeshadow (reminiscent of Luella S/S 2010). Miu Miu rarely fails to impress!
The Sixties. An era I wouldn't mind dying and being reborn for. An era whose leading fashion lights went by the names of Julie, Jean, Jane and Twiggy. Fashion and music coalesced to reflect onto the memory of the world an image so pure, young and vibrant that it has lingered in the essence of trends year after year. And the best part is that music and style was always combined. True creativity; true aesthetic force.