This is UNIF’s Summer 2012 lookbook, inspired by the 90′s grunge rejects and a certain ‘retro’ movie. Here’s what they had to say about it…
Have you seen Poison Ivy, 1992?s slam bam starring young Drew Barrymore, wherein “A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.” ? If you haven’t, killer clothes, no pun intended. Not to mention it’ll make you think twice about who you befriend, unless you’re blonde, nuts, and ready to kill. In that case, you need new friends all the time. We wouldn’t know, we have no friends. That’s why we sit around watching 20yr old movies. Here is UNIF’s rendition of this long forgotten gem. Breakdown: Blonde girl cool, brunette girl secretly cooler. Blonde kills brunette’s mom and tries to make blonde babies with brunette’s dad. Brunette kills blonde. Conclusion : Girls are bad.
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Having brown hair for 19 years can most definitely bore a person. So when I visited my beloved New York I felt I had to go a little crazy. So I did the one thing my mom has always told not me not to do, I bleached the hell out of my hair. Not because of that, but I felt like I needed a change. Coloured hair is also one of the things I’m into right now, but it needs to have that pastel look in my opinion and a good way to get this kind of colour, that I’m sure many of you are seeing at the moment, is Manic Panic. Born in N.Y.C but available for to buy here in the U.K at £9.95. A semi-permanent hair colour creme that comes in over 30 different colours.
After I had washed my hair with a deep cleansing shampoo I allowed my hair to dry before applying. Once dry, I applied the Atomic Turquoise Manic Panic all over my hair using a tint brush, then covered hair with cling film for 20 minutes (tub says 30 but I don’t have much hair). Then finally I washed my hair and viola! Caution: wear gloves when applying.
As my hair was white it took to the colour extremely well, but the amazing thing is all you have to do is shampoo your hair a few times – I did it 3 times the night I dyed it, 2 times the day after and then 1 the day after that. It lightened and faded and turned into this pastel colour I have been lusting after for quite sometime now.
“LIVE Fast and DYE Your Hair – Manic Panic”
We can only dream of warm weather and sandy beaches it seems, with this strange cold that won’t seem to get the hint. But one way to inject a bit of summertime into your wardrobe is with an old classic that’s making a comeback.
Tie-dye is making its way into the Spring/Summer collections on the high-street, off the catwalk and I’ve also seen and heard about T-shirt company start-ups on the rise, that are using this type of design as their starting point, so we may be seeing these psychedelic patterns for a little while longer.
1. Ann Demeulemeester Maxi Dress, £534, Farfetch 2. Blue Tie Dye Print Kafkan, £60, River Island 3. Evil Twin Epidemic Dip Dye Tunic, £35, SpoiledBrat 4. Tie Dye T-Shirt by Jody Shafton, £15, Asos Marketplace 5. Kimchi Blue Tie Dye Canvas Lace-up Platforms, £38, Urban Outfitters 6. Textile Elizabeth and James Tie Dye Print Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, £190, Net-A-Porter
Are you a fan?
Out of all the trends that were spotted during london fashion week Spring/Summer 2012, hats was the one that caught my eye. A hat represents confidence and can create a bold statement to your outfit.
Burberry Prosum showcased a wooly hat in their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, so don’t just assume it can’t be done. Here are some of this season’s most wanted…
1. Deryck Todd Shanghai Surprise Hat, £234, Farfetch.com 2. Rag & Bone Straw Trilby Hat, £130, MrPorter.com 3. Brixton Henshaw Cap, £25, Asos.com 4. Brixton Hats Fiddler Nautical Cap, £35, Asos.com 5. Obey Great One Snap Back Cap, £35, Selfridges.com 6. Ca4la Beanie Hat, £94, Farfetch.com
Are you at hat person? Which would you wear?
As much as I fight to wear my sunglasses all year round, it is now socially acceptable to do so. I have put together my wish list of sunnies that will fit with any trend, outfit or pub garden you happen to find yourself in.
1. Alexander Wang Gold Feline Sunglasses, £220, BrownsFashion.com 2. RETROSUPERFUTURE Poppy & Daisy Retro Lucia Liberty Print Sunglasses, £130, Exclusive to Liberty.co.uk 3. Gold Oversized Round Sunglasses, £13, RiverIsland.com 4. Retrosun Red & Gold Vintage Gucci Sunglasses, £150, My-Wardrobe.com 5. House of Harlow 1960 Chelsea in Tortoise Shell, £132, OxygenBoutique.com 6. Cheap Monday Cryokine Sunglasses, £18, Asos.com
If you hadn’t noticed – I have a bit of a thing for the catflick trend.
What sunglasses do you love?
Although Spring/Summer is filled with cute peplums and ice cream shades, one trend that is shinning through all the pretty is a little more rough around the edges. Studs are embellishing jackets, dresses and many a pair of heels this season. With Versace rocking up first, it’s easy to see how this heavier style works this season.
This is a trend I can really sink my teeth into. If you’re not one for the grunge look, that doesn’t matter as it’s more about decoration than attitude this time round.
1. Gold Stud Crop Tee, £22, Topshop.com 2. The Punk Collar, £17, RegalRose.co.uk 3. Current/Elliot The Biker Jacket, £626.09, Net-a-porter.com 4. AppleJack Levi’s Studded Shorts, £65, RaggedPriest.com 5. Black Stud Embellished Dress, £55, Oasis.com 6. Nasty Gal x Jeffrey Campbell Orion Studded Boot, £154.50, NastyGal.com 7. Alexander Wang Rocco Leather Tote in White, £885, Selfridges.com
Will you be rocking the studded trend? Which piece is your favourite?
A couple of months ago I posted about the wedge trainer trend and it’s hotness for Spring/Summer – have a look here! Well now Liberty and Nike have got together, again, and collaborated this time with a wedge. I am so excited about these feet protectors that I have been looking for images all over the internet only to find scanned in shots of the trainers first picture piece of coverage in Teen Vogue. So I played around in Photoshop to give you a good image.
Aren’t they pretty!
They will be available from the 1st of May on Liberty.co.uk for £95.
Now with spring pretty much here, it’s time to take off the long johns (just to say, I’ve never worn them but I know hundreds of guys who do), show off some leg and be bold with prints. I think us men don’t push the boat out enough, many of us play it safe, but with all these amazing colours and prints going about lately you should definitely think about saying f*ck it!
With trends of short shorts and bold prints, there’s surely something that’s gonna catch your eye. Go bold like Givenchy or clash it up like Westwood … or have a look at these.
1. Blaak Roman Print Shorts, £220, Farfetch.com 2. Burberry Vintage Tartan Blazer, £105, Farfetch.com 3. Topman Blue Block Stripe Shorts, £30, Topman.com 4. B Store X Liberty Buffalo Classic Shirt, £185, Shop.Bstorelondon.com 5. J. Crew Printed Swim Shorts, £75, MrPorter.com 6. Diesel Exposure I Graphic Print Hi-Top Trainers, £110, Asos.com 7. Bernhard Willhelm Gym Abuse Trouser, £514, Farfetch.com 8. Acne Scout Print Shorts, £185, Selfridges.com
Will you be rocking prints this Spring?
The weather outside may be dreary, but that’s no reason to stop thinking ahead. Spring is not too far away now, and with Mother Nature teasing us with slight sunny spots it’s definitely time to think Spring. If you want to get Spring ready, the quickest way to pass the seasons is with a full-bodied skirt.
With a micro-trend of asymmetric versions popping up, it’s easy to find one that suits your style. Keep it classic like Miu Miu or style it big like Peter Pilotto’s umbrella skirt. Here is my edit of the perfect full-flowing skirts to help you bring the sun out…
1. Acne Romantic Print Full Skirt, £220, Farfetch.com 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered Cotton White Skirt (jump on the white band wagon early), £255, net-a-porter.com 3. Airtex Pleated Lilac Skirt, £34, Topshop.com 4. Girl. by Band of Outsiders Althea Printed Chiffon Skirt, £290, net-a-porter.com 5. Nougat London Dip Dye Skirt in Bilberry, £150, NougatLondon.co.uk 6. Mango Asymmetric Skirt in Black, £34.99. Mango.com 7. H&M High-Waisted Skirt in Green, £12.99, HM.com
Which of these is your favourite?
Now I don’t usually fall for the sport luxe trend, but one thing that’s getting me very excited for spring, and that’s not just the increase in temperature, is the wedge trainer. Now you may remember seeing a converse-style heel floating about last year on the high-street, but thanks to Marc Jacobs placing his models in the high-end hi-top on the runway, their back. And this time there’s a price tag.
Ash Cool Suede Strapped Wedge Trainers (£139) at ASOS. Marc by Marc Jacobs 90MM Leather High Sneakers Wedges (£268.48) available to pre-order at luisaviaroma.com, arriving Feb 15th. Isabel Marant Perkins Suede & Leather Wedge Sneakers (£430) at Harvey Nichols. See by Chloe Lace Up Wedge Sneakers (£245.98) at Shopbop.com. These are a little less hi-top a little more girly, so if you’re worried about clunkyness, they’re the pair for you.
My favourite is definitely the Marc by Marc Jacobs booties. I’m hoping Mr Allure will remember my birthday is next month. Fingers crossed!
Are you willing to spend the cash and commit to the covetable trend? Which are your favourite pair?