Look of the Day: London Fashion Week SS15

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Hello world,

It’s Fashion Week time! I love this time of the year; when the seasons are changing from summer to autumn and the fashion cycle starts anew. September in the fashion world is more like January than the middle of the year, for it’s the time we all look forward to what we’ll be wearing for the next year, or at least the next six months.

It’s so exciting getting ready for Fashion Week as it’s so much more than just a fashion shoot. Therefore an outfit for Fashion Week is so much more than just a shoot outfit. With everyone wearing their finest and wackiest at Somerset House, a normal outfit just won’t cut it. So I tried something new.

I spotted this sequinned bra from Topshop and knew it was exactly the thing to go with my new jersey wrap dress from H&M Trend. It’s a bit out there that you wear your lingerie on the outside instead of under your clothes, but I have to say I really like the end result. As for the black leather sandals, they’re an absolute ringer for the Saint Laurent Jane sandals and considering they’re real leather and only a fraction of the price, I think they’re a brilliant find. So go New Look! You don’t always impress me, but your shoes always are amazing!

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IMG_3080 IMG_3095 IMG_3114 IMG_3107 IMG_3119 IMG_3128 IMG_3123 IMG_3104 IMG_3102Dress: H&M Trend, similar one found here
Sequin bra: Tophop, current season found here
Leather Jacket: Peek & Kloppenburg, old
Leather sandals: New Look, current season found here

Bracelets: Hermès H enamel bracelet in red and Collier de Chien, and Cartier love bangles in gold and white gold
Bag: Chanel Le Boy in antique silver fastenings
Studded Clutch: Zara, old but similar ones here and here
Necklace: Lanvin for H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Neal’s Yard

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Hello world,

I have to say I’m a fan of the sixties trend that’s come back into fashion this autumn season. There’s something so fun about retro shift dresses, turtlenecks and kitten heels. But it’s boring if you just recreate a trend without putting your own style and stamp on it.

So I mixed it up with some modern pieces, an A-line dress, a modern bag and a high bun. It’s not quite sixties, not quite latest trend, but somewhere in the middle. It’s also nice to pull some of my older pieces of my wardrobe. It’s not always about my latest purchases after all.

The location is Neal’s Yard, the home of the renowned skincare brand, and the alleyway it’s named after. It’s now surrounded by restaurants, massage therapists and holistic therapy shops, and painted in a myriad of bright colours and barrel drum seats. It’s such a quirky spot in the heart of the Covent Garden piazza, and that’s what I love about London. You always discover somewhere new and interesting.

IMG_2987 IMG_2986 IMG_2954 IMG_2948 IMG_2945 IMG_2962 IMG_2981 IMG_3053 IMG_3009Dress: Zara, old
Jumper: Forever 21, old
Bag: Hermès Constance in fuchsia
Shoes: Primark, current season details here
Bangles: River Island, old
Earrings: Forever 21, found here

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park

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Hello world,

I find the transitional period between summer and autumn usually quite hard to manage style-wise. Do you cling to the last desperate hope that you’ll get one more sunny day before the autumn rain and wind kicks in or do you start layering up early and have to deal with those last few weeks sweating under the high heat?

It’s a real sartorial debate. Over here in the UK we don’t have a defined time when autumn kicks in, not like the US with their Labour Day, and even most British Septembers give us a few really gorgeous hot days. So trying to find that balance between hitting the season right sartorially is a bit of a challenge. I hope I got it right this year; because I stuck with my gorgeous floral maxi dress from H&M and teamed it with a very cute faux fur gilet for those days when it’s not that warm anymore. Add a pair of River Island boots that are almost vintage by this point and I think I got the transitional dressing down. Go me!

The shoot was done in the Japanese gardens found in Holland Park, dedicated to London by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce. It’s a very beautiful and tranquil place to shoot, especially first thing in the morning when it’s quiet and the Japanese Koi fish have such beautiful colours, if not a little large for my liking. While doing the shoot one jumped out of the water and gave me the fright of my life. So apart from some very hyperactive fish, this was such a relaxing shoot.

IMG_2765 IMG_2738 IMG_2746 IMG_2752 IMG_2791 IMG_2826 IMG_2866 IMG_2867Dress: H&M Trend, current season
Faux fur gilet: Topshop, current season found here
Boots: River Island, old
Bag: Chanel 2.55
Belt: Zara, old
Bracelets: Forever 21, old
Necklace: Forever 21, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: South Bank Festival of Love

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Hello world,

So what do you wear when the heat is topping the high twenties, it’s sticky and muggy and there’s barely any wind in the city to help cool you down? A peasant dress of course! On those lazy hot sunny days when there’s nothing to do except have a nice cool drink in a park or find an open air pool to go swimming in, you need something relaxed and light that won’t have you sweating your ass off. This dress was a life-saver for those types of days and is also quite stylish if styled with a pair of cool slip-on trainers and a bit of jewellery.

South Bank thankfully is a lot cooler than most parts of the city because it’s right on the river Thames, and it meant I also got to explore some of their installations for their Festival of Love. I love the Agape tunnel, and the structures made of coloured bands was also very cool. Definitely worth checking out!

IMG_2381 IMG_2395 IMG_2406 IMG_2424 IMG_2434 IMG_2437 IMG_2458Dress: ASOS, current season found here and on sale too!
Slip on trainers: Topshop, current season found here
Bag: Chanel Le Boy in large with antique silver fastenings
Bangles: Cartier love bangles and Hermès H enamel bangle in red
Necklace: Forever 21, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Borough Market

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Hello world,

Today’s shoot was done right next door to Borough Market, probably one of the best places to get some street food, and an absolute must if you’re into locally produced food. Unfortunately it’s not very practical to shoot in the market itself as it’s always way too busy, so I decided to do this shoot in the narrow streets right next to it, next to this cute Wine Wharf sign.

I’ve really taken to mixing my prints lately, and this outfit is a classic example of that. I loved the bright green leopard print of these Primark shorts, and while I wanted to continue the yellow colour scheme, I thought it would be cute to mix it up with the sunflower print of these Kurt Geiger heels. Add another yellow colour print with these adorable banana print socks and you got yourself a print overload, just tamed a little by this gorgeous pink angora jumper. Overall a very cute outfit, if not quite suited for the rainy weather that it was shot in. I guess you can’t have it all.

IMG_2512 IMG_2506 IMG_2595 IMG_2577 IMG_2614 IMG_2538Knitwear: H&M Trend, old
Shorts: Primark, current season
Clutch: River Island, current season found here
Shoes: Kurt Geiger, old
Socks: Primark, current season
Necklace: DIY, how to make it found here
Bracelet: H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Killer Dressing

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I’ve always been a fan of leather. It goes back to my days of being in heavy metal and rock music as a teenager and ever since I got my first leather jacket, I’ve just fallen in love with the material. I don’t wear it as often anymore, partially because it’s not that practical a material, but then again fashion is not always about practicality.

Leather is all over the high street this season and it comes in everything from long leather trench coats to leather dresses and skirts. So when I saw the prevalence for leather, I knew I had to do a shoot with it, and this dress was just perfect.

The one thing you do have to watch out for is that it doesn’t end of looking too S&M. I’ve a son now, so walking around in long leather gloves and all the bondage gear, isn’t exactly that great an idea, so I decided to downplay all the accessories for this dress and just let the dress do the talking. All it needs is a silver necklace, a bangle here and a ring there, some trusty silver courts and my new Chanel Le Boy. I decided to go for very heavy eye make-up to compliment the dress and slick my hair back. So now, I not only showcased the dress, but I created a new style; killer dressing. It’s not quite S&M, but it’s got an edge to it most of my usual outfits wouldn’t have and I have to say I really like it!

IMG_2337 IMG_2339 IMG_2342 IMG_2344 IMG_2345Dress: Zara, current season found here
Heels: Zara, old
Bag: Chanel Le Boy in large with antique silver fastenings
Necklace: Jimmy Choo for H&M, old
Bracelet: Cartier love bangle in white gold
Ring: H&M, current season

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: The Power of Girl

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Hello world,

If there’s one thing that Shoreditch and the surrounding area is famous for, is its graffiti. Well, graffiti, hipsters and overpriced bars. But even though I’m not a hipster or a big fan of their retro/modern watering holes, I do love the graffiti sprayed onto almost every available space in the area. We’re talking doors, windows, entire walls of a two storey house. You name it, it’s been covered in acrylic or spray paint. And like the people living in this area, it changes constantly.

I studied art in school, and while most might just consider it scrawls by someone who was bored, I see the artistic integrity behind each piece and they’re really beautiful. Case in point is this entire massive wall that appeared about a week before I done this shoot, dedicated to ‘The Power of Girl’. It’s bright and colourful and has a feminist message, so what’s not to love?

IMG_2242 copy IMG_2245 copy IMG_2252 copy IMG_2274 copy IMG_2278 copyThe outfit worn here is my go-to piece for hot summer days in London. Living in such a sweaty city in the summer means you have to have your arms uncovered at all times. So this is where this Bershka white lace top comes in so handy. I love the juxtaposition between the femininity of the lace and the sporty edge with the trim and it comes in my favourite colours for the summer, black and white.

I just teamed it with my trusty H&M tube mini skirt, my new Chanel Le Boy, some mirrored sunnies and these fabulous Topshop slip on trainers. It’s the perfect way to do casual cool without trying too hard and still being able to keep cool when it gets too hot.

IMG_2285 copy IMG_2287 copyLace top: Bershka, current season found here on sale now too!
Black bodice: Intimissimi, old
Skirt: H&M, current season
Trainers: Topshop, current season found here
Bag: Chanel Le Boy in large with antique silver fastenings
Bracelets: Hermès Collier de Chien cuff and H enamel bangle in red
Sunnies: Primark, current season

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Details: Zara Silver Court Heels, Chanel Le Boy and Cartier Love Bangle

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Hello world,

This is the first chance I’ve got to showcase my new Chanel, a very belated birthday present. I’ve been wanting a Le Boy for ages, and at first I really wanted a snakeskin metallic print bag, but I thought this simple large tote in antique silver was just so large and versatile, I once again went for the safe option. In a way in glad I did because it comfortably fits my wallet, sunglasses and assortment of small items and it really goes with everything!
Case in point are these fabulous Zara silver court heels that have gotta be at least 3 years old, but they still go with so much. It’s also very handy that silver heels keep coming back into fashion, so I’m getting a lot of use out of them. Teamed with a couple of silver rings and my Cartier love bangle in white gold and I’m pretty much set. It’s not often I rock the silver-toned accessories, so it makes for a nice change.

IMG_2917Bag: Chanel Le Boy in Antique Silver Fastenings
Heels: Zara Silver Court Heels, old
Bangle: Cartier Love Bangle
Rings: Forever 21 and H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Late Summer Lavender Day

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Hello world,

I’ve been wanting to shoot in a lavender field for ages; ever since I saw it on one of the blogs I follow. It looks so serene and beautiful and I didn’t think I would get a chance to living in the UK. But that’s the beauty of living in London, you can literally find anything you want on your doorstep. Case in point this beautiful lavender field outside of London in the village of Banstead called Mayfield Lavender Farm which is open to the public. It’s a little out of the way of my usual shooting locations, but it had to be done before all the lavender finished flowering.

While I’d always known I wanted to shoot here, finding the right outfit was a lot harder to find. It’s such a structured and beautiful location, it needs something feminine and preferably in dress form, but flowy dresses just weren’t in fashion this summer. Thankfully, I managed to find this H&M Trend dress while shopping on a Saturday in Stratford and I knew I had the perfect piece. You can always rely on H&M Trend to come through for you when facing a wardrobe dilemma.

IMG_2662 copy IMG_2681 copy IMG_2649 copyI don’t think I can adequately describe the scent while doing this shoot; it was absolutely heavenly and so calming. The farm is in the middle of nowhere so it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and not to have to listen to the sound of traffic at all times. I really could have spent an entire day sitting out amongst the lavender, listening to the bees buzzing around me and eating a picnic like so many families were doing too. If you live in around London, it’s definitely worth a visit one day, but if you can go early in the morning or during the week as it does get busy.

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I decided to keep the accessories to a minimum; just a gold statement necklace and some colourful rings from Primark and Forever 21. Team the outfit with my Valentino Rockstud in patent black and you have an outfit fit for a lavender field. The great thing is, the colours in the dress, while bold compliment the purple of the lavender.

IMG_2707 copy IMG_2725 copyDress: H&M Trend, current season
Shoes: Valentino Rockstud, similar ones found here
Necklace: Forever 21, old season
Headband: H&M, current season
Rings: Primark and Forever 21

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Details: Zara Ankle Boots, Chanel Shopping Tote, Cartier Love Bangles and Versace for H&M Dress

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Hello world,

As much as I try, I’m not very imaginative in the brands I buy when it comes to accessories. Bags are always Hermès or Chanel and shoes are usually Zara. Case in point with these two beauties; these Zara booties which I haven’t worn in ages and my trusty Chanel Grand Shopping Tote that’s gotten really battered with age. Teamed with my new favourite bangles; these Cartier love bracelets and you’ve got a simple set of accessories for such a bold dress.

It might be a couple of years old and out of style, but I still adore this Versace for H&M dress!

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Bag: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote
Shoes: Zara, old
Bangles: Cartier Love Bangles in gold, silver and rose gold
Dress: Versace for H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

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