WAHHHH :'( ! - This is what is going through my head when I think about the Ossie Clark jacket, I'm slightly glad its gone; It was absolutely tiny and would require a lot of TLC to keep it going considering its over 50 years old. But still I feel empty handed even though I'm guaranteed £300-£500 from Kerry Taylor's own trusted words. In my eyes Ossie Clark is a genius, His use of print, cut and colour made him a major figure in the swinging sixties period in London.
Clark's pieces were usually layered, floaty, romantic in the most bold materials such as chiffon, snakeskin, silk and crepe. He used a special ruler shaped in a circle brought back from a wonderland holiday in India as a template for all his dress designs, It would flute out with a biased cut giving that fluid drapey cut he was praised for; Most of his garments fitted in key places so you couldn't wear a bra nor panties. He told Marianne Faithfull when she questioned him on one of his designs (most likely the one Emma Watson wore) "You're meant to be able to lift your dress up and pull down the top and have sex anywhere" Sophisticated yet practical????
In the early years he began designing at Quorum in 1965, His stuff wasn't affordable - His clientele included names such as Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Marianne Faithfull, Talitha Getty, Bianca Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli not to mention the uber cool aristocrats of the King's Road. But after getting into serious debt he had to collaborate with Radley to produce a cheaper line. Sadly Ossie was stabbed to death by his ex-lover in 1996 (my birth year!) but his style still lives on and influences many designers of the present.
Today there is still a large demand for his hedonistic and darling style in luxurious vintage shops in London and LA. But there is a little thing on the internet, you may of heard of it. Its called Ebay and you can find pretty much anything! I bought the Ossie Clark jacket for under £150 (BARGAIN) but I can understand why I got it for such a low price. ITS FUCKING TINY! The only person who could wear that jacket was probably Twiggy. However though I couldn't fasten the pearl buttons at the waist, I felt like a million dollars - The smooth touch of satin, the eye-catching print; Totally understood why so many people describe his clothes as exquisite.
I should of took an outfit photo before it was packaged posted off to London for auction, But still thankful I have the shitty photos I took on my blackberry. I HAD to try it on when I came through my door so I could send glorious model pictures of myself (not including a duck face) to all my pals!!!! Its design is called a Lamborghini jacket famously after Twiggy was shot in the same style in a cream satin whilst getting out of a Lamborghini car. Ossie only created a handful of non-dress pieces and this piece was actually a part of a suit alas I only have the jacket :'( Mine is even rarer as its mainline Ossie Clark cut in a beautiful chinese print. Its form-fitting silhouette and diagonally placed pockets accent the waist and hips to give that skinny-yet-shapely figure.
I hope one day I will be reunited with a Lamborghini jacket (or even a suit) that I can fit into comfortably but at the meanwhile at least I've tried a piece of his work. For all of you guys who want to invest in his work I suggest Ebay but any high-end vintage shop will have some Ossie Clark pieces in.
I have a slightly unorthodox mate called Brook Forest yet he won't make a surprise appearance in this outfit post, The only hedonistic reason is why he is name-dropped is because his surname is Forest and this post features ALOTTA forest green/khaki/lime/olive/emerald/jade/money (???) (exaggeration to da MAX)
I only noticed just yesterday that roughly around 45% of my wardrobe is made up of the colour of LIFE. You have to admit...It's such a adaptable colour. It would suit anyone. I'm not sure whether I'm happy about that, I want to have a WHOLE equal range of colours. I guess I will have to start to remind myself not to indulge into that colour when shopping. For fun I decided to create a look just using all the greeny items in my wardrobe. Including the NYC crown as a piece of headwear, though it kind of emerges with the trees in the foreground so you can't really tell.
Camera girl didn't realise that the focus was on manual so she took a couple of blurs, though I strangely like the beauty. My Nike Air Max's can absolutely can be seen a mile away, I am not reassured that I will never be run over ;D Don't you just <3 my cargo pants/ combats? Those glorious durable cotton trousers are apart of the Valentino x Gap collection over 2 years ago. I just had to have vaginas ruffles on my hips guys and you know what?.....they don't lie either (terrible pun)
WARNING - FLASHING IMAGES BELOW AND PURE UGLINESS....
My school is a sports college (Don't ask me why I went there, Its the nearest/nicest high school) so inconveniently I'm forced to live through 3 repeat 3 periods of the awful subject each week. I don't hate exercise but playing the shameful game of dodge ball or football does not do me justice in anyway. Despite my loathe I do currently have a P.E kit apart from one very important key piece; TRAINERS! I never liked the look of sport shoes, I did have a unique fancy for the J.W Anderson hybrid trainer/loafer or a "Loaker" strictly speaking in fashionistas language. However the shoes were never put into production :'( My only chance to bag a pair of these babies is at the next J.W Anderson sample sale - Though that enlightening fact still doesn't guarantee me a pair in my size :/
I decided to give my inappropriate oxfords from Clarks a rest from the astroturf and hunt for some actual shoes made for the run on plastic grass. If I was going to wear the dreaded trainers I wouldn't want to be taken seriously wearing'em. So from my own misguided knowledge of trainers I knew it was either gonna be a pair of Jeremy Scott X Adidas or trainers in a ridiculous & lurid colour. "So where could I find shoes like this?" The answer is = The menswear department in Selfridges MANCHESTER. Today me and my father travelled to the city centre and walked out with these!
Image from Disney Roller Girl
For all you trainer lovers out there in this wonderful world these are the Air Max 1 in a colour called CYBER! For people who have knowledge about A.I.R M.A.X.....1..... here is a little history lesson courtesy of "sneakernews.com" ?????
"Nike introduced its Air Cushioning Technology in 1979. By embedding Air Cushioning in the midsoles of its running shoes, it changed the way athletes approached and reacted to athletic performance forever. Eight years later, as Nike continued to bring the latest scientific discoveries to footwear design, the Nike Air component became larger – meaning greater cushioning and comfort – and was made visible for the first time in the Air Max shoe: now athletes could see as well as feel the benefits of Nike Air. Many Nike Air products were developed since then and many of them grew to become icons on and off the track"
And there you have it! I have no clue how to style these shoes, I should really go to Niketown or salvage through trainer forums to source some inspiration. I wouldn't wear jeans - Toooooo predictable so here is my take on how to style with tacky chunky soled fluorescent green shoes.
Wear trainers with smart trousers to add that essence of "I just got out of the office look" or channel your inner Eliza Doolittle with bare legs. If your a girl just do a Lily Allen and go full out with gold hoop earrings and a floaty prom dress. Your welcome :D
I swear I'm not the only person tackling with this problem when one is shopping for vintage clothing (or maybe its just manchester) Finding small sizes, It's so hard - Finding clothes which aren't oversized. I don't mind oversized garments but I prefer clothes to fit my body not to hang off it. It pisses me off finding an amazing pieces in-store or online and they're mostly UK10 and above :'( Don't get me wrong, I'm not a size-ist! But I would appreciate a store equal ratio between small and large sizes. But maybe I'm missing out the part why vintage clothes are so cool, The uniqueness!
But yesterday I encountered this situation in the other direction...TOO FUCKING SMALL! I found this stunning 1970s cotton bomber with denim panelling by kosha nostra at MAC Vintage and I had to have it. I've never seen another jacket like it, Even though its pretty small (UK4 or small UK6 MAX) it was a total steal at £22.
It's in very good condition however the size issue has become a problem for me as its not as versatile as its potential can be, I guess its a good thing as it helps you put thought into your outfit rather than putting a jacket on because its the best smelling one out of your closet (Laundry Permitted)
The black ankle boot - From distressed biker boots to mega-sexy platform boots, A classic fashion staple which everyone should try and able to obtain in the wardrobe. A black boot is practically a uniform piece to me, 95% of the time I am wearing a black shoes 1) Because I'm usually at school 2) I feel comfortable, I feel like if your outfit is...lets say...crazy - Black shoes would tone the outfit down and maliciously uber cool. How I get dressed is by a scale I've mysteriously created in my mind, If I wear feminine pieces then I would add masculine pieces to keep the look balanced. AKA indeterminable sexual preference :D (I like to confuse people)
Back to business, I own 6 pairs of black ankle boots in many different styles ( and sizes), I have picked out the 3 best aesthetically pleasing pairs of shoes. I don't your situation but I unfortunately own ugly yet comfortable shoes and I ain't chatting about Uggs boots. The awful, AWFUL just awful Crocs! But I've fallen into the trap - I'm not shitting you guys, Feels like walking on a fluffy spongy navy blue cloud, THE reason why I think its totally worth it to tolerate with such ugliness. Somehow the only pair of shoes that could match that pleasure is either my Supergas or my Pretty Green X Clarks desert boots.
These are my desert boots, I know they're so boring but I'm a big fan of the 60s. Desert boots played a big part of a MOD look for a dude. But these are better than the normal ones from Clarks - Co-designed by Liam Gallager! He re-designed the originals with a wider and more rounded toe and lower heel, creating a slimmer profile than the original (oooooo) but to be honest these make you look skinny...or maybe thats just naturally me.
Chelsea boots are my ultimate favourite - You can pretty much pair'em with everything and instantly look cool. The great thing about this design is that you can dress it up all fancy lalalala not to mention dressing it down. I received these last christmas when me and my mother were shopping at Russell & Bromley and I fell in love <3 Unfortunately my feet have grown and now are quite tight :'( So I'm hoping there is a method of stretching the leather.
Probably THE best shoes I've ever bought - So many trends in one 1) Brogue detailing 2) Block heel 3) Lace up 4) ITS BLACK! These look great with skinny jeans and if you know me...all I wear is skinny jeans. I wouldn't ever buy a pair of heeled boots but I needed a pair of shoes that would give me a lift as at LFW it helps being tall to take photos (also the beatles wore heels so stfu) !!!!!!
P.S - I didn't bother cleaning the last pair of boots as I strangely like the look of a muddy heel - I remember Dries Van Noten designing shoes with muddy looking heel & toe - Also reminds me of Chanel!