Samantha Pleet Spring 13

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Mallory shared the latest Samantha Pleet spring collection over on Gems yesterday, and it pretty much nails what i’d love my wardrobe to look like this summer – especially those floral numbers. the one thing that has been quite difficult for me to find, in south africa at least, is the perfect skirt length… which in my mind sits somewhere just between the knee at the calf, and hangs in that perfectly soft way that a summer skirt you’ve worn in for many seasons tends to do.

 Photography: Jacqueline DiMilia / Styling: Martha Violante / Shoes: Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet /Jewellery: Cold Picnic / Headpieces: Sarah Frances Kuhn / Set design: Patrick Pleet

Rewardrobe

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some of you may remember my last Rewardrobe post, which was exactly a year ago today. so much has changed in my life since then – i moved to a new city & into a new flat, cut down hours at my day job and took on more freelance work. consequently my finances have been geared toward setting up home and other things that are way more important than clothes. like buying plants and making cheese pies.

the thing is, i have naturally become more discerning when it comes to what i buy and choose to wear. i guess this just happens as you get older (and approach 30) … i don’t really just pop in to shops anymore, where in the past i would have inevitably ended up buying cheap items that i’d only get a few wears out of. i used to think why should i spend [x] on these expensive boots when i can spend the same amount on many (cheaper, crappier) boots. now-a-days i can count the number of items i’ve purchased in the past year on one hand. okay, one and a half hands. two tiny little hands. all good quality pieces that i will hopefully get many, many wears out of.

so i decided to do another rewardrobe post – things i would buy if i somehow miraculously had extra cash burning a hole in my proverbial pocket. more than anything i like making fantasy online shopping collages. so, enjoy.

DRESSES

acne nude marlow dress / goat peppermint dress / 3.1 phillip lim dress / dkny sleeveless dress / tucker dress / madewell silk pleated dress / aubin & wills silk crepe dress / a.p.c. denim dress / paul & joe sister silk dress /l’agence belted satin dress / michelle mason silk georgette dress

TOPS

monki lucy singletmonki melodie blouse / monki dannie shirt / a.p.c. peach top / m missoni top / equipment palms blouse / theory silk blouse / paul & joe pelican top / l’agence silk shirt / aubin & wills green shirt /

JACKETS

acne leather jacket
(who needs another jacket when you have acne?)

TROUSERS

a.p.c. cure stretch jeans / j.crew café capri / alice + olivia arthur cropped pants / t-bags cropped printed satin pants

SKIRTS

a.p.c. button down skirt / jonathan saunders rosalyn printed skirt

SWEATERS

j.crew french hen sweater / mulberry tiger sweater / aubin & wills fox sweater

ACCESSORIES

cold picnic watch /faux/real bracelet /acne amber wallet / karen walker sunglasses / acne chestnut wallet / suno x warby parker wendel sunnies

BAGS

margiela handbag / common projects leather shopper / baggu drawstring purse / rib & hull heirloom tote / acne everest tan

SHOES

rag & bone booties / diesel leather booties / a.p.c. loafers / kjacques sandals / asos leather sandals / margiela sandals / samantha pleet bonnie boots /dieppa restreppo dina oxford

ASOS SALON

i had to put a devastating end to my love affair with ASOS because having anything shipped into South Africa usually ends up costing a fortune in customs charges* – but if i was living across the pond i’d definitely be snapping up some of these pieces from the ASOS SALON collection

Feminine and frivolous, our ASOS SALON collection takes inspiration from vintage style, with beautiful appliqué finishes, floral shapes and a palette of sugary, ice-cream shades shot through with bold pops of neon colour. ASOS Salon offers a covetable capsule collection of occasionwear pieces with a ladylike aesthetic.

left: Neon Embroidery Mesh Midi / right: Drop Waist With Scallop Cut Outs

left: Pencil Dress with Anglaise / right: Kaftan Dress with Bright Embroidery

left: Neon Mesh Maxi Dress / right: Floral Midi Prom Dress

left: Dress with Applique Panel / right: Floral Bandeau Dress

*(this actually goes for most online shopping sites – so it’s probably a good thing for my bank balance)

Tomboy Style Lookbook by Myrtle

Myrtle is a shop in Echo Park, LA owned by Whitney Bickers and featuring quality clothing and goods both vintage and by independent female designers. the new Spring 2012 lookbook was styled by Whitney with inspiration from Lizzie Garrett’s just released Tomboy Style book, and photographed by Megan McIsaac at Frank Lloyd Wright’s beautiful Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park in LA. i’m also proud to spot a bag by South African designer Missibaba.

tomboy style lookbook for myrtle of los angeles / spring 2012 / photographed by: megan mcisaac / styled by: whitney bickers / model: caitlin dennis

Caron Callahan

a sweet reader, Gabi, sent me the link to the Caron Callahan spring 2012 collection. not only is it beautifully designed and wearable, but the lookbook is set in an exquisite home that i wouldn’t mind lounging around in myself. i love that my readers know me so well…

Caron Callahan is a collection created for women who love beautiful clothes but don’t need to make a fuss about them. The company ethos is rooted in well-made, feminine clothes, while keeping in mind that they should be playful, purposeful and wearable. The label’s owner and designer, Caron Callahan, constantly inspired by her friends and neighbors, sets out to make clothes for a creative, spirited woman who loves fashion, but doesn’t necessarily follow it.

Couverture & The Garbstore Giveaway

the giveaway is now closed. winner to be announced soon.


Couverture & The Garbstore is one of my fantastic sponsors, a concept store located in the heart of London’s Notting Hill that boasts three floors and is made up of two sections – Couverture which specialises in womenswear, accessories, kidswear, homeware and vintage finds; and The Garbstore which is their own menswear label. They have a fantastic online shop that sells pieces from independent designers and some of my personal favourites like Rachel Comey, Steven Alan, Minä Perhonen, Charlotte Linton, A Détacher, Colenimo and tons more.

so, today you stand the chance to win this beautifully unique Rose silver & crystal quartz ring by Andy Lifschutz:

Naturally formed crystal quartz in a misshapen rectangular setting created from reclaimed rose silver. Band has organic line detail drawn on it.

all you have to do to enter is subscribe to the C&TG newsletter on their home page and leave a comment below.

Couverture & The Garbstore Giveaway

C&TG has also generously offered Miss Moss readers a special 15% discount from their online shop for the duration of the giveaway. Just enter the code 2Hdjy4rX at checkout. Guys – don’t forget they have a menswear section, too.


the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world as Couverture & The Garbstore offers international shipping. readers outside the UK must please note that, as with all international shipping, you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrivalthe giveaway ends on Wednesday 2 May, and the winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw.


are you interested in sponsoring? find out more here or email me diana [at] missmoss.co.za for more information

Wild Child of the Aeolian Isles

The Hellers is comprised of brother & sister duo Dania and Yoram Heller, who are based out of Tel Aviv and LA. their Spring Summer 2012 line Wild Child of the Aeolian Isles was inspired by the Brontë sisters – imagine Jane Eyre, off on a sun glazed trip to the Aeolian Islands…

On a meaningful trip to Sicily Dania was on last summer, Dania caught up with Cary Fukunaga’s 2011 film version of Jane Eyre. The independent spirit that the story cries out just struck a note with the thoughts of what it means to try and create freely in this time that we live in – especially creating fashion, such a passionate yet highly commercialized field (especially in the last decade).

What came out was the perhaps the most delicate and mature Hellers’ collection yet: oval shapes, metallic bursts, crazy prints – being tamed by a sense of a prim veil reigning it all. It’s a journey where the Bronte’s Jane Eyre leaves the gray moors, and flies off to sunny, musical beaches.

Confezioni Crosby F/W 2012

easter is my favourite holiday. not because of the chocolate (who cares about the chocolate? we can buy that stuff all year round – who are we kidding.) no no, it’s because every easter weekend in my living memory has marked the turn of the seasons. it will always be cold & rainy without fail. and i look forward to it so, so much – especially when the march heat waves almost send me to the brink of tears. okay i’m exaggerating, those were probably just my eyes sweating.

and – rain it did this weekend! we had a mini-break in the karoo where good intentions of taking photos of the stars were ruined by amazingly cloudy weather. i was of course completely okay just hanging out indoors cooking lamb on the fire.

so when i spotted the confezioni crosby f/w 2012 lookbook (who i previously posted about here and here) over at jessica’s blog i felt it was quite serendipitous owing to my current joyous feelings about our impending winter. today i stopped to look at a tree whose leaves were turning and i almost broke into song. almost.

Bumper Fashion Special No.29

i thought of covering some of the recent fall runway shows, but instead i’m leaving that up to kate who will be doing a little round-up as part of a guest series that’s going to kick off later this week! i’m moving into my new apartment this week, so i’ll be pretty busy packing, moving and unpacking – and i’ll be without internet for a while until i get my new home connected. luckily for me, and you, some of my favourite bloggers will be contributing guest posts while i’m away.

here’s a little bumper fashion special in the meantime…

kate profiled bag maker tim adam over at it’s what i’m into:

glass tower – a shoot for vamp photographed by kent andreasen:

cheralee featured over at refinery29:

madewell’s style profile of caroline de maigret:

brookes boswell millinery, handmade in brooklyn:

my eyes almost popped out when i saw the charlotte taylor a/w 2012 look pook over at honey kennedy:

milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre scarves at 30 cancan:

wolcott:takemoto fall 2012:

baron wells via wolfeyebrows:

vish! also via wolfeyebrows (thanks cath):

the loved one lookbook:

and the loved one’s hannah photographed for audrey and grace:

suno at la garconne:

frances baker via banana meet-cute:

diy chain bow necklace:

new ruche lookbook:

new stock at no.6:

russh magazine editor jess blanch looking great with that coat thrown over her shoulders:

… as does lauren remington platt:

nonoo s/s 2012 via honey kennedy:

and, solange knowles has a stylish blog:

Gorman

have you seen the new stuff over at australian label Gorman? there’s some seriously fun things happening down under.

Rennes Handmade

i have been an admirer of Rennes Handmade for quite some time, but realised that i had never given this wonderful label some blog love (i don’t think? my archives baffle me sometimes). so, here you go! shop away. they’re on etsy too – love the marbled leather tote and pouches.

Rennes >> a company that makes leather goods and clothing; a shortened version of Rennes-le-Château. Rennes-le-Château >> a village in southern France home to local lore and mystery. Rennes is a small house of sewing in Boston, Massachusetts. From start to finish Julia drafts, cuts, and sews every piece in each collection. Attention is placed on small details, unique materials, and quality of craftsmanship. Rennes is inspired by simplicity and the belief that making an item by hand creates community.