Topic: Vivienne Westwood

Pharrell Williams Grammy Hat

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Being the font of all Westwood knowledge I’ve had a few questions regarding Pharrell Williams choice of head-gear for last nights Grammy awards. I can confirm it is a Vivienne Westwood Worlds End Mountain hat which he has worn on numerous other occasions. These hats were a fundamental element of the Buffalo look which originated in the Westwood-McLaren Nostalgia of Mud collection AW1982-83 and have graced the heads of those ballsy enough to wear them ever since. Pharrell gets extra cool points for his leather Adidas 3-stripe red leather jacket – I feel like I need one in my life! My girl Lauran already wrote a detailed post about Pharrells hat so do check it out. Purchased details can be made via the Worlds End blog / shop, the hats cost a very reasonable £85 and are still hand made in England.

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 One of the many Pharell’s hat memes, this one made me chuckle

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Malcolm McLaren and the original Buffalo girls (and boys)

(Pharell Williams images via HollywoodReporter)

Vivienne Westwood MAN AW14 – Full Catwalk Collection

“Fracking is the Big Fight.”

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“In England we must all challenge the irresponsible behaviour of our governments who are trying to force fracking upon us with no consideration of alternatives.

The public must be informed.

One thing is sure: At this point in time we must think before we rush into further action to fracture our Earth.”

This was the message behind the Vivienne Westwood MAN collection for AW14-15, no wonder the looks sent down the runway were made for fighting the Climate Revolution.

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A Thought on Shoe Scuffs

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I have the tendency to have one favourite pair of shoes, I wear them and wear them until they are close to falling to pieces. Here are my most recent favourites, the red ones my last victim. Sorting out shoes for a trip to the cobblers, I started thinking about all the nicks and scuffs on my shoes. Where I might have been, what I was doing when the wounds occurred. The stories they might tell. Some I remember, others unaware. My left shoe always needs reheeling before the right, as I carry my bag on that arm and it is always over stuffed and far too heavy. I think there is something so personal about shoes, the way they mould to your feet and can alter the way you walk, act, think. To end a wistful quote from a Vogue article I recently read ‘What would life have looked like had I walked in different shoes? Would I have fallen for different men?’ Rather intriguing, don’t you think.

What Pearl Wore 2013

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So many outfits, so little time! I counted 56 outfit posts on the blog this year, that’s just over one per week not bad going. Will 2014 see more? We shall have to see, one selfie mirror much needed. Here are a few of my favourites, you can see the rest in my Facebook album What Pearl Wore 2013.

Here are the past four years round ups!

What Pearl Wore 2009

What Pearl Wore 2010

What Pearl Wore 2011

What Pearl Wore 2012

 Wishing you all a very happy New Year and a fabulous 2014

 

Outfit: Bargain Jimmy Choo’s and other things

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Today I’m Wearing: Jimmy Choo boots, Maxmara Cardigan, Fendi clutch, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label dress

These are my Jimmy Choo boots, I’ve had them for years and they still have to be one of the best bargains I’ve scored. They were reduced from £750 to £49 in the sale! The cardi-coat and clutch are beloved old treasures too, whilst the green dress is new. It always feels good to get out old favourites and love them as much as you did when you first got them. For similar tan heeled boots I love these by Pare Gabia.

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That Perfect Inch-of-Sock-Reveal-between-the-Cuff Ratio

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This photograph pleases me immensely. Why is it so satisfying? It is a prime example of a perfect fashion ratio. Exactly enough shoe-sock-cuff in the constraints of an Instagram. The fact that it involves a turn-up is all the more appealing. I know there is a strong divide between sock lovers and haters, but I just can’t look at a naked ankle with the same fondness. It is all about the socks. Even with a peep-toe? Especially with a peep-toe, if they are sheer and show a pop of colourful nail varnish more the merrier. Always with heels, of course, I will never be a flats girl no matter how hard I try.

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I thought perhaps socks were having a moment, a little fashion rebellion as they crept in the back door, smattering the pages of Vogue in a subtle way. Alas only the exact, fashion trend correct socks are allowed. White, pastel, frilled, nod to school days socks. Most definitely not tiger striped odd socks, clashed with tartan and red shoes. Defiantly. The Christmas sock, why not? Since the once ridiculed Xmas jumper is now, so bad its good chic.

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That’s it, my week in socks. Long may they reign.

Return to Buying Fashion Magazines

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I know I had sworn off buying fashion magazines but when I saw this shoot of Cara Delevigne for ID recreating the famous Sara Stockbridge one I knew I had to get it. I also picked up Tank since it was the 15th anniversary special, yeah I know I don’t know who I am trying to kid. Thanks to Tesco clubcard points I’ve got a Grazia and Harpers Bazaar subscription for free too starting this month. It will be interesting to see if I’ve missed them. For those of you that don’t know I went from buying around ten fashion mags each month, Grazia and Look weekly. Besides the fact it was costing a small fortune, I went from gobbling up every single word to having a vacant flip through, until I got to the point where I was just bored of them all. So I went on a fast, only reading Style.etc because of course I write for them. Did I miss them? Not really, I started watching Youtube videos in my down time instead. I didn’t really think much of my magazine break until I announced it at a talk on street style a few months back, to the sharp intake of breath of the audience. A fashion blogger who doesn’t read fashion magazines! OMG! It will be interesting to read these and see what I’ve been missing. The Cara shoot is utter perfection, especially the maroon velvet crini look. I must scan the original Sara shoot for you as most of the images are never seen, if you can’t wait check out my Instagram feed @SuperElevated as I snapped them a while back.

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ID Priceless issue images courtesy Vivienne Westwood

Bell Jar Shoe Display

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I have been looking for further ways to display some of my most special shoes, I like to have my favourites around the house outside of my wardrobe and bookcase. Only problem is that they gather dust so I’d been looking for some huge bell-jars like this as a solution. The only ones I could find were super expensive so I was really surprised to see these handmade glass ones in Home Sense for £9.99. They had lots of different shapes from really tall cone shaped ones to little tiny ones. This was the first time I managed to pay another visit to the store since I went to the grand opening back in May. They had a winter theme going on this time with lots of lust worth home ware, it is definitely my favourite home store now – sorry Ikea. There is another new home store opened in the Triangle in Manchester, I can’t remember what it was called, but it has the most fabulous great big curtain tie-backs I’ve ever seen. Will try and sneak a pic next time I go in, they also had dramatic ornate mirrors. What I really need is something to display my jewellery in so that is my next treasure hunt.

Whirlwind Weekend in London

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I’m am just back from a whirlwind weekend in London. We went down on Friday for two days of shopping, eating and gossiping. I am suffering now, not sure if its too much talking or Tube germs but I’ve lost my voice which everyone thinks is hysterical. I think we must have qualified for the most tartan worn in a group in the Guinness Worlds Records. If one of us gets funny looks walking down the street you can imagine the reaction we got when we are in numbers! #AnnualTartanConvention

Throw Back Thursday: Holey Socks at Worlds End

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I ususally only take part in the Throw Back Thursday tag on Instagram (@SuperElevated) but I wanted to share here too as it is such a great photo, with such a great tale. You can find out why I was wearing these holey socks at Worlds End in the original post back in January. I was reminded of it as I pulled out all my big winter clothes this week, I may not like being freezing cold but I do love winter fashion!