Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Idle Man: A/W 16

The Idle Man

Check out my Autumn/Winter trend recap for the season, exclusively at The Idle Man.

09/11/2016


Cheers to a fresh start. From finishing University and settling down back at home, I have finally got back on the wheel of blogging (aka the excuse to haul from new clothes). While it's been a while, my wardrobe has been getting bigger. Substantially, got to the point where I'm having to fend for a wardrobe number 2. However, as per I've kept my whits about, and to say what has happened, 2016 has been a good year for those bandwagon trends. 

Out of everything I have poured my hard-worked money into, I've also fallen into the craze of trainers. I mean, I'm exactly the sporty type, nor the one that exercises, but once I finally got a pair I can fully understand why they've become the go-to away from the gym. You can call it a love story (harhar) but once I saw these, I knew I needed a pair.

Rainbow soles, holographic panel build, 'I don't care' attitude on the laces. Yeah. These we're a keeper. Co-created by the unicorn infused American brand Local Heroes, I instantly knew I needed a pair. It was a throw back to my childhood, when I used to run around in my sketchers trainers. Priced at £95 pounds, I knew they were the missing void to my wardrobe.


With my main aim of comfort in pretty much everything I wear (no prim and proper please), I decided to pair my trainers with the Zara Metallic culottes which are only £19.99! With a tie-wrap front, wide leg room and a bit of shimmer, these are my element of comfort and effort. 


I decided then to finish my look with my season favourite, the Zara faux leather pink jacket. First released a few months back in yellow and baby blue, it's evidently become a favourite for my wardrobe. Aside from the vibrant peachy pink, it's a jacket which has become an essential, and well, matches almost everything in my wardrobe with very minimal effort.

The whole look together came to a price under £200. For myself and speaking behalf as a graduate this was a steal all thanks to Zara and ASOS. Looks are still available online and across Zara Stores. Happy Shopping.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Legend of the Lad



The adaption of skate culture within the fashion industry has been an interesting one for me. Whether it’s Vestment’s influence for oversize hoodies during AW16, or the street style fad of ‘Thrasher’, it seems where we sit now within the ‘skate culture’ was unimaginable five years ago. Guess this is what you can also say about the thrive of lad culture. Brands like Umbro and Champion are becoming the 'cool' again, trickling into the high street. I mean just look at Zara and their very own take on the track hoodies and Topshop's very own tracksuits.

This direction of influence could be seen as a whole new turn for the industry. It’s become one of the prime examples of how influential we have become. Rather than addressing our trends to past decades or style icons, we have moved further – but taking dips of inspiration from each other. In perspective, normality is no longer a thing. No one wants to see a blogger in clothes which have been picked off the high street or are influenced from their mother’s wardrobe. The ’30 year trend cycle’ is dead, not to mention the reincarnation of vintage. Today, we are wanting to see the stereotypes, your social aspects and ideally the qualities that define who you are. None of this 'florals for spring' malarky, and more importantly no revival of the 80's. Times have changed. tracksuits have become the mod, the level of sophistication to the high-end and additionally a signification to the appreciation of style.

The best way to describe this shift in trends is the short documentary by GQ in talk with Elgar Johnson. He highlighted how Lad Culture has shaped elements of British fashion, from designers to the high street and ideally lifestyle. Commenting on this, Astrid Anderson explains she designs to what herself finds attractive rather than the 'typical' trend influence. Enthused by her ways of the creative process, I guess you can say she has hit the nail on the head.  No one designed for the decade we are in anymore. I mean, trends still consecutively throw us back on a bit of a timewarp, but safe to say stereotypical lifestyles are now a focal point.

the undying love of Vetements & Astrid Anderson last season

So whether you find this insulting (why do you wear Thrasher, do you even skate?) or enticing, it's happening. As a whole, we have become so obsessed with defining ourselves. Yes I'm edgy, or yes I'm in touch with my cultural side, just look at my aesthetically pleasing Instagram pictures - as people might say.
Normality is dead, and expressing what we are into is in. Womenswear has dabbled on this shift, but menswear has become the one to watch. Instead of men fantasised in a classic suit, the industry is wanting to see a man in a matching Adidas tracksuit and a bucket hat. "Sweatshirts and tracksuits have been the domain of young London designers for a while now, but the words 'streetwear' or 'sportswear' are demeaning to them: what they are creating is pure fashion," menswear journalist Charlie Porter said for the Financial times.

With LCM around the corner for January, I'm pretty intrigued to see what comes about, or at least get the press raving. Are we going to go backwards and realise high-end has lost it's 'glamorous' ethos or are we going to have another wave of caps and sweatshirts down the catwalk? Or is it finally time womenswear channel the 'chav' aesthetic for good, instead of dip dabbing around sports-luxury?




Wednesday, 2 November 2016

02/11/2016


I have a huge love for skate culture. Not because of the role models within it, but the stereotypical rule of dressing is what I've grown up with. Living near London, and consistently taking the family holidays to Brighton throughout my younger years - I've always adored the niche brands and individual labels.
So while the hype of bespoke labels have soared through our radars for 2016, I've had to take a dip. Being a collector of t-shirts from brands such as Cafe to Primitive Berlin, I obviously had to follow the crowd and nab myself the flame Thrasher tee.

While my 'elevate the neck' move is a still a passion of mine, the best way to spruce up any thrasher tee is a black thin scarf. While wearing the brand can pass you as any other (edgy...?) millennial this year, adding small touches is bound to complete a look. Especially as it only cost me a few pounds off ASOS. 



In hindsight, this look has become a favourite for me. When completed with a pair of flares, it's something I'm sure going to do again. Question is, which t-shirt?

T-Shirt was from SLAM CITY SKATES based in Shoreditch.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

WE'LL BE BE BACK!

Don't leave just yet. I'm currently creating new and groovy content ready for November 2016!


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Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Re-(cap)-create of 2015

Happy new year!

Now 2016 is well on the way, the SS16 trends are coming into our stores and I'm still looking for that next love-to-be fur coat to get me through these last cold months, it's time to make room for the new year (with personal life and my wardrobe, obviously!)

Looking back at last year, I wasn't has hands on with customization I normally am. With the hectic lifestyle of university, LFW, events and working it's hard to juggle some time together and get hands on with some own personal statement pieces.
However, one I had to make huge time for is my self stitched, badge motif jeans. MY DREAM PAIR OF JEANS.

Re-capping back last year, I was over the moon once I head Ragged Priest & Lazy Oaf were coming together for a crazy collab. With two brands I have grown with and watched from their early days, this was one of my fashion highlights of the year. However, being a student on a budget and how much I lusted for a pair of the original motif jeans, it wasn't possible to own something of the collection (sob).
I'm guessing this was a level Ragged & Loaf understood with their consumers, With the collection filled with funky tshirts, tiger motifs, bright vibrant colours and a whole lot of rebellion, they also threw in a badge pack available, pushing their audience to get inspired and personalize themselves.
At a price of £7.00, I was able to grab a pack of the motif badges from the online Lazy Oaf store, minutes before it sold out. With ideas of jazzing up my leather jackets, or even cracking cute little patchwork tee's, I decided to make my ownership of the PATCH JEANS a (affordable) reality.

PATCH WORK JEANS FOR RAGGED X LAZY OAF 
Reusing a old pair of boyfriend fit jeans from Urban Outfitters, I decided to give them a second life. Working with the colour patches allowed me to iron on, stitch and create within minutes. Only purchasing one pack gave me 6 badges, with also additional packs available online. With the simple technique, this is possible for anyone on a budget, especially when you're trying to create something more personal and customized to your own style.






Total cost? £30 (including jeans & badges)
Full style post will be available soon!

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Portfolio is Under Maintenance

Hello & Happy New Year!

With a New Year ahead of us, it's time for a quick clean up on my Portfolio (chazabella.squarespace.com)

Due to this, my website will me now under maintenance until the 11th of January so check back then!

Have a lovely day!
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