There has been a lot of coverage of the Chanel Pre- Fall Fashion Show has just been held at Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, in Scotland. The collection had strong Scottish influences and had me visualising Lady Macbeth at Inverness Castle. I loved the beautiful little messenger bags that looked like baby sporrans, the jeweled jackets and collars and the patterned tights. Style.com wrote this about the experience ‘ Linlithgow’s courtyard was lined with flaming braziers, spitting sparks into the snow flurries. Guests made their way up spiral stone stairs to the palace’s great hall and chapel, open to the heavens since marauding Hanoverians torched the building in January 1746. After the show, they made their way back down a labyrinthine wooden construction to dinner in a tented fantasia that had hardened souls gasping with wonder.’ ‘With impressive ease, Lagerfeld translated the sense of occasion into something that grandly allied Chanel’s original Parisian proportions with Scottish tradition.’ It is a beautiful collection.
We have been in Byron Bay for a few days now and it’s wonderful to be here. I find it very relaxing to see miles of soft white sand and blue sky. We are staying in an apartment on the beach and I love sitting on the balcony watching people park and walk down to the beach. It has rained a bit and I have often found myself gazing out the window in a bit of a trance watching it . During one of these gazing episodes I noticed a group of young girls dressed up for a function of some sort having lots of fun laughing and posing for photo’s with each other on the grass in front of the beach. They were all young and lovely and all looked identical. Apart from different hair colours they could all have been interchanged with each other and I started thinking when did young girls in particular start loose their individuality. It’s part of the human psyche to identify with a social group and to want to belong and one of the ways to do that is to dress like the group you want to be connected to but it’s sad when it is at the risk of your individual style. Maybe you only get the courage to stand out and be a bit different when you are older and are less influenced by what others think of you. Maybe true style icons only come into their own in their thirties although hopefully by the time you reach your mid twenties you have identified a style that is uniquely your own and that works for you. I see so many young girls in silhouettes that they don’t suit but that seem to be a trend they are desperate to wear and the need to identify with the trend outweighs the need to look good and attractive. I wonder what they see when they look in the mirror, do they see themselves or an image of what they want to be and as that is the goal, that is enough. I suppose the same could be said for older woman who are still wearing styles and silhouettes that they can’t get away with any more. When they look in a mirror are they seeing themselves as they are now or as they used to be. There comes a time when you have to let go and move into something new, whether it’s a young girl breaking away from the herd or an older woman reinventing herself. A sense of style is innate in all of us, we just have to find it and have the confidence to let it out.
I have found lovely accessories this week, both in Byron and in the city. Things that will brighten up any Christmas outfit.
These are some beautiful shoes that are perfect for the festive season.
I have featured these Zara shoes before, in a neutral colourway. They are now also in a dramatic black and gold.