A few posts backs I posted about H&M’s new limited edition Girl With the Dragon Tattoo clothing range (read it here). Packed with leather jackets, worn jeans and spiked jewellery, the collection is pretty much everything you’d want and expect from a high street retailer.
And then New Look decided they’d jump on the bandwagon. Yet calling their newest range ‘grunge’ has sparked a small flame of disappointment/fury within my soul. Grunge is a subgenre of angst-ridden music also known as Seattle Sound. For many of you, images of Kurt Cobain should be flung to the front of your mind almost simultaneously with that loose definition.
Grunge is cheap, thrifty, flannel-based, comfy clothing that looks a bit rough round the edges and possibly a bit like you live under a bridge somewhere in downtown Chicago. Grunge is not New Look. Their newest range of ‘Bronx Brogues’, crochet tops and floral shorts screams more Pixie Lott than Courtney Love. And the animal print trousers and Giles Deacon tights certainly wouldn’t look out of place at Loveboxx Festival.
I’m not saying I don’t like any of the pieces – I’d certainly buy into one of the ‘cross print’ jumpers, but only because they look a bit like I could pass it off as an homage to Ed Banger’s Justice.
With the help of costume designer Trish Summerville, H&M is about to launch a new collection inspired by the incredibly iconic style of Lisbeth Salander from Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Packed with skinny leathers, rust-tinted biker jackets and gothic jewellery, you need to own at least SOMETHING from this collection.
The range launches on 14th December and can be previewed online here. It’s seriously good.
Berry coloured skirts are perhaps my favourite trend for Autumn/Winter 2011. I’ve picked a few of my (affordable) online favourites as an example of just how many there are to choose from! Whether you’re more of a raspberry-reveller, a rose-tinted honey or a rich nectarine junkie – there’s sure to be a design to suit you here.
ASOS Mini £30
H&M Mini £14.99
House of Holland Mini
New Look £24.99
South Pleat Midi £35
Topshop Pleats £35
The key for wearing this trend seems to be colour clashing – mix your berry hues with a crazy print blouse or patterned knit. Graphic = great. I love the new crochet-look prints from House of Holland too. You can buy the pieces here at ASOS, although don’t say I didn’t give you fair warning of the steep prices! They look exactly like the blankets my grandma has on her sofa. Shabby ,vintage chic clearly still has a place among the fashion elite.
I’ve recently developed a crush on 1920s pleated skirts too. I currently own 2 calf-length lovelies – one in navy blue (New Look) and one in bright coral (River Island). I’m therefore very happy to see that this trend isn’t just limited to summer – although I may just need to invest in a rose-petal coloured one in order to keep right up to date…
This dress is beautiful. There are no other words. I was browsing through my copy of H&M’s magazine and came across this little ivory, crochet number. Granted it looks a little like my grandma’s net curtains, but I can’t seem to avert my eyes. The detailing around the sleeves and bottom hem is fantastic. All I need now is a tan and the right shade of beach-blonde hair and I too will be on my way to achieving that ‘look-at-me’ status.
In the meantime, I’ll keep checking my local H&M (and online too) as I wait for it to actually hit the shops… it’s been at least a fortnight and yet I still haven’t found it anywhere.
Obviously me and sublime beauty are never meant to be together. Now – to plan a trip to grandma’s…