Australian street style and design has been on my radar recently, and skate/surf brand Insight are no exception. In particular, their swimwear has made me envious for a sunny holiday this year with their basic bikini cuts and graphic prints. The odd revealing cut-out is also featured on many of their swimming costumes. Although slightly high in price, they offer a refreshing collection dissimilar to anything else I've seen on the High Street. They are sold online at Urban Outfitters.
If my Bestival post about Cult Gaia was a bit tame for your dress up ideas, these Bitching and Junkfood headdresses may be more to your liking. The East London based pair have been designing and hand-making them for Urban Outfitters since SS10; creating the perfect accompaniment for festival season. Ranging between £55-145 I hope to be owning one come September.
Although I have been having a long love affair with androgynous fashion over the past year, the menswear cuts ubiquitously pushed down the runway season after season have become somewhat exhausted. However for those of you (like me) who still aren't buying into this year's feminine, "ingenue" trends, The Fashion House is a happy medium. Founded early 2012, the womenswear brand incorporates a love for both street style and luxurious fabrics, creating their A/W12 collection based on the perfect men's wardrobe, only cut ultra-femininely for women. Sophisticated, well tailored and still no sign of pastels...
Designers Heidi Leung and Lulu Chang have impressive backgrounds with Leung designing for both Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane, and Chang co-writing The Fashion Coloring Book. Speaking passionately about their debut collection in the fall they state, "The Fashion Club aims to promote a new type of woman. One who truly appreciates menswear and its heritage while retaining her distinct girlishness and effortless style." Sign up here to be emailed when the collection is ready for purchase.
GiGi Vintage succeeds where many other second hand clothes shops fail. Browsing through their online collection, there's a sense of a careful and tasteful selection process of stock. (Unlike many other retro stores which often resemble a jumble sale.) GiGi Vintage offers an enjoyable and painless shop, selling only the best quality and most current styles. Their dungarees seem like a good investment for summer, although they unfortunately seem to be selling out fast.
Karen Walker's S/S12 sunglasses collection is all about bold shapes and heavyset retro frames. Ranging its colours from pink, orange and turquoise there is nothing discreet about her designs. Her lookbook images (photographed by Derek Kettela) have a bug-life/alien vibe to them flattering perfectly her daring designs. The New Zealand based designer has created yet another enviable eyewear collection.
Jenny Hueston's photography has got me feeling excited about the start of summer. Having worked for everyone from Elle and Harpers, to Dazed and Confused and Wonderland, her photographs have a beautiful simplicity to them. Her shots of bright blue skylines and sandy beaches have made me even more eager to go on a holiday. Check our her journal to keep up to date with her photographic endeavours.
Incorporating his love for graphic design and food, PINS is a London based designer who particularly caught my attention at Streetfest last weekend. Standing for, "Progress, Inspire, Network, Succeed" the surrealist designer states to be inspired by the likes of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Using doughnuts, ice cream and Marilyn Monroe on many of his designs, his influences can strongly be identified throughout his collection. I was especially drawn to the "krispy shades"; a pair of 3D sunglasses covered in doughnut sprinkles.
Anybody going to Bestival in September will be well aware of its wildlife theme chosen this year. Amongst many other outfit ideas, I've been searching for a strikingly memorable flower headpiece to take with me. Cult Gaia designs are exactly this, with their oh-so cute manifesto declaring their products are "for nostalgia, for fun, for friends, for festivals, for birthdays, for dancing." Although they are a little pricey, the design and quality of each piece definitely seems worth it. There is even a "Show me your Gaia" page on their website to see how other people have worn their blossoming creations.