When I met you in the restaurant, you could tell I was no debutante...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Loose Fit

My most popular instagram outfits usually contain one item of clothing that everyone seems to love......my loose fit, oversized shirts from Lazy Oaf. I (so far) have three of these eighties inspired beauties, they are exactly as my Mum wore in the eighties except for one small change, the buttons do all the way up, during the eighties a fashionista might have the shirt left open at the neck (or in fact the top three button were never added in the first place) my Mum would have worn her graphic printed and bright coloured shirts with the collar up and more often then not, paired with baggy jeans or trousers. I love everything about the eighties version except the collar. I like my collar buttoned all the way up, unless I'm wearing the shirt undone of course, but the collar will remain flat!! This is why the Lazy Oaf shirt is perfect, long, loose and buttons to the top!

Lazy Oaf have been a favourite label of mine for about three years but have actually been (self confessed) 'Keeping It Weird since 2001'. The cut of my favourite Lazy Oaf shirt(s) is loose and actually oversized, it does what it says on the tin. I'm tall and athletic, with a very long body so I expect things to be oversized when they say they are. Lazy Oaf never let me down. The prints are bold, contemporary and sometimes a little controversial, with slogans and comical images or in contrast quite minimal leaving the colour and the cut to do all the work. Mixing streetwear styling with Kawaii cute pastel shades, cuts and frills with the gawky, teenage poses, pouts and frowns of the Lazy Oaf models, they are a brand and have everything covered.....
















All shirts by Lazy Oaf

Photography and styling (images 1-6) by No Debutante
Images  7 - 14 sourced from Lazyoaf.com
 

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Monday, 19 September 2016

GYPSY SPORT

Gypsy Sport pretty much describes my summer style. I have dubbed (or rather hashtagged) this side of my style as boho or Dolly Sports. Its sports wear mixed with sheer fabrics and boho influences. A pair of Adidas tracksuit bottoms worn under a sheer slip dress or sports socks and sliders worn with a tasselled kimono, crop top and retro style sports shorts. I love the juxtaposition of the pretty festival boho garments and dolly smocks worn with street-styled up sportswear. I am well aware, it's a look that will upset some people but I just adore it. This look may be a bit extreme for some but I am already a massive fan. Pretty dresses and cute sports wear? What's not to like here?

Imagine my joy when I discovered Gypsy Sport the brand, which happens to be a New York label by the club kid designer Rio Uribe who mixes sheers and slip dresses with sportswear, redesigning sports wear street styles, creating an androgynous & edgy unisex collection with models dressed in glitter make up, sportswear, slip dresses embellished with fringed tassells and frills, in oversized cuts and bright colours. Gypsy Sport are ridiculously unique and have stepped way out of the fashion comfort box, it's proper No Debutante fuelled styling, I wanna join the Gypsy Sport tribe!











All images sourced from vogue.com

All clothing from Gypsy Sport Spring Summer 2017

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Festival Fash Dash

Packing outfits for a two day (non stay) festival in London with rain but hot weather forecast boggles the brain. In the UK you have to juggle sunglasses, umbrellas, a warm top, a coat (or no coat?)  just to go to work, as you have no idea what the weather will be like on an hourly bases...So imagine trying to pack for UK festivals? Wellies, raincoats, sunnies, shorts, crop tops....what shall I bloody take???
My situation was a slightly different one this time around as I was staying at my friend Julia's flat in Dulwich, a cab ride to the OnBlackheath Festival, so I didn't need to take absolutely everything each day! But my case that I travelled to London with did hold absolutely everything that I could possibly fit in it, including the bloody wellies that I never had to wear. Luckily I was in good company as my other friends who were joining me 'The Rach(a)els' are also big packers and bring as much as they can too. We were equipped for any situation fashionista stylee....

Today's outfits and photos follow me from my bedroom trying on festival outfit possibilities to, my chosen outfits and moments from the weekend. I am happy with my chosen outfits and had packed correctly covering all bases from the light rain but warm Saturday to the gloriously sunny Sunday, I have not laughed so much in ages. Great friends and sunshine, just what I needed!

 The night before....
New Pink wellies and matching Butchi & Gosmos Bumbag (randomly co-ordinating)
The chosen outfit featuring my new Adidas tracksuit bottoms and Metallic sheer slip dress both from Urban Outfitters
 Festival essentials.......Glitter make-up and Zedhead pom-pom earrings
 

 Day 2 - Boho sports in a kimono, That Thing crop and Adidas everything else











More Glitter and Tezla earrings
 











The Weston Girls in shorts and oversized shirts














 


Homeward Bound with Fruity Lazy Oaf shirt and Tezla Melon earrings     




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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rockin' Baby

I was recently introduced to  a new fashion brand which began life as a baby sling company on the West Coast of America. Rockin' Baby started an ethical movement, with every sling sold, a sling was donated to charity, supplying baby slings to non-profitable organisations around the world, donating slings to parents and children in need.
Following the success of the baby slings, Rockin' Baby introduced a fashionable and colourful childrens wear collection for the babies and children of fashion savvy parents which also followed the ethics of the baby sling movement donating an item to charity for every item sold. The ranges are created using fairly and sustainably sourced fabrics and low impact dyes to create high quality products, for a cute and colourful range of kids wear that any fashion minded parent would want to get their hands on!

My daughter Sylvie and I were lucky enough to get our hands on a few pieces from the Spring summer 2016 range which we fell in love with instantly. The bright pink leopard print jumpsuit and matching rain poncho were just amazing, I would honestly wear that jumpsuit myself if they made me one! There was a cute, nautical striped cotton dress, a white embroidery Anglais short skirt with built in shorts (a must have for a lively, climbing 4 years old girl) a chiffon style skirt (girlie girls love anything floaty) gorgeous leopard print jumpsuit (seen below) and the matching poncho and an amazing flamingo print pink t-shirt which goes great with the jumpsuit! Sylvie is very happy!

The new Autumn Winter collection has just launched too so get yourself over to rockinbaby.com and remember You Buy They Give! Think Scandinavian style childrens wear in bright colours, retro prints and comfortable fabrics. There is nothing I dislike more than a baby in jeans! The AW 16 Rockin' Baby collection is adorable, I just love the prints, the girls leggings with the frilly knickers style detail, the boys chevron print separates and the sweetest retro style dresses. I am also a sucker for long John style PJs especially for boys!

Check out the Rockin' Baby range today for all you little fashionistas out there!












All clothing by Rockin' Baby

All photographs (excluding the first photograph by No Debutante) courtesy of Rockin' Baby

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

To The Moon and back again

Due to the popularity of collabs, pop up stores and genre mash ups, I was interested to attend the To The Moon shop launch party in Bristol to see how a collaboration of a bar and fashion boutique works and what the inspiration was behind it.
All I knew was the recently opened To The Moon Bar (which is based in the up and coming Old Market area in Bristol) was a modern vintage inspired bar specialising in cocktails and locally sourced drinks. As the second part of their launch the To The Moon family planned to open a fashion boutique, next door to the bar, selling sustainable fashion (also locally sourced). I was intrigued to find out how this would work as a business venture especially since fashion and drinking are two of my favourite things!

I arrived alone at the busy To The Moon bar as we awaited the shop opening. The bar is tiny but quaint, I love little bars like this, I find them homely and friendly, it's impossible not to talk to people in these cosy spaces. I decided I would definitely come to the bar again but it was the fashion I was interested in on this occasion. The door to the side of the bar opened and we were in another adjoining room. The To The Moon boutique stocked bespoke, sustainable fashion garments, shoes, jewellery and accessories all handmade (yes, even the shoes) Gemma from To the moon explained that she wanted to find high fashion sustainable items rather than the ethically designed 'Hippy Mom' items in naturally dyed fabrics that are usually associated with sustainable fashion.
This is something that I (No Debutante) feel very strongly about too, why do things have to look like they are second hand or handmade (sometimes badly) to make it sustainable??. We can reuse without losing the quality of the structure, cut and styling, creating brand new pieces from something old. There is a lot happening in Bristol for sustainable fashion but the support for Bristol Fashion in general is not really there from anyone outside Bristol. Unless you are in London the top fashion mags are just not interested in you and your product. Perhaps it's because we are further away from the (so called) fashion hub and capital city London, that the editors are not likely to find us on their lunch breaks or perhaps they are just not interested, maybe too lazy (when they have everything on their doorstep), to find out what is going on further afield.

Gemma from To the Moon had come to the same conclusion as me about the lack of support for Bristol fashion, sustainable or not, despite Bristol being a creative Hub with a lot happening.
Jeez, Bristol Fashion week, is held at The Mall for shops in The Mall and any bloggers who are invited along are the type of Fashion bloggers who only buy from the High Street anyway, wearing regurgitated fashion that everyone else is wearing in the same way. Where is the creativity in that?

Clearly, if we want the job done properly we have to do it ourselves! Gemma has opened To The Moon to help Bristol fashion alongside other Bristol Fashion Boutiques including That Thing and Collab and even bloggers like myself, to encourage, represent and promote all things Bristol Fashion. 
I see great things emerging for Bristol Fashion and perhaps we will have our own version of Bristol Fashion week supported by local independent businesses and creatives in the near future. 

The To The Moon Boutique currently stocks Antiform, Jokoto, Red Bird Makes, Ottowin Footwear, Prior Made, Drum and Fife with hopes to showcase fashion students work and act as a creative hub for other designers to sell their products at the boutique. 



















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All photography by No Debutante

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me / send me a message on any of the following social networking platforms all under the No Debutante name #nodebutante


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ND xx







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