It’s getting colder and more rainy in London, but I’m still very fine with wearing warm cashmere, wool jackets and hats! Today I spent my day with a friend in Fitzrovia. We went for morning coffee at my local coffee shop in Store Street, to reformer Pilates at YMCA and lunch at Le Pain Quotidien. The rest of the day we spent at my home working on our individual websites so a very productive Saturday I must say! Here are some images from today and what I wore. My new hat is from Uniqlo from the men’s department, I love the dark blue colour. My white top (Similar product), jeans and boots (Similar product) are all from ZARA. My jacket is from Versace and the little bag is a birthday present bought in Ibiza.
Hi world – finally I’m back on Spotding! On the weekend I met with my blogger friend Natasha from Girlinthelens and we went to the Millennium bridge to take some photos. On Friday it was Halloween and I felt I needed to change my hair to these cornrows, not that I had a particular plan with it as I ended up dressing like a genie in a bottle kind of look (not that scary either!) – do see my instagram for photos @spotding. We have been very lucky with the weather in London, but today the temperature dropped.. On Saturday when we took these photos it was still warm and sunny and I wore these leather trousers & bag from Other Stories together with my favourite jacket from Versace, my BACK t-shirt, Topshop boots & new Prada sunglasses. x Fiona
Im proud to present the next SPOTDING CLOSET featuring the talented musician FALLULAH. Fallulah (aka Maria) has been my friend for a while now, but before I knew Fallulah I noticed her amazing style which stood out in her own personally way. Finally I have been able to get inside her closet when I visited her in New York back in May. Personally I love this film, her style and the whole New Yorker vibe. Enter full screen and watch it! I promise you will feel inspired for your next personally purchase – I have provided you with some direct shopping links if you are in the shopping mood. Please comment on what you think about this film and it will make me so happy! Enjoy!
Closet Interview -
Fallulah, NYC/Copenhagen – Singer-songwriter and producer
Q & A //
Favourite stores? I’m a big fan of Opening Ceremony because they carry all my favorite brands. The Opening Ceremony on Howard Street in New York is big and often gets new stuff. Also, they always have a sale on the bottom floor, where I always find some really cool things. I really love furniture and stationary so I was really excited when I recently found such a gem called “Goods For The Study” on Mulberry st. The store is owned by the Mcnally Jackson book store, which is an awesome place too. I can highly recommend it.
Favourite designers? Kenzo, Alexander Wang, Saint Laurent and Carven to name a few. I also love Stella Mccartney. Her clothes are nice and she cares about animals. Since becoming a vegan myself I am more conscious of the clothing I buy and where it comes from, so I’m in the process of educating myself more on that.
Your oldest piece in the closet? That must be my yellow vintage Dior blazer with a gold button. I wore that for my first ever music video where I performed my song “Use It For Good” on a Copenhagen roof top on a beautiful summer evening. I’l never get rid of it.
Your all-time classic? I have two Camilla Stærk dresses that I’ve had for years. I still wear them frequently. They are really precious to me. She makes the most flattering cuts for women and the materials are really good quality, so you can keep them forever.
Favorite accessories? I always wear a couple of beautiful Maria Black rings on my fingers, they just make me feel cooler. When I was in LA recently I bought a beautiful choker necklace in a rose colored golden shade. It’s really badass.
Do you have a fashion faux pas? Of course. I would say that my bell-bottomed pink fake snake skin pants weren’t my finest moment.
What is so worn through and should really be banned? Bucket hats. They seems to be in again, at least they are in Europe. They are just the most unflattering thing. I don’t know if it’s meant to be worn ironic, I just wish people would stop it. Same with the sporty flip flops. I don’t care if they are made of solid gold, they ugly!
So what are you most proud of in your closet? I’m probably most proud of the pieces that I had made for me by different designers like Anne Sofie Madsen, Rikke Hubert and Lars Emil Bang for my shows. I like the whole process of meeting up with them to show them all my ideas and we’d come up with things together. It was really fun to be a part of that.
How many vintage treasures are hanging in your closet? Quite a few. They aren’t super fancy, most of the brands I don’t know, but I had a really big thing for vintage jackets and blazers years ago, and I’ve kept them because they are so beautifully made. I get sentimental about them.
I also have an awesome metal fish that opens up like a small purse. It has a long golden chain and you wear it over one shoulder. I found that in New York, and it only fits a tiny amount of stuff, but I like how it doubles as a jewelry.
System or Chaos? Organized chaos.
Your oldest piece in the closet? My great-grandmother’s dress that I inherited. It was tailor made for her in a deep red shiny material with a belt in the waist, and actually fits me quite perfectly.
What do you wear on a day off? I walk around in my underwear or in some super casual clothes. I have these cute Marc Jacobs bunny slippers that keep my feet warm in my home.
Who would you like to go shopping with? Anyone who’s efficient and has a bit of an adventurous taste. Probably a buyer from a cool store or a fashion editor from a magazine. I have very little patience with shopping, dressing rooms etc. That’s why I try to avoid shopping with the girlfriends I have that takes ages deciding on something. I just run out of patience. I’m like: “If you really want it then get it. Life is short”
Who or what inspires you? and why? I get inspired a lot by moods and the weather. And I go through different stages like everybody else. Sometimes watching movies or reading books can pull me in so much that I just feel like living inside of that world, and I’ll feel like dressing up for that.
My biggest style icon would probably be Fran Fine from The Nanny. Ever since I was little I was just totally obsessed with her style. It’s so over the top and she looked amazing. Now that the 90′s are making a big comeback I predict a lot of the strong tendencies will come back, also the bad ones. It’s already happening. It’s just a matter of time before we’re all wearing those beads in our hair again and bindis on our faces. Those were totally cool. I’ve started wearing white eye liner again too.
What’s missing in your closet? A good pair of boots.
What do you always have on you? Lipstick. They are all spread out in my different bags, so no matter which bag I grab running out the door, I’m sure that I’ll be packing.
What do you think is the perfect outfit 1’st date? Something that makes you feel pretty and has a good elastic band in the waist. You don’t want to be sucking in your stomach all night. You need to be able to relax and be yourself. I like wearing dresses on date nights with my boyfriend.
What is the biggest fashion difference between New York and other cities? Everything is just louder here, including the fashion. Bigger, better, badder. I love how you can’t describe what a typical New Yorker looks like, it’s just too individual to pin point.
Who’s closet would you like to steal if you could? The Nanny’s. Or the actress Anna Karina’s. A friend introduced me to her recently, she had amazing style.
Favorite song at the moment? I don’t really listen to music right now, because I’m writing an album. I tend to isolate myself a bit when I’m writing because I don’t want to be disturbed or influenced by whatever is popular.
Where can you be found? I’m a child of the internet, so you’ll find me there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. I really enjoy the social medias, and I think they are all good for different things. Tumblr is crazy inspiring to me at the moment.
New York do: Do go out and eats tons of delicious cheap food, do save up a bit of money for shopping, and do go out dancing on week days.
New York don’ts: Ride a bike on Manhattan, it looks terrifying.
I’m so happy to tell you that I have some very cool new Spotding Closet Films lined up for you. Today I will share the 10th Spotding Closet in my series of films, which is something that I have been passionate about ever since I started blogging in 2009. The concept is much more shaped now, but pretty much the same ” inspiring womens’ closets from around the world”. I have created a little production team who help me put these fashion stories together and that makes things a lot more easy. I’m surrounded by so many talented and beautiful women from many different nationalities and backgrounds. I love creating these personal fashion films and get to know their stories. I am too curious to stop doing this, it’s pure passion!
This Spotding Closet Film features Danish designer Tatiana Andersen Camre, whom I contacted because I think she is an interesting character and a talented designer. I have been to her home and design studio in East London, Dalston. I hope you are as excited to see this as I am. Enjoy!
xx Fiona Jane
Q & A //
Tatiana Andersen Camre, London, Fashion & Print Designer.
Favorite stores? Right now – Holly Golightly in Copenhagen as they are my new stockist.
Favorite online shopping site? Ebay, for any random needs.
Favorite designers? Dries Van Noten, Erdem. The weavers of the Bauhaus. Nature.
Your all-time classic? A vintage Cartier watch I inherited from my mum.
Favorite accessories? A smile and nice attitude.
Do you have a fashion faux pas? Anything that makes people look or feel uncomfortable.
What is so worn through and should really be banned? Monochrome Scandi minimalism!
So what are you most proud of in your closet? Without sounding pratty; The clothes I designed myself.
How many vintage treasures are hanging in your closet? Lots, some of my mums old clothes and others I have collected from all over the world throughout the years. Best pieces are from trips to Japan.
System or Chaos? In my work definitely chaos – my closet I prefer it pretty organized.
Your oldest piece in the closet? A knitted Christmas jumper, done by a friend of my mums who was a knitwear designer. It has a Christmas three embroidered in sparkling threads in the middle and real gifts hanging from it, a real hit when I was 4.
What do you wear on a day off? A blue sailor pyjamas I got from a fleamarket in Paris.
Who would you like to go shopping with? My friend Isaac; who’s also a designer. He loves exploring flea markets as much as I.
Who or what inspires you? and why? I am inspired by my surroundings all the time, it fluctuates depending on where I am. Be it a film, an exhibition, an artwork, or a piece of fabric. At the moment I would say the baroque palaces of Venice.
What’s missing in your closet? More space.
What do you always have on you? Pen, notebook, camera.
What do you think is the perfect outfit 1′st date? A dress you feel beautiful in.
Who’s closet would you like to steal if you could? Catherine de’ Medici
Favorite song at the moment? Anything Verdi
Where can you be found? In Venice at the moment. Else London or Paris.
London do: Dover Street market, Ridley Road, Leighton House museum.
London don’ts: I think Brick lane is kind of over. It was cool 10 years ago.