Sunday, October 30, 2011

Update: H&M's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Line?

When I first read about this, I admit I was a little curious, then excited, then started questioning about it: "Why make a line based on Lisbeth Salander when most people wouldn't be wearing grunge/goth?" I'm among those millions of people who have bought a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and read it. (I have the trilogy sitting on my bookshelf now... sitting in front of the Twilight books I haven't touched for years and probably won't touch again.)

She's my favourite character and probably everyone who has read the book would at least feel sympathy for her, if not admire her strength despite all those unfortunate events that happened to her. Now you can actually dress like her with H&M's collection based on her style. I wouldn't go all out with it but I do have my eye on their leather jackets. I've always wanted to get a leather jacket but I feared that it wouldn't suit me at all. I wouldn't dare go near the leather pants though. I don't have the figure for it.

I am aware that it's almost insulting to some people that Salander's inspired a line of ready-to-wear clothing, which is partly why I'm hesitating about this. Also, it's a bit ironic how H&M (a swedish clothing chain) is making this line based on this Swedish novel.

Unfortunately we don't have a H&M here in Australia but I'm travelling to the US this summer (winter in their hemisphere) so I'm hoping I could have a look, along with all those stores that Americans always talk about yet we never really see in Australia. It releases on December 14 in their stores, in case you haven't heard.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trend: Flower Accessories

In Australia, spring has already crept in and it's nearing summer. There is a reason why I love looking at accessory trends: they don't change as regularly as clothing. Headbands are still in. Feathers are are still there (with Melbourne Cup drifting in, there's no reason why you wouldn't see them) And now, there's flowers. I don't mean floral patterns on headbands or gold earrings in the shape of a flower but rather fake flowers chained up into one: the realistic look.

Floral garlands have popped up in Sportsgirl, from simple designs to more elaborate ones. More hair accessories from Diva. I can imagine those garlands being worn at a concert or a nice casual day out but even I hesitate to try this trend. Those garlands could even be used for a wedding, if the flowers were white. 

The two accessories on the far right from Diva. The rest are from Sportsgirl.
Although it hasn't hit stores, it can also be in the form of jewellery. In etsy, there are heaps of designs. 

I love how realistic the leaves look. From here

So if you wish to try out this trend, I'd recommend you wear it with something flowy: following the hippie trend that's in now. Try white or subtle colours like pastel or earthy tones to avoid clashing with bright multi-coloured flowers (despite the fact that colour blocking is in... I don't think it works with accessories like these).