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June 12, 2012

Trendspotting : The rise of the Gypsy // La montée du Manouche

As you may already know if you follow my adventures on Twitter and Facebook, I recently got the chance to meet Ms. Katherine Ormerod, Grazia’s Senior Fashion News & Features editor at the Carnaby street party. It was a pleasure listening to Katherine’s answers to blogger’s questions and the event was comfortably informal which made this exchange very casual. One of the questions I was dying to ask this fashion pro was “What are the main upcoming trends for Autumn 2012?” I was delighted to hear that amongst the gothic eyes, oversized proportions and continuous dusty pastels would be the gypsy style !

Comme vous le savez si vous suivez mes aventures sur Twitter ou Facebook, j’ai récemment rencontré Katherine Ormerod, rédactrice mode chez Grazia UK. Parmi les mille et une choses qu’elle nous a racontées, elle nous a confié que la mode manouche serait en vogue cet automne…


The way I see “gypsy style” is layers, bold colours and multiple accessories. Long heavy skirts, leather boots and pouches as well as bangles and chunky earrings are main characters of this look. A lot of glitter could possibly be included as well as scarfs and tassles maybe ? Or would that be taking it a step too far ? So far, the first signs of this fashion are the colourful jewels and bohemian draped dresses, tops and skirts that seem to be popping up here and there. Shades are rich, golden yellow, deep crimson, emerald and purple are the stars of the show.

Pour moi, la mode manouche c’est avant tout des épaisseurs, des couleurs qui s’assument et la multitude d’accessoires. Les jupes sont longues et lourdes et le cuir et la soie sont des matières très présentes. Foulards et pompoms ? Pourquoi pas ! En tous cas on voit déjà les premiers signes de cette mode apparaître avec des bijoux colorés et robes bohémiennes, jupes doublées et couleurs profondes et riches comme le jaune doré, le rouge bordeaux, le vert emeraude et le violet.

WHO ?!

After having a poke around on the net, I haven’t found there’s that much full gypsyness out there for now, but there are definitely hints on the upcoming : prints and layers go wild and skirts and even tops are scooped up at the side in big bows. Details are indulgent, evening outfits extravagant and frills are not provided half heartedly !

Après avoir fouillé le net, je n’ai pas trouvé de look pleinement manouche encore, mais quelques indices se dévoilent clairement : imprimés exotiques, jupes et tops noués, détails indulgents, robes extravagantes et volants !

1 : Versace / 2 : Sass & Bide / 3 : Versace / 4 : Theysken’s Theory / 5 : Red Valentino (GORGEOUS?!) / 6 : Proenza Shouler / 7 : Valentino / 8 : Marni / 9 : Alexander McQueen / 10 : Emilio Pucci

DO’s ‘n’ DON’Ts !

A major Do for this style is definitely to pile it on ! It’s all about clever layering, stacking and mix’n’matching ! However, with every Do comes a Don’t, and I would say there is definitely a risk of going over the top. If you’re using prints go for one exotic print and fill out the outfit with some nice bold colours. If you’re going for colour block, try to stay in the same depth of colour throughout. Basically, make sure there’s a guideline to your messy look, that’s the secret !

La clef de ce style est l’épaisseur ! On donne une sensation de richesse profonde en empilant les couches et en accumulant les accessoires. On mélange les genres et couleurs. Cependant, attention à garder une ligne directrice, sinon abondance devient bazar !


I love gypsy styled outfits and in fact my all time favorite brand is French make named Manoush which actually means gypsy. This brand is specialised in surprising outfits and carefully mastered OTT style not many others would manage to pull off. LOOOVE IT. I also used to get called “queen gypo” when I was younger because I always carried around ribbons, buttons and any other “treasures”, just in case I could customise something on my travels !

J’adoooore la mode manouche ! Ma marque préférée de toutes c’est d’ailleurs Manoush et quand j’étais ado on m’appelait “queen gypo” (littéralement la reine des manouches…) parce que je me baladais toujours avec des boutons, rubans et autres grigris pour personnaliser tout ce qui me passait entre les mains !

Left : Shy me ; Right : Katherine Ormerod, fashion editor for Grazia UK


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April 16, 2012

Shopping : Charity Choice April 2012

Creative fashion is not only about DIYing but also about having fun with your style wherever your clothes were purchased. Fashion is about expressing yourself through what you wear and playing with clothes and accessories to fit your mood, an event or even your general personality. When looking for inspiration, the high-street can become a little hypnotizing and you may find it difficult thinking about the clothes you have at home to mix and match with your potential purchase or even find you end up buying things you wouldn’t normally dream of wearing. Of course shops have a million ways of making this happen, starting with the brain washing lights and music and the abundance of clothes in the depth of their shop. So, sometimes it’s nice to shop in new places, places that will inspire you to create yourself rather than beg someone helplessly to take your money and tell you what to wear ; ) A great place to go for a bit of something different is your local charity shop. The charity could be for cancer, it could be for the homeless it could be for the RSPCA like mine is. Whatever the cause it’s definitely a good one : retail therapy for next to nothing !

Take a look at what I found in my local RSPCA shop this month, for a total of UNDER £20 !

Necklace : I like this as it is so I will probably wear it a couple of times before it sees some serious DIYing – I have plans for you my precious !

Leotard : I once fell head over heels for a Manoush poncho with fringes all over but unfortunately couldn’t afford it. It will always be in my ♥… But now this leotard will be on my back !

Cuff : Spot on this season with multiple chains ! Love it !

Wedges : Originally bought in Zara, these wooden wedge pumps are still in great condition. I wouldn’t really buy shoes in a second hand shop but these look almost new, cost me £5 and fit perfectly…

Belt : A metallic soft leather belt from Topshop – bargain baby !

Have you recently had any successful charity shopping sprees ?


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