autumn/winter 2017 ready to wear.

It is hard for me to contemplate next Winter when we are barely through the first, and with an 18 degree day yesterday (and my wishlist summer labels on my mind) all I can really think about is the impending Summer.  But with Fashion month well and truly behind us (and before we put our Winter wardrobes away completely) I thought I should give a very brief summary of what I expect to be wearing when the next one rolls around.  

I am a sucker for great outerwear and the Autumn/Winter 2017 Ready to Wear collections did not disappoint.  Too many amazing jackets and coats to chose from, but I managed to pick out a handful of favourites below.  Check seemed to be the fabric of the moment along with masculine silhouettes and belted waists.  On the bottom, the pants I loved were wide and luxurious. Chloe came through with my pick of bag (see below), along with Balenciaga and its extra large shoppers (reminding me of these giant plastic shoppers) - fashionable and functional.  Footwear wise, while the point is still very much alive (along with what I will label the sock bootie), we also saw the appearance of a squarer toe from some heavy hitters (think Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton).  I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Check:

Stella McCartney

Balenciaga

Ellery

 

Outerwear:

Isabel Marant

Zimmermann

Zimmermann

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Mary Katrantzou

The Row

The Row

 

Bottoms:

Stella McCartney

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Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

 

Accessories:

Chloe

Chloe

Balenciaga

Balenciaga


Before I sign this off, I want to make mention of Mary Katrantzou, whose collection, yet again, should be framed and hung on a wall (read here).  Some of my favourite looks below:

Images: Vogue.co.uk

wishlist summer labels.

Thinking about what I might like to wear come Summer is what's kept me going through my first London Winter - Particularly these three label gems.

HUNZA G

More specifically the Pandora Sykes x Hunza G swimwear collection - Takes you from the beach to your 80s themed aerobics class in 60 seconds (and interestingly London based).

Images from top to bottom: latelyivebeen, collyertwins, @hunza.g, hunzag.com.

 

LUCY FOLK

An Australian label that has been seen on the likes of Beyonce (gulp). Particularly loving the Pearl Eyewear Chain that is sadly currently sold out. 

Images all from lucyfolk.com.

 

CULT GAIA

This label makes the list due to one specific item - The Gaias Ark Bamboo handbag.  Swoon.

Images: Cult Gaia.

2017.

New Year's Resolution - Update Sartorial Gravy more regularly... Wish me luck! 

Images: TheyAllHateUs, Snob Fashion Blog, Tumblr.

shearling.

So the temperature has suddenly plummeted (winter is coming) and while my budget currently says "absolutely not" all I want to wrap myself up in is one of these...

Just in case you also want to invest...

kenzo x H&M.

I was excited about the inevitable H&M designer collaboration this year because I knew that being in London I could at least try and get my hands on something come the mayhem of the launch on November 3rd.  In May it was announced that the next designer collaboration would be with Kenzo (YES!!) and pictures of the full 113 piece collection were recently released to enable us to strategise our launch day approach.  Here is mine:

The investment piece (think this Balmain x H&M jacket which, as of this morning, is still selling on eBay for upwards of £800): 

$299

$299

The pieces that I love but am probably not bold enough to buy/wear:

$549

$549

$349

$349

The practical pieces that I would like to try and take home:

$60

$60

$70

$70

$199

$199

$80

$80

$249

$249

$99

$99

The less practical pieces that I would still like to try and take home:

$299

$299

$199

$199

And finally, the pieces that I will have to settle for if I am still broke:

$35

$35

$60

$60

$60

$60

$80

$80

Click here to see the full collection.

mojo.

I will start writing stuff eventually.. But for now I'm just enjoying these seriously inspirational images.

taking it back.

Taking it back to the reason I started this blog in the first place - As a space to save all of the images that I found online and loved.  Here are a couple of images currently saved in my "My Documents" folder - No wonder my computer has been a bit clogged up lately.

Enjoy!

summer style inspiration from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016.

The timing of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016 could not have been better.  We had a week of mid-20s temperatures last week and I, or more accurately my wardrobe, was NOT ready.  I thought the Winters here were meant to go on and on? Not true apparently. 

And because I am not greedy I will share my favourite street style snaps - or more accurately described for the purposes of this post, Summer style inspiration - with you.

Enjoy!

Images: Vogue Australia, Elle Australia, Popsugar, Harper's Bazaar Australia, WhoWhatWear Australia, @montarnamcdonald.

babouche.

Pretty or Pretty Ugly? In recent years we have seen some pretty abominable shoes make their way into (or back into) the limelight - Think Birkenstocks (aka the Jesus sandal) or these horrendous Dior sneakers (which I was actually advised by the shop assistant in Dior were its Number One seller - cue shocked cat emoji).  I feel like these examples are exactly the kind of thing that Leandra Medine was thinking about when she set up her site Man Repeller.

Which leads me to introduce 2016's ugly shoe of the moment - the babouche.

Now I for one, am a fan.  Flatter than a slipper, with enough point to make them work appropriate - These are another example of fashion meets function.  And if you have been following me for a while you will realise that that is what I am all about. 

But no matter what you think - when luxury labels such as Celine, Acne and The Row (to name a few) do their own rendition of the centuries old style you know that you are going to be stuck seeing them around until the next ugly shoe takes its place.

Enjoy!

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Images: amy_sall, Vogue, Celine, The Row, College Vintage, Chanel, Instagram, Sanayi 313.

the fine art of layering.

I've recently relocated to London (which should partially explain my lack of posts) and have quickly discovered that what I considered a serious Winter coat in New Zealand just does not cut it here.  It is also that time of year where there are days where it is a little too warm for a huge Winter coat but still not warm enough to go out with nothing.  I've quickly realised that the only way to get through these fickle temperatures and lack of decent London clothes is to layer, layer, layer.

You would think that mastering the art of layering would be a simple task - Theoretically placing items of clothing on top of each other is not at all hard. What IS hard is making it look good. There's a fine line between being perfectly presentable and perfectly homeless. 

I think the idea with layering (and what makes it so tricky) is that it needs to look effortless - The type of effortless that probably actually takes a lot of effort. If you're still struggling (like I am) let Maja Wyh (and some other lovely ladies) put in the effort in for you - Thank god for google.

Enjoy!

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Images: Maja Wyh, Olivia Palermo, Shine by Three, Lee Oliveira. Refinery29.

keffiyeh, keffi-yes.

If you're anything like me, chances are these Keffiyeh babies have been filling up your insta-feed as well.  True? Let's discuss.

According to Wikipedia, keffiyeh is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress made of square scarves of cotton, commonly found in arid regions (regions lacking in water) to provide protection from sunburn, sand and dust.  And since Summer isn't really Summer without epic proportions of both sand and sun(burn), I feel like any kind of clothing made out of this beautiful print fabric is more of a need than a want. Plus there's the added sun protection aspect, which actually makes this clothing beneficial health-wise - Right?

Just so that you know that you are getting the real deal, Copenhagen label Cecilie Copenhagen started off by transforming two keffiyeh scarves into their (now) signature pieces, Shirt-O and Shirt-V plus shorts.  And, just in case you want to continue wearing keffiyeh in the cooler months as well (let's be honest, you do!), the label has also produced more winter appropriate shirts and jackets. THANK YOU.

Enjoy!

Images: @elle_ferguson, @tashsefton, @roughrugs, @cecilecopenhagen, Fashion Me Now.

slides.

How and when did something so bloody ugly look and become so bloody cool? The slide is an absolute god send for someone like me - Everyone who knows me well knows that I have extremely chubby toes. They're so chubby that once in college after spraining my ankle  playing volleyball, my P.E teacher looked at the WRONG foot and noted that my toes were looking "rather swollen".

LOL is an understatement.

Now while I (and certainly my toes) love wearing these very wide, toe frolicking sandals, I can find it quite hard to style them in a way that looks - well - stylish.  So, after a few failed attempts I have decided to just leave it to the experts.

Enjoy! 

Images: @margaret_zhang, @brooketestoni, @nadiabartel, @kristina_bazan, @montarnamcdonald, google images.

5 ways to beat the back to work blues.

It is about that time of year where almost every single person on the planet is suffering from a serious case of the back to work blues.  It is at times like this that you (or at least most certainly I) sit at your desk and question whether you will ever feel joy again.  In an attempt to cure my own case of the back to work blues I have put together a list on how (at least I) intend to beat them.

1. Plan another holiday (or just a really cool weekend):

There is absolutely no better way to get over the back to work blues than by planning and booking another holiday, or at the very least something fun to do at the weekend.  Having something to look forward to can make those long days back at your desk so much more bearable!

2. Work out:

Admittedly I am finding it so freaking hard to get back into my usual work out routine - and I desperately need it after beaching myself like a whale for the past 3 weeks - but in the words of Elle Woods "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands (author note: or bosses or co-workers in fits of "back to work blues rage")."  So work out.  You'll feel better.  I promise. 

3. But also, treat yo self: 

Treat yo self. Wine, chocolate, french fries, movies, magazines, shopping - Pick your poison.  Go on, after 2 days back at work you totally deserve it (plus you need to balance out all of that exercise that you'll be doing pursuant to number 2).

4. Dress up:

You all know the old saying "look good, feel good".  So dress up, you have probably been watching Netflix in sweatpants and a baggy tee on the couch for the last few weeks anyway.

5. Beautify your work-space (or just work pool side):

I would love for my office to look like one of those creative as f**k ones that you see all over Pinterest, but sadly it consists of a square, windowless box full of files.  So yesterday I brought a bunch of hydrangeas to work for my desk , and while admittedly the air-conditioning made them all but die over night, having something pretty to look at made my day THAT much better. Or alternatively, if you actually CAN work poolside, you should just do that.

Images:  theyallhateus, SNOB fashion blog, Tumblr, @gigihadid.

sartorial gravy's golden globes best dressed list.

Yes, I have been so extremely slack with posting in the last couple of months, but rather than wallow in excuses I am just going to get straight back into it. And what better way to kick of the New Year than with my favourite looks from the 2016 Golden Globe awards.  If I could pick a winner it would have to be Alicia Vikander.  She can seriously do no wrong in my eyes, and the Golden Globes were no different.

Enjoy!

ALICIA VIKANDER IN LOUIS VUITTON

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ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY IN ATELIER VERSACE (and THAT RING!!)

JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN DIOR (that colour!!)

TAYLOR SCHILLING IN THAKOON (seriously a sucker for a girl in a suit)

Images: Vogue.com, Daily Mail, The Vault Online.

 

styled: balmain x h&m.

It's been 5 days since the release of the Balmain x H&M collection caused chaos at every H&M store throughout the globe (including crashing the US online store in a matter of minutes).  And if you, like me, were not lucky enough to secure a piece of the action then the only option is to lust after the collection online (or spend at least 4x as much on Ebay. Yeah right).  

Enjoy!

Images:  H&M Life, @elle_ferguson, @tashsefton, Instagram, @thassianaves, google images.

a weekend in: New York.

While the title to this post is "a weekend in: New York." it will take far longer than a weekend to get through this incredible list.  A very close friend of mine spent a year living it up in New York and in doing so got to know exactly where to go to eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy!

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH.

Clinton St Baking Company (Clinton St, Lower East Side) - A very popular brunch spot.  It can get very busy with very long waits so a weekday visit is best. The blueberry pancakes are delicious. clintonstreetbaking.com

Clinton Street Baking.

Clinton Street Baking.

Sweet Chick (Ludlow St, Lower East side or Bedford St, Williamsburg) - Fried Chicken and Waffles, traditional American breakfast. sweetchicknyc.com

Sweet Chick.

Sweet Chick.

Jack's Wife Freda (Laffayette St, Nolita) - The most delicious brunch. jackswifefreda.com

Jack's Wife Freda.

Jack's Wife Freda.

Gallow Green (Rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel)  - Great green garden rooftop. On Saturdays and Sundays they do a nice brunch package where you can buy a ticket that gives you unlimited breakfast, a glass of champagne all while listening to a live band. m.mckittrickhotel.com/gallowgreen/

Gallow Green.

Gallow Green.

SWEET TREATS.

Morgenstern's Ice Cream (Rivington St, Lower East Side) - The most incredible ice cream parlour in NYC! morgensternsnyc.com

Morgenstern's.

Morgenstern's.

OddFellows Ice cream (4th St, East Village) - Very interesting flavours. oddfellowsnyc.com

OddFellows.

OddFellows.

Laduree (W Broadway, Soho) - Macaroons & Patisserie.  This is a nice place to stop and have afternoon tea after shopping in Soho. www.laduree.com

The City Bakery (18th St) - The yummiest baked goods.  Try and head there in February during hot chocolate month. thecitybakery.com

DINNER.

Bianca (Bleecker St, Noho) - A very cute Italian restaurant, cash only but super cheap. biancanyc.com

Cafe Mogador (St Marks Place, East Village or Wythe Ave, Brooklyn) - Delicious Moroccan/Middle Eastern food with a great ambience. cafemogador.com

The Musket Room (Elizabeth St, Nolita) - For a more upmarket restaurant, plus it's New Zealand owned and Michelin starred. themusketroom.com

The Musket Room.

The Musket Room.

Cafe Gitane (Mott St, Soho/Nolita) - Low key Moroccan/French food. SO SO good! Again, cash only. cafegitanenyc.com

Cafe Gitane

Cafe Gitane

Momofuku (East Village) - A super popular Ramen restaurant. momofuku.com

Great Jones Cafe (Great Jones St, Noho) - Southern style food, think burgers, wings, creole. greatjones.com

Parm (Mulberry St, Nolita or Upper West Side) - American/Italian parma/sandwiches. parmnyc.com

Vanessa's Dumpling House (Eldrige St, Chinatown) - Cheap Chinese! Vanessa's is known for the dumplings and duck sesame pancakes. vanessas.com

DRINKS.

The Boom Boom Room (The Standard hotel, Meat Packing District) - Go there for a drink in the afternoon to see the view and beautiful decor. Pretty fancy, no sneakers allowed. standardhotels.com

The Boom Boom Room.

The Boom Boom Room.

Freemans Restaurant (Rivington St, Lower East Side). Freemans is a restaurant, but is also great if you just want to stop in for a drink. freemansrestaurant.com

The Ides (Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn) - An amazing view of Manhattan on a clear night. wythehotel.com/the-ides/

Pianos Bar (Lower East Side) - A place for a boogie. Very popular on weekends, worth checking out. pianosnyc.com

Words thanks to Rebecca Hoang.

#iwokeuplikethis (ft. mae by willa & mae).

For the duration of last week I was stuck in bed with what can only be described as a bad case of the Spring flu.  Not having to get dressed properly all week lead me to assess my less than pretty sleeping attire (which for the duration of the week was the only thing that I wore).  In a stroke of good timing, a few days earlier I had received the MAE by Willa & Mae look book in my inbox (for their debut collection Breathless).  I had always considered that my old tee and daggy trackpants would suffice until I saw this collection. Not anymore.  There's definitely something to be said for beautiful sleepwear, and the beauty of this collection is that it does not (and should not) need to be confined to just sleeping.

 The collection is comprised of generously cut button-down shirts, floor length shirts and slip dresses, and high waisted wide leg pants in a colour palette of black, white, blue, grey marle and stripe - The perfect combination of masculine and feminine.  I feel like you could go to sleep in one of their numbers and wake up all like #iwokeuplikethis (arguably you would not even need to get changed for the day ahead).  And for the coming Summer months, i could not think of anything better than a durable, sleepable, over-sized shirt/dress/pant that you could take from bed to beach to brunch.  Ideal. 

A couple of my favourite pieces from the collection are featured below, dispersed amongst some other stylishly sleepy images.

Enjoy!

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae.

MAE by Willa & Mae

MAE by Willa & Mae

Images: The Vault Online, @dreachong, MAE by Willa & Mae, Tumblr, Snob fashion blog.

new zealand fashion week with her apparel.

I have always avoided wireless underwear. Being a 10D I have always felt that it is something that I could never pull off.  And then HER Apparel came along and opened up a world of wireless opportunity for woman of all sizes (if you don't believe me check out #HERGIRLCLUB on instagram and see for yourself).  So much excitement.  The fact that each intimate is made to order just blows my mind.  So, on Day 2 of NZFW, when the lovely ladies behind HER Apparel sent their AW '16 collection down the runway in a flurry of corals, yellows and sass, my only thoughts were: Can I become a HER Girl? Where do I sign up?  The day after the show, I sat down with the babes behind the brand, Rebecca Rasool and Bethany Payne, to hear every single detail about their fashion week debut.

Enjoy!

(Oh and a huge thanks to Rebecca and Bethany for all of the images - Care of their photographers Clara Pafundi, Sophia Stace and Evangeline Davis)

7am:  

R -  We woke up at around 7am and got our hair and make-up done by my brother-in-law’s girlfriend Tallulah.  We didn’t really feel nervous. It felt like we were waking up for a normal day!

B - I could hardly sleep the night before, not because I was nervous but because there was more to think about than just the show.  It was really important to ensure that we connected through social media throughout the day and use the show to an advantage in that way. That’s one of the hardest parts - Making sure that we network with everyone!

R -  So one of the very first things that we did was update all of our social media channels.

9am:  

B - Rebecca’s dad helped us pack everything into the car.  There were so many shoes.  We had like 12 pairs of shoes to transport to the venue to go with the collection.  Huge thank you to everyone at Shoe Connection - They totally saved us.

10am:

R - Once we got to the venue we headed straight back stage and arranged all of the clothes and shoes onto the racks.  Our models were already getting their hair and make-up done so we checked on that.  MAC Cosmetics did all of the make-up for the show and Stephen Marr did the hair.  We liaised with MAC and Stephen Marr for about 2 months prior to the show to sort out the look that we wanted.

B - We wanted the look to be really fresh.  Fresh faced and glowing with heaps of highlighting.  We chose copper for the eyes.  Copper is definitely in for this season.  Bronzer and highlighter was used on the cheeks with a coral blush. MAC then used the same colour on the lips as a gloss.  For the hair we opted for really relaxed waves - It almost looked like our models had curled their hair the previous day and then went out, slept on it and woke up.  You know when you go out and get your hair done and it’s actually better the next day.  

Noon:  

R - It was time to do a run through and talk to the models about how the finale was going to work.  Given that this was our debut show, we wanted to show everyone who the “Her Girl” is.  The “Her Girl” is a California girl.  That was the style for the show.  Whenever the models asked us how we wanted them to walk out we just told them -  Do whatever you want.  If you want to blow a kiss, blow a kiss.

B - The mood backstage was just amazing. You could tell that the models genuinely loved what they were wearing.  We made it clear that they didn’t have to be all serious and editorial.  We just wanted them to have fun.

R - Clara Pafundi, Sophia Stace and Evangeline Davis took heaps of backstage photos and then we got dressed ourselves.  

B - We wanted to wear something that showed off the lingerie. So I wore a mesh top to show off the Sleepless bra and Rebecca wore the Bonnie bralet with a low cut dress.

R - I turned the dress around so that the low-cut back was at the front to show the bralet off even more. 

B - Her mum was like “OMG are you wearing it like that?!”.  It was so funny.

12.30pm:

Showtime!

B - Once all the models were lined up we went over to the backstage video feed to watch the show.  At that point we felt so proud. We held hands the entire time.

R - I was squeezing Bethany's hand so hard. When the lights went down and the Her Apparel logo went up - such a special moment.  And then at the end of the show when we walked out, walking out to applause the whole time was surreal. 

B - I was trying to make eye contact with everyone to see who each individual person was, but it was really hard because there were so many people there.  When I sent out the invites for the show, I personally wrote the invites to every single person so that our invites stood out.  It wasn’t just a generic invite and I think that is one of the reasons that we had such a great turn-out.

1pm:  

B - Straight after the show we went to the after-party.  We had a lot of customers fly over from overseas especially for the show so we had to make sure that we saw them.  We received such good feed back from everyone.  During our after-party we got a call from the VIP liaison from fashion week to let us know that we had a meeting with Vogue and i-D magazine. Crazy!!!

5pm:  

R - At 5pm we went to watch the Resene Designer Collection show because a few pieces from our Romance Collection were showing.  The first look to come out was a plus-sized model wearing our Bonnie bra and briefs.  I was watching everyones faces when she came out and the reactions were great.  Our Casablanca bralette and briefs were also in the show, along with the Never been Kissed bra and hipsters.  After the show we headed back to our Hotel.

8pm:  

B - We were supposed to go out for celebratory drinks but I was like no way!  We were exhausted.

R - We hadn't actually eaten all day so to finish off the day we sat in bed, in our Her Apparel and ate pizza.  The best end to the best day.