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Just a quickie. Melbourne girls love black! But they wear it well I have to say and black will always be the new black.

Black with a dash of red - L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

Black with a dash of red - L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

Name: Alice
Occupation: Architect
Describe your style: Dresses made by me and my mum.
Favourite fashion labels: None
Favourite clothing stores: Alpha 60

Alice’s red socks caught my attention, then I noticed the cardigan as scarf, love it! Turns out, Alice was wearing stockings, but it was too hot, so she bought some red socks and changed. She’s too lazy to carry the cardigan in her hands so wrapped it around her neck. Et Voila! Little unique touches always does it for me.

Remember what I said about how Stockholmians seem to have the perfect formula worked out? How I said “Trendy, tick, sartorial, tick, unique, tick, timeless, tick tick tick!” Well! Here’s more proof for you.

Sartorial - Stockholm

Sartorial - Stockholm

Name: Mathas
Occupation: Medicine student
Describe your style: Eclectic, one half natural country style, one half all black.
Favourite fashion label: Jill Sander, Prada and Lanvin.
Favourite clothing store: Acne

What Mathas is wearing can easily be described as old fashioned, but with a loose t-shirt under the blazer, untied shoe laces, a head of floppy blonde hair, a great smile and a spring in his steps, I have to say, this outfit is nothing but youthful and a perfect autumn look.

Sartorial - Stockholm

Sartorial - Stockholm

Name: Christian
Occupation: Risk management – Key account manager
Describe your style: Classic, a little bit straight edged.
Favourite fashion label: Ralph Lauren
Favourite clothing store: Rose and born (Stockholm)

This does remind me that I can definitely see that American influence in the way men dressed in Stockholm, that preppy, relaxed but grown up look perfected. I dare say they do it better than the Americans.

Interesting how Christian’s outfit oozes a more grown up look than the outfit on Mathas, yet when you look closer at the individual items of clothing, Christian’s actually wearing a pair of jean with a pale denim shirt! Also note worthy is just the 1 roll on the jeans, not 2, which seems to be norm.

Today I took out some time just for street fashion hunting, I want to explore all the nooks and crannies of London and see the different vibes and styles, so today I started at the most obvious place, Oxford St, the home of all high street sheilas. My first week here I went to Topshop on Oxford for the first time, it’s the flagship store with multiple floors crammed full of clothes. I wonder how does anyone even choose what to try on, I’d end up with piles and piles of things on my not-so-skinny arms! A lot of the clothes there were hmm, well, awful, but some Balenciaga rip offs did catch my eye, more about that another time.

Ladies and gentlemen, I do NOT recommend street fashion hunting on Oxford St, it was a nightmare! It is constantly crowded and Londoners walk very fast, I had to check myself several times to slow down. This London pace, it’s very infectious you know, I’m already starting to dislike tourists who walk too slow. Anyhow, back to style hunting. One second I’d spot someone, but by the time I see them, they are already 3 steps past me. Have you ever tried catching up to someone on a crowded street? Well, I did several times today, all without success. I also get frustrated when someone blocks my view, I need to walk slowly in the middle and constantly scan from left to right of everyone that passes me. Gosh, I sound horrible…

It seems to me that people wear more colour in London, people seem more daring, I’ve seen a middle aged lady with a long mustard coloured coat, many girls with coloured stockings, men with brightly coloured shirts and accessories. Or perhaps it’s the constant grey that makes the colours pop and more noticeable? The fashionistas though mostly stick to a darker simpler colour palette but it seems from time to time they can’t help themselves but add a nice dash of colour.

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

Name: Jai
Occupation: Visual merchandiser at Armani Exchange
Describe your style: Eclectic, vintage and cool.
Favourite fashion label: Vivienne Westwood
Favourite clothing shop: (so very sorry, I can’t make out my hand writing, I should get a audio recorder thingyo)

Jai made that bolero herself, too cool, where do we place orders?

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

Name: Felicia
Occupation: Looking for a job :) (Someone give the lovely Felicia a job?)
Describe your style: Vintage
Favourite fashion label: Don’t have one
Favourite clothing store: Urban Outfitters

Felicia moved from Sweden recently.

Aren’t both girls just too awesome! Jai’s bolero makes me very very jealous of her pattern making and sewing skills, the styling of her outfit is great too, the perfect splash of colour to top it off. Felicia is as cute as a button, the innocent floral print romper contrasting against black everything else is done just right.

Now girls, go off and add a dash of colour to your outfits tomorrow. Shoo shoo, you all go in front of the mirror and play dress ups now!