A Daphne Guinness identikit? An Anna Dello Russo exhibitionist? This is Michelle Harper- stylist, flamboyant brand consultant, and board-member of the FIT’s Couture Council and Tata Harper Beauty.
A regular fashion week show attendee, her signature style makes her, (for me anyway), this year’s avant-garde style icon.
She exemplifies the notion of fashion as fantasy, stating; “I appreciate The Gap and all of that. But it’s not what gets me up in the morning.”
Her style is about colour, about texture and shape. With her Japanese-esque looks, the New Yorker channels part geisha, part Dior goddess with a penchant for full skirts and fish-tails.
Her favourite designers? Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Zac Posen and Victor de Souza, for whom she is muse. She’s also a huge fan of fabulous millinery, citing Yazbukey, Rod Keenan and Piers Atkinson as her go-to headwear designers.
Her lithe frame and strong emphasis on make-up just as much as her clothes, make her a standout figure on the New York s scene. To me, she looks like a modern day recreation of an Utamaro subject- like she just stepped out from one of his paintings, bumped into Holly Golightly and bam!
For more insight into Michelle’s fascinating style, see her tumblr- it’s a must for incredible inspiration.
I’ve always loved oversized statement sunglasses. But finding the perfect pair can be a tricky feat. Too wraparound, dark and reflective, and you end up looking like a bug. Not to mention, they can kind of weigh your face down…Not the most comfortable thing.
Sunglasses, a selection from House of Harlow 1960
In 2006, I found my best friends at long last- the classic Dior ‘Glossy1′ sunglasses in dark brown tortoiseshell. And they stuck with me for all but a year until they were accidentally broken by the full force of Disneyland Paris’s Space Mountain.
Yup, bringing designer sunglasses on board a theme park ride was definitely not one of my smartest moments…
I do blame Dior however. Why oh why can other designers provide such hard and durable cases whilst Dior’s glasses are presented in awful soft and flimsy little things?
Anyway, after the amazing magic of some extremely powerful superglue and the talents of a lovely Sunglass Hut shop assistant in Dubai, my glasses were pretty much back to their former glory.
But I can’t resist the allure of multiple oversized pairs. Here are my current favourites:
These were an absolute steal from River Island!
Sunglasses, House of Harlow 1960. Love House of Harlow for their Nicole Richie-esque shades. After all, it is her label.
Also House of Harlow. The butterfly frames definitely make a statement!
Looking forward to adding more and more unusual styles to my collection. One of my newest pair is a retro-feel cat-eye pair by Alexander McQueen. You see, I’m trying to move away from my oversized obsession!
-Redefining the tea-party-
Lace-print silk-satin dress, Stella McCartney / Postman’s Lock satchel bag, Mulberry / Ilyas sequined crepe top by Malene Birger / Pleated cotton-blend twill skirt, RED Valentino / Bea fringed embroidered lace dress, Alice & Olivia / Macramé leather sandals, Chloé / 18-karat gold moonstone drop earrings, Pippa Small / FLoral Printed silk scarf, Nina Ricci / Pelican-print silk-crepe dress, Paul & Joe
-A Day at the Races-
Crochet embroidered silk organza jacket, Alexander McQueen / Lace Dress, Emilio Pucci / Rosine printed silk shrug, Temperley London, Sloping Rose hat, Philip Treacy / Gold-plated Swarovski crystal cuff, Valentino / Leather leaf clutch, Bottega Veneta / Paneled silk crepe jersey dress, Prabal Gurung
-Beside the Sea-
Stretch crepe dress, Gucci / Lizard cat-eye acetate sunglasses, Linda Farrow / Collector Lace vest, Zimmerman / The Poppy Bikini, Lisa Marie Fernandez / Braided leather sandals, Valentino / Roady printed canvas hobo bag, YSL / Adeline color-block chiffon top, Rag & Bone / Garbadine stretch shorts, Balenciaga