The jacket I'm wearing is from a French brand called Manoush. I found it 'accidentally' on a sales website with a curious name, Showroomprivé. I always feel a bit embarrassed when I pick up a parcel from them at the collect-point (a tobacconist, to add to the misery - a place I never frequent as I am a passionate non-smoker!) The name suggests a shop for a certain kind of goods that are rather ahem, privé/private. Their previous name was Brandinvites which sounds more accurate and inviting. I can't for the life of me understand why they changed it but I'm still a happy customer there.
Back to the star of this blogpost: an unpattered Kimonojacket. I love kimono jackets but never owned one as I never liked the patterns on them. Unconsciously I must have been looking for one without pattern or that isn't too oriental. Happy as a child I was when I spotted this jacket! That's were my serendipity-light way of shopping comes in as I explained in this post last autumn. I like chinoiserie in clothing but I don't like it when items are exact copies or 'quotations'. The designer at Manoush is inspired by oriental influences and her clothes are bohemian but they are original and they never become too literal. The fine quilting of the kimono reminds me of jackets I've seen in India. The colour is very pale ivory with a pink undertone, nearly the same as my skin. It is 100% cotton but ever so fine, it feels like silk. I like combining it with something more colourful as tones that match my skintone too much tend to wash me out. The leopard print blouse has the same base colour but the colourful spots are just enough to make liven the look up.
Kimono Jacket: Manoush, via Showroomprive.com. Have not found anything similar but I love this jacket!
Blouse: Maison Scotch (sold out) I think this blouse is quite similar in look and feel.
Jeans: Flippa K Super Stretch Coloured Jeans (three year old) (exact)
Bag: Isabella Rhea via Showroomprive
Shoes: Bisue Ballerinas via Showroomprive
Bracelet; de Bijenkorf (at least 10 years old) I'd really love this one! or this bangle.
Just as I finished shooting a group of people came by, see more on the behind the scenes page...
Do you let chance decide your clothing or do always know exactly what you are looking for?
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See you again soon,
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