Friday, 27 September 2013

Fashion Week Roundup - LONDON

Welcome, welcome who ever it is that actually reads this blog! 
When I sat down and decided that I was going to reboot this oul' fashion blog of mine I had to make an important and, some may say, almost life changing decision (well actually, no one would call it that but anyway). 
Where would I start again from? What event in the fashion calender could I use to spring board this blog once again to its previously held, dizzying heights?
(Clue: The answer is in the title of the post!)
You've guessed it!
It's that time of year again when New York, London, Milan and Paris throw week long fashion extravaganzas which are creatively known as "Fashion Week".
However, considering the sheer about of amazing designers on show at any one of the four weeks in question I felt it would be wise to split the coverage into four separate blog posts (which means you lucky lads and lasses and more blogs to read!)

And so I give you: LONDON!

Now London is generally my favorite of the fashion weeks overall (with Paris a close second) and I'm sure that's pretty much because of the age I am. London as an event seems to be more focused on young and exciting brands that are coming through to fashion's forefront with shows such as the Central Saint Martins graduate show being a perfect example of this strive to include and nurture young designers from the offing. As a 20 year old fashion enthusiast, I think its great to be able to see these brands in their infancy as I'm sure I'll be growing up with a lot of them over the next couple of decades. 
The aesthetic of London has always interested me too. As a rule it seems to me that the aesthetic of LFW is more about risk taking, innovation and growth as opposed to the traditional powerhouses of fashion you see in say, Paris or Milan (which are obviously brilliant for reasons that this post wont be getting in to).

Anyway, I guess its time to get down to business, as they say...

Obviously I can't fit in every designer I liked so first of all I'd like to start with some honourable mentions; Yifang Wan, John Rocha and Temperley (the link will bring you to the Vogue coverage of those shows, I'm just so lovely to you guys!)


If you've read any of my blogs covering fashion weeks of the past then you'll know that probably my one true love in this world is good tailoring. I'm a strong believer in the idea that the world would be a much better place if everyone had to go to a special class to learn about the shape of clothes and how different shapes fit. It's be like a really well dressed Utopia. 

 I think in my dream Utopia a lot of people would be wearing 1205...
At the helm of 1205 is Paula Gerbase, who cut her post CSM teeth on Saville Row. Which is clear from her masterful handling of the shape and line of clothes. 

Oversized, masculine shapes dominated the show with pieces like the great Crombie style jacket below causing me to feel a mix of love, pain and desperation due to the fact that I don't own it. 

On a personal level, I would never wear this shirt dress (due to the fact that I know in my heart of hearts it would look like a I was expecting twins if I attempted to) but believe me, if I had the shape for them, oversized shirts like these would constitute a large amount of space in my wardrobe.


Giles offered probably my favorite collection from LFW overall. It consisted of film prints, lips and bats. What those three things have in common, I have not got a fucking clue. Do I care or does that matter? Absolutely not. 

I mean this leather bat dress is just the definition of fierce. I think it would be physically impossible to wear this without having your unconscious frighteningly-fabulous bitch come out (everyone has one by the way). 
And really, what more could you ask from a dress? 

 The lip and film motifs came up at various points throughout the collection and the shilouettes on which they was used were constantly on point.
They were modern-grungy and had flecks of femininity and girlieness from the sheer detailing done throughout.

That's not to say that the collection was without any nipped in waists of tailoring. 
For that I give you probably one of the most amazing creations I've ever seen..

Can we all just look for a second and appreciate that this entire dress is made up of bat shapes?
Have we done that?
Its so painfully beautiful. The overlapping of the bat shapes has made it seem almost as if it was something else, manipulating the form of the original shape to create something which evokes a dark, powerful femininity.
I would probably give up a large chunk of my right leg to just try this dress on. That's how sure I  am that it possesses some sort of magic powers to make the wearer invincible. 
How could it not? Just look at it!

Haizhen Wang

Haizhen Wang pretty much encapsulates that whole "new blood" thing I was talking about a little earlier. 
The winner of this year's Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden Award, Wang is surely a name to watch in the future. 
And if you can possibly believe it , this is only his second proper FW show - I know what you're thinking, "his designs are far too assured and mature for that to be the case" - I thought the exact same thing myself. But it's true. 
We've got a little star in the making here lads!

His collection was completely on point with the monochrome feeling of this years collections and the hints at metallic are a trend that seemed to keep popping up all over London at FW.
Although, metallic is for me sort of like neon. I think you should have to pass a sort of fashion version of a driving licence before they let you purchase it (I saw a middle aged woman wearing a badly fitted neon yellow tunic dress and almost felt the need to say something to her the other day) but as is evident here, it is completely possible to do t right, so yeah, kudos to Wang!

There was a great mix of TAILORING (I know I keep saying it but seriously lads, it's so important and people don't seem to get it) with some softer feminine draping. 
What we seem to be seeing so far is the SS14 woman being a bit of a tough bitch but in a classy feminine way, if you get my drift here...

This is pretty sweet because it kind of reminds me of a really, uber chic karate girl (what an insight into the nuances of fashion I am displaying here).
But this is totally wearable. And I don't mean that in the Meadham Kirchhoff sense of wearable, I mean it in the "I could actually go for a drink in this and not look insane" kind of wearable, which for me is pretty much the great thing about this whole collection.
I mean, don't get me wrong, that Giles Bat Dress was gobsmackingly stunning, but you couldn't exactly go down to have a quick pint with your mates in it could you?

Meadham Kirchhoff

If there is a god out there or some higher celestial being, he definitely was rewarding us fashion heads when he, in whatever god like way he did, bring about the existence of Meadham Kirchhoff. 
I have literally never seen a Meadham Kirchhoff show I didn't think was amazing. 
Yeah, maybe it's not all stuff you'd wear about to Tesco but you can't deny that these two have a real aesthetic vision when it comes to their shows. They never fail to disappoint and this collection is no exception to what is fast being a rule of fashion week;
whatever you do, DON'T miss the Meadham Kirchhoff show. 

Although I definitely would wear that cobra skin jacket.
For those of you who know me personally, you'll know I have a sort of morbid love of fur and animal skin (though not usually animal print, but that's for a later discussion) so this is right up my street.
Also, though you can't make it out on the photo, the gold metallic gloves are actually done to replicate the snake skin.
Gold AND Snake Skin.
It's like all my tacky/Cruella DeVille dreams have come at once!
And I mean that in a really good way.

The show had a whole "young Victorian school girl" meets "sexy bitch" vibe, with loads of gold thrown in for good measure. 
It was actually really hard to pick out just a few pieces to show in this post because they were all so eye catching in their own way.
Meadham Kirchhoff really just excel in creating a whole fantasy world in all of their collections with sharp visual imagery in each one to the point where the whole collection itself seems more like an artistic expression as opposed to trying to create fashion which has artistic aspirations it doesn't reach like a lot of collections do. 
D'ya get me?

And after that brief foray in to fashion philosophy, here's an amazing gold mac paired with a crop top and full mid-length circle skirt.
Pretty sweet stuff lads. 

Simone Rocha

Apparently Simon Rocha was trying to channel Connemara when she created this collection.
On the one hand, I've been to Connemara and it's the sort of place where you get weird looks if you have any sort of facial piercing of even, dare I say it, a pair of high waisted jeans on. 
It's definitely a place where the Aran Jumper, rugged yet oddly attractive look comes in to its own.
Would I say it's the sort of place that'd come to mind when I thought of a completely sheer balloon shaped t-shirt? Probably not.

Having said that, I sort of get what she means when she's taking about the extreme beauty mixed with a type of paired back austereness (as evidence here in the models make up and hair).
 Because this collection does definitely have a level of harsh beauty to it. 
Even in the more classically "beautiful" pieces, like the sheer top and skirt below, the muted colour tones and choice of footwear give the outfit something of a jagged edge.

But bringing it back to the clothes and away from those floaty topics such as "concepts" and the like, there are pretty much no arguments against the fact that this is just a startlingly strong collection from a young Irish designer who seems to only be going from strength to strength with each season.


So that's it folks.
A marathon first entry after my long break away from all of you, who ever it is you may be!


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Could It Be The Time To Bring Back LocalLightPollution?

But seriously, I checked this blog for the first time in a year and a half today and somehow I'm still getting traffic every month. 
As you all know, I would never want to disappoint any of you lovely guys and gals who read my blog. 
So this could be the first of a new series of blogs.
Stay tuned. You never know when the next post will be.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Things I Would Buy If I Had $$$

Being broke all the time is not fun.
Being broke all the time and having a tendency to spend hours looking at expensive clothes on the internet is even less fun.
Here are a few of the pieces that have been making me particularly sad over the last while.

Givenchy Resort 2013

Givenchy, I loooooove youuuuuuuuuuuuu LOADS.
You made all those patterns look so simple and elegant. 
You da best.

And the fact that this is a biker jacket/cape speaks for itself

Marc Jacobs Resort 2012

Pretty sweet it has to be said.
The whole collection was so vibrant and summery I almost forgot how horrible and dreary it actually is outside.
Not really though.

It looks sort of like someone had a room of 1970's prints and sequins and then asked a New York clubkid person to create a prairie outfit. 
Like James St. James vs. The Little House on The Prairie

Kate Sylvester

It's cute. I could wear it to work/college/family stuff.
It's not thrilling but I really need functional clothes.
The little embroidered bit is really cute though. 
These happen to be nice and functional at the same time, and not one screen printed t-shirt design in sight. Win?  

Adidas vs. Opening Ceremony

Raspberry coloured see-through brogues you say?
Oh, they also come in navy and black you say?

They. Must. Be. Mine.

Alexander Wang Sunglasses

There is no point in arguing. 
These are the fiercest sunglasses ever. 
It's just a fundamental truth of life.


These shoes were fugly in the 90's.
They're fugly now.
I know there's that whole 90's thing going on, I am fully aware of that, but some things are a step to far.
This is one of them.
The L$D video for "DONT SMOKE MY BLUNT BITCH"  (*hint* that's a link to the offending video) is another. 
I like Grimes, but that video made me deeply sad. 

That is all
Lots of Love

P.S. Organizing a shoot soon, more deets to follow (I know you're all waiting with baited breath, you little scamps!)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Cannes-Do's and Cannes-Don'ts

It has been a very, very, very long time since I last blessed the internet community with the fashion related thoughts I have regarding various celebrities and their various fashion accomplishments. But there is a very good reason for that, namely, I had a shit load of exams for College.
So you can rest assured that the break was not me swanning about having the bants and drinking mojitos. 
No, no, no.
They were two months filled with me trying to somehow learn a whole years worth of philosophy in a very short space of time and reading Wikipedia summaries of novels that I was supposed to read in November. 
But now I am finished and have FOUR WHOLE MONTHS college free, so I can get back to being the hack that I once was.

So without further adieu, 
I give you - CANNES

So, obviously, I wasn't at Cannes this year, or any year for that matter. For some reason beyond my understanding LocalLightPollution doesn't yet warrant an invite to the glitzy event in the south of France.
But with the wondrous invention of the internet I was able to creep on all the outfits from the comfort of my own home and judge them from 2,000Km away. 
Megan - 1
People who run Cannes - 0

The "On The Road" Premiere

Kirsten Dunst in Dior Pre A/W 12-13
Beautiful dress, beautiful colour. 
It's inoffensive, but I don't think enough to be overly boring.
It's just simple, and the fushia pink and her complexion doesn't really need to be commented on.
Well played Ms. Dunst, Well Played.

Bonnie Wright in Dolce&Gabbana
Soz Bonnie, but no.
I'm sure you're a lovely girl, you look super friendly and approachable AND you were in Harry Potter (kudos), but this outfit is pretty disappointing.
As something to wear out for lunch, to the shops, for a drink - GRAND
For the premiere of one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year? - NO. 
At least put on a pair of heels next time you're wearing a knee length skirt, okay?

Alexandra Maria Lara wearing Elie Saab Couture
Now, considering that she's married to this guy (pictured below), I really want to hate this dress.
I want to hate everything about this girl, I really do. Anyone who gets to be married to Sam Riley deserves a little bit of envy induced hate, it's just one of those things.
But the issue here is, I really like this dress.
She looks amazing, and as much as I don't want to say it, if I was Sam Riley I would definitely be a happy guy right now.
So, begrudgingly, I will say that this dress was probably one of the best I saw.

Just a picture of Sam Riley to put the previous rant in context.
That is all.

Other Premieres

Naomi Watts wearing Marchesa at the "Madagascar 3" Premiere
There pretty much is only one word to describe this.
I don't really know what else you can say about this piece.
The colours, the textures, the shape. All amazing.

Diane Kruger wearing Nina Ricci at  the "Killing Them Softly" Premiere
By the time I had been through all the photos of Cannes I could pretty much have done a blog post solely about all the amazing stuff that Diane Kruger wore.
It was all unreal (except one mini-dress which tied up at the sides but considering how good the average was I'll let that slide)
This was my favorite of the pieces she wore.
For anyone who has read my previous posts about A/W12-13 or Couture Week etc, you'd know I love this style of dress. Simple, feminine and with a little bit of embellishment. 

Jane Fonda wearing Cavalli at the "Once Upon A Time In America" screening
Jane Fonda in three years older than my Granny.
I will repeat that.
Jane Fonda is three years older than my Granny.
What. The. Fuck.
I'm thinking this may be a trick by Wikipedia to fool me
There can be no way that this woman is SeventyFour.
Fierce isn't even the word.

A Couple of Cannes Party Shots

Jada Pinkett Smith wearing Paco Rabanne at the America Women in Film Party
Really Jada?
Just. NO.
Please never wear this again. Please.
I'm sure it looked nice on the runway Jada ,They always look nice on the runway
But it just doesn't suit you. Sorry.
Just burn it or something, I don't care what you do with it, just never wear it again.

Tilda Swinton wearing Haider Ackermann A/W 12-13
I think she could be one of the coolest people on the planet.
Without a doubt one of the most stylish
I want to ask her what her secret is, how is it possible for someone to be so fierce?
Maybe one day she'll comment on one of these posts and tell me and the world how she manages to be  so unbelievably fucking cool. Maybe.
The dress is amazing. 
We can just take it for granted that what she wears is going to be amazing.
It's Tilda. It's just a fact. 


That's all from Cannes for now
And if you have managed to make it through this post with out giving up/getting really angry by everything said in the post/somehow being offended (Soz Jada and Bonnie) then thank you very much
If you liked it enough then follow on Blogger/Bloglovin

I'm now off back to my glamorous life of ironing clothes and walking my dog
Much Love

Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Sunny Side of the Street

Well today in Dublin was, insanely enough, really warm. Like 20degrees or something, which for us pasty, pale dark dwellers who shrink from the first sign of sunlight, let's just say it was a huge shock. I almost thought about wearing sunglasses. Almost. 
But I did go for a lovely pint in town with DJ (from "The Good, The Bad Ass and The Ugly" fame) and seeing everyone enjoying the summer-ish weather in the beer garden really got me thinking. 
Not thinking about how relaxing and brill it was to be in the sun with a cold pint of Guinness. No, freaking out about the horrendous state of my summer wardrobe.
Which in turn got me trawling through websites, manically looking for clothes (which I can't afford, but that is completely beside the point) and coming up with my Dream Summer Wardrobe (* Hint * if you click that link you get to listen to a summery song. I'm so good to you really). 


TopShop Mid-Length Tie-Dye Dress.
Nice, casual day dress.
Not much else to say about it really.
What else can you say about a day dress?
Well, it made my list so I must like it.

Ivory Jar Three-Tone Tie-Dye Embellished Denim Jacket.
I have one of their studded denim jackets with a leather cross on the back that I got on my trip to London for Christmas and I really wish I'd bought more or their stuff.
I got the worst case of Not-Buying Remorse.
I still think about it to this day. 
True Story.

Nasty Gal Spliced Light Dress
If I ever got over my intense fear of buying stuff online I would do serious damage to my bank account on So it's probably a good thing that the thought of buying any clothing item over 30euro online causes me to break out in a cold sweat.
You can't see it in this photo but  this dress has a really slick cut-out back too.
I'm not even going to discuss the tassel things.
They pretty much speak for themselves.
I'm such a lazy fashion blogger really...

Ivory Jar Heart Shirt With Contrast Collar
For my inane ramblings on Ivory Jar as an overall brand, please refer to the photo two slots previous to this.
But this shirt its self is one I've seen at the Ivory Jar stall near Spittalfeilds and everything about it is completely knock out.
The material is so crisp and such good quality which I think is really important for a shirt and something you don't find a lot in high street varieties. They all tend to be soft cotton and very flimsy or something. This is completely the opposite.
Also, the anatomically correct hearts are almost too slick for words.

TopShop Pale Blue Silk Underwear Set
Because every girl should own nice underwear. Fact.

Accessories & Shoes

TopShop Soft Felt Pie-Ball Hat
I worry that this could be one of those things that I REALLY want when I look at it through the medium of the TopShop website but would look silly on my larger than average sized head.
But those worries have no place here!
This is a blog post for my dream Summer wardrobe and I refused to be curtailed by silly things like "what would actually suit my shape/face".
And this hat is just so darsh-garn cute!

Ivory Jar Jesus Necklace
For when the cross motif just doesn't seem to be hitting the right spot any more, Ivory Jar gives you a necklace with Jesus being crucified. 
Fair fucks.
Love the necklace.
Funny how just because of the subject of the necklace, this necklace would make a much larger statement as a piece then a full harness piece.
So much cooler than a full harness piece too.

NastyGal Cut-Out Bootie
These boots mix that strappy heel trend (which I don't like much, no one deserves to see that much of anyone's feet thank you very much) and the heeled lace up boot look which I find much easier to digest.
With a cute laser-cut paisley design.
Who could ask for more?
Just have to get a pedicure first, sort out the destruction that a winter in ill-fitting shoes did to my poor, poor feet, before I go parading even my toes out to an unwitting public. I'm not completely heartless.

NastyGal Stinger Spike Platform
Now, I'm not much of a creeper fan.
Like, I don't mind them. I'm sort of "meh" about the whole trend. But THESE are in a completely different stratosphere. 
See through plastic, spike stud encrusted, silver extra high creepers.
Like, if you just wore a plain black mid-length dress (say, exactly like the first dress in this post but in pure black) you could put on these shoes and BAM head turning outfit right there.
Think of the money you'd save on statement pieces?
But for that I suppose you'd have to have the ability not to get bored of an item of clothing after one wear.
I do not have that ability.
Poor me.

Ivory Jar Metal Tipped Tooth Collar
Yes, yes, yes. More Ivory Jar stuff.
I'm so bloody predictable.
More anatomically correct body parts.
Only this time it's teeth (creepier, no?)
As with above, this piece is about the little extras that add to a plain outfit to make them in to a super-outfit. Yes, super-outfit.
The detail on the print work absolutely kills me. 

TopShop Wire Rimmed Pink Over Large Round Lens SunGlasses
Just so I could feel like a member of Janis Joplin's crew really.
Yeah they're cool, but it's mostly to feed my delusion of being in a rock band.
Can you think of a better reason to buy sunglasses?


So there you go!
A snippet of the clothes I'd like to have for these summer months
If you feel like donating to a "Dress Megan" fund, or even better, buying me some of these clothes, go straight ahead.
Seriously, I have no problem with it.
In fact, please do exactly that...

And now it is half 11 and I haven't done any of my college reading due for 10am. Shit.
So as I go to manically do something functional with my life, I urge you to do the same
Follow on Bloglovin if you can so I don't look like such a loser please

Started taking a few shots for my first ever StreetStyle entry.
Sweet Jesus, going up to randomers and asking to photograph them for a blog they almost certainly haven't heard of is really embarrassing. 
But hopefully it'll be worth it.


Monday, 19 March 2012

The Irish are Coming.

Dia Dhuit! Conas atá tu agus lá naomh Pádir shona duit! (That was probably all really grammatically incorrect Irish, but it's the thought that counts)...
Seeing as it was St. Patrick's day on Saturday and I am in fact Irish, I thought it would be nice to do a post about some Irish designers that I like at the moment. 
It'll pretty much be the only nationalistic thing I did this year for Paddy's day beside go and get buckled like the rest of the nation.
But all "the Irish have a drinking problem" jokes aside, there really are some pretty sweet Irish designers out there at the moment. So here are my pick of the crop so far...

Eilis Boyle

Favoring simple colour tones, Boyle uses textures and cuts to grab the attention of the fashion world. 
Her patterns can tend to dominate those that are wearing them, so you get situations (as below) where it's almost like the garment is wearing the girl instead of the other way around. 
But they're still really nice clothes to looks at.
And isn't that what it's all about really?

Emma Manley

Having started life at the Grafton Academy, Manley went on to work for Alexander McQueen (eh, wowza!) before heading up her own line "Manley".
Her work is structured and fluid at the same time (sounds counter-intuitive and like a load of pretentious bollix but hopefully you'll get my drift).
She also manages to do that whole androgynous thing that I've posted about a few times really well.
The clothes look sharp and masculine in some regards (the tailoring) but retain their femininity as well (chiffon, the floating denim skirt etc).
Pretty sweet stuff if you ask me.

Natalie B. Coleman

Cutting her fashion teeth studying in the Limerick College of Art (arguably the best fashion college in the country, or so I am told) and following it up with an MA from CSM, Coleman definitely has the makings of a hot Irish fashion designer on paper.
But does it translate onto the collections?
Em, pretty much yeah.
The collection was titled "All The Jewellery I Never Got" and spanned over two seasons (S/S 11, A/W 11/12).
Bold use of colour and print gave the collection a youthful vibe, which was carried on through the choice of cuts in the garments. 
(Like the oversized shirt-dress which looks like someone got lost in one of their Dad's wardrobes, in a good way).

Sorcha O'Raghallaigh

Born in a rural Irish town, O'Raghallaigh got her degree in fashion from CSM in London (where she is now based) and interned with DVF and John Galliano (one of my all time favorite designers, as you've probably guessed if you've read any of my other posts).
It's been a pretty hectic year for the up and coming Irish designer.
Probably the best known of all the designers on the list, O'Raghallaigh was picked for the Selfridge's "Bright Young Thing" initiative, where young designers are given a Selfridge's window to showcase their designs.
This made her the first Irish Designer to have a display on Oxford Street. Fair Play.

Also, being name dropped by Lady Gaga can really help boost your profile as a designer these days.
Gaga wore her designs on both Jonathan Ross and the X-Factor this year which sparked a massive surge in interest in the designer.
Again, fair play.
Her designs are elaborate, romantic and at times a little bit eccentric.
O'Raghallaigh is anything but boring.
Definitely one to watch, she's blazing the trail, putting Irish fashion on the world map.



Hopefully, as you've seen, Ireland is producing some pretty slick fashion these days
And with the interest in fashion growing all the time, and Dublin (slowly) becoming more and more visually artistic and creative, it stands to reason that these four are only the Van Guard.
It's an exciting time for Irish fashion indeed.

On that note, I'll love you and leave you
Happy (belated) St Patrick's Day