Web and Weave

It was back in June last year that I last wrote about my love for gauzy, cobwebby fabrics.

Since then I’ve purchased a cobweb top from Topshop that I have worn to death, and still love to bits.  Sadly, that style is no longer offered, but here are some more cool items in either a loose weave knit or gauzy fabric for you to drool over.

Topshop cropped jumper                                  Portmans jumper (I think I’ve seen these in black in-store)


Dotti jumpers


Staying with our good ole aussie brands for a moment, MinkPink is doing extremely well. I kept seeing it in boutiques when I was last in Japan, and it has also been popping up a lot in the gyaru fashion mags such as Glamorous (along with stablemate Evil Twin ). These 2 brands really kick it up a notch in the cool-factor department, and boy do I want to buy some of these!



Evil Twin


Some more offerings for those more designery inclined, from Shopbop :

                                Kain Label                                                                         Rag and Bone


and dresses from Temperley London in metallic brass or silver – they look like chainmail, don’t you think?


With Japan coming into their Summer season, I did see a lot of gauzy capes on my recent visit, as well as summer jumpers – knitwear with extremely open weave – like these:



Ghost of Harlem

the dress has a reall great cobweb back too:

This is available at the Rakuten store Ottimo, tho the black is sold out.

…and don’t get me started on their fab new “Grunge Bikers” collection – that’s getting a post of its own 🙂

Glad News

That should encourage you to try this current trend for yourself (and DIYers can always pull threads in their own clothes to achieve the same effect). I love it when something on-trend is also tremendously wearable, even in casual outfits. Of course, we gothy types will love these in black, perhaps with a skull tee showing through beneath. Have you already bought an open-knit or gauzy top or cape this season?

Fashion Shopping in KL and UK high street brands in KL

In just over a week I will be flying back to Malaysia, and apart from the food, one of the things I’m most looking forward to, is… SHOPPING!!!

Oh Kuala Lumpur, the malls, the malls…There’s a cool little summary here, or here is my post on KL shopping malls (from my last visit). I also recently discovered the similarly named Fashion Traveller, which has city shopping guides including one for KL – and a handy directory for where to find what designer brands in KL.

My faves are in the Bukit Bintang area of KL. Berjaya Times Square, Pavilion, Lot 10, even Sungei Wang/BB Plaza, and up in Little India, Sogo and Pertama. This time around I will have to explore the Suria KLCC – we’re staying at Traders on our last weekend, so that will be my time to hit that high-end area of shopping. I also missed Starhill Gallery last time, so that’s a must-see this time around.

I’m especially happy that some of my fave UK high street brands not in Australia have outlets in KL, and always have a nose around when I’m there.  I’m talking about Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Mango and Zara (which IS coming to Australia in 2001 – squee!)  So I just had to have a little peek at the webstores to see what’s up and coming…call it my “Things I Love Thursday” list if you will.

Top Shop

Ok, so I don’t really need another black skirt, but I love the unusual fabric on this one, as well as these lace leggings, and the lace bib necklace. Granted, bib necklaces are on the way out, but lace is certainly in, and it could zoozh up the neckline of a top or dress beautifully.

Not to mention, it was selected by Tommy Ton from the Topshop Freedom range, along with these fab and fierce rings.


And although it won’t get cool until next May, I’m tempted to stock up on these great shearling boots, although the red wedges and gorgeous rose-embellished platform shoes would be great for summer parties right now:

Dorothy Perkins

Maybe with my renewed interest in Dolly Kei comes a new appreciation of gorgeous paisley and floral dresses in jewel colours – I love these in turquoise, orange and purple:

They have a very vintage feel and could SOOO be styled up for the global traveller look too.

And these dresses in lace (so hot right now), tribal design and embellished looks also grab my attention:

Miss Selfridge

Moving onto jackets now, this military jacket, spotted mac and berry coloured turkey-feather jacket would fit into my wardrobe nicely (at least in the cooler months)

Although again, the lace ones are spectacular, and would work with my Victorian/gothic/steampunk and Dolly Kei looks:

Oh, and I was never really a fan of jumpsuits until I saw this “Gossip Girl Beaded Jumpsuit”, also from Miss Selfridge. I can just see myself swanning about in this of an evening, on my over-the-water bungalow at Sipadan, sipping a cocktail as the sun goes down…

OK, so black + embellished = love for me (so predictable, aren’t I?)

That’s probably enough online-shopping for now. The real stuff starts next week!

What are your fave online stores? Do you buy from them often? Or are you scared about sizing?