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Brands to explore: F.i.n.t & an another angelus + SS17 collection “Angela”

 

This look from F.i.n.t`s SS16 catalog made me fall in love with F.i.n.t and the picture is overall just lovely.

F.i.n.t`s SS16 (Félicia). This is one of my favourite F.i.n.t/an another angelus catalogue photos ever!

This time I am going to talk about Japanese fashion brand F.i.n.t and its sister brand an another angelus! They have been around for a while already (if I’ve understood right, F.i.n.t was originally established already in 1984!) but I found out about them properly only last summer. Since then I’ve gotten to really like both of the brands.

To me F.i.n.t and an another angelus both look highly vintage inspired and girly. It took me a while to figure out what is the difference between the two of them: is an another angelus a clothing line under F.i.n.t or are they sister brands..? After doing a little research I came to a conclusion that these two are indeed separate brands, however under the same mother company, and they are both sold at F.i.n.t online store. The brand concept written into the official website gave me an impression that F.i.n.t`s look is a mixture of classical vintage style and modern girly trends, whereas an another angelus` clothes are a bit more mature and feminine, but still vintage inspired as well.

Even the old F.i.n.t/an another angelus catalogs are beuatiful! This is F.i.n.t SS15 (Rochefort)

I Iove the graphic design of F.i.n.t & an another angelus catalogues! F.i.n.t SS15 (Rochefort)

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F.i.n.t SS15 (Rochefort)

A few years old Universal Doll article informed me that originally F.i.n.t stores used to carry a selection of an another angelus pieces, but in 2014 F.i.n.t and an another angelus had separated their businesses in their own individual stores. Now in 2017 the official shoplist still lists an another angelus stores so apparently the separated physical stores have remained.

As I already mentioned earlier, I got familiar with F.i.n.t and an another angelus only last summer, and thinking back I am almost shocked of how I had managed to be unaware of them for so long! Haha… Since last summer I have been very inspired by both of the brands and I keep checking their online store and shop staff coordinates regularly.

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F.i.n.t AW16 (Petulia)

an another angelus AW16 (Petulia)

F.i.n.t and an another angelus seem to share the same collection name every season, and they also present their new items under one catalogue that is divided into to parts for each brand, so you can tell which items are by F.i.n.t and which by an another angelus. I personally like both brands about equally, but I noticed that usually, for some reason, an another angelus` collections seem to include a little less items than F.i.n.t`s.

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Some examples of the shop staff coordinates

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Floral patterns and vintage inspired accessories!

What I especially like about F.i.n.t and an another angelus is their strong vision and brand concept. The style of their catalogues is very movie–like and it is easy to imagine that there is some kind of of story behind the pictures: you almost feel like browsing an art book. Most of the collections have a women´s name: there have been collections named Marjorie, Nancy, Félicia and Petulia for example.

The shop staff coordinates are also very enjoyable to look at, and the shop staff runs blogs that are actively updated with their most recent outfits and new arrivals. Although the clothes are not true vintage, I think both of the brands manage to recreate the vintage feeling quite well and in a very tasteful way.

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F.i.n.t AW15 (Nancy)

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F.i.n.t AW15 (Nancy). I love the illustrations!

To me F.i.n.t`s and an another angelus´ catalogues are among some of the most beautiful ones I have seen, and it was extremely hard to pick only a few examples as you can see! For their catalogues they use mostly foreigners as models, and the locations featured look like they could be in Europe or USA. Maybe this way they try to reach “the vintage feeling” similar to that in 60s European movies or something!

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These two styles look like something that Anna Karina could had worn in the film Une femme est une femme! (an another angelus, SS17 Angela)

F.i.n.t & an another angelus SS17 “Angela”

F.i.n.t`s and another angelus` Summer/Spring 2017 catalog was released recently and the current collection is named “Angela”. The main inspirations of this collection are marine fashion, floral patterns and 60s film heroines: especially Angéla (acted by lovely Anna Karina) from the film “Une femme est une femme”. The film features Anna Karina wearing some amazing and most enviable outfits, and many of these looks have been recreated by several bloggers and vintage lovers.

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SS17 (Angela)

The pieces inspired by Anna Karina`s look in the film include the name “Angela” in their titles and so far there are at least ribbon hair bands, a collared one piece in red and black and a long sleeve top with Angéla print. A few pieces that are not yet available remind me of the lingerie pieces featured in Anna Karina`s “sailor stripping scene” which I found very interesting.

Because the new SS17 catalogue doesn`t seem to include all the pieces of the collection, there might be more Angéla inspired items yet to come.

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Angelica onepiece (on the left) and the white bralet with ribbon details (on the right) are among my favourite items of this collection!

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Cute retro cardigan with an embroidery detail (and the left) and the popular Angéla top that already sold out at Fashionwalker.jp (on the right).

Since I am also a huge fan of the movie Une femme est une femme and Anna Karina`s looks in it, I am thrilled to see clothes inspired by it! I already ordered myself the red Angela dress and I am hoping to purchase a few other items later.

The new collection seems to be selling well on Fashionwalker, and some clothes are already sold out after just a few days. Luckily most of the things are still available at the official F.i.n.t online store so that might be worth checking out if you saw something you fancy!

 ♥ F.i.n.t official website

♥ an another angelus website

 ♥ F.i.n.t and an another angelus webstore

image source: the catalogue pictures, shop staff looks, Fashionwalker.jp looks

Katie SS 2017 collection: “Rose & Daughters”

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“The Virgin Suicides” (1999)

I have been checking Katie`s website for about a month hoping they would release the SS 2017 lookbook and today it is finally online! The Spring and Summer collection this year is called “Rose & Daughters” and judging from the decorations of their SS 2017 exhibition one of the main inspirations for this collection must be the film “The Virgin Suicides” by Sofia Coppola. One of the collection´s dresses is even named “Rose Garden´s lux’s dress” after one of the film`s main characters!

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Lux wearing a floral dress in The Virgin Suicides.

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Risa and her Lux inspired styling at Rose & Daughters exhibition.

Katie`s Night fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears in Virgin Suicides

Katie`s pink Night Fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears.

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Rose Garden lux´s dress (on the left) and Night Fever bare top worn together with Night Fever skirt and Katie Jeans boogie jacket.

After eyeing the lookbook for a while I spotted the words “Hanging Rock” in the names of several items and got curious: the name sounded a little random to me so I googled it. I found out that there is actually a film called “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (which suddenly started to sound awfully familiar…) directed by Peter Weir and after seeing the school girls in the film wearing white frilly dresses and straw hats I became convinced that some items of the collection are definitely inspired by this film as well!

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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Very “Picnic at Hanging Rock” inspired look featuring Hanging Rock puff dress and Daughters straw hat (on the left) and a more modern, casual look with a glimpse of the Apple Yard College t-shirt.

Picnic at Hanging Rock.

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Dreamy sceneries from the “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

Unfortunately I haven`t seen “Picnic at Hanging Rock” myself but I love its aesthetics and the plot seems fascinating so I really want to see it now! After doing some research about the film (while trying to not spoil myself) I also realised that the girls in the film are students at “Appleyard College” which probably explains the “Apple Yard Collage” text in one of the collection`s t-shirts! Wikipedia also taught me that even Sofia Coppola was fascinated by “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and the film had an influence on both “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette”.

It isn`t probably a coincidence that Katie also decided to combine the aesthetics of these two films in the same collection. After finding out about the references to “Picnic at Hanging Rock” I wouldn`t be surprised if there were more inspirations and other references that I totally missed haha…

Most of the coordinates for the S/S 2017 lookbook

Most of the coordinates featured in the SS 2017 lookbook.

Lastly some thoughts about the collection itself: the colour palette this Spring/Summer seems to be quite typical to Katie including white, pale pink, light blue and black. Red and bordeax also seem to be present like in the A/W 2016 collection which is great since I have grown to like these colours a lot! A few olive green/khaki pieces are also included.

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt (on the right)

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt.

I think these looks are very cute!

These two looks are so cute! The blue overall is lovely although I couldn`t probably pull it off myself.

Although this collection is mostly quite different from the SS 2016 collection I feel there are some similarities too. In the both collections there are some denim items (jeans and coats) and several simple, casual style clothes at least compared to other collections, for example A/W 2016. The overall feeling of the collection is quite mature and minimalistic and I must admit that I miss the more girly “Katie feeling”. I´d like to love this collection but I must admit that many of the items look a little too simple to my taste.

Some looks featuring the jeans of the collection. I hardly wear trousers so these are not really my style.

The new collection includes two types of high waisted jeans.

The two looks are among the most simply and mature ones of the collections

These two looks are probably among the most minimalistic and mature ones in the whole collection.

I think it is interesting to see Katie doing new things and seeing Elli-Rose modeling the lookbook was a nice surprise: I think she is a little different from the models they have used in the past (typical Katie model seems to be a cute girl with bangs).

I already briefly talked about this with Sara Mari and we both agreed it was interesting to see Katie using a little more mature style model like Elli-Rose which kind of shows that Katie is also for women in their 30s! That makes me happy because in a few years I will already be closer to 30 than 20 myself and I still hope to wear Katie as long as I like their stuff haha…

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan in appeals to me a little for some reason (on the left) and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan (on the left) appeals to me a little and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

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I really like the white + bordeaux combination on the left and the black Café Chic high waist skirt (on the right) is one of my all the time favourite Katie pieces.

I feel that many items from “Rose & Daughters” don`t really suit my personal style but I liked the inspirations behind the collection and the film references. My favourite items from the collection are the Café Chic high waist skirt that does a come back in black and the bordeaux red Rosemary skirt and camisole one-piece.

After seeing how different this collection is compared to their older collections I keep wondering if Katie has started to change their brand identity a little by little. I guess that the next collection might reveal if they take a few steps back to their signature items and girly look or continue to produce more minimalistic and mature pieces.

How do you feel about the new collection? What are your favourite pieces? ^__^ 

image sources: Katie related pictures, TheVirgin Suicides: 1&2, 3, Picnic at Hanging Rock: 1, 2, 3

 

Brands to explore: S for Shoko

sforshoko1 After following Shoko London`s instagram I couldn`t miss it when she lauched her brand “S for Shoko” earlier this year. The brand is inspired by 1960s, music and art and all the clothes are made in London. The bold, colourful and retro style patterns that many of the clothes are featuring are designed by Shoko herself.

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Shoko wearing a multi coloured tweed set from her AW collection.

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So far S for Shoko has released two collections: SS 2016 collection “Light, Light me on” and AW 2016 collection called “London Dreaming”. The Spring/Summer collection features mostly colours pink, white and red and the impression it gives me is very feminine and fresh. I personally feel that the most memorable pieces of this collection are the pastel shade multi coloured tweed items and the Nouvelle Vague dress which recently appeared on Kate Nash’s music video.

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the Nouvelle Vague dress

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S for Shoko Spring/Summer 2016

I personally liked S for Shoko`s SS collection but I must say that their AW collection is my favourite so far! “London Dreaming” collection`s main colours are deep red and navy blue and these two colours together create very retro feeling. New multi coloured tweed pieces are also introduced: this time in pink (the main colour) and red (the main colour). My favourite item from this collection is definitely the red sailor style pleat dress, it is one of the loveliest dresses I have seen for a while! The rose pattern that comes in navy blue + red combination in this collection looks also very iconic to me. It actually reminds me a little of some Scandinavia patterns from the 60s!

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S for Shoko sailor dress in red

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LONDON tweed set

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So colourful and retro!

I like so many things about S for Shoko and I think that there is something unique and fresh about it. There are many brands that produces lovely clothes but I feel that these days it is getting harder and harder to create something original and new but in my opinion S for Shoko has succeeded in this. Shoko seems to be loyal to her own style and taste while designing her clothes and that is something I admire. I will look forward seeing how the brand will develop in future!

S for Shoko official website

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How do you feel about S for Shoko so far? : )

Style adoration: Shoko London

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Red seems to be Shoko`s signature colour! Her dress reminds me of me of Anna Karina.

I have been planning to blog about Shoko London for a long time and now when she has finally released her fashion brand “S for Shoko” it felt like a perfect timing to write a few words about her!

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Shoko standing next to her book and LP album “Hope And Anchor”.

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Shoko London is a Japanese artist based in London and Tokyo. She is a lady of many talents: besides being an artist and illustrator who has made several collaborations with famous brands like Shiseido Shoko is also a singer, book author and a fashion designer. Among some other things!

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I found out about Shoko and her work relatively short time ago but her great sense of style made me a fan right away. Especially her way to combine different colours in her outfits is something that I can`t stop admiring. Her style is girly, vintage inspired and she seems to prefer dreamy pastel colours but also more bold colours like red and navy blue (also the last two worn together!).

shoko_redsailorSeeing Shoko wearing red makes me also love red a lot, she does it so wonderfully! Somehow blonde haired Shoko wearing deep red and navy blue clothes makes me think about Brigitte Bardot or some other French lady from the 60s (1960`s actresses are apparently my weakness, lol)! I am getting obsessed about the idea of creating red + navy looks inspired by her but unfortunately my wardrobe still lacks of red pieces haha…

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I feel a sudden need for a red beret and tights… Eep!

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Her art

Shoko`s art style is a bit naivistic, cute, detailed and colourful. Her patterns and drawings are girly and lively and she seems to like using a little similar kind of colour scheme in both drawing and dressing up. Judging from her collaborations, singing career and London themed books she seems to be constantly working on several creative projects at the same time! I can`t help being impressed!

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melimelo handbags with patterns by Shoko

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Shoko has also done a collaboration collection with French brand Manoush

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Pink, girly and cute!

This summer Shoko also finally lauched her own clothing line “S for Shoko” that has already released two promising collections. I decided to write a small separate introduction post about her brand, you can find it here.

Shoko`s website

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