There are bog-standard bloggers, there’s the cut above the rest, and then, in a league of her own, there’s Luxirare. She combines the familiar duo of food and fashion in her blog posts, but with her own unique aesthetic – flawless photography, original concepts, boundless creativity and more talent in her little finger than most bloggers dream of having.

Her fashion blog posts are different in that she has studied design. When she started out, she would document making an item to fill a gap in her wardrobe or complement something she already owned. There was such interest in her work that she now has an e-shop selling her own designs and some vintage pieces. I have been a visitor to her site for years and have spent hours getting inspiration in the archives. We have similar taste in many ways – like me she loves monochrome and she favours a minimal look with statement making accessories. What always blows me away is her precision, her presentation and her inventiveness. Everything she designs is well thought out with great attention to function as well as form, and perfectionism which is awe-inspiring. This is evident in her food posts as well and a visit to the archives would be a delight for any serious foodie.

I think that someone like Luxirare is a perfect example of how blogging and the online world can create an opportunity for someone who may otherwise have been overlooked. Luxirare has found her own audience and hasn’t had to dilute or compromise her aesthetic in the process and I admire her wholeheartedly for it. I have loved watching the evolution of her blog and hope that in the next few years she achieves the success she deserves.

If you like her designs below (click through to be taken to the relevant post on her site where she documents making the item) then have a look at more of her work in her e-shop, stacked full of gorgeous, beautifully made clothes and accessories.

Luxirare Half-Sleeve Leather Hoodies
Luxirare Camera Bag
Luxirare Chain Jacket
Luxirare Leopard Jacket
Luxirare Lace Biker Jacket
Luxirare Minivest

Olympia Le-Tan

Olympia Le-Tan‘s book inspired bags have been seen in the hands of Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams (carrying The Misfits bag to the BAFTAs, where she was in the running for Best Actress for My Week With Marilyn) – three actresses with sterling fashion credentials. The beautifully constructed clutches are based on works of great literature and for a fashion obsessed writer like me these might just be perfect. I agree wholeheartedly with Susie Bubble when she says that if you’re going to carry one of these bags you should have actually read the book in question, so the below picks are books that I have read – I particularly love the pink Huxley clutch.

Le-Tan began her career in accessories at Chanel before launching her own eponymous label in 2009. She presented her first Ready To Wear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 3rd in Musée Nissim de Camondo in the grounds of Versailles and it was certainly eye-catching, not just because the models ended up taking the clothes off! In addition Le-Tan is designing a capsule collection for Net A Porter to be released in May. It looks like 2012 is gearing up to be her year.

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00
Junkie by William Burroughs (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00

People Are Strange

I reckon I would do a ton more vintage shopping if the selection were anything like it is in New York. We were staying on Rivington Street and even just in the immediate area, Ludlow St. in particular, the vintage shopping was phenomenal. A bewildering range of stuff for sale and all very good quality. I bought a vintage rabbit and fox fur gilet (which I’ll debut on the blog at some stage soon) and a black satin bowtie, something I had been looking for for ages, but was tempted by a lot more!

Given the limited and often tatty selection of vintage in Ireland it’s great that there are more quality vintage and consignment stores springing up online. People are Strange is one of these. The shop is run by Sade in New York and Louise in Paris and each girl scours their city for the best vintage bargains which they then sell on the site and in their showrooms. They have some amazing bargains such as:

Unworn YSL Tribtoos (on site for €380, retail for €575)
Prada Banana Heels (€150 on site)
Louis Vuitton Trench (€250 on site, retailed at €1750)
Christian Louboutin Sandals (on site for €380, retailed at €885)
Chloe Wool and Cashmere Coat (on site for €250, retailed for €1780)