20 July 2014

The Birkin and The Boy

When it comes to bags (or baggage), particular ones of the emotional variety, I've always been more of an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch kinda guy than a Birkin one; but when the opportunity came to work on styling some of Hermès' most iconic bags courtesy of luxury retailer Whisper Sales, along with my partner-in-crime Claire from Chouquette we couldn't wait to take on the challenge. It's not everyday you get to juggle around Hermès accessories like they're candy (more like arm-candy). Though with so much history, cultural connotations, and heritage surrounding such iconic bags, it was challenging for me to find a way to violently grunge them down. To me, 'Birks' were always the abbreviation for Birkenstocks, not Birkins. So whilst we ponder on that point, perhaps working with a Kelly would act as a warm up exercise. Let's see how I tackled the first outfit, which in hindsight, really pays homage to my love for dressing myself as a tomboy. It all began with a kitsch Dries embroidered shirt I found at an OC sample sale back in New York. Then for bottoms I've paired that with some knee-slit mom jeans that may or may not give you a desirable saggy ass the likes of Fran Lebowitz (here on The Provoker, that's a compliment). Alright, I had to go for vintage denim, the only fabric besides linen that could successfully grunge down something as luxurious as a Kelly bag. Afterwards, I threw on a suede biker to really pull down any residual fat around my body like an Alaïa dress. And since I yearn for 'ugly' footwear, I felt these did the trick. Mine are MSGM, and they feature tribal fringe straps with dangling bejeweled crap that reminds me of vintage chandeliers, very Margiela-couture earrings, no? Then to add a teaspoon of ma'self, I clipped on Johann, my furry key-chain I acquired a season ago when Fendi fur charms were still relevant; plus my obsession these days with wrapping anything in a foulard comes into play here on the handle, in hopes to add a final touch in personalizing this ensemble, or maybe also to keep my sweaty palms dry. No more awkward sweaty handshakes for this fella'!


biker ACNE STUDIOS (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
shirt DRIES VAN NOTEN (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
 jeans LEVI'S (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
 bag HERMÈS (SOURCE)
fur charm FENDI (HERE) or (SIMILAR)
 cuff HERMÈS (HERE) or (SOURCE)
 sandals MSGM (HERE) or (SIMILAR)

Moving onto the second portion of the styling challenge, a vastly different 'lewk' from the first one might I add, it's time to bring out the other bag, well actually, "it's not a bag, it's a Birkin." - That infamous phrase uttered towards Samantha during her PR attempts at securing herself a Birkin, coincidentally also in red; come on, you must remember that episode, aren't we all Sex and the City sexperts by now? To be honest, I regret not wearing a white boob-tube or bustier under this sheer shirt exposing stomach/midriff regions for more provocation, but let's not over-offend the lovely posh folks down here at South Ken; besides I don't have the chest to support boob-tubes, nor would I really want one #FlatPride. Opting for alien cat-eye shades leaves me somewhat incognito, whilst wooden sandal-wedges were necessary to plop me up so the ends of my un-hemmed trousers don't sweep the floor. Now let's talk about the arm candy here, though in my case, it's armpit candy - a glossy red lizard skinned Birkin. Again, if I were any less of a tomboy, I'd rock a red lip (or red nails) with the red bag, but seeing that I'm already steering way too close to tranny-ville, I'd leave that option to the gals. Hmm, come to think of it maybe I'm already swimming in tranny-territory, let's hope not; but try focusing less on my gender and more on my armpit swag, so... do you wanna sniff it? The bag, not the pit. Or both? #NoJudgement



sunglasses KAREN WALKER (HERE) or (SIMILAR)
 shirt VINTAGE (SIMILAR)
tank T BY ALEXANDER WANG (HERE) or (HERE)
trousers CÉLINE (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
bag HERMÈS (SOURCE)
bracelet HERMÈS (SOURCE) or (SIMILAR)
shoes MARNI (SOURCE) or (SIMILAR)

Special thanks to Whisper Sales for the collaboration opportunity and the bags.

53 comments:

  1. This bag is totally amazing!!


    Xx
    www.Lauralexo.com

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  2. Amazing bag and I love your combinations here. You are real fashionist!

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  3. Amazing! I love your pics, not conventional! Lovely blog, I follow you babe!

    Titti

    http://dellaclasseedialtremusiche.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank god, the day I look remotely conventional must mean something terrible has happened to me, or I just got too lazy to give a damn.

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  4. both great looks!! love me some birkins!!


    http://hashtagliz.com

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    1. Let's eat Birkins for Breakfast, screw Tiffany's.

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  5. great post!!!

    theautumnstreet.blogspot.com

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  6. What a perfect bag and look Nathan! I love the pink and blue combo!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  7. Found your blog randomly and I’d like to say it’s fabulous! You have amazing photos & style! Everything is perfect!

    would you like to follow each other?
    will be happy to see you in my blog!

    www.dianacloudlet.com

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  8. I absolutely adore the white outfit and the birkins!

    besos,
    M
    http://theflowerduet.blogspot.com

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  9. You are absolutely rockin' that Birken…!

    xox
    Michele
    http://www.roguetutu.com

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  10. The second look is so much more amazing than you described. Love the Red Birken,such an arm-candy.

    http://thinkworkandgo.blogspot.com/

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    1. In my case, it's arm-pit candy, merci!

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  11. That bag is absolutely stunning- but those shoes!! So ultimately cool. Looking fab, as always :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  12. These pics are so fun!!

    debsbug.blogspot.com

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  13. ahhh that fendy fur so cutiee :')
    love the whole outfit

    http://hexfashion.blogspot.com/2014/07/helloo-everybodyyyyyy.html

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    1. His name is Johann, he's of Swedish descent.

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  14. very nice blog! pictures are amazing!

    http://www.agabierko.blogspot.com/

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  15. love the applique on the dries van noten shirt! looks like you had tons of fun styling that purse :) these photos turned out great. they look like a magazine editorial :)

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, really obsessed actually with the applique/embroidery, I can just stroke it all day loooooong.

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  16. Love the bag!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  17. Thanks for telling me to visit your blog as this post did not disappoint! You look amazing! I love how you have styled everything :D

    www.violetdaffodils.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  18. That bag, wow, looks so great!
    Also you have a new follower now! :)

    www.dodolce.com

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  19. you are definitely amazing! loving your style effortlessly


    www.anisacrament.com

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    1. It took so much effort to look effortless, oh the irony!

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  20. i love how you styled both bags. just goes to show how versatile they really are!

    reckless abandon

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  21. omg. how amazing are these outfits?!!!! totally impressed, inspired and just wow

    www.thefashionfraction.com

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