Style Inspiration Series: Camille Over The Rainbow

Camille of Camille Over The Rainbow is my major girl crush right now.  Half French, half British and living in London since last year, Camille has that quintessentially French way of managing to keep things simple whilst looking every inch put together in an effortlessly chic way.  She compliments this very French way of styling herself with a British sense of fashion adventure and experimentation – this, she tells me, is why she loves Britain so much; “You can literally wear every runway trend (and more) and no one will bat an eyelid…. my style is more British in that I am always keen to try out edgy/crazy trends and have fun with the way I look.”

I asked Camille a few questions for this Style Inspiration feature….

What are you most coveting now, style-wise….? 
I have recently fallen in love with Proenza Schouler and would love to add one of their bags to my wardrobe. It’s between that or the white leather Pashli by Phillip Lim. I also really want a pair of hightops. I’m probably going to treat myself to a pair of the Isabel Marant’s but I will go for the lace ups not the Velcro which are slightly overexposed now. Other than that, I will be looking for lots of florals, pastel hues, and sportswear.
Whose wardrobe would you most like to raid….?
Without a doubt Leandra from the The Man Repeller. The girl has got staïle! and has mastered the art of layering like nobody’s business. Her wardrobe seems full of edgy trendy garments that I would love to get my hands on. Her jewellery draw and shoe closet seem pretty dreamy as well. Yep, just get me on a plane and I’m ready to raid.

How do you get dressed?
I guess after I have taken a peek at the weather I choose one item that I want to wear and work my way from there. I have to admit I rarely plan ahead, simply because I am just not organised enough. Thus my getting ready in the morning can vary between taking literally 10 mins and taking a lot longer when I’m having a bad day and I feel nothing fits and have nothing to wear (come on, we all have days like that). Because I often do my outfit shots during my lunch break, I make a point of a wearing a different look everyday to keep things interesting on the blog. My rule is to never wear the same outfit twice. I’ve become a pro at mixing things up, since I can’t afford that much new stuff.
Why do you blog?
I created Camille Over the Rainbow two years ago when I was on a year abroad in the UK and had very few hours in my academic schedule. Funnily enough I wasn’t an avid blog reader then and only knew a couple of fashion blogs when I started my own on a whim. It started off in French only as a kind of fashion journal of my experience living in the UK, but as my love for fashion increased and my commitment to the blog grew, I decided to write in both languages so that most of my readers could understand. It does take double the amount of time translating it all but I think its worth it! I think having your own blog is an excellent way to stay on top of what is happening in this fast paced industry, but also great practice for my future career. You see, I aspire to become a fashion journalist and trend reporting on a daily basis is the best way to improve and learn I think.

Tell me a secret…..
Where I come from fashion is still seen as incredibly frivolous and narcissistic and I have found it very hard to make my friends and family come to terms with the fact that I wanted to switch from law to fashion. For a long time I kept my blog under the radar and I still haven’t advertised its existence in my personal sphere. However one day you wake up and you realise you are living your life, and there is no point trying to fulfil other peoples dreams. Follow your own. I know I plan to.
Is there any ‘trend’ or fashion item that you cannot stand? What would you ‘never-be-seen-dead’ wearing?
Mmh that’s a tricky one, because there are so much haha!  I really dislike anything that is made out of (visibly) cheap fabric. Also hate the baroque print trend which makes everyone look vulgar I think. And leggings. Unless you are exercising or hanging around the house, they just should not be worn as trousers. The other thing that really gets me going are counterfeit bags. If you can’t afford it just look for something else. There is plenty out there. Or buy a loosely inspired version. Not one that has been made in a Chinese sweatshop, probably by children.

All photos: Camille.  You can read Camille’s blog by clicking here and follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@camtyox).  If you want any more links then your girl crush is as big as mine.  Told you so.  Merci beaucoup Camille! x

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: London Fashion Weekend

Neatly positioned at the rear of London Fashion Week is London Fashion Weekend.  With just a little time to recover from the new and forthcoming collections, London Fashion Weekend is an opportunity to get your fix of well established and emerging British designers by shopping the labels under one roof.  Throw in a little catwalk show of the major trends for spring and it’s the perfect fashion fix!

During my trip home to the UK I met the lovely Anna (pic below) from South Molton Street Style at the event.  Anna’s blog is a great round up of British designers both high street and other and it’s often the place I visit when I’m feeling a bit out of the loop with British fashion.  Anna and I talked about it being a great time to “be British” and I’ve been pondering this ever since.  What do you think? We felt that somewhere in between the Royal wedding and Stella McCartney‘s special London Fashion Week presentation things got kinda cool again for us Brits.

I love the emerging talent that abounds in London fashion design – London Fashion Weekend showcases some of my favourite innovators: Liz Black, Jaegar and By Malene Birger really stand out for me.

I’d recommend heading to London Fashion Weekend if you should find yourself in London for fashion week.

And what is a fashion blogger to do after a spot of shopping? Head to The Savoy down the road from Somerset House (the home of London Fashion Week and Weekend) for tea and biscuits.  Which, Blog Reader, is exactly what we did.

Wearing: blue legging jeans from GAP; Heels from Nine West; Clutch from the Etsy shop of Taylor in Curly In The City; Klara asymmetric button down from Anthropologie; jacket from River Island.  Sunglasses, TopShop.