Michelle Harper: SERIOUS style crush

Today I want to introduce you all to my current style crush: Michelle Harper.

What can I say? I adore Harper’s style which mixes vintage and couture garments, re-interpreting and re-accessorising them to create completely new looks, often with crazy over the top jewellery. There is just something about her that means how ever eccentric her outfits she still appears undeniably beautiful.

Harper was born in Columbia but grew up in New York and Europe. She said her sense of style was heavily influenced by her Grandmother. In terms of where she buys her clothes she stated, “I like Yves Saint Laurent, Dior by John Galliano, Lanvin by Alber Elbaz, Alexander McQueen, and Zac Posen. And I love vintage! For shoes, I shop a lot at YSL, sometimes at Prada, and, of course, at Christian Louboutin”  

Currently serving on the board of directors for FIT’s Couture Council, Tata Harper Beauty and Casita Maria, Michelle is a prominent and renowned fixture on the New York scene.”

I strongly recommend her tumblr which shows amazing images of herself and also tons of inspirational images too: http://michelleviolyharper.tumblr.com/

These images come for Harper’s tumblr.

Although this isn’t Haper this shows one of the jewellery ranges she often wear Yaz Bukey. This parisian brand creates some amazing pieces of plexiglass jewellery, i think i need some in my life!

Harper in a Yaz Bukey headpiece

Yet more stunning images of Harper:

Woweeee This pink creation by Victor de Souza(she wears lots by Souza and is often cited as his muse) almost too sensational for words

I’ll leave you on a lovely little quotation from Harper:  “Because nothing inspiring is flawless or perfect. It’s in the failures, the experiments, and the unique that I find the greatest joy.”

Car booty

One of my favourite past times is undoubtedly visiitng car boot sales. I love that thrill of sifting through dodgy primark cast offs and finding a vintage gem!

Last weekend i visited one of my favourite car boot sales in Bursledon, Hampshire and i came away with some absolute treats!

A few bits and bobs of costume jewellery

A fur coat ( does anyone know what fur this is??? i am stuck)

A fabulous red wool coat by luxury 50s department store Rochas – it cost me £10

A set of 1930s (i am guessing by the low cost for postage) Salter postage scales

AND this amazing tin sign original from a pub in Merseyside cost me £20. For a car boot this is a lot for me to spend, but i think it was well worth it.