Friday, 16 May 2014


Twice a week I do some volunteer work teaching English as a foreign language. One of the places where I teach is a community centre which has its own Brazilian steak house on the ground floor. The restaurant has a bunch of books about Brazil, include a big coffee table style number full of pictures from all over Brazil. There are lots of the images that you would expect; rawkus football fans in yellow, blue and green, tropical Amazonian rainforest and the golden beaches of Rio. However, the pictures that really caught my eye were the ones of the country’s capital city Brasilia. 
Brasilia was largely designed and built in the 50s, and has that mid-twentieth century vision of ‘the futuristic’ vibe about it. It reminds me a little of vintage sci-fi films from the 50s and 60s where the future involved lots and lots of shiny materials and curved lines (see also: 50s kitchens).

Photos from Joao Vincente

I like that way that the white buildings with their convex and concave shapes sit kind of like aliens in the luscious green landscape of the Brazilian sierra. I started thinking about how I could translate this into an outfit. I wanted to mix ‘natural’; flora and fauna prints, greens and relaxed fits, with something probably white, a bit architectural and structured, and with clean lines that are hard to find in nature.

Topshop cropped button down shirt / Topshop lizard cuff / Topshop pony hair bag / Zara print trousers / Topshop suede brogues

Vintage floral button down shirt / Topshop wool vest / Vintage glass pendant necklace / H&M patent leather bag / Topshop tuxedo trousers / Zara brogues

Lulu & Co print tshirt (available here) / hoop earrings / Asos White leather bag / Topshop bracelet / Warehouse patent faux leather skirt (available here) / Asos White perspex heel shoes

Topshop cropped button down shirt / Topshop slip dress with splits / Vintage Moschino backpack / Topshop buckle sandals / Asos beetle cuff 

 Topshop print button down shirt (available here) / hoop earrings / Asos sheer panel shift dress (available in navy here) / Vintage leather bag / Alaia buckle sandals with metal insert

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