29 July 2013

TPJ TAKEOVER // Izzy Stocks

We've passed control once again, this time to a very talented young writer, the lovely Izzy Stocks of www.vintagebeautyxox.blogspot.co.uk

She's taken over our blog to tell us about her style inspiration - Diane Kruger. We equally obsess over Kruger's independent eclectic style so we absolutely agree with Izzy, we NEED Diane's Closet! Here's a little bit about Izzy....

I'm Izzy and I'm thrilled to be guest blogging for The Pretty Junk. I'm 20 years old and am heading into my final year of a Creative Writing degree at Roehampton University in London, though home is Kent, and I'm a real countryside girl at heart. In a nutshell, I adore Parisian designers, romance novels, vintage treasures, funky wallpapers and gigging with my boyfriend! 

What would Diane Wear?

To me, Diane Kruger is a Pretty Junk gal. The German-born, French speaking, Elite model turned Hollywood actress radiates the demeanour of a vintage/alternative loving female. “What can I say? I don’t know about style. I know about my personal style,” Diane replies when asked by Glamour Magazine to talk fashion. Her laidback attitude and personality-telling wardrobe coincide with The Pretty Junk philosophy; that fashion does not exist in a single dress, but is actually reflected through the way we live and what is happening.

  Diane’s outfit choices undoubtedly mirror what is happening for her; she freely admits that fashion pulls at her heartstrings- “I can remember moments in my life- my mood, how I felt- through these clothes”. Whether she’s channelling a Mick Jagger tee and cowboy boots (April’s Coachella style hit), an out-there tuxedo or her trademark baker-boy cap and contrasting full-skirted frock, Diane oozes reassurance that she’s comfortable in her own skin. Her absence of stylist is barely prominent, yet it can only be a great thing, as it’s practically charter that every piece she picks from her closet is a form of self-expression. With front-of-the-queue access to the hottest designer picks, it’s no wonder Diane wants to play dress up on her own terms. However, she is refreshingly down-to-earth, favouring past season and recycled pieces; “I completely geek out when it comes to couture. It shows fashion as it used to be,” Diane revealed in Glamour this year. The revelation of her best ever designer buy- a Hermès Constance bag which she saved and saved for and over which she sweated upon purchase, despite her A-list status!- showcases her eagerness to mix and match modern and old, catwalk-polished and thrifty-hip.

Diane rejects a glamorous label, instead referring to herself as a school outcast come tomboy, with an obsession with Bounty bars instead of calorie-counting. She balances sexy with demure, experimenting with her inner bohemian and punk goddesses (think that hot pink dip-dyed updo at May’s Met Ball!) From sixties vixen to neon green tie-dye, Diane’s style file is packed with inspirational looks. Her wardrobe means business, yet it is bursting with energy and character that makes me think she would inevitably be a Pretty Junk junkie.

So, what would Diane don from the collection? I can see the Alexa cut-offs and Burn Out Rose Kimono in her virtual festival shopping basket, and the Vintage Motorcycle T-shirt would be a fitting addition to her stash of edgy tees. She’d snap up the Lust dress for nights on the Boulevard and the Silver Dipped Citrine Necklace and a stack of PJ metal bracelets would be her go-with-everything accessories.

  Naming her favourite hang-out not as The Ritz, but as the hipster 101 coffee shop on LA’s Franklin Avenue, and claiming that when she’s in the cite de l’amour she dreams in Parisian, this gal’s the kind of quirky vintage-seeker I’d love to hang with.

Izzy Stocks

(If you're a fan of Izzy remember to visit her blog www.vintagebeautyxox.blogspot.co.uk!)