While over in Spain I acquired myself a fabulous, Mr T-worthy, zebra-print necklace. It is gold plated, chain-linked, slightly iridescent and damn fine. I purchased it in Uterque; a boutique-concept chain of shops set up by Zara and Massimo Dutti. The idea is to provide quirky, affordable pieces mixed with high-end, classic accessories. The result is a bazaar of truly original delights, with some mumsy, wedding-appropriate fare in between. The real coup is that the store has only rolled out through Spain, Portugal, Greece and the United Arab Emirates, which means I’m in the first flushes of a blossoming romance with This-Little-Shop-I-Know. You know the one – tall, dark and handsome and only available when you go on holidays and doesn’t deliver to Ireland. Loyal only to you and offers up a smorgasbord of earthly goods every time you meet. Back in the day there was quite a variety of these exotic lotharios – H+M, Mango, Zara, American Apparel…the delights of the foreign shores. Now they’ve tarted themselves all over the globe and have become so cheap and available. I’m glad I found Uterque, but I sense our time together will be fleeting.
So to the item in question. I debuted in on Saturday night and such is the power of the necklace, I actually constructed an entire outfit around the studly piece. Short black culottes, grey t-shirt, my pink and grey porn-star shoes (on account of the height and the hint of PVC) and my nafftastic white Louis Vuitton knock off clutch/wallet. The outfit had to be relatively unassuming to give precedence to the necklace. You can’t upstage the bride you know. Thing is, I heart the necklace so much, I’m now seeing the world in a zebra-tinged hue. I’m fantasizing about where I can go next in the world of zebra. Angela Scanlon had a fabulous pair of zebra-print shoes in a shoot for Tatler recently enough, paired with eye-popping pink ankle socks and the result was inspired. I’m thinking a flash here and a flash there might suit me down to the ground – like a zebra print clutch or ring or even some nails. But I’m also tempted to go native and search out a full-on jumpsuit or patterned harem pants. Lookbook has provided a nice palette of inspiration below and those Givenchy boots in the Guardian shoot would really quench my zebra thirst.