… I mean, not in a creepy way. I’m not a closeted lesbian sex pest web stalker or anything, but man… Shirley Kurata (she says, dewy eyed).
Don’t get me wrong. I have some seriously stylish friends. I’m lucky that way. There’s always someone fabulous around to inspire me/make me look like a stumpy legged troll. Some chums have fabulous shoes I wish I could walk in. Some have slinky skinny jeans I wish I could cram my tree-trunk thighs in. Some have super-cool, super-fuzzy knitwear I wish wouldn’t bring me out in hives. Some have pretty sleeveless dresses I will to be kinder to my bingo wings, etc., etc.. When I’m not eyeing up my pals’ clobber, I spend a ludicrous amount of time pinning stuff on Pinterest and cooing over cute ensembles in my favourite magazines. Expensive outfits, crazy cool handbags, nail varnish (I know! Flippin’ nail varnish! Who coos over nail varnish?), hairdos, candy coloured hosiery – all of these things excite me more than they should. But never – NEVER have I been so utterly bowled over by one gal’s knack of pulling together brilliantly fun, stop-n-stare-in-awe clothing combos until I happened upon Shirley Kurata. I can’t remember precisely how I stumbled upon Shirley online… She may even have popped up in my eyeballs during a Pinterest sesh? Regardless, since first getting giddy over the contents of Shirley’s wardrobe, I have committed to making some changes to the way I shop, to the way I look and to the way I rationalise my own fashion choices. Clashy colours are good. Rainbow hosiery is the key to a happy life (I knew it). Every girl oughta wear sequins to work once in a while. Blondes almost certainly do not have more fun – but I’m betting girls with enormous spectacles (blonde, brunette, whatever) have a rerr terr no matter what. 30-something girls can wear knee high socks if the bloody well like.
Shirley Kurata is a wardrobe stylist. She lives in LA. You can see her work here.
Autumn de Wilde is a photographer/director from. You can see her work here.
The Daily Shirley a photo diary of Shirely Kurata’s outifts as photographed by Autumn de Wilde.