Monthly Archives: January 2010

Curves Have Their Moment

Yes it’s true. After fashion has been dominated by a fairly slim host of models, its been reported that plus size models have finally broke through the industry. This was triggered when famous plus-size model Crystal Renn was chosen to end New York Fashion Week’s Catwalk. In American fashion magazine ‘V Magazine’, the rare plus-size models in Gucci, G-Star, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. The shoot is on billboards all over Manhattan, and now, in magazines in the UK. All the models look fabulous, and none the worse for their “fat”.

She Hates Fashion

Tanya Gold has no fun shopping anymore…

Its a Sunday morning and there’s nothing to do but catch up on the news and get ready for the upcoming week. Reading the Guardian this morning, I come across an article in the Life & Style section, ‘Why I Hate Fashion, by Tanya Gold’. She goes into elaborate detail into why she hates fashion, but its clear its because of 3 reasons..

1) She hates Carrie Bradshaw’s ornate love of shoes.

2) A young girl died wearing heels, and Gold definitely blames the heels.

3) One model she interviewed was very depressed and didn’t like her pictures.

She has some interesting points about fashion when she was a child, and the faces she sees whilst she shops: “White and windowless” and “I don’t think I ever saw anyone laugh in Harvey Nichols”. However, she is reluctant to see anymore to fashion, than its fads, its ‘latest wears’, its 6-inch heels. Yes, fashion can be restrictive, I admit. But its also full of creation, expression, personality and fun.

What Gold lacks is the ability to see any other side of fashion, but the oppressive, depressive portrayal. Surely, she couldn’t have concocted this obscure opinion of fashion on her own? No. I’m sure the media helped her there.

‘Anorexic children’ she calls it, as Tanya flicks through the glossy pages of Vogue, oh-so-tempted to rip it up. What she misses is the informative articles, the intriguing ads, and the simple self-expression and beauty that comes from its photoshoots.

She also fails to see the difference between ‘fashion’ and ‘style’. Fashion catwalks don’t dictate, they influence. That’s what fashion is: an influence. Then your own personal style comes from what you take from the catwalks. Gold is sure designer labels don’t make you beautiful. Maybe so. But isn’t it somewhat hypocritical of her to say that, as she’s all about beauty on the inside? Designer labels may not make you look beautiful on the outside (though often, the right ones do!), but they always certainly make you feel beautiful on the inside. And that’s all that counts.

Come shopping with me Tan, I’ll show you the light.

Fashionable Television

Am I the only one hooked on all the comedy/dramas on TV these days?         Glee. Material Girl. Mad Men. Skins. The Inbetweeners.  Doctor Who. I could go on. Now, I don’t often have fashion in mind when I watch these programmes, but recently, as pointed out in the Guardian, they’ve all grown up a bit.

Glee came to our screens at the start of 2010, perhaps not-so-grown-up, in the tale of a struggling teacher who tries to uplift the school’ unpopular performance club, ‘Glee’. Its light-hearted comedy and pleasant enough storylines has most teenage girls hooked. But upon further viewing, the outifits are actually resemblant of S/S catwalks this year.

Whether its Rachel’s (sixth from left) preppy nudes and ballet pumps, or Tina’s (first from left) punky blacks and purpley accents, to Kurt’s (second from right, back row) latest Marc Jacobs’ handbags. It seems there’s an outcast’s outfit for everyone.

Mad Men, as always portrays a more 60s conservative style, with eccentric colours, sleek body-cons and cigarettes in hand.

Another series of Skins, the same sex drugs and rock’n’roll antics. However, the show’s main character Effy brings a touch of rock chick glamour to the show, and of course, staying true to her dark, smoky eye makeup. Another of its characters, Naomi, portrays the shows soft, indie side with her young outifts, vibrant colours and fabulous hair. Over on the BBC, the new Doctor comes to our screens this spring, sporting a new personality, a new hairstyle and a new suit! I can’t wait to see if the young Matt Smith will pull off a better Doctor than David Tennant. Highly unlikely *cries*…

New to BBC1 this year, Being Human’s Lenora Crichlow stars in fashion comedy/drama Material Girl. Crichlow plays very sweet and very talented designer Ali Redcliffe, struggling in the apparently cut-throat, backstabbing world of fashion. I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing the fabulous outfits every week.

Finally, The Inbetweeners boys will be back for a thrid series later this Spring. I am currently watching the previous series to remind myself of the much loved mishaps including, Neil punching a fish, Jay jumping on his ‘friends’ car, Will the briefcase so-and-so, and Simon’s I LOVE CARLY D’AMATO artwork on her front path. Glad they’re coming back to be honest, can’t wait to see what shananigans they’ll be up to in 2010 (yes I said shananigans)…

Its A Bangle Thing

I’ll ‘fess up. I have a love for cheap bangles. The no-named store next to Primark, (that has had a ‘Closing Down sign on its front for about a year now), offer the best. I shop there for its vintage bangles because 1) they’re always really retro, 2) they’re usually one-of-a-kind and of course 3) they’re about £1 each. However, the red blotchyness that occurs on my arm when I wear them for longer than an hour, is somewhat odd. For those who prefer bracelets without the possible health risk, have a look at these..

Its A Bangle Thing
Items in this set (from bottom to top):
H&M, Black

New Buys

High Street Heel of the Week

This week, Matalan wins the heart of shoe fanatics everywhere, when all there shoes were halved in price. My pick this week, the stunning black shoe boots, £20.

Sequins, studs, up to the ankle, 4 inch heels: what more could you ask for?

To give it the ‘PINK EDGE’, I paired them with a sophisticated ruffle dress in mature pink, Matalan, £10.

January Edits

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Storms, Oceans & Louboutins.

Nudes.

Never Go Back.

The Elle Effect

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There are few things in life that make you feel simply, naturally happy: pancakes on sunday mornings, finishing the last chapters of an interesting book, the sudden realization on a friday afternoon that you have the weekend ahead of you etc etc..

None however, quite like the feeling of the sharp smack, as February’s issue of Elle hits the coffee table. A sudden squeal of excitement, and I’m away.

Elle February

Elle February 2010

Flicking through its pages in the early hours of the morning, I go on and on and on. Passing the glossy ads of Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, I come to an interesting piece about abortions, and how women shouldn’t be ashamed of them: Is This The Last Female Taboo?

Next, the edits. And just as I predicted, the colour for Spring/Summer 2010 is beige. Well, I say beige, I mean nude, oatmeal, flesh, taupe, biscuit, desert sand..whatever you call it. This neutral colour looks gorgeous on the catwalks and in the high street. Just don’t call it brown..

Then I come to the Natalie Portman interview, I hesitate to turn the page as April Long attempts to reveal ‘the real Natalie Portman’. I soldier on, and discover its a fabulous interview. I’m even tempted to see her new film BROTHERS, out 22 January. David Slijper shoots Portman, she wears a range of silk chiffon, golds, silver and coppers, romantic ruffles and girly Chanel.

I read it till the early hours of the morning, then I fall asleep so very happy.

Now that’s the Elle effect.