Monthly Archives: March 2010

Summer Lovin’

Lately it seems a lot of my posts are about the weather, but dear reader, I must ask, is it too soon to start talking about summer?

Well, I’m going to anyway. If I talk about summer lots, then summer will come. There are a few key trends I will very much look forward to this coming summer.

Firstly, I am not a sporty person, and I often find excuses for PE at school (my kit is dirty, ouch my ankle! etc). However, a common theme for summer 2010 is simply tomboy-ish, sporty chic. Yep, cue the headbands, fame-style shorts and yoga crop tops and dancing leotards…

Another trend I will be high-street shop hopping for, is animalistic, vibrant patterned, tribal. Anything stripy, bright, feminine and embellished sounds good to me…

A big hit at Chloe and Celine, and once again a personal favourite of mine, is this modern, simple trend. The catwalks showed ‘normal’ clothes that ‘normal’ women wear, rather than the outrageous designs that usually  only stick-people can wear. Donna Karan introduced this first with her ‘7 Easy Pieces’ collection, and its back with a bang in summer 2010. And as Chloe’s ready-to-wear by Hannah MacGibbon collection did the simplistic, tailored, easy look best, here is a video of their summer ’10 collection… (you may want to fast forward to 1:00 minutes in, as the first part is an introduction of sorts!)

And finally, perhaps my most favourite trend: denim. Now, I wear a LOT of denim. Jeans, dungarees, denim shorts, you name it, I LOVE it. But denim hasn’t been fashionable since the late 70’s. However, denim is back with embellishments, fringe, denim in shoes, hats and much more…

So its clear that summer ’10 is all about diversity. One day try wild, bright tribal patterns, the next, try a simple tailored tan dress. Simply be creative, and wear what you feel good in, and summer ’10 will be a good’un.

(pictures via fashionising.com)

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Oscar Brutality

This post has been saved as a draft for quite some time now, finally clicked the little publish button and got it out there. So, I don’t mean to get all bitchy blogger on you guys, but am I the only one who was thoroughly disappointed by the Oscar dresses this year?

From J-Lo’s Prive mistake, to Vera Farmiga’s Marchesa dress that made her look like an ice cream, the 82nd 2010 Oscars were awful.

I am sorry, but Lopez should have stuck to her assets, instead of attempting classy in Armani Prive.

Charlize Theron could have rocked this Dior dress, had it not been for the stupid boob-flowers and fallen down cape!

Is it just me or does she look pregnant? :/

I think someone should tell Zoe Saldana the Colourful Furry Monster is clinging to the bottom of her dress…

At least, there were a few beacons of light at this years Oscars, SJP look effortlessly stunning in Chanel Couture. I love the colour and embellishment detail towards the back.

Rising star and muse of mine, Carey Mulligan sported this unique Prada dress. If you look closely you’ll see those are forks. Yes, forks.

The Precious star Gabourey Sidibe looked gorgeous in electric blue Marchesa, I love the interesting cut and sensible train!

Mansuits

To coincide with my increasing love for Manshoes,  I also love Mansuits, inspired by the distinct style of Pete Doherty.

Here is the behind the scenes video from his Elle UK shoot, in which he states, “Once upon a time, every working man owned a suit and a hat, y’know? They’re the kind of days I long for.” Well now, most working women own good suits. Gotta love progress.

Click here for the video in full.

Telephone

Even if you can’t stand the pokerfaced Lady Gaga or the single lady Beyonce, you must watch this video. With its racy outfits, multiple homicides, strong language, and ‘prison for bitches’, the video of Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce has controversial and amazing, written all over it.

Manshoes

I have an increasing fondness for more masculine style shoes. So much so that I have even squashed the two together for the title of this post to create, ManShoes. Oh yeah. Yes, brogues, army boots, lace up heels, I’m loving it all. In my search for the best man shoes, as of yet there has been no distinguishable line between designer and high street. I found some gorgeous military boots from River Island…

Of course, no one does a manly shoe quite like Alexander McQueen, this mix of khaki canvas and tan leather make these military green fold-over boots my favourite shoes this season.

I actually love brogues lately. They seem to give any outfit a touch of masculine quaintness (I don’t know whether this makes sense to you, but its the best description of my feelings when I wear them). I love tan brogues the best, but I love these Chanel patent studded ones, I’d wear with a LBD or white, girly Spring dress.

I blame the fashion tumblr legend dirtylittlestylewhore for a sudden craving of Doc Martens. The witty pictureblogger owns a growing collection of Martens in various bright colours. I want them all.

And finally, Christopher Kane brings diversity to the ManShoe with his A/W patent leather lace ups…

Golden

Note, this is absolutely irrelevant to anything concerning today’s fashion news, as most posts on this blog are. No, no. Instead, this is a random rambling about a woman indescribably brilliant. My favourite designer, out of many: Vivienne Westwood. A quick simple factfile, for those who live under rocks…

(via MagazineWeek )

Name:  Dame Vivienne Westwood

Born:  8 April 1941 (Aged 68)

Hometown:  Derbyshire (Then moved around all over London)

History:  Opened shop ‘Let It Rock’ with partner Malcolm McLaren in 1970, which is later redecorated and name ‘Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die’. The shop sells leather clothing adorned with zips and chains, tee shirts emblazoned with slogans and pornographic images as well as zoot suits. In 1976, the Sex Pistols debuted, wearing clothes from this shop, now named Seditonaries. 1981 saw VW’s first runway collection, ‘Pirates’. Her shop remains strong, her collection includes asymmetric tee-shirts, petti-drawers, pirate shirts and breeches in rich brocades and ikat fabric. The 430 King’s Road shop is now named ‘World’s End’, as it remains to this day.

There are few people who can really pull off punk and grunge and rock as well as Vivienne Westwood. Marvelled for her ‘out there’ designs, she really pushes the limits to what “older” women can do. Pushing 70, Westwood is widely considered one of the best designers of all time. She basically invented punk rock, enabled difference in the 70’s, made pirates wearable, made herself a Blighty legend with ‘Anglomania’, and basically changed fashion through some 40 years. Her Gold Label is one of the most coveted collections yet. Westwood is out to change the world, and not just through fashion. She’s also a strong protestor, brave feminist, and backs the Active Resistance Manifesto.

I love her because she completely redefines what it means to be a woman. More to the point, an old woman. You look at her designs and think ‘Wow! A person actually made this!”. Its been said before that her designs are more freaky than fabulous. But what people fail to acknowledge, is she is doing what she loves, and she’s doing it well. Westwood doesn’t seem to care about the opinions of others, but knows for a fact what the public wants. Westwood, in herself, is a contradiction. Before I saw the legend that was Westwood, I was expecting some 6ft tall Glamazon woman, waxed to perfection, sporting luscious shiny hair that always stayed in place, with big oversized sunglasses on top of a porcelain, plastic face. What I later saw, was a short old woman with thinning, wild, ginger hair and a wacky, can’t-look-at-without-grinning-too grin.

I bet she could persuade anyone to do anything, just because of her words. She strings together a sentence that makes you just want to sit up and listen, famous for her feisty speeches and quotes. So, Westwood, here’s to you,  not just Blighty, but worldwide legend!

Gold Label S/S ’09

Red Label A/W ’09

Anglomania A/W ’09

Young Fashion Bloggers

A boring Sunday about a month ago, and I was reading a few of my favourite fashion blogs, namely BlackCoffeeCrumbs, Discotheque Confusion and Childhood Flames. It was then that I came across a sweet, modest blog called Little Voguette. After reading the first few posts, I became intrigued as to the author, 14-year-old Mariam Aliyu. Oddly, I was surprised that such writing could be achieved by someone as young as Aliyu. However, Tavi Gevinson is of the same age, and has been referred to as the ‘frontline of fashion’ being a regular guest at fashion shows and a muse for many designers (Rodarte’s Target), all down to her majorly successful blog, Style Rookie. I looked over the author’s of my other favourite blogs and saw that they too were all below the age of 20. Yet, their writing was so good. This made me want to explore the dramatic rise in the number of young fashion bloggers today.

To figure out this sudden rise in young people writing about fashion, I asked for help from some young bloggers who write inspirational, passionate fashion and style blogs – Eternal Masquerade, Slang, Cosmic Flair and Little Voguette.

Stephanie Green started her blog, Eternal Masquerade, just two months ago at 17 years old. “I’ve always wanted to blog but I’ve never really pushed myself to start,” She explains “I feel like the recent influx of young bloggers influencing others to pursue blogging is only natural. With Tavi, one of the youngest bloggers out there, showing her strong writing talents and making unbelievable contacts in the fashion industry; one would assume that girls interested in fashion would aspire to have the same connections.”

17-year-old Jasmin Alexia’s blog Cosmic Flair launched in 2008 is very popular amongst young readers, as well as older ones. I asked her what she thought of the young blogger’s boost: “Blogging isn’t just a hobby, it’s a movement. It’s a way of voicing your opinion and expressing your talent or love for something. We are so lucky to be able to be a part of this movement because our generation started the fashion blogging! We basically made history through voicing our opinions.”

So there may be a substantial increase in younger bloggers, but are they better than older ones? I asked Ren Miller of Slang what teens bring to blogging that adults don’t: “Teenagers bring a fresher perspective on fashion as opposed to older bloggers. They tend to know “what’s up” more than older bloggers and post a lot more about personal style.”

My motivation to blog came simply from the desire to talk too much, and having no one who wanted to listen. I wondered what made other people want to blog. Mariam of Little Voguette told me: “I was inspired by Tavi Gevinson. I was reading an article about a thirteen year old girl, who has an eye for fashion and has been invited to runway shows, and she had made all that from a successful blog. I checked it out and thought, I could do this too.”

For others, like Jasmin Alexia, blogging is more a way of expressing her own personality, “I really wanted a place where I could write my thoughts without judgement. Before my blog, I would write notes on Facebook about designers and their achievements, but then realized nobody on Facebook is going to care, so maybe I should expand my taste in fashion to a blog of my own.”

Eventually I began to question the point in blogging. I mean, a few posts concerning your opinions are hardly going to change the world. Was there a personal motive? Did any of the bloggers want a future in fashion? “I believe I do yes,” Green explains “I’d love to work within the editorial world and take my writing one step further. Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet for me to express my feelings about fashion even though I lack the skills to design and sew.” Alexia on the other hand is looking to advance in the creative side of fashion, “I am interested in going into apparel design. I’ve been looking at colleges and am very excited to start studying fashion full-time!”

So it’s clear that the rise in young people blogging is initially due to a want to express opinions and thoughts. But is there something to be gained from blogging? Take Tavi for example, she gets invited to fashion shows on a regular basis, has graced the cover of Pop Magazine, done features in Vogue, the New York Times, Teen Vogue etc. Are teenager’s blogging in the hope of achieving this?

“I could say that the sole reason for teenage fashion bloggers are just for them to share their point of view on clothing and such, but I do believe that the underlying reason is fame,” Slang’s author Ren Miller agrees, “They believe that if they start a blog, commit themselves to it and gain as many followers as possible, then maybe they too will be recognized amongst the hundreds of other teen fashion bloggers.” So is it wrong to want to blog for this reason? “No, there’s nothing wrong with this, for I too am part of that growing ratio of teen fashion bloggers wanting a shot at fame. After all, aren’t we all just hoping that one day front row tickets to the Alexander Wang show are practically given to us and maybe, just maybe, we’ll be featured in a well-known fashion magazine?”

Fashion Girl,

(Many thanks to Stephanie Green (Eternal Masquerade), Jasmin Alexia (Cosmic Flair), Ren Miller (Slang) Mariam Aliyu (Little Voguette)!)