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Exams in Style?

It is so difficult to be inspired during exam months. Y’know, fashion-wise. Waiting to go into the exam halls, surrounded by 100+ other students awash with a disheartening spirit, looking around is a bleak and miserable thing. I personally would rather be sitting down with June’s copy of Elle* and a nice cuppa, as opposed to sitting down with a headache, 3 pens (preparation is key, I found out during the 1 pen disaster during the SATs of ’09) and a history final. I look to the invigilators, walking around in their caffeine-induced zombie-like daze, hopeful for some fashion sense, only to be disappointed by their poor socks-with-sandals effort.

After completing the history test with time to spare, my mind wonders: imagine if our invigilators were über cool people like Zach Braff and Rosie-Huntington-Whitely (who is from now on to be referred to as RHW, as that name is too long to type. Who says teenagers are lazy?). Zach could sing ‘GUY LOVE’** with me while Rosie struts up and down the walkways in something fabulously ‘vomit-pink’. If only.

(*Have you seen July’s cover girl? The aforementioned RHW! She looks stunning. She has a sort of odd-looking face, more striking than traditionally pretty. I love how Elle have used a sort of juxtaposition in the shoot, between the strong, striking features of her face and hair and the soft, romancey-ness (that’s a word, right?) of the clothes. Her cheekbones would cut you like glass and she pulls of a silk Nina Ricci blouse not quite like you’ve ever seen, so check out the issue now. Preview pictures below…)

(**I am a long-term Scrubs fan, therefore Zach Braff (AKA J.D.) being my ideal invigilator is not surprising. If you have no idea what I mean when I mention the song ‘Guy Love’, you’re missing out. The ‘Guy Love’ refers to the bromance between J.D. and his best friend Turk. Check it out below…)

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Spring Buying Guide

 

1 Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platform Boot, Free People

2 Falling Leaves Necklace, Forever 21

3 Olive Green Chunky Sweater, Rag & Bone @ Net-A-Porter

4 Leather Shorts, Alice Temperley @ Net-A-Porter

5 Pink Tan Satchel – Dorothy Perkins

6 Light Terracotta Blazer – H&M

Now then, a chunky jumper and a thick-ish blazer may not seem like a good idea to most of you, especially as we’re just heading into spring/summer. But, well, I live in England, where we won’t be seeing much of summer and, as for Spring – it’s usually accompanied by lots of rain. So, the aformentioned chunky jumper and thick-ish blazer is indeed neccessary. On the bright side, look – I’M EMBRACING COLOUR! :O

What are your key buys this Spring?

Sincerely,

FASHION GIRL

xoxo

Au Revoir Carine

 

Carine Roitfeld is giving up her crown as editor-in-chief of Parisian Vogue today, after reigning the magazine for ten years. The 56-year-old has become a style icon in her own right, appearing front row, and having the final say on many a designers fashion show. Whereas Anna Wintour’s ‘bobbed hair, print dress and sunglasses’ style remains the same, I like how Roitfeld has a daring, feisty and ever-changing style.

 

Firstly, Roitfeld began modelling at 18, after turning to writing and styling for French Elle. In 1990, she began working with Mario Testino doing shoots for Vogue US and Vogue Paris. Up till 1996, she was both consultant and muse to Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, before becoming editor of French Vogue in 2001.

 

 

Roitfeld announced she’d be resigning from the magazine and will leave in January 2011, proclaiming “I think it’s time to do something different”.

 

Its Just A Matter Of…

…When the next internet attack is going to hit.

As you all know, this is a fashion blog, not a personal one. However, this is a blog on the internet, so I’m going to talk about an internet-related incident today (rather than fashion).

You may or may not have heard about this story – NJ Student’s Suicide Illustrates Internet Dangers – the story of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old from New Jersey, who committed suicide last week, after his classmates secretly filmed him and his partner, and proceeded to stream it live over the internet. This case of cyber-bullying and invasions of privacy were made worse by allegations of homophobia that probably led to Tyler’s death. As the video publicly ‘outed’ Clementi, one student went so far as to say “Had he been in bed with a woman, this would not have happened. He wouldn’t have been outed via an online broadcast, and his privacy would have been respected and he might still have his life.”

And this is just another case that exemplifies the danger that is the internet. It’d be the best invention to date, were it not for all the malicious and unforgiving acts that can be published for the entire world to see, and never taken back again. I recently deleted my social networking account on Facebook (luckily, not because of cyber-bullying but because I needed a break from the account that kept me chained to my computer every day and night), but was thinking of reactivating it, and possibly getting a Twitter, too. Sadly, the cases of cyber bullying that seem to be occurring everywhere these days, have put me off the idea. I’m not one to be fazed by the risks of today’s precarious society, but wouldn’t we all be a little better off without social networking sites anyway? Or chat rooms, or instant messaging for that matter. What’s wrong with writing a letter, making a phone call, or actually speaking face to face? Nothing.

With all the marvels that came with 21st century life (HD, iPad,  even a jab for preventing cervical cancer), we are still not protected from the vulnerabilities that come with putting our life online. And if I am not protected from this, so much so that’s its driving people to their death, then I’d rather be living in the 1800s. There may have been no iPads or 3D movies then, but I would be safe from cyber bullying.

September Issue

I love September. Rainy days, winter clothes and the best magazine issues of the year. Here are a few of my favourite September covers…

22 year-old actress Emma Stone (Superbad, House Bunny, Zombieland) has turned into a cover girl for ASOS’ New York September Fashion Issue. I love love love her photoshoot. Her look is really cute: the red-ish hair, the freckly skin and blue eyes. And the clothes are simple but beautiful, my favourite cover this month.

Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr (most recently in the new film Piranha 3D) covers Nylon’s September TV Issue. I like her photoshoot, but she looks just like she does in Gossip Girl, that sort of sweet, fun, happy girl. I would have liked to see a different side to her, slightly more edgy, just like the clothes. Still, very cute nonetheless.

For all Kate Moss lovers, the editorial does not disappoint. UK Vogue got 36 year-old Moss to model trends for A/W. She’s beautiful styled, and the simplicity of the shot (by Patrick Demarchelier) is stunning. Also, check out the Georgia Armani article about life for the 76-year-old designer.

I love both Elle US and UK covers this September. I love the expressions in the Julia Roberts shoot for ELLE US. It’s so simple (monochrome outfits with happy expressions), and so gorgeous. And the exclusive subscriber cover for Elle UK is another of my most favourite September covers. I love the shot itself, with her hair covering her face and the glimpse of her dark eyes. Her interview is really inspiring too. She’s a quaint young English actress who is Hollywood’s next big thing. Love it.

Look out for the next post where I discuss October covers and an awe-inspiring editorial from Elle UK…

All You Need Is Love (And Other News)

I haven’t been the best fashion blogger lately, in that I’ve completely ignored New York Fashion Week. This is down to a few reasons, 1) I’m waiting on London Fashion Week, 2) I live in England (I know not an excuse, but I’m not exactly there to witness the magic first hand, and 3) Whilst reading up on all that’s happening over there, I didn’t find much of it particularly interesting, all except for Marc Jacobs’ line, to whom I stay forever faithful. Also, Alexa Chung’s first collection for Madewell even caught the attention of Anna Wintour, so I suppose its worth some of mine, LOL. But no, I really do love Alexa Chung’s style (classy feminine meets geeky school-boy), so its great that she’s taken it from the front row to the catwalk. So will you be buying a piece from Chung’s range?

In other news… Well I’ve hesitated to mention this other news, as it does contain some mild adult content. Ehh, what the heck. Love Magazine has caused quite the media frenzy with their recently published 8 covers, displaying quite tactfully (almost) nude supermodels. These legendary models include Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lara Stone, Jeniel Williams and more. The models also bared all inside the pages of the mag! Shortly afterwards, Prada teamed up with Love Magazine to make this video ‘Love Thing’ to show beauty and perfection in a whole other light. The video stars some of my favourite models, Agyness Deyn, Dree Hemingway, Pixie Geldof and Rasa Zukauskaite.

So maybe New York Fashion Week isn’t as dull as I thought. Well anyhow, it seems I will be keeping you informed of the latest fashion news from now on, cos you never know what you might miss…

McQueen: 1969-2010

British designer Alexander Mcqueen, known for his unconventional designs, shock tactics and outstanding contribution to the fashion industry, has died 11th February 2010, a week after his mother’s death. He grew up in a council house in a tower block in Stratford, and today he dies a legend.

Rest in peace Lee Alexander Mcqueen, you will be missed.


images via vogue.com