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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”.

 

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The Smiths, The Olsens & Leather

Sorry about the lack of posting lately, I’ve been occupied with work mostly, but I promise, there are lots of posts scheduled for this upcoming month.

A short post today, a sort of mood board post – a compilation of inspiring pictures and people – that encapsulates my chosen style for A/W 2010.

As you can see, it’s mainly a collection of black, leather, lace, tough boots, knee highs, red lipstick, band tees, wooly jumpers, graphic shirts, ankle boots, tough accessories, chunky rings, studded belts, and denim – think Joan Jett from The Runaways.


Style Icons

It’s hard to develop a sense of personal style at a young age. When asked to describe her personal style, 17-year-old skins actress Kaya Scodelario said “It’s pretty random, whatever I can find on the high street, I just buy whatever looks nice”. Whereas a more established adult who knows what suits her, what doesn’t and knows what she likes will have a better, more defined sense of personal style. So in order to realize our own style, to get more experienced into making clothing decisions and to find inspiration, we use style icons.

Researching further into ‘style icons’ it seemed there were a wide variety of actresses, models, muses, and designers, that women considered icons. There were a few names that cropped up consistently however: Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie O and others.

For me, I have various icons that inspire me for different reasons. For example, for a wedding, or well-to-do celebration, I’d channel the likes of Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. For an edgier look, or when I’m feeling more outrageous, I’d look at the outfits of Debbie Harry, Marilyn Monroe and Carine Roitfeld. As well as older icons, I take interest in what the stars and celebs of today are wearing. For instance, if I’m going to a party with friends, I’d wear something reflective of Taylor Momsen’s rock chick look, or Shingai Shoniwa’s bright tribal look.

No matter who your style icon is, or how many of them you have, it’s important to make the look your own. By adapting outfits, re-styling a look and customizing it your own way, will eventually lead to developing your own sense of style.  And remember, rather than simply imitating the icons look, try to emulate their confidence or outlook on getting dressed. This way, eventually, you’ll be able to use this attitude, this poise, to make your own style choices, developing your personal fashion sense.

President Pulling Power

Sarah Brown, Samantha Cameron, Michelle Obama, hell even Miriam Clegg. Powerful ladies who have pulled priministers and presidents. No doubt it must be tough being the wife of important men like their husbands. Having power in politics as they do, or if not power then simply the reputation of your hubby being Gordon Brown/David Cameron/Nick Clegg/Barack Obama, they often get swept under the politics carpet. I mean they aren’t snapped at the front rows of London Fashion Week. We rarely see them in ‘This Weeks Best Dressed’ columns. A recent article in Elle UK suggested women can’t have power and glamour, without great difficulty at least. However, if you look closely, remarkably, these powerful women are very fashionable.

Sarah Brown does her electioneering in fairtrade clothing, especially the ethical clothing brand People Tree. And although you may not have seen her, she did wear the brand to London Fashion Week. Even more remarkably, Brown appeared at the Elle Style Awards and aided Naomi Campbell in her Fashion For Relief Appeal! Sam Cameron is often pictured mixing high street (Reiss, Zara, Marks & Spencer) with designer (Erdem, Phillip Lim). Risque, high-fashion pictures of her have recently been released, her sporting sheepskin, shift dresses, and elegant evening gowns. Cameron has real potential in the fashion industry.

It’s only natural that powerful political wives of the UK should step up their game, what with Michelle Obama bravely leading the way in her classic looks and elegant demeanour. Mrs O can be seen wearing newer designers like Peter Soronen, Than and Maria Pinto, along with classic pieces of Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez and Chanel.

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!

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

LFW Love

Back again! This will probably be one of many posts about London Fashion Week, as being so busy makes it hard to make one whole post. Wow! March already. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun…

So London Fashion Week is over, the shows were fabulous, the designers bigger than ever, and the clothes pushing  the boundaries like never before. So, here are a few moments from my glamourously, magical weekend.First of all, I’ll indulge in a few selfish ‘me, me, me’ moments. My LFW tidbits (I have no idea what this word means but here goes):

This was my baggage for the weekend..

And sadly there wasn’t a full photo of my outfit, as my thick scarf kept covering it, but this is basically what I wore to Somerset House..

And here is what was rocking out my iPod pretty much all weekend..

That’s it for now. Tomorrow, I’ll probably ramble on about the gorgeous stuff I bought :)

Ciao for now…