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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Heart Horace?

These new Royan Print T-Shirts by Horace are now available to buy on ASOS. I just love the originality of the ‘Yearbook Pictures’ design, and the ‘ZOMG’ and ‘WTF’ tees are fun, and completely relevant based on how we use internet slang today!

Also, these are some pictures of some jewellery that I bought, and I meant to post them, but I forgot (as usual),  I thought it would be fun to set them out like a jewellery shoot, rather than just wearing them, so here they are…

(Pearl bangles, pink vintage style ring, pearl ‘Honey’ bracelet, pink flower corsage, all Dorothy Perkins. Gold headband, gold bangles, gold bracelet, black ring, black bangles, all Primark.  Blue flower corsage, blue bracelet, blue bangle, all vintage found at Kennilworth Festival. Pop Rocks from supermarket and Elle June 2010 issue subscribed – I got hungry and wanted something to read so…)

“In seed time, learn. In harvest, teach. In winter, enjoy.” – William Blake

Here are a few sets that I made on Polyvore – showing some outfits that are on my wishlist for winter.

I love this outfit for A/W, it’s a sort of edgy, Kate Moss inspired casual look. The vest and skirt are from H&M, and if you paired them with the Docs it would toughen the outfit up a bit. Or, if you’re not a fan of Doc Martens, some heels or even simple flats will do. Also, if you add a black jacket on top (or a bolero for evenings out), you’ll be nice and warm in winter. To accessorize, you could add some edgy, metallic rings, like these from Aldo.

This is another casual outfit for winter, but you can dress it up with some lacy tights or over the knees. The sweater, skirt and shoulder bag are all from Zara. I chose a red bag because the rest of the colours are pretty, but a little bland on their own, so the red adds some pow to the outfit. The sweater is thick enough to keep you warm through winter, and you can add some wooly tights if it’s too cold to get your legs out! The Acne wedges are gorgeous, but very pricy (around £430), so you can shop around to find them a little cheaper (eBay!!!). Alternatively, there are so many lookalikes out there (for example, these peeptoe versions from Topshop, or these gorgeous dark grey suede ones from H&M) that are so much cheaper. The wedges make the outfit more casual, as they’re not as dressy, and easier to walk in than heels. Or, if you’re not a fan of wedges, some classic black courts will do, or even some red ones to match the bag.

This Nicola Roberts inspired cropped aviator faux fur coat and high-waisted skinny jeans (both from Topshop) are perfect for staying warm when out and about this winter. You’ve probably noticed that outerwear has become a huge trend this season, aviator and shearling jackets especially. They suit everyone and can go with everything: over a dress, with shorts, a skirt or your favourite jeans. Luckily, the high street has entirely embraced this look, and you can find these jackets anywhere, no matter what your budget. For example, this Anika Flying Jacket from Whistles for £325, or this Aviator Jacket from New Look, that’s only £35.99. The heels are from Aldo and they’ve got a chunkier heel, which makes walking in winter a little more stable, and the colour block clutch purse brightens up the outfit, making it suitable for day and night. I added the NARS nail polish to match the clutch, but you can add any purse and accessories to make it your own.

I just love the outfit on the left, all from Bitching & Junkfood. I think these leather shorts are my favourite piece for A/W ever! The boots are from New Look, and clash with the outfit somewhat, but the buckle detailing adds a nice touch, along with the colour, which matches the charms on the bracelet. This outfit will work for winter, as the leather is thicker than most shorts, and paired with some thick tights and a leather bomber jacket, you’ll look amazing, and you won’t be cold.

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.

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.


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…