Sunday, 31 October 2010

Kate Moss for Topshop Autumn/Winter 2010

With just a couple of days left til Kate Moss' final collection, I thought I'd take a moment to discuss whether it's worth the hype. Since her first collection 3 years ago, there has always been a phenomenal amount of hype about each collection. Commercially, they were a huge success but I think there were always some people who were disappointed. Although the campaign shots always look great, I think that's more down to Kate's ability to sell anything. In stores, the clothes always looked a little bit 'meh' to me and they didn't seem so much designed as pieces from Kate's own wardrobe just slightly tweaked. But isn't that what it's about? The scores of young girls who queue up for a piece of the collection just want to emulate Kate's style. 

For me, that's not really enough for me to buy something. I think I just expect something more. There are always some nice pieces and pretty dresses. What do you think, are you going to get a piece from the final collection? 


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Style icon:Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

The ongoing Anna Wintour vs. Carine Roitfeld debate is almost too close to call. Yes, Carine is undeniably cool but Anna has a phenomenal career and influence within fashion. There are far too many points to go into with this one. One debate which is much easier to settle is Bee Shaffer vs. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. What they wear and their style will be scrutinised whether they pursue a career in fashion or not. Don't feel too sorry for them though, they literally have their pick of designers at their fingertips. 

Bee is absolutely stunning and seems like a very down-to-Earth woman but her style just doesn't do anything for me. I also didn't like her comments about fashion on The September Issue. In the above picture, she's wearing a Nina Ricci gown, so beautiful but why pair it with those dull black shoes?! Julia manages to look chic, edgy and understated all at the same time, talk about multi-tasking. Her style is just effortless and nonchalant, grown up yet sexy. 

On her style growing up: My mother is a more daring dresser but I’ve started to catch up. That said, it’s relative and I’ve always been a bit rebellious. As an eight-year-old, I’d wear black PVC trousers to school, something that was unheard of for students my age who dressed in that bon chic, bon genre grey way, all navy, white or black and there was me with the shiny trousers. 

On fashion as art: I’m really impressed by the power of the fashion industry. Some people think that clothes are just things that you wear to cover yourself but I’m blown away because clothes to me are a sort of new pop art. Clothes can be either art or design but need a real purpose. That said, I don’t shop that much. I might buy a bit of Marc by Marc Jacobs because he makes great day to evening dresses, or I go for some vintage at Resurrection in NoLita. When I’m in Paris, though, aside from the odd trip to Miu Miu or Prada, I’d prefer to go to a sex shop in Pigalle for a miniskirt. And of course I also get to raid my mother’s wardrobe because she is incredibly generous.

On rivalry with Bee: The talk of rivalry between myself and Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Schaffer, is just silly. I’m about ten years older than her for a start, and we have a completely different circle of friends. Why would you expect us to hang out together? Then there’s this whole fashion dynasty thing that gets reported on a lot in gossip columns about so-and-so snubbing each other. I’ve known Margherita Missoni for a long time and we have the same international group of friends and go to the same places. Is that so strange? 

Actually...a more fitting debate might be Julia vs. Margherita! 

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Hold on to your hats - 3p dress sale tomorrow!

Yes, that's right 3p dresses as in three pence. That must be the bargain of the year, you can barely get a penny sweet for three pence these days. So what's this all about then? Online fashion outlet Goddiva is celebrating it's third birthday with a 3p lunchtime flash sale tomorrow - Wednesday 27th October. Be quick though, doors open for just one hour from 12.30pm sharp. Stock is limited and you can only bag yourself one bargain, which I think is the fair thing to do. Some of Goddiva's best selling party dresses will be available for the exclusive third birthday price so make sure you set an alarm/block out your calendar/chain yourself to your desk at lunchtime tomorrow!


Monday, 25 October 2010

Fangs for the necklace

It's Halloween soon!! I know it's not supposed to be that big in England but I love Halloween. With the weather as cold as it's been, I think it's good to find something to look forward to! I'm a huge horror movie fan so I usually stay in watching some old school horror but this year I've got a couple of Halloween parties to go to. I've been thinking about what to go as for a while on and off, as much as I would love to create an amazing outfit I'm afraid I don't have the time so I need to go for the easy option and buy something. I'd love to go as Freddie Kruger or a zombie cheerleader but lack the necessary make up skills to pull off the looks so I was left with three pretty easy options: Hit Girl from Kickass, Rihanna in the new video for Only Girl (hello gorgeous tutu dress!) or a vampire. 

The latter may sound like the dullest option, but not to a True Blood obsessive like me! Those of you who also love True Blood will know that Pam is the most prevalent female vampire, as Eric's right hand woman. Her style veers from all-American, preppy waspy mother to putting the vamp in vampire. Unsurprisingly, I prefer the latter for a Halloween get up.

Ever the jewellery lover, I've been searching for the perfect accessories, and discovered there are many, many Halloween suitable, True Blood inspired frankly gorgeous fang necklaces about. Here are my favourites, I think I'll go for the Mafia one though even though they're wisdom teeth rather than fangs. I think that just makes it a little creepier, muhahaha!

Mafia vamp fangs necklace - £30

Me & Zena love bites necklace - £14

Kabiri silver fang necklace


Saturday, 23 October 2010

Ten Times Rosie - Thomas Wylde

During London Fashion Week, luxury label Thomas Wylde launched a book - Ten Times Rosie - to commemorate ten successful seasons for the LA label which counts celebrity such as Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Rihanna as fans. Shot by Rakin, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley takes on ten distinctive characters to portray each season. The images are stunning, atmospheric and cinematic; Rosie is absolutely breathtaking whether she takes on the role of an African highlander, porcelain circus doll or a London punk. 

Launching the book during London Fashion Week was no accident, it was very symbolic. Thomas Wylde is now available in the UK for the first time and Rosie and Rakin are both an incredibly talented British duo. Founder and head designer Paula Thomas explains: “This is a very special project for me. London and my experience of it inform the aesthetic of Thomas Wylde. It means a lot to work on this with two other internationally renowned British talents and to launch the book in the UK during London Fashion Week. Each series in the book is the perfect expression of the drama of my work.”

The book is available from all good bookshops, including online at Amazon, and there is also an exhibition at Rankin's Annroy Gallery in London until Friday 29th October. 


Friday, 22 October 2010

Backstage at BNTM live

Today was the big day, the first day of Britain's Next Top Model live at the Excel. As you may know, I was asked to help style a fashion show with five other super bloggers - Jenny, Frankie, Natasha, Alize and Matthew. Again, huge thanks to the guys at Motorola for this exciting opportunity. So being the big day, I was a bag of nerves. Not only was I one half of the high-street styling duo, I also had to go on stage to talk through geek chic fashion. Thankfully, the hubbub backstage kept me occupied. It was so hectic: briefing hair and make up, making sure our models were looked after, dressing and styling them up. 

Matthew playing hide & seek!

Here is my gorgeous model Paige ready to rock and roll. Doesn't she look like the epitome of geek chic? 

Cardigan - River Island, blouse - Zara, skirt - Topshop, socks and satchel - Miss Selfridge and shoes - New Look

For my outfit, I wanted to take key Autumn/Winter trends and give them a geek chic twist. Although flat brogues are synonymous with geek chic, I went for these New Look heeled loafers to be different. The colour is absolutely delish and the platform keeps them on trend. The camel skirt from Topshop was absolutely irresistible, the a-line shape and pocket details won me over. I paired the camel skirt with a silky slate blouse from Zara, the big bow adds a girly and feminine touch to my geek chic outfit. I've layered a patterned knit cardigan from River Island over the blouse, patterned knit is typical geek chic and I just needed this cardi in the outfit. I also had a lovely leopard print satchel which can be seen in the pictures below. 

How amazing do the high-street, high end and vintage models look?! Totally working the geek chic look. 


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Levi's Shape What's To Come initiative

Last week the lovely folks over at Levi's invited me to the launch party for their new global initiative - Shape What's To Come. In a nutshell, this initiative aims to give a platform to young, entrepreneurial women to share common interests and seek support from like-minded women. I really like the concept, career-wise and even blog-wise it's sometimes really hard to know what to do next so this community for guidance and direction sounds fab. It's not just a fashion or blogging this either, though one of the mentors is Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer, there are mentors across music, media, social change and everything in between. 

On the night, there was a panel discussion chaired by Annie Mac with 6 ambassadors from different backgrounds. It was really inspirational hearing their stories from how they've achieved their dreams. Here is a run down of the ambassadors:
- Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham set up design agency Patternity which specialises in pattern design in furniture and fashion. The girls really just needed a creative outlet to showcase all of their ideas and they knew they had to go out on a limb. 

Justice Williams
- Social change campaigner and the youngest black woman in the UK to be awarded with an MBE. She got into social change because she wanted a reason to get out of bed, she knew there was more to life than waking up, going to work for someone else and coming back home. She found that helping others has boosted her own confidence and self belief. 

Kristin Knox
- Founder of The Clothes Whisperer and author of Alexander McQueen: Genius of a generation. Going from being an academic to a fashion blogger, her biggest piece of advise was not to box yourself in, if you're not 100% sure what you want to do, put yourself out there. Kirstin shared her experiences of blogging, in particular the difficulties of essentially being a one person publishing house. She also touched on the difficulty of turning a blog into a business, as there's no business model for this yet. Also, businesses don't realise the monetary value of blogging and bloggers which is a huge challenge, there's a lot of education to be done. 

- Acclaimed DJ and songwriter who rose to fame via the internet. She knew music was her passion from early on and left uni to pursue her dream. She advised 'follow your heart' and highlighted the importance to have ambition and a dream. 

Kathryn Ferguson
- Self taught filmmaker who's been featured in Vogue.She spoke about her initial struggle and how amazing it is to make a living out of her passion. 

The website is now live - Levi's Shape What's to Come.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

I'm styling a show at the BNTM live event!

I have some uber-exciting news! As the title of the post suggests, I'm going to be styling a catwalk show at the Britain's Next Top Model live event this weekend! Motorola are headline sponsors of the event and they have asked five super stylish bloggers (and me for some silly reason!) to style the catwalk show. I'll be styling the high street segment with Jenny, Natasha and Frankie will be styling the vintage segment and Matthew and Alize will be doing high end. The theme of the show is geek chic in keeping with the current 'too hip to be square' ad campaign for the Flip Out phone. How stupendously excited am I?! 

As a fan of the BNTM and ANTM shows, the idea of a live event was very exciting, let alone being involved in it. Huge thanks to the guys at Motorola. The event takes place at London's ExCel centre between 22nd-24th October, if you haven't got tickets yet, hurry!! It sounds like a fab event, there are celebrity performances, girls from BNTM in attendance, hair and beauty pampering and shopping. 

So...onto my task. Although geek chic has been around for a while, it's not so easy to style for a catwalk show. There are so many micro-trends within it - Gleek, Alexa Chung geek, Ugly Betty geek, Ghostworld geek, Shoreditch geek, Luella geek...the list goes on and on. Here are my favourite geek chic micro-trends:

Preppy geek chic - Think Blair Waldorf in season 1 of Gossip Girl, Alexa Chung and Rachel from Glee. Very proper and chic, a more sophisticated take on geek chic.
The details - Checks, cute shoes, bows and hairbands 

New Look corsage cardigan - £22
New Look peter pan tie blouse - £21.99
River Island blue check skirt - £29.99
Topshop Greta square toe mary-janes - £60
Asos pearl effect hairband - £4

Grown up geek - A cross between a librarian and Ugly Betty (latest season), this is probably the most on trend geek look. The pieces individually are on trend but they clash slightly when together. 
The details - Bows, animal print, texture and tweed

Topshop devoree burnout shrug - £35
F&F vintage ruffle blouse - £16
Topshop buckle wrap flannel skirt - £40
Asos soul bow detail kitten heel - £32
Asos statement cocktail ring - £18

Cosy geek - Very apt for this weather! No pop culture references for this one, just combine the cosiest of the autumn/winter trends into a cute geek chic outfit. 
The details - shearling, cable knit and funny beanie hats

Asos cable knit roll neck jumper - £40
Oasis flannel pleat skirt - £40
New Look leather collar heeled boots - £64.99
River Island grey knitted racoon pom pom beanie - £14.99
Miss Selfridge purple space gloves - £10

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The lust list

This is a bit of a random post, a sort of moodboard/brain dump of things that have caught my eye during my online travels. And you know I'm online quite a bit! 

Topshop barley thigh leather boots - £120

Thigh-high leather boots won't be everybody's bag and you will have to tread the thin line between classy and trashy very, very carefully. I've wanted some nice OTK boots since I spied Stella MacCartney's (non-leather) version about ooh 6/7 years ago? I would pair them with soft, fluffy knits for a bit of a contrast in textures. 

Rare one shoulder rose dress - £29 (bargain!)

We're hurtling towards that time of year again, Christmas party season. You can never have too many dresses and though the LBD is a fail-safe classic, I don't actually like wearing black dresses. Why blend in with the crowd when you can stand out?! This LRD (little red dress) is sure to get you noticed for the right reasons, I love the sexy one shoulder detail too. 

Asos black laser cut skirt - £95

Maxi skirts can look a bit minimalist, very sleek. That's what I like about them, I tend be quite body-con/tailored but I absolutely love the volume of this maxi skirt. The laser cut fabric will create such beautiful movement too. 

River Island fur trapper hat - £19

I'm sure not everyone will agree with me here but I love these adorable novelty hats. I wanted one of the bear beanies but this trapper is just so cute! I'm aware that I'll look like a 5 year old but I'm hoping I can pull it off in a nonchalant, ironic way. 

Balenciaga perfume and purse spray

I'm a big Balenciaga fan and I'm dying to smell this. Nicolas Ghesquiere has wanted to create a fragrance for the Paris fashion house since he joined. The perfume has been described as light and floral with violet notes, both modern and classic at the same time. Balenciaga has also produced a gorgeous black and white purse spray so you can take the fragrance with you. 

Tabio crossover sockettes - £20

I first spied these on Kit during LFW and I was so intrigued. Initially, the look more like a spring/summer sort of sock but I think they're just crying out to be layered over longer socks. If like me you have a serious hosiery addiction, make sure you check Tabio out. 

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