Sunday, 26 December 2010
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Am still having issues with the Bailiffs so I will probably have to forgo my usual sale frenzy and focus on some key pieces; I shall be making 2011 the year of the shorts. Being a short person, they will need to be stricty above the knee affair. My favourite pieces from the sale arena are; Vivienne Westwood £145, Peg shorts around £30 from Asos; Green tweed shorts £30 Topshop!!
So I will be strutting down the pavements of London in my shorties.
London fashion week SS11 was a prime example of how on trend this piece of clothing in; the short suit was everywhere!!! I will be pairing my shorts with a chiffon or silk shirt and some thick woolly ribbed tights and if my budget stretches that far the brown brogues from Topshop!!! I am not too sure whether I could add a blazer to the look as there is always the risk of looking like a school boy!!!
2011 My year of the shorts, I urge you all to get involved!!!
Friday, 17 December 2010
I enjoy it as much as I dread it, having work previously during Uni and College as a sales assistant, I have a good understanding of in-store procedure and so working on the shopfloor is very natural to me. Its also fun because no one is in charge of you so you can start when you like and finish early (my kind of job). Any way to the crux of this post; I decided to work in the branch in Sloane Street as there is always the possibility of a celebrity sighting. Alas no celebrities on my sifts but I did spot the most beautiful array of designer handbags. It would seem that you are nobody in Sloane Street unless you have a designer bag.
Favourites among the natives where Louis V, Mulberry and Hermes, I had to stop myself from looking to eager everytime a new customer came to the till; eager to catch a glimpse of their IT bag. I have never seen so many Mulberrys in different colours shapes and sizes, I wanted to grab and run on many occassions but as an indecisive person how could I possibly choose the right bag...
I am all over bags, I have a massive bag addiction, having finally brought my first designer bag a Marc by Marc Jacob Grovvy Baby bag which I thought would help my addiction, but as soon as I brought the bag all I wanted was more. My big bag crush is the Alexa Mulberry bag, I know everyone has one (or it seems like they do) but I want in, I want to be in the Alexa bag club, so so badly. Here's hoping I can save enough money next year, as I am pretty sure I will not be getting it for Christmas.
Anyway I hope you all have a great Christmas...I shall try and post again before the big day.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
We had constant snow for three days and I was feeling rather smug at managing to elude the common cold and then it hit...It was my own fault for standing in the queue for about 45 mins to get into the Alexander Mcqueen Sample sale. Was it worth it??? Maybe?
The queue was long and the snow didn't help, I felt like I definitely earnt my entry. The only saving grace was the three gay guys and their female friend who were in front of me in the queue. They gossiped, wooped and hollered and gave me sly grins, they were great entertaining and I wished that they were my friends. My favourite was the earnest guy who was of out on a date with a twenty something he had meet on the internet (I would have aged him as being in his forties). What a hoot!!!! I hope his date went well.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Well with a free weekend ahead of me, I decided to go to Somerset House, I have been meaning to go for about a month. There were two exhibitions that were of interest to me, and I would recommend them highly to you as well. The first is a Matthew Williamson retrospective, and the second was an exhibiton on Rene Gruau/ Dior.
To begin with, I love Somerset House it is a beautiful and historic building. I love that in london all of the buildings are different. New business blocks nestle comfortably next to elegant old town houses. Somerset House does not disappoint, it is as beautiful inside as it is outside. With the decor very true to the time it was built. Having said that the exhibition rooms are very modern, and as you may or may not it is the new home of London Fashion Week (please someone give me an invite).
Entering the house, I had to bypass the ice rink which made me feel or Christmassy and nostalgic. Next time I am there I shall take a slide, just hopefully not on my bum. Anyway I digress. The Matthew Williamson retrospective was free to get into, and was a series of photographs taken from the beginning of his career right through to now. What I loved about the exhibition and I guess his clothing ranges is that they are so bright and colourful; full of life. There were also illustrations and extracts from his sketch books. I felt so inspired by the photographs showing Kate Moss, Helen Christensen, Jade Jagger and Naomi Campbell and this was just his Graduate Collection. I really which they had these photographs as prints as they will definitely brighten up my boring room and more than this I wishI had some money top buy a dress from his usually India inspired collections.
Moving along to the Rene Gruau exhibiton, which is £5 for students and £6.50 for the rest. I didn't really know much about Gruau before this exhibitions however I did have a calendar with his illustrations on it in previous years. The collection was based on Rene's work with Dior, he was a chief illustator for Dior cosmetics from the 60s through to the early 90s. He was influenced by popular culture and also referenced flowers lot. What I loved about the images was the hand painted quality, and the simplicity of the illustrations, the bold use of the colours was almost expressionist; I love the combination of the primary colours... my favourite image was a girl wrapped up in a bouquet of flowers. Simple yet effective!!!
For a day out Somerset House is exquisite and well worth a visit.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Ron (Rupert Grint) especially had manned up with broad shoulders and a constant twelve o'clock shadow. I am always suprised that fashion doesn't play more of a role within the films as clothing can be just as magical as the film. Instead the costume designers opt for casualwear from GAP, functional maybe but not fantasy. The only glimpses of visionary fashion came in the form of Luna Lovegood (hippie) and Bellatrix Lestrange (gothic). However Hermoine did rock a great red dress at the prenuptials of the eldest Wesley to Fleur Delacour.
That's probably the most I can say about the film from a fashion perspective. The film was amazing as good as the previous installments and as a HP fan I feel I am qualified to say this. Although they tampered with the sequence of events the film was quite true to the book. I would recommend that every one goes and watches the film, I know I will be going back again...
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Having opened the letter a cost of £700 was demanded plus the costs of the bailiffs coming to collect the money, which I am told can be astronomical adding to this is the fact that the crime was from non-payment of council tax between 2003/4 (so this would be 7 years worth of bailiffs costs). In case you are wondering I am innocent to the main degree and have pleaded my case to the council as I was a student during this time, apparently I will still have to pay for nine days worth of tax but I am waiting for a new bill to be sent.
As many of us young professions who live in London will I am sure exclaim, the thing they spend most of their money on is clothing. I am not a particularly panicky person however the more I read up on bailiffs the more scared I became, because I do not own anything of real value, I have my Marc by Marc Jacob bag, my Laptop and my I-phone and that's it. I had images of them taking the whole contents of my wardrobe which I admit is compiled of many, many items of clothes (yet I never have nothing to wear) and driving of in a van leaving me with nothing but my Primani pyjamas. On some base level this excited me with the idea of building a new wardrobe from scratch but it also filled me with fear. What would I do without my clothes?
I started to come up with a mental list of my must loved items which I would plead with them to let me keep. These items included:
- Pink and black polka dot 50s style dress by Sara Berman
- Black jeggings from Topshop (I live in these)
- Pale pink and black striped batwing Jumper - H&M
- Black and White Mohair jumper dress - Warehouse
- Black Jumpsuit - Urban outfitter
- Mustard shift dress - Topshop
- Umbrella Black shift dress - Topshop
These are my special 7 but I am sure I have missed bits out, I couldn't even contemplate thinking about my Shoes, they could take those over my dead body (again with the drama).
Any way I apologise to anyone expecting something interesting from this blog, unfortunately it is really just a rant about my love of clothes. However when you face losing them to the money grabbing Bailiffs, your whole fashion wardrobe flashes before your eyes!!! My next piece will be soon, and about the new Harry Potter film which I saw last night, this also included more drama...a quiet life would be nice.
I am off now to buy more clothes while I still can, and keep my fingers crossed that the council aren't going to send me another massive bill.
Friday, 12 November 2010
I am still not sure what I think about Emma's hair cut yet, everytime I look at it I like it a little bit more. I keep waiting to see a stampede of pixie cuts up and down the UK.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
While I was whiling the hours away shopping the busy workers who help to keep the company afloat our busy selling and trading. I like to think of them sitting in their offices all Mad Men and Mad Women, I do actually work in an office and so know this is not true, but nethertheless I assume it is different in London City.
Back to the shopping center, I would describe it as Westfield's but on a smaller scale and less commercial. I can image that this will be a great haunt for people like myself who like a quick fashion fix and lunch time, but people who like the slightly finer things in life. Don't get me wrong there is Topshop (who I love, love, love), H & M and Office but there's also Banana Republic, Allsaints, Guess and Karen Millen. I think they've probably got the mix well between the mid and high end of the highstreet, but where they really excel is the food. Nandos, Zizzi, Gordan Ramsay need I say more. For your quick lunch snack there is also M & S simply food and Eat.
The shopping is definately one for the women with the shop bias towards women's wear but for the men there is a great selection of food for every price point.
I think I would definitely go back for a visit, although only if I am in the area as the shop selection is somewhat limited, also the big low point is that the center is sort of outside if that makes sense, there is a roof but no side cover. When I went the cold weather had just hit so I was frozen by the time I had eyeballed everything. So maybe one for the summer months only.
My final though is, did Simon Cowell name is new boy band after the shopping center, hmmmmmm....
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
I found this range of bags online and I it made me smile. Godalming was my stomping ground when I was younger and have many fond memories of the area and now Radley has brought out a bag in the villages name. Well done Radley.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
The collection was full of must have pieces that you could keep for years and would not appear out dated.
My favourite item was the peach pink ostrich feather dress. I could just image going to some amazing ball and being twist and turn by some handsome stranger.
Again the trouser suit featured in this collection so I think we can definitely expect to see these on the highstreet. However I hope they make the shorts abit longer because I do not have the thighs to pull of the ones in this image. I also want to see how many people will be donning the leather leg warmers. I can't decide whether I love them or hate them. I guess its Marmite.
Finally I do not think any designer can go wrong with Black and White together, its very fresh!!
Two thumbs up for Mr. Largerfield...I love you long time xxx
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
I am totally going to be wearing an all in one colour outfit next season. I'm thinking pretty in pink.
Again I don't know why all of the designers have taken to using a shiny man made fabric which looks alot like nylon or viscose. If I had to shell out the big bucks for an outfit from MJ or Prada I don't want the material to look like its from Primark. I think I need to do some digging and find out whats up with that.
Anyway I am off to try and find the prefect I have not dressed up for Halloween outfit. Bye for now!!!
Sunday, 24 October 2010
I am afraid that I am suffering from the Sunday blues, and mourning the loss of the weekend. As a result I have decided to think of better things... What I am loving this week, my must-haves you may call them.
1. The Alexa Mulberry bag, £695 need it, love it, want it
2. Knee High red boots, River Island £84.99 soo burberry but without the price tag.
3. Pink Knitted Jumper, River Island £39.99, its all about colour and will take me nicely through to SS11
4. Animal ear hats, they are everywhere. I like this topshop one for £12 but any will do.
5. Smythson diary £18
6. Vivienne Westwood £25 charm bracelet - I love everything Vi Vi puts out
7. Nixon Camera £350, I would love to be able to play the fashion photographer.
8. D&G Fairisle jumper £250
9. Vivienne Westwood leather buckle boot: Everyone wants to be a pirate!!!
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Having been underwhelmed by Miu Miu, I have to say I was pleasantly suprised by Miuciana's Prada collection. It was fun and flirty and every thing a SS11 collection should be. I could quite easily see myself wearing many of the outfits (obviously if my budget allowed). It is guaranteed that for the summer months there will alway be stripes, but I loved the way these where mixed with the damask print.
Again the fashion marvel used primary colours for this collection (i wonder whether it was 2 for 1 on fabric) and i loved the idea of wearing a suit completely in one colour. And how versatile such a suit would be as you could mix it up with a complementary colour shirt, or pair the skirt and jacket with different clothing!!
The silhouette of the sundresses was also great, and actually a style I was looking for in SS10. Very 1940's circa Grease. I have chills there multiplying...this colletion definately gave me goose bumps.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Apart from the commerciality of the range, the highlights I thought was the use of one primary colour with a flash of another.
The flashes of oriental influences also added an extra layer of interest to the garments, and I can see this being utilised by the highstreet. I also think the fan detailing on some of the dresses and blouses will be a firm faviourite amongst customers.
I have to say I wasn't too fussed by the use of the star in the collection, I expect this will be seen every where in AW11 but I will not be buying into it.
In conclusion, I liked the detail on the clothing in this collection, but overall I was not fussed! I hope Prada brings her game back for next season...
Sunday, 26 September 2010
I have to say that I was a bit disappointed when I went to the Nicole Farhi After Show Legion d'Honneur award party. I was expecting to see a wall to wall celebrity fest but instead there was just people who seemed to know each other. My only sightings were Hilary Alexander (I have so much respet for her) and Bill Nighy. It was really random to see Bill Nighy there but I realise having seen pictures of the dinner which took place beforehand he was a guest there.
The only real highlight of the night apart from the goody bags (which included a t-shirt, macaroons, and 25% off) was Ben Grimes DJ set. She was really good and mixed hip hop with indie effortlessly. The night finished at 1.30pm as I dragged my crazy friend home. An alrightish night but I whih there had been more FASHION.
Jasper's show was my first ever LFW show ever, although technically it was a Vauxhall Fashion Scout show, but I am splitting hairs. Anyway the first hurdle was getting into the show, my friend had a ticket but I didn't. Through sheer luck I managed to get in considering they checked the ticket at least three times. Me and my friend stood at the back waiting for the show to unfold.
The show began more or less on time, it was energetic yet whimsical. The main pallet was baby pinks, lilacs and pastel colours however this was infused with some bolder blacks, golds and bronzes. The hemlines were high and at complete odds to this seasons maxi and midi lengths. I think that the collection was very commercial and the styling definately added to the mood of the range. However I think that there was a lack on cohesion between the paler and the darker pieces. My highlight of the collection was the embellishments on the dress heavy range. The designer used what I can only call fringing on many of the pieces, as far as I am concerned you can't go wrong with a bit of frou frou or fringing. Overall it was a safe nd pretty range and I hope Mr Garvida does well with it.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
The show started an hour later than billed with highlights from a film/documentary about Mr Boateng called "a Man's story", the film was very inspiring and showed the man to be a very creative and dynamic person with a great understanding of the male form. After the film finished the show began! I feel like a spent the next ten minutes with my mouth wide open! The show was amazing with around 100 male models from around the world and of all ages. The clothes were beautifully fitted and well considered. The models came out in various shades of colours like gradients starting with charcoal grays moving into greens etc. the styling was very contemporary!!! At the end all of the models came out for an impressive group photo! Finally the man himself took to the stage with his dad and bogged to "you've got the love" cheesy but it was definately a moment. Mr. Boateng is definately a marvel and proved on Wednesday night that a well cut suit can transform a man!
Other than the fashion it was good to have a sneeky peek of celebrities up close, apparently Michelle Williams was there...but I saw Vanessa Feltz and her fiancée, Callum Best looking dapper with Su-Elise from Misteeq, Lisa Butcher, Charlie Speed and the lead singer of the Noisettes!!!