Sunday, 30 November 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
Equally I know that one outfit might not suffice so depending on mood Sister Wolf has two outfits to choose from with accompanying accessories for her gadding about!
Teem either outfit with the shoes, necklace, cuff and earrings - et voila!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
Lady Stardust all in one £100 French Connection
Purple Rhinestone ball ring £12 Topshop
Petty flats in silver £35 from Dune
Friday, 21 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
I'm not losing my love for fashion for one minute but I'm embracing new ideas and opportunities. I undertook this MA to enhance my existing work as a stylist given that petit garcon had curtailed my availability. In the fashion world you need to be there 24/7 for schmoozing and the rest!
Now I'm more drawn to academia and films this has taken me by surprise but equally not as I'm an imaginative and creative character. To date I've always been practical and done my bit for the family, put food on table first etc not indulged. My lovely papa spent all his years as a teacher looking after his family too rather than being the artist he is now.
It is interesting that duty/obligation will be a beacon for some creatives rather than the drink/drugs genius indulgent behaviour of other creative people. And yet the flawed genius is valued or prefered more than the steady sober one.
I'm definitely the hard working creative and so now I'm gently marrying the responsible side with the creative side to create a freedom to aim high. I'm truly gifted and talented with ideas and stories I know this as on Sunday (my birthday) I went to my nephews (twins) christening and the Anglican priest gave a sermon on how it was wasteful not to use the talent God had given you. Not to mention I looked good in my Jean Patou coat and drank lots of champagne afterwards.
I took the view that if you don't become your own cheerleader no one else will and there's no point being coy about what you can do.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Talking of lost time I'm extending my apologies in advance for lack of commenting on blogs. I will read but have no time to comment due to huge study commitments this week. I don't mean to be selfish and rude by not acknowledging all your hard work on copy and visuals but I feel like I'm drowning in serious student doo doo so must put nose to grindstone ........
Saturday, 15 November 2008
2. As an antidote to my high heels these flats from Kurt Geiger
4. This Malene Birger 'Shayla' dress
5. A burnt orange wool jumper dress for COS
6. Wendy Brandes Isobella Wolf Fang earrings (or if they were very nice elves the gold ones instead!)
7. Stella Bruzzi's Undressing Cinema, it is important to receive books on ones birthday to balance out the materialistic mass consumption low brow lust of mine!
8. The Stereophonics compilation Decade in the Sun, nothing like music to lift the soul and my boys the Stereos do it every time.
Now in reality I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Mr MDS got my massive hints and pointers to Paul Smith for the wonderful modestly priced Zodiac necklace - Scorpio of course!
Thursday, 13 November 2008
After the lights went on!
I left the library at 7pm with a gorgeous brand new book which I'd cunningly reserved, Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, if you haven't got a book on your Christmas list then make it this one! I didn't get my Vogue H&M Comme De Garcon invite so instead I skipped to Reiss who tempted me with a 20% off purchase and a glass of champagne. I'd been converting a black patent belt and lost all will power and raided my purse to buy it saving £14, if you add the cost of a glass of champagne at £7 I felt I done good! The belt is beautiful and very extravagant at £69 given I'm a student but it will dress up all my items and save me heaps!
Then no sooner had I left the bright lights of the West End last night I was back bright and early to take a client shopping. I gave the Comme De Garcon collection the once over. Now with the exception of one jacket, a shirt and their signature flat pumps I was not impressed. The polka dot gave me Johnny Boden and middle England shudders down my spine and the material is quite frankly tat. Sorry, low grade. The injection of design is offset by quite nasty material.
I really liked this wool jacket at £69.99 it has holes under the armpits. The wool isn't a good grade but the design is fab on this item.
They'd produced two white shirts this one with peter pan collar and another with lovely ruffles on the cuff. My client and I had a coffee and popped in at 10:30am and I made her buy the pointy collar shirt with ruffled cuffs which at £35 was good value despite the cheapo polyester material.
I do like designer collaborations as it always creates a buzz and injects something to the high street but I just can't stomach the lower grade material used. I'd rather it was priced slightly higher and had a better grade of cloth.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
The reason I'm asking the question because tomorrow H&M will do record trading on their Comme De Garcons collaboration and I've yet to see evidence of people not shopping.
Firstly friends excitedly tell me about going to Westfield to do their Christmas shopping - it's the joy of not having to carry bags back on the tube or overground train apparently. Then I'm still doing personal shopping sessions and my clients are spending £1k plus in 4 hours! Unfortunately not on me.....
But bookings for personal styling are down but that's partly due to my studies and lack of availability. Commercial shoots are on the wane due to my availability, I'm in no position to undertake them due to my studies.
Everyday I see hordes of people on Oxford Street buying and carrying their goods.
If M&S and others are reporting downturns, doesn't this say more about what the customer wants?
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
The film set in Italy made me fast forward to S/S 09 hence my previous bag post. So here is the edited version (you only miss my preamble of what I normally do on a Saturday, so you are saved the vanity of all about me!) On Saturday, I drove over a 100 miles to Warwick Arts Centre to attend a screening of Plein Soleil (1960) a French film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley. Highsmith commented that Plein Soleil was "very beautiful to the eye and interesting for the intellect", although she took issue with the ending.
Adapted and directed by René Clément, Tom Ripley is played by Alain Delon. The screening of this film was in the context of a talk by Stella Bruzzi and Pamela Church Gibson on fashion and film criminals entitled 'If Looks could Kill'.
Alain Delon is pure evil in the film but equally he is pure male beauty. It is a stark contrast to Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) as Tom Ripley is extremely cold and also the most beautiful person on screen, compared to Minghella's where Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Dickie (Jude Law) are the eye candy.
The talk focused on the typical cinema criminal most notably the gangster and their appropriation of the suit, how a gangster is obvious with their flamboyant use of dress and the vanity associated with dress. The gangster always admires himself in the mirror and will always see his tailor upon release from jail before his 'gal'. The narcissistic quality of dress is integral to Plein Soleil and Alain Delon's portrayal of Tom Ripley, being a French film you can imaging the quality of the style right down to the very Italian Riviera white leather Gucci loafers which are so soft and delectable you can almost feel their quality from the screen. The cinematography and colour is outstanding in this film
Highsmith was disappointed with the film's ending, calling it "a terrible concession to so-called public morality." However Clement had constructed such a cold, evil, narcissistic and beautiful Ripley in Plein Soleil it seemed the creator needed to reign him in.
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Now in my Access to Contemporary Fashion lecture where half the class didn't show post election night, the other half (myself included) were bleary eyed or asleep on the desk (really one person was!) we discussed the dress a lot, after swapping 'our' night stories, everyones included drink apart from mine which was just emails between Observationmode and me. Our lecturer who is wonderful but formidable, she is French, always comments on any late attendees. But after the result she was joyous, all manner of student sloppiness was tolerated and forgiven. In fact at every available moment she wanted to discuss 'that dress'. Why we even dropped Foucault and entered into discourse on the meaning of the choice of dress. Our deconstruction can best be summed up by these comments from AFP:
"The Italian daily La Stampa dubbed the dress "the look of victory" and said the black symbolised mourning for Obama's grandmother, who died on the eve of the election, while the red was for passion.
A contributor to the website of the German newsweekly Focus also suggested there was hidden meaning in the colours, perhaps red for the political left and black for the first African-American to win the US presidency.
"It is more about the symbolic effect of the colour combination red/black. Because the daughters were also in red or black. Very unusual and surely no accident," the reader said."
Whatever meaning we think was intended or speculate about one thing is for sure - she didn't wear a suit! How glad am I. nothing drives me to distraction more than a suit - look what it did for Hillary. I'm sorry but modern day wearing of the suit has too many connotations with the word 'professional'. The suit has been appropriated by white collar workers, the world of business and corporate companies. The suit, a male outfit, that symbolises certain values, values that don't mean kindness or love or care, think money, status and power. There is nothing wrong with a suit, think Chanel, think Jackie Kennedy but it has lost its cache as a style item and become a way of dressing to represent certain values as I've mentioned above. With the collapse of banking, the uncovering of the vagrancy's of so called professional jobs it is time the suit was reclaimed by workers (think teddy boys for those of you able to access Tuesday's British Style Genius) and make it something stylish again that doesn't just mean smart or professional or relate to a job.
Which is why Michelle Obama got it right, a dress was the perfect showcase for the modern women, a woman with intelligence, vanity (come on looking good is important) and a sense of others. Her choice of dress was stunning, it was vibrant and well cut. The cardigan kept it from being showy given the occasion. When Michelle chooses to wear a suit in a formal setting I'll be taking notes because it will convey something.
photo: Red Carpet Fashion Awards
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
images: Vanity Fair & The Daily Telegraph
When I received an email and question from Radici - whether I thought their handmade snow scarf would make the grade i.e. is it worthy slow fashion item, I thought no! It doesn't make my personal choice grade. Not least because of the design. Let's be clear it is the design, the cut and the use of cloth that gives an item a certain cache to have design value. But of course I couldn't resist a snoop and thought actually the website has some interesting items that will appeal to some. The scarf comes in white, grey black and a almost YSL use of colour for the red/pink/orange number - at £140 it is hardly a make do item or Etsy prices but if you shop at Per Una then I suggest you go back to basics, wear white tee and jeans and add drama with a scarf like this instead.
Monday, 3 November 2008
Saturday, 1 November 2008
Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque: Aimé Maeght and His Artists is an outstanding exhibition at the Royal Academy until 4 January 2009. This article in The Independent gives more background information but nothing beats seeing it for yourself.
Art was a huge influence on Yves Saint Laurent and his collection was amassed over many years with Pierre Bergé. The influential cubist painting he so loved will be auctioned early next year.
Now if I were a fashion house designer I'd be hot footing it to the Maeght collection exhibit to inspire my next collection and when one does emerge you'll know it was my top tip!