Sunday, 14 March 2010

Near death by shoulder pads

In case you've been reading of late and think this blog is written by an angst ridden introvert who's mission it is to spread dictates, well actually I'm a near death survivor and still obviously suffering from post traumatic stress shoulder pad syndrome.

I teach four times a year on a personal styling course for NHJ Style Academy. It has been running now for nearly three years and offers a very comprehensive training for would be stylists. The course had some input by me but is devised by Isobel Kershaw (in fact the Honourable Isobel Kershaw). Isobel studied fashion design and worked for a fashion house in Spain and then in Harrods. I will do an interview with Isobel soon as she is a brilliant stylist but like me, put her children first (martyrs to responsibility!)

At the last course in January, a photographer came to take photos of us teaching and when the students went for lunch we had to do a few obligatory poses. This is how a stylist nearly came meet her maker. The last time shoulder pads carried a health warning was when Alexis Carrington went for Krystle Carrington in one of their many catfights.

The moment Isobel went for the jugular in a Kill Bill move with her left shoulder pad, was captured on camera. It was only due to the lighting reaction of tilting my head back that I survived to tell this story. And yes I did laugh in the face of adversity. It took quite a while for the photographer to compose themselves again.


inches away from injury and karate blow to throat

21 comments:

  1. What a great course for aspiring stylists to go on, even I would like to do it!

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  2. Hi there, LOL, a near miss cleverly averted-watch yourself next time!!

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  3. Plz... You both look great there. I actually love that blazer, even if it is dangerous. :-)

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  4. Love those shoulder pads but can you imagine taking someones eye out with one? Actually, I can think of a few situations where that could come in handy....

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  5. The perils of power dressing, eh?

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  6. Hahaha, this is quite clever. I can't help lovin' those pads, however :)

    xx

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  7. oh low I laughed ! Such a great post. Might be useful in the sames though, don't you think...

    Have a lovely week !

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  8. You both look very glam - even if you are avoiding near death!

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  9. God I'm hoping for a final death blow to the shoulder pad. Having lived through them in the 1980s I don't ever want to be accosted by them again.

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  10. If you were shorter you would have lost an eye! LOL great post and photo x

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  11. Did all your favourite outfits flash before your eyes?
    How glorious is the print on your dress. Details please...

    Queen Marie x

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  12. Queen Marie - it is a DVF dress I got from the Matches sale - I just loved the colours in the print.

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  13. You might have been having a near death experience, but you look fabulous!

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  14. Sounds like a course I would love to attend, and you both look lovely... nothing like the Dynasty bitches! I expected way worse (in terms of shoulder pad size) before I scrolled down and saw the picture... xo

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  15. You are beautiful! And on the shoulder pad fad thing I have nothing to say, other than that I am scared of how silly I'd look if I'd show up wearing them somewhere.

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  16. Where is your nice top from? Love it. Favourite Dynasty line "Take this trash and your blonde tramp and get out of my house!"

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