Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
I had to make a post on the British Fashion Awards 2008, that took place on 25th November. It’s great that there’s an event to recognise the talent within the British fashion industry, here’s a quick scan of the winners:
Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Ready To Wear
Winner: Louise Goldin
Finalists: Danielle Scutt, Felder Felder
Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Accessories
Winner: Nicholas Kirkwood
Finalists: Charlotte Olympia, Anna Vince
Winner: Jimmy Choo
Finalists: Agent Provocateur, Paul Smith
Red Carpet Designer
Winner: Matthew Williamson
Finalists: Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney
Winner: Jourdan Dunn
Finalists: Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson
Winner: Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Finalists: Paul Smith, Richard James
Winner: Rupert Sanderson
Finalists: Jonathan Kelsey, Lara Bohinc
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator
Winner: Tim Walker
Finalsists: Pat McGrath, Terry Jones
BFC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion
Designer of the Year
I love, for the second year running, the renamed Isabella Blow award. It’s great that such an inspiring, revolutionary and memorable person is recognised in this way.
I’m pleased that Luella Bartley won the Designer of the Year Award. Her latest collections have wooed me more than ever. A mesmerising mix of acidic/pastel shades that are feminine and girly with an edginess and coolness that remains ever Luella.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
One of the best aspects of the exhibition is where “visitors will be invited to write wishes on paper to hang on wish trees which will be sent to the Imagine Peace tower in Videy Island, Iceland to join our wishes from around the world". What a lovely thought and a great idea for a conceptual art piece. I love art that involves audience participation and in this case it has a remarkable local/global link.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Personally, I love M&S, it reminds me very much of being dragged around as a child every Saturday. The Food Hall cannot be beaten, who can resist Percy Pig & Pals at the checkout? And I think they are really trying as a company to get things right. Their Limited Edition collection quite often has some "on-trend" pieces. Recently, event he Autograph section has caught my eye, although I must admit, has not yet persuaded me to but anything. The recent coup of the Patricia Field collection can only raise their profile somewhat. Although I must say that I was a little disappointed by this collection. A collaboration with the fabulous Patricia Field could only promise good things. I'm not sure whether it was a lack of publicity and hype, but when I eventually saw them, the pieces didn't make my heart race. It was certainly an odd combination, the edgy Patricia Field x traditionally staid Marks & Spencer.
In the long run, I hope M&S remain successful and continue to attempt some forward-thinking tactics, Britain to me would not be the same without them.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
I was listening to the local news this morning and heard that a Steam Locomotive has been built in Darlington, County Durham by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and was taken out for a test run last night along the East Coast Mainline, it has taken 18 years to build. Mark Allat from the trust said,
"This is the type of locomotive from the post war period and sadly not one was preserved, all 49 were scrapped by 1966. "Luckily the drawings were kept in York Railway Museum and 18 years later we have this magnificent beast almost ready to pull passengers on the mainline".
What has this got to do with fashion, I hear you ask. No, I haven't become a "train anorak". I was immediately reminded of the iconic scene from "Some Like It Hot", where Marilyn Monroe is walking along the train platform and a puff of steam pats her on her backside.
From a fashion perspective, bring back those days of dressing up! Why do we no longer wear hats and gloves with crocodile skin high heels and matching handbag. The scene was similarly re-enacted by Carrie Bradshaw in SATC when she and Samantha take a train trip to San Francisco to promote the launch of Carrie's new book (Season 5, The Big Journey). There is something delightfully romantic and old-world, travelling on an old steam train dressed up like a movie start from yester-year.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
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You cannot beat this skincare regime. I've been using it for about 8 years and would not use anything else. The Cleanser is a cleanser, toner and exfoliator in one and although it may initially seem quite expensive (£48 for 100ml jar), this size lasts me about 6 months. On top of this, you only really need a moisturiser - Moisturiser SPF is also great, I have pale skin and like to wear an SPF all year round. Overnight for added moisture, I will use the TLC, a very rich cold-cream like consistency. I have just run out of the Cleanser and looked again at the website and how much I love the range, so thought I would share it with you, I thoroughly recommend it.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Apple Store, Soho, NYC - if you love technology and love sleek design, you can't get better than this. Any Apple product is almost a fashion accessory in itself.
Colette, Paris - a store I have never been to but desperately would like to. A definite on my next trip to Paris. A lifestyle store that simply oozes cool.
Chanel, Paris - an absolute dream. I have been in the NY store but my intention is to fulfill my dream of purchasing a 2.55 from this particular branch. One day.....
Liberty, London - A traditional store but selling edgy designers. The accessories department on the ground floor is to die for.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
An interesting choice this one, as Rei Kawakubo is a more avant garde designer than mass market. I'm sure their choice is well founded and it will be snapped up quickly and selling on Ebay within a few minutes.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Organised by the founders of new ethical online magazine Daisy Green, the aim is to look at ways of buying quality clothes at affordable prices, remaining kind to the environment. Buying cheap throw-away fashion does not give the same buzz as finding a special one off piece for roughly the same amount of money.
There is a Make Create & Customise area, a Vintage Tea Party and Vintage Style Advisers on hand to make the vintage experience that much sweeter! The vintage fair is expected to have a high turn out. Main organiser Nicola Alexander says,
"I think vintage has been creeping into the mainstream for a a while now. Certainly I noticed it this year and with all the credit crunch talk and the suggestion that fashion needs to slow down, I think it's attracting a wider audience who aren't necessarily students".
So if you're in the area, it's a definite must-see, Saturday 10am-4pm.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
This week also, Barney's New York Creative Director Simon Doonan states,"Reading all the doom and gloom recession predictions it's easy to believe shopping is dead and fashion will never be the same again. There will be tumbleweed blowing around the High Street fashion stores and we'll all have to wear 'safe' black trousers and 'sensible' court shoes for the next five years."But our survey proves that, though of course we're worried about the economic climate, it's just turning us into more responsible, savvy shoppers who are becoming more creative and inventive with our wardrobes. Women have always used fashion as a feel-good way of expressing themselves. And no credit crunch is going to change that. Instead it's making us braver, not safer, with our style."
"We're all doing expense cutting. It's really terrifying. But I think my job is to sustain the idea that fashion is exciting and glamorous."When war broke out, Quentin Crisp went out and bought 10 pounds of henna. You don't get it, do you? It means when times are tough, you have to be even more fabulous and more glamorous, and you have to rise above it".
It will be interesting to see just how the current economy affects the fashion industry, if at all, and the way style will evolve. In previous decades, World War II for example had a massive effect, the fabrics available in ration times were so limiting that once the war was over, Dior's New Look created a whole new silhouette and had a massive impact on the industry and the way women looked. In the 1980's, a decade synonymous with wealth and opulence, the style was very over the top. Huge shoulder pads, big hair, bold jewellery - the bigger the better. From what I can see around me, the "credit crunch" we're in is encouraging us to be thrifty. If we want lower prices but still want to maintain quality, we're turning to vintage on a mass scale. Although vintage has been fashionable for a while now, it is becoming more widely appealing to the masses.
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Friday, 7 November 2008
I have been addicted to discovering new blogs for a while - my first foray was with the delightful Style Bubble - her very individual style, musings and overall insight into her personal world of fashion - has had me compulsively reaching for the wonder-web each morning. More recently I have discovered The Cherry Blossom Girl. As I just adore anything French, this is a whimsical insight into her world. Alix has a most creative flair which she uses to excellent effect, her photographs are so beautiful and inspiring.
And while I think photographs are a necessary component of a good blog, I am still at this moment nervous. I hate my picture being taken at the best of times, I am not photogenic at all. But while this will be primarily a fashion blog, obviously outfit posts are quite essential. I have thought about starting my own blog for a long while and all aspects of the content, the aims, the objectives of it have been continuous deliberations. So, one step at a time I think, until my confidence builds.