Archive | August, 2012

Paper or Plastic?

31 Aug

Last year German fashion house Jil Sander sent an item down the runway that caused much discussion and a hefty amount of (unjust) criticism amongst people who had never even heard of the designer a matter of months previously. So what got people all hot under the collar? Was it a man in a wedding dress? No, been done (thankyou Andrej Pejic and Jean Paul Gaultier. Loved it) Had they shaved a bear and thrown it down the runway in a 7″ heel and got the PETA crowd railed up? Nope (please never do this).

It was this-

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A bright orange acetate bag, modeled on a regular carrier bag. The $150 pricetag was the main source of rage and bemusement. It did it’s job though, it got people talking and hearing about a brand that otherwise wouldn’t have been thrust into newspapers and been on television.

So hold onto your hats because they’ve done it again!
Drumroll please….. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the Vasari!

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This is the $290, high durability coated paper bag, with stitched seams and metal eyelets that might get a few critics in a tizz.

It has a charm to it and is certainly in-keeping with the brands minimalist approach to fashion but if brown bagging it isn’t your thing then consider putting $630 over the counter for the black leather version.

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Whatever your take is on the bags there’s no denying that they’re a bit of fun and (pricey) frivolity and that’s what fashion should be about. It should cause some debate and get people thinking because there generally isn’t a right answer. It all comes down to personal opinion.

Selfridges marks the dot

30 Aug

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For the next 8 weeks Selfridges on Oxford Street has been taken over by a gigantic 24 window display designed by the 84 year old, world renowned artist Yayoi Kasuma.
The collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Kasuma is being showcased in the concept store until October 19th, with such offerings as her signature pumpkins in bag form, along with classic Louis Vuitton pieces like the speedy stamped with the artists trademark dots.

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Creative director of the brand, Marc Jacobs, met Yayoi Kasuma in Tokyo in 2006. This can be seen in the 2008 Louis Vuitton & Marc Jacobs documentary in which she customised and signed an LV bag with the distinctive dotty pattern that we are seeing take over 400 Oxford Street this week.

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Above- Marc Jacobs with Yayoi Kasuma (and giant pumpkin)

Below- The hypnotising sight that greets shoppers at Selfridges and some of the items that will no doubt become highly sought after.

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The Angel has landed

30 Aug

Promo shots of Rosie Huntington-Whiteleys new range of lingerie for M&S have been gracing magazines and the internet for sometime, today however, is the official launch day in selected stores.
At first glance the Victoria’s Secret Angel is a perfect choice as the (stunning) face and body of the brands ongoing revamp. How is she at designing though?

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Personally I haven’t seen any of the pieces up close yet, so can only go on the pictures of beautiful vintage inspired designs and delicate detailing on some very sexy and classy underwear.

Obviously time will tell if Rosies first foray into lingerie designer will pay off for the brand more famous for it’s food than French knickers. I do think it will bring a new audience into stores, whether it be out of curiosity from the publicity in magazines or fans of Rosie looking to buy into a bit of her model glamour and style.

Some of my favourites from the collection and a wide range of items that will flatter (most) bodies, not just the RHW’s among us……….

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A colour change is as good as a holiday

29 Aug

Right now I am pretty smitten with the ombre trend that has been around for most of spring and summer, this being said, I decided it was time to get out the sponges and ombre my nails! You’d understand why I would be apprehensive if you’d seen my first ever attempt but holy coco is no quitter and I had a secret weapon in my arsenal this time – Barry M chameleon colour change nail varnish!
It’s so ridiculously easy to use that even I managed it without the help of a YouTube tutorial and minus all the mess that followed before.
Firstly, it is easy to use. Just paint it on like you would a normal polish (I went for the lilac) then when it’s dry take a top coat and go to town on your nails! I’ve seen a couple of really clever designs out there and am keen to try them for myself but I’ll stick to perfecting this for now.

One coat without a top coat

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It looks more like a cornflour blue in the picture but I think that could be the background. It’s more of a silvery lilac and looks beautiful by itself, plus it dries quickly and it only needs one coat.

After spongeing on the top coat for the elusive ombre effect!

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It’s not fantastic doing it this way but for a very quick (I’m talking 15 mins max, start to finish) effective take on nail art, it can’t be beaten and it’s essentially 2 polishes for £3.99. I’m interested to see how the blue and pink shades turn out in the flesh too as they seem to photograph better than the lilac/purple combo. So with fairly easy and fuss free ombre nails now in my repertiore I’ll be doing the same to my hair in the next couple weeks. So pass me the bleach and cross your fingers!