I've finally managed to peel myself out of bed today after one of the busiest, tiring, fantastic days of the year! I went to the Vogue Festival (those of you following me on twitter will know from ALL my tweets!) and heard from some of the most established, successful and relevant figures in the fashion world today. I woke up inspired and more clear about my career path and met some lovely people along the way. Unfortunately, there was a few downsides. I thought the cost (seventy-five pounds per session and each session had 3-4 talks) was a bit steep and most of the people in attendance were students and young designers. Quite a few people commented that they missed talks simply due to the price. Also......no goody bag?Really? To give them credit, there were a few booths offering hair(colour and styling) and makeup (a smoky eye and red lip stand), but these were so crowded that it was difficult to even see what they were doing. That being said, I had a great time and plan to go again next year. Did any of you guys go, and if so, what did you think?
ps: the above photo was taken after some Chanel makeup artist intervention, accessories and airbrushing
skirt: Primark, jumper:Topshop, shoes:Topshop, watch: Toy Watch
I know I've gone on in the past about highstreet, throwaway fashion and the poor quality, but I was astounded by this complete Prada knock-off skirt. I almost blushed when purchasing it, but comforted myself knowing that I saved eight-hundred pounds. Yes, it's an obvious knock-off, but so what? The quality of the skirt is pretty good for twelve quid (it's lined!) and surely it's smarter dollars and sense to invest in the cheaper version of an obvious 'It' item. So does it really harm fashion? Aren't I still a walking advertisement for the brand? There's no way I could afford to buy the original (it's a recession, people), but still managed to capture a bit of the brand. What do you guys think?
p: tomorrow I'm off to the Vogue Festival, so lots of pics to come! :)
Every couple of seasons, a tricky trend emerges and the shops try their best to interpret it, magazines try their best to style it but it never quite takes off. I speak, of course, of the sportswear trend. I've been really wary and unsure how exactly to try it, and then it came to me in a flash! Grey jumper + neon shorts+ Toms= perfect summer sportswear look. For evening, anything with a racer back will do. Looser fabrics are always better, but keep your eyes open for neoprene, netted or sheer pieces. I did this look as my interpretation- the shorts you may remember from my 'In the changing room' post here- and these heels I rediscovered in the back of my closet.Hope you like it!
Okay, this post might be (will be) a bit ranty, but I had to say something. Yesterday I was in London for business and I decided to pop to Oxford Street, in a bid to find a pair of plain, black skinny trousers.....Two hours and five shops later, I was nearly in tears. It wasn't that they were hard to find, but the fit and quality really let them down. Without exception, all the trousers I tried were 1) huge on the waist 2)tight on the hips and 3)weird around the crotch. Who are these trousers made for? I was feeling quite down about my obviously alien body when I took stock of the ladies around me. After a quick calculation (okay estimation), it seemed that about 80% of the women around me were not wearing trouser that fit OR flattered. The tell-tale signs of a ruched waistband,where the belt was too tight, the slight wince when sitting down or the trouser dance (ie pulling down the trousers when getting up to make them semi-comfortable again) were evident. Why aren't more of us saying something? Why do we have to buy these low quality versions at mid quality prices? Needless to say, I left empty handed. Do you have a nghtmare trouser story?