Friday, December 31, 2010
So when I saw these photos from the new collection by Sarah Burton I was happy. Everywhere you look there is detail, detail, detail. Delighted.
So I am happily posting these pictures, even if I fear this is my second time doing so, for all the world to see! Well, those who read my blog anyway - all five of you. Including my mum. ( Hi Mum!)
I am also looking forward to being able to own some new MCQ as well. Since the label announced this year it is taking over full control of it's younger sister line this year AND cutting prices. Bet Harvey Nicks was thrilled with that one! It will mean more people in the door anyway! Me included, I miss my HN lunchbreaks.
It's been an eventful year for the company. Which saw the tragic death of it's creator and designer earlier this year, followed by a possible lawsuit with Cadburys ( no idea how that worked out actually) and another lawsuit between the company and Hells Angels. No, I swear I didn't make that up. Look it up on the blog. I am telling you, it's there. Not to mention the unveiling of Sarah Burtons collection and various awards for Alexander McQueen accomplishments.
I can't wait to see what 2011 holds in store for them....
The New York Times Style section has put together another list of ''over'' fashion terms. Exact same as last year, Fashionista is back on the list. Some of it is accurate and some of it is well, a little harsh, but this is directly from the horses mouth via the horse's website : so no judgement!
Couture: Calling something “couture” doesn’t make it hand-sewn or high class. Yet the word popped up everywhere last year, from discount Web sites to Canal Street pushcarts. It’s even uttered repeatedly on HSN and QVC to describe handbags, dresses and almost anything else. You can trust that the rayon and polyester cape selling for $49.95 was not hand-stitched by petite seamstresses in a Parisian atelier.
Bespoke: A close runner-up to “couture.” Used by retailers to make their merchandise seem classier, although the items in question are not literally made to order.
Statement outfits: Does your clothing speak louder than words? That seemed to be the mantra chanted by fashion lemmings, who kept referring to attention-grabbing pieces as “statements.”
Smoldering: O.K., your makeup is hot. Your outfit is hotter. You are about to combust. We get it.
Pop-up: It was the year of the pop-up store — Shiseido and AllSaints had them, as did Zimmermann swimwear in SoHo and Liberty of London for Target. Blame it on empty storefronts and skittish retailers, but the hit-and-run retail concept swept the world’s fashion capitals, to the point of losing its novelty.
Fashionista: The word has gone from describing a class of urban style-conscientious sophisticates to becoming a lazy and cheap byword for anyone with a modicum of taste. (See “hipster.”)
Collaborations: H&M and Alber Elbaz; Gap and Stella McCartney; Jason Wu and Tse; Opening Ceremony and [insert name here]. Collaborations went gaga in 2010, making it seem as if solo designing were a thing of the past.
Concept store: Used to describe any store that deviated in the slightest from the norm, whether it was Ann Taylor’s “concept store” in the Flatiron district that featured 10 design finalists, or the OC Concept Store on Madison Avenue that sells watches and yachts. But aren’t all stores supposed to have a concept? Just checking.
Geek-chic: If geeks rule the world, it was only a matter of time before they conquered fashion. In 2010, anyone who sported thick-framed glasses, cardigans and T-shirts with nerdy references was instantly labeled “geek-chic.” The hip-to-be-square term has also become a popular Twitter hashtag. #done.
Eco-fashion: Stella McCartney made vegan platform shoes out of faux leather and cork; Michael Kors used organic cashmeres and cottons in his resort collection. Responsible design never gets old, but this term has.
D.I.Y. fashion: It’s not always necessary to knit your own mittens. And not everyone becomes a best seller on Etsy.com. Save your sanity by going to Urban Outfitters and spending the $8.
Heritage: Waxed Barbour jackets. Red Wing boots. Woolrich sweaters. Classic Americana ruled men’s runways in 2010 — and the cash registers at retail behemoths like J. Crew. But perhaps the only thing more played out than another lumberjack-chic man with a candy-colored ax was this word, trotted out to label the retro-trend.
Well-edited: This replaced “curated” to describe any collection chosen with a sharp eye. Stay tuned for this year’s word: culled.
Mash-up: Used to describe looks that blend multiple influences, as in, “The designer’s spring collection is a mash-up of Upper East Side girl and Harajuku girl on Valium,” or “Her aesthetic is a mash-up of East meets West.” Designers have always drawn upon their imagination and varied cultural references, so the term is superfluous.
Not to mention dazzling people and getting cats to chase the reflections. Endless hours......
Just a quick note to add that Aldo have started doing make-up since when? Either way, here are some of their new shades. I am loving the pink gloss. I don't know why but I am really loving pink at the moment for make-up and hair. Check out the new Tony and Guy adverts for London Fashion Week. Now THATS a hair do.
I would team it with leather look leggings, FIERCE ankle boots and a lethal piece.
It seems to be a lot of tie dye, fringing and maxi dresses with a modern take on the 70's hippie. The collection is from 'Snake Valley'. (Oh yeah, Topshop actually name their collections. Some can be pretty cheesy as well)
So if you would like to rock this look think relaxed glamour. Tie dye, fringes, leathers, suede, studs, dip dyed hair, floaty fabrics mixed with a grungy edge.
I'm not normally the biggest fan of Topshop during the Summer. I find them a bit girly for me. So I tend to stick to Urban Outfitters for a high street hit or vintage. It drives me nuts that I can't find any nice black clothes during the summer. Given that my entire wardrobe is black - that does create a problem. Oh well, Stick to jewelry Penny......
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
'Luke Worrall is the biggest piece of sh–t, he has been trying to get back with me.'
'All he did was use me. All girls, beware of @Luke_worral he is a using C—! He used me for my money and a free ride. He is lucky I am not spilling the whole truth about what he did!'
'I only came home for Xmas to see him. Meanwhile, he has been f–king hundreds of girls … behind my back.'
- Kelly Osbourne spilling the twitter beans on her relationship with model Luke Worrell which came to an end this year over allegations that the model cheated on her.
'Lies on twitter awesome.'
'im not going to spill personal business over twitter im not that low!'
- Luke Worrell's response to Kelly Osbourne's tweets.
God if you could see me now! My glamour filled life is on pause right now. I woke up this morning with the worst flu/ chest infection. I am sitting up in bed in an old sweatshirt (with I heart NY on it) and a pair of shorts and an old hat. Coughing my lungs up.
For god sake.
I feel like I've been hit by a very large truck. So you'll have to excuse the slow and painful blogging over the next few days as I get used to this.
It does mean something else, I wont be able to travel for New Years. Meaning I will be stuck on my own in Cork wrapped up in bed. So as my sequined maxi dress sits in my closet gathering dust and you raise a glass in whatever bar your in, spare those of us coughing up a lung a thought.
Best in sales : Lanvin. four items this week! 2 bag, a coat and a bracelet? Good work!
most pointless item : Gucci pants. What an ugly piece of work!
Most expensive piece : The burberry fur coat is the actual expensive item but, that diamond ring is not far behind it. which would you rather?
If I had the money.......: I think the pretty yet functional black Lanvin dress. Nothing this week is my style at all. sadly.
But also, the usual rich wives presents here as well. furs and jewelry. BOOOOOORING!
Lanvin python print bag - €1,205
Lanvin overnight bag - €1,397
Burberry Prorsum - Animal print rabbit fur jacket - €2,716
Stella McCartney flower printed coat - €1,545
Lanvin flower embellished coat - €1,495
Gucci stretch straight legged trousers €524
Lanvin chain bracelet - €441
John Hardy - Sterling silver ring - €1,884
Diane Kordas 18 karat gold diamond ring - €2,303
Lanvin belted satin dress - €626
The wonderful plaited knitwear by Stine Ladefoged. A Danish company which produce these fantastic items.
I think I like this yellow piece with the plaited neckline the best. I love the drama and the theatrical side of them. I'm not normally one for yellow but I just love this.
This is imagery from the designers Spring Summer 2011 line, which can be viewed in full at www.stineladefoged.com. There is a whole host of beautiful items. However it seems to be that the only place it is stocked is in Copenhagen. With no place online to buy. Which is a real shame. But if your in the mood, you can either book a flight or contact them directly. The email is on their website.
Ooh, I think I found a belated Xmas present to myself. (Thats all I do on this blog, shop like a demon) But, how cool? Mood lipsticks.
I remember having a mood ring in the 90's as a kid. I loved the way it responded to my body temperature. I had a great time. I do associate it with the 90s. Which considering the 90's are totally hot right now, I am delighted.
It's not a new concept. A brand called 2faced cosmetics had the mood changing lipgloss waaaaay before Urban Outfitters. But there you go!
The new lipsticks which come in a box of four are not as brightly colored as they seem. I will let you know as soon as I get my greedy little paws on them just how well they work.
* side note though - how shite is that packaging?????
Once a upon a time, I thought I was the shit because I owned a Ted Baker for Samsung phone. It was gorgeous. Wine red with a pattern of telephones on the back. It did most of the usual things, video, camera, MP3, made me a sandwhich - actually I made that last one up. But that would have made it an AMAZING phone......but now I realised just how shite I was.
Because this, this is the new Armani for Samsung phone. Now given that my current phone is broken in under a year (thank you O2) I could really use this.
But there is a flaw in my ingenius fashion related plot - the fecking thing costs €679. yeah, that much.
Not sure what the special features on it are : but for that much money - it really would want to make me a sandwhich. A really good one. With plenty of mayo and the good ham. Not the cheap stuff.
Still, I have to find some way of raising the money. To the bake sale!!!!!
Monday, December 27, 2010
- Chloe Sevigny. The quote that pissed off the happiest Geldwarf in all the land
I decided to drag my bubble skirt out of hibernation today. I teamed it with black tights, chunky socks and ankle boots.
skirt = topshop
vest = yummie tummie at Brown Thomas
Then keeping true to my new years promises - dada! The new Cyber lipstick. From MAC
Glasses - River Island
cup of coffee - my own (but the mug is from new york)
hat - Joke shop
It's all very serious.
I normally can't bear this skirt. It was bought for me for my graduation a few years ago. every now and again I see it and think, god, i really should. then i put it on and think. nah.....
“Dear Chloe Sevigny. I noticed you made some catty remarks about me in the press. You and I both know the real reasons behind this, don’t we? I now know you’re still not over it, which makes me feel sad for you. Don’t use public snide comments as a platform for your anger over MM.”
- Peaches Geldoff. The happiest Geldoff in all the land.....And just what is a MM? Comments by Sevigny were made to a magazine that Geldoff is just 'sort of around'. Well, love, it's true isn't it really? Your sort of....well....there
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Here's to 2011, my fashion filled fun year of madness. Can't wait kids!
dance dance dance!
I PROMISE TO RECYCLE MY DRESSES MORE :
I was amazed to find this Topshop gem hiding in the bottom of my wardrobe. In amongst the rubble. It had slipped off a hanger. Once I get the whole buttons at the back thing fixed it should be hot to trot! Possible New Years eve dress I think.
Dress - Topshop
boots - Primark
Hat - Vintage shop in Milan.
I PROMISE TO WEAR MY ANKLE BOOTS MORE
I bought these as I left Dublin, and have been stranded in Dundrum with not even a sniff of glamour on me. So I trotted off to Pennys and picked up these. Which due to the embarrassment of the loud clumpy noise they make when I walk, have not worn since. That and I am WELL tall in them!!! So I promise to find a way to team with other stuff and wear them more often. Before they go out of fashion and I look stupid - well, more then I normally do.
I PROMISE TO EXPERIMENT WITH CRAZY LIPSTICKS :
I got very safe towards the end of this year. I lived for my Ruby Woo from MAC and I still do. But this, this is Cyber by MAC. I want this to be my lipstick for the new year. I know the rest of my make-up is not done it doesn't look great. But I love the drama involved with a dark lipstick like this. Since my black lipstick was stolen by someone, I have been stuck for a dark lipstick. Thank god for this. I promise to wear this more with killer outfits instead of going for the safe option and reaching for red.
I PROMISE TO WEAR SILLY HATS AND NOT FEAR JUDGEMENT :
I remember how low I felt before I bought this. Sad as I was leaving Dublin and my little flat. However, just before I was due to finish, I found this bonnet on sale in River Island and treated myself to it. I had to have it. But I do feel I look a little bit insane in it. So I only ever wear it when alone or out on long walks. But next year I promise to wear it more often and with rocking outfits.
Hat - River Island
Apologies on the bad picture but : I PROMISE NOT TO FEAR THE MAD TIGHT :
I have a collection of Henry Holland tights which I have never worn. These are the pink version of the ABC tights. I have never worn them. In Jan, I will resolve to wear more of these tights. But you do have to wear them with a mostly black outfit so you don't overdo the look! I teamed these with ankle boots, a T-Shirt pretending to be a dress. Although it was shorter then I thought it would be. So I think I would add black shorts to this!
t-shirt - AHA T-shirt - Tee and Cake from Topshop
Tights - Pink ABC tights - Henry Holland for Pretty Polly
Ankle boots - Primark
I PROMISE TO LOWER MY HEMLINES ONCE IN A WHILE :
The 1940's tea dress. I picked this one up ages for very little money. The belt was gone and the pin holding the loose neckline in place. But as soon as I put it on I couldn't leave it. It is the most flattering dress shape ever. The longer hemline makes it easier to wear and incredibly comfortable. My dad reckons (when it's belted, pinned and wonderful) that it looks slightly like an old nurses uniform from the 40's. I have no idea....any thoughts? But one of the things I love the most about tea dresses is how adaptable they are. You can team with black biker boots for a grungy punk-ish effect, ballet slippers for a girly look or high heels for...well, you know the drill.
I PROMISE TO WEAR MORE HEADSCARVES :
I don't know why I don't wear head scarves more often. More then likely because I am worried about them slipping down constantly! Either way, it's knotted and pinned into place this time so it should be fine.
I PROMISE TO WEAR MORE VINTAGE :
Fur, I know I am going to get killed for this. But this is a full length rabbit fur from the 50's. I have no idea if I like or hate it. It was a semi present from someone. But in these times, it's warm which is all you can ask for! But style wise I never know what to put it with. I went for a funky 40's/50's twist. Combining my epic headscarf from Z and my tea dress. Then I danced....oh how I danced.....
clothing - All vintage but the coat is from Lucy's Lounge in Dublin. In Temple Bar. She has many of these! All wonderful and wonderfully priced!