Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Charity shop soft spot- Aquascutum Shirt

So a few friends and I work in this British Heart Foundation charity shop for a couple of hours a week and most of the clothes are the most disgusting things I've seen in my life, but there's a special blue box (sigh) that has all the "high label fashion" as they call it and when we have to do the tagging that tends to be the box I go to to search through.
 I've always had a soft spot for charity shops and have been able to find some amazing pieces, for example my beauts satchel bag I found in the downstairs of an Oxfam in Southfield when doing a visual merchandising course and the woman gave it to me for two quid! I was like, err okay that's cool... *runs outside a cries with happiness*
Therefore I was sort of hoping that the charity shops in Wallington would be equally as successful, however I did have my doubts... As it is Wallington... But as I was working in there the other week I stumbled across a blouse in the red box (average brands eg Marks&Sparks) and it was so nice! Cream with three blue strips down the front fastened by little gold buttons! I went to tag the label and realised that it in fact read "Aquascutum" in amongst mark&sparks.... not so sure. So I asked the guy, Simon, who was in the room with us if I should tag it as a "high label" piece and to my utter disgust he replied that he had never heard of Aquascutum. I almost died. Then my friend Charmaine also turned around and said she had no idea. To which I really did almost die.
So I bought it- it will obviously be much more loved in my company- and for £2.80!!
Today's the first day I've had the chance to wear it, to sixth form open day, but even so it's a memorable occassion. Slightly odd that I treat my clothes as though they were people, but never mind.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Haven't posted since june...

I am a complete foney at this whole blogging thing. Apparently you're meant to be blogging about 8- or something ridiculous like that- times a day, but ever so sorry to dissapoint, but i do have a life! However I am going to try to blog more frequently, think I might start with one post a day and work my way up...
I had a look at the blog's stats the other day and found that it was still getting quite a few views per day so i thought i might as well share something new.
I'm typing all of this off of my phone by the way as I thought it would make it easier to blog more frequently so I apologise in advance for any spelling mistakes and how it looks on the pc...
Anyway this was just my little warning, I will blog tomorrow at some point so have a look! Night all xxx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

London men.

My iPod died yesterday on the way home from an amazingly exciting day working with costume and textiles designer Nicola Killeen at Pinewood Studios and being the lazy bum that I am- never charged it. Therefore I had to find something else to do for the journey to Hackney. Sooooooo I write this article into pocketword on my ancient brick of a phone whilst drinking a shitty cup of coffee and eating the most pathetic blueberry muffin (early morning organisation isn't my thing) and I've just finished playing a, somewhat perverted, game by myself on the bus. Watching Londoners race past and saying yes or no in my head as to whether I'd... marry them? Kiss them? etc? Well, anyway it turned out to be an awful lot of no, no, no, no, no, no, no with the occasional yes...Which led me to thinking how unfortunate most men are in their looks...Which then brought my attention to the fact that the majority of people passing by were men! I'd say 75% were men which sort of shocked me a bit.
The stereotypical London male worker in my mind is in business of some sort, in an office somewhere, who strolls around in a clean cut BLACK Hugo Boss suit with a brief case clutched under one arm. And by the looks of things I'm growing more and more disappointed in the way that male Londoners express themselves. No artistic flare to be seen. And why does every suit I see have to be black?! Where is the bloody colour?!
However one very beautiful Londoner has just appeared in my mind who had the artistic flare of a God-  Mister Lee Alexander McQueen. He had more creativity in one eyelash than these brief case soldiers have in their entire bodies!I truly believe he is an inspiration. And should be for all men. He grew up in Stratford, London being the youngest child of six and found a job along Saville Row at the age of sixteen working in a tailors which is where his journey is said to have begun.
It's just a bit sad to see all of these men passing by with the potential to be as great as McQueen, but instead they're dressing the same every day and working in politics or something boring like that. Fair enough if they want to be smart and enjoy politics, but there must be some other way to appear smart without the repeatitive black?
Maybe then there'd be more yes's than no's...

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Don't think I'd forgotten about you Vivienne.

(Quickly like to apologise for being a lazy arse and not posting in about 3 months...)

At 69 she is a legend. 
Her style is beyond description.
She's received the British Fashion Designer three times!
The woman has also received an OBE from the Queen leaving her DAME Vivienne Westwood.

However, the purpose of this post isn't to confess my love for her it is to discuss, rather belatedly I must admit, her wonderful Autumn Winter show at Paris Fashion Week in March!
Now, my biggest secret... To watch the show before I ramble on about it follow this link is my saviour...

The show was titled "World Wide Woman" and it showed just that. It was a mix of everything thrown in together in an elegant manner reflecting Vivienne's magical personality. Right from the dramatic, distressed make- up and theme to the metallic styled ensembles.

I loved the quirky combination of preppy suits and glamorous fur. The second image above is full of youth and  the metallics are really chic matched with a pair of seasonal striped socks it is a very chic ensemble.

These boots actually took my breath away...

Have to admit the yellow dress above was my least favourite... It reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but with a sickening twist to it. The black netted sleeves are gorgeous, however the combination just doesn't work for me.

Overall, a very dramatic message portrayed by Westwood, distressed, chic and rebellious.

Friday, 4 March 2011

And that's the last of it...

So,  John Galliano is troubled, so he said some things that maybe  he shouldn't have, but once you've seen his last Dior collection that occurred today in Paris, you will forget completely the bad things and think only of the wonderful...
With a touch of the deep bohemian colours shown often by Marc Jacobs and the darkness of the future Autumn/ Winter 2011/12 it is the perfect mix! If John Galliano were to go out after any show, this was the one.

Day meets night. Beautiful.