Monday, 29 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
You can spot a Brit anywhere. It’s our charming awkwardness; our delicate self-awareness; our orderly queuing; and, when in
Catching the Metro you are constantly glancing around to spot that effortless Parisian style. But don’t. As soon as you begin scrutinising every
Parisian style is in the nonchalance, in the swagger and the distracted way they put themselves together. Not just that though, it’s the gentle details that give their outfits finesse; the French respect good tailoring as we Brits respect a bargain. If there is one secret to take from the French capital’s inhabitants, it’s to only ever buy for quality, not your purse.
Don’t let me try to explain their mystery, let them do it themselves. Here is a collection of my favourite fille et garcon I found whilst perusing the streets of
Sunday, 31 January 2010
This thing caught my eye yesterday when I was perusing the racks in the Lancaster Topshop and I spent a good 10 minutes working out whether it was worthy of me ‘investing’ £65 of my [loaned] English pounds and weighing up how many of my physiological needs I could get away with sacrificing for a couple of weeks. I settled for a sensible conclusion (for the first time in a while) that splurging on that coat would give me no satisfaction at all and I’d find it more soul-enriching and morally invigorating (yeah I know, but it did take a hell of a lot of internal conflict to get there) searching high and low for a thriftier, more aged replica.
That’s really what this trend’s all about… the more authentic, the better. Stick to the age-old trick and team old with new and vintage with high street, it’s the best way of pulling it off and maintaining the bank balance. And it’s worth it when you put in the searching effort to find the needle in the haystack! But if the idea of donning something that something may have died in sends shivers down your spine then the second feisty trend is centred around warrior-chic.
Ripped, figure-hugging leather is a daunting prospect to even the exhibitionists amongst us, so before you get ahead of yourself and look to Princess Xena as a muse take the trend’s key points into consideration. It’s all about attitude and adventure, with open toed shoe-boots, more masculine lines (shoulder pads are yet to be shunned from the catwalk) and plenty of armour-mimicking metallics set against classic black. One thing I’m definitely going to have to start getting used to is this idea of the leather skirt being a wardrobe staple… apparently owning one will help you in times of fashion crises as it’s versatility is (so I’m led to believe) endless. Although honestly, I think that the only thing it’ll be good for is making the embarrassing wet patch a thing of the past, and quick sit down during an interlude in the April showers that little bit more bearable.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
It gives off a bit of an 80's vibe without looking too retro with the studded belt included.
Feel free to nick my idea cos i think i know what i'll be asking for this Christmas!
Friday, 20 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Our aim is to pretty much keep you up to date with everything happening in the world of fashion, or anything we think is worth you knowing. Also as we live on a uni campus on a student budget we'll be giving you the latest on fashion on a budget. :) Watch out for us out out and about on campus cos students are our inspiration and you might find yourselves and other fashion forward students featured in our weekly style watch.
Stay tuned for the latest and as Paris Hilton puts it well (oddly) ''Life is too short to blend in.'
The British Fashion Council
This is the 25th anniversary of the British Fashion Council, the people responsible for the international recognition of British fashion genius that has been stocking our wardrobes for the past two and a half decades. The council is currently chaired by Harold Tillman who, when not freely donating his time to the work of the council, owns and chairs Jaegar – the label catapulting onto the catwalk the kind of classic chic synonymous with the more mature woman and in the process, completely changing the face of the middle-aged female Brit!
The council, despite being responsible for the wealth of talent hot-footing it down the runways of global fashion weeks, haven't forgotten their heads. Estethica was formed with the sole view to keep fashion ethical and with Monsoon being their sponsor their main aims are the sustainability of resources and promoting the importance of fair-trade wherever it can, such as Topshop-endorsed label – People tree.
With 25 years already under its leather, stud-spangled belt, let’s hope that its got more than a few left in it.