Friday, 21 October 2011

Urban Outfitters is finally coming to Meadowhall

Finally right?
You can just imagine my excitement when I went to work yesterday and saw the Meadowhall newsletters to find the Urban Outfitters will indeed be joining us at Easter.
The store will be 11,000 sq ft and on a 15 year lease and joining our store (FR by Fashion Rocks) on Park Lane.
It is about time Urban Outfitters!

Check out the Urban Outfitters blog:

Versace for H&M

Another Versace blog...
It has got to be done. Vogue has recently added images of the Versace for H&M fall 11/12 collection... And I want it all.
Who else is being the sad fashionista and queuing outside H&M from the early hours in the morning in order to get the scarves, the leather jacket and all those dresses?

Thursday, 20 October 2011

19 October 2011, Fashion Design University of Leeds

Hey guys!

Wow, yesterday was a busy day!
Two guest speakers came to see us, you may have heard of them, Caryn Franklin and Colin McDowell.

Franklin came and saw us to discuss the diversication of model used in the fashion industry, which is a part of the campaign she co-founded with Erin O'Connor and Debra Bourne, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk.

Franklin has worked at iD magazine for 6 years, and is mainly known for her BBC TV show in the 90s, The Clothes Show, where she was aired on primetime tv for 12 years. The campaign is bring 'real' women on to the catwalk, rather than the whippet thin, pale, fragile models we see on catwalks today. In the 80s we saw a more diverse range of models all skin colours, thin and curvy. Catwalk shows had movement. In the 90s model begun to shrink and little movement was used on the catwalk. Designers made sample sizes tiny - so the model have to tailor thier bodies to fit these sizes.
Seeing these skinny models in advertising campaigns has caused image pressure and mental breakdowns for women and men across the world. In the second episode of Mary Portas Queen of Frock, Mary Portas made an example of Chanel. They use a teenage slim model in their advertising campaign even though the typical Chanel customer is an older woman. WHY?
All Walks Beyong the Catwalk are promoting the use of all type of models to be used in ad campaigns and catwalks, their recent campaign was 'Snapped' with Rankin, an amazing photographer, you should check out.

If you are interested in her and the campaign be sure to visit the site and follow her on Twitter, @Caryn_Franklin.

McDowell came in to discuss his extensive knowledge of the 20th century fashion. For module 20th century fashion I will be basing my essay on 80s Power Dressing :)

Power Dressing was not invented in the 80s, it in fact goes all the way to the Egyptian times. Where we saw Women Pharoahs!
Main examples of power dressing is King Henry the eigth, and Queen Elizabeth the first. They wore masses of jewellery, they changed clothes frequently in the day to show they were the most powerful in the monachy.
When we think of 80s power dressing - we think SHOULDERS. A good example of 80s power dressing is Dynasty, starring Joan Collins - A woman who stay true to this day in Power Dressing - it makes her feel confident.
In the 80s women began to copy men in dress, trousers empowered women. It said what men can do, women can do. Theirry Mugler was a major designer in the 80s power dressing movement.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Gwen Stefani Celebration

Hey Guys,

Can you believe it? Gwen Stenfani has recently turned 42?!?! 
I hope I look like her at that age.


Gwen wearing a white slashed arm hole shirt, to see the peek-a-boo bra. Working the black and white look.

Signature Style:Platinum Blonde HairRed Lips  "People think they see me every day, but they don't! I change it up. But my husband really loves the red, so I keep the red because I want to keep the husband."Pale Skin
Unique Styling

There is no lie, Gwen Stefani has had many style transformations from the early days for No Doubt (where she sported brown hair, later to pink and then blonde and black) to now. She has always played with fashion and is not afraid to break out of the norm.

Chanel her style:
Russian Red Lipstick from MAC

Her Harajuku Lovers brand showcases her love for the Harajuku lolita culture, influences which can be seen throughout her first solo debut album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby. In 2004 she debuted her L.A.M.B fashion collection on the NYC runway.

Her beauty moment has to be in the 4 In The Morning video:

Sophie Flinders XXX

Little Finds

Here is one of my finds - routing around jumble sales.
I love it. Do you?

Fundamentals - Barbie Project