Monday, 29 September 2008

America's Next Top Model: Nobody Does Crazy Better

So I'm starting ANTM 10 from Episode 2 because let's face it, Episode One is always a maelstrom of screaming and crazy. The only notable thing from it was Her High Priestess Of Fierce! Miz Tyra Banks' demented turn as a prom queen. It was awesome, words can not do it justice.

This season has relocated to an actual city of fashion, swapping the gaudy LA trash scene for the actual fashion of NYC. The usual suspects are there - the Plus Size, The Bitch, The Alt-Bitch, THe Kook, The East European. And as ever, Mr and Miz Jay.

To be honest not an awful lot happened. Fatima (who is a spit for Iman) and Marvita clashed, revealed hardships and made up, an uninspiring Times Square set Badgley Mischka show revealed none of them can walk. The photoshoot was supposed to represent the hardships of being homeless seeing as HHPOF! had been homeless for a day for Her Other Show. To behonest, it seemed kinda crass and didn't provide any good photos.

The bombshell was saved for judging when Kim, a preppy blonde, admitted to the judges that she didn't care about fashion.

Think about that. Given that a lot of importance is placed on knowing about designers and fashion not only in the show but in general for models, she pretty much signed her exit papers. Miz Jay looked like she might faint, Tyra got mildly angry and sent her home. Atalya was the one to get booted normally - pretty but commercial apparently.

Whatever. Most importantly, there is now a weekly fix of Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker. Which is surely worth getting through a Monday for.

Next week: Makeover. Oh the dramz....

Friday, 19 September 2008

NES *hearts*..... Dita Von Teese's New Wonderbra Collection

I was *so* excited when I heard that Dita Von Teese was teaming up with Wonderbra to bring out a range of retro inspired lingerie goodies. I adore the look of retro lingerie and love the shape it gives. To my mind, there is nothing sexier than a curvy hourglass shape and there's something to be said for the 'scaffolding' as I call it that goes into creating such a shape. It makes your whole posture realign - you sit up straighter, walk taller and can't help but get a cute Marilyn wiggle in your walk! I'll be writing some more about underwear soon - women really should give it as much thought as they give to what's going over it.

The Divine Miss Von Teese has designed three styles, my personal favourite being the Satine-Teese (pictured). Check out the rest here and you can buy from 23rd September!

(Picture from Wonderbra)

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Out Of The Fug, Into The Pretty

So remember I found these boots from Chinese Laundry? Well lovely commenter Youlovemar has found some in the purple!

They're slightly shorter but very cute and would be surprisingly versatile - think pretty dresses with layered knits or (if you're that way inclined) dark skinny jeans.

$89 from Chinese Laundry

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Quel Louboutin à choisir?

So I've started saving my pennies in preparation for Paris which then means researching which pretty delights I can purchase.

For your consideration today, the sublime Very Prive satin platform peep toes. These shoes would last, last and last - a true classic that deserves the splurge.

Or is it?

Why Getting Dressed Is So Much More Than Just Preventing Nakedness

The time has come for my seasonal wardrobe review where I look at what I've got to get me through the coming season, what I can get rid of, what I need to buy and it's occurred to me that I'm a woman of more than one look and that surely I can't be the only one who has different looks and indeed variations on these looks for each occasion.

There's a myth that floats around Fashion Land that presumes that all women should have a signature look and stick to it. For some women this is perfectly true. The Queen for example. Or Victoria Beckham. But what about the rest of us? Are we about dressing or dressing up?

The times when I have to get dressed and I have time to take on it, I'm very much in the dress up mode. Different outfits do different things. Take going to gigs - if I'm going to one of the Hairy Drummer's gigs then I like to play the rockstar girlfriend look. There's generally a leather jacket involved, skinny-ish jeans and a sexy tee accessorised with tousled hair and heaps of eyeliner. Moss? She has nothing on me. It's different if I'm going as a reviewer though. Then I like to keep it a bit more casual but still sharp. If I'm just going for the hell of it then on with a Threadless tee and the baggy jeans and scrappiest skater trainers.

So far, so generic rock chick. But also nestling in my wardrobe and my heart are a load of vintage (genuine and repro) 50s dresses and skirts for those days when I want to dress up like a film star. And again, these change dependent on the occasion. For work, I go for the pencil skirt approach - it's my equivalent of a power suit. Let's face it, if you can negotiate stairs in a wiggle skirt and heels then you can negotiate anything. But for play, it's petticoats, flowers and ribbons all the way because I want to show that I'm out to have fun and I can be and do like being girly sometimes.

It just goes to show that while we can all have a signature look or variations thereof, it's always worth remembering that getting dressed up is still a lot of fun!

What The Fug?!

I'm looking for some new winter boots so started scouring the usual places when I came across these Chinese Laundry boots.

I wasn't aware Court Jester was a big trend for Autumn/Winter 08.

(I do however love the shape of them and if they were in the purple or blue then I'd be tempted.)

$59.99 at

Friday, 5 September 2008

Shoe Of The Day

More ribbon laces - well to an extent at least. I'm not sure one ribbon can count as laces can it? Anyway, these slightly pointy but still round toe heels from Moda In Pelle are very cute and will add a nice bit of dressiness to a work outfit.

The very aptly named 'Crumpet', £70 at Viva La Diva

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Shoe Of The Day

These shoes combine my dual loves of disco and evening footwear and will be absolutely perfect for the December party season.

To know as well then that they come from Rocket Dog is a bit of a surprise. I don't usually associate them with shoes like this.

And the price? A very reasonable £45. Bar to the gain.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Shoe Of The Day

I've always been a little unsure about shoe boots or whatever you want to abridge them to. I think it's because I had a pair at school back in the mid-90s that had a big chunky heel and laces that always came undone. Then I remembered that I actually loved those shoes. They were my first pair of heels and flew in the face of the draconian uniform rules. I was a rebel with a cause - school uniforms need not be fugly!

Now I'm allegedly all growed up, I look for something a bit sexier in my heels of choice so I was a bit taken aback to find these on the Faith website and actually liking them. I think it's the shininess of the patent leather, the ribbon for laces and the downright dirty stiletto that does it.

Culine, £60 from Faith here or in a store near you as the ads would have it.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008