Category Archives: Fashion

A grown up beauty pageant?

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If you own a tv or a computer then it’s pretty hard to not have noticed that the Golden Globes took place a few days ago. Since then, the internet and the TV have been filled with photos of celebrity, making us all feel a bit more worried about losing those few extra kilos that we gained over Christmas. Looking at the red carpet pictures, it actually makes you think that these people skipped Christmas all together, I mean where did all the turkey and the chocolates go? They all look amazing. It does however make me think that the Award Ceremonies in Hollywood seem to be turning into more of a beauty pageant than a recognition of film or music. I mean it doesn’t really matter if you win the award for best film as long as you look good in your designer dress right?

Every year there is a trend colour which actresses seem to have to follow, this year it was ‘Pretty in Pink’ whereas next year they might all turn up in purple. It makes me wonder if they are all competing for the best dress in that colour instead of the best movie in the category.  Also, the more the media push the images from the event into our face, the more we subconsciously think about which dress we liked most and who looked best, thus turning it into a competition.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not. I’m the first to admit that I love looking through the red carpets photos and judging the best and worst dresses but maybe it’s not healthy for us to be focussing so much on the physical all the time. Not many of us are realistically going to look that good, in pink, in January, just after Christmas indulgences….

However, at these types of events, we must admit that the Hollywood men really do have it  much easier. They can turn up in a black suit feeling pretty confident that they won’t appear in the  ‘ Worst Dressed’  columns the following day…

If you think about it, most of the pictures we see are of the women in their pretty dresses, we don’t often see many photos of the men.  In the same way, we don’t really hear much about Mr USA or little boys in beauty pageants…do they even have beauty pageants for boys??  Definitely something to investigate.

Admittedly, the Hollywood ladies do have a much harder job getting ready, they have to choose a dress that: a) they like b) suits them c) makes them look as thin as possible and way better than everyone else and d) that the press and thus the rest of the world like too. Quite exhausting really! Although, I still think I would swap places with them any day if all I had to worry about was my dress for the Awards Ceremony!

 

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Celebrities have become fans over the last few years of wearing a slogan on their t-shirts to show their feelings or thoughts on a particular issue. Everything from an ironic message to the public to an opinion on a celebrity break-up…. They even started commenting on their own breakup…. Take a look at Katie Price & Peter Andre from when they divorced last year.

This PR gesture actually quite surprises me. Usually all we see are celebrities complaining about how they need some space and the paparazzi won’t leave them alone. But what do they expect? If you’re going to tell the whole world what you think of your own divorce then someone is going to take a picture and make some money out of it! At the end of the day, it’s the same argument as forever; these people wouldn’t be famous without the press in the first place so why don’t they just stop complaining and enjoy their 7 houses, 9 pools, 2 Porsches and their free clothes. Life could be a lot worse you know!

Seems pretty contradictory to me anyway, a little bit like Eva Longoria’s very ‘clear message’ which she wanted the world to see…… Definitely not the best way to get that privacy she was looking for.

However, it must be very liberating to wear something like that, sometimes I wouldn’t mind wearing a t-shirt to show what I’m thinking….

“I’m ignoring you right now in case you hadn’t noticed” to your partner….

“Why are you so slow?!” to the poor guy at the checkout…

” Where’s my pay rise?” to your boss…

Unfortunately, unless I become rich and famous all of a sudden and don’t need to worry about the consequences then I doubt I’ll be sporting slogan t-shirts any time soon. What a shame, I could really use one right now for the boyfriend: “Grey’s Anatomy starts in 20 minutes, you’ve been warned ;)”

Plus Size or Real Size?

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Marc Jacobs have unofficially announced that they are planning to launch a range of “plus size” clothing. This would make them the first fashion house to offer such a collection. With plus-size they are actually referring to size 14 (Eu 42)  and above, not exactly huge is it? I think the UK average size is about a 14 anyway so perhaps they should think about calling it “normal” or “non-skinny” size clothing. I mean, isn’t it about time that fashion houses offer clothes for all body shapes and sizes? It’s like presuming that all the people who can afford to buy their clothes are going to be thin too! This isn’t to say that they should only make size 12 and up either. I understand that there are naturally thin people too and this isn’t a negative thing. But with regards to the modelling industry, are they representing these different groups of people? I mean, how many plus size models can you think of? The only one which springs to my mind is Sophie Dahl.

When I was looking into the so-called plus size models, I found this website called Plus-Size Models Unite. To be honest I was expecting larger women…. Looking through the site, most of the models are a size 12 so it still makes the rest of us feel ‘ plus-size’  compared. I don’t want to criticise them though, I do think the site is a great idea and there should be more things like this around.

A few years ago there was a lot of controversy at Fashion Weeks worldwide as they banned ‘overly thin models’. But what do they really mean by overly thin? Size 0, -2, -4, who really knows! Although this ban raised some strong opinions and some shocking pictures, like this one of Italian model, Oliviero Toscani, it doesn’t actually seem like that much has changed.  The majority of models, especially those on the catwalk, still look a few sizes smaller than the average girl on the street and eating disorders are still a very real problem.

This weekend I was actually at the beach and seeing so many bodies in their swimwear really made me realise that no 2 bodies are the same! So why are we constantly trying to look like people in the movies, magazines or on the catwalk?Who are we doing it for? For ourselves or because we want to fit in to what is considered as more attractive or better looking? If it’s for yourself to feel healthier and be fitter then that’s great but if it’s to look like the models on the catwalk or the people on TV then maybe it’s time to stop. Do you really want to end up like Oliviero Toscani? Or do you really want to restrict yourself to being in the gym all day or to not eating desert at a restaurant? Is it really worth it? I don’t think so anyway…. so go grab the spoon and get the ice cream out, it’s only natural!

Some fashions never change

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I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that it seems to be getting harder and harder to keep up with ever-changing fashion trends nowadays. However, I’ve recently realised that there are some fashions which never change.

Think about a wedding or a funeral for example. It’s just expected that the bride wears white and at a funeral, everyone wears black. In fact, I remember once at a family funeral, one of my cousins wore a bright green coat and everyone acted as if there was an elephant in the room. The older generations just shook their heads while the younger family members stared in shock. Personally,  I just kept thinking “good on you! everyone’s sad enough already, we don’t need all this gloomy black on top of it!”  But I was still sitting there in my black dress and coat and will probably continue to do so at other funerals.

To be honest, I think I actually like it, the stability and tradition of it all, something that seems to be disappearing in so many other ways. I just find it surprising that the custom has stayed so strong. As I am writing this, I am thinking of one of my ‘readers’ who I know for a fact didn’t get married in white… dark red I think it was actually… but she’s a special case! ;)

I also know that this isn’t true for all religions or cultures so I am generalising slightly but it does seem that black funerals and white weddings are two things that have definitely stuck.  When you were young and you thought about your dream wedding, I doubt that you imagined yourself in a purple or a blue dress! And if you have a funeral to go to, I bet you’re not worrying about what colour dress to buy either.

I know that there is reason behind these things; white is meant to show purity and black is worn as a sign of respect but doesn’t anyone else think it’s strange that everything else seems to be continuously changing and evolving yet this stays the same? I certainly know that people aren’t as ‘pure’ at their weddings anymore yet most dresses are still white… Maybe it’s true what they say: people just don’t like change.

Just something to think about…  and in case you’re wondering, if I ever get married then you’ll definitely be seeing me in white!

Why women shop and men know more about football

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This may seem to be the typical question which has been answered by many people and a number of books in the past (in fact my friend was talking to me about one just the other day: “Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus”, I don’t think there’s many of us who haven’t heard about that classic before…)

Well, as much as I agree that the differences between men and women are rooted in our evolution and how we cohabited in our caves thousands of years ago; women at home cooking and multi-tasking and the men out being all, well, ‘ manly’, It still makes me think about why it continues to be the same today. I mean, I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t live in a cave and I don’t see my boyfriend heading out with a spear and coming back with a fish very often either….

To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with expectations. I feel like there are higher expectations for women to look smart, elegant, classy, sexy, fashionable.. whatever your preference, but there is definitely more importance put on how women look then how men do. This causes them to not really care that much about what they put on when they get out of bed in the morning…. I mean if no one pays attention to what you’re wearing, then why should you? As long as they wear a good suit to that important meeting or hot date then they’re sorted. And they can wear the same suit dozens of times, all they really have to do is change their tie! I know there is a small group of men who really do look after their appearance and what they are wearing but I think it is a SMALL minority (ok so maybe I’m generalising but just let me go on!)

Whereas women can’t wear the same suit over and over, we need new dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and jewellery to combine it all together! However, it’s not just us, men do have it tough too… how would it look if they met up with the guys after work on a friday night and they couldn’t even talk about the football game the day before or the most amazing goal which they saw last weekend. It would look really bad, I mean which guy wants to admit that ACTUALLY their girlfriend forced them to go shopping on saturday afternoon and wouldn’t let them watch the game at all. Not very manly at all, very far away from the days of the loincloth indeed! So, just like there are certain expectations for women, men face them too. In a nutshell, we need to shop and they need to watch the football… life certainly could be a lot worse!

When did the Sex meet the City?

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Like many women around the world, I cannot wait!!! Sex and the City 2

I don’t know if I’m more excited for the dresses, the shoes or the men! Sex and the City has quickly become a phenomenon over the last few years but did anyone actually watch it back in 1998 when it was first on TV, I mean when it was on actual TV, before Paramount Comedy got hold of all the repeats. I certainly know that I didn’t… although that could be because I still thought that a boy liked me if he was mean to me in the playground! Anyway, it still seems to me that this show has become more popular in the last few years then it ever was in the late 90s.

Is this because the story lines have got juicier? Or their acting capability has got better? Perhaps the male leads have just got hotter? Or could it be due to the increase in the ‘celebrity’? Everywhere you go, you hear about the hot new actress or model in her Louboutin’s and it makes me think about where it all began? When did names like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik become something that the average woman knows about? I certainly know that my Mum didn’t know who were the hot designers in New York when she was my age.

It makes me wonder about what future generations of women will get excited about, will it all be about designer space suits and long distance relationships between planets in 100 years time? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…..

Either way, I’m still a Carrie: “Looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”

Can we afford to be fashionable?

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Fashionable: “influenced by a current popular trend or style.” The thing is.. nowadays a current trend seems to last less time that it takes you to wash your hair! Does the average girl really have the time and money to be fashionable anymore? With the credit crunch in the back of everyone’s minds, can we really afford to hit the shops every time that a new style appears on the front cover of our favourite magazine?

Every time I open a magazine, there’s a new trend… candy colours, sailor rope belts, underwear as overwear… the problem is, I love them all! And I want them all!! Obviously, we all want designers to come up with new and exciting collections on the catwalk but please, please, please…. let it take them just a little bit longer to appear in magazines and in the shops, my purse needs a break!