Wednesday, 23 July 2014

British Vogue August 2014 Part 2

This was the second choice of the cover featuring Victoria Beckham.  They rarely give choices so I think Victoria's team wanted two looks.

What a difference almost a hundred years make.
An illustrated cover might make a nice refreshing change.
This was the cover for the July 1918 issue.

It says that the difficulty in obtaining a copy is due to the
 "Kaiser and his Junker!"  And I don't think they were referring to Karl Lagerfeld...

I wonder if people a century from now will view our present issues and think how twee and terrible all at once.

Instead of telling us about the latest polish they were discussing the "potatriot". At that time matters of farming dictated the crucial trends.

A lot of brands seem to be chasing and emulating the crafts and handmade nature of Hermes bags.  Every bag now seems to have 5000 stitches sewn by vestal virgins or 80 year old men who have a skill passed down by 5 generations of his forebears.

This Louis Vuitton bag uses a specific craft called tuffetage 
( see pronunciation above) to justify the latest attempt at being the 2014 it bag.
How do you pronounce 'belle tentative'?

Charlotte Olympia has inspired other brands to do humorous and gimmicky bags.
And I think she still leads the way if you want an accessory that doesn't take itself too seriously.

I really like Celine. ( Who doesn't? )
It is perfect for the woman who doesn't want to faff about with fashion but acknowledges that appearance is important to a degree but doesn't need to prove anything.

The trousers need tailoring but the jacket is simulataneously 
sexy and serious.
Zara can try to copy it but it's these seemingly easy designs that just don't translate into the high street unfortunately.

Prints are great but I always feel like they are for people with tons of clothes or the very wealthy.
This blouse is £7800. 
How many wears could you get away with until people think you only own the one blouse? 
The same goes for this painted leather jacket from Fendi.


Christopher Kane is great but it is more of a favorite of fashion editors who get free samples and massive discounts.
To be blunt, at that price point I couldn't justify this brand.
Apologies to the British Fashion council.

I know bloggers are notorious for wearing capes.
But I might join the tribe because Valentino is doing some amazing cape coats this season.
I saw a grey cashmere double breasted cape coat that is on my wish list. ( Tried to find a pic but it was in last months Vogue.)

You could achieve this look by dyeing those fluffy wool rugs and then taking it to a seamstress rather than hand over money to Gucci.

While I like the London look and non chalance that permeates British Vogue I find it falls flat in this picture.
 
I would be very upset if I were working 
for the PR office of Dolce and Gabbana.  This brand bluntly put is the antithesis of this model's look.   Anemic and androgynous figures with lanky hair do this dress no favors.

Casting models is a very important job.
This girl looks like she is wearing her father's leather jacket from the 70's to a theme party.

Now this is when a photo editor and stylist and model didn't do their job well.  You may make fun of America's Next Top Model but Tyra taught me that you have to find the USP ( unique selling point ) and show it off.
Huge fail! 
The captions says the jacket as plimsoll laces but you can't see them.  It's 70% of the design. It is supposed to be "THE" jacket of the season and most copied on the high street and yet the editors chose this picture?

I love this Chanel jacket but just don't like the rest of the look that is normally compiled together.
Fashion companies normally have a "look number".  
This means that there is a full outfit composed together and most likely was sent off that way in the catwalk.  So some stylists just order the whole ensemble if it is a big shoot. 
But this coat would be amazing with another outfit.

I never knew that Versace is going to use the bias cut for the first time this season! I thought it was standard?

Now onto Victoria's editorial!
They gave her soo many pages.
It didn't start well for me because the first picture was that tired, I mean, tried and true Vogue formula of dressing someone up in a ballgown doing a menial or domestic chore which has been DONE.


But it was actually fun and I have never seen her look so beautiful.
( I know she has been retouched but who hasn't? She used to be retouched before but I never thought she looked that nice.)
But let's be frank, these editorials are for rebranding or adding a new layer to her image and they pulled out all the stops.

Hands up - who else does their flower cuttings this way?
No I am not talking about the dress but that pose.
She looks like she is posing for a still life art class.
How cute is that puppy though? 
Reminds me of my brother's dog.

The photo editor decided that pictoral consistency was not the order of the day but making her look great was the priority hence the black and white zen shot.
The "I am actually really vulnerable" look turned out well.

This is more of a classic VB and how I "see" her.
Practiced pout with the lips a few millimeters apart and neck pulled up and back.

My first reaction here was what are you doing Vicky?
Then I realized this is the unmarried Regency girl pining for her gentleman caller about to faint from the pain of separation then promptly to be revived with smelling salts look.
I know some of you can explain better because it is just odd.

The "I am carefree and I am not as stuffy as you think I am look."
I doubt she would run even for her life.


This is Victoria getting dinner.
For the whole family.  
Harper is not going to be allowed to be chubby for very much longer...
( don't look at me like that cuz you thought it too!)

Then out of nowhere, there was this collage of various objects.
Huh?

Then this picture followed.
I like she can take the mick out of herself too.

Now this was a flagrant attempt to show us her different sides.
But it just reminds me of a Japanese high school girl trying to be cutesy and only shows us she does botox.
Or perhaps she wants to branch into acting and this is a way of showing her different expressions?


She does hats really well. 
She looks great even when looking bored.
But the outdoorsy English housewife isn't really her look is it?


Gosh, I wish I could look that good sleeping.
No wonder David is still with her!

I would be lying if I said I have always been a fan.
But I love how she has evolved.
She isn't the same girl as the one who wore purple matching suits with David to cut her wedding cake and ate them while sitting on their thrones.
I love seeing her come into her own and wish her well.
Hope you enjoyed the UK issue! x

Monday, 21 July 2014

British Vogue August 2014 - Part 1

I decided on British Vogue this month as the US and French issues didn't have much to talk about.
But if you would like to see images from those issues then please click on to my Vogue Pinterest board.


There were two different covers for this issue and will show you the other cover in tomorrow's post.

Before we start...
The fashion world lost a guru called Louise Wilson.
She was truly in the know and a starmaker. 
I don't know if Central Saint Martins where she taught will be as desirable a school now she is gone.  She may not have been known outside the fashion world but it is truly a loss.

How could one ignore the ads especially when they take up half the pages?
Louis Vuitton is trying to be a hybrid of fashion and art.
It says it is a "curated series" which lends some gravitas. 
And at the prices those fashion photographers charge, they do justify being called artists. And they don't even set up their cameras and just click just like modern artists do when they have their production lines a la Damien Hirst.

Hmmm. 
Karl chose Kirstin Stewart to be his latest star of the Chanel ads.
She is holding a bottle of Chanel No. 5 which considering perfume sprtiz girls spray it with abandon it is tantamount to a weapon and storing it in a gun holster is apt.  
But I have an inkling he wasn't alluding to that.

She looks like a waitress at a Tex Mex restaurant which is obviously a "look" that passed me by.

Burberry is getting really good at showing their statement pieces and pulling me onto their website to have a better look.  
Christopher Bailey is trying to earn his salary I suppose.

Carla Bruni is a civilian again and free to sell her presence 
and be a supermodel again.
She looks good but illustrates that just because 
you don't have wrinkles doesn't mean you will necessarily fool anyone about your age.

Is it me or is D Squared flogging a necklace or one of those things people put on their necks after a car accident?
They went crazy with that bedazzling gun.

Onto one of many editorials.
Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that Vogue is a simple fashion anthology but it is a convoluted catalogue that incites purchases.

They are trying to flog us arm warmers.

This upsets me because the part between my wrist and elbows is one of my best features and only bit that isn't cellulitey.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Blog Reshuffle and Manifesto

I've been blogging for about a year and a half now which is equivalent to dog years in blogland.

  Even though I set up my account years before I actually started, 
I didn't have the energy or confidence to blog.  

I went into blogging blind.
I didn't "know" anyone but these people below.
  
Via

I didn't have an agenda nor do I now.


I didn't dream of becoming a star through blogging nor view this as a money making exercise. Although I have nothing against those who do monetize their blogs.

I don't know what prompted me to write other than simple expression and an itch.

This might be quite apparent through the eyes of experienced bloggers and blog readers as I don't have a niche.
 
Via
I am not a mommy blogger nor a corporate climbing ladder tip sharer.

Via

I am neither a fashionista selfie blogger nor a crafty before and after furniture makeover guru.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Why you love who you love - apparently...( take two! )

I am still knee deep of slowly unpacking boxes and while sifting through all my things I found this book.

Love at first sight by Suzi Malin
Then this past weekend, Tabitha from Bourbon and Pearls 
did a post about couples who look alike which prompted me to do this quick post.
Please bear in mind I don't adhere to all the theories and I am sharing some amusing pictures.
Of course no romance book would be complete without the relationship of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
 The author had a theory that there were three types of attraction.
The first being Harmonism which is when people share similar facial proportions as was the case with this couple.
 As it had the benefit of hindsight, it tried to explain why they perhaps didn't have a harmonious relationship by saying that they didn't have "harmonious" enough features.
Of course, the other royal couples were not spared facial dissection.
Prince Andrew and Fergie
 One couple may still be married and the other divorced so harmonism doesn't seem to equate with a relationship lasting.

The Wessexes