Friday, 20 February 2015

Spotlight on: New York Fashion Week

Hi Everyone!
So New York Fashion Week has ended *cries*, but no worries, we still have more left, but that does not mean that New York's fashion week was not something to gasp at. This year, I kept quite a close eye on the fashion shows, making sure I wrote down which collections I really loved. One of the ways I was kept in the know was with the Snapchat story, where I could look at live pictures coming in from different shows, it was really cool and there were a lot of familiar faces included like Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid. Don't worry I'm not being payed to mention Snapchat, but it is quite good with things like this, and I hope they make a story like they did for NYFW with LFW.  I was really sad because I was actually invited to quite a lot of shows during the week for the second year in a row, but since I've had to deal with school work as usual *rolls eyes* and family stuff my schedule was just packed with everything except fashion events, but I will make sure I keep close eyes on the shows this week through livestreams and social media!

So today I'd just love to show you some of my fave collections that were featured at New York Fashion Week. Not all of my faves are because of the actual fashion bizarrely, with some of the collections I really loved the make up looks, but wasn't really keen on the clothes. 
So the first show I want to talk about is Jeremy Scott's. I discovered this show whilst on instagram and I saw the MAC team post a photo of these insane eyeshadow looks with their makeup, where it was just matte neon colours on the models eyelids. That really intrigued me so I looked it up and it was Jeremy Scott's show. I think I definitely have mixed feelings about this collection since I am insanely in love with Scott's use of block colours in the makeup looks, and tights, since I think it represents the child like vibes of his entire collection, since he also used nursery style fabrics and little silvery white dolly shoes with all looks. 
I was also obsessed with the black wigs and paint splats on top of them. To me, I thought it was a simple yet genius look to compliment his already very unique styles. Would I wear this out on the street? I think I actually probably would, I really love what he's done and although it is a marmite kind of collection, I really liked it and thought it stood out for me, from all the others as the most unique and colourful collection from what I've seen. 
I felt like he also had some similarities with one of my other favourite designers who always uses bizarre patterns and powerful colours, and that is Henry Holland. Holland, like Scott loves to incorporate childhood styled looks but still makes it look cool, and I think that's why I liked Scott's collection that much.
The second collection I really fell in love with was Marchesa's. When I saw this I immediately thought that they were channeling Daisy from The Great Gatsby. Not a lot of you know this about me, but one of my fave style era's was the '20's, and whenever I see anything that has used similar styles to that era, you can guarantee I will judge it. I really liked Marchesa's mix of warm and cool tones with the outfits, and I also loved how they kept with the same black strappy heels, red lips, and a lot of them had statement earrings. The collection also reminded me of Downton Abbey, since there was also a very regal kind of vibe being given off with some of the outfits. I also loved how the classic styles were given a more modern twist by using fringing in a lot of it's clothes (for example, top right) 
I dont think I can really find a flaw with this collection, every single look was flawless, and my two favourite pictured above, weren't even the most glamorous looking of them all. I really liked this pale blue dress and the look overall, as it reminded me of Cinderella (which is coming out soon in cinemas, so excited!) I don't know it's just so girly, almost dream like. As for the second look, you all know by now that my favourite colour is purple, and this dress sums up why. This plum look is gorgeous, and even though it isn't flowy, it still has a regal vibe with it's darker tones, and the should pads with flared make it even more edgier, I might have pictured it with a leather jacket, thinking that would be perfect for me (if I was rich, cries).
My final favourite was a bit of a hit and miss, it wasn't the best show but it wasn't the worst. Anna Sui's show was apparently influenced by Scandinavia, Vikings, and folky prints. I definitely feel like she kept to that well, and the boots that were used in a lot of the looks represented a very folky, autumnal look. The makeup was simple but I really liked how they made sure to define the cheekbones with bronzer, and used nude lips for a lot of it. These were by far my favourite looks (pictured above) and I really love how none of it is really fitted, it gives it a much more bohemian look.
Sui also used a lot of mixing and matching different patterns, and with some looks it may have been a little out there, but with a lot of it the patterns clashed in a good way. Sui also used a lot of paisley/flowery prints, and as I'm a huge fan of that kind of stuff, I think it made the collection stand out and appeal to me a lot more than it may have to others who may have thought it was just a bit too quirky for their liking. 

So what did you guys think of New York Fashion Week? I'd love to hear about your favourite looks and shows, or maybe the ones you just thought were awful! Let me know in the comments and thanks so much for reading, 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

'Flaws' in Fashion

Hello Everyone!
It's been a while. I could give you a list of excuses on how and why I managed to not blog for three months, but I think the best thing to do is reintroduce myself. During the last couple of exams I've been thinking towards the future, and it's definitely scary. You wake up one day, and suddenly your high school years are almost over and you actually have to plan for the future. When I was younger I would always love to do that, think of where I'd live, which celebrity I'd marry, all these ridiculous thing that a little girl thinks. But the truth is I think, to every teenager who's at the same time of their life as me, it's scary. My teachers try and make me not think about it but they're slowly preparing us all for the future, and I think that's why I'm scared a little bit. I'm scared of that final day when I don't have the protection of my teachers, and I actually have to go out into the world and make new decisions. Everyone who's older than me reading this will surely understand how I feel, but it's also quite exciting, and the other half of me can't wait to see what my future is going to be like. 

But anyway, let's end that dramatic talk before we all grab tissues and watch romantic comedies all day. I'm back! I'm genuinely so happy, when I'm not blogging I feel like a piece of me isn't there, but recently I was inspired to write about something in the fashion industry that has really caught my eye, and those are actually two seperate stories. The main topic of my article today will be the usual things we don't see in the fashion industry, which are 'flaws'. Flaws can be defined in different ways, seen by different people, but first, to understand flaws, we need to actually know what the word means. 

FLAW
A feature that mars the perfection of something. A crack, a break or a breach. Imperfection.

So basically. It's something that fractures someone's beauty, and makes them imperfect. Back to the stories I will be talking about. The first topic I will discuss is the first ever woman with down syndrome to walk a catwalk at New York Fashion Week. That woman was 30 year old actress Jamie Brewer, and she walked the catwalk because of the 'Role models not Runway Models' campaign.

Photo courtesy of www,stuff.co.nz

When I saw this had actually happened I was so overwhelmed with happiness. During last July, I had the opportunity to work with people who had physical disabilities in their work enviroments, and it made me realise that even though they may be disabled in something, people with disabilities are capable to live a normal life, and do things such as have a job, relationship, and aspirations. Sometimes I feel that people don't find people who have down syndrome beautiful, when in fact everyone is beautiful!

Jamie truly rocked that runway, and I think many people were shocked that a person with a disability in fact was walking, which brings me back to 'Flaws' in fashion. Flaws are a taboo subject in fashion, and people believe that models always look like they do in magazine advertisements, when in actual fact, they all are airbrushed, and everyone has 'Flaws'. The point of this article is to say that everyone has flaws, and my attitude isn't that 'no one has flaws and everyone is beautiful', but actually, everyone has flaws, and everyone is beautiful! Flaws are the foundation of our beings, and it's what makes us different, so everyone should rock it!

The second person I want to talk about today is Cindy Crawford. Cindy Crawford is a mother of two, and is 48 years old. She is an infamous model, and that led to her having a successful career in television an film, and also as a spokesperson. Crawford is a fashion icon, and she is such a huge superstar, that everyone recognises her face.
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Recently, this photo of her was leaked online, showing her with cellulite and stretch marks, unairbrushed. The photo went viral, and everyone who was anyone was commenting on it. But seeing this didn't make me grossed out or uncomfortable, it made me happy! Crawford is approaching fifty, and having had two children she was bound to have stretch marks and cellulite, as all real women do! She is happy with her figure, and I think that's what we need to focus on. If Crawford looks beautiful with flaws, then I'm sure that all mothers look beautiful with their flaws.

So to end this article I just want to say that these two stories that have appeared within weeks of each other have definitely had an effect on the fashion industry for the better, as it shows that people are changing their perception of beauty, as they see that real women are just as beautiful as models.

Thanks for reading, and what do you think of these leaked images and Jamie Brewer?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Lammily Doll: Interview with the Creator

Hello Everyone!
I hope you've had a great week and I see that a lot of you have recently been putting your christmas trees up already which is kind of early for me. I usually put mine up during the second week of December, but since are family are feeling extra festivy we are going to have it up during the first week woohoo! But anyway, I know a lot of you are still waiting for December to start to get excited, so I won't babble anymore. Recently, a doll has gone viral, causing controversy and mixed feelings about it, so I managed to get in touch with the creator, Nickolay Lammily to see if I could ask him some questions about the doll. To give you a brief description of Lammily, I'll let you know in a short and sweet paragraph.

Lammily was created earlier this year and will be dispatched on November 28th, 2014. 13,261 backers signed up in favour of the doll, who was created with the real proportions of a teenage girl. The doll has brown hair and is much shorter and curvier than the average barbie, and comes with acne,cellulite, and other 'imperfections' that you can stick on. But before you start to think that isn't a fashion doll, stop right there. You can buy tones of different outfits seperately on the site which have really catchy names and are genuinely really stylish, something that I and many other girls would wear day to day. 

I was so excited when I found out that this doll was actually being created and sold to children, since it will show them that a doll can be popular even if it isn't tall, skinny and blonde. Don't get me wrong, people who have similar features are also beautiful, but somethimes seeing the same features on a doll is a bit boring, and since the Lammily doll is the polar opposite of the stereotypical doll, I'm excited to see how girls and boys will react. Here's the official video for the release of the doll, so you can pause your reading and check it out real quick, hurry baaack.
So as you can see, it's been raved about all around the world, and celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, and Demi Lovato have given a positive opinion on the doll. So I asked Nickolay Lamm a couple questions about the doll, and here's what he had to say about it.
Why is your doll called Lammily?
Lammily is my family name, and if you combine Lamm and the word family, you get the word Lammily. But Lammily isn't actually the name of the doll, it's the name of the company. There will soon be a feature on the site where you can get a passport for your doll, and name it whatever you want.
In one sentence, describe the features of your doll and how it is different compared to the normal doll?
The Lammily doll is meant to look like a typical woman. The doll has soft hair, an ombre blouse, denim shorts, and white sneakers. The body is made to be a typical body that a lot of women have.
What similarities does the usual barbie and lammily have? 
They are both fashion dolls.
What inspired the creation of your doll?
I went shopping for a doll as a present for a child, and saw how the wall of dolls is like a wall of supermodels. I haven't got anything against that, but I felt as if there should be more diversity in the toy world.
Do you feel like the doll will be an interest to children as much as the barbie does, and will they want it on their Christmas list for this year?
Yes! Because the doll is like a person, and I feel it's a lot more relatable. As for being on a child's Christmas list, I don't know, but I hope so!
Why do you feel like now is the time for your doll to be sold on the market?
I think it's now or never! I feel that this is the doll that people have really been waiting for.
Do you feel like the media's perception of beauty is getting out of hand?
Not really. But I do have an issue that people criticise skinny models, they are people too. It's as if saying that it's not okay to be skinny.
Do you feel like this doll will hopefully show children that spots and cellulite are normal but still beautiful?
Yes, I want to make these things mainstream so that it's not something to be ashamed of.
To finish, do you think that the media and their perception of beauty should be censored for younger children?
I think kids should definitely see what's out there and make their own decisions about everything. I personally feel they should just see what's available and make their own opinions.

Thanks for reading, and thankyou to Nickolay Lamm for answering my questions! SO what do you think of this doll, do you think it'll be a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

AMAZON FASHION X SOLANGE AZAGURI-PARTRIDGE

Hi Everyone!
A hectic week has just flown by for me. I did my english literature speech last month and am now expected to re do it in front of the assessor who's coming in from the board. The only reason I did well was because I was in a group with all of my mates, and if you've met me in person you will know that I'm not the greatest at public speaking, so since I have that coming up on Wednesday I'm slightly freaking out, but I have downloaded an app recently thanks to my friend Hannah (shoutout to her) which helps me calm down a lot quicker and it's actually called calm.com. It's a free app and you can choose from tones of different background noises (my personal fave is the one with rain falling on the trees branches) and a lady with a lovely voice talks to you and tries to calm you down. It really helps me and I use it a lot after a hard day at school when I'm trying to unwind. But I thought I'd just let you all in on that so you can maybe try it out yourself.
So I shop on Amazon pretty much all the time. I was recently sent a £55 voucher from a company for helping them out and I have spent it all on goodies for me and my Christmas shopping since you can get practically anything from there, but I've never really taken any notice of the fashion department. It never struck me as an online retailer who had good stuff on it if you get where I'm heading at, so I basically ignored it. But recently I have been hearing of high end designers who have signed up to be a part of the Amazon fashion family, and it's quite amazing to see big designers on there, a shop where I usually go to for joke presents or maybe a book if I'm feeling adventurous. It genuinely seems as Amazon is going up in the world and earning a high position in the fashion retail industry. Solange Azaguri Partridge is the latest designer to release a collection on the site, and at a hefty price of £480 per necklace, it's not at the same price range as other things on the site. 
Photos courtesy of VOGUE
With her designs having a touch of playfulness and almost childlike essence to them, it's no wonder that something so unique and different has been seen on the necks of Sienna Miller, and Thandie Newton for a start in the celebrity world. It's surprising that these cost even more without the silver chains but designer Azaguri-Parttridge states 'Creating these items in silver makes them more affordable'. She then goes on to say that they still have the iconic designs so they are still true to what she does, and that there is not a complication with the ring sizes, and the styles appeal to any age group.

So the big question is...would you spend £500 on those necklaces? In my opinion, I think that the designs are lovely, but I wouldn't pay £500 on something that does look similar to something I could buy elsewhere for a quarter of the price, but that's only my opinion. So what do you think of this latest collab? Do you think it's a waste of your time and money or something you'd be interested to see more of on Amazon Fashion in the New Year? Thanks for reading and let me know.