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1930s Futuristic Fashion Predictions

Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 31st, 2008

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Ben Sherman

Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 30th, 2008

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Ben Sherman and PPQ have collaborated on a new limited collection of dresses. There are only 175 dresses available in each look. There are 5 dresses and each one represents the look of the decade. PPQ has always been involved in the music scene and they even have their own record label 1-2-3-4. And of course Ben Sherman is known for supporting loads of bands.

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I love the shop windows on Carnaby Street! img489 Ben Sherman

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Leon Bailey Green of OSOYOU

Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 29th, 2008

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I recently met with the lovely Leon Bailey Green. He is an online marketing and branding consultant. He is also the director of marketing for OSOYOU.

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OSOYOU is one stop shop which helps shoppers navigate their way round the internet. If you’re looking for a little black dress OSOYOU is going to give you a selection from many different shops – my search results gave me “18,947 items “! Of course this is a lot of dresses but it’s really only about 30 pages and I could have refined my search. So really it’s just not a lot of click-throughs to find the perfect dress!

Dawn Bebe is the Managing Director of OSOYOU and if it wasn’t for her and all her persistence and hard work we would not have Grazia!! She’s responsible for bringing Grazia to the UK! It’s one of my favourite weekly reads

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Platform Shoes

Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 28th, 2008

I’ve always loved platform shoes. Being only 5′2″ high shoes make me feel powerful (and taller) but it’s the platform or wedge that really works for me. I think if I had a high arch I would have loved the stiletto heel.

Wegdes Marni Platform Shoes
Marni patent leather wedges

Platforms have been around forever and I mean centuries. The Greeks first wore them in theatre plays – the more important the character the higher the platform. In the 15th & 16th century high-born prostitutes or courtesans in Venice wore platform shoes.

You could even be divorced for wearing high shoes. Charles ll passed the 1670 Act of Parliament – The Marriage Act, which said that women who “betray into matrimony” an Englishman by use of “scents, paints, artificial teeth, false hair … high-heeled shoes” risked having their marriages declared null, and they were subject to the same punishment as witches.

Platform shoes became immensely popular in the 1970s and in the early 1990s Vivienne Westwood re-introduced the high heeled 5″ & 9″ platform shoe.

I think platforms look great in the summer – they look great with jeans and the open toe platform can look great with a dress. Since I’m usually spending most of my day running around London – the platform will be the perfect alternative to my flats!

Shoes CM Platform ShoesCheck out this book Shoes by Colin McDowell (1989)

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Steaming and Ironing

Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 27th, 2008

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Most stylists & their assistants know how to steam and iron. I love steamers. I’m not big on ironing but it’s important to know how to iron a shirt. If you can iron a shirt while it’s still slightly damp it will wrinkle less and look nice and crisp. On occasion I’ve used a shirt starch. look nice and crisp. On occasion I’ve used shirt starch.

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  • Collar: Start with the underside
  • Shoulder yoke: Slip each shoulder over the narrow end of the board and press from shoulder to centre of the back
  • Cuffs: Inside first, then outside
  • Sleeves: Iron cuff opening side first, then the reverse
  • Body: Use wide end of the board, iron front panels first, then the back

FYI: The first ironing table was patented in 1858 by W. Vandenburg. Vandenburg would file an additional six ironing board patents over the next four years. In 1870 JH Mallory patented the ironing board that resembles the modern day ironing board.

 

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