Entries from October 2008
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 31st, 2008
We pass by so many objects & images each day that we become desensitized. I passed by this sculpture the other day and it just made me start thinking about why we notice some things and not others. Art is always subjective and visceral. I liked that this sculpture is outside in front of the Royal Academy across the street from Abercrombie & Finch where there seems to be a young and enthusiastic crowd outside the store front everyday.
The placque on the nickel plated sculpture reads: The Idol of Kids Today – Weapon Face. You can see more of Antony Micallef’s work at the Royal Academy from 1 November 2008 to Jan 19, 2009.
Tags: Antony Micallef
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 30th, 2008
I think I can walk in high heels. I just blame the shoes if my feet hurt but is it the way I’m walking in my 5 inch heels that’s actually causing the pain? The new edition of the Legwork out High Heel Fitness DVD is out! It was designed by New York multi-disciplinary Kristin Victoria Barron. There is even a version of the DVD for your iPod. This video is designed to give you the strength & posture to walk well in high heels.
Last weekend I read an article in The Sunday Times about how high heels effect your spine and your entire body – it was a bit disturbing. So if we’re going to still wear high heels we may as well wear them well. I think any exercise is good for you. The Legwork offer classes which I’d definitely try but I think they are only in the states…I haven’t seen the DVD but I maybe it’s worth a try!
Tags: How to Walk in High Heels, Kristin Victoria Barron, Legwork DVD, Shoes
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 29th, 2008
I love Pink’s look in the video U + Ur Hand. I think she looks amazing and iconic. Pink might not have the most beautiful face in the world but that has nothing to do with her style power. Pink’s always has such a strong look and you always remember her. She’s done this from day one; she was memorable with her pink hair from her debut album Can’t Take Me Home.
So many new musician/girl bands are afraid to commit to a strong look or they don’t even have a look and that they just end up looking ordinary like everyone else and you forget them after meeting them.
It’s not easy to do such great make-up, especially for video or television. Each look probably takes about 3-4 hours!
Tags: Alecia Beth Moore, Dave Meyers, girl bands, music, style icon, television
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 28th, 2008
Pearls have always been fashionable but they do come and go. Just remember, these are not your grandmother’s pearls but oh wouldn’t you be so lucky if they were! Expect to see more pearls this season, and layered up. In times of turmoil we look for stability and pearls are just perfect for that. It’s about luxury but not indulgent luxury – refined luxury.
Love this classic chic look. You have to be young and fresh to make this look work!
Monsoon’s Phoebe Statement Necklace only £22.00.
Loving these layers of contrasting pearls, the Pearl Cluster Necklace is available at Jaegar £99.00.
Super chic- I think that layers of pearls like this is a much harder look to pull off. You have to have a sense of style and fun to work these long layers. Of course model agent Carley Meagor totally rocks this look!
Tags: jewellery, pearls, trends
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 27th, 2008
I love Grace Jones. She’s everywhere right now and she’s releasing a new album in November, Hurricane - it’s her first studio album to be released in 19 years. She’s also on the cover of Dazed & Confused November issue with an art special in a 12-page visual collaboration with photographer Chris Cunningham.
Grace Jones has been a style icon for almost 3 decades. I’ve always been in awe of Grace Jones. There are very few people – artists that I would be excited & nervous to meet – I think Grace Jones would be one of them. First of all I love her voice, it’s so distinct and highly stylized; she has a range of 2 1/2 octaves. And her face, it’s just so beautiful and her skin is so black and she has such perfect skin. Would you believe she’s 60?
Grace Jones is performing on January 27th & 28th at The Roundhouse in London.
Tags: Grace Jones, music, style icon
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 26th, 2008
Jeff Larson, a prominent Republican consultant and the chief executive of the local host committee for the Republican National Convention, paid for Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe. It’s no shock that the clothes will be given to charity after the election as why would Sarah Palin wear them twice? Let alone claim $150,000 USD as income only to pay tax on it?
Sarah Palin did need a new wardrobe and hair and make-up are an essential part of any make over. In September and October make-up artist Amy Strozzi earned about $36,000 and her hair stylist Angela Lew earned $19,000. It’s true the rates sound high and they are, but travelling with a politician or any A-lister is demanding work, your life isn’t your own.
Here she is before:
Here she is after:
The big question is has it worked? Palin’s dressed simply and looks professional and still looks nondescript. Now that anyone can dress like her, how many more people can relate to her?
Has the focus on the clothes/fashion been intentional, is it meant to be a distraction from her political views? Have we forgotten that she’s a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, opposes abortion and was runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty contest in 1984? I actually like the beauty queen part. Now that she’s had the makeover do we feel she’s one of us (well not me or you, but somebody else, a neighbour, a teacher)?
Tags: Amy Stozzi, beauty, Hair and Make Up Artists, politics, Sarah Palin
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 25th, 2008
Tags: Julie Budet, music videos, Yelle
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 24th, 2008
I’m not a fan of the puffy down coat. I lived in Winnipeg for a few years and the long down parka is just not a flattering look. When you’re in high school you don’t care about being practical or about being cold, even if it’s -30 and you’re waiting for the bus.
To my shock Uniqlo has made the down jacket fashionable – who knew that could ever happen…
Tags: Coats, High Street, puffer coats, Uniqlo
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 23rd, 2008
I don’t like to break the illusion of fashion. It’s beautiful, fun, even unobtainable; it’s the dream. I love fashion and everything about it. I’m not the kind of girl who skims a magazine – I read magazines cover to cover. I like things that are aspirational. It might be a beautiful photo shoot, or an image that’s so raw it makes you shudder. Like many jobs, the secret of fashion is to make it look easy – you don’t see the effort. Lots of jobs are like this. A while ago I did a shoot with gymnast Beth Tweddle. Watching her work is amazing, it looks so effortless and beautiful – I told her that and she said it’s not true, there’s lots of effort and hard work, and she told me that she had metal pins in her ankle. Most athletes have survived so many injuries but you probably won’t get injured working in fashion.
Whenever I’ve attended lectures about fashion, the speaker always mentions how hard fashion can be and how competitive it is. I’ve always thought the playing field was even, so if everything is hard what’s the difference? I’ve come to realize that there is a difference. It’s very fashionable to work in fashion. It looks easy: anyone can do it. Whoo, the digital camera – anyone can be a photographer…ya right…. what’s difficult about our jobs, at least for me, is that it’s hard to explain what I do and what my skill set really is. I’m often asked how I became a stylist. It’s a normal question but it doesn’t have a straightforward answer, and it’s the same with most creative jobs. So finding a job in fashion and trying to figure out what all the jobs are in fashion is actually quite a challenge…
Tags: Beth Tweddle, Magazines
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 22nd, 2008
To read the whole article check out Drapers.
If you haven’t been to Cocoso.com you’ll need an invitation. Just type in fashionstylist – there is limited membership and the invitation code is valid until October 31st.
Tags: Cocosa, Drapers, ecommerce, koodos, news
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 21st, 2008
Actually I really would and I’m not really a bag girl. I do covet many things but I get to live vicariously through my shoots and everyday experiences as a fashion stylist. So oddly enough I don’t feel a great need to own a great many things, but I do seem to need a new handbag this winter.
I have 4 bags: a silver Belen Enchandia bag – which is well-loved, a Prada backpack & evening bag and a wonderful green handbag which was great for summer from Elisa Atheniense. I’m not one of those girls who changes handbags on a regular basis: I’m in awe of the girl who does. I hate changing bags frequently as I always forget to put something I need into the new bag. I think Oh, I don’t need the tape measure today or the double sided tape or my tide pen and then of course I do need it.
A bag to covet:
I saw this lovely bag at Selfridges: Balenciaga‘s Cherche Midi Chain Link in green with beige and black. I always think I should buy a lovely black bag but it’s always a coloured handbag that catches my eye. Though the is bag not quite me I’m partial to the deep green colour. I generally like to own things by designers that I’ve met or know quite well. Clothing on some levels is very intimate to me - it has to have some meaning – a certain je ne sais pas. Anyway I’m loving purple at the moment.
I like this Belen Enchandia bag and the Notting Hill Design Python Bag. I wear quite a bit of black and purple would be a great accent colour.
Tags: Balenciaga, handbags, silver
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 20th, 2008
Trying to match fabrics can be quite a challenge. I spent my whole day looking for the right shade of purple silk chiffon. It’s amazing how long and difficult it can be to find what you’re looking for, even though London has so many fabric shops…
On my travels I ran into the talented Isabella Lundberg. She’s just finishing up her MA and I’m looking forward to seeing her new collection! New talent can be so inspiring!!
Here are some examples of her work.
The poncho dress was inspired by the butterfly’s cocoon.
It was hand-crocheted by Isabella!
The Yellow Pearl Silk Satin Ball Gown & Floral Cape – I love this dress, it’s just fabulous!!
Tags: fabric shops, Isabella Lundberg
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 19th, 2008
I love London and Montreal. They have several things in common: 24 hour bagel shops and cool fashion. I don’t miss the winters in Montreal but I do miss its passion & style. When I miss Montreal I’ll head off to Brick Lane for a bagel cream cheese or salt beef, then I’ll go for a coffee & people watch. It’s a good place to be inspired. There are some of the coolest & most interestingly dressed people in the world on Brick Lane. Of course it’s what we expect with massive vintage shops like Beyond Retro and Absolute Vintage and new designers to be discovered in The Laden Showroom!
FYI – you can by a fresh bagel for only 20p!
Tags: Brick Lane, Canadian
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 18th, 2008
I could easily wear something from Patricia Field‘s shop in New York and I already have a drawer full of M&S underwear, but why am I reluctant to buy Patricia Field for M&S? I love the black sequin dress – you could have it for years in your wardrobe – for only £125.00 it seems a steal! I can’t resist the 1/2 gloves and the Red Hot Asymmetric Dress is only £65. I know it’s all a good deal and lots of women will love it. It hits all the marks: nice shapes, good fabrics, good price points, good selection – over 25 different pieces. Maybe it’s just too easy to go to M&S and find a hot Sex in the City dress?
The Short Leather Gloves – designed by Patricia Field
£15.00 – Very CB.
Maybe M&S and Patricia Field have made it a bit too easy. I know so many women have so little time to shop so Patricia Field’s collection could be the perfect solution, but for me I enjoy the hunt, the challenge – the true longing for that perfect dress.
Tags: High Street, little black dress, Marks & Spencer, Patricia Fields, Sequin Dress
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 17th, 2008
Sometimes I think London is a city made up of hundreds and thousands of design studios. There are so many jewellery, milliners and fashion designers – this is what’s so special about fashion in the UK – so much talent in one small place!
Hemyca is a London based design team. We were paired together for Living TV’s Living Loves Fashion. We were filming in Hemyca’s studio, drinking hot chocolate & talking about their A/W08 collection and their spring 09 collection. They really focus on tailoring, fabric and all the shapes & sizes that women come in, so they do quite a bit of bespoke work. Helen & Myra met at London College of Fashion and knew that they would make a great team. They worked for leading fashion brands including; Roland Mouret, Ben de Lisi, and well known high street retailers, before being inspired to create their own unique vision.
Hemyca can be bought on-line at Koodos.com, The Look Boutique and Oli.
Tags: bespoke, Hemyca, High Street, jewellery, koodos, Living TV, London College of Fashion, Vauxhall Fashion Scout
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 16th, 2008
Up and coming girl band Stonefoxx performed their media showcase at the Soho Revue Bar to a full house!
So many elements are involved in making/creating/developing of a girl band. You have to have the right girls, the right management, the right music and sound, the right production and the right look and style. So many elements need to come together! Stonefoxx has already been around for several years and has even toured with Shane Ward! It’s tough competition with new bands like The Saturdays and other unsigned bands like Atlanta all wanting to be the next big thing.
Tags: girl bands, music, Soho, Stonefoxx
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 15th, 2008
Fashion and Music just seems to go hand in hand so it’s no surprise that the Sugababes launched their new album "Catfight And Spotlight" with an instore private fashion show from JC Castelbjac!
Caroline Shapiro head of PR at Marchpole Group with Lee Lapthorne.
A model with the JC Castelbajac signature kiss!
Tags: Caroline Shapiro, JC Castelbajac, Lee lapthorne, music, Sugababes
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 14th, 2008
I love a good online chat! Fashion editor Khabi Mirza and assistant fashion editor Laura Jackson of Drapers typed away until their fingers were raw giving us the hits and misses of this seasons catwalk.
Things to pay attention to:
Khabi Mirza: "The oversized bag trend has almost entirely disappeared in favour of structured styles inspired by the 1940s."
Laura Jackson: "80s trends are all over the high street in the form of neon T-shirts and graphic prints (as mentioned earlier) but are set to move over into womenswear for spring 09, and I think the high street will love them – we’ve already spotted jumpsuits and peg leg trousers on recent shopping trips so expect more and more as we hit the new year.
Khabi Mirza: "This season is all about looks that will be really tricky to replicate with cost in mind. The draping trend only really works on softly fluid silk, structured shapes are tough to follow and the prints are super intricate. Easier to copy may be the architectural shoulders and also the peg-leg and harem trousers which you can already get in Topshop."
Khabi Mirza: Belts were massive and they came in lots of permutations. Skinny belts were the strongest look and were used on tailored jackets and dresses.
Just because these are the trends we’re seeing on the catwalk it doesn’t mean we have to wear them but for fun let’s ask ourselves: how do they translate into our everyday lives? I’ve always felt London girls love oversized bags because they can fit their high heels into a big bag after a night out but I can’t resist a structured hand bag! So the solution is I have a pair of ballet flats from Bloch that fold up so small they can be hidden in a small structured handbag and I’ll just have to carry the high heels home! I confess I’m not big on the 80′s look, big hair, big shoulders – but I have ordered a Harriet’s Muse silk jumpsuit for the next season -it’s more chic than 80′s (or so I’d like to think). I love skinny belts but they don’t look good on everyone. You have to try one on and look at yourself and see how it sits on your waist. There are so many wonderful trends this and every season just don’t get caught up in a trend just because other people are wearing it or you see it in a magazine. Choose a trend that you love and that suits your style and shape!
Tags: Browns, catwalk, Drapers, Harriet's Muse, High Street, menswear, news, trends
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 13th, 2008
Some things are not for everyone, but isn’t that what fashion is all about – personal style? Well, I love these Chanel shoes and yes if I had the chance I would wear them. They are sequine goatskin open-toed shoes with a light bulb as a heel that actually works!
Over-the-knee statement boots. You’ll have seen them at: Badgley Mischka, Akris, Fendi and Halston. On the high street check out Office. These boots are easier to wear than you think. Wear it with a longer skirt, skinny jeans, leggings or tights. Should you buy a pair? Will you see them around next season? You will but wear them well. A soft earthy colour will work great with Boho Chic and Black Suede will look great with Romantic Goth. Just be chic, elegant not cheap don’t think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman….
Although not my favourite you’ll see lots of fringe at Gucci, Balmain, Anna Sui and this pair is from Christian Louboutin. On the high street check out Aldo‘s. Fringe is all about personal style and it takes someone with true style to make this look work. It’s more than just your everyday Boho; take it to the next level and think hippy luxe.
The shoe boot has been around for a couple of seasons, but they are so versatile they have staying power. Will you see them next season? Why wait? I love this Fendi boot with the bronze trim, £385.00 at Browns. If the high street’s more your style River Island has a large selection. We know ankle boots look great with jeans but wear them with opaque tights and dresses for an autumn look.
Tags: boots, Chanel, Fendi, goth, Gucci, High Street, shoes, trends
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 12th, 2008
Keira Lyn Rathbone is a Type Writer Artist. I took a picture of Keira typing away at On Off during fashion week. Keira studied fine art but she’s self taught in type writer art! I just love it and her look!