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Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 28th, 2010
I saw this ad in the morning Metro.
“Big or small, we love them all. At M&S you’ll find beautiful bras for every size at gorgeous prices. If nature blessed you with more than your fair share, you certainly won’t be charged extra for it. That big boob is all in the past.”
I love M&S. I think most of my bras come from there. On one hand it’s understandable that a 34A costs less as it uses far less fabric than a 40F cup. Realistically they don’t cost the same amount to make so why should they retail for the same cost? Well M&S customers spoke out and M&S changed their pricing! I love this ad – I think it’s witty and funny and smart that they address the issue.
Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 27th, 2010
I was invited to London College of Fashion to be part of a fashion panel along with James Barron, Head of Buying at ASOS; James Watson, Head of Menswear & Development at Liberty; and Veronica Veronina, Managing Director of VIPICA. The evening was hosted by Sisterhood Media Group’s CEO Kubi Springer. I feel it’s really important to participate in these types of events to give students some insight into what the next steps are after graduation.
This was a closed door seminar with 100 students at London College of Fashion that consisted of in-depth discussions with the fashion panel. We talked about how we got where we were and how to get started after graduation. Some of the main points were about how important it is to research a brand or client before your initial meeting and how a good e-mail and cover letter can get you that initial meeting. Charisma, being able to work independently and using your initiative are all winning factors. The importance of networking is a huge factor because many companies would rather hire someone who is recommended to them rather than pay an additional fee through an agency. After the event we had a networking event so that students could practise their networking skills and ask a lot more questions.
Tags: London College of Fashion
Posted by Rebekah Roy on May 6th, 2010
A night out on Brick Lane with 8 distinct and diverse bands in support of BBC 6 Music. BBC plans to shut down digital radio station 6 Music at the end of 2011 but there’s still time to save it. Radio 6 Music is over 8 years old and is known for playing cutting edge music, something that most radio stations don’t do. To find out more check out Save BBC 6 Music.
Isa & Filthy Tongues
Brian Nash (of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) and Ian McNabb
We Rock Like Girls Don’t
I Like Trains
Posted by Rebekah Roy on April 9th, 2010
I’ve been following Liberty London Girl’s blog since 2007 and it’s one of my favourite blogs. I liked that it was an anonymous blog and was surprized to learn that someone wanted to out her, so LLG chose to reveal her identity in Grazia during London Fashion Week. I recently had the opportunity to ask Sasha Wilkins a few questions.
What made you start an anonymous blog?
It was anonymous because, back in 2006, no one in fashion in the UK talked or even really knew about blogging, and I certainly didn’t think of it as an adjunct to my career. (The idea that I might one day turn it into a business was non-existent.) I was more concerned that writing a blog might be detrimental to my career, or that a future employer or boyfriend might find it through Google.
Did you only come out because you were concerned that you’d be outted?
I had always planned that at some point during 2010 I would make my identity known. Given a choice I wouldn’t have done it at two weeks’ notice. The quick decision was because there was a belief that someone else was about to blow my cover. The moment I realised that, I approached British Grazia to see if they would be willing to run my ‘official’ version. I was thrilled when they then brought the story forward for their London Fashion Week issue. And even more thrilled when they ran it over three pages.
How has the response been?
I was absolutely terrified! I re-launched the LLG interface at the same time, so I was worried that my readers wouldn’t like the new site and that they would be disappointed when they discovered that it was me who was behind LLG. Turns out that the worrying was for naught – I didn’t have a single bad comment on the site, which was an enormous relief, & was inundated with email, comments & Tweets. God I love my readers for being so incredibly supportive. It’s also helped a little bit re: access for blog stories but to be honest I’ve never been much a chaser after news or exclusives, preferring to run posts about things I’ve found out myself or through my work as a journalist.
Did being anonymous influence what or how you wrote?
No, I don’t think so. I stand by everything I write, & would write nothing that I would not put my name to. Sure I’ve posted the occasional blog about things I think are wrong in the fashion industry, but it’s nothing I haven’t said in person. I’ve never been a scandal or gossip monger, or specialized in snark or bitchiness, so I have never using my anonymity to hide behind in that way.
Do you think your writing will change in any way now that you are no longer anonymous?
I have felt a little bit weird writing more personal blog entries, as so many acquaintances in both my personal & work lives hadn’t read LLG before and now do because they read about it in Grazia. In fact, I’ve barely written a diary style post since I came out in Feb. But I started again on Good Friday, (I mentioned my parents’ divorce) and the supportive response has been incredible, so I feel I’ve taken the plunge and will get back in the groove of writing about my daily life in New York, LA & London, rather than just about things, food, dogs or places.
How do you feel about other anonymous fashion bloggers?
At the risk of sounding ill-informed, I can only think of two others still in existence: DisneyRollerGirl & Tales from the Runway (who isn’t blogging at the moment). DRG is a great blog: informed with a viewpoint. Although I’d say that her identity is more of an open secret than a mystery at this point – she’s been blogging for longer than I have, and these things have a way of leaking.
After all, you only need to be anonymous if you are actually in the fashion industry yourself, and most employed editors are too busy to blog on the side in addition to their day jobs, which these days probably involves them blogging for their publications anyway.
There was a great UK based anony- blogger/editor, Mrs. Fashion, who stopped blogging before revealing her identity, & a very insider US blog called Tales from the Fourth Row that had the New York magazine world in a tizz back in 2007. The writer very sensibly quit whilst the going was good, and her identity was never discovered. This was demonstrably a good thing as she was extremely blunt in her opinions and I suspect her blog would have been a firing offence.
Bottom line: there are no secrets on the internet, and you will get found out eventually if you blog anonymously.
Has the attitude towards fashion bloggers changed since you first started LLG?
Goodness, yes, it’s like a different world entirely. When I started LLG in 2006, it was only ever meant to be my personal thoughts & then my letters home to England, so I had no expectation that anyone bar my friends and family would ever read LLG. The idea of launching a fashion blog as a visible platform to aid my career never even occurred to me, but I suspect 99% of fashion blogs are now started with that kind of aim in mind.
I stopped blogging at the beginning of 2008 when I started as Executive Style Editor on the global launch of The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ magazine. After I left the Journal, I re-started LLG on 10 Jan 2009 and it was like entering a different world. One in which blogs were a talking point and a news item. There was absolutely no way a blogger would have been given a front row seat at a fashion show in 2007. This season at LFW front row seats for certain bloggers were a given (although that doesn’t mean that that is not a contentious issue.)
Posted by Rebekah Roy on April 1st, 2010
Echo Morgan is so cute and she’s very doll like. I recently met her while she was working on her dress for The Enchanted Palace. I wanted to know all about her, and she was nice enough to grant me an interview:
What is your artistic background?
I grew up in China studying fine / handcrafted art until I was 18. I moved to London and studied Art and Design Foundation Course at London Metropolitan University then Graphic Design at Central St Martin’s but unfortunately because of financial reasons I had to stop studying and look for a job but luckily I got my first job as a visual merchandiser and worked as a painting restorer as well. Work gave me a very rich and broad experience, also more technical skills that provided me more opportunities to work as a freelance fashion illustrator and window dresser. Because of my Chinese cultural background I worked as art researcher for few London Galleries. Now I am back in college to finish my degree.
Did you always draw?
I stopped for a few years, because I foolishly thought I found my own style and that I didn’t need to draw from life anymore. But I started once again to draw everyday and almost everywhere! Drawing doesn’t just help with my creativity but also teaches me to look at things in a fresher and deeper way.
Who is your favourite designer?
I love Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens for daywear and Marchesa and Lanvin for eveningwear. I’ve been always inspired by Alexander McQueen and Viktor & Rolf ‘s provocative shows but Miu Miu and LIMI Feu’s styles suit me the most.
How long did it take you to make your dress for The Enchanted Palace exhibition?
I designed it in December, because I had never done willow sculpture before, so it took me four days to make the frame then two days to cover it with layers of tissue. The longest part of the process is collecting images – I spent many days in the library and searching in different antique markets. So if you add up all time, it’s around one month; but working almost all day every day.
What was the inspiration behind it?
My room is called “A room of the world, A world in a room” and the fairytale behind it is “The princess who collected the world” inspired by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, who was the queen consort of King George II. I love collecting objects so I wanted to create a interactive Lantern dress based on a 18th century mantua that contains many layers of images and little stories. It’s like a feminine dress version of my minimalistic “Cabinet of Curiosity”.
Do you have any pets?
No, I’m scared of anything that moves, dogs, cats, even squirrels make me cry. Very sad!
What do you like to do for fun?
Make my own outfits and go to themed costume parties.
Tags: fashion illustration, interviews, Kensington Palace, The Enchanted Palace