Friday, 28 November 2014

Liberty of London

For the past two weeks, I have been watching Series 2, of Liberty of London. I don't watch all that much television, I watch the Apprentice, and a few shows like the Great British Bake Off alike, but other than that, I am rarely glued to the tele. Last year, I tuned in to watch 'Liberty of London', which was series 1, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had no idea that they would make a second series, so when I found out that a second series was soon going to be aired, I immediately set it on record.

Liberty's is a high-class, luxury British gift, fashion, print and interior department store, set in Regent Street, London. It has been equated with elegance and quality ever since it was opened in 1875 by Arthur Liberty. Liberty is often compared to the likes of Harrods and Selfridges, all three seemingly equal in the world of high-end luxury in London.

The tv documentary has been very interesting. I by no means have the money or means to shop at such a wonderful shop, nor do I live in the catchment to even visit it, but nevertheless this show has been somewhat enlightening, even to me who has no relation to this store whatsoever!

Ed Burstell, managing director, plays a big part in this show. Throughout, he is trying to somewhat bring this shop, full of heritage and history, into the 21st century, by adding a contemporary and modern touch. 

As Liberty's has a huge and extensive fashion department with a massive range of modern designers, many of the episodes have a large chunk dedicated to the people and the products in the fashion department at the store. Therefore, this program would be especially interesting to fashion lovers.

Friday, 21 November 2014

5 Trends that are Back for Winter '14

Autumn/Winter 2013 brought us some lovely gems on the runways and on the high street. It was the best winter season for many years in general for the fashion industry. Although I certainly to not always follow the common trends and fads, it is clear to see that a few things have returned to A/W14. 

The cut-out boot was made very popular by high-end fashion house Balenciaga last year with those amazing patent leather boots, pictured above (first). With a product as loved and coveted by many, soon all the high-street shops took the idea and have run with it this year. Topshop, Missguided, and even Primark have made their own versions, all of which are indeed very impressive. 

It goes by many names, such as the polo and roll neck, but the turtle neck has come back again this year, bigger and better than ever! These high-neck garments have always been popular in one era or with one age group from one time to another, and it just so turns out the loved polo neck has hit the highstreets again this winter.

Tartan was probably the most remembered trend of winter last year, and it has returned for sure. Not particularly in the classic red and green print, but definitely in sister-pattern checks and gingham. I've seen many beautiful tartan skirts out and about, therefore, I would have to put them on the list of returning winter trends for AW14!

The fedora, wide-brimmed, and any felt hat in any form has come storming back this year. I am defiantly not a hat person, but I have seen many people rocking these classic hats, especially bloggers, this year after their rise to popularity last year. They're not particularly a winter item exclusively, but are good for the rainy weather here in Britain! 

This rather androgynous jacket, made popular in the late 80's and early 90's, appeared in some luxury's brands AW13campaign last year. This year, nearly every high-street shop has been selling their version, and not just in the mens departments. Check, floral, waterproof, leather - you name it, its out there! I'm sure every one can find their perfect casual jacket in this cool piece. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

The 'F' Word

Feminism is simply the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Some people are self-professed feminists, some believe in equality but do not deem themselves within the feminist movement, and others are utterly against it. I am the first, thus believing that women and men have not yet been equalised, contrary to many people's common belief.

Women officially 'got the vote' in England in 1918, and by 1928, all women over the age of 21 were aloud to vote. It would appear to many people that this was all that is required to make men and women equal. That women having a say in what happens in parliament alone was enough to confirm this country as fair, unbiased, and all together: this is wrong. Statistically, women still get paid £5,000 less  a year then men. This by itself is wrong and needs to change, and this is only in Britain, with issues far worse and severe abroad.

Girls as young as 9 or 10, are being forced into marriages, by either her dad, the husband in question, or her local society. This can often lead to abuse, and not only damage to her emotionally, but also physically.  Not to mention the fact that many of these girls do not currently and never will have any form of education. At the rate the world is going, it will take 72 years from now, for girls to get a primary education. Why is this happening? Simply because she was born a girl.

There are many, many common misconceptions about feminism and the views and even intellect of a feminist. The main one being, we hate and are anti men. Not only is this not true for the greater majority of participators, it is a complete oxymoron for the fact that it come back to men as the center of the argument, again. The exact thing we're trying to come against. This is not about men, this is not about the rights they have, or about the pay they get, or the general respect and authority they get around the world, this is about women; women and men uniting to get equal rights, equal pay, equal respect and authority, for both genders, not just the one.

What as feminists, are we aiming to achieve? Easy. A world where we don't have to launch a world wide campaign, for gender equality to be present. As empowering and important as the feminist movement is, it shouldn't have had to happen. In a perfect world, women and men are equal: within the workplace, within the home, within the law. Women should be able to walk the street alone, and be 100% safe. Women should be able to work alongside men and earn the same wage for a day of work. Forced marriages illegal in every country of the world, domestic abuse abolished. Girls and women all around the world should have equal opportunities to gain an education, to gain a job, to gain a life

Friday, 24 October 2014

Ladies First: Chanel SS15 Show Review

First and foremost, I must sincerely apologise for my lack of posts. I would say that only now I have got back into the swing of school. But being that it is now half-term, I hope to be posting a few more things during this week.

The fashion weeks are long over now, but the shows and the clothes have not left our memories. Of the four prominent fashion weeks, Paris is my favourite. I feel they Paris is still the fashion capital, and despite being English, I think the Parisian's have a slight edge on the Londoners. The most looked forward to show of maybe even the whole fashion month, was Chanel's show. Chanel is without a doubt the most famous brand in high-end luxury fashion, always conveying an image of elegance, forward thinking, yet overshadowed with heritage.

Chanel's ss15 show completely and utterly blew me, and I'm sure the majority of the fashionista's all over the world, out of the water. This show, to me, will stick out in the memory for years to come. I thought Chanel's aw14 show was amazing, but this was something else.

The first aspect of the show I will talk about is the layout. They had made the Grand Pailais, Paris, look like a Parisian Avenue, decking it with huge theatres sets looking like houses and the floor was made to look like a road. Chanel, as always, paid immense attention to even the smallest of things to make this look realistic, even going to the extremes of making puddles on the pavement. To add to this marvel, the building it is in is lovely enough as it is. Combined, made one the most beautiful yet extravagant fashion show sets I've ever seen.

The second thing I will talk about, is of course the reason we are here, the clothes. The models were decked out in slouchy suit made of colourful and garish tweed of browns, lilacs, pinks and reds, with the appearance of some grey and green. The outfits came across mismashed, but in the best possible way to say the least. They were casual and quirky, while still holding the couture ambiance Chanel radiate.

It was coloursful and gordy to say the least, but presented in such a laid back and fun way, that itstill pulled of a certain amount of charm.

As the clothes are normally my favourite part of a show, I would leave it for last, but this was not the case this time.  The presentation, layout and thought process impressed me more than the clothes in this show ever will. The show was based around the feminist movement, promoting of equality of both genders and abolishing typical women stereotyping.

The show started off quite differently to most shows. The model arrangement was scattered, and casual; models walking down casually talking to the model beside them. After that, the models walked down in bigger groups, and I think it was then that the audience realised something big was going to happen. Then, the grand finale: the final walk.

All the models came storming through this mock Parasian street, bearing sign's of feminist slogans like 'Ladies First' and 'History is Her Story'. The few of the models, such as Cara Delivinge held loud speakers while shouting: this was a protest, in the most brilliant way.

Fashion can come across a quite a shallow and vain thing, therefore, I absolutely when socialism, human rights and politics comes into it. Being a feminist myself, I loved this show because of the core ethics behind this show.

Feminist or not, I think everyone can appreciate this show as being unique, empowering, and a breath of fresh air from the everyday fashion show.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

September Favourites

1. Topshop  2.Rag and Bone  3.Vintage  4. Monki

1. Iosselliani  2.Topshop  3. Madewell  4.Skagen

Kindle Fire HD (2013)

As I said in my previous post about the lovely gifts I received for my birthday, my main gift was a Kindle Fire. I never ever thought I'd be the kind to buy want a tablet, let alone a Kindle, but I am most definitely converted! If you want a versatile tablet such as the iPad but want something more affordable, I'd recommend this brilliant item. 

       The Body Shop's Warming Mineral Face Mask

      If I am not mistaken, a few months I featured a Superdrug face mask in
      my favourites. All I can say, is that one has been thrown out the 
      window. This one is all together much gentler, kinder and 
      better for those with more sensitive skin. The consistency can be a bit
      unpredictable, but the mask itself is brilliant. It leaves my skin feeling 
      refreshed and extremely soft. Plus, being of such a reputable brand, 
      it's all natural.