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. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


What I got for my Birthday 2014

So a few weeks ago, I turned 15 years old. I know that I am still young, very young in fact. But that prospect is somewhat scary I must admit. It feels like yesterday that I started high school, now I'm nearing the end. I am typically a worrier, who spends most thought-energy on the future, school and getting good scores and results. But nevertheless, despite my worries and concerns, I had a very lovely day. Unfortunately, the 18th of September fell on a school day, but after that I went out for a meal with my three closest friends, and watched 'If I Stay' at the cinema. The movie was overall good and well made, but nothing outstanding. The storyline was very weak. I received some lovely presents from my friends and family, lots of money, vouchers and random presents that I have no need to write about here, but also some great books and stuff that I wanted to share and sort of review for you.

Kindle Fire HD 7'' (32gb)

I am far from a gadget person. I do not have the latest iPhone, nor do I have a device for everything task in my life. After using my families iPad for years, I decided a tablet of my own would be most useful. And since the iPad for example, if long out of my price range, I  asked for something a little cheaper. In the end, a Kindle Fire. This was only £119.00, which I thought was so very cheap, I didn't expect all that much versatility with this tablet: I was wrong. Not only did this impress me, it wiped my old iPad off the floor completely. I'm thinking of doing a full page review on this Kindle since I was so impressed. And the value for money, don't even get me started. 

 Book - Berlin Street Style  (Angelika Taschen)

  After reading the highly successful and widly reviewed Paris   Street Style, I had to get my hands on this book as soon as it
  came out. I am slightly confused, as both books have the 
  same format, and extremely similar design. Yet by
  completely different people? I must admit, I have not yet read
  this book, but after having a few flicks through, it does look
  like one great book that I can't wait to read in the near future.

Book - Influence (Mary Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen)

This is quite an old book now, being published in 2008. I bought this because not only am I a huge fan on fashion house The Row, but I have grown up watching Mary Kate and Ashley on my television screen. The book is basically filled with pictures and interviews with and of people who inspire them - e.g Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, ect. Again, I have not read it as of yet, but looking through, it looks like an editorial masterpiece; the format, the layout and the choice of pictures and spreads were all very on point. Cannot wait to read it in depth.  

Book - The Fashion Book (Phaidon)

So this is basically one of the core books in the fashion and art genre. How I didn't own this before hand, I don't know. It is practically a fashion dictionary, giving you just the basic information about designers, brands and pieces. I would call this book a must for any fashion student, or lover alike. A much need reference book, with all the important fashion-related information in once place. Although I got the mini/pocket edition, there is a full size version which I didn't pick up, purely for the money side of things. But, in conclusion, a really great book. 
Book- Hello My Name is Paul Smith

Being a massive Paul Smith fan, I had to get this book. Paul Smith is definitely up there with being one of my all time favourite designers, not just because of his style genius, but because of him as a person. This book is basically a fun through about all his favourite things and how he got to where he is today. Unfortunately, my book came damaged, so I am currently waiting for a replacement. But, I am very much looking forward to reading this book in its entirety. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

London Fashion Week: In a nutshell

London Fashion Week, number two of the big four, is now over. It was long anticipated, and it did not disappoint one bit. Designers, celebrities and fashion lovers alike had been long waiting for this week, and what a week it was! 

Bora Aksu was one of the first collections to walk down the catwalk this year. There wasn't an obvious theme throughout, but there was a running fabric: netting. The majority of outfits had at least one panel of netting or lace in it, which uniquely pulled the pieces together. The colours used were white, baby pink, ice blue, navy, black and once appearance of bright purple. With the frequent use of lace, comes an almost overwhelming sense of heritage, even for new designer and brand. 

Julien Macdonald, long time designer and now a ex-strictly contestant, brought us absolutely flawless collection this year. It was intricate, sleek, and detailed. With many of the dresses screaming bridal, there was beading, lace, stitching and everything any one with a love of fine couture would want. 

I obviously could not go through this post and not mention the fabulous Margaret Howell and her ss15 collection. It was nothing particularly different to any other Howell collection, but if it's not broken, don't fix it. Neutral tones and strong tailoring made for a very British,  androgynous show, which was a refreshing change from the ever so detailed and sparkly couture as of late.

Topshop Unique, on Day 3 was another big show that many people were looking forward too, not just because of the clothes, but because of lead model Cara Delevingne 's walk. The collection was very contradictory: parts of it being beautiful and delicate, other parts preppy, and other areas sporty! It was a strong collection that stood out for me with its undeniable versatility. 

The wonderful Erdem gave us another brilliant collection, that has been widely covered by the media and blogs alike. The majority having aspects of nature and foliage in it; this collection was varied and very different from all the runway shows. Not to mention the amazing showmanship of the stage. Every aspect of Erdem ss15 was beautiful and perfectly executed.

 Chrisopher Kane's collection was by no means a typical S/S collection. Full of dark colours and heavy textures, this collection would have been far more suited to an A/W, but nonetheless suitable in a place like Scotland, where Christopher Kane is from. One repeating thing we saw was the use of rope, otherwise known as macramé. He used in a beautiful way which enhanced the pieces it was on to no end. With the uses of silk and satin, this was a luxurious collection, but no-one would expect anything less.