Thursday, 27 March 2014

So the question on everyone's lips this week seems to be Miss Kardashian's Vogue cover. Everyone seems to have an opinion on why Anna Wintour decided to put the reality, mega star on the front of the adored publication and of course as usual I am no different. 

I have to admit I do like the Kardashian's, they're fun, and Kim is a savy, strong, successful woman, why shouldn't she be celebrated....so I may be a little biased but I really don't understand everyone's problem, why is it so bad? Why shouldn't she be on the cover?  

Give me one good reason, No, ok, well for me there are a few stellar reasons why Kimmy K's Vogue cover is not only good, its bloody genius. 

Firstly I think it is a great move by Wintour as it makes her look slightly more human. As much as I love and admire Wintour she does seem in-human at times and I think putting Kim on the cover makes her seem less like a legendary fashion robot and more like an actual person with empathy who has listened to her friend Kanye explain how it is his Missus dream to be in Vogue and so she made it happen! Lovely!  

Secondly for the first time in a long time a fuller shaped, real woman, with real curves in an exquisite designer dress (custom McQueen I may add) was on the front of the biggest fashion magazine in the world and her curves hadn't been photo-shopped out, they were there for all to see. Maybe this is the start of us seeing real women in and on the front of big fashion mags.

Finally you have to admit Kim's style has not only escalated since she has been involved with the delectable Mr West it has sky rocketed. The Calvin Klein two pieces, the Aaliyah shoes, the Max Mara coats, the Givenchy everything, its like a little fashion bomb has gone off and I love it.  
I think Kanye put it best when he said Kim is living proof that fashion is not made for skinny, stick thin women, its made for everyone. Whether he dresses her or not (I think its more of gentle nudge in the right sartorial direction) she looks HOT and I think she is becoming a pioneer for real woman in designer clothes and therefore deserves her Vogue cover more than most! 

As Mr Ricardo Tisci says 'she is a modern day Marilyn Monroe' and lets have it a. no one should argue with Ricardo Tisci and b. no one would have battered an eyelid seeing Monroe on the front of Vogue (and if video phones would have been invented in the 50's Monroe would have had her fair share of sex tapes!)   

I rest my case ... congratulations on your Vogue cover Kim! 


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Specsavers on Lord Street sent me a interesting message a little while back letting me know that they have exclusively paired up with SWEDISH fashion label Cheap Monday who have put its unique urban stamp on the world of glasses.

The Scandinavian brand, renowned for its skull logo and statement jeans, has created 17 predictably edgy styles including glasses and prescription sunglasses. Cheap Monday’s ethos of being affordable, bold and progressive is epitomised by the collection.  Using a range of colours, styles and materials it features innovative designs for men and women. 
Helge Flo, designer of Cheap Monday Eyewear says: ‘We think of eyewear like we think of jeans, as a fashion necessity. Our customers want to change and mix up their glasses looks as often as they do their clothing style and this range offers them the opportunity to do just that. Fashion accessories should be fun and specs are no different.’
The designs reflect the innovation of the brand with options such as classic camo print with blue detailing and bright orange tortoiseshell. Each style is finished with logo detailing on the sides and the hidden inscription: ‘Open your third eye.’
Kerry Pullin, Specsavers’ director of range development says: ‘Cheap Monday has fast become a recognised name among their target market, creating affordable fashion for the style conscious. We’re thrilled to be the exclusive stockist of its fantastic new eyewear range.’
Priced at £99, every frame includes PENTAX single vision lenses, a scratch-resistant treatment and a bespoke case and cleaning cloth as standard. What’s more, these glasses will be included in the current 2 for 1 offer.








Get down to your local Specsavers for a look or click on the link below!


Saturday, 15 March 2014


Well I hope you're all having a very zen and beautifully dressed weekend full of fashion, frivolity and fabulousness.  

This is just a few ramblings about the weekend and the week prior and ahead..

So I noticed this week whilst sifting through the fashion news that this last month has been somewhat of a notable week for Liverpool Fashion E-Commerce as it has brought us the unveiling of two of the cities most talented fashion designers new web offerings.



Both Kirsty Doyle and Domingo Rodriguez have released new elegant websites that are both aesthetically attractive and well designed.  Click on the links above for a gander. I hope both Kirsty who is based here and Domingo who designs and works out of London have great success from their respective, new sites and carry on with their ever growing success and flying the flag for luxury, Liverpool fashion.  

Speaking of Domingo's ever growing fashion evolution, this week there was news that he would soon release an aftershave that is destined to become somewhat of a cult se parfumer!

Blogger Joshwa Saint James described as follows when he got to preview the eagerly awaited product.  

'a sparkling blend of notes, bergamot and lemon based on a sensual-ambery woody body, underlined by patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood and vanilla. I can only describe it as a sophisticated men’s fragrance'

Also in this weeks fashion and international press there were some extremely negative stories about the famed, fashion photographer Terry Richardson.  I myself am a big fan of Terrys work and believe it to be both provocative and artistic so these stories lay very heavy with me.  This is not the first time I and many no doubt have heard the rumours of Richardson's seedy reputation as a sexual preditor but up to now they have been just that 'RUMOURS'.  Until this week. 

An anonymous Reddit user posted a controversial message on the website, claiming that highly sought fashion photographer sexually assaulted her during a photo-shoot. The thread was later removed, but now Charlotte Waters  the anonymous girl in question is ready to apparently reveal the whole truth.

Waters was allegedly abused by Richardson when she was just 19-years-old. The stunning blonde revealed shocking details of the assault in an exclusive interview withVocativ. I wont detail the account given because it is both horrendous and graphic but you can read more about the new accusations here if you choose to.
 This is not the first time a model has spoken-out about Richardson's alleged sexual abuse. Last year Sarah Ziff and Alice Shoemaker revealed their awkward work experiences with the high-profile photog, and actress Lena Dunham once deemed him an "alleged sexual predator."
 Waters stated, "It is frustrating to see that he gets away with what he does, and is still working and getting paid a ton of money. But if you haven't experienced him first hand and all the negative things about him are just rumours from unknown, random people, then why wouldn't you work with him? So I don't put any blame on the celebrities that have been photographed by him because they have no way of knowing the truth."  

Richardson has come out and vocally denied the rumours stating that it is a witch hunt but I ask myself what has the girl got to gain from creating these stories? 

On the flip Richardson's work has long been criticised for being overly sexual and degrading to women so maybe this is yet another attempt to damage the reputation of an artist by people who don't understand the meaning of his art?

Either way I am deeply saddened by the news and while there is so much violence and manipulation of women across the globe still happening today I don't think us ladies should be excepting any sort of manipulation what so ever so I am not going to give the photographer the time and respect I usually would in the future.  It may be one word word against another but this for me is definitely one accusation to far..

What do you think?

  My weeks INSTAGRAMS

 

I JUST LOVE A BOMBER
I have decided to make bomber jackets a staple wardrobe piece.  They go with everything, they look good in the day, at work and at night and there are some fabulous offerings out there, both designer and on the high street. I plan on going on a vintage hunting reconnaissance mission this week to see if I can get my hands on some vintage numbers.  I was inspired when I seen the delightful Laura from Think Publicity at a fashion event a couple of weeks back wearing the most beautiful embroided bomber.

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE JOAN SMALLS

After I have visited the David Hockney exhibition at the walker art Gallery which finishes tomorrow, I fully intend to bring you the London A/W 2014/15 RTW review which might I say is full of fabulous, luxury winter clothes and delicious style ideas for next winter.  I would say I am almost that excited that I wish spring and summer would hurry up out the way so I can wear all this wonderful winter 2014/15 looks but I would be lying.  I need the summer and the sun to hurry its arse up! I have a wicked pre planned spring/summer wardrobe ready to bust out!

But until tomorrow here are some of my favourite street style shots from the fashion month just gone courtesy of the talented Tommy Ton and Vogue.com 



I want to be an Olsen

&

I will be rocking my Timberland's that I have had in the wardrobe since I wanted to be Ashanti, until its warm enough to wear sandals.  

    &    
I want Chanel dreadlocks


HOCKNEY




Tuesday, 11 March 2014


Well I promised I would bring you the images from the LIVE photo shoot at Resurrection with Glorybox and here they are.... 
Live from the window in Bold Street, Resurrections Spring/Summer 2014, current and vintage collections. 
AVAILABLE NOW















ALL IMAGES BY EMMA BASSNETT AT GLORYBOX PHOTOGRAPHY
STYLING DISCOFASHIONART & LAURA S
CLOTHES, SHOES & ACCESSORIES BY RESURRECTION
MODELS
JOSEPH FRANCIS & KAYLEIGH D [CAST] & BESSIE [INDEPENDENT]
BEAUTY BY SARAH OATES - ALL DOLLED UP MAKE UP

Sunday, 9 March 2014


A week or two ago I had the pleasure of working with the very, very talented people from Glorybox Photography on a project they had organised with the inimitable Resurrection on Bold Street. 

Emma Bassnett resident, genius photographer and joint owner of Glorybox had an excellent idea to do a live photo shoot in the window of the iconic store to promote the stores new collections for spring/summer and their VAST collection of FABULOUS VINTAGE which on the day had a whopping 50% off.

Emma from Glorybox was on the camera, styling was provided by myself and Laura S from DiscoFashionArt and the models Kayleigh D and Joseph Francis were from CAST MODELS, I had also brought along the ever gorgeous, independent model Bessie to work her magic.  We also had delectable make up from the lovely Sarah Oates from All Dolled Up....all squeezed in the window together. 








Resurrection is to indie chicks what Cricket is to the designer babes of Liverpool, a fashion Mecca! The shop is just the epitome of cool and more like somewhere you want to hang out rather then a shop.  It stocks modern, established labels such as Lavish Alice, Cheap Monday and Carhartt and home-grown, Liverpool designers such as DiscoFashionArt favourites Bite Me Clothing and Enola Rose.

As well as that the shop also has a huge selection of high quality vintage! I would go as far to say the best selection in the whole of the city including the best collection of 
 varsity jackets and vintage Levis I have ever seen!  Whilst I was wondering round the store picking clothes for the shoot I was in heaven, the place is full of trendy treasures and the staff as well as being the best dressers and walking outfit ideas are also fab and really helpful.














Kayleigh D







Some of the people passing by were drawn to the window and what was going on, some even had a shock when they seen the models moving about as alot of them thought they were manikins. How stunning is this dolls hair!










 Joseph Francis


Bessie












I will post the link to the full photo shoot from Glorybox soon. I can't wait to see the final images from Emma. 

The event was amazing and at the end of it all I was shattered but completely on a high from working with some truly brilliant people who shared my love and passion for true Liverpool Fashion and innovation. 

It was a truely novel and exciting way to showcase both Resurrestions fabulous wares and Gloryboxes cutting edge ideas and talents.

Glorybox are a uniquely talented company and I recommend you take a look at their website below.  They do all sorts of photography from Fashion, Location, Studio, Events and Photobooths.  Their work is ground breaking and I am very proud to have worked with them as I think they are definitely stars of the future, not just in Liverpool but internationally.


This event was just another great example of Liverpool's ever growing, friendly fashion community and a big thanks to everyone involved including everyone at Ressurection and the very talented and very lovely Emma Bassnett.