Sunday, 20 January 2013

Black Milk's New Movie..

In less than 24 hours Black Milk's new Lord of the Rings range will be on sale! The brand currently have a Star Wars line which has gone down a storm so there's no doubt that their new collection will be another hit.

Get ready to break the bank...

Friday, 18 January 2013

Monster Fashion

When I saw Meadham Kirchhoff's fur coats that resembled characters from Monsters Inc hit the runway back in February I fell irrevocably in love. The fur was long and inked in splashes of clashing colours. It was typical Meadham Kirchhoff and I was sure I wouldn't find any that came close to it on the high street, but I have just brought one that satisfies my lust and at a fraction of the cost.

My favourite Meadham Kirchhoff design is the monster face <3

Topshop £95

Meadham Kirchhoff AW12

Meadham Kirchhoff AW12

Meadham Kirchhoff AW12

Meadham Kirchhoff AW12

Meadham Kirchhoff AW12

Thursday, 10 January 2013

High Waisted Undies

High waisted knickers have fast become a huge trend in the lingerie market. The retro style is being pioneered by every brand from Topshop to Ann Summers but it's often thought a risque style that many women are afraid to try. I'm not surprised, it's the style of our grandparents' era which is a connotation that puts many of us off, with common references as 'the granny pant'. High waisted knickers were the fashion of the fifties, often worn with a longline bra and waspie to help create the cinched in waist that came with Dior's New Look. In recent decades, the high waisted knicker has been considered unfashionable, with thongs and briefs being more desirable, but I say embrace this sexy 'new' look!

In more recent years it has been dubbed 'the Bridget Jones pant' with many women fearing that famous Bridget Jones moment when she realises that she's wearing some incredibly large knickers, just as Cleaver is pulling up her dress. But today's high-rise pants come in a far more stylish and sexy selection, and in fabrics that aren't designed to suck you in and drop a dress size but to look and feel amazing. My favourites are those in silks and satins and a matching bra is vital. The unfortunate thing about this trend, however, is that stores charge you for that extra little bit of material, costing around £18 on the high street, which probably comes very close to the cost of the bra! Whether men get this look is the question on everyone's lips, but who cares? It's a look that will make you feel sexy, whether anyone see's it or not.

The trend has been popularised by the likes of Mad Men and Burlesque who's characters have become style icons leaving women lusting after their look, reminding women and designers today how sexy the style is. And it's not just on our screens, an endless number of celebrities are now flaunting the high waisted knicker in music videos, shows and photo shoots - and fashion is in love with it! In the last year, high waisted knickers have graced the covers of many of my magazines - and I buy a lot!

High waistlines are no longer a thing of the past, many skirts, trousers and shorts are all rising high once again which leaves us with all the more reason to slip into a retro pair of pants. We have all come to accept the high waisted knicker in the outerwear sense for clubbing - if you are unfamiliar with this look don't be too alarmed, this knicker is made in a much thicker and usually more embellished material than that used for lingerie, even if it does show off just as much - so I think it is now time for us girls - and in fact for men - to accept the high waisted knicker into our lingerie draw.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Alternative fashion: does it still exist?

Back when I was in high school, I was called 'alternative' but looking through old pictures of myself sporting a neon pink tutu with leopard print tights and chains of acrylic diamond-shaped jewellery (a stereotype known as 'scene kids') I wondered, "does 'alternative' really exist anymore?". Since the scene kid days, no new tribe has been born, and all the old ones seem to have merged together and boundaries have become so blurred they are hard to identify.

Reminiscing these past fashion choices with my house mates while scrolling through the album pages of our old Bebo sites got me thinking about how there hasn't been a new subculture in a long time and how today everything in fashion seems to be acceptable. We don't feel the need to dress the same as our friends in order to feel accepted in society, we can leave the house dressed as bizarre as we like and, although some may look twice and possibly even laugh at your choice of attire, it won't be abnormal.

Today, more and more artists such as Lady Gaga and Jessie J hit the red carpet wearing more than daring attire - something which no longer shocks the public (at least not since Lady Gaga's meat outfit). Back in the 80s Madonna dared to push the boundaries of what society deemed normal and acceptable by fearlessly stepping onto the red carpet in a pointed bra and suspenders. But today, does it really take that much balls? Although we all think Gaga is a bit nuts, we're never really taken aback by her latest pap'd look in our magazine, maybe just a 'huh' and turn the page.

Each year London hosts Alternative Fashion Week in which designers who do not walk the runways of fashion week exhibit their clothes. This year I attended the event, but was left disappointed, not because I didn’t like the clothes but because I didn’t feel any of it surprised me. However, this may all be a very British opinion. Maybe I’ve just spent too much time walking around Camden Lock. We are after all the host of the most creative and, I have to say it, ‘alternative’ fashion week, home to the brilliantly avant-garde designers Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Meadham Kirchhoff. But I think this is how it should be: people wear what they want, express themselves through clothes, and nobody gives a shit!