Monthly Archives: February 2009

coco E NEWS

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There is a new reporter in town and she has the inside scoop due to her other part time job as a supermodel. With a name like Coco Rocha she was destined for the silver screen…even if the first is a nickname. Taken on by Canadian E News for New York Fashion Week she has already questioned Eva Mendes, Jane Krakowski and Heidi Klum at the Michael Kors before donning the clothes and also walking the runway. But this is only the beginning if she wants to fill the humungous heels of another Canadian lady with a mic- Jeanne Beker of Fashion TV fame. At 21 she is already old by Jeanne’s high standards. Beker started when she was just 16 and is an institution. Just recently I was watching a very old documentary on The Clash and I heard a very familiar voice, finally I clued on that it was Jeanne!

Australian made

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JOSH goot & Jethro 

An Australian boy who majors in body con. Stretching fabric in a casual lets kiss and listen to records rather than a sexy lets get naked Marios Schwab kinda way. Josh Goot the Jersey King who started showing in New York and had the simple lines of a CK prodigy has just shown his second range in London. In amongst his signature blocks of 1OO% cotton were splashes of exploding colours in space. I especially love the two tone harlequin ankle boots. On the front side of the catwalk was the young Cave who is gathering momentum. Talked about amongst Teen Vogue bloggers, walking with The Queen Of Scene Agyness Deyn and gracing the Dazed Digital sight with his Hedi portraits this kid is one cowboy boot away from being billboard worthy.

LF Week

louise goldin & house of holland

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Catwalk styling has a lot to do with the show. As a whole Louise Goldin presents amazing technical vision. Slick make up from the future, hidden under contrasting blunt overgrown hide and seek fringes and textural knits to soften the black leather robotic armours- but I bet if you see each piece hanging in a Browns the impact would be lost. House of Holland has the opposite effect. The pantone colour palette head to toe may be easy on the eye for an east end kid used to fluros, but during fashion week the gradient shades are even a little full on to a girl who never wears black. That is until the show finishes and we see Holland fans like Agyness and Pixie mix his pieces into their repertoire and all of a sudden broken up into tiny pieces the colour swatches of fabric of definitive must haves.

the london look

the kids

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London Fashion Week Catwalk always has a mix of supers, scenesters and Brit Girls. At Giles Rachel Williams-super and 1992 Playboy cover star started off the show, and later came tougher than leather Alice Temple- old friend of Boy George and the first female BMXer,  Stella Tennant, Susie Bick, Yasmin LeBon, Cecilia Chancellor, and Jenny Howarth were all seen at UK luxury brand Aquascutum as guest stars alongside the younger leading ladies to date – Canadian Amanda Laine, Brit Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss the Chicago kid and Aussie Myf Shepard. Amanda, Karlie and Jourdan all featured in the train ride topshop f/w 08 campaign with Eliza Cummings. Amanda ranked*29 on models.com, Karlie *26, Jourdan *21 and Myf on the rapid rise have already stomped in NYC Fashion Week and started London Fashion Week with a bang.

the experts

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oscar va va vooom

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Gold long sleeve lace, extra ruffles, Donatella tan and the same in your face Fellini buxom body she had when she was the first actress to win an Oscar in a foreign film- La Ciociara.  

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London fashion week

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Ok. So I liked these three collections, but they were far to cas and wearable for a catwalk. Chloe looked amazing in her own get up but the rest of the collection just looked like semi-cool street style. I liked that her range was men’s wear that scaled down for the ladies but all in all it was the shoes from these three shows which were the torched spotlight. They all had a touch of I’ve been to prison but am now loose vibe. Sexy in a distracted way. Bad girl buckles, elasticated for quick get aways and bows to give the hoof some pretty. I remember seeing Chloe’s last range of shoes for Opening Ceremony, and although they looked comfy orthopedic, when I left the store I seemed to have platform boat like shoes in my carry bag. In theory this page of shoes should be a don’t. The twenty 8 twelve studded heels look like weeks of breaking in, but the Jenden and O.C ones are wedged just the way I like.

i miss london…..

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I miss popping down to the off liscence, late night Skins- channel 4 in general, the number 55 bus, broadway market on a saturday, Ribena primas, extra warm mohair dresses-even though I hate the cold, my fav show to let the tears flow the secret millionaire and I especially miss almost shopping at Liberty…at least dreaming about one day being able to buy everything at Liberty.

thank lizzy- london FW is here!

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Now it’s time to get excited. Enough of the safe New York catwalks it’s time to get down and dirty. To start off Anglomania- here is the March edition of i-D Magazine “The Best Of British”, models from past and present grace 12 different covers, all shot by photographer Sølve Sundsbø. Naomi Campbell, Daisy Lowe, Stella Tennant, Twiggy, Yasmin Le Bon, Susie Bick, Alice Dellal, Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Eliza Cummings and Kate Moss have made the dozen cut.

Christopher Kane

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Hola Alice! I love Christopher Kane. I love that he surprises every season.Every show keeps getting better, and I am forever amazed at my friend Alice who sews for C.Kane. I find it hard to sew in a straight line and yet she manages a fabric grid of choc brown, shiney silver green and black velvet ribbon. This show reminds me of visiting my dad at his work when I was young. He is an architect and on school holidays I would visit and as a treat I was allowed to raid the stationary cupboard. The first things I clawed were always black fineliners in all different widths. I would try and draw like my dad, all thick lines and geometric patterns. Simple yet extremely cool. I love how Christopher’s ribbon lines give an outline and the neutral chiffon colour within the line. As for my shopping list all of the cashmere sweaters to wrap my body and face the next London Winter.

Nick Cave n Family

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Back in flavour is the Cave family. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ first two albums are being re-issued in a series that will see the band’s entire album catalogue digitally re-mastered and remixed in 5.1 surround sound, Nick’s wife Susie Bick-former Westwood model is on the front cover of i-D and his son Jethro has started London fashion week walking for Charles Anastase. Nick and Susie’s twin sons Arthur and Earl with their two tone mops of hair must be next in line. 

Miss Eliza Cummings

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Meet the new i-D and Dazed covergirl, editorial Law & Order-W magazine lass who shares the fashion pages with other ripped denim clad Brit Girls Peaches, Portia and even a friendly kiss with Daisy Lowe. Eliza Cummings- former Topshop billboard girl has now jumped the ranks to cover-star, has done NY Fashion Week inc MJ and now started London Fashion Week strutting for Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label. This androgynous ruffian with the porcelain skin of a doll yet the angry stare of a jilted girlfriend. I can see her stepping on both Peaches and Daisy clad in lace up creepers straight to the top of the British model pile.

RICHARD Nicholl

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Hola Paulie! My other east end friend works in back with Richard Nicholl. Light grey, very pale musky pink and white- my fav colour combo when it comes to art deco books filled with dusty fonts. Nicholl ditches his signature floaty fabrics for a more structured line. Pleated wool trousers, trench coats with suspender belt yolk detailing and clear plastic with white buttons were the staples but as a mix up this season short sleeve tops and dresses which featured large scale abstract human body prints by Linder Sterling- visual artist and close friend of Morrissey. 

My OSCAR Favourite

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Midday movies are good for one reason, you get to re-watch old favourites. Angelica became the third generation Houston to win an Academy Award for her supporting role in Prizzi’s Honor. An eighties mob drama starring Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, but it was the costumes on the award winning actress that caught my eye. Nothing like a rebellious mafia daughter who is black listed from the family and labelled a hussy turning up to a family wedding in an amazing grecian asymmetric dress with slicked back hair.

NYC F.Week

knitwear

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Knitwear is always my fav. After majoring in it for my Textiles degree I am totally in awe as I know how much prep goes into a fair isle or boucle pattern. The two sisters behind Rodarte are amazing at using textile trades of the past and creating unique art museum knits. Last season they revolutionised fishnet stockings with their take of spiderweb wool versions, now this season the knits are more experimental eighties on the shaggy Linda Jackson side. Matthew Williamson on the other hand has taken the Missoni approach to knitwear but with a more playful stripe of pattern, and MJ who is always partial to a paint by numbers style of knit featured floral cardigans.

Jill STUART

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I must admit I skimmed over the Jill Stuart range and found nothing begged me to buy it. Then I read about her influences for the range and went back to have another look. I always love to hear about designers back stories as it just makes more sense. Jill Stuart’s icons for this season were Stevie Nicks and Anita Pallenberg- two life members of the rock n roll fashion hall of fame. With black velvet, fur gilets and floppy hats it was reminiscent of a seventies rock n roll love in. 

touch of Androgyny

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Masculine and accentuated shoulders, tailored stove pipes and more leather continues to blend the fine line and draw a big circle around unisex dressing. 3.1 Phillip Lim showed both the boy and girl models with foppish Beatles Bobs, Proenza Schouler was all about the tough side of a pencil skirt but with structured shoulders and oversized coats and jackets, and Richard Chai allowed his shoulder pads to point north. The make-up is subtle yet strong emphasizing eyes with nude lips and the hair seemed casually put together and un-fussy.