Jul 28, 2010

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Is ‘heirloom sustainability’ a pipe dream?

I’d like to think that we could buy wonderfully expensive designer items with the intention that they form part of our children’s dowry, but is this wishful thinking or wise purchasing?

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Jul 21, 2010

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Who wears Resort wear?

Resort WearAs someone who likes to think they have their finger firmly on the pulse, I have been thrown off track by a rogue email. At 6.45 yesterday morning, Vogue’s online database swung into action and sent its millions of dedicated fans a Trend update. Having fully immersed myself in this season’s shows back in September and October 2009, I assumed this was old news. Email recycling. That was until I noticed the date for this particular email claimed that the latest and greatest fashion trends were shown on 11th June 2010. How on earth was this possible?

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May 25, 2010

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Gaga’s Gala

The New York Costume Institute Gala falls on the first Monday of May and is hosted by Vogue. It is the premier party for aspiring fashionistas and those lucky enough to attend allow us an insight into who Fashion currently believes is a la mode.

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May 20, 2010

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The natural physics of life

It’s not about the destination… This is something we have to remind ourselves of on a daily basis.

I see too many people that live in the future or the past. But true, the ‘now’ is both eternal (for being ‘current conscious’) and yet so brief. We have glimpses of different futures, depending on a mood in the day, depending on what life has brought on your path at a specific moment, but we only have one past and there is but one truth there. There is choice in the now that impacts your future.

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Apr 22, 2010

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Things that have tickled me this month

Why you have to bag a bag

Being interviewed this week in The Guardian newspaper, Mulberry’s chief executive Godfrey Davis said that, “women use their handbags all day every day, so it is very easy to rationalise why having a jolly nice handbag is a good thing”. This is the company’s reason for calling their bags ‘heirlooms’, enabling them to convince women that spending £1,000 on a handbag is an investment for the future. Read more…

Spending again

It was reported in Wealth Bulletin that the wealthy have finally become bored with acting frugally. They believe that their enforced austerity can now stop and they will cease to no longer spend by getting right back to building up their wardrobes. This is supported by the fact that top fashion brands are outperforming others on the MSCI world index – splendid news! Read more…

Cheap chic

J.Crew, the American clothing chain continues to make headlines with its affordable fashion.  Spearheaded by role models like Michelle Obama, the brand is apparently the ‘go to shop’ for fortysomethings in need of a chic reality check. This high-street brand puts it high fashion credentials down to one thing – Jenna Lyons (their hyper-trendy creative director). Where they differentiate themselves from throw away fashion is that while affordable, there is an inherent quality to their garments. What impressed me is their attention to detail.  Take, for instance, their boucle tweed jacket that sold out moments after it was seen on the First Lady; the tweed came from Linton, the Cumbrian company that also makes tweeds for Chanel. Read more…

Virtual advice

‘Ask a Stylist’, a fashion application which threatens to take away my job was released on 12 April 2010.  iPhone have released a real-time fashion best friend, one whom you send pictures of yourself in certain outfits and ask for feedback; or ask specialist advice such as “can you wear a spaghetti strap with a chunky chain link necklace”. The worst bit it that it is free – unlike me. Read more…

by Léonie Tovell

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