Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Twlight Saga

In the twilight of their liaison with Kate Moss, Topshop has launched a Limited Edition collection available only in it's Oxford Street, Brompton Road and NY branches. Beautifully styled outfits on the promo shots belie what I suspect is an overpriced collection akin to the £200 beaded pieces that 'Kate Moss' created for her Topshop stint. But I suppose it is bringing a bit of the magic of vintage to the mainstream whilst limiting, although not eliminating, the chance of finding someone dressed in the same thing as you at the next big party.

I'm not a fan but I think, love it or hate it, the highly commercial 14 Kate Moss collaborations with the high street brand set the bar very high for high profile partnerships. If this is the best they can come up with though, I think they should hold back on the ad spend until the hype of the much-anticipated collection Lanvin/H&M passes. Tough night.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Monday, 15 November 2010

Helpdesk: Beautiful and the Damned

Say for example, you are going to a party. This month. Theme: Beautiful and The Damned. Here's a mood board and source directory to put your mind at ease if you are struggling with what to wear...

In the book of the same name, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the excesses of life in the Jazz Age. This period conjures up images of casually strewn furs and swaying beads; winking sequins and long silhouettes. Shimmying tassles and feather fans. Kate Moss' thirtieth had the same theme and she was a beauty in blue sequins from vintage specialist Atelier Mayer (below).

First off, don't panic, the high street is glimmering with perfect drop-waist dresses so there's no need to go for the original. Below are some ideas...

Topshop: £120
All Saints: Bex dress £75
Biba (House of Fraser): £195

There are also accessories aplenty to accesorize shop around for headbands, beaded bags and marabous. The best I have found were at topshop and Claire's Accessories. See you on the 27th.