Vogue

miss-vogue-apr14-vogue-6mar14-pr_b_426x639The Miss Vogue magazine is such a good and long awaited idea by the British Vogue team. I remember endlessly flicking through Vogue and never quite finding something for a 16 year old to take inspiration from, I loved the photo shoots and general style tips but that was about it understandably. Now a dedicated Vogue reader, I literally read every article..apart from the ones about gardens and houses – I’m not quite ready for that –  I am still on the teen/adult fence so I embrace any magazine with a bit of showbiz and wit mixed with fashion, such as Asos mag. When I glanced at the the April Edition of Miss Vogue my first thought was ‘surely that is not a British magazine?!’ It failed at the first hurdle – I am sorry to say it but the cover is far too ‘Americanized’ and as a result just ..a bit..well tacky and cheesy! Even when flicking through it I found nothing that caught my eye or made me read a full article. After properly taking the time to enjoy it I did however find some great content.

‘Jump to it’ and ‘Wanna be in my gang’ were great for providing a bit of style inspiration and looking at ways to enhance personal style. The Miss Vogue Spotlight and Notebook pages were gorgeous, I love being shown quirky new fashion finds, literary and cultural works and lets not forget looking at this year’s eye candy…currently swooning over Dylan Ryder! Any beauty pages and WellBeing articles are a must and like ‘Mrs’ Vogue deliver to a high standard. One thing I would love is photographic hair tutorials, you know where you can actually see the steps to create the look – Page 101 displays the ‘New Up-Do’, but the head shot is really only the model’s face and not the hairstyle! The ‘Bright Young Things’ page is a wonderful way to promote new and up coming British talent, I only wish I was more talented.

Class of 2014

Class of 2014

As much as I enjoyed light heartedly flicking through Miss Vogue I felt the target audience  and age range was all over the place. The ‘Fairy Godmother Buys’ promoted gifts ranging from  £79 to £1,490, I don’t know about you but I doubt and certainly wouldn’t expect anyone to spend that much on a gift – let alone a Godmother. To make up for this a couple of pages are dedicated to Claire’s Accessories to target a younger (much younger) audience but still…Claire’s?! The ‘Class of 2014’  style pages shown above,based on the theme of ‘Superstardom’, left me nonplussed – each outfit was hideous and what’s the point in that? The magazine is certainly still finding its feet but it is perfect for an easy read and with a little inspiration taken from other teen mags like Asos and Tatler it will soon be a teen hit.

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Found these lovely compilations on London Fashion Week Daily site. Some great looks and inspiration for future trends for A/W 2014!

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London Fashion Week Daily

London Fashion Week Daily

 

London Fashion Week Daily

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LFW 2014 Street Style

February 20, 2014

Rather behind on my posts – so sorry! Thought I would share with you some of my favourite street style looks from LFW 2014, many of which showcase the trends for the coming spring/summer season! I think it is always worth while taking the time to look at other people’s style – you never know what inspiration you can gather! I am awful at sticking to key looks that I know work well rather than occasionally mixing up colours and textures to add variety. I love seeing an outfit that I can de-construct and work well into my own wardrobe , this way I can show off a slightly new look without actually buying new clothes – a little creativity goes a long way! I hope you feel inspired by these looks as I was.

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Michelle Williams for LV

I love seeing the new ads in magazines for the Autumn/Winter campaigns, I did not realize however that they may vary from say British and American magazines. While flicking through British September Vogue I found that none of the ads really grabbed my attention, especially as every alternate brand is portrayed by either Kate Moss or Cara Delevingne. I understand the commercial benefit of having supermodels (I think we can safely say Cara is one now) to promote luxury brands but how does it promote the brands own identity and ‘woman’ if the model is always the same? Anyway, sorry for the slight deviation in topic. When I came to look at this September’s American Elle I was struck my the Louis Vuitton advertisement  fronted by Michelle Williams and her elfin looks – not the same ad in British Vogue. It works so well because Williams can epitomize the Louis Vuitton woman..maybe there is an argument for having actresses as models after all. My favourite kind of photography, especially with fashion advertisements and photo shoots, is clear and concise, where there is clarity to the end photo. With these photos there are no stupid special effects or weird lighting. You can see the clothes and William for what they are and what they are meant to look like. Would be lovely to hear your thoughts on today’s post. Which ads are you loving or hating at the moment?

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

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Sampling other Styles

August 22, 2013

 

I am back from my months stay in the glorious Italy, I have seen the sun, sea, sand, Pisa, Venice, Cortina, met the most wonderful people and lastly eaten the most unforgetable food. Though I cannot deny how much I have missed blogging over the last fews weeks, I have returned totally out of the loop from the fashion world – and London Fashion Week is only just around the corner! I did pick up the latest Love Magazine and started reading September Vogue last night so I will soon be back on track. I would love you all to take a look at only few, and I mean literally only a few, of the hundreds of photos I have from Italy on my Instagram.

What to blog about after a month away from the computer? Well I thought I would talk a little bit about personal style based on culture, surroundings and tradition. Spending time in both Italy and Paris this summer has opened my eyes to different ways of dressing. For example in Paris women are so much more sophisticated then in England, they make the effort to be presentable, no matter where they are going or who they are seeing. Us Britons on the other hand prefer jeans and a t – shirt to meet for coffee, not that there is anything wrong with it, I just personally feel we have become lazy. In Italy I saw a broad range of styles, from cheap Versace replicas to smart and chic elderly ladies. I was struck most by the women’s jewellery, huge elaborate earrings and delicate bracelets that worked wonderfully with simple floaty dresses. I noticed their shoes were not 6inch stilettos but 4inch sandals or wedges – comfortable, walkable and you know what they were still stylish! London is famous for it’s street style and so we should rightly be very proud, but I also think we could learn from other European ways of dressing…I certainly didn’t see anyone in a tracksuit walking to the local market. Anyway it’s food for thought isn’t it? Take a look at the images below, one is Paris based, another Milan and lastly London, can you guess which is which?

London Woman

Paris Woman

Milan Woman

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Such an inspirational film about former  Harpers Bazaar columnist and Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland – worth watching! Wouldn’t it be exciting to have another ‘Youth Quake’ as Diana called the 60/70’s, when society celebrated music, art and culture that could be epitomised through fashion.

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Vogue On Designers

December 28, 2012

I hope you all had a good Christmas, sorry for the lack of posts recently! I thought I would share my latest growing collection of books. The Vogue On books for Dior, Chanel, Schiaparelli and McQueen feature gorgeous images and information about the brand and their pioneering individuals. They definitely make great bed time reading!

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The Vogue Dolls #2

November 5, 2012

I realised I have not shown the Vogue Dolls to you in a while. I think the last one is my favourite, what do you think?

Lily – 60’s Inspired

Sofia – Charleston

Clara – Cocktail Dress

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Teen-Tastic

August 3, 2012

So much for being a fashion blogger, I only found out about Teen Tatler yesterday, when it hit the shelves! I have to admit that I don’t read Tatler that often, Vogue is my bible, but my sister reads Tatler so I tend to dip in and out of it. I do really like what Kate Reardon is doing with the magazine though, such as the cover for the August issue with Alice Eve – that was amazing – more so than any Vogue cover I have ever seen!

It is not surprising that the nuances of Tatler, being quite Sloaney and middle class, appear in the Teen Tatler too. It is all very blah-zay but equally entertaining! Their audience is mainly girls (and guys) leaving school and heading to uni ..or a year or two away from doing so, therefore I really loved their satirical summary of the do’s and don’ts of going to,for example Durham. They advise you to not wear heels but rather fancy dress. There are similar articles for Bristol/Cambridge/Oxford unis. The fashion shoot looked like so much fun and the clothes both young and refreshing.

I think one of points of the magazine is to highlight up and coming individuals, but the interviews and photo shoots with teens nominated by their peers I found quite boring…apart from the 17 year old athlete. These teens had nothing really to their names ..yet. It would have been more interesting to read about teens that are setting up businesses/ in new music bands  etc…the son/daughter of someone well known would have been enough. Though the beauty supplement was gorgeous, the fashion one less so. If this is aimed at young adults, why would I be looking to buy diamond rings by Pandora for £665? Despite all this it was a fun read  and I’m sure it can only get better.

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Olympic Style

July 27, 2012

I thought this post was perfect for today. With the Olympics starting why not take a look at fashion’s twist on the games? These shots for Vogue UK are such beautiful pastels and I love the delicate and almost romantic feel to the whole editorial by fashion director Charlotte Pilcher and photographed by Tim Gutt. All the clothes are just stunning, if only you could play archery in heels!

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