SHOPFRONTS

Pinterest never ceases to amaze me, or force me to spend one too many long nights caught up in it. Here are a few additions to my latest board, shopfronts. Aren’t they divine? Follow me on Pinterest here.

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DREAMING OF PARIS.

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It has been a dream of mine for a long, long time to go to Paris, and next week I will finally be going. I will be attending Paris Fashion Week, living a weird dream of mine. Paris is the home of Coco Chanel, where Elsa Schiaparelli made her name, and where Fashion Week gets exciting. All the big shows, the truly influential shows, are showcased in Paris and it really is a dream come true to actually being a part of it.

NEW IN: SILKY DREAMS

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Aren’t they just the prettiest? I usually tend to wear the same underwear over and over again; usually the faded, possibly torn bras that are way past their sell-by dates, they’re usually the comfiest. I couldn’t resist this set from Topshop however, taupe is my colour and who can say no to silk and lace?
I’ll cast aside my old faithfuls and adorn my bosom with a treat of a bra, even if it is just for show. I’ll balance it out with an old pair of pyjamas that I’ve had since age 12 come nighttime.

THOM BROWNE A/W14

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Now this is the kind of theatrics that I miss from fashion week. Overexaggerated everything, fabrics to die for and hair and makeup fit for a queen (Elizabeth I would be proud). With the church as inspiration, the intricacies of the cuts showing pure craftsmanship, Brown has taken his detailing to religious new heights, both in literal and physical senses.

PRABAL GURUNG A/W14

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Deconstructed tailored suits paired with almost sportswear-esque jersey, silk and feathers in a mashed-up collection of loveliness was what Prabal Gurung offered us to wear for Fall 2014 and who wouldn’t want to partake? I’m really liking the complicated shapes and over exaggerated lines that he’s created using his deconstruction techniques. All of this paired with simple hair and makeup and shoes sets everything in motion for a glamorously casual Fall.

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HERVE LEGER A/W14

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Fierce sex appeal was basically the running theme of the Herve Leger by Max Azria show this week. Slicked back ponytails, geometric panels and thigh-high peep toe boots were all that mattered on a chilly Saturday in New York. Bandage-designed corsetry, asymmetric shapes with fringing and pleats to boot were all key aspects to the mood unto which creative director Lubov Azria sees the upcoming Winter period. Intricate beading and feather trims accessorised with bare legs provided the ever-present glitz and glam.

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…

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So Christmas is almost upon us and with only 5 days to go until the 25th, it’s fair to say the world has gone cray cray for Christmas. I always love decorating the house for this time of year, we always go fairy light crazy! Just sitting here now in my dining room I can see three sets of fairy lights in different places, which I love. I can’t get enough fairy light action. Here are some festive decorations from around my house…

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The simplicity of fairy lights somehow bring me so much joy, simple pleasures satisfy a simple mind? (I hope not!) And if I had my way we’d have the house covered in white twinkles on the outside too, but I guess I’ll have to wait until I have my own place to live to satisfy that fairy light craving! Here, however, are a couple of Christmas decorations from houses in my area.

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I am jealous of anybody who has beautiful lights up outside their homes!

SHAPEWEAR FOR MEN?

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So yesterday, whilst I was being all cultured and intellectual, I was reading The Times and I came across an article on Funkybod;  shape-wear for men. When I first saw it I sniggered thinking “that is the most vain and ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen”; but then I looked down at my own padded bra and across the room to my optical illusion dress and my mind wondered to the millions of pairs of Spanx that are bought by women all over the world every year. Oh. I carried on reading with intrigue and realised that whilst the common notion from women is that the media over-sexualises us, we are our own worst enemies. We create the hype ourselves.

The craze for men wearing makeup, straightening their hair, using self tan and getting botox leaves most women (and other men) with the impression that such an individual “must be gay” or that he’s as vain as Kelly Brook’s Instagram page. But aren’t all these things women use on a regular basis? Some of which, women see as a necessity; an integral part of their daily life.

So why is it so different for men? We’re all programmed to believe that women are supposed to stay ageless, a size 8 and always effortless while men can pretty much do what they want (without becoming slobbish). Funkybod produces tops for men that are “designed to give the appearance and feel of muscle size and definition.” Now when I first saw the photo of the poor volunteer I definitely though that surely that’s just a serious case of false representation? And then I googled Spanx…

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… And padded bras…

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… And optical illusion dresses…

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Okay, who did I think I was? Besides the Spanx, I own every piece of body-sculpting, bust-boosting, leg-lengthening product available on the market. Why shouldn’t men be able to do the same?

The idea seems ridiculous, but why should women be able to deceive men of their looks and it not be allowed to be reciprocated? Having said all this, I’m not quite sure how I would feel if my (imaginary) boyfriend went around with foam-induced pecs and biceps. But each to his/her own.

www.funkybod.com