GALLIANO RETURNS #MARGIELAMONDAY.

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If you haven’t been highly anticipating Galliano’s return to the fashion week calendar for Maison Martin Margiela after four years, then you don’t belong here. I’m joking. (slightly).

The collection itself was undeniable Galliano’s, albeit with touches of Margiela-minimalism. The set design was quite possibly one of the most pared back in Galliano’s history, with a small audience, white seating and no decorative adornments. With a colour palette of rich ruby reds, palatial golds, deep blacks, creamy camels and hints of animal print, the collection was a world away from your typical Margiela show. Gold voiles, silk taffeta, highly embellished breast plates all adorned the showstoppers, each look complete with two-tone platform shoes and elaborate headpieces. For a Margiela couture show, the fabrics were perhaps more extravagant than typically expected.

The theme of decay offered a haunting washed-at-sea vibe with sea shells and latex evoking a creature of the ocean; hair plastered to the head and face also suggested a sense of a washed up creation.

The show was seemingly a humbling experience for Galliano as he reflected over his fallen star vicariously through the medium of design, appearing very briefly at the end of the show wearing a traditional white lab coat as worn by the Maison Martin Margiela team.

FROWers at the show was basically a who’s who? list of anyone that’s anyone in the fashion industry: Anna Wintour, Alber Elbaz and Nick Knight were just a few to mention. As for the show? Well fashion has recently started to feel repetitive (normcore?), predictable (normcore?) and almost trend-less (normcore?) Galliano has single-handedly, with just one show, made the shows an event again, both in person and online. Never have I seen a more highly anticipated show before on social media; everyone on my timeline, news feed and Instagram home page was tagging #MargielaMonday with abundance.

For me, Galliano’s return says much about the fashion industry as it does Galliano himself as well as the house of Margiela. I personally am beyond glad that those inside the industry as well as those who appear to be outsiders looking in, have now allowed themselves to look past his “scandal” and accept him for the genius that he so clearly is.

Long live John Galliano.

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MY NEW GLASSES!

I’m a huge fan of glasses, much to some people’s disbelief. I get people asking me all the time “Why do you not wear contacts?” and the simple answer is that I actually like wearing glasses. I find contact lenses to be a pain, I find them to be uncomfortable and “unnatural” to the eye. For me, my glasses are an important aspect of my everyday look and I try to choose glasses that reflect my style and personality. I don’t choose glasses to be discreet and blend into my face, I like to make a statement. For the past year I’ve been wearing my gorgeous Versace glasses, which I do still love, but I had my eyes tested last week at Vision Express and my eyes have both become worse by two “stages” (I don’t know what the official term is for going up stages in optometry, sorry!) and I was finding it increasingly difficult to see through them.

These are my "old" Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I've had replacement lenses put in them. They're by Versace and I believe they come in four colours.

These are my “old” Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I’ve had replacement lenses put in them. They’re by Versace, bought from Vision Express and I believe they come in four colours.

Now, I do love those glasses and wanted to find out how much it would cost through independent opticians to put new lenses in them to still be able to wear them. Turns out, it’s quite expensive to go to an independent opticians to do it so I enquired about it when I went for my eye test. Whilst I was there, I naturally strolled over to the vast selection they had on display and immediately began trying on as many pairs as I could and of course I decided that I wanted a new pair.

I found these glasses by Polo Ralph Lauren in the men’s section and FELL IN LOVE. I love the electric blue colour because although it’s a bright, statement making colour, it’s still quite neutral and goes with almost everything clothes-wise and makeup-wise.

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I really like big framed glasses rather than the slimmer rectangular styles and the men’s section is perfect for finding the bigger frames! I also like the contrast of the white arms on these. I was toying with this pair and a pair of Prada glasses that I absolutely LOVED as well, I originally wanted a tortoiseshell pair and they were the perfect shade, but in the end I went for these; I might ask for the Prada pair for Christmas this year (fingers crossed!).

I always find my experience as a customer in Vision Express pleasing, the staff are always very helpful, sometimes perhaps a little too helpful, but I don’t mind that really. The actual opticians are always very relaxed and make you feel at ease which is always a bonus! The shop assistants, whenever I go in there, are always on hand for assistance and leave you alone when you don’t want to be hassled when trying on glasses for yourself.

I was made aware of an offer that if you spend over £149 (I think, don’t quote me on that) that you’ll get another pair of £99 glasses for free, which I think is a fab deal! However, I couldn’t actually find any glasses in the store that suited me well enough for me to choose them; because even though they were free it would be a waste for me to have them and never wear them if I wasn’t totally comfortable with the way they looked on me. This is where I asked about the price for lenses to be put into my Versace pair.

The sales assistant left the desk to ask someone about the price and came back and told me that they could treat my pair of lenses in my Versace glasses as my free second pair of glasses so I got those for free too!

I’ve also seen some amazing sunglasses in there which I might invest in at a later date. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses already under my previous prescription from last year and as it’s getting towards the end of the Summer and I’ve already been on holiday, I think it wouldn’t be wise of me to be buying into expensive pairs of prescription sunglasses at this time.

I really recommend Vision Express, (rather than Specsavers because I’ve used them too), as an opticians for the deals they have, the vast expanse of choice in terms of frames and the staff are brilliant too.

Let me know what you think of my new glasses, do you like them or are they too much?

 

Go to VIsion Express to see some of the selection of glasses and sunglasses they do!

COUTURE WEEK OVERVIEW : FALL 3013

Couture Week’s are my absolute favourites. The glamour, the imagination, the pomp and the delight. For me, it’s so far removed from reality it’s an art form of escapism, a means of being free for the few minutes of feasting my eyes on the extravagance of each piece. From Old Hollywood glamour, glitz and sophistication at Elie Saab, the over-the-top leopard and fur-ness at Jean Paul Gaultier to understated-overstated shapes and fabrics at Ulyana Sergeenko, Fall 2013 Couture was certainly a sight to be seen.

VIKTOR & ROLF

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Nothing says allure like the colour back. Black with minimal hair, makeup and flat shoes is alluring at it’s best. The Viktor & Rolf show provided such allure. With the draped silks, modest shapes and contrasting furs, paired with flat sandals, the show was a contradiction of terms. A couture show with opulence in fabrics and styles with a twist of minimalist pairings. 

ULYANA SERGEENKO

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As ever, Sergeenko takes references from her Russian heritage for her Fall couture collection. Showing a juxtaposition of stockings-and-suspenders with a high necked Victorian collar alongside virginal white fur with orange leather demi-gloves.The show was a beautiful medley of constricted values of rules with rebellion peaking through.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Opulence, glamour and other-worldly are all words that can always be used to describe a Gaultier couture show. Fall 2013 did not sway from this way of thinking. Feathers, fur, sequins, tailoring, leopard, headwear, veils, glitz, leather, lace, jewels, chains, velvet, silk, chiffon are all elements of this show, along with, as you can imagine, many many more. There was a tone of burlesque to the show, many circle elements in the garments; figure hugging and curve creating shapes that emphasise the female form, keeping much to Gaultier’s signature style.

ELIE SAAB

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The Elie Saab show was Elie Saab Elie Saab Elie Saab. His dresses have become iconic and easily recognisable for their classic shapes, OTT glitz, sophisticated elegance and movie-star quality. There is never a collection of his that wouldn’t make you feel a million billion dollars if you were one of the lucky few to be able to even try one of his gowns on. The Fall 2013 collection was no different. With his muted tones of taupe, nude and mauve paired with his classic aubergines, ruby and emerald; the collection was as glamorous as ever, a collection to be lusted, desired and pored over forever… Or at least until the next collection.

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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There is always excitement that surrounds a Dior show, especially since Raf Simons took over as creative director. The Fall couture collection did not disappoint the many anxiously anticipating spectators in the audience. ‘Freedom’ was the starting point for the creation of this collection by Simons and it was certainly apparent in the lack of restriction in the garments, with still possessing a form fitting silhouette and immaculate lines. The freedom comes mainly from the fabrics used in the collection. From muted sequins to jewel toned taffeta and silks; full length fringing and hints of Houndstooth, the show was sprinkled with surprises.

ALEXIS MABILLE

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Alexis Mabille’s influence for his Fall 2013 couture show came from the brush strokes from eighteenth century painter Giovanni Boldini. You can definitely see in this collection Mabille’s creative marriage of bring old and new styles together, tying them with the definitive idea of the brush strokes and art pieces. Beautifully crafted silks, chiffons and brocade frame the show with the idea of mixture heavily present.

ZUHAIR MURAD

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Being a favourite for red carpet goers, Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2013 collection is one in which can be imagined being worn by the world’s most famous and glamorous faces. With an edgy twist, this collection brought us the tying of classic glamour with sex appeal and understated controversy. Opulence is what Murad does best and this collection did not fail to bring us the pomp and glitz that consumers crave when observing a Zuhair Murad show. I love the idea of the gowns being modestly covering the body, with hints of flesh peaking through wide set lace, sparsely placed sequins or chiffon. 

NO RUNWAY SHOW FOR ALEXANDER MCQUEEN A/W13.

 

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WHAT? NO. NO. NOOOO.

Cancel PFW. No wait, cancel Fashion Week altogether. There will be no elaborate, spectacular extravaganza for the Alexander McQueen collection at the upcoming Paris Fashion week, according to WWD. Sarah Burton, who is currently expecting twins, will be on maternity leave during Fashion Week and therefore the collection will be showcased as a presentation to limited members of press, buyers and PR, narrowing the guest list down to 100.

Don’t get me wrong, the girl needs a break, ESPECIALLY as she’s creating two lives, but my God, Paris Fashion Week just won’t be the same!

Wishing Sarah Burton all the best with the rest of her pregnancy and birth, fashion can be on hold until September, right?

 

 

Do you like my Paint edited photo by the way? Whoever said I’m not a computer pro is a liar, I tell you, LIAR.

THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER: THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW

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Having been a fan of No Doubt since I was 11, you can imagine my excitement when it was announced around four years ago that the band were in the studio recording their sixth studio album. For any die-hard fan, this is a BIG DEAL, but No Doubt’s last official studio release was Rock Steady in 2001, making this album extra special.

September 27th 2012
This was the day that No Doubt’s sixth studio album Push and Shove was released in the UK. It is also the day after the band arrive in the UK after a short promotional stop in Paris. It was also announced a few days before that the band would be appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show. Since that had been announced, I had been trying to get myself tickets from an online TV show ticket company, but to no avail. All the tickets had already been allocated.

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Last October when Lady Gaga appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show, I was also desperately trying to get tickets, again to no avail. So I went on Twitter the night they filmed the show (not just a one-off Twitter session, but because Twitter is my life… No joke) and noticed that Jonathan Ross was tweeting Gaga fans about the show that had just wrapped. I took this opportunity to ask the man himself if he could send tickets my way next time she was on the show. Not thinking that he would even so much as see my tweet, seeing as he has millions of followers, but he actually replied saying he would “see what I can do”, he also followed me.

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September 26th 2012
So here we are, almost a year later and my favourite band, No Doubt, are going on the show… And I can’t get tickets. As a last resort, I decide to send Jonathan a DM on Twitter explaining that I am a huuuuuuge No Doubt fan and that I have been trying and trying for tickets but have been unsuccessful. Not only did he reply, but he gave me two tickets and told me to message him back with my contact details and someone from his office would ring me the next day. Bingo! Ecstatic, I’m on a high. There’s only one problem… Jonathan Ross is a busy man, will he forget? I go to bed that night excited yet nervous.

September 27th 2012
8:00AM
I wake up and instinctively check my phone. I do this anyway, but today would be even more of a obsessive-compulsive phone-checking day.
10:00AM
After a couple of hours of torment, and still no word from Jonathan Ross-land, I become agitated. After all, I do have to get ready and make my way to London…
12:00PM
Still no word. Losing hope and faith in Jonathan Ross, I beg my mum to ring his office and explain the situation… Although to be honest, the “I spoke to Jonathan himself yesterday” card seemed a bit weak and unbelievable. After a few wrong numbers, we were finally put through to Jonathan Ross’ personal office and spoke to a nice lady called Katie who was lovely and was willing to do anything she could to help us. Katie said that Jonathan arrives at the studio with the “The List”. Now, when she said this, it reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada when they have to deliver “The Book”. It must be extremely covetable to be on “The List”. “The List” consists of people Jonathan has personally reserved seats for, but only when he turns up will they know if I’m on that list or not. My mum then explained that we’re coming from Cambridge and that we needed to leave in good time to make it to the studio; Katie said that she would get back to us.
12:20PM
Katie from Jonathan Ross’ office rings back saying that she has notified Tom, the producer of the show, of the situation and would either have him or his assistant Verity ring me in the next hour with confirmation of tickets.
12:25PM
Less than five minutes later, I get a phone call from Verity, the producer’s assistant confirming two tickets! Jonathan had just turned up to the studio with “The List” and I am on it! My name is on the production list! She said we had to arrive at the main desk of the ITV Studios between 5:00PM and 5:45PM where someone will be waiting to take us up to the studio.
1:00PM
FINALLY en route to London, it’s fair to say both my mum and I are very excited!
4:00PM
We arrive at the ITV Studios in Waterloo after stopping off for lunch, and are an hour early so we decided to sit and people-watch to pass the time away before heading to the reception desk. There’s paparazzi waiting outside the main entrance, which is always intriguing.
5:00PM
We make our way over to the main door and sign in at the desk. We wait for a while on some chairs that looks like they were taken straight out of the Big Brother house circa 2002, and while waiting, we noticed some commotion going on outside. I turn around and see four cast members of The Only way Is Essex: Mario Falcone, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Billie Faiers and Joey Essex in all their fake tanned, platform heel glory.
5:15PM
It is time for us to go up to the studio! We are taken in a lift up to Studio 5 where we are met with reserved seats, right next to Jonathan Ross’ daughter, Honey.

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5:30PM
While we’re all sat comfortably waiting in our seats, there are noticeably 6 seats empty in front of us. All at once, a man with a headset and notebook comes along with 6 people and a man with a camera. My mum and I looked at each other with horror as we realised we were right in the camera’s lens… *cue glance in compact and re-application of lipstick*. Turns out they were filming for a new show on Channel 4 called Mimic which is a comedy/drama.
6:30PM 
Showtime! No Doubt come out first and perform two small sections from the song Hella Good which is used for the opening and introduction to the show… This is the part where studio 5 in the ITV Studios was covered in my exploded body after taking in the fact that GWEN STEFANI was standing in front of me.
The other guests on the show were Emma Watson (boring bore), Dynamo the magician (cool guy, strange talent) and Jack Dee (who, in my humble opinion, tries too hard by ironically not trying at all). Nonetheless, the show was very entertaining and No Doubt came back at the end to perform Settle Down which, I of course, loved!

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The taping finished at aroung 9:15 PM and it is fair to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my day, there is no faulting Jonathan Ross!

In short, I woke up, panicked, spoke to the assistant producer of The Jonathan Ross Show, got tickets, bombed it to London, saw the TOWIE cast, was filmed for a Channel 4 drama and saw No Doubt live. Such a good day.

TO WATCH NO DOUBT’S PERFORMANCE ON THE SHOW, CLICK HERE

TO BUY NO DOUBT’S NEW ALBUM PUSH AND SHOVE, CLICK HERE