STYLE FEATURE ON THEYSAY

I was recently asked to write a guest feature on They Say, an online fashion magazine. I wrote about my top five style icons, check it out here!

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WHAT IS “HIGHBROW” ANYWAY?

In a culture obsessed with celebrities, those of prolific talent as well as those with a penchant for sex tapes and twerking, the lines between high and lowbrow are blurring. The words “style icon” are coined very loosely around figures in the media deemed to be notoriously “lowbrow” such as the likes of Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus. But with the levels of fame and popularity rising amongst such “clans” of celebrities, is the nature of what is “highbrow” actually changing? And what even is the meaning of “highbrow” nowadays anyway?

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I personlly hate the terms high and lowbrow and the notion that it is already decided for me what is intellectually stimulating and what isn’t. We live in a world where virtually anyone can be famous, for anything. With the rise of YouTube stars such as Zoella and Tanya Burr; those making a name for themselves on Vine such as “King Bach” and Brittany Furlan; even up to the endless amount of bloggers that make themselves “popular” on the various social media platforms available for them to do so. So with all these rising stars and their followings, how do we decipher who is a celebrity and who is not? Is there a universal definition or is it a subjective outlook? Does having a massive following make you “highbrow”? That seems to be the way our society is changing. “Highbrow” used to mean something that is intellectual, cultured and serious. It is questionable as to whether the meaning remains the same, or at least the label of “highbrow” being used too loosely.

The rise of such tabloid figures has also participated in such blurred lines of high/lowbrow in fashion. The “celebrities” that are famous for what some would say “nothing”, are becoming ever more popular, which in turn makes them ever more richer which enables such “stars” to buy into “highbrow” fashion. This simple ability to shop has led certain media outlets to label these “stars” as “fashion icons”. All because they used their money to choose something to wear from a pre-styled mannequin.

Whilst I will be the first to admit my obsession with the Kardashians, my love for “reality” TV knows no bounds when it comes to The Real Housewives and I personally thought Miley’s twerking and tongue waggling incidents of 2013 were pure PR genius, I still feel nostalgic for a time when the Daily Mail weren’t constantly updating the world on who is dating who on TOWIE, or which Z-list “celebrity”, who everyone forgot about eight years ago, is pregnant again. Do we, the consuming public, actually care? Is this what stimulates us, what we consider to be “highbrow”? If not, what are we aiming for? Why don’t we, as intelligent consumers, solely focus on what we deem to REALLY be “highbrow”?

Why? Because we’re too busy discussing the likes of how fat Kim got whilst pregnant.

MAKEOVER

So I’m in between doing research for my latest uni project and watching old episodes of Desperate Housewives and decided to give the blog a little bit of a clean up. I put my hardly existent (I literally mean no) Photoshop skills to use and freshened up the blog, woah, get me being all snazzy with Photoshop.

My blog now feels like some sort of clinic or a doctor’s surgery. With nicer clothes.

Seeing as this is a bit of a meaningless post, I might as well plug my Instagram and Twitter. See ya there, bitches.

BLOGGERS FASHION WEEK

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I received my exclusive Bloggers Fashion Week ‘VIB’ pass in the post today and it has to be said that I’m rather looking forward to the shenanigans on the 26th March in Londontown! Bloggers Fashion Week is organised by Blogger’s Love and are running a Fashion Week-type schedule from Monday 24th March to Wednesday 26th March with a myriad of activities, blogging and shopping events, tea parties and loads more.

I’ll be blogging LIVE from the event with posts on here as well as lots of tweets so keep posted by following me @_HANNAHSTOCKING also check out my Instagram for updates and follow me on there also!

150TH POST!

So this is officially my 150th post here on my blog! When I first started my blog 18 months ago, I struggled with finding inspiration for posts, finding the time to write inbetween schoolwork, exams etc. But since having left school, taking a gap year and re-finding myself, I’ve found that my blog has come into its own too! I’ve really enjoyed writing on my blog for the past year and I can;t wait to see what the next 150 blog posts bring!

Thank you for your kind comments both on here, on my twitter and my instagram! You don’t realise how much it is appreciated and how much time it takes to blog when having a full-time job!

xoxo

RECEIVING LOVE FROM EJMFASHION.

I worked with Enya from EJMfashion last year for my university portfolio work and this week is the brand’s 5th anniversary! I’d like to use this opportunity to congratulate Enya on her many successes so far in her career, I know her passion and drive will carry her forth into wherever she chooses to go in her career in the future!

I received this tweet from EJMfashion earlier this evening and it has most definitely made my week. I haven’t felt well these past few days with chronic backache and this tweet really lifted my spirits, so thank you Enya!

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You guys should check out EJMfashion!

xoxo

ELLE’S NEW LOOK

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I received my March 2013 issue of British ELLE and was pleasantly surprised by it’s new look! Usually when a magazine changes it’s format, I’m left feeling lost and uncomfortable, being the magazine obsessive that I am, I get comfortable with how the magazine flows. But this change took me by surprise at how accessible, fresh and now it is. Laden with #hashtags, this very 2013, very twitter/tumblr version of ELLE is an innovative way of presenting a magazine. Editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy explains in her editor’s letter:

We’ve made your favourite monthly more playful, more interactive and more relevant to your daily life. Are you ready for a fashion magazine as modern as this?

Taking the fashion magazine world into another dimention, ELLE is also the first magazine to scrap the editor’s letter and replece it with #Inspire, an interview with anyone worth being inspired by (this month is Emma Hill, creative director of Mulberry). This section will be where the interviewee dishes out their best tips and inspiring the ELLE readership into just about anything.

Arguably the most “now” magazine on the market in terms of social media usage, interaction with its readers and writing for “the people”, ELLE has truly stepped up its game in the publication industry, with bold fonts, its minimalist approach to layouts and sleek flow of the magazine, ELLE is definitely at the top of the game.

Did I mention I love it?