I suppose I could be slated for being a bit of a hypocrite, because this blog post is praising something which I am usually wholeheartedly against… Celebrity- endorsed fashion lines. Madonna and her creative director Arianne Philips have teamed up with the Aldo Group Inc to design a new range of shoes set to be launched for Fall 2012. Now, it usually makes my fashion brain ache when I hear that a celebrity has come out with some sort of line of clothing that they “designed”, and don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Madonna didn’t exactly sit down and sketch for hours on end. However, I do have a lot of respect for Madonna and typically jump to her defence at the drop of a hat.
Having recently teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana to launch her own range of sunglasses with them and launched her Material Girl Collection with her daughter Lourdes, it seems Madonna may have caught the design bug.
So back to the shoes themselves, with print adverts being due to be released next month with Madonna herself featuring in them, and plans for herself and her dancers to wear modified versions on her new World Tour, there is no doubt that these shoes will be promoted to within an inch of their lives.
With prices ranging from $89 to $349, they are, I would say, the perfect price range for somebody who is trying to prove herself as a legitimate designer and not just a cash cow. Well okay, maybe not. Anyway, there are apparently over 60 styles available in the range including flats, heels, booties and Madonna’s ever-present and trusty over-the-knee boots.
With all this excitement buzzing around the shoes and the perfume she’s also releasing with the name ‘Truth or Dare?’ I sure can’t wait to see the rest of the line!
As well as shoes, there are currently plans to launch a range of intimates later this year and legwear and accessories in 2013! All hail the queen!
As it stands, I spend more hours in my bedroom experimenting with hair and make up products than I do doing anything else. Ever since I was old enough to understand what make up was, I was using it. I remember once when I was five, drawing a rather obnoxious question mark on my cheek using my mum’s red lipstick. Not to be advised by the way, as I soon learnt that long-wearing kiss-proof Maybelline is rather difficult to remove from the face. And the same goes for hair products. I remember my mum curling my hair every now and then when I was little, she used to let me leave the house with about 67 god-forsaken pink and sparkly (my favourite colour at the time) clips in my poor hair.
And if I’m honest, right now is not a lot different. Candy pink hair clips and red lipstick question marks aside, I still experiment (albeit upstairs in my room or the bathroom where I have the ability of locking the door).
As I’ve got older and more set in my ways, I’ve become more and more opposed to the mainstream ideals of beauty. I like to dress in a way that I like, not what I think is “trendy” (a word I despise) or what everyone is wearing, or whatever the hell Topshop seem to be selling at the moment. I like to dress how I like to dress and in my stubborn attitude towards, well everything, I can’t be told to dress otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I of course have days where I refuse to wear anything but sweats and Uggs, but for the main part, I hypocritically despise said garments.
So anyway, back to the point of experimentation. Recently I’ve been avidly looking into wigs, constantly watching countless videos on YouTube (my favourites being from lovekisses99) and decided that I (all of a sudden) “desperately” needed a lace front wig. For those of you that are not exactly clued-up on all this wig-lingo, a lace front wig provides the wearer with a wig that blends into the natural hair line so it genuinely looks like your hair. So after all the months and months of research (and secretly wishing I was an orthodox Jew so that I could go round all the wig shops in North London without getting strange looks), I finally bought myself a wig from none other than eBay. Now, I couldn’t afford a human hair wig, which is what I would’ve preferred, but the wig I bought is 100% Kanekelon which (apparently) is the best synthetic material for a wig.
After having the wig for a few days now, I can honestly say I love it. I literally feel like a different person wearing it. After much careful consideration (slightly exaggerated), I’ve decided to call my wig Kim. Every time I put it on I feel like a Kardashian, I feel like I should be walking round in 6-inch Louboutins and calling everyone “Doll”.
So my experimenting with the wig and feeling like a Kardashian is probably better than walking round with a lipstick question mark on my cheek or a head full of pink clips.
So in November last year, I entered the annual Young Blogger of the Year competition comissioned by Clothes Show Live. The competition title this year was “The top fashion moment of 2011” and we only had 200 words.
I wanted to choose a fashion moment that wasn’t necessarily the most obvious choice. The obvious being that little known (now Duchess) Kate Middleton in that sort-of famous gown designed by that sort-of famous designer Sarah Burton at the sort-of successful and infamous fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Of course, this is me attempting humour and not being so stupid. Well, I hope.
Anyway, below is the blog post, I actually got into the top 5 finalists in the country, so I guess it wasn’t half bad.
The top fashion moment of 2011 – ONE OF 5 FINALISTS.
Pretzel, cat flap, turkey twizzler, toilet seat. If you hadn’t guessed the item of headwear that I’m describing by now, then you were clearly in a coma for the whole of May, June… July… August… (And still now). It’s Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding hat of course! The Philip Treacy-designed creation has been possibly THE most talked about hat in, well dare I say forever? However, I’m not here writing about the “catastrophe” to add to the negative headlines. I see the creation as a moment of fashion-rebellion, something in which we all could take note of. Everyone’s perception of beauty is different. Just because something is different and not typically mainstream, doesn’t mean it’s “ugly”. I feel the amount of unnecessary media-bullying that Beatrice received was uncalled for. Going one step further was a Facebook page called: ‘Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Wedding Hat’. But then I guess, you know you’ve made it when you have a dedicated Facebook page, so perhaps the hat in question is secretly proud. And so it should be, I’d be proud. However, it’s not all bad. The infamous hat sold for £80,000 all for children’s charities. So I guess Bea won that media battle after all.
(As one of the five finalists, I attended the Clothes Show Live on 6th December 2011)
Okay, so this feature I’ve named “Photography Philosophy” was supposed to be a feature that I would post every Friday. However I was extremely busy yesterday and didn’t get round to posting. Just as well really as the decision for which photograph to post proved a difficult one. For me personally, photography is a key part (if not THE most important aspect) of the fashion industry. Without famed photographers such as Nick Knight (Which I will later talk about) Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz, we would see fashion in the same way as we do today.
Although my interest in photography lies mainly in the area of fashion, the photo I will “philosophically” analyse is one of Nick Knight’s phenominally minimalistic frames which he took for the Natural History Museum in London, 1993. The photo in question is simply of a plastic cup, which for many is simply “just a plastic cup”. But from a photography/philosophical perspective, the object in question is more than just a white, sort-of-cylindrical object which enables us to (cheaply, I might add) drink out of. It is a symbol.
For me personally, the cup personifies us as a greedy-western-world-humanity that takes the simple things in life for granted. It signifies the way in which we brush off the more meaningful aspects of people and materialistic objects. A plastic cup is something that we all recognise as a cheap, easily-disposable, doesn’t-matter-if-it-breaks object that can be replaced with a “drop of a hat”, “click of the fingers” etc etc. However, the lonesome cup represents the fact that we are ironically alone in our materialistic ways. You may think that I’m just going on about “just a plastic cup”, but in all honesty, think about all the disposable things we have in our everyday lives, all the things that can be replaced. If you took all of those things out of your home, room, wherever they may be kept, what would you have left? I’m not just talking about shoes and handbags. I’m talking about cars, houses, photographs. We take such things for granted. If we’d never had plastic cups in the first place, there would be something else in its place that would be just as disposable.
Sadly, we live in a disposable world. This we cannot deny. Taking things for granted has become a habit. Something that we are not conscious of, but everyone does, whether we feel guilty or not after we realise the fact is down to personal conscience.
Am I saying that everyone should get rid of everything they own and live a life in poverty? No. Am I saying that I don’t take anything for granted? No. Am I saying that we should live our lives happier, thinking about how lucky we are? Yes.
Some people say that fashion is a frivolous topic. It’s not frivolous, it’s fabulous.