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Thursday, 23 September 2010

HOW TO ROCK A CORSET

How to choose a corset that’ll rock his world....Read More


Assess your assets.

If you have a smaller bust go for an under bust corset to cinch in your waist and accentuate your bust. For ladies with the larger bust go for an over bust corset that will pull in your waist and lift your boobs give you the maximum cleavage!


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Corset Art Underbust Corset - Steel Boned - £89

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Mio Destino - Velvet over bust Corset - £120


Sizing.

Corsets – especially steel boned corsets- can reduce your waist size by 5 inches so remember to buy your corset at least 2 inches smaller than your real waist size.

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Seduction Colour.

If you’re going for a sexy seductive look choose a darker colour, a deep velevety purple or red will be mysterious and very flattering.

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Ann Summers - £55

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Mio Destino - £175

Coy Colour.

If you want to be cheeky and cute go for a paler colour such as baby pink with a cute feather trim or a dainty bow.

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Ann Summers - £55

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Mio Destino - £275


Performance!

If you’re into burlesque or just want to give a saucy show in the bedroom aim for sparkle encrusted, under bust waist cinchers with sparkling tassels or cover up with a black glittering Dita Von Tease inspired look. Sass and dazzle is key here!

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Mio Destino - £312

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Corset Art - £150


Al fresco.

You may want to wear a corset out for a night on the town. Watch out – you can turn heads in a good way teaming an under bust corset with a blouse and tight black jeans, but wearing an over bust corset, feather boa, tiny skirt and thigh high leather boots are never going is never going to let a night end well. Make sure you keep this look classy! Watch out for overhangs that may slip out during the evening – bring a cardi!

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Bordelle - £189

Team with a white vintage t-shirt!

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Corset Art Satin waist cincher - £75

Fussy?

Some times shops just don’t have what you want. Mio Destino offer a demi-couture service where you can choose your fabric, embellishment and shape – this way you get your perfect personalized corset! If you’re even fussier then visit Hazel at Corset Art. She will fit you and work to your requirements for a reasonable price!




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How to choose a corset that’ll rock his world.


Assess your assets. If you have a smaller bust go for an under bust corset to cinch in your waist and accentuate your bust. For ladies with the larger bust go for an over bust corset that will pull in your waist and lift your boobs give you the maximum cleavage!


Sizing. Corsets – especially steel boned corsets- can reduce your waist size by 5 inches so remember to buy your corset at least 2 inches smaller than your real waist size.


Seduction Colour. If you’re going for a sexy seductive look choose a darker colour, a deep velevety purple or red will be mysterious and very flattering.


Coy Colour. If you want to be cheeky and cute go for a paler colour such as baby pink with a cute feather trim or a dainty bow.


Performance! If you’re into burlesque or just want to give a saucy show in the bedroom aim for sparkle encrusted, under bust waist cinchers with sparkling tassels or cover up with a black glittering Dita Von Tease inspired look. Sass and dazzle is key here!


Al fresco. You may want to wear a corset out for a night on the town. Watch out – you can turn heads in a good way teaming an under bust corset with a blouse and tight black jeans, but wearing an over bust corset, feather boa, tiny skirt and thigh high leather boots are never going is never going to let a night end well. Make sure you keep this look classy! Watch out for overhangs that may slip out during the evening – bring a cardi!


Fussy? Some times shops just don’t have what you want. Mio Destino offer a demi-couture service where you can choose your fabric, embellishment and shape – this way you get your perfect personalized corset! If you’re even fussier then visit Hazel at Corset Art. She will fit you and work to your requirements for a reasonable price!




Vivienne Westwood

This year Vivienne Westwood's Red Label played it very safe with pastel colours turning to rebellious laddered tights, weird fitting dresses, a little bit of the 70's and finally bold metalics. Even though this collection was the most groundbreaking it was still so beautifully made and gorgeously styled - oh Vivienne, when will you notice that I adore you? Iwanttobeviviennewestwood.


Going Retro - You know this is NOTHING like what Viv was wearing in the 70's!!

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Totally average summer tones.

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I think its hard to love Westwood - the ultimate punk shocker - youngsters try to copy her for years then she pops up on TV telling us to stop using aerosols and leaving the TV on standby - its a toughy. The fact that her shows have become celebrity status parades, tickets are like GOLD DUST! (I found one on the floor in the press room once - if you're flippant enough to lose one you don't deserve it in the first place!!)
So anyway... back to the symbol that Westwood has become - its not even about the fashion any more is it?

BUT
I can't help but want a little status symbol....




So... if you want to buy me something nice... that would be lovely.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The Collection - London Fashion Week Special

Last night the third instalment of The Collection took place at Merah, London.

The show was focussed around London Fashion Week which began this morning - the show featured the designer Romeo Pires who is showing at LFW on Monday at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout.

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The show was styled to the max with crazy hair and black, cried out, oil slick eyes.
The make up was created by TatI Zarubova - and she did a FABULOUS job! To see more of her work please go to : http://www.tatizarubova.co.uk/

The Collections is in association with Fashion Capital and Edge Models, the show is all about promoting new talent - the shows feature emerging designer collections and outstanding new models that have undergone catwalk training through Edge Model Workshops. Edge Models and Extras is dedicated to helping fresh new faces find modelling, acting and extra work. Their client list is a testimony to their fantastic record and the great work they do.

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Opening the show was a ballerina, pirouetting her way onto the catwalk with laddered back tights, a sheer black leotard and a tailored jacket with a shimmer and structured spiky shoulders. She is followed by an animalistic dancer and model, American born Whitney in a sparkling leotard and mad hair, she twists her way onto the catwalk with amazing agility and a battle of the ballerinas takes place!
This dancing performance gives way to industrial techno-beats of Nine Inch Nails and cock-sure females in men's suits take to the run way.

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The suit collection Novelis was created by Novelette Ellis - the khaki greens and the androgynous styling gave the collection a military feel echoing recent trends. Men's scarves from Be Inspired wear draped under lapels and tightly bound, bandit style around the faces of models. At the end of the runway models sneered and snarled and were joined by suited men, shirtless and just as obnoxious- this collection was immaculately styled and choreographed.

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The second scene was a mainly black collection of dresses by Belles Of London, classic cuts were added to and modernised, twisting them into contemporary pieces. The Collection used structuring and trendy asymmetric shapes but remained feminine with ruffles and frills. The models carried black balloons and looked coy on the catwalk, strutting their stuff to happy electro music.

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Scene three was C Grand London - another designer from the recent Profile May Fair show. These stunning hand made handbags were simply slung over black sheer leotards and part destroyed laddered tights. The models were joined on the catwalk by Max Tordecilla, a dancer that blows everyone away every time, with body popping, locking, twisting, grinding... etcetera! His dance moves have the crowds whooping and he slides his way off the runway giving way to the fourth collection - Romeo Pires.

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Romeo Pires has been working with Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital for close on 6 years now! Through out all these years the anglo-brazillian duo have used sheer fabrics and a strong pop art theme - the collections never cease to WOW - this show was no different! Romeo Pires's garments mix funky youthful images with a muted vintage colour scheme of gray, teal, pink and purple. Ruffles added a dose of feminine frivolity! These were played up on the catwalk with pop-rock female fronted The Pretty Reckless music reflecting the cute, girly yet edgy designs.

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Another collection of fabulous dresses came from Elsa Haag - a last minute addition to the show. Elsa Haag's dresses are celebrity inspired, focussing on the women of the moment, their best outfits and then adapting them for the girl out on the town to wear. The dresses are all beautifully made, glamorous and totally luxurious with rich jewel coloured and flashes of shimmering sequins. This made for a very interesting collection, the celeb dresses mixed with the end of the night make up, wild hair and weirder collections either side this collection stood out as a far more consumer facing collection.

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The leotards come out again for the Be Inspired collection - Be Inspired's scarves were used through out the show as styling extras but in this scene it is all about the beautiful, carefully designed silk scarves. They are draped, wrapped and tied around the models, each featuring a tightly tied leg band in a bandit style twist on garters. Many models had their stunning oil slick eyes covered with the scarves in the style of head bands and eye patches, wrists were tied in bid for a bit of silky kinkiness!
Be Inspired have a team of dedicated designers who hand design all of the stunning scarf prints to create gorgeous, unique designs.

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The last collection to feature was Hinks Taylor - this slinky collection was centred around grey stonewashed silk with flashes of cyan and magenta and sheer panelling. This collection featured some tailored aspects as well as girly shift dresses. The neon flashes mixed with game boy inspired music emphasize the geeky side of this collection with CMYK colours and sharp lines. This collections high point is a beautiful maxi tube dress with a neon bib - this is modelled by the stunning Mackayla - one of the Charles Forbes Modelling Academy trainers.
This collection is the perfect finish and is perfect for an upbeat finale that featured both our male models, Danish and Zola as well as a final dancing spectacular from Max Tordecilla and the last showcase of our gorgeous models.

FashionCapital have just launched their new Etail boutique and many of the designers featured in last nights show will soon be available to buy online at www.fcboutique.co.uk

If you want to be involved in this super spangly Christmas show please contact jemima@fashioncapital.co.uk!

Flip-In Hair - Extensions made easy!


Hair extensions are generally considered a total pain.

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I did a very in detail survey (asked around the office) and 3 out of 5 girls said that extensions are ‘tacky as hell’ unless you’re Jordan and can afford to pay £6k for them. Hair extensions are generally also difficult to put in, covering your hair in clips, Velcro, glue... nightmare.

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Luckily there is hope yet – i have discovered FLIP-IN HAIR. Flip-in hair literally takes 1 minute to put in your hair and less than that to remove.


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A think length of human hair is attached to a nylon wire that fits on top of your head, every pack comes with a comb that you can use to pull your natural hair through from underneath. Because the extensions are made of human hair they can be straighted, curled and dyed with out causing damage!

According to the company’s MD, “we import the hair from China and it is ethically sourced in accordance with government regulations.” – this is a relief as so much human hair is sourced unethically.

See how its done... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRJdv2LjIUM


I wore my set of 20 inch extensions on Thursday night at The Collection – Fashion Week Special.

I went for a messy beehive and split the extensions between a messy flowing section and added the other section to the up do.

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Here is a photo of my hair in exactly the same style a week before but with out the extensions- its a huge difference!

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I was very lucky to get a set in my colour as my hair is hideously over bleached. Before putting the hair in I chopped a few layers into them with a pair of thinning scissors so that the legths would blend.

These really are an amazing addition to any party girls outfit. They are so comfortable and easy to wear and remove, no hassle and no fuss!

TO find your nearest stockist go to : http://www.flipinhair.co.uk/stockists.htm

The longest set retails at around £120 – well worth the money as these can be worn over and over again with out replacement when other strip extensions become tatty quickly. For your money you get a free consultation, styling and fitting and the hair pieces come in 33 shades and varying lengths. It’s a winner!

For more information please email jemima@fashioncapital.co.uk



Saturday, 18 September 2010

LFW 18th September 2010 - Aminaka Wilmont

Acid wash floral prints in soft shades of navy, grey moving into off-whites, pinks and green. The catwalk was scattered with with blue petals and these were featured as applique ruffles covering tank tops and shoes, also acting as trims.
Jersey like slinky material was artfully draped and twisted and layering of fabrics and the acid prints were beautiful. Dresses were asymmetric and body con - many draped skirts reached the calves with splits to the thigh and others loitered seductively higher. This collection ticks every box, easily transferring to the high street. Cant wait!


Image by Andy Espin

LFW 18th September 2010 - Betty Jackson

The 80’s are over guys, its all about the 70’s.


Big sunglasses, gentle curls, and lots of beige. Laser cut, mesh leather made a huge appearance with accessories in black and white, shoes that made a statement were low wedge strappy sandals. These were teamed with beige ankle socks.
The colour palette began in muted stone shades making up soft shapeless shifts and frayed, tasselled knit. This morped into summer brights, solf silk dresses and high waisted cigarette trousers. Vintage style patterns were rife in swimwear as well as outerwear. Light summer garments were teamed with big round brightly coloured sunglasses - all this 70‘s style was broken up with spangling jewel coloured bibs and necklaces. Towards the end of the collection the colours returned to muted greys and blacks and feathers trimmed jackets and trousers.
Over all this collection was blast from the past, modernised and gorgeous.





TRIP! Strappy sandals and a leather laser cut bag clashed tragically half way through the show - as the bag strap got tangled in a models legs, around a shoe strap which presently broke and had the model plunging towards the floor, the remainder of the outfit was lopsidedly but determinely limped down the catwalk as a rumble of hushed murmours rolled around the auditorium. It was a crying shame to see this happen to such a brave pretty girl!!

Skinny bitch ;)


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On that trip.....

Just a point that I feel like making today…

Power trips always come back to kick you in the arse. This guy in the press room is obviously on a total power trip - he works behind the coffee counter and has a lanyard that says ‘CONTRACTOR’. He makes coffee.

My god, when I arrived this morning lunch was just being put out and this guy was fussing around, arranging the 2 shelves that store the cups, mini chocolates, spoons and various other highly fragile items. So he’s shouting at this poor foreign woman ‘don’t move things around, this box is here for a reason, don’t be moving stuff around!’ it’s a meter square area to quench the thirst of journalists but you’d think it was a fucking operating theatre.

Once all the lunch was laid out he says to the little lady ‘do not serve this food until I SAY SO’ … so what happens? A horde of vulture like hungry journos jump on the food and she tries so hard to say ‘no, no its not ready yet!!’ the cold pasta and bread isn’t ready yet.

The press complain, they queue they moan, they blame the server for the bad timing, the weather etc. Eventually the food is served and over, press still grumbling that they had to wait for their daily bread and the server carries on steadfastly while power boy fusses around picking up rubbish, practically ripping half eaten meals out of the hands of unsuspecting consumers… maybe this trip is just OCD?

Look at him, giving advice, cockily leaning against the counter, casually grand hand gestures support his directions to use the wi-fi and find a cold drink. Tosser.
Now for the fun arse-kicking part.

I innocently decide that its time for a cup of earl grey so I approach the counter where the lovely server lady smiles and asks what I would like, ‘A cup of earl grey tea please’ I reply. The power trip cuts in ‘I’ll get that for you’…server lady obviously isn’t as skilled in the art of hot water + tea bag. ‘why are there two flasks of hot water? Why aren’t they labelled… this is wrong’ shit, two flasks of hot water, that’s pretty much heresy.

ANYWAY I ask servy lady for a napkin (my nose is a little runny - bloody air con) and as my tea is served and napkins handed to me there is a colossal crash and splash and my innocent cup of earl grey is splattered all over the power lord.

‘Keep your eyes open!’ yeh… nice come back loser.

And therefore, power trips are gonna come back and kick you in the arse at some point.

Friday, 17 September 2010

London Fashion Week Day 1

The day begins with the usual introduction from BFC chairman Harold Tillman, welcoming the fashionistas to the prestigious 6 day event. This year the layout has been changed again, for the better! The press room is bigger and further away while the coveted photographers lounge space is tucked away from prying wi-fi seeking eyes. The wi-fi as always is temperamental, swinging between average and hopelessly slow.
This year LFW is teaming up with On/Off at the Bloomsbury Square as well as Vauxhall Fashion Scoutt at the Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden and a new addition is the Sony with Music Moves Fashion. This is based on the terrace of Somerset house and featured various unknown artists searching for the spot light. Apparently this is just some light entertainment for us lazy journos because fashion just isn’t enough for us. What ever, Sony! What ever!

There is the usual mix of important press and self important hangers on in over the top outfits even Jodie Marsh would think twice about. The MAC booking roster is full, Toni and Guy is full and the wait for a free cup of coffee at peak time is around 15 minutes - for filter coffee. Seriously?
Fashion wise, already there have been some fantastic fashionistas spotted - Lady Gaga fantatics with big black replica sunglasses and Gareth Pugh wannabes covered in safety pins and tatty leather. Its fair to say the men make more effort than the girls these days - the men have obviously thought deeply about their totally trendy outfits that set off their ridiculous trendy haircuts. I think us ladies are way past caring, I myself have opted for a grey jersey skirt (cant beat H&M basics…£2.99? that’s what I call clever shopping) a darker grey v-neck, unladdered tights (for now), my favourite fur coat and my favourite cosy boots - by cosy I mean Dc Martens, of course. The first fashion weeks I worked were a test of ‘how good do I look today’ as entering the location trend hunters armed with SLRs jump on the most fashion forward attendees. Needless to say, today this was not me.

Shows this morning so far were Paul Costello, Maria Grachvogel and Prophetik….