Friend Friday: Showcasing the Negative.

1. Do you post pictures on your blog, or would you if the opportunity came along, of people with poor fashion / beauty sense?
No, I really don’t think I would. I’m not into it, and I just feel like it would be too mean. Besides, who am I to comment negatively on someone else’s fashion or beauty sense? I don’t feel I’m in a lofty enough sartorial position. I rarely post photos of myself either – I’d die if someone said something disparaging about me.

I’m saying NOTHING.

2. Do you read any blogs that highlight the bad? Why?

I am not really aware of many, but I will admit I do read ‘Go Fug Yourself’ – it is so bitchy about celebs sometimes, but often really funny. I particularly enjoyed this one about the predictability of Eva Longoria Parker’s red carpet dressing…  The Fashion Police also post on fashion disasters, too, but they have a ‘nothing personal’ rule, so catty comments about weight are out. I suppose there must be a line in my head that divides celebrities and ‘real’ people, and ‘real people’ aren’t fair game. Ordinary people don’t wander the street expecting to see their outfits dissected online.

3. Should these bloggers get permission to post the pictures from the subject in the same way the street-style blogs do?
I think so, yes. It’s the responsible way! I wouldn’t dream of posting a picture of someone without their consent, particularly not if it’s from a critical standpoint.

4. As human beings we are fascinated with disasters – of all sorts – why do you think that is? How do the blogs/websites that highlight the negative thrive?
Sometimes I think we are drawn to things that elicit strong reactions in us; we are so inured to horror and violence and disasters that I think we crave that shock from time to time. I believe the obsession with true crime and crime fiction stems from a fascination with the dark in our own selves. Discussing the negative – whether online of face-to-face – also seems to be a means of unifying ourselves with other people. Blogs or websites that highlight negativity thrive because they will always provoke comment in others, and these comments will in turn provoke the reactive among us.

5. For many, fashion is subjective. Do you think there can be anything that is objectively bad in the fashion world?
In terms of style, I would say not – one wo/man’s trash is another wo/man’s treasure; fashion is and should be a free creative space. But there are issues around the fashion world that can be seen as ‘objectively bad’, I think: the relationship between fashion and negative body image, for example, or fashion houses being linked to sweat shops, or the kind of behaviour that Terry Richardson is alleged to have displayed. Fashion isn’t immune to social issues, and it’s more interesting when it provokes discussion.

And…off the high horse.


The Redheads Get Their Day…

Having been a bit under the weather I am woefully behind on the S/S 2011 shows, but the Mulberry collection has gotten me all excited. It’s very pretty, of course – I love the coppers and warm peaches and baby blues together, and the ankle boots in myriad shades are fab – but also because I am having my hair dyed redder tomorrow…

I suppose it’s no great surprise that “the gingers got their day”*, what with ladies like Florence Welch and Christina Hendricks so much at the fore, but I do think it is a hitherto under-appreciated colour. How fabulous do these vivid blues look with the vibrant orange hair? How delicious the plum dress?

And here’s one in the eye for all the black clothes/ginger hair naysayers in my life: 
tell me her hair doesn’t give the black dress a gorgeous pop of colour!

So, rather than be filled with trepidation at my first foray into hair colouring, I have decided to be bold. What better way to warm up the dark days than with a shock of golden copper?
All photos from
* Matthew Schneier, review

Friend Friday: Fashion Dos & Don'ts?

This week’s Friend Friday, organised by Kate of Modly Chic, is about ‘Fashion Dos and Don’ts’. I haven’t been able to take part in Friend Friday for a while, but I couldn’t resist the images this conjured up…

1. What do you think are some of the top fashion don’ts? (Things you would never be caught dead in and cringe when other people wear them.)
I still remember the days when everyone I knew had a shellsuit; on one holiday 8 family members each wore one in varying shades of horrible. Why did nobody arrest us, and more importantly, didn’t we own any mirrors?! It may be these vivid memories of the early nineties that put me off sportswear for good – wet-look lycra still makes me shudder. Beyond that…I hate Crocs, as do a lot of people, and I can’t bring myself to wear anything with a logo on the front. And much as I admire people who are brave with colour, I would never wear green with either red or brown – I just think it’s difficult not to look like a Christmas elf, or a tree, respectively.
Shellsuits: always sexy.
2. What previous fashion don’t do you now wear with pride? 
All my fashion don’ts were heavily influenced by my mum, who, for example, said I should never wear navy, brown or black together (if I do it now I feel rebellious, which is strange for such conservative colours). As someone with auburn hair, I was also told never to wear red, and I took great delight in buying red dresses, capes and shoes when the time came for me to buy my own clothes. One of my favourite ‘previous fashion don’ts’, however, is the wearing of ankle boots with skirts – a secret part of me must have been wanting to do it for years. And ankle boots with harems? Never saw that one coming.
Ankle boots and leopard print: two ‘don’ts’ birds, one stone.
3. Do you think there is a universal fashion do? 
DO avoid cap sleeves…
Perhaps, DO use current fashions to inject some sparkle into your favourite looks. I think if a look works for you, there’s no shame in sticking to it. But get your friends to make you try on something new once in a while – my cousin got me out of my all-black rut, and my sister stopped me hiding ‘the girls’ in sack dresses.

On the subject of universal fashion ‘dos’: I don’t know how much I buy into the idea of certain ‘staple items’. For all the classic black trousers and white shirts (both of which I’ve lived without so far) there are also some items that are surprisingly tricky; beige trenchcoats make some of us look like dead people, and don’t even get me started on the broadening capabilities of breton tops.
4. What items lately, either recently in style or coming in now, do you think should never make it off the retail shelves? 
I really despise jeggings – surely the worst of both worlds. And I can’t help but hate those long sheer skirts with a shorter black skirt underneath – bizarre.  Most sheer clothes have a lot to answer for – these Haider Ackerman shorts on the Fashion Police website, for example…

5. In your opinion, is there any blogger, fashion icon, celebrity who some how manages to pull off some fashion don’ts and still look good? 
I would probably have said Mary-Kate Olsen at one time, but lately she has started to look a bit scary, and Agyness Deyn is an obvious one but not to my taste. I think Maggie Gyllenhaal gets away with a lot, as does Drew Barrymore – maybe it’s their inner quirkiness, or maybe it’s just their delightfully un-Hollywood approach to dressing. 

To be honest, though, my hat goes off to Susie Bubble. She breaks every ‘rule’ in the book in terms of colour, pattern, layering, fabrics and footwear….but she always looks fabulous and authentic. And still would in sheer shorts, I’ll warrant.

*Shellsuit picture from

Mrs Bossa Lounges in Style.

I’m not very well and am not really up to writing much at present, but I am – thankfully – getting what I believe trendier souls term ‘R+R’.  So for now I’m just going to pretend I’m lounging at home, wearing £500 Marni antique-rose silk pyjamas…

Both from
Do you manage to stay glam-about-the-house when you’re ill? Or, like me, do you opt for a slobbier look? 

Friend Friday: NY Fashion Week.

Friend Friday, arranged by Kate from Modly Chic.

1. Do you pay attention to the shows during fashion week? Which designers collections are you looking forward to seeing?
I do a little, but I have to admit I’m not as well up as some seem to be. I tend to catch up after the event – I love the supplements in the glossies. I’m looking forward to seeing Marc Jacobs – loved the demureness and colour palette of A/W – and Proenza Schouler, whose clothes for me always have that ‘wow’ factor.

2. Where are you getting your Fashion Week news from?
I pool it together from all over the place; I rely on, as most people do, but blogs such as Coco’s Tea Party keep me more informed than I would be normally. And of course, I follow a lot of people on Twitter, so sign in for running commentaries! Love the Guardian’s reports from Fashion Week, too. What I love about the whole blogging scene is that other bloggers notice bits you’ve missed, especially from the smaller designers, so I always have a scout around my faves.

3. Over the years the runway has become more than just models displaying the creations of a designer. They are now spectacles. Do you think that adds or detracts from the fashion?
I’m all for it – I love a bit of spectacle, and it must make the shows thrilling to watch. In theory, surely, it shouldn’t detract from the fashion – if it does, is the show really right for the clothes? I would’ve loved to have seen one of the famous Alexander McQueen shows – why not add a dash of drama to your sartorial cocktail?

4. Twice a year, as models begin to strut the catwalk we see articles about model size and body image. Do you think the super thin models are offering an unattainable goal to the public or are we immune to their looks?
I can’t answer for everyone, as in my experience each person has a very personal response to the use of models in fashion…BUT I will say that the models on the catwalk don’t really affect me. I suspect it’s my own mindset; on the catwalk I see them as a means of displaying the fashion, not a goal to be attained, but in magazines I find it that bit harder. In this instance I would prefer ‘larger’ models (I hate saying that!), if only to show how clothes hang on women with obvious breasts…

5. If you could sit front row at any show what would you want to see? And which celebrity would you want to be sitting next to?
I’d love to see Balenciaga or Balmain up close. Re front row companions: not Alexa Chung – I’d feel so frumpy next to her! Honestly, probably Anna Wintour – she fascinates me. And I’d want to be close enough to Olivia Palermo to talk to her about Topshop…

Asos 'Revive': a glimpse of stocking.

Yes, I’m excited about, yes, I’m dying to get my freshly-bought items…but no, that hasn’t quashed my naturally materialistic nature. Revive, Asos’s new line of vintage-inspired clothing, launched on Friday, and is a small and slightly odd collection for the ladylike among us.

The dresses are really rather lovely; I am a little taken by this green number, which I think has beautiful vintage-style details. They style it with a chunky cardigan with elbow patches, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that:

The ‘underwear’ is definitely a highlight for me; impractical as they are, I may not be able to resist these delicate little shorts:

 Never fear, however, footwear and outerwear is catered for, with this country-chic cape, and yummy moss-green jodphurs:

Here is one of the obligatory aviator jackets, but honestly? I’m more interested in the cute pom-pom headband:

I’m really not a hat person (it’s the unruly hair) but that or the faux-fur hat below might tempt me:

 And finally, just because I like em….the velvet peg trousers. They’re in a tasteful colour, and they appear to drape beautifully. Velvet dresses always feel a bit ‘first birthday party’ for me, but these may well have pushed me into the velvet-fan camp. 

My grandma will hate them, but then, she wouldn’t approve of going out in a slip and cardigan, either.

Will you be wearing velvet this winter? And which items have beckoned to you, from amongst the vast array of A/W fashions?