Tuesday, 20 July 2010

2nd weekly summary

Days: 5
Biggest Sale: thousands
Fashion parties: 1
Gym visits: 3
Gorgeous new A/W collections- multiple
Ruffs worn: 1
All this experience: PRICELESS

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Gaga influence

Lady Gaga in 'Telephone' video
Joy sale windows

Monday, 12 July 2010

Mark Fast for Topshop

As somebody who wore body con before it became a major trend, Mark Fast's exquisite knitwear creations are extremely desirable. He is a Central Saint Martins alumni (yay!) and  has revived the knitted dress manipulating wool  in a unique and fresh way. I settle for highstreet  fashion at the moment due to my limited funds, therefore I was very excited when Topshop announced their collaboration with Mark Fast to be launched on 7/7/2010. On the 7th I was up earlier, checking topshop.com for the pieces but they weren't there. I went into Topshop the day after and they still hadn't arrived. All this delay and prolonged suspense simply added to the anticipation of how great I expected this capsule collection to be. However, whilst I knew that the pieces would be less luxurious than his main collection, I was quite unprepared for how cheap they looked.

Made of 100% Viscose, I feel that these dresses slightly spoil the Mark Fast aesthetic of sexy clingy luxurious knitwear. The dress below is the perfect example. It is Faster by Mark Fast and is £475 as opposed to the £180 for the dress on the model above. The knit is seamless and smooth with Fast's signature intricate holey pattern in comparison to the visibly knitted and textured surface of the cheaper versions. That is the difference £165 makes.
The best piece of the Topshop collection is the grey dress but only because Fast's signature pattern is most recognisable in it.These types of collaborations can only work if the garments can be created at a cheaper price point to almost the same high standard and that is definitely not the case here. If models and skinny celebrities can't pull these pieces off, what hope is there for anyone else.

Looks like I'll keep on saving my pennies for the real deal.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

My first week at my 3 month fashion internship

Weekly summary:

Days: 5
V.I.Ps seen: 2
Things I want: countless
Nice people: multiple
Top 5 designers: Alexander Wang, Acne, Mark Fast, Margiela, Felder Felder
Hottest temperature: 31 degrees
New things I've learnt : many
Highlight of the week: seeing Beyonce

Saturday, 3 July 2010

The best look I've seen in a long time

Yes it ticks every trend- led box- leather shorts, slouchy grey tee, Mulberry bag but there is a uniqueness, a freshness to the look which determines style. Whether this is the work of her stylist or Alexa herself, Alexa makes the look her own by exuding desirable coolness and nonchalance.

Friday, 2 July 2010

My Wish List right now

Being a penniless student means I  dream about a lot of unattainable fashion and at the moment I'm feeling:

All of the above are found at Nasty Gal, Browns Fashion and Pixie Market- my 3 favourite online shops.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Cheryl vs Alex

This WAG and ex-WAG have both taken on the short dress with the train but neither are successful. The look was pioneered by Balmain in S/S 2009 so both are 2 seasons out of fashion .
They are wearing the same dress but both looks have clearly been put together by a stylist. They look trend-led (nude/gothic), without personality and frankly, boring. Cheryl looks slightly better as she doesn't make the dress look as cheap as Alex does. The ability for Alex to make a £10,000 outfit look like Primark always amazes me and shows that money can't buy you style.