Saturday, 27 February 2010
Izzy Lane - This traditional style collection in Shetland cloth is made from wool from their own sheep which include Shetlands and their own breed of Wensleydales. Many of which were rescued from slaughter as lambs.
Joanna Cave - recycled silver made into intricate shapes and then goldplated or oxidised. This jewellery had a real feeling of lightness about it. It also had Akoya pearls which respect natural and social fairtrade guidelines.
Friday, 26 February 2010
The 'street sculptures' (pictured above) and 'the new black' collection by Maxjenny fulfils just about everything that I want in wet weather gear. The black for more serious occasions and the bright colours for when I feel in need of cheering up. Nothing like those very practical looking jackets that outdoorsy types wear (no offence but that is so not me). I love the way these jackets are cut, lots of room to move about even if I have lots of layers to keep warm and they look so stylish.
The jackets are suitable for all year round and are made from fabric recycled PET bottles. They are rainproof, breathable and iron free. They are not cheap mind but a great investment buy I think.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
picture from Shopping and Goodies
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy deflates Aqua 24 Viva Lips! cream claim to fame as a lip plumper.
Couture In The City deflates rock and roll style with 2010 fall collection Diesel Black Gold
Fashion Cents gives you the ammunition to address the style basics. Enter to win now!
Fashion Hippo can't believe the price of this chic Melie Bianco Satchel
Handbag du Jour wants to know if you think the Alexander McQueen Thriller Faithful Glove Clutch is macabre or a must-have?
Ladybrillemag.com says Lukando Face of Africa Winner Does Lunch with Iman!
Quinta Trends comments 10 reason why it still loves The Devil wears Prada.
Straighten those locks! Raging Rouge reviews the Hana Elite Flat Iron.
Shopping and Info is giving away a messenger bag from Aspinal of London.
SomeoneSpoilMe.com is giving away a Pea in the Pod gift certificate. Enter to WIN!
Style Eyes is really pleased about The Green Room for more ethical and eco fashion at ASOS.
StyleMaven is lusting after the luxe shearling aviator jackets shown at Burberry Prorsum for London Fashion Week.
TheFind Blog is replacing her heavy winter coat with a lighter and Spring-ier MICHAEL Michael Kors Sateen Trench.
What's Haute Magazine is giving away 5 copies of House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival. Enter to win!
It was an interesting, if quite tiring day. It took me so long to get there that I didn't even arrive until 11.30 missing the first part of the conference. The trek across Waterloo bridge (3 times) between Somerset House and the Southbank Centre (in my wedge boots) in the wind and the snow proved to a bit of an ordeal (I nearly ended up flat on my face at one point, much to amusement of some onlookers) and in the end I had to give in and change into my flat shoes for the journey home. The buffet lunch which turned out to be 2 or three canapes, the size of a one pence piece, didn't really do much to soak up the champagne which was in abundant supply and naturally I couldn't refuse.
There was an address by Environment Minister, Dan Norris and over 200 hundred representatives from the clothing industry, which got just a little claustrophobic in the Estethica exhibition at Somerset House. I did meet lots of lovely people who were inspirational in their passion for and commitment to ethical and sustainable fashion. I also saw some very gorgeous sustainable fashion at Estethica (more posts and pictures to follow)
Without boring everyone with the intricate details of what was discussed at the conference, there was lots of talk about clothes recycling, looking to the future and communicating sustainability. I though that it was a little disappointing that there was so little focus on changing culture from fast fashion to clothes that last as this would reduce so may of the other issues that were discussed. I suppose it can sometimes be difficult to see how this would fit into the whole business of making money. It was great to see how many big companies are getting involved though(with a few very notable exceptions, I shall mention no names) and lots of great initiatives going on.
I was really excited to hear of the launch of a new sustainable clothing range at Tesco this spring in collaboration with From Somewhere, I can't wait. Perhaps my pledge to buy only sustainable clothing is not going to be so difficult after all.
Finally was the drinks reception to launch Fashion Futures 2025, a project by charity Forum for the Future in collaboration with Levi Strauss & Co to help organisations throughout the global fashion industry plan for a sustainable future. A great chance to chat to more interesting people from the conference. Another more detailed post about this project to follow.
Monday, 22 February 2010
I was really pleased to hear about the new Green Room at ASOS which is the latest offering of afforable ethical and eco fashion. The Green Room includes Fairtrade pieces, ASOS's own brand Fairtrade cotton, organic cotton T shirts and some pieces made in disadvantaged communities in Africa.
Read my post on affordable ethical and eco fashion
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Edited by Retro Chick
With the Fashion Week season in full swing and Fashion Pulse Daily live blogging from the IFB conference it can be easy to forget that there are other things going on in the world, where real women are shopping and dressing for real occasions.
There were actually surprisingly few Fashion Week oriented posts submitted this week. Possibly the Fashion Week attendees are still too busy to partake in Links á la Mode, but what I did find was a lot of posts focused on fashion, style and image in the real world. A Typical Atypical calls for a low fashion revolution and Idiosyncratic Style urges you to bring out your cocktail frocks for every day. Meanwhile, in the body image arena Intrinsically Florrie learns to love her specs, Sugar & Spice discusses tanning and Mariels Castle weighs in (see what I did there?) on the body size debate.
It would be impossible to leave this weeks links without mentioning the untimely and incredibly sad death of Alexander McQueen. There were posts submitted on this issue but I made the decision not to include them, not because they were bad, but because I felt that if I included one persons post I would need to include them all. There has been so much personal reflection on the life and designs of this amazing man in the fashion blogging world that to choose a small selection seemed impossible. If you would like to read these posts then, as ever, the full list of submissions is available in the forums.
Links à la Mode: February 18th
- A Typical Atypical – What girls really want to read about, and why fashion bloggers are changing the face of fashion
- Bonne Vie – Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Inspiration: What you borrow from another culture when it comes to wardrobe should be thoughtful
- Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Dear New Look; it’s over!
- Eternal Masquerade – Covering the Parallels Between Our Current Winter Wonderland and Under the Sea Fashions
- Fashion Pulse Daily – Fashion Pulse Daily blogs live from the Future of Fashion Blogging panel during IFB’s Evolving influence conference this week!
- Hot Beauty Health – Ready for Spring? Here are 9 Big Beauty Trends for Spring 2010!
- Idiosyncratic Style – Fashion Dare – Let your party frocks come out and play!
- Intrinsically Florrie – Making a spectacle of oneself: learning to love glasses and finding the right pair
- Mariels Castle – It’s not about been skinny or fat its about being healthy!
- Retro Chick – Love, Lust & Burlesque with the Bridewell Collective
- SFindiefashion.com – Spring comes early to Golden Gate Park. Showcase of spring 2010 looks from San Francisco designers.
- Stacie Blair – Show your Olympic spirit with fashionable gear from Aritzia!
- Style Eyes – The dilemma of a fashion blogger and why I’m taking Dame Vivienne Westwoods advice to stop shopping
- Style Symmetry – Fashion Blogger Interview Kingdom of Style’s Queen Michelle
- Sugar and spice and all things nice – Discussing the dangers of tanning and why the only safe tan is one from a bottle!!
- The Clothing Menu – interview with independent jewelry and clothing designer, Norwegian Wood
- The Fashion Planner – The Fashion Planner is hosting an eUndies.com Giveaway!
- The Very Subjective – very subjective (and therefore – very true) observations about style do’s and do not’s.
- Thread Style – Heel-wearing fashionistas also can be feminists.
- twentyteneightyfour – My thoughts on style vs fashion and how our appetite for fashion blogs is part of our quest for style
- ventures of jenn – The Great Vintage Debate: the ‘price’ of vintage both within and outside of the western world and what it really means.