Tuesday, 14 June 2016

LOTTA LACE LOVE





I read somewhere that Catherine Middleton always wears nude shoes because they elongate her legs.  That is the only thing I know about Catherine Middleton and it's kind of all I want/feel I need to know about her.  I wasn't actively seeking out the information, Googling "Kate Middleton nude shoes why help meh" (that's how I Google) it was foisted upon me in an article that I was half-heartedly thumbing through on the tube.  So there, OK? Have I demonstrated my lack of interest in the Royals clearly enough?

But hang on a second.  Middlepots wears nude shoes because they elongate her legs?  That is actually masterful.  The magic is something like this -  because they match the colour of your legs (depending of course ON the colour of your legs) there's extra nude extensions on your feet.  I've written the word "nude" too much. 

I didn't get these mules from Next because I wanted to elongate my legs, although to be honest if companies started advertising their shoes and clothing in terms of the wizardry or optical illusion potentials they offered, I'd probably be a sucker for it.  Surely it's not long before we have 3D printed dresses that use holograms to cast the image of a perfectly filtered you onto everyone's eyeballs?   I fear for this.  I fear for the car crashes and the eye strain constant holograms would cause.  Also I think it's the kind of thing people who are scared of technology say, "We'll be chuffing dressed in USB keys and modems soon if we're not careful!?!"

But then yesterday I read about the rise of the nothing shoe which is when your shoe is so non-existent or clear/lucite that your feet are not only nude hued, they're full nude!  (Maybe this will lead to the rise of Tobias Funke-esque never nude shoes, which is when you wear shoes but underneath them your feet are dressed in tiny denim cut offs).  This feels a bit much, also imagine the feet sweat caused by a lucite shoe.  Lucite ew. 

Back to these nude mules.  I always bang on about comfort when it comes to footwear because I walk everywhere, and I have big feet and they need room to roll.  These mules are bloody perfect for my needs, and they're suede, and - you know what? - looking at these photos now I think that Kate *might* be onto something.  Or at least I've deluded myself into thinking she is, which is just as important.  To me.  The dress is also from Next, these types of lace dresses with nude (AGAIN) panels under the lace are so hot right now - blame/thank Self Portrait and this one is definitely my favourite.  The bag is from Zara because, yet again, they're pom pom-ing it up.

Monday, 6 June 2016

BODEN BLUES

 


 

 

 
 My ugly mug is on the Boden blog right now where I'm guffawing next to cars or plopping my butt down in blossom while wearing this outfit.  I'm chuffed to work with Boden because they're incredibly green and responsible, which sadly is not something you can say for most brands.  Plus they're really, really, really nice people and a little bit hilarious.  Head over to their blog now for some waxy lyricals on this outfit. 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

'GILMORE GIRLS' IS MORE THAN FEELGOOD FLUFF


This year Netflix confirmed that is bringing back Gilmore Girls for a seventh season. And lo, the internet, which is always calling for things to come back or be reunited because it has a real issue with time's linear progression, was finally satiated. Once-respectable news outlets were ablaze with excitement and the weekly Gilmore Girls podcast the Gilmore Guys went beserk. In the last week alone, there have been 10 Buzzfeed articles about Gilmore Girls, including "This 4 Question Gilmore Girls Quiz Will Determine What Kind Of Coffee Drinker You Are" and "18 Times Paris Geller Proved She's The Funniest".

For whatever reason, Gilmore Girls has become the ultimate fodder for listicles and reaction GIFs. But like Friends, Frasier, The OC, Mean Girls, any Pixar film and the literal ground that Beyoncé walks on, it has light and shade, progressive moments and some very problematic parts. Sadly this has all been subsumed into a Yassss Queen recall-a-thon where everything becomes one-liners and eye-rolls.

But unlike the other shows that have been collapsed under the internet's thirst for nostalgia, Gilmore Girls remains worth rewatching. It shows women in a way that they've never really been seen before on TV, with a quickfire pop culture conversation style that is normally the reserve of the nerdy characters in a teen movie. Lorelai and her daughter Rory, the two Gilmores, reference David Bowie, Sonic Youth and joke about the Menendez brothers. They talk faster than Six in Blossom (the scripts were so dialogue-heavy they were about 15 pages longer than the average network TV script) and confront class, politics and feminism in a way that still feels fresh by the standards of modern network TV.

Friday, 20 May 2016

THE SCORE: 'MARIE ANTOINETTE'


This year marks the tenth anniversary of Marie Antoinette (how will you be celebrating?), Sofia Coppola's second film to star the teenage girl we all wanted to be, Kirsten Dunst. On its release the movie received mixed reviews, a lot of critics were, er, critical, of Coppola's lack of interest in historical fact. But as Coppola said at the time, “It’s not a lesson of history; it’s an interpretation documented, but carried by my desire for covering the subject differently.” None of that matters much now—we're used to seeing depictions of the past be historically inaccurate *cough* Downtown Abbey *cough*—and actually the film has dated well. This is largely because of its Instagram and high fashion inspiring, Oscar winning costume design (shout out to Milena Canonero), and the successful marriage of a period film with a mostly contemporary soundtrack.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

STYLE DISSECTION: JESSA JOHANSSON AND MICKEY DOBBS


I'm cheating a bit today and covering the style of two women at once.  Two girls one post (sorry).  But there's a reason for it!  I am a fan of women being portrayed as messy, flawed and complicated.  We don't see enough of that, it's still the case that a lot of female characters in film and TV shows are foils for the male lead's dysfunction.  He has to change so he can win the girl, because she's a prize.  Or the kooky, yet completely morally and emotionally sound, lady is there to coax him out of his more troubled ways by playing a weird flute she got in Guatemala, or by dancing in the rain to his favourite song.  If the woman is the lead (and I'm mainly talking about in romance or comedy films here) she's got problems, sure, but they're more of the "Why can't I keep a man?" "When will I have a baby?" "Why can't I stop falling over and bumping into things?" "Look how much ice cream I eat when I'm sad - I'm the worst!" type.

Jessa Johansson and Mickey Dobbs are not those women.  They're both addicts in varying stages of recovery.  Now there is a point to be made that possibly the only progress we've achieved is the introduction of a new flaw a woman on TV/film can have - addiction.  So we're still seeing women who aren't outright dysfunctional all on their own, there's a clear cause for it which leads to the idea that all they need is someone to "fix" them and then they'll be manic pixie dreamgirls, but still, it's a bit of progress.  And if you do want to see women who are immoral and do messed up things while not under the influence of a substance then I can sneakily point you to this piece I wrote about unhinged fictional women for Vice.