Tuesday, 29 October 2013

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT STYLE FROM AEROSMITH'S 'CRAZY'



Imagine your dad is a rock star. And not a modern day rock star, an old-school, fur-wearing, long-haired man-child. The kind of guy who wears leather trousers to church. The kind of guy who only goes to church so he can make out with his girlfriend in a wooden pew so he can then write a song about it called, “Makin' Love in Front of Jesus.” It would be pretty cool, right? You could borrow his clothes. Your friends would love him. He'd probably serve up lots of deeply resonant life lessons over three fingers of malt whiskey. When you were thirteen.
Well, Liv Tyler has that dad. And in 1994 Liv appeared alongside the official “Aerosmith Chick,” Alicia Silverstone, in her dad's band’s video for “Crazy.” The legend goes that the director of the video wanted to cast 17-year-old Liv after seeing her in a hair commercial, having no idea of the family connection. Random.  The result is utterly wonderful, and very stylistically inspiring.


Thursday, 24 October 2013

BEYONCÉ: FROM TRAGIQUE TO TRÈS CHIC



We can split the fashion of Beyoncé Knowles into two eras. Pre-and post-2004. I'm not sure what happened in 2005 to make her dress sense evolve beyond knee-high pointy boots and angular, tummy-exposing denim, but I'm going to try and work it out. Here's Beyoncé before fame (front, second left). The girl next to her has a look on her face that screams, "OH MY GOD I'M STANDING NEXT TO BEYONCÉ."  Even though Beyoncé wasn't Beyoncé yet.  She was just Beyoncé… oh, forget it. Shout out to Kelly Rowland peeking over Bey's shoulder.  
What's that? You want to see a video of Beyoncé singing in her first girl band Girls Tyme? Okay. Let's watch that, then I will take you through her style evolution.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

WHY DON'T YOU CURL UP AND DRY




After many years of straightening my hair, a couple of years ago, I stopped. I won't lie—it was a difficult adjustment. Naturally curly hair is harder to manage and there is no set way of dealing with it. Everyone's texture is completely different, and your tresses are at the whim of humidity, climate, and fairies, so it's not surprising that so many women with curly hair choose to straighten, because at least then you can rely on it looking the same every day.

But for many naturally curly-haired women who refuse the use of an iron, styling their curls becomes a very serious business. There are many websites dedicated to discussions on which kind of curly hair you have. Lock-types are divided into numbers. “Am I a 3a or a 3b?” women scream hysterically on forums. “Who is doing no-poo!?” they yell. (No-poo is the method of washing your hair solely with conditioner, i.e. no shampoo. I'm an advocate.)