If you’re anything like me, you love and follow celebrities in a kind of satirical but secretly devoted way. Like, I know it’s shameful to know so much about who’s who, wearing who and doing who, when I could be spending my spare time learning things which are useful, but in my spare time I don’t really want to learn anything; I just want to be entertained.
And what about all the inbetweeners? Is anyone rushing out to buy celebrity-endorsed perfume? Anyone ever bought L.A.M.B shoes? (I would if I had more need for non-sport-related sneakers, because Gwen Stefani rules.) Have you ever given a certain make-up a second glance because the latest it girl is fronting their campaign – or do you just head for the tried and true?
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
In some fantasy world, where anything can happen, I am a rock star.....the sassy lead singer, hanging out with the boys. So I can't sing very well or play more than three chords on my measly 3/4 size guitar... but I can still dream. Don't tell me you never thought the same thing!
Ever since the first time all those moons ago when I saw Gwen strutting her stuff with No Doubt, I wanted to be one of those rocker chicks. And the biggest reason I can think of other than just wanting to be famous.....is because rockers get to have all the fashion fun.
In any other walk of life, such styles would look ridiculous and most likely slutty... but when rock stars are posing with the band or running round a stage, it just looks.....cool. If I see a dude with a mohawk on the street, that just looks yuk. But as soon as its Mr 30 Seconds Leto or the oh so adorable Noah Puckerman (hello Gleeks!), well I'm all over that shit. Hell even that weirdo Maynard James Keenan (frontman Tool) can rock a 'hawk.
I just finished watching all four seasons of Skins, and even though Effy Stonem dresses like a right tart, she manages to make me 100% envious. Sure, she's got that whole mysteriously sexy thing going on.... but I am entirely jealous that a girl wearing fishnets, boots, loose tops and LOTS of black can look so damn sophisticated!! If I rocked out on the street wearing such items.....well I probably wouldn't get where I'm going in one piece..
Same goes for 16 year old Taylor Momsen (also featured in Fashion on the Box as Jenny Humphrey). I find it a little disturbing that her band The Pretty Reckless consists of herself and three much older looking chaps.... but like Effy she gets away with all kinds of nasties I would not normally tolerate.
Obviously I'm in the wrong business if I want to pull off the rocker look, so in the meantime I guess the Haze and I are trying our best to sneak touches of it in here and there at the office. We can have a lot of fun with our stockings and jewellery I suppose, and today I bought a Effy-ish dress which I will proudly show off in the next few days. Boots are also a good way of slipping in a bit of superstardom, even if they do cost an arm and a leg. For a bit more fun I guess we'll have to wait for parties and towning.. But if I ever want to go the whole nine yards? Better keep working on that 3/4 guitar....
(or marry Jared Leto)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Is it that when we can least afford to add shiny adornment to our figures in the form of diamonds and bling, the fashion world decided to add it to our clothes in the form of sequins? In the past, Depressions were fraught with simple cuts and rationed materials, leading to a conservative, if not drab, look.
Sequined materials and adornments didn’t make it into my wardrobe for some time. I was very wary of blinging my outfits themselves, rather than adding shiny value to them through jewellery and make up. However, at this late stage in the sparkly game I’ve embraced a few of the less garish pieces.
As for the all-over sequined look, I’m not quite there yet, nor do I think I will ever be. Maybe for New York party girls with exclusive clubs to go to and expensive friends to drink with – but for Courtenay Place or Cuba Street on a Wellington weekend? I have my doubts. I’m concerned that the look can get a bit “peacock-y”, as in, girls wearing flashy things in order to attract potential mates – like moths to the flame.
What I find intriguing about the sparklies is that it’s been on the racks for more than three months. Unlike most fashion fads, embellished tops and dresses have been “in” for over two years now. So, is it a drawn out response to recession or is sequined clothing just one of those things that will never get old?
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I say celebrity fuelled because it’s the middle of winter in NZ, most of us are trying to keep any pesky gaps in clothing covered up, rather than purposely exposing flesh. You might say spring is on the way and winter stock is getting scarcer, but spring is notoriously cold around here and I don’t see this year being any different.
Of course there are those that always ignore what fashion tries to withhold from them. Boob-tube muffin anyone? Lycra over rolls? Yes you’ve seen it and felt squeamish. Commented to someone near that That girl should not be wearing That dress. Don’t pretend you’re above judgement!
Well this season is obviously going to provide a few of us with some light chuckles, as those who just shouldn’t just can’t help themselves. The pubs are going to be filled with a bit of cheeky skin. The streets alight with winter paleness. Don’t feel bad if you feel the need to placed an icey drink-cooled hand on it just to teach them a lesson in appropriate winter garb. I’ll support your move.