Friday, October 19, 2012

WTF happened to Rose McGowan's face

WTF happened to Rose McGowan?
When she was going out with Marilyn Manson, I was all, WHOA, she’s totally into personality cos she’s SO FRICKIN HOT and he’s one of the ugliest people around. Sorry Bri.

And she totally got kudos for being on Charmed, before it went all Buffy, because she was appropriately badass enough to replace Shannen Doherty and they used a wicked Smiths song in their intro, which endeared me to the show long after it became totally unbearable. And she was still hot.
The she disappeared for a while.

She pops up at intervals for events at which you have to wonder how she achieved the invite list. But every time she does, and the longer it is since she’s had a job, the more perplexing her face gets.

What was she changing it for? She’s only 30-something and she had one of the prettiest faces around. It was all about her little heart-shaped pout and she’s destroyed that for trout. And weird-eye.

There’s a horrifically vicious cycle here that someone needs to pull her out of. The longer she goes without a job the more she changes her face the less likely it is that she will get work.

I feel for her. Probably more than she feels in that whacked-out clown face she’s currently sporting.

I don’t think there’s a way back. But that doesn’t mean you keep on trucking down the highway to facelift hell.

Friday, October 5, 2012

You be the judge

If you want to know what Karl Lagerfeld has been up to lately just have a look at what he sent down the runway at Paris Fashion Week.
Is the answer:
a) designing bags for real women in the real world
b) designing bags for the crazy rich
c) designing bags for the crazy

You be the judge.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Beetlegeuse Beetlegeuse Beetlegeuse

Say it three times and it’s a fashion. But does the bio-exorcist in black and white really have your best interests at heart? He might just want to get into your pants.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Spring round-up

I know it’s busy at work when the poor old blog is neglected for close to two months. Sorry folks.

I know I’m busy and stressed at work when my fingernails have taken the hit for that same period of time. Stress means an OCD focus on chipped nail polish, leaving bare fingertips open to the wrath of my nail-biting ways. That in turn makes them undesirable to paint. It’s a vicious and treacherous cycle to fall into.

Usually I right it within a couple of weeks, but the stresses of sickness and a new high-intensity job left me with very little energy to put into nail paining. Or blogging for that matter.

So what’s been happening in the fashion world while this little writer hasn’t been clocking in? I still notice the goings on, but unfortunately hadn’t had the strength to put pen to paper. Or chewed-down nails to keyboard, if you will.

Let’s take a look what happened as winter rolled on into spring.

The neon fascination continues, and now has reached our tippy toes. Neon sneakers, flats, and heels (! How sophisticated…) can be found in a shoe store near you. My advice? Anyone outside of high school years should leave this one behind. A pop of neon can accentuate an LBD and electrify an otherwise boring outfit. That’s a pop, not a bomb-blast.

Up in Hollywoodland, the capped pump took the red carpet by storm. Now there’s where you could inject a shot of neon and get away with it. I’ve never been a fan of pointy pumps, but I like this particular trend. The small cap takes away that elongated witches feet look that turns me off pointy shoes. I know it’s autumn in the northern hemisphere where this trend took off, but it’s been a quick starter in the fast fashion stakes and I know we’ll see it here soon enough. My worry lies with the ones that are encased with clear PVC. This makes the cap effect even cooler, but as spring heats up down under keep an eye out for condensation from sweaty feet. Ewww!

Also in shoes, a regenerated platform sneaker has worked itself into fashion once again. Gone are the giant Spice Girl variety, for a slimmed down, more palatable version. Although I won’t be investing for this here-today-gone-tomorrow trend, I can at least give kudos to the revamped style – if you’re going to rehash a trend, at least make them better than the last round.

Spring always sees a return to candy colours and this year will be no different. Bright pastels are already front and centre in window displays, infiltrating everything from jeans to blouses to the smallest accessory. Mix and match for a cotton-candy colour block that sends the winter blues packing.

Ever taken a Rorschach test? That’s the inkblot test for those who don’t have Google in their lives! Well soon you’ll be able to do it every day as mirrored print dresses take to the streets. Patterns are everywhere this year but I especially like the symmetry of the inkblot-style designs. For some amazing symmetrical patterned dresses available in NZ, check out the Alice McCall Spring/Summer 2012/13 campaign. I DIE for the Bernstein Maxi!

Still maintaining popularity is patterned trousers, moving towards bright florals over white as we move into the warmer months. Although I’m not a huge fan of patterned materials (the above, and spots, stripes and stars excluded!) I am liking the move towards light and loose (er) pants for that not-quite-hot-enough Wellington spring. These can be easily styled with a simple top, braided belt, and sun-smart hat for a carefree cool spring look.
My wardrobe staple for any season is a perfectly fitted pair of dress shorts. This season’s shorts mix up biker chic with luxurious glam, with an amazing array of leather shorts in unexpected colours (as well as must-have black). Real leather is surprisingly cool, and unlike synthetic lookalikes, won’t stick to your thighs in the summer sun. Pair with a breezy chiffon or lacy blouse to even out the look.

And finally, the embellishment of the moment that you’ll find on everything from shoes, to bracelets, to jackets and shorts, right up to crown-like headbands, is studs. Studs and spikes are punking up the beigest of fashions. Lucky for the trend-cautious and money-conscious, this is one trend that you can DIY. How often can you say that?! Instantly update your outfits with heavy metal details and a whole lotta attitude – just try not to puncture your friends in the throes of a dance-off.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Who wears short shorts

Just when you thought we were doing better on the skin-showing stakes, hems getting longer, long-sleeve dresses, high collars and a shift away from the midi top, the showiest of skin-showers is about to get right up Spring’s crack.

I’m talking about short-shorts, but the mother of all short-short – if I’m being literal, these things are glorified knickers. High-waisted, so at least we don’t have to see your back crack as well as admiring your camel-toe.

Now I’m no prude, but I had to shake my head in despair as a friend declared that she had to have some, Yolandi styles*. It’s fair to say this girl is a fucking super model and she could totally pull it off – we’ve all seen her parading around sans pants a-la Gaga – but that doesn’t mean we need to see her snatch. In your late 20s I think you’re past tits and ass a-hangin – there are classier ways to show off your body and style.

So then what is an appropriate age to pull off this look? If I saw my 16-year-old step-daughter wearing them I’d be worried. Thankfully she seems to have more sense than that. I’m guessing the 18-21 year old uni students are going to rock this out, despite my concerns for their warmth and vaginal health.

Worryingly these ‘shorts’ are in stores already. I don’t know about you but I’m still working an extra blanket and the heater at night. I seriously can’t imagine how panty-shorts can be on sale at this point in the year. At the height of summer perhaps (however reluctant I will be to see them, we have to come to terms with the fact that this is going to happen) but not in Wellington’s pseudo Spring.

It’s still winter people! Keep your pins in your pants and your bum cheeks well away from any bar stools I might have to populate.

*Sleeper sensations Die Antwoord’s female bringer of ZEF. I’m told her hairstyle is trending in Melbourne, although I didn’t see any thankfully. We all went through the mini fringe stage in the 90s. It wasn’t good then and it isn’t any better now. Die Antwoord are harbingers of what I can only call the ‘anti-hot’. It’s white trash styling at its best. They do it with vigour, and I love them for it, but I wouldn’t be emulating anything more than their whacked-out sounds.

Friday, July 6, 2012

can you wear too much colour?

Everyone loves a good pop of colour in winter, and I encourage you to brighten up your wardrobe in the war against monochrome ensembles. But some people can’t just have a slice of that pie, they’re in it for the guts-ache – taking colour trending to the extreme.

Now I’m all for a bit of matchy matchy. At least once a week my outfit will match my nails, or perhaps I’ll do a little necklace-belt combo to tie things together. But on the streets of Wellington much more sinister themes appear.
The other day I watched in horror as the bus passed a woman wearing head-to-toe red. Red is great, don’t get me wrong, I dig a bit of fire, but a red-skirt red-cardy red-jacket red-stockings red-shoes combo is an affront to my inner stylist. When you look in the mirror and see THE DEVIL looking back at you, you may want to consider taking it back a notch. Or three.
Please note: The same goes for looks such as ‘human blueberry’ Violet Beauregarde (after the chewing gum meal incident), ‘giant turd’ (8.6 couric’s!) in brown, or the Barbie closet-raider in pink.

I would like to think the Oompa Loompas were policing Violet’s distasteful colour blocking as much as her misbehaviour.

Matching separate elements such as bag and belt, lips and shoes, necklace and nails is a nice way to tie in and create a bit of a colour scheme for your outfit. It shows you’ve put some thought into the day’s dress and is a great way to wear your favourite hues. I’m a big fan of purple, but you’re not going to see me out looking like Barney the dinosaur. A little restraint, people!

Colour is fun, bold, and always gets a compliment – but should be worn with subtle respect. You can have too much of a good thing.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fashion show at Matchbox Studios

We returned to Matchbox Studios last week for their second event. Wanting to do something a bit different this time, the girls pulled together a fashion show featuring designers from the boutique.

The offer of fashion and a mulled wine is enough to get me anywhere on a cold Wellington Friday, so we wandered upstairs to see Laura and Cherry’s latest venture.

What set this fashion show apart from your average designer-by-designer runway was the mix and match of articles from various collections. The Matchbox boutique hosts a range of different designs, from clothing to jewellery and handbags, and these were combined to create nine different looks from the shop floor.

The show included tees from Toothfish, Ninetynine, and Purinimalist; dresses by Tealeaf, Samantha Wakelin, and Charlotte Davidson; a skirt by Minnie + Ree and jacket by Julz; bags by Salvage Sister and Three and Four; a fascinator by Pati Allo; and necklaces by Sadie and Pikimaunga.

After the show we were entranced by the musical stylings of Reece McNoughton on drums and throat singing maestro Jonny Marks. They might make a minimalist ‘band’, but rest assured they create a big big sound.

Matchbox continues to grow its reputation for great openings and shows, so pop down and see them on Cuba Street and keep an ear out for upcoming events on

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Designer Dallas McKinley with his Purinimalist tees.

Designer Eryn Gribble with her Salvage Sister bags.

Jonny Marks and Reece McNoughton.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fast fashion: neon yellow

Back in April when I was lucky enough to attend Wellington Fashion Week I noticed two designers that showed us a sneak peak of what has now become a full-blown trend.

Both Moochi and Mardle had bright shots of yellow highlighted throughout their range. Moochi more so, and it was definitely the defining feature of their Winter 2012 collection.

Neon colours have now infiltrated high street stores, and although you will currently find Dotti’s whole window display dedicated to neon yellow (they’re calling it lime), I would suggest you take the Moochi approach and work it in with accents and accessories.

When you take on a trend, I always think a gently-gently approach is best. While a whole shop full of neon pieces might be available to you, do you really want to walk the streets looking like an overgrown high-visibility vest? I would suggest not. Take small pieces that fit the style and add it to your usual wardrobe.

There’s no need to be a fashion sheep in order to embrace a trend. This will also provide you with some wardrobe future-proofing, because you know damn well it’s not going to be around for more than one season.

The Cambridge Satchel Company has gone fluro this season, and this is a nice little brightener for any winter outfit. If you’ve got the money, Marc Jacobs has this lovely neon belt. The perfect pop to a LBD. Fear not if Marc Jacobs is out of your price range, I’m sure you’ll find them popping up in fast fashion stores on a daily basis.

If you’re really unsure, but want to follow the masses in the subtlest way (although subtlety isn’t key to this trend), work it in to the little things with some neon nails. I love colour trends, and nail polish is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep up to date.

Go forth and light up the night with neon!