The Couple Shot

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>> I know Valentine’s Day has passed and everyone probably doesn’t want to see another heart, rose or chocolate (actually I take that back…) again but yesterday above being Valentine’s day was my other half Steve‘s birthday.  Gushing over him here would be the limit.  Therefore I give you a shot that is handily fashion related and expresses my gratitude to have found a guy who is up for wearing a jumper that says “Havin’ a Bubble” – a Cockney rhyming slang to mean “having a laugh”.  My cousin Elizabeth Lau shot her A/W 11-12 collection with Jackie Dixon of Show Me Your Wardrobe in a collaboration that asked bloggers, girls-about-town and Elizabeth’s friends to ‘Show Me Your Elizabeth Lau’ – i.e. wear Elizabeth’s pieces in their own way.  So we have the cheesy couple shot, one that has eluded Steve and I, for four years because we don’t actually have our photograph taken together that often except when we’re messing about with old film cameras.  Elizabeth will be putting together a newsletter/lookbook/zine-y thing to compile these photos together and peeps at London Fashion Week will laugh at how cheesy and teethy these smiles at… “You havin’ a bubble?”  “Yes I am!”

Susie&Steve
(With Celine shirt, Topshop pleated pinafore, Tabio socks and shoes that were Elizabeth’s own)

Smartening Up

>> When people talk about blogger/brand collaborations, there's a cynical air that's wafted about.  Evil blogger selling out to evil corporate brand.  What's each party getting out of it in monetary value?  What's the bottom line?  These are questions that will continue to put myself and others in the blogger inquisition line of fire. 

Is it therefore so hard to believe when I get together with a young designer and mess about in my hotel room, play around with their clothes, bid them adieu and that's it?  Oh their token of thank-you affection was a box of cookies from Tribeca Treats.  Cookies and clothes horsing around – the end.  WWD's little newspiece about this video with designers Alex and Eli, had me laughing at "Bubble is not being paid for her time", as though my time is supposed to be portioned up by x amount of ¬£$¬£$. 

It was a laugh.  My room at the Tribeca Grand has a pet fish which I've named Tuncay (pronounced TUN-CHAI), and he also got to feature in the video.  There was a rail of Alex and Eli's Star Trek-inspired clothing (more about the collection when I get hold of the lookbook images) where I had my first pinstripe experience as I tried on a few outfits.  Shruti Ganguly was on hand to film it all.  I chomped on a plate of fries whilst doing it.  That was pretty much it. 

Alex and Eli's way with tailoring has meant that my trouser woes have ended with no alterations needed with a perfect fit that's off the rack and that will continue for A/W 11-12 as a pair of orange-red suede cullottes will be the next Alex and Eli addition hopefully along with a few printed pieces that feature space trinkets made to look like a vintage silk scarf print.  I'll be delving more into the ins and outs once I get the lookbook but for now, this is the result of two hours in an afternoon.  I love charging my time for cookies.