And the demise continues….

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Jenvogueapril1 As if it wasn’t bad enough that they put Jennifer ‘Hear my sob story again and again’ Aniston on the cover, US Vogue have now featured British glamour model Jordan in the supposed.  Now for those of you that don’t know, if there is an epitome of trash and chaviness, Jordan would be it.  I mean this is the woman that goes out in public like this.  Not sure what she was thinking when she was lifting up her shirt; was it ‘Hmmm…let me check that my boobs are still there…’ or was it ‘Gosh it’s hot out here, let me just randomly lift up my shirt!’  Jordan_1

Apparently the issue is about female bodies and is supposed to advise women of different shapes and sizes on what they should wear.  They describe Jordan as ‘top heavy’ (pah….understatement of the year….this woman has had 3 boob jobs for god’s sake!) and so they give her a complete makeover.  She is photographed in a Lanvin dress. 

I’m sorry but not even Lanvin is going to redeem Jordan from the pits of fashion abyss.  This is a woman who wore a pink meringue for her wedding for crying out loud.

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(information taken from metro)   

Très cher Biba

Biba_1 For those of you that don’t know what Biba is, it was basically one of the most revolutionary retail experiences in London (kind of like the predecessor to Topshop if you will) and literally catapulted London into the stratosphere of cool when it started in 1964.  It had seven floors of everything from clothes to pet food (oh how I would have loved to have been a Biba shopper….) 

Fans included Twiggy, Cher, Brigitte Bardot and Yoko Ono.  However it’s ethos wasn’t to cater to just the rich and famous, it’s main draw was it’s affordability and accessibility. 

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It sadly ended in 1975.  Alwyn Turner, author of the book ‘Biba, The Biba Experience’ said:

‘It fufilled the rock and roll promise to live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse.’

Well the corpse has been dug up and dressed up as an ALL NEW Biba for the 21st century.  They recently presented a collection at Paris and currently, the new shoe collection is being sold at places like Selfridges London, Barneys New York and Colette Paris.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Does this not go against the whole accessible to everyone ethos that made Biba so loved by everyone.  Now they’re planning on a range of cosmetics, eyewear, as well as fully re-launching the clothing line.  No doubt the prices will be ridiculously high if the shoes are anything to go by.  Think you too can now get your hands on some Biba chic?  Think again.

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These shoes will set you back £350 (!)  Lovely as they are, I just feel like the point of Biba has been lost and glossed over just so they can aspire to be part of the high-end luxury designer section in a department store.   

(Pics screencapped from bibaexperience.com)

 

There are two kinds of people: the skirts over trousers people and everyone else

I bumped into my colleague last weekend at Foyles bookstore whilst browsing travel guides and as I caught her eye I saw them doing something that I haven’t seen EVER – it was the London Once Over.

People in London give shifty glances here and there and then if they know you know they’re looking, they quickly look away in flustered embarrassment but NEVER do they stare without any qualms about doing so. People in Hong Kong however will unabashedly give you the HK Once Over, which consists of a googly-eyed scrutinisation from head to toes and back up again. The look my colleague was giving me in the travel section was not too dissimilar.

I was wearing this:

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No, the London Once Over is not a look of appreciation or admiration, it is in fact a look of shrewd disdain. Technically, I’m her superior at work but standing there clutching a Time Out guide to Athens in my hand I managed to feel about 2 feet tall. I loved what I was wearing but I was burning up from knowing that my colleague was thinking ‘Oh….dear….god……what is this insane woman wearing?!?!?’ I momentarily panicked that suddenly I had lost out in the work professionalism stakes but then caught and checked myself: it’s a Saturday, I’m free to wear what I like, why is this woman looking at me like a jaundiced monkey (at least the monkey gets the cute factor vote)?

A long long time ago, a school friend said to me ‘You are a skirts over trousers kind of person’ which at the time was supposed to mean someone who took fashion risks. (Gosh, those days were so simple….) Well then, I am proud to live with that tag. Skirts and trousers on their own are fine but skirts over trousers – well, doesn’t your wardrobe seem more exciting already?* Viva skirts over trousers and join me to overthrow the once-over looks!

*FYI – This is supposed to be metaphorical so please do not worry yourselves silly about wearing a skirt solus style.