Hogg Roasted

Hogg Roasted

Some of you might have noticed that I took down the Pam Hogg post from last week, where I tried on her catsuit at her store.  Behind the scenes, there's been a bit of a barrage of emails between myself and Pam Hogg's people that have resulted in this.

I don't think I've ever felt quite so low in all my time blogging as the point when they requested that I take down, calling it 'bad publicity' and basically making me feel like I had no right to wear that catsuit and not deemed worthy to go into her store or touch her clothes.  I had time warped back to when I was 13 years old, and gingerly went into Kenzo on Bond Street with a friend only to be asked to leave because I had accidentally dropped a plastic cuff on the carpet and frankly didn't look like a Kenzo customer.  Only this time, I'm 25 years old, have had my train track braces removed and it's all happening online.  

Their line is that Pam doesn't allow images of her catsuits represented in an uncontrolled environment unless you have bought one, were lent one or it was for a shoot.  I must admit I thought the crappy shitty photos entirely harmless given that in a changing room of most stores, I'd happily take images of myself trying something on and post them.  I fully concede though that it was my bad for posting the pictures without permission but it's the accusation of 'bad publicity' that has left my brain a bit broken.

The troubling/sinking feeling I have in the pit of my stomach and in the clotted brain, that is actually making that Kenzo incident seem paltry in comparison, is that in truth, I'm not the calibre of person Pam Hogg wants photographed in her catsuits.  Below the Pixie/Peaches Geldof, Jaime Winstone/London Lite brigade, I sit on a rung of not-whippet thin, fashion geeks that don't bring any sort cachet of cool to Hogg's creations.  That, I can concede and of course I understand the differences between bad and good publicity; why some designers choose not to lend to Lady Gaga and why some 'slebs will always invite free schwag.  It's all a bit textbook. 

I don't have illusions of grandeur whereby I think wearing someone's clothes is somewhat beneficial to a designer.  It isn't.  It just happens to be part and parcel of what the blog is – me prancing around and getting excited about clothes by trying things on and loving them.  I just didn't think that said prancing pictures would be thought detrimental either.  These feelings were further exacerbated when someone on Refinery 29 commented that I was far too unattractive and unfit to be wearing the graduate pieces for Metro.  That's a more literal example.  Come on, roll up, roll up, give it to me like it is.  That I'm in fact not the physical archetype who should be wearing clothes I'm passionate about.  

Of course the official line will always be that I broke the rules of professionalism by not asking whether I could post those Pam Hogg phone pictures (oh joy – the grey areas in blogging…) and that I made the mistake.  A mistake, I might add, that I can take account for and fully apologise for, without any qualms.  Sadly, the conclusion of this incident is that I'm left feeling like that silly 13 year old and that fashion cliches once again rule the day.

**EDIT** I've been at the CSM BA show all day trying to pick myself up after this whole debacle.  I'm honestly OVERWHELMED by the amount of comments here and the different points that people have made, opening all kinds of cans of worms… censorship, designer's control over their product, fashion cliches, values… so much so that each one could practically be a post in itself.  However, there are some points I'd like to clear up…

Mandi Lennard does NOT handle Pam Hogg's PR anymore and all Hogg's PR is done in-house!  The email correspondence was between myself and someone working for Hogg and thus acting as Hogg's voice, relaying her policy.  Mandi in fact is extremely blog savvy and has a rather addictive blog for colette

I did not post this to inspire hate towards Hogg and her designs.  It was something I had to get off my chest because it was tight and tears were stinging in my eyes at work and the only thing to do was type.  I literally was whizzed back to feeling like I was a naughty 13 year old and was personally stung.  Like an idol of yours telling you to fuck off basically.

Would rather not have any comments about Hogg's appearance, age etc if you could be so kind… I'm glad it has inspired some passionate comments but I don't want to fuel that playground direction.


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  1. Line

    2009-06-02 at 1:18 PM

    But it is beneficial for the designer for you to be wearing the clothes. You show stuff to the rest of the world that even if we work in fashion, we might never have heard of. And also the customers are not usually stick thin or model like ( not saying that you are not..) They can hide behind the Policy line all they want, but we all know what they mean… Thank you for this post, and I¬¥m sorry for your experience. I think you are a muse to a lot of people..

  2. loy

    2009-06-02 at 1:19 PM

    I read that article and the ones you previously posted about the Pam Hogg pop up shop. You’d think they might have cottoned on to what you’re about and that actually your word and influence would have a better reaction than seeing Peaches stinking Geldof in a catsuit creation! You looked fabadoo and thought “I wish I had the confidence (even just in front of my mates) to try one on”
    F**K the Haters!
    p.s the shots for GFW were stunning!!

  3. Brigadeiro

    2009-06-02 at 1:19 PM

    Oh my! How ridiculous, I must say, it was all done in good fun, and if anything, generated publicity for a label I had no idea about. Plus you looked amazing in the catsuit, NOT unattractive & unfit! Preposterous!
    Someone recently described my style as hideous, and although I’m not good with receiving praise, I’m equally inept in receiving criticism. I admire your resilience, Susie, for ‘rolling with the punches’, as you often have to do, here & elsewhere.
    WE LOVE YOU!!! 🙂

  4. Carmen

    2009-06-02 at 1:23 PM

    Thats so mean of them to say that. I thought you looked brilliant in the catsuit.

  5. Leia

    2009-06-02 at 1:23 PM

    Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear about this, Susie 🙁
    If anything, I think it was GOOD publicity, because didn’t a lot of people comment on how great the catsuit was?
    I’ve never known whether or not it was okay to post pictures taken in a dressing room without actually purchasing the product, but lots of bloggers have done it so I assumed it was okay.
    By the way, if anyone is “worthy” then it most definitely is you. You are one of the most popular and well-known fashion bloggers – one designer may not deem you “worthy” but there are so, so many who disagree!

  6. Amy

    2009-06-02 at 1:26 PM

    I think they are stupid for asking you to take the photos down because you have given them nothing but great publicity! You look fantastic in those pictures and made me want one, rather than Peaches Geldof who made it look cheap and nasty. Stating the obvious there but felt I had to say it. They should feel silly not you.

  7. kiki

    2009-06-02 at 1:26 PM

    and i thought pam hogg, of all people, would be cool about this. if it weren’t for you susie, i wouldn’t have thought that regular folks could pull it off… or are they only selling to models and skinny celebs now?
    don’t let them put you down susie, you’re still an inspiration to many. xxxxx

  8. Katanaville

    2009-06-02 at 1:27 PM

    I thought the catsuits were pretty fucking hideous on ANYONE. But when you were wearing them you looked like a good time. Fuck them. You are awesome.

  9. kathrin

    2009-06-02 at 1:28 PM

    Now in my opinion, behaving like this really is bad publicity for Pam Hogg.

  10. Grace

    2009-06-02 at 1:31 PM

    babe, you looked freaken amazing in the graduate collection shoot, I was so jealous.

  11. Benjamin

    2009-06-02 at 1:32 PM

    There is some irony as to the merit of splitting such blog publicity into [good] and [bad].
    A blog on Pam Hogg by you, who made ‘celebrity’ look fun, inspired me to go and try the outfits in Carnaby St. myself, which is something that perhaps I would not have had the courage to do before hand.
    While I can agree that sometimes certain celebrity faces add an image to a designer that people want to convey, quite often just making the outfit look wearable is what really gives it appeal.
    As a blogger, you bring fashion to the reader, regardless of their status; an earnest, down to earth (and contrastingly frivolous) look at new designers, from a perspective we have a chance of relating to.
    Ignore Terrence with his blind envy that your photos made it into the publicised world, because its not a measure of whether you’re worth that fame, and only that you make these clothes look good and accessible.
    Your ‘unique look’ is your talent for piecing outfits together to look fabulous, and you’re pretty without being plastic.
    At the end of the day, Pam Hogg isn’t selling exclusively to celebrities. She may wish only the prettiest size 0 models wore her clothes, but money makes the world go round.
    The Metro obviously stepped into the new generation and thought your article worthy, so take that in more merit that the occasional pretentious store.
    On a small note about Kenzo, that story made me smile as I remember first braving such stores myself as a child and always emboldening myself to browse even though I was terribly out of place. Now that gives me the confidence to be anywhere, and not care less. Don’t let go of that bravery!

  12. Isabelle

    2009-06-02 at 1:34 PM

    I feel your pain! Taking pictures down is always the pits.
    I would have thought they’d be chuffed to have “the Susie Bubble” writing about the shop…
    As for the weight comments, I’ve had Youttube commenters call me too fat and too thin in the same vid! C’est la vie.

  13. EJ

    2009-06-02 at 1:34 PM

    What pricks! That sort of clothing always looks like an elaborate joke to me anyway…

  14. furcoat

    2009-06-02 at 1:34 PM

    Shame on Pam Hogg! Team Susie FTW.
    To cite a couple of stereotypes: don’t let the haters bring you down, you have a loyal army of fans who think you’re awesome.

  15. v

    2009-06-02 at 1:34 PM

    Pam Hogg is right, your the worst type of publicity available. A blog which is read by over 10,000 readers every day and one of the most well known bloggers in the industry. Yeah she’s really clever.
    Susie, keep up your blog and your posts, don’t let that old drag keep you down. Oh and if it helps, someone need’s to introduce her to neutral make-up and botox because i saw her in real life recently…not a pretty sight.

  16. Ashe Mischief

    2009-06-02 at 1:38 PM

    Reading this left me a bit dumbfounded.
    I remember the original Pam Hogg post, and was quite taken & smitten with her pieces. But now, after reading this, no matter what size I am, how much money I have, I couldn’t support a designer who cannot act respectfully towards another person, and who would hide behind policy lines.
    When it comes to fashion, and I tend to think the more playful & more avant garde, the more I think of you, a designer could do far worse than have you posing in their clothing, excited about it, proud to share it, especially on your body.
    Shame on the fashion industry for leaving all men and women without the feeling that fashion is for all, or for that we’re not all beautiful people.

  17. susie_bubble

    2009-06-02 at 1:41 PM

    Isabelle: God, me on video scares me to death…
    Perhaps we will be getting to the point where bloggers are getting divided up into ones that bring good publicity and one that don’t. I looked at Blitzkids’ Pam Hogg images in awe and now I genuinely feel like a child crushed for being so ignorant and naive… that actually the fashion world spins around as per normal…

  18. leigh

    2009-06-02 at 1:42 PM

    what a silly move on Pam Hogg’s part. to even have a policy that states their clothes can’t be represented in an uncontrolled environment is asinine. it reflects so badly on the label. and furthermore, it shows how out of touch they are be with the world (where every person has a digital camera on hand at all times). if they didn’t want people taking pictures of their clothes in store, they should have posted a sign.
    isn’t the beauty of fashion the way people interpret it? for the designer to want control over how their image is represented at all times is so petty & insecure, and makes me loose all respect for them.

  19. Ondo Lady

    2009-06-02 at 1:45 PM

    Sounds like pure and utter snobbery. Maybe Pam Hogg’s PR did not like the idea of the pieces being featured by avenues they do not control. That is incredibly short sighted as everyone is embracing bloggers. I thought you looked great in The Metro and really showed those clothes off. Ignore the haters!!

  20. abc

    2009-06-02 at 1:45 PM

    You are far more beautiful than any of her catsuits.

  21. Janine

    2009-06-02 at 1:45 PM

    Oh how terribly sad for Pam Hogg, having ‘normal’ people parading about in her designs, how ever can she stand it? The pain must be unbearable.
    This ‘adverse publicity’ bollocks is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. I know I won’t ever be buying anything from Pam Hogg now. If you’re not the sort of person she wants wearing her clothes, then I’m not the sort of person who wants to wear them. It goes both ways.
    BTW you’re both thinner and more attractive than Peaches Geldof. Pffftt to all the haters.

  22. serpentine

    2009-06-02 at 1:46 PM

    what katanaville said (catsuits hideous, you awesome)

  23. Grace

    2009-06-02 at 1:46 PM

    It’s absolutely ridiculous. I’m sure I’m not the only person out there who considers you a lot cooler than some celebrity, purely because you are incredibly passionate about fashion and experiment constantly, rather than wear something that was thrown on you by a stylist. (I’m generalising about celebrities here, but whatever).

  24. miranda

    2009-06-02 at 1:49 PM

    susie I thought you looked banging. You are bangin. Ignore those mingers.

  25. Laura

    2009-06-02 at 1:49 PM

    Agh I feel your pain. I too have been asked to take pictures down in the past and its upsetting. Surely all publicity is good publicity? I am really surprised that Pam Hogg isn’t down with your blog! I, like Isabelle, have been accused of having an eating disorder and been called fat! Swings and roundabouts.
    I thought you looked awesome in the jumpsuit.

  26. Yvonne Gao

    2009-06-02 at 1:53 PM

    stupid uptight people.

  27. Valerie

    2009-06-02 at 1:53 PM

    Good Job Pamm Hogg, you’ve just served yourself a good dose of ‘bad’, image staining publicity. Who wants to buy something from a woman that only sells her garments to people who deems adequate and attractive enough to wear her clothing. She can keep her power ranger-esque catsuits to herself, i’d never set foot in there after hearing of this.

  28. Sam

    2009-06-02 at 1:56 PM

    I think Pam Hogg’s people need retrained. They way they have handled this situation is worse publicity than the original photos were in the first place. Not only does it highight how out-of-touch the fashion world is with us regular people, but it also makes Pam Hogg look like an egotistical idiot with delusions of grandeur- I’m sure not exactly an image she’d be going for.
    I for one, think that it’s ridiculous that anyone would demand their clothes only be photographed under controlled circumstance- it shows absolutely no faith in the beauty and quality of their own work. However, if it is Hogg’s wish that the photos be removed, I’m sure there was a MUCH better way they could have handled this. I think inviting you into the store to do a proper feature on the catsuit (either for the blog or for Dazed if they were wanting exposure in some sort of pubication) would have been a much better idea- they obviously haven’t been keeping up with the reality of the fashion world these days, as online blogs are SUCH a major factor in the ebb and flow of trends these days, and yours is one of the more popular and well known ones, tbh.
    And ugh. SUSIE, you are MUCH, MUCH better for publicity than knobheads like Pixie & Peaches Geldof. In fact, once I have seen Peaches wearing something I own/similar to something I own it immediately loses all its appeal to me haha! I would say the opposite of you.
    Please don’t let this get you down. Pam Hogg now officially blows.

  29. Louisa

    2009-06-02 at 1:57 PM

    That this happened is absolutely infuriating. Not just for you Susie, but for all of us StyleBubble-philes and fashion lovers who don’t fit into the industry’s obsolete ‘physical archetype’. But in keeping this blog, you have already challenged said fashion cliches critically, unflinchingly. Thanks for inspiring your readers and keep up the great work!

  30. Kat George

    2009-06-02 at 1:59 PM

    I think we should march en masse on the Pam Hogg store. Someone come up with a catchy Susie chant. Seriously.
    The bottom line is that Peaches Geldofism is the ass end of the world. That’s where civilisation, culture, art- everything people have been striving to create for so many centuries- goes to die.

  31. Sal

    2009-06-02 at 2:00 PM

    Dude the hype surrounding pam hogg is ridiculous. her designs are uninspired pieces of crap and really don’t deserve the attention they get. I mean, shitty spandex jumpsuits? Don’t even worry about it, you’re far more creative than Hogg herself.

  32. meemalee

    2009-06-02 at 2:02 PM

    Susie, I can’t fathom why Pam Hogg has shot herself in the foot in this way.
    If anything, your profile is higher than hers right now (sure, she was big in the 80s), so I think Ms Hogg will regret alienating your 10,000 daily readers.
    If I was a designer, I would be honoured to be featured by:
    “Susie Bubble, whose blog Style Bubble is fast joining The Sartorialist and Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion as every fashionista’s essential bedtime read”
    Let’s boycott Pam Hogg.

  33. hkShoeGeek

    2009-06-02 at 2:02 PM

    Oh how I hate PR Nazis. Policy-wise, I understand that there are rules about how they want their clothing photographed, which is fine (a lot of brands here in HK won’t even loan out clothes unless they are photographed all together, as a “look” predetermined by them and them alone, not sure if it’s the same in the UK). But must their comments be so… indelicate? All the same, it’s in no way a reflection of your status in the fashion economy. You are gorgeous, and the most interesting and innovative fashion blogger i’ve ever come across.

  34. Denise@Swelle

    2009-06-02 at 2:02 PM

    Reading your post gave me a pain in my stomach. Shame on Pam Hogg.

  35. Suzexu

    2009-06-02 at 2:11 PM

    You looked great in them & it was fun.
    Personally, never liked her stuff. Cheap looking, over priced spandex in my opinion. Old Pam Hogg/Spam Pig best avoided!

  36. S

    2009-06-02 at 2:12 PM

    Do they not read blogs at all? I think you are considered to be a very popular and high profile blogger – so much so that I assumed you had been invited to the shop to take the pictures.
    I think I’ve commented to this effect on here before but I also think it’s mad that anyone would consider you anything other than slim and attractive, even within the world of fashion blogging, where any “normal” sized person will attract negative comments.

  37. AB

    2009-06-02 at 2:13 PM

    Susie, fashion is actually about anarchism and Pam Hogg was originally about anarchism. Maybe you should remember this to whoever asked you to take down the post. While you’re at it, you should maybe remind them the net is not a regime, but it’s regulated by democracy and freedom and when somebody asks you to remove something because it’s ‘bad publicity’ (and it wasn’t anyway…), tell them this is technically called ‘censorship’ and you can’t do it. Now don’t behave like a silly little girl and put back that post online.

  38. Daniella

    2009-06-02 at 2:14 PM

    I’m so sorry Susie! It’s a bit ridiculous that they’ve taken it this far, especially as you make sooo many posts, it’s not like this one got much more attention than any other.
    And that thing that other person said @ Refinery is complete rubbish. You’re gorgeous!
    I hope this hasn’t knocked your confidence because look at all the people that love your posts! And I’m sure everyone is backing you!
    Enjoy the sun and take it easy!

  39. susie_bubble

    2009-06-02 at 2:14 PM

    S: It wasn’t a pre-arranged thing – like i said in my original post, we dropped in and fooled around… it wasn’t some sort of PR strategy…that it has turned this ugly is a bit of a shame…

  40. Nicola

    2009-06-02 at 2:14 PM

    Not allowing images in an uncontrolled environment? It’s an article of clothing, not a celebrity with personality rights.
    This seriously strikes me of a case of biting the hand that feeds on the part of the designer. Overall, blogs benefit designers. They’re not paying you for advertising and yet seem to expect to be able to control you.

  41. Adeline

    2009-06-02 at 2:14 PM

    Oh Susie. I enjoy reading your posts and your poses never fail to amuse me. I like reality photo shots rather than professional shots and you brought the catsuits to your own target audience. We all support you, yes, let’s boycott Pam Hogg. Cheeries =)

  42. DJM

    2009-06-02 at 2:16 PM

    That is utterly unbelievable. So it would have been different if you had bought one I presume? Then suddenly you would have been perfectly good enough to wear one of her creations and blog about it. Or perhaps the SA’s vet people for suitability before they are allowed to purchase. Clearly her ‘people’ are idiots.

  43. Steve

    2009-06-02 at 2:20 PM

    Hogg’s ‘designs’ themselves are so limited and can only really be interpreted fondly whilst worn with an element of tongue in cheek attitude which is precisely what you achieved in your blog post. Surely the shop can only be construed as a controlled environment and you hardly stole them!?
    I have to echo the comments above…this really shows how out of touch Pam Hogg and her team are…is she still using PRs from the 80s who just don’t get the Internet?

  44. Sarah

    2009-06-02 at 2:20 PM

    You are so beautiful! Much more than Hoggy Hogg or any of her uninspired, trite creations. Thousands of girls like me look up to you to get inspiration for cultivating our own style and taking risks, and many of us wouldn’t even know who she was were it not for you!
    You provide such an unbiased, giddy, wonderful look into the fashion world and it’s so exciting for people like me who live far away from anywhere fashionable to be able to experience it through your eyes 🙂
    Never feel that you are unworthy of anything because you have an army of loyal fans supporting you all the way in all of your adventures.

  45. lopi

    2009-06-02 at 2:21 PM

    Pam who? I haven’t even heard of her before YOU mentioned her name on the blog. And I presume this could be the case with many of your faithful readers. And now that I do know her, my opinion of her isn’t the best one possible, to put it a a polite way.
    And “their clothes can’t be represented in an uncontrolled environment”? If this is what Pam thinks of her clothes, that they can’t look decent enough, unless the lighting and setting is absolutely perfect, then guess what: We won’t expect them to look good either.

  46. artilugia

    2009-06-02 at 2:22 PM

    Susie you rock ! those catsuits were totally awful and you I believe are probably one of the only few people that could make them look halfway decent. Loved you and your sister’s boyfriends poses though. they were the best bit about the photos.
    By the way Pam hogg herself looks like an awful old tranny to me so what was she doing wearing said clothes ?

  47. miss sophie

    2009-06-02 at 2:22 PM

    really pathetic on pam hoggs’ publicity team. agreed with all the other commenters – are they at all aware of the influence and importance of ‘grass-roots’ style blogs these days? it’s a much more organic interaction between individuals and the industry these days. and you have an ocean of fans here on the ever-fashion-obsessed east coast, regardless of what snipes one prickish commenter on refinery29 tries to sling. keep up what you do dear susie, and don’t let naysayers get you down!

  48. sophie stephens

    2009-06-02 at 2:23 PM

    fuck pam hogg! why would you let that trollop peaches wear a catsuit but not a smart successful chick like you? her price tag makes sense now too,
    p.s. you
    looked frikkin’ amazing in those metro shots

  49. Lila

    2009-06-02 at 2:24 PM

    I’m actually quite shocked. I think the catsuits are hideous, but having Peaches Geldof wearing them was the last drop, and they think you are bad publicity? Horribly snobbish people, thank you for this post, I will never buy something related to that brand.

  50. xyndz

    2009-06-02 at 2:34 PM

    narrow minded people, they!
    screw them.
    we love ur individuality girl 🙂

  51. estelluxx

    2009-06-02 at 2:35 PM

    You can bet I will NEVER buy any Pam Hogg stuff. Ever.
    They are clearly idiots with no sense of PR. Forget them!

  52. Danielle

    2009-06-02 at 2:36 PM

    That is seriously, seriously shitty.
    Why does Fashion have to centre around bitchery?
    Personally my friends and I had a good laugh on the weekend about (ahem) certain acceptable people posing in Pam’s catsuits. My line of thinking is, if you are ‘famous’ just for being the twiggy child of some washed-up celebrity then why should I be interested in you?
    I was glad to see your GFW spread in Metro and as soon as I got to a computer I booked tickets for the University of East London’s show this Sunday.

  53. Helen

    2009-06-02 at 2:43 PM

    Yes, except that now, your legions of fans will not buy Pam Hogg’s catsuits. Being slow to grasp the new era of digital media will cost them. Remember Pam Hogg is only one designer, GUCCI invited you to an event.
    people won’t lend Lady Gaga stuff? how odd, i really like her style, much prefer it to the style of Peaches Geldoff etc.

  54. Style Spy

    2009-06-02 at 2:43 PM

    Susie, you’re adorable, your blog is a delight, and your sense of style is a wonderful adventure that you’ve allowed us to ride along on. There are always going to be people who don’t get you or try to shoot you down — that’s the price of originality. Stick to your guns and do (and wear!) what brings you joy.

  55. jemjem

    2009-06-02 at 2:43 PM

    Susie, take no notice of those horrible horrible people. I adore the fact that you love the clothes that you try and wear and display and can take them all with a pinch of salt. You looked like you were having a ball in those photos (and isn’t that the point of clothing and therefore’good’ publicity?) and I’m truly sorry that they took the shine off the clothes for you.

  56. z

    2009-06-02 at 2:43 PM

    Susie, I love that you are a normal girl documenting your journey through fashion! You are the best PR someone could ask for – a real girl with a genuine passion for fashion who people can aspire to be like! Carry on being just as you are and ignore your critics – that’s why your readers LOVE your blog and will continue to support you x

  57. Stella

    2009-06-02 at 2:47 PM

    Well, this is horrible. Good job, Pam Hogg. If I didn’t feel that she was a bit of a snob before (I mean, 850 pounds for a suit?), she definitely took the cake now…
    This just furthers the idea that to be in fashion you have to be part of a certain crowd ($$$) or have a particular look (whippet thin, bored, blonde), an idea that is preposterous. Everyone has the fucking right to wear whatever they want as long as it makes them happy. The idea that you bring them bad/adverse publicity is ridiculous as you not only are an informed and articulate blogger, but you show the fun and passionate side of fashion. You make fashion real because you wear what -you- want. Not what’s in the latest issue of X, Y, and Z.
    As for the Kenzo episode, I can relate…when I was starting out uni, I went to a Ralph Lauren store (of all places) and not only did they make me feel like crap, but they made it clear that I did not “belong” to the group of people they cater to. And you know what? They can keep their stuff: I’m not going to change myself to fit into their idea of the correct customer. And neither should you!
    Keep on being fab, Susie. Besides, who knew about Pam Hogg before your posts? Very few, my dear…very few. And now those who do will know her as a elitist snob. Bad (self-generated) publicity, indeed!

  58. David

    2009-06-02 at 2:49 PM

    I think it was the sister’s boyfriend in jumpsuit thing that might have made them think you were taking the piss…. I’m sure if you were wearing it yourself it may not have come to this… As other people have said, perhaps they should look at Ms Hogg herself and her camel toe as an example of How Not to Sell rather than looking at you… Seriously though it is overpriced overrated crap that looks like it was made for an 8 year olds dance contest. To be offended by such people would be the real embarassement here…

  59. Nice Frock 4 Eyes

    2009-06-02 at 2:52 PM

    Sack that PR! What kind of PR person in this age does that? Duh

  60. MC

    2009-06-02 at 2:55 PM

    This is why I shop at Goodwill

  61. Kay

    2009-06-02 at 2:56 PM

    This is THE most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Honestly catsuits like that are going to be hard to sell, and your endorsement is actually very valuable. I saw you in (last month’s?) Vogue TWICE, and you’re the single most successful fashion blogger out there in terms of the respect and the recognition you’ve achieved. I think quite a lot of readers hadn’t even heard of Pam Hogg before you posted about her and she could do with such good publicity.
    Also are they even allowed to do that? I understand about the images I guess, although even then they were your images. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Most brands get really really excited when you feature them – it’s a reliable sign they’re any good.
    Plus did you notice the name of the person who left that comment? Terrence. Terrence is quite clearly not the name of a person you’d trust on any fashion matter. You are far far prettier than either of the Geldof sisters and have much better fashion credibility. They are celebrities because of their parents, and so people give them special treatment. You’re well known throughout the fashion industry because of who you are, and you’ve earned that place. Also you are skinny! People get so used to seeing skin and bones that what really qualifies as slim gets throw out the window.
    You can tell Pam Hogg’s ‘people’ to f off.

  62. meredith

    2009-06-02 at 2:58 PM

    wow….that was realy dumb of pam hogg…cause now i have less respect for her. i won’t think of her the same. and for the record, you are way hot with an excellent body… and you can pull off that catsuit no sweat. let it go, you were a cool 13 year old, and you’re a cool 25 year old.

  63. KB

    2009-06-02 at 3:01 PM

    This is so horrible! Your blog is the best publicity they could have got! We all know that Peaches can barely string two words together, without sounding like a precoucious spoilt brat, and I doubt any of the other devotees have written anything vaguely of note. Your pictures were fun, and I’m sad to see them go.

  64. sofiefr

    2009-06-02 at 3:01 PM

    I can’t believe it! they should be freaking falling head over heels for you posting their stuff on your blog. I am outraged.
    Don’t be sad!

  65. Liberty

    2009-06-02 at 3:03 PM

    If you fit into the stereotype of the piece of skin stretched over a coathanger with ribs, who spends their lives chasing after the next trend, wearing exactly the clothes that Elle told them to I doubt I’d even glance at your blog.
    If the that’s the kind of people Pam Hogg wants to represent her company then I would be ashamed to wear one.
    It’s the stupidity of these people that makes me sick, I mean, how many people actually fit the ideal of their stupid standards?
    Peaches’ Daddy is famous, why would you want that over a woman who inspires the admirable side of fashion and proves you don’t have to be skeletal and gaunt or just unfeesably rich to be a style icon?
    To me, Miss Bubble, you keep fashion alive. I’m only sixteen and you’ve given me the morale and the inspiration to wear clothes completely different from the norm, despite what haters say and feel so good about it.
    Forget these stupid model icons, they’re empty, missing what you have, zest.
    And in the end, really, you’ve made more of an impression in fashion that Pam Hogg has.
    I mean, what’s she got to show for it? A few repetitive pieces of overpriced lycra and some dwindling away trend addicts who’ll probably only wear her stuff for a season. And you? You have an online empire with over 10,000 people who religiously read your blog. And why? Because you’re an inspiration!
    Trend slaves are stupid, shallow snobs.

  66. Cooperative Designs

    2009-06-02 at 3:03 PM

    Susie we love having you wearing our clothes.

  67. John

    2009-06-02 at 3:06 PM

    Pam Hogg? More like Pam BOGG….. :s
    Who is going to be stupid enough to pay ¬£500+ for a catsuit anyway. You looked great in it, only slightly overshadowed by your sister’s boyfriend, who is a definite candidate for new superhero of the year.

  68. Poppy

    2009-06-02 at 3:10 PM

    ugh, this is awful – the comment (and it looks like only one negative comment followed by lots of support for Susie, but it’s always the bad commetns you remember…) on refinery 29 was completely uncalled for and takes attention away from the designers, which I’m sure was the opposite of Susie’s intentions.
    The Pam Hogg incident just makes her look like an idiot and a control freak!
    Why are people so hurtful? Jealousy!

  69. Christina

    2009-06-02 at 3:10 PM

    Susie, I don’t really have very much to add, other than what others already have stated. The way Pam Hogg’s people have handled this really is embarrasing. She has totally destroyed her “wild-child” image and shown her true corporate-colours.
    In my opinion (an to judge by the amount of your readers, this opinion is shared by many others), you have one of the most inspiring fashion blogs around. It is inspiring because you are creative, brave, curious and passionate. These are all the things fashion should be. More importantly your readers relate to you and your style precicley because you’re don’t have that cookie-cutter-size 0-6 ft. tall-look. You experiment with what looks good on you, as we all should. And for what it’s worth, that catsuit was infinately more attractive on you than on the Geldof-girl.

  70. Katherine Lee

    2009-06-02 at 3:10 PM

    I can’t imagine a more influential and fantastic spokesperson than Susie Bubble for Pam Hogg’s collection. Thanks for posting your dress-up shenanigans. Yay for fashion that makes people happy.

  71. cali

    2009-06-02 at 3:12 PM

    Pam Hogg? Seriously? You did her some favors by looking all amazing and having fun wearing her catsuits that I too founds pretty horrifying. Pam Hogg is officially on my do not buy list. Pam Hogg and her people are what make the fashion industry the shallow place it is. Raise that head up, Susie – and read what all your followers are saying! You are not 13, you are not silly (except in the best sense) and you are not ‘bad publicity’.

  72. faddict

    2009-06-02 at 3:15 PM

    Chin up Susie, you have accomplished a hell of a lot in the fashion industry and no one can take that away from you, no matter how they try to belittle you. Hope that everyone’s support makes that awful feeling of unworthiness dissipate x

  73. nomnomnom

    2009-06-02 at 3:19 PM

    Team Susie!! fact: you looked hot, in both catsuit and those Metro shots fact: you are ace to have made that horrific catsuit look fun fact: hoggy is way behind the times fact: we luvvv u susie, keep doing what u do!

  74. Keitai

    2009-06-02 at 3:20 PM

    this is just ridiculus…
    How can they ask you to remove the post???
    Do they know something call “freedom of speech”??
    Actually they should be thanking you, for promoting their label…(I personally think their clothes are hideus..but that’s just me)…
    You should not feel bad about yourself!! they are the ones that should be ashamed. They have no idea how this is going to affect them (in a negative way, obviously).
    the ones that made bad publicity was them, by asking you to remove the post.
    and I agree with xyndz…screw them
    We love you!!! 🙂

  75. Tilly

    2009-06-02 at 3:20 PM

    Oh WOW what a total nightmare and I feel for you 🙁 I realise there have been a lot of comments about Peaches sporting the spandex but seriously hasn’t anyone seen the really hideous Pam wearing her own creations? She’s been photographed everywhere and has featured in many mainstream mags – her PR people cannot seriously think that she is working a better look than you?!!! What a joke! Anyhow, they are obviously of a similar generation to Pam when it comes to a younger audience and the power of the internet, technology and the web. I LOVED your pics and thought you did the suit total justice, this is a v short sighted mistake on their behalf NOT YOURS! xxx

  76. tanya

    2009-06-02 at 3:22 PM

    Obviously the people over at Hogg are publicity-mascohists and were intending to shoot themselves in the foot when they went after you for all the wrong reasons. You and your blog are so damn amazing and dont let the pigs get you down!
    ps. totally loved your play on words in the title of this post. i suck at puns

  77. san damiano

    2009-06-02 at 3:23 PM

    U look grand!

  78. eli

    2009-06-02 at 3:25 PM

    I just read this on my rss feed and it makes me so mad! so bad for them on their part, bet they didnt see that coming

  79. Donna Vitan

    2009-06-02 at 3:33 PM

    Be brave and stay strong. You’re definitely passionate about fashion and often adventurous with outfits which is why I love reading your articles. It’s a shame that those folks gave you a hard time about it, and I’m pretty sure we can all relate to moments like these, where someone made us feel small or that we let that person do so.
    If anything else, grey areas of blogging aside, I think you had every right to post photos of yourself wearing whatever you feel like!

  80. e_ting

    2009-06-02 at 3:37 PM

    Isn’t it funny that companies and PR people cause brand suicide by doing things like this. Totally feel for you – I got a ‘letter’ from some lawyers earlier about a blog post too. Talk about the “grey” areas of blogging…
    But hey, look how many of us are here for you! Stay fabulous and keep up the fantastic posting 🙂

  81. David

    2009-06-02 at 3:37 PM

    Just went back and looked over the comments on your last Pam Hogg post, not too many readers were loving the Hogg then either, someone mentioned the ubiquity of Pam in her own creations in print recently and suggested her PR was indeed one Mandi Lennard,it now all makes sense….. She herself is the biggest Vulgarian going… Susie, feel free to delete if necessary… I’m sure you don’t wish for the sake of the Dazed job to engage in contentious issues with London PR’s…

  82. Diane

    2009-06-02 at 3:40 PM

    Shame on P.H. and Company for taking themselves WAY too seriously. They have exposed themselves to be perfectly boring.

  83. Fifi

    2009-06-02 at 3:42 PM

    Reading your post made me sigh with relief. Just a few weeks ago I my employer asked me to delete all blog posts, mentioning of any work I had done for her magazine. I was slam dunked with a privacy policy email and I was left feeling heartbroken. I had to delete everything and it made me feel so awful. Reading your post and responses makes me see that others had have the same experience and I’m not alone. The email I received turned me off blogging for a while and made me feel like it was wrong. Thanks for speaking up Sussie. I now know its not just me and people are still struggling to understand they can’t control anything anymore and that people have the power and the space to speak up.
    I have now started blogging again and I’ll be damned if I let anything like that affect me again. In the long run its people like Pam Hogg who lose.

  84. lizziek

    2009-06-02 at 3:42 PM

    It’s a shame really, because I’m sure a lot of people were thinking like I was that they were really a very odd piece of clothing especially on Peaches and the rather terrifying Pam herself, but you made them seem fun and almost (stretching it a bit) functional (there may come a time when we need to be bound in metallic spandex) Sadly, Pam Hogg’s PR have done an absolutely terrible job here. Pam herself may have done. too.
    So so sorry Susie, you are amazing.

  85. Isabelle

    2009-06-02 at 3:46 PM

    Susie- You get used to looking like an idiot!
    As one of the more mainstream blogs we get this kind of thing ALL the time. Laura is right, getting asked to take pictures is upsetting not to mention embarrassing.
    Glad you’re getting such great support though, the blogosphere rules!

  86. nadarine

    2009-06-02 at 3:49 PM

    This is utter bullshit, Susie. (Other than the “photos w/o permission” stuff, which is trivial, but yes, acceptable.)
    I can’t do better than to echo those who have already said that you’re perfectly lovely and amazing, and that you have every right to prance about in a catsuit and HAVE FUN if you choose. Don’t people (ahem, R29 commenters) have better things to do than to criticize a stranger’s appearance over the internet?
    I’d send you a hot chocolate right now if I were able to ship it trans-Atlantically.

  87. Penny Saa

    2009-06-02 at 3:50 PM

    Whuuuut?? I mean, you have great legs and rocked that suit way more than Peaches did…!! Its a pity that a designer like Pam Hogg, who claims to be a “fashion rebel” would fall into the low category of snooty sales assistants and still be stuck in the old concept of fashion being for a selective few. There goes my plans of getting a pam hogg catsuit for my boyf.
    Lycra-clad or not: you are my fashion hero, up there with Uncle Karl. Long live the bubble!

  88. dust

    2009-06-02 at 3:55 PM

    well, well, aren’t you a rebel!
    you made one ugly catsuit look good and it’s all your fault!
    joke aside, it was ugly thing anyway,the catsuit. Let them eat their pretentious cake!
    Sad, old git section, sad, old git…

  89. poutfits

    2009-06-02 at 3:58 PM

    THAT IS SAD! I like the suits, but I like you more. Does their publicity team realize how influential you are? F them!

  90. dust

    2009-06-02 at 3:59 PM

    Oh, sorry, but I actually want to know what can they do if you don’t obey? Take you to the court?
    I’d say PUT THE POST BACK!!!!!!!!!!!
    PUT THE POST BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Birdie

    2009-06-02 at 4:04 PM

    WOW. It seems like someone has an overinflated view of herself as a designer. If I were her (/her enterprise), I’d be writing to thank you for the press instead of berating you with “I’m so high and mighty” designer-talk.

  92. Mademoiselle Robot

    2009-06-02 at 4:06 PM

    Gosh Susie, I am sorry they made you feel this way. Especially as I remember thinking “oooh she is so pretty” when I saw the photos of you in the catsuit!
    I then thought the same when I saw the photos in Metro.
    Your blog is so completely unique and so completely you, and you help A LOT of people discover new designers etc.
    The Hogg should be happy to be featured.

  93. Rebecbec

    2009-06-02 at 4:07 PM

    That’s ticked me off! You looked amazing, you actually made me think those catsuits were cool, the opposite of what I thought when I saw peaches g wearing one. You always look so good, don’t let it get to you, they’re wrong!

  94. Nina

    2009-06-02 at 4:09 PM

    wow, shame on hogg and her team for not even bothering to do their research. if they did, they would have realized how lucky they were to have a post on this site. they also could have been a lot classier about the whole thing. i’m sorry you had to deal w/such idiots.

  95. Alli

    2009-06-02 at 4:11 PM

    Ugh, that sucks – nobody likes to be spoken down to, regardless of the situation. But keep in mind that for every Hogg, there are dozens of designers who love seeing you in their clothes. Thanks to you, I’ve discovered so many cool stores and lines, and I’m sure the people behind them can’t say anything bad about that!

  96. andrea

    2009-06-02 at 4:12 PM

    Oh Susie, How I feel for you! I too have been subjected to that kind of treatment, and I am 55 years old (born a fashion geek and still a fashion geek, but when I was growing up, it was looked upon as “shallow” to be interested and passionate about fashion, let alone pursue it as a profession). I can remember going into Saks Fifth Ave in NY (where I live) with my brother and looking at ties for my boyfriend. The sales person was watching us and came over and said “You know, those are twenty five dollars” scornfully. This was in the early 80s when stores could afford to treat customers like that. But you know what, this Pam Hogg incident will come back to bite her hard. Now I would NEVER wear her clothing, and I have bought quite a lot of stuff that YOU have recommended or extolled the virtues of. In particular the Tata Naka Minnie Mouse dress. How I wish I had bought it when I had the chance! As my mother said to me many times “don’t pay attention, it’s her problem”. She really made a HUGE mistake.

  97. Rozzy

    2009-06-02 at 4:12 PM

    My God, do these people know nothing about the power of your blog, the cache of being featured on a good blog, what an important medium blogs are these days – does she not want to sell any clothes or have them seen by anyone other than the Peaches Geldof crowd??! She is better publicity apparently – are they kidding??! I’d like to point out that she looked decidedly average in it, not the most flattering garment on her – not bitching just telling it like it is – and this is their idea of a carefully controlled image? To be honest, at 900 odd quid a pop i think i’ll give them a miss thanks – not quite special enough for that kind of money i fear. The funny thing is, after seeing them on your blog i thought they were quite fun and that here pop up shop looked like a laugh – how wrong I was and as a result i won’t be going anywhere near the uptight place anytime soon.

  98. diane

    2009-06-02 at 4:14 PM

    They really need to get their heads out of their *sses. It’s bad publicity for them to do what they did. They should have let it go. Besides that, anything that you try on and photograph is a compliment to the vendor. They could not have been more wrong.

  99. Cris

    2009-06-02 at 4:15 PM

    Just try to forget this incident and remember that they are just shooting at their own feet, i really loved the post it was funny and even when i didn’t remember back then who was the designer, i will now… and not for a good reason.
    They have made their own bad publicity, you just introduced the brand to many of us.
    Thanks sussie, you’re cool, keep up the good work!

  100. fashion herald

    2009-06-02 at 4:15 PM

    What a shame, and what a horrid attitude! I missed the catsuit post, but now wouldn’t touch the clothes for the snooty attitude.
    And yikes, if it’s wrong to post dressing room photos without permission, guess I’ve been doing wrong for about two years now.

  101. Diabolina

    2009-06-02 at 4:18 PM

    Peope can suck. Don’t confuse that with YOU sucking.

  102. acatatemyhair

    2009-06-02 at 4:21 PM

    Susie, I know that I would choose you over Peaches Geldof to model my creations any day. It’s a shame that they think that way, but please don’t let them belittle you. I think someone who shares beautiful visuals with the world everyday as opposed to someone who gets pictured falling out of clubs everyday is a far better advertisement. plus, you looked like you were having a hell of a lot more fun. personally, I would like to hope it is Pam Hogg’s “people”, not the great woman herself who requested you removed the pictures. what a shame. Ax

  103. miss woo

    2009-06-02 at 4:23 PM

    reading through all the comments, I’m glad I’m not the only one who find it ironic that Peaches Geldolf is considered to be “good” publicity whereas one of the biggest fashion blogger in the UK is not…

  104. AngieMontreal

    2009-06-02 at 4:25 PM

    Kind of makes you want to have a Pretty Woman moment, strutting into the store saying “big mistake, HUGE mistake”….sooooo stupid of them
    Also, you looked completely hot in the catsuit, I literally thought to myself “what the hell, Susie TOTALLY doesn’t giver herself enough credit for the bod, I would kill for those legs!” True story.

  105. WendyB

    2009-06-02 at 4:25 PM

    I had to log onto my one computer that allows me to leave comments on Typepad to comment on this. I don’t know why YOU would feel bad when she’s the one who is an arrogant twat. Her designs are hideous and unwearable by anyone except someone with your adventurous sense of style (Lady Gaga would be good too). They’re basically costumes, not clothes, and unless Lady Gaga is buying out the stock, I don’t understand how Hogg thinks she’ll make any money on such things. She should be grateful for your attention and that you actually made that nonsense look desirable. As a designer, I can’t imagine why I would ever tell someone to take down pictures of herself wearing my stuff and looking HAPPY. It’s just insane. Thanks for sharing this story – I needed someone new to loathe.

  106. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2009-06-02 at 4:26 PM

    So the Hogg’s acting piggish, eh? (Oh dear – I couldn’t resist) This is unbelievable. It sounds to me like they have totally over reacted.
    Also, do they really think the likes of Peaches Geldoff wearing her designs will make anybody want to buy them??? If they did their research, they’d know that real fashion lovers would rather see one of their own wearing the designs in their own unique way. Plus your personal photos were a hundred times better than the trashy ones shown in the LondonLite.
    Well done, Pam Hogg. You’re alienating your audience.
    P.S. I’ve felt that way in shops before too. Nothing worse than a self-empowered shop assistant!

  107. Theresa

    2009-06-02 at 4:27 PM

    Number 1:
    You’re gorgeous and fabulous looking and any sane person would agree. You look great in the grad. shoot and 99% of the world’s population are not skinny sticks and it’s absolutely refreshing to see a ‘normal’ body in a shoot like that.
    Number 2:
    The internet was invented for sharing information. That’s the point of blogging – to share experiences and information.
    Number 3:
    As someone who is a fashion fan but not a native to the UK or it’s fashion scene I’d never heard of Pam Hogg before. You brought her to me, as I’m sure you did for lots of other people. And I liked her but now I just think she’s a twat.
    Come on stick those pics back up and photoshop the 2 fingers in. I dare you 🙂

  108. CalamityJem

    2009-06-02 at 4:31 PM

    If there is one thing that makes a person utterly unattractive its envy & this ‘Terrance’ persons display of unadulterated malice come across a simply that.
    I think whoever they are, they are just pissed off that they have not as yet achieved their own ‘Warholian fifteen minutes’ (didums dumbass) and as such feel the need to diss anyone enjoying their time in the sun!
    As for ‘Hogg’ I think “her people” might just have shoot themselves in the foot a little…what about that popular mantra ‘No publicity is bad publicity’!
    I think they could have dealt with this is a much more intelligible & diplomatic manner, like maybe invite you to come and take some proper photos in exchange for the mobile ones?!
    Your blog is much appreciated by a vast number of peeps all over the globe & I think the sheer number of returning readers speak for themselves really.
    Keep up the good work gal 🙂
    P.s. I thought you looked awesome in that catsuit & the GFW designs too!

  109. Jesica

    2009-06-02 at 4:35 PM

    As a designer I have to say that I’m totally shocked. Word of mouth endorsement is the most sincere and effective PR for a small business… that’s why blogs are so great. It’s honest, unpaid, and thousands of people look to your style. Some of them may have been future customers of this designer. That was a terribly rude way for them to handle the situation.

  110. dust

    2009-06-02 at 4:37 PM

    just the pictures, no praise!

  111. Jess Lee

    2009-06-02 at 4:37 PM

    I’ve never commented on your blog before but this post made me so mad that I had to come out of lurking to say something!
    Stylebubble, you’re a beautiful person with incredible style and an inspiration to all your readers. Any designer should be grateful that you would choose to wear their creations and give them free publicity here on your blog. I had never heard of Pam Hogg until you posted your catsuit pictures, so you were doing her a big favor. If she doesn’t want wonderful people like you wearing her creations, then I don’t want to wear them either.

  112. Shannon

    2009-06-02 at 4:40 PM

    I didn’t get to see the original post, but honestly as a blogger myself, I wouldn’t have taken the post down. Freedom of speech is all I can say. Plus you just exposed so many people to that designer and her clothes…many of which may not have known or heard about her otherwise.

  113. Iheartfashion

    2009-06-02 at 4:41 PM

    Totally ridiculous! You looked fantastic in Pam Hogg’s silly catsuit and she’s a fool to reject the free publicity your blog brings.

  114. EH

    2009-06-02 at 4:41 PM

    Pam Hogg’s PR needs to be fired.
    You are more relevant than Pam Hogg is today. Especially to the kind of people who would consider wearing her stuff now, I think susie bubble probably has more name recognition. Given that she’s trying to put forward an edgy, playful, devil-may-care attitude a pedantic and over controlling PR woman with delusions of grandeur has got to be the first one to go. Also, who thought to put the concepts ‘lycra catsuit’ and ‘controlled arena’ together?
    The kind of people who look up to Peaches Geldoff are too busy doing their GCSEs in pottery to spend £800 on a shiny leotard. Shiny leotard wearers are not going to be reading features in the sunday papers on the best elementary school in West London to send their sprogs to in order to teach them pre-school Italian. They read blogs.
    If this is a petition of sorts, I’m signing it. BOYCOTT PAM HOGG and all controlling faux-wild children who are just trying to sell us a carefully edited, elitist image.
    Please please please make sure someone at Pam Hogg sees these comments, by the way. Call it an education for them. This is how fashion publicity works now.

  115. Liberty London Girl

    2009-06-02 at 4:42 PM

    As you know I am actually a fashion editor & journalist in the real world, as well as being a blogger and a part of the blogging community. This means I can see this issue from both sides. And I cannot see any point where I could argue that Pam Hogg’s people acted in the correct fashion.
    And I’m pretty sure that they didn’t have any legal right to ask you to remove the images.
    I’m sorry Susie that you have been treated in such a disrespectful manner. Apart from my personal love of your blog, in my professional opinion Susie Bubble is pretty much the only fashion blog (along with Kingdom of Style) that I recommend. You do a fantastic job of bringing lesser known designers to an extremely wide global audience, and Pam Hogg’s people are narrow minded, myopic and, frankly, stupid, not to recognise this. LLGxx

  116. Stephu

    2009-06-02 at 4:44 PM

    I’m glad this happened, because now I know Pam Hogg & co are discourteous and utterly pretentious, and as someone else said, I would never support such a person. I have no respect for such “designers,” who in my opinion aren’t true designers because they don’t understand that fashion is an art form canvassed on a body and that all art is a free expression that can not be controlled once it’s put out.
    Anyway, I thought you looked fabulous, especially with how your hair looked, but now I can’t look at the catsuits anymore without feeling anything but repulsion. rather hilarious that pam hogg & co’s intentions have backfired!

  117. Sal

    2009-06-02 at 4:44 PM

    What a horrible, infuriating, demoralizing, frustrating, and dumbfounding experience. Susie, I’m so sorry. And to get such awful vitriol from TWO sources? Gawd. What a bunch of hosers.

  118. Paul Pincus

    2009-06-02 at 4:45 PM

    you’re gorgeous!
    just *wasp* ’em out!
    the grey areas in blogging … love that.

  119. Hebden

    2009-06-02 at 4:46 PM

    So bizarre. Like many others I happen to think that you were there first person I saw who actually looked good in one of those catsuits.
    And even if they do feel it was bad publicity (a viewpoint which I don’t agree with) surely any publicity is good when you’re trying to get people to fork over 850 pounds…in a bad economy…for a few meters of lycra that will cripple your self esteem and end up at the back of your closet in a few months once the hype dies down…

  120. Angela

    2009-06-02 at 4:47 PM

    Bad publicity?
    Methinks they got what they asked for.

  121. Laura Jane

    2009-06-02 at 4:48 PM

    So sorry you’ve had to deal with this, Susie. You are so way cooler than those Fashion Industrial Complexicated phonies; keep your chin up, girl!

  122. Margarita

    2009-06-02 at 4:50 PM

    If it weren’t for you, I would never have heard of Pam Hogg. People are ignorant. Ridiculous.
    You are fabulous darling. Never forget that.

  123. Alice

    2009-06-02 at 4:59 PM

    Ok. So i´m just a girl that reads your blog and i rally have to thank you for it! I´m brazilian, now living in Portugal and been in to fashion school and now doing costume design. And i am been inspired by you and your outfits everytime. Really. And i can really say you influence my spending on clothes and my style, in a creative and free way. And you influence my work too. So for me you do nothing but good publicity for the brands and designers you wear.
    Don´t let the simple minded people that sadly still want to rule in fashion scene let you down. And long life for your blog!

  124. Hilary Tanner

    2009-06-02 at 5:00 PM

    Hi Susie
    Really sorry to read your post about the Pam Hogg incident. I loved your photos and would have known nothing about her or the shop, if I hadn’t read your blog!
    Don’t be disheartened, your blog is enjoyed by so many (for me it’s a very welcome distraction from the horrors of job hunting & has given me a fantastic insight into an industry I dont know much about!) and I would hate what has happened to make you change anything about your posts. I also loved the images for GFW.
    Looking forward to more of your posts!

  125. Anna

    2009-06-02 at 5:02 PM

    I just have to say that I agree with the comments…You really shouldn’t feel bad, PR people should, since they really screwed up!!!
    You’re a great blogger, and seem like a great person in general, you inspire so many people to stretch their limits and add individuality to their clothes…Don’t let this incident upset you…:)

  126. Jennifer

    2009-06-02 at 5:03 PM

    idk who pam hogg is, but you are super cute!

  127. leah

    2009-06-02 at 5:04 PM

    You look beautiful in all the outfits you model!! And you can really pull it off wearing a catsuit which most people wouldn’t dare! Looked amazing!!! These comments are absurd! You do a great service to these designers by modeling their clothes and spreading their name across the globe giving them GREAT publicity!

  128. Kathryn

    2009-06-02 at 5:06 PM

    I think they’re insane for acting like this, they’d rather have Peaches Geldof wear their (horrendous) suits than you who had the *terrible* idea of injecting a bit of humour into Hogg’s pieces.
    Also those comments on the graduate fashion shoot were ridiculous. Surely you’re the ideal person to be modelling those clothes rather than some clueless clothes horse!

  129. Anon

    2009-06-02 at 5:07 PM

    Well I have to admit I didn’t see your post…but one thing is for sure, I’ll be avoiding Ms Hogg’s store. If her PR can be so scathing about you with all your elfin cuteness and gorgeousness…what must they think of us mere mortals coming in. They give us PRs a bad name, shame on them.

  130. SarahPersonae

    2009-06-02 at 5:09 PM

    The manner in which Hogg’s team asked you to remove the images was entirely uncalled for. Me thinks they need to learn a thing or two about P.R. and bad publicity…not to mention a brush up on general kindness.
    As for the Refinery 29 comments…it sounds like someone’s either jealous about your amazing opportunity or they live in a make-believe world where they think that everyone that’s photographed wearing clothing should appear to have come straight out of the center spread of Vogue… Seems to me that they’re the ones who haven’t moved past being 13… Personally, I think you look fantastic! Honestly it never ceases to amaze me how many people go out of their way to be cruel and somehow believe it’s ok because they can hide behind “anonymous” or an email address. They should channel their energies into something that’s actually productive…

  131. Anonniemuss

    2009-06-02 at 5:11 PM

    What utter control-freak lunacy for PH and her people, whoever they are, to think they can demand that her clothes only be talked about in a controlled “environment.” High-anxiety is not attractive – never was, never will be. And there is such a thing as bad PR. This is it. To be seen as a control-freak who lets their stress off the leash and who makes absurd demands of other people not to talk about her without prior approval and vetting – ugh, how pathetic.

  132. jon crowley

    2009-06-02 at 5:11 PM

    if they thought having a respected and widely read fashion blogger try on the clothing was ‘bad publicity’, they might actually be clueless enough to not realize that their reaction is probably going to be the worst publicity move they make all year.
    (i work in PR, and am absolutely baffled that someone would think that any of the treatment you described, at any stage, was the right thing to do)
    fuck ’em. you are, and you deserve, better.

  133. London Darling

    2009-06-02 at 5:13 PM

    You’re hot – they should be honoured. If they don’t see it. Good luck to them. But I love reading your stuff and I think they will be eating their words soon enough! Brush your shoulders off Susie! xoxo

  134. naboonies

    2009-06-02 at 5:14 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Susie! In this world there are only two types of people: the one appreciates good publicity and the ones that are too oblivious to notice!

  135. mothership

    2009-06-02 at 5:14 PM

    I think this was a very, very STUPID move on their part. Now this is BAD publicity for them. Dumb dumb dumb. I don’t like them anymore.

  136. Margot

    2009-06-02 at 5:21 PM

    Dear Susie,
    Well, just another comment (girl, you are popular indeed…more than 120 comments and you posted a few hours ago). There’s no need to be especially clever to know what good or bad publicity is…it seems that in Pam Hogg this is not that clear. NOW they have bad publicity…and should probably look for new PR people because, c’mon, they should have known that this was going to happen. Bravo for writing this post, Susie. By the way, I’m not a big fan of Pam Hogg jumpsuits, would never wear one, but you are crazy and avant garde enough to pull them or almost anything off…brave Bubble! Just wanted to share a little thing with you…months ago I attended a certain course and a certain and very very famous fashion school in London (located in Red Lion Square, hehehe). Well, guess what, we actually talked about you. We talked about the influence of fashion blogging and we did talk about your blog and your persona. The first day of the course, the lecturer shared a few reccomendations for future professionals in fashion…I remember clearly those Power Point projections on the wall…on of it said “Read blogs”, and a list of 5 or 6 fashion blogs to follow. Of course, yours was one of them. Blogs (well, quality blogs) have such a big impact and importance in the industry. Maybe in Pam Hogg they still don’t know that…shame on them. (Nobody talked about Pam Hogg in the course, by the way)
    What do you think is gonna happen now? Maybe they apologize and send you many jumsuits, huh? Now, THAT would be funny. I would like to know what you would do with them in case that happened.
    Keep rockin’

  137. Jane

    2009-06-02 at 5:25 PM

    I’ve been a reader of your blog for years but rarely comment but felt compelled to do so now. The sheer number of comments here (in such a short space of time) speaks volumes. Surely the folks at Pam Hogg are clutching their heads and letting out a round of d’ohs…Expect another email shortly asking you to remove this post but please stay strong because all of your readers need to be made aware of the mentality of the designer and her team.

  138. katington

    2009-06-02 at 5:27 PM

    Erg – they sound like total douche bags!
    Their idiots for getting on the wrong side of such a gorgeous and influential blogger.
    Stick it to them Susie…the catsuits look like something out of red dwarf anyway.

  139. Lornarubia

    2009-06-02 at 5:32 PM

    The amount of influence on this one reader on the things I’m willing to try out, or check out, or rabidly seek out I can’t even keep track of anymore. That Pam Hogg and her people can’t see the amount of publicity and (I’m sure) sales a mention by Susie can generate is ridiculous.

  140. sm

    2009-06-02 at 5:35 PM

    Bad publicity to have a “normal” person photographed in your catsuit? What a shame — Celebs get their stuff free, but the “normal” people spend their cash. I guess Ms Hogg wants “normal” people to shop elsewhere. Reminds me of a particular movie — “You work on commission right? Big mistake…BIG! I must go shopping now…”

  141. sophie

    2009-06-02 at 5:36 PM

    pfff sack that PR!
    can’t STAND it when magazines and PR machines try to make people believe that some jumped up daughter with too much pocket money is ‘cool’. Yuk! Much rather have fun and self expression when it comes to fashion, and so I read your posts…

  142. Kate

    2009-06-02 at 5:39 PM

    Those pictures of you were the only time I’d seen images of the catsuits and thought they actually looked any good and conveyed any sense of personality. You looked amazing – there, in the Metro and in all your posts. I’ve read your blog for a long time but have never commented before…felt it was time I showed my appreciation and admiration!

  143. Sarah

    2009-06-02 at 5:43 PM

    You are you and you are more stylish and less pretentious than any other blogger out there. Pam Hogg’s PR machine are clearly crap at what they do, as can been seen by the plethora of comments on your post. I won’t be buying anything from such an elitist bunch of knobheads.
    Fuck ’em all. It is she that will suffer as a result of this, definitely not you (aside from a few understandable bruises to your ego).
    So keep calm and carry on!

  144. thefatandskinny

    2009-06-02 at 5:52 PM

    tell pam hogg to kiss your ass they are all losers!

  145. Ohmylungs

    2009-06-02 at 5:53 PM

    That was not a smart decision on their part. Now that the information is out in the blogosphere, I wonder what will come of it?
    And anyway, that catsuit looked better on you than on the mannequin and many others.

  146. Fit For A Femme

    2009-06-02 at 5:57 PM

    What a bunch of fucking Nazi cunts!
    YOU WANTED BAD PUBLICITY, YOU SURE AS HELL GOT IT! To quote Modest Mouse (sorry) – “Who would wanna be, who would wanna be such a control freak?”
    Is cursing here OK? Sorry. It’s just that this is totally wrongful and it angers me.
    Don’t you for one second let them get you down, yo.

  147. Rachel

    2009-06-02 at 6:01 PM

    “People get so used to seeing skin and bones that what really qualifies as slim gets throw out the window.” -Kat you are so true,
    Susie you are such a beautiful girl, I’d hate for you to be upset.
    You are an inspiration to myself and so many others, and as a self-deprecating fifteen year old girl (yep, teenage girl low confidence syndrome ahoy!), I aspire to be able to react to the school bitches the way you have so gracefully/elegantly/eloquently/generally amazingly dealt with the school bitch of the fashion world, Pam Hogg (and the Kenzo shop assistant too, I suppose), by turning the other cheek.
    Keep calm and carry on indeed!
    P.S. Legally the PR guys are in the right, however their rudeness is inexcusable, I really am appalled.
    P.P.S Terrence sounds like an arse.

  148. Evelien D

    2009-06-02 at 6:03 PM

    I do think that you should’ve asked their permission before posting any pictures (even though you explicitly said you didn’t buy the suit but were only trying it on.) Nevertheless, I’m sure being featured on your blog is an honour rather than “bad publicity”. (And you are not ugly AT ALL!)

  149. Attilio

    2009-06-02 at 6:04 PM

    You are a creative wonder and frankly it never occurred to me that you weren’t the fashion model archetype. You have a unique beauty that renders comparisons to super models and celebutantes beside the point. You’re an original who is massively influential‚Äîapparently beyond the comprehension of their narrow view of the world. Obviously I don’t understand journalistic ethics or copyright law, because I would encourage you to repost the pic. Love and admire your work, Susie.

  150. Delicious Industries

    2009-06-02 at 6:05 PM

    Any publicity is good publicity and I can’t believe a designer has taken this attitude – do they not understand the influence and scale of the blogging world.
    If I was you I would go back to that store max out your credit card, buy the catsuit – repost your original post with pics of you in it at home ad then return it!

  151. Marie Denee

    2009-06-02 at 6:07 PM

    This is a damn shame! You are an inspiration to not only the fashionistas in the world, but other fashion bloggers… does this woman and her peeps not realize the ish they just stepped into? Is it that you did a better job than they were able to do in regards to their PR attempts?
    It is interesting and dumb all at the same time that one (Hogg and her peeps) are not aware of how their actions have yet caused a negative spin on their line!
    I guess they have not heard of Twitter… that is how I found your story and have already retweeted it!
    Curvy.Confident.Chic blogger out!

  152. cdp

    2009-06-02 at 6:07 PM

    I’m here through WendyB, and I’m just floored by this. How dare they? If you posted a photo of yourself in last season’s Gap, would Gap have the right to ask you to remove the photo? Maybe it’s different in the UK, but I don’t think they’d have any grounds here to prevent you from using a photo of yourself, which you took yourself, whether or not they’re happy with the way their product is represented. And BTW, Pam Hogg, I’ve never even heard of you.

  153. lisa

    2009-06-02 at 6:08 PM

    you’re cute as a button. keep up your amazing outfits and don’t let the haters keep you down. (you never do!)

  154. Alexa

    2009-06-02 at 6:13 PM

    The only way in which this is “bad publicity” for Pam Hogg is that this incident makes them look like totally boring fashion-cliched commercialised wankers (pardon my language). I thought Pam Hogg was supposed to be some cool progressive punkish brand? They have taken the fun out of it and it makes me lose my faith in fashion. I’m boycotting.

  155. Alicia

    2009-06-02 at 6:15 PM

    Susie, you have way more cache with the lot of us than Pam Hogg and some smeghead at Refinery 29 ever will. What they said to you was uncalled for given your talent for blogging and the impact you have had on the industry as a blogger.
    Hold your head, Sus. You are better than this.

  156. fhen

    2009-06-02 at 6:16 PM

    uh oh, the pam hogg people are just too sad. they dont understand too much about blog.bad publicity? definitely no!
    and you look great in the graduating pictures. i’ve seen nasty comments on the refinery 29. mygod shame on the haters!
    kfor me your style is always inspiring
    little miss fhenny

  157. raq

    2009-06-02 at 6:16 PM

    how more silly can they get! do they not see how much quality publicity they get when you mention them? that even seemingly ‘far-fetched’ fashion CAN be brought to the masses for all to appreciate and enjoy? frankly, they should be so freaking honoured. thumbs down down down to them. but don’t get dampened by these pricks, susie, the rest of the world needs you!

  158. Cindy

    2009-06-02 at 6:18 PM

    Pam Hogg, i don’t know who you are but from what i’ve read today you and your label stink and i’ll never wear or buy your clothes. You are everything that is wrong with the fashion world.

  159. Meream

    2009-06-02 at 6:19 PM

    But you are one of the top fashion bloggers in the world today! ANything worn by you is good publicity.
    Sorry about this Susie. Have an ice cream with the boyfriend and forget them.

  160. dee

    2009-06-02 at 6:20 PM

    firstly – fuck pam hogg. oink oink.
    secondly – christ, you’d think her ‘people’ would be a BIT more clever about this. from the moment i started reading this post i could imagine all the outraged comments that were about to follow. how out of touch are they, exactly?
    thirdly – don’t let the internet get you down! you should never respond to trolls who make negative comments on refinery 29 or anywhere else on the internet for that matter. i’m sure you’ve come across a fair share of negativity online, it’s nothing new – it happens to everyone! i’d like to see that dick ‘prancing around’ in clothes he loves and having the balls to blog about it and open himself to potentially nasty comments from people who get off on being douchebags.
    fourthly – i think you’re great! just keep on keeping on 🙂

  161. M

    2009-06-02 at 6:22 PM

    I’m sorry to read this, the pictures were fun and you looked fine in the catsuits which I think even skinny model types do not wear outside of photo shorts, if anything those pictures showed that her catsuits are not completely unwearable if you are something other than size 00 which one would think is good for her sales ¿does she really sells anything? I mean design wise they are really cool playing the superhero fantasy in the child in us all but not really something you’d wear for a night about town at all.
    And about the GW metro pics you were AMAZING!
    It’s sad how some people project their stupid stereotypes on others…

  162. luxirare

    2009-06-02 at 6:22 PM

    SO weird. Looking at you wearing that suit made me actually want to drop 1000+ dollars on it…and now…not so much. Oh well. Everyone’s already commented and I agree with the general attitude towards your post. Internet marketing will only become more influential and necessary to a brand.

  163. elcena

    2009-06-02 at 6:26 PM

    wouldn’t it be fun, instead of boycotting the painted hogg, to instead buy her entire inventory and hand catsuits to random passers-by on the sole condition that they wear them only for such activities as doing laundry, grocery shopping, and picking the kids up from school… let’s drag these ‘garments’ to the low reaches of banality that their ‘designer’ is striving so hard (and so unsuccessfully) to avoid. i’m sorry, was that negative of me?
    i’d also like to add my ‘hear hear’ to all the commenters before me. a big hooray for susie and all that she stands (writes?) for!

  164. pearl

    2009-06-02 at 6:27 PM

    A lot of people have said what I wanted to say, but still I’m terribly sorry to hear that! The photos were brilliant, and Pam Hogg et al were just a bit too roasted under the sun hence not able to think properly.
    Also, you should ignore the things that Terrance fellow said, because you are who you are, and we love you for that

  165. Cecile

    2009-06-02 at 6:32 PM

    This is mean and so wrong.
    Whetever you look with the catsuit (I think you look sooo much better than Peaches)how your photos translate into bad publicity?
    I think that Pam Hogg doesn’t know how influential are right now the fashion bloggers like you, shame on her because there are some many brilliant designers “using” the bloggers in a good way, look what happend with Tavi & Rodarte.
    Anyway, shame on Pam Hogg who can’t see what she is missing and the REALLY BAD PUBLICITY that is this for her.

  166. Nina

    2009-06-02 at 6:41 PM

    If they don’t want people to see the catsuits that’s the way to do it. Don’t let this get to you, it’s a mistake that’s more than a little obvious. The people who read this site are clearly Pam Hogg’s target market.

  167. WendyB

    2009-06-02 at 6:53 PM

    Peeking back in to add – Elcena’s comment is genius. Love that.

  168. alison

    2009-06-02 at 6:55 PM

    i’m sorry to hear about that…you have a great following, and i suppose that with the masses of followers, there will always be one negative that can temporarily overshadow things.
    keep up the good work, doing what you have been doing!

  169. Emma

    2009-06-02 at 6:59 PM

    This made me sick to my stomach. I dont understand when fashion became about models who look sickly, designers selecting who can wear their creations, etc. Fashion is a type of art- it above and below no one! It is to be enjoyed by all, and in turn, inspire all.
    Personally, I think Pam Hogg and her whole organization is narrow minded, unaware, ingnorant and in very very bad taste. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  170. juju

    2009-06-02 at 7:00 PM

    Thats discrimination that is!
    Bad Publicity? Its ultimately beneficial to the freakin company, promoting their product! I mean personaly ive never heard of pam hogg until your blog and thought it was quite interesting design wise! but with an attitude like that! its just not worth it. oh an by the way you looked fag in that cat suit! screw them all! you always look fab!

  171. anonymous

    2009-06-02 at 7:09 PM

    WTF! All I can think is that this is the controlling weight of Mandi Lennard being hurled about. For those who don’t know, Mandi is the so-called cooler-than-thou PR for the likes of Gareth Pugh, Pam Hogg and, er Henry Holland. Ok, I understand if they wanted the pics taken down (Susie did say something uncomplimentary about the prices of the catsuits) but have they not heard of diplomacy? What a crappy way to treat someone who has arguable given Pam Hogg more publicity than Vogue, Grazia and i-D put together. AND, why let her take photos in the shop if they’re going to then be picky about where they end up?

  172. SOS!

    2009-06-02 at 7:16 PM

    what the fuck?
    I loved the post. In fact if it wasn’t for that post, I wouldn’t have seen how the jumpsuits looked in “normal” photos and how the fitted. It’s a shame what has happened, and to be frank.. it’s their loss. I wouldn’t have even known about the pop up store if it weren’t for you!
    As for the 2 refinery 29 fuckers… we got your back. Just shout our name, and we’ll be going at them with killer heels, platform, and a sack of pennies.
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  173. Jordan

    2009-06-02 at 7:17 PM

    ugh so cruel!! my thought on the Pam Hogg post was “she thought she needed to lose a few to try those on? she looks great!” and the whole fashiony look thing…most of the guys i know are perplexed by my obsession for fashion because they think it includes a desire to look like a wire hanger…and they find that incredibly unattractive. keep the curves and the toast!

  174. Cee

    2009-06-02 at 7:23 PM

    By taking this course of action, Pam Hogg has just assured that she’ll never see a dime of my money.
    Keep on rockin’, Susie. You’re gorgeous.

  175. Rachel

    2009-06-02 at 7:26 PM

    your beautiful. and refreshing.

  176. Damien

    2009-06-02 at 7:37 PM

    This blog is hot as shit. Pam Hog needs to get into Power Rangers or she’ll be out of fashion in not time, whatsoever.

  177. Amanda Lou

    2009-06-02 at 7:38 PM

    That’s funny because I actually thought that you looked way better in the “jumpsuit forbidden shot” and in Metro than any model would have. The photos were fresh and “d√©cal√©es” (in french fashion idiome, that’s positive 🙂 ), I just loved it.
    Anyway, keep playing and creating new silhouettes!

  178. mami

    2009-06-02 at 7:39 PM

    you looked amazing in the metro article. it was like opening the paper on your way to work and seeing a long-time friend. i was so proud!
    and for pam hogg, she (or at least her pr) can sod off.

  179. lisa

    2009-06-02 at 7:43 PM

    This is absurd. I read your blog daily and I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Peaches whatshername, so it’s thanks to you and how great you looked in that catsuit that I even heard about Pam Hogg in the first place!

  180. joy

    2009-06-02 at 7:50 PM

    Hey susie. Loved your photos in those outfits. Sucks bad about the snobbery, but maybe its the industry. You’re definitely a breath of fresh air, and thankfully the new batch of young and talented designers know. Thats why you’re highly sought after for modeling for them. Pls don’t let the mean comments discourage you from modeling their clothes.

  181. modejunkie

    2009-06-02 at 7:51 PM

    if not for that post, i will never know who pam hogg is. that post made me google the name, search ebay even. shame on her and her pr people.

  182. LXS

    2009-06-02 at 7:51 PM

    Bad publicity?
    You are probably the most influential and individual fashion blogger out there. You wore that jump suit far better than peaches geldof, you made it look fun, whereas anything on Peaches geldof just looks so contrived.
    I love your figure. You’re not a bag of bones. You’re a REAL WOMAN. It really angers me when people seem to think that fashion is only for those who starve themselves. I love food too much to give it up for fashion!

  183. K-Line

    2009-06-02 at 7:52 PM

    I CANNOT believe this foolishness. You looked fantastic in that cat suit. The photos were adorable. Ms. Hogg really missed the boat on this one.

  184. The Fashion Assistant

    2009-06-02 at 7:53 PM

    What a shame the photos didn’t look harmful, they’re just jealous of your success. I’ll make sure my stylist boss won’t borrow their samples…hehe

  185. hazel

    2009-06-02 at 7:55 PM

    oh susie.
    it baffles me to think that someone would call you unfit to wear a certain outfit (or catsuit). what makes me even more uneasy is that you too in fact feel that some clothes can’t be worn by you.
    please don’t feel that way. do you know how many designers would die knowing that you wore their clothes on this blog, which you seem to think isn’t as amazing and inspiring as it truly is?
    your blog. it’s you. bad publicity what the hell is that? post what you want, when you want. and trust me i bet that Kenzo bracelet (if it had feelings) is crying to be on your wrist right now

  186. May

    2009-06-02 at 8:12 PM

    I don’t really have anything new to add that hasn’t already been said, but I think its important to show our support in numbers.
    I am Chinese American and I find it refreshing to see fashion from your point of view. I am troubled to think that their judgment of whether or not your photos were good/bad publicity was tinged with racism.
    I thought you looked quite lovely in the graduate pieces shoot. You’ve really gotten more and more open and comfortable in front of the camera, and it shows.

  187. Miwome

    2009-06-02 at 8:15 PM

    Good lord. I thought you looked, to put it delicately, bangin’ in the catsuit, and fabulously interesting in all the graduates’ pieces.

  188. Erzhena

    2009-06-02 at 8:16 PM

    like someone commented here I’ve never heard of her before..
    Her catsuits are nothing special. It was you who make them look cool..
    Her PR people do not understand what a good publicity it was for her internationally (I am sure that your blog is read by so many different people in countries they never heard about and yes, probably we’ll never buy her clothes, but I thought the brand awareness is an important thing) and what a bad publicity it is now..
    Susie, you are inspiring people not to act like little girls..
    Thank you!

  189. Natalie

    2009-06-02 at 8:23 PM

    Cheer up Charlie – people go crazy for your blog because of YOU. Taking the photos down should be your way of expressing that you don’t choose to publicize a brand that promotes said fashion cliches.
    (It’s too bad that they did look really cute on you.)

  190. Ruby@planet-mu.com

    2009-06-02 at 8:27 PM

    Hundreds of comments, of course. Rightly so. The Hogg marketing team underestimate the value of you and your blog. You have already given them more free publicity than they deserve. Your post was honest fun. How they have responded turned it in to bad publicity. Among your legions of readers, someone who matches their ‘ideal customer’ criteria will have read that post and decided to check the catsuits out. That aside, you’re a gorgeous girl Susie, with a physique to match. I think Pam Hogg will have turned off many potential customers with this stunt. Including me.

  191. Pearl

    2009-06-02 at 8:33 PM

    I’ve never heard of Pam Hogg, but I’ve heard of you. Maybe Miss Thang needs to get off her High Hogg and realize it’s just more stretchy, shiny throwback crap, seen a million times over since the glam era, and never done as well (yeah, I Googled her catsuits, ha!).

  192. Anonymous

    2009-06-02 at 8:33 PM

    I feel like you are much more respected in the fashion world & internet style/blog-obsessed society we live in than the likes of Peaches Geldof etc. You are also making a living doing what you love as compared to someone like her who just gets whatever she wants becase she has money. She never had to lift a finger in her life to get to where she is & people know that. They recognize you for all that you do & it’s very encouraging to so many people. We all admire & look up to you because you’re living your dreams & you worked hard to get there. You also have such your own style, it’s inspiring to everyone. I guess it’s hard to imagine that you would be insecure to someone like me who is nowhere near where I want to be in my life so far. You’re doing so much more than I could ever hope to achieve. Just know you’re always inspiring everyone around you!

  193. Maja

    2009-06-02 at 8:34 PM

    Team Susie all the way! I dig your blog, because you’re not a 5’11 twig of a giraffe, but still look absolutely amazing in stuff I would never dare to wear. Deemed unworthy? Please, she should have been thrilled about your post. What a snob.

  194. Vicki Day

    2009-06-02 at 8:34 PM

    Honey it was an inspired blog and don‚Äôt let this get you down …….. shame on her and her PR.

  195. LucyLu

    2009-06-02 at 8:35 PM

    I have only been reading your blog for the last few months, and have never commented before, but I think this is the right occasion to start. I am shocked that Pam Hoggs PR see this as bad publicity, and I would like to ask them how they came to that conclusion. I am another who would have never heard of her if it wasn’t for you, and now I know I never want to hear of her again unless she is aplogising to you!
    And as for the other thing, I think you are stunning and people must just be jealous of you!
    Your blog is clearly so influential to so many people and if I was a designer I would see it as an privilege to feature in such a widely read blog!
    Keep it up, and I hope you get a well deserved apology =]

  196. benna harry

    2009-06-02 at 8:35 PM

    Fuck Pam Hogg, she’s about 108 years old !! And she believes her own hype how sad! And even sadder she has no sense of humour. I loved your power rangers thing! god you’ve got to have a sense of humour in fashion. You looked great in that catsuit!!!!!
    carry on doing your thing Susie Bubble
    Benna xxxx (Benna.co.uk)

  197. Camilla

    2009-06-02 at 8:37 PM

    Pam Hogg hasn’t done herself any favours with this one, has she? Now she’s widely known as someone with a bad attitude, a poor understanding of press, blogging and its reach.
    And your terrific blog has got itself another reader.

  198. Laura Stephens

    2009-06-02 at 8:46 PM

    Good Lord!!
    What a load of bollocks!
    Obviously what Terence/ Kim/ Pam Hogg’s people have said is only a sign that they have their own insecurities and is nonsence, as justified by the enormous ratio of conter-comments. And what right do they have to lower another persons self esteem?!!!
    It’s a shame that their comments had to inspire so many responses because they weren’t even worth acknowledging, although I’m being hypacritical here by allowing my own passion to drive me to this preachy post!
    Anyway, I look forward to seeing you at GFW, supporting young talent as you always do.

  199. orange18

    2009-06-02 at 8:47 PM

    Up to 10,000 people view your blog everday and that is classed as ‘bad publicity’? What a joke. Everyone is sick of seeing people like Pixie and Peaches. Why would we want to see her in a catsuit that only showed off her camal toe!! Urgh gross.
    You looked great in that outfit. everyone admires your style and values your opinion.
    I’m shocked and disappointed that these PR companies can’t understand the concept of new media and it’s dramatic affect.
    B xx

  200. PinkBow

    2009-06-02 at 8:50 PM

    ah i feel for you, i would feel completely like a naughty schoolgirl who has just been chastised. the pics didn’t look to me like they would do the brand any damage & what about freedom of speech?

  201. Jen

    2009-06-02 at 8:51 PM

    I’m sure I’m repeating words that have already been said by the 197 commenters above me, but you looked ace in that catsuit.
    I read an article about the shop opening in some mag or paper and personally thought they looked tacky and cheap and definitely not worth their price tag, and especially not on poster-child Peaches Geldof. You, on the other hand, managed to look awesome in one and made them almost wearable!
    I hope this episode comes round to bite them on their (silver tin-foiled) asses!

  202. Sasha K.

    2009-06-02 at 8:52 PM

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog (I got hear via Racked), but I have to say, you looked awesome in that catsuit. The catsuit however… one of the most ridiculous pieces of clothing – no costume – I’ve seen in a while. I could swear she ripped that thing off from the Power Rangers.

  203. AK

    2009-06-02 at 8:52 PM

    If I had the cash I would buy up all her cat suits and give them to the homeless all over the world.

  204. lilly

    2009-06-02 at 8:54 PM

    who the fuck is pam hogg!seriously?WTF!dont let the bastards get u down!the so fuckin awesome pam hogg should be proud 2 be presented by you:)you look amazing!ok?!xoxo from germany:)

  205. laura stephens

    2009-06-02 at 8:56 PM

    And… i loved the impromtu shots of messing around in the Hogg clothes, whatever the publicity implications it was a joy to see someone beautifully showing no inhibitions on a fashion blog!

  206. Krystal S.

    2009-06-02 at 8:58 PM

    oh my god, this is why i hate fashion sometimes, dont worry at all, you are perfect, and they obviously are the ones with the problem here. xo

  207. sofie

    2009-06-02 at 9:05 PM

    great post, you handled this very well.
    If their emails put you in the 13yo position, your post definitely put them below zero – in a very professional way 😉

  208. May

    2009-06-02 at 9:13 PM

    frankly if you hadn’t made that post i would have no idea what the hell pam hogg is.
    they really need to get off their high horses and chill for a second because i bet their saggy asses would never even look half as good in a catsuit as you do!

  209. Sister Wolf

    2009-06-02 at 9:13 PM

    What a stupid, grandiose old cunt she is. She’ll be sorry. I see an apology coming.
    p.s. Maybe she’s jealous that’s she’s a horrible old crone and you are a fresh-faced young woman?

  210. Ev1ta

    2009-06-02 at 9:29 PM

    Susie! You are the BEST publicity for anyone! You made her a favour! She is a ‘gilipollas’! Jerk!

  211. Katie

    2009-06-02 at 9:30 PM

    What asses! You looked great. They complained about bad publicity, show them bad publicity.

  212. Opal

    2009-06-02 at 9:33 PM

    eurgh this is the one of the disgusting examples of why the fashion industry has such a bad name in many people’s eyes!! Hogg’s people were so out of order. Sickening behaviour!
    You are the perfect person to be wearing one of their catsuits as your style inspires hundreds of others every day!
    Dont let the bastards grind you down!

  213. Kim

    2009-06-02 at 9:40 PM

    Don’t know about you Susie, but I loved the original post – to the point of starring it as one of my favourite entries in Google Reader – I admired the sheer joy and glee clearly shown within the pics. I also thought you looked great and pulled off the catsuit with aplomb.
    One more thing – Google Reader has cached the entry so I can still bring it up to enjoy, which is bloody awesome. Take that Pam Hogg!

  214. Imelda Matt

    2009-06-02 at 9:44 PM

    Taking off my taser heels for a second and talking as someone who runs a PR company – Asking you to take down your post (for whatever the reason may be) is censorship. It also highlights that Pam Hoggs PR company has failed to understand the influence of your blog. I remember the photographs and despite being taken on a phone, I thought they were in keeping with the spirit of the brand.
    True, you may have crossed a (moving) line by not asking permission to photograph the suits, but it grand scheme (hello 10 000 plus readers) it was a small and forgivable school boy error.
    Under normal circumstances I would suggest to a client that it’s time for ‘crisis management PR’, but because this happened on line the damage has been done. Like your crow headband post this now becomes another ‘memorable Bubble moment’…but sadly (for Hogg and her jumpsuits), it’s all the wrong reasons.

  215. p

    2009-06-02 at 9:45 PM

    susie… i can honestly say you have one of the most creative, intellectually-driven and inspiring fashion/style blogs out in the cybersphere. you have a beauty that most bloggers and celebrities don’t: and that lies not only in your physical beauty (bc girl, you are hot!) but in your insight, cleverness and tenacity.
    don’t let a bunch of snotty, starved PR bitches get you down. you looked AMAZING in those metro photos… i was stunned. i can’t believe pam hogg for the way she has reacted. karma is a bitch and this bad publicity will come bite her in the butt.

  216. Nikki

    2009-06-02 at 9:45 PM

    I thought part of the idea about punk is anti-authority. So it’s pretty ironic with their policy.
    Am liking your blog, hope you’ll feel better soon. 🙂

  217. Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

    2009-06-02 at 9:48 PM

    Susie. Anyone who calls you unattractive is letting her jealousy hang out (over the top of her pants, quite often). Remember that there are also people who heartily believe that Scarlett Johansson is hideous.
    Smile and walk on. You’ve got the looks, the talent and the style. What do they have besides their gracelessness?

  218. Wart Hog

    2009-06-02 at 9:50 PM

    If Pam Hogg wants to be taken seriously as a fashion designer again – after years in the wilderness – then she’s going about it the wrong way. Hogg doll, big mistake. Big. Huge.

  219. Luce

    2009-06-02 at 9:57 PM

    HA! Shame on Pam Hogg, thats fer sure.
    Before you posted those hilarious pictures of you guys prancing in the shop, i hadn’t given much thought to spandex leotards. But was surprisingly swayed by the enthusiasm you had for wearing one.
    Now, however, I can’t think of anything worse than supporting a designer who belittles someone as talented as you, and someone who is unwilling to see past fashion cliches.
    Pam Hogg is totally BRINGING THE PARTY DOWN! what a loser.

  220. ivan

    2009-06-02 at 10:04 PM

    Pam hogg people should not say that to you!! I think your post does help them in some way. Goodness me…. I do not even think that Pam Hogg are well known by most fashion lovers yet.Therefore, your post does intro them to new future clients.Whatever, I am not into those GRRR >_< jumpsuit any way!!!screw them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will fire that PR personnel If I were in charge. love Ivan-YUCHI

  221. Hannah Buswell

    2009-06-02 at 10:06 PM

    this has actually made me feel ashamed to be part of the “fashion group” and scared that i’m about to graduate as a designer. i think you’re beautiful by the way and will defo be stopping my to say hey at gfw! xx

  222. my catsuit hell

    2009-06-02 at 10:07 PM

    Hogg doll, you’ll never burst Susie’s bubble!

  223. Ashley

    2009-06-02 at 10:09 PM

    I am so sorry that they made you feel like that. No one deserves that, no matter what unspoken rules they supposedly broke. *Hugs* to you and I hope that you can forget about this incident and Pam Hogg soon!

  224. summer

    2009-06-02 at 10:14 PM

    fashion is full of craptastic, insecure people. you, thankfully, are not one of them. love your style!

  225. St Ava

    2009-06-02 at 10:14 PM

    Oh dear. Pam Hogg, acting like a dick. Again.
    When will the woman take her head out of her sweaty arse…

  226. Irina

    2009-06-02 at 10:19 PM

    boycott Pam Hogg!

  227. Leelaa

    2009-06-02 at 10:20 PM

    Can’t believe this, obviously Pam Hogg’s “people” are completely out of touch with what publicity is and do not realise the importance of bloggers today and the fact that many people look to them for inspiration and fashion info. Plus, do they not realise that asking you to take them down and your readers now knowing this equates to very bad publicity! As someone who wants to work in fashion communication this annoys me. Also the fact that they appear to be saying that fashion is only for a certain type of person is ridiculous, to me it takes away what fashion is all about to say such a thing.

  228. moi

    2009-06-02 at 10:30 PM

    I posted on that section you did on Pam Hogg, exclaiming the fact it was a load of pretentious shite & represented everything negative surrounding LDN fashion. This has just further compounded that fact…I was personally surprised you even wanted to affiliate yourself with the whole charade to be honest. As for the legalities, tell them to go fuck themselves, they have zero grounds to ask anyone to do anything (especially on the bloody internet with a blog utilising phone images). If anyone from Pam Hogg is reading, gain some fucking perspective, or better yet, fuck off? cheers. I think Dazed should Boycott Pam Hogg, better yet, the entire press association. Lets see how far they go then…Pam Hogg in-house-pr, conducted by a delinquent! As for the refinery, it’s American fashion, say no more.

  229. ezzer

    2009-06-02 at 10:30 PM

    I thought you looked fab in the suit, really & truly a great you looked good & you were a fab advert for how they could look good on a real person.
    I get why you posted your sadness, it is a your blog. Dont let this minor incident become anything more than a temporary sadness, if even that! Keep posting, keep being Ms Bubble

  230. Alice

    2009-06-02 at 10:31 PM

    I’m a big fan of yours Susie. It’s a little worrying for the majority of people if you’re considered overweight.
    Keep doing exactly what you’re doing and I’ll continue to enjoy reading it, taking inspiration and having a little giggle from time to time.

  231. Julia Smith

    2009-06-02 at 10:32 PM

    This is makes no sense whatsoever, because on the ‘madame says’ blog, here: http://www.madamesays.com/?p=844 there are also some pictures looking very spontaneous, unposed and au naturel.
    I would have thought the nature of a temporary POP UP store, as opposed to a mega-Pam-Hogg franchise on every high street in the land, was such that they would be looking for blogger support, but that just shows what I know.
    Oh well, leave them to the Geldof sisters, they deserve each other. Just carry on being fabulous and worry not about what you can’t change, namely stupid other people and their stupid brains!

  232. Lu

    2009-06-02 at 10:34 PM

    Susie – you have a marvellous blog, that is inspiring, thoughtful and well-written. Most importantly you are widely read by many people. I came across you because I kept reading about you in articles relating to the best fashion blogs and one in particular about the rise in the importance of the fashion blogger. I think this unfortunate and hurtful situation has arisen from the PR people involved not understanding or comprehending the role of the blog and the internet in fashion journalism today. It’s easy for me to say but I would try to not take it too personally and would rather put it down to an anachronistic and fuddy-duddy PR department.

  233. janavi

    2009-06-02 at 10:36 PM

    These Pam Hogg people really need to get over themselves!! I think her stuff is pretty ugly as it is- and have they forgotten that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Will she even still be in business a year from now, or even 6 months. And you are certainly thin & look adorable in all the outfits you wear.

  234. deka

    2009-06-02 at 10:38 PM

    do you really have to ask permission?
    you are allowed to give your opinion, positive or negative, on anything you want. i blog about fashion too, but wouldnt ask permission to take pictures of myself in clothes. i dont know what to say to help you feel better, but i hope you dont dwell too long 🙂

  235. ashley

    2009-06-02 at 10:39 PM

    awww susie I nearly teared up when I read this.
    I love you and your blog, I thought you looked really cute, don’t let them get you down <3

  236. jennine

    2009-06-02 at 10:41 PM

    oh my, i’m late on the game on this…
    but i’m wondering what they can actually do to you if you don’t take them down? i would ask a lawyer friend about that, because as far as i know it’s not illegal to publish pictures of yourself in clothes you don’t own as long as you were allowed to try them on, and you were allowed to take photos in the shop, and even if you weren’t allowed to take photos in the shop, journalists take undercover photos anyway.
    i’d put the post back out of spite.
    and susie, don’t feel bad, she’s just ignorant, and obviously hasn’t read a newspaper/watched the news/read a magazine in the last six months/year. they still have those, last time i checked.

  237. jennifer

    2009-06-02 at 10:42 PM

    I have nothing new to add, only that I’m sorry that you were made belittled and made to feel like that. I hope that this doesn’t get to you too much.

  238. The Style PA

    2009-06-02 at 10:43 PM

    If I were a designer I would rather you were papped in my clothes than anyone named ‘Geldof’. That is all.

  239. fatima

    2009-06-02 at 10:43 PM

    never really commented having reading you for ages but i had to let you know that i think. your amazing. your blog inspires me so much. I love everything that you wear. you can make anything look good.
    i agree wth everything everyone has said. so many people love you and your style keep up the good work. stay strong and ignore all the haters

  240. Meagan

    2009-06-02 at 10:46 PM

    I’m way down on the comment list!
    Just wanted to tell you you’re adorable! You add personality to that suit and I like to see someone relatable wearing awesome clothes rather than princesses, if you know what I mean. 😉
    Well anyways I love you! And don’t feel too bad about it!
    You could always model for milanoo.com, the clothes kinda look the same and I’m sure they’d love you! 😀
    haha work it!

  241. smileyculture

    2009-06-02 at 11:00 PM

    i think its all rather mean and hurtful, and well unnessacery.
    your ace.
    and beautiful.
    i would be honoured if you even considered wearing my clothes.

  242. charlotteaofh

    2009-06-02 at 11:01 PM

    What?? I mean seriously, what!?! I am shocked by how badly Hogg & Co. have misconstrued how modern fashion works. Those of us who are genuinely interested in fashion aren’t taking tips from B-list celebrities on gossip pages, we are on the internet reading the best of the blogs. I think she has seriously underestimated the power and influence of bloggers, particularly the big guns like you. Clearly her business acumen, as well as her designs, are stuck in the 80s. She has just alienated tens of thousands of potential customers and fashion enthusiasts, shooting herself in the foot much?
    In Love magazine and other ‘controlled’ fashion environments i found her catsuits cheap and gimmicky and it was only after seeing them on you (shock, real person!) that i thought they might be workable and have some charm. Now however, there is no way i will ever be parting with my money to support Hogg and i can only hope that a mass blogger boycott results from her unpleasantness. I don’t understand how some stores and brands still think they are superior to their customers – do they not get the concept of consumer sovereignty?? If they look at me, an ordinary person, like something they have scraped off the bottom of their shoe i won’t feel humbled and in awe, i will simply feel angry and refuse to spend my money there…
    Anyway, i could go on, suffice to say you looked fab in the catsuit and you clearly have a legion of loyal supporters! xx

  243. Leilani E.

    2009-06-02 at 11:12 PM

    Obviously someone at Pam Hogg has no idea how the internet is used for marketing. This just made them look absurd – you’ve such a high profile as a blogger that your wearing the catsuits should have been an excellent bit of press.
    For them to assume anything else suggests a deep disconnect with the modern world and any idea of how the internet works. They’re shooting themselves in the foot by thinking that all PR should be controlled internally, while the internet provides an amazing venue for ‘word of mouth’, free, blog-based buzz!
    Of course there’s a certain amount of risk involved when they’re unfamiliar with the audience, but that’s true of every advertising campaign. For example, look at the NY Calvin Klein billboard that’s being called pornographic! How is that better PR?
    Plus, your post proved that non-rail-thin people with a passion for good clothes can look GREAT in them. You looked beautiful in that suit, because you obviously loved it. Clearly they’d rather project an image of unnatainability and absurd aestheticism instead of a passion for what they make.

  244. sg

    2009-06-02 at 11:13 PM

    They are idiots. isnt her whole brand supposed to be based on a punk/ rock and roll aesthetic (especially using souixie souix)? Good PR work. really well done.
    by the way if you are ‘not slight’ then peaches is a beached whale!

  245. mo

    2009-06-02 at 11:18 PM

    oh darling, that was such a terrible thing to read. ur fashion sense is inspiring.

  246. Pamela

    2009-06-02 at 11:25 PM

    I put you as a style inspiration and general cool person on a questionnaire i had to fill in at an interview, i hope this doesn’t freak you out in someway. it’s supposed to be a compliment, i just think that the popularity of this blog would go to alot of peoples heads and yet you seem to be a really grounded and lovely. As I said, for want of a better word, your really cool! Pam Hogg has made quite the mistake saying such things to you, bet they didn’t realise you had such fans. I imagine they’re a little scared at the moment.

  247. MyLastBite

    2009-06-02 at 11:28 PM

    You were the loveliest part of the photo! Shame on them.

  248. Bee

    2009-06-02 at 11:29 PM

    Hi Susie, I’ve been reading your blog since the days when you stood in front of a mirror to took photos with your face obscured – I’ve never felt like posting until now.
    In my opinion, when people protect something very tightly, sometimes it’s because designs/ideas might not flow very easily for them, so they’re afraid of losing control of the ones they do have.
    You make fashion exciting for me, and make me question my own tastes (and not just in things I wear). You inspire us. Don’t let this get you down.

  249. selina

    2009-06-02 at 11:29 PM

    after clicking this post and reading the first paragraph my stomach automatically sunk too, i want to give you a hug so bad, i can’t believe this! the main thing is that the PR people can be so wrong, it seems like i’m not by myself when as soon as i hear ‘pam hogg’ i will immediately recall this and totally unfavour the whole brand, looks like awful quick thinking of a publicist who doesn’t know a thing about blogs and especially the power and dedication to your blog. i can’t see how it would be even neutral publicity, anything but it being calling it publicity is insane! i thought you totally channeled what the catsuits were about, really how many people are going to be buying these suits? they need some fun and daring about them, someone to wear then who’s willing to go out there and push boundaries and grab attention, all the things you did! i don’t think you should put this down to any of your own attributes, maybe it was because the post was in jest and the poses were funny? almost poking fun at the suits, maybe they don’t like that? you should have left it up!! there is nothing wrong about how you look, infact there are so many things right!! look at all the fashion bloggers around you, a great example of the REAL women who are the ones actually buying these products and wearing them, none have any type of steriotypical look. you don’t push any boundaries for anyone to say you don’t look ‘right’ in anything, i hope all these comments drill that in than one persky email from some idiot pr drone will. we love you susie don’t listen to them!!

  250. Winnie

    2009-06-02 at 11:41 PM

    Oh Susie. I’m sad to hear that you were so upset about this whole situation. I would be too. It makes me quite mad to think that I, like many other bloggers only heard of Pam Hogg from you. You’ve given her fantastic coverage here…and all for free too! Ok, they don’t owe you anything but yes, I can definitely see why it hurts.
    Surely the targeted wearer is fun and one that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. I mean they’re catsuits! I really loved your photos because you were having fun which made me even more intrigued about Hogg’s catsuits!
    I definitely think that Hogg’s team take themselves far too seriously. With Peaches Geldof in so many magazines (in all the ‘What’s NOT’ sections, I thought I might add) It seemed that for them, any publicity was good publicity…but obviously following their request for you to take down that post…Hogg’s team draw a very thin and shakey line when it comes to publicity. What a shame.
    Chin up, Susie. We all think you’re fabulous.

  251. Beany

    2009-06-02 at 11:44 PM

    Those catsuits are ridiculous, and in all the photos I have seen of them, the only person who looked good in one was you, the fact you were having fun, joking around with your friend in one made them slightly (read very slightly) appealing, the numerous photos of vacuous ‘celebs’ and hangers on I have seen made me loathe them with a passion, your photos brought a smile to my face. I hope anyone thinking of buying one, has a serious rethink…. I for one wont EVER be lining the pockets of such a spoil sport.

  252. enc

    2009-06-02 at 11:51 PM

    Frankly, I am blown away that Hogg didn’t see this as a huge publicity opportunity for herself‚Äîon the positive side.
    Clearly Hogg isn’t clued into the blogging community, or the power you hold therein. Hogg really missed the fact that you hold sway with hundreds and hundreds of readers, followers, fans, lurkers and voyeurs.
    Hogg should have sent you a catsuit, gratis, along with other pieces, which you might have happily worn, photo’ed, and touted.
    Hogg made a rookie mistake.
    I’m sorry, Susie. You really didn’t have that coming.

  253. Chic Looks

    2009-06-03 at 12:04 AM

    I get picked on lot and lots of times, ive somewhat become immune to mean remarks from ugly to skinny, short, small eyes, messy hair, the whole lot and what my mum always say when im literally pouring my eyes out is that People pick on you because you are amazing and they feel threatend and insecured by you, so just ignore them, I think you are absoltely stunning and lovely and if these silly idle people cant see that then they need a whole lot of help, even specsavers cant help them see that.
    Besides you cant please everyone.
    And the whole bad publicity for pamm hogg thing, well all i can say is blahhhh!!

  254. dinosaurpop

    2009-06-03 at 12:08 AM

    what?! how can (i assume) thousands of international webpage hits be bad publicity? especially for a designer i hadn’t even heard of before the said post?! PH definately needs new PR people. i agree with the above post regarding their naive shortsightedness!!!
    and i thought the metro article was amazing and you looked perfect in the eccentric pieces from gfw.
    ahhh, i’ve probably just repeated the above comments but i feel strangely ashamed of the people behind all this silliness so had to comment despite boring repetition!haaah.
    hope you are enjoying the sun!

  255. Emily Rose

    2009-06-03 at 12:19 AM

    AH! this is all so insane! I can’t believe the two incidents you describe–
    first, not being allowed to post a picture of you in the clothing because you had not purchased it, been lent it, or were not in a shoot? Sounds like an ad hoc reason for her people to give you… I’m sorry you had to deal with such ridiculous PR problems.
    second, they SHOULD want you wearing the clothes. If they thought about it, they would realize that people into fashion are NOT into lady Gaga or whatever other celebrity of the moment is ripping off street style– you, and many other creative and talented bloggers, are the people who wear clothes how they should be worn: without politics, and with more fun.
    last, the comments you received from the people at Refinery29 are completely unacceptable, for two reasons. One being that NOBODY is too unattractive, underweight, overweight, or generally not aesthetically pleasing enough to be wearing certain clothes. So disgusting. and Secondly, YOU of all people are so beautiful!!! You carry clothes with such ease, and look stunning in everything. SERIOUSLY. don’t let their comments add to the 13-year old mentality that you or your body is not good enough for clothes. I know this sounds like some motivational speech, and in a sense it is, but I just am typing so furiously and its so outrageous that people would say such things to you, and to anybody.
    ok, I will stop now, but I’m so sorry you are having to deal with such terribly ridiculous interactions with others.

  256. sophie

    2009-06-03 at 12:22 AM

    Wow! If Pam Hogg doesnt realise the publicity that your posts create then she doesnt deserve to have her clothes posted on your blog!!!!
    Think of removing the post as removing all the possibility of publicity she could have got!!!
    How on earth is it bad publicity to post fun photographs of someone enjoying clothing – Your blog is great so dont be defeated by people who believe that fashion is all about being bitchy and getting things seen on the ‘right’ people. its about being inspired by clothing and fabric and things that you love and thats why we all love reading your blog susie!!

  257. Claire

    2009-06-03 at 12:33 AM

    Those Pam Hogg cat suits are fucking ridiculous. If anyone was to buy one, they’d effectively be pissing away £900 to look like they were making a guest appearance on Hole In The Wall and even then Dale Winton would have to have words.
    When you wore the outfit, it reinforced my previous notion that the suits were a bit of space-age fun. I’d always assumed that was the only context in which they could be viewed (that they were seemingly jovial and a bit kitsch). No one could ever be taken seriously in them. You could be a 6ft glamazon, with cheekbones that could cut glass, but you’d still look like a complete tosser because you’re effectively wearing 5m of BacoFoil. The thought the company actually take themselves seriously Рthat they think what they’re making is some kind of avant-garde fashion statement Рis HILARIOUS.
    Pam Hogg is the poor man’s Vivienne Westwood. Fact.
    You rocked that tin foil better that Geldof ever could.

  258. ash

    2009-06-03 at 12:44 AM

    i’ll echo everyone’s sentiments. you’re fabulous. they’re crazy.
    i do also see that dazed digital has provided two “good” items of publicity within the last four months. i’m sure that professionalism precludes you from commenting, but i would really love to know what the reaction at dazed is to this.

  259. tasha

    2009-06-03 at 12:53 AM

    What a fucking bitch.
    I hope that doesn’t offend you, Susie. But seriously. You looked fantastic in those catsuits, and I’m not just saying that because I have some sort of personal investment in giving you positive feedback.
    I really, really hope this incident creates a huge negative shock wave against that designer. More power to social media and people who aren’t judgmental morons.

  260. Fashion Hayley

    2009-06-03 at 12:58 AM

    Just look at how many comments of support you have. Last night I was going to comment when it was only 52 and now it is over 250! Pam Hogg has no idea how influential you really are. I know how good some Susie Bubble PR can be as I know that a few Aussie brands were really happy to have been on your blog recently, their orders went through the roof! Also I thought you looked amazing in the catsuit and I loved that post, you looked like you were having so much fun. I can not believe what fools their PR are. I wonder what kind of emails they will send you now? Apologetic emails and even an offer of a free catsuit to take down this post? Probably, lol.

  261. Ad

    2009-06-03 at 1:01 AM

    I really respect your maturity in this..you could have easily gone to town with the whole thing but it just shows that you’re the bigger better person, so well done you 🙂
    Very cliche i know but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that could be said about their clothes too so for them to think that their clothes are too good is just plain pompousness.
    You’re doing an amazing job with your blog and although i am yet to comment until now, am a daily reader, so keep up the good work!
    And for the record you are very pretty so boo to them all! 🙂

  262. k.c.

    2009-06-03 at 1:05 AM

    Their bullying is made magnitudes more vile by the fact that you’re the loveliest person. After even all of these years of blogging, you still maintain one of the friendlist blog demeanours; their choosing to pick on you–legalities and publicity matters aside–is make even more unwarranted.

  263. Chujiao

    2009-06-03 at 1:10 AM

    Aw, it is okay. *hug*
    I grew up in Chinese culture, so you are not the prettiest by Chinese standard. But guess what, you are in America and I think you look pretty cute. And guess what, the people who don’t like the way you look are not the one controlling your life, so ignore them. I’m fat by Chinese standard and people are not afraid of saying “oh that wouldn’t look good on you because you are too fat”. Meh.
    I’m sorry about your Pam Hogg episode. Personally they look like costumes to me and I would’ve done the same as you if I was in the store and in your position. I guess they haven’t figure out that real world = many uncontrolled factors and the fact that real people wear clothe too.
    I don’t usually comment on blogs but I have been following your blog and find your writing quite enjoyable. I like your Hogg catsuit pictures, it makes me giggle inside.

  264. kelly

    2009-06-03 at 1:19 AM

    What a bunch of idiots. any publicity is good publicity. I love your blog.

  265. JoJo

    2009-06-03 at 1:23 AM

    Just one quick comment – could this possibly be what they deem “good” publicity for those catsuits? the whole thing is pretty ridiculous on their part – susie you looked much cuter in that catsuit!:

  266. PrettyWarrior

    2009-06-03 at 1:34 AM

    I don’t have time to read all the comments, so if this has already been said, I apologize:
    Buy the precious catsuit, take it home, snap pics, return to store next day. Problem solved.

  267. Donna

    2009-06-03 at 1:36 AM

    Aah Susie, this is all a bit horrid, isn’t it (I’ve just read the Refinery 29 comments too). I guess this is a risk taken when one models outfits on oneself…and leaves oneself open to the scrutiny of small minds.
    Personally, I think you look fabulous and inspiring when you model your outfits. And a big part of it is that you’re a real woman and not a 15 year old, 6 foot, skinny malink! You looked wonderful in the Graduate photos and most certainly did the clothes justice.
    I think Pam Hogg and her ‘people’ have been very foolish in this instance (particularly as, following your Alpha 20 post, I promptly went and purchased one of those wraps!), and will find their attitudes have engendered a lot of ill will as a result.

  268. orinink

    2009-06-03 at 1:38 AM

    How does it feel to be so true and know that your truth ,because it is confirmed by public opinion ,can wield change.
    congratulations darling you are no longer thirteen.

  269. Kirsty

    2009-06-03 at 1:41 AM

    Aww, you looked so happy in the Pam Hogg catsuit and they ruined it for you! evil…

  270. tanya

    2009-06-03 at 1:56 AM

    err just chiming back in again to tell you i love you. for realz. love the way you handled this issue wih such dignity and grace. am prepared to face steve in an ultimate battle royale smackdown for your love. needless to say steve would triumph but i could probably get some sneaky hits to the groin in – one of the few advanages of being so stumpy.

  271. hek

    2009-06-03 at 2:21 AM

    If I were a designer there’s nobody I’d rather dress than the fantastic Susie Bubble! 🙂

  272. ms. spinach

    2009-06-03 at 2:31 AM

    Be strong, Susie B! This is but a tiny bump in your long and exciting path in fashion. I hate to think that it’s put any sort of damper on your amazing spirit.

  273. h

    2009-06-03 at 2:38 AM

    This is disgusting, poor you
    you have to laugh at how massively the people at Pam Hogg have now shot themselves in the foot. Did they have no idea about the influence and the following enjoyed by THE Susie Bubble?!

  274. j.

    2009-06-03 at 3:11 AM

    i’m shocked that anyone can make susie bubble feel bad about herself! susie, you’re a STAR. if anyone thinks your association with their product is bad, they are obviously totally fucking backwards. just look at the number of comments here, i think they speak for themselves.
    ps. you are gorgeous and the catsuit looked FAB on you! it’s no small feat to pull that off!

  275. A.

    2009-06-03 at 3:25 AM

    Dear Susie,
    I love your style.
    I love your blog.

  276. R

    2009-06-03 at 3:26 AM

    I love you. I love how passionate your get in writing. It’s so inspiring to read, just as your pink-elephant-popular-bloggers post.
    I agree with what everyone said. I’m only posting a comment because I believe in the power of numbers, and Pam Hogg should realize what a huge, fucking mistake she just did.

  277. RuHungryDear

    2009-06-03 at 3:29 AM

    Yes, Pam Hogg, did manage to get herself some awful publicity from her choices. By choosing to make an donkey’s ass out of her swine self — she left no choice but to make her public persona and any sort of marketing or branding image of her product literally into a pig face.
    Manners, taste and Karma — You have an abundance of – she has none —
    She obviously is the personification of her name – and as we all – know you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear – or a lady from a Hogg.

  278. Dane

    2009-06-03 at 3:33 AM

    Oh Susie, I just cant believe how incredibly stupid Pam Hogg’s people are. As as young designer I just cant understand how you would not qualify to wear her garments.. she should be flattered you took the time to do a post on her. In fact, when I have my line up and running, I will send you some of my pieces and would be just immensely honored to have you feature me.. Pam Hogg is a snooty character it seems, and so not worth your time.

  279. cindy

    2009-06-03 at 3:38 AM

    i honestly can’t believe they would think it bad publicity to have their suits on YOUR BLOG. to me and many others i’m sure, you’re blog comes off as an intelligent source of the fashion world. wow, can’t believe they did not know it was actually good publicity and now that they’ve told you to take them down, they’ve created BAD publicity. i dont think you should let any of this get to you too much, as you still know you are intelligent and look so incredible and smart in your clothes and what you write about them. not just “this is what I wore today, don’t i look pretty.” but something intelligent to say.
    from california in the u.s.

  280. Christine

    2009-06-03 at 3:38 AM

    Ugh, the worst kind of pretentious designer. I have no idea who she is, or who she was, and it’s sad to think she needs to make such a fuss to get publicity. You made her clothes look cute and fun and interesting, despite the Power Ranger silliness inherent in her designs.
    I am sure Ms. Hogg will soon realize that the type of client she prefers to wear her clothes, will generally not wish to pay for them. And some of her “clientele” do her no favours wearing her clothes.
    I am sorry this brought up old insecurities. Perhaps, when she was 13, the designer was the class bully?

  281. lou

    2009-06-03 at 3:46 AM

    What a silly bint. Is she completely out of touch? I thought Pam Hogg was about daring and fun with fashion, I mean, her revival is trading off her status as alternative London club legend… She will rue the day…

  282. Shen-Shen

    2009-06-03 at 3:53 AM

    Hmph. I’m 100% on Team Susie, to be completely juvenile.

  283. poppy

    2009-06-03 at 4:24 AM

    Dear Susie, I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and I feel compelled to write my two cents on this issue. Your passion for clothes and your curiosity to try out different styles is what attracts me from this blog. Don’t let people make you feel bad for what you do. I actually saw the pictures and thought they were hilarious. What you do is great.

  284. anijnas

    2009-06-03 at 4:43 AM

    Just so you know, I have bought a lot of things inspired by what you wear (maybe even the exact same thing if they made me obsess). I don’t know how that’s bad publicity, that’s one more person who has bought their stuff and if they already don’t, they should really value all their customers.
    And I also share a similar Kenzo incident, except it wasn’t at Kenzo but some cheap bra store where I accidentally dropped a bra on the floor walking backwards and was asked to leave the store (and I didn’t pick up their dumb bra! Geez!)

  285. Olya

    2009-06-03 at 4:47 AM

    Susie Bubble – any brand should feel blessed to have you as publicity. Models aren’t the only ones who deserve to wear amazing clothes and I’m always happy to see you looking beautiful in everything you put on. You are always inspiring 🙂 I hope you can look back on this and laugh someday.

  286. emme.evard@gmail.com

    2009-06-03 at 4:50 AM

    this post brought tears to my eyes. fashion at it’s very best is about personal expression. don’t ever compromise or censor your feelings.

  287. aimee la rocca.

    2009-06-03 at 4:53 AM

    how ridiculous!
    bad publicity?
    if only they realised the amount of girls that would love to be as stunning as you susie.
    congratulations on handling a horrible situation maturely…
    you’re a gorgeous individual, and the 200+ comments here only prove that further, regardless of what a few snobby publicists say!
    don’t lose faith in yourself to this x

  288. Felicity

    2009-06-03 at 5:07 AM

    how ridiculous! I understand wanting to control how a collection is perceived before and as it is launched but if you don’t want the wrong sort to wear it then why are you selling it?
    i’m pretty sure Pam Hogg and her PR are feeling a whole lot sillier than you after this Susie. Don’t take it on.

  289. Angie

    2009-06-03 at 5:36 AM

    You>Peaches Geldof
    You>Pam Hogg

  290. arline

    2009-06-03 at 5:37 AM

    I admire your courage, and honesty. You are seeing the bigger picture in life, and you have a great spirit.
    You are really appreciated by so many.

  291. yuko

    2009-06-03 at 5:44 AM

    You make fashion fun and happy, and it’s too bad pam hogg doesn’t understand that. you better keep up your fun/wacky/crazy posts… please don’t censor your blog anymore… wouldn’t be fair to all your readers!!

  292. MANFOX

    2009-06-03 at 5:52 AM

    WOW. What can I say… HOW BLOODY EMBARRASSING for Pam Hogg and co. Ironic that their intention in asking you to take the post down was to avoid ‘bad publicity’ …they sure as hell got it now, and damn, they deserve it too.
    I can safely say that if I had a collection out there, I would be honored if you wore it and featured it on your blog, it’s just a fuckin outrage the way they acted.
    I was so excited for Pam Hogg’s relaunch… but they’ve just dragged their own name through the dirt, and I honestly can’t see them recovering.
    Also Susie, thank you so much for your wonderful comment re. Triumph, it seriously made my day and I even showed my mum haha

  293. Craig Arend

    2009-06-03 at 5:53 AM

    Get over it already before you make matters worse for yourself.

  294. Eliza

    2009-06-03 at 5:58 AM

    As a designer I understand Pam Hogg’s wish to control the environment in which her clothes are promoted and yes, it is nice to receive advanced notice when your designs are going to be featured on a blog. However, I don’t believe your post portrayed her clothing or brand in a negative way; if anything it brought her work to the attention of several thousand potential customers. How is that a problem?

  295. Prêt-à-Porter P

    2009-06-03 at 6:04 AM

    that sucks. i would be upset too. but you know what, just think: lanvin has no problem inviting you to its sample sales, who cares about a shiny catsuit? (i mean really, it’s a shiny freakin catsuit, i mean, can they get over themselves a little!) “bad publicity” for a shiny cat suit!!!?? isnt that an oxymoron?!

  296. katanaville

    2009-06-03 at 6:42 AM

    I made a blog post about it!
    And I think we should start a twitter hashtag. How about #pamhogg Taking the nice out of “niche market”

  297. AD

    2009-06-03 at 6:58 AM

    hey susie, your blog is great. not sure how things went down behind the scenes with the designer, but obviously it was pretty demeaning if you felt the need to post on it.
    a note for pam: i thought the jumpsuits looked great on you and your friend–i hadn’t heard of pam hogg before, and when i saw those jumpsuits i thought–sure, next time i pop by london i will check out that store. your site introduces people like me–pam hogg’s target demographic of 20/30 something art types–to clothes that can make us feel creative and different.
    susie, your site makes an impact by introducing these interesting brands to industry outsiders. pam hogg was silly to think that your “brand” somehow negatively represents her brand. as a result of her company’s treatment of you, the negative impact on her publicity is probably irreparable.

  298. diane pernet

    2009-06-03 at 8:01 AM

    I really wonder if Pam had anything to do with the absurd situation. First and foremost, you looked great in her catsuits, I think I sent you a comment when the post was up. Your blog is a great support for the designers that you choose to showcase so I fail to see how any damage could be done to the Pam Hogg brand by you expressing your love for her clothes. Sorry you had to undergo such a foolish and condescending attack. I love that you keep it real. xDiane

  299. 123

    2009-06-03 at 8:17 AM

    I know how you feel; when you’re left feeling humiliated and ashamed by something you never thought would.
    However, the number of comments to this post reiterates the point that even though you felt crushed and wounded, you have so many people backing you up who love you!
    Shameful and childish behaviour on the part of Pam Hogg (and the fashion world as a whole) I say..!

  300. susie_bubble

    2009-06-03 at 8:17 AM

    Ok, so this has LITERALLY turned into a petition of sorts…. I’m really really shocked at the number of comments…. the MOST out of any posts EVER as it stands…
    It’s struck a really mental and loud chord and I don’t think it’s just down to Pam Hogg as an isolated incident but that maybe on the whole everyone feels like fashion is there to be enjoyed by all…? God anyway, it’s much too early and if I were to reply to everyone, I’d probably be fired for time wasting…
    Suffice to say… I’m bummed, yes but I do have to accept that not all designers are going to get what this whole blog thing is all about and that’s ok in itself…
    Ash: No comment as yet but this is completely separate from Dazed…. this is a personal experience afterall…
    Re: buying a catsuit and returning it I believe there’s a NO-RETURNS policy…given that it’s a tight catsuit!

  301. adreamer

    2009-06-03 at 8:31 AM

    i don’t think i can say anything more than what your other 1000 commenters have said.
    see? we all love you and think you’re the shizz. PH is delusional for thinking otherwise.
    anyway, i’m betting Hogg will send you a few free jumpsuits. I mean, look at this post. 99% of your readership now think’s she’s an evil whore. I’m sure her ‘great’ PR people will want to fix up this mess.

  302. Louise

    2009-06-03 at 8:40 AM

    I can’t actually believe this! Pam Hogg must know very little about your blog to request you to take the photos down, no you didn’t ask for permission, but so what? You’ve given her brand so much publicity by writing about it on your blog, hundreds of people read your blog everday – many haven’t even heard of Pam Hogg until reading your post.
    Unless maybe she wanted to cause a scene, to attract attention to herself?
    And I think you are just as good as any other stick thin model for modelling her clothes, if anything – better. You’re a real person, not somebody that survives on a lettuce leaf a day, so I’d much rather see you wearing her range than some anorexic model.
    You really are an inspiration to so many people, so don’t change for anybody 🙂 And don’t let one silly designer make you feel inferior, she’s not worth it.

  303. Hineahi

    2009-06-03 at 8:41 AM

    Seriously, those suits were stupid anyway. You were the only one to wear it with some humor!

  304. louise

    2009-06-03 at 8:46 AM

    oh, and i thought you looked great in the graduate fashion pieces!

  305. Katie

    2009-06-03 at 9:07 AM

    I don’t understand how they dare? If anything it was good publicity because you were showing Hogg’s designs in a good light, on a blog that hundreds of people read everyday! Style Bubble is my favourite website because I know that there are other people who are as obsessed with (not so mainstream) fashion! F*ck them!!!

  306. Polly

    2009-06-03 at 9:09 AM

    Hey susie, im not sure if pam hogg realises how brilliantly you publicise things!
    Im at school in the crappy yorkshire countryside, and i use your blog to find out about amazing london shops.
    Im coming to london to look at unis, and after reading some of your recent posts, i was going to take some time out to visit Pam Hogg and 127, cos you made them look so cool on your blog!
    But now im not going to bother with pam hogg. i dont think she realizes what a connection you have with a large majority of the fashion loving public. Your a link between the sometimes unreachable high end fahsion, and us, the fans.
    I dont think im the only one either, and i think she will lose out on custom because of this

  307. Leah

    2009-06-03 at 9:09 AM

    Susie you are so skinny you must be a size 8 which is standard model size anyway and you look healthy which is such a refreshing change to some of the emaciated types you see in fashion editorial magazines. I’m a healthy size 10 and a passionate fan of fashion and dressing up and I find your blog really inspiring.
    I only read your blog and The Satorialist and your easily up there with him!
    The P.R company cannot be very well read on the fashion industry to say you are bad publicity for them (do they not read vogue etc?!).
    I am a fahion ba student and I find your work contributes greatly to my studies and my fashion knowledge.
    Thankyou! keep it up, be proud, be strong!love Leah x

  308. kat

    2009-06-03 at 9:10 AM

    Shenanigans! :V
    All this fuss over a silly little wrestling singlet. I can’t believe how rude those self-important PR minions were. If the label doesn’t want Hogg’s precious creations handled by the unworthy masses, then they should just lock them away in a closet somewhere. With any luck, we’d all forget Pam Hogg even exists in a few days, and then her works couldn’t be tainted by even a stray thought from our feeble, plebeian minds. Harsh? Maybe so, but we must preserve her Artistic Vision.
    Meanwhile, the rest of the world loses nothing but what is possibly the most outrageously expensive Jazzercise outfit ever made. Everyone wins!

  309. Lana

    2009-06-03 at 9:12 AM

    Although your post will milk the bad publicity ,that they ‘hoped’ to avoid, because your loyal fan base will boycott the store.. I commend your decision to write about it nonetheless. It shows your human side which is what we all relate to! it proves to people in the industry that the internet is now a forum that makes fashion accessible and forces of control (that are probably in her mind)that once shrouded around the mystique of fashion and its designers are breaking down..and of course the be all and end all which is freedom of speech!
    Now to feel better about the situation, I’m sure all the comments you’ve received have given you a boost..but it’s probably temporary. I would recommend that you buy the catsuit, wear it and photograph it,since that is acceptable according to her policy and since you looked spectacular spectacular in it my dear 😉 Then post it on your blog as a statement of peace coming from your side. That makes you the bigger person and frees you from feeling bad inside!
    If I was as successful as you I would probably even auction off the peace and donate the money towards something of interest to me.
    I wish I could just say to Pam Hogg ‘relax, take things simply, have fun, dont take yourself too seriously and enjoy that people of ANY kind celebrate your designs’.
    Great Job Ms.Bubble, you’re the best! 🙂

  310. jezmine zaidan

    2009-06-03 at 9:17 AM

    I think its a very stupid move for pam hogg (whoever she is, coz i didnt even know she existed until i read it here) seriously, this designer is not well known at all! and yeah, in what right mind cld they tell you to take the post out? i thought she was a young designer (bcoz i didnt know her), but when i googled her image, she’s an old prune! and she herself, looks really ugly in her own catsuit. Note to pam hogg: ur pissing off with the wrong person here! btw, im from Malaysia!

  311. Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts

    2009-06-03 at 9:28 AM

    This article makes me very sad because it demonstrates that there are people out there actively discouraging “everyday people” from experiencing, enjoying and sharing fashion.
    As a designer, there is NOTHING MORE that I would enjoy than seeing a customer (or potential customer) sharing their excitement for my product with other likeminded people in any format.
    IMHO Pam Hogg’s team should not be targetting bloggers that celebrate her designs. There are more than enough copycats and ripoff merchants out in the WWW that they could take their time attacking than an innocent lover of fashion.
    As devestating as this experience must be for you, Susie, you should try to take solace in the fact that there are a plethora of wonderful designers who vie hopefully for your attention every day – not just because of status as a well known blogger but because you’re a genuine lover of fashion.

  312. margaret

    2009-06-03 at 9:42 AM

    If fashion was about cookie cut standards, what a state we’d be in!
    I have always admired your courage to wear what you feel like…god only knows we all know what it’s like to be ridiculed for displaying a love for the, admittedly, unusual.
    The outpouring of support should be an indication of how much you are appreciated, despite what some overly-appearance-conscious person may think.
    They clearly don’t know the power you hold in the blogging world!
    FASHI-ON SUSIE BUBBLE!!! we’re behind you.

  313. me me me

    2009-06-03 at 10:08 AM

    oh get over yourself woman, grow up. you’re not 13 and the woman has every right to tell you to not put up pictures of you parading around in her work…

  314. Ruth

    2009-06-03 at 10:09 AM

    Susie thought you looked fabulous and full of fun and spirit in that catsuit! More fool them!
    Ruth @ Matches

  315. frances

    2009-06-03 at 10:14 AM

    Must’ve been gutting about the Hogg photos, I can imagine the feeling.
    I feel horrible for you, I wish there was something I/we could do about it.
    And I think you’re beautiful, and the perfect person to be modelling the CSM stuff. Like, I can think of NO ONE better.

  316. Jareh Das

    2009-06-03 at 10:17 AM

    Keep up the Good Work Susie and what a shame your post got censored…Head’s High Girl! xxx

  317. Rose

    2009-06-03 at 10:24 AM

    Oh susie, I’m so sorry to hear about this. I’ve been reading your blog for years, but only comment very rarely – this, I felt, needed commenting on.
    You pulled off that catsuit in a way I can’t see many other people doing, it looked amazing and the people at Pam Hogg are fools for not wanting your support.
    I do hope this doesn’t knock your confidence, please know that there’s a whole blogosphere of people out there who think you’re gorgeous, and fantastic publicity for a brand.

  318. me me me

    2009-06-03 at 10:25 AM

    oh get over yourself woman, grow up. you’re not 13 and the woman has every right to tell you to not put up pictures of you parading around in her work…

  319. Evie

    2009-06-03 at 10:55 AM

    Pam Hogg’s people started this at a time when you were going to be in the press A LOTt. (ASOS, GFW, METRO and just read the Times Q&A) cynically, I’m now wondering if they are on the whole “all publicity is good publicity thing”. All interviews with you have the blog address, interested people will visit, will see the Hogg Furore, I’m pretty sure when I see my friends later, we’ll talk about it. Therefore, Pam Hogg gets talked about. For being disrespectful and a little controlling and maybe slightly out of the loop, but still…

  320. Rach

    2009-06-03 at 11:00 AM

    I realise there is little point in adding my comments to the horde, but on the off chance that Hogg’s people are monitoring this, it’s certainly worth the time and space.
    As some Australian who works for magazines, writes fashion, styles shoots and that kind of gaff, let me begin by saying: what the fuck?
    Honestly, I’m not sure what prompted Hogg’s bored and self important PR team to take that kind of action, but perhaps they should educate themselves as to who their target market is, and the value of prominent style blogs such as your own which are (apparently, by reading the comments in this thread) read by people in the media worldwide.
    The fact they’d rather see Peaches Geldoff in their catsuit speaks volumes about their brand and their credibility, which is clearly spent.
    The ironing, as the kids say, is fucking delicious.

  321. missmilki

    2009-06-03 at 11:05 AM

    I haven’t taken the time to read the hundreds of comments before mine but I want to add my voice to tell you that however those people make you feel you are definitely worthy. You are one of the top fashion bloggers and you got there because of your passion and your talent (as well as a lot of hard work I’m guessing!) If anyone is entitled to wear any designer clothes they want its you. I thought you were the first person wearing it that I thought it looked good on – definitely better than Peaches! Even if you technically made a mistake there was no reason for them to be anything but polite. In fact if it was such a problem I’m surprised that no-one came up to you in the shop and asked you not to take photos. They have given themselves the bad publicity in acting this way.
    As for the horrible comments on Refinery – I can’t believe anyone would say you aren’t pretty or interesting. You are beautiful! I would love to look like you. Ok so you aren’t 6ft tall and stick thin – when did that become the standard for beauty? And as for not being “fit” to wear designer clothes! Thats just hilarious – if only models are fit to wear designer clothes then designers would have no-one to sell their clothes to!
    I love the fact that you aren’t a model. I can relate to you much better than I would a model. But you are beautiful and extremely pretty And those GFW photos were stunning. Its hard to know what reality is when people are shouting different opinions at you – but the reality is that you are a beautiful, extremely successful, popular girl and you are totally fit to wear designer clothes and worthy to shop in any designer shop you like! Try to hold on to that.
    Hugs x

  322. Lone

    2009-06-03 at 11:06 AM

    ” … when someone on Refinery 29 commented that I was far too unattractive and unfit to be wearing the graduate pieces for Metro (…) That I’m in fact not the physical archetype who should be wearing clothes I’m passionate about.”
    What?! OMG, you’re gorgeous! Never let anyone tell you different. Who wants to be a physical archetype anyway, I’m certanly not, but I still love my size 10!

  323. Georgia

    2009-06-03 at 11:13 AM

    Ridiculous, you’re awesome. Pam Hogg’s suits are pretty cool, but nothing above what fashion fans have been making for themselves and enjoying for a while now. I guess team Hogg don’t really understand what dressing up is actually all about and have lost the plot somewhere along the corporate line.
    As for the Metro shoot, I was so excited to see it and you pulled it all off so well. Carry on Susie Bubble!

  324. Julia

    2009-06-03 at 11:25 AM

    I¬¥m so sorry the incident made u feel like that! I think we can all remember episodes like the one in Kenzo in our lives…guess it¬¥s what happens when you have a passion for good quality designer clothes but can¬¥t afford them!
    I personally think it´s a really good thing for a designer´s work to be posted on your blog. You´ve got so many readers from all levels of the fashion industry! I mean to be studying fashion soon (hopefully at CSM) and eagerly follow your blog every single day because the load of ideas and findings you post about is so exciting and inspiring!
    So Susie Bubble, thanks for your blog and your outfits and your fun! Even if you don´t think so, it IS an honor for any designer to be spotted and posted about on Style Bubble. I´m sure I´m not the only one who thinks so!

  325. niki popcouture

    2009-06-03 at 11:35 AM

    wow – as a former PR who now studies fashion, i would have to reiterate that her PR definitely need an education on online PR (do they have their head in the sand??) not only are you a STYLE ICON but their attitude that only ‘certain’ people should wear there designs is ludicrous and bad for business! the catsuit design is outrageous and i would have thought it unwearable (and not known anything about it!) if not for your post. it made me consider the item as something fun for a club but their reaction has added an extra layer of self-consciousness which doesn’t help considering you gotta have courage to even THINK about wearing a metallic lycra catsuit(!) considering the market for this product would be so ridiculously small, to alienate people like your readers (right age group, right disposable income, right fashion sense) is crazy
    (also, hello, online there is no such thing as deletion!! everything is cached, people saved to their hard drives etc DUH!)

  326. Helen

    2009-06-03 at 12:03 PM

    Don’t lose confidence over this… your 326 (and growing) meassages testify to how many people adore the beautiful you and your clever blog.

  327. Kellie

    2009-06-03 at 12:10 PM

    Pam Hogg was someone back in the day. She has lost that momentum and is trying desperately to get it back.
    This isnt the way to go.
    And I am sorry, but that hair of hers is a disgrace.

  328. Hickville

    2009-06-03 at 12:14 PM

    How silly of them! I enjoyed reading the piece, and I thought your photos were cute. Does everyone who wears PHogg have to be a Geldof? Not cool.

  329. Miss R

    2009-06-03 at 12:21 PM

    I don’t normally comment, but I’ve been reading your blog for ages now… and that in itself speaks volumes about you.
    Susie, you’re an amazing person. Don’t ever let people like that EVER make you feel bad about yourself. High-five on being amazing 😀

  330. Hannah

    2009-06-03 at 12:25 PM

    I just read about this on WendyB’s blog and I’m stunned. Their actions were so completely unnecessary and insulting. I’ve been seeing pictures of celebrities all over the place in these suits and they never appealed to me in the slightest until you posted your photograph. You made the suits look so much more within the reach of us ‘ordinary’ folk (whilst still looking damn good I’ll add!) and at the end of the day that’s what we love about Style Bubble. Not to mention that your funny poses with your friend made me laugh, always a bonus.

  331. eLLy*

    2009-06-03 at 1:04 PM

    Petition # 360?ish? I’m behind you susie! Cheer up! Go do some shopping, Have a cup of hot chocolate, Watch some chick flicks/sci fi/action/horror/cartoon/drama/indie movies back to back & all this will be over before you know it. =) xox

  332. Yaeli

    2009-06-03 at 1:29 PM

    As for the person on Refinery 29, pay no attention, I can guarantee their opinion is worth less than nothing. As for Pam Hogg’s people, I’m really sorry- it must hurt to get burnt by an institution you respect. In my view those catsuits can only be worn with a sense of humour, they should be fun- which is what I thought you were getting at with your photos.

  333. jess

    2009-06-03 at 1:30 PM

    wow over 330 comments! you know we love you, Susie. I guess Pam Hogg and Co live on a different planet, or in a different century. How unfortunate for them that they do not realise the power of bloggers, particularly that of Susie Bubble. Though, as I have worked with artists and studied arts law, I sort of know where they are coming from. And I’ve been asked to stop taking photographs at so many places that I feel like I always need permission if I were to photograph ANYTHING ‘creative’ (even like a public building in Melb, or a cosmetic stand…), but obviously the Pam Hogg PR handled it very very badly. Perhaps its just this particular idiot that you had to deal with unfortunately, following a policy that is a thousand years old. But I do hope Pam Hogg and Co learn their lesson from this.
    I hope you feel better, Susie. I don’t think I need to re-iterate how beautiful and inspiring you are to us all!

  334. scarlett rose

    2009-06-03 at 1:37 PM

    I find you and your blogg very inspirational. And there are a lot of people who look at you as a style icon in the fashion blogging world.
    I think it’s ridiculous that they asked you to take it down. The only publicity they will be getting from your thousands of fans is bad PUBLICITY.
    Scarlett Rosex

  335. Stephanie

    2009-06-03 at 2:15 PM

    Again, just echoing most of the previous comments, don’t let them get you down, you are too good for their overpriced, cheap catsuits.
    I could pattern cut and make one of those up in a day, and only have to spend like, ¬£30/40 on fabric of the same quality. It makes me sick to think they can charge ¬£800+ for something so cheap and tacky. (If you’d like your own I’d be happy to make one, and you could mess around in it and photograph it as much as you like! HA! After all, a catsuit like that shouldn’t be taken so seriously… it’s a catsuit for gods sake!)
    And I am also in disbelief that they could consider your post as bad publicity, but are happy to have Peaches Geldof photographed in the designs. She is so overhyped, and becoming more and more irritating and ridiculous, and I would think that is much worse than having the designs on someone who is adored and respected by the fashion community. Its all just insane.

  336. Marie

    2009-06-03 at 2:23 PM

    NEVER let haters rain on your parade like that! You’re awesome, and you modelling the graduate pieces for Metro was SO right.

  337. Jill

    2009-06-03 at 3:18 PM

    I can only imagine how they would have felt if I had crammed my 5’3′ 135lb curvy bod into that catsuit! Oh! The Shame!! You have won a new follower chica!

  338. ali

    2009-06-03 at 3:19 PM

    Oh! This is absolutely ridiculous! Bad publicity in what way shape or form?! For a start, you looked absolutely MADE for that catsuit and completely TINY. I’m very ashamed to admit that I was quite upset at how bloody good you did look in it as i’m currently having major thigh hatred..
    But anyway aren’t all the photos of Peaches at the Hogg party bad publicity? In every magazine she was slated for looking awful..
    Susie you are so inspiring and I love how you have fun with fashion! You always look stunning…i’ve even been put off reading your blog cos I get jealous of how great and creative you always look. And I can identify with your ’13 year old feeling’ but in a more extreme way..i’m 24 and have quite a major phobia of designer because I just don’t feel i’m worthy enough (or of slim enough thigh!)
    Please ignore the haters!

  339. Sara

    2009-06-03 at 3:27 PM

    A lot of my thoughts have already been covered in previous comments, but I just wanted to say that I thought you looked great in that catsuit! It’s so refreshing to see these “high fashion” looks out in the wild. I just started reading your blog, and your fun, un-pretentious tone and approach to clothes is a true pleasure to read.

  340. Emily

    2009-06-03 at 4:06 PM

    I would just like to say that I don’t fit the teeny tiny six foot Twiglet fashion type either. I’m a pretty normal 5, 5 around a size 10 and likes eating Sunday lunch but main driving passion is CLOTHES, including trying/ lusting/writing about ones I can’t afford. Anyone who has a go at you or anyone else for not being the “right” person when it comes to threads is clearly a few marbles short. Your blog is amazing publicity for anyone..because hundreds of people who love fashion read it AND we rate your opinion, doesn’t mean we have to like/dislike the clothes, we have minds of our own. So you can write what you like and we’ll read/ love/ like/ ponder it accordingly. In short I hope the horrid, tight, stingy feeling has gone away, you’re a star.

  341. Teresa

    2009-06-03 at 4:13 PM

    your photos on that post were excellent! if fashion isn’t about reflecting interest, joy, and confidence in a person, then i don’t know what it’s about, really.
    i think it was a bad move on pam hogg’s part — your blog is obviously huge, and your post made her clothes look like absolute good fun. better promotion than that? i don’t think so. if someone has a shop, it is because they can let go of their product. surely if someone doesn’t understand the relationship between artist-entrepreneur and appreciator-buyer, then they really aren’t fit for a serious business following.
    so i say: keep promoting, keep having fun, keep trying clothes on, keep modeling — you’re doing no real harm to anyone. on the contrary, i dare say 🙂

  342. iffy

    2009-06-03 at 4:36 PM

    they’re goin to regret this soon…

  343. annemarie

    2009-06-03 at 4:45 PM

    She thinks Peaches Geldof is a better advertisement than you? LAME!
    Some punk she turned out to be. I guess she must have waited all her life to break into those exact social circles that she pretended to rebel against when she was young. Sad.

  344. Sonia Luna

    2009-06-03 at 4:50 PM

    What a fucking shame, I thought you looked wonderful in the catsuit! As others have pointed out, your post introduced Pam Hogg to new people, I for one didn’t know about her. It really was a bad move on their part, it shows how out of touch they are with the rest of the world.
    You are a wonderful, passionate and creative person, your true love for fashion
    is evident in your writing and your popularity is truly deserved.
    As for that wanker over at Finery29 don’t mind him … it’s not worth wasting time on morons like that [I know, easier said than done!]

  345. Sue Azari

    2009-06-03 at 5:00 PM

    Their clothes can’t be represented in an uncontrolled environment?? Then why sell or even create them at all? Why even become a designer if you have no interest in inspiring the masses? Best to keep your clothes behind closed doors from now on Pam, because that’s the only controlled environment you truly have apparently.
    And Susie I thought you looked wonderful! As for bad publicity, the only type of people who read this blog are those with an avid passion for all things fashion (many of whom are fashion insiders). This is hardly some two-bit blog…

  346. Cynthia

    2009-06-03 at 5:01 PM

    i think you’re very pretty and definitely shouldn’t give in to feeling down about yourself (you look great in the jumpsuit!) just because Hogg’s minions called you out but wouldn’t call out Peaches Geldof (who, by the way, is sort of a joke and wouldn’t be considered pretty if her parents weren’t famous)

  347. SarahKershaw

    2009-06-03 at 5:19 PM

    I walk past the Pam Hogg store everyday and it is always empty – perhaps they should be glad that they have someone who’s considered so influential in fashion that they are judging LCF grads for Asos trying on their clothes and blogging about them, instead of sticking their noses up. When trying to sell such ridiculously overpriced merchandise they need as much publicity as they can get – I don’t think they’re in a position to be judging what’s good and bad. Stupid!
    Susie, keep your chin up, you’re a legend. xx

  348. John

    2009-06-03 at 6:14 PM

    Bastards to the lot of ’em, you’re Bloody Brilliant! xxx

  349. Natasha

    2009-06-03 at 6:15 PM

    you shouldn’t feel like a naughty teenager again..there is nothing to feel bad about i think! fair enough some designers have a “vision” for their clothes and how they should be represented, but that shouldnt stop someone from doing something as simple as trying something on! sometimes people just fall into the trap of using “celebrities” to get credit for the clothes because frankly they cant generate enough publicity themselves, but you are a fashion inspiration to many and shouldnt take what that hogg woman says as an insult, this blog is way cooler than any bloody catsuit fluoro coloured tight thingy… =)

  350. Miss Janey

    2009-06-03 at 6:24 PM

    YOU look AMAZING and HOT in that catsuit. They’re IDIOTS!

  351. Kimberly

    2009-06-03 at 6:57 PM

    So eloquently put! You did nothing wrong. In fact, it is now “bad press” for them as your loyal readers follow your insight… Funnily enough, I began to check out Pamm’s designs after I saw your post and now everytime I’m in American Apparel and see something similar, I think of her and you. Unfortunately now, I feel like I’ve been punished for looking too! We stand by you and frankly, i thought your phone pics were hilarious! If anything, it was good press as you were showing the brand in a more tangible light. Well done for voicing your opinion and in the long run, there are thousands of designers for us to goggle over, and this is just one less to do so! Chin up, stylebubble, we love you!

  352. FashionNYC

    2009-06-03 at 7:02 PM

    Susie, I work in Fashion as an editor and the truth is, even though I’ve heard of Pam Hogg before, she has never been on my radar to pull for a shoot. It was your original post, however, that actually INSPIRED (not deterred) me to look her up to potentially pull for an upcoming shoot. Clearly the way you posed in them was joking/humorous, and isn’t the way we would photograph the pieces… but good clothes and good design stand on their own, no matter who they are on, and I still saw that in your photos. It’s only now after the retraction that I feel the opposite. I think it’s a bad move on their part. I’m actually about a size 8 which is strange for a fashion editor, so I’ve felt a little of what you’re going through before, but the truth is, as long as you have a good sense of self, that’s the only person you have to answer to at the end of the day! And now… a somewhat relavant joke that I always think of… to make you smile!…
    What did the zero say to the 8??
    Nice belt 🙂
    Keep doing you… you’re great.

  353. Terry

    2009-06-03 at 7:17 PM

    I saw the images of those bodysuits over on The Daily Mail website first, then I saw you on your site. Maybe this flap is about you looking 10 times better in her clothes than ‘the others’, well, that doesn’t make sense as it’s good publicity either way, right? So what gives? Must be about lack of control on their part? Any publicity is good publicity when you are dragging out designs better suited for a remake of the movie ‘TRON’ or ‘STARLIGHT EXPRESS’. Unlike yourself, not much evolution going on over there in Hogg World, you touched a nerve, congratulations, well done, fine journalism.

  354. Style Wylde Team

    2009-06-03 at 7:32 PM

    Not to sound like your mother, but the way I see it this is sort of a “make lemonade” situation. The Pam Hogg policy, and their treatment of you was wrong, as was any harsh treatment you received ( which by the way is unwarranted as you looked FAB! not at all awkward 13ish). Now it’s time to turn this situation around. “the controversy” as it is, has created a lot of buzz for you and your website. Use it girl! Success is the best revenge. We are routing for you!

  355. Leslie

    2009-06-03 at 7:32 PM

    Don’t think about it too much. It’s their loss.
    I still remember the first time I gingerly tiptoed into a ritzy French bistro/caf√© with my sister to eat dinner before a concert. I was 15. The staff stared at us like we were delinquents pondering the perfect moment to start flipping over tables and cause utter mayhem. Needless to say, I never went back again. Their food wasn’t that great either.
    Pam Hogg is but one fish in the fashion sea. It’s unfortunate that the fashion world places the image of a 6-foot skinny, boobless, ass-less Amazone on a pedestal, but at the end of the day, Size 0s aren’t the only consumers. That’s why clothing comes in a range of sizes.
    You are who you are. If people don’t like it, its not like they have the right to control your personal image. SO JUST GO OUT THERE AND ENJOY YOURSELF! [:

  356. cari

    2009-06-03 at 7:38 PM

    I’m so sorry you had to deal with all of that. I take pictures in dressing rooms ALL THE TIME and post them. Sometimes I have bought the product, sometimes I left it. I have no idea who Pam Hogg is, nor do I want to now. But I have heard of you, and I’ve been visiting your blog daily for sometime now. I really hope you continue being an excellent blogger and put this behind you. Pam Hogg can suck it.

  357. jb

    2009-06-03 at 7:41 PM

    Honey, you looked adorable and fabulous in that outfit. Ms. Hogg doesn’t know “great publicity” when she sees it. She’s one designer out of, oh say…a million. I’m sure you’ll look even better and generate more money for the next designer you choose to feature. Don’t worry about this incident; it just shows that people can really be ignorant.

  358. annemarie

    2009-06-03 at 7:51 PM

    I already posted and I have nothing more to add– I just want to get it up to 400!!

  359. White Mice

    2009-06-03 at 8:42 PM

    I find it really upsetting that they are treating you this way when you are, in fact, A LEGITIMATE JOURNALIST. I don’t think they understand how powerful the blogging world is. If Pam Hogg and her people want to do better business and get more established in the industry, they should understand that and respect that.
    I know companies get upset for woman taking pictures of their product, but to claim that a journalist posting it with praise is “bad publicity” is pretty unprofessional.
    I suppose this “bad publicity” is deserved on their part.

  360. keira

    2009-06-03 at 10:03 PM

    I thought the suits were heinous and remember thinking to myself when reading that post, Susie is the only person these could work on. Their loss.

  361. Katharine

    2009-06-03 at 10:04 PM

    You know whats just a little bit hilarious? Your blog is amazing publicity for Pam Hogg. Maybe not anymore =P. Too bad for them. It’s their loss, so fuck that. You looked great Susie. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  362. Thumbelina Fashionista

    2009-06-03 at 11:22 PM

    I’m absolutely shocked at this treatment of you, Susie. We all love you and think you’re adorable–it’s really ridiculous to think that your wearing of the catsuits would constitute “bad press.” I agree with the above poster who said that their treatment of you is bad press.
    Don’t let them get you down. Your faithful readers are in your corner!!

  363. AnaBanana

    2009-06-04 at 12:03 AM

    Team Susie! You look amazing in EVERYTHING, you have a smokin’ bod for wearing clothes, and Pam Hogg’s PR is an idiot. Also, you are thin! But if you weren’t, who cares! I would love to see what those look like on different bodies.
    Whoever made those R29 comments about your body…I’m sorry, but those bitchy people are definitely men. Men who don’t love women or have any familiarity with their bodies. I have nothing against men in women’s fashion per se, but I get so angry when I see such bitchy, hateful, violent judgments that have nothing to do with reality.
    Cheers to you for taking the high road. You are a dignified, intelligent woman of style and an inspiration.

  364. Kalin

    2009-06-04 at 12:29 AM

    Clothes are for anyone with an eye for them. You have that. Additionally, you have one of the most widely read fashion blogs on the web, any designer should be THRILLED to be mentioned. Besides, you look great.

  365. petra

    2009-06-04 at 12:57 AM

    don’t worry susie! you rock and they suck! regards from croatia.

  366. Lucy

    2009-06-04 at 1:16 AM

    wow…I’m so sorry that this happened to you. I’m not sure who this Hoggs designer is but I commend you for even going to a high end store at 13 years old. Even now, at 18 years old, I’m too afraid to walk into the Missoni and Louis Vuitton stores at San Diego’s Fashion Valley. I was sure that I was going to be looked down on…just a stupid college student who is dependent on her parents for everything and doesn’t know anything about fashion.
    I can’t imagine how hurt you must’ve felt after receiving that request from Hogg’s PR. Bad publicity? If anything, I think having something featured on Susie Bubble’s blog is a compliment! Ignore them, pick yourself up, and move on! <3

  367. Emy

    2009-06-04 at 1:33 AM

    I really do love you susie, no I really do. I even defended you on Refinery 29. However, the pictures you took in the Pam Hogg shop did look like you were taking the piss when I first saw them. However, if you wanted to take the piss, you’re allowed to take the piss.

  368. Ashley Doll

    2009-06-04 at 2:23 AM

    That is FUCKED UP!!!!!! I love you Susie, and I think you’re hot! Fuck those skinny bitches who look like skeletons! Fuck the so-called “fashion industry”! We can join hands and be fashion rebels together! Yes! I love you and you inspire me!

  369. Giancarlo

    2009-06-04 at 3:01 AM

    oh lovely, don’t ever bother about all of this. You’re awesome and that’s all you need to know, keep doing your doing and this will just make you stronger – and more fabulous!

  370. Natali

    2009-06-04 at 5:30 AM

    That’s absolutely bloody awful, you’re one of the few people that can actually carry off that kind of look without looking awful. You should be more angry. Really. If I were you, I’d blacklist her name from your blog and move on. You > them.

  371. qtn

    2009-06-04 at 8:13 AM

    i’m sure you have received way more support than you might have expected from your readers, but hey, the more the merrier: what a bunch of hoggwash, that reaction from pam hogg! (me probably not the first to make that pun) whether or not you looked right or looked good or looked fine, it’s so uncool on their part. you’re great!

  372. 123

    2009-06-04 at 8:56 AM

    What hogwash…!
    (couldn’t resist)

  373. Drusilla

    2009-06-04 at 9:31 AM

    “Uncontrolled environment” my arse, it was her shop!
    I’d never heard of Pam Hogg before your post, but the Pam Hogg PRs need to wise up- your fashion cred runs circles around Peaches Geldof/Jaime Winstone types any day, and alienating ten thousand-odd people (the number of your daily readers) isn’t a smart move.

  374. Drusilla

    2009-06-04 at 9:35 AM

    And yes, shops that make it clear that I’m not the ‘kind’ of person they cater to are never going to get my custom- who are the Pam Hogg/Kenzo people to make you feel bad, anyway?
    I started reading your blog all those years ago because I thought ‘well, here’s someone who likes fashion and has fun with it’, and if even YOU can be made to feel bad by stupid people with ‘policies’ like this, what hope lies for the rest of us non-famous (though you kind of are), non-blonde, non-size 0 scrubs?

  375. ellio sketchbook

    2009-06-04 at 9:51 AM

    I’m not given to commenting on blogs, especially when they already have as many replies as this one, but I couldn’t help it.
    You are an inspiration to me. I think you are slender and beautiful, but more importantly you seem to be filled with life and thought and passion. You have worked hard and from the heart and written with poise and honesty. You are pure class.
    Although this was a distressing episode, your post about it was one of my favourite of the blog. It is honest, personal and humane. It is brave. It shows that even people that love fashion and are very successful get hurt by the way it can work.
    You made Hogg’s clothes look like fun and happy times. To be fair I was never going to spend that much on something anyway, but now I can feel like I have made a decision to boycott her!
    Anyway, the point I’m trying to make has already been made three hundred times over above me. I wanted to make it again just in case you were to read this far. Doll, you look amazing and you write amazing and your posts make my world a slightly better place by doing so.
    All the very best and a thanks for your hard work.

  376. Braindance

    2009-06-04 at 10:26 AM

    Interesting, Pam Hogg did not create all those ideas herself, I reckon, for her catsuits. There is a blogger and leggings genius called James Lillis who has been making Spartan leggings way before Pam came out with her version.
    Look at this, and tell me what you think:
    Just my opinion though…

  377. susie_bubble

    2009-06-04 at 10:30 AM

    ^Braindance, as talented as James Lillis is… Pam Hogg has been around WAAAAAY longer…. like back in the late 80s/90s…. so nope, no contentious issues of copyright there…

  378. Jill

    2009-06-04 at 10:34 AM

    It’s weird to write a long comment when I know I’ll be like the 400th person & that neither you (or anyone else) will probably read this. Like sending a message off in a bottle.
    But while I’ve got a few deadlines of my own – plus it’s time to post to my own blog! – still I found myself reading every word of your posting, and many of the replies.
    I was quite moved to tears, Susie Bubble, to see how deeply you felt this. I remembered that Hogg posting, particularly, because a) I didn’t really like her clothes at all but b) thought you two did your best – i.e., not too ridiculous in what is clearly unflattering clothing and c) I was thinking of commenting but, being a nicely brought up girl, remembered the rule that ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say…’ not about you & the boyfriend-in-law – but rather about Pam Hogg & her clothing line. As everyone said, you were only doing a nice thing for the woman!
    It’s very admirable that you’re asking your audience/fans/supporters to please not run her down. You’re being honest about how YOU feel and at the same time doing your best not to incite a riot. It won’t be hard for me to boycott her clothes, frankly, because I’d never have bought them anyway.
    This is a really unfortunate move for them politically, because esp. in these troubled financial times, no one can afford the bad publicity she’s generated for herself. And even if she didn’t directly cause it – she set a policy in motion that did.
    Talk about instant karma!
    ON THE OTHER HAND, I love the way you showcase new and up & coming designers. For example, I was never into tie dye but your piece on Shabd Simon-Alexander’s leggings really changed my mind, and I love when that happens. I sent a note – she replied quickly, was charming and friendly, and gave her endorsement to my offer to shoot friends on the street or in homes in her clothing to put up on my own blog. Granted, I don’t have your number of visitors (it’s only two months old) but, still.
    As for the Pam Hoggs of the world.. well, as everyone has put it so well, it’s their loss.
    I read that you said the hardest thing about blogging is getting criticism (I’m paraphrasing). Luckily I’m not at that point (yet!), but when I do, I hope I can respond with your grace and dignity.
    jC aka polkadot

  379. jC

    2009-06-04 at 10:37 AM

    p.s. I just remembered: I took a self portrait in the dressing room of Zara in Barcelona. I’d better not post it or I’m in BIG trouble!

  380. Skye

    2009-06-04 at 10:58 AM

    Good heavens, what an absolutely bizarre and apalling state of affairs! Who the hell do these fools think they are?

  381. JC

    2009-06-04 at 1:06 PM

    you’ve just inspired me to post this rant:

  382. Jen

    2009-06-04 at 1:12 PM

    wow! i thought you looked marvelous in the catsuit – and here here to the fact that it is GOOD publicity for you to post something up here with such positive gusto..
    oh well, missed opportunity for hoggs…

  383. Mrs Gorman

    2009-06-04 at 1:34 PM

    I’m really surprised – Pam is one of the warmest and funniest people in fashion. And she’s a product of the 80s club scene where people wore whatever the hell they felt like.
    And I liked the pix – reminded me of Peggy Noland’s shoot with the jumping boys…
    I hope it all resolves itself!

  384. Bonbon

    2009-06-04 at 1:36 PM

    Susie, why is it everytime you get criticised or a unfavourable comment you turn to your blog and have to whip up some crusade about it and seek some kind of online group therapy hug? Its like the frickin fashion AA. You have more than enough “i love you” “your an inspiration” “you look amazing” things written about you, so get over it, grow thicker skin. The stuff between you and Pam Hogg should have been kept private really..its just been v unprofessional disclosing and blowing this whole issue up. You know what, you are still that 13 year old seeking approval…this is what the fashion industry is turning into…

  385. susie_bubble

    2009-06-04 at 2:04 PM

    Bonbon: This isn’t the first time of this ilk, this has happened, the fact that it specifically happened with Pam Hogg triggered something because I have written about her in the past in glowing terms…. I wouldn’t call her an idol but she’s certainly up there somewhere in that region… this was upsetting on a personal level…
    In hindsight, I did type this quite impulsively because it was something I had to get off my chest. The fingers just went to auto-type mode just to stop myself from crying. I don’t rant that often…. if the post got turned into a crusade, that wasn’t the intention. I can’t predict the type of response posts get, and especially could not have predicted the number of comments this post got… it was a post for people to agree or disagree with as opposed to people giving me a ‘virtual’ hug over…. that the ‘hug’ came en masse was of course comforting and in any case, I think people were thinking about similar instances of that ‘Kicked out of Kenzo’ feeling that they have felt…
    I could rant and rave about MANY unfortunate instances and break all rules of professionalism entirely. Not that I feel the need to censor myself all the time though. It’s not in my nature to be negative too much on the blog and I would say percentage wise, the majority of my blog posts are positive anyway.
    I chose to be selfish and unprofessional in this one instance because it was a personal gut reaction and the blog is supposed to reflect my personal fashion observations and musings… it is allowed to do that, no?
    Otherwise I might as well sack it off and do an entirely informative website which scares the hell out of me seeing as I’ve never been great at informing people of anything.

  386. Braindance

    2009-06-04 at 2:29 PM

    Susie, I do agree with you that Pam Hogg has been around much longer, with a far more established background than James, and I am not saying she totally robbed his idea, maybe it is just a braindance coincidence, but,they are very similar designs. And James has done his better, and first.
    Again, just my thoughts, I am not claiming they are facts to anybody else.

  387. Sian M

    2009-06-04 at 3:50 PM

    fuck ’em Suz…their loss.

  388. isuka

    2009-06-04 at 4:12 PM

    hi susie, you and your sis’s bf MADE that silly ultraman catsuit. you made it seem less ridiculous and ‘possible’ actually. and im sure most of us can feel the thrill and fun you were having so don’t fret no more because if some mere earthling decides to brave town in some panelled spandex getup it wont be because of that hogg-woman or the skinny pixie. it will be you that have inspired in them some humour, courage and passion to do so. chin up! baby the stars shine bright for you;)

  389. tes

    2009-06-04 at 4:22 PM

    that´s so mean!

  390. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-06-04 at 7:26 PM

    wow. someone doesn’t understand the big beautiful game of tag we play out here on the internet. i loved that spontaneous little shoot you did. and i remember i commented on it. well, hugs to you Susie, dry those tears!

  391. Laura

    2009-06-04 at 8:25 PM

    Anyone who would consider that you have an unfit body type to wear their designs is, quite honestly, delusional. I have never considered myself to be ‘fat’ or even ‘chubby’ and when I look at the pictures you post of yourself, those are the last two ideas that come to mind, quite the contrary actually (I’ve found myself looking at your body enviously, even though I try to refrain from that sort of thing in the fashion world). The Hogg suit looked wonderful on you and was not unflattering at all to you or it. I’m sorry you had to go through that, but I’m astonished that a designer would discourage the promotion of her products by someone who has clearly gained a notable reputation not only in the blogging world but in the fashion world itself. Don’t let this get you down, we all know you’re way too cool for that shit anyway.

  392. Tour d'ivoire

    2009-06-04 at 8:50 PM

    I’m really shocked to read that… I read your blog everyday and never comment because usually all I would have to say is something like “Wow” or “You look amazing”. So I really can’t understand why someone would think you are doing them bad publicity !
    You’re beautiful, the pictures of you wearing the catsuit were great and actually made me want to have one of my own…
    Really you shouldn’t feel bad about it, because your readership knows what you’re worth !

  393. Mary Ann

    2009-06-04 at 8:56 PM

    “Uncontrolled environment”? Surely fashion itself is characterised by an environment that is not controlled. It’s about influences, crossovers and dialogue, references, notions and ideas.
    Love your post and the childhood memories.
    Mary Ann

  394. B1tchwidget

    2009-06-04 at 11:25 PM

    Followed this in from OTF Wank…. I thought you looked ADORABLE in the catsuit (or at least as adorable as it humanly possible to look in a spandex catsuit). You’d think that would be great publicity! You really know how to work a dress (The pictures of you in Kasia Bishop were especially good, I thought)
    Keep doing what you love, you’re doing it well. Fashion should be about joy and passion and enjoyment…and it should be for ALL of us.

  395. eyeliah

    2009-06-05 at 12:38 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about all this Susie. It os a little late for my comment, but I just have to say you have a gorgeous figure and persona and don’t ever let anyone make you feel otherwise. So much love coming at you from Canada.

  396. david duarte

    2009-06-05 at 2:33 AM

    Pam Hogg ripped off ruffeoheartslilsnotty from Brooklyn:http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=15323
    They were making spandex suits way before her and they do it better!

  397. jc

    2009-06-05 at 4:39 AM

    Did anyone happen to take a screenshot of Susie’s photo? Or save the pic on their desktop for fashion note-taking? I think all of Susie’s readers should re-post the photo on their blogs/facebook profiles/myspaces/etc. and see if the douchebag Hogg machine can stop each and every one of us.

  398. Oink Oink

    2009-06-05 at 6:09 AM

    I’m going to buy a Pam Hogg (appropriate name, seriously) jumpsuit and poop in it and send it to her. Just kidding, thought I’d take it to a playground level first before saying, on the level of real talk, doesn’t HoggLady realize that by reading a story about her PR department behaving basically in the role of a fashion bully (back to the playground) and treating you like something unfit to be scraped from the bottom of a Geldof’s shoe…doesn’t she realize that THIS makes her look much worse to the thousands of people who read this incredibly well-known and influential blog than some cute pictures?
    Maybe she’s just miffed that no one is buying her spandex monstrosities. Sorry, Hogg. Not really helping your cause much.

  399. annie

    2009-06-05 at 7:24 AM

    susie, you are awesome 🙂
    i’ve been reading your blog for a long time, practically from the beginning in 2006.
    pam hogg pretty much shot themselves in the foot with their demands, i think it’s absolutely ridiculous!

  400. Jay

    2009-06-05 at 8:30 AM

    You’re the best possible person to wear a Hogg catsuit, damn it. Many of your readers find your style inspirational – we love the combinations you pull off. And that inspirationalness can rub off on the clothes you wear, making them (a) desirable and (b) comprehensible: “Ah, so that’s how you could wear it!” You stand for cool and youth and creativity and humour, and you also represent Dazed in the day-job so some of that rubs off too. All values any self-respecting brand wants associated with them.
    Peaches fucking Geldof? No-one’s impressed by that. Allowing Peaches to wear your catsuits and not Susie? Not only is it off brand message, it suggests that Her Pigginess is a bit dazzled by Peaches wafer-thin veneer of celebrity and can’t see straight. Dizzy eighties nonentity won’t be around for long!
    And by the way, I echo previous suggestions that you should get that post right back up. She’s not a legal leg to stand on, and is being such an arse that she really deserves to be shown up on this. I can understand you don’t want to alienate people in fashion, but frankly you’ve got a much bigger following than she has, so you’re not the one who’d be getting hurt by this… Show her who has the real power in a digital economy…

  401. jC

    2009-06-05 at 9:58 AM

    To the other ‘jc’ and the idea of posting Susie’s Pam Hogg photos, yesterday I put up a self portrait from the dressing room of a Zara in Barcelona (in a dress I didn’t end up buying) and so far, Zara’s people are cool with it.
    Wouldn’t it be great if everyone put up shots of themselves in other shops & designer’s dressing rooms, put it up – just to see if anyone else makes us take it down?
    this is the posting & it wasn’t a big deal: only two comments (but then again I haven’t been blogging that long)

  402. Akai

    2009-06-05 at 12:50 PM

    Susie, I dip into your (fantastic) blog occasionally but have never felt moved to comment before now. I just wanted to add my name to the roll-call of your supporters.
    As an online fashion journo, I read your post and my heart went out to you – I know exactly how it feels to be in that position.
    Respect to you for not taking the post down quietly, but for refusing to be bullied and explaining articulately and maturely what really happened. You’re a braver girl than I, and you’ve won a fan in me over this.
    Pam’s attitude to promotion has obviously remained in the pre-internet Eighties. I always thought her a cool lady and am disappointed that she has proven to be so unsavvy – not to mention unsavoury.

  403. jack

    2009-06-05 at 2:37 PM

    Maybe you should lose some weight, you fat slut.

  404. k

    2009-06-05 at 3:23 PM

    ^ugh, shut up jack. i wasn’t going to comment as you have hundreds of people telling you how beautiful you are already, but wtf!! susie, you are wafer thin and stunningly beautiful. i don’t understand why everyone keeps referring to you as “normal” or “average.” you are not in the least! you are incredibly slender and most women would kill for your figure. not to mention your beautiful complexion and just your overall look, which is stunning. i hope you do not take any of the naysayers to heart. love your blog, its the best!!

  405. jC

    2009-06-05 at 4:31 PM

    Has anyone seen this?
    So if anyone wants, go ahead and put this page up on your blog – just for fun!
    Re: the twig shaped debate, I can’t really talk as I’m one of those people women hate for being naturally thin – it’s not a virtue, just chance – but I don’t see that Peaches Geldorf is any more twig-shaped than Susie Bubble. Call me retarded, but both women seem quite normal, and healthy, average to slim weights & shapes.

  406. Ashleigh

    2009-06-05 at 7:33 PM

    The only bad publicity here is what they’ve created for themselves! I was absolutely in-love with those pictures – it made me consider the price of one of those catsuits seem acceptable because they looked so fun. But they wouldnt have looked fun on just any old stick thin model or mindless celeb – it was because you wore it! (and your friend ofcourse!) How ridiculous!

  407. RoxyBlue

    2009-06-05 at 8:59 PM

    Bad publicity is Pam herself and Susie S. modeling those catsuits.

  408. kim

    2009-06-05 at 9:26 PM

    I have been sick so haven’t seen this yet, but am still astonished enough to leave a late comment. I know how it must have felt – I don’t even dare to step into the stores of my favourite designers for fear of being chased out. Though I have got the cash to afford them, I’m not dressed as a typical customer. Your basic Kenzo situation.
    Anyway, I agree with the others who’ve said that this move is waaay worse publication for Hogg. As much as I like clothes, I wouldn’t buy stuff from people who’s attitude is crap.

  409. Bernice Betty

    2009-06-06 at 12:30 AM

    i think that that was really horrible of them to do. especially because you are like the anna wintour of fashion blogging (imo anyway).
    don’t let them get you down, there was no reason for them to do that and definitely don’t take it personally.
    you are beautiful stylish and amazing!

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  411. Leah

    2009-06-07 at 8:49 PM

    I came across your blog after seeing your photo on Jak and Jil. Jak and Jil featured you because you are beautiful and have great style. I read your post about Pam Hogg and saw pictures of certain other young people in similar Pam Hogg outfits. Pam Hogg should be thanking you for wearing the catsuit so well. It actually looked cute on you and somehow you made it work. You are a lovely, stylish young woman who also has a strong following. You know what bad publicity is Pam Hogg? Insulting a beloved member of the blogging community


    2009-06-07 at 11:07 PM

    To tell you the truth , when I read your article on Pam Hogg , I did already have the feeling you thought the catsuits were overpriced and not special at all…maybe THAT was what bothered the Hogg’s ( for obvious reasons)

  413. Pix

    2009-06-09 at 4:45 PM

    First off Pam Hogg is such a lovely person and a real Icon with a reputation. By showing such disrespect for letting your sisters boyfriend pose around in her Women’s wear, you could understand why Pam would want those pictures taken down as you were not given permission to have the pictures taken.
    You have been caught out with a slap on the wrist, now just grow up and deal with it.

  414. hillary

    2009-06-09 at 5:23 PM

    The thing that gets me is that they insinuated that you weren’t fit to wear their clothes yet someone how they are reading your blog. Why read if you aren’t special enough to post pics.
    The whole thing puts a bad taste in my mouth. Lets be honest she just lost a whole lot of business because there is a ton of buzz going around about this. Because honestly you are a fashion darling to many many people who follow you and your blog. This is just getting her bad press when frankly she could of used this as an opportunity to offer you a suit and gain some popularity.

  415. sandra

    2009-06-11 at 7:44 AM

    Sorry, but they’re right. You don’t have the physique to wear a skintight catsuit and pull it off. By all means, neither do I, but it’s a bit stupid trying to blame a designer for being shallow when you sneak into her changerooms and take photos without the smallest inkling (fortunately) of buying her clothes.
    That’s life kiddo.

    • Tom

      2014-03-06 at 9:45 AM

      Coming late to the party here, but this really needs to be addressed:

      @Sandra said:
      > Sorry, but they’re right. You don’t have the physique to wear
      > a skintight catsuit and pull it off.

      Creepy haters like this need to be called out.

      Sandra: your behavior is reprehensible, please wash your mouth out with soap.

  416. susie_bubble

    2009-06-11 at 8:08 AM

    ^I will be closing comments on this post soon but just to clear up one matter…. it wasn’t a matter of SNEAKING in and trying on clothes. Had no intention of going in there to try on anything. Actually didn’t want to at all…. but the girl who works in the shop encouraged me to do it as she’s a friend of my sister who I was with…it wasn’t a hush hush affair….the shop was empty, we were just hanging out, and the shop girls were very enthusiastic about it and even took photos….not going to keep defending my post because what’s done is done. I have moved on. It was something I needed to get off my chest and now I’m about 10-15 posts ahead of this one anyhow…

  417. peek-a-boo

    2009-06-11 at 9:26 AM

    Sounds like crap to me. Screw them, we’ve all had a tough start to the year. I saw we rebel!
    I love annoying snooty shop owners. I don’t need their approval, and neither do you Suzie. Don’t let anybody burst your bubble. The only people that do that are those with deep insecurities.
    I like the idea about marching en masse to the store. But rather than chanting, it would be more fun to try on stuff for a laugh (I’d love to try the white cowboy boots, though I have calf muscles, so they probably won’t fit!). You know, like when you’re a kid and you try on the super-sized hat & sunglasses and have a giggle?

  418. HC

    2009-06-12 at 12:48 AM

    Wow. Pam Hogg is a flipping IDIOT.
    You are a very attractive girl – far more attractive in the eyes of the average person than some whey-faced, boney-arsed vapid model. You have a great figure, a cute face and beautiful hair.
    You looked as good as anyone can in a stupid multi-coloured catsuit. Clearly, Ms. Hogg and Co felt you weren’t treating her creations with the correct reverence (note to Hoggy: a blind man on a runaway horse in a sandstorm would take one look at your creations and laugh up a lung) and was scared that outside the confines of a photoshoot, her clothes look like exactly what they are: clown-like, laughable crap.
    Oh, and Peaches Effing Geldolf? Give me a break. Unpleasant, over-exposed fame-whore riding on daddy’s name. You’re much more pleasant and respectable in every way.

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    2009-07-22 at 12:47 PM

    pam,who? fuck her .. where was she in last 10 years?
    maybe in one of her crack houses .. she got this blast from the past..
    and all this pixi,fixis..they should win camel toe cat suit price

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    2009-07-27 at 3:43 PM

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    PAM Hogg needs to get over herself. She was relevant – if she ever was – a long time ago and I fathom how she makes any money.
    Clearly she has her finger pointing totally away from “the pulse” otherwise she would have thought better to get into this sort of public slanging match with a very influential blogger whose readership on a daily basis outstrips vogue’s annual readership.
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  427. pashmina

    2010-11-19 at 2:24 PM

    If they let you wear the dress without buying it then you’ve every right to photograph yourself in it and post it. I don’t see how they’ve got any right to ask you to take down the photo and the fact that they did was naive and hurtful. Anyone speaking enthusiastically about your product should be encouraged and supported, rather than subjected to aesthetic fascism. Can you imagine Nike telling someone who’s raving about their shoes, “could you please take them off you’re not our ideal customer”…. it wouldn’t happen! Look at the diversity that Apple seems to encourage even within the staff of the iStores to see how progressive companies handle difference.

  428. mrminge@hotmail.com

    2010-11-21 at 3:09 AM

    I have known Pam for 30 years or more and I can honestly say that every month she has a drama usually by her own creation. She can be great, funny and open minded. But on the flip side controlling mean spirited and unfortunately it is her bad side that has left her swimming around the same small goldfish bowl .. such a pity she could have really been big news. PLEASE don’t take it personally – she has upset most people than come into her gaze in London over the years- its part of the package

  429. Yasue Yang

    2013-08-12 at 2:06 PM

    Dear Susie Bubble,
    I am sorry that Pam Hogg hasn’t yet understood that fashion is created for the people. If fashion designers sat in ivory towers thinking that they only create clothing for ridiculously thin willowy model types, the business wouldn’t survive. Fashion, the press and the consumers all participate in creating the hype and buzz if what makes a trend or something deemed as cool. Pam
    Hogg is sadly delusional and very much stuck in the eighties. She was always second fiddle to the eighties stars like Bodymap and Richmond -Cornejo. I noticed she sold plates that show her face almost like Sarah Stockbridge for Vivienne Westwood. No, Pam Hogg is not a creative genius. We/the press/people admire her for being a trooper and still going strong like the energizer bunny. Whether it is necessary or selling is another story.
    You look fine. I am a New Yorker and I remember one year in the not too distant past I spied you walking down 23rd street between 8th and 9th avenue during Fashion Week. You looked great! I noticed you first then I realized who you were. Total fan geek ones
    overcame me so I said nothing. Pam Hogg should stop criticizing you and get a reality check. The brouhaha that ensued is ridiculous and is definitely one of the ugly sides of the fashion business that should not have happened.
    This past week we see Oprah (a woman who earns 77 million per annum) get turned away from looking at a $36000 Tom Ford bag as being “not for her and too expensive” by a Swiss sales girl. So don’t feel bad, it even happens to Oprah.
    Love & keep up the good work,

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