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Le 15 octobre 2016, 11:04 dans Mode 0

Sometimes in life you look around and wonder, WTF is actually going on in the world.  But before Trump became a presidential candidate and back in the days when phones were just phones, life was simpler. And nothing embodies these simpler times quite like the outfits worn by the cast of The Hills. 

For six glorious seasons we watched Lauren, Heidi, Audrina, Lo and Whitney make it and break it in the city of angels. And between the heartache, scripted drama and unfulfilled Paris trips (she really will always be that girl who didn’t go to Paris) there were: the outfits. And boy were they good. So come with us as we travel back in time to the golden years between 2006-2010 - from Audrina’s pre-Missguided cut out swimming costumes (she really was a decade ahead of her time) to Lauren’s incorrigible use of headbands, those really were the days…. 

Before ombre and platforms there were ringlets and strappy heels

The girls went for snazzy metallics and draped tulle for this season premiere of The Hills. Lauren, as per, shows a penchant for curls that even Jane Austen would be jealous of and Whitney reminds us that before she moved to New York she really didn’t like fashion and instead enjoyed dressing up as a ladybird. 

When Lauren wore a panama hat and Whitney wore we don't even know what

The end of Season 3 was a real turning point for the girls and their style. This is the last time you’ll ever see Whitney Port try to pull of a hoody and tight cut off shorts and its certainly the last time you’ll see Lauren try and pull off a black shirt and a panama hat that no one ever has pulled off. Maybe MTV gave them a pay rise or something.

Can we talk about LC’s headbands though

And the pearls…  This must be when Lauren started out at Teen Vogue. We can tell by the super enthusiastic manner in which she’s conducting herself which is indicative of how she always conducted herself in the workplace. Or maybe this is when she’s realised she will always be the girl who turned down a Teen Vogue internship to hang out with her boyfriend. 

And then there was Stephanie Pratt: the prequel

Before she started causing trouble in Chelsea Stephanie Pratt was busy wearing pink animal prints and spending hours ironing her hair. In other hair news this is also the point when LC and Whitney swapped their hand held curlers for the full on LA blowdry and hairdressers everywhere rejoiced as the female population of the western world followed suit.

Whit you are our everything

Whitney actually has a post on her blog where she looks back at all her dodgy fashion moments on The Hills, but weirdly this one doesn’t feature... 

The Not Properly Famous Yet red carpet look

When you’re famous enough for Perez Hilton to write about but not famous enough for stylists… 

When Heidi couldn't be bothered to dress up

We can’t imagine Heidi leaving the house dressed like this now but for a while the unkempt am-I-still-in-my-pyjamas-you’ll-never-know thing was totally her jam. Who needs skin tight dresses and boob jobs when you have grey woolly jumpers and knee high boots? No one, that's who.

The big reveal: deconstructing the slip dress

Le 24 septembre 2016, 12:04 dans Mode 0

Fashion may be quixotic, but there are some things you don’t argue with: Mrs Prada’s genius, Karl’s Edwardian collar preference and the stone cold rightness of Nova magazine. In a prescient editorial printed in January 1969 with the headline, “What are you trying to hide?” the mag declared that the only response to worrying that your underwear would be visible beneath your clothes was to turn a wardrobe vice into a virtue. “Show that you mean it,” it declared. “Don’t count on your underclothes not showing, choose them so if they do, it doesn’t matter.” Accompanied by a model shot and clothes credited to Woolworths – an arch styling move if ever there were one – it documented a pivotal moment in the fashion history of underwear as outerwear.

Forty-five years later and the concept of the blurred line between public and private fashion – what ought to be concealed or revealed – is still being played out on the catwalk. For spring 2016, the debate began in September at the Givenchy show – a visiting dignitary at New York fashion week for one season only – where designer Riccardo Tisci riffed on a slip dress theme with chemises, wispy lace and silk slips. At Calvin Klein, creamy ankle-length slip dresses with misbehaving slovenly-cum-sexy straps were worn with minimal trainers and recalled the 90s. It was an echo of the brand’s heyday, a moment of nostalgia for those whose love affair with fashion began when a doe-like Kate Moss defined the brand. In London, Burberry continued the theme, showing silky flowing slip dresses with utilitarian rucksacks and contrasting chunky sandals. Was Christopher Bailey submitting to his inner grunge rocker?

As you might expect, the underwear-on-display look was especially prominent in Paris, spiritual home of the cinq à sept. Alexander Wang’s swan song at Balenciaga was filled with tryst-worthy clothes, all white silk nighties and hotel slippers, a romanticised room-service look. At Céline the trend crystalised. Phoebe Philo isn’t known for pushing overt sexiness, and her lace-trimmed slips with intentional creasing weren’t presented that way. But in the hands (sorry, on the boobs) of a woman with curves – as evidenced by Dakota Johnson on the cover of Vogue – their sensuality is hard to ignore.

But it was Hedi Slimane who really spelt it out, with a Saint Laurent finale celebrating grunge. Slip dresses with Courtney Love-worthy tiaras and explicitly bare backs that felt more backstage pass than boudoir summed up the allure: despite its flimsy fabric, a slip dress can multitask, representing both sex and rebellion at the same time.

A quick skirt through the history of the slip dress backs up this theory. Fans of the style include, in no particular order: Kate Moss, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elvira Hancock in Scarface (come on, in fashion terms she is real), Elizabeth Taylor, Rihanna, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Courtney Love, Veronica Lake and Princess Diana. Women who share, if not a style, then a kind of sartorial irreverence.

In its basic form the slip dress, with its spaghetti straps, silky fabric and often lacy trim, mirrors underwear, but also wants to be seen. Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear, an exhibition opening in April at London’s V&A, examines the relationship between underwear and fashion. Its curator, Edwina Ehrman, sums up the wearing of underwear as outerwear as “a way of challenging contemporary morality. It represents the difference between what should be public and what should be hidden, and the breaking down of those barriers.”

As far back as the late 18th century, fashion leaders such as the Duchess of Devonshire and Marie Antoinette were wearing fine muslin dresses with a sash around the waist. Not so shocking now, but to their contemporaries it would have looked as if they were wearing their underwear. Ehrman claims that the classic Jane Austen-style dresses of the early 1800s were an even earlier example of this. To underline her point, the curator has chosen to exhibit a Pride And Prejudice-type dress next to her own favourite underwear as outerwear dress: a John Galliano for Givenchy slip, cut on the bias and owing much to the 1930s slip dress trend. A newly single Princess Diana wore another Galliano dress – this one for Dior – to the Met Ball in 1996 just a few months after her divorce. Bet she was feeling sexy and rebellious that night.

For Bay Garnett, contributing fashion editor at Vogue and slip dress styling aficionado, it all depends on context. “You can have such different perceptions of the slip dress – in a tacky situation it looks terrible, but it can look incredible, too. Either East Hampton or totally grunge. To me the appeal is to deconstruct the sexiness, to subvert it. The genius of Courtney Love in a slip dress was that she turned an essentially conservative and conventional item on its head. It’s the ultimate punk thing to lampoon something so commercial.”

Like many, the slip dress that most resonates with me belonged to Kate Moss in 1993. Wearing a transparent silver slip by Liza Bruce to a model agency party, Moss accessorised with an almost empty beer bottle and a Marlboro Light. The dress hides nothing and highlights what look like knickers from a multipack of pants. What is shocking is not that you can see the moles on her breasts but just how nonchalant she is about the whole thing. It’s a display of pure casual rebellion. Ehrman, who has included the original Bruce dress in the exhibition, agrees that the moment was “so natural, like she’s just pulled it on”.

In today’s post-Kimoji age, where catwalks are live-streamed on Grindr and naked penises swing on the runway, the idea that underwear as outerwear might shock seems almost quaint. So what is the appeal of the slip dress now? Overt sexiness is not the prevailing mood in fashion, but we are enjoying yet another 90s revival. From Christopher Kane and Vetements’ grown-up grunge to the minimalism of brands such as the Row and Joseph, the style imprint of that decade is hard to ignore. The slip dress is mercurial in this context – it can be a grunge-worthy charity shop find, sleek and minimal, or sexy, depending on your shoes and hair.

Add in a trim of lace, known among high-end fashion buyers as “retail gold”, and the slip dress represents the perfect fashion storm. It pushes style boundaries and cash registers in a louche, dishevelled way. It speaks of punk and grunge and sex – but all in the most casual fashion.

How To Get It Right When Buying Clothes Online

Le 10 septembre 2016, 09:45 dans Humeurs 0

Online clothing stores have brought in greater convenience for shoppers. From the comfort of your home or office you can now easily purchase any type of garment from your preferred origin and in the style that works for you. You can also find accessories to complete your outfit without having to move from store to store or travelling to a given country just to get what you want.

But even with the much convenience that the online stores have brought in for shoppers, there are things you should do to make sure that you get it right with every cloth item you buy online. The biggest challenge with getting your stuff online is that you do not have the advantage of touching and feeling or trying on the garment. But with a few considerations you can make your buying experience more pleasant and rewarding.

1. Have your measurements right

Just because a dress or suit you saw and liked on an online listing looks perfect doesn't mean that it is actually your fit and size. The most important thing you should do before you even start looking for your clothes online is to get measured. Know your exact bust/chest, arm length, hips and waist measurements. Important to remember is that there is no universal sizing requirement between designers so trust your current wardrobe to help you interpret the sizes. It's also important to get familiar with the information on centimeters and inches so you know just what is right for you.

2. Be flexible with the colors

The truth is that computer monitors can vary and what is displayed on your retailer's website may not be the color that you receive in the end. It helps to be flexible in the sense that the clothing item you have liked may come in a color that is slightly different from what you saw. This understanding will avoid the frustrations of ending up with an item that is a shade lighter or darker than expected. If you want to be sure, then you can contact the seller and ask exactly what shade the fabric is before you purchase.

3. Understand the exchange and return policy of the seller

Some very good online retailers and wholesalers will make it possible for you to return clothes if they are short of what your real expectations were. They could be a size smaller or bigger or the color could be way off from what you wanted. However, such policies also come with a time limit so ensure that what you get is reasonable enough for you to get value for money that you spend on your item.

4. Consider the shipping

Free shipping is what many retailers offer, but there are some that charge for the same. If there are charges, then consider doing your shopping when you want more than one item to reduce the costs. You should also ensure that you make your purchase from a reputable and trustworthy retailer for a smooth buying experience.

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