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Daughters of Vogue

29 Jun

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while; I’ve been swamped with special occasions like my sister’s 18th and prom (both of which were fabulous by the way).

Anyways, I recently stumbled across some pictures of Anna Wintour with her daughter Bee Shaffer, who has obviously inherited the style-gene from her mother. This post would also be the perfect moment to introduce one of my style icons, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who happens to be the daughter of the former editor of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld. Both Bee and Julia are daughters of two of the most eminent women in the fashion-publishing industry, and yet both can be called stylish in their own right.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld:

Bee Shaffer:

Bee Shaffer Bee Shaffer attends the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Tent at Bryant Park on February 17, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG) *** Local Caption *** Bee Shaffer

I love how daughters inherit certain style quirks from their mothers, and then turn it into something completely original. I know my fashion sense is strongly influenced by my mother, and yet it is so different. What fashion tips have you inherited?

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Happily Ever After

24 Apr
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Okay, I’ll admit it… I love weddings. I love the romance, and the fashion, and the happiness. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and it just happens to come with lots of beautiful dresses. So, when I saw that British Vogue’s May edition was centred on the Royal Wedding, of course I had to pick one up. (As far as that wedding goes, I will be watching it; it’s a part of history and the whole royal establishment intrigues me. How on earth do they manage to keep such private lives, when so much speculation surrounds them?) But a wedding issue of Vogue is a wedding issue, and boy, did this one deliver!
 
Firstly, it’s the first ever issue of Vogue to be released with multiple covers. The three cover models (Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova and Freja Beha Erichson; the It Girls of the moment) were presented as glowing brides in Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood and Bruce Oldfield. My favourite was Freja in Oscar de la Renta:

Then, to my delight, I found a spread of photographs featuring delectable wedding dresses and delicious men in uniform. Mario Testino’s “Wedding Belles” shoot “marks a uniquely British wedding with the pride of the nation”. Firemen, soldiers, sea cadets. Even a British Airways crew made the cut! Below are my personal favourites:

Dress by Ellie Saab Haute Couture

 

Dress by Carolina Herrera
 
  Dress by Dior
 
Obviously the theme of the issue was white, it being the symbol of Christian matrimonial ceremonies. My favourite fashion shoot stuck to the light colour scheme, but also focused on marriage itself. It used traditional anniversary gifts to portray a modern marriage. Here is my favourite photograph from “Forget Me Not”:
 

First Year: Paper; in the form of prenuptial agreements and photocopied divorce papers. Bride wears Julien Macdonald.

A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without some sparkle, and Vogue certainly provided some of that in their “With This Ring…” article. Personally, I have always loved a bit of glitz and glamour, and even if I can’t afford these gems, there’s enough costume jewellery out there to jazz up my outfits.

     
British Vogue May 2011
 

Assorted rings: Accessorize 2011

And I’ll leave you with one final image from the issue, in which they drew memories from various royal weddings over time. Here is the 1934 wedding of Princess Marina and the Duke of Kent:

I’m sure next Friday’s majestic affair will match up.

And, as for Catherine Middleton’s much-anticipated wedding dress… well, in the words of Vera Wang; “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”

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These Boots Were Made For Walking… Just Like Those Jimmy Choos…

22 Apr

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I really am surprised that I lasted so long before giving into my need to write a post on shoes. Well, yes it is only my fourth post, but, for me, that is a long time.

Let’s talk about shoes then. Just the word is enough to give me that fluttering in my stomach, and shivers up my spine. It’s soft and sensuous and rolls off your tongue. The smell of a new shoebox is as good as the smell of freshly mown grass (after I have taken my hay fever tablets of course). Walking into a shop and buying a pair of new shoes can be the highlight of my week… showing them off to my friends can be the highlight of the next. Men and jobs will come and go, but there will always be shoes. I am almost ashamed to admit (but not quite) that sorting my shoe collection out never fails to lift my spirits, and, after gaining a much-coveted pair, I have been known to sleep with them.

I recently discovered that there are other women who feel the same way as I do, and they call themselves Imeldas. After the legendary Imelda Marcos of course, who had 5400 pairs of shoes. Compared to the average woman who has a meagre 19. I am proud to say that, at the age of 18, I have amassed a collection of 23, and, as I never throw heels away, I am well on my way to 100 by the age of 21. What? Even Imelda didn’t wear all her shoes. As Marian Keyes put it, “We’re like collectors of rare artefacts.”

Above are a selection of shoes from my collection, which happen to be my recent favourites. I have included a pair of my Converse, because, honestly, that is representative of my choice in footwear. I have several pairs, and they are great for those days when you just want to walk. Without teetering and nearly falling over. I believe that there are two types of shoes in the world; “hello” shoes and “goodbye” shoes. “Hello” shoes are for the days when you want to be sociable and feel pretty, when you want people to notice you… days when you are, what my mother would call, “on form”. And “goodbye” shoes are for the opposite. When you’re in a bad mood, and not feeling very lady-like, and you just want the world to leave you alone. Converse fit very definitely into the latter category.

So that is quick snapshot of the shoes I own.

Then, there are the shoes I want.

Red-soled Louboutins. Tasteful Choos. Candy-coloured Kirkwoods. Dior. Ohhhh, Dior.

The moment I laid eyes on these drop-dead gorgeous skyscrapers in American Vogue, I knew. One day, I would own a pair. My very own fairy-tale ending.

And here they are in blue:

Unfortunately, I cannot afford these lemondrops of beauty with my meagre earnings from my part-time job. So I will have to wait until I enter the world of magical grown-ups with jobs and degrees. I shall continue shopping at New Look, where the shoes are within my price range (20% student discount!). Not that I’m complaining of course… New Look is heaven-sent for aspiring Imeldas such as moi.

And that, my lovely readers, is why I am

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