Monday, January 31, 2011



diane kruger + poppy delevigne at the gucci party in paris ♥


Posted by Fashion Junior at Large

I can safely say that I had never encountered before the Fash Ed pointed me in the direction of this relatively new website, which claims to be revolutionising the fashion design industry. That's a pretty big claim, so I thought I would have a nosey around to see what was going on.

The homepage, which explains the Garmz process.

At first glance, it does seem like a pretty nifty idea, and one that will appeal to an army of shoppers sick to the back teeth of the same fashion items, in the same chain stores, across the globe. 

Garmz offers anyone (no qualifications, work experience, internships etc necessary) with a smidge of design talent to submit their designs to the public website. Then registered users can chew over these designs, vote for the best, and voila! Garmz produces the most popular garments and sells them via the online store: giving the designer unprecedented profit and exposure in a massively competitive industry. Shoppers get to buy something slightly more unique and special, and can sleep soundly in the knowledge that they are helping a fledgling designer on their way to global domination.

I continued my research with a look over the products that have already made it through the judging process and into the online shop. There is a very limited range, with only three items for sale, a few for pre-order, and a few that have just been selected as winning designs. All are elegant and interesting, with clean lines and nice details (a turned up cuff there, a faux-fur collar there) but none are completely groundbreaking. Put it this way, Gaga won't be shopping at Garmz.

 This badly named yet pretty jacket is the most expensive item on the site. It's faux fur, and inspired by a hunting jacket (which is clearer in the original design, below)

 The price range ranges between 49 and 279 Euros, which immediately turns me off, because there is an awful lot of polyester listed in the product fabrication. However, there are happy customer reviews under each garment, so there is obviously a loyal Garmz following already (nearly 3000 'Likes' on Facebook, that universal resource for true customer feedback.)

The press have been raving about the site, especially in Europe and the US - even Perez Hilton got involved. I'm sure it's about to get a whole lot bigger here too, but I am genuinely concerned about who is actually going to be profiting from this 'fashion revolution'. As highlighted by Miggy of Miggy Loves The Internet, read the small print and it states that designers will receive 5-10% of the profits if their design is successfully sold. In monetary terms, that means if a garment sells 100 times at £100 a pop, the designer will get £500, whereas Garmz pockets £9500. Something about that doesn't sit quite right, in my humble opinion. Maybe Garmz isn't sticking it to the 'big fat fashion industry', as it claims, and instead, is just another great business idea designed to capitalise on fresh, inexpensive talent.

What do you think? Has anyone shopped at If so, what was the experience like, and how do you feel about the company's mission? 

All images: Garmz

If love is a red dress

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Lately, I am really enjoying life as much as I can. I got so many nice things planned. It might be busy but I am definitely happy. So once again thank you my lovely readers for your support and making some of the nice things happen!
What I am wearing; a dress from Clubcouture, a jacket from Ployy, boots from Chloé , gloves from Newyorker and a vintage hat and clutch.

Sunday, January 30, 2011





Posted by Fashion Editor at Large

A wave of bright colours are to make their way into our wardrobes for spring/summer 2011. While Summer 2010 fashion was characterised by pale camel and blush tones, this year expect every concentration of pink (my all time favourite colour) from candyfloss to cerise, multiple shades of blue thanks mainly to Armani's La Femme Bleu collection, and saving the best for last - green. Not any shade of green; one very specific hue: emerald.

This colour has lightened my mood all week. Drinking it in feels like I'm getting my vitamin D or something. It started when I bought an emerald silk blouse from Urban Outfitters sale for £20 two weeks ago (sadly, no longer available). Then at the Golden Globes Angeline Jolie, Mila Kunis and Elizabeth Moss all chose to wear emerald tinted gowns. In my Golden Globes blog post I initially referred to the shade as forest green, and was corrected by someone commenting on the blog, she suggested emerald and she was right. The colour is that of the precious jewel and it has become my colour of the moment. Am looking forward to buying and wearing more emerald coloured items - especially from Celine and Lanvin. Also for leaves to bud and days to become lighter and brighter. Until then I will simply enjoy the colour.
Lanvin's emerald silk dress for SS11, available from Matches

I particularly like this by G. Stolyarov II, a science fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator. He says on his website "This work of Abstract Orderism depicts an arrangement of layered regular polygons (polygons with all sides of equal length). From the center outward are depicted a triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, hendecagon, dodecagon, tridecagon, tetradecagon, pentadecagon, hexadecagon, heptadecagon, octadecagon, nonadecagon, and icosagon (polygon with 20 sides). As the polygons become larger, increasingly darker green colors are used, thus giving the painting a three-dimensional appearance -- as if one were viewing an emerald from one of its poles."
The new Celine advertising campaign by Juergen Teller with Daria Werbory 

The Emerald City of Oz

Friday, January 28, 2011


Posted by Fashion Junior at Large

I have a confession: I never wear jeans. It's a sad fact, because I am a huge fan of the jeans + old t-shirt + beaten up leather jacket combination, but have unfortunately never been able to find a pair of denim wonders that truly flatters and fits me correctly. The kind you can just throw on without thinking about it.

Until now - I have had a denim epiphany. Last week, the Fash Ed mentioned Bodymetrics at Selfridges to me, and I was intrigued. This revolutionary fitting service uses a machine to scan your whole body and calculate the shape you are, according to their own special categories (I was relieved to note the absence of 'apple'  and 'pear' terminology that has such a negative effect on female self esteem - who wants to be compared to lumpy old fruit?!) Instead, the Bodymetrics service tells you whether you are an Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby, which then means you can select any of the Serfontaine jean styles, that have each been tailored to the three different shapes. In short: the same style of jeans, tailored three ways, for different women. Sounded good to me...

I'm an Emerald - Fash Ed is a Ruby

On the day of our appointment, I was more than a little nervous about stripping off in the presence of total strangers, but thankfully the Tron-like body scanner in the Selfridges denim department offers total privacy. It all feels very sci-fi, as a beam of red light gives your spread-eagled body the once over and beams a silver android scan of your form over to the fitting assistants.

Melanie getting her Tron on in the Bodymetrics scanner

Apparently, I'm an Emerald shape, which is because my waist and hip measurements are fairly similar. At first I was confused, because I'm about as in-and-out as a Coke bottle, but I discovered denim companies measure the 'waist' a lot lower down than our natural waists, because no-one wears their jeans that high anymore. Therefore my 'waist' in jean terms is actually more like the top of my hips. The sales assistant also told me I had slim thighs, at which point I wanted to kiss her.

Into the changing room we went, for fun and games trying on a selection of styles all shaped for Emeralds and Rubies (in the case of the Fash Ed). Although there was still some wriggling and hopping to get our jeans on, this was officially the least stressful jeans-trying experience I have ever had, because for once, they actually fit right. And yes, I came out with the most flattering pair of jeans I have ever worn, which officially makes me a denim convert. At last!

Changing room fun with Mel and George:

As you can see, we both tried on many, many pairs, but unfortunately none were 100% perfect for the 
Fash Ed

(Excuse the stupid facial expression) This was my favourite black pair, with stealthy zips for extra ankle hugging-ness.

We both liked this pale stonewash pair...

 ...which turned out to be my personal winners.

The Fash Ed's experience:

On the other hand, I am a denim obsessive. My first Saturday job was as a denim grader for Rokit (the famous London vintage store) back in the early 1990's. By the time university was complete I was a denim expert. To this day I can still tell a person their jean size from looking at them (who needs a Bodymetric scanner when you've got me). Over the years jeans have been a key component of my everyday wardrobe, until recently when they have been usurped by J Brand Houlihans and Dom & Ruby leather skinny trousers.

Bottom line is while the Bodymetrics scanner found perfectly fitting jeans for me - and I mean PERFECT, they were like a second skin - they did not suit me. Being a Ruby means I have a teeny waist swooping out to a rather cuvaceous hip and thigh. The jeans they gave me were too low-rise, and made me look like I had a long body and thigh handles. But I'm going back to Selfridges next Friday 4th February to host a bloggers event at the denim area, and am trying again with some more high-waisted pairs that are about to come onto stock.


Me and the fashion junior will be hanging out with Paige from Paige's Premium Denim, and Kristen from J Brand at Selfridges Destination Denim area om the 3rd floor from 5 to 8pm next Friday. Please come by for a chat

Melanie & George

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Posted by Fashion Junior at Large

Pop culture, fashion and art are three of our favourite things, so we are very excited about the new exhibition opening at White Cube tonight.  ‘Most Wanted’, is a collection of paintings by New York artist Richard Phillips. Phillips’ distinctive paintings are created using traditional, large scale oil techniques, but their subject matter is a little more 21st century...

Using found imagery of some faces you might just recognise, this artist addresses the marketability of our wishes, identity, politics, sexuality and mortality.  He thus examines the iconic nature of pictures, which the media and art world use daily – each according to its own agenda.

 Captions are not necessary for these portraits of some of the world's most recognisable young stars, all illuminated by a coloured halo which references Richard Bernstein’s illustrations from Interview magazine. They are depicted against ‘step and repeat’ backdrops, or "backboards" which display a variety of luxury brand logos and are what is used to promote brands atred carpet events. There is more than a touch of the 'trading card' about these images - 10 points for a Momsen, you get the idea!

Another interesting paradox thrown up by Philips' use of a laborious, old-fashioned painting style is that the time it takes for him to produce and present one of these artworks totally conflicts with the normal light speed at which we are used to consuming celebrity images. Also, by allowing them to be posted all over the Internet, he is returning the images back to their original context. It's a mind-bending concept. He also exaggerates the rehearsed element to these familiar red-carpet poses with the intensity of colour and size of canvas (fancy seeing R-Patzz's face 2 metres high? Oh, go on then.)

I will be checking out these paintings in the flesh, so to speak, tonight and will be happy to report back on just how accurate Leo Dicaprio's eyelashes are, or if Philips has got Taylor Swift's sparkling earrings just so. Not that I have seen the real thing to judge them against, but I have a feeling these portraits will be the closest a civilian can get to the A-list!


'Most Wanted' was the hottest ticket in London town last night; the gallery was heaving with beautiful, creative types and the exhibition looked stunning. With the male portraits lined up on one wall and the females on the other, the visual impact of these vibrant images was huge - although this is partly due to the collective effect of all ten paintings shown in one space. I particularly enjoyed the smaller pastel sketches that Philips had also displayed, mini versions of the final products, which gave you an insight into his work process. There was a crowd gathered around the Zac 'ridiculous eyelashes' Efron portrait, but my personal favourite was the Taylor Swift for sheer beauty and attention to detail. 

Fashion spot: One of my favourite people in the world dropped by, the goddess-like Florence Welch, looking incredible in a cobalt dress. Here she is with the artist himself:

Richard Philips and the beautiful Flo

Images: Richard Philips/White Cube/Getty

Tribute to Carine Roitfeld

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Carine Roitfeld says adieu to French Vogue. Because she has remarkable style and I love her work, this is my "tribute to Carine Roitfeld look".
The boots are from MaBelleWardrobe, the trench, lace dress and bag are vintage and the tail is from Ebay.

And I have some great news, I am going to Milan the 4th till the 6th of February for the BeMilano blogger weekend. I am so excited!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Currently in love with this latest collection from All The Things I've Done,

And I just can tell I'm being more proud of our local designers!
How about you?

wearing nude top-Bangkok, sheer long vest & faded denim pants-Pasar Senen, skinny belt-Pasar Gedebage, boots-Mango