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IS IT A MAN?

The Sunday Times Style Magazine hit the, emasculate your man jack-pot this last weekend. Were they having a laugh I wondered? But then I had a flash back to the 70s, and yes we have been here before. Trawling through my collection of Vogues from that decade I found plenty of examples to share.

Starting with Style’s idea of touchy feely man in 2012. Just don’t let that baby look down.

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Vogue; late 70s

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Really?

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Ring pull zips for easy access!

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Why put it on the floor when you can wear it?

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Which one if you really had to choose?

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Fabulous.

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Great shot. Almost makes the frills desirable.

Happy to report that having asked men of various ages, from 24 upwards, if they would try this look (without being drugged first) not one took me up on the offer, although they thought the baby was cute!

My new London r…

My new London r….

My new London r…

My new London restaurant fav. is the Delaunay, brother or maybe sister to the Wolseley. 

So many openings are expensive disappointments, but not this one. 

I even loved the tree shaped bread; for me this attention to detail sets the perfect scene. 
Just add a cocktail from the bar, and wear an on-trend, drop waisted flapper dress, or if more appropriate, the male equivalent.
 
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Austerity Dressing

So should it be the tiny Roger Vivier bag, a snip at £970, or the Balenciaga straw just £695?The cheap as chips Stella, meat-friendly, man-made shoe at £455, or the very reasonable Burberry pair at £950? Recession? What recession?

Must be the one that has brought out a rash of High Street dressing accessorised with bargain diamonds, (such a good investment opportunity) and rob a bank designer cool footwear plus deliberately clashing handbag. Yes, this summer the must have of every fashion editor is a little bit of Top Shop (preferably Mary Katrantzou) with a soupcon of vintage, a splash of ebay and an absolutely rude not to buy, but insanely priced, high end accessory.

Well let’s face it, the banks are not offering much interest on savings, and eating or paying the bills is so last season. Clearly the sensible move is to spend, spend, spend. 

The least a girl can do in these difficult times is to adopt a suffering fashion designer, work long hours still earning last years pay, and then blow the lot on just a single luxury item. To avoid the distain of sales staff remember to make this worshipful pilgrimage, dressed head to toe in a kaleidoscope of unmatched fabric. Flowers and stripes for a feel good factor………….in silk……………obviously.

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   Balenciaga £695 as shown in the Style section of the Sunday Times.

Austerity Dressing

So should it be the tiny Roger Vivier bag, a snip at £970, or the Balenciaga straw just £695?The cheap as chips Stella, meat-friendly, man-made shoe at £455, or the very reasonable Burberry pair at £950? Recession? What recession?

Must be the one that has brought out a rash of High Street dressing accessorised with bargain diamonds, (such a good investment opportunity) and rob a bank designer cool footwear plus deliberately clashing handbag. Yes, this summer the must have of every fashion editor is a little bit of Top Shop (preferably Mary Katrantzou) with a soupcon of vintage, a splash of ebay and an absolutely rude not to buy, but insanely priced, high end accessory.

Well let’s face it, the banks are not offering much interest on savings, and eating or paying the bills is so last season. Clearly the sensible move is to spend, spend, spend. 

The least a girl can do in these difficult times is to adopt a suffering fashion designer, work long hours still earning last years pay, and then blow the lot on just a single luxury item. To avoid the distain of sales staff remember to make this worshipful pilgrimage, dressed head to toe in a kaleidoscope of unmatched fabric. Flowers and stripes for a feel good factor………….in silk……………obviously.

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   Balenciaga £695 as shown in the Style section of the Sunday Times.

Rule britannia

Long time no blog! My late resolution is to make more time in 2012 for things I enjoy…….so lets start with travel.
Just returned from Myanmar or Burma depending on your colonial roots. Photos on facebook…..well some, I do have over 700!
I developed an obsession with the differences between Nations. Not much else to think about in the departure lounges. For an ex British colony the English were few, and definitely seen as past invaders by the Burmese. Not an issue for the Chinese, Germans, Italians and French. I know we see ourselves as a creative, fair minded society. Proud of our democracy and freedom. So why are we so drizzle grey, so baggy and defeated?
The Italians, in garish colour have no care for the fall of the Roman Empire, they shrug and gesticulate with noisy impatience.
The Germans lost nothing of their absolute self belief despite two world wars.
The Americans are cartoon cut outs, bullish cropped men and skinny loud women, all happy to fly the flag.
The French have style, a Napolionic arrogance and the language of love.
The Chinese are absolute, and large, to better express their new wealth. They hide behind dark glasses and camera click endlessly whilst enjoying the power of accent.
How did the British become so faded? The failed colonials, apologetic, meek and furrowed? Bodies like over-stuffed garbage bags, sensible shoes and dreadful hair. Who decided en mass that vanity was an unecessary evil? Do we start out fashion clad and slowly morf into the bland, shapeless world of Littlewoods?
Will I wake up one morning to find that I have disappeared………..beiged out from head to toe?
Happily no. Proudly a Brit, but saved by a genetic mix that can’t be traced back through any parish of this land, I am determined not to succumb!

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Texture is all.

Wear it, sit on it, or knit it.

Woollen texture is enjoying a buzz. From the high street to the designers atelier minimalism is on the wane. It’s been a long time coming but we now want colour, weave and nub. Is this a return to core values? Or an urge to nest in retreat from a difficult world? Knit one, pearl one, gives rise to feelings of nostalgia. I suggest we cast on, feet up, with a cup of English tea and a plate of biscuits. Makes a change from trawling the web.

wild Knitting circa 1970 something.

Rag and Bone winter 2011.

Art at Norris and the flamingo.

Big knits from Claire-Anne O’Brien.

Bowled over by Annette Bugansky’s ceramics.

Vintage looking home style.

Ready textured wool by i knit it.

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