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The Art of Colouring

Being out of the UK for a while, minus TV, internet, newspapers and a phone connection was an interesting experience. A new season of fashion had begun and I was removed enough not to care. But old habits die hard so it wasn’t long before I was re-immersed, with my head freshly filled by the good old British media telling it the way they want it to be. I refer to the fashion media. I do endlessly question their honesty? Why are they biging up poor collections? Why do they all push the same flavour of the month fashion designer? Who is going to wear the always-was-disgusting 70’s button front denim midi skirt, and would someone please explain the abundance of ugly retro shoes with 5 inch plus killer wedges and platforms?

 

A pair of original 70’s platform shoes shown in Linda O’Keeffe’s book, A Celebration of Shoes.

 

Interested in clothes for this Spring rather than next Autumn I headed for Selfridges not London Fashion Week. Paid the increased CC Charge, now £10………….quickly reversed out of the car park off Wigmore Street, shocked at their £5 per hour attempt at robbery, and instead queued for the Selfridges car park (£13 for four hours). Already feeling poorer I meandered through their second floor which looked awful. Now Concession filled and lacking inspiration it felt a sad place, so I took a moment to mourn the old Miu Miu area, first replaced by Marc Jacobs and now COS. What next I wonder…….. Primark? Apparently someone forgot to tell Selfridges about this season’s colour blocking trend……….although according to a top retail buyer, most of the high end designers were equally ill-informed. So is the trend just a High Street myth perpetrated ( but not worn) by magazine editors? Well wash my mouth out…… those journalists have to write about something being new or we could all recycle their March 2010 edition and not even realise it!

Disappointed by Selfridges I fought my way to Uniqlo. Why was everyone else in Oxford Street walking in the opposite direction to me? Once there I found that Jill Sander has lost her unique glow, the latest range, is not long released and already discounted. Not a good sign.

Jill Sander was also unaware that this must be a season about colour, maybe that was her failure? Either that or the designs were too safe, too navy, too brown, and too expensive.

Zara had bits of colour………most of it slipped from the hangers or thrown onto the floor. The few pieces I touched were in cheap, nasty fabrics so I gave up and re-joined the Oxford Street throng still empty-handed.

Fast reaching the point where I would need an over-draught to pay for longer parking I sat in the rush hour traffic and went home. My sole purchase, a black eyeliner pencil by the latest hot brand Suqqu.

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Hello, it’s been a while.

Globe trotting took precedence over blogging, but even the beauty of South America’s Galapagos Islands didn’t stop me looking for fashion quirks. I just had no means of passing them on, it’s an area dedicated to wild life and not the technology of communication. These images are courtesy of a rather eccentric Japanese lady.

And so much for the famed manners of that country, she regularly cut me up when snorkling, her baby pink flippers were lethal…………..in fact she was absolutely without mercy if a turtle or shark was in sight.

Japanese style, madly wonderful!

Meet my new friend! Fantastic colours and great texture, truly inspirational. And soooo relaxed.

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