Thursday, 28 October 2010

AMY WINEHOUSE FOR FRED PERRY...LAUNCHES



So, way back in March I blogged about Fred Perry's latest collaboration with Amy Winehouse. You can read all about it here. I spoke about how I'm not usually one to get excited about celebrity fashion collaborations as they usually don't amaze me and I can't be bothered to queue for hours outside the store in the cold to get my hands on an item!

However, Fred Perry is one of my favourite brands, not just for the products, but I love the heritage behind the brand and even though Winehouse is a famous fan of the brand, I do think this collaboration is something a bit different.

There hasn't been a major hype around this launch, it seems slightly more natural and less manufactured (if that's possible) than a lot of other collaborations we see. The products speak for themselves, they stay true to the brand and what they usually offer, but have a slight twist to them, giving them a slightly edgier, sexier look and feel.








Modeled by, none other than Amy herself the collection looks great and I love the colour palette they have used. Sure the photos may be a little airbrushed but I love the expressions on Amy's face, it gives off a sense of calm and relaxation that isn't normally associated with her!

My favourite pieces are the pencil skirt and the trench coat. The items prices haven't been exaggerated because of the Winehouse association and have stayed true to the normal Fred Perry pricing strategy which I think is a good move, especially in the current financial climate. 

The skirt is going for a cool £80, with the coat at £275 and knitwear starting at £70. Agreed, it's not cheap, but Fred Perry never was. And I remember seeing a coat last winter in store that I adored but was £250 and couldn't quite stretch that far so these prices seem to be staying round the same price points.



What do you guys think? I may be slightly biased as I was a fan of both Winehouse and Fred Perry before they joined forces and so this was a bit of win win situation for me, but I really do think the garments are lovely and I will be hunting them down to see them in the flesh. You can view the entire collection here


 Images from Fred Perry UK site.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

BETH DITTO HITS THE RUNWAY


Ok, so I may a bit late on the uptake here, I've been in a bit of a work bubble and only just saw this on Grazia Daily. But, HELLO, Beth Ditto for Jean Paul Gaultier! I love the images of Beth, and it is so refreshing to see someone having fun on the catwalk and, god forbid, smiling!! 

Sure there are levels of criticism around her appearance and some people are saying that it lets the whole collection down etc, but I really admire both parties for doing this. Yea, it probably gained JPG an extra bit of press coverage of his show but after looking at rows after rows of painfully thin, bored looking models it was nice to see a catwalk image come to life. 

I agree that this outfit was probably a little too close to the risqué end of the spectrum, but it's pretty obvious Beth doesn't give a dam. Comments to the Grazia post state that she still isn't truly representing a 'healthy body' as she is overweight, which I guess is true. However I think there is a clear message here which is to be comfortable in your own skin. We don't know the ins and outs of Beth's eating regime, she's not going down the catwalk stating everyone should look like her, but she is showing she's happy and isn't afraid to show herself off in a very size 0 favored world.

Images by Catwalking via Grazia Daily.

Friday, 8 October 2010

 ALIVE AND KICKING! - LITERALLY

 
This week Johnson's created a 'live billboard' where real life models were attached to a temporary board in Westfield shopping centre. Crazy right? Well the thought process behind this idea does seem to make sense. The whole point of the ad is to show how effective their 24 hour moisture body lotion is - by encouraging passers by to stroke, that’s right stroke, or touch the models arms and legs!

Now this ad did the job in terms of getting media attention as I saw it in both the Evening Standard on the train home yesterday and then on the Metro on the way in to work this morning. However, I’m not too sure the public are ready to go up and randomly touch models. And fair play to the models themselves for doing the job!

I reckon there must have been huge security guards hiding behind the billboard in case any funny business started! The photos of the scene show that some of the public weren’t too sure what to do!

What do you guys think? Good stunt? Would you have ‘stroked’ their legs?! I like the idea of having ‘live’ ads and these have been done before and can be quite entertaining, however I fear that encouraging people to touch models may be a step too far but at the end of the day it is a gimmick!

One final note: There’s still time to enter my giveaway. It’s closing on Sunday at 10pm and I’ll announce a winner on Monday morning. All you have to do is comment on this blog post! Good luck.

Monday, 4 October 2010

CHERYL COLE LAUNCHES JEWELLERY RANGE

Cheryl Cole has been a busy bee this week, launching both a book and a new ring in association with de Grisogon. Before I saw the ring I had expectations that it would be big and made up of either one precious stone / gem, or be made up of a collection of lots of small chippings. Basically I thought it would SPARKLE and say, 'hey look at me, how beautiful am I!' 

Well, I was wrong. My initial thoughts are far from the real thing. Sure, Cheryl lived up to my expectations for the launch night, wearing a customed designed dress which had sparkle and looked absolutely gorgeous... the ring however, did not.

It is a thick band ring with the word 'promise' inscribed on it. Do I hear 'cheesy?' Where's the glamour, where's the 'wow' factor?? (or should I say 'x'?!) From a distance this ring looks like one of the ones you can buy off the guy on the beach on holiday! I really was disappointed with it. And not only is the word itself cheesy and naff, the 'o' in the word is spelt with a heart rather than an actual letter. All the good stuff is on the inside! The ring is set on a solid gold band so that you can just see a glimpse of it through the letter cut outs for the word promise. 

I'm not sure how much this ring will retail at but I know it will be out of my budget and probably most peoples', I got that impression from their website anyway! I think that is why I wanted to see something but more striking and definitely not have any messaging on it! On the night Cheryl decided to wear it on her little finger, which I think just looked out of place, and if she can't make it look good, then I've got no hope! What do you guys think? Even if you had a million pounds in the bank would you buy it? I don't think I would as pretty sure I'd never wear it!

Cheryl looking as lovely as ever in her Elie Saab dress. 


Same can't be said for the ring!

Photos from The Daily Mail Online

P.S There's still time to enter my giveaway! Just click here and leave a comment! 

Friday, 1 October 2010

DISCOUNT TIME

If you've read my blog for a little while you will know that I'm quite a fan of the online shopping boutique 'Bunny Hug.' I am not a regular online shopper as I like seeing the product in the flesh as colours etc can change dramatically from on screen to real life. However, the reason I like this store is that their products are quite different and it's hard to find equivalents of what they stock in high street stores.

If you're not already on their mailing list than you should be as they quite often send out discount codes or offer free next day delivery. And right now they have a code for 30% off for friends and family and I thought I would share with you! Just enter the code SATISFACTION at the checkout! So go forth and shop people! And have a good weekend!

P.S Don't forget to enter my Maybeline Makeup giveaway! You can win 5 fabulous Maybeline products! Click here.
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