Posts tagged ‘style’

August 27, 2012

Dudes

These guys are dudes. They all like music and clothes and stuff. And they’re cool as f**k. Dudes.

BB King. He’s a dude.

BB King

BB King

BB King

 

Wayne & Garth. They’re dudes.wayne's world

wayne's world

 

wayne's world

 

Muddy Waters. He really is the dude.

Muddy Waters

 

The Rolling Stones. They’re total dudes.

the rolling stones

 

These guys are dudes. And it’s totally excellent news that Bill & Ted are coming back for another adventure. Will it be excellent? Will it be bogus? Who knows. But Keanu’s always been fine in my book.

bill & ted

And then there’s these dudes. <3 Outkast.

outkast

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April 8, 2012

They’re a shower of cowboys, Ted.

Nothing seems more rugged or anti-fashion than a cowboy, roaming the plains of the mid west, herding those cattle, but the only people they are fooling is themselves. Anyone worth their weight in FASHUN knows those lads are as prissy about what they wear as any East London graphic design/coffee/fixie/wanky backpack toting scenester. There is an entire culture of sartorial symbolism to back up the extensive cowboy culture and identity.

I am currently obsessed with finding the perfect pair of cowboy boots. I know exactly what I want, but unfortunately the real deal retails at Louboutin prices, eek. I am heading to Paris in a few weeks for a little vintage sourcing trip, so I am holding out to find the perfect pair with a more manageable price tag. In the meantime, I am dreaming sepia and sienna tinted cowboy dreams, full of suede and ostrich leather and horses. I don’t know why I am on such a Western tip at the moment, perhaps I secretly want an adventure and the outdoors. More likely it has to do with the practiality and functionality that cowboy clothes have always embodied, which is something I am finding myself more and more drawn to. Nothing is more no-frills than doing back breaking work, on a horse, in the middle of nowhere, and their clothes have to respond to that. What’s interesting is the way techniques like embossing provide ample adornment while maintaining the usability of the garment, or boot. Embroidery also adds interest, without adding extra, useless bulk. Fringing is another story, but it probably originated with something to do with keeping the flies off. And it’s fringing, so, like, obviously it stays. Also, I love the extra panel western shirts have on the shoulder, I don’t know why they are there, but they look amazing, and allow for interesting seam detailing.

So, to sum up. I want boots I can’t afford. No surprises there. I know very little about the Wild West or Cowboy culture, but I do know about clothes and details and the reasons why we wear stuff, and I think these guys have it spot on.

vintage cowboy style

vintage cowboy style

vintage cowboy style

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And with reference to the title, if you don’t know what Father Ted is, then you are missing out on life.

January 16, 2012

Blur basically lied to me. Fact.

It was David Bowie’s birthday just there at the weekend. I don’t really care that much if I’m honest but I heard Boys Keep Swinging on the radio and it reminded me of one of my favourite Blur songs. Turns out, that is because Blur sampled the Bowie song, but I only found that out today…I am sad that:

a) Blur aren’t responsible for one of my favourite Blur songs

b) I have such a terrible knowledge of Bowie, like how did I miss such a great song???? Especially given what an ENORMOUS Bowie fan my flatmate is.

c) I don’t own Ziggy’s wardrobe

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July 30, 2011

Forevz and evz

On Thursday I popped in to the Forever 21 press morning for a little gander at their Autumn Winter offering. As per usual they had a lovely warm welcome ready for everyone, alongside the finest pieces of the forthcoming season. Stores like Forever 21 really need to tick all the boxes in terms of trends and directions, given that their target market is pretty huge and has such broad tastes, and this season was no exception. So like other high street retailers, they had their overall collection divided thematically, with ’70’s, vintage, preppy and mod being main themes F21 picked up on and developed into stories.

As it was really really busy full of the best and brightest of the Dublin fashion scene, I sort of spent half my time looking at the clothes on the rails and half the time looking at the clothes on the people there. I also managed to remember to bring my camera to a press event for the first time (win!) so I snapped a bit of both.  Interestingly, I noted that the way the crowd were dressed reflected the themes on the hangars. Not bad considering those in attendance were some of the most sartorially savvy fashion heads in Dublin.

Of course I forgot to snap all the things I liked, so you will have to trust me when I say that I really can’t wait to get my hands on the cut out denim shirt.

I liked how they had live mannequins interacting with people, the whole morning had the feeling of a salon, which is no mean feat for a mass mass retailer! The clothes themselves stood up to close scrutiny, not only on the hangers but also on the models walking around, looking great. One of the stylists didn’t realise they were models and was struck by how amazingly dressed, and tall, everyone was!

As a very generous thank you for coming along, the folks at Forever 21 gave us a bag to nab an accessory goody. I am, however, far too much of a goody two shoes, and only took one. So I shall be keeping it for myself – next time I promise I will get something to giveaway to you guys, promise!! But in fairness, with my penchant for rings, do you REALLY think I would give this baby away? It’s amaaaaaazing. I die!

dodgy iphone pic. i was so excited i tweeted straight away....

Forever 21 really have their accessories down. Every time I am in the stores or at an event like this, I find myself picking up things almost before I realise it, which is always a good thing. And you know the old saying, when in doubt, lash on a load of jewellery! No?

And to end off, a few sneaky pics of some of the other lovely bloggers I bumped into on Thursday morning. Good to see you girlies! x

January 9, 2011

There’s a change coming…

I’ve been sorting out some research for one of my college assignments and it occurred to me that this is the kind of humour I’m in. It’s unusual, because normally I’m in a rock-n-roll edgy Balmain/Givenchy/Balenciaga humour. But I am really liking the following aesthetic.

Heroin aside, Jimi Hendrix was a fierce ridey man. And he had some serious threads. And Yoko, well I know she was a bit controversial at the time, but she also had some pretty cool duds. And Annie Hall/Diane Keaton has been done to death, but what with the 70’s revival we’re seeing at the moment, it couldn’t be more appropriate. I only recently saw the film, morto for me.

I don’t know how long I’m going to last before I start pining for some gold studs or a bit of black leather, but I’m gonna make the most of it! x

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