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Newsround #4



Wow, it’s been a busy few weeks. 2 bank holidays in a row and a few weekends away = me not posting in a while. But worry not (as if you were!) as I should hopefully be back to blogging business….just as soon as the burst pipe is fixed in my hallway, ahem. 


Obviously the biggest news item of the last week is THE wedding and THE dress. I won’t post another picture, we’ve all seen it a million times and will continue to do so for some time, but I will say that I loved it. I love, love, loved it. And I am so happy that it WAS McQueen, i’m sure Sarah Burton feels proud & so she should. We all want to be princesses now, huh?


Speaking of McQueen, last night saw the Met Gala Ball, this year dedicated, or in memory of, Alexander McQueen. There were some beauties on the red carpet and there were some absolute doozers. Sure I may aswell post a few of my faves, what’s another divided opinion between friends?! 
Special mentions go to:

Stella McCartney in her own design – loving the structure of this dress.

 via style.com
SJP in McQueen (not sure about the shoes, from what I can see anyway) and Madonna dressing more age appropriately than usual, who knew?! 
My favourite has to be Daphne Guinness. Not only am I intrigued by her friendship with the late Isabella Blow & Lee McQueen himself, but i’d love a day in her wardrobe to have a nose through her amazing collection of couture. And not many people can carry off a pint o’guinness hairstyle for as many years, or with as much aplomb, as she does. Rather than post a picture of her, why don’t you watch this video of her getting ready in Barney’s window before the event. 
Cate Blanchett for Harper’s Bizarre Australia May 2011 – she’s looking a bit Tilda Swinton in the first picture ….anyone??
And finally, I just want to mention, homegrown (Irish) talent Rebecca Fleetwood landing the McQueen lookbook. Aged just 23 she has been the face of a campaign for Levis and shot for Glamour, Cult and Volt. I think she’s on the up and up. 
Hmmm, it’s been a bit of a McQueen Newsround hasn’t it? I guess it’s been a bit of a McQueen week. I’m not complaining. 
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Outnet Lust #1

I’m constantly going onto The Outnet and lusting over expensive designer items that I will never own. In order to further torture myself, i’ve decided to make a feature out of this and hopefully bring some of you down with me.

Today i’m all about the maxi dresses.

This blue dress reminds me of a ‘ye olde’ medieval style princess dress worn with a pointed crown and flowing veil. No? 
I would wear this McQueen gown as a wedding dress…..were I getting married. The following Erdem dress could also pass as a minimalist wedding dress. Me likey. 
Disclaimer: I did not intend for this to be a purely McQueen and Erdem inspired post. Ahem. 

Trends: Classic Vs Overkill

Today was a day full of very few ups and quite a few downs. To cheer myself up I pottered into town after work with the intent of buying something nice. At the weekend my mother gave me a gift  card for a rather upmarket department store here in Dublin that stocks designer gear (Irish people, you know where I mean) – the card was given to her as a present nearly 2 years ago & she’d never used it but was unsure if there was an expiry on it, nevertheless, she passed it on to me.

For years, literally years, I’ve wanted an Alexander McQueen skullprint scarf, black with white skulls please. I’ve previously toyed with the idea of just buying one out of a month’s wages, but often backed out at the last minute, enticed into other shops along the way and spending the money i’d put aside for it. Today, however, I was on a mission. I was pissed of and I was buying that scarf. I went in, I clocked the scarves, I walked calmly over…I spotted the sales assistant looking at me and swiftly moving towards me. At this point I felt like Vivien from Pretty Woman, yes I had just come from work but I can assure you that I was clothed under my mac.
Unfortunately they had none of the black with white skulls, but they did have the inverted colours, white with black skulls…did I really want to spend €175 on a scarf in a colour I wasn’t sure about? I walked out of the shop, I walked up the street and back into the shop through another entrance to’ing and fro’ing in my mind about whether or not to buy it. As I walked back through the doors, I spotted a street vendor selling MY scarf. Black with white skulls. For a tenner. The scarf was ruined. 
Of course i’ve seen many high street version, and i’ve bought the odd one in the past, but to see it there smirking at me, calling my name and teasing me that I couldn’t buy it’s sartorially older sister in the big shop beside it. I didn’t purchase the one for a tenner and I didn’t go back and purchase the white one, despite circling the shop 2 or 3 times (and, might I add, being questioned by every shop assistant who looked at me like pondscum, I have a loyalty card dammit, with THREE EURO worth of points on it! HA!)
On the lone, emptyhanded walk home I passed a woman with what I presumed to be a fake Louis Vuitton bag. And that was when I started questioning my own fashion obsessions. Do I really want to spend my usual monthly clothing budget on a scarf just because it’s designer? Or will people just presume it’s a fake anyway?
Do I want to buy it because I think it’s a classic design that will never go out of fashion or have I been brainwashed into thinking this because EVERYONE knows what the  iconic design is and will immediately know it’s designer? 
I’ve often tried to justify spending money on an item because ‘it’s good to invest in pieces you like’ – which is true, if they’re pieces that aren’t easily  replicated and copied all over the high street and beyond. Not only that, but if I only have 1 or 2 items that I deem ‘investments’ that happen to be designer, am I buying them because I love them or because I want to show off that I have an expensive bag? A bit of both, truth be told. But what’s the point in that if people, like me, will look at a handbag and presume it’s  a fake because it’s a well known designer or the person carrying it doesn’t appear to be otherwise dripping in gold?
I think my point here is, if a designer item is not immediately accessible to you because you don’t  have the cashflow, but it’s an item that is popular for being popular’s sake i.e. aforementioned Louis Vuitton logo bags, Alexander McQueen scarf, Chloe Paddington bags, would you save your money and ‘invest’ in one and run the risk of people assuming it’s fake because it’s a design you still love no matter what, or would you admit defeat and think you’re better off spending your hard earned cash on something original?
I’m not sure if I lost my point along the way, but it’s certainly not designer vs fake. Screw it, if I had the money I know what and where i’d be purchasing.
As an aside, if it were a pair of shoes that I was thinking of buying, there’d be absolutely no questions asked. I seem to justify the money spent on shoes, at least in my head I do. 

Sunday Roast

Come Sunday I have a million and one items saved to my desktop, items ‘favourited’ on twitter and notes with quotes and comments. All of them are ideas for blogposts but really i’d want to be blogging 24hrs a day to be able to post them all.
So, whenever I get a chance i’m going to endeavour to throw them all into a random mish-mash post, hoping for the best and to start the week off with a clear desktop!

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Paris Fashion Week
Images via style.com
THIS, my friends, is why Sarah Burton is first in line to design THE Royal wedding dress.
Nicole Richie front row @ JPG Paris Fashion week
image via look.co.uk


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THIS, Peter Copping for Nina Ricci pre-fall 2011 textured red beauty. 







McQueen and I

I finally just got around to watching the programmed that aired last Friday night. This documentary touched on Alexander McQueen’s relationship with his great friend, and muse, Isabella Blow. 

At this point everybody knows about their tumultuous and self-destructive relationship with each other and how they adored each other more than anybody else. I can only imagine that this programme really only demonstrates a small amount of what they meant to each other and their successes, downfalls and ultimately, their deaths.
Definitely worth catching up with on 4OD if you still haven’t seen it (and can view it from whatever you country you may be in)
I’m not lying when I say it brought a tear to my eye. Powerful stuff. 
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