Thursday, 15 September 2011

Shoulder Proof

Flicking through my wardrobe looking to have a fashion show of my own, something I often do when I am bored with nothing real important to do and to discover whether or not I have put on any excess weight, it just suddenly came to me the number of dresses with shoulder pads in, whether they were bought that way or I DIY'ed them. I don't know what it is about shoulder pads, but since their revival for spring/summer 2009, I have become obsessed.

Christopher Decarnin of Balmain Spring/Fall 2009

Anyone over 40 (not to say I am within that age bracket, but I do have distinctive memories of my mum's wardrobe hence why I can comment so clearly on such matter, trust me - I wouldn't lie) will remember the shoulder pads of the 1980's Dynasty-cult that paved the way of fame and fortune for Joan Collins, Princess Diana (rest her soul) and the infamous Margaret Thatcher; more for her style rather than her political view point.

A symbolism of 80's fashion and a measure for power dressing for women, I have taken to customising dresses, tops and even jackets - wherever they can be inserted; they are tacked or sewn in. To what seems to be a signature look for me at the moment because my style tends to change according to the hairstyle I am wearing, not only have I embraced a sense of liberation since the removal of my hair two years ago in a crazy and drastic move for change, but I have embraced the measure of 'power' using fashion as the tool to express it. As superficial as it may sound, especially when there are more trivial matters affecting the lives of many in this country and the world, fashion is powerful. 

Coincidentally, my thoughts were imprinted in this weeks edition of The Stylist magazine, one of three exclusive covers and their biggest issue to date, the impoverished trend for this autumn/winter 2011 being the 'fetish' and transforming it into an empowering topic for women to dominate and assert their personality, the use of bondage and black PVC leather, exudes this season's trend by using a powerful woman to empower us [women], and what better way to do that than with the support of a supreme beauty, Alek Wek. 

The cover of the The Stylist magazine (issue 93), Alek Wek
She affirms the true meaning of 'born this way' as oppose to societal ideals to what is internationally acceptable. Her inspirational words, "We should embrace each other, we should inspire each other and we should empower each other." A message that will take us leaps and bounds, if we continue to embody femininity with fashion as our power tool, we will continue to 'raise the banner' to the very heart of our existence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

I AM...

Do you know who this man is? 

This is Satoshi Kanazawa, University Lecturer of Psychology at London School of Economics, who was slammed by critics for his controversial and racially charged article published on his Psychology Today blog spouting ideals that "black women are less attractive than other women". Outraged, and offended, that an academic is free to voice such ideals, in what is now a 'multi-cultural society'; but whose ignorance is justified in the name of 'science'. It seems we live in a society where, if there is a scientific explanation, then it is true.

I AM PROUD, I AM BLACK, I AM A WOMAN; I AM A PROUD BLACK WOMAN. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". If you don't believe me, take a look and you will see exactly what I mean.

Dorothea Towles

Alek Wek

Tyra Banks 

Naomi Campbell 

Lauryn Hill 

Jill Scott

Mary J Blige 

Angela Bassett 

Gabrielle Union

Queen Latifah 

Maya Angelou

To name but a few...

Monday, 5 September 2011


Summer is over and soon enough, it will be time to rummage the bottom of your wardrobe for your L.B.D, but not before we say an official goodbye to the spring/summer trend; the L.W.D - the Little White Dress! 

Unfortunately for me, I no longer own a L.B.D. I had a 'fabulocious' LBD a few years ago, which was a classic as far as I was concerned, it was a 1960's inspired baby doll dress in chiffon and lace; with puff-sleeves and a high-collared neck line covered in lace (anything covering the neck is a plus for me) and it was little. I wore the dress once, and never to be worn again because I put it on a quick wash in the washing machine rather than to take it to the dry cleaners, so it shrunk! I blame a friend I had at the time for if it wasn't for her wanting to meet a guy for a date, then I would not have had to chaperoned her (one of our many adventures to NY and taking numbers from guys to find our way around, using your 'Britishness' and female presence, but at a price!), to have worn the dress to begin with nor would I have put the dress in the washing machine. Nonetheless, it was a fabulocious dress that I have fond memories of, but the sad thing is, that I have not owned another since. Anyway, this post is about the craze for LWD, not my mishaps for failing to read washing labels.

As the obvious colour worn by the bride on her wedding day, "white" represents purity and a virginal nature, but for us shallow folk, it was a craze that made you feel like the sun had just come up, something that is a difficult concept to visualise living in the UK, but it's a colour that made you feel fresh and brand new.

Dolce & Gabbana's Little White Dresses/Spring 2011

Pretty cute little white dresses naturally had taken its course on the runway, it being the season of weddings where couples express their undying love for each other, from Amsale's contemporary take on wedding gown design, to Lily Pulitzer's 60' inspired mini shift dress of love and daydreams, with floral lace prints and Erdem's romanticism inspired collections of sheer lace. The L.W.D made its stamp on the summer acting as much as a stylish, elegant yet chic look to its equal the Little Black Dress. 

Amsale Presents the Little White Dress, NY Bridal Market '11

Lily Pulitzer Spring 2011 Catalogue
Erdems lacy white dresses
Erdem, S/S 11
An instant hit with the celebrities, they were seen in full force making a statement in their little white dresses. Here are a few of my favourites:

Toni Braxton looks stunning in this amazing Mychael Knight dress. Without an ounce of excess fat in sight, she is to die for in this 'itsy bitsy teenie weenie' white body con styled ensemble with a ruffled neck long sleeved dress. This has my name written all over it, but I could not wear it without 'Bridget'. 

Toni Braxton wears Mychael Knight at the launch of their new show 'Braxton Family Values'

The new Transformers star, Rosie Huntington-Whittle, steps out on the red carpet for the 2011 Maxim Hot 100 party, in a Max Mara dress from the 2011 RTW collection in this jaw dropping backless dress with cut-out sides. 

Transformer star, Rosie Huntington-Whittle, in Max Mara's Spring 2011 collection 

No stranger to making a statement or flaunting her beauties, Rihanna is renown for wearing bold colours even if it is white and she looks sexy, but sophisticated in this ruched dress. 


Gywneth Paltrow has been seen dotting about in a selection of LWD's

But let's  face it, most of us cannot afford what the magazines say we should wear, so here are a few more affordable yet 'chic' creations.

V for Vendetta by Aqua £88

Image 1 of TFNC Deco Embellished Chiffon Dress

TFNC Deco Embellished Chiffon Dress @ Asos £60 

Image 4 of ASOS Bodycon Dress with Embellished Panel

ASOS Bodycon Dress with Embellished Panel @ Asos £55