Friend Friday

Today I have decided to take part in the FBFF over on ModlyChic . It’s a pretty deep one to start with, but hey, why not?! :)

1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
I think that the fashion girl is often characterised by relaity tv shows and films like Legally Blonde, but the fashion industry is clearly a place for people to express themselves and often to feel part of a team. You can be a strong, independent woman and still look great in this season’s wedges. :)

2. There is more to each of us than a love of fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
This was something that I changed on my blog about a year ago. I found that I was churning out trend blogs, without really putting very much ‘me’ in them. I also found that more people commented on my own updates, rather than what wa sin this season. After all, thats why they read magazines. So now I do blog about my life, but I dont incorporate everything. For example, my parents separated a year ago and this is the first time that I’m sharing this with my readers. That is more to protect privacy of friends and family, in case other people that we know read about it. My blog does however does feel more personal and more me these days. I look at high fashion blogs and think “I want that gorgeous minimal look“, but I’m not high-fashion and I’m not minimal. I’m a total hoarder – just ask my poor mother, who is still hosting piles of my crap back in England whilst I sun myself in Costa Rica!

3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I think there are a lot of women in fashion. They may not be the head designers but they are still definitely doing their parts, especially on the editorial side of the business. Anna Wintour is proving that. Maybe men are more practical with their designs than women, who maybe overcomplicate things. Or, maybe its the femal designers who are making the fully wearable clothes, whereas the men are designing the more attention and media-grabbing pieces? Either way, I’m not sure that it would differ too much.

4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I try not to look too deeply into that kind of thing. My main belief is that everyone should be themselves and dress accordingly. Do not try to be something that you are not. I’m sure even Lady Gaga wakes up some days and thinks “I’m having a pyjama day today!”

5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth aboout yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
I think that they are big communicators. They give a first impression of you to the world and they show a lot about your personality. They can also boost confidence and help you to be the person that you want to be that day. If I want to be in work-mode, I’ll wear a blouse. If I want to be powerful, I’ll stick on some killer heels. And so on.

New Blog Design!!

Do you like my new design for SS10? It’s not that different (check out the AW09 one below!) I have once again gone with Versace, as they seem to really get the essence of summer every year. Next to Versace is the infamous photo of bloggers (BryanBoy) mixing with fashion journalism elite (Anna Wintour) on the D&G SS10 FROW- we have made it people! On the right side are the beautiful pastels from the Valentino SS10 collection.
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MFW: Gucci AW10 Show Report

I just watched the live streaming of the Gucci show from Milan Fashion Week. With Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfield and Rachel Zoe on the front row and Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Abbey Lee Kershaw on the runway, it wasn’t a quiet affair. But then what do you expect from one of the most luxurious labels in the world.

The message was luxury with beautiful camel coats and fox fur jackets for day and python lace, fur and feathers for evening. Body-con dresses were present with cut-outs and slits. Hair and makeup was in typical Gucci fashion, big and vampy. Ostrich featured heavily on the catwalk, particularly in the bags, which bore the 1973 GG logo. OTK boots were also making an impact and balanced out huge fur jackets. Natasha Poly sported some patent T-strap sandals, whilst Abbey Lee Kershaw wore the new daysuit. Taken from menswear, oversize “boyfriend” jackets were common, in a variety of materials. the camel trench still reigns supreme with neoprene lining, detachable mink lining or hand dyed feathers.
Gucci claimed that they were bringing “Sexy Back” and I believe they succeeded with chic, understated sexy. With so many luxe materials (suede, leather, feathers, fur, sequins, lace and silk), Frida Giannini has once again produced a killer collection.
(Photos are from @bryanboy and @Grazia_Live‘s Twitpics!)

Wordless Wednesday

I never do this, but I’m pushed for time and I have to say that I just love this picture of Anna Wintour and her daughter at Fashion Week. I’d love to think that they were tweeting!! “Front row at…” Haha!

Are you following me on Twitter? I’m @stefaniegrace !

A Warm Wintour

Anna Wintour was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman this week and, without her sunglasses, she came across as charming and friendly! She liked The Devil Wears Prada and talked about what fashion is like today, as well as explaining a little more about Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out on September 10th. Watch the interview here:

The September Issue

Are you excited for The September Issue?
I am! It doesn’t come out in the UK until the 9th September!

How good did everyone look at the premiere?!

Check out the trailer here:

CONFIRMED: Wintour is coming to Town!

It has just been confirmed that US Vogue editor Anna Wintour will be at London Fashion Week in September. This will be her first visit since 2006 and is anticipated to make an impact. How exciting! On her last visit, Anna took a look at up-and-coming designers’ collections – who will she discover this time round?!

Exclusive Anna Wintour Interview on CBS!

Here is a snippet of a rare interview with Anna Wintour on this week’s 60 Minutes on CBS in America. 

I couldn’t help but add the link here to my blog, despite the fact that I should be revising for finals! Enjoy!
EDIT: Apologies to those who tried to view it earlier – the CBS link didn’t host the interview for very long, so I had to find it on Youtube. 

2009: 100 years of the bob

It’s official! The bob that has been so popular lately amongst celebs is 100 years old and seemingly still going strong! Celebs such as Kate Moss, Katie Holmes and Gwyneth Paltrow went for the chop this year proving that the hairstyle is still hugely coveted in 2009. And, if that wasn’t enough, Vogue legend Anna Wintour still hasn’t swapped her hairstyle, so I guess it’s a classic that will last!

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Style Icon: Michelle Obama

The fashion world is going crazy for America’s newest First lady. She epitomised class and calm during the whole election campaign for her husband Barack Obama, the president elect of the United States. Whilst the rest of the world goes mad for him, the fact that there is a black man in office and the welcome change from having Bush in charge, fashionistas are all over Michelle Obama. She stands at 5’11”, yet isn’t scared of sticking a pair of designer heels on and strutting out in front of the world. She has been praised for mixing high street with the lesser-known designers, such as Maria Pinto, Isabel Toledo and Thakoon and breaking away from the First Lady mould – away from Hilary Clinton’s skirt suits! Michelle wore a dress from H&M to one event and was even praised with a party in her honour thrown by none other than Anna Wintour herself! We look forward to what she brings out of her wardrobe next! There is even talk of her gracing the cover of Vogue. It seems that with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in France and our very own Sarah Brown, women no longer feel the need to hide behind their politician husbands in dowdy suits. The modern world of politics has a new breed of modern, fashionable women and Michelle Obama just stepped up as leader of the pack. 

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