Gucci Spring Summer Collection 2012

Never has the drop waist dress looked so fabulous... Gucci SS 2012 When people who work in fashion ask me who my favourite fashion designer is, I always say Balmain or Azzedine Alaia, however, the truth is it's Gucci. It always has been and as long as the likes of Tom Ford and Frida Giannini are behind the design it probably always will be. I say Balmain because Gucci sounds so cliche. There was a time when everybody and their neighbour owned a Gucci wallet, Gucci trainers or a Gucci bucket bag and I should know because I happen to own all three, so I say Balmain to sound a little bit more fashion savvy. I hold Gucci very dear to my heart, it has sentimental value. My first pair of designer shoes and my first designer handbag were Gucci. Gucci made me fall in love with high fashion and since this love affair began a Gucci collection has never failed to have...
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The New Google Chrome – Jamal Edwards Ad

'The Web is What You Make of It,' Google. Saw this and loved it! Related articles SBTV website founder Jamal Edwards set for TV fame after becoming the face of Google Chrome (mirror.co.uk) Keri Hilson and Jamal Edwards Appointed Ambassadors for Mtv Staying Alive Foundation (unrealityshout.com) ...
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This Week’s Inspirations

As I write this post I am listening to Jill Scott's first album Who is Jill Scott? The album and artist that introduced me to my love for neo-soul and even inspired me to try my hand at writing poetry. I attended six poetry classes in 2004, it was then that both myself and my teacher discovered that I cannot write poetry. The past week I have unfortunately been suffering from insomnia. There is something sensuous and artistic about insomnia - being awake late at night, alone in the dark with your thoughts, replaying memories and basking in silence. However, we all know that the inability to sleep, particularly when you have to be in a place of work early the next morning, is nowhere near as comforting as this. When I told my father about my insomnia he asked me, 'What's on your mind?' What a great question! I can think of so many people, dead and alive, that I would love to pose this question to. Karl Lagerfeld, F Scott Fitzgerald, Roal Dahl, Eric Roberson, Common and my...
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Be Charmed, Stay Inspired

When I am unispired I am as good as dead - I lose my whole sense of being. I am most excited about life, about its prospects and potential when my mind is open and switched on. I'm receptive, sponge like and turned on by everything.  However, I am  not always in this state of mind, so tuned in and turned on. There is that recurring dark cloud that forms from time to time that obstructs me from locating the point of it all. Inspiration? Art? Creativity? This blog? In this position I am cynical, destructive and above all, unhappy. At the moment my mind is skipping ahead of me, collecting inspirations and ideas too fast for me to keep up or execute in anyway. I am losing sleep and my fingers are tingling with a desire to do something amazing. A quote from Paolo Sorrentino's Consequences of Love springs to mind; 'I want to die and extraordinary death'. So, for the days that are uninspiring, when the black cloud casts itself and passion momentarily relocates itself, the...
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Good Will Hunting

Do you buy all these books retail or do you send away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these volumes included? Will Hunting There's so much dialogue I could pull from Good Will Hunting and so many one liners that are absolutely amazing, if I wrote them all in this blog post I'd probably end up rewriting the entire script. However, Matt Damon's monologue at the NSA interview never fails to give me goosebumps and the 'It's not your fault' scene with Robin Williams never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Interviewee: The way I see it, the question isn't why should you work for the NSA, the question is, why shouldn't you? Will: Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A.? That's a tough one, but I'll take a shot. Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break...
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Alber Elbaz for Lanvin Quotes

Inspired by: Alber's Philosophy at Vogue Online  I have always adored the work that Alber Elbaz has done for Lanvin, in fact, just as much as I adore listening to him speak at fashion shows or reading his interviews in the magazines. I delight in Alber's humour and lightheartedness just as much as I covet a Lanvin asymmetric black dress worn with long black leather gloves, or those wonderful court shoes with the contrasting ankle strap and, those to die for statement necklaces that have the ability to make the simplest of ensembles dazzle. Unfortunately, I don't possess the pecuniary strength to adorn myself head to toe in Lanvin, but I can afford to bank the quotes of the charming Alber Elbaz. "I don't understand this marathon of fashion," he said. "Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and - these days - cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs,...
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Anna Karenina by Leo Toltsoy

Inspired by a visit to Waterstones and Leo Toltsoy's opening line of Anna Karenina Yesterday I spent two hours in Waterstones selecting my next read. I have just finished Gabrielle Garcia Marquez's Memories of my Melancholy Whores, so there were some stipulations on my next read; it wasn't to be set in Latin America or the Caribbean, nor could it utilise magical realism, had to be written by a woman - as I cannot tell you the last book I read written by a female - and must be just released or, at the least, contemporary. With all that in mind, I found myself choosing between William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Leo Toltsoy's Anna Karenina.  Vanity Fair seemed most appropriate as it explores many of the themes the very novel I am still attempting to write explores. However, I read the opening  line of Anna Karenina and was moved instantly. 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its...
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Alber Elbaz for Lanvin Winter 2011/2012 Campaign

Granted, Raquel Zimmerman and Karen Elson may not have the moves of a lithe ballet dancer, but ultimately, who cares when they are adorned in those wonderful party dresses and protected from the cold in those gorgeous capes? This campaign is absolute genius!  ...
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Happy Blogging – Inspired by Nicola Formichetti

Inspired by Nicola Formichetti - Elle Collections Magazine Winter 2011 For the millions of fashion bloggers out there, many of us remain in a sea of anonymity – waiting for a success that might resemble the likes of Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton, Susie Bubble, Byran Boy and the steadily rising number of bloggers that are surfacing into the mainstream. Those that have avoided the digital haze will understand little about those of us who have become digitally dazed as a profession. We've had to develop our digital skills and our digital marketing techniques at the same pace as the ever advancing digital technologies that update, reinvent and innovate just to be able to showcase whatever our initial talent might be, that ultimately led us to blog in the first place. Members of the digitally dazed may frequently come face to face with a lack of understanding, which often leads to the profession being underestimated or scoffed at. In all honesty, before embarking...
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Victoria Beckham a/w 2011-12 – A Stylish Journey

From Posh, to Wag, Fashion Icon to Respected Fashion Designer...This is undeniably a very stylish journey...  Victoria Beckham Collection autumn/winter 2011-12 It was seven years ago that I employed Victoria Beckham as my fashion icon, during the epoch when she championed the trucker hat, baggy jeans and timberland boots ensembles. At the time I was, ashamedly, an avid consumer of OK! magazine. The publication fitted in well with my major consumption of trash culture and my distinct desire to live my life like a celebrity. In my defense, I was nineteen years old, in the early stages of my university studies and had almost no self awareness. I would pull all the pages that featured Victoria Beckham from the magazines and use them as inspiration for my own dress. Her style evolved and I emulated it; I journeyed with her in the Frye Campus boots and denim shorts, the Rock and Republic bootleg jeans worn with men's leather belts, sandals, camisole tops...
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