The Fashion Paradox: Power and Symbolism

The Fashion Paradox: Power and Symbolism

  The power of fashion and dress is undeniably a vigorous one - it’s a wonder how something so undeniably forceful can be considered purely as superficial, particularly when it has the muscle to influence and define, conceal or reveal social groups and social perception.  The 1960s saw the surge of the afro amongst black people, the rush derived from America during the African-American Civil Rights Act and The Black is Beautiful Movement. Black American’s fought for racial equality and rejected conformity to European standards of beauty, which influenced both black men and women to relax or hot comb their hair till it appeared as straight as possible, imitating their very own oppressor. The afro was indeed a political fashion symbol which articulated the black American’s pride in their African American identity and empowered them at a crucial moment in American History. This is an example of fashion demonstrating it's ability to justify itself as an important social and cultural component. For this element,...
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The Fashion Paradox: Fashion, A Love Hate Thing

The Fashion Paradox: Fashion, A Love Hate Thing

The relationship between women and fashion is no doubt a precarious one, if fashion was to resemble that of a man it wouldn’t take long for any sensible woman to give this unreliable, demanding, unforgiving and temperamental man the stiletto heeled boot. But as shaky as the relationship remains between fashion and the woman, we continue to love it, to nurture it and eventually we become inseparable. A woman’s love affair with fashion is indelible, the second we find and love it, we become conscious of an enigmatic language that exists in the world we inhabit, a language that speaks so beautifully, that travels across continents, that defines moments, eras, people and cultures – a language so addictive that we will invest the pennies, often our last penny to master the art of the unspoken speech until we become fluent. Unfortunately it is only those that we love that have the ability to truly hurt and disappoint us, sadly the longer I love fashion...
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Dandizette Charm – The New Blog

It is so often that I listen to a song, watch a film, notice a pair of shoes, stumble across a piece of art, eavesdrop on a conversation, am irked by a new trend, a viewpoint or something that someone says to me and at that exact point in time; at that part of that film or that particular ensemble on that catwalk, something evokes me. I realise i’ve tripped up on a second or moment in life, that i want to keep. Welcome to my brain, my diary, my wonderland of mish mash nothingness and everything Stylishly Fashionable … Discover the Charms of a Dandizette...x x x http://dandizettecharm.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/hello-world/...
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Cupcaking Crazy

Cupcaking Crazy

I needn't head to the Hummingbird cafe to know I would take an instant disliking to it, it is not the Hummingbird cafe so much that irks me, more so I would say it's women that talk about cupcakes as though they have special powers, an ability to change the world or eradicate famine in East Africa - the women who have bought into this Suzy Homemaker cupcakeing affair and the whole designer cupcake phenomena. Of course, I would proudly hold my hands up and say that my love affair with shoes is somewhat uncontrollable and would no doubt irritate a more sensible woman and any heterosexual man. But, I've always loved shoes, whether they be from Gucci or Miu Miu, Aldo or Office and anywhere in between – a sexy shoe is just a sexy shoe, it isn't necessary that gimmicks be employed to remind me of my love for them. Vivienne Westwood most certainly couldn't trick me into thinking that full grown women...
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Powerful Heights

Powerful Heights

There is something significantly powerful that women feel when we dress in garb that is strictly female. We worked so hard for our recognition, why now would we muddy it up with yet another manly tool in our wardrobe?   The high heeled shoe is an emphatic device that can turn an unpretentious jeans and t-shirt combination into a red carpet worthy, iconic ensemble, documented for years to come. It is no revelation that the science and magic in heel heightening has sophisticated itself so expertly that men, women, designers, fashionistas and civilians just can’t get enough of the shoes that keep us so elevated from the world and confident that we shan’t fall or won’t care if we do. Shoes have become so magnificent that we can no longer survive on the simple Court, the T bar or the Mary Jane, we want higher heels, perspex heels, chrome heels, heart shaped platforms, cantilever heels, heels in the shape of the Eifel...
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Bag, Borrow or Steal

The handbag has become an essential accessory for women since the 1920’s, there’s something extremely powerful about this exclusively female relationship with her luggage. The luxury handbag possesses a hypnotic force that has the ability to turn the most average, sane and grounded woman into an embarrassingly obnoxious victim of capitalism, so far she will go as to rent a handbag as she would her home. It was in Sex and The City when I first became aware of the borrowing of luxury handbags; Jennifer Hudson, playing Louise from St Louis carried about her rented Vuitton denim patchwork bowling bag and seemed just as excited about this bag she was paying rent for as if she’d worked blood, sweat and tears for it and it were hers to keep. Admittedly, luxury is not available to us all and we may possibly never afford an Hermes Croc Kelly, let’s be brutally honest here, most of us won’t ever afford an Hermes...
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Vagina Boots – The ‘V’ Word in Boot Camp

All hail this season’s supreme and essential boot for the winter rain or feline predator, coined the V boot by fashion bloggers, the V indeed refers to the woman’s genitalia. Could the vagina be any more à la mode? Propped on the top of perforated, studded, patterned, matt faux or real leather, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci models strutted down the runway with their legs wrapped in black, oil slick leather climbing way up their legs. Over the knee boots are so last season, winter 2009 the new boot is Vagina high and proud. With our second Christmas in the recession, 7.8% of the work force unemployed and no prediction of employment increasing anytime soon, the nation’s strength and confidence is vulnerable. Designers kick the recession in the teeth with these strategically powerful boots, although the Gucci V boot is priced at £1560 these boots will definitely pay for themselves - over and over again. Last year the high streets saw...
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A Sicilian Winter Visit…

A visit to Catania Sicily and the handbag trend...     I once wrote a poem in a poetry class at University about an evening out with my girlfriends, I wrote about the drinks we drank, the men issues we discussed and the Gucci bags we carried. My teacher asked me, ‘What do these Gucci bags symbolise?’ Typical poetry teacher question, I thought to myself and explained to her that they symbolise nothing, ‘They are just bags.’ She then said to me, ‘If they are just bags, there is no need to state that they are Gucci bags. Let’s be honest...,’ She continued, ‘these are little tokens of status.’ Five years ago when she made this statement I would have agreed – ninety nine percent of the reason I bought the bag was because it was Gucci and I definitely would not have purchased it had it been the exact same bag not designed by Gucci or another high end designer. Prior to my...
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