Kate vs Lily…and getting to grips with the techno revolution



So who won the style wars betwixt Kate Moss at TopShop and Lilly Allen at New Look? On the one hand the Kate Moss collection was none too exciting – skinny jeans, waistcoats and studded belts – don’t they sell those already at TopShop? On the other hand, OTT prom dresses at New Look -where on earth do you wear them if you haven’t got a prom to go to? I guess we’re hard to please but it does seem like the Lily collection is going to be a surprising success. I must say, the quality is rather good for £50 and you are getting something you’d never otherwise find at New Look.

On another note I had a couple of hours to kill before the Lily launch on Tuesday so I went to Liberty’s Art Cafe to work on my blog. When my friend rang and I told her what I was doing she said “oh, have you got your laptop?”. “No,” I said, “I’m writing it in longhand and I’ll type it up later.” She thought that defied the point of blogging but I disagree. Sometimes I’m in the mood to write and others I’m not, and I haven’t always got the laptop with me. Plus I like sitting in cafes and writing in longhand. I guess as much as I try to embrace the techno revolution, deep down I’m an old fashion girl at heart.



The fast fashion backlash



Cheap chic, doncha just love it? Well actually, no I don’t. Where once New Look, TopShop and H&M ruled, now it’s Primark, Peacocks and George that high street snobs delight in flaunting to their pals – ‘Look, £5 from Primarni!’ Yet, multiply those £5 tops and £10 dresses by 15 (two tops on payday, a quick lunchtime fix frock, another Friday evening frock to wear at the weekend…you see where this is going don’t you?), and that’s around £100 a month wasted on throwaway tat that you’ll be bored of before you’ve got it home. (more…)



Posh punk remembered



Poor Issy Blow has died. A pillar of English eccentricity she was the posh punk responsible for putting unique Brits like Alexander McQueen, Stella Tennant and Philip Treacy on the style map. The exact details of her death are still uncertain. Some say it was ovarian cancer, others suggest she poisoned herself after bouts of depression and following an accident (or previous suicide attempt) which meant she was unable to wear high heels. One thing is for sure, this unique creative genius will not be forgotten.



She’s back








Who couldn’t love an author who suggests colour coordinating your book jackets to your clothes? My favourite film director Miranda July, she of Me And You And Everyone We Know has a book of short stories out this month called No One Belongs Here More Than You. (noonebelongsheremorethanyou.com) These pics are from her website and she is scheduled to do a talk at the Serpentine Gallery on June 4th.