Eye spy



What’s worse than sunglasses in clubs? Losing a pair of sunglasses in a club. Ok, the club in question was Secret Sundaze last Sunday which has an outdoor terrace, very Ibiza DC10 with euro-chic ravers a-plenty and barely enough room to swing a mouse. I wore my vintage-off-Ebay Rayban aviators but took them off for a sojourn inside. And where did I put them? Dangling from my jeans front pocket. Doh! Sure enough when I came out again they were nowhere to be found. Cue forlornly searching the ground which is by now a raging sea of Converse and wedges and not even a broken shard of lense to be seen. The strange thing was everyone I looked at was wearing Raybans, MY Rayban aviators I kid you not. So I decided not to mourn and quickly came to terms with my loss.

But which way now? Certainly not the Wayfarer (white or otherwise) – too victimy. Oversized Hollywood-chic? Too 2006. Balanciaga’s robot shades? No thanks, I don’t work in a science lab. I’m feeling a pull towards Oliver Goldsmith’s bespoke sunnies. They have the all-important credible heritage (Goldsmith supplied the Sinatras, Hepburns and Stones of yesteryear) and you can choose all the components yourself. The clincher? You can also have your name on them so if you lose them they might even find their way back to you.



Retro rehash



If I was the entrepreneurial type I could make a killing by thinking ahead and cashing in on the various retro revivals that are now par for the course. The 90s revival is the next logical step so I could surely make a fortune rehashing minimalism, Britpop and…hang on a sec, just what did the 90s stand for? Minimalism, yes I guess that didn’t really exist before but Britpop? That in itself was a rehash of the 60s (Oasis/Beatles) and 70s (Blur/Jam/Madness) was it not? What else did the 90s give us? Celebrity culture? Bling? Well, I said I wasn’t the entrepreneurial type but I think there is a germ of an idea there somewhere.



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.