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.
Oh gosh, I don’t know who The Teenagers are but I just discovered them on Style Bubble’s blog. Check the video for ‘Homecoming’ on http://theteenagers.blogspot.com/ and tell me they’re not totally Sofia Coppola-tastic…
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.
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…)