Harpers Bazaar critique

I have a love-hate relationship with US Harpers Bazaar. I love the written features but as I mentioned on someone else’s blog, the shoots in Harpers Bazaar have gone way downhill of late. But the May Issue if you skip the ropy Gwen Stafani editorial (Er, WHAT is going on with that hair?) and the Giselle/Barbie shoot (more dire coif-styling), there is a pretty OK shoot of Irina Lazareanu styled by Melanie Ward. Good hair, cool clothes and lovely photography by Camilla Akrans.

Skip a few pages and you have a feast for the eyes in the form of Milla Jovovich – all lips and teeth and casual luxe clothes. The best bit is at the back of the book (why do Americans call it a book? It’s a magazine!). A Fashionable Life with Jacqui Getty. Who knew the Gettys and Coppolas were related? This Jacqui is sister-in-law of Sofia and mother of Gia and the pictures shot by Lisa Eisner show that 20-year old Gia is a definite style muse in the making.

I’m a sucker for How To Pack articles and especially ones with tips from fashion insiders – it’s like the supersize version of what’s in your handbag. Bazaar’s one has Elle McPherson (who swears by Ziploc bags), Eva Chow (who always pack one tuxedo ‘for an occasion that might come up unexpectedly’) and Kelly Killoren Bensimon (always packs make-up in Le Sportsac and Prada nylon pouches). Hmm, doesn’t anyone use Muji anymore?

Other page-fillers.
Accessories special – boring still lifes of sunglasses and flat sandals.

Ashlee Simpson’s grown up look – zzzzzz.

Buy Keep Store –as usual, contradicts the rest of the editorial. I just don’t see the point of these pages, especially when there’s even more What’s In What’s Out on the back page. Like, who cares! There are yet more ins and outs with celeb stylists extolling their choices for the season. Katie Grand: In- headbands with a photo of those eyesore Liberty floral hairbands from LV – ugh, gross-er-ama. Elizabeth Stuart from NY Times: In – Trouser-jeans “I love wide leg jeans from J Brand.” I love the word trouser-jeans! Kate Young, Derek Lam’s stylist: In – flat bags. They do look lovely but hmm, I don’t think so…yet.

Hot fashion news: Yet more gushing about girl-of-the-moment, model Agyness Deyn in her punk/granny-chic hybrid duds.

Personal style – Vera Wang: Ooh more eye candy for nosy people. She’s not normally on my radar but reading this and seeing her sick super-organised wardrobe I want her style…and her handbag collection.

Floral tribute

I know, I know, I’m as over high-street-slash-celebrity-slash-designer collaborations as you are but this one’s a goody. Celia Birtwell for TopShop’ s autumn offering consists of a delectable selection of oh-so-romantic floral maxi dresses which are scheduled to land at the end of July. There are 250 of each style and they will be available at Top Shop Oxford Circus and online only.

Let the stampede commence!

Booty call

I must truly be in tune with the zeitgeist as I have been thinking about desert boots recently. I don’t know where the thought came from but I’ve been feeling it’s time for a desert boot revival and now would be the time to bring them back as they only really work with a cigarette leg a la Paul Weller circa The Jam.

And what did I see at the Shoe Studio press day? Not only desert boots but Pied a Terre metallic ones in smooth-n-shiny silver and gold (plus black patent for the less adventurous). Tres Helmut lang, no?…but sadly not available til August.

What’s in the bag?

Being a nosy thing, I’m obsessed with what people carry in their handbags. While googling www.bagladies.co.uk (a site selling £3000 crocodile skin bags if anyone’s interested) I happened upon another site, www.bagladies.nl. Oh gosh, this site is full of photos of people’s bags and their contents! Here’s what’s in mine:
Antoni & Alison purse used as camera case
Muji pens
Cutler & Gross sunglasses
Louis Vuitton mini-organiser
Cacharel heart purse
Eley Kishimoto clutch used as a make-up bag
Stila lip gloss
Hello Kitty work I-d card holder
While we’re on the subject, it appears the outsize bag trend has spawned something of a monster. For after throwing everything into it, another small bag is needed to contain those essential everyday items that otherwise get swallowed up. My brolly, magazine and make-up bag go in the jumbo tote (black patent Marc by MJ since you ask) while the phone, lip balm, pens and purse go in a small Coach shoulder bag for instant fumble-free access. Hmm, is this a clever conspiracy by the bag meisters I wonder?

What’s in your bag?