A clash of loves

As Fashion week is in full swing in Milan and London fashion week has now come to a close, I have two reflections on my mind. Looking back over LFW and some of my personal highlights, including the British influence throughout many of the shows and the eye catching and mouth watering colour combinations. Emelia Wickstead created an English infused, lady like collection; the collaboration of scarlet and blush pink was neither garish nor over-the-top,

Penelope Cruz for PETA

instead it slipped in perfectly with lady of Britain theme. Continuing this British influence Corrie Nelson’s A/W collection with the beautifully crafted designs and beautiful over flow of tartan patterns onto the models faces, bought some drama to the catwalk and the gorgeous use of collars and bows in Bora Aksu (collars being a personal love of mine) with the stunning flower patterns, as a stark contrast to Nelson, were simply beautiful. Both Zoe Jordan and PPQ stood out for me for the great use of texture, the designs were all rich with detail and luxury, with the embellished tights of PPQ and the fantastic Spanish hats of Jordan, the collections did not disappoint. The beautiful prints, colours and fabrics applied within the Moschino Cheap and Chic show, were an absolute highlight to LFW, the colours were pieced together in such a fun and elegant way that you could feel as if you were watching some of your grown up dress-up fantasies come to life. One show to be commended for its signature architectural design is that of Holly Fulton, in three words the designs were intricate, rich and stunning, and one would expect nothing less. Of course, I wouldn’t feel right commenting on LFW without the mention of Vivienne Westwood Red Label. A show with such a great range, with influences ranging from British punk to tribal, androgyny to draping dresses, it was difficult to find fault. Since the last Red Label show Westwood has raised £1.15 million for Cool Earth, giving the show a deeper meaning and influence, that reaches further out from the beautiful fashion.

However my second reflection upon LFW sprung to my mind when going through the Mulberry A/W 12/13 Ready-to-wear collection and that was fur. All my life I have been an animal lover and along with being a bit of a self-confessed feminist, I am a firm fighter for animal rights and this is the dilemma. I love fashion and culture and every element, the expression the unique ability to portray your mood, feelings and attitude through the clothes and accessories you adorn, however in the 21st Century we are still resorting to using fur as a statement of luxury and wealth. Faux-fur has come a long way from the costumes you would find in the drama cupboard at school;  it can make the same statement, create the same image and portray the same glamour without the slaughter (to many this may seem a strong word, but for me it is quite apt) of beautiful innocent animals. On safari at seven years old I was lucky enough to see in the flesh a majestic elephant with incredible ivory tusks as big as me at the time; I hope that this elephant stayed how I remembered it and was not the victim of poachers, after its tusks to be made into someone’s grand piano keys. I plea that the ‘I would rather go naked than wear fur’ campaign created by PETA, continues to flourish and that more designers follow the path of Stella McCartney in going against the grain to create fashion without suffering.

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Young ladies, are you going to vote?

Votes for Women

1928, 82 years ago, all women finally recieved the vote, all thanks to the incredible women of the Suffragettes. Founded in 1897 by Millicent Fawcett, the Suffragettes fought for the right to vote for women, by 1918 women over 30 obtained the right to vote however it took a further 10 years for all women to recieve the vote under eaual terms as men. The Suffragettes achieved this by using any means necessary. Emmeline Pankhurst said in her autobiography,

 ‘this was the beginning of a campaign the like of which was never known in England, or for that matter in any other country…we interrupted a great many meetings…and we were violently thrown out and insulted. Often we were painfully bruised and hurt’.

In some cases they were more than just bruised and hurt; during their hunger strikes whilst incarcerated they were force fed through tubes and most famously Emily Davidson actually lost her life when at the June 1913 Derby she supposedly through herself under the kings horse and died.

The time to vote is coming up very quickly and the competition between the three major parties Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservative is very close.

Through all this it must be said that in our current culture we have the responsibilty to vote. I personally am still undecided, however when i do make my descision i will be making the most of this power we now have.

My Short Story – ‘His Footsteps’

His Footsteps

One of my interests includes writing and i hope to pursue this once i have finished my BA Hons Communication and Media course, as part of the second year course we were assigned the task of writing a short story. We had free range of what the story could be about and i chose the two main themes of family relationships and losing a loved one. Below is an extract from the story, at this point a young girl has travelled to America with her sister and Mother to spread her Fathers ashes with his two sisters, Nancy and Pat.

‘ “You should not play with things that do not belong to you, child”, I could not believe it, in all that was going on, that was what she had to say to me. I looked at her in shock and could feel my cheeks warming up, my chin start to quiver and my eyes fill with water. I walked out of the shop with a blur of people calling after me. As I’m walking down the clean street of this small town, I do not know where I am going or what I am doing, all I knew was I had to get away from it, from everything, especially my aunt. I refuse to show any kind of weakness in front of her.

My senses came back to me and I sat down on the nearest bench. I put my hands in my lap and looked down as they filled with small droplets of salty water. I brought my knees to my chest and wrapped my arms around them tightly, resting my head on my knees.

I felt a cold hand on my shoulder and as I looked up the sun was shining behind this stranger’s head hampering my view of who they were.’

The young girl who is the narrator of the story, Jennifer has always struggled to have  a good relationship or any kind of relationship at all with her aunt Nancy. One of the main aims of the story was to give people some hope that relationships within a family can be improved mainly with good communication. ‘His Footsteps’ resolves at the end with Jennifer and Nancy finding a common ground and Jennifer deciding to follow her Fathers footsteps and travel the world. The story was written for a magazine such as Take a Break, which regularly run short stories, and as most of us have lost someone close to us at one point or another i felt the story could be relatable to most readers.

You-take-over-tube

This generation has fast become used to the technical wonders we have nowadays, mobile internet, mobile TV, the ability to watch, dare i say it? Anything we want on the internet. But this take over could be said to be the easiest way to get your 15 minutes of fame.

Music seems to be the greatest running theme of internet fame, new artists started off in recent years by having a myspace page in which they could publish their music for all to hear, without a penny to pay. Now it has taken a step up with the creation of You Tube, artists can post their videos on here and become an overnight sensation. Take Justin Bieber, his music video on You Tube ‘Baby’ featuring hip-hop artist Ludacris has recieved nearly 100,000,000 hits and has shot him to fame. One could even go to the other end of the spectrum to the less chart hitting music of a man called Tay Zonday, whos song ‘Chocolate Rain’ has recieved over 50,000,000 hits and has become a cult sensation. With it even being parodied in a recent South Park episode in which

You Tube Generation

 they illustrate (in their own distinct style) the You Tube take over.

It seems to be that gone are the days when artists will work for years to have their video seen, instead our media empire has grown to enable us to do it with an upload and a click of a button. We will just have to see who the next Justin Bieber or Tay Zonday will be.

Half of ‘The Corey’s’ lost forever

Young Corey

One of my passions is film, especially the signature films of the 80’s, such as those directed by the late John Hughes, an incredible and innovative director, i even plan on doing my disertation on this era of film.

Unfortunenatley in recent news  Corey Haim, half of the famous 80’s duo ‘The Coreys’ died aged 38.

Haim was found dead in the early hours of the morning of March 10th having passed away from a possible accidental overdose. Haim hit the peak of his career during the 80’s when he was teamed up with Corey Feldman in such films as Dream a Little Dream and License to Drive. I grew up watching all the films of this era and when i read that Haim had passed away and so young i was deeply saddened. His career may have been short lived but the work he did will always be remembered along with his signature smile.

For more information on Corey Haim visit the official website http://www.coreyhaim.us/

Top five sites

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Birdy Num Num

And the chosen five are…

Facebook.com – what we all use for keeping in touch and tagging humiliation.

ASOS.com – great clothes and accessories for incredible prices.

BirdyNumNum.com – one of the greatest websites for genuine vintage accessories, jewellery, bags…the lot.

bbc/radio1.co.uk – something i check constantly for the latest music and news.

AbercrombieandFitch.com – the website of my choice for everyday wear.