Archive | October, 2011

A job for Princess Beatrice?

28 Oct

According to the German version of In Touch magazine, Prince Charles wants to reduce the number of royals working for the Crown – and thus, says the magazine, the likes of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may need to find themselves an actual job – like the rest of us!

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Never fear Beatrice – I think the Germans have got it wrong – but I do have a proposal for you:

Beatrice for British Fashion

It’s fairly common knowledge that Princess Beatrice has an interest in fashion. She’s not a natural in the style stakes (that hat!), but 10 out of 10 for effort.

 

According to one of Beatrice’s friends: “She is quite interested in fashion. But she is not sure exactly what sort of job she could do. Whatever she decides she would like to continue her charity work too.” [thanks femalefirst.co.uk)

That Hat!

Well why not set up an orgnisation to support British fashion manufacture? The north of England used to be the world centre for fabrics and now British designers have to fly all over the world to source second rate fabrics and pump their money into other countries. Ok, there are good reasons for the decline of fashion manufacture in the UK (expensive labour for one), but surely we can hike up our offering and make a niche manufacturing base for high quality fabrics, trims and garments?

It’s not a super thought-out plan – but it’s an idea – one I hope Princess Beatrice finds when she googles her own name…surely Princesses do that too??!

K x

 

Kendell Jenner stunning in White Sands

24 Oct

Having been sucked into the Kardashian world since moving to Dubai and being subjected to American trash TV, I have grown quite fond of the K Klan….despite the fact that every second word is “like”. It’s, like, totally, like, annoying! Argh!!!  I can’t stop watching them…sad but true.

Anyhow, the new generation of the K Klan, Kendell and Kylie, are just starting to become interesting – especially Kendell – who is, in my opinion, stunning.

Check her out modelling for Australian swim wear line White Sands:

Kendell Jenner models White Sands Bikini

 
 
It’s a really cool bikini…if only I had the bod to look that good in it…never going to happen!
 
I chuckle to myself everytime the brother of the K Klan appears on the show…how must he feel? His mum gave birth to 6 children…and he is the only one who’s name does not begin with a K. He’s called Rob. What happened Kris (the mum)? Didn’t like Kevin, Karl, Kristian, Keith, Kelvin, or Kai?
 

Rob Kardashian - Odd One Out

 
K x
 

 

 

Do celebrity fashion lines make a mockery of the profession?

16 Oct

Anyone who knows me knows that the mere sight of a new celebrity fashion line sends me into a reel of expletives…I’m not a fan! It seems like there’s a checklist for celebrities today: reality TV show, check; “autobiography”, check; rancid perfume with cheesy name, check; constantly updated twitter account that adds nothing of value to the world, check…and now fashion line, check!

Hilary Duff for DKNY

Of course, celebrity fashion lines are nothing new, since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen discovered that big bucks are to be made with celebrity branded clothes back in the 90s, celebrities have been cashing in – and who and blame them? I doubt I’d have turned down the offer to be a “fashion designer” if I had been in the limelight and was offered the easy option on a plate – “…we’ll do all the work, you just pick out what you like, and we’ll say you designed it” – easy peasy no?!

Richie Sambora - at his fashion line's show

But now it’s taken on a whole new level…not only have people who are, in my opinion, totally un-connected to their fashion line (Richie Sambora, I’m talking about you – do you not get enough cash from Bon Jovi royalties?!) added clothing to their portfolio, but some have taken it to whole new levels….with fashion shows at the major fashion weeks…and taking a bow at the close of their show (Kanye West, Avril Lavigne – where do you find the time?).

Avril Lavigne - New York Fashion Week

This post could not be written without a mention of Victoria Beckham of course. And despite my feelings of un-joy about her foray into fashion design, I have to admit, she is the lesser of many evils. For one, she readily admits that she has finally found something she is good at (and thus admits her other talents were…well… not so talented), and two – most importantly – she has committed herself to it. It’s her full time thing. Sure, she is not doing it all alone. A team of well-paid,  highly skilled designers, pattern cutters, production managers and PR people certainly help on the road to success – but at least she is showing respect for the profession – and working her socks off. Unfortunately, she has “inspired” others…

Victoria Beckham inspires Eva Longoria to become a fashion designer

Yep, VB’s success has given other schlebs the idea of becoming fashion designers…Eva Longoria and Cheryl Cole have both recently publicised their desire to follow in VB’s footsteps…I really hope they don’t. It just saturates an already highly competitive market with thoughtless crap that will, annoyingly, sell. And – the point of my post at last – I think it makes a mockery of the profession.

Isabel Marant - True Talent

It would be hypocritical of me to say that you can only become a designer if you graduate with a degree in fashion design, but at the very least you should dedicate yourself to it and work hard. Celebrity lines make it look like a doddle, which, believe me – it is not. I find this makes a mockery of those who do work hard, and build a business from scratch – people like Isabel Marant and Rebecca Taylor, and I would also like to put celebrities through their paces on Project Runway – that would give us a chance to see how talented these celebrity designers really are…

K x

Has American TV Gone a Step Too Far?

4 Oct

I miss British tele. Arguably I’ve watched way too much of it in my life so far and could do with a break…but, when you experience tele in other countries – you realise how good British tele really is.  Which is why I look forward to Saturday nights so much here…they are showing re-runs of As Time Goes By….god I love that sitcom!

As Time Goes By - Good British Tele!

 
The rest of the time however I am stuck with American entertainment chanels. It took me a while to get used to all the alien-like people on American tele – so much plastic surgery, skinny bodies, big heads, huge mouths…but now I find it almost painful to watch ugly people on British tele…I have fallen into the American trap…all looks and no substance….like the american apples in the supermarket here…taste anyone?
 

Queen of the Lollypop Heads - Giulianna Rancic from E!

 
Yet still, I cannot understand a nation that thinks it’s ok to have a show called Bridalplasty. This show, “Bridalplasty”, is a reality competition type show – were brides-to-be compete against one another to win…plastic surgery before their wedding. The slogan for the show is “Bridalplasty, the only show where the winner gets cut!”….what??! Is this for real?!?!? What is wrong with you America?! This is the sort of thing a British comedy show would sketch!
 
 
I think this is awful, tacky, and a sad state of affairs. Am I the only one shouting “no!” at the tele?!
 
 K x