Today I am…

Posted in Today I am... on March 1, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

moving house, HORAH! For the next few days or so I will try my very hardest to find an internet cafe (whilst unpacking a large part of my wardrobe which has been in storage for months, sob sob!) so that I can keep on updating. Failing that, I will have lots and lots to tell you on my return. Until then, stay stylish,

Darling xoxo

Advertisements

The ‘Fake’ Debate

Posted in Fashion Talks on February 27, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

fake

So what’s the deal with this? I’m not saying that I’m pro ‘fake’ designer gear, it’s just that I’m wondering whether I should give in to those bargains on the market stalls (£18 to “the pretty lady”!) Okay, I tell a lie, I already have… a few times actually! Please forgive me! I’m not quite sure what it is but there is something about those Louis Buitton/Bouis Vuitton wallets that lay side by side on those wobbly wooden fold out tables, brightens up my day no end. In reality I think it has a lot to do with the fact I can’t afford an expensive designer handbag and perhaps if I could I probably wouldn’t want one. I’d probably feel too flashy much like those guys in shades that cruise the cities in a hired Lamborghini or Ferrari.

Would I be wrong in suggesting that fake bags are not much more than high street, budget versions of the real ones? Granted, they are in fact illegal, and no they probably don’t “contribute directly to terrorism” (that classic phrase that they like to throw around so casually these days ) but they offend me much less than diluted high street versions. Those dull versions that sell for up to £100 whilst you can get a fake for around £20 (remember £18 to me :D)

However are we “lowering” the brand’s image by carrying around a fake? Well, it’s possible and perhaps probable, but sod it though! Do the extortionate prices keep the items more exclusive and therefore more special or are they simply elaborate schemes to part rich people with their money? Either way, I will continue to wear my fake with pride (that is until I can afford to be a little frivolous with my money)

Tiffany Darling xoxo

Trend Alert! BLUE

Posted in Trendspotting on February 25, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

I trendspot blue(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Whilst viewing collections at London Fashion Week I couldn’t help but notice a cheeky little trend brewing. Many designers, including those pictured above, are using different shades of blue as accent colours. Blue in this context works best with black, though greys would be great too.

Darling xoxo

House of Holland Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 25, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

House of Holland Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

I sometimes feel that one can know so much about a subject (let’s say within the art world for instance) that they lose any sense of innocence and awe as a spectator. By being this way one runs the risk of being too academic in ones appreciation of said subject. That is how I feel about the latest collection by Holland which has received mixed reviews. I myself thoroughly enjoyed watching this collection making it’s debut. Think fairy dust sprinkled on a goth at the sweet stall at a fairground. I instantly felt a humorous tone in this collection whilst at the same time being one of Holland’s most serious and sophisticated collections to date.

There seemed to be an air of confidence, as opposed to cockiness, in this latest collection that I believed to be slightly lacking in previous ones, not including last season of course. It was easy on the eye, no confusion, clean lines and sharp edges. I really liked the stripes and the simple yet effective use of fabrics with just a little sparkle to add a touch of glamour and magic. The use of colour and fabric in relation to mood and lighting worked ever so well with the light reflecting from the silks and the sequins in contrast to the wools and mat fabrics absorbing the light. A much more refined collection, refreshing and confident yet not too outrageous nor cocky.

House of Holland Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

A very impressed Darling xoxo

I can’t quite get my head around Top Shop

Posted in Fashion Talks on February 25, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

I do believe that I may stand alone on this but as very many people cannot bare to sift through rows upon rows of sale items (I love it!) I find it ever so difficult to shop around in Top Shop. I’ve not quite figured out whether it’s the clothes themselves, the volume of clothes under one roof (yes I do mean you ‘Queen of all Top Shops’ on Oxford Street), the amount of displayed items per design, the quality of the garments or all the above? Over the years I have developed a fabric snobbery. It’s a combination of gathering knowledge whilst studying fashion and the fact that the quality of garments on the high street has gone right down the pan. Wash a pair of Top Shop socks once and they turn to cardboard no matter how much fabric softner you use.

I have a vintage Sparks and Mencer shirt, nothing fancy, just a plain old shirt and if I were to compare it with, say, a Top Shop shirt I would probably have a fit. Whilst the vintage shirt is nothing but cotton, it has a certain softness and weight to it where as the Top Shop shirt (as a new garment) feels like it’s been made of 5% steel, 10% hay, 4% sand paper… you get the picture.

However I do like the small diffusion lines designed by high end designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Danielle Scutt. I think one of the things that I find most irritating are the prices because even if I wanted to, I can’t actually afford ANY of it! Though I do pop in now and again to buy some pick ‘n mix, I always have enough money for sweets… oh how I miss Woolworths! And so I mostly shop in charity shops and TK Maxx for the odd designer piece. I know that charity shop shopping is very ‘2003’ but if you go to the right suburbs or villages you can find the most glorious items. Enough bullying of the high street, at least they keep the masses looking stylish (that is until they wash their clothes!) i couldn’t resist one last dig.

A very sleepy Darling xoxo

Giles Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 24, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

Giles Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Phew! Wow… I am very nearly lost for words and am not quite sure where to begin. Fair to say I’ve never been the biggest fan of Giles, not nearly enough sophistication for my taste but this collection seems to be in a league of its own. Though meant as a homage to himself and intended to capture the fun, naive elements of discovering and developing his taste and vision whilst studying at Central Saint Martins, this collection as a whole appeared to contain none of those elements (or perhaps it did but I was so confused by the end of the show that I almost forgot what I had seen). This is not to say that there weren’t indeed some lovely looks and some lovely pieces, in fact it wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest that almost every look had it’s own merits. However these were not enough to bring the collection together. Apart from a lovely hat and thigh-high boots, there seemed to be little else in terms of consistency to pull you through which resulted in a very lazy and sometimes cheap looking collection. To be quite frank, there appeared to be little grounding in references (or perhaps too many references for that matter) which made everything look dated rather than the favourable ‘classic’. ‘Quality not quantity’ as the old saying goes.

Giles Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

Darling xoxo

Jaeger London Fall 2009 RTW Review

Posted in London Fashion Week Reviews Fall 2009 on February 23, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

Jaeger London Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

This latest collection from Jaeger was yet again very convincing. Typically of Jaeger, neither the colour palette nor shapes were remotely close to verging on daring yet it worked within that framework. Though one could sense the ‘leave the kids to do the experimenting, we’ll do what we do best’ feel to this collection, it fell just a little short. The style was comforting with tea-party polka dots, vague hints of sportswear in some structures and bold stripes giving it a nostalgic tone. The combination of colours seemed pleasantly familiar: the black and shades of white giving it a strong structure, the icy tones bringing in some much needed edge combined with earthy browns for some warmth. Though one sensed they had seen this collection before, it didn’t really detract from the beauty and workmanship shown in the garments themselves. A very established label rediscovering itself and once again holding it’s own in a world where fashion can only be discovered. Though slightly lacking in authority, a lovely nostalgic collection to warm the soul.

Jaeger London Fall 2009 RTW

(photos by Marcio Madeira: http://www.style.com)

This is Darling xoxo