27.7.09

Look at Looklet

Ever wondered how you would dress if you had a model’s body and unlimited funds? I found out today, when I discovered my new favourite pastime – creating looks at Looklet. This website gives you a model and page after page of carefully selected items of clothing and accessories, and allows you to live out your fashion fantasies online. You can also browse through other users’ looks and, if you’re really feeling it, bestow you approval by clicking on the heart icon. If you register, you can save your looks and return often to sigh wistfully at the YSL tuxedo jacket or Jean Paul Gaultier dress that are hopelessly expensive and out of your reach.

Here’s a sampling of the time wasting I’ve already done today:

23.7.09

eBay shop of the month

As I am on an enforced spending hiatus, I have not been feeling particularly inspired in the blogging way. As a result, I’ve been forced to steal an idea from Fashion Me Fabulous, and start an ‘eBay store of the week’ feature. Only, it will probably be a monthly item instead.

This month, I’ll be featuring 2 stores, as one is based in the US, and us poor UK based shoppers have to content with ridiculous shipping charges. Celebrity Owned is an eBay shop that specialises in designer gear, which they assert, has been pre-owned by a celebrity of some sort. Fortunately, one does not have to pay for the item’s exclusive pedigree, because, well, who cares? All the clothing and accessories have been reduced to a reasonable second-hand level. I bought a Jessica Kagan Cushman scrimshaw bangle, with an ode to my favourite bad film, Mommy Dearest. “No wire hangers ever!” is emblazoned across the ivory coloured bangle. The bracelet shipped quickly and safely, and I was generally quite pleased with the transaction.

The other shop I thought I’d highlight is the Kaibiri Jewellery eBay store, which features gorgeous items by the likes of CC Skye, Alexis Bittar, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Ben Amun. They never sell items with buy-it-now prices, so competition is fierce, but one can still walk away with a bargain or two. Be sure to sign up for their eBay store newsletter so you can be the first to see highlights of new merchandise.

9.7.09

Beth Ditto for Evans

The Beth Ditto collection for Evans was launched today. So far I’ve only seen it online, I've not been to the store. It seems like a good match – Beth Ditto and Evans – hopefully giving the plus size clothing store a bit more edge, and a bit more appeal for younger shoppers.

Overall, I didn’t see anything I love. I’m having a total sequin moment, so I do like the sequin prom dress (though I doubt I'd wear it) and I might actually buy the black and white spectator pumps, but overall, there isn’t much I would wear. I do think I have to see the items in person to get a better feel for them, and it would be helpful to see them on – there should be photos of women modelling the clothes on the website. Not Beth Ditto though – I want to see if someone who isn’t her can actually pull most of it off.

Generally, I think with this collection the pendulum has swung too far, and the clothes will only appeal to the very very young. So what about women between the ages of 24 and 45? I’m still holding out for a fashion collaboration that really speaks to me. In the meantime, my love affair with ASOS will just have to satisfy me.

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