28.2.10

Yesterday at the GFT

I saw a special edition of A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Lucio Fulci's cheekbone convention in which Florinda Bolkan runs around looking terrified and very chic, to a deranged and groovy score by Ennio Morricone.The version that was shown was an early cut of the newly restored film. Apparently there were several different versions floating around out there, and Optimum Releasing is working on resmatering this complete, uncut version for DVD release later in the year. The film is a bit long and loose, but looks fantastic. The costumes and sets alone make for a worthwhile viewing experience, and I would recommend getting your hands on the DVD once it's released.

GFF is almost over, but there are still plenty of films left to see. There's a genuine festival feeling this year, with several viewers returning to seats they're holding on to all day, and lots of opportunties for freebies like posters and t-shirts. Last night at the Fright Fest finale, Neil Marshall dropped by to show a section from his new film, Centurion, but stayed long enough to help pass out the swag. He also admitted, in perhaps an unguarded moment, that he hasn't seen the sequel to his fantastically creepy The Descent.

"Make of that what you will," he said.

26.2.10

Amber

With all the rich browns, reds, oranges and yellows seen on the A/W 2010 runways (DKNY, Derek Lam, Fendi, Prada for example), I'm thinking about digging out my old amber necklaces. I like my amber in big old fashioned chunks, none of this modernist stuff that's got tonnes of silver and just a wee dab of orange.


Prada


Derek Lam

For an early source of amber inspiration, take in the exhibit at the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow. The exhibit, 'Treasures from Poland', though small, manages to cover the unique stone's entire history, from its prehistoric creation all the way to the jewellery of the present. There's even some amazing pieces of mosaic amber from the 18th century - namely an altar and an intricate cabinet, inlaid with a spectrum of amber pieces, from creamy yellow to dark, cherry red.

The exhibit is free, and while you're there, it would be worth taking in the rest of this surprisingly extensive gallery that features some pretty important artworks. The exhibit is running until the 17th of April.

24.2.10

"You're a whole lotta woman, a whole lotta woman, whole lotta Rosie" - AC/DC

As any woman knows, size is a tricky subject. For most of us, our size ranges depending on a whole raft of factors: brand, type of clothing item (tops, bottoms, knitwear), the look we're going for (oversized? layered?). Designer clothes tend to run smaller, though some brands, like DKNY, can be a bit more generous. Some websites acknowledge this - Net-a-Porter and My Wardrobe both state whether an item runs true to size, but also give the item's measurements in different sizes, so you can just for yourself. There really is no substitute for trying on, however. DKNY's cosy cardigan is a case in point - it's sold in 2 sizes, S/M and M/L, and Net-a-Porter suggests the larger of the two sizes fits up to a UK 14. However, this garment has miraculous rubber band-like qualities, and will fit pretty much anyone.

A while back, I wrote a blog entry about shopping for plus size designer clothes. I was frustrated by the lack of larger sizes among more fashionable brands. H&M run small, and their plus sized clothing tends to wander into muumuu territory. Not a flattering look. ASOS run larger, but they've also recently added a plus size line - Curve - that, though it's fairly limited at this point, has some promise.

As someone whose closet is filled with clothing that ranges in size from 16 to 20 (UK sizes), I've learned never to judge a top by its label. And then there's translating German, Italian, French, American or Danish sizes into UK sizing. Don't even get me started. Why can't we have it like men do? Why can't we go into a store and say: 'this is my waist measurement, this is my chest measurement, gimme something that fits'?

But I digress. My original motivation in writing this blog entry was to re-dress some inaccuracies in my earlier entry concerning plus size shopping (which I wrote way back in summer '08). I complained that, though Net-a-Porter considers a size 16 to be the largest someone can fashionably be, Yoox catered to more of a range of shapes and sizes. Over the past year, that assertion has been proven to be very very wrong. I've bought 3 items from Yoox which all ended up being way too small - either because they didn't translate the size correctly or because the brand ran small and the size I chose didn't work for me. They have extremely limited information about each item on their website, and the whole thing ends up seeming a bit slap-dash.

Net-a-Porter, on the other hand, now show size 18 and 20 on their size guide chart, and though I've to date only seen clothes offered up to size 18, having 20 on their size guide chart seems to be a sort of promise that in the future, should this size be available, they'll stock it. Could the fashion world's acceptance that a size 20 woman might just possibly follow fashion and, oh, I don't know, be fashionable? I'm not saying that a woman needs access to designer clothes to be fashionable; far from it. But I think that acknowledging that women come in many shapes and sizes is an important gesture, particularly coming from one of the few industries out there where women make the same, or potentially more than, their male counterparts (well, if they're models).

That said, what about women sized 22 and up? How much longer will they be relegated to one lone high street store (Evans) and a single rack at TK Maxx?

Christopher Kane

A blog about Glasgow fashion and shopping wouldn't be complete without some sort of reference to Christopher Kane. I have to admit, philistine that I am, his previous collections never really spoke to me, and I didn't get what all the fuss was about. This completely changed the moment I saw images from his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection. I...am...in...love...The lace, the embroidery, the beading, the colours, the textures. I will be dreaming about that coat with the furry collar - dreams in which I am a race-car-driving-flying-ace-ass-kicking-black-belt-professional-gambling-spy. That's just what the coat makes me think of, I don't know why.

See the complete collection on Style.com (where these images came from).

23.2.10

Drapey Jersey

I got this dress from ASOS:


The jersey has a lovely drape to it, though it's not quite long enough for me. I wanted it to go to past my ankles, as it does in the photo. I think it would on an average heighted someone.

So, anway, now I need to get these Rick Owens boots at Browns:
Okay, at £725, I can't afford these. I know that. So now my mission is to find something as close to this as possible for less than £200. What do you think my odds are?

22.2.10

Me-oww!

If you've been intrigued by the purple cat masks that have popped up all over the fashion blogs and online fashion mags, go check out the cat-tastic AW 10 runway show on Mulberry's website. I love the pallet of muted peaches, teals and purples, which seems like a logical extension of summer's sorbet shades, with autumn-appropriate russets, browns and greys. The overall vibe says sexy school mistress to me, a la Eva Green in Cracks.


15.2.10

What do I want to smell like today?

I have been struggling of late with perfume - specifically, choosing a new perfume. I spent about an hour in the perfume room in Liberty when I was in London over Christmas, smelled so many scents that they all started blurring together as the inside of my nose began to vaguely burn, and I still came away empty handed.

The problem seems to be citrusy scents are often marred by an overly powdery finish, floral scents are too heady, and musks never suited me. I think age might have something to do with it as well, as I was always a fan of relatively sweet scents, and these are starting to seem too young on me.

After testing many many scents, I gave up and bought another bottle of good-old-trusty Her by Narciso Rodgriguez. I haven't grown tired of it yet, and hopefully I won't for a very long time.

However, help could be at hand. Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh is hosting an evening with master perfumer Roja Dove. He'll be discussing what goes into designing perfumes while you'll be drinking sparkling wine. The tickets cost £15, but the ticket price is redeemable toward a perfume purchase.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 March from 18:30 to 20:30. To book tickets phone 0131 524 8388.

6.2.10

My new favourite shoes

A late posting of my favourite after Christmas sale purchase, some Ash biker boots. There's an Ash store near my dad's flat in London. My heart fluttered every time I passed by.
I wonder if I love this shoe brand so much because it shares a name with one of the world's best film characters:

What is it?

ASOS calls it a chemise. Is it a nightgown? Yes. A dress? Possibly. A longline top that's screaming to be layered? For sure. Don't like the pink? It comes in grey too. I must have this.

1.2.10

Speaking of Sideshow Bob...

My favourite moment this weekend had to be when my husband and I were strolling along Glassford Street, and we saw a guy who had taken pointy brogues to new extremes. The toes on his shoes had such an exaggerated length that it actually affected the way he walked. Basically, he looked like Charlie Chaplin!


February wish list

This jacket from La Redoute looks so butter soft, I just need to touch it. And it's got a lovely, Rick Owens-esque shape to it.

I'm also on the lookout for a good black blazer, and this one by Michel Kein at La Redoute looks like it will fit the bill.
What I mostly need is a black cardigan. Not very exciting, but I seem to be all about staples at the moment. I'm trying to decide between the budget version from Uniqlo, or the blow-out version (pictured below), with sequin trimmed pockets, by Sonia Rykiel. Or maybe I'll get both…
I saw these phoenix scarves at Liberty over Christmas, and have been thinking about them ever since. They sell them on the website, so Glaswegians need not go without.
I've been considering the merits of reusable water bottles of late, and after a bit of searching, I've decided that this sleek metal version from Millican will service my needs.
Though I'm very excited about the notion of mid heels coming into fashion this summer (those super high heels did nothing for me, as I have totally flat feet and I'm 6 feet tall), I'll continue to invest in ballet flats. I love the idea of having them in every colour and pattern. My favourites are from French Sole, as they have a mind boggling selection, they are really comfortable, and they can accommodate my big feet (we're talking Sideshow Bob here).
Surely Spring is just around the corner (as any fashion magazine will tell you) so spring cleaning is on my weekend agendas. To give me the necessary energy to whirl around my flat with hoover and duster, I'll need to replace our broken record player. Turntables are relatively hard to find in Glasgow, unless you want to buy the USB variety, or you're a dj and are willing to spend a fortune. But the reliable folk at Richer Sounds (on Jamaica Street, past the Currys and Matalan) offer a range of price points on turntables and amplifiers, so it's just a matter of figuring out how much we're willing to spend, and what features, other than a dust cover, we're actually looking for.

And, now that it's starting to get lighter in the mornings, can daily drizzle be that far behind? I'm getting ready with this parka, which comes in a rainbow of colours from Uniqlo.

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