Links à la Mode: Style vs Fashion

Posted in Blog love by Nneoma Ulu on February 22, 2010

I have no internet access at the moment which isn’t great. In fact it is making life really difficult given that its London Fashion Week. Whilst I sort myself out. Here is a round up of links from the Independnet Fashion Bloggers network edited by Retro Chick. Enjoy!

With the Fashion Week season in full swing and Fashion Pulse Daily live blogging from the IFB conference it can be easy to forget that there are other things going on in the world, where real women are shopping and dressing for real occasions.

There were actually surprisingly few Fashion Week oriented posts submitted this week. Possibly the Fashion Week attendees are still too busy to partake in Links á la Mode, but what I did find was a lot of posts focused on fashion, style and image in the real world. A Typical Atypical calls for a low fashion revolution and Idiosyncratic Style urges you to bring out your cocktail frocks for every day. Meanwhile, in the body image arena Intrinsically Florrie learns to love her specs, Sugar & Spice discusses tanning and Mariels Castle weighs in (see what I did there?) on the body size debate.

It would be impossible to leave this weeks links without mentioning the untimely and incredibly sad death of Alexander McQueen. There were posts submitted on this issue but I made the decision not to include them, not because they were bad, but because I felt that if I included one persons post I would need to include them all. There has been so much personal reflection on the life and designs of this amazing man in the fashion blogging world that to choose a small selection seemed impossible. If you would like to read these posts then, as ever, the full list of submissions is available in the forums.

Links à la Mode: February 18th

  • A Typical Atypical – What girls really want to read about, and why fashion bloggers are changing the face of fashion
  • Bonne Vie – Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Inspiration: What you borrow from another culture when it comes to wardrobe should be thoughtful
  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Dear New Look; it’s over!
  • Eternal Masquerade – Covering the Parallels Between Our Current Winter Wonderland and Under the Sea Fashions
  • Fashion Pulse Daily – Fashion Pulse Daily blogs live from the Future of Fashion Blogging panel during IFB’s Evolving influence conference this week!
  • Hot Beauty Health – Ready for Spring? Here are 9 Big Beauty Trends for Spring 2010!
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Fashion Dare – Let your party frocks come out and play!
  • Intrinsically Florrie – Making a spectacle of oneself: learning to love glasses and finding the right pair
  • Mariels Castle – It’s not about been skinny or fat its about being healthy!
  • Retro Chick – Love, Lust & Burlesque with the Bridewell Collective
  • – Spring comes early to Golden Gate Park. Showcase of spring 2010 looks from San Francisco designers.
  • Stacie Blair – Show your Olympic spirit with fashionable gear from Aritzia!
  • Style Eyes – The dilemma of a fashion blogger and why I’m taking Dame Vivienne Westwoods advice to stop shopping
  • Style Symmetry – Fashion Blogger Interview Kingdom of Style’s Queen Michelle
  • Sugar and spice and all things nice – Discussing the dangers of tanning and why the only safe tan is one from a bottle!!
  • The Clothing Menu – interview with independent jewelry and clothing designer, Norwegian Wood
  • The Fashion Planner – The Fashion Planner is hosting an Giveaway!
  • The Very Subjective – very subjective (and therefore – very true) observations about style do’s and do not’s.
  • Thread Style – Heel-wearing fashionistas also can be feminists.
  • ventures of jenn – The Great Vintage Debate: the ‘price’ of vintage both within and outside of the western world and what it really means.

Brit girls on form: Alexa Chung for Madewell

Posted in New York Fashion Week by Nneoma Ulu on February 19, 2010

New York Fashion Week is over and the fash pack have descended on Somerset House for London’s turn. Alexa Chung is the perfect crossover – a Brit making waves over the pond, showing the Yanks how things should be done.

She has teamed up with Madewell (a spin off from Michelle Obama’s favourite, J.Crew) to create a collection that is worth taking a weekend trip for.

There is something very Topshop-esque about the clothes but that doesn’t make them any less covetable. It’s the perfect wardrobe and I love everything, even down to the shoes.

The thing I love about this collection is that unlike most ‘celebrity’ collaborations, you just know that Alexa would wear these clothes herself. It totally reflects her style.

Images via Refinery 29

twentyteneightyfour presents: mediacation – issue 1.0

Posted in Blog love by Nneoma Ulu on February 18, 2010

Let the reference – ‘fellow blogger mediacation’ be an elusive term no longer. Not only is he a good friend, mediacation has his finger on the pulse of popular culture like no other and through his blog lets us into his crazy world as a fashion and entertainment publicist. This is the first (of what I hope to be many) of his guest posts on twentyteneightyfour. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the piece below:

So this year, in particular since the Paula Reed (Grazia)/bow incident, tween fashion blogger Tavi has caused quite the storm. First off we thought the blog was fake, then the bow incident, however, after Monday’s discussion on “The Future of Fashion Blogging” at the Evolving Influence Fashion Blog Conference hosted by the Independent Fashion Bloggers in NYC, I have a HUGE newfound respect for Tavi, or to be more accurate, whoever wrote the 13 year old’s briefing notes at the talk. I have to admit that I wasn’t/still am not a fan of her blog.

Independent Fashion Blogger's "Evolving Influence" Conference. Featuring Tavi, Bryan Boy, Susie Bubble, Lauren and Britt from Fashionista, and Phil from Street Peeper

Tavi joined Susie Bubble, Bryanboy, Phil Oh of Street Peeper, and Britt Aboutaleb and Lauren Sherman of for a panel discussion. Her comment highlights, via The Cut are below:

On personal-style blogging:
“You can write about what you care about. There’s always someone who also really loves, like, Seinfeld as well as dead dolls, as well as Prada. I think the few times I’ve tried to do more news reporting, I can only go so far until I have to make a Freaks & Geeks reference. For me it’s easier to write as a personal-style blog.”

On technology changing the media landscape:
“Nick Knight started ShowStudio in 2000, like a decade ago, and the scary part is in five years, it’s going to be like the iPhone. I remember there was this old Lindsay Lohan Disney Channel movie and she was video chatting with her friends about what they were going to wear, and that was so technologically advanced to me, and now you don’t have to be like a spy on Disney Channel to do it.”

On people saying bloggers have no business sitting front row:
“Well, if you generalize it like that, then it’s like people with computers can’t be in the front row.”

On the blogger-versus-editor argument:
“A lot of it is kind of made up. I think it started to sort of come back and gain a little more momentum when a Grazia writer was sitting behind me and couldn’t see because of my hat. But like I saw what [she] Twittered, which was ‘Can’t see behind Tavi’s bow,’ and it’s like, I think [she was] just sort of like making a joke. But then it was like [transfers to ominous voice-over voice] ‘Bloggers and Editors at War — which side are you on?’” [Audience erupts into laughter and applause]

On reading her own press:
“I read my own comments because I rarely get a negative commenter on my blog. I don’t read comments on other sites when other people have written about me and I generally don’t read the article. I have to be with myself all the time, and I don’t really want to read about myself. If somebody doesn’t like me, it’s probably somebody I’m never going to meet. It’s just part of the game.”

Wowed by Susan Woo

Posted in New York Fashion Week by Nneoma Ulu on February 17, 2010

I’m stuck in London, whilst New York Fashion Week is fighting off the snow and by some stroke of luck I have planted a little spy over there who is enjoying the bright lights of the city. Here is her take on Susan Woo’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

The intimate downtown loft space, at the Bryant Park hotel, served as the perfect back drop for the debut of the Susan Woo Fall/Winter collection this past Saturday afternoon. The clothes were gorgeous – silk crepes of cream, deep red, chocolate and coal, were draped across beautiful (but natural and healthy) looking models, placed in front of the windows like sophisticated NY Barbie dolls. But the most stand-out doll of them all was Olivia Palermo, who grazed the sidelines with a handsome, slightly scruffy, blue-eyed boy in tow. Most people at the show – the non-journalists / semi-fashionistas like me, spent more time critiquing Olivia’s biker-inspired outfit, then admiring Woo’s delicate portfolio of chic office wear that stood before us. Despite Palermo stealing some of the attention, the show was great and beautifully done. The space allowed you to view the silk and organic wool pieces up close and appreciate their simplicity and elegance. And while I’d definitely snatch up one of these numbers for work or a champagne brunch party, the first item on my ‘must have’ list is the fabulous black leather leggings adorned by ‘The City’s’ star.

At only 27, Woo’s brand philosophy epitomizes modern fashion and is a blend of high design with both environmental and social consciousness. Woo launched her collection in fall of 2009 after studying at Cornell University and developing a background with companies such as Louis Vuitton, Derek Lam, and Chanel.

“It’s not about fashion, it’s about style.”

Posted in Thoughts by Nneoma Ulu on February 17, 2010

Aside from another great collection at New York Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs has given me some food for thought – “It’s not about fashion, it’s about style”. That was his vision for his Autumn/Winter 2010 show this week. Granted it may have been part of a publcity stunt to shun celebs from his front row, though timely in my opinion given’s “expose” on front row wages. Though his collection was a clearly a reflection of this. The clothes had a confident subtlety about them and it was so much more about the way the outfits were put togther than about the individual pieces themselves.

So what is this style thing that Marc speaks of? Well, its the reason, we love Alexa Chung and are fascinated by style blogs. Its more than just the clothes, its about the ability to look good. Anyone can buy clothes and throw an outfit together but style, now that is the ultimate goal. Style is the thing that gets you snapped by The Sartorialist or Tommy Ton for Jak and Jil. Its fascinating, inspiring and the thing that makes us admire, idoloise and imitate others.

Watching the live stream of The Future of Fashion Blogging session at yesterday’s Independent Fashion Bloggers conference with Tavi, Susie Bubble, Bryanboy, et al got me thinking. Style is the differentiating factor when it comes to bloggers – thats where the appeal lies. People want to know that they can be stylish and when they see bloggers doing it so effortlessly, it draws them in. Its not just about posting pictures of outfits, its about the designers bloggers choose to talk about. These selections give us a snapshot into how the stylish people do it giving us reason to believe that we can do it right too.

Fashion editors maybe nervous that bloggers are taking over but I disagree. Every fashion blogger worth their salt recognises the importance of magazines. There is nothing like shiny magazine pages with slick editorials showcasing clothes are often out of reach (and price range). Fashion blogs, particularly style blogs can only be supplementary to that – which I think is a good thing. I would not like to sacrifice reading magazines or blogs.

For me, I think my interest in fashion is related to my ongoing quest for style. Its something that will keep me busy for the rest of my days no doubt, whilst I wrestle with body image issues, lack of money to buy the clothes I want and just generally growing up. It can be exciting and it can be depressing but it’s definitely not just about fashion but about style, for me.

A Single Man

Posted in Inspiration by Nneoma Ulu on February 16, 2010

If you haven’t gone to see A Single Man yet, please get yourself down to a cinema and rectify that as soon as possible. Last weekend, I was convinced by fellow blogger and partner in crime, mediacation, that Tom Ford would want us to see his directorial debut in an art house cinema so off we trotted to the Curzon Mayfair to check it out.

Everything you’ve read about it being a thing cinematic beauty is true. It’s so beautiful. The score is absolutely breathtaking. The story is moving and Colin puts more than his best handmade-shoe-clad foot forward.

I do hope that Arianne Phillips wins a Bafta for best costume design. She deserves it.

I’m with the Band

Posted in New York Fashion Week by Nneoma Ulu on February 16, 2010

Boy by Band of Outsiders has got me wanting a whole new wardrobe. This collection is one of my favourites from New York Fashion Week so far. The ultimate winter wardrobe.

New York Fashion Week: Erin Wasson x RVCA

Posted in New York Fashion Week by Nneoma Ulu on February 13, 2010

Check out these eyebrows from the Erin Wasson x RVCA show at New York Fashion Week. A possible Autumn/Winter trend?

RIP Alexander McQueen

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on February 11, 2010

It is a sad day in fashion. Alexander McQueen has been found dead after taking his own life. This is a huge loss to the fashion industry and there is no doubt that he will be missed.

The Daily Mail reported: A source at McQueen’s office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: ‘It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family.’

Read more here:

New York Fashion Week starts today

Posted in New York Fashion Week by Nneoma Ulu on February 11, 2010

Nothing gets in the way of fashion. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the freaky weather that our friends over the pond are having… its snowmageddon! But as this queue inidcates… the show must go on!

via Racked NY

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