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Outfit of the day

Posted in Celebrity Style by Nneoma Ulu on April 13, 2010

Ginnifer Goodwin strikes again. Here is a snap of her at the premiere of A Metropolitan Opera last night.

She makes me want to give up carbs and hit the gym. She looks hawt… shame she looks so sour-faced.

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Short hair: Reasons to believe

Posted in Celebrity Style by Nneoma Ulu on April 9, 2010

I took the plunge to cut my shoulder length hair off early last year. Having gone through many bad versions and good versions of said cut, I seem to be at a comfortable place now. It really bugs me though, that whenever I flick through magazines or even shop online… everyone has long hair – celebrities, models, style bloggers, everyone. Now you would think that this wasn’t important but it is. It’s all about visualisation and I can never relate to any of the images I see or imagine how something would look on me because hair length changes everything. I have learnt the hard way that things that look good on people with long hair don’t always look the same on those boasting shorter hair-dos. So imagine my glee when I spotted the pic of Ginnifer Goodwin, of He’s Just Not That into You fame, looking fierce in a Vionnet number rocking short hair.

Everything about this look is perfect from her tanned-just-right skin to those peep toe boots (if you look closely you can see the peep). The dress is hot and her hair just tops it off. Thanks Ginnifer for representing us short-haired girls!

Get crafty with Proenza Schouler

Posted in Spring/Summer 2010 by Nneoma Ulu on April 8, 2010

There’s nothing like arts and craft to kick off the weekend. Here is a little project that I’m considering busying myself with – a little arts and craft project inspired by Proenza Schouler.

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2010

Yesterday, Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough appeared on former jail-bird Martha Stewart’s show in the US and they all got to work tie dying scarves in the style of their Spring/Summer 2010 collection. We too can now own what could only be considered homemade “knock-offs” of their collection for the price of some dye and a vest or tee from Primark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR-91z-LhS8&feature=player_embedded

Tie dye is no longer reserved for the likes of hippy-looking youngsters. It’s for everyone… well according to Martha Stewart. Just don’t forget those rubber gloves.

via Love magazine blog

Would you rather?

Posted in Trends by Nneoma Ulu on April 8, 2010

Missoni Converse hi-tops?
Or Christian Louboutin studded trainers?

I vote Louboutins.

What can you get for $50? Time to raise the Fashion Stakes

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on April 7, 2010

The number 50 is about to become very powerful in the fashion world thanks to a new website launching this Autumn. Fashion Stake, will allow consumers to be able to browse online collections and invest in a particular designer by buying a “stake” in their line, starting with $50 investments. In return, consumers will get credit towards clothing purchases as well as special offers like exclusive previews, showroom visits and fashion show invitations. Shoppers will also be able to vote and share their thoughts on the various items showcased on the site. Fashion Stake will launch with 5 designers including Project Runway alumni and runner-up, Althea Harper. All labels on the site must have produced previous collections and have an established fan base. Interestingly, the website will also feature capsule collections from established designers produced exclusively for the site.

via The Cut

Fashion Stake is the brainchild of Harvard Business School student Vivian Weng. She previously worked in finance, helping fashion companies secure funding so obviously knows her stuff. She told WWD, “fashion’s dirty little secret is that no one really has a lot of money — even people who are well-known and household names” and she hopes that Fashion Stake will come to the rescue.

The exclusivity of fashion is disappearing, no longer is it reserved for fashion’s elite and shrouded in mystery. With social media putting power into the hands of the people, Fashion Stake represents what seems to be a natural next step, boasting the motto, ‘Democratize Fashion’. This is a game changer – it will give power to the most important group in the fashion food chain – the consumer and in doing so the opportunities are endless. I’m surprised no one has come up with this before now to be honest and I’m looking forward to getting involved.

via The Cut

Feed your Vice. With Style

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on April 6, 2010

The Vice empire has added new website, ViceStyle.com, to it’s repertoire. The philosophy behind it:

“Vice’s broad and young readership isn’t catered for by the traditional style press or industry-obsessed blogs. There’s a universe of media where the fashion industry talks to itself, and with ViceStyle we want to bring the brightest and best to one of the most wide-ranging, curious and adaptable readerships on the planet. ViceStyle will intelligently and articulately bring you the latest fashion news in an aesthetically pleasing format.”

ViceStyle shoot

ViceStyle is way overdue in my opinion but well worth the wait. It features interviews, the obvious street style and the kind of editorials that you would expect from Vice. I’m loving the DIY Balenciaga eyebrows article… might even try a pastel pink myself!

From runway... (via ViceStyle)

... to ViceStyle girl, Dora.

Add ViceStyle to your RSS feed and get involved. You know it makes sense.

J. Crew: Living the all-American dream

Posted in Autumn/Winter 2010 by Nneoma Ulu on April 6, 2010

J. Crew have Michelle Obama to thank for an unexpected but worldwide endorsement during the US election campaign. Now that Net-a-Porter.com will be making J. Crew available to British fashionistas, It’s time to take note of the brand… and their Autumn/Winter 2010 presentation is sure making me sit up and listen. It has an old English feel to it but with a modern twist. The collection proves that its not simply for First Lady types but for any discerning fashionista.

I’m loving the tweeds and fur. War-time chic.

Sadly I’m back from the US of A not living the all-American dream… one day maybe!

French Elle doing it big

Posted in Editorial by Nneoma Ulu on April 5, 2010

I read magazines all the time that have no images that reflect what I see when I look in the mirror. I know I’m not alone and whilst I love fashion including pouring over thin models in amazing couture, ready to wear and high street styled in ways that would see me spending significant amounts of my monthly wage on disposable fashion but every now again its nice to be faced with a bit of realness. So I’m loving Tara Lynn on the cover of April’s French Elle and the stunning editorial in the magazine. Her obnoxious and beautiful curves remind me of the compulsory A Level Art life drawing classes – there is nothing quite as exquisite as the female form.

There is something so much more real about these shots than previous editorials featuring plus-size models. Tara feels more authentic and looks less air-brushed.

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French Women don’t get Fat. Pah.

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on April 5, 2010

Mirielle Guiliano must be pretty thankful that her book ‘French Women don’t get Fat‘ came out in 2005 – according to recent statistics, all that bread, steak frites and red wine is finally changing the bodies of our French neighbours… they’re getting fat. In my opinion, anyone who eats all the good stuff and doesn’t suffer the consequences of weight gain is pretty lucky and gets no sympathy (excuse my bitterness, it comes from years of yo-yo dieting). It’s not that the news revealing that obesity levels in France are now similar to those in the US in the 1970s is comforting, I guess it’s more the fact that there is a real side to every fantasy. This time around, its the fantasy that those gorgeously slim and immaculately styled French women – think Carine Roitfeld and daughter, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou who inspire and are admired by us mere mortals could be getting rounder  (Karl Lagerfeld eat your heart out… quite literally!). Hehe!

Carine Roitfeld and daughter Julia

Ending the silence with McQueen

Posted in Inspiration by Nneoma Ulu on April 5, 2010

There are many reasons for my silence, none worth boring you with but the main thing is I’m back and hopefully will be back to more regular posting. Attempting not to miss out on my Sunday paper reading ritual whilst I’m away, I picked up the New York Times today. So Sunday Styles is replacing The Sunday Times Style magazine and whilst it is not quite the same as the flicking through the glossy pages of Style, a poignant article featuring friends of the late Alexander McQueen reflecting on the designer himself and the time just before his death is a must read; check it out here.

So much has been said about McQueen’s last collection, Majestic, but I’m in agreement with WWD that the words at the end of the show notes summed it up – “each piece was unique, as was he”.

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