Leather dresses - a celebrity trend? Really?

    Apparently leather is “in” for celebrity ladies looking to make a splash.

    Jennifer Aniston:



    Emma Stone:

    o-EMMA-STONE-TONIGHT-SHOW-570.jpgStone at least gets points for going for the red - and an interesting red, rather than a brassy, cheap one. Aniston’s look is, well, just ageing rocker chick.

    The many people within Emmy Rossum

    The demure Emmy Rossum

    If there’s one thing that make me fall in love with a FashMag photoshoot, it’s when they take one person, and create many people from them. There’s no single image, but a range of looks, or moods that show you different sides of a person’s personality. This shoot of Emmy Rossum, found via Forever a Fan Girl, is just a perfect example of that. The look above is sexy, yet with an edge of sophistication, and demureness. (Is that a word? It should be.)

    This look, though?

    The Sext Emmy Rossum

    Despite the white dress, and all the connotations that brings, this is a sexy image, almost to the point of raunchiness. It’s a lovely shoot from Zooey Magazine.

    The video’s a fun watch, too. It’s exactly what a behind-the-scenes video should be:

    Sheer Appeal

    [caption id=“attachment_6448” align=“aligncenter” width=“400”]Diane Kruger - sheer confidence Diane Kruger - sheer confidence[/caption]

    The HuffPo wants to characterise this dress as controversial.


    Personally, I think Diane Kruger (or, more likely, her advisors) have made a great choice here. The underlying “dress” is sexy without being trashy - a slightly brief cocktail dress more than anything - while the sheer fabric over the top give it a much more elegant feel. Sure, you need a film star figure to carry it off. But it’s fun. And she looks happy and confident.

    Speaking Style's Language


    Women’s fashion intrigues me, the way small changes can transform an outfit completely. It almost feels like a language that I don’t quite speak.

    I can tell that the tassels on this dress make it fun. That’s simple. But how it’s done without making it look ridiculous is just opaque to me.

    Fashionably Recessional

    There was a small debate on Twitter this morning, possibly triggered by Glynn, about the relationship between hemlines and the economic conditions. He found this reference:

    Almost anything can be an economic indicator. Back in the 1920s, the economist George Taylor conceived the hemline index, finding that skirts got longer as the economy slowed. These days, there's been talk of a haircut index, with short locks signaling a market drop.

    Now, this season seems to be all about maxi dresses. And this story about stars shearing their locks short just popped up on a fashion blog.

    Double dip recession anyone?

    Debenhams Doesn't Want You To Advertise It

    The Anonymous Famous Face

    I saw this on the side of a bus the other day. It was striking, in a slightly Bet Lynch sort of way... 

    Striking enough, in fact, that I went to the Mango site to see the rest of the images. And I discovered something I hadn't realised: the model in the image was a famous actress, one I've referred to before on this blog. Yet, when I'd looked at the image I'd had absolutely no idea it was Scarlett Johannson.

    In fact, I'd noted this one in passing a few weeks before, and equally not noted its star content: Sj2 And that got me thinking…

    Mango have clearly spent a lot of money on these images: for a skilled photographer (Mario Sorrenti), because the images are great. But also for a "name" - an actress, not a model - and that's what these images are making me question. Was it worth it? If she isn't instantly recognisable - and this is far enough from Johannson's traditional image to make me think that she won't be for many -  and the campaign isn't trumpeting her identity, is Mango getting its money's worth here?

    And if not, what made them use her? A quick Google search reveals that the news that she was the new "spokesmodel" for the company is all over the celeb gossip blogs. And perhaps that's it - the readers of those are the perfect demographic for Mango clothes.

    But I can't help feeling that celebrity endorsement has become so prevalent that its impact is diluted to almost homoeopathic strengths...

    Watching Karen Millen find its blogging feet

    I love watching new blogs develop. I discovered a few months back that high street fashion chain Karen Millen has started blogging last year, and I've become an avid reader. Maybe it's because I spend my working life helping people get their start in social media, but watching a young blog find its voice and style over the first year or so of its life just fascinates me. There's something really touching about the Karen Millen blog, because there's something very slightly amateur hour about it. It's hosted on without a mapped domain name, and there's a very clear sense of real people writing the post, without a descent into marketing speak. Even the photography is evidently done by the posters rather than seasoned pros. Compare these two pictures, from a post about a Karen Millen dress won in a charity competition:

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    The picture on the left is the original from the blog post, the one on the right a tweaked version just done in on my Mac (I did nothing more than auto-levels). But that's cool. That feels more authentic. I get the same feeling of relationship and honesty that I do when I watch my bloggers do things like this. Good work, Karen Millen team.

    Likin' the People Tree

    People Tree Dress

    I love People Tree far more than I should do a company I've yet to spend a single penny with for Dr. T or myself (note to self: rectify). Clothes that can salve my environmental conscience and look good? Result!

    I was reminded of their existence by a post on Stylelist about their recent fashion show.

    Nice to see that the company has a blog, too, written by company founder Safia Minney.

    Will buy stuff and report back.

    (Dress featured is called Georgina)

    Ladies Love Leather (Apparently)

    M&S Leather Dress Now, I love a woman in a leather dress as much as the next straight man. So, the news that the above Marks & Spencer dress is flying off the shelves (it's out of stock only a week after it was launched) should be enough to put a smile on my face for weeks, or at least, for the rest of the autumn season.

    Msleatherdm2809b-298x800The Daily Mail is busy singing its praises, and it was noticed by some bloggers weeks ago (and some commenters). 

     And yet...

    Well, for one thing, I really do fail to understand the "hit dress" idea. Every woman I know has a quiet horror of turning up at a "do" in the same dress as another woman. Surely the very notion of "hit dress" should be a big, flashing neon sign warning women away?

    And, is it me, or does that dress looks a bit, well, cheap? Somehow, both the M&S image on the left, and the Daily Mail one on the right make a genuine leather dress look like pleather. And that can't be good.

    Summer's Coming...

    Summer Fashions

    …and with it some colourful fashions, according to the windows on the King's Road. About time, too…

    Anti-Ginger Nuts

    Gingerism: is it racism? - Styledash:

    According the BBC, red-head hating is still going strong around the world, but especially in the UK. Based on anecdotal reports, nearly every natural red-head has faced at least some kind of discrimination ranging from childhood taunting, to sexual rejection to violent hate crimes. (The most extreme case of anti-red-head sentiment, of course, being the 2003 stabbing of a red-headed 20-year-old man.)

    Personally, I think this is all about lingering cultural prejudice against the Celts. They were the one-time rulers of the British Isles, who eventually got pushed to the very edges of the islands, and their distinctive characteristics became undesirable, as it marked you as one of the losers.

    However, i have to be careful here, as my wife is very much a redhead…

    Which reminds me, does anyone else think that there's something missing from this? In particular, that female redheads actually get an easier ride than male redheads? Certainly in much of the US, and the UK too, a red-headed woman is seen as an attractive proposition.

    Why is it cool for women to be redheads, and embarrassing for men?