Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Tim Walker - spreading the love

We're big Tim Walker fans so we're pretty damn thrilled to know he's got an exhibition starting on May 9th at the Design Museum in London. Here's an homage to Tim Walker we did when we were at CosmoGIRL!

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Make-up Ladies

It was only a matter of time before it happened. First it was celebrity fashion ranges, then came the fragrances, now it's the turn of celebrity make-up collaborations. We've already got Nicole from Girls Aloud doing her Jelly Pong Pong range for fair complexions and model Daria Werbowy has created a make-up collection for Lancome with proceeds going to Rio De Janeiro's Centro Espacial Vik Miniz, a youth arts-education organisation. Latest news? Even Dolly Parton is getting in on the act, telling Billboard magazine "I want my own cosmetics line." Come on MAC, snap her up!

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

In Praise of the Pocket Dress

This morning it rained like a bitch but we didn't care because at least the weather's warmed up which meant we could bust out our spring wardrobes AT LAST! And what would spring wardrobes be without dresses? In particular, dresses with pockets. We love a dress with a pocket, it gives us something to do with our hands and lets us do our favourite model walk. (What? You don't do model walks when you have pockets? What is wrong with you?!) In fact, when we do fashion shoots it's always the dress (or trousers, or shorts, or skirt or...) with pockets that gets picked because it makes the photographer and model's jobs easier...fact! (Belt loops help too, for that all-important model slouch.) We found these cute dresses with pockets on, and Which would you wear?

Pics: Urban Outfitters, Urban Outfitters, Asos, Asos, TopShop

Friday, 18 April 2008

We Can't Live Without...

...the new Carmex cherry lip balm. Some may say that lip balm's addictive, we say whatever, we still love stroking pout-perfecting potions on our lips. PS, talk about miracle product, it contains spf too!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Tricky Trend: Making the most of the midi

I'm not a huge fan of the new midi length, it's pretty hard to carry off if you're pint-sized like me. Yet when Roselle, the make-up artist on a shoot last week pitched up in a cotton print calf-length skirt, I thought, 'oh...midi-length! Here's a non-frumpy way to wear it!' Roselle teamed hers with stack-heeled knee-length boots and a fitted knit top, very seventies-sophisticate, very next-season D & G. Well, I have the boots already - black pebbled leather with a four-inch heel - and the skirt worked because it's fitted over the hips before flaring out. Getting this look right is all about proportion so if you're short you need some lift in your boots and if the skirt has volume then the top half needs to be sleek. Fabric weight plays its part too. A heavy fabric like tweed or tartan will add bulk to ample hips while something lighter and floaty (silk, crepe) will skim over curves. For me it's a nod back to the Charlie-girl style of the seventies so I'd like to try it in dark indigo denim with white stitching. I'd wear it with a sleek scoop-neck Lycra top (oh hang on, they didn't have Lycra in the 70s did they? Oh well, let's pretend) and a black plaited belt. Plus perhaps a beret and a vintage saddle bag from Urban Outfitters. Surprisingly, a skirt in this shape is better on curvy hips that straight figures as it needs something to hug - now how many trends you can say that about?


Pics: D & G autumn/winter 2008 from

Monday, 14 April 2008

Going Forward: #6 The New Vans?

Call off the search, we've found the new Vans! KEEP is a new brand from LA which makes casual kicks in fab colour and print combos. These alpine high-tops are making us long for a weekend in a ski-lodge enveloped in a plaid blanket toasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate round a roaring fire. The added bonus? They're 100% animal-friendly vegan.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Going Forward: #5 Too-cool Keds

Wow, Keds are really going for it big-time. We were bowled over by their gold sneakers at the a/w preview, while these wedges left us practically speechless - too, too clever!

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Going Forward: #4 PASTEL PLAIDS

Ok, plaid is going to be the Big One for autumn, so no surprises there. But we spotted a micro-trend at Aussie surf brand Insight last week...pastel plaids! We're loving this girly take on the lumberjack look.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Going Forward: #3 JUST SAY NO

Ok, Levi's stop it now. You're just being too trendy for your own good and we will never, ever wear these ugly-as-sin jeans. So there.

Going Forward: #2 NOT JUST JEANS

We've noticed that the traditional denim brands are branching out from 101 ways with jeans. Wrangler impressed us with this too-cute bib-front frock at their a/w 08/09 preview while Levi's showed the most adorable shortalls and knitwear.

Bubbling under: Are cords due for a comeback? Skinny cords showed up at Wrangler, Howie's, Made in Heaven and Antik Batik.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Going Forward: #1 SHAGGY FURS

Shaggy furs are expected to come round again for next autumn. Antik Batik is doing real fur gilets for the luxe layered look while Fornarina mixes denim-look with (fake?) fur for a more youthful spin on the trend.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Going Forward

We've spent this week traipsing the streets of London checking out the new autumn-winter collections. Check back in a couple of days when we've uploaded our photos and observations...

Donna & Navaz
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