September’s Style Icon: Diane Keaton

I have a terrible confession to make; I have only recently finally seen Annie Hall.

It is one of those movies that has been referenced so heavily in pop culture that it felt like I had already seen it. Until my sister called me and told me to watch it- that I would fall even more in love with Diane Keaton then I already was from The First Wives Club.

Within those 93 minutes, I was introduced to a bona fide fashion icon and a whole new way in looking at fashion. Modern androgyny typically highlights how masculinity has evolved to become more traditionally feminine. Jeffree Star and Eddie Izzard, men who adopted makeup and Ruby Rose and Héloïse Letissier are women whose style is classically masculine are good examples of this.

 

Diane Keaton, on the other hand, introduced us to the “Granddad-fashion”. Taking those key masculine accessories: a fitted blazer, a wide-brim, and those ties, her looks were quintessentially her. She reminds us that “fashion” is not about following trends or trying to dramatically push limits, but rather just pay attention to what is available around you. She quite literally wears the suits, the suits do not wear her.

I still can not figure out how Diane Keaton made a the public school english teacher look so chic. Since watching Annie Hall, I am desperate for some cinched, high-waisted, over-sized slacks. That floor-length white coat from The First Wives Club? It’s been saved on my eBay searches for the past 5 years. To quote Man Repeller,

“She’s probably one of those people who can say the same thing you “literally just said,” that everyone ignored, and yet everyone internalises her remarks with the reverence of a royal bow”

But you do not need me to tell you.

Look at her!

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July’s Style Icon | Mr Kate!

If you are like me and regularly choose Youtube over the TV, you may already know who Mr. Kate is. If not, let me catch you up. Mr. Kate is an interior designer, actress, Youtuber, writer, jewelry designer and general “creative weirdo“. From the success of her Youtube channel — which primarily focuses on lifestyle and DIY projects — grew the Mr. Kate business ran by her and her partner Joey.

She is basically on of those people who can seemingly do it all.

 

 

Somehow, Mr. Kate whoops creative ass whilst wearing every colour of the rainbow. Her whimsical approach to fashion — playing with silhouettes, accessories, and prints — stands out almost as much as her insatiable work ethic.

What I personally find the most impressive is Kate’s ability to wear arguably extreme or out-of-the-box styles and make it look almost casual. Check out her faux hawk for example or her saturated, Starbucks inspired ensemble!

 

 

Since I discovered her last year, I have become a massive fan and have been recommending her channels to everyone. Her infectious enthusiasm and confidence in her abilities seem to permeate through the screen; inspiring her creative weirdos on the other side (for example my Triple F lookbooks!).

I can always guarantee on Mr. Kate’s Instagram to bring something bright and almost obnoxiously creative and talented to my feed, and it is for this reason she is the perfect summer Style Icon.

 

 

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Because why not?

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RU Stole the Show: Season 9!

RuPauls Drag Race has come to a close for another season, and although this season may not have been the silliest or the most dramatic; it certainly had some of the most sickening looks as yet!

People have asked why I always wait until the end of the season to pull all my favourite looks and talk about them, and it is primarily because to remember a look. That has to be a part of it right? It may have looked at great at the time, but is it gag worthy? Are they in the same league as Violet, Kim Chi, Courtney Act, or Alaska?

So enjoy the most gag-worthysickening, fashion moments at the ball! Enjoy!


1, Oh. My. Gaga!

You can be the most critical of the entrance looks; these girls had timemoney, and resources to make sure they look on point.

That is exactly what the above girls did. Valentina looks absolutely stunning with those now-famously stoned gloves and classic beauty. Charlie and Nina had two (or in Nina’s case, three!) fantastically creative outfits. People are still looking about Nina’s two entrance outfits; and that is the stuff reality star legends are made of!

No one could top that classic Gaga doh.

 

2, White Party Realness

 

3, Fairytale Princess Eleganza

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The Fairytale Princess Eleganza catwalk was the first time Valentina and Charlie stepped away from the fashion pack in my opinion. Contrasting metals and fierce eyeliner a princess makes. They both personify a feeling; Charlie is Princess Side Eye trying to laser off etherial, with slightly vacant, Valentina (or at least, that is what their storyline should have been).

I’m here for a white hair hoe.

4, Naughty Nighties!

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Can we please just appreciate Nina Bo’nina Bootylicious Bandana Brown for a minute. Look at her! Her dark, skimpy ‘Naughty Nightie’ was so different from every other look on the runway, and I am obsessed.

Sasha and Farah both went for the rosy pastel palette, although in very different ways. Farah went for the classic Marilyn-Monroe-Better-Davis sex appeal, whereas Sasha Velour looked like a sexy pirate who heard a bang in the night. Both had clear concepts and a drool-worthy colour palette.

 

5, Faux Fur Fabulous

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Now, if you know me, you know I love a costume couture. Mixing and melting fashion and dress-up together leads, in my opinion, some of my favourite moments. Shay looks like she is modelling Moschino‘s latest “Muppet’s in the Power of Love” collection, whereas Sasha has returned to her roots by dressing up as a Russian Nut Cracker.

This

is

how

you

get

my

attention!

6, The Night of a Thousand Madonna’s

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Super fans may remember that there was a “Night of a Thousand Madonnas” last season which derailed into a hot train-wreck of kimoNO nonsense. These girls were scrutinised, and thank god they paid notice. Although there were a few duplications, the 80’s babe came to play, with Valentina slaying the runway with her bronze Aphrodite self.

Look at her!

 

7, Big Hair Everywhere

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With a category like “Big Hair Everywhere”, no basic bitches wanted. I didn’t want to see no pageant follicles…. And I was disappointed. There was not much to see that we hadn’t seen before. Thank goodness for Sasha’s punk rock badass and Aja’s Tim Burton Queen of Hearts for keeping the crowd entertained by actually thinking of a conceptual head-to-toe look.

Quick question, why did no one have a extra 18th-century camp-tastica?

 

8, RuPaul Roast

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9, Club Kid Couture

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Man. Words can not do justice to these fun, silly club kids. Peppermint was fun, on brand, and looked like she had finally woken up to the competition (fashion-wise). Trinity on the other hand is a public television producers wet-dream. Miss Frizzle has shrunk us down to cell level, and we are watching some fabulous disease attack and take over a body.

 

**10, Makeover Challenge

**They all looked fine(ish)

 

11, The Gayest Ball Ever

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Now, no one rocked all three of their Gayest Ball looks, but these three got through at least two thirds of that runway.

I loved Shay and Sasha’s Unicorn looks: costumes, dress up, black leather moments, we all know I have a type! Personally, I think Trinity’s 80’s Jane Fonda-corn would have been boosted a level if she had gone the whole hog and whipped out the diner girl roller skates!

On the other hand, the Village People challenge was Trinity’s minute. Both Trinity and Shay managed to somehow melt fash-i-on into the Village People?! The yellow glitter lips, that cape and that cop visor doh?!

 

12, Category Is

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13, Finale!

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All the Queens were dripping in their eleganza for the finale, but most looked like a more expensive version of themselves. These girls however, made me clutch my pearls they looked so good!

Trinity, in the words of the MovieBitches, looked like a fabulous scallop-beetle, and I am desperate to join Shay on that Meryl StreepEmma Stone bandwagon. Graduation maybe?

 

So who is the Queen taking home the fashion crown?!

The Winner Is…

Sasha Velour!

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Triple F Lookbook! | Canadian bacon

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Triple F Lookbook! | Canadian Bacon Inventory
Shirt: Thrift store find
Jeans: River Island men's skinnies
Necklace: Topshop
Belt: H&M
Sun glasses: Urban Outfitters
Leather Jacket: Thrift store find
Barely featured bag: Next *altered*
Snacks: Kettles Veg Crisps

Boutique of the week: Garment Quarter, Bristol | Fashion

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Garment Quarter is made up of two shops carrying an eclectic mix of labels.

Bristol regularly tops “best places to live in Britain” lists for its green spaces, buzzy music venues, and thriving theaters. Its boutiques are similarly quirky (Papersmiths is a must for stationery buffs, while Dig Haüshizzle is brimming with unusual antiques). The Cabot Circus mall, in comparison, might seem mainstream, but look closely, and between the big high street names are plenty of independent treasures.

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The range incorporates everything from Vivienne Westwood to Jeremy Scott’s “trash couture”

The Garment Quarter, slap bang in the middle of the shopping center, is one such gem. It’s actually two shops — one men’s, one women’s — both of which have an eclectic mix of designer labels that are impeccably tailored to the Bristolian customer. The owner, John Reid, has filled the women’s rails with everything from corseted gowns by Vivienne Westwood to gingham-printed jeans from Victoria Victoria Beckham, Versus Versace biker jackets and checked overcoats by Paul Smith.

As well as more classic occasion wear — frothy confections from the fashion pack’s favourite Self-Portrait, for example — Reid likes to bring in edgier capsules. This season it’s the Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s “trash couture”, which has whimsical phone cases (one has a mousetrap on the back) and all manner of slogan T-shirts. The phone covers might be strictly for millennials, but the “Couture is an attitude” tee is surely for everyone.

23/25 Penn Street,
Bristol
BS1 3AU;
garmentquarter.com


I am so thankful for an opportunity to write articles for both The Times and The Sunday Times, you can check out my top-tier cleansers as featured on their Beauty segment! Do you guys have any favourite boutiques we should check out? I would love to go for an explore!

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Stick it to the pink! | Fashion

     Never a girly girl, the colour pink had previously always alluded me. I had always wanted to become Avril Lavigne (her classic 2004 look of course), from the wannabe punk to the teenage emo phase; all side fridges and myspace poses. I was ‘cool’, or ‘edgy’, (or ‘a sheep‘).
     So imagine my surprise when the elusive pink trend began to pop up on my Instagram and I was quickly enamored. The ornate nature of pastels to whimsical OTT fuschia, my online shopping baskets were quickly filled with all shades Barbie.
   Pink was a prominent trend throughout the catwalks (maybe as a way for us Brits to remember colours?). Chanel threw pink about in its Cuba-inspired resort collection, whereas both Topshop LFW AW’17 runway and Célines 2017 Spring collection used the shade as a form of visual Prozac – It just makes me so happy!
     So, how can you actually wear this statement colour?Instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, you can just invest in a STATE.MENT. PIECE. aka those fricking beautiful Gucci wallpaper flats or Zara’s long pastel coatHowever, most of my edit is focussed on accessories. Accessories are the easiest way to sneak a pop of colour and elevate your look ready for spring (as seen in my Kenzo edit!).  If you need some more inspiration, Gregory Robert is the poster boy for wearing head-to-toe pink in a wearable way.
Stick it in the pink

White dress
£41 – zara.com

Long vest
£26 – zara.com

Sam Edelman pointy toe flat
bloomingdales.com

Bottega Veneta leather handbag
£1,955 – portero.com

OOAHOOAH white handbag
£49 – saksfifthavenue.com

Boho jewelry
£13 – gojane.com

Bulgari rose gold jewelry
£22,830 – truefacet.com

Topshop beret hat
£18 – topshop.com

     What do you guys think, will you integrate the pink? How would you wear it? Other than carrying around this Charlie Brown diary of course.
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P.S. Who spotted the cheeky Dior PFW’17 update? (;

Rachel Green Realness at Topshop Unique | LFW AW17

The Topshop Unique LFW AW17 would have made season 3 Rachel Green weep with joy. The 90’s nostalgia was strong with a clever use of primary colours and multilength layering; mixed with 60’s colour palettes, 70’s zip details and an 80’s  oversized androgeny. Topshop Unique translated their looks across three main trends:

 

Colour Blocking.

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Flowy Florals.

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Contrasting Textures.

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Pictures from: Topshop Unique