It's a boy/girl thing

I recently saw an article in the Evening Standard which highlighted London's finest dressed men with clutches. Yes, clutches. The petite and often impractical 'bag' likely to be tucked away in any it-girl's wardrobe was now being tucked under the arm of an it-boy. Seeing this, something that was once a statement piece of the elegant and sophisticated woman, now being used as an experimental accessory for men almost infuriated me. Honestly, the only type of man I could see with a clutch is the oh-so-extravagant Ollie Locke of E4's Made in Chelsea. 

And so, this made me think, is the gender divide being gently eroded way by style hungry men? In a couple of seasons will there really be any differences between menswear and womenswear in the time to come? Can a man now slip on a dress and call it high fashion? After all, Richard Tisci almost did it with Givenchy 'skorts' in spring 2011.

Well, perhaps not so drastic, but you get the point. This is clearly not a fresh of the boat topic to discuss, but it still perplexes me. Do men just want to push out the boundaries of style further, like how women have done in the past? Also, I wonder, why do I personally feel that it's ok for women to be androgynous, but not men? Is it because androgyny is an action of endearment for women, after years of oppression? Is the end result of the Suffragettes' fight that women can now wear a 3 piece suit with oxfords and be called brilliantly daring? In fact, for most people it isn't even daring anymore. Now a man with a clutch tucked delicately under his arm, THAT is daring. Now take Annie Lenox - what a legend. For me, she is the epitomy of a 21st century female.

 Emmeline Pankhurst and her clan have done well; there is really equality for women now. As feminists throw away their bras and assorted lingerie, female fashionistas don their bowler hats and bow ties. All in all, when I really think about it, androgyny and flamboyance with men shouldn't be such a surprise to me. Take Prince.

Now when I look at these photos, they definitely look good, but it just seems a little bit strange. 


The Young Princesses' Opinion-Divinding Headwear

The young princesses Eugenie and Beatrice rocked up in rather bizarre fascinators at Friday's wedding, mould breaking decisions one might say. Their Philip Tracey choices shocked much of the paparazzi, giving gossips and tabloids lots to talk about, but is it all that bad? My opinion? Yes. Yes, yes, yes. One looked like she had donned an American baked good-esque fascinator, with colour to complete, whilst the other looked like she was wearing a capsized boat with all the trimmings. 

Philip Tracey's designs were found popular with the royal guest list, however some failed to meet the certain je ne sais quoi of a royal wedding.

Opinions? Leave a comments below. 

Royal Wedding - Joss Stone

For someone who doesn't tend to dress to impress, I think Joss Stone's royal wedding attire was rather appropriate.

Joss Stone (pictures left) looked rather handsome in a scarlet coloured knee-length dress with matching clutch in hand, all topped off with a hat. And may I accentuate the hat. It's not like most of other guests who came with a fascinators resembling American baked goods or just a feather, she wore a real hat, and it was gorgeous! She looked so sweet with a delicate light peach hat which was nothing short of beautiful.

And she wore shoes this time! Gorgeous matching peep toes. Good job, Joss.


Royal VS Gypsy - Who did it best?


Well, after having a look at both of the dresses, it's clear to see that both brides had their designers emulate their style for the little ones, but I must say one did it with more class. Kate's designers used a combination of the same silks and English lace on all of the dresses, whilst our favorite Channel 4 gypsy demanded her bridesmaids look like mini versions of herself.

Hmmm...I think a poll is in order.

The Bride

Well, this post is due.  I've decided I'll do a mini serious of brief wedding fashion posts.

To start, THE BRIDE! Oh, Sarah Burton you how done well! The lace, the understated grandeur, and sheer class!  Now seriously, who can deny that this wasn't a gorgeous dress. She still remains modern and modest with covered arms, but is a far cry away from the 80s style puff sleeved Diana dress. Choosing the creative director of fashion house Alexander McQueen, renowned for excellent craftsmanship and impeccable detailing really shows a modern Kate, more than a retired Catherine

The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier 'halo' tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. The 'halo' tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

Forever 21

Forever 21 is my new love. The American born high street fashion brand is relevantly unknown here, but if you pop over  the pond, you'll find Forever 21 is like Primark....but good. The prices are relatively good and tailors for both teenagers and young adults with a budget, offering amazing finds which can be pulled off by anyone. Furthermore, they offer plus sizes. And not just size 14 and 16, real plus sizes.

This is my latest purchase, and my newest love:
Yes, leopard print suedette boots. I hate how horribly garish the name is, but I find that whatever I wear them with they ooze style and personality. These are definitely my favorite pair of shoes, a sure keeper.


Dior No More...

So it seems that our dear friend, John Galliano will be out of a job for a while. After the anti-semetic remarks went viral, it was clear Dior wouldn't want him back.
Oh Galliano, haven't you heard of how quickly things get around on the internet? Just days after Justin Bieber was squeezed out, he was snatched up by Usher from Youtube. C'mon now, when you're clearly sloshed, you don't praise Hitler for what he's done in front of a video camera. Now, I don't care about what anyone's personal views are, but when it's as unpolitically correct as that, I think it's better to just keep it inside close circles of friends, not wide circles of WiFi. This is a lesson to be learned.

Sorry Princess G, I'm afraid your crown atop the Dior Hall of Fame has fallen.

Well I think my stance on the matter is pretty clear, but what about you? When the story broke, did you rush to defend him as a great, or cast him away to the bottom of your pile of Vogues ? 

Comment below!