Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Statement jewellery.

On a recent day trip to London, I had to (as a Topshop employee) pop into the Topshop flagship store at Oxford Circus where I discovered the most beautiful opulent gold and black 'gemstone' jewellery at £35. As I was already making other purchases I ended up not buying this chain. Big mistake. I have thought about it since a lot and of course have tried to get it everywhere else since. Particularly as I have just became a big fan of the series The Tudors where all the jewellery worn is of course very grand.

I have noticed from a lot of the recent design collections that statement jewellery, opulent or oversized. I have therefore been keeping an eye out in charity shops and vintage stores for any one-off and inexpensive pieces. But I really hope I get the chance to buy that Freedom one from Topshop. 

Chanel latest

So there is to be a film about the early life of Coco Chanel starring the lovely and classicly stylish Audrey Tautou: a perfect casting choice for the role. Filming is to start next year and I can't wait. With the increase of 'fashion films' such as Sex in the city and the Devil Wears Prada, I am eager to see how this compares. Particularly as a great Chanel lover. I expect it will do extremely well.

When reading about the forth-coming film, I came across a new Chanel application for the iPhone available free from itunes. I immediately downloaded it for my iPod Touch. The double-C icon application on the desktop allows you to watch the video for the Fall Winter 08/09 Haute Couture catwalk show; view individual images on looks and accessories from the show and keep up-to-date on the latest Chanel news: a must have for any Chanel fan on a lower budget.

I absolutely adore the Chanel 2-tone tights that have featured heavily in the Ready-to-wear campaign with Claudia Schiffer and on the catwalk. I tried to find them to buy on their website but alas, they are not there. I love them so much that I actually dreamt that I went on a night out wearing them. If anyone knows how I could get a hold of a pair then please let me know.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Burberry campaign

So it looks like the rock inspired Agyness Deyn adverts for Burberry have been replaced by a more romantic campaign to suit the new A/W 08/09 featuring Sam Riley and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. 

Despite my rock and roll tendencies, I am really happy about the change for 2 reasons:

I'm not a big Agyness Detn fan. (However, when flicking through the latest 'Pop' magazine I came across the fab photoshoot of her falling through the air and thought it was amazing.)

Secondly, I heart Sam Riley! I have been a fan of his for quite a while. 
Around 4 years ago, just after I had started at uni my flatmate and I decided to go see Pete Docherty's new band Babyshambles at a club in Dundee of little consequence to anyone except those who had ever been. 
It was Babyshambles first tour so they hadn't built up a fanbase yet and most people attending were Libertines enthusiasts like myself. We turned up and went down the front for the supporting band '10,000 things'. 
I ended up having a conversation with him when he was on-stage and then later on in the audience waiting for Babyshambles to come on. Great gig! 

Then last year, Control - a film about Ian Curtis of Joy Division came out with Riley taking the leading role. 2 motivations for seeing the film as Joy Division are one of my favourite bands of all time and I had had conversations with Riley. The film was so gripping with, of course an amazing soundtrack and fantastic performances. 

It seems Burberry's main man himself Christopher Bailey is also a major fan of Riley's: "When I saw him in Control, he just completely blew me away and it just felt like a perfect fit for Burberry and the mood of this campaign."