Vogue 100: A Century of Style

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This Monday I personally got my peepers on the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, goodness, so much beauty for my eyes to behold. Celebrating the 100th birthday of British Vogue, this is somewhat of an epic exhibition, I mean, maaan, where do you start when trying to curate an exhibition showing the highlights of 100 years worth of fashion and photography from the worlds most prestigious fashion bible? A magazine which has launched and defined the careers of so many models, designers and photographers. A hard task, the selection and editing must have been pretty intense. But this, is a stunning exhibition. Beautifully, simply and elegantly executed, with no gimmicks and no unnecessary pomp. It’s a big exhibition, I mean, it kinda had to be to do justice to the subject, but it doesn’t drag and it’s spaced to perfection so you can take in each image on it’s own whilst also enjoying the continuity and splendor of the exhibition as a whole; perfection. It gets busy and if it had been any busier we would have felt cramped but, it had a lovely atmosphere, all ages sharing the space together for an hour or two to soak up some mesmerizing talent and beauty. It is a little pricey, it costs £19 for a regular ticket which is definitely a little more than most exhibitions in the city, but is it worth it? Yes, I’d say it is, but only just. A few pounds cheaper would seem a better price. Shown in a reverse chronological order, we see the best images from the magazine now, and go all the way back, through the decade dedicated rooms, to it’s launch in 1916. My favourite section? It has to be the 1990’s room where we saw the start of Kate Moss’s career, the photography of Corinne Day and the familiar faces of Princess Diana and Posh and Becks in their heyday. My era. Loved it. Get yourself there before it ends on 22nd May and let me know your favourite era of this massive magazine.

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How To Find Your New Personal Style


collagemossSo, I LOVE fashion as you are well aware. I adore trying out new styles, replicating fashions I see on the silver screen and on famous faces. I think finding a new style can often act as a confidence booster. If you can find a way to change your look for the better, you’ll smile when you catch your reflection in a shop window and that, is a great feeling. Knowing that you’re confident in how you look and the way you dress is a feeling we all wanna piece of. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the type of impact this could have can change your life and the way you go through each day. Suddenly, you’ll find you have the self-esteem to approach new possibilities with an open mind and a sense of self. It’s a new year, it’s a little dull and quiet in January and so it’s an ace time to try something new before Spring arrives! Here’s some ways you can find a new style and look at a more brilliant tomorrow, yay! 

Go Shopping! – I know, I’m encouraging you to shop, ooops, but honestly, one of the easiest ways to find a new style is to hit the stores. There, you can try on lots of different outfits and see what type suits you best and which ones you’d be comfortable wearing. You could even think about hiring a personal shopper if you need a hand, or take along a super stylish friend for help as your Stylist for the day. Personal shoppers aren’t just for celebs these days y’know, and for an odd day trip they are quite price convenient. Of course, you have to make sure that you choose one with a certain skill and eye for trends, one that gets where you wanna go with your look!

Take Note From The Celebs – There are certain websites where you can find the style of different celebrities. Take the post I wrote about the girls in Scream Queens as an example. Although, unless you’re in your teens and have a lot of money to throw around I wouldn’t try to get their fashion style exactly! It’s important to think about the celebrity that you want to match the style of, no prizes for guessing who my most favourite style icon is! They really need to be your height, and you can check that out on http://heightline.com/ a fun website I found! A gorgeous dress that looks stunning on someone who’s five foot eight won’t look as glamorous on a lady who is just over five feet, you just have to play around with ideas and find what works for you. Of course, you can trick perception by choosing shoes with very high heels. It just depends on how comfortable you are walking around with these types of shoes on!

Try New Accessories – Alternately, you may want to try some new accessories and see what impact they have on your style. You know as well as I do that the right clutch or necklace can really make an outfit POP! You just have to try different types of accessories until you find the effect that you’re searching for, it’s a whole heap of fun to play!

Get A New Do – A new hairstyle can completely alter the way you look and is a great go-to when you fancy a new look. The right style could perfectly frame your face and even hide features you’re conscious of, a great new do can make you feel so good and can be a great face refresher! If you’re approaching forty you might find that your hair is looking a little thinner. But the right style can hide this fact completely, particularly if you also use bamboo oil products, just spend some time online finding tips. Do this, and you’ll be looking and feeling like your most beautiful self ever, whooopeee! 

Try some of these ideas to give your look a new boost, a little mix-up and a little extra ooomph, you’ll be gettin’ ALL the looks for being the lovliest lady of them all, and surely that’s something we all get a little buzz from! 

Kate’s Top Ten Fancy Dress Looks

With Halloween on the horizon and Pumpkins perched on every shop shelf, the style lovers among us think of only one thing…costumes; and how we’re gonna do it this year. We all wanna look good in our grizzly get up right? Well, one gal gets it right every darn time and looks as ace as ever in her witchy wares. Kate Moss never shies away from the chance to play dress up, whether it’s Jonathan Ross’s Halloween bash, an 80’s themed party, a masked ball or one of her own decadent parties; Miss Moss can be relied upon to bring out the very best vintage or designer look from her fashion repertoire. Kate keeps it cool and beautiful whenever the occasion arises, here’s her top ten fancy dress looks so far. k4k1k2k3k5k6kate-beautiful-damned-party-30th-2004k9k10Kate's Star-Studded Birthday

 

  1. Kate with Naomi Campbell in NYC, 1995
  2. At Jonathan Ross’ Halloween party, 2013, with Jamie Hince
  3. Day of The Dead, 2013
  4. Masked Ball with Pete Doherty, 2006
  5. Dressed as a Spider’s Web with Galliano, 1998
  6. At Fran Cutler’s 80’s themed party
  7. Kate’s ‘Beautiful and The Damned’ 30th Birthday party
  8. LFW 2013, with Jamie Hince
  9. Grease party, 2009
  10. On her 34th Birthday

Pssst…did you read my blog post about when I saw Miss Moss in the flesh? She definitely dazzles!

Kate, The Best British Bunny

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So, my favourite, Kate Moss, was the chosen cover girl for the 60th anniversary edition of Playboy magazine. And oh my, did she well and truly rock it. It’s pretty refreshing that, for such a prestigious edition, Playboy chose a British, 39-year-old who has no surgical enhancements, a bold move for a magazine that’s as American as Cheerleaders and is renowned for young, fake tanned and fake boobed girls. Go Kate! Sealing her status as a living Icon, Kate looked as effortlessley cool and beautiful as ever, this girl just gets better with age. Albeit that good lighting, great make-up and some expert airbrushing was used here, these pictures literally leave me spellbound.

The photography and styling is stunning. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, this 18 page spread is absolutely their signature style. More like a fashion shoot than a glamour shoot, these images are elegant and mezmerising. The colours are divine, with lush pinks and greens and the setting of a 1950’s bedroom, a real charm to the atmosphere. The images echo other photographers whose work I love such as Ellen Von Unwerth and Hemut Newton, the black and white tights image remind me of the Craig McDean shoot she did for iD magazine back in 2002.

Some gals may think Playboy is sexist and pornographic, I have always been a fan of the kitsch idea of Playboy in the 60’s, beautiful women being celebrated in beautiful photos, the images have always been pretty tame, there has always been far far worse depictions of women out there, in comparison, this magazine is pure sophistication. Women’s bodies will always be photographed, because, they are a damn beautiful thing, whatever shape or size. Of course Playboy tends to go for a certain type of woman, which is why I think the use of Kate, with her small natural boobs and untanned, unsculpted body is brilliant. Kate has chosen to do this, most of my generation has grown up seeing her naked in fashion magazines so there is nothing shocking about these images, she carries her usual attitude and dignity and, goodness, she looks amazing.

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Hanging out with Juergen Teller

Teller I’m pretty confident in saying that Juergen Teller is my most favourite photographer of all time. One of the most important and exciting photographers in fashion and portraiture; Juergen’s work was the mood board to my growing up. Iconic and provocative, his works tell a story; an intimate, slightly tongue in cheek, real and honest story. The works are always a clear collaboration between him and the subject, a moment paused in time, Teller’s presence always felt. I was a pretty happy girl to get myself a ticket to spend an evening with Teller at the ICA in London. ‘Juergen Teller-Woo’, a retrospective exhibition of his work was on, and on this particular evening he was holding a small ‘audience with’ …woo indeed!

I was enthralled to see him speak, he was supping white wine and swearing with every sentence, I adore him and his passionate approach. Humble and seemingly insecure, it was great to hear him talk of his career and his life. Growing up in Germany, his Father killed himself when he was young and that, he feels, led him to make the most of life and take the best elements of his Dad; “Just fucking run….do the best you can, you only live once….just ask questions and do it.” His work has always stood out for being outrageous and attention grabbing, but when you look at it again you see a warm sensitivity and realism. I love the lighting in his work, stark sunlight or flat studio light; raw and truthful. I also adore the fact that he has photographed Kate Moss many, many times over the years and his shots of her are without a doubt my most favourite Moss images ever, you see her character and humanity.

The exhibition was small but beautiful, with so much of his work to choose from I think it was edited and curated perfectly. The huge, larger than life prints of a nude, fully exposed Vivienne Westwood makes the subject both confrontational and vulnerable at the same time. Sat next to a sugary sweet portrait of a kitten, you know Teller has his sense of humour firmly in place. Having worked for so many big brands such as Marc Jacobs, Celine, Westwood and Helmut Lang, his work is iconic of its time and I just cant get enough of it.

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TellerTellerAs a small part of the exhibition, Teller filled a little box room with tear sheets of his work from magazines, lots from the 90’s that I remember….this little room was just like walking into my younger self’s bedroom….Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain, PJ Harvey, Kate Moss, Annie Morton, Bjork and Winona Ryder pinned up on the walls….all images I have known and coveted. A brilliant addition to the exhibition. Juergen; you are ace. Teller room 1Teller room 2Teller room 3 Teller room 4