The fashion world has clearly gone mad and it’s time to get a grip. Fashion needs to change. Literally. Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel who died this week has left his cat, Choupette, some of his £150 million fortune apparently. She already has a bodyguard, two ladies in […]
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Here is the photo of Jennifer Anniston that my daughter showed me yesterday in her latest magazine. “Look mum, doesn’t she look AMMMAAAAZING – she’s your age you know – that’s quite embarrassing isn’t it”.
“Don’t be ridiculous, of course she isn’t my age, she’s 10 years younger, but Why is it embarrassing?”.
“No, she is mum, trust me, Well, um, you know, she looks ammaaazing and you look, well, um, it’s mostly embarrassing for her that she doesn’t look like you obviously but you’d never go out wearing something like that would you and you should – you’d look really good in that”.
“Don’t be ridiculous. I’d probably get arrested or die of hypothermia. Don’t forget she hasn’t had her children yet – that will make a difference.”
“Why should it make a difference whether she has kids or not? Also mum, why don’t you buy these shoes? If I was your height I’d definitely be wearing REEEALLY high heels” (killer black studded shoes with metal spiked heels you’d never be allowed on an aeroplane).
And so on……it really is extraordinary how rubbish gorgeous immensely tall 15 year old daughter’s can make you feel without meaning to and I know her well enough to know that any encouragement to actually buy items of clothing or accessories that I would frankly look awful in are so that she can borrow them. Devious. Beyond.
OOORRR…..maybe she’s right and I should try and find a copy of that dress to wear to all the Christmas parties…..what do you think? Are we too old these days to get away with that sort of outfit? The boobs wouldn’t look quite the same, let alone the legs, the stomach, the bottom…..
I can just picture my daughter’s reaction if I tried to go out looking like that.
“Mum, I’m not really sure about that – why don’t I try it on instead?”
Posted by Family Affairs on 23-09-2011 in BLOG / REVIEWS tagged with blonde / Blondie / FASHION / Grey hair / wrinkles Posted by Family Affairs on 16-09-2011 in BLOG / REVIEWS / TRAVEL tagged with Bloomingdales / Dean and Deluga / FASHION / Fashion Night Out / Forever 21 / Grace Coddington / Macy's / mother/daughter / NYC / Saks / shops / Victoria's Secret / Vogue
We couldn’t have been there for a better weekend for fashion which was perfect for my daughter as she is considering fashion as an option for her future. We arrived just in time to join in all the events going on for the now three year old Fashion Night Out – the brain child of Anna Wintour. I’ve written about the event itself already – but thanks to the lovely people at Vogue we managed to get to the best events and I’m just going to do a little bit more showing off about who we met in case you missed it the first time. We strolled around the lively streets, got up close and personal with Grace Coddington in Prada:-
Met lots of new people and ate and drank and danced about. How simply perfect when fashion meets food – just look at the cupcakes we got from this mobile cupcake van:-
we then spent the next few days observing and recording….
What We Saw:-
New York seems to be just as eclectic when it comes to fashion as London – a real mixture of styles. We couldn’t really pinpoint many key features – apart from the obligatory take-away coffee (mostly a frappe as the weather was fantastically hot) that all the women carried about.
The teenage girls were all wearing shorts. These are my daughter’s favourite one’s at the moment and she got stopped several times whilst wearing them:-
As I mentioned Wellington Boots seem to be a feature of the streets (maybe due to the recent flooding). As did top knots, red shoes and dogs as accessories. Dogs came in all sorts of sizes, but the most popular dogs appeared to be those small enough to fit into Louis Vuitton bags. I saw one dog wearing shoes and another strapped into a baby papoose – literally like this one but at the front. Unbelievable:-
We saw some spectacularly interesting outfits:-
There were loads of models about and fashion shows to go to for NY fashion week. Here is the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whitely – love where that man’s eyes are directed:-
What we did:-
We spent a lot of time on Fifth Avenue looking in all the divine shops. Saks near Central Park – with their memorial display in the window:-
My daughter loves Juicy Couture and Urban Outfitters so we had to spend an alarmingly long time in those shops. Ditto Forever 21 (which has just launched in the UK). Even I quite liked some of the stuff in there because it’s SO cheap. She chose a pair of leather shorts and then asked me if I could buy some for her friend back in London – so there I was, mother and daughter at the counter buying two pairs of leather shorts – the assistant thought they were for me and her. How embarrassing.
We also spent a lot of time in Soho where the shops are more boutiquey and the vibe is much more cool and edgy. She found a lot of cheap indie shops which made me miserable and I found Dean and Deluca, the fabulous purveyors of fine wine, food and kitchen ware which made me happy (because I bought tea towels):-
There we found a huge Victoria’s Secret where my daughter was literally fizzing with excitement. “OMG I’m in heaven” she kept saying, picking up one beautiful bra after another. Texts kept flying in from friends requesting various items. We converged in the changing room and as we were a mother/daughter combo they allowed us to share. BIG MISTAKE on my part. Firstly it felt like I was in a pink padded cell. There was a dimmer switch which I kept trying to dim as the situation got more and more bleak. So there I was trying on bras and pants with my daughter – not only were my bras smaller and my pants bigger than hers but nothing looked the same on me as it did on her obviously and I got more and more grumpy as she got more and more happy. Droopy bits. Cellulite. Bruises. Old skin. No cleavage. Juxtaposed with her. Big, big mistake. “Mum”, she said, laying out all her choices on the floor “I could literally cry with happiness – have you ever seen anything so beautiful?”. At this stage all I wanted to do was jump on them all and then her in a Rumplestiltskinesque rage – but my bras were SO padded I probably would have bounced off them and banged my head on the ceiling.
Even with the make-up we differed. She loves Mac make-up and we found a lovely girl to give her lessons in how to put on lipstick:-
Frankly she could have smeared it all over her face and still looked gorgeous. I of course tried to look just the same as her by being Laura Merciered…..sadly, nothing miraculous happened at all. But it was fun though.
We loved Bloomingdales (the equivalent of a Harvey Nichols) and Macy’s (probably more like Debenhams) but sadly missed the fabulous Anthropology shop everyone told us to go to. We went to all the obvious US shops that are cheaper there than in London like Abercrombie & Fitch (although my daughter thinks this should be avoided now because it’s full of tourists and nobody she knows buys anything from there anymore) and Hollister and I bought a pair of J Brand jeans.
Thats about it. Just fabulous. Couldn’t recommend it more highly. Everyone assisting us in the shops were lovely and cheerful. The biggest danger is trying not to spend too much. The exchange rate was $1.5 to the £ so not like it was last time I went when we got $2 to the £.
Posted by Family Affairs on 15-09-2011 in BLOG / TRAVEL tagged with daughter / FASHION / mother / NYC
We are back from our mother/daughter long weekend in New York. What a great idea for a travel piece. Even the US Vogue office thought so (regarding assistance for covering Fashion Night Out):- “the postings you are proposing sound unique particularly in providing a mother/daughter perspective” I would be happy […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 21-08-2011 in BLOG tagged with FASHION / spotty / suspenders / tights Posted by Family Affairs on 20-08-2011 in BLOG / REVIEWS tagged with FASHION / spotty / suspenders / tights
I have been sent some tights to review from a tights website called www.tightsplease.co.uk. Lovely new patterned new season trendy tights – suspender looking ones, spotty ones, ones with houses and butterflies on. “I fancy the spotty tights” I said as we fought over them….”you can’t wear those! They’re completely inappropriate for your age” she told me and then proceeded to try and swipe the suspender tights. SUSPENDER TIGHTS? At 15? I don’t think so. But then again, I certainly couldn’t wear those either. The only ones she think I could get away with are black woolly ones with roses on. She’s probably right, but I might try them ALL on anyway…maybe at the same time.
She stole them all and took photos of her wearing them with her friend.
Here are her efforts. She has now thrown down the gauntlet. I’m going to have to have a go too (when I’m feeling brave enough):-
As worn by Agyness Deyn
Well. Can’t really compete with those pins can I? BUT I”M GOING TO TRY MY BEST.
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