Month: January 2016

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Giles Says Bonjour to Paris

As LCM draws to a close and Paris Couture Week begins, Fashion Bloggers and Editors alike feel a flurry of excitement at the prospect of what’s to come.  Couture week usually brings with it a bombshell; some kind of shock announcement that leaves the fashion world reeling and this season is no different.  Last year Jean-Paul Gaultier announced he would be halting his Ready To Wear line to concentrate on what he does best - Haute Couture; and this year is the turn of Brit Giles Deacon to announce the very same intention.

“We want to focus on what we do well, and maximise the success of the red carpet and private client work we’ve been doing over the past four years. We want to be the go-to business for super special daywear and eveningwear, to focus on what we are known for, and what our customers want from us,” - Giles Deacon

With Couture, the process harks back to the early days of Fashion Week when collections were shown months in advance of production allowing time for orders and bespoke creations however with the fast pace of fashion today, this is no longer the case.  With many celebri-guests arriving at Fashion Week runway shows wearing the collection before it’s even been shown, there’s a demand that now outstrips supply.  Case in point: the monogrammed Burberry poncho.

With Insta-fashion now dictating microtrends in between seasons, it’s hard for designers to create a collection shown only twice per year covering two seasons and so Couture is a natural choice for designers who want to get back to their roots, to the real reason they joined this business, for the fashion and the beautiful, beautiful couture.

Couture is where the big bucks are but it’s not quite as simple as knocking up a garment and banking the profits, there are a lot of hoops to jump through to become a certified couturier.  If you fit the requirements, then it’s a hugely profitable place to be, with a lot of potential repeat business.

Couture is something Giles does well, with his signature dark gothic glamour, you can spot a Giles creation on a red carpet at 100 paces for it’s dramatic flair and shock value.  Wearing Giles’ couture guarantees column inches in the worlds fashion press and as we know, in fashion, that’s never a bad thing.  A favourite of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, it takes a certain calibre of client to wear Giles’ couture.

Giles’ couture collection will retail between £3,000 and £5,000 for a bespoke creation and £50,000 to £70,000 for red-carpet couture - not bad work if you can get it, right?

So dear Voyeurs, hang on to your Giles Deacon RTW creations, I have my favourite gothic victoriana blouse from FW15 which just got elevated to prized possession status.

Pixie x

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Best Dressed Guest with Belle Bridal

Well Voyeurs, I can finally unveil my latest project and man, it’s a doozie….

I’ve been collaborating with local and national magazines for some time now and my latest collaboration is with super high fashion bridal magazine, Belle Bridal.  Think Vogue for weddings and you’re definitely on the right track.  That’s right Voyeurs, I’ve got my own page in Belle Bridal and it’s called Best Dressed Guest (natch).

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Belle Bridal is something of a brides bible, ask any bride worth her fashion salt and she’ll undoubtedly have a dog-eared copy or two somewhere in her stylish home.  When the magazine approached me to work with them I knew right away that the fit was perfect, I’ve been to countless weddings where I’ve looked around at wedding guests wearing either the same outfit as another guest (oh, the horror), or wearing something that they’re completely uncomfortable in - and it shows.

So my job is to bring you my top picks for distinguished wedding guest dressing - a full outfit in five easy steps that you’ll fall in love with and want to bring out time and time again, something you’ll feel comfortable and stylish in and that you’ll be proud to wear.  My aim is to literally make you the Best Dressed Guest.

If you want to catch my first Best Dressed Guest page then you’ll have to make sure you snap up a copy of the Spring / Summer 2016 issue of Belle Bridal magazine, available at all good newsstands from Thursday January 28th 2016 or available to pre-order online at www.bellebridalmagazine.com and in the meantime, if you need help choosing an outfit for an upcoming wedding then tweet me pixietenenbaum or email me at pixie.tenenbaum@gmail.com.

Stay fabulous….

Pixie x

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Style Awards 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Style Awards are now open and my dear Voyeurs, I’d love it if you’d spare two minutes of your fabulous lives to vote for me in the Most Stylish Blogger category (natch).

The Style Awards 2016 are hosted by Sun FM and The Bridges and there are a grand total of 16 categories spanning retail and style in the North East.

To nominate moi, all you have to do is visit the site at Sun FM and fill in a super short form, the criteria for the category is that the Blogger must be stylish (obvs.), on trend and engaging.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my “Most Badass Blogger” title and my recent initiation into the NE Twitterati, but “Most Stylish Blogger” would compliment them beautifully.  So get nominating Voyeurs, I’m counting on you!

Pixie x

All nominations must be made by Sunday 28th February 2016 by midnight. All entries received after this time won’t be included. The three or four nominees that receive the most nominations will be selected as the finalists. Finalists will be contacted via email on Friday 4th April 2016 .​ Multiple nominations or votes from the same email or IP address will be counted as one.

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Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geiger SS16

Karlie Kloss is everywhere these days; if she’s not strutting down a runway or giving good face on the cover of your favourite glossy, then she’s in the gym honing her now infamous physique.

Having hung up her Victoria’s Secret wings for good in 2014, Kloss announced that she was going back to school and became a poster girl for Women in Coding everywhere, however 2016 looks set to be the year that Kloss invades the high street.  With a campaign already unveiled for Topshop, Kloss is out to prove that just because the truly amazing haircut that sent her career stratospheric is gone, it doesn’t mean that the girl underneath it is.

Enter British shoe mecca Kurt Geiger…..

Kurt Geiger: Hey Karlie, we think you’re gorgeous and would love to have you front our latest Everything But the Dress campaign, what do you think?

Karlie Kloss: Well that sounds cool but since the whole Victoria’s Secret thing I’m really known for my Kookies and my endless gym shots so we’d have to work one of those into the theme somewhere….

KG: Hmmm, Kookies and shoes sounds messy, how about we go with the fitness theme?

KK: Sounds great. How much are you paying me?

KG: Like, a gazillion dollars

KK: I’m in.

…. I’m speculating, maybe that’s how it went.

The official line on the casting from the brand themselves is this: “Kurt Geiger unveil Karlie Kloss as the face of the Spring Summer 16 campaign. Shot by Erik Torstensson, the mood of the collection is energetic sports-luxe, where fashion pumps iron to powerful effect.”  And there’s no denying that the images are beautiful, if a little contrived and you already know that I’m a huge Karlie Kloss fan.  However, it does feel a little like Kloss’s love of fitness has been shoehorned into the campaign just to give her an identity - one she absolutely doesn’t need.

On shooting the campaign, Kloss said “I loved being part of the Kurt Geiger spring/summer campaign. I’ve always been a fan of this iconic brand not only for being a perfect red carpet look, but also, now, for every day running from the gym to work and everything in between! Rebecca’s vision for this collection brilliantly works for women who do it all.”  Again, there’s that casual reference to fitness.  Let’s remember people that Kurt Geiger is a brand synonymous with glamour in Britain and not known for it’s gym shoes or sneakers.

The collection itself looks pretty slick, casual cool, made using flexible materials and comprising effortless swimwear, sport sandal hybrids, sneakers in soft snake-cut leathers and frilly flatforms are made for fashion on the go.  Contemporary yet simple, the flatform sandals and leather espadrilles will make for SS16 holiday essentials however it’s unlikely we’ll see any of them in the gym any time soon.  Unless you’re Karlie Kloss, and even then it’s pretty unlikely.

“The campaign is about fashion designed for real life.” Says Creative Director, Rebecca Farrar-Hockley. Having known Erik Tortensson for over 12 years, the duo have worked together many times. Finding their inspiration from each other and the product, they continue to create fresh, innovative campaigns.

The Kurt Geiger SS16 collection is landing in store and online imminently.

 

 

 

 

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Bowie: Mourning an Icon

It was announced this morning that after an 18 month secret battle with cancer, David Bowie died peacefully in his sleep.  Earlier this month and on the singer’s birthday, studio album Blackstar was released along with lead single Lazarus, now believed to be a carefully curated exit for the star and a parting gift to his fans.  It’s a sad story about a man who influenced the worlds of music and fashion like no other but it’s the story of a man who chose to go on his own terms…

Look up here, I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen. I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen, everybody knows me now. - David Bowie, Lazarus.

Nobody can deny the influence Bowie had on the fashion world, the ultimate king of reinvention, whether it be music or fashion, Bowie had the power to intrigue and inspire.  With designers watching his every move, it’s no surprise that collections and runway shows were hugely inspired by Bowie’s trademark maverick style.

He once described himself as a “medium,” a bridge between his audience and the mystery that surrounded and absorbed him, he inspired people to take creative risks and to not care about other people’s opinions.  Named as one of Vogue’s “most influential in fashion” Bowie sought to express himself through fashion and pushed the boundaries by taking on several different personas during his fashion evolution.

With Fashion Month right around the corner, we’re likely to see tribute to the late, great David Bowie through the collection, deliberate or not, there isn’t another man who has been held up as such a sexually ambiguous fashion icon.  His style has been copied and imitated by men and women the world over and will continue to be emulated in this way because as we all know Voyeurs, Style is Eternal.

For anyone uninitiated, that lightning facepaint you wear with your seventies get up when a fancy dress party rolls around, the small, glittery stars you might stick to your face for a big night out, or those one legged Versace jumpsuits we saw in 2015 - you can thank Bowie for all of those, the man is a legend and always will be.

So today I pay tribute to master of reinvention, an expressionist and a true artist.  A man who carefully planned and curated his exit - from the retrospective exhibition, to the Blackstar release and ultimately, Lazarus.  David Bowie.  He did it his own way.  What a guy.

Pixie x

 

 

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It’s My Birthday!

Well Voyeurs, we’ve reached that time of year again - IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

I woke up this morning super excited about my birthday, the very same feeling I had growing up as each birthday rolled around, it’s never diminished and for me, it still feels like a real special occasion.

So today I’m going to wear breton stripes and Links of London silver skull earrings (thanks Sparky) and revel in being the centre of attention.  Then I’ll eat cake and shop - because that’s just how I roll.

So Voyeurs, I bid you adieu for today - BECAUSE IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Ha!

Have a great day whatever you’re up to…

Pixie x

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Happy New Year Voyeurs!

Yikes, it’s 2016!

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m one of those people who thinks that rules were made to be broken so there just never seemed much point, but I did want to write a quick post to thank all of you loyal readers for sticking with me over the last twelve months, you’re all awesome!

So, what’s happening in 2016?  Well, quite a lot actually - The first quarter brings us Mens Fashion Month, The Golden Globes, The Oscars and of course, Fashion Month (not forgetting my birthday natch).  The new season campaigns will be revealed, my money is on Balmain (always) and Tom Ford Cosmetics to bring real standout campaigns to the table.

My personal big news is that I’ve been signed to a model agency called Tyne Tees Models which is weird and amazing in equal measure.  I’m super excited to get stuck into that side of things and I’ll write up a post on the whole thing pretty soon.

As we’re starting a brand new year, if there’s something you’d like to see more of on Fashion Voyeur, or something new you’d like me to cover, just drop me an email at pixie.tenenbaum@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

So dear Voyeurs, I wish you love and good health for 2016 but really I’m just here for the fashion….

Pixie x