Archive | April, 2011

Interview with Ben Gilbert.

4 Apr


Today we were given the chance to grab a short Q&A with music journalist Ben Gilbert, questioning his views about fashion within the music industry and his own personal style. Although Ben is clearly fond of designer labels, he admits he isn’t a fan of following the latest trends, sporting his favourite Grandad jumper and desert boots. Ben also talks further about fashion influences within the music industry, mentioning fashion icons such as Lady Gaga that ventures further from music, gracing covers such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

“I do a fair bit of shopping online. My girlfriend gets as much fulfilment when shopping for me as she does herself, we were looking at Paul Smith, YMC and Flannels.”

Listen to the rest of the interview here….


By Emma-Louise and Alex Gage

Music has lost its mystique says music journalist Ben Gilbert

4 Apr

After being a music journalist  for approaching 15 years, Ben Gilbert has witnessed the changes in the industry first hand. Growing up listening to The Beatles and The Velvet Underground, Ben speaks of the ‘mythology’ that surrounded bands. A sense of mystique that has now been lost on today’s artists due to social media, the rise of twitter and the cult of celebrity. With Lily Allen posting every 5 minutes about what she’s had for lunch it ‘devalues the magic of the musician.’

Music consumption is everywhere now. Twitter and Facebook play and enormous part in the discovery of new music, but what is music worth if it’s given or taken away for free? There are so many cases of piracy and illegal downloading these days. There is a feeling of a new found lack of respect towards musicians.

We are now in the era of convergence. ‘Old and new media collide.’  Ben talks of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable and The Velvet Underground. He read about it, but never saw it. ‘You used to have to use your imagination.’ Media is now unlimited, you just have to choose a general direction to follow.

Ten years ago production companies were worried that home taping was killing music. If only they knew what was to come!

Interview with Tui from POP magazine

2 Apr

This time last week, Elle and I were lucky enough to grab an interview with Tui, who is the junior fashion editor at POP magazine.

We made our way down to the POP magazine headquarters, which is situated just around the corner from Regent Street, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

As soon as we walked into the plush building, myself and Elle looked at each other as if to say “WOW, I can’t believe we’re actually here!” Once we had signed in with the receptionist, we headed for the lift and made our way to the third floor of the building, where we waited outside the offices to meet Tui.

After about 10 minutes of waiting nervously, she finally appeared from the office with a big smile on her face. We shook hands, introduced ourselves, and made our way back outside the offices to sit in the park which is located just outside the offices on Hanover Square.

We set up our audio equipment, and jumped right into the interview. She was such a pleasure to chat to, and she really was an inspiration to both of us. She spoke about fashion in a completely different way to what we first imagined. Instead of relating fashion to the whole designer catwalk scene, she told us that fashion should relate to your own personality rather than copying everyone else’s style. And we couldn’t agree more! She’s made us look at the fashion industry in a completely different light.

We managed to ask her a whole range of questions relating to her role in the magazine and her opinions on fashion.

Make sure you check this interview out…  I’m sure it will give you a huge insight into what the magazine is about and Tui’s view on the fashion industry!

Interview by Shani Wortley. Recorded and edited by Elle Douglas.

UK fashion blogs: the new way to find your fashion advice

2 Apr

As most of us are aware, the internet is helping to take over almost every industry in the world. There are so many websites out there, and you can find pretty much everything you need through a a good ol’ Google search and the click of a mouse! The same is happening for the fashion industry. Gone are the days when we had to raid the shops for the perfect outfit for your night out, as you can normally find everything you need on the stores website.

Nowadays, you don’t have to research the shops and the fashion world for the latest trends. This is thanks to a little thing we call “fashion blogs” (just like this one!). There are so many of them out there, and they all focus on a different aspect within the fashion world.

So for today, I’m going to pick out a couple of my fave fashion blogs that are based in the UK, so that you can head over to their website and check them out for some more fashion tips!

Okay, so one of my favourite fashion blogs would have to be London’s Style Bubble. This blog is written by a young lady who called herself Susie Bubble.She is a British born Chinese and lives in the UK. On her blog, she claims that her interest in fashion developed when she was at school as a way to rebel against her parents and the ‘popular’ people at school. As she grew older, her interest started to develop and it is now her “number one passion.”

The reason that I love Style Bubble so much is because it covers all different areas of the fashion  world. The obvious choices to write about are the clothes, but she also looks at the artwork in books,  films, and also the history of fashion. She also updates the blog every day, which is very important on the internet as we want to be up to date with what is going on right now. The design of the blog is very neat, as you can easily navigate through each page and find exactly what you are looking for. Her blog is also very visual, as she uses lots of pictures to illustrate exactly what she is talking about. This is perfect for a fashion blog, as we need to see the styles that are used in clothing to see whether it appeals to us or not. Susie has also put together her own Style Bubble shop map, where she has pin pointed all of her favourite shops in London for you to check out!

Make sure you check out this blog… Susie puts so much time and detail into her writing, it’s definitely worth a read. I’m pretty sure you will be able to find anything on here to cater for your fashion needs!

Another favourite blog of mine would be Face Hunter. The motive of this blog is quite simple. Yvan Rodic, who also has a weekly column in The Guardian, sets out style scouts located all over the world to snap up photographs of people in the streets to see what they are wearing.

The reason I love this blog so much is just because of the simplicity of it. It doesn’t go into huge essays about fashion, and what everyone should be wearing. It focuses on one of the simple areas in the fashion areas – what everyone on the streets are wearing. Snapsnots include so many different types of people and style of clothing – you are bound to come across an outfit that you will fall in love with to add some inspiration to your wardrobe from normal people on the streets.  Again, just like Style Bubble, the blog is updates reguarly so there will always be some new images for you to gawp at as soon as you log on. Just like the blog, the layout is simple too. It doesn’t include too many links on the website, but you can navigate around simply and smoothly. The blog is supported by The Face Hunter Show, which supports a range of different video clips so you can visualize their street style hunt. This helps you to visualize the locations that they are hunting for street style in, and how different locations may affect different styles of the streets. This is a perfect example to show how blogs are becoming so popular, as they are available to converge all different types of media rather than just sticking to images and text that would be printed in a magazine.

Go and have a scroll through Face Hunter for yourself… You may even spot a gorgeous outfit being modeled by someone in a city near you!

Another blog that I like to keep up to date with is Go Fug Yourself. I discovered this blog in one of my Multimedia Journalism lessons, and now I can’t stop reading it. This blog was set up back in 2004 by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. The aim of this blog stands out more than any other in my own opinion. These two lovely ladies update their blog everyday with mocks of celebrity’s not so great efforts on the red carpet (hence their name. Fug is and abbreviation for Fugly, which means ‘fucking ugly’).  Although this is probably not the nicest way to approach the fashion world, it is great fun to read. In the media these days, we are constantly being reminded that certain celebrities are always looking their best and we should strive like them. With this blog, it reminds us that not even the rich and famous pick out the right outfits for an event!

I love the layout of this site. You can connect with the site through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter so you can grab all the latest news without having the check the blog constantly. The posts are short and sweet, with images to show the celebrity style and a blunt comment on why it doesn’t work for them. I would say it’s quite a niche blog, as it focuses on celebrity fashion and gossip. One particular post that caught my eye on Thursday afternoon commented on Milla Jovovich’s outfit that she sported on the red carpet. Looking at the first picture, Jessica has simply ridiculed the pose that Milla is doing within the picture, referring to them as ‘finger guns.’ Yes, she does look like an idiot. Scrolling further down the page, the last image shows a little ‘mishap’ with her outfit. Yep. Milla’s nipple is on FULL view. After Jessica talks about the style of the dress “has A LOT happening” in the post, she refers to the last image with “…and then, speaking of “a lot is happening at the top of this dress,” this was brought to my attention”. It had me in stitches. I think it’s great that these two girls are not afraid to give their own opinions on celebrity style.

Jessica and Heather have even published their own book entitled “The Fug Awards”, which is available at Amazon. The girls made their own awards for celebrities with the worst styles on the red carpet. Personally, I haven’t had the chance to grab this book yet. But if it’s as funny as their blog, I’m sure it will be a sensational read. Plus it will make us feel a little bit better about ourselves!

So there you have it. Just a select few of my favourite fashion blogs out there. Make sure you get Googling to see if you can find any more decent blogs, and let us know if you come across any others that are worth reading!

All images are taken from the blog’s own websites.


1 Apr

It’s that time of year to part with your savings and head down to your local travel agency, and book a well deserved holiday this summer! As shops give the heave-ho to wooly jumper’s and coat’s, what better way to spend this weekend dreaming of sun, sea and sand by checking out the latest swimwear collections!?

Many high street shops have already displayed a wide collection of swimwear with some great new styles, noticeably from brands such as LaSenza, Topshop and Seafolly to browse through. However, as designers hit the catwalk with their latest swimwear for 2011, many display some questionable pieces that may raise one of two eyebrows if worn on the beach!

Here are my top ten questionable swimwear of 2011….

10. The 12 year old girl
Resort underwired bikini. Littlewoods. £15.00.

You may question why this is on my top 10 list. But with it’s outdated print and style it looks like something you have pulled out from the attic from when you were 12. The DD top and mid waist shorts are a big thumbs down, which will make a curvy woman look short and square.

9.The Flashdance
Pink Star Print Swimsuit. River Island. £29.99

Not quite sure if they are reaching to Glee of Flashdance fans, I can’t see this piece flying off the racks anytime this decade.

8.The desperate housewive
Beach Bunny Ready-To-Wear.Vogue.
Vogue have a few questionable pieces in their new S/S collection this year, which I could argue are certainly not ready to wear. This piece in particular would be nearly impossible to sunbathe in, with metal hoops that could leave nasty burns on your front and sides. Okay to look at, but not something worth packing for holiday.

7.The crocheted look
Crocheted Monokini. Victoria’s Secret. £115.00

I once worked in Australia’s top designer bikini store, and from experience, I know this style is a BIG fashion no-no. The crocheted style in the middle never seems to fit, if your body is too small it will gape, and if too long it will not fit your bust correctly. Besides, if you are hoping to get a tan, this one-piece will leave behind some not so trendy patterns. Even the Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t sell it for me.

6.The plain Jane
Mis Softee Halter. Juicy Couture. £54.00

If it doesn’t look great on the model, it probably won’t look great on anyone else. The sagging top is very unflattering along with the pasty colour. The mid waist shorts also shout out uncool.

5. The Jordan wannabe
Beach Bunny Swimwear. Vogue
Another piece from Vogue which questions their target fashion market. The uncomfortable looking one piece looks like something from Katie Price’s wardrobe.

4.The uninviting goth
Studded Black Bikini.Lilth.
The gothic look on a whole is a fashion blunder for spring/summer. This tacky looking bikini will make everyone run far far away. If you are a fan of the gothic look, take a leaf out of singer PINK’S bikini look, where she mixes cute skull bikini’s with feminine frills.

3. The minimal queen
It’s hard to grasp everything about the not-so one piece. Look closer and you may find a tiny strip they may argue as the bottoms. Wear it and you could face many angry parents telling you to cover up on the beach. This particular suit must be extremely uncomfortable to wear, and I hope in the future we will never see it become a major fashion trend.

2.The parent’s nightmare
Crystal Encrustaed Black Mesh String.Malibustrings.£59.00
Yes. This is a bikini. The title pretty much sums up what is wrong with this ghastly set.

1.The D.I.Y
BodyPaint as requested.
Art or fashion…or neither? I certainly think that this wannabe fashion trend disaster  deserves to be placed at no.1. Creator Mark Greenawalt suggests his body paints are “The perfect future form of swimwear. Water resistance, stays up and on and even, sexy tan lines.” Hmm…. i’m not so sure about that.