Because comparing high-end designer items to their lower-priced mass market counterparts is a never-ending source of amusement, now there's an app for that, obviously. The mobile game Fashion Eye (free in the iTunes store) asks players to compare clothing items and guess which is more expensive. Players compete with each other for virtual "lattes," which function as currency within the game, and $50 gift cards (to win a gift card, you have to play over 100 rounds for at least ten days straight).
Fashion Eye was reportedly developed by an Israeli startup called Fashioholic, which aims to create so-called "serious games" (a category which refers to games with a primary purpose other than entertainment) that act as a marketing platform for fashion brands. Miss Selfridge, for example, popped up repeatedly when I played, leading me to wonder whether the British high street retailer had paid for placement.
But is Fashion Eye an effective way to advertise a brand? Although repetition is a powerful ad technique and many mass market retailers would presumably consider it a boon to have their styles linked to high-end labels, the gameplay itself implies it's possible, even desirable, to be able to consistently distinguish between designer items and fast fashion copycats. Will that really convert gamers into shoppers?
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French actress Léa Seydoux's Jalouse September cover, photographed by Juergen Teller, is bound to be controversial (if I had to guess). I love it. It reminds me of the opening lyric in the Kate Nash song, Mouthwash: "This is my face / Covered in freckles / With the occasional spot and some veins."
(Full disclosure: I'm currently wearing Seydoux's exact facial expression and sitting slumped over in my desk chair listening to the aforementioned Kate Nash song, so perhaps I'm overidentifying. Being in bed, lounging around, looking unpresentable — those are all things I believe in with my very core.)
I guess it's easier to show your sloppiest, sleepiest face when you're an unequivocally gorgeous blonde-haired, blue-eyed French sex kitten, and yet, I don't give a sheet. If the world wants to make grumpy, frumpy and lethargic the look for fall, I won't complain. That's a trend I would happily follow to its grave.
Pops of scarlet red, houndstooth and statement necklaces are the leading trends in Express' Fall/Winter 2013 collection. How do I know? Because on a hot and sticky summer day, I was munching on mince pies and sipping warming winter cocktails at their preview event.
We all know Express as the go-to-get-everything store for a reasonable price, whether it be workday essentials, an "I just want to look cute" outfit or a sparkly party dress. The latter most definitely dominates the new line as the store is kicking up its holiday offerings with sequins and faux fur galore. Snoods graced most of the mannequins, while handbags and shoes were bejewelled in studs and bling. But about those shoes… did you know that Express' designer, Deborah Castle, hails from Toronto and studied at Ryerson? Pretty neat huh?
Also catching my eye at the event was Express' vast array of statement necklaces, which range from $20 to $80. I can understand the higher price on some as they weighed their coinage in metal and jewels, making them the perfect piece to jazz up a plain dress or tee. Oh, and let's not forget the guys, who this season can look forward to Chuck Bass bow ties, beanies and thick cable knit scarves. I'll let you peruse some photos of the upcoming styles that will be hitting stores within the coming month, but let me know what you think of the new threads in the comments section below.
Looks like Chrystal Copland’s done a Miley Cyrus on us. No, she hasn’t buzzed the sides of her head or professed her love for grills, thankfully, but she has been lensed in Fall 2013’s fanciest couture for a September issue glossy.
For Elle Vietnam’s ‘Dark Couture’ spread, Chrystal was shot in Paris by Benjamin Kanarek wearing – take a deep breath, now – Chanel, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Stéphane Rolland, Maison Martin Margiela, Atelier Versace, Dior, Armani Privé, Alexis Mabille, Gaultier Paris and Schiaparelli by Christian Lacroix. Phew. Those responsible for dressing her must have been given the best workout of their lives considering the Mabille and Schiaparelli gowns alone feature more fabric than an Ikea.
The dilapidated, graffitied warehouse setting is basically the polar opposite of Miley’s mansion, so it’s nice to see the gowns in a different context. Chrystal even wears the exact same Atelier Versace gown that Miley wore atop the seat of that shiny black motorcycle, the glitter-trimmed sheer paneling somehow looking almost virginal in comparison. The absence of rhinestone pumps and Terry Richardson probably helped with that.
See all the standing ovation-worthy gowns, and a behind-the-scenes video, on Kanarek’s blog.
Every August bank holiday, Europe’s largest street festival descends upon London in the form of the renowned Notting Hill Carnival. Attracting spectators in the thousands, they’re treated to spectacular performances from live street music to the show-stopping giant floats which make their ways through the winding streets.
Carnival fashion is loud, bright and fun, so, you can always expect to see Notting Hill’s revelers dressed as flamboyantly as possible… And of course, that’s not just the actual performers!
So, if you’re feeling inspired by Notting Hill's festivities, here are our top five quirky pieces to help you feel carnival ready!
1) Nothing screams carnival more than an eccentric pair of heels, and Irregular Choice always ticks this box. Their We Found Love flower toe embellished heels (£89.99) would be perfect.
2) The bright colours of Topshop’s Electric Ray bodycon (£29) are awesome for carnivals and festivals alike, with the injections of black also making it a piece which could see you into the warmer side of Autumn.
3) Transform any outfit with a flamboyant necklace just like New Look’s beaded bib necklace (£9.99) available at ASOS.
4) There’s also no better time to pull off a pair of kitsch sunnies, and again Irregular Choice is master at creating fun pieces such as these. Try on the High Jinx pink flower detailed sunglasses (£85) for size.
5) Carnival wear demands fringing, and although Topshop’s kimono print jacquard top (£45) may seem a little too dark for a bright fun-filled carnival, its jacquard pattern totally lifts the feel, and it’s also the perfect piece to wear again and nail A/W 13’s dark floral trend.
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