Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A virtual minute with La Fille Anglaise

A series of occasional vox pops with online fashion types.

You are a fashion blogger because...
I wanted to show my interpretation of the aspects of fashion I love. Now my thoughts are constantly consumed with everything from colours to trends to models.

What's the most successful thing you've ever posted?
I feel the editorials are most successful. An image can be a powerful thing and readers always seem to find inspiration from the setting, the garments, the models and the photographer.

What are your favourite shops (online or on the street)?
Topshop, Zara, Brick Lane in East London, Beyond Retro; online:,,

What are your favourite fashion websites / fashion blogs?, fashiongonerogue, cocosteaparty, am-lul

What's the future of fashion and the internet?
The internet proves fashion is accessible to anyone, whether it be a young teenage girl or a middle aged woman, and this is very inspiring.

La Fille Anglaise
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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Polyvore - we're all fashion editors now

"Newspapers and magazines are, like, these things outside that get wet. They're roadkill." So says Jess Lee, vice-president of fashion website Polyvore, in Alexandra Jacobs' piece in The New Yorker about the online phenomenon.

The piece has prompted people who care about this kind of thing to offer their thoughts. The comments in response to Cathy Horyn's blog post on the topic, for example, suggest most people tend to agree with Ms Lee: fashion magazines are dead. In Horyn's words, they're "thinning out".

I don't use Polyvore myself - it seems like a teenage pastime to me, like making a scrapbook - but then, really, fashion blogs provide a similar kind of outlet: the chance for anyone who wishes to to create their own magazine spreads. More like, it's revenge of the wannabe fashionistas: all those people who were ever turned down for jobs in magazines are striking out on their own. Funny.

Any way you look at it, we're all fashion editors now.

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Kate Moss, a la Herb Ritts

Images via The Fashion Spot
The sexy Kate Moss shoot in Vogue Hommes International made me think of the late photographer Herb Ritts.

Ritts was responsible for some of the most iconic supermodel images; his work with Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell made them look like Greek goddesses. It's funny, because Kate Moss isn't what you'd call a Herb Ritts girl: she hasn't the Amazonian presence or powerful features of a Tatjana Patitz or Stephanie Seymour. And yet, it's a testament to her skill as a model - as well as that of photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin - that they managed to pull off a pretty good HR homage, even managing to bring a little something original of their own to the table.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Sasha Pivovarova and eco jewels

Congratulations to my friend Anna Haber, a jewellery PR, who is featured in the latest issue of i-D magazine. Anna's work involves travelling to the far reaches of the globe, working with indigenous communitites and bringing their ancient skills and traditions of craftmanship to a Western audience. The result is beautiful, unusual jewellery. Check out her blog, One Fine Thread.

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor...

... or is it Atlanta Taylor De Cadenet? Whatevs, here she is again, looking breathtakingly gorgeous and cool - another deeply pathetic homage by me, an older person, to a teenager's style.

The Cobra Snake

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Best-dresse candids

Love your style
January Jones

January Jones

Kate Bosworth

Keira Knightley

Nicole Richie

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Sienna Miller

Keira Knightley
Pacific Coast News, Rachelbilsonweb

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Hiking chic - Isabel Lucas

Hiking clothing, especially the boots...

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Page stopper: Kate Moss aqua

Kate Moss for Vogue Hommes International. Via Catwalk Queen

Daria Werbowy pictures

The Daria Files

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Saturday, 20 March 2010

Your daily read: Melanie Rickey's blog

Rather surprised it's taken me so long to discover this one: Editor at Large for Grazia Melanie Rickey's blog, Fashion Editor at Large.
Nice insider gossip, pictures and snappy posts.
Image, Melanie Rickey, Fashion Editor at Large blog

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Friday, 19 March 2010

Your daily topic: Ralph Lauren responds to fashion's evolving role in face of internet

In the latest effort for a luxury brand to lure online readers, Ralph Lauren has staged a virtual catwalk on its website, allowing readers to shop the looks straight away (rather than waiting until the product hits stores later this year). Interesting. I've read some people who have reservations with the fashion editors on the site offering their pennies' worth, which are all positive (so what's new? This is the fashion industry, after all).

It won't be long before all brands are doing this (so many brands, like Burberry and Prada, already stream their shows live online). The consensus seems to be that this new approach to catwalk presentations won't alter the status quo. If not exactly sounding the death knell, however, I can't see how it won't change things considerably. Thoughts?
Watch the Ralph Lauren virtual show here.
Images, Ralph Lauren AW10  via

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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Your daily read 180310

Cathy Horyn blogs this year's CFDA Awards finalists:

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Model style from Altamira

Because I love models' off duty looks even more than what they wear on the catwalk... Thank you, Altamira, for devoting an entire blog dedicated to the topic.

Lily Donaldson works army surplus with a fierce boot.

Abbey Lee Kershaw's good "bad" taste. See more stuff on Abbey Lee Kershaw.

Ruby Warrington's studs 'n' tie dye.
Images via Altamira

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Terry Richardson outed as sex pest

Check out the accusations directed at fashion photographer Terry Richardson which appeared on Jezebel:
It's gross but unfortunately not surprising. Anyone with half a foot in the fashion industry is aware of Richardson's reputation,. There's an account in Sara Ziff's documentary about the modelling industry by a fellow model in which she refers to a shoot where she was asked to perform sexual acts which, while she didn't name names, had all the hallmarks of a Richardson shoot on it. I also heard a story relating to a famous top model recently.
Of course, Richardson is a phenomenally talented and successful fashion photographer. (I, for one, love his work, but cannot condone his methods.) The question is, will these allegations go mainstream and affect his career?

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Still got it - Gisele post-baby

Gisele on the April 2010 cover of US Vogue.