Shootin’ and Stylin’ – Next’s Menswear…

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As I type this I’m sitting on a sun lounger around a pool in a boiling Florida. It’s already 85 degrees and it’s only 10am. You can only imagine how extra hot I’m feeling now looking and talking about new-in autumn/winter clothes.

But rewind a couple of weeks when Next asked me to style up some of their new collection in a rainy London and I was all ears. There was a few pieces that I had to get in there, namely: a bit of tailoring, some key jackets and a bit of my own styling flair. I think I can manage that!

So off we went, armed with a few suitcases, a model and a photographer around London to find some cool locations to shoot the clothes against. I wanted to do things a bit different, hence why I added brogue boots with grey joggers and a woman’s cape over a check suit. Nothing groundbreaking, but just little touches that bought a bit of ‘me’ to the looks.

Anyway, enjoy!

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Special thanks to:

Vicki and Ellie from Next

Photographer: Ryan Sullivan

Hair and grooming: Bjorn Krischker

Model: Samuel Kristofer at Next Management

Styling: ME!

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Heidi Klum and her blue fringed dress (designed by a Project Runway contestant)

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Oh my God, this is one of those rare red carpet moments when my heart stops, I gasp loudly and fawn for hours over the dress. Heidi Klum will never top this blue fringed dress I don’t think. No matter how many gowns Donatella chucks at her.

She’s at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and the dress is designed by one of her Project Runway alumni – Sean Kelly (season 13) – and is completely and utterly drop dead gorgeous.

Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with fringing, or maybe because I love ombre, or it might be that I love a bit of dramatic dressing, but to me, this is the ultimate gown.

JUST WOW!

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Photo taken from Heidi’s Twitter account

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Yours truly, The VSG x

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Three of the best and biggest coats I’ve ever seen…

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OK, so I realise that we all have tastes and style thresholds, and that these Yohji Yamamoto fabulously printed, amazingly oversized coats aren’t to everyone’s liking, but fashion is all about individuality at the end of the day, therefore I have the absolute right to say…

WOWWWWWWWW BLEEDIN’ WOW, I WANT THEM ALL!

For autumn winter 2014, Yamamoto was all about volume. He set out to put a fantastical, other-worldly spin on his own fairytale, and these coats are a result of it. He also adapted these graffiti prints from his menswear collection, and they work so well on these duvet coats.

Start thinking about (and saving for) your winter coat selection people!

Shop the coats at Luisaviaroma.com here…

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Yours truly, The VSG x

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Today I’m loving obssesed with… Theo Fennell’s Eaton Square bangle

I rarely talk about jewellery on here, but when something THIS amazing and luxurious crops up, it’s hard to let it go.

OMG Theo Fennell has completely winded me with his ‘Eaton Square’ bangle. It is, quite simply, extraordinary. Obviously the first thing I noticed was the little sausage dog, which made me instantly fall in love with this piece, but then I got to know a bit more about it…

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Basically it’s rendered in 18ct yellow gold, adorned with pave diamonds, and best of all, can be completely tailor made to you. I.e. if you live on a different square (yeah right!) or street you can have it on the plaque, AND you can have your own pet modelled onto it too. To top it off, that gate is not just decorative… you open it to put your hand through!

THE BEST PIECE OF JEWELLERY I’VE EVER SEEN (apart from my engagement ring, obviously)!

The price reflects its amazingness, and retails at £26,500. Check out Theo’s site here for more info.

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Holly Fulton now available on Net A Porter (thank God!)…

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Amazing news for all your fashionistas… Holly Fulton, one of the UK’s most amazing designer, is now available on Net-A-Porter.com! (one dress already sold out!)

Yes, she of the fabulous art deco prints and intricate embellishments has finally made it onto the high end online shopping destination – THANK GOD! I don’t know why it has taken this long, it really does baffle me. She won the hearts of fashion editors everywhere when she bust onto the scene in 2010 with her first solo catwalk show, showing off her hand-drawn art deco building prints.

I’ve been lucky enough to attend Holly’s shows for a few seasons now, each one getting stronger and stronger. She won me over with her Spring Summer 2011 collection, which she described as ‘Joan Collins goes on a cruise’. I’m just waiting for Joan to wear something by Holly.

Maybe now she will do!

Shop Holly Fulton here…


 

Yours truly, The VSG x

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What to see at the Edinburgh Fringe festival…

Another year, another amazing time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (its official name). We were there for four days, and boy did we cram in loads of shows. It did remind me a lot of fashion week… lots of wide eyed, eager enthusiasts with giant cups of Starbucks to keep them alert and awake.

Before I give you a lowdown of the shows we saw, I just wanted to say that I LOVE Edinburgh. What a friggin’ amazing city. Every year we go I grow more and more fond of it. The architecture, to be quite honest, craps over what we have in London.

Anyway, here are the shows we saw, in no particular order. I’ve tried to be as honest as I can, no point in sticking in the word ‘amazing’ to everything, huh?

 

Vikki Stone: Instrumental

What an uber talented little lady. Her wit, comedic song writing and delivery is dynamite. She attempts to play 20 instruments that she owns or has borrowed and tells her life story through song and music. An honest, brave, AMAZING piece of theatre. Highly recommend this.

*****

The Trial Of Jane Fonda

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I had no idea Jane Fonda did so much anti-war campaigning during the Vietnam War up until seeing this play. It was educational to say the least. It’s based in a small town in America in 1988 where war veterans were apposed to her filming scenes of a film she was starring in with Robert De Niro. Oscar nominated Anne Archer delivers a great performance of Jane Fonda, in fact all the acting is brilliant, but there isn’t much creativity with direction and it’s a tad predictable. Hard to re-write history though! Worth seeing just for Anne and learning about Jane’s history.

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The Curing Room

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It can’t be all camp. There always comes a point during my time at the festival when I need to see something gritty and moving. This is exactly that. In brief, seven Soviet soldiers are captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and locked in a cellar. This is all about survival. You quickly get over the fact that there are seven completely naked (good looking) men on stage, especially when they start killing and eating each other. A seriously harrowing yet incredible play, and so well acted, by all seven men. A must see!

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Tina T’urner Tea Lady

We saw this straight after The Curing Room, and thank God we did. We needed some light comic relief. Definitely the funniest show we saw all week, AND FREE! Winner of Best Newcomer at the London Cabaret Awards 2014, this funny lady has taken one of the biggest musical icons of all time, one of my favourite divas, and turned her into a screeching, hysterical tea lady. Parody songs, stories and a tiny bit of audience participation.

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Addams Family (musical)

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This isn’t just the old story re-hashed with songs crow-barred in. It charts the story of Wednesday falling in love. Not as soppy as it sounds, there is still kooky, wicked comedy and a funny script. Uncle Fester was particularly brilliant – camp and witty – and Wednesday had the best voice out of the cast. The only disappointment for me was Morticia – she wasn’t over the top enough, didn’t glide (maybe they should have put her on casters?) and wasn’t close enough to the film version. Overall though, fun and worth the watch.

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Frisky and Mannish: Just Too Much

A firecracker of a double act who have honed the skill of variety… current pop songs turned into funny parodies, comedy, a bit of dance (but not their strongest attribute, in fact a ballet dream sequence in the middle could be substituted for more of their camp repertoire). Laura Corcoran (Frisky) has a good voice and brilliant timing and wit, very natural. Matthew Floyd Jones (Mannish) has to work a bit harder at the comedy, sometimes relying on Frisky to pull him through, but nonetheless is amazing on the piano and brings a lot of fun to the show. A-class modern variety.

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50 Shades! The Musical. The Original Parody

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Obviously Christian Grey is cast as a fat Chinese man. Why wouldn’t he be? Hilarious from the beginning, this is one of the funniest musical parodies I’ve ever seen. There was definitely an older couple there, (woman dragging man) who thought it was going to be just the (first) book turned into a musical. Boy were they wrong. An hour long, and wee-yourself-funny… definitely go and see this if you have the time spare. But be warned, there’ll be long queues!

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Some other shows to see:

Split Decision is a very well acted threesome about the impending collapse of a marriage, and all written in verse (which I only realised half way through due to not reading the synopsis properly). Out Of The Blue, the singing, all-male, slightly awkward Oxford graduates take pop and classic songs and do them all A cappella, with beatboxing and all. I’m Thinking Of Leaving Facebook, written and performed by Lolly Jones, is a funny and honest take on our social media world, taking us on a journey of her sexual conquests. Blues And Burlesque does what it says on the tin, and happens to be one of the best burlesque shows at the fringe. Vicious Delicious is absolutely hysterical, with a brilliant and natural wit like no other, often using her typically London accent to her advantage, while Scarlett Belle does all the burlesque, and happens to have the most amazing nipple tassel swinging technique I’ve ever seen.

Hope that helps!

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Is this the coolest maxi dress EVER??

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We’re in the thick of summer ladies, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen more than enough maxi dresses to last a life time. Obviously I’m not actually the one wearing them, but anyone else a little bored with the selection? There’s only so many floral print options I can take.

Well this might be the answer to all of you out there looking for something a bit different in a maxi dress… it has the ultimate cool factor, something unique, a hint of floral print and is generally just uber amazing. A dress to last you ALL summer, and even into the autumn, teamed with a leather jacket. JEALOUS I CAN’T WEAR IT!!!

It’s by Milk It, a brand that uses recycled materials, and is stocked at ASOS. Oh, and it’s only £45 – buy it here.

 

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Absolutely OBSESSED with Moschino’s printed dresses…

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This is an exact fashion moment when I wish I was a woman! These Moschino Cheap & Chic dresses are amongst the BEST trompe l’oeil prints I’ve ever seen. JUST WOW. We all know how genius the House of Moschino is with their prints, especially now with Jeremy Scott’s bright and bold ingredients and SpongeBob SquarePants, and these are just another fabulous example.

From a faux skirt suit to belted mac print, I think all you women out there need at least one of these dresses in your wardrobes. I know Mummy G will defo be buying one!

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Belted mac dress – buy here

Chain print dress – buy here

Faux suit print dress – buy here

Yours truly, The VSG x

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Today I’m Loving: No. 21′s Darling!

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Isn’t it just darling!!!?? Although this No. 21 sweatshirt is for women, I most certainly need it in my wardrobe. That’s the thing about its boxy shape, it’s unisex! And it’s also next season, so you can pre-order it at Moda Operandi for another 12 DAYS!

HURRY!

Buy it here…

 

Wear it with…

 

Yours truly, The VSG x

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New Vlog: see who made my best & worst dressed lists from last week…

Yours truly, The VSG x

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