The goff gaff has just about been put back in to some kind of acceptable order after hosting it's very first party.. much to the despair of the 'My music loud is fine, but not yours' lady who lives below.... if she changed her shit nets we may consider listening to her. Party= successful. Hangover was off the richter scale.
A B I G thank you to our boiler which seems to have decided to break down, how thoughtful, Just when winter seems to have officially arrived. Currently awaiting a plumber as we speak. No doubt he'll turn up about 11pm tonight just to annoy us further.
I went to bed with two duvets and a hot water bottle stuffed up a jumper, best/warmest night sleep I've had for a long long time, thinking of taking the hot water bottle body strap idea to Dragon's Den. Currently reading i-D soul, birthday present from grandmother- I recommend everyone reads it!
Birthday presents were amazing- decks to deck out the love nest, a trip to berlin from J & E, moneymoney, clothesclothes, i love, love. and a whole lot more.
TO DO- thank you letters, research Berlin, try not to spend all of my money at once, Haldern Pop Festival article...
leave you with my latest go at being a journalist
G O T H S T I T U T E, trend report, SS09
With tight above-the-knee hems suffocating thighs, bodies bound up in skin-tight lycra and an inescapable noir over-kill, this season the Goth trend is darker and more dangerous than its AW08 rival.
The new Goth aesthetic has clear sexual connotations this time round, with lashings of sheer materials, suspender-esque chaps and bedroom-warrior chain mail as the detail du jour. The more skin on show, the better.
A myriad of daring young designers have jumped on the Gothstitute bandwagon this season, with new fashion faces Louise Gray, James Long and Mark Fast following in similar provocative footsteps as more experienced designers- Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Erin Wasson for RVCA.
This fetishistic Goth style, whether interpreted as mysterious Tim Burton-esque heroines or futuristic matrix warriors, carries a dramatic magic- a force to be reckoned with this season. Delivered on the catwalk by designers as a moody vision of self-possessed power; leather, PVC, lace and web inspired knits were prevalent fabrics of choice. Think Domme Goth goes to Hot Hunnies sex shop, trading her maxi velvet dress for a leather bullet bra and constricting PVC trousers.
On the SS09 catwalk, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci unveiled thigh-high black leather boots, sensual bondage chaps and cut-out moc-croc harnesses, all fused rather cleverly with faded denims for vivid imagery of masochistic cowgirls. Concurring to the kinky leather and denim combo, the design duo behind Meadham Kirchhoff seem to take inspiration from a similar ‘Cowboy Bondage’ source. Their gang of gorgeous girls stormed the runway in desirable high-end hybrid jean-leggings with exposed zips and patchwork knees, tantalizingly topped off with revealing black blouses.
Sexy and tough seems to be the ethos behind Alexander Wang’s designs, as his collections continue to churn out achingly hip, street-inspired garments for the body-conscious grunge girls amongst us. This season he’s given us Black appliqué prints emblazoned on sheer dresses, pierced and fringed leather platforms, wrinkled motorcycle pants and an Americana classic in the form of oversized denim shirts.
Taking things a little more industrial, James Long and Louise Gray dabbled with chain mail, leather straps and chains in their collections, epitomising some of the looks that immediately spring to mind when thinking of the early Punks. Menswear designer Long proved that the Gothstitute trend has a place in a stylish man’s wardrobe this season. On the catwalk, his boys strutted in mesh t-shirts, gauze and chain-mailed turtle necks and leather draped calottes- a rock-steady, battle-ready silhouette.
Gray, one of London’s Fashion East favourites, discovered a new personal foray with a dominating monochrome palette for shift dresses and bra tops and suspenders made entirely of chain mail. A less playful and sexier approach from this new seed of the young London designer breed.
Canadian knitwear designer Mark Fast, who graduated from Central St. Martins only this year, referenced Azzedine Alaia and Christopher Kane’s body-con season with his raunchy collection of barely there dresses. Weaved and bound from skin-tight lycra and viscose threads, he created flesh-revealing holes and knitted fringing detail, a risqué guise only the most body-comfortable women could pull off. A look Jane Birkin would have surely been a follower of in her hay-day.
The Gothstitute look covers a multitude of sins and breaks all the rules. It’s all about legs and tits, lips and eyes, sex appeal and a ‘Don’t mess with me’ attitude. Alongside the clothes, the makeup and accessories put the finishing accent on the trend.
Fluttering kitten black eyes and chunky silver cuffs were seen at Alexander Wang while black-plum lips and smouldering sex pot eyes kitted Louise Gray’s models out as a team of midnight vixens. James Long styled his collection with rock ’n’ roll wayfarer sunglasses and black patent loafers while Tisci successfully complimented his edgy designs with a simple feminine slicked-back hair-do and smoky black eyes.
So black is here to stay. All you need to do is hitch up last season’s flowing gothic gowns, put on a pair pain-inducing platforms and tell people that the trend is “Gothstitute, thank you. Not Prostitute.’
Jade and Laura at Tuesday, November 25, 2008