As a blogger I’ve done many a review for many a brand and been sent countless items to trial, but nothing can compare to the joy I feel when I see other bloggers wearing my clothes! Here is Hanna from Hanna Wears showing us exactly how she wears the Darlene dress from Beloved Endeavour. I’m LOVING the monochrome styling and that neck tie. Hanna, you look GREAT! You can read her post here.
With a retro twist by adding a vintage shirt and shoes?
Ship shape nautical with a bright clutch and shoes?
A mixture of the two?
Or classic styling with a plain black bag and black heels? Share your thoughts!
Just because a major fashion magazine labels something as celebrating individuality does not automatically make it so. Discuss.
Vogue. There are too many opportunities and resources available to allow you to get it right for you to get it wrong. You should be leading the fashion pack but instead you insist on sticking to the beauty standards of yesteryear and now you are lagging behind. To add insult to injury you even have to gall to subtitle the cover, “No norm is the new norm” which is laughably ironic really because all I see on that cover is the old norm. If you’re going to make a point then MAKE A POINT.
Which beauty standards of yesteryear? Well Vogue, I’m glad you asked. Welcome to class, take a seat, makes notes, and no talking at the back.
- Non white is alright- as long as it’s not too far from white.
You get marks for using models of varying ethnicities, that’s great and certainly a positive. But where are the darker skinned black models? I’m not suggesting for a moment that you shouldn’t have booked Imaan Hammam and Adwoa Aboah but like I said before- if you’re going to make a point then make a point. Leomie Anderson and Ajak Deng are two black models with dark skin and there are many others that you could have booked to really send your message home but no- you played a standard hand and the overall effect was lukewarm rather than scorching hot.
2. Black is more slimming for curvy figures
Six of your models have fantastically jazzy pants but Ashley? Vogue didn’t know they could get great plus size swim shorts from Monif C and didn’t try to find out, so Ashley had to be the odd one out and wear standard black shorts because you know, it’s all about inclusivity. If the shorts are all from the same designer couldn’t you have gotten some custom made? It reminds me of the time Harpers Bazaar put Gabourey Sidibe in old house leggings and Payless shoes. Next time Vogue, just email me and I’ll give you the heads up.
3. Pose in a flattering way
All the other models have their hands at each other’s waists but not Ashley. Her arm is strategically placed along her thigh in a position that I believe was probably suggested so that her thigh didn’t seem as big in comparison to everyone else’s. Ashley has apparently refuted this on Insta, saying that she chose to put her hand down her thigh which of course is entirely possible but I’m unconvinced because we have seen it so often before.
I see the cover as more of a gesture than anything groundbreaking which is a shame. You had a chance to truly illuminate the fashionsphere but instead you’ve just shone a humble glow. Vogue- you are a big enough powerhouse to be able to set the standard and have others follow rather than take these tentative steps in the right direction and hope you’re doing it right. Even presidents have advisors so if you’re not sure you’d better ask somebody. If you want to celebrate individuality then do so with boldness. Book models of different heights, widely varying skin tones, different abilities and OWN IT. The next time you make a fierce statement make sure your cover photo backs it up, and If you need some help, call me.
As the song says,
“It may be winter outside, but in my heart it’s spring….”
So say Love Unlimited and so say I. Outside is frosty but the longer days are creeping in and I’m on the lookout for daffodils. Warmer weather is coming and I’m certainly ready with two new dresses at Beloved Endeavour.
Once upon a time sequins along with metallics were only seen in the autumn winter collections but now they have broken their own rules and are set to claim their space in our spring wardrobes. I’ve already worn the dress on the left- albeit with opaques and a cardi but I must say that the sequins jazzed up my winter mood. I wore it in the daytime too. What a rebel I am.
I like this meme….
…… because it pretty much sums up my relationship with H&M. I know it’s a bit repetitive as I’ve said it before on here and on various social media platforms, but the plus section in H&M consistently looks like a regurgitated dogs dinner. Despite this being my thought for over 12 years I keep going in there whenever I visit Intu Merry Hill and each time I see that pathetic looking collection of clothing in the dingy space under the escalators, I give it a quick once over, shake my head and tootle on over to Simply Be. Yep, H&M still aint sh…
Now it’s not that everything in the range is always terrible. Not everything and not always. As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day- but don’t bother using it to check the time at any other point. You might on the off-chance find something decent amongst the doldrums, but the collection is so unloved that it takes sheer shopping determination/ desperation/ exasperation to bring yourself to look through the shadows of the uninviting rails. There are no show stoppers- or even show starters. In fact there are barely any opening credits to even let you know there’s anything going on that might be worthy of your attention. They had a space to fill under the escalators and they filled it with this. Buy it if you want to but we’re not fussed. I’d really prefer them to just pull the plug on the whole lot and leave a space there. Plonk down a couple of sofas, or a mini bar. Maybe a DJ, a crèche, a portaloo, or at the very least somewhere I can charge my phone. Cancel the entire collection. No one at H&M cares about it so they need to stop pretending they do. In the words of Brand Nubian- Love me, or leave me alone.