Sunday, 25 March 2012

I Like... The straightforward nature of 1980s news reporting / "45 year old midget"

At around the 4:30 mark, watch as a woman pulls Michael over onstage. He recovers, unphased.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

I Like... Company / Restyled, Revamped, Reprogammed

Five reasons to become a Company magazine convert, like myself, and forget other women’s titles which themselves forget that a young, 20-something market exists.

1) Their matte makeover
Matte is the new glossy in the printing world. Fact.

2) Cover Girls
They put likable, high achieving women on the cover. Their cover faces of choice since the magazine’s redesign have been Florence Welch, Zooey Deschanel and, umm, Alexa Chung. Two out of three ain’t bad.

3) Within-your-means Fashion
Did you know that girls who are in their late teens to early twenties are largely in full-time or part-time education, or a low pay packet job (intern positions etc)? Don’t feel bad if you don’t as most magazines aimed at these girls don’t know either so they fill their pages with unobtainable fashion. Company however seek out affordable luxury but manage to avoid the dodgy terrain of cheap-and-cheerful. Please see Exhibit A for evidence of their fashion savvy.

Exhibit A

4) Careers Advice
Believe it or not, there is a correlation between the regularity with which girls buy fashion magazines and their interest in the creative and media jobs market. Once again, who knew? So it’s pretty satisfying to pick up a magazine that talks to young women in creative jobs within fashion, media, design and music, talking to them about important stuff like how they landed jobs and, more important stuff like what they wear to work. It makes a refreshing change from the frequent page space given to stories about destitute graduates with first class degrees and zero prospects in amongst articles that tell you whatever bag you’re carrying is the wrong one and interviews with spoit heiresses (I’m looking squarely at you, Grazia).

5) Beautiful Beauty
Beauty pages should be stuffed with products and choice, not rules and regulations which dictate that your skin must have X finish, your pony tail should be precisely X centimetres between the nape of your neck and the crown, or recommend serums that cost more than a month’s worth of food shopping. Instead, they should be fun and frivolous, as in the grand scheme of things, cosmetics are pretty superfluous. Please see Exhibits B and C as to what “fun and frivolous” beauty articles look like.

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Friday, 9 March 2012

I Hate... Hesitation / "I've been blind"

Only with the release of Ceremonials did it dawn on me that Florence Welch was made to be loved by girls studying English Literature. She's the gothic heroine we all long to be. *sigh* *pensive look out of the window of your dilapidated 15th century Italian castle which represents the dark labyrinth that is your mind*

To show my appreciation for the beauty her mere being brings to 21st century popular culture, whilst seeing her live tomorrow night at Alexandra Palace, should I...?
A) Sacrifice a lamb for her (I get the impression she would appreciate such a grand, melodramatic gesture)
B) Just buy a t-shirt

Thursday, 8 March 2012

DIGITAL WORDS / Bethany Cosentino for Urban Outfitters

Find the original blog post HERE

Dressing like a Californian slacker-rock princess is about to get a whole lot easier with the announcement that Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino is to launch a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters. Cosentino has said that she is “stoked” to be dressing her female fans, but boys “will look cute in a crop top too!”

Mirroring the lo-fi, laidback sounds of her band’s sound, Cosentino’s fashion taste is known for being equally relaxed with her signature styles being a floaty, floral tea-dresses with sneakers, or loose vests tucked into denim cut-offs. But whatever she wears, it’s always toughened up by her smattering of tattoos. However, the preview images from the range hint at a slightly more sophisticated look, with cut-away details and soft, sheer fabrics, which may be a reflection of the reportedly more grown-up vibes of Best Coast’s forthcoming second album.

Inspiration for the clothing line has come from the style of girls Bethany has spied amongst the crowds at Best Coast shows, as well as Cher Horowitz from Clueless and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.

The range is set to launch in May ahead of Best Coast releasing their sophomore LP in spring and heading out on a UK tour in June.

Written for IDOL

Sunday, 4 March 2012