Monday, 1 September 2014

BONOBOS AUTUMN/WINTER 2014 COLLECTION


Let’s talk about menswear.

Men's fashion is an element of the sartorial world that I've wanted to get a better understanding of for ages- I think compared to the attention given to womenswear, menswear sadly gets a bit of a raw deal, with brands who specialise in it seen as slightly 'niche'. That’s why I was so excited to receive an email from Bonobos, asking to review their brand new Fall 2014 collection, which I will readily confess I was pretty impressed by.

When you think about 'good' menswear, the image that comes up is classic, sleek and understated- a concept I think Bonobos have really captured. Take a look at the synopsis for the men's suit collection:

Suit up for Fall! We've made our signature Italian wool Foundation suit even better this fall with brand new fabrics and updated interior details, including a more ergonomic interior pocket so grabbing that business card is as smooth as your first impression. A finely-tailored wool suit is warm on its own, but you can always add a topcoat into the mix. Our suits come in Standard and Slim fits, and Short, Regular and Tall sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for you.




Doesn’t this sound good? Bonobos have combined a classic silhouette with exciting colours and textures to bring a new twist to the autumn wardrobe. Take the use of navy for example- a fantastic alternative on the classic black, which I believe brings the suit straight into the 21st century.

In my first impression from the photos here, I got a huge sense of quiet luxury emanating from the collection. Can we just talk about shawl collars for a second? Menswear tends to be almost completely unembellished, but I think a contrasting collar brings a really lovely finish to the outfit, without feeling cheap or overdone. When your suit looks like something out of a James Bond film, you know you're doing something right.


Overall, I really love what Bonobos have shown me here. While it may not be quite in everyone's price range (the jacket shown above is $640 for example), if you're going to buy a suit to last, Bonobos is the brand you want. 007, I presume?

The autumn collection is available now on the Bonobos website.


Victoria xx

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

GERARD WAY @ THE WEDGEWOOD ROOMS




(Much love to Rock Sound for publishing photos from last night!)

I never realised how much I hated phones at shows until they weren't there. A secret pre-Reading Festival show announced on Monday, taking place just two days later, phones were banned at the Wedgewood Rooms last night for Gerard Way's first ever solo show, and I must say, it was a refreshing change.

A huge MCR fan 'back in the day' (weren't we all?), I was ecstatic when I managed to snag a ticket 9am Tuesday morning, especially when they'd sold out just twenty seconds into going on sale. An omen for Gerard's future career, or just extremely exuberant ex-emos trying to recapture their recently-finished teenage years? I must admit, I did ask myself a few times in the build up to the show 'Am I going because of a band that I used to love, or going to see a man perform brand new music?', but if it started like that, it definitely was not how I felt afterwards.

First things first: this is definitely not MCR Part II. If you're hoping that Gerard performs his ex-band's songs at any point during a show, you'll go home disappointed (though apparently he's open to playing a few if it 'feels right' at the time). Does that make it a disappointing show? Oh my, no.

The songs I saw last night (personal highlights being 'Brother' and 'Maya the Psychic') are a big departure from MCR's 'classic' sound, though similar in theme and vibe to Danger Days era. It's easy to see where the band would be now musically if they had stayed together, and in fact, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you didn't like that album. However, Gerard isn't haunted by the influences of his bandmates by any means. The songs I heard were more raw and more mature than four years ago, and I felt like Gerard had way more freedom with these songs than some of the ones produced under the MCR aesthetic.

In terms of the crowd and the show itself, Gerard should be proud of himself. Despite not knowing the songs, the crowd were fairly responsive and excited, though each side of the crowd tended to become quite passive when Gerard was on the opposite side of the stage. When the album's released and people have had to a chance to get to know, I'm sure everything will be much livelier. However, Mr. Way and his fluro-orange mop should be proud.

In summary: Ace. Go see him if/when he tours the UK fo' real.

Victoria xx

PS. More no-phone shows like this please? Not having to crane over people's hands to see is a real lifesaver on the ol' neck.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

WILLAM BELLI @ REVENGE



Pictured: Motel Rocks Dress, Regal Rose Choker
Photo by Josh Hiatt

I'll just go ahead and admit this now: I'm obsessed with the reality television show RuPaul's Drag Race. It's the only show I religiously watch more than once, and I think it's just fabulous. For anyone somewhat familiar with the show, Willam is a huge part of Drag Race culture. She's the only contestant to ever be disqualified from the show rather than straight-up losing, and there's arguments to be made that she's had the most successful career post-Drag Race out of all the contestants so far. Basically, she's the bomb diggity.

Anyway, when I saw she was doing a show at Brighton club Revenge, I snaffled up a ticket almost immediately. A few months ago I saw her perform at the same club as part of the now-defunct girl group DWV, and I was curious to see how she performed solo, and how her songs would hold up.

SHE ROCKED IT.

Now, I love me an artsy lip sync. H.O.G.P's Crystal Lubrikunt's lip sync to clips of Janice from Friends was inspired- from her leopard-print dress to her Frozen phone case, I loved the idea. However, you cannot beat a comedy queen, and William is, well, the queen of that. Not only was she one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen in real life, she was dirty and funny. 

One thing that's always surprised me about drag shows is the availability of meet and greets. Growing up attending gigs almost exclusively catering to the teenage emos of Portsmouth and Southampton, meet and greets were to me maybe meeting one of the band if you hung out around the venue for long enough after. Maybe. The fact that meet and greets are just the norm for drag is weird to me, and Willam's the first time I'd ever gone for it. I'm not naturally a photogenic person (wah), but at least I'm kinda smiling? (dem brows tho, gurrrrl). Willam herself was lovely though- really professional and patient with everyone. She even said I was 'well moisturised' a compliment I will take with me TO THE GRAVE.

The moral of the story: if Willam comes to your town, go see her. She's fabulous. 

Victoria xx

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

KEEP YOUR LIPS SEALED





Pictured: Topshop shirt & skirt, Urban Outfitters Hat, Ozzy & Deen Bag, Urban Outfitters Sunglasses

Wow, I look so annoyed in all of these pictures. Also, Breton stripes are always a good choice when you can't find anything else to wear.


Victoria xx

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Monday, 4 August 2014

BRIGHTON PRIDE RAINBOW MAKEUP




Unless you've been living sans Internet for the past few days, you probably know that this weekend is Brighton Pride. Pride is a huge weekend in Brighton, with hundreds of thousands of people celebrating. The big draw is the parade and fair on the Saturday, though this year I didn't actually get to go to these but by the time I got home from work I was way too tired to bother (waaaaaaaah). However, all was not lost for my weekend- my housemates and I celebrated that night, and I even got to go see (and meet!) my favourite drag performer Willam Belli at Revenge on the Sunday night.



For my makeup over Pride, there was really only one way to go- rainbow! Browsing Instagram, I noticed this look by juntaoren, one of my favourite Reddit MUAs, for Stockholm Pride, and I knew I HAD to try it.

I was actually super proud of myself for this look, I've always been self-conscious about my eyeshadow blending, so to be able make this blending-heavy look work made my weekend for me. I used my Urban Decay Electric palette exclusively- the almost ludicrously bright shades made it perfect, and being Urban Decay the pigments were very bold right from the outset.

I topped the look off with Eylure #83 Volume Lashes- I've gotten into false eyelashes in a big way lately, and these are perfect for a nighttime vibe. They're a bit heavy for the daytime or a more natural look, but for extra oomph they're great! I know some people will probably wonder, but for my lips I used Lime Crime's Velvetine in Sudeberry. For me, liquid lipsticks are one of the best makeup products you can buy- they're matte, they stay on for much longer than conventional lipstick, and they don't dry out your lips! I find the colour is also much stronger, and the wand gives me a more defined lip shape, which is always good.

Happy Pride everyone!

Victoria xx

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

GOLD & BLUE




I'm not gonna lie, weekends are booooring, and when I get bored, I start playing around with colours on my face. I love an edgier lip, and I was really surprised by how easy making this gold colour was- I first applied a coat of lip balm to my lips so the eyeshadow could stick to something, and them bam! 80s realness. I also found that, once the balm had dried, giving my brush a little lick had the same sticking effect.

This probably isn't something I'd do a lot- as much as I love the colour, it's very drying though weirdly it has better staying power than lipstick! 

When weird and wonderful lip colour is this easy, why use anything else?



PRODUCT LIST:

FACE: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, Benefit Boing Concealer in Light, Benefit Pore O'Clock Primer, Benefit Fake-Up Concealer in Light, Illamasqua Sculpting Powder, Benefit Brow Zings in Deep

EYES: MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect, Urban Decay Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Radium

LIPS: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half Baked



Victoria xx

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

THE SUN IS SHINING, THE WEATHER IS SWEET



Lately there's been a wave of clothes coming out that I've adored- always just when you're low on funds, eh? I'm not a girl who's comfortable with hotpants, so these American Apparel are perfect with their slightly longer length. I think this Topshop duster coat is a great cover-up for the warmer weather, while still be visually fascinating with the lace detail, and this Pom Collar Dress from Lazy Oaf's newest collection 'Space Oddity' is my new love. We're channelling some 90s realness with Pretty Zombie's Liquid Lipstick in '3 Witches' (sorry not sorry), and Regal Rose's velvet choker brings a hint of goth while still being absurdly cute.

What's your dream summer outfit?

Victoria xx

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