…a word from the Editor and Blogger

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Greetings everyone, and welcome to the so-called “gloomiest week of the year”.

Kicking off with Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year, apparently scientifically diagnosed using a mathematical formula based on factors such as crap weather, debt after the festivities and failure date for new year’s resolutions.

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But don’t despair. Here are a few reasons to be cheerful and beat the blues:

  • If you have succeeded with Dry January – you only have 10 days left. Yay.
  • Greggs is now providing a new home delivery service.
  • Prosecco is on sale after Christmas at just £6.Yesssss.

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  • Restaurants are desperate to fill tables, so deals abound right now. I’ve just eaten 3 courses at The Shard for £36!
  • The Cinema is full of decent movies in the run-up to awards season, including my new favourite, La La Land. Ryan Goslng is hot hot hot – perfect for this chilly month. Plus Trainspotting 2 is one for the notebook.

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  • The happiest country in the world is Denmark and this month, Ryanair is flying there for just £9. Cheaper than two bottles of Prosecco.
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  • And finally, it’s cold and the perfect excuse to wrap up in cosy jackets and trainers, which are rocking all catwalks at the Fashion Weeks right now.

So, whatever cheers you up, make the most. It goes without saying, holiday plans should be well under way – you can start planning that summer body and wardrobe right now (planning is half way to doing, right?) Here at Zips It Up, we will be helping in that department, of course.

Onto this week’s instalment and we look at stacked heels for men at Milan Fashion Week, our very own PM graces the cover of Vogue, the most important colour this season and a new miracle under-eye cream guaranteed to make you look like you’ve just slept for 30 hours straight!

Enjoy Amanda Zips It Up! x

Theresa May – Vogue Cover Star

Before she became Prime Minister, Theresa May was one of the few female politicians unafraid to admit to a love of fashion. And she rocks a shoe collection even SJP would envy. May even chose a subscription to Vogue magazine as her Desert Island Discs luxury item.

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If the PM is cast away any time soon, then it will be her own image she’ll see on the pages of her favourite magazine, as May is set to star in a photo shoot for the April issue of American Vogue.

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The US Vogue’s cover is an immense show of support from Dame Anna Wintour, the British editor-in-chief of the American fashion bible. It would also offer a handy profile boost to coincide with May’s visit to President Trump in Washington in the Spring.

Wintour was a Clinton supporter and ‘Hillary lover’ (as Trump calls them), and for the first time in its history, Vogue formally backed Clinton as a “candidate of choice”. Now that it’s Trump in the Oval office, perhaps May is a female political figure that Vogue can get behind.  I hope so, because she stands tall and bright amongst all the men in grey suits.

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It’s also a landmark choice for Vogue because, at 60, the PM is significantly older than its average cover star. One exception being 52 year-old Michelle Obama, who has graced the cover 3 times.

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We’ve seen May prove that arm-baring, above-the-knee dresses aren’t out of bounds to women of a certain age and that trends – be they balloon sleeves or modern takes on the white shirt – can fit seamlessly into any woman’s wardrobe.

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May has argued that fashion – whether that’s posing for Vogue or taking pleasure in a shopping trip – does not affect a woman’s ability to do her job. “I like clothes and I like shoes. One of the challenges for women in the workplace is to be ourselves, and I say you can be clever and like clothes. You can have a career and like clothes,”

One thing’s almost certain, May will use the opportunity to promote the work of British designers, as she has done by wearing the likes of Amanda Wakeley, Roland Mouret, and Vivienne Westwood. Given the fashion industry is worth £28 billion to the UK economy, that’s a very powerful opportunity, which no male politician could ever hope to emulate.

Platforms For Men

Last June, Balenciaga held their first ever men’s catwalk show in Paris, for spring/summer 2017. It was staged up six flights of stairs on a rooftop in blistering sunshine with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. The first model out wore a camel coat with brown leather boots that finished below the knee. They boasted a stacked heel of several inches. This is not footwear for wallflowers. To pull these off you need a fierce strut.

Acne Studios, the Swedish label that has cornered the market for designer denim and wardrobe staples, has always offered some talking-point fashion.

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The Iggy boot, a platform ankle boot with a 3.35in heel, was its most recent curveball. It has been worn on stage by the 1975’s frontman Matt Healy and graced the cover of cult men’s biannual magazine Man About Town, worn with nothing but a pair of brown ribbed ankle socks. Meanwhile at Vivienne Westwood, a male model trooped out in a pair of platform sandals and socks, a look more likely to be seen on the Marni women’s catwalk.

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Shoes are one of the biggest growth areas in menswear – though this is likely being propelled more by the ever-expanding cult sneaker market than by anything else. Not that this stops designers pushing their footwear in increasingly extreme directions. As fashion trends often emerge out of a basic reaction to what’s happening in the mainstream, a neat explanation for the rise in sassier shoes for men is that they are frankly the polar opposite of a pair of designer sneakers. And I love this look. Although my other half would look ridiculous in them as he is already 6’2. Look at these D’Squared towering platforms:

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2016 saw the loss of two of music’s greatest champions of heels: Prince and David Bowie. In Prince’s case, he was tiny anyway but there are so many images of Bowie in the 70s wearing pumped-up footwear. Bowie was, of course, in fine-heeled company. Marvin Gaye and George Clinton were all fans of a platform during the peak of glam rock, soul funk and disco.

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Obviously, whether the world at large is ready for men in platforms remains to be seen. We’ve barely progressed from the summer fuss over men wearing sandals in public. But with the ongoing mash-up of unisex clothes and men’s and women’s wear increasingly being shown on one catwalk, perhaps it means we’re heading (quite literally) to new heights of wardrobe blur.

Importantly Pink

If there’s one thing I love about the forthcoming spring style, it’s speculating about which colour is going to seasonally “blow up”. And after trawling the net and all glossies in existence, it seems that everyone is wearing pastel pink, from coats, to vests, to knits. If there was ever a way to beat the winter blues into submission, then pastel pink is it.

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Same goes for the latest trend in Instagram selfies. To be en vogue, you have to find a pink wall to pose in front of. They’re soooo right now. It’s difficult in grey London but I know many a pink wall in Ibiza, so I’ll create a ‘pink wall treasure map’ for you fashionistas travelling to La Isla Bonita this summer.

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And, on a negative note regarding the colour ‘rosa’, at long last, supermarkets have reduced the price of ladies’ pink razor blades to the same level as men’s standard blue razors. Why on earth were we ever asked to to pay double the price of a regular guy’s razor to shave our legs, just because it comes in girlie pink? They both leave the same shaving cuts and rashes, and rust after a few days.

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Lastly, it’s the final few days of the January sales and Victoria’s Secret’s Pink range is reduced to rock bottom prices. Time to stock up on yoga wear, gym kits and lounge and leisurewear before the prices creep back up for Feb. Obviously, all in Pink.

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… a word from the Editor and Blogger

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Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up.

I’m trying not to, but can’t help watching Celebrity Big Brother.

I’m just so intrigued at how plastic the women are on the show. Hair extensions, lips implants, fake eyelashes, face-lifts and boob jobs. I know this is standard ‘Kardshian’ uniform, but the irony and lack of taste still deludes many girls. Here at Zips It Up we’re all about showing you that there is a wide fashion world beyond the plastic people.

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Looking a good deal more tasteful for the cameras, this week kick started awards season with The 2017 Golden Globes. I love being a bystander to “who wears what” on the red carpet, and this year was all about metallics, sequins, virginal white and silver stars.

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My fashion winners were Emma Stone and Drew Barrymore:

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Loser was SJP who, shock horror, got it so wrong this time. Lets hope it was simply a nod to the late Carrie Fisher and not a sign that she’s falling from fashion grace.

Onto this week’s blog and we check out the painless way to achieve those luscious lips, check out Zayn’s show collection, THAT SJP tutu from SATC and explore which retro sportswear range is back with a vengeance…

So take a break from the detox and enjoy.

Are You Sporting It Again?

Please don’t sack the messenger. I’m purely reporting the latest fashion trends, as fashion bloggers duly do, whether I necessarily agree with them or not.

It’s not exactly breaking news that athleisure is the trend that bloggers far and wide have been covering season after recent season.

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Last year, the puffer jacket made an unanticipated return at Balenciaga with models swaddled in puffed-up ‘90s-inspired fabrics. 2016 also saw various labels and collections welcoming athleisure in the form of oversized hoodies, trackie pants and tracksuits (yikes!).

But as we continue to roll up our Boyfriend jeans à la Saint Laurent and swap heels for lace-ups, it’s important to take note of one particular (not so new) kid on the block. And it’s a champion in the street style stakes (if you pardon the pun).

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The sports brand Champion has returned.

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Think 90s chav central.

Think bargain bins at Sports Direct.

Founded in 1919 by the Feinbloom brothers, New York-based Champion became renowned for their sports apparel. Quickly adopted by university teams in the 1920s, the cult line soon grew in popularity amongst fashion-conscious teens. The iconic logo gradually evolved and became the ‘C’, synonymous with the brand in the 1950s.

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The year 2000 marked the 60th anniversary of Champion and in celebration, the sports label re-launched their cult sweatshirts. But in 2017, with a new generation fashion crowd to win over, Champion was under pressure to deliver.

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Cue a series of collabs with names including Scandi go-to label Weekday and brand-of-the-moment Vetements, and the rest goes down in fashion history.

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Any blogger worth following (except me), is giving the brand’s jumpers and zip-ups Instagram air time and for every roll of street style snaps that emerge during the upcoming fashion weeks, expect a Champion symbol or two to crop up.

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So tuck your Champion jumper into a zip-up PVC mini or layer beneath an oversized camel coat and you’ll score the athleisure trend 2017 in one swift and clever move.

I recommend checking out Weekday’s collab with the cult brand before it sells out – take a look at Champion’s official site.

Have I talked you into sporting this season’s most sought after garment yet?

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Buy SJP’s SATC Tutu

Shut The Front Door! Can this be true?

Attention all fellow SATC fans. We all know that Carrie Bradshaw changed the game of fashion in the late ‘90s. She put Manolo Blahniks on the map, made newspaper dresses look cool and there were many sartorial highs (and lows) over the show’s six seasons, still heavily referenced today.

Check out the Instagram account archiving every single Sex and the City outfit ever worn – with 286K followers and counting (and nearly as many outfits).

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But for those of us who can only dream of Carrie Bradshaw’s designer wardrobe, be safe in the knowledge that back in the early days of the hit TV show, it was all about the bargain buy. That white tutu SJP wore in the opening credits was all I could salivate about for years. I was shocked to learn it cost a mere $5.

The show’s costume designer, Patricia Field recently revealed the style secret, announcing she found the two-tiered tulle skirt in a showroom bin.

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“Carrie” Tutu Skirt by Patricia Field, [£115]

Apparently the show’s creator, Darren Star, needed some convincing about the tutu in the opening sequence. I know, insane hey? It was a masterpiece; a stroke of genius. Luckily Patricia Field stuck to her guns and a fashion classic was born.

SATC fans will be pleased to know that you can buy a slice of Carrie Bradshaw magic. Field has recreated the ballerina-esque piece, which she sells on her website – for £115 (not five dollars anymore, sadly).

Hmmm, shopping this weekend, in mid January? You may want to rummage your nearest vintage or charity shop. Oh, and don’t forget to buy a pastel pink vest while you’re at it too. Carrie would be proud.

www.patriciafield.com/collections/womens-wear

Zayn’s Fashion Focus

The dangerously photogenic Zayn Malik has revealed a sneak peak of his debut shoe collection in collaboration with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti.

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The line, Guiseppe x Zayn, consists of two boots and two trainers and will be available in shops at the end of this month. The former One Direction-er even paid tribute to his girlfriend Gigi Hadid by naming one of the shoes, ‘Zigi’. Sweet…

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The singer comments: “I really believe style comes from taking chances, being bold and not being afraid to express yourself. I feel Giuseppe does that with his collections and I try to do that with my music.”

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Mmmm…. I’m not sure if he did genuinely say this, but I’m impressed regardless. His looks kind of distract me from analysing anything Zayn says anyway.

The singer started dropping (heavy) hints on his Instagram account, when he posted a black and white image from his 2016 shoot with GQ magazine. The shot, which sees Zayn posing in black biker boots that hit just above the ankle, was captioned ‘#GiuseppexZayn Coming 2017.’

This may be the 24-year-old’s first adventure into design but it certainly won’t be his last, as we patiently wait for the collaboration with Versus Versace to drop this May 2017. I can’t wait to see what else Zayn has in the works for 2017…

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The news of Zayn’s fashion collaboration with Zanotti comes hot on the heels of Jennifer Lopez, who announced that she has designed a collection of killer heels with the designer this July.

Wonder Full lips


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There is no doubt that the beauty trend of big, full lips is on everybody’s radar. From Snapchat filters, to celebrities on Instagram – bigger seems to be better and some will even go to painful extremes to achieve fuller, more pouty lips. However now people want the same results but at home without the price tag. This has lead to the creation of ‘at home’ devices designed to enhance the lips, however this can be very dangerous, painful and cause heightened damage to the lips and surrounding skin.

So how do we get more kissable lips without the price tag, surgery or pain? Cue WUNDERKISS, launched recently from the creators of cult eyebrow makeup product WUNDERBROW – a lip plumping gloss that lets you decide your own customized level of plump. WUNDERKISS works differently from any other lip plumper on the market so you can expect to experience unique and enhanced results. WUNDERKISS ’ dual-phase formula can create a natural, ever so slightly enhanced lip to a pout that would rival any Instagram celebrity we see today. Plumper, more voluminous and hydrated lips in under 2 minutes that will last for hours.

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The fantastic thing about WUNDERKISS is that it is simple to use. Choose Level 1, 2 or 3 and ‘inject’ the Plumping Booster into the Plumping Gloss, mix and apply directly to your lips. The more you infuse, the more tingling and plumping results you can expect. Watch and feel your lips becoming fuller and more voluminous in 2 minutes. Results can last hours with WUNDERKISS. The formula is very comfortable and wearable and even makes for a great base for any lip colors! And this can all be achieved using WUNDERKISS in the courtesy of your own home without the price tag or the pain of cosmetic surgery.

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