BDSM Trend

It’s not often I mention Bondage, Dominatrix, Sado Masochism in Zips It Up. So, I’ll make it a little tamer by using the official initials BDSM.

Naughty A-listers have been unleashing their inner ‘dominatrix’ with the new BDSM dress trend.

 

This kinky fashion style has taken the red carpet by storm. Kim Kardashian and Dua Lipa are among the stars to wear BDSM dresses recently.

Plenty of bold fashion trends have sprung up in 2019 – but this is the boldest. I’m loving the BDSM look but am far too shy to wear any of it. In public anyway.

Think skin-tight lycra or rubber dresses and kinky straps, all in black, of course.

On Sunday, Kim Kardashian embraced her inner dominatrix on the amfAR red carpet. The reality TV star risked a wardrobe malfunction by squeezing into a strappy gown. Naughty cut-outs featured on the front of the halter dress, while a thigh high split also exposed plenty of skin. Cuffs adorned each arm, further enhancing the powerful feel of the outfit.

The mum-of-three (almost 4) kept the frock centre stage by opting for minimal make-up and keeping her hair slicked back. I loved this look.

Earlier this month, singer Dua Lipa turned up to a film premiere in this daring black and white dress by Armani Privé. A corset top gave off plenty of dominatrix vibes. This was furthered by her cage skirt, which flashed a sparkly pair of black knickers underneath.

Vampy lipstick and smokey eye make-up added a final flourish to the moody get-up.

 

If you fancy your own, get down to Atsuko Kudo or House of Harlot.

Pink Diamonds

It seems to be a ‘Millennial thing’. Having just seen a picture of Katy Perry’s pink engagement ring from Orlando Bloom, Pink diamond rings are very “now”. Think pink and gold, to be precise.

Pink also seems to be on trend as far as wedding dresses are concerned. There are a lot of pink netting and roses to be found online.

Yes, the colourful diamonds are set to take over this year, and you don’t need to have a huge amount in the bank to afford one. Whatever your budget, there’s something to suit everyone, especially via Amazon and Etsy.

I especially love a pink diamond set on a gold band. Timeless, almost fairy tale-like and most certainly eye catching. I’m imagining Prince Charming slipping one on Cinderella’s finger…

No need to go over the two-grand budget, which is about right for an engagement ring, here are my favourites on the market right now.

Peach pink and rose gold ring, £1,604, Etsy

 

Twist shank pear pink sapphire ring, £1,259, Amazon

White gold, diamond and sapphire ring, £643.99, Amazon

 

Rose gold cushion cut Morganite and Diamond ring, £1,995, Chisholm Hunter

 

18K Gold Diamond & Pink Sapphire Ring, £1,375, The Diamond Store

 

Rose gold ring with lab-created gemstone, £317, Amazon

 

Art deco natural diamond engagement ring, £1,923, Etsy

 

White gold pink diamond ring, £2,273

 

Sapphire platinum ring, £409.99, Amazon

 

Radiant-cut pink diamond halo ring, Uneek

 

Vintage brilliant cut ring with pink diamond halo, Boodles

 

Chelsea pink ring, Jean Dousset

 

Pale Pink Sapphire Eyebright, £990, Alex Monroe

 

Gold Diamond Pink Sapphire Ring, £1115, The Diamond Store

 

Morganite Halo Engagement Ring, £2,963 Barkev’s

Pink Sapphire and Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, £1,426, Serendipity Diamonds

Sapphire engagement ring, £1,443, Etsy

Pear-shaped pink diamond ring, Uneek

… a word from the Editor

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

Last week, was all about London Fashion Week, where we had a fabulous time in Covent Garden for the Hellava Girl Catwalk Show. It was Rock Chick Couture at its best.

Regal gowns featuring, leather, netting, leopard print and plenty of nudity accompanied by scary makeup and awesome music summed up the collection. The ready-to-wear range will be top of my list this year.

On the subject of LFW – Burberry are in trouble again. Not for their ‘dirtiest open secret’ of burning £30 million worth of stock and filling landfills, but for promoting Suicide in their fashion show last week. We investigate further in this instalment.

And this week there has been no escaping news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death, but who inherits his multimillion pound fortune? It’s all about the MEEOWVEAU RICHE. Read on to find out more.

Also, we couldn’t escape Wednesday’s uber boring Brits2019.On and off, I fell asleep watching this year’s feeble ceremony, but as always, we give you our run-down on who tried, failed and succeeded on the red carpet. More about that in this week’s instalment.

So, enjoy, x

 

 

 

 

 

Chaupette Lagerfeld’s Multi Million Inheritance

So, the godfather of fashion designers, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away.

With a career spanning over 50 years at Balmain, Chloe, Fendi and Chanel, amongst other fashion houses, he lived with his beloved cat Choupette Lagerfeld.  A cat with a jet set lifestyle, two maids, as well as 117k Instagram followers and a successful modelling career.

Choupette may be due of the designer’s £96m fortune – after Lagerfeld’s previous interview admission that he was leaving a chunk to her.

Shortly after he acquired her as a newborn kitten from a male model in August 2011, the designer set up his fluffy accoutrement with her own Twitter account – the first celebrity pet to receive such an honour.

However, it’s Choupette’s Instagram feed, closely-watched by thousands, which has given us the best insight into the life of Lagerfeld’s cat.

The loyal feline companion has round-the-clock care from two maids, who groom her white coat four times a day. They even served her up the same food as her master at the dining table.

During her downtime, she reclines on a £10,000 sofa and plays on her own personal iPad – presumably posting selfies for eager followers.

Choupette also travels by private jet – or a £1,500 Louis Vuitton cat carrier – and stay in the world’s most exclusive hotels.

She has also developed a successful career in her own right, including starring in a film for Net-a-Porter and appearing on the cover of Vogue with supermodel Gisele Bundchen. As a result, she became a personality in her own right – and in 2014 was profiled in book ChoupetteThe Private Life of a High-Flying Cat.

Karl said in a 2013 TV interview: “I never thought I would fall in love like this with a cat. It was love at first sight.”

The male model who owned the kitten was going on holiday and asked if he could leave her with the staff at Karl’s house while he was away. Karl said “She was still a baby at the time, and I found her so cute that when Baptiste came home I said to him, ‘Sorry but I’m keeping her!'”

And so, what now for Choupette? She must be lost without her master. But very wealthy, and awash with eager staff to dry away the feline tears.

Burberry’s Suicide Hoodie

Burberry has come under fire, after sending a “noose hoodie” along its Fall 2019 runway at London Fashion Week. The brand, along with its creative director Riccardo Tisci, is now apologising for the controversial piece and is removing it from the collection.

Model Liz Kennedy first called out the problematic sweatshirt on Instagram, after voicing criticism of the piece backstage at the show. “Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy,” she wrote, before revealing that her concerns had been dismissed at the show.

“How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this, especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth,” Kennedy continued on Instagram, “Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose, completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck.”

“I had asked to speak to someone about it, but I was told to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but the message was: “It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,'” Kennedy added.

The model also claims that staff were joking about the sweatshirt in the dressing room before the show, hanging a noose from the ceiling. After the piece caused major backlash online, her remarks led to an apology from the brand’s CEO and creative director.

“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection. Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake.”

The moral of this story. Fashion can only exist in its own bubble up to a point. It’s good to hear that Liz Kennedy’s message eventually struck home.

Rocking or Shocking the Brits 19

From Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress to Lady Gaga’s white-tiered Francesco Scognamiglio gown, The Brit Awards, has been responsible for some truly iconic fashion moments.

This year, leading the best dressed was presenter Maya Jama,  who wore one of the most eye-catching dresses of the evening.

The 24-year-old arrived in a dramatic frothy tulle number, which was accessorised with a pair of statement earrings and a high ponytail.

My other favourite Dua Lipa however, went for a much more understated look this time around, wearing a Christopher Kane lace bodice cupcake dress from the brand’s latest autumn/winter 2019 collection.

Jess Glynne arriving in a slinky ice blue gown, which boasted a draped asymmetric top, open back and sweeping train, by Vivienne Westwood couture. Her hair should’ve been worn loose.

Little Mix created a trend of their own on the evening, as Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock all championed very high-leg slits. For once the girl band didn’t wear completely coordinating outfits, instead letting their personality shine through in varying silhouettes.

Shocking the red carpet was the usually beautiful Jorja Smith – this time looking awful in feathers and these nightmares…

The red carpet also saw some very dapper gents show off their style credentials. Liam Payne opted for a classic black suit with a dash of burgundy trim, Calvin Harris wore a sharp khaki creation and Shawn Mendes made a sartorial statement in a duck egg blue design.

The fact that it opened with ‘The Greatest Showman’ meant it was destined to be awful from the start.

Also, Rocking the red carpet on the night:

The disasters were Paloma and Kelly:

And the ultimate winner was Florence;

… a word from the Editor

It’s London Fashion week, and if our timings coincide I’ll be sipping a £20 glass of wine (slowly), sat in a row at a fashion show in Covent Garden, whilst you are checking out this week’s blog.

My fash pack and I will be attending the Hellava Girl catwalk on Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, where most of the Fashion Week action takes place.

London always oozes fashion, but I love it when LFW is in town because the streets are filled with even more OTT exhibitionists, journos, paparazzi, cameras and fashionistas. And I’ll of course be zipping it all up for you in next week’s blog.

This week I also attended a party in the newly renovated Kings Cross, celebrating the history of Kings Cross Clubland. Particularly Bagley’s and The Cross nightclubs, where many of my gang spent our weekends during the 90s and early 00s.

I went along with my husband, Judge Jules, who was a firm fixture on the Kings Cross clubbing scene.  DJ Brandon Block played a nostalgic set, taking us back to that era.

It was organised by the charity Small Green Shoots, and held in the penthouse Kings Cross offices of Camden Council (who ran out of alcohol halfway through the party – damn you Camden!) What was once The Cross is now a Tom Dixon furniture shop – uber trendy – and Bagleys is now on the site of world-famous Central Saint Martin’s School Of Art.

 

There was a mini exhibition of all things “90s raving”, including the mobile phones we all used to carry back then – namely these Motorola bricks. Back then, we didn’t all stand there filming the DJ, like happens today. Well, we couldn’t – phones were only phones, and nothing more. We actually danced.

I particularly loved the exhibition of a range of old ‘Raving Shoes’ that we used to wear, which someone must have preserved perfectly. From Gucci loafers to Kickers to the stompy ‘Buffalo Platforms’, of which I had three pairs of, and now my daughter wears, blissfully unaware of their heritage and dance past.

Ahhh… those were the days.

Onto this week and we explore the most popular and successful designer on the planet, delve into 2019’s most tragic fashion fails – and it’s only February – plus how to keep fit, be eco-friendly and wash your clothes at the same time.

February Fashion Fails

FEBRUARY FASHION FAILS

I know it’s only mid-February, but we’ve already witnessed some Bum Deals coming out of our favourite online fashion emporiums.

Here at Zips It Up, we’re baffled by a £40 pair of see-through ASOS trousers that expose EVERYTHING – unless you wear underwear. But you might as well wear clingfilm.

They have released the bizarre trews on their website, leaving people asking “Iove ASOS but why on earth would you wear that?”

ASOS said of the £40 trousers, which have pockets: “Some days call for a little extra.

“Smooth, crisp organza. Wafer-thin and sheer as you like.” Hmmm, a bit of a head-scratching moment.

FASHION NOVA is another fashion failure, selling ‘fringe’ shorts that expose your bum cheeks.Known for it’s daring fashion choices, I usually applaud FASHION NOVA, but I’m not sure your parents or boyfriend would approve

They posted a picture of the shorts, which cost £19.37, on Instagram at the end of last week and soon amassed hundreds of comments, as well as 38,700 likes.

The brand’s Just Make It Brief Fringe Shortsare described as stretch and high rise, with an elastic waistband. I understand the market for the whole “ass showing” thing – á la Kardashian et al – but a touch of modesty goes a long way

Meanwhile, over at BOOHOO.com,people are cracking up about the blue denim skinny jeans with a rear zip down the bum, which have beenthe butt of many a joke.

The denim skinny trousers have a zip that runs from the waistline all the way down the bum and a bit beyond. Handy for a hasty number 2, I suppose.

If the design already sounds impractical, the care instructions also state that the “100 per cent polyester” trousers can only be cleaned with a damp cloth. But the jeans have clearly proved popular, as they’re only left in a size 6 or 8.

Zip Back Skinny Jeans, £11 from Boohoo

The Eco-Friendly Washing Bike

Exercise AND Wash Laundry with this Amazing Eco-Friendly Bicycle

Housework? We all have to do it.  Exercise? We all need it. Staying eco-friendly? We should all get involved.

Some days, it feels like the washing is never-ending, especially when you have a family, yet the motivation to accomplish mundane tasks is often hard to muster.

But now, thanks to an invention designed by students in China, you can do the laundry and exercise. With a halo on your head, for good measure.

The Bike Washing Machine (or BiWa, as the students have dubbed it) is a human-powered washing machine that encourages you to multitask and conserve water while boosting your fitness in a fun, efficient way.

The innovative bike – which is available soon – was designed by students at Dalian Nationalities University in China.

The pedals help spin and rotate the front wheel, which doubles as a clothing drum. Any excess energy created whilst burning off calories is used to power a display screen that keeps the cyclist aware of the wash cycle’s progress.

When family members or flatmates have excess energy to burn off, get them to cycle, too, as excess energy can be stored for a subsequent use.

One of life’s most common complaints is that people just ‘don’t have enough time.’ This neat invention not only frees up extra minutes, it inspires you to get active while completing household chores.

And, for college students and families on a budget, the bike can save money long-term, as there are fewer trips to the laundrette, as well as less pennies chucked in the meter.

Celebrating Gucci

Reasons Why We Love Gucci

The World’s most popular brand has been revealed – but most of us can’t afford it.

Retail may be on its knees, but online one luxury label rules the world. Gucci has been named the globe’s favourite clothing brand.

Of course, I don’t need to tell you that Gucci has been having a bit of a moment of late. Ever since Alessandro Michele took over as Creative Director in 2015, it’s been Gucci fever the world over. His kitsch, idiosyncratic designs resonated with a younger audience (men and women) and Gucci has undergone a dramatic renaissance. In fact, Gucci is the number one label that customers engage with. A staggering 6million plus shoppers browsed online from October to December last year.

The Soho Disco bag is Gucci’s hottest seller – £805

Interestingly, key consumer searches are for a Gucci bag, belt or shoe, and these genre-specific searches are crucial to the brand’s success. Thanks to the iconic and coveted GG logo, customers who can’t afford the clothes are able to buy into the Gucci dream by investing in a statement belt or shoes.

More affluent customers have been snapping up the £805 Soho Disco bags to gowith their £235 and upwards Double G belts,being the second biggest seller.

The Double G belt is the brand’s second biggest seller

The fact that it’s become a celebrity red carpet favourite has obviously helped.

Information regarding Gucci’s success was gleaned by analysing the online shopping behaviour of more than 5 million shoppers, searching, browsing and buying fashion across 12,000 designer and stores online. Gucci now occupies top spot above Balenciaga.

I personally love Gucci because of how completely and utterly crazy it is. But it’s wearable. Its designs frequently defy conventions, break rules and shouldn’t actually really even work.  But they do.

A fantastical collection of intricate floral and fauna prints, clashing colours, embellishment and fur topped off with oversized nerdy glasses. When Alessandro was designing the collection, any sane person would have told him that it was never going to work. But it did, and the Gucci geek was born. And in less than two years Alessandro has created one of the most photographed and talked-about brands in the world.

It reminds us of our childhood. There’s something about the Gucci show that takes us back to our dressing up days, when fashion was all about fantasy. Hearts, bees, bows, brooches, animals, flowers, flounces, ruffles and army jackets – this is the stuff that our formative years were made of.

It unleashed the nerd in all of us. There’s a reason we all fell in love with the Gucci geek, she’s hiding in all of us. The slightly awkward, clumsy aesthetic is familiar, yet cool confirming that it’s O.K to be a bit different. That you don’t have to conform and get it right all the time.

Pretty much everything Alessandro does influences the way we dress. Next season prepare to wear 80s style cocktail dresses, puff ball skirts, giant corsages, spiked denim sequin hoodies and oriental inspired platform shoes.

It combines the old with the new. You could say that he’s found the strength and future of the brand in the company’s past.The reinvention of the Gucci loafer is the best example of this. The fur lined slip on loafer has been spotted on everyone from Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Julianne Moore and Irina Shayk to Claudia Winkleman, and I have TWO pairs myself! It’s come back from obscurity and been reinvented to become one of the brand’s best sellers.

Overall, Gucci is the top red-carpet choice for A list celebrities. Alexa Chung, Dakota Fanning and Margot Robbie are just a few of the celebs who have been spotted wearing Gucci on the red carpet in the last few months. This kind of exposure provides worldwide publicity and translates into global sales.