… a word from Amanda

WELCOME TO MID OCTOBER’S AMANDA ZIPS IT UP

As the nights start to draw in and summer becomes a distant memory, we all want to get cosy on the sofa and return to slaying the complete Netflix catalogue. I don’t know about you, but since lockdown, Netflix has become a gargantuan fixture in my life. In fact, I barely watch regular TV anymore.

Now, unless you’ve been living on a desert island (or haven’t paid your TV licence), you can’t fail to have caught wind of the MOST STREAMED NETFLIX SERIES EVER – “Squid Game”. The gruesome Korean Game, in which the winner can walk away with £20,00000.

I’ll stop there, because I’m pretty sure you don’t want any spoilers. Although EVERYONE I know binged the complete series in one weekend, so there are precious few people out there remaining to be “spoiled”. Squid Game was only released on September 17 and it’s already the biggest 2021 TV show in the world. Last weekend, a pop-up shop opened in Paris selling Squid Game merch, which witnessed people queueing for seven hours to buy masks and play some of the games featured on the show. Without the ‘eliminations’, obviously.

Although it’ll come as no surprise, it’s probably worth my mentioning that the “Guard’s” suit of black mask emblazoned with a white shape, paired the red belted boiler suit and gloves, is this Halloween’s MUST-HAVE costume. Go to Amazon and type in “Squid game costume” and you’ll see. 

But this is a fashion blog, so I wanted to talk about one of the stars of the show and her phenomenal career as a catwalk fashion model.

Squid Game actress HoYeon Jung wowed the crowd at Paris Fashion Week, and Vogue have just dubbed her ‘Korea’s next top model’. She is one of the most IN DEMAND models on the planet following the MASSIVE success of Squid Game. She is currently known as the world’s current ‘It’ girl.

The South Korean breakout star, 27, is now the country’s most popular actress on Instagram with over 20 million followers (she gained 10 million in a week), most of whom jumped on board in the wake of Netflix hit.

She began her career at age 16 as a freelance model and walked in Seoul Fashion Week shows for two years before appearing on the fourth season of Korea’s Next Top Model in 2013, on which she was a finalist. 

She signed with ESteem Models in 2012 and dyed her hair a “fiery” red color, which became her signature look.

She made her international runway debut in September 2016 at New York Fashion Week. Shortly after, she walked in shows for Marc JacobsAlberta FerrettiMax Mara, and Fendi; appeared in Harper’s BazaarLove, and W; and was featured in campaigns for Sephora and Gap.[10][11] In 2017, she made her Paris Fashion Week runway debut as an exclusive model for Louis Vuitton.[12] In September 2018, Models.com named Jung as on their list of the top 50 models.

While working as a model, Jung became known by designers as the “red-haired Asian”. Vogue‘s Monica Kim called her “one of Seoul’s top modeling talents” in 2015. As of October 2021, she is the third most-followed South Korean actress on Instagram with over 20 million followers.

It won’t come as a surprise that Louis Vuitton, a label she’s walked for since 2017, has snapped her up as a global ambassador, joining the likes K-pop superstars BTS. Marking the announcement, Jung said: ‘It is an honour to start my acting career along with Louis Vuitton, the brand I have long modelled for. I look forward to all the moments with Louis Vuitton as a global ambassador.’

I googled her, and her many appearances on the catwalk, and yes indeed, she is jaw droppingly beautiful. I absolutely love her red hair and freckles. 

Call me a bandwagon jumper, but I’m suddenly all about Korean culture. I’ve just booked a table at the local Korean BBQ to kick start my new obsession. Kimchi at the ready. Now where’s that freckle pencil…?

Winter Coats 2021 by Chanelle Clark

A great coat is an essential purchase for the forthcoming seasons and one that deserves a great deal of thought as you may well be wearing it every day. Luckily this year we are absolutely spoilt for choice, with both high end and high street outlets offering a plethora of options and styles whatever your budget. To simplify matters there are four main trends to pay heed to, Faux Fur, Classic, Padded and Cocoon, so take your pick and chose wisely!

Faux Fur – A leopard print faux fur is my absolute favourite piece to finish a look. My current version is 4 years old and from H & M. These jackets are worn by most fashionistas once the climes start to drop, including our beloved Ms Moss. Yes they are an absolute statement item, so keep the rest of it simple. Style with faux leather Freddy jeans www.facebook.com/Left-Bank-Six and a black cashmere polo neck or a classic white button down and blue denims. Saying that sometimes It can be thrown over a boho dress for a striking contrast print effect. Vanessa www.facebook.com/vanessalondonshoes as many of you will be familiar with from her fabulous footwear collections has launched into outerwear and her faux furs are amongst the best I have seen available. The price point is great for the quality and style, they are not mass produced so snap one up whilst you can. They are also all over the High Street in every shade imaginable.

Classic – The brand for the ultimate classic wrap coat is Maxmara a la Megan Markle but it doesn’t come cheap. I saved for a while for mine but it is absolutely timeless and effortlessly chic. With a classic coat whether it be a wrap style or a single breasted stick with a neutral pallette; camel, grey and black work perfectly. & Other Stories have an extensive range including a couple of Maxmara dupes, not to forget the fabulous and inexpensive M & S repertory. This is where to invest though as it will never date.

£1,800 Maxmara Icon double-breasted Wool & Cashmere blend coat

Padded – These are a perennial staple as far as I am concerned. Great for throwing on after the gym, popping to the farmers market, general errands..just so easy. My personal preference is Barbour, a perpetual design classic.  This season Barbour has done a collab with House of Hackney, The signature piece being the fully reversible Stamford jacket; you get two looks for the price of one so a veritable bargain. The high street is coming up trumps this season, with everyone from Mango, H & M, Cos etc. presenting their versions. Style wise they a bit more edgy too, longer sometimes, with diverse silhouettes, biscuity shades are also hugely popular. A parka will fulfill a similar purpose here as an alternative if you are not feeling ready for the return of the puffa! The dream (swoon) padded coat of the season has to be the oversized black quilted number from brand of the moment Toteme.

£500 Toteme Oversized Black quilted coat
£179.00 Barbour x House of Hackney Stamford

Cocoon – This is the only one I don’t possess but that is merely a matter of deciding which one is going to be the next addition to my exhaustive outerwear collection. These coats really pull an outfit together, you can just throw it over jeans and trainers and you will still look on point. As the form is so structurally simple you could go for a really bold colour here.

165.41 € Rino & Pelle Joela Coat Cherry Tomato
£129.00 Zara.com

A special afterword to The Coat of Dreams (Khloe Coat £79.99) as being sold by Danielle at Windsors Wardrobe (houseofwindsor.shop). With 70’s folklore being a key movement for Autumn/Winter you can give a nod to the trend with this multi-coloured masterpiece. I am looking forward to chanelling my inner Ali Mcgraw with a pair of dark denim J Brand Love Story flared jeans and this wondrous, unique piece.

Khloe Coat £79.99 The Coat of Dreams houseofwindsor.shop

Wrap up warm guys and I hope I have helped you find a coat you will love forever.

Here’s to welcoming the new season in style.

The Mighty Hoodie

The trusty hoodie has an illustrious history. First produced by Champion in the 1930s, hoodies were originally marketed to labourers working in freezing warehouses in Upstate New York. The garment has since become an icon, thanks to Rocky Balboa and Norma Kamali, who was amongst the first designers to embrace the new style.

It wasn’t until the 1990s that the term “hoodie” was first coined, and it soon picked up negative connotations, considered to be worn mainly by criminals. The cringingly out-of-touch old Etonian British Prime Minister David Cameron said in 2006: “for some, the hoodie represents all that’s wrong about youth culture in Britain today.” Meanwhile, in fashion houses, hoodies found their way onto more and more catwalks (Vetements really did it first), turning the hoodie into a wardrobe mainstay.

When it comes to choice of hoodie, it’s difficult to get things wrong. As long as it is cosy, roomy and has long sleeves, you’re onto a winner. That said, there are some varieties that trump all others. Therefore, it is my duty to dig them out for you. 

From high street essentials to high-fashion takes, here’s my pick of the best hoodies for men, across the price spectrum.

ARKET

Made from raw materials, this hooded sweatshirt is cut from an organic cotton that is not genetically modified nor made with the use of chemicals and minimises water and energy usage. Given a khaki hue, this hoodie is green in every sense of the word. 

£69 www.arket.com

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Kept simple with drawstrings and McQueen logos, this zip-up hoodie is one that you’re going to want to do more than just run to Tesco in. But it looks great there too. My personal fave. 

£790 www.alexandermcqueen.com

GUCCI

Said to be inspired by a starry night sky, this hoodie from Gucci features the interlocking-G “Star Burst” print in an explosion of multicoloured logos. Accompanied by a light felted cotton-jersey construction, this hoodie isn’t just a pretty face, but a pretty cosy companion too. 

£790 www.gucci.com

NIKE

Sportswear meets streetwear when it comes to Nike. In a vibrant blue hue, this fleece hoodie combines all the classic elements of the hoodie silhouette but updates it in an extra-cosy construction. Cut in a relaxed silhouette and finished with a bright white embroidered Swoosh (tick) motif, you can’t go wrong when you go with athleisure. 

£49.95 nike.com and amazon.co.uk

ASOS

In a chocolate-brown hue (this season’s colour) and soft teddy texture, this hoodie from Asos will be the first thing you reach for on a chilly morning. Detailed with multicoloured and vibrant embroidery at the rear panel, it channels a retro vibe that’s just begging to be enhanced with baggy blue jeans (see last week’s blog feature) and low-top white trainers (see my feature from early summer). 

£40 asos.com

CARHARTT

There are few garments out there that you simply can’t go wrong with, but the grey hoodie is certainly one of them. This cosy pick from Carhartt is made from a warming cotton blend and finished with the brand’s signature logo patch at the pocket. 

£49.95 carhartt.com

ADIDAS

Updated for added luxury, this velour hoodie from Adidas is here to take your athleisure to new heights. In a wine-red hue with charcoal grey panelled sleeves, pair with my jeans from last week’s issue for casual night out or the matching joggers for a gloriously co-ordinated night in. 

£60  adidas.co.uk

BALENCIAGA X PLAYSTATION

Continuing its virtual venture into the gaming world, Balenciaga teamed up with PlayStation for AW21 after creating a video game as part of its collection. This hoodie is detailed with collaboration branding throughout and is a must-have when it comes to the ultimate gamer’s wardrobe. 

£715  mrporter.com

Christmas Advent Calendars

Naughty & Nice Christmas Advent Calendars 2021

Nasty Gal has just unveiled a sex toy calendar for Christmas, giving couples the opportunity to get “nasty” and spice things up whilst counting down to Chrimbo

The box contains 14 different products across 12 days, with goodies worth a whopping £245.

It features various orgasm-igniting sex toys, adding new meaning to the expression “the customer comes first”, from a tapered bullet vibrator and chocolate edible body paint to a feather tickler and cuffs.

Last Christmas was pretty depressing, hence why companies are pulling out rather adventurous stops this year. 

If you prefer something more hardcore ,LOVEHONEY.COM have also released a sex toy advent calendar. So, what’s inside?

Kegal Toning Balls

Love Dice

Nipple Clamp Set

Tapered Bullet Vibrator

Chocolate Edible Bodypaint

Silicone Vibrator

Cock Ring Set

Feather Tickler & Cuffs

G-spot Rabbit Vibrator

Pheromone Massage Candle

Pheromone Spray

Vibrating Butt Plug

Bondage Tape & Blindfold Set

Vibrating Clitorial Tickler

Hmmm. Anyway, here’s an advent calendar your granny might prefer.

Marks & Spencer’s popular beauty advent calendar is back for 2021 – and it’s worth £300!

Filled with beauty treats worth £300, the Advent Calendar is just £40 when you spend £30 on clothing, home and beauty in store or online.

Forget chocolate, this year we want to count down to the big day with some must-have beauty bits.

Beauty and skincare fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the popular M&S calendar as it won’t be available in stores and online until 28th October 2021.

But, as always, I’m here to give you a sneak peak of what you’ll find behind the 25 doors.

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar contains:

Autograph Colour Balm Lip Shine

Apothecary Calm Body Wash

Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Leave-In Treatment

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

L’Occitane Shea Shower Oil

Prai 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Night Crème

Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

Alpha H Rose Liquid Gold

Pure Super Hydrate Day Cream

Fragrance Society Orange, Bergamot & Lemon Grass Hand Cream

Formula Absolute Sleep Cream

Eyeko Black Magic Travel Size Mascara

Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

Ren Kelp Body Wash

Ren Kelp Hand Lotion

L’Occitane Precious Cream

Nails INC Tis The Season To Sparkle Nail Polish

Percy & Reed Wonder Balm Hair Primer

Philip Kingsley Pure Colour Gloss

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Prai Ageless Hand Crème

This Works Stress Check Breathe In

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner

Ultrasun 30SPF Lip Protection

Shay & Blue Tallulahs Camellia Natural Spray Fragrance

If you ask me – this is the ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT, let alone advent calendar.

Welcome To Amanda Zips It Up…

Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up. For a while, I didn’t think I’d be able to get out to you, following the outage of social media earlier this week. For six blissful hours, the world was at peace. I actually really enjoyed it, but I would be in trouble if it carried on, as I know many of you read this blog via Insta and Facebook.

October is all about celebrating Black History Month and I have written a piece about my favourite prominent black figures in the world of fashion.

There’s a certain supermodel I have to mention too. She is a veteran of the catwalk. Naomi Campbell took to the catwalk for the Paris Fashion Week Lanvin show in my current fave fashion trend – the cape. I LOVE HER.

Naomi proved that she is still every inch the queen of the runway, as she walked during the women’s ready-to-wear Lanvin show during PFW this week.

The supermodel, 51, looked typically chic in a plunging studded blouse, which she styled with a pair of black flared trousers at the show on Sunday. The show was presented by designer Bruno Sialelli as part of his Spring/Summer 2022 women’s ready-to-wear collection show.

Naomi’s return to the catwalk comes after the icon welcomed her daughter in May. She recently revealed her experience at becoming a mother.

She discussed her child for the first time during an interview with BBC HardTalk, where she described her as being ‘independent and smart’.

Naomi told listeners: ‘I’m really lucky I think have a dream child,’ as she detailed the early days of being a mother this month.

Naomi, who was recently appointed Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Platinum Jubilee Global Ambassador, said: ‘She’s wonderful. She’s very independent already, very smart, alert, sleeps 12 hours. She’s a good girl.’

Naomi still has it. Looking as good as she did in the 90s. RESPECT.

Black History Month: Fashion’s Most Powerful Figures

October is dedicated to highlighting the countless accomplishments and contributions that the African-American/Afro-Caribbean community has made to society, across the spectrum of arts and culture. These are my personal fashion favourite figures, who I believe should be honoured for their incredible achievements in the world of fashion.

1. Fenty Beauty

Rihanna proves that Fenty Beauty is deeper than just makeup. “The new generation of beauty” is redefining the way in which women of colour are represented in popular culture, and also revolutionising the consumer experience for women with darker complexions”, Fenty proudly exclaims. 

Fenty Beauty’s mass success can easily be measured in sales, but it’s the 33-year-old pop icon’s vision of inclusion that’s challenging the outdated ideals of beauty in the media. Rihanna’s lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, is worth some $270 million, while her Fenty Beauty line is worth about $2.8 billion. She owns 50 percent of the LVMH-backed beauty brand and 30 percent of her lingerie brand.

2Off-White

Men’s streetwear label Off White is best known for being founded and led by Virgil Abloh, who is also the artistic director for Louis Vuitton. It is owned by LVMH – who own Louis Vuitton, Gucci and San Laurent, amongst other high-end designers. He is the brains behind the SUPREME & LVcollab.

Virgil Abloh, 41, is an American designer, entrepreneur, and DJ who has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton‘s menswear collection since March 2018. Abloh is also still the chief executive officer of the Milan-based Off-White.

A trained architect, Abloh, who also worked in Chicago street fashion, entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside American rapper Kanye West. The two then began an artistic collaboration that would launch Abloh’s career into founding Off-White. The first American of African descent to be artistic director at a French luxury fashion house, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. 

3. Telfar

Telfar Clemens is a queer, self-taught Black fashion designer and DJ from Queens, New York. Telfar was born to Liberian parents and created this fashion house in 2005. From the very early days of the brand’s launch, the collections were genderless and unisex. Beyoncé is a big fan and the Telfar bag is THE bag to have in 2021. The Telfar Shopping Bag is made of vegan leather, branded with the signature “T” Telfar logo. It has been called an “it-bag” and “the decade’s most important accessory” by major fashion publications.

Originally modelled after shopping bags from Bloomingdale’s, the Telfar Shopping Bag is also known as the “Bushwick Birkin” due to its combination of status and accessibility. Telfar won Accessory Designer of the year in 2020 as well as collaborating with Kanye West and GAP for the Black History collection of T-Shirts and Caps.

Did Beyoncé just make Telfar cooler than Hermès? Queen Bey flashed the vegan ‘Bushwick Birkin’ bag – nicknamed for its affordable luxury and New York chic – and Instagram had a meltdown

4. Edward Enninful 

Edward Kobina Enninful OBE (born February 1972) is editor-in-chief of British Vogue. He was appointed fashion director of British fashion magazine i-D at the age of 18, a position he held for over two decades. He subsequently held the positions of Contributing Fashion Editor at Vogue Italia and American Vogue, as well as Creative Fashion Director at W Magazine. Enninful was appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue in 2017.

He has embraced everyone from Kate Moss to the Beckhams on the prestigious cover of Vogue and flies the flag for the UK with uber style and sophistication.

5. Supermodels

The fashion industry has a history of inclusivity and diversity problems, which are, unfortunately, to an extent still prevalent today. Although progress is slowly being made to ensure that people of colour, and specifically black people, are represented in all areas of the industry including modelling, certain key players had to fight to pave the way for others.

Tyra Banks. Before she was the iconic America’s Next Top Model judge, she was a supermodel herself walking in shows from Christian Lacroix to Victoria’s Secret. She was the first black model to sign a contract with the latter brand and was an Angel from 1997 to 2005. She has recently embraced becoming a plus size model and looks phoenominal.

Naomi Campbell. A supermodel with one of the most prolific fashion careers, Naomi’s first experience in the limelight was actually at 7 years old when she was in the Bob Marley music video for “Is This Love?” I don’t think there’s anyone on earth who wouldn’t recognise the beautiful Naomi. She is one of the original 90s supermodels and has just become a mother.

Grace Jones. Not just an awesome singer and personality, but also an iconic model, Grace Jones has does it all: She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She knows how to turn a runway walk into a straight-up performance. Her dances and moves bring so much energy to the crowd, which was apparent at the recent Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show. She is timeless and looks incredible at 73 years old.

Men’s Jeans For A/W 21

Death, taxes and denim jeans. These are surely the three certainties in any person’s life, although the latter is probably even more likely to be the case for the male of the species. 

As we are now officially in ‘Autumn’, it’s time to scrap the shorts and invest in this season’s must have denims in the right shape, colour and label.

Buying jeans can be a minefield. How many times have you seen someone mocked for his ripped and skinny jeans or seen a friend fall into the ‘Jeremy Clarkson’ trap of having far too wide a cut or ‘Simon Cowell’s’ high waisted disaster?

Indeed, you might worry about how skinny jeans look on a gentleman of a certain age or whether your turn-ups show a little too much ankle.

Denim jeans which will surely suit anyone looking to make a sharp impression or even simply as a gift for a loved one’s birthday or a special occasion.

Because that is the beauty, and indeed the certainty, of men’s jeans. Get it right and you have got a brand for life. They will never go out of style. Until you can’t do them up anymore, that is.

Tommy Hilfiger Bleecker Slim Jeans

When you think of men’s jeans, the name Tommy is never too far away in your thoughts too. Tommy Hilfiger, to be precise, is a brand synonymous with style and comfort.

In this case, the Bleecker Slim Fit ticks so many boxes. The cut is perfect to ensure a seamless transition between leg and foot, without any extra material flapping around or getting in the way.

This model comes in a variety of washes and is manufactured using advanced stretch technology for extra comfort, whatever your size.

To top it off, the Bleecker is made from independently certified recycled cotton and will be sure to last you years if you take care of it.

Replay Straight Fit Hyperflex Re-used Grover Jeans

Now, most designer labels are going out of their way to be eco-friendly in the manufacturing of their jeans these days but Replay have taken it to another level with its Grover jeans.

The polyester is made from recycled bottles, as well as the use of recycled denim and organic cotton.

So, this really is the option for the environmentally-conscious shopper. And it actually makes for a really nice fit.

These are straight cut jeans, so expect a little space around the ankle but they also look great rolled up too. A bit pricey at £150 for a less established brand but it is a strong showing from Replay with this pair.

Paul Smith Tapered Jeans

The first thing to say here is do not hang around. You don’t often get a pair of Paul Smith men’s jeans going for £75 and at that price, they are the most affordable on my list.

Reduced from double that figure, inevitably that means some sizes are no longer available but these come cut to sit a little lower on the hip and with a bit of space around the thigh.

They make for a comfortable pair of jeans to wear when lounging around at home, as well as out and about.

Paul Smith is a top tier brand in menswear and, while there are better jeans available on the market, not many come with such an appealing price tag.

H&M Freefit Slim Jeans

For something a little thriftier, H&M are a reliable high street brand where you know you are going to get good value for money.

These jeans fit like a glove, while still giving your legs plenty of room to breathe.

In dark blue denim, this five-pocket pair are made using Lycra Freefit technology and it really does show that comfort doesn’t need to come at an eye-watering cost if you decide to go with these.

A snip at just shy of £40, you could do a lot worse than to consider H&M if you are working towards a budget.

Edwin Slim Tapered Jeans

Edwin is not a brand that is a household name in the UK yet but perhaps it ought to be based on the quality of this special Japanese stretched pair of men’s jeans.

They are not only made with Japanese cloth but, in this case, actually made in Japan itself so you can guarantee the quality will be made to last.

Complete with an easy fly zipper, rather than more fiddly button holes, there is little to complain about when it comes to comfort either.

At £180, you wonder whether the extra cost can be justified but one wear is enough to demonstrate you are getting your money’s worth. High quality denim and a top class item of clothing.

Levi’s 512

It would have been too easy to recommend 501s – we have all owned a pair at one time or another (girls too) and we all know how durable and reliable they are.

The 512 offers a slightly closer tapered cut than its more well-established 501.

In addition, this model comes with strong and resistant denim, enhanced for durability. As usual, Levi’s should be anyone’s first port of call for a sturdy pair of jeans and the 512 does not disappoint if you are looking for something a little more style-conscious than the classic 501 cut.

Ted Baker TAYOO

Surprisingly, given Ted Baker’s stature in the fashion world, this is a very good pair of jeans at an even better price when you consider the quality of the product.

The first thing you will notice when you try on this luxurious item is the softness of the denim, which lends itself to the classy dark navy rinse.

It may not be too everybody’s taste but this pair of men’s jeans will work just as well if you are popping into town as if you were wearing them for a smart casual event.

At under £100, these are well worth considering if you are looking for something that can be worn for every occasion.

a word from Amanda

Welcome back to Amanda Zips It Up following a little bout of Covid.

So, following the last 18 months of chaos – especially on the White Isle – the Ibiza Fashion Festival took place on 15th September in Cala Vadella at Kazamor Ibiza. I want to congratulate my friend and organiser Karen Windle for creating an amazing show.

10 international and local designers participated with luxury sustainable resort wear and swimwear for the runway. And what an event it was – all under electric Balearic skies.

All fabrics were sustainably sourced with reused ethically found or recycled plastic waste and Deva models provided a generous donation of models for the runway.

All backstage team members were from Ibiza providing work and exposure for local talent, who were in turn supported by the wonderful Nicky Clarke as sponsor.

Designers:

Natureza Braziliera by Josh

Dancing Leopard

Cary Fragueiro

Caridad Rojas

Plustic Lab

OfOrigin

Disfruta la Vida

Look like cool

Edward Renner Bespoke

Bikimi

They raised funds for Plastic free Ibiza, which supported the organisation with a beach clean-up operation in Cala Vadella on World Clean Up Day.

Ibiza Fashion Festival received a 4 star certificate for being a plastic free event – the first of its kind in Ibiza.

Can’t wait to see them in 2022!

Also, I HAVE to thoroughly recommend some very classy Gin and Whisky to you this week, if that’s your thing. Especially with Winter creeping in. I want to thanks my friend Emily Westley for introducing me to the company.

I was send a beautiful goodie box by the very awesome RAER – craft Gin and Whisky co – all the way from beautiful Scotland. The bottles alone are stunning and this would be a very impressive gift for anyone this Christmas. I also have a very cool hat and tee for the gym too.

Check out the website: www.raer.co.uk

Jackton Distillery | Hayhill Road | Jackton | Scotland | G74 5AN

enquiries@raer.co.uk +44(0) 1355 202 590

The Met Gala 2021

FETISHWEAR is becoming a surprise design hit, as so-called gimp suits take the fashion world by storm. And why’s that?

The skin-tight latex look has arrived, thanks to Kim Kardashian’s dominatrix-style outfit featuring a zipped mask, seen at the Met Gala in New York this month.

Kardashian arrived at the prestigious fashion event in a black bodysuit with covering that completely disguised her face.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 40, was compared to everything from a “gimp” and a Dementor from Harry Potter to an alien.

Her outfit, which was designed by Demna Gvasalia, the creative director of Balenciaga, completely covered her body from head to toe. It had long sleeves, long trousers and matching black boots and gloves, with a long train trailing behind Kim.

Kim Kardashian’s fully-covered look at the most stylish event in the fashion calendar quickly became the talk of the town. It was instantly meme’d of course, and will undoubtedly be one of the Gala looks that goes down in history. While Kim’s face was totally covered by a balaclava, her makeup artist revealed that she was wearing a full face of makeup underneath.

Kim’s makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic revealed the star’s full look on Instagram, sharing behind-the-scenes pics of Kim before she donned the full-coverage Balenciaga look. According to Mario, he first prepped Kim’s skin with the iconic Crème de la Mer, among other La Mer products (he’s a partner of the brand), then used his eponymous line, Makeup by Mario, to design Kim’s simple, sculpted makeup look. We also spied a KKW Beauty pencil among Mario’s stash of products, because obviously.

The final look was classic Kim: perfect brows, glowing yet matte skin, a subtly smoky eye, and her old faithful, contoured cheeks. Mario finished off the look with a barely-there neutral lip. As for the rest of her beauty moment, Kim went with a long, neutral manicure and an extra-long ponytail, which popped right out of her mask as she walked the Met stairs. 

The Met Gala is all about glamour and over-the-top looks from the world’s most prestigious designers, and celebrities dress the part. However, in Kim’s case, it wasn’t just her Balenciaga outfit that had a high price tag. Turns out her huge ponytail, which only popped out of the balaclava mask, also cost a pretty penny.

As noted by Cosmopolitan UK,  the 75-inch ponytail cost $10,000. (Yes, you read that right: ten thousand US dollars).

And it’s expected to be the biggest look this Halloween too. I loved Dan Levy from Schitt’s Creek too – what a showstopper…

Post Pandemic Madness

Here’s both ends of the fashion spectrum…

Many of us remain on a budget following the pandemic. Whereas others have money to BURN. 

Yes, some of us are being careful with our pennies right now, so low-cost fashion is welcome until we all get back on track. Others, however, have saved enough to go out and splurge on stupid things.

Enter www.everything5pounds.com, where everything is, you know, £5. The site offers everything from menswear, womenswear to kid swear and everything in between – just check the yellow stilettos – I LOVE THEM. Slimline joggers for men and candy stripe dresses for the girlies – they have it all covered.

Everything5pounds prides itself on low prices and high quality, so whether you’re after back-to-work garms or even back-to-the-gym kits – this is the online emporium for you.

However, if your pockets are somewhat more bulging, then how about this…

Balenciaga are flogging £95 knickers and £195 boxers, which are dry-clean only.

The undies from Spanish firm are too “precious” for normal washing machines, so it’s safe to say you might not want to wear them for a night out at the pub. Potential buyers are also warned: “This product cannot be returned for hygiene reasons.”

Another high-end fashion firm is knocking out socks at a staggering £660 a pair.

Yes, Miu Miu has a pair of red woollen jobs with a few sequins sewn on for this eye-popping price. There is also a brown checked alternative costing a tenner less. Buyers are told: “These socks are characterized by the sophisticated jacquard knit.

So, there you have it. Both ends of the post pandemic fashion spectrum.  Very far apart!