The fashion industry flourishes on creativity, innovation, beauty and glamour. It is also an industry addicted to speed. New ranges hit the high street at ever increasing rates meeting a huge consumer demand for the latest trends.
There's a debate in the UK press at the moment about women taking their kids to school dressed in their pyjamas (the mums, not the kids). Just, NO! How can kids take school seriously if their parents can't even be bothered to get dressed?
I had the immense pleasure to meet with my dear Beth Ditto this morning to talk about the launch of her new collection! Here's what went down...
I have been working in the plus size industry for the last six years and feel that not only have I been able to see a change but I feel proud that some of the work that myself and team have done as helped to contribute to push things forward in a positive way.
Don't be sensible at all. Be creative, reinvent, dare. Mix inexpensive with vintage, and now and than add an eccentric treat. Decide to be captivating and original. You think you can't? than you may be right, so change your mind.
When I say I write about sustainable fashion, or I have a knitwear brand trying to approach fashion in a more responsible way, people try and change the subject. They think it's boring, convoluted and will probably make them feel guilty.
Inventor and entrepreneur Saif Siddiqui is the brains and founder of The ISHU - a new fashion brand, whose first product is a scarf that allows the wearer to disrupt flash photography. It's also about to appear on the shelves of Harrods.
We are committed to challenging society's perception about what is beautiful in a positive and encouraging way, where all body types are celebrated for their uniqueness. We are not here to name or shame brands, but to ask them to acknowledge the gap in the models they are using in their campaigns, and ask them if they would be willing to try something new.
Fashion is changing too. Moving off the catwalk and driven instead by social media platforms, the changing public perception of age, beauty and style is being exercised on the pages of Instagram, Youtube and Facebook.
You will most likely plan to dash out when they're preoccupied with something else in order to lovingly surprise them with your thoughtful gift but by the time that moment comes it will be 20 minutes until the shops shut and you will be at least 30 minutes away from them anyway.
By choosing the right shoes you can elevate your outfit to the next level. Most people can look stylish however, if wearing a pair of shoes that doesn't match the outfit this can take a potential style opportunity and turn it into a style liability.
Every six months I look forward to this moment. The moment where fashion enthusiasts, designers, stylists, photographers, models and celebrities gather for fashion. Yes, I'm talking about fashion week in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Everyone wants to work in fashion but not everyone makes it.
Many young people find the idea of starting their own business to be so daunting that they never give it a go. The number of people slaving away, doing jobs that make them deeply unhappy, when they clearly have the talent and discipline to successfully follow a career path that they actually enjoy, is something that saddens me.
Ahead of her time in not just her dress sense, she lived an unconventional life with a string of admirers including the Duke of Westminster. Though she came from humble beginnings, she counted Salvador Dali, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and a host of celebrities and socialites among her friends.
If fashion creates images of social power, then why has the industry suddenly grown a conscience? The answer may lie in the challenges fashion has faced in recent times. Alongside frequent calls for more black and Asian models, the industry has also been criticized for the pressure it places on all women to conform to white standards of beauty.
This long-awaited launch has been one of the most hotly anticipated on British shores since it was introduced to the US market in August 2013. American beauty bloggers flooded the internet with tales of its superior quality and brilliant shades whilst UK customers sulked, desperately trying to find friends visiting the States who could bring pieces back for them.