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Fashion has been an outlet to air politcal views since the first slogan t-shirts were used to promote the US elections back in the 1950’s. I did a whole essay for my Design & Visual Culture module of my course about how t-shirts are our billboards. Katharine Hamnetts designs have spanned decades influencing the fashion concious to take a stance in their particular views wether it be saving the whales or dismissing wars. This photo shows her meeting Margaret Thatcher wearing a T-shirt stating “58% don’t want pershings” referring to missles being used during the Falklands war.

 
A cause close to my heart being half-iranian is the current protests for freedom continuing to this day to free the country from their outdated regime.
 

American Apparell have launched this Unisex t-shirt, priced at £23, to show their support to the iranian people.

 

 

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It’s just a shame they appear to be profiting from the t-shirt as their is no mention of a donation to helping the iranian people.
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This wintery weather isn’t easing and my faux Hunters are beginning to chaffe. I’m a prisoner in my own shoes as non of them are equipped with the butch soles needed to keep me up right on my Bambi legs. I’ve been wearing the life out of my Dr. Martins I got for my 21st. Practical, and give me those extra few inches of height my wellies rob me of.

Chloe Sevigny opted for the same pair in the red colour way, get yours for £75.00 here

I’ve just been invited to my dear, Nouvelle Parisian,  friend JoRo’s 21st Birthday party and with the theme being “Winter Wonderland” I’d much rather be sporting these beauties than waddling in in rubber boots. (Follow Jo’s Blog at: http://frompariswithlovex.blogspot.com)

Prada Shoes

These Miuccia Prada, Lucite and plastic chandelier shoes with swinging crystals crop up on almost every other page of the current british Vogue. The more I see the more I LOVE them. Opinion amongst my other housemates appears to be divided. Most them vs me, I love them, how can they not? So unpractical and “un-me” but the way the crystals catch the light draws me in like a magpie to Mr.T.

From the clumpy to the delicate, Maison Martin Margiela has done it again and stolen my heart.

These shoes are the stuff of fairytales. Taking the idea further, the designer sells these limited edition heels, not in pairs, but per piece so you can sport one slipper in true Cinderella style.  At $1,277 a piece they better not change back to Primark pumps at mignight.

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The plastic trend is manifesting itself in all forms from footwear to jewellery and of course Chanels clear perspex bags. I love the irony of transparency being a trend in an industry so elusive.

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It’s -5C outside and everything is covered in 10inches of powdery white snow. Who’d have thought the plummetting temperatures would manipulate the mind into wishing you owned a bejewelled Chanel Hand Muff from the 2009 pre Fall Collection.

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This hideous insult to Chanel’s name has some magnetic attraction convincing me I should invest. Obviously not a pube-esque Chanel one but maybe something subtler and demure 1940’s style.

I’m fascinating whilst nursing numb typing fingers. Ouch.

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NEW YEAR, NEW BAG/

Well I’d love to be reporting that Santa sent a shiny black Fred Perry Croc bag my way this year but alas, no. Instead the Postman arrived with my first parcel of the year.

 

The Jimmy Choo Project PEP bag was a valued subsitute. The festivities have left my wallet at an all time lightest so this might be the last Choo I see in a while. Saving my pennies for a winter sun get away for a snuggle in the Nook. X

http://www.jimmychoo72.com/

Jimmy Choo announces the launch of Project PEP with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This project is designed to support the funding of the Simelela centre in South Africa. The vibrant capsule collection features a distinctive and collectible punk rock motif print representing Jimmy Choo’s passionate and individualist spirit.

This cause has particular resonance for Jimmy Choo because of its support and empowerment of women. In 2005 Jimmy Choo Founder and President Tamara Mellon worked with the Elton John AIDS Foundation on a charity auction project ‘Four Inches’ that assisted with the first funding of the Simelela centre.

We are women helping women and we are proud to continue our collaboration with the compelling and urgent initiatives of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and to provide a voice for under-privileged women in South Africa. We are excited to launch this social media campaign which we believe is a fun, light-hearted way to make people aware of a very serious subject.” – Tamara Mellon, Founder & President, Jimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo will donate 25% of the net sales from Project PEP to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  With this funding, the Elton John AIDS Foundation can directly support the pioneering Simelela Rape Centre in Cape Town that was set up in 2005, with the mission to administer victims of abuse with the vital HIV preventative PEP medication (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) and provide the infrastructure for medical, counselling and legal support.

The proceeds raised by Project PEP will enable the clinic to stay open day and night providing 24 hour/7 days a week access to the vital life saving treatment that has to be administered within the first 72 hours of exposure to HIV.

Everyone could enter unlimited photos to the competition and with talent being fierce my dream of winning the first prize dwindled away. After putting any hope of a prize to the back of my mind I was elated to recieve an email from the Jimmy Choo team saying my photo had come runner up with a project PEP Eco Bag.

The brief for the photo competition was “You, Your Shoes and 72”. I interpreted this as 72 shoes shaped to resemble the Aids foundation Red cross. Wearing my red ribbon shoes that symbolise the cross as the focal point and using a clock to symbolise the 72 hour time frame.

I’ll be proudly wearing mine in support of the good cause. Check out the website for the collection and to view other entries and don’t forget to dig deep and donate to the foundations lifesaving work.

I saw this bag in the Fred Perry Covent Garden store the other week and I think I need it!

Mock Croc Satchel Bag

This bag ticks all the boxes! No flashy branding, just a subtle staple my wardrobe is yearning. Its £175 price tag is a snip of Louis Vuitton or Chanel prices. Santa hint hint….

I was googling the date of the Facehunter book release when I stumbled across this interview with my favourite Street Style photographer (he was my favourite before he shot me too, for the record.) Great interview. Give it a read. And if you haven’t checked out his new photo diary blog check that out too at: www.yvanrodic.blogspot.com

 Me, Carnaby Street, London.

For the Full Interview click HERE!