Do all models have to be size zero and age 17?

6 06 2007

I went to a fashion show at ‘Norsk Form’ when I was in Oslo. It was a Performance by Danish designer Karoline Kjeldtoft called “86/77/96”. Ms Kjeldtoft interprets the little black dress and investigates contemporary ideals of beauty. The measures “86/77/96” is the typical for ‘mature’ women. I was asked in the perspective of being a male about my opinion? I find these ladies far more attractive than skinny size zero-models. This was very stylish. The garments shown worked with the bodies instead of trying to change them.

More information on Karoline Kjeldtoft can be found here 

Photo: Bo Persson

Karoline Kjeldtoft Performance “86/77/96″


Behind bars

29 05 2007

I was listening to Juliet Ash from Royal College of Art a couple of weeks ago. She was talking about  ‘Dress Behind Bars’.  It was about female convicts dressing. They didn’t like the way they had to dress.  The clothes fitted badly. They didn’t like that Prison Officers dressed better. I find it ridiculous to hear convicts complain about their dressing. They have committed a criminal act and they are meant to suffer. Why should a convict have a better life and opportunity to dress better compared to someone poor? Female convicts complained that their clothes was not designed for women and the female body. So what! These females could have thought of that before they committed a crime.

Do Dress have an impact on how you are sentenced in court?

26 05 2007

After having read the article below from The Guardian Unlimited it seems so

“The jury is out

What you wear to court is crucial to how you’re judged – as a spate of celebrities have discovered in recent months. So what are their outfits saying? Hadley Freeman passes sentence

Friday May 25, 2007
The Guardian

Winona Ryder, 2002
The girlish side-parting, the twee, childlike dress, eyes nigh on brimming with innocence: here is the court look that proposed, and duly confirmed, the idea that one could, just as Roxette promised us all, dress for success. Now, back in 2002, Winona Ryder was not exactly surfing the A list. Well, a decade of starring in such self-indulgent toss as Girl, Interrupted and Autumn in New York (it co-starred Richard Gere – do you need any more details?) does nothing for a girl’s cred. Oh, and then there were those pesky theft, burglary and vandalism charges. But, happily, she was able to give her old mucker Marc Jacobs a call, and he duly kitted her out in dresses with pussy bows and blouses with Peter Pan collars and ballet pumps. Sadly, this wasn’t quite enough and she had to put in some community service or whatever but, hey, who cares? At least she looked good, right? And that’s the lesson a lot of her followers seemed to learn.

Paris Hilton, 2007
The mental processes are as sharply visible as the multiple collars overlapping one another like a triple cheese-burger. Imagine the little cherub, doing her darndest to dress like a – whaddyacallem? – civilian. You know what she means – like, those boring people who get up and go to work and go to the supermarket totally think that “trust” means “belief” as opposed to, you know, “fund”. But the way she’s wearing a button-down shirt and a waistcoat and a jacket … well, really, its like seeing a baby foal attempt to take it’s first steps, isn’t it? Aiming for normality, but falling on its ass, frankly. Note, too, how she made sure that her jacket sleeves went only halfway down her arm so that she got proper credit for wearing full-length shirt sleeves as opposed to her usual top de choix, a ripped vest top. Oh, Paris! Je l’adore!

Nicole Richie, 2003

Despite the jokes that just quiver on the tongue (The Simple Life: The Porridge Years), Paris’s best friend/mortal enemy/best friend Nicole Richie’s current “troubles with the law” haven’t received quite as much coverage as Hilton’s and, really, I blame her wardrobe. Her clothing choice from her previous little legal skirmish, illustrates the problem. OK, the Hermès Birkin bag is a nice touch but, come on, Nicole, put in the effort! You’re up for driving under the influence. According to the rules, you’re now supposed to dress like a serious businesswoman or angelic child – ie, someone who would never touch alcohol – and a hot pink top just won’t do. Mind you, Nicole has a bit of a bad record when it comes to defending herself: when she was caught with an inconvenient balloon full of heroin in her car some years back, her defence that “it’s not on me, it’s just in the car” failed to cut it in the court and she went dahhhhn.

Tamara Mellon, 2007

Sweet heavens, just how scary is this woman? So scary that, when she appeared in court earlier this month to complain about her ex-husband hiring a private eye to spy on her, the newspapers, palpably wibbling with fear, all dutifully recorded every item she was wearing. One can almost imagine Tamara towering over them in the newsroom: “The skirt is Roland Mouret, got that? That’s M-O-U-R-E-T. And the belt, that’s very expensive, too, as it’s YSL. The bag might look like a pillow, but it’s from my own Jimmy Choo collection and cost two grand. Got that? Two grand.” I’m not sure if wearing £2,000 shoes is the best way to grab a judge’s sympathy, but perhaps she thought she would terrorise him into submission with her designer labels. Including the Prada cardigan. Will that do, Tamara?

Alana Black, 2007

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what a Get Out of Jail Free card looks like in human form. Consider Alana Black, daughter of beleaguered media tycoon Conrad. Did you know he had a daughter? Nope, me neither, but here she is, being wheeled out, in what her dad must hope is the nick of time. Barbara Amiel’s efforts in the court audience haven’t quite reflected so well on Conrad, as is often the way when an accused’s spouse is present. She might have muted her usual haute-couture tendencies into boring brown suits, but her fondness for shouting at journalists hasn’t really given her husband the required respectable image. So now Alana is pushed forth, and very well she’s doing, too: the pencil skirt and blouse are elegant, but not obnoxiously so, and the beaded necklace doesn’t rub her and her father’s wealth in the jurors’ faces in the same way as Amiel’s Hermès bags do. And that hair! “Come on,” it all but shrieks. “No man accused of fraud could possibly have fathered such angelic locks, surely.”

Naomi Campbell, 2007

“What do they expect me to do – walk in looking all drib and drab [sic]? I’ve never looked drib and drab in my life.” Thus speaketh Naomi Campbell in the diary she nobly kept during her recent community service and, really, it’s a piece of literature that surely merits the description “this generation’s Anne Frank” across the top (best line: “I never had problems with men, because if they bothered me, I’d tell them to fuck off”). The image of our Naomi leaving the New York sanitation department at the end of her community stint shows how justice and fashion and, well, just love in general can come together in one big, happy ending. And there’s something about the juxtaposition between a Dolce & Gabbana dress and the word “sanitation” on the truck behind her that just gets me. Right there.”

Why shouldn’t it when dressing has an impact everywhere else? You can by your dressing show if you obey the authority and society at large or if you oppose it. You can find a number of examples in every day life.

It is clear that Paris Hilton got the sentence she got due to the fact that she misbehaved. By her dressing in court she at least gave the impression of having obeyed the court and the judge. She had simply bettered herself.

If you are travelling with public transport without having bought a ticket, your chances to get fined is most likely much greater if you are dressed badly rather than ‘respectful’. If the latter the guard will see it as an ‘one off’. Even better if you can exlain it and you offer to pay your ticket.

Louis Vuitton and Fashion Photography With Orphaned Elephants

26 05 2007

Half asleep and half awake I heard this thing on the radio this morning. I will listen better next time. Louis Vuitton seems to have used orphaned elephants to put a blanket on and take photos. I can’t see the connection between elephants and the brand? To me the classical Louis Vuitton photo is the one with Rolls-Royce, I believe it was. They are playing in the same league. You can get Louis Vuitton bags taylor-made to the booth when buying certain sport-cars.


24 05 2007

Cosplay is a phenomena where young adults in Hong Kong and South East Asia dress up in themed costumes assuming the persona of characters from Japanese comic books (manga) and animated cartoons (anime), video games, television shows, pop music bands and Victorian-style Lolitas or goths. I find it a bit strange. Is this a result of a strict childhood in which they were not allowed to play?

Paul Poiret at Metropolitan Museum in New York

22 05 2007

Read a short review of this exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Gallery. The name of the exhibition is ‘Paul Poiret: King of Fashion’

In Swedish from Svenska Dagbladet

or if you prefer in English from the Met Museum itself

Toxic clothes (eventually)

21 05 2007

Jag hittade det här när jag sökte på ‘senaste nytt’:

“En stort antal plagg, som exempelvis Gore-Tex-jackor, barnoveraller och skor, är impregnerade med fluorerade ämnen, som man vet kan vara skadliga för miljön och människors hälsa. Nästan alla de kemiska produkter, som används för att impregnera textilier, innehåller dessa ämnen.”

I found below news about clothes that may be toxic:

“A large number of garments. i.e. Gore-Tex-jackets, overalls for kids and shoes, are impregnated with fluorescence stuff as we know for sure can harm the enironment and people’s health. Nearly all those chemical products that is used to impregnate textiles contains these stuff.” (my translation)