Left: Mary Katrantzou t-shirt, $470. Right: J.W. Anderson t-shirt, $275.
What is the world coming to when people spend $500 on a printed cotton t-shirt that is dry clean only? That’s a question I asked myself recently, when perusing some of the luxury fashion e-tailers. I love a great t-shirt, but since they require a minimum of seams and cotton jersey isn’t exactly the most expensive of fabrics, I cannot justify spending more than $100 on a t-shirt. EVER. Here is what’s wrong with these overpriced tops.
1. Most of them are tacky. Look at these designs? Why is it that a designer who makes cool clothing decides that their t-shirts need to have garish prints on them? The t-shirts above look like memorabilia from a comic book convention or the type of thing my son wears, hand me downs that I put on him when he is doing crafts and I don’t care if they get stained.
Left: Christopher Kane t-shirt, $310. Right: Givenchy t-shirt, $750.
2. They are a rip off. Cotton t-shirts never need to cost $500. Or even $200. If they are covered in embroidery, yes, I can understand the high price point. But a 100% cotton t-shirt for $750 – no. That is highway robbery.
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Shut Up I Love This is an online accessories store founded by a Vancouver blogger and buyer Sunny Shum (remember her interview about a day in the life of a footwear buyer?) Since I don’t really do a gift guide around the holidays (because almost everyone else does one) I thought it would be nice to feature a few of the fantastic products on her site. Most of her stuff is local, and of course she is local – and the items below would make great stocking stuffers or gifts.
1. Fold Over Hair Elastic Ties. I’m kind of obsessed with finding the right hair ties and these are the second best ones I have found (the best hair elastics used to be from Superdrug in the UK, but they changed the shape and now they are crap.) Left, $10 for 5.
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I rarely ever blow dry my hair, not because I don’t need to, but because I am too lazy and don’t have the time. That said, there is the occasional day when I have more than 30 seconds to do my hair, and when that rare occurrence happened a few weeks back, I used this John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Spray. There’s really no point in spending 20 minutes blow drying your hair if you aren’t going to get good results. For me, that involves having a decent blow drying technique (I could certainly use help in this area) and good product. This blow out spray not only adds volume and allows some control in the styling, but it is also fairly lightweight so your hair doesn’t feel like a big solid mass of product.
And while I’m on the subject of John Frieda, I thought I should mention that their Touch Up Flyaway Tamer is one of my favourite hair products of all time, and sadly it is being discontinued next year. So I’m advising everyone to run out and buy a whole box of them because this product is the best thing I have ever used to control those annoying wisps of hair that stick out and ruin your do.
As a blogger and fashion writer, I get a lot of free cosmetics and beauty products. Every year at Christmas I take all of the unopened and unused products and donate them to the Howe Sound Women’s Center, who provides assistance for women in my area. This year I took this a bit further and reached out to some of my favourite beauty brands to donate a small selection of products. Thank you John Frieda for sending over a beautiful selection of beauty products for my donation to the Howe Sound Women’s Center.
John Frieda is available at most good drug stores.
As usual, I was totally unimpressed by the British Fashion Awards (Christopher Kane’s ugly collections get him Womenswear designer of the year?) but this quote from Suzy Menkes is worth mentioning.
“The people I’d really like to thank may surprise you. They are my editors from when I first started … The great thing about all those editors was that they simply couldn’t imagine that any journalist could take anything that would harm their perception of how to write the story. In other words: no freebies, no free trips – [rules] that to this day I carry with me. But at that time, that’s what all the editors did. And there has been something of a falling down in these recent years, and it’s a difficult time for fashion, a difficult time for newspapers. But I do believe that those editors have instilled in me the feeling that it’s right to step away, not to be too much in bed with designers, and never to accept things as presents. And I know this sounds very quaint and old-fashioned now, but it’s something that I believe in deeply. Thank you to those editors and thank you to everyone who’s been cheering me tonight.” (The Cut)
As someone who has accepted swag from brands, I need to tread carefully when commenting on this, but I do think Menkes is absolutely right. So many fashion editors and bloggers are in the pockets of brands these days, and there is a huge lack of critical writing in the fashion media. Imagine how incredibly different the fashion blogs and magazines would be if they didn’t have to (or want to) suck up to the brands who were buying advertising, paying them, or providing them with free stuff. The industry would change dramatically, and brands would need to demonstrate their value through their product and services. A shocking concept.
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Kanye said this last week on a radio station in the US.
“I wanted to meet with the head of Louis Vuitton in Paris. He said ‘I don’t understand why we need to meet with you.’ I said, let me explain to you why you need to meet with me – let me explain why you need to meet with me. Everybody in New York City right now, don’t buy any Louis Vuitton until after January. Now do you want to meet with me? Now do you want to meet with me? Influence. They think that I don’t realise my power.”
Kanye West wins celebrity douche bag of the year award.
Wow. The arrogance is staggering. It’s what I call sandbox talk “If you don’t do what I want, I am going to make silly, immature threats, ’cause I think I’m so cool!” You know what this makes me think?
1. I want to run out and buy Louis Vuitton. In New York. It would be my way of saying “well done!” to the head of Louis Vuitton for not wanting to meet Kanye West, and my way of giving the finger to Kanye’s “influence.”
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