New Look embrace the Grunge Rock trend.

If you admire the style of grungy rock chicks like Agyness Deyn, Alice Dellal and Pixie Geldof, then New Look needs to be added to your style destination list. Channelling the style of those glam girls who always add a bit of a rock edge to their wardrobes, New Look has mixed midi and maxi skirts with brothel creeper brogues that keep the look to the grunge side of feminine.

New Look say ‘Look to London style icon’s Pixie Geldof and Agyness Deyn for inspiration. Whether they are dressed up to the nines on the red carpet or trawling the bars of Camden, both girls work the look with natural ease.’

As someone who loved Nirvana with a passion and thought that Courtney Love was the coolest woman in the World, this is a look that I always find fresh and exciting. Shades of Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis, shades of The Breeders, and now enshrined with a whole lot of London cool,   this is a great transitional style that almost has me longing for my long departed cherry red DM’S.

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Double Zip Leather Ankle Boots £69.99 

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The power of a slogan t-shirt!

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This weekend I have experienced the full power of the slogan t-shirt. An item of clothing that Iwould never wear under normal circumstances, the slogan t-shirt is a modern classic, immortalised by Katherine Hamnett designs in the 1980’s. Who could forget Wham wearing ‘Choose Life’ tees whilst singing ‘Wake me up before you go go‘, or ‘Frankie says relax’ tees that were worn by everyone, including my 6 year old sister, totally in ignorance of the controversy behind Frankie goes to Hollywood, and that song. Katherine Hamnett famously meet Margaret Thatcher whilst wearing her slogan tee – shirt, keeping her politics close to her chest.

Slogan tees saw a revival a few years ago through the cheeky designs of House of Holland. His irreverent designs were tributes to other designers and models, with slogans like ‘Get your freak on Giles Deacon‘ and ‘Flick your bean Agyness Deyn‘. These were much copied on the high street, and the slogan t-shirt re-emerged with vengeance. The Jennifer Anniston/Brad Pitt split saw the famous ‘Team Jolie’ ‘Team Anniston’ T-shirts, whilst Eva Longoria was pictured wearing an ‘I’ll have your babies Brad’ slogan tee, said to have upset the devastated Anniston. Jordan became the queen of the slogan tee-shirt, sometimes wearing an expletive laden one to send a message to the press.

Companies like Amplified,Wildfox and Truffle Shuffle became key places to buy a slogan tee-shirt, with Amplified making retro rock band type tee-shirts and Wildfox bringing out the much worn ‘Love potion No 9’ top.

I had always resisted slogan t-shirts, having a large bust I felt it was asking for trouble emblazoning a slogan across it. But this weekend, as part of the Hen weekend celebrations, I have walked around London in a SEX IN THE CITY inspired Sexy hens on tour t-shirt. And I have finally understood the power of the slogan. Everyone will try to read the slogan, or, at least men will pretend to whilst staring at your boobs! Complete strangers will discuss the slogan, we were accosted by people who wanted to know what  the t-shirts were for, what we were going to be doing, where we were going etc.  The tee elicited smiles from almost everyone. And…most amazingly of all, by wearing the tee with a neat pencil skirt and knee-length boots, I frankly looked the most streamlined that I have done in years, an absolute, completely unexpected bonus.

The t-shirt I wore. Cheesy - yes! attention grabbing - you betcha!

I actually think I might be hooked on the slogan tee-shirt. And this season, tees have a very girly feel, with Chanel style bottles, and french slogans available from Debenhams and New Look. There are tributes to Glee, and cute, one word slogan tops too. So, spread the word with a slogan tee-shirt, you might find yourself hooked!

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JB’s in administration – teenage fashion memories.

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I popped into Sainsburys on Saturday to pick up hair colour, having made a knee jerk decision that I needed to go blonder, and whilst there I noticed that lots of the October style mags were out = Marie Claire, In Style, Harper’s Bazaar etc. So, obviously I grabbed them and got into the long Saturday Lottery queue. And there, on the front of the local Express and Star was the emblazoned headline ‘JB’S IN ADMINISTRATION’. Legendary Dudley venue under threat of closure. I instantly felt sick. JB’S couldn’t possibly close, it’s an institution,where bands like the Wonderstuff, Neds Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat itself had started out. The venue where I’d danced the night away with my best friend Dawn and snogged inappropriate men with long hair. The place of my teenage fashion memories.

The original JB’s was n King Street in Dudley, a tiny, grotty but cool venue tucked away from the main town. It was usually busy, as Dudley was very much a student town in those early 1990’s days. It was the days of Nirvana and Grunge, James and Sit Down and the Stourbridge sound of The Wonderstuff, who became so successful they even had a (sell out) number one with Vic Reeves.

I’d first discovered JB’S through a slightly older boyfriend, but it was once he was out the way that Dawn and I really discovered our fashion mojo. JB’S was dark in terms of fashion as well as lighting, full of Goth type girls in black swirly skirts and Sisters Of Mercy make up. Dawn and I were far more girly than that, going for a 1960’s/1970’s slant of glitter, a-line skirts and in Dawn’s case, a fabulous white leather Emma Peel style Avengers jacket.  We went shopping in charity shops in the local area, and paid trips to the rag market in Birmingham in order to pick up cheaper Doc Marten’s in cherry red. These are now definitely back in vogue with Jessica Alba hardly out of hers.

A typical saturday night outfit would feature a pretty suede or leather vintage skirt, with a lurex or lacy top and opaque tights. Doc Martens on your feet and a tiny purse in your hand. Handbags were a no-no, where could you put them when you danced? Hair had to be glossy and long for swishing around as you danced (moshed!). Lots of 1960’s style black mascara would complete the look.

Another favourite outfit featured a fabulously frilled vintage blouse in the Adam Ant pirate style, worn with denim hot pants and opaques. A purple shearling long coat edge with white faux fur and a santa hood was great when the weather went cold, as the taxi rank was a long walk back into town.

Some of the style would work just as well now. Dawn had an amazing brown leather satchel bag she used to wear cross body, which would ‘ve been perfect for Spring/Summer 10, whilst my vintage cream button back blouse would’ve fitted into this season like a glove. The Doc Marten’s have never left fashion – Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung and Jessica Alba all still wear the heavy, but comfortable boots.

When Sienna Miller first emerged as the Queen of Boho chic in the early millennium, I remember thinking, she’s stole our style! Shearling waistcoats, floppy hats, boho skirts, we’d worn them all, 10 years earlier, and with such teenage aplomb.

I remember my last visit to JB’S. It had moved to its current venue by then on Castle Hill, and it was larger, slightly cleaner, but nowhere near as charming as the original venue. We went to see a tribute band called Ocean Coloured Theme. They were alright, but I was now out-of-place, wearing a grey silk floral skirt, lace black top and…gasp…heels. I’d even got a handbag. Dawn still knew the trick, turning up in casual jeans and rugby top, but I no longer fitted in. I didn’t like the beer on the day floor that made it so slippy for my heels, no the darkness of the place.

Even so, I would still miss it if it did die, and joined The Birmingham Hummingbird and the Walsall 5th as a big nightclub in the sky. Indie kids need their venues and they shouldn’t be bright and clean!

Did Sienna Miller steal her look from Dawn and I? Boho Sienna.