Saturday, 28 June 2014

bgo x WWF

Pizza, prosecco and philanthropy is usually a surefire way to entice me into an event. However, this event held by the  Joe Blogs Network was so much more. The sponsor for the night was bgo, with the aim to raise money for WWF through gambling as much fake money as possible. 

The crowd was a wide range of bloggers, writers, publishers and casino aficionados, all coming together for a bit of fun and the same purposes; to raise money and raise profile. The Joe Blogs staff were extremely welcoming on arrival and throughout the night, never making anyone feel out of place or bored. Being constantly encourage to play as much blackjack/roulette as possible along with an abundance of alcohol is always an interesting mixture. 

Thanks for the fun night guys. 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Stop Telling Girls To Be Skinny

I am so sick. Sick of the constant flow of media telling us how to look 'thinner'. Thinner? How can that necessarily correlate with healthy? In a world where eating disorders are getting worse and worse by the day, whether it is obesity, anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating, we need to be more and more cautious of telling society to be 'skinny'. In the UK, it is estimated by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence that 1.6 million people are affected by an eating disorder and 11% of these are male. Although, a more recent NHS survey showed that up to 6.4% of adults showed signs of an eating disorder, with a quarter of those adults being male.  

ELLE US recently tweeted an article that was uploaded on January 27th saying '7 Editor's tricks to style yourself skinny'. Disappointing. ELLE is usually a magazine so, so liberal and brilliant when it comes to feminism, anti-racism, transgender equality, intriguing and original articles... Why do they let their followers down by endorsing the skinny hype? The article tells us to click through for "the inside scoop on silhouettes that flatter, cuts that camouflage, and fabrics that hide the physical dirty laundry"  and tells us later on to buy a "Pricey Blouse" because "An overwhelming number of insiders credit the slinky, curve-skimming silk material of an Equipment button down as the Holy Grail of skinny dressing."

Naturally, we all want to be thin. How could we not when we're told all the time that we should be? Tabloid newspapers and trashy weekly magazines constantly shaming celebrities for putting on a few pounds or for having a post-baby stomach. As well as this, eating disorders are very much a form of control when everything seems chaotic around you. Being in control of your own body and allowing yourself to shape it as you please is liberating in many ways as explained in an article by Glosswitch (VJD Smith) on Feminist Times debating how her anorexia was not an anti-feminist battle with her body at all in her eyes, as she saw it as a way to reclaim her own body. However, I cannot and will not speak for everyone who has an eating disorder because, naturally, everyone has different triggers and problems at the route of their own eating disorder.

So then, can we perhaps ask the big question as to whether all of these moral problems in the fashion industry, such as racism, sexism, an influx of models with eating disorders and the idolisation of 'skinny', are linked? Is it perhaps the warped judgement of the people at the top or is it the warped judgement of our whole society? And why aren't we campaigning for this to stop?

Love yourself people and love everyone else too.


Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Minimalism of Calvin Klein - Pre-Sping 2015

(pictures courtesy of

Calvin Klein is a brand that has always been famous for its aesethetically pleasing, minimalistic cool with its sleek shapes and monochromatic palette. However, the collection Francisco Costa offered up for Calvin Klein Collection's Pre-Spring 2015 show was effortless. In contrast to last season's rolls upon rolls of fluff and furry mohair, the materials were crisp and flat allowing the clothes to seamlessly fall into a resort feel. The palette kept to whites, blacks (of course), beiges, blues and one coral offering with embellishments of plastic zips and the Lucite flowers embroidered in a grid-like manner on to the last two dresses.  

The shapes were long, slim and followed the form of the body, finishing just above the knee. Costa told, "We imagine the average height of an American woman is 5'10" and short lengths work for her." However the Calvin Klein woman must be very slender and model like, as the box-cut of the dresses would be unflattering on anyone with large shoulders or large hips as it would create an uneven silhouette on the wearer.

Nevertheless, the collection is one that is successful in keeping with the Calvin Klein brand and the touch on the sixties/seventies silhouette is one we are all enjoying right now, as proved by the popularity of Nicolas Ghesquière's first show for Louis Vuitton.