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FizzyT, January 31st, 2010

fair trade union jack

fair trade union jack

Usually I am incredibly scathing about celebrity design collaborations, especially when it  is glaringly obvious that a real designer with some training and experience has put it all together. There are a few exceptions however, and this seems to be one of them. Emma “Hermione from Harry Potter” Watson has got together with ethical label People Tree to produce a very Jack Wills-esque spring/summer collection. I’m always in favour of Fair Trade, and it is an added bonus that Emma is modest about her contribution, stating  “I don’t want to take all the credit for being the designer because I haven’t trained as a designer or even gone to art college”. Emma keeps it simple with a range of t-shirts, hoodies and accessories, with some good prints. The totally now Union Jack is a particular favourite. Nice one Hermione!

FizzyT, January 30th, 2010

Well, at least it wasn’t Vinnie “I’m a Hollywood Star” Jones. Alex Reid, aka new squeeze of Katie Price /Jordan has been crowned winner of the last ever (really?) Celebrity Big Brother. Now who could have seen that coming? In the most cynical corner of my little mind, I wonder if the GBP* didn’t vote dear old Alex to win just to see how Katie would cope if his celebrity star began to shine brighter than hers. And, what an even greater surprise, Katie, sensing the turn of the tide is paddling fast in the right direction, proclaiming she always picks the good guys. Oh how I would love to be a fly on the wall in their house when Alex returns, famous in his own right. Well, they’ll probably make that into a reality series, so I might just find out.

(* Great British Public, well known for their voting tactics!)

FizzyT, January 30th, 2010

Bath Towel

Bath Towel

In a moment of sheer, untold genius, my wonderful bosses here at The Studio have  introduced a range of embroidered towels. In a huge variety of colours and three sizes, they are, of course 100% cotton, which makes them soft and delightfully fluffy. Rather like a bunny rabbit. The embroidery bit means no more painstakingly sewing a name tag on a towel ever again, which will come as a huge relief for anyone versed in the excruciating and relentless and hugely fiddly task that is name labelling.

Keep Off Towel!

Keep Off Towel!

Also, there is tremendous fun to be had by allocating towels within the family for various functions. Marvellous!

FizzyT, January 28th, 2010

Just like last year, and the year before, and hey even the one before that, Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th February this year. For some people, this is a day of rejoicing. They may receive gifts of love, like chocolate, flowers and er… other gifts of loving kindness. Me, I haven’t had a Valentine’s card since my mum stopped sending them to me circa 1983. Maybe this year will be different though. With the launch of our new heart cushion, a whole new version of the traditional Valentine’s gift comes to mind. I could send a dozen people I fancy a picture of my bum on a cushion and they would have to guess who it was from. Actually, that could get complicated, for more reasons than I care to mention right now(!). Maybe I’ll stick with this cutesome puppy. Ah! And not a bum in sight! Mummy would be so proud.

FizzyT, January 27th, 2010

Nippy!

Nippy!

Having been accused of blatant t-shirt sexism by featuring both James Dean and Marlon Brando in my recent ramblings,  I have found this wonderful t-shirt on Freaking News to make amends. What with the weather once again at freezing point, it is an ideal barometer of how cold it is, and more to the point what the boys in the office like to see. See, now they’re all smiling and happy. Ah, Bless!

FizzyT, January 26th, 2010

Smokin'!

Smokin'!

Well, it seems to be a matter for great debate here at T-Shirt Studio as to whether James Dean was the first wearer of the classic t-shirt, or that other Mr White T-shirt  hottie Marlon Brando. Personally, I can see the appeal in both. And very probably at the same time, but that’s another story. In actual fact, “A Streetcar named Desire“, Brando’s famous t-shirt flaunting film came out in 1951, thus preceding “Rebel without a Cause”  by 4 years. And I have to say, Brando really does work the look to full effect, getting all moody and filthy and sneering at the camera. Cor!

FizzyT, January 25th, 2010

James Dean

James Dean

Going back to basics this time, with the t-shirt to end all t-shirts: the classic white. Originally an item of underwear worn by British soldiers in the First World War, it was the Americans who adopted it and turned it into an item of clothing in it’s own right. It became synonymous with that other great American invention; the teenager. Parading underwear as outerwear was a huge style statement, rebellious in the extreme, and yet it’s comfort and price meant it was a highly convenient piece of clothing. Here it is in it’s most perfect incarnation on James Dean.

FizzyT, January 24th, 2010

Heavenly t-shirt!

Heavenly t-shirt!

Just  having a wistful look at Net-a-Porter, like you do when you want to torture yourself with your lack of funds and all the funky stuff you can’t afford, when I came across this to die for t-shirt from hot designer Christopher Kane. A truly amazing t-shirt, beautiful moody cloud print with soft, long drapey fabric. Sigh. A perfect fit with skinny jeans to totally cement your style credentials. It’s not cheap, at £175 you might not be able to eat for a few months, but who cares, when a t-shirt looks this good, who needs food?

FizzyT, January 23rd, 2010

SportsAid

SportsAid

Will this woman’s talents never end? Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham is a one woman hotbed of creativity. From single handedly changing the meaning of the word posh (from posh, to…well, unposh), being in the most successful girly group known to man, to top fashion designer.  Now, using her excessive gifts in design for SportsAid, she has put a photo of hubby David Beckham onto a t-shirt. The woman is a genius, pure and simple.

FizzyT, January 22nd, 2010

Fabulous, darling!

Fabulous, darling!

Yuk! It’s been raining continuously since I got up this morning, and the puddles are deeper than Freud’s deep stuff. So, just to cheer me up, I am creating Fab Friday. An entire Friday dedicated to the Fabness that is the Fab lolly. I really love it’s retro image; nostalgic and harking back to an era when a lolly was a good thing and there were still fairies at the bottom of the garden. They also look fantasitc on a t-shirt. This is a great theme; retro confectionery is timeless, and goes well on either kids or adults t-shirts. Have a fab Friday!