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FizzyT, February 28th, 2011


Having featured an amazing ladies t-shirt by the late and incredible Alexander McQueen the other day, I had the boss clamouring for me to find a boy’s top to go with it. One of your best bets for finding vintage t-shirts is always ebay, although you may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince!

There is a good selection of men’s t-shirts on the Alexander McQueen website however, so that’s the first place you should check out. Bear in mind that your bank balance will take a fair hammering if you go for a new t-shirt, although McQueen’s pieces are practically works of art, so look on it as an investment. And hand wash!

I love this leather appliqué  t-shirt, a lovely variation of the skull theme that McQueen was so famous for. At £285, you may have to forgo eating for, say a month or two, but hey! You’ll be an art collector. A skinny one at that!

FizzyT, February 27th, 2011

I was having a quick flick through the street style section in Vogue and saw this look which really stood out for me. Proof that animal print t-shirts are still a current trend and are showing no signs of going away.

I love this really strong combination of leather biker jacket and leather trousers with a printed top and chestnut coloured satchel. It sort of helps that the girl wearing the outfit is a model, and the blonder than blond hair and bright red lips don’t look tacky, whereas if she were thirty pounds heavier and wasn’t quite so pretty it might not have such an edge to it. Still, I love it, and I’m glad those leopard prints are here to stay!

FizzyT, February 26th, 2011


I just came across this gorgeous Markus Lupfer t-shirt on the beautiful Net-a-Porter and thought what a lovely slogan it is, and worthy of comment for it’s sheer sweetness and delightfulness. And then I saw the price.

At a staggering one hundred and forty quid you might imagine you’d have be a bit spellbound if you were to buy this t-shirt, stunning thought it is. A lovely drapey style, with the wording written out in the shiniest of sequins, 100% cotton and elbow length sleeves, it really is a magical t-shirt.

If you want to buy this sort of thing however, you do need to conjure up a couple of zeros onto the end of your bank balance. Lovely indeed, but the price is no fairytale!

FizzyT, February 25th, 2011

The Vikings are Coming!

Having shown you the amazing all over bearded wonders not so very long ago, I am delighted to share this new range of hats from American t-shirt retailers Snorgtees. I say delighted because they really are absolutely amazing an could (almost) revolutionise the whole hat market. If not the world!

The mohican-like Spartan woolly (“for when you want people to see how bad-ass you are from a distance”) is accompanied by the beautiful and feminine Viking helmet; all guaranteed to keep your head warm and get you noticed.

What are you waiting for? Get ahead! Get a really interesting hat!

FizzyT, February 24th, 2011

Beautiful Butterfly!

What with a great love of all things printed and personalised, I couldn’t help but marvel at this amazing t-shirt by the late Alexander McQueen, available from Matches for a mind boggling £265.00. With pieces by McQueen, you know that you are buying into a piece of fashion history, so look at it as an investment rather than an everyday t-shirt that you throw into a dark wash by mistake.

What I find so interesting is that a t-shirt can be so expensive; you would have thought there is a limit to what you can do with a t-shirt, but when you look at the detail of the all over print here,  the fabric and the great name behind it, you might just want to cancel that mini break to Paris and go t-shirt shopping instead!

FizzyT, February 23rd, 2011


I’m not quite sure how long Pantone mugs have been going but they seem to have been around for ages. Made by Whitbread Wilkinson, they feature shades from the pantone range of design colours, along with the colour reference number. Always jolly and bright, you can make up your own set by either mixing matching tones, getting all the same hue, or going for a bright and beautiful mixture. So handy and a bit of a design classic.

The mugs are dishwasher and microwave resistant, and can probably go a few rounds on a bouncy castle without much happening to them. At £8.25 each you might not want to buy the whole range, but they have a nice arty, “I’m such a designer-y” feel to them, what’s not to love?

FizzyT, February 22nd, 2011


The utter fabulousness of the Topshop Unique show at London Fashion Week is a sign of just how innovative the label has become over the years. This year’s runway show was a delightfully spotty event with styles barking (sorry, I think I mean harking) back to the 1930’s and lots and lots of doggy prints.

With this being the show for Autumn/Winter 2011 and hence a while until it hits the shops, you can jump the gun by going Cruella de Vil crazy in advance by getting nifty with the t-shirt printing.

I’ve found a good dalmatian picture and put it onto a ladies v-neck t-shirt. I think it’s quite a safe bet that there will be a lot of black and white prints around next winter, so once again I am top trend spotter and miles ahead of the fashion pack!

FizzyT, February 21st, 2011

I am loving the printed t-shirts that designer Henry Holland has been showcasing at London Fashion Week, and have decided to create my own, thus being ahead of the fashion pack when autumn/winter 2011 arrives (even though we still seem to be in winter right now). In a little homage to his wonderful and irreverent “Hawt Couture” t-shirt I showed you yesterday, I thought I would veer off into the more edible side of sartorial forward thinkingness, jumping ahead of the game and declaring myself at one with fashion designers of Britain.

Hence my wonderful t-shirt for today bears the slogan “Oat Couture” printed onto one of our lovely softer than soft 100% organic  fair-trade t-shirts. Hooray, am top fashionista. Everyone will be wearing these by the autumn, n’cest pas?

FizzyT, February 20th, 2011

London Fashion Week is well under way, showcasing the best of British coolness. I loved these snaps of Henry Holland‘s runway show, in which the models are wearing some of his gorgeous tweedy designs teamed with his own customised tees underneath.

This particular t-shirt sprang out as being very funky, witty and humorous with a whiff of fishwife thrown in for good measure. “Hawt Couture” screams the t-shirt loudly, whilst the cooler than cool models saunter down the catwalk wearing next winters (oooo, doesn’t bear thinking about) top fashion of animal prints and tweeds.

Whilst you may not be able to afford top designer togs, you can definitely be your own t-shirt fashionista. You can even jump ahead of the fashion pack and start designing now!

FizzyT, February 19th, 2011

I'm good, honest!

I’ve never really understood the phrase “Due to popular demand”. What is popular demand anyway? Don’t you demand something in a cross or spoilt way, thus making you more unpopular than popular. If somebody demands you stop treading on their toe, you might infer that they’re rather fed up with you standing on them. And you are getting less popular by the millisecond.

Anyway, enough of that, the point is that we had a lot of requests for toddlers hoodies (see, I got there eventually!). They make excellent gifts for people who have  recently had a toddler; very easy to personalise and a nice cuddly and inexpensive gift.

So, due to popular demand (arrrgh!), we have extended our range of kids hoodies to include ages 1-2 and 3-4. There are a hundred and one ideas of what to put on a hoodie. “ASBO BOY” is probably not the best slogan if the hoodie is for a gift, although it makes me laugh. You might like to try something humorous or just plain sweet. I think I’ve gone for the middle way with mine here, but have a go yourself; it’s child’s play. And if you come up with a really good design, you can share it with your friends on facebook