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FizzyT, February 29th, 2012

I was riveted by this t-shirt and skirt ensemble showcased by Cedric Charlier at Paris Fashion Week. I don’t think I ever seen anything less like a piece of clothing and more like a collection of children’s artwork than this. Strangely enough, I love it, and think I might purloin the nearest scribbling pad to do a hearty piece of colouring in and print it onto a t-shirt. That would be wonderful if this is going to be a trend. All over the country, parents will be pillaging their children’s paintings and making them into clothes. Wonderful, I do love a bit of upcycling!

FizzyT, February 28th, 2012

With all the prints around and abounding, I really love this Aztec-y print from Asos. A traditional monochrome number,this is that kind of repeating pattern which comes around every once in a while. The size of the print and the squeeziness of the dress makes for a totally contemporary look, whilst the  graphic print and the black and whiteness goes back and forward in time.

Because it’s ASOS, it’s only £25, so not at all expensive for a wholly up to the minute item. And this long t-shirt dress has everything at it’s sartorial fingertips. A trendsetter.

FizzyT, February 27th, 2012

With all the Oscar’s being pretty predictable last night, it was quite understandable that the biggest buzz of the evening was about Angelina Jolie’s leg. The actress with the best genes in Tinseltown wore a strapless Versace number from which popped her lithe right leg every few seconds, as she struck dramatic pose after dramatic pose on the red carpet. Like a beautiful long white and very toned gate crasher, the leg took centre stage with Jolie being an exquisite yet superfluous frame when the rest of the actress presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The leg was such a prominent part of the evening, it set up it’s own Twitter account, which already has 10,000 followers. And surely with such a dedicated fanbase, it should have it’s own t-shirt. Some have suggested that the right leg was given such prominance simply because she had forgotted to shave the left one. But this is utter tosh. The night belonged to Angie’s right leg, and don’t you forget it Meryl!

FizzyT, February 26th, 2012

Digital printing is so big at the moment. Huge. Enormous. The sky is the proverbial limit, just like in this amazing tee by MM6, available from Matches for a just about bearable £88.

This is a true stormer; a long fit tee, with such an eye catching print. Wear it with the skinniest jeans you can find (without circulation going in both legs, naturally) and dazzle everyone who looks your way.

Mind you, if someone says they’re staring into space, or even the great blue yonder, you can be pretty sure what they’re looking at with this little number!

FizzyT, February 25th, 2012

I was having a little hunt around for things celebrating the Queen’s diamond Jubilee this year. I was taken aback, to put it mildly at how much stuff is being churned out so that we (and most of America) can buy a little something to commemorate this event. Along with all the other events for which we must buy little mementoes, like the Olympics and  the Royal Wedding.

I vaguely remember the silver Jubilee when I was at  school and we all got a coin and a mug; I wonder if there’s enough money in the kitty for kids to get coins these days? And if they do, will their parents grab them and sell them straight-away on EBay?

Anyway, there’s more Jubilee stuff than you can shake a stick at. All the mugs, tea towels, aprons, boxes of fudge that you can imagine. And more besides. I have to say though, having trawled through pages of sheer and utter tat, I think I like the Stuff churned out by Prince Charles at Highgrove the best. It kind of seems the most authentic as well, since it’s Charlie making it for mummy (although he is cashing in a bit). Just like Mother’s Day, but a bit more queenly!

FizzyT, February 24th, 2012

I read a terrible story this morning about a Spanish lady who has been arrested for posting a photo of herself on Facebook wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that her ex husband was what might roughly be translated as an a**ehole. The ex hubby saw his former wife wearing a t-shirt she had allegedly bought on holiday with her new boyfriend (“for a joke”), and promptly sued her for dignitary tort and ruining his reputation. (Although to be fair, if she’s the one wearing the t-shirt, wouldn’t it just make her look silly? And why was she still friends with him on Facebook if he’s such a git? Questions you might ask yourself)

However he sued and sued until she was fined a thousand Euros and was held under house arrest for 8 days. And the moral of this story is…..be very careful what you post on Facebook. And if you can’t be careful, make sure you know a good lawyer!

FizzyT, February 23rd, 2012

I just found this brilliant mug on EBay which gave me a chuckle or two. It has to be the perfect gift for any self respecting shoe buying woman, so definitely one to think about for birthday, Easter, Christmas or just appropriate yet slightly random gift.

The Louboutin shoe has become the benchmark of sartorial shoeness. Victoria Beckham always wears them (so high it’s starting to look as though she’s on stilts), Rihanna has about a million pairs, and pretty much every celeb worth it’s Hello! spread has that telltale flash of red peeking out from under her skirts (and just how much fun would Freud have with that).

So this has to be the mug for the woman who thinks about shoes every six seconds. Which is probably all of them!

FizzyT, February 22nd, 2012

I was just checking out a few band tees, post Brits and all that, when I came across this little Rasputin corker by American metal band Mastodon. I have never heard of Mastadon, although from the t-shirt and the name I am inferring that they are pretty headbang-ey and make ZZ Top look like Jessie J (a quick search on YouTube confirms this)

Still, as a t-shirt it’s in a league of it’s own. It screams “I’m really weird” at the top of its sartorial voice and for that reason alone it’s gets top billing as today’s t-shirt. Not that I think you should wear it or anything, it’s far too weird.

FizzyT, February 21st, 2012

A Crew catalogue dropped through the letterbox the other day, so I had a little flick through and found a good basic range of t-shirts, polo shirts and children’s gear, very much along the lines of Joules and Boden. That British outdoorsy look has definitely caught on. Crew has what looks to be a good quality collection, with reasonable prices, so worth a look if you’re after some sturdy staples.

I like the look of this polo shirt. Nice and classic navy with contrast cuffs, but with the added bonus of being a double layer garment and 100% cotton (actually that’s two bonuses, but never mind). A great basic that could last for years!

FizzyT, February 20th, 2012

The fashion world has fallen head over heels with American songstress Lana Del Rey. Having warbled her way onto Vogue’s front cover, she has cemented her style icon status by having a Mulberry bag named after her, the del Rey. Honestly, the Lana would sounded so much  better, or even the Lizzie Grant (her real name).

I can’t help feeling that the whole Del Rey phenomenon has been so carefully manufactured that this is just all just piece of some record executive’s master game plan.

Still, pessimism aside, it’s a nice bag and is sure to do well. For as long as Del Rey is the darling of fashion at least.