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FizzyT, September 30th, 2012

It’s a rare thing that a piece of clothing can be spotted from twenty yards, and be instantly attributed to a specific designer. Markus Lupfer however, seems to buck the trend a bit with his highly distinctive slogans and motifs. Huge great embellishments on his gorgeous merino sweaters have become part and parcel of the designer’s range.

Currently he’s come over all pop arty, in the best possible taste, of course. Beautiful sequins and the finest merino wool are his paint and canvas, and this embellished sweater available from Net a Porter is a real corker. With a very cartoon-y “Boom” emblazoned across the middle, it’s a fashion statement in it’s very own right. Love it!

FizzyT, September 29th, 2012

A t-shirt that could be covered in teeny nano particles. Or not.

Scientists have come up with an interesting new anti pollution device. The t-shirt. A t-shirt, you might ask, what’s so anti pollutionary (not sure if that’s actually a real word) about a t-shirt? Well, seeing as you ask so politely, I will explain that it’s not the actual t-shirt, but the tiny particles with which the t-shirt has been impregnated.

The clever scientists have developed a liquid called CatClo (short for catalytic clothing) containing nano particles of titanium dioxide, which when added to your laundry would coat all of your clothes. When the clothes are then exposed to the outside world, they would then attract particles of nitrogen oxide, a major pollutant onto the clothes in a bonding experience worthy of Cleggy and Cammy. But better. And less annoying. The nitrogen oxide disappears down the waste pipe of your washing machine and is never seen again (ie goes onto pollute rivers). However, a single t-shirt would soak up the same amount of pollution emitted by a car in just one day. And it can keep on doing it. That could be good news for anyone living in a town or city, and particularly good for those suffering from asthma.

Expect to see CatClo hitting the shelves in the next few years, when your clothes will start sucking the baddies out of the air. Awesome!

FizzyT, September 28th, 2012

I’ve just come across this corking t-shirt here from one of my favourite sites, Blondes Make Better T-shirts. This is a perfect Friday night number for chaps, which will get everyone talking. Actually, would be kinda kicking for girls too, although the conversation might go slightly differently! With a hint of a lipstick mark on the collar, it’s totally rocking that naughty boy/girl look. That it’s part of the t-shirt just makes it even funnier.

Quite apart from being full of humour, I love the ideas that this very forward thinking site bring to t-shirt manufacture. The t-shirt fabric is a 50/50 mixture of organic cotton and recycled polyester, so is making the best of both worlds and turning it into something fun and wearable. I love it!

FizzyT, September 27th, 2012

Ah, such is the support for the police (or the dislike of politicians, particularly Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell) that today’s big t-shirt news is that people are personalising their own t-shirts with a whole host of “Pleb” slogans. The Huffington Post reported that some enterprising souls are doing a roaring trade on eBay. I do love how a good topical row can be news one day, and a t-shirt slogan the next. Bring it on, I say. So today, for your t-shirting delights, a lovely keep calm and carry on style Pleb tee. So thoroughly current here, you know!

FizzyT, September 26th, 2012

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has been caught up the creek without a paddle this week when he was busted trying to sneak out of Downing Street on his bike and ended up having a big ranty rant at some policemen when they stopped him from using the gate reserved for ministerial cars.

Today policemen wearing slogan t-shirts, emblazoned with the words PC Pleb (in reference to his big rant where he allegedly called the officers F****** Plebs”) mounted a bit of a protest against budget cuts outside Mitchell’s Birmingham offices. Perfect timing, I’d say, as it will garner maximum publicity. And a great use for a good old slogan tee. On yer bike, Mitchell!

FizzyT, September 25th, 2012

This formal top from the ever inventive team at Topshop is a real box ticker. Sporting a little collar, peplum and exposed zip down the back, you’d think it was a lot dearer than it’s £32 price tag. The fabric is a crepey 100% polyester, so it’ll keep the creases at bay which has to be a bonus. It’s a really good crossover day to evening number, and is will fit the bill for any number of occasions. I rather like it.

The peplum seems to be hanging around for a while, as is the little collar, and the zip as a feature has become a big yes since Victoria Beckham made it a key detail of her first collection, so this has all the makings of a classic number. A Topshop treat!

FizzyT, September 24th, 2012

My favourite piece of news this week was that Nick Clegg, scapegoat extraordinaire, has been utterly lambasted for his apology about university tuition fees. Whilst his statement was ostensibly an exercise in humility, it has gone horribly viral, with the best suggestion being that the autotune version be a contender for Christmas Number One. Would definitely be more musical than anything Simon Cowel puts out. I hate to say this, but do have a listen. It’s horribly catchy!

There has been a big glut of Nick Clegg mugs produced with a picture of Mr Clegg and his slogan words “I’m Sorry” on the back. It seems so far away from the election when he was everyone’s golden boy.

So, here’s my mug of the day. Mr Nick Clegg people. He’s sorry!

FizzyT, September 23rd, 2012

The all out trend for leather looks set to stay for a while yet, as this seasons key pieces are dresses, leggings and t-shirts. New manufacturing techniques have made it possible to have softer and finer leather than ever before, hence the fabric’s new versatility. Prices aren’t cheap, however, so it’s worth shopping around to see what you can afford. But as always, if you want something to last, you have to pay out a bit.

This tee by ASOS has all the makings of being a real showstopper. Medium length sleeves, crew neck and exposed zip at the back, this would work equally well with jeans or a pencil skirt. At £75 it’s not too expensive, but it’s enough to embrace the trend without having to remortgage the house. A winner!

FizzyT, September 22nd, 2012

I have to say, I was quite surprised to see Net A Porter’s menswear site Mr Porter selling fairtrade organic t-shirts for a completely reasonable £25. I love organic cotton (did you notice that already?). It’s produced without the use of pesticides and anything that’s fairtrade gets a massive thumbs up from me.

This one is by Nudie Jeans and is your classic basic white tee. Round  crew neck, soft cotton jersey, lovely and crisp and white. A fashion staple, and one that will keep you going for ever. Buy, buy, buy!

FizzyT, September 21st, 2012

A browse through Net A Porter’s latest style picks revealed a selection of clutch bags by French designer  Olympie Le-Tan. Based on vintage book covers, they are embroidered works of art and are flying off  Net a Porter’s virtual shelves like hot and very chi chi cakes.

They are a bit like those Penguin Classics mugs, but prettier. And er….baggier. Although to be honest, not roomier. Beautiful heirlooms just waiting to happen. Well, if you have the odd spare thosand kicking about. If not, it might be worth tracking down an old book in a charity shop and pulling out the pages. Almost the same, although I feel I might be clutching at straws at bit here.