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FizzyT, April 18th, 2014

Tomorrow’s cinema rerelease of James Dean’s iconic films has prompted a bit of a white t-shirt retrospective.

Embodying the new postwar youth, Dean shrugged his way nonchalantly into the stratosphere, sporting a mega hair do, denim n leather and what was to become the most classic piece of daywear ever invented. The t-shirt.

From what had previously been an item of underwear, the white t-shirt, gorgeously smudged, became the teenager’s rebel attire. Way before Madonna sported her bra in public and shocked the world, Dean perfected the underwear as outwear genre.

And oh how good it looked. If there’s one piece of clothing that hasn’t dated in over 50 years, it’s the simple white t-shirt. Classic, and cool.


FizzyT, April 1st, 2014

It’s that time of year when hope appears. And for hope, read sunshine. Suddenly things are looking better, people are less grouchy and less pasty and it’s time to finally think about a summer wardrobe. Amongst other things.

Printed tees aside, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic white t-shirt, and T by Alexander Wang from Net a Porter is a firm favourite. Nicely draped, semi sheer soft cotton, little pocket detail and slouchy enough to layer for that perfect in-between seasons look.

Net a Porter is on the pricey side, and I’m sure you can find something that costs less than this, but there’s something about buying into a bit of luxury that just makes it all worth while. Isn’t that right Mr Bank Manager!

FizzyT, March 24th, 2014

Am I the only person who finds Marks and Spencer’s newest ‘LeadingLladies’ campaign really irritating? Nothing about the women they’ve chosen; an inspiring bunch, every single one of them, but to be using them as an advert for clothing is something that really grates.

From the pseudo ‘best friends’ days of Dannii Minogue and Twiggy, to the now more ordinary looking high achievers, M&S is somehow trying to sell the idea that they cater for the great and the good, thus reassured the rest of us can shop there. It almost makes us their friends…to think, we might realistically be wearing the same knickers as Emma Thompson, or Annie Lennox’s pantyhose….what a bond.

Sorry M&S, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels deeply patronised by this. At least with Rosie Huntingdon Fluntingdon Wuntingdon it’s very clear that in real life she would never let an M&S gusset anywhere near her waxed to the extreme, supermodelly bits. She’s only in it for the cash. Also, that if we step into her pants, our legs will most definitely not grow as long and as willowy as hers. Or that our lips will swell up and resemble an excited vagina. More’s the pity.

So I just bloody wish they’d stop the pretence; these women are amazing, inspirational, and yes, some of them are even (gasp) black. But they’re not like us, and they never will be. So cut the crap and just wave an unattainable supermodel at us. Please?


FizzyT, March 7th, 2014

God, I’ve always wanted to try out a fully facially hirsute extravaganza. But without that stubbly in between stage, or actually having to grow an attached cheek and chin merkin (hormones would be needed). So this hairy hat by Snorgtees fulfils my deepest, darkest, most strokable fantasies with the huge bonus of being able to remove it once the novelty has worn off. Perfect for a bit of furtive fumbling, and ideal to turn you into an instant birdwatching type or ZZ Top fan. Surely every woman should have one……..beard envy is thing of the past girls!!!!!

FizzyT, March 3rd, 2014

I must confess that having made sure Cate Blanchett win her Oscar for having the best dressed breakdown in screen history (possibly history period), that the next thing to do was to check out the frocks. The awful ones.

Throughout history, there have been some terrible Oscar offenders; Celine Dion in her back to front tuxedo, Bjiork in that swan, Cher in anything. Consdiering the money and expertise at their disposal, the fact that they can still manage to humiliate themselves sartorially, like I did through the whole of the 80′s, is a source of complete pleasure.

Kelly Osbourne….we’re watching you……

FizzyT, February 19th, 2014

It’s the year of the tomboy…a tentative hooray? The Guardian and London Fashion Week says so, with boyfriend dick chic on show. Cara Delevigne’s influence on current London trend is maxing out, bomber jackets and beanie hats abound. Her ‘antics’ with new girlfriend Michelle Rodruigez have garnered inches upon sartorial column inches and austerity food blogger turned voice of the people Jack Monroe are all pall bearers and wearers of an androgynous style all coming under the moniker Tomboy.

Great news for girls everywhere though, as Tomboy tailoring means baggy and bold, a perfect look for slobs and lovers of comfort everywhere. Order your slogan t-shirt two sizes bigger, hang out with attractive, similarly clad females and stick out your tongue at every available opportunity. That’s it! You have nailed this season’s look. Awesome!

FizzyT, February 4th, 2014

The most super of models, Kate Moss has landed an ever so cushy number as fashion editor for UK Vogue. With impeccable sartorial credentials, and having been considered a British icon for a good two decades, la Moss has more than the CV to do the job.

The photoshoot for the first issue she’s officially worked on, is out now and safe to say, it’s nicely rock n’ roll. The great thing about Mossy is that her look is fairly achievable (though the killer cheekbones do help) and it looks as though she’ll be just as grounded yet edgy in her guise as Vogue supremo.

The trouble with having your finger in so many pies can be that you loose some of the essence of what makes you magic in the first place, but Vogue is a natural step for the model, and an uber canny move for the magazine. Can’t wait!!

FizzyT, January 29th, 2014

Ginza Fashion Art is an online site selling an amazing selection of photo t-shirts of various hues and ideas. This very arty mix of fashion and fabric is an absolute must see for lovers of photography, with limited edition runs. There are some classics and some contemporary pictures, but the vibrancy and real creativity stands out a mile. From portraits to kitsch still life to well known shots, there’s such a diverse mixture it’s hard to know where to begin.

I’m busy choosing my favourite and it’s a tricky job!

FizzyT, January 27th, 2014

As I was shuffling through the dregs of the Net a Porter sale, I came across a vibrant range of photo t-shirts by photographer Mario Testino for Mate featuring a range of stills from his Alta Moda exhibition and ethnic fashion.

Testino is the world renowned photographer who took the shots for Kate Moss’s wedding and is responsible for some of the best celeb snaps around, so his prints on a tee is a marriage that’s just been waiting to happen.

Now at half price, these could be an important part of your summer wardrobe, reminiscent as they are of holidays in the sun. Or maybe just for staring at, wistfully as you attempt to conjure up an image of sunshine and the heady scents of the Souk!

FizzyT, January 16th, 2014

Today is the birthday of one of the most successful models in the business. Kate Moss has been a modelling sensation since she was a teenager and has rarely been off the fashion radar ever since.

With a longevity that is almost unheard of in the modelling world, Kate’s career is the thing of legend, and her numerous comebacks and lust for life make her as sought after today as ever before.

As with an awful lot of celebrities, there are prettier, taller, better clothes horses than la Moss, but noone who quite captures the zeitgeist as well. Party loving princess of the catwalk, entering her 4th decade, Moss is still a force to be reckoned with, Happy Birthday Kate!