They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery… but surely that doesn’t hold true when a California-based brand decides to replicate designer luxury shoes and sells them for a small fraction...Read More →
Thanks to River Island you’ve got the chance to win a t-shirt that supports Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I have six tops to giveaway: three of the Fabulous (which I’m wearing above) and three...Read More →
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery… but surely that doesn’t hold true when a California-based brand decides to replicate designer luxury shoes and sells them for a small fraction of the original price.
It’s one thing when knock-offs are sold in China, or even on eBay, but Jeffrey Campbell is sold online, in small boutiques and in highly established mega stores like Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters. It’s a global brand with a massive reach and substantial customer base. There is no denying that many of JC’s products are direct and obvious imitations. Funny then that they’ve include in the description of each item: ‘A Jeffrey Campbell original.’ Clearly the bar for originality is at an all time low. Please tell me I’m not the only one that finds this revolting…
p.s. LOVE the slightly surreal nature of each pair of these shoes.. I want to defy gravity like Daphne.
———— UPDATE: 15/05/12 ————
The reaction/comments* to this post got me thinking about inspiration generally and how the concept applies to the fashion world. Obviously there are a million things that could be discussed but let’s try to stay focused on the issue of JC… a few immediate questions about the brand spring to mind. My rough online** search has led me to the following conclusions…
It’s no secret that I love a good blogger debate. This morning I was up unnaturally early (6am?! I blame it on the McDonalds at midnight) and saw that a post had gone up on Fashion Editor at Large entitled, Will You Wear the ‘Blogger’ Trend? What the freak-a-stink is the ‘blogger’ trend, I wondered. Thirty minutes later and I had left a semi-monumental comment roughly outlining my thoughts and reaction. For the rest of the day I couldn’t quite get the topic out of my head. Something about the concept just doesn’t well with me. The ‘blogger look’ is described as: ‘piled high with as many designer pieces - preferably borrowed from the catwalk collection - as is physically possible.’
‘…now it’s all about being high maintenance, blatant and unashamedly fashion mad.’
As I understand it, the idea presented in Melanie’s post is that being a blogger isn’t trendy enough in itself anymore. After all, just about everyone has a blog these days. Now if you want to be trendy you need to snatch up that ‘blogger’ look. This is all described alongside photos of Susie and Bryan. Anna dello Russo is referenced in relation to her upcoming collaboration with H&M. It’s the more-is-more mentality. As far as I’m concerned though this isn’t down to bloggers per say, rather, it’s the result of a few key individuals and street style photography.
Take the ‘arm party’ megalopolis trend for example. As you likely already know, Man Repeller coined the term and it quickly became one of the trendiest looks to rock the blogosphere. Why shoot an empty vessel of a wrist when you can snap one covered in multicolored friendship bracelets, bright jewels, ropes and metal galore? Simply put, it’s more visually appealing. Offset that wrist with some double clutch goodness (double clutching – that’s right), throw in some clashing prints, a Prada flaming heel, something furry and a stark geometric print and your good to go baby.
But, I’m not sure why this look is being coined ‘blogger’. Street style photographers shoot show goers (editors, buyers, fashion personalities and yes – increasingly bloggers). The real meat of the blogging world aren’t those people though. They can’t afford designer clothes and statements pieces. By far most bloggers are real people who have normal lives and average budgets. I’m all for being unashamedly fashion mad but that needn’t mean subscribing to a set look or copying what other bloggers are wearing. The beauty and worth in a ‘blogger’ look is in its individuality not in replicating the same thing on hundreds of blogs – that is already becoming too prevalent and it makes the content, and in effect the blogger, null and void.
Anything that exalts senseless excess and, at the same time, claims it to be ‘blogger’ in nature is missing the point of what blogging is about.
p.s. the story of these Versace sunglasses is now lost in the length of this post. They belong to Charlie and I love them. I love them on her, I love them on myself and I love them on Frances too. Three bloggers in the same sunglasses… oops, wasn’t I preaching the merits of individuality?
I’m sitting at my gate waiting to board a flight to London. It’s May and I feel like I ought to have sunny thoughts swirling around in my head but instead I have a snuggly Dagmar jacket wrapped around me. I’m not going to lie, I look a bit like a yeti. Anyway, this gives me the chance to think back to all the warm wooly looks I snapped back in February during LFW… I love the fluffy textures and the evident power of a basic white shirt.
Dangit. Why didn’t I pack one?!
Thanks to River Island you’ve got the chance to win a t-shirt that supports Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I have six tops to giveaway: three of the Fabulous (which I’m wearing above) and three of the Amazing. Just leave a comment below to enter. Six people will be chosen one week from today. If you’re chosen, I hope you’ll wear your shirt with pride and help spread the word about this important cause.
p.s. the graffiti is in no way related to this post, I just like it.
PLEASE NOTE – GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Winners will be announced soon. xx
For fifteen consecutive years River Island have teamed up with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to support the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign. This year they’ve designed two T-shirts – 30% of all sales go directly to the charity. Now, that’s something worth supporting.
I was asked to put together a little outfit from the brand’s current collection that features the Fabulous T-shirt. I don’t normally shop at River Island but I was pretty into a few of the pieces on the website – these silky printed shorts were a stand out piece. They got me compared to MC Hammer on a number of occasions, which means they are now officially my favorite shorts. I was also pretty excited to try out these faux Isabel Marant hidden wedge sneakers. Oh my, I love them and (sadly) now my craving for the original pair has only been elevated to a whole new level of obsession.
The heatwave means every spare minute of my time will now be spent outside soaking up the sunshine. I discovered an awesome new area on the west side of the lake in Zurich… the water is still a bit too cold for swimming but lounging in the grass and eating ice-cream works just fine for me at the moment. There are freaking spectacular views of the alps and lots of graffiti artists to watch if you’re after a bit of live entertainment.