Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Fashion, London, POSHGLAM







Super Fly | Vivienne Westwood For Virgin Atlantic

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Vivienne Westwood has always been fashion forward, but she’s taking her cutting edge design style to new fashion heights–literally. The Brit icon launched her much anticipated red hot uniform collection for Virgin Atlantic on Tues, July 1st, without a Union Jack or safety pin in sight.

Following the announcement of the partnership last year, Sir Richard Branson and Dame Vivienne Westwood, joined a host of other famous faces (Blondie, Naomi Harris, Goldie, Mark Ronson, Matt Smith and Dominic Cooper amongst others) at the Village Underground, London, for the uniforms unveiling. Unfortunately regular folks and passengers alike will have to wait till September 1st to be able to see the uniforms at airports and onboard the Virgin Atlantic flights.

The quintessential Brit known for her maverick punk spirit and ability to challenge the status quo in style (Pharrell’s hat has it’s own Twitter account now), was of course the perfect choice for Branson to reimagine Virgin’s (over a) decade old red uniforms. Their 7,500 staff including cabin crew, pilots, Clubhouse staff and Virgin Holidays employees, will be outfitted in the new uniform consisting of 22-pieces in total.

Inspired by 40s jet-set lifestyle and French couture cutting, the designer and her team created an ultra-feminine silhouette for the female crew. Westwood has often admitted her love of womanly curves and the female form, she has always been a fan of creating a more “glamorous look for the modern woman.” With many of her fashions known for being ‘body conscious’ and ‘cheeky.’ The ladies will be kitted out in a bright red, homage to her own ‘Bettina’ jacket–first seen in the early 90s–with a matching red pencil skirt. Virgin Atlantic’s female crew, will enviously also get an updated pair of her iconic hourglass heels (one of Westwood’s signature designs), in red… obviously. Finishing off their uniforms in a double breasted ‘drape coat’ with cinched waist. Which is absolutely stunning!

After 40 years in the business, her eye for tailoring and detail are impeccable, so the gents in the cabin will look equally sharp. Sporting a Savile Row inspired three-piece suit with a contemporary twist, in a deep burgundy Oxford weave wool. For male employees, I think it’s safe to say the skies will be looking much friendlier in a well- tailored Westwood.

The new addition of bags for ground staff has also been introduced by the Ethical Fashion Initiative in Nairobi, in collaboration with the International Trade Centre, United Nations. Made using recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, unused leather off-cuts, and recycled brass, produced in the Kibera slum, Nairobi. Which was an equally important factor to the eco-friendly fashion designer.

Original design and sustainability are top of the priority list for both Westwood and Branson in this long term partnership, with many of the items made with polyester yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, and a nano finish to extend the garments life and retain colour. “I am always trying to find fabrics that are more friendly to the environment – working with Virgin Atlantic they managed to research into this and find more eco fabrics,” said Westwood.

One can only imagine the joy of being paid to wear Westwood’s designs, as part of your daily work uniform, as you flit effortlessly between London, New York and Paris. This Autumn, I predict a sudden surge in Virgin Atlantic applications amongst fashionistas.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

London, Luxury, POSHGLAM, Sponsored







Luxury Posh Glamping! Enjoy

luxury camping Luxury Posh Glamping! Enjoy

Luxury camping kits and glamping, are all the rage right now (especially for love birds). Hey if it was good enough for Matthew McConaughey’s wedding guests, it’s good enough for the rest of us! Long are the days when Keith Chegwin may have caught you on “Down Your Doorstep“, looking rough in your unmentionables at Glastonbury.

Some people (not us here at POSHGLAM) prefer to take a ‘back-to-basics’ approach when they glamp, which makes sense if you are hiking and traveling light (er not with my wardrobe!) However, if you do have a car  and prefer something a bit more up market, why shouldn’t you set up a veritable mini-hotel (or yurt) in the wild? Camping purists have complained that this somewhat misses the point of getting back to nature. To them I say, “well if Mother Nature really wanted us back, she would have given us fur, hooves, and a much stronger immune system, now wouldn’t she?” Instead, she developed grey matter which enables us to invent such fabulous outdoorsy things as portable generators, camping stoves, and king-size inflatable mattresses – in other words,  all the camping equipment you’ll ever need!

You could also argue, that sleeping on a hard surface is better for your back. So is good posture and exercise, but a nice soft place to land is a natural afrodisiac: I’m not ashamed to admit I WANT a nice, big, comfy bed, even in the great outdoors. So, if you fancy a change too, here’s where the inflatable mattresses come in. The best ones are self-inflating (so you don’t have to use your lungs), with a battery that eventually will need to be recharged. You can get cheaper ones that have external air pumps, but that wouldn’t be very romantic or cache now would it?  I personally like mine with a built-in electrical heater. Alternatively, you can get air beds that can be pumped manually by stamping on it repeatedly – a time and calorie-consuming exercise that should be avoided at most costs.

There’s also nothing less satisfying than waking up on a dewy morning and munching on a cereal bar. It’s this type of (so-called) meal that puts people off outdoor activities for life, but it’s actually possible to enjoy a hot, bang up British breakfast, without gathering firewood and rubbing sticks together. Just pack yourself a dual-burner gas stove, and you too could be enjoying a good old fashioned fry-up in no time.

Another particularly unappealing aspect of getting back to nature– especially for women – is popping to the loo. As ‘popping‘ implies that you have somewhere to ‘pop‘, other than behind a tree. However, help is at hand, in the form of collapsible ‘privacy shelters’. Which really makes the whole experience a lot more comfortable and a lot less embarrassing. These can also be fitted with shower attachments, so you can maintain some vestige of cleanliness on your trip.

Finally, what romantic holiday would be complete without our favourite consumer electronics, the laptop, stereo, a portable telly for the foot? Although these can be run on battery power, the batteries don’t tend to last very long, which is why you need a portable generator. Just put a little petrol into the tank, fire up the engine, plug in a four-way, and you’ll feel like you’re back in civilization in no time! Luxury Camping, done that…Now, on to something more insurmountable, check!

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Jockin Her Style: Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dolce & Gabbana “Intaglio”

Jennifer Lawrence Dolce Jockin Her Style: Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dolce & Gabbana Intaglio We find ourselves wondering how they do it. They adorn the best in clothes, accessories, boyfriends and all that swag luxury life has to offer. One of our favorite Stylites, Jennifer Lawrence, seen recently wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s ‘Intaglio’ bag was out and about in London, showing us how it’s done with black on camel and very sleek in commute. Seems as though she’s found her way to personal celeb style and has caught our style spying eye. Thanks Jenn, your rock it, we’ll jock it!INTAGLIO Dolce 632x632 Jockin Her Style: Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dolce & Gabbana Intaglio

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Monday, December 9th, 2013

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Sponsored by @SlutWalkLondon | Surveillance Sluts, Free Porn for the Government

Slut Walk Sponsored by @SlutWalkLondon | Surveillance Sluts, Free Porn for the Government

Sluts.  Or maybe Posh Sluts for wearing great clothes while doing it (or nothing at all), new word for women being watched by the government, SLUTS or Prospective SLUTS…I guess that’s what we are for demanding privacy in our homes. According to Rush Limbaugh we should just take our birth control pills and give free porn to the government, after all, it’s a free country and they deserve to watch.

Isn’t that what security clearance is for? We should all turn our lives into the True-woman show and allow the government to watch with popcorn and scream via closed circuit when they don’t like what we are doing.

Welcome to the future. The government is always looking for a reason to get some free puss puss and apparently the Secret Service is already paying for it. Why pay for what you can get for free. If we don’t take back our civil liberties now, we won’t continue to have them for long. So enjoy the lights off, but remember, the camera is on.

Someone ask Barack Obama how many times he’s seen me naked.

Sponsored by Slut Walk London.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

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Style Profile: GQ.com (Re-Post) Presents 10 Londoners | Project Upgrade: Tom Ford Edition

GQ London Style Profile: GQ.com (Re Post) Presents 10 Londoners | Project Upgrade: Tom Ford EditionWhen we introduced Tom Ford to the five regular British blokes on these pages, he immediately asked them one question: “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” Then he dressed each man for his future, right then and there.

One of Ford’s biggest beefs with modern men is our insistence on “comfort” as a cop-out for not fulfilling our style potential.

“There’s a different kind of comfort that comes from knowing that you are putting your best foot forward,” Ford says. “It’s called psychological comfort. Look at a picture of the Coney Island boardwalk in 1925. Men were in full-on three-piece suits, hats. They may have only had one suit. But they pressed it. They made it look as good as possible. People aspired up.”

And if there’s one thing Ford represents, it’s aspiration. But what’s a man to do if the clothes he sees here are out of reach—if he can’t afford Ford? “There are less expensive versions of everything that we’re proposing here,” T.F. says. He means smart clothes that don’t necessarily have his name sewn inside but do make you feel like you can kick ass and close deals. Just remember to shout-out Tom when you make your first million.

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