RiRi, ILY. X-Factor, well, I’ll keep those comments to myself. Regardless, Rihanna wowed the studio, tv, and online audiences this weekend with her performance of Only Girl (In The World). She wore a customised version of William Tempest‘s Spring Summer 2011 Oyster dress while having a musical food fight. Try and tell me you don’t want to see her in concert. Performance and runway photo included below. Continue reading
I have talked to you about my obsession with hair. Now, it’s time to talk about length. I am an absolute sucker for long hair and after cutting my hair a while ago, I am beyond eager to grow it all back. Of course, the other option is hair extensions.
Trouble is, I had hair extensions a long time ago and wanted to rip them out of my head (I ended up doing so a week later). Choosing between a few different methods, I thought I would be too clueless for clip-ins so the fusion technique would be best. Boy, was I wrong. Though it was done by someone with a great reputation, the glue bonds made my hair heavy, painful and in major need of conditioning. What I didn’t know then was that micro rings are the answer.
Micro rings cause no damage to your natural hair and are completely without glue or weave. The jist is that a strand of extension hair is placed with a strand of your hair – creating a single combined strand – then placed inside the ring and closed flat to tightly hold the extension hair to your natural hair. These rings weigh nothing more than an extra strand of hair and are almost invisible (no chunky glue!). Since there is no chemical process to remove or maintain them, they can also last well over three months.
- Ask around. Read tons of reviews. The hair extension industry is prone to people who have no idea what they are doing (check Youtube for horror stories if you dare).
- Do not try and do it yourself. You can’t 360 your head like a trained professional.
- The only no-no for micro ring users would be to brush your hair starting from the top. You would be brushing a tiny ring. Otherwise, it acts like normal hair.
- Hair quality. The scam artists of the industry are known to use plastic or plastic/real combination hair of very poor quality. You have the right to see and touch the hair.
- You get what you pay for. If it seems too good to be true, or you’re getting charged a flat rate for any length you choose, you are being taken. It is common sense to know the longer the hair, the more it will cost.
In my research, almost everyone I’ve spoken to in the industry has said the best hair extensions in London are done by Hairextensionaires. Jacqui – the sole owner – has clients travel internationally to get their hair done by her. She is so talented she can even work with those suffering from hair loss; with years of experience and well-priced service, she is renowned as the key to healthy, heavenly hair. It is time to start saving the pounds, ladies!
Parisian couturier Eric Tibusch provides everything a woman needs from haute couture. The genius designer is known for his modern and affordable productions of French haute couture, which he qualifies as “young couture”. Tibusch was recruited on the spot by Jean Paul Gaultier in 1998 and given the responsibility for the fashion shows of his famous “Maison de Haute Couture”, eventually creating his own “Maison de Couture” eight years later, aged just 34. This week, I was fortunate enough to get a great interview with the legend himself:
Bonjour, monsieur! Five words to sum up the brand?
Contemporary-avant-garde-couture. There, I can sum it up in one!
Smart cookie. So why fashion design in the first place?
When I was a child I remember going to visit the tailor-maid with my mother. I would collect pieces of fabric that had fallen on the floor and make clothes for my cousin’s Barbie dolls. Also, my mother was a fashion-lover and she passed this down onto me. Fashion has been a passion shared by the both us and this passion is something I’ve always had inside me. I worked for several years in a famous couture house where I learnt an enormous amount of things. One day the opportunity to launch a couture collection presented itself to me, and so I went for it, and it all began from there.
What a dream! What has been your biggest challenge thus far?
The biggest challenge has been launching a ready-to-wear line, in fact we are currently developing a second line for the wider public for both women and men.
Men, as well – how refreshing! How would you define your personal style?
Comfortable, elegant and contemporary.
Finish this sentence: “I can’t get through the day without…”
And for the females – one piece of advice for today’s woman?
A little black dress, because every woman needs to have one in her wardrobe.
Favourite and least favourite trend of the season?
I don’t actually pay attention to the current trends, I prefer to anticipate upcoming trends instead!
Personal highlight from your last show?
My personal favourite from my latest couture show ‘Legende‘ is my ‘contemporary art in haute couture’ dress. To make it, I took down an oil painting and cut into it to form a long dress. The painting is signed Alexandra Mas, and the dress will be on display at her upcoming exhibition in London early next year.
That was a phenomenal piece! So, what is next for Eric Tibusch?
It’s more or less confidential, so all I will reveal is that I am continuing my exploration of fashion architecture.
As heavy on satire as The Gentlewoman can get away with, Tanga Moreau was styled by Jodie Barnes in “Navy” across West Kensington and Chelsea (holla). Why do I love it? This has no intention of being “pretty” or evoking fashionable sexuality. This is tongue-in-cheek “high fashion” on the stomping grounds I know and love. Opera claps for Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm on camera. Continue reading