louis vuitton ss13 checkerboard
When Louis Vuitton‘s Spring/Summer 2013 checkerboard print descended down its Parisian escalators, each look was met with mixed reviews. Though there may be an absence of chess fans in the fashion community, it – natch – took two point five seconds to trickle down to the high street as a trend.

That, my lovelies, means you can now follow in the checkered footsteps of Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, and Jessica Alba…for less. Here are a few of my favourite pre-season picks:

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1. Mika Checkerboard Dress, £19
2. Richard Nicoll bustier dress, £49 (rental)
3. Bolongaro Trevor Tala dress, £97
4. Marc Jacobs Prussian Blue skirt, £164
5. Kelly Wearstler Alo Sheath Dress, £100
6. Checkerboard socks, £3.50 (or 3 for £8)

kristen stewart snow white interview

Probably due to the 90-something degree weather in New York right now, the fact that I shouldn’t be wearing black trench coats has me obsessing over them. Yesterday, when I was checking out the latest issue of Interview, I noticed that Kristen Stewart had decided to rub it in.

The Western Hemisphere may not be temperature-friendly enough for this ensemble at the moment, but the styling is perfect for the Snow White heroine. Maybe I’ll make a pit stop in Australia to test drive this baby on my way back to London….

Get The Look:
Halston Heritage wool double breasted logo detail trench
Isabel Marant Malibu fringed stretch-lace top
Burberry ‘Lip Cover’ Soft Satin Lipstick – No. 21 Deep Burgundy
Lanvin tweed and pearl short necklace
BCBGMAXAZRIA studded clutch
Thomas Sabo Black Onyx Oval Drop Earrings

Bella Edward

Bella Swan and Edward Cullen


If you have yet to hear of “Twilight“, I am pretty sure I am going to have to check your passport.

The world is obsessed. In the past two weeks alone, the movie franchise has raked in over $589,074,000, worldwide. The books, characters, and actors have taken on their very own niche in the media, it seems. We just can’t get enough.

Sure, there are the ‘haters’, with voices just as loud as the Twihards, and tempers just as flared as the fictional Vampires they oppose.

I, however, feel the problem comes down to one thing: Bella Swan.

This is not an attack on Kristen Stewart, who I believe is a very talented actress (Speak, Runaways – must see), but a concerned braindump of a character who millions billions of young girls seem to look up to.

Before I had bothered to read Twilight, I was very excited to see that young girls everywhere were once again becoming fanatical about literature in what seemed like a replication of “Harry Potter Sensation“. It was a book about vampires? No big deal. I had spent my youth watching Buffy, The Lost Boys, and reading weeks worth of vampire fiction. I can testify to never wanting someone to suck my blood.

Then – before reading the book – someone took me to see the first film. Without turning this into a movie critique, I will skip that ninety-some minutes of wasted time and simply share my final thought: “Surely, the book is better than this?

After an open-minded period of time reading the “Twilight” series, I shut the final chapter…infuriated. There is a franchise. A non-ignorable phenomenon. Girls swooning worldwide. Girls wanting to BE Bella Swan.

Girls wanting to be a stereotypical gender role with a complete absence of personality or self-worth. A girl obsessed with her ‘relationship’ which romanticizes the classic hallmarks of an abusive relationship.

For those of you who haven’t suffered through the films or books, let me break it down for you:
Bella Swan loves Edward Cullen. Edward is a vampire; hundreds+ years-of-age, who speaks down to Bella in words often filled with – what I hope is – unintentional pedophiliac undertones. Bella – a teenager written with the personality of old milk – decides to give up her life for ‘true love‘. She becomes a recluse, sacrifices what initially seems to be her priorities, acting selflessly for a love ‘that no-one else seems to understand‘. The issue? This kind of ‘love’ is getting cultural clout with girls who are still continuing to build their ideas and boundaries about sexual and romantic partners.

Amongst this, Bella often says “I don’t care about me, only Edward”; while having her engine removed from her car when Edward doesn’t want her to visit someone, while condoling Edward after he makes no apology for physically hurting her on their honeymoon…the list goes on and on.

With no effort at all, any teenage girl could imagine themselves as the Mormon-inspired Bella Swan – the ‘heroine’ who an overwhelmingly insane Edward Cullen is obsessed with. (Tapping into basic human needs, here).

Bella’s submissive motives – the weakest attributes of a man or woman – are (WRONGLY) viewed as aspirational through the words of Stephenie Meyer.

And that is the problem with Bella Swan.

Hailee Steinfeld Banned Ad

  • Though there have been provocative ads featuring young teenage models left untouched by ad regulations for years, a photo of teenage actress Hailee Steinfeld sitting by a train track has been banned in the UK. The image – part of Miu Miu‘s Fall/Winter campaign – was banned for being “irresponsible because it depicted a child in an unsafe location”, to which I say…

    I feel like wearing snakes as clothes.

  • Carolina Herrera has announced that she plans to produce the wedding dress she designed for Kristen Stewart (aka Bella Swan) in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. I can only imagine the type of themed weddings that will come out of this!

    “I wanted to create a magical moment that they had at the wedding. She’s an innocent girl that is finding her first true love, so there is romance, there is magic, there is everything together.”
    Carolina Herrera

  • Two of my favourite models (and rumoured sapphic sisters), Freja Beha Erichsen and Arizona Muse, were photographed hanging out at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont this past weekend wearing two dresses from Chloé’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. This, without the brand overtly saying so, suggests that the duo have booked the campaign!
    Freja Arizona

    Arizona Muse and Freja Beha Erichsen


  • Naomi Campbell continues her decades-long world takeover by becoming editor-at-large for the new German and Russian editions of Interview Magazine. According to the official press release, Naomi will “regularly meet great and outstanding personalities for this in-depth feature interview”.

  • Your daily dose of Karl Lagerfeld…coming up! International newspaper “Metro” (everyone’s favourite half-asleep morning read) has appointed Uncle Karl as “guest editor” for a day at Metro’s Paris offices on February 7th, 2012.

    As “Metro” launches it’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show coverage the same day – it will be brilliant press for him. He intends to provide his infamous commentary as well as some of his gorgeous illustrations.

    And there’s something in it for you, too! Though it hasn’t been launched yet, there will be a global web site launched where you can submit your “fashion statements” to a Look Book competition for a chance to fly to Paris and be an editorial assistant on February 6th, and lots of Lagerfeld swag, to boot.

  • Alexander McQueen‘s junior, lower-priced line – “McQ” – is opening a flagship store on Dover Street in London in Spring of next year! Preceding the opening, the line will also premiere it’s first-ever show for London Fashion Week.
  • Kristen Stewart W Magazine
    It’s not Brooke Shields, it’s not Lindsay Lohan, it’s a Barbarella-haired Kristen Stewart on the cover of W Magazine‘s September 2011 issue! What a knockout. With the combination of her white Max Mara mohair and wool sweater plus a swipe Rouge Dior lipstick in Angélique Beige, she has retro, chill-out glamour down to a tee.

    Inside the editorial, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, she continues to vamp it up in Junya Watanabe, Dolce & Gabbana, Theory, and the same Gucci dress Beyonce Knowles wore on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

    My favourite segment from the accompanying interview:

    Twilight was your college, and you graduated, in a way: You became Bella Swan at 17, and now you’re 21.
    Yeah—and that time has been sort of nuts for me. In film, I have chronicled every stage of my life since I was nine. And it’s more intense now, obviously, because I’m not in control of it anymore.
    You’re not in charge of your life?
    No. Not really. Not if I want to think solely about what I really like to do. It’s a funny thing: You want so badly for people to see what you do—you’re proud of it—and I like the effect that movies have on people. But the attention can also make me uncomfortable. In certain situations, people say to me, “C’mon, what’s wrong with you?” I apologize. I love what I’m doing, but I’m a little uncomfortable.

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