marks and spencers accessories

I was recently invited to preview Marks & Spencer’s Autumn/Winter 2011 accessories collection via a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. We’re talking tea, cakes, Prosecco, and a room full of shoes, jewellery, handbags, hats, and more at ridiculously affordable price points.

With all of the accessories split into four categories – Boy Meets Girl (doctors bags galore!), Nordic Narnia (frosted yet cozy), Global Traveller (gorgeous, colourful items) and Wilderness (faux fur for all!) – you would expect there would be a category you didn’t favor as much. Not the case. All four were full of fashionable, quality items.

Set up in homage to Alice in Wonderland‘s ‘eat me‘ tags, everything was tagged and asking you to feel it. With reason. I urge you to go to an M&S now and stroke your way through the accessories department.

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Forever 21
Forever 21, the fashion retailer that is frequently and infamously sued for re-creating designer pieces, has started a witch hunt of their own. Last week, they gave blogger Rachel Kane (of WTForever21.com) an ultimatum: take down her website by last Friday or get sued for trademark infringement and defamation (LOL). WTF21 is obviously a satirical blog with no libellous statements philandering as company affiliation. Rachel sees the fascinating humour of it all, and has yet to take down the website.

She recently sent out a press release of sorts, and I quote:

My site, WTForever21, does not infringe on any of Forever 21’s rights. It contains only criticism, commentary, and news reporting, all written in an educational and humorous manner, which are protected under applicable law. To the extent any of the material used on the site is in fact subject to intellectual property protection (which, in many instances, is by no means clear), the site’s incorporation of that material is a “fair use” under copyright, trademark law, and similar state law. It’s incredibly unlikely that any portion of the site would ever cause confusion in the minds of the general public about whether or not Forever 21 endorses or is affiliated with it. The blog in no way dilutes Forever 21’s trademark, as the company claims. If the company continues to makes threats that have no basis in law, my attorneys are prepared to vigorously defend me and seek all available legal redress against Forever 21.

In the meantime, I am leaving the blog up. I look forward to returning to blogging about fashion atrocities like lime green, faux fur covered vests and candy colored booty shorts on WTForever21.com.

Do work, girl. This is going to be the most ironic of lawsuits.

Topshop Unique Fall Winter 2011
I have been waiting for this show since I was a little toddler nugget: The Cruella de Vil collection (presented as Topshop Unique). As the congregation of Anna Wintour-snappers evaporated from sight, the Thirties-cum-Dalmatian models traipsed along the enormous runway. Oversized faux fur and art deco elements were abundant, with nonpareil pieces like the Brooklyn Bridge dress and many embellished sleeve dresses. See the top five looks below! View Post

K-Mart FashionUS not-so-superstore K-mart is ready to break out of its truly unfashionable roots and present us with K-mart Design. The new Fall 2010 addition to the mass market is one full of military jackets, faux fur, and even some distressed jeans. The ad campaign lost itself and ended up in Vogue’s September issue.

10 cents says the model developed a rash? Not sold on this one.

Jennifer Aniston in Harpers Bazaar September 2010 as Barbra StreisandLongtime hairstylist to ‘The Hair’ (aka Jennifer Aniston) Chris McMillan convinced the megastar to transform herself into original “Funny Girl” Barbra Streisand for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Mark Seliger was the photographer to this strange shoot which recreated a number of Streisand signatures from her classics “Funny Girl” (1968) and “What’s Up Doc?” (1972).
Jennifer Aniston in Harpers Bazaar September 2010 as Barbra Streisand
Above left she is she sporting wearing a mod bob, heavily lined eyes, Chopard earrings, a gold Gianfranco Ferré dress, and the expected acrylic claws. In the second image, Aniston reimagines Streisand’s wardrobe fitting for the role of “Funny Girl” Fanny Brice in a faux fur leopard-print Moschino coat, Albertus Swanepoel hat, and Louis Vuitton pumps.