Hi, I'm Jack and I'm a Burberry Prorsum

Dear Christopher Bailey, I've just studied the Burberry Prorsum S/S 2011 collection - give me EVERYTHING.

Bailey's ability to combine resort wear, sportswear and tailoring is incredible enough, but the inclusion of studded leather and gothic chains is beyond impressive. On paper, it shouldn't work, in reality, it's art. This collection, with its perfectly balanced and aesthetically raw combination of soft tailoring with a hard silhouette, is yet another example of Bailey's genius.

"Eclectic" and "Fashion-forward" are understatements, personally I consider my personal style to be undefined and slightly messed up. Some days I'm in a hoodie, jeans and hi-tops, then the next day I could be in tailored shorts with a shirt, blazer and loafers, then the next day I can be head-to-toe in chains and leather. I've spent an obscene amount of time trying to settle for one aesthetic, but why should I? I can now stop trying to define myself, Christopher Bailey just did it for me.


Here are some more of my favourite looks from the show -

I should really learn how to make clothes...

Don't Call My Name

She strikes again. Not her best, but I love the Alejandro video.

Aesthetically it's raw and edgy, Gaga's made a clear effort to stay clear of the polished and glamorous. It's dark and dystopian, like if Tim Burton merged Edward Scissorhands and Lemony Snicket's A Serious of Unfortunate Events, with Evita and
a Madonna tribute act.

Even with breath-taking Haus of Gaga attire and custom made McQueen garments - it didn't blow me away. It is however, different from her previous work, further enforcing her status as a Queen of Transformation.

I may be slightly biased, as I will never have a bad word said against Lady Gaga (the new Queen of Pop) but there's no denying her creativity and innovation, so I'm expecting to see a lot more latex, black cloaks and bowl cuts around from now on...

...and that's just from the boys...

Stay Grounded

“I'm like a balloon. Unless someone holds my string,
I'll float away" - Michael Alig.

The Liberal French

Flicking through the latest issue of VOGUE Paris, admiring the editorials and trying to better my French, I was astounded by one image in a beauty editorial. It took me a while to realise why I found the image so arresting. Then it hit me, the model, Daria Werbowy, was smoking.

Now although the concept of anyone smoking (let alone a model) is nowhere near shocking or controversial, or even a new concept in fashion photography, it got me thinking - this picture would never have ran in say, British or American VOGUE.

Now we all know that political correctness (in Britain in particular) has gone mad in recent years, but why should a picture in a fashion magazine, of someone smoking stop me dead in my tracks? Perhaps it was because it was in a beauty editorial? Safe to say there is nothing "beautiful" about smoking. Some may find it sexy, or poetic even, but take away the make-up, the lighting, and the airbrushing and get up close to the discoloured teeth, yellow nails and coarse, blemished skin and you will see that you will certainly not end up looking like Daria Werbowy by lighting up a cigarette.

Of course there is the whole ordeal of "Young girls will look at this and think it's beautiful, this model and many other like her are role models to young women all over the world and it's images like this that subconsciously encourage them to smoke". But that's not what bothered me. Women in the public eye aren't forcing young girls to do anything and the prospect of people in the public eye having their careers endangered because of what they do in their personal lives has always somewhat infuriated me. What did bother me however, was the level of censorship we have succumbed to in this day and age. Critics are always attacking the fashion industry for not portraying "realistic" images of women. Well, above, there is one. A thin, tall, beautiful, independent woman - smoking, just like many other women all over the world. It seems that critics want to see "real" people... just so long as it isn't too real.

People smoke. People drink too much. People take drugs and have sex. It is not my aim to condone this behaviour but I'm certainly in no position to judge or scorn other people for living their lives. nor is it my intention to desensitise the world to these goings on. But I can't help but think, with a little exposure to these things and a little more education, maybe the children and adolescents of today would be wiser and more knowledgeable, less ignorant and more tolerant. Shedding light on things like smoking could enrich and empower young people's lives. For knowledge is power!

And that's my rant for today. For those of you who are interested, here's the rest of Daria's beauty editorial, although the smoking image may have overshadowed the success of the editorial as a whole, it is nonetheless, beautifully shot by Ben Hassett and styled by Julia von Boehm.

On a another note, a friend of my mine brought my attention to this McDonald's commercial today, that is currently being aired in (where else?) - France -

This come just short of 2 years after the UK received a sea of complaints and eventually banned this Heinz commercial -

It actually just angers and frustrates me to no end. It's the 21st Century, the year 2010, and that gets thousands of complaints and gets banned?
What makes our children so different to French children? Why are the French so much more liberal and tolerant?

I'm considering moving to Paris where I may just be allowed to live a life without worry or concern that I may be judged or censored.

Vive la France!