There are many reasons to love Paris Metro. Its twisting, twirling iron entrances by architect (and fellow Pisces) Hector Guimard make you feel as though you are descending through a portal into a fairy underworld, inexplicably located in the middle of an urban footpath. These entrances are among the most iconic images of Belle Epoque art ever produced and have served as symbols not just of Paris' perennial beauty and elegance, but of its ability to harmoniously couple aesthetics with industry and modernity, as represented by the use of cutting edge (at the time) materials such as cast iron:
But anyone who does think that Paris Metro is an artistic fairyland is in for a shock when they see this ugly and retrograde little number plastered all over the underground's insides:
(Whilst he watches the football...[Here are some wonderful vacuums you women folk could be making yourselves useful with!])
To say that this advert, made by a company called Rue du Commerce for the Euro 2008 (please feel free to spam them maliciously) is offensive/pathetic/stupid/insulting to women isn't enough. The ugliness of its sentiments insults Paris itself by marring one of the city's cultural gems with such trash. As zee Joli Kiwi says "Classe les gares!"
Needless to say, what this "advert" implies about men is pretty despicable too.
30 May 2008
29 May 2008
25 May 2008
Shoes by Irregular Choice are often, shall we say, unique:
So, it came as a shock to me to discover a pair of shoes from Irregular that are not just wearable but positively covetable!
Aren't they just great? Aren't they just different without being, ugh, "zany"? I love them - I now realise what it was I was always missing in my life: a pair of shoes that look like they're made out of Jack White's post-it notes. Glorious.
Well, it's a testament to the power of the Arcadia Group that there hasn't even been the slightest breath of a plagiarism suit over some of Topshop's Balenciaga
rip-offs inspired pieces.
Btw, if you were to go and buy the actual Balenciaga jacket over at Browns Fashion it would cost you around £2500. The Topshop copycat is £65
Oh well, all the better for me and my wallet.
22 May 2008
I'm as surprised as you are chickadees, but I recently bought several very gorgeous and quite different items all from Marks & Spencers, not the least of which was this nifty little petticoat skirt:
Don't even get me started about how good (and cheap!) their shoes have been lately. Any wonder profits are up.
I'm planning on wearing the skirt with a tight little ribbed navy cardigan I picked up at Topshop a while back. I'm going for an overall Fifties effect, but with a modern feel, a bit like the lovely Chuck from Pushing Daisies whose adorable retro-style I have fallen in love with recently:
Ignore the sinister man in the doorway - isn't she just pure sunshine? Aww...You'd never guess that Anna Friel used to be famous for being a lesbian on a now defunct British Soap।
Well, we've all been there.
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain't no big deal, it's innocent
Update: Well, stinking YouTube pulled the video, so here's another one - ha!
21 May 2008
So I hear rumours that Mark Ronson and Daisy Lowe's new found love is already beginning to fade:
A little messgae to my darling Mark: it's OK. You broke my heart when you ran off with that friend of Wotsit Geldof, the underwear model or whatever the hell it is she is, but don't worry; when the nightmare ends you can still wake up next to me.
Look at these stupid, bloody shoes:
They're made by a company called Creatures of Comfort and cost $115: dear God, these shoes give me rage.
I've always thought there was something weird and OCD about the trend for decorating items by labeling them - like mugs that say "MUG" or coffee jars that say "COFFEE". Can you imagine what the house of somebody who took this trend to its logical conclusion would be like? All the walls would be covered with a giant Helvetica Bold print of the word "WALL", but then they'd have to also be covered with the "PAINT" over and over in the background. This would be a person that would put on their make up with a felt tip writing in "EYE", "EYE", "MOUTH - PLEASE DO NOT OPEN" and, of course, every single item of clothing in their "WARDROBE" would all have to be labeled with the words "LAME", "PRETENTIOUS", "A GOOD REASON TO ASSUME BAD THINGS ABOUT ME".