Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Today's Topic: Outfits by ME

Heya everybody,
As you probably gathered from the title unless you have a massive hangover (and probably no job or unusual working hours, but
whatever), today's post is all about a couple outfits put together by me and modeled by me and my BFF, who prefers to remain anonymous. Oh, and by the way, sorry I couldn't find the time to post anything for the last couple days -- not that many people out there are reading this, but I prefer to remain optimistic! Anyway, get ready for lots of clothes, pictures and.... more clothes!!! Enjoy; here goes.

1. Rebel Preppy

This look is inspired by both Gossip Girl (see blouse, bag and belt)and the days of my first foray into the fashion world, which was a pretty crazy semi-goofup (I think): think Debbie Harry goes wild at Camden Market and add lots of black eyeliner. I thought it was a cool punk statement. But when you pair it with pearls, crystal hair clips,a neat blouse and a vintage Margaret-Thatcher-esque handbag, the result actually does work if you have the right amount of chutzpah.

First: the famed bag. I bought it at a vintage shop on Brick Lane for £20 and it is MY LIFE. Plasticised cotton and brass chain handles. Sadly I don't know what era or brand it is from - but still, I love it. Next, the tights. They were in fact

given to me by the very friend posing in these pics. Apparently they were a steal from H&M.

Here you can see another element of the outfit:the fail-safe Ramones tee. Notice also said pearls, bought in Hong Kong, red belt, H&M, and a teal alice band, also H&M.

I hope you guys like this outfit and take inspiration from it -- and if it isn't exactly your idea of, well, anything you would ever wear, I have more outfits coming up and yet more in my head.
But meanwhile, I'd like to address the subject of eating disorders in fashion models which are influencing how every female (and some males) in the world looks at her body. This topic is tossed around like pizza at Domino's, but its really a serious problem. as you are probably well aware, there are two main eating disorders: anorexia and bulimia. When someone is anorexic they will obsess over the amount of calories/food/etc. they consume in a day and often try to stop eating altogether to ac
hieve the "perfect" figure, which is sadly the one seen on catwalks and advertised on billboards all over the world. Bulimia is an eating disorder in which a victim of the
illness will regurgitate whatever he or she has eaten, and often binge on everything in the fridge. This can lead to severe stomach and esophagus problems as well as diminish weight, and not in a good way. Anorexia Nervosa (the full scientific name for anorexia)cases as well as Bulimia cases have increase
d over the last 30-40 years as beauty ideals have changed over the decades. At least 1.1 million people in the UK alone are affected by an eating disorder. In the US up to 80
% of women exhibit some signs of an
eating disorder at some stage in their life. This is no joke. Its not a rare occurance that a victim of an eating disorder will die because of this. And before the die, they will look like this:
Anorexic people will not be shocked by this image, they will most likely think something along the lines of, wow, I wish I could look like her. Eating disorders like that are a thing of the mind, above else: when the victim looks in the mirror, they will see someone overweight that they believe is them. And if you need any more convincing, here are some facts:
-Marylin Monroe wore a size 14 and is still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
-If female mannequinns were real women, they would be too skinny to have children.
-Most fashion models are skinnier than 98% of american women.

So guess what? Most models are no happier than you or me, and you really don't need to look like them to be happy/look pretty/get a guy/whatever your reason. And if you have a friend that believes that crud, get them to a doctor fast.Please take this to heart, its really important to me. And here's a promise: if I fulfil my dream of being a successful fashion designer, I will never hire underweight and/or anorexic/bulimic models. I know from experience (of friends who feel that way) that that kind of stuff just isn't worth it.

Emma Christie


  1. Like the look, can't wait to see more. With you on the model thing. Keep up the good work.
    -- Fashion Groupie

  2. Applaud your fashion sense. And, your desire to put it out there for the rest of us. Keep at it. If you're interested, check out Anna Sui and Norma Kamali. You don't need to like what they do but take heart in the fact that they are two fabulous role models for women and about the democratization of design. Each in her way is not just for skinny models or just for rich folks. Yes, they sell through Target and Wal-Mart, so I wonder what you think about that. Look forward to more looks and commentary. Great job!

  3. Thankyou guys, I'm glad you enjoyed my posts. I absolutely love Anna Sui, but sadly I can't get any of her stuff @ Target cause they don't have it in london. Ah well. Sorry again about the lack of material in the past weeks, but please keep commenting! Its nice to know what people think about my blogs.
    Emma Christie