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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Chanel Couture Hair Inspiration

Chanel Spring 2010 Couture

I couldn't help when looking at the Chanel Spring 2010 Couture Collection - aside from the absence of Lagerfeld's usual inclusion of black in the collection - was the distraction from the collection to the hair styles of the models.

Who inspired the hair styles Chanel?

Gaga perhaps?

What Is Couture To You?

Couture .. is it ..

Art or Fashion?

Art and Fashion?

Fashion for those who can afford .. Art for those who can't?

Christian Dior Spring 2010 Couture

Monday, 18 January 2010

Dame Viv Demonstrates Realistic Recession Fashion

The past year has seen the fashion industry suffer casualties with the infamous (as we try not to clench teeth tirelessly typing this term) recession. From the fail of greatly anticipated local fashion weeks (Glasgow being one of the victims) to the “surreal” loss of Lacroix couture no one and no industry was safe. Vogue offered More Dash than Cash rewarding its readers with the reassuring notion that it’s not only us fashion fans that are tightening our (stylish) belts.

Today the rumours of the closure of Yohji Yamamoto were quelled with the news that the label has revealed a new management team and strategies for consolidation.

The gloomy forecast for fashion future finance is brightening which in turn brightens up our own gloomy financial woes.

And with the reality of the recession affecting everyone, some designers are beginning to appear accessible and additionally like one of us ‘real people’.

Vivienne Westwood’s collection unveiled at Milan Fashion Week yesterday moved on from the usual unaffordable luxurious collection extreme to the opposite end of the spectrum reaching out to ‘real people’.

Inspiration coming from a lawyer friend who works for a homeless charity, Westwood’s collection was described by one fashion editor as “homeless chic” and the orange boiler suit worn by one of the models was described by another as “Guantanamo chic”. The collection is reminiscent of the ‘Derelicte’ collection in the Ben Stiller comedy ‘Zoolander’.

The collection has been met with both praise and criticism. Her collection has alluded to the recycling of clothes, suggestion to wearing them over and reinventing them.

This is like music to the ears of fashionistas who suffer unfortunate anxiety in relation to the recession.

You may criticise the collection, criticise the concept, but that is one critique fashion hot mess will not follow. Vivienne Westwood has through this collection and the messages it has delivered enlightened fashionista recessionistas that she is still one of us. Fashion is affordable and the Dame has just demonstrated this.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Christiano Ronaldo for Armani

Christiano Ronaldo for Armani

New Years Resolutions?

New Years bring new years resolutions

Spend less

Exercise more

Be happier


The list goes on

If one of your new years resolutions is to exercise more, whether it lasts a week, a month, a year, don't forget fashion when you are working out in the gym or out in the open

Stella McCartney has collaborated with Adidas since 2005 creating a unique sports wear collection

"I want to offer women sports clothing they could work out in and still feel good about how they look"

Stella McCartney for Adidas has added exercise to the to do list for 2010 if not for anything but to have an excuse to have unique work out fashion

Nicola Formichetti

Check out the website for the inspirational work of the AMAZING Nicola Formichetti

Of Italian Japenese heritage Nicola is not only Creative Director of Dazed and Confused Magazine, he is also Fashion Director of Vogue Hommes Japan, Senior Fashion Editor of Another Man and Contributing Fashion Editor various fashion publications he is also celebrity and fashion stylist

You will recognise his work when you see it, but perhaps not have realised who the created it

He is the man of the moment for 2010

Is there anything that this man can do that Fashion Hot Mess does not love?

Check him out


Saturday, 9 January 2010

Gaga Barbie

Barbie spent 2009 being pampered and given designer looks by the likes of Christian Louboutin so it is unsurprising that the premiere of 2010 brings with it the premiere of another look for Barbie.

Barbie's latest has transformed her into Lady Gaga.

The look has been met with both praise and criticism.

Fashion Hot Mess loves ....

Do you love it or hate it?

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Big Freeze = Purple Complexion = House of Holland ♥

The Big Freeze has left us all wrapping up ready to face the chillingly chilling subzero temperatures

Fur, scarves, layers - whatever it will take to keep us fashionistas warm and fabulous

The freezing temperatures have made us so cold that we have turned purple

Be blue because you are purple?

Or celebrate that we are becoming naturally the colour House of Holland has campaigned for Spring 2010?

Do not be blue

Celebrate being purple

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

It's Elementary My Dear Watsons

2010 not only brings us one member of the Watson family, but two!
Following in the footsteps of his multi talented sister - Alex Watson features alongside Emma Watson in Burberry's latest Spring 2010 campaign.

Family's working together is not a new concept in fashion, but let's hope this family collaboration is here to stay - 2010 has an inspirational forecast!

Both Emma and Alex compliment each other with their beauty, poise and talent in paying tribute to Burberry in this latest advertisement.

2010 a year of youth?

Didn't Fashion Hot Mess tell you back in '09 that the kids are alright!

Thank you Mario Testino

Thank you Christopher Bailey

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

It Don't Matter If It's Black Or White

And from dark to light ...

We look outside our windows in Glasgow and Brussels ( and more ... ) - our landscapes are draped in snow - so in keeping with the landscape being draped in white - let us camouflage with the snow and drape ourselves in what white the Spring Summer 2010 RTW collections had to offer ...


Erin Wasson


Monday, 4 January 2010

Don't Ditch All Of Your Black Yet ...

We know Spring 2010 is the season for pastels, but Balenciaga RTW begs to differ

Wave winter away wearing pastels, but don't ditch dark colours too hastily

Fabulously Fashion Hot and Messy

Friday, 1 January 2010

Chanel Sale

Chanel Sale

Saturday January 2

Old Bond Street London

Sloane Street London

Brompton Road London