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I’ve just been watching ITV1′s Christmas Shopping Wars and was intrigued by its arguments related to consumer shopping habits.
It was the section regarding virtual mirrors that caught my eye, it seems the future according to technology company Cisco will have us using mirrors which use augmented reality, online, social networks and camera’s to try on our clothes virtually. Not sure what I mean take a quick peak to this video which demonstrates.
I was utterly intrigued by this, how realistic would the experience be? The technology apparently allows you to see how the fabric would fit your body and how it would move, but what about feel appeal? For many of us tactile types, the feel of the fabric is as important as the look of the piece so how would this technology over come this?
The journalist demonstrating the mirror in tonights programme showed us a less than attractive pink jacket which she described as “too bright” which led me to think about whether the technology could distort the colour of the piece and would it be able to truly show you how the piece would look against an individual’s skin tone.
Further research showed that the Cisco Style Me mirror is on trial at the John Lewis Oxford
The magazines seem to be full of this seasons “It” coat, a rose pink generally oversized very straight coat.
And while pretty to look at I can’t help but think it’s not very practical.
Until last winter, my first on the school run, you would generally have known me to be the mum wearing THE most unpractical coat ever. Generally not warm enough, or with no hood, too short or too long. Even with guidance from my best friend I still choose style over substance purchasing one of those Aztec print oversized scarf come cape things. Her words still resonate with me now “that’s going to do your head in every time you need to pick the baby up, it’ll just fall right off your shoulders”.
Well, she was right! It annoyed the hell out of me and is residing somewhere in the back of the hall closet.
So when I look at these pretty pastel pink coats, I remember my lesson from last year and instead opt for something more practical but let’s face it the coat I choose will still need to be stylish.
I’ve trawled the latest releases and these are my high street lust have’s which tick the stylish and practical boxes.
No girl should be without a parka, and not the ’80′s type the boys rocked when I was at school, the parka of the season comes from River Island at £110
It looks super snugly, warm and has the single most important thing a mum on the school run needs…..a hood! After trying to do battle with a buggy, tantruming 4 year old, wind, rain, a brolly and a tree I have now decided that ALL coats for the purpose of the school run must come with a hood.
While my Aztec wrap thing from last year was not the most practical, I am drawn to capes but must insist ladies that if you have any need to pick your child up (my two year old flatly refuses to walk anywhere) please ensure the cape of choice has ARMS in it.
This one from Zara at £129
Is super stylish, it has a hood and arms my only advice if you are wide around the bottom this is not the coat of choice as anything finishing at your widest point will only make you look bigger.
A very traditional style of coat seems to be having a bit of a moment this year, the duffle coat features in most high street collections. Great for those with little shaping to their hips, this straight classic style coat looks good for work as well as the school run.
My stand out favourite is this Moleskin Duffle from Boden at £129
It comes in four different colours, in sizes up to 22, it has the all important hood and massive pockets for all the essentials you need for the kids. Zara have done a great grey duffle coat but to me while cute it reminded me of those “proper school coats” mum used to make me wear, stand out from the crowd in this bold orange number.
My final choice is this puffa coat from the Gap at £99.95
Puffa’s just look so snugly warm but be careful as they will add width so not great on bigger frames.
The coat I’m opting for this season is this one, from you guessed it Zara and in my colour Navy although the green looks lovely too.
And before you jump to conclusions, yes it does have a hood it’s in a sneaky pouch thing in the neck of the jacket. Why this one? It’s great for the school run as well as work so I can get my price per wear out of it.
You could still opt for the pastel pink coat, but they only look good when pristine and without dirty foot prints from toddlers mucky boots.
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place in LA on Sunday night and let’s face it where there’s a frock and a red carpet I’m there analysing the pictures and watching the red carpet coverage trying to decide what I loved and loathed.
As its predominantly American programmes that feature I admit to having to google one or two of the ladies featured but thankfully those who stood out have got the presence necessary for me to know instantly who they are.
My favourite frock of the evening was worn by Kate Mara, the older sister or Rooney.
I think this J Mendel white piece is subtle, sophisticated, sexy with the top of the dress giving a real interesting twist to the frock. I love the subtle hair and make up which works well, although others tried to rock stripped back and white it just didn’t work. Kate’s choice is brilliant.
Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men looked fabulous in this embellished monochrome number, with simple jewellery and powerhouse red lips it screams screen siren but the modern blonde crop in my opinion gives it the edge.
The final lady in my top three style crushes from Sunday evening was Zoey Deschanel, the simplicity of her pewter gown is a beautiful classic piece. While subtle, it is Hollywood glamour and very much red carpet worthy unlike some of the other dresses I had to choose from.
While not in my top three, three other ladies are definitely worth noting.
Kelly Osborne needs to drop the lilac hair now surely, when she can look this stunning in this Jenny Packham dress it must be time to really deliver the look with a more classic hair colour.
Lilac hair aside Kelly does look beautiful.
One of my red carpet favourites Christina Hendricks from Mad Men brought the glamour as always in this beautiful black dress which accentuated her stunning figure. Christina is very clever when dressing her body, she knows what her assets are and draws attention to them but what I love about her look is that even though she has a large bust she is able to show a little cleavage without it being over the top. The frock goes on to hug all her curves with the lace feature on her shoulders creating a focal point of her collar bone, strong jaw line and gorgeous wavy hair.
Helen McCrory looked stunning and über relaxed in her white halter neck floor sweeper, I love the clutch bag and the main accessory husband Damian Lewis. (Cue unnecessary couple photo for perv appeal) What strikes me about Helen’s outfit in all the images and on the carpet is that she is relaxed and confident, that can only come with an inner body peace. As I say to many clients of mine “once you feel confident in what you wear, other people will see you differently” Helen embodies this.
I was disappointed by Michelle Dockery’s red carpet dress, the Downtown Abbey actress shone at the Nominee’s lunch but on the red carpet I felt a little let down as the dress just didn’t have enough appeal to standout.
Sadly two dresses stood out as being really quite awful (sorry ladies) what made it worse is that I had to google them to find out who they were so that I could acknowledge their terrible taste.
Zosia Mamet’s frock is most unflattering with this awkward black stripe across her boobs
The black stripe draws attention to her bust and makes it look really small, not flattering at all.
Finally Lena Dunham, what can I say, everything about this is wrong. It is not flattering on her at all and is just a giant floral tent making her look bigger than she is.
In conclusion I think it’s safe to say, it’s not just what you wear it’s how you wear it that can really change how an outfit looks. Helen McCrory embodies this with a simple dress worn with confidence or Kate Mara wearing her funky dress with a matching attitude.