5 Minutes With… Louise Roe

Louise Roe

Back before I started blogging I went to London Fashion Weekend with my mum and I remember hearing Louise Roe – who was presenting that year – talking about her incredible fashion career, the amazing people she got to meet, clothes she got to wear and shows she got to see. Frankly, I had never been more jealous of anyone in my life. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have had some incredible experiences myself, but Louise’s fashion career is still something I regard with complete and utter awe… And, I’ll be honest, a fair bit of envy. At just 29 years old, Louise Roe has written for Vogue.com, Elle Magazine and Glamour, appeared on shows such as The City and Britain’s Next Top Model and covered the Oscars, Royal Wedding, VMA’s and EMA’s to name but a few. She now holds the position of Editor-at-Large for US Glamour, presents her own TV show, Plain Jane, and has designed a series of sell-out collections for e-tailer, StylistPick.

I managed to wangle an interview with Louise to grill her on how she got where she is today and how one, ok I, might achieve something similar…

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‘Fast at Jonathan Aston’ hits Selfridges

Fast at Jonathan Aston, Selfridges

If you’re partial to bodyconsious designs and/or fancy tights then you’re going to be THRILLED to hear this latest snippet of sartorial news… Knitwear extraordinaire, Mark Fast has teamed up with heritage hoisery brand, Jonathan Aston, to create a collection of unique hoisery and bodies available exclusively at Selfridges.

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Tibi AW12 Campaign

Whether it’s a conceptual McQueen dream in which the models face is concealed behind a sculptural head piece or a preppy pic of ‘The Hilfigers’, AKA a bevvy of fresh faced, professional posers, high end ad campaigns are nearly always pretty mesmerizing. Indeed, for a fashion fanatic like myself there are few things more inspiring than exquisite shots of beautiful models bedecked in equally beautiful designer creations. But one of those rare things has to be when a major fashion brand forsakes their usual cast of ‘supers’ in favour of someone a little more normal. Ok, so ‘normal’ might not be exactly the right word for the non-model stars of recent Tibi campaigns who have included Wonderland Magazine Fashion Editor and street style legend, Julia Sarr-Jamois.

Tibi AW12 Quentin Jones

Given Julia’s enviable career and stellar fash credentials, Tibi designer Amy Smilovic had set the bar pretty high. But personally, I think she nailed it, casting Primrose Hill based Filmmaker, Artist and Illustrator, Quentin Jones as the face of her AW12 campaign. ‘Style with substance’ was what Amy was after and Quentin’s certainly got that in spades. The Cambridge Philosophy Graduate is fast making a name for herself thanks to the unique fashion stories she creates through digital animation. Most recently Quentin created a quirky video series for Chanel and her work has been featured on Vogue.com, Nylon Magazine and Nowness.com… Oh, and she’s really, really pretty.

Tibi AW12 featuring Quentin Jones

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bareMinerals ‘Supernatural’ Collection

This post might come as a bit of a surprise because generally speaking, I’m not a beauty blogger. Not because I don’t find lipstick and mani pedis interesting, au contraire. No, the embarassing truth is that I’m really, really bad at make up. For the past few years my make up regime has been unchanged, high speed and frankly, pretty minimal. bareMinerals powdered foundation, mascara and, if I’m feeling really wild, a slick of black liquid eyeliner. I’ve always wanted to get more experimental with my make up looks but due to a combination of time constraints and laziness, somehow never managed to get round to trying anything new. So when my all time favourite beauty brand, bareMinerals, invited me down to their Covent Garden boutique for a make over I leapt at the chance to test drive their new Supernaturals collection and hopefully pick up a few tips. The Supernaturals collection is the brand’s first trend driven range, featuring autumn-ready shades such as rich plum, olive green and warm terracotta. I chose a lovely green and gold palette aptly named, ‘The Rare Find’. Here’s how it turned out in the hands of a professional…

Before

bareMinerals Supernaturals

After

bareMinerals supernaturals

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Weekly Wish List, Milan Edition

There’s less than a month to go until New York fashion week begins and I’m already on to installment three of my fashion week themed wish lists, the Milan edition. As I mentioned before, every time I express my excitement about the impending celebrations of all things stylish via twitter it illicits a series of less than positive responses from my fashion friends. I’ll admit, now it’s time to really start thinking about ticket requests, scheduling and most importantly, wardrobe options, I’m starting to feel a little stressed out myself. This season I’ll be spending six days (and nights) in NYC before returning to cover the shows and parties back home in London. So overall, I’ll need to come up with a whopping 22 outfits. And not your run-of-the-mill combos either. We’re talking fashion forward, pap-worthy, jealousy inducing ensembles. But before I break out in hives over this most difficult of dilemmas, let’s take a moment to appreciate the new season offerings from our favourite Italian brands. Having blown my budget on New York flights, phone bills and a Prosecco fuelled Peter Pilotto shopping spree, I can’t quite fund a trip to Milan this season so if any fashion fairy Godmothers out there want to sweep me off my feet, now’s your moment!

Milan

1) Miu Miu Jewel Collar Chunky Knit Wool Sweater, £645, click here to buy
2) Marni Wool Crepe Pants, £470, click here to buy
3) Etro Crystal Embellished Gold Plated Necklace, £590, click here to buy
4) Moschino Polka Dot Silk Dress, £1,465, click here to buy
5) Prada Butterly Frame Sunglasses, £215, click here to buy
6) Dolce & Gabbana Gold Plated Swarovski Crystal Clip Earrings, £220, click here to buy
7) Bottega Venetta Woven Satin & Snake Trim Clutch, £990, click here to buy
8) Jil Sander Macbeth Leather Tote, £1,370, click here to buy
9) Salvatore Ferragamo Tinetta Leather Boots, £515, click here to buy
10) Gucci Flocked Suede Pencil Skirt, £895, click here to buy
11) Versus Open Knit Sweater, £270, click here to buy

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