THE IT LIST

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Its the weekly IT List again! Here is what you should be wearin’, seein’ and eatin’…..

WEAR IT: Something furry! With Gucci showing their fur – think dog, not bear – shoes at Milan Fashion Week this week, anything from furry coats to bags is the way to go. Fur (the faux kind) is no longer limited to the coat or gilet, bags and accessories have become the trendsetters way to #wearit. You can even buy a fur iPhone case from Topshop!

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SEE IT: The annual Jameson Film Festival programme was launched on Thursday night. Check out the schedule here, and catch some great movies in Dublin from March 19-29. You have been given plenty of notice, so get your season ticket now.

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EAT IT: NOTHING! Its Lent after all. Look, we all say we are going off chocolate, alcohol, etc. but once you decide you are giving something up, it’s ALL YOU CAN THINK ABOUT! So, why not take up eating something new and healthy, rather than giving up chocolate completely. With that in mind, I recommend taking in more water and greens – kale being the trendy veg right now. And if you are feeling lazy, head over to Blazing Salads on Drury Street to get your health fix on.

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HEAR IT: Well, I’m not sure you can now. The hottest ticket in Dublin town – Ed Sheeran at Croke Park on July 24 and 25 – is already sold out. For two nights. Go Ed! You may know someone in the biz, as they say, or you may be lucky and your mate, who bought a ticket, will be struck down with a 24 hour bug – nothing too serious – the night of the gig. Fingers cross!

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SAY IT: Well done! That’s my mantra this week. I feel that we do not compliment our loved ones enough on their achievements, both big and small. We are all too busy with our own mad lives to see what great things our family, friends, and colleagues are doing. So, look around and say ‘well done’, people will love it!

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Marc Jacobs: ‘I am appalled by the whole social media thing’

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Marc Jacobs Inc. is a social media fan. Having read the interview Jacobs did with Suzy Menkes for Vogue, I did some online stalking and it would seem that Twitter – up to four accounts for different sides of the company – and Instagram have been, and are, very good to Mr Jacobs and his team. No successful, global organisation could suggest that they could survive without social media in this day and age. So, when I read this headline, I was a little surprised – having also seen Marc himself stand in for many a celebrity selfie on tropical holidays with Ms. Moss and Campell et al. But having read on, I can’t help but agree with his comments, to some degree.

“I am so appalled by the whole social media thing,” he said. “I don’t get it, it doesn’t appeal to me, neither does a computer, or working on a laptop. I don’t want to read a book on a device. I like a book with a hard cover, and text on a piece of paper. I like magazines. I don’t care if I carry around 100lbs of magazines, I’d rather do that than look at them on the internet. I am just not of that generation. I get the allure of it, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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He continued, by scalding younger designers who think they’re on the cutting edge of fashion; “You know, I am an older person now, I’m going to be 52 in a couple of months, but I look at young fashion and it seems like it’s all the same – the idea of what is edgy or cool. It’s style with no substance; it doesn’t really seem born of anything. I don’t see the rebellion or edge in it. It just looks like a cliche: salad oil in the hair, Frankenstein shoes and the trappings of punk and all these other things.”

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The older generation of designers have long been bewildered by the use of social media, and feel that it suppresses the creative process. In 2012, Yohji Yamamoto told WWD that designers were losing creativity via their love of the internet. “We are losing those young people because we have too much information by media, especially through computers. We can see everything at the same time, so already they are spoiled too much. So when we have talk sessions with young designers or students, I tell them: ‘Be bright. Your eyes have become dirty.'”

Whether in a creative or more corporate environment, we are all guilty of being a slave to surfing – and not the Mediterranean sea kind. We spend hours ‘researching’ our chosen topic online instead of looking around us, or above us, or next to us. There is inspiration everywhere. And, online, there is distraction everywhere. You may have an amazing idea or concept, but once you Google this, you will inevitably find someone who has tried it, or a variation of it – as they say, nothing is new. But does this make you want to move forward and do it better, or sit back and feel disheartened that something similar already exists? The volume of information online can cloud our process and make us doubt our taste and originality.

Jacobs statement on ‘trappings of punk’ in new design is a little unfair. When it comes to fashion, the past is continuously reborn – look at the current re rebirth of the 70’s in almost every collection at London Fashion Week and beyond. But the use of online media to propel existing creativity, rather than enhance a potential idea, is something everyone, including Marc Jacobs Inc with their many social media accounts, should embrace. We cannot hide from it, we need it.

Just make sure to look up from that iPhone and see what’s around you.

@wearitdublin

J.Crew & Jenna Lyons: “Sequins are the new black”

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I must have Googled ‘J.Crew at New York Fashion Week 2015’ about twenty times today, waiting with bated breath for images to appear online from today’s show. And, when they did appear, I was not disappointed. I know, I know, #NYFW has seen many high end designer shows over the last few days, with exquisite pieces that probably took a team of fifty to make with hand sown beads etc., etc. But who doesn’t love J.Crew? There is no shame in being as excited for this show as you are for Chanel – no, I am not say Jenna Lyons is the same as Coco, I am not mad. But I do have a serious – possibly stalker like – girl crush on, Jenna. Everything she touches, and wears, turns to sequins gold. Today, I fell even more in love with her when she utter the words ‘Sequins are the new black’! Music to my magpie ears!

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The collection shown today sticks with Jenna and J.Crew’s principles of grown up sophistication, for a women who moves, wants to be comfortable, dressed, but never over dressed. Parka jackets with fringe skirts, floor length sequins skirts with denim – Jenna, loves to rock denim as part of a more formal outfits – and tones of spring colours like mellow yellow and candy pink.

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Jeans with frayed ends – a trend that took off at the end of 2014 – and polo necks were all back. I don’t think I have seen a show at #NYFW that has not had a polo neck in it. Is it a global reaction to the cold weather we are having? Or did all the designers have a meeting and decide on one item so they could share? Anyway, whatever the reason, they look great, warm and chic.

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The canary yellow that has popped up throughout the line is really refreshing, yellow is not used enough in my book – be careful, its a tricky colour to pull off – and was used subtly on faux fur stoles and coat lining. Very cleaver, Jenna.

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The floor length sequins skirt is a show stopper, even when paired back with a denim shirt and tan belt – which gives it quiet an Americana edge. I have always championed sequins as day wear – or anywhere – so I hope we see this look popping up on the, slightly more affordable, high street. And the accessories did not disappoint either with the clutch as the bag of choice, pointy, court style pumps in fun animal prints, and floral sandals – still a little chilly for those without a sock.

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All in all, the collection was a masterclass in styling as much as in design. It makes me want to get out my scissors and start attacking the end of my jeans and my Momsie midi skirt to create some fringing, and update my sad over-sized parka with some bright yellow lining – I am all about the DIY ladies. That is until I have enough wonga in the bank to afford the real thing.

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Image source: Popsugar, Elle, Manrepeller

American Apparel Say Goodbye to Sexy?

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With the departure of CEO, Dov Charney – who was fired from his own company and exited in a sea of sleazy rumours – and the introduction of a new female CEO, there are big changes ahead for American Apparel.

That’s according to said female CEO, Paula Schneider. Gone are the raunchy, legs akimbo, crotch shots that AA plastered all over their ads to sell anything from lingerie to socks, Schneider wants to make their new campaigns about relevant and serious issues, such as LGBT rights and bullying.

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“It doesn’t have to be overtly sexual,” Schneider told Business of Fashion about her advertising approach. “There’s a way to tell our story where it’s not offensive. It is an edgy brand. And it will continue to be an edgy brand.”

While all of this is sure to be welcomed news to parents who’s teens are dressed head to toe in the ‘made in America’ leotards and vintage inspired shirts – I have to add, the clothes appeal to teens because only teenage bodies can fit into them – I am not so sure the new ad campaign, championed by Schneider and called ‘Pantytime’, is that much of a departure?

Take a look and see.

Only time will tell I guess. I want to see more before I am totally convinced.

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STREET STYLE/new york

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Its that time of year again, New York Fashion Week, day 1. That means the streets of NYC are a public catwalk for the next four days. Check out the street style right here. #wearit

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A little Bey and Jay-Z thrown in for good measure. Loving B’s outfit.

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Image source: Mark Iantosca, Wheresmydriver

The IT List

Its Friday!

And that means one thing here at WEAR IT/dublin, the weekly IT list. And this is our first (tiny applause!). The weekly IT list will give you all the information you need on what to eat, see, wear, and listen to this weekend. Enjoy. And please send us any of you IT items in the comments section below.

WEAR IT: A rain coat. We have started our weekend rather wet here in Dublin. Try a good old fashion trench, like this one.

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SEE IT: Fifty Shades of Grey, I guess? Everyone is talking about it, its out today, so why not go and get your perv on with some Jamie Dornan, or Dakota Johnson, whichever takes your fancy. I will be heading to the National Concert Hall tomorrow night to see the remarkable Declan O’Rourke. If you don’t know him, you should, watch this.

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EAT IT: Chocolate. Are you beginning to see a Valentines theme running through our IT List? We don’t need a reason to eat chocolate, but if someone gives you a box this weekend, eat them. Any rich, overpriced foods can go on into this category. While I am not a Valentines person, anything that encourages us to go out to a fancy restaurant or scoff a box of Dairy Milk – kicking it old school – is fine by me. I will move on to trendy stuff like kale next week. WARNING: don’t go overboard like this chick.

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HEAR IT: Tis the season to be romantic, and after cleaning up at the Grammy’s, I am having a bit of a Sam Smith love in this week. I think it is as much about wanting to go for drinks with him, as it is his music. And my weekly playlist always includes the unique and amazing Róisín Murphy who has been announced to play at this years Electric Picnic music and arts festival. Whether listening to old school Moloko tracks, or her own stuff, I am a happy camper. And try to watch the videos. Her style in this video….those silver boots, the cape, that hat….there are no words. #coolestladyintheworld

SAY IT: ‘I love you’. Oh go on then, lets just love this list right up. Tell that special someone, even if its your Mom, that you love them this weekend. Everyone likes to hear that somebody loves them. It is most appropriate this weekend, but there is never a wrong time to say it. I Googled ‘love’ and this image came up….why not?! #courtneylove

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Mwah! Happy V weekend!

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First Model With Down Syndrome Walks at New York Fashion Week

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Jamie Brewer an actress, best known for her role in American Horror Story, who just happens to have Down Syndrome, became the first model with Down Syndrome to walk down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week yesterday.

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Designer, Carrie Hammer, booked Brewer to model as part of her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, which the designer started when she was first asked to show her line at Fashion Week.

This is not just about fashion, this move, and the campaign, is breaking boundaries for people with intellectual disabilities in the world of fashion, and beyond. And Brewer herself sees the significance; “Young girls and even young women…[see me] and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I”. Brewer, told Today; “It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are.”

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Hammer told Today; “I called up my existing clients who were all incredible women and one of them happened to be a doctor and a sex therapist who happened to be in wheelchair. It was never intended to be this incredible statement.”

Hammer did include a model in a wheelchair on both her runway and print campaigns and, even if unwittingly, this has become a statement and sparked a new debate on our – and the fashion industries – definition of beauty.

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Referencing the dress she wore at New York Fashion Week, Jamie said; “It’s amazing, it’s really neat. Many women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine. I am honored to be in it.”

It’s time for change, fashion is not exclusive to the skinny, pretty or rich, its something everyone can enjoy and have a passion for. Therefore, the shows, campaigns and social media threads should reflect this.

Bravo Hammer and Brewer.

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