Friday, 27 January 2017

Donald Trump - The Geminian

Versatility is the hallmark of Sun sign Geminians. This is the first dual sign of the zodiac, and its subjects find it essential to pursue several courses of action at once. They also need to communicate on all levels. Their potential can be expressed in many ways, but especially through the media. This need for communication is so strong that they will tweet on every conceivable subject  and will happily chat to someone in the bus queue if no-one else is available.

The Geminian versatility and communicative skills should ideally be used in the chosen career. Many do very well working in the media and are also known as the natural salespeople of the zodiac, doing well in department stores, advertising and as commercial travellers. Their need for change and variety should not be ignored: predictable routine is inimical to them. So is solitary work, but when a Geminian acquires a lonely top job, he will never fail to listen to former colleagues, although this doesn't mean that their advice will be accepted. a full and free interchange of ideas, and the batting to and fro of opinions, is important.
In business, Geminians can be highly shrewd and cunning, and if they apply these characteristics to making money they often do extremely well, although sometimes a faulty decision, perhaps too hastily made, will result in financial collapse.
This is not an overly ambitious sign, but the Gemini imagination will happily enjoy success before it is actually achieved.

Superficiality is the worst Geminian fault, and should be controlled- these people tend to know a little about many subjects, and sometimes fail to acquire truly deep knowledge of the things that really interest them. An ability to assimilate knowledge can work well under certain conditions but it is important for these Geminians to realise the necessity for deep thought and seriously based opinions on some subjects.
A tendency to inconsistency is another problem, the Geminian need for variety and change makes it all too easy for these people to start a great many different projects but then leave a lot of them unfinished. However, awareness of this trait can help counter it.

There is a very powerful critical streak in every Geminian, which can be more damning than they realise and causes them to upset and deflate others, this can be tempered with humour and softened with praise.

Note: The monkey, quick witted and full of tricks is a Geminian animal!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Trump Effect on Fashion.

Fashion itself is a reliable reflection of social, cultural ,economic and political change. And boy 'The Times They-Are-A-Changin''. I wonder what effect the Trump era will have on fashion?

I think the first noticeable change will be in the boob department. I predict that boobs will be taking a back seat. I reckon we (well, us girls) will be buttoning up our blouses pretty pronto. When women want to be taken seriously they need to look serious. In the US the women will be feeling thwarted, frantic and afraid of what their futures hold for them and their daughters. It is time for them to re-group, show solidarity, button up and go to war to reassert themselves and their power.
Already the disappearance of the bosom can be noticed on the red carpet with high-necked gowns overtaking the plunging necklines which already seem embarrassing and naff.
The sales of plunge bras have plummeted while the sales of t-shirt bras, un-padded bras and bra-lets have increased. Women want to feel like women again.  Strong, feminine and natural. The inner lioness is ready to roar. She may be in the long grass licking her wounds for a while but she will be back fiercely protecting her cubs, after having fed them of course.

I think legs will become the focal part of the fashionable body. Long and strong, showing the ability to kick ass. A little bit of lithe leg peaking from the side of a long evening gown evokes a sensation of power and strength. But is classy and feminine at the same time.

For work I think very smart, no nonsense is the dress of the day. Not severe though.Women do not need to adopt a masculine attitude in dress or mind.

Hair is an interesting one. I can imagine returning to the buttoned up Victorian era. Masses of beautiful long hair for night time but tucked up tight for the daytime. A return to the hair pin. This styling will lend an air of mystery and be fun to manage. At the beach we can have playful plaits, in the boardroom, a no-nonsense bun. For peace loving people hippie hair can make a comeback. I foresee a return of the afro to represent a fierce sense of black pride.

Fashion can make loud statements but it doesn't need to shout.
Fashion allows people to express themselves, their personal identity, their culture and their talents.
Fashion can change politics.
Fashion is powerful. Use it.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Brigitte Bardot

"I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness,
I can't do without them."

"I have always adored beautiful young men. Just because I grow older, my taste doesn't change. So if I can still have them, why not?"

Asked what the best day of her life was, she replied
"It was a night."

Sophia Loren.

"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful."

"If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful."

A Short Tribute To Coco Chanel.

Coco Chanel. Photographed by Cecil Beaton 1937
In 1918, when Coco Chanel presented her first collection of gowns, she heralded a new type of glamour
that became instantly classic. Her vision was modern, streamlined and elegant.
Like Chanel, who broke every rule, classic glamour doesn't adhere to strictures.
Yet you know it the instant you see it.
And what might be trashy on someone else (marabou feathers, sequins, an asymmetric dress) is pure
perfection on those who , thanks to their confidence and inherent style, personify glamour.
For further instruction, take a tip from Chanel herself, and her immortal line:
" A girl should be two things- classy and fabulous,"
A perfect definition of classic glamour.

" Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit
the face you have at fifty."
Coco Chanel.

"I am not young but I feel young.The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there.
J'aime la vie!
I feel that to live is a wonderful thing."
Coco Chanel
August 18 1883 - January 10 1971

The Birth of Seaside Glamour.

Gerald and Sara Murphy.
Before the early Twenties, no-one
fashionable went to the French Riviera in the summer and sunbathing was unheard of.
But in 1923 an American expatriate couple, Gerald and Sara Murphy, persuaded
the Hotel du Cap to stay open during the hot months so they and their guests could
spend time frolicking in the sea, lying in the sun and sharing gossip.
Their friends included Picasso, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Hemingway, Cocteau, Marlene Dietrich and
Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald. Indeed, so fascinated was Fitzgerald by his hosts that he based Nicole and Dick Diver
Tender is the Night upon them!
A very glamorous set then, and they all looked the part- Sara always wore pearls with her bathing costume
because, she said, "they needed sunning."
Since the Murphy's heyday, the beach has retained its allure and provided
a constant inspiration and backdrop for some of the most memorable
fashion photography.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Not in Vogue.

Me,back in the very early 80's
I can remember having this picture taken. It is a photograph, not a snap. I had to pose, I was very tall (well, funnily enough, I still am) and very slim and very young and fancied myself as super model material. I was a bit premature on that front as the real supermodels were still struggling to make names for themselves back then, in fact the term wouldn't be christened for a couple more years. I sent the photo to a modelling agency in Mayfair. I didn't hear anything from the agency so just carried on in my job as a clerical officer at the Greater London Council. Then one day I had a phone call at work, a personal phone call which was very frowned upon. It was a man calling from the agency in Mayfair asking me where I was. I was flustered and replied that I was at work. He went on in a dramatic fashion to say that the studio had been set up and the photographer was waiting for me. I didn't know what to do as I couldn't just up and leave my desk. I tried to explain that I hadn't heard anything from the agency at all, let alone notice of a pending appointment. My immediate boss could see that I was in a pickle and indicated that I pass him the phone which I did. He asked the caller for an explanation and then calmly put the phone down. He then, to my astonishment , took some cash out of his wallet and told me to go and get a taxi to the appointment.
It was summer and I was wearing a dress, quite a smart dress as casual clothes were not deemed fit to wear to work at that time. I felt frumpy and not model material at all but a steely determination had set in and on the way to Mayfair I mapped my new life , it would include lots of glamorous parties, champagne, gorgeous clothes, Vogue covers, shining hair, good-looking men and of course, vast sums of money.
I arrived at the building which was a tall and grand affair, I presumed the whole house was the agency but soon realised that the number of bells attached to the wall gave the lie to that assumption. I pressed the bell to the agency and the door swung open. I climbed up a long staircase until I reached what was probably once known as the servants' quarters. I was ushered in by a youngish man who was wearing a hacking jacket and light brown cords, (I don't know why I remember this detail so clearly) he had a floppy fringe which he had to keep flicking from his eyes. He looked me up and down while rubbing his hand across his chin. He asked me to pull my dress up so he could see more of my legs. I felt a red flush bloom across my cheeks but pulled up my dress as instructed. He seemed to stare at my legs for ages and I felt awkward and embarrassed but kept telling myself I was being stupid as of course I would have to expect this sort of scrutiny everyday while being photographed by David Bailey and the like.
Finally, the man from the agency, (I can't remember his name) told me he thought my legs were a tiny bit on the chubby side but not to worry, I could exercise that away. I remember feeling mortified, my legs couldn't really have been any skinnier, they wouldn't have held me up. I dropped my dress back down to below my knees.
The photographer called from the 'studio' which was probably once upon a time, a broom cupboard.
I had lost my nerve, I couldn't bear the thought of my chubby legs being photographed. I dashed back down the staircase on my sturdy pins and hailed a taxi which took me back to County Hall.