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    What's The Big Deal With Haute Couture?

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    You may be aware that its currently Couture Fashion Week in Paris – when fashion’s most prestigious houses, such as Chanel and Dior, showcase their haute couture collections. Pictures are circling the web and are being in printed in newspapers and magazines, which are certainly pretty to look at.  But given only 4000 of the entire global population actually buys couture (you're looking at about £10k minimum for a garment), should the majority of us who like fashion really care?   "What is Haute Couture?" A couple of years ago I wrote a piece going into its full history (which you...

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    Why Fashion's Image Is One Of Its Biggest Problems

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    Yesterday I wrote a piece on why I felt it was still important to credit the designers and stylists at the Golden Globes (albeit briefly). Some of you agreed, some of you didn’t. But what we all agreed on was how important the #TimesUp campaign is, and that rightly is was the key focus of the evening. What I did find interesting was the general perception of the Fashion Industry. Unsurprisingly many felt it to be superficial and shallow with a lack of heart. And frankly, it’s a pretty understandable view. The Industry does itself no favours here. On the...

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    The Origins of Fancy Dress and Its Role in Halloween

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    As some of you will already know, I love Halloween. You’ll also know that I don’t like horror; my love for the so-called ‘holiday’ stems from its mystical, magical nature. Unsurprisingly I also have a bit of a soft spot for fancy dress, as I do for any kind of dressing up (although my rule is, if I don't already own clothes that can make up an outfit, I’m not going as it. So for the past 4 years Black Swan has become my go-to look….). But we all know that Halloween has now become synonymous with fancy dress. Personally...

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    What Actually Is A Bias Cut?

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    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Yes, yes we all know that immortal Shakespeare line. But let’s get real for a minute: names are pretty important. From your own to that of a brand, a name is ingrained in one’s identity. So when you start up your own business, obviously coming up with a good, punchy name is integral.  Fortunately “the-Bias-Cut.com” has been frequently complimented; a double entendre of being both a technical fashion term, and referencing our mission to cut through the age bias within the Fashion...

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    26 Facts About The Queen's Hats

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    Whether you’re a fan of it or not, there’s no denying Queen Elizabeth II’s style is iconic. Even bets are held on what colour she'll wear for her next public outing. At least there's one thing you can definitely put your money on: she’ll be wearing a hat. So, in the spirit of celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday, and the new “Fashioning a Reign” exhibition at Buckingham Palace, last week I went to a talk on her hats at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (where, if you follow us on instagram you’ll know they are currently hosting a small,...

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