Archive | October, 2012

Is Your Wardrobe Ready for Autumn?

Its time to get your wardrobe sorted for Autumn and winter

This is the first of three Posts where we are going to take a look at some fashion options from the autumn wear collections at Vida Moda for this Autumn/Winter.

Say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn!

The days are shorter, the clocks have just gone back, sunshine and blue skies are getting less frequent, and Summer (such as it was!) is becoming a distant memory.
It’s not all bad news though – saying goodbye to Summer means saying hello to Autumn. From a fashion perspective it is one of my favourite times of year. I love early autumn, where the trees are shedding their leaves and creating a crisp golden carpet underfoot. The winds pick up too and temperatures start to drop.

It’s time to wrap up warm

That means it’s time to start wrapping up warm – lovely layers, cosy cardigans, tights, boots, hats, scarves, and of course bundling up on the sofa with hot chocolate and movies!
The question is though, is your wardrobe Autumn ready? If not, don’t panic, we have a few top tips to help you get set for your most stylish Autumn yet.

Find a Coat you love.

Black Cashmere Coat by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida ModaAs much as a collection of great cardigans or a transitional jacket will get you through the first few weeks of chillier weather, by this time next month, you’ll almost definitely need a coat to wrap up in.
If you don’t already have a beloved winter coat that comes out of hibernation every year, now is the time to get one.

Look at it as an investment, a great coat may seem expensive at the time, but choose well and it will keep you warm and chic for years to come.

A single breasted black cashmere coat just screams timeless chic. It will go with everything and never go out of style. They are a great investment and will serve you well over more than one season.

Bonfire Ruffle Scarf at Vida Moda
You can throw it over work wear, wear with jeans and boots for casual chic, or on top of your best party frock to keep you warm en-route, this classic design never looks out of place. If you want to add a pop of colour, treat yourself to a bright scarf (or two!), like our bonfire ruffle scarf from our range of ruffle scarves – It’s an easy way to change up your look and re-invent your coat whenever you feel like it.

Be different and little more adventurous

If you’re looking to wrap up in something a little more adventurous, how about our Faux Shearling Gilet, marvellously chic but really practical. Easy to wear, lightweight but warm.

Heteroclite Wool Coat At Vida Moda

 

Looking to make a unique statement? Step back in time and channel some classic french style gloriously reminiscent of the 60′s with our beautifully warm wool coat by Heteroclite?

The combination of blue, charcoal & grey in a cape style make for a stunning design that’s quirkier than plain black, but still neutral enough to wear with everything.

Boiled Wool Jacket at Vida Moda

For days when it’s not quite so savage you could wear this sumptuous red boiled wool jacket by Q’neel, which is light but will still keep you very cosy and you’d look fabulous in it!

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Autumn Wear For Women Size 14 to 28

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Lisa Riley Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing – Lisa Riley – A New Dance Star

Strictly Come Dancing – It’s more than dancing for Lisa Riley

Strictly Come Dancing is only a few weeks into the latest series and the show continues to capture our imagination. If you haven’t seen the show Lisa Riley is taking part in this series. If you don’t know who Lisa Riley is, she’s a popular british actress well known for her roles in Emmerdale and for presenting “You’ve been framed”.

More recently we’ve seen Lisa portray a dark character in “Scott and Bailey”. This serious role allowed Lisa to display the full extent of her acting skills and proved for me at least that she is an amazing actress. Seeing her on Strictly Come Dancing you wouldn’t believe it is the same person.

Lisa has perhaps taken the Strictly Come Dancing judges and the public by surprise. Lisa Riley is a plus size lady and few people might have rated her as a having a chance to win the competition. But Lisa is a revelation, she dances very well and easily puts to shame the flawed image generally portrayed by the media that being large somehow means being second best.

Comment about Lisa’s look

Lisa has looked amazing in each of the dances she has done so far. Last night’s Hollywood Theme Night was no exception. Lisa danced the Jive with Robin to “Hanky Panky” tune from the Dick Tracy movie. She wore a short, frilly dress with lace sleeves teamed with sequined tights. Lisa had her hair done in a “Big Hair” style that suited her outfit and the dance perfectly.

Lisa Riley’s dancing

Lisa Riley’s dancing last night on strictly come dancing was no different to the first two evenings. It was exceptional and this is probably the one of the things about the show that people may have been most surprised by. Stereotyped perceptions kick in and people probably didn’t expect Lisa to be able to dance particularly well because she is a large lady. On the contrary, Lisa moved very well and is clearly a good dancer, dispelling this notion. She has excellent timing and rhythm and left us in no doubt about her capabilities as a dancer. Lisa and Robin finished third last night with their Jive. On the overall leader board after three weeks they are joint third with 11 points.

Lisa and Robin on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

Lisa and Robin Dancing The Jive

Views of the Strictly Come Dancing Judges

There is one element of the show I find somewhat irritating. Some of the judges comments have been slightly patronising as if they can’t believe a larger lady is capable of dancing and dancing really well. The fact that Lisa Riley is a larger lady is of no consequence whatsoever and the judges should not continue to draw attention to this.

Lisa’s personality

Lisa’s personality is a huge contributing factor to her ability to be a success in a show of this nature. This was clear in the strictly come dancing training session clips. Throughout those clips Lisa was bright and bubbly and having fun while working through the routines. Her positive attitude carries through to the dance floor and last night she performed with a big smile on her face throughout, clearly enjoying herself.

So who is going to win Strictly this year?

I think Lisa Riley has a very good chance of winning Strictly Come Dancing. However there is stiff competition in the form of Louis Smith. An Olympic athlete, no less. Louis and Flavia performed a dance routine from the film Dirty Dancing. The dance contains quite a challenging lift at the end of the routine. In their training clips much was made of this lift prior to Louis and Flavia’s performance. During their performance they executed the lift flawlessly and with apparent ease, as you’d expect from an Olympic gymnast. The BBC probably added a little drama to make their dance a little more interesting than it was. Having said that, technically their overall dance was excellent and probably deserved more than the 30 marks that put them in second place for the evening.

There are a number of weeks to go and there are plenty of other strong competitors in the mix, but wouldn’t it be special if Lisa goes on to win Strictly Come Dancing? I do hope so. Lisa’s positive approach and obvious ability are currently doing much to combat the negative attention that plus size women get in the UK press. So watch Strictly Come Dancing each week and vote for Lisa Riley, her performances thus far have deserved the votes she and Robin have received.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Women Size 14 to 28

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Mind The Gap – Skinny Fashion Mannequins – Are They A Good Idea?

The fashion industry is fickle and often driven by style directors keen to wave the next cool thing right in front of us. Historically designers and retailers or possibly art directors in media have done this with lazy respect for the responsibility they wield.

“What responsibility?” I hear you ask. Well in simple terms these people are in a position of power when it comes to influencing other people. None more so than the big brands. For a lot of them their audience is young people and a lot of them will be affected by the visions that style directors and the art directors push for a particular brand or season.

A friend of ours pointed us in the direction of The Gap and the mannequins they use. I haven’t been in Gap for a number of years, I’m perhaps not quite too “old” for the their clothes but I’m definitely too fat for them if their mannequins are anything to go by.

The Gap - Using super skinny mannequins

Mannequin Too Skinny?

Their mannequins are skinny, and please note dear reader not just thin, but broom stick thin. This is the image Gap present to the customer. A lot of their customers will be young, girls and young women who will (subconsciously) look at those mannequins and may think they need to look like that too in order to look cool, be super skinny to wear those clothes and carry off that particular look. Brands like The Gap (they aren’t the only ones) have immense power when it comes to influencing people and how they look. They should be more responsible in using this power.

There is endless debate about health and weight which will carry on indefinitely. Retailers and brands could and should be a little more conscious of their role in portraying a positive body that perhaps is closer to a healthy reality than is currently the norm. This is isn’t the first time this has been commented on. Gap were taken to task in the media last year over their use of super skinny mannequins.

I’m not ranting at Gap, just asking for some thoughtful consideration of the impact they may be having on their vast customer base and requesting that they take some positive action on this issue.

They have a responsibility to think about the style image they are presenting and potential effect it may have on young people, particularly young women. We all want to look good and dress well. There is a line that can be crossed and like everything there is an up side and a downside to crossing the line. All too often it is easy to ignore the darkness of the downside. They pretend it doesn’t exist and instead focus on the upside which is shiny and glamourous but laced with risk.

All too often the fashion industry finds itself on the wrong side of the line which is a shame.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Plus Size Designer Fashion For Women With Curves

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