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Sam Bailey – Tracking a class act on X-Factor

Sam Bailey the unexpected class act of X-Factor 2013

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I’ve never written about X-factor before but this year it has been very interesting to watch one persons journey through the show towards the final. X-Factor is an interesting TV show, and ultimately it’s about stereotypes. I always get the impression it’s a battle between the producers and record company execs behind the show and the voting public. They often have different views which makes for occasionally interesting TV when the contestants and the public veer strongly in a direction that the producers don’t really want to go. The show’s producers must have loved Jedward from a performance and ratings perspective but the record companies must have been in a panic!

What the producers want?

Ideally the producers want to reveal the next teen singing sensation, the person the think will appeal to a mostly young audience as they think that’s their sales market. The irony is that all the other demographics actually watch the show. It’s a family show and no doubt that affects the voting each week.
This explains why someone like Sam Bailey is in the running to win the show. Family’s, kids, parents and grandparents alike will all love Sam Bailey. She can really sing and she looks great on stage. It’s a visual transformation that people love, ordinary over 25 working class mum getting a unique chance at stardom.

Sam Callahan – perfect popstar image?

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It also explains why Sam Callahan survived so long on the show when perhaps when he should never have been in the final 12. Visually he was a record companies dream, looked great, would appeal to youngsters and upwards alike and no doubt technology could have auto-tuned him to perfection for the record companies. Unfortunately while Sam is able to sing somewhat it was rapidly clear he does not have the vocal talents of many on the show and ultimately and correctly that led to him leaving.

Luke Friend’s interesting voice

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At the other end of the scale we have Luke Friend, visually interesting and with a voice that while not unique (anyone remember Seal?) stands out and he can sing a bit too. Potentially he’s the new choice for the record companies. He doesn’t have the candy floss appeal that Sam Callahan did but he is interesting and clearly is a musician with ideas. Ending up in the sing off in the semi final is proof that Luke maybe is quite what the public want, having said that I think choice of song is very important for Luke to succeed.

Nicholas McDonald – x-factor winner in waiting or not?

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Nicholas McDonald is a bit of a square peg for me. He sings well but appears quite one dimensional. He is only 16 and perhaps the days of teenage singing sensations are a thing of the past. Today’s media is in our face all the time – there is no time to breathe between seeing an act numerous times and frequent exposure like that unless they are very talented is likely to dampen audience enthusiasm and this is potentially what is happening to Nicholas. He’d have been better entering the show in a few years time when he is a more mature performer who can adjust to the demands of a show like X-factor. Nonetheless he has to be a possible for the record companies – he can sing and they can market him but probably with more effort then they’ d have required with Sam Callahan or Luke Friend. Despite this Nicholas sailed into the final after what wasn’t his best performance so who knows! After all we don’t know the exact differences between the votes. The producers clearly do and I wonder do they update the judges on singer votes after each week?

Hannah Barrett – a gifted voice

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I do feel sorry for Hannah Barrett and here’s an example of where things don’t make sense. Hannah is clearly an outstanding vocal talent, she’s truly gifted and we’ve probably not seen a singer with her type of voice for a long time. However as previously pointed out, today’s deal is about the whole package and Hannah for whatever reason did not capture the public’s heart, which is a real shame. Talent and the personality behind it can take time to develop and record companies never seem to learn, they don’t like investing in long-term talent like Hannah could be. It was a pity to see the judges cast her aside in favour of less impressive singers.

Rough Copy – X-Factor strength in numbers

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Rough Copy played to their main strength in that there are 3 of them. None of them are good enough to stand on their own as an individual performer, perhaps with the exception of Joe. He may have enough charisma and vocal ability to perform on his own. As a group they have worked very hard and turned out good performances every week. It will be interesting to see if they get a contract and if they can make it work for them.

Sam Bailey – X-factor Star Act 2013

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That brings me to Sam Bailey, she is by far the best act on X-Factor this year, she has enough of all the ingredients to make her a success, the only real question is whether or not that is the kind of success the record companies wish to exploit. In a harsh mind she doesn’t fit their stereotype of what a female singer should be, young, slim very beautiful and able to sing. But she is marketable, she can look great and of course she can sing amazingly well. Sam can put soul into a song which some of the other contestants can’t yet do because they are too young.

When the show started it was clear the producers didn’t think Sam could make it and they presented her in as drab a fashion as they could, mumsy and little overweight and quite ordinary. You can see this clearly in the progression of outfits that Sam has worn through the show. As the talent has dwindled someone has realised (reflected in the voting perhaps?) that Sam Bailey can win and they shifted up a style gear and dressed her in a more classy style for her performances, someone is packaging her up for victory.

That’s as it should be, after all as Gary Barlow frequently reminds us this is a singing competition.

So Go Sam Bailey!

In my next post I’ll talk a little more about the dresses Sam has been wearing and why they really work for her from a style perspective.

Sophie Davis

Quality plus size clothing and designer fashion For Women Size 14 – 28

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Are You Obsessed With Colour Matching?

Colour Matching Your Wardrobe This Summer

Fuchsia Tee Shirt by Siganture at Vida Moda perfect for colour matchingSome people can’t walk out of the door unless they feel co-ordinated. Something has to match something else, the colours must complement and not be an assault on the eyes. But what is the secret to co-ordination through colour matching?

Colour Matching – an obsession for you?

If you’re obsessed with being colour co-ordinated, you know how it feels before you step out the door. You take one look in the mirror to check everything looks right, otherwise, bizarrely, it won’t feel right. Colour matching can help us feel ‘together’ and in control, it puts us at ease and we wear colour to feel comfortable. Black, white and red are a classic blend, spring pastels make the perfect day look, neutrals and cream plays it safe. A lot of larger ladies prefer black because it makes them look slimmer, however at Vida Moda I am always on the look out for collections that make great use of colour and I’d love to see more larger women using colour matching to create a different look for themselves. It is amazing how clever use of colour can projet a totally different and confident image. One of my favourite techniques is to team a bright colour top with white trousers or a white skirt. This simple technique is powerful but subtle.

Colour Matching or Colour Blocking?

Those of us who are a bit braver will go for the opposites on the colour wheel, i.e. purple and yellow are loud partners in crime but they work. This is colour blocking which is very much in vogue this season, you can stick with complementary colours or you can “push” it a little! Perhaps some of the more extreme variations look better on the catwalk but you can still make some great colour statements yourself.

Colour Matching – This Seasons Colours at Vida Moda

Some strong colours have continued to from the Winter season, Strong purplesa nd mustard have been joined for summer by vibrant oranges, dark blue, and kiwi green all colours which are good for colour matching or which look superb with white.

Flax ElderBerry Tank Top at Vida Moda perfect for colour matching

Colour Matching with Accessories

What if it goes further than matching jackets with trousers or shoes? Do some of us find ourselves crafting a look to the minutest detail, earrings, nails, eye shadow or lips? It certainly seems like a lot of effort but when the ensemble looks 100% bang on, we never forget it. So much so, that getting the right colour match for you can be a bit addictive but also easy to differentiate between times when you want to relax, veg out and be lazy in a striped top matched with floral trousers. You can, if you wish do a little more colour matching and accessorise with shoes and handbags!

In Summary

All of it says a lot about our personality. Those who don’t feel the need to colour co-ordinate are possibly more relaxed and spontaneous people. For a lucky few, mismatching actually works but it mostly down to the actual garment and how it fits, rather than the choice of patterns and colours. It’s all too easy to play it safe but choosing styles we wouldn’t normally go for or blend can rejuvenate our brains and personality. It’s a statement of rebellion or change.

Whatever we do with colour, it’s important to have fun. So the next time you find yourself matching a pair of earrings to a top, think to yourself – is it really that important?

Start splashing some personality into your wardrobe with Vida Moda’s new summer collections which are all about colour this year. Speaking of colour why not read our tips about fake tan!

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion and Plus Size Clothing For Women With Curves

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Danish Fashion: Find Your Signature Style

Danish Fashion – Contemporary Style

New Danish Designer Fashion Collection

I’m delighted to add a new danish fashion label (Signature) to our collections. Any of you who have watched The Killing, Wallander or The Bridge on television will hopefully recognise that Scandinavian Fashion and particular Danish Fashion has something wonderful to offer. Danish Fashion labels make excellent use of texture, colour and shape to being us beautiful clothes.

The Signature Danish fashion Label is brand new for our Spring/ Summer collection. It is subtle collection with it’s own identity but also one that will blend in well with your existing wardrobe if you do not wish to make an obvious fashion statement.

Danish Fashion: Pastel Tops

Danish Fashion Blue-Tee-Shirt by Signature at Vida ModaThese three beautiful tops by Signature come in sizes 16 – 24. Perfect with linen trousers, jeans or a long flowing black skirt, they are the perfect inexpensive addition to your seasonal wardrobe.
 
 
 

Danish Fashion: Contemporary Top

Danish Fashion Text Pattern Top by Signature at Vida ModaThis unusual top has short sleeves, round neckline with slight gathering and bow detail in classic black and white montage of text, flowers & architecture. It will look perfect on you with our Sand Linen trousers, black court shoes then have some fun with black, white, neutral coloured jewellery.
 
 

Danish Fashion: Jacket

Danish Fashion White Jacket by Signature at Vida Moda
White Cotton Jacket
This white cotton jacket is stretchy and very comfortable comfort in an on trend style having long sleeves with a popper fastening at the cuff and a round collarless neck, seven popper fastenings and two slash pockets to the front. It’s the perfect addition to a casual jeans outfit or over a dress for a lady at lunch!
 

Danish Fashion: Navy Polka Dot Dress

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An exquisite dress that blends classic colours and patterns with a modern A-line cut in a fabric that hangs effortlessly flattering. Finish the look with navy leggings and white platform wedges. A big chunky white bead necklace would take this dress from simple daywear to delicious party attire.
 
 

Danish Fashion: Joanna’s Summary

One of the reasons I love this label is their variation and imagination. Different pieces and yet all part of the same design story. Signature is Danish Fashion label that has something for everybody. We’ve got another Danish Fashion Label to tell you about in a future post. It is different again but has distinctive personality.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion and Plus Size Clothing For Women With Curves

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6 Style Tips – The Secrets of French style

French Style is recognised the world over and remains a huge influence on fashion.

But have you ever wondered what a French woman’s secret is to looking so chic in the simplest of clothes? After a stint of living there, a friend of mine picked up some key french style tips and I’d like to share them with you.

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French Style Tip 1: Buy well, buy twice.

French women may not be known for having the most exciting wardrobe in the world, however, because they invest in good fabrics and cuts, garments often look timeless. You’ll often see ladies with two piece suits and beautifully tapered blouses. This is french style, it’s subtle and noticeable because it is quiet and understated, but totally unmissable.

French Style Tip 2: Classic saves money.

We have all, at one time gone for the impulse purchase of a piece that we wore once and it’s been sitting at the bottom of our wardrobe in a bag ever since. There are ways to adjust your look around staple garments without feeling drab. Picking classic styles and colours, such as black, charcoal, ivory and other neutrals could be the smartest move you’ll ever make. This summer will present a fabulous opportunity to add to your options. Colour is very important this for this summer as colour blocking is fashionable at the moment. Careful colour choices will work together and then can worn with the classic colours previously mentioned to create a different look.

Paying close attention to the care instructions of your most worn items makes them look as good as new and last longer. My friend noticed noticed that the most chic French ladies had lint-free and well pressed outfits for almost every occasion. The same goes for shoes and bags, keep leather well nourished, away from wet and polished. Simple but effective presentation is a key part of achieving a look that reflects french style, it is not just about the garments.

French Style Tip 4: Grooming.

It seems a little over the top to do your hair for the supermarket but it’s not unusual to see in French cities. It is quite common to see French ladies with very diverse styles and all ages making the effort on finishing touches, such as manicured nails, flawless skin and neat hair, french style is about paying attention to detail.

French Style Tip 5: Accessories.

French are wonderful at choosing and using accessories to complement their outfits, often in a subtle way. Artful use of jewellery, handbags, belts, scarves and sunglasses can often accentuate a look and make it stand out but without being loud! Again colour can play and important part here along with texture.

French Style Tip 6: Wear appropriate sized clothes.

This is one of the most important tips. You must wear garments that are the correct size for you. Tight garments will look awful even if they are very expensive. If you wear a dress that is the correct size, you will look fabulous, and yes you will look slimmer! If you wear a dress that is a size too small and is tight, its lines won’t look good, it won’t flow properly and you will look larger than you are.

Vida Moda has a some french style collections, they are quite different to each other, one is quite subtle (Heteroclite) and the other is a little more contemporary (Anathea). Heteroclite is perfect for adding some a dash of casual french style to your holiday and everyday wear. Anathea is a little more dressy and if you are going on a cruise it is comfortable and easy to wear french style for being on a ship and it doesn’t need lots of ironing, so it is perfect for traveling!

French Style icon Coco de Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

Coco set a benchmark for french style that is perhaps unsurpassed and will remain an influence on designer for generations to come.

At Vida Moda I believe that women with curves should have the same style choice as thinner women and we are constantly encouraging designer to design in sizes that suit us, and I hope you like the two collections we currently stock to represent french style.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion and Plus Size Clothing For Women With Curves

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Chocolate Tunic Dress – Your New Best Friend

Every woman needs a great jersey dress, and our Chocolate Tunic by Vetono is a perfect example and is available up to a size 22.

It’s super stretchy and perfectly weighted to drape beautifully for truly effortless chic.  Add this little beauty to your wardrobe and you’ll soon realise how flexible it is – dressed up or down, it’ll always look bang on trend.

Vetono Chocolate Tunic at Vida Moda

For a daytime look, keep it simple, team with your favourite jeans or leggings, some great boots; add a chunky beaded necklace & an oversized shoulder bag and you’re good to go.
For work, just add opaque tights and some patent court shoes.  For a splash of colour, style with a bright scarf – left loose or tied in a quirky pussy bow depending on your style.  Choose a bold Aztec style print to tie in with one of this season’s big catwalk trends and you’ve got instant office-chic.

When you’re looking for more glamour, the tunic’s gorgeous chocolate brown shade lends itself beautifully as a blank canvas to accessorise with this season’s Afrocentric trends.  Think chunky ethnic style jewellery, earth tones, wooden bangles, and of course, don’t be afraid to throw a splash of animal print into the mix.  Fashion’s long standing love affair with playful prints shows no sign of ending any time soon, so why not invest in some leopard print pumps or heels to really set off the look.  Add a coordinating clutch to stash the essentials and get ready to party!
This great little dress will soon become one of your wardrobe staples – have fun experimenting with it!

This designer tunic is available at Vida Moda now in 3 sizes catering for size 16 to 22.

 
Joanna
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Who will be your 2012 television style icon?

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Behind everyone’s personal style there’s a number of influences. They could be designers, artists, shops, boutiques, celebrities or people we know. However, increasingly it’s television that is the root of our style choices these days.

Traditionally, we’d pick up a copy of Vogue or other glossy mags to see what is at the cutting edge of style but nowadays other mediums are making a bigger impact on what we wear & how. We are more likely to absorb our fashion intake through music videos, movies and television programmes. It’s a phenomenon that has occurred over the last few decades. Who didn’t sport a pair a legwarmers after watching their weekly dose of The Kids from Fame? No one had ever heard of shoulder pads before Dynasty. A week didn’t go by for a hairdresser to be asked for a ‘Rachel’ cut after Friends peaked in popularity. But now there are shows where fashion is an integral part of the plot.

 

When Carrie Bradshaw made large fabric flowers a feature of her wardrobe in the series Sex and the City, women across the world sported them whilst sipping their new found tipple Cosmopolitans. Not to mention the numerous other designers and looks that particular programme boosted, Manolo Blahnick, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli to name a few. Ugly Betty is unashamedly a cat-walk wrapped around a drama. Even though Absolutely Fabulous poked fun at the industry, there was still a fair amount of showcasing and name dropping going on.

Nostalgia is playing a big part in our style influence of late also. Mad Men, set in a 1960s New York advertising agency was a welcome glamorisation of women’s natural curves. In the UK, The Hour made 1950s prim popular as well as inspiring some of us to dig up the red lipstick again. We really loved The hour and ladies if you have hips you can recreate some of the look yourself by choosing our merino wool skirts by Bitte Kai Rand! Romola Garai who played the Bel Rowley character wore some fantasic dresses and skirts in the series.

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Click on the images above to see full details on each skirt as they are slightly different. Images ©Vida Moda 2011

In a more modern vein on Channel 4, This is England ’86 and ’88 have been playing out a trip down fashion memory lane, from punk to dodgy highlights and dayglo accessories.

What will 2012 have in store? We’ve already had a ultra chic start to the year with the BBC’s We’ll Take Manhattan, a portrayal of Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey’s beginnings at Vogue. You cannot fail to be aroused by the 1960s looks against backdrop of New York City. If anything, that will bring back the pout…..it can only get better from here.

Joanna
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Women With Curves

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