Check Me Out

 

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Just so’s you know;

Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn.[1] It is made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to colour.

A question that I need you to answer is; When does an every day checked shirt, dress, tablecloth become a Gingham checked shirt, dress, tablecloth? Haunting.

Literally checking out. Forget what’s trending or ‘in’ somethings are never out. This is a story of two halves; the gingham I already have and the Gingham I want to have. Off I go, little Ging-er that I am.

My reversible bomber/jean jacket type-y thing. With me since I was very little. At least 25 years. How cool is that? No Wardrobe culls here at Mrs V’s house.

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Marry me, I think I love…your pink gingham Ralph Lauren shirt.  Pick a partner  with great taste and get all the advantages of literally rummaging through their drawers and borrowing, not buying ‘boyfriend wear’. The heart and soles of my marriage, my 23 year old Gingham, wedding shoes. I’m loving being my own fashion visionary. See above AND below.

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My dress was Haute Couture designed and made for me by Vincent LaRouche, now Creative Director at Lafco New York, thereby having made me look heavenly , now makes me smell celestial too. My shoes were customised with the same Swiss Cotton Gingham as the Corset of my dress and made by Diane Hassall

 

If you want to be on the  selvedge side of this style statement, there are no encrypted passwords preventing you accessing the trend code for Gingham. The Press Shows are our window before the shop window. They are your cue to decide whether you’re in or you’re out with the trend. If you’re in, there are two choices; How much do you like it conjoined with how much do you care to spend on it?  Flinging this classic little cheeky check at you now and hoping that some of it will stick.

Don’t look at my previous season’s Topshop jumpsuit, you can’t have it. Pull focus instead on the little nicety peeping out from under it. I swear to God that this top will rip through the red traffic lights of your wardrobe by jumping on top of dresses, t-shirts,jackets  and shirts, and getting under dresses t-shirts, jackets and shirts. Thank you H&M for getting it right, style + price. Only problem with this item is that it’s not available online which may mean that stocks are low. I suggest you put your running shoes on. If you think that it has  restrictions, well doesn’t everything ? Anyway, I have a response…

H&M Blue Gingham Wraparound Shirt £ 29.99

This top is the Bee’s and the Dog’s. Truly tremendous in it’s drop shoulder and swooping hem tailoring. You can tie it tightly to show off or mask your assets ( I have quite wondrously achieved both objectives ). Conversely you can do the same with tying it loosely. Marvellous. Merci H&M again. I’m wearing Monki massively enormous, cinched waist trousers bought last season but how very this season. Btw, I’m wearing both tops in a size 12.

Now loads of other Gingham stuff, and not nonsense.

Zara Fuchsia Gingham Skirt £25.99 Marques Almeida Orange Gingham Bikini  £115  Zara Red Gingham Dress £39.99

 

Zara Black Gingham Tunic  £12.99  Zara Blue gingham Smock  £25.99  Mango Black Gingham Skirt £25.99

I have gone entirely demented whilst writing this post (Easter, Easter Egg Hunts, Guests, Spring cleaning, is it a movement or a phenomenon? complete immersion into all three daughter’s lives and the ridiculously tiny amount of hours in a day). It feels as though it has taken three decades, however, you’re worth it and it’s kind of my pleasure.

Go forth and Ging’em

Sidesplitting Pleats

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Here’s something not many people know about me, I’m not on the long pleated skirt team. At The Model Edit, if there are pleats to be considered, they have to answer more than one question i.e. do more than just be.They absolutely must induce me to near ecstasy, promise not to be a uniform and unusually for our pleated mates, be a little sexy. Bored of being trammelled by 10,000,00 non variations on the same theme, but definitely happy to take advice from Miuccia Prada on any level I remembered some of her suggestions on pleats and the wearing of.

.Brandy Melville V Neck t-shirt £17,  Zara skirt (see link below), Bally of Switzerland Vintage Denim Boots Mrs V’s own, which just goes to show you that you should not ruthlessly edit your wardrobes every 6 minutes!  Quick question, Do I look like I’m sitting on a toilet here?

What I’m getting around to, and the reason for my delving even slightly deeper into the plethora of pleated skirts was that whilst waltzing and wafting through the style maze that is a Zara Store, I saw a wifty, wafty, ‘kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck, fantastic’ pleated skirt. Bloody marvellous and totally unexpectedly,  I point you towards nirvana in a pleated skirt, my way.

Zara pleated midi skirt £25.99

Mrs V shouts ‘yippee’ as this skirt is restaurant and beach worthy. It ticks my boxes, and not me off. It comprises pleats, splits, transparence ( come back, stop screaming, its not ‘see through’! There’s a difference) and insouciance due to its lack of zips and buttons. Yes, we wiggle into it, think sweatpants arrangement without drawstring. Loving it, and don’t worry it doesn’t sit on the waist it sort of hangs out on the hips. Best pleated skirt ever.

Now that I’ve found my hussy heart’s delight which is obviously side splits, another piece of why wouldn’t you? clothing, spotted me.

H&M spring fashion trends

 Again, this flimsy running through the meadows, pass the scones, type dress doesn’t normally ignite my credit card. Maybe I’m mellowing because, as with my leniency towards pleated skirts, I feel that this dress could be appearing in the unfolding drama comedy of my life. Side splits are very alluring and they surely and subliminally lured me inside these trending pieces. H&M are floating, literally a few Spring suggestions and there are other variations of this dress. Click on the link and wander around their very pretty video that unfolds its ideas whilst taking you on a walk.

The moral here Ms’s, Mrs’s and Miss’s, is that that Mrs V especially, should never say never.I’m ever so grateful that you carried on reading and helped my clothing catharsis.

Fake News

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When you can tear your eyes away from the enormity of my mouth, check out my feet. I know that they’re placed on Arnold ( who by the way, longs for this kind of attention, positively courts it), but look at the fur enveloping my toes. Fact is, my fancies are tickled when I’m wearing this season’s fun footwear. Fake Fur Sliders. Don’t rain on my fur flip flops, just sit yourselves down and work out how they can fit into your approaching summer. Mrs V will be seen at the following venues wearing these little foot gloves; school run, restaurant, London Underground, all high street retailers, beach, poolside, airplane, pub, club, cinema, all over my natural habitat inc bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garden and near the dustbins, and quite likely I will wear them to your house too, and you will want a pair! Fortunately they’ll be at a high street near you, so no saying ‘it’s alright for you’ I’ve even selected and linked some pretty little possibilities. It’s nearly Easter, dress your feet up as the Easter Bunny. Feast your eyes on the following

New Look Grey Sliders £19.99   Schuh Pink Sliders £20    Zara Yellow Feather Sliders £29.99

Sliders are so amenable. They are unapologetically fun from their appearance all the way through to their price. They can zazz up an outfit without a huge commitment, emotionally or physically.

Topshop ‘Fierce’  With Gucci-esque chrome snaffle £39   Topshop ‘Harissa’  Mink Stole lookalikes £29

  Some of the ways that I slip and slide this trend into my life.

I wouldn’t be your best friend if I didn’t point out that these Flip Flops of delight exist somewhere in the world. Possibly Titania the Fairy Queen is wearing them.

MiuMiu Feathery Sliders, jewelled Sliders, MiuMiu Footwear, orange feather Sliders

Miu Miu Ostrich Feather Slides £755

One small step for womankind…

Airing My Views

 

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Concentrating on being your style muse

SO, so excited to share  (aka to impose, on you)  two of my recent media moments.

Firstly I was contacted by The Radio Gorgeous team and asked if I would like to chat to Josephine Pembroke, founder of Radio Gorgeous? Let me think about that… YES, you’ll have to gag me long before I run out of insightful and fascinating opinions. Radio Gorgeous has been created for bold, intelligent and vibrant women who want talk radio. In order to prep myself fully I listened to some previous podcasts from Radio Gorgeous, which didn’t really help as they have a fabulous portfolio of seriously interesting interviews, provoked by utterly, devastatingly good questions. Panicking Much! Turns out that Josephine is the best interviewer in the world, because she made me feel so relaxed, and asked insightful questions which helped me vocalise views that were probably innate, but sounded solid when spoken. Welcome to Mrs V courtesy of Radio Gorgeous

Just when you thought you’d had enough of my total media domination, I give you  my Bold Moment which is part of  Shine 4 Women  tribute to International Woman’s Day. With many organisations recruiting a 50:50 split at junior levels, yet women still only accounting for around 25% (at best) of senior positions, it’s clear that laws and policies aren’t working on their own.   So Anna and Cal set up Shine to help create the change we all want to see. Here is the answer that I sent in response to Anna’s invitation to participate in this project;’ Having been forced, simply by the utterly cruel and relentless voyage of time that has taken me from contractions pushing, pram pushing, tricycle pushing and Pony pushing and more recently email applications for internships pushing, to realise that unless I got my shit together, I’d become the Empress of The Empty Nest Syndrome. This niggling thought was with me when I attended my Shine course. Epiphany time because when I finished that course and with reactions from other women on the course who saw things in me that I had neglected to celebrate, and against all Information Technology odds, I massaged my mojo and created a new baby to nurture. My blog The Model Edit. I now run with the pack that includes my three lovely daughters who applaud my writing and encourage my boldness, my friends who are supportive and honest, and all the new amazing, gifted, generous, inspiring and frankly bloody glamorous friends that I’ve met along the emotional and physical journey that my blog is taking me on. I’m currently feeling bold enough to inspire others to achieve their style potential.’

Here is the complication of Shine Stars Bold Moments, including mine

I like to keep it current and  when I’m not blogging, I’m doing things related to The Model Edit from me to you, with love.

Thank you and Good Day

In Denim and In De Know.

Mrs V London Fashion Week, London, Prada sunglasses, Zara Jeans, Black Denim

Running around during London Fashion Week so that you don’t have to. ( wearing black denim jeans from Zara btw)

I have been so buzzed and my mojo is so motivated, all due to London Fashion Week. I love the energy that exudes from the pores of the pavement. It’s a very positive time in London, and the streets are lined not with fashion victims, rather people of every single demographic seizing the opportunity to present themselves how they’d like to be perceived. All bets are off and all accessories on. Good old London, it’s the metaphorical and synonymous style wardrobe of the world. Thanks Nike, we were just doing it before you gave us the permission. Watching the Press shows can be a wistful experience for me because in the past I was astride those catwalks. Worse than me pining for my glory days, there is the terrible Tourettes fiend in my head that wants me to jump up, just as the first pulses of music start and shout so loudly with my horrible voice ‘It should have been me’ ( circa I can’t remember, but sung by Yvonne Fair ) Embarrassing much?

 Girlfriends, I have news. You may need to print this out or at least take notes as I couldn’t possibly say this twice, but am not above saying ‘I told you so’ when we’ve all arrived at the Style Station having successfully bought out ticket and you are stranded on the platform. We wave our denim clad arms having boarded the Fashion Express to any destination that we like. Climb aboard mates. Denim has it’s own invitation to the party, not a ‘plus one’ anymore. In fact Denim is the guest of honour.

I see some overriding trends but can’t fling ’em at you all at once. I’ll begin with Denim which, like love, is all around. This utilitarian twill strides stylishly through  every economic strata. It’s a chameleon, a scene stealer or at worst a best supporting actor. The reality is that you can and must get it at any cost. Cancel all engagements until you have wedged denim into most every outfit that your 24/7  demands of you. Sucks to be me as I’m not really inventing the wheel here, but I aim to be that niggling voice that just won’t let you sediment into low style esteem. Yes we’ve all got Jeans, but are we wearing them with style and bravery. The thing here dear Squad, is that there is a Milky Way full of naughty and irreverent ways to push the power that denim has in today’s style scene. Rip it, fray it, pleat it, ruffle it, expose yourself, cover yourself up, peepholes and cold shouldering are legit statements on the Denim does it better, terms and conditions.

Denim is the great leveller and Mrs V sets you free to roam at large, go wild in the aisles and get your credit cards to manual. You can go high, you can go low. Choose your budget and then choose your piece. Marc Jacobs A/W 2017, Denim suit, Marc Jacobs Denim suit with Faux Fur lining

Marc Jacobs A/W 2017

Chanel A/W 2017, Distressed Denim, Chanel A/W 2017 distressed denim coat, belted denim coat, denim coat

Chanel A/W 2017H&M Denim skirt, Jeans Skirt, Ankle boots, t-shirt, Vanessa Voegele-Downing

H&M Jeans Skirt

See what I mean?

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Marques Almeida A/W 2017

This label is a crush of mine and whilst I can imagine that I’ve scared some of you. Their disregard for style and tailoring safe havens extend to their use of Denim. It becomes a suit, a shredded, sloppy, swishy trench coat, Oxford bags trouser suit. They ape the denim conventions and are actually sewing and styling the way for us to enter in, a denim ticket will get you there. I’d like you to look carefully and see if you can possibly go there, even just a tiny bit.  Take one piece at a time and imagine pairing and accessorising it with something that you already own. Funny how it becomes less scary isn’t it?

Alice Archer A/W 2017

Alice Archer has beautifully sophisticated collections. The refined and rare art of perfect embroidery is Alice’s stock in trade. Her women are feminine, heralding the movement that girlish aesthetics are a powerful rebellion. We are to celebrate our femininity and not be stereotyped by it. Little women we are not. Mrs V is very happy with the Kimono and divinely embroidered Jean symbiosis. Where aren’t we going with this? Alice Archer clothing is available at The Place London where there are luxury and labels to mash up with your Denim delights.

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Ashley Williams A/W 2017

How easy has Ashley Williams made life for you? Nothing untoward here, just the possibility to be ‘with it’ permission granted by one of the grooviest and fan-followed young designers that ever did book a model. Come on, as I said at the top of this blog, schmooze the suggestions that I’ve presented here, then run screaming for your wardrobe, just to make sure that you really did hang on to that perfect partner piece for any of the looks parading across my page.

A . Helene Berman Raw Edge Ruffle Jacket £110

B. Levi’s Line 8 Boyfriend Fit Denim Trucker Jacket £35 ( mega bargain)

C. Chorus Daydreamer Cut off Denim Jacket £12 ( I’m tellin’ ya)

Beige Denim, ASOS Denim, denim trousers, denim corset

ASOS Denim in Tobacco

 Remember Denim is not only blue…

ASOS Denim corset, Corset, Denim

ASOS corset

Corsets are us this season, and a Denim corset? Manna from heaven

These little treats are all about the price tag/trend equation and are positively being given away by ASOS at the moment and considering that unless you actually have the grubby habits of a Miner 49er, they will live your life to the full, enjoy brief respite care in your wardrobe from time to time, and then out for another romp…They owe you nothing but a good time.

Go get ’em.

Friday Fashion Throwback

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Yves Saint Laurent, Marita and Me.

Yves Saint Laurent gentle genius, is the reason that I ever took a plane alone to Paris in search of work and wonderment. Yves Saint Laurent was my first casting thirty minutes after I arrived in my agency. Yves Saint Laurent saw something in the very nervous, overawed and underprepared, freckled and frizzy redhead and pressed ‘go’ on my modelling career. The next day I was being photographed on a great big building site that’s now know as ‘Les Halles’ wearing velvet knickerbockers and a hat with a plume and feeling on top of the world. Merci Monsieur.

Give or take the hats and the shape of the heels, the french phrase ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’ springs to mind.

Highlights and Low Converse

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A very successful writer friend of mine gave me some advice when I pronounced  two  years ago, that my future would be in the written word. He said that writing is like a muscle and it must be exercised everyday. Well here’s a post Christmas and New Years larks and capers, heads up. I am currently doing writing lunges and downward facing dogs, in an effort to be a prizewinner in the race to bring you style gold this year. Ain’t no big thing…

Just for my own comfort and to make sure that you all really listened to my helpful, possibly bossy recommendations, I am giving you a quick round up of stuff that stayed! These pearls may span over a couple of posts. Yeah.

Converse, Chuck Norris Converse All Stars, Black Leather Converse High Tops, black trainers, sports shoes, athletic wear, athleisure

Black Leather Converse

My precious babies, my go-to style shoes. Some of you have already dipped your toes into a pair of these. Couldn’t love you more. They are a Wardrobe must and you will not need to show your passport when you purchase. They are for everyone who would like a pair. Without deviation or hesitation I could insert my plates into one of my many pairs of these truly iconic style items and even if I was blindfolded and had no idea what I was wearing, my trusty  Converse trainer will define my look and shove me out the door looking the business. They are financially a very low entry item that can party with the rest of your fashion pack. They will elevate or ease any style statement. I was at a Christmas  drinks party down in Dorset and someone there was wearing her bestest, bestest new, one time only, super expensive gown with a pair of well loved white canvas Converse. She looked cracking. Let that be a lesson to you.

Now to the underpinning of the vestiges of beauty that I insist on hanging on to…

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Legging it.

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Carine Roitfeld for Uniqlo Double Breasted Wool Blended Grey Pinstriped Jacket £69

Urban Outfitters Chevron Leggings. No longer available because I didn’t get my sorry arse in them quick enough to get them photographed to get them to your inbox. There, I’ve said it.

Moving right along though, aren’t leggings tight trousers? what is the difference between skinny jeans and leggings? Don’t say that jeans have pockets, zip fastenings etc. because so do the fabulous Kenzo  H&M leggings shown below. In the winter Mrs V can think of nothing worse than cold denim flapping around the legs. Praise be to the person that kick started the Athleisure trend. I was slopping around in anything with a  drawstring waist and a tailored jacket years ago.  At least now I’ve been recognised for my visionary approach to style, in my lifetime. Lol. Imagine my soothsaying style statements all coming good at once, how happy are you for me? My Wardrobe runneth over. Gym gear in my wardrobe and not purely consigned to my gym bag. My happy place will be when I have you all luxuriating in leggings, comfortable and totally on trend. Jog down to the Mall, stretch towards the rails and lunge back home again…and relax. Next worry. Are  leggings acceptable in polite society?

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Friend Blends

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It’s totally time for the pre-fall pretend it’s still a little bit warm, but actually need a sweater moment. Where to turn for warmth without bulk? That would be a call to action for cashmere/wool or thermal fleece type stuff. My style spotlight alights on the cashmere and/or wool option, a mighty fine pair of fabric friends. Look what I’ve found, a very succinct treat that is the Ille de Cocos collection. The range is not huge but it is focused. All bases and limbs are covered.

 

This boxy sweater salutes sweatpants, pencil trousers, skirts and skinny jeans. It was quite a trauma to take it off as it was so incredibly comfortable, warm and bloody gorgeous to wear. Also, look at my hat, it’s properly cosy, in control of my hair, and really pretty. Utterly right for this, ‘darling I’m off to get the croissants but I might meet a casting director’ look. Nah, jokes, I’d love to think my down time was spent looking like this. Most of my friends would run a book on how very unlikely I am to wear such an strong colour in such a large block. Well look at me now girls. Side zip sexy and shape changing . I like.

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Fun Adds Up

Buckham Fair
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Left to right, back to front (lol)

Mrs V, Philippa Clunes, Martin Clunes, Rosemary Young,

Caroline Godwin, Bhavani Hogarty, Caroline Nicholson

Little update on this year’s Buckham Fair.

We have raised, with your support,

£90,000

This will all go to Dorset charity, The Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Thank you everyone and please come again next year…and bring a friend.

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