Art Style Love

A fashion & art blog written by Jennifer.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Moda in Pelle x PPQ at LFW

   Last Friday I attended PPQ and Moda in Pelle's second catwalk collab: a wonderful concoction of monochromatic hues and Gothic aesthetic. I felt as if this season's collection, in contrast to SS15, showed a completely different side of PPQ's 'underground London cool' dynamic, and Moda in Pelle really rocked the shoe-game with patent footwear featuring black faux-fur and tassels (or fringing... I can't make up my mind).

   The models looked stunning in a variety of sheer and opaque ensembles, paired with romantic up-dos and slick red lips. The entire show seemed to be a mix of The Bride of Frankenstein and a twisted, PVC-charged Wuthering Heights - in a really good way.

    A revised version of Moda in Pelle's footwear range will be available online and in stores nationwide in late 2015 (can't wait!); in the mean time the photographs below show a slice of what you should be expecting from the affordable shoe brand, as well as from PPQ.

Images via Tangerine PR

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Asymmetric Pearl Earrings

   Since Dior released their 'Mise en Dior' earrings, I've been searching for an affordable alternative supplier of the double-backed pearl earrings. At £260 a pair (and let's just note that this is costume jewellery, not real gold or even real pearls - sigh), Dior's beautiful sets were just a tad out of my league, though I couldn't stop looking at their stunning range of colours: emerald greens, soft golds, fiery reds - they were all there, and taunting me with their prettiness.

   It's only this year that I've started seeing similar designs in high street shops and online. ASOS stock a few different pair including this peachy set, whilst Topshop and H&M also have their own versions, but Dorothy Perkins really stepped up their game and delivered the earrings in the images above. These include a gold-coloured scalloped details around the base of each pearl, and look just perfect sitting on the ear. And, most importantly, they were only £6.50, a far more reasonable price, considering you're getting pretty much exactly the same materials as the Dior pair.

   Although I can't find this particular pair online, for some reason (though they're definitely instore right now), they've also got a pair in shiny black which are also very pretty!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Latitude Festival Line-Up 2015 - Where to Hear It First

   It may seem like summer is a world away but, really, four months will fly past and before we know it, we'll be well into wearing crop tops and denim cutoffs, and this season's 70s trends (which, by the way, are already creeping into shops if you hadn't yet noticed - Zara has a great collection if you're an early adopter). I'm hoping for an Indian Summer this year - I need a long break from the cold - so to get myself in the mindset, I'm going to talk festivals. In particular, Latitude.

   This year is a particularly exciting year for Suffolk's most renowned music festival, Latitude, as it's their 10th anniversary!

   Beccles' stunning Henham Park has played host to a number of successful and talented artists over the years, including last year's line-up which featured 2014's biggest underdog, Hozier, as well as chart favourites and masters of genre-fusion, Clean Bandit - two of my current musical obsessions.

   This year's line-up will be announced on 3rd March 2015 on BBC Radio 6 at 11am - so whether you're listening in your car, at work or on your alarm clock radio, make sure to tune in!

   Of course, alongside the acts on the mainstage, there will be a huge variety of comedians, poets, DJs, local bands and theatre - definitely not to be missed! I'm proud to say that Suffolk has some of the best cultural entertainment outside London, so if you're looking for a weekend escape where you can relax with friends, enjoy good music and great food (Latitude offers a range of organic and Fairtrade food stalls, with cuisines from all over the world), grab a ticket and enjoy the atmosphere.

Images c/o Midas PR

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Why Beyoncé's Unretouched Photos are Irrelevant

   If you've been on Twitter this week, or any tabloid news site, you may have noticed an article or two surrounding unretouched stills from Beyoncé's L'Oreal campaign, which was shot back in 2013.

   The photos, released on her fansite, 'The Beyoncé World', show her in close-up headshots wearing bold eyeliner and red lipstick - sans Photoshop (I'll let you Google the images before you read on, if you haven't already). Of course, the media almost jumped out of their seats at this opportunity to degrade a woman of stature; it was almost uncanny.

   Under the guise of the 'real woman' angle, the Daily Mail posted headlines such as 'Just like us, Beyonce isn't flawless' and 'Female fans rally in support of Beyonce after leaked shots reveal her spotty skin in pre-Photoshop L'Oreal ads'. On the outside, these headlines seem to support Beyoncé, but actually this is just as degrading as leaking the images in the first place. By making a story out of the photos, these news sites are increasing their circulation, and therefore promoting the invasion of Beyoncé's privacy and integrity even further. But what I'm most annoyed about is the contradiction revealed when, sifting through the Daily Mail's archive, I see a post detailing her sister's skin issues, 'Solange Knowles breaks out in angry red hives on wedding day', accompanied by a photo which was obviously taken at the wrong moment and from a deliberately awful angle. Sifting a bit more, I discover a whole host of articles focusing on picking out the flaws of celebrities - and, oh yes, they're all famous females on a night out, or at the beach, or running to the convenience shop in joggers and a hoodie.

   How can you possibly preach about being in favour of the beauty of 'real women', when you're blatantly and intentionally humiliating women at their most real?

   I'm sure most feminists will agree that the use of Photoshop by fashion and beauty brands is a key move in the objectification of women and the promotion of unobtainable standards - but we're all aware that women in magazines, commercials, films and music videos rarely look like they do in real life, because they've been warped into a universal idea of 'perfection'. And I'm pretty damn sure that Beyoncé's aware of this too, having worked in music (an industry just as superficial as fashion or beauty) for just under 20 years. Let's face it, if Beyoncé truly didn't want to be Photoshopped, she wouldn't have starred in that commercial - she's an intelligent woman, and she knows what the industry wants.

   As for bringing out the 'real woman' cards as soon as a famously beautiful celebrity has their unretouched photos leaked - of course they're real women. They were real women before they were Photoshopped, and they are real women after. Using a graphic design tool doesn't change anything. Yes, she may have spots, pigmentation, scarring, and yes we might not always see that because these aspects are usually airbrushed - but that's not the degrading part.  The degrading part is jumping on the back of these photos with the facade of celebrating real beauty in order to gain views for your news site.

   Thus, Beyoncé's unretouched photos are irrelevant to the modern woman, so much so that some of us were rolling our eyes as soon as we saw the headlines. We're not idiots. We know that we're all women, celebrity or not. We know that we have our good days and our bad days. And we don't gasp in shock and cover our mouths when we all of a sudden find out that Beyoncé or Solange or whoever is a 'real woman' because some tabloid told us so. We knew that she was bloody well real anyway.

   On a defiant note, here's an image of Beyoncé as it was intended. Real woman and all.

Image via Purple PR

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Bring Me A Higher Love


Sunday, 15 February 2015

What to do after Valentine's Day

Picadilly Buses - Photograph by Art Style Love

   So the most romantic day of the year is over, the roses have already started wilting and that heart-shaped box of chocolates is empty (bar the Turkish delight/coffee/orange flavoured few). What do you do now?

   Well we all know that, like a dog isn't just for Christmas, love isn't just for Valentine's Day - so why not extend the festivities with some of these simple ideas:

S A Y   T H A N K   Y O U

   Sometimes, when we're caught up in our busy routines, we forget to say thank you to those who have made the extra effort to make us happy. If your other half has made you feel special this February 14th, saying thank you with a little gesture can make them feel special in return. This can be anything from writing out a thank you card, to cooking a dinner for two - and this works both ways (so if there are any guys reading this, we love to hear the words 'thank you' in any shape or form).

H A V E   A   M O V I E   N I G H T

   Whether it's with your friends, or with your partner, relaxing and watching a film with some nibbles and drinks is one of the best ways to wind down after putting in the effort for Valentine's Day. Maybe you went out last night with the girls, and you're regretting being roped in for that extra shot of Sambuca, or perhaps you and your other half consumed one to many glasses of wine over dinner - put your feet up, dim the lights and let your thoughts rest during your favourite flick.


   Consumed a little too much yesterday, foodwise? If, like most of us, you pushed the boat out for dinner and went for three courses with a bottle of wine, and chocolates to follow, you might be feeling a little overindulged. There's nothing wrong with clocking in a few extra miles on the treadmill to make yourself feel better - we all do it.

   I'd love to hear about what you got up to during Valentine's Day, whether you were an anti-Valentiner and spent the day as normal, went out with your friends or celebrated with your partner - let me know! And, if you're interested, below are a few photos from my loved-up day out with my boyfriend in London.

Theatre Royal Haymarket - Photograph by Art Style Love
OOTD - New Look Polo Neck & H&M Jacket SS15 - image by Art Style Love
Reclaim Love in Picadilly Circus - Photograph by Art Style Love
Burgers at Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Westfield Stratford - Photograph by Art Style Love


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Weekday Wishlist | Lustworthy Lingerie

T O P   R O W

1. Harness Bralette by Oh So Lovely Intimates - £34
2. Satin & Lace Bralet by Topshop - £24
3. Lace Bra by H&M - £12
4. Techno Lace Bralette by Luisaviaroma - £42

M I D D L E   R O W

5. Triangle Bralette by For love & Lemons - $99
6. Crochet Triangle Bra by Stella McCartney - £52.25
7. Nude Penelope Bra by L'Agent - £50
8. Silk & Lace Underwired Bra by Stella McCartney - £49.50

B O T T O M   R O W

9. Lace & Mesh Plunge Bra by L'Agent - £22.50
10. Khaki Lace Bralet by New Look - £9.99
11. Longline Lace Bra Top by River Island - £14
12. Lace Triangle Bra by Mango - £17.99

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