Cosmo Girls are something of a significant cultural reference – the magazine is a byword across both sides of the Atlantic for the handbag bible of the sophisticated, glossy-haired, power-suited career girl. She knows what she wants, and how she wants to get it. From Elle Woods’s declaration post-case win in Legally Blonde (any Cosmo Girl knows her perm technology, right?) to the “Cosmo Dream” (great clothes, great sex, great job, great friends, great cocktails), Cosmopolitan is synonymous with the fashionable independent woman and her world. But that’s not to forget it’s also a high-production glossy magazine (and website): busy, driven by hard work, and a dedicated team of editors, stylists, creatives and journalists. Luckily for OxStu Fashion, Rosie Mullender – Cosmo UK’s Fashion Features Editor, and the woman responsible for overseeing the magazine’s journalistic content – was kind enough to take the time out and answer some questions I had about her career at one of the most famous magazines in the world. (more…)
So at last we come to my final day, and in honour of the occasion I decided to crank the culotte count up to four. Yes, my ankles have decided to come out for one last hurrah before they are relegated to the socks and boots of the British winter (my knees are already resigned to their fate). Clad in my favourite crops, I was doing my best, as ever, to look like a walking ASOS advert, when the Grazia team presented me with a goodbye card and a gift voucher. For ASOS. I almost shed a tear. And so I spent my final few hours at work subtly online shopping, concealed by the fort-like structure I had constructed on my desk of back issues. (more…)
In an effort not to appear entirely self-obsessed, today I am featuring the creative talents of someone else for a change. Check out this hypnotic and slightly trippy work of art by… Actually, I have no idea who it is by. I just thought my outfit would look good in front of it. The beginning of my day was spent doing mind-numbing transcribing, punctuated only by the usual arrival of cakes around lunchtime, served in that new darling of the culinary world – beloved by hipster foodies and Pinterest boards everywhere – a jar. (more…)
Jacket, ASOS Africa; Cami, Topshop; Trousers, ASOS; Watch, Guess.
As I was sitting today researching trendy hangouts in Paris for a Fashion Week feature – a.k.a. the kinds of places frequented by people who wouldn’t touch the word “trendy” with their ten-foot cigarettes – I found myself with a quite understandable brûlée-ing desire for some French fare. More specifically, something sweet. And by five o’clock this evening, my editor had begun to resemble a giant croissant. It also just so happens that in an act of foolish clumsiness akin to vomiting on Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes, last night I dropped an entire tray of cupcakes destined for the eighteen-month-old on the kitchen floor. Literally taking candy from a baby. Now the French really do know how to put the complex in complex carbohydrates, but there IS a Hummingbird Bakery on my way home from work and I had to atone for my sins, so that had to do for the site of my religieuse experience. And calories don’t really count when you’re buying something as a gift for someone else, non?
Jumpsuit, ASOS; Cami, Topshop; Sandals, ASOS; Sunglasses, Vintage.
There are few trends harder to pull off than the jumpsuit. And by that I mean quite literally. With all the assorted ties and twists, this outfit requires a serious investment of time (and large toilet cubicles). But once you’ve sussed out this style sudoku, this item of clothing is possibly one of the easiest things to wear in the world. With all the extra legroom, and comfort, it does make you wonder why we ever stopped wearing baby grows. Things you can do in a jumpsuit include a spontaneous high kick, running to get that last office donut and helping America to victory in the factories during WWII. Jumpsuits? We can do it.