Taylor Swift. The name may ring a few bells. She is the best-selling artist since Eminem, the proud owner of five solo albums before the age of twenty five and currently the most renowned female singer/songwriter in the world. It would be fair to say that Taylor is at the top of her musical game. Yet moving swiftly on (Ahem. This will the last ‘Swift’ pun. Promise.) from her music, the release of her latest music video, ‘Blank Space’, which hit YouTube just last week and has already garnered over forty million hits, was almost as much about her newly-evolved style as it was about the witty parodying of her critics.
If there is one important lesson to be learned from Don’t Tell The Bride (OK, who are we kidding, there are many), it is this: it is all about the dress. On countless occasions, brides have screamed, cried and even questioned the marriage itself at the first sight of satin or glimpse of gossamer. Sure, there have been some truly horrific offerings, boldly chosen by sheepish-looking fiancées desperate to please. There have been fishtails, cutouts, high-low hemlines and all manner of sartorial sins committed on the way to the altar. But the fact of the matter is, you just don’t come between a bride and her dress.
We’ve all been there. You see someone on the street, in a shop or on a casual afternoon Facebook stalk. You like their outfit. They’re rocking that difficult shade of orange – a tone somewhere between rust and radioactive tangerine. They’ve done their hair exactly how you’ve been trying to do yours for years. And – critically – they’ve somehow managed to master the art of casually draping a blazer over their shoulders while presumably still being able to perform basic daily functions like Instagramming.
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…)