When it comes to fashion trends and fads, one size definitely does not fit all, in fact one size generally fits a very limited few and that limited few are probably not living in your neighbourhood. Just because it works brilliantly on Lady Gaga, that does not mean that it will work on you. In fact, if you saw a desired look on Kate Moss, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Angelina Jolie, Bjork or Mariah Carey, then I can tell you right now, it is more than likely not a good look for you. Not only can the rich and famous get away with a shit load more fashion faux pas than you can, they have people specially making their clothes for them, tailoring everything to fit them perfectly, so even if the fashion choices that they make are downright disgusting, at least they can appear to be doing it with style when they do fuck up. You do not have access to that kind of primping and preening, and you probably don't have the bodily dimensions of the aforementioned women either, so just leave that shit alone.
Now don't get me wrong, I know that we need style icons and we most definitely need people that are willing to push fashion boundaries by being explorative and creative with clothing, however that does not mean that you should invest in a meat dress any time soon, nor should you be wearing purple shiny hot pants anytime soon either, odds are that you do not fall into the 0.05 % of the population that can actually pull that look off; so please do not try to.
I think that with fashion you should try to steer away from copying the stylings and fashion trends of others anyway. If you really have a genuine desire to be fashion forward then start by being creative with your own wardrobe and sense of style. Be inventive, be brave and above all be original. Trying to replicate fashion looks and styles rarely, if ever, turns out well. Trends are just that, trends, they don't last. Invent your own sense of style and stay true to that and you'll avoid a lot of terrible choices along the way.
Bright orange tans, tight perms and bad dye jobs, super mini skirts, flesh toned leggings, fluro leg warmers, over plucked eyebrows, hair scrunchies and cheap extensions, Crocs, boob tubes, jelly sandals....the list could go on forever. And let's be honest we have all been there and done that, we've all fallen victim to the ebbs and flows of fashion trends and popularity; and it is not until years later when we review the photos that we realise just how terrifically horrid we looked at the time.
Invest in some timeless, quality, classic pieces that can go with lots of different things, mix and match your wardrobe, learn to love your shape whatever it is, have pride in dressing yourself comfortably and well, and take a few of your own fashion risks from time to time. You don't need to follow fashion fads to find your own sense of style, you just need a desire to rock what you've got.
Release Date: 2006
Running Time: 109 mins
Based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada is the most expensively costumed film in history, with many designers and fashion notables placing their clothes and accessories into the movie. Many designers actually refused to actually appear in the film, for fear of upsetting U.S Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who was widely believed to be the inspiration for the main character Miranda Priestly; a hard nosed and mostly unlikable magazine editor.
Recent graduate Andrea (Anne Hathaway) lands herself a dream job at Runway fashion magazine. However, being a junior assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the icy editor-in-chief, proves to be a massive challenge. Andrea does not fit into the gossipy, fashion conscious world of Runway, and must work extra hard to prove her worth to Miranda and her senior assistant Emily Charlton (Emily Blunt).
A strong cast really delivers here, which is the backbone of this film's appeal. It is certainly an interesting and somewhat troubling depiction of the fashion industry, speckled with just enough comedy and hopefulness to stop it from becoming too dark. The Devil Wears Prada certainly made me realise that I am not cut out for the fashion industry in any way, shape or form.
FINAL SAY: You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo's.
3.5 Chilli Peppers