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Underwear range launched for women with boob jobs

TOWIE_Jessica.jpgAn underwear range has been launched specifically with the surgically enhanced in mind - and it's modelled by TOWIE's Jessica Wright, who's recently gone under the knife.

The Alexis Smith lingerie range is designed with a polymer bra support system, which doesn't cut into the implants like underwiring can. However, they've also gone with thinner straps, which seems to defy the point. Surely thinner straps on a large bra means they'll dig into your shoulders?

What do you think about this new range? Is there a gap in the market for this kind of lingerie?

Posted by Emma Cossey on June 16, 2011 9:59 AM in Fashion
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The Vintage Guide to London Best of 2011 Awards

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We're a big fan of vintage clothing here at Dollymix. And London is one of the best places to be if you're a fan of anything vintage, thanks to its abundance of shops, clubs, cafes (we particularly love Drink, Shop, Do) and events. Which is why we're excited about a new round of awards from The Vintage Guide To London.com.

The website will be awarding a number of businesses and venues with a 'Best of 2011 award' to celebrate their work towards promoting vintage.

The awards will cover:

  • Best vintage shop for womenswear
  • Best vintage shop for menswear
  • Best vintage shop for vintage designer
  • Best vintage shop for home deco/furniture
  • Best vintage fair/jumble sale
  • Best new vintage shop 2011
  • Best vintage hair or make-up
  • Best London-based repro brand
  • Best vintage club night
  • Best vintage bar/cafe
So, head on over to The Vintage Guide To London and make your vote! 

Who would you like to see win an award?

Posted by Emma Cossey on June 10, 2011 8:00 AM in Fashion
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Male Fashion: The male turban

urban turban.jpgThere are certain things I can accept my boyfriend wearing. I'm ok with the fact he owns several pairs of Timberland boots. I can deal with him owning an anorak (or an 'all weather jacket' as he prefers to call it).

But I draw the line at the Murban.

According to the Daily Mail, a Murban is an 'urban turban' for gentleman. Mr Karl Lagerfeld (remember him? The guy who dismissed the idea that anyone wants to see curvy women on the catwalk) is the brains behind this particular fashion trend.

What do you think? Would you fancy your man in a murban?

Posted by Emma Cossey on May 24, 2011 8:30 AM in Fashion| Weird Stories
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Would you pay £1,300 to wear a pair of horse hooves?

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I'm fairly open-minded when it comes to shoes. But I draw the line at imitation horse hooves.

The limited edition boots, commissioned by Betfair, go on sale at the Cheltenham horse racing festival, and cost £1,300 per pair.

Each hoof, made from carbon fibre, is covered in up to 5,000 actual horse hairs. They're unisex, so you can pop out for a day out at the races in matching pairs with your partner.

Are you a fan?

Posted by Emma Cossey on March 15, 2011 10:14 PM in Fashion
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Size Zero debate reignites at London Fashion Week

sizezero.jpgOne of the most talked about shows at London Fashion Week was the Erdem Show. But it wasn't the clothes people were talking about. Nope, it was the painfully skinny models.

Chloe Memisevic, the hot model of the moment, looking particularly emaciated. Her cheeks were concave, her shoulders jutted out at sharp angles and the clothes hung off her. I very much doubt this is a natural slimness. It's much more famine victim than fashion model.

Antonio Berardi also featured very slim models, including the girl on the right with the visible chest bones.

To be clear, I'm not saying that all size zeros are unhealthy. Some women are naturally slim, and it's wrong to criticise them, in the same way it's wrong to criticise those slightly over a healthy BMI. But these models are shockingly thin.

So, why do designers insist on hiring these models? Some claim the models act purely as hangers, so they shouldn't distract from the actual outfit (er..well that failed then.) Others give the somewhat lazy reason that there's a lack of 'normal sized' models.

In fairness, designers can't win. The use of plus-size models often ends up as a bit gimmicky.

So what's the answer? I'd like to see more designers using a variety of shapes and sizes on the catwalks. It's a win/win situation, as the designers can showcase how adaptable their fashion is, and shoppers can see how an outfit might actually look on someone with boobs.

What would you like to see happen on the catwalks?

Posted by Emma Cossey on February 23, 2011 10:19 AM in Fashion
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Models struggles to walk at Madrid Fashion Week

I know, I know. This is hardly news given the increasingly high and uncomfortable pairs of heels hitting the runway (Gaga, I blame you for this.)

But this particular model deserves a fashion award for just about making it up and down the catwalk without completely falling over in a pair of killer strappy heels

Well, not until the end anyway. Her poor ankles!

Do you take the 'no pain no gain' approach to fashion?

Posted by Emma Cossey on February 14, 2011 11:26 AM in Fashion| Top Stories
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Which profession spends the most on dating outfits?

kurtgeigeranimalprint.jpgA new study by StyleCompare.co.uk looking at how different professions dress for dates has revealed that bankers are the least likely to dress to impress for a date. While they might earn the most, they usually spend the least on an outfit (just £66 on average!) before a date. This is despite the fact that 9 out of 10 bankers believe a great outfit can clinch a date.

PRs are the surprisingly top spenders when it comes to dating style, on average spending £130. Personal Trainers follow, with an average spend of £121, Estate Agents spend £112, Builders spend £106 and IT Technicians spend £100.

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Posted by Emma Cossey on February 8, 2011 7:36 PM in Fashion| Sex & Relationships
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The Jolier: The garment you can wear 56 different ways

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We've all been there. You open your wardrobe, searching for something to wear, getting tangled up in the living hell that is a row of wire coat hangers, then thrown a small tantrum and exclaimed "I have nothing to wear."

Unfortunately, most of us don't have access to Paris Hilton's credit card, and therefore can't afford to buy a new outfit every week. So when I heard about a garment you can buy that can be worn a total of 56 different ways, I was intrigued.

The PR company looking after The Jolier, Snow PR, have decided to put its versatility to the test by creating a different look every day. Amrita is into her second week and I'm quietly impressed by what she's putting together with a piece of material and a couple of suspenders/braces.

The Jolier One is available to buy from 75.00€.

Posted by Emma Cossey on January 18, 2011 9:00 AM in Fashion
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Yay or nay? M&S not so secret support clothes

M&S secret support dress.jpgNews reaches us here at DollyMix that M&S are launching a range of secret support clothes. Nothing earth shattering about that, you might say, but these babies are designed to be worn out and proud, not concealed from view under more glamorous garments.

Lest you think I am referring to some kind of Superman pant type trend, these clothes are simple and, dare I say it, quite chic. The line will initially include a pencil skirt and a cap sleeved knee length dress. M&S are clearly trying to offer the same kind of mix of form and function that Hervé Léger pioneered in his brilliant bandage dresses. However, M&S lack the designer cachet of Monsieur Léger.

It look me a long time to muster the courage to don a massive pair of support pants under a dress for a big night out, but now I am a huge convert. Still, I'm not so sure about dresses and skirts that people will know are holding back a tide of flesh.

What do you think?

The M&S range is available here from the end of August.

Posted by Queen Victoria on August 23, 2010 5:58 PM in Fashion
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Yay or nay: the anti-rape jacket

Thumbnail image for antirapejacket.pngEarlier this week we asked whether you'd carry a rape alarm.

There seemed to be lots of reasons not to - it might go off accidentally in your bag in the middle of a shop, humiliating you shrilly as you frantically search through your keys and lipsticks to turn it off.

And if you do manage to locate it and turn it on during an attack, people will pay as much attention to it as they do to car alarms, and leave you to fend off the attacker yourself. Possibly, the best we could hope for is temporarily deafening him.

So what do we think of this anti-rape jacket?

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