Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Weekend reading: after dark

So this weekend’s, er, weekend reading is a bit late. So call it your weekly reading, if you will. Before I get into the nitty gritty of what to sink your teeth in, my weekend has resulted in several lessons, …

Sun, Oct 14, 2012, 23:22

   

So this weekend’s, er, weekend reading is a bit late. So call it your weekly reading, if you will. Before I get into the nitty gritty of what to sink your teeth in, my weekend has resulted in several lessons, namely: What Richard Did is not all that and a bag of chips, Kenco Millicano is really delicious and surprisingly similar to real coffee; Heatons is the place to go for cutlery and crockery that doesn’t break the bank; and it is shockingly easy to spend €10 in 20 cent coins on those awful machines in the arcade that you need to push 20c in to push more 20c coins out . . . do as I say, kittens, not as I do.

Let’s start off with the story that will not die – that of Hedi Slimane’s “disappointing” Dior couture show, with a really great piece written by Susie Lau of Style Bubble on how, just maybe, creating clothes that women want to wear is not all that much of a failure, after all.

Deborah Ross in the Independent interviewed Chris de Burgh. Whether or not you think her interview mean-spirited, there are a few laugh-out-loud moments, which makes it worth a read.

Robyn Lawley did a gorgeous plus-size shoot for Cosmopolitan Australia. The Daily Mail published a piece about it, but that’s not what you should read. Scroll down to the comments, and get lost for an hour or two. The world is doomed.

I wrote a piece for Beaut.ie on thinspiration, fitspiration and finding fault with our bodies – and the comments there were equally enlightening. I’m not sure we’ll ever get to a point at which we’ll be able to answer all of the questions these things bring up.

Fashionista asked why so many fashion editors are leaving magazines to work for retailers. Is the gap between editorial and commercial narrowing by the day? Really interesting piece on who’s asking what questions and to whom.

GQ magazine interviewed Michael Kors, a piece that’s worth reading on its headline alone – Kors and effect. Chortle, chortle.

I followed up my series on bad customer service with a tale of woe in Zara on Oxford St. I’ve been surprised and pleased at how many responses my customer service tales are getting – do, please, email me with yours at rmaccabe@irishtimes.com.

Lastly, Zara Home has gone online. I did a post that’s heavy on the visuals, with my edit of the best pieces from their latest lookbook. Wallet-shrivelling stuff.

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