Festive Gifts

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: November 25th, 2011

Notebook £4.90, Gold headphones £9.90, iPad case £9.90

Christmas Day is only less than 4 weeks away, have you planned your party outfit for the festive party? And gifts for friends and family? I certainly haven’t planned my rainbow and glitzy outfit yet, and am in a panic mode pondering what to buy for my friends and family. Last minute gift buying is common in the UK, Benetton have a great selection of gift ideas –  a cute trompe l’oeil t-shirt, trendy coloured headphones, bright and colourful knitted iPad cases and notebooks. I want THAT yellow knitted iPad as a clutch.

It’s party time!

 

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 Save the polaroid

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 25th, 2011

I remember in pre 2008 a standard sized Polaroid 600 was available in major supermarkets, film shops and tourist shops for a mere £10 for a pack of 10 films for any compatible SX-70 and 600 camera series. In February 2008, alarmed by the digital era Polaroid ceased production of all instant film due to decline in use and sales of chemical film plummeted by decelerating rate. Nowadays, you would find the rare Polaroid 600 on Amazon and Ebay for astonishing prices varied from £30 to £60 depending on the age of the film… shocking. Recently I was fortunate enough to find a pack hidden in my youngest sibling’s junk drawer, and I am determined to save the legacy and use it in the right moment of time.

Miraculously, in 2010 a group called the Impossible Project have acquired Polaroid’s old equipment and factory in Netherlands, their aim was to restart production of analogue instant film from the factory’s old colour dyes (dyes are not available anymore) for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010 and onwards.

For more detailed information about the Impossible Project and if you would like to get your hands on their Polaroid camera and film, please check at http://www.the-impossible-project.com and The Photographers’ Gallery in London at http://photonet.org.uk I have bought their films a numerous times, it is an addictive and expensive hobby.

Save The Polaroid!

 

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 UK Blogs To Watch

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: June 18th, 2011

I have been a fashion blogger of Style Slicker technically for three years (now pretty much full time as I contribute two other blogs) I love the evolution process of my blog which started off as street style to the more concentrated fashion, lifestyle and travel based on my personal perspective and infatuation with fashion.  Thankfully, Style Slicker is steadily growing and it’s all thanks to your support otherwise I wouldn’t be part of United Blogs of Benetton.

I tend to banish into my own little bubble reading hundreds of new blog posts on Bloglovin’ every day with a cup of tea next to my laptop, and would spend hours and hours reading them it’s like an OCD (obsessive compulsory disorder).  We all read the UK phenomenon bloggers which brought the fashion media fever pitch over the past two years or so and we can’t seem to get enough of them still, the rising bloggers with proven success in the likes of Liberty London Girl, Disney Roller Girl, Style Bubble, The Clothes Whisperer, Mademoiselle Robot et al.

Most of the successes comes from the respective region of London where most the opportunities originates. Unfair as it may sound to you but what about smaller fashion bloggers based from outside of London that deserve a shout out and stronger presence? I would be delighted to hear your favourites. I have listed the ones I like and whom I have met in past events, they are like sparkling needles in a haystack it’s all about the quality not quantity.

Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.  Roz, a beautiful photogenic sixteen year old student and blogger living in rolling hills of rural England.  Her blog consists of eloquently spoken words with rich and enticing self style portraits. (photos courtesy of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee)

Pink Bow.  Paula is from Newcastle upon Tyne, amuses us with her love on art, beauty, fashion, food, interior, travel and vintage. (photo courtesy of Pink Bow)

The Scribbler.  Vic Riches is from London and studies fashion at Kingston University.  Her fluid illustrations captures her love of fashion and people.(illustration courtesy of The Scribbler)

Who Is Bobb Parris. Mitchell is a lawyer and street style photographer from Canada and living in London, you’re likely to see her work in the likes of H&M Life, Grazia and NYMAG’s The Cut.  Mitchell’s favourite muse and subject is Marian Kilhogo. (photos courtesy of Who Is Bobb Parris)

Peony Lim.  This striking ‘fashion starlet’ has fast becoming a favourite subject and muse amongst street style photographers.  Her personal taste in fashion is well documented in her beautifully edited style portraits. (photo is courtesy of Peony Lim)

 

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 Hello!

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: April 27th, 2011

Hello! I’m delighted to be involved in this project as an official blogger for Benetton UK, Susie Bubble and Jackie Dixon whose previously as contributors for It’s My Time project had done an amazing job followed through their adventures in New York last year.

Wait, who am I?

Some of you may have seen my face around at London Fashion, press event, showroom visit or caught me sleeping on a tube. To those who don’t well here’s a quick introduction, my name is Kit Lee a tea addict from London. I’m a freelance fashion stylist, consultant and I have a blog called Style Slicker which focus the aspect and perspective view of fashion, travel, lifestyle and very visual heavy.

What do you expect to see on Benetton UK?

Lots of beautiful imageries of course! I hope this blog would bring you some of my delightful experience, exploration and influence of UK lifestyle in different areas; fashion, technology, young and culture – be it from trends, photography, food, music, travel and the like.

So sit back, relax, have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy.

(Photo by: Shini Park)

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 England vs. USA?

by United Blogs of Benetton on: June 14th, 2010

I’m watching this as we type and as it stands the score of the first group match between England and USA stands at 1:1. I have zero interest in the final result of the match or whether England progresses beyond the group stages. I’m not even that aware of the supposed anti-Brit feeling that some people are feeling in lieu of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the spirit of all things shallow, I’m more interested in playing off fashion graduates in these games of patriotism. Graduate Fashion Week has just finished up in London. It’s an event where schools across the country come together to show their latest crop of fashion design students in a week of shows, exhibitions and portfolio displays.

The aforementioned battle was played out between Sara Wadsworth of Central Lancashire University and Lucinda Ailes of UCA Epsom. Wadsworth turned to iconic places of London like Big Ben and the Millennium Eye as well as the Union Jack for inspiration for her prints. No sign of red, blue and white though as the colours were kept quite neutral which makes things a whole lot subtler.


Ailes created a collection where those familiar stars and stripes were also subtly worked into outfits with chunky knitwear in subdued greys, ending though with a statement coat that is the flag all over.

Unlike a football match though, there is no clear winner. Aesthetics are of course highly subjective and instead, I’m happy just to observe these thematic allegiances that some of the students have chosen to take.

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 Funny Faces

by United Blogs of Benetton on: June 1st, 2010

Finally I have got round to editing this video footage I did at the It’s My Time campaign shoot in New York back in April. It seems like such a long time ago but as soon as I started editing the video, those personalities of the winners came flooding back.

I actually had this song in mind as soon as I got to the shoot and saw their vivacity and enthusiasm pouring out. The song is from the 1957 film Funny Face starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn and at one point during the track you have to imagine Astaire’s shimmying tap dancing moves. It also helped that I got everyone to pull a ‘funny face’ of their own but obviously the meaning of the song transcends that of just having a purely ‘funny’ face and of course, the message is that there are no finite definitions to the word ‘funny’ – especially when applied to a face…

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 All Mapped Out

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 31st, 2010

I’ve had an obsession lately with any sort of garments printed with maps. It started with my Acne limited edition scarf printed with an old map of Stockholm (the label is Swedish…) which never ceases to get compliments because of the unique nature of the print… and should I ever be in Stockholm, I can proudly name the different islands if I wish!

Then I’ve been trying to hunt down this Balenciaga scarf which is printed with the map of Tbilisi… I admit – I had to look that up on Google to know that is the capital of Georgia… SHAME on me!

Looking further to garments printed with maps and it becomes a trickier territory. Instead though artists have fused the physical object of actual real maps with garment shapes which means none of these pieces are fully wearable but at least they do fulfil my crush on map garments…

The award winning recycling artist Jennifer Collier from the UK has been using maps as part of her commissioned work for years… using ones that depict London especially to make anything from gloves to little babies shoes…



Upgraded a scale, the French-born, London-based artist Elisabeth Lecourt’s play with maps have seen her dresses, based on a little girl puff-sleeve shape style with pleats, exhibited all over the world. They also quite literally depict “all over the world” too as Lecourt uses a variety of maps that are global or more local in scale…



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 Votes, Votes, Votes

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 7th, 2010

I won’t say who said this but a somewhat famous British celebrity said “voting is just not that cute anymore”, dismissing the General Election as thought it was a transient trend like footless tights or cowboy boots.

The ironically funny thing of course is that this time round, the General Election in the United Kingdom IS cute and ultimate, important. We have in our hands the most unpredictable election in years as well as the possibility of a ‘hung parliament’ (where no political party as an outright majority) and from talking to people my age and those younger, it seems like all of a sudden, it DOES matter.

Whilst I’ve not been deeply analysing party politics or campaign details, I do know that more so than the last time I was able to vote, my interest has piqued because finally, the issues that are at stake are relevant to me.. I’m currently away in Sydney whilst all the polls have opened in the UK but I organised a postal vote beforehand to ensure that I’d have something of a say. This unnamed celebrity therefore could not be more wrong about voting.

Oh and it can also be INCREDIBLY cute with the help of these Rubbish Mag political finger puppets.

The candidates Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg all get knitted and you most certainly can stick your finger up at whoever you support or don’t as the case may be.

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 Winner’s Glee

by United Blogs of Benetton on: April 16th, 2010

Susanna Lau, from New YorkIt is in person that all 20 winners from all over the world properly shine and come fully alive, demonstrating why they were chosen as the winners.

At the beautiful Boom Boom Room at The Standard Hotel overlooking Manhattan, it was clear that the twenty winners had already done a good job of bonding and I think I may have spied an ongoing afterparty after the official event ended.

At the party where plenty of bubbles mixed with bubbly personalities, I quickly honed in on the UK winners. Soraya who lives in London but is half-Ghanian and half-Jamaican was showing some fashion chops with a Margiela-esque black shoulder padded dress and couldn’t contain her excitement over the impending shoot. Her upbringing is reflected in her personal style; “I usually have a lot of African clothes and when I go back home (Ghana) I have stuff custom made. I also mix and match African jewellery with more basic pieces. It’s a bit of London influence and things from Ghana too,” explains Soraya.

Francis also from the UK, also has a distinctive look that comes from being half-Chinese, half-English said friends always pointed out that he should be a Benetton model, which just proves just how iconic the brand’s use of diverse models has become. Francis has recently just quit his waiting job to concentrate on making music despite the financial instability. I salute his braveness.

I also caught bubbly Elizabeth from Hong Kong (also my original hometown…) who captured the colourful spirit of her profile with her dress. Last minute thoughts on being shot by Josh Olins? “I’m so nervous and I feel like such an amateur because his work is so amazing! But you know how they say you should seize the day, so tomorrow I’m just going to be really energised.”

Let the energy roll in at the shoot…

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 London to NYC

by United Blogs of Benetton on: April 15th, 2010


I have been thinking about my trip to NYC all week, more specifically what to pack.
In London it’s been typically gloomy with the occasional burst of sunshine – nothing new there – but in NYC I hear it’s boiling. So I have to consider two things: heat and a different style set.

Whenever I find myself Stateside I come over all adventurous and start channeling Sex In The City (or at least I think I do…) I spend hours rummaging through flea markets to find that perfect look, and I wear it, but only in Manhattan.
Somehow it just works there, in London I wouldn’t feel comfortable, and not just because of the weather, it’s a different vibe.
I wear flimsy jumpsuits with heels in NYC; I wear red lipstick; I wear brogues with cute little socks and short shorts. I am my very own Carrie Bradshaw.
And yet she only comes alive in NYC. Maybe my London persona needs a little kick…watch this space…

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