Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Yes, a pair of $40 jeans can change your life (and wardrobe)

Old Navy Rockstar Jeans

When it comes to jeans I think we’ve all been sold a pretty straight forward story over the past few years. We’re told, from every source that can be utilised, that more expensive denim means a better fit, a better quality and a better overall look and feel. This is going to date me but I can remember the days when people were open mouthed over the idea of paying $100 for a pair of jeans. Today we have denim coming in at over $1000 and we’re not even talking a full decade of growth here for the industry. Designer denim is massive.  That all being said, I’m not claiming designer denim is the enemy. I am, however, most certainly spreading the news that there is another way for your arse to look amazing in jeans and it comes with a much smaller price tag.

While I was home in the USA this summer, I spent eight weeks in a state of constant perusal. I often am when I’m at home – half for my own shopping enjoyment and half to be able to come back here and speak knowledgeably about what’s going on back there. Here’s what’s going on as far as I can see – OLD NAVY ROCKSTAR JEANS!

I think it’s been about a year now since I mentioned the Old Navy Rockstar Jean. When they were first launched they had a slow burn rate. People were curious, purchased and then seemed to keep their secret denim purchases to themselves. I actually had lunch with a friend last year, enquired after her denim and was told they were discovered in a vintage shop. I was gutted. That next week, in the southern states, I marched into an Old Navy looking for a bikini and discovered her exact pair of jeans. That little trickster. I totally called the denim diva out on her little lie and we made amends and agreed to never lie again when it came to bargain buys. How come we are ashamed of a jean that comes in at under $40 (and some on sale for as low as $25 for the moment)?

Well, ladies, let me be the first to tell you not to be ashamed, but rather to run, not walk, to your nearest Old Navy to score a pair of these Rockstar jeans in every colour and rise combination. I am currently sitting on a stock of ten pairs that I wear every other day of the week it seems. From classic faded denim to black rinsed ripped knee skinny jeans, I have truly never worn a more comfortable or more flattering pair of trousers.  Maybe it’s the incredible stretch I love above everything else. Yes, I do think that’s it. Don’t worry, we’re not talking Jeggings here. Who created those monstrosities anyway? These are truly jeans with an extra something special to lift, flatter and shape like nobody’s business.

The Rockstar Jeans also come in different lengths, from petite to tall and also come in sizes up to a US 20. Yes, my hero has arrived and he comes in the form of  jeans that skim the floor. How long I have waited for that day to come!

To sum up this love letter to Old Navy Rockstar Jeans, let me just say I stake my reputation on you loving them. This isn’t a paid endorsement. It’s just me sharing a product that I discovered by chance and have been obsessed with ever since. Go, buy, and become a true Rockstar (at least when it comes to your denim choices).

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Outfit du Jour: You could be a farmer in that outfit...

Ode to a legend: Oscar de la Renta 1932-2014

RIP Oscar de la Renta

I cried at my very first Oscar de la Renta show. Truth be known, it was the first time I had been so overwhelmed with emotion, sitting front and centre to witness the beautiful mind of Oscar de la Renta.  His genius was put on display with each model that walked before me that day. I was in awe of his vision, his talent and his ultimate delivery. These were truly masterpieces walking the catwalk and each and every person in the audience was a part of something memorable and bigger than all of us at that moment.

When I first started FFG I wrote down, on a piece of paper I still have, the two things that would be the dream if this whole blog business was to somehow go well. I wanted to attend just three runway shows before we lost the legends behind the brands. Oscar de la Renta was top of the list.

Oscar de la renta catwalk show

Talking to Oscar’s staff (who truly should be referred to as family) over the years, I was given a better picture of just how much Oscar de la Renta loved doing what he did best – designing beautiful things, all year round. He was a man that lived for the moment a woman felt like a goddess in his creations – and if you’ve never worn an Oscar de la Renta dress, let me tell you that you do indeed feel like a goddess.

This morning I woke up to the news that Oscar de la Renta had passed and I cried again. If anything I think I was crying for the loss of a talent we will never find again. Sure, a successor in his brand has been named. He will take over the brand and do just as the other major houses have down after losing their founder – survive and most likely flourish fabulously. But, truth be known, there will never be another man who has the ability to create what Oscar did each season. Hold onto your Oscar pieces tightly, ladies. Embrace them today and strut around in them this evening. That’s the best way to honour the man that forever changed the art of dressing elegantly.

Oscar de la Renta, you will certainly never be forgotten here, in this space at FFG. You changed my perception of elegance and beauty forever.

I'll leave you with a video I did from my first ever Oscar show... beauty presented that will live on for all eternity. 

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