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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Voice UK- What happened to the stylists?

I'm not usually (read: never) one to fall in with these reality talent contests, but The Voice UK has totally got me captivated. It's so, so refreshing to see a talent show that celebrates excellence and where people are nice to each other. The 'coaches' are a hilarious bunch of colourful characters and it's really nice to see contestants on the show who have real, raw and unmeasurable talent. There's a diverse mix of contestants who have made it through to the live shows and it's shaping up to be a pretty interesting show. I don't know where they find these people but man can they sing. Personally, my favourites are country duo Matt and Sueleen (they're interesting, and not the usual talent show fodder) angst-ridden teenager Becky, and bleached-hair-and-guyliner soul diva Vince.

All that said, there is one thing that is missing from the show, and that's the styling. Just because these guys have talent, doesn't mean they've got style. Maybe it's just me being shallow but I do enjoy a good feast upon the eyes, but the good old beeb seems to think that these people can be left to dress themselves, and so we are left with a questionable variety of outfits. Some of the world's greatest performers have said themselves that to put on a good show, the styling is a huge part of that. Look at Gaga, Perry, Jessie J (ironically) and even Nicki Minaj if that's your thing, they all give it their all stylistically as well as musically, and that's what makes the whole package.

 These guys were among the worst offenders, with Indie/Pixie sporting some sort of mullet dress, and Becky is just a disaster in actual American tan tights. Such a shame.

The guys on The Voice have done the hard part; they've got the talent, so it would be nice if the BBC matched their efforts and gave them all a quick consultation with a stylist or an up-to-date issue of Vogue. I'm not saying they should kick this whole thing X Factor style and give them all scantily clad backing dancers and a spray tan because this show is actually about talent, but it just seems that they are let down a little by looking like they're going on a night out in Cardiff.

I quite liked what Kate was wearing, she pulled off hipster chic quite well, but poor Frances really needs to up her game now that she's in the live shows.

And Ruth clearly has no clue and could've looked so much better if she'd gone for a chicly put together ensemble instead of this '90s teen/Primark disaster.

To conclude, this is an amazing show with people with real talent and charismatic judges, they just need to polish the whole thing up with some proper styling, and if anyone from the BBC is reading this, I will gladly offer my services...   

Thursday, 19 April 2012

If it has 'girl' in the title, I'll love it

In lieu of a social life, I tend to watch a very large volume of television. And from this new found hobby, a little pattern has emerged: if it has 'girl' in the title, then there's a pretty strong chance that I'll love it. I suspect that this says a lot about my tastes, since these programmes are always some sort of tale of the love, life and friendship between girls.

The newest on this circuit, which you may or may not have heard of, is simply titled Girls (which caused all the inevitable quips when I 'liked' the facebook page.) And, for those of you not in the know, it is kind of a tongue-in-cheek homage to Sex and the City, but where the characters are young, poor and wear clothes which are considerably less chic. I've only seen one episode so far, but I look forward to seeing how it develops, and particularly enjoy the friendship of the main character and her BFF-roommate (I've written about my love of fictional TV friendships here). I also enjoy how the portrayal of girls in their early twenties in the big city is kind of realistic. I mean, it is still TV, so their problems are rich white girl problems, but I think it is reflective of the times; depicting the characters' struggle to make it in a world where no one seems to want to pay anyone to do jobs that someone else is willing to do for free, so the show is telling the story of what it is like to be one of these girls, trying to find her way in such a world, which I, like I'm sure many of you, can relate to.

New Girl is going from strength to strength, and the Shmidt-Cece dynamic is the most hilarious TV relationship I have seen in a long time, whilst Jess and Nick are still hanging in the will-they-won't-they balance that is just so delicious at this stage of a new show. Plus, I want all of Jess' clothes and her hair. 

Gossip Girl is sadly dying a slow and painful death, but I can't bring myself to stop watching just yet. There is something about the escapism about the whole thing that makes me still tune in every Tuesday (it 's a few episodes behind on UK TV so I have to watch online on the tuesday after it airs in the US), even though the story lines are the most convoluted thing since Hot Tub Time Machine and Dan Humphrey's hair is more disastrous than The Titanic (that may be a little far, I am still a little emotionally delicate after re-living the whole thing in 3D last week, but nonetheless, Dan's hair needs some serious attention.) So even though it certainly isn't what it was, and may no longer even be my favourite girl-titled show, I will remain loyal a little longer. 

2 Broke Girls is also fairly new, and to my knowledge it doesn't even air here (correct me if I'm wrong, I don't own a TV) but is a nice little 20-minute pick-me-up with some very funny popular culture references that are so now that in a year's time they will be completely meaningless. The writing is witty, but the '90s-esque canned laughter track and the predictable story lines mean that it will never find its way into my heart in the way that many other Girls-titled shows have. 

And of course I couldn't go on here without mentioning the flawless Gilmore Girls, but sadly it is now only a figment of our collective nostalgic memories and e4 midday reruns, but it was a key player in establishing my love of all programmes with girl in the title, and for this I will be forever in the debt of Rory and Lorelai. 

What about you guys? Which is your favourite Girls programme? or do you hate them all? Or is there one that I missed out? Share all below. 


Monday, 16 April 2012

Kelly Kapowski: the Ultimate Style Icon

So I totally don't understand how this girl isn't more people's style icon. I appreciate that I am several decades too late, but, as the banner says, fashion goes out of fashion, style never does. Again, I appreciate that this sentiment may not necessarily apply here. But you get the drift, Kelly Kapowski ('Saved by the Bell' for those of you who've never watched late '80s teen television) was the idol of a generation of now-twentysomething girls, and she kind of makes me wish that I was alive for more than two weeks of the eighties. I feel that amount of time wasn't sufficient for me to fully appreciate the fashion delights that were on offer at the time. Though I guess if I was a teenager in the '80s then I would miss out on the delights of drawsomething, netflix and florence + the machine, so I can make my peace with this.

So here is a visual demonstration of why Kelly Kapowski is totally my style icon:

What's not to love?! Florals, cropped tops, high waisted denim, and killer hair. In this grand old age of 2012 I still aim to look like this, so, for now, I will be taking my fashion cues from a twenty-year outdated American teen sitcom. Problem?

What do you guys think? Is Kelly Kapowski's style a 'yay' or a 'nay' for you? Or were you more of a Jessie or a Lisa? Or, I know this is a longshot, but do you follow the trends of today rather than a twenty year old TV show? After all, when fashion is concerned, anything is possible....

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