Fashion

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Dressing up part two: Dead Pop stars

We gave you some options for dressing up involving some of pop’s most aesthetically creative characters currently reigning this here world, so in the spirit of fairness and equality it’s only right we look at those who once did reign put no longer do due to death. Yes, it’s not Hallowe’en quite yet, but some of pop’s brighter stars should be brought back to life for the Pop Stars Party this Saturday 29th September to shine brightly once more.

Jackson. So many looks. It’s all a result of us watching him grow up in public and his face maturing. Nothing to do with him chopping it up / trying a new nose out every six months etc. Nothing at all. Choose whichever Jackson you want to be – the key elements, depending which Jackson era you’re channeling – are a selection of the following:
Afro;
Spangly glove;
Fedora;
Dances that focused heavily on a crotch grab;
White socks and loafers;
Kicky-out leg;
Vajazzled military jackets;
Small boy(s);
Jesus Juice.

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Whitney. Taken from us too soon. She burst into our lives in the early 80s with a whippet-thin figure, a beaming smile of splendid teeth and a belting voice that could knock you sideways. She had hit after hit after mega hit and wailed her way to everyone’s hearts. Then she met Bobby Brown, got into crack, sported adult nappies and was sadly taken from us. Let’s not dwell on that bit, especially the nappies. Soils the memory in so many ways. Here she is in happier times. Oh Whitney!

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Freddie. The Queen front man and possibly the greatest ever front man the world of pop and rock has ever seen. Brilliantly pompous, unafraid of dressing up or acting the clown, supremely entertaining and a command of the microphone stand to it’s full phallic connotations – his charisma, energy and sheer star quality was never less than 100%. Can you tell we like him a bit? Sorry Adam Lambert, but there really is no contest. Queen sans la Mercury should just STOP NOW PLEASE. We miss him the most probably out of this parade of the dead. SIGH

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Winehouse. She had some voice, but by heck she didn’t half have a troubled time of it. Being followed about by paps all day probably didn’t help much when you’re a bit lacking in the self-esteem department and only nipped out for some milk. But what she lacked in self-worth, she made up in soulful, melodic, honest-pop, whacking great big hair, myriad of tats, boosted sales of RImmel’s eye liner and impressive fag smoking. You can imagine she would have aged brilliantly, wise cracking about young pop upstarts as she got older. Like Elton, but with her own hair. Her own MASSIVE hair.

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Having joined the 27 club like Amy and a host of other dead musicians, Kurt Cobain enraptured a legion of angry teens sulking in their bedrooms with his angst-punk-pop, creating grunge, donning cardigans, making an anthem for a generation and then departing from this world via violent methods. He hair never looked that clean and he probably never washed his jeans, but then he was the accidental focal point of “grunge” therefore dressing like a slick city gent probably wouldn’t have lent it that much cred, so full marks for the commitment. His bedsheets probably could’ve walked to the washing machine themselves.

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Pop Stars Party – number one dress up get ups!

The next Guilty Pleasures in London town hits KOKO on Saturday 29th September when we’ll be celebrating those music idols at the Pop Stars Party! YAY.

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For those who like to dress up to get the full GP experience, then we thought we’d give you a helping hand in the inspiration stakes with some picks from the pop world’s iconic looks. So let’s do that now shall we? Ok good.

Prince has a wealth of looks to choose from depending on how much effort you want to make. Start with drawing on your face:

Or maybe you feel a bit flouncy. Bit regal perhaps. Not unlike Prince himself. Well maybe the velvet suit and puffy shirt of the Purple Rain era is what your looking for:

Or maybe you’re feeling brave and want to go the full monty. Pants, suit jacket and a bit of eyeliner should do it then:

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Beyoncé next. Yeah we know, it’s not that easy seeing as she’s majorly hot, so may need to get down the gym to have the confidence to pull this off. Or just a job lot of booze and industrial quantities of weave off the market and you’ll convince yourself you ARE her.

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Like to titillate men? Have insecurity issues? Always flirting outrageously because you’re trying to fill a dark, empty void in your life? Yeah, us too. Let’s dress up like a schoolgirl Britney then and make it pervert o’clock!

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Now this one is perfect for those who work in, or have associations with the meat industry. Or just buy a lot of meat. Wrap yourself in the carcass of a dead cow and you’re totally set. You’ll stink too, but at least you’ll be able to do a nice Sunday Roast the next day. Ok, maybe not nice. A roast though at least. Of sorts. See Gaga is practical after all!

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Are you a captain of a ship? Do you know a sailor? A construction worker? A cowboy? A Red Indian? And a er, sex man? Well you guys just need to come in your usual gear, money saved for booze as you’re obviously the Village People:

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When pop stars go wrong is always a good look. None more so than in the case of Robbie Williams when he went crackers and left Take That, hung out with Oasis, dyed his hair peroxide blonde and got fat. It was the making of him. Not sure if his liver agrees though. However, still totally would.

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Queens of the 90s, the Spice Girls ruled the roost and powered the way for girl pop after enduring the bore of boy britpop and corduroy being fashionable. They all had their own look which can be easily replicated in a Peacocks store near you! Ok they’re a bit more hi end now, but to begin with it was change from £20 including shoes.

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Or just come as Rihanna. Don’t wear much except whacking great big shades and crackers hair. JOB DONE.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

L-U-V MADONNA!

We do. Oh we really do.

So much so that on Saturday 25th August Guilty Pleasures is bringing its biggest, most ambitious and ridiculously exciting party EVER for the Guilty Pleasures Cinema Party at London’s decadent Troxy Cinema!

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The party will be everything you expect from GP – razzle-dazzle djs, dancers, performers, hedonistic pop splendor and a truckload of FUN – but with the dazzling magic of the movies with a screening of Madonna’s debut acting role in the 80’s classic DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN.

Starring Patricia Arquette as a bored housewife obsessed with the personal ads (a Guilty Pleasure perhaps…?) her life takes a bonkers twist when she buys Madonna’s character Susan’s old jacket, suffers a nasty bump on the head and forgets who she is. We’ve all been there. From there on, she tries to piece together her life, all the time accidentally pretending to be Susan. Something some of us also may have done.


That damn jacket!

The tale takes twists and turns and presents us with a glorious fashion show in every scene and the sheer excellence Madonna. Yeah, she’s no Judy Dench, but she can’t half rock a quilted bootie and a lace shirt.


See, rocking…

After the film we get to dance the night away in the NYC discotheque to the GP cast of entertaining stars, marvel (and possibly scream) at the Many Madonnas bad look-a-likes, rummage and dress you up in the “Face it: she’s Madonna” dressing up boxes, knock back hard liquor at the bars, be amazed by the magic show and generally hang out in a Battery Park hipster style circa 1985. Or now if you live in Hackney!

Sounds good doesn’t it? No, it sounds AMAZING.

An all-out Madonna FEST where we’ll be diving in to the crazily fantastic, multi-colourful, disco-popping world of the musical icon who without, the world would be a dreadfully dull and exceptionally less brilliant place.

So join us on the red carpet as we make cinematic history this August!

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Beach party dress up discount – wear less FOR less!

Escapade in Camden Town are offering our GP KOKO Beach Party revellers 10% off their costumes for this month’s party so if you need something fabulous to wear at our holiday indoors, then step this way and see what they’ve got on offer.

Select your items and use the code BIKINI at the checkout and savings will be made. See, THAT’S how the Big Society works Dave.

We’ve chosen somee iconic beach based moments from pop culture as costume ideas for you. We’re good like that you see. Always thinking about you. We do care you know.

Anyway, let’s see what’s on offer and how you can get the look from Escapade. Come on!

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Want to look like you’ve just totally caught the sweetest tube and been riding some cranking waves? Or would you like to know what that actually means? Well you can get that rad surfer drop out vibe just like Sean Penn as Spicoli in Fast Times in Ridgemont High with the perfect windswept and sea-salt knackered hair with this surfer wig.

It’ll make you look like you loll about on the beach all day, smoking doobies and dreaming of the perfect point break. Like, heavy man.

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Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to look into the light. Some people get their chests surgically enhanced for running r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y on tv credits so said chests bounce in an alluring manner at an inappropriate time of the tv day for such busty behaviour. Basically, we’re saying if you want to get that Pammy Anderson lifeguard vibe, then you need this.

Chest is down to you.

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So much life on the beach and none more so in the ocean itself. It’s a whole other world you know. Why not be the prize draw of the seafood platter and come as a lobster? It’s a well spendy bit of protein so everyone will think you’re a bit swanky and the B-52s even wrote a song about one. Ok it was a Rock Lobster but that just sounds even better. Indie mollusc doesn’t have the same vibe does it? Be the king of the clawed aquatic dinners in this get up.

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Do you dream of being a Honolulu Honey, all long flowing locks, grass skirts and a carefree attitude to sleeping around? Yeah, us too. Just like Baby’s sister in Dirty Dancing, you can channel your inner Lisa Houseman with this splendid lei ensemble for that seashell Princess vibe.

Not sure if that’s a real thing though, the seashell Princess. Maybe there is a Princess seashell Barbie. That doesn’t seem unlikely does it? You can be that. Or Honolulu Barbie.

Whatevs.

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What could really eff up our beach party is if a giant aquatic predator swam close to the shore and ate someone. That wouldn’t be very good. But it would certainly be dramatic. So, if you’re in the mood for severing fake arms and generally making women scream, then why not come as a shark to the party? This realistic furry costume is just the ticket. They’ll be screaming in terror at your cuddly fins and teeth. Or wanting to stroke you. That could work to your advantage if your single. Just please don’t actually bite / kill anyone. We’re not insured for maiming or murder.

Thanks.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Strike a Pose

At Guilty Pleasures we’re so up to date, on trend and a la mode. And no doubt you are too seeing as you’re reading this. Therefore we thought you’d like to know about our friends in the capital of the North, The Fashion Network.

They are the social hub and one stop shop for the fashion industry in Manchester and are looking for the most talented and super savvy souls who want to work in this exciting world. If you are already in fashion and looking for a new challenge, looking for a start in this competitive world or work in a different sector but dream of working in fashion and have the skills to transfer over, then get your cvs out! They’re after the cream of the crop for positions of every level and aspect.

From head office, to shop floor to internships – they’ve got the lot. So if you’ve got what it takes or are after something new, then register your cv at www.manchesterfashion.com/recruitment/ and a who knows, your new dream life could be just around the corner!