Monday, April 29th, 2013
I love clothes. I really do. I went to the London College of Fashion, I studied fashion journalism, my mother was a weaver who had her own clothing line when I was younger – it’s pretty much engrained in me to be one stylin’, profilin’ mofo. I love checking out other people’s style (unless it involves Uggs), I love fabrics, patterns, discovering designers from distant, foreign lands. You get the point – I love this shiz. And so, it has been with increasing despair over the past year that I have stared at my wardrobe and bellowed the words ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!’ Oh sure, we’ve all done that. But I really mean it. I’ve reached a point where I hate all my clothes and am completely flummoxed as to what to do style-wise.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Hey there amigos. So, if you follow me on Twitter (or unfollow me due to me tweeting about doing anything exciting, as the case may be) you’ll know that I’m currently in New York for a couple of days. Adidas have launched a new running shoe called Boost and they invited me along to the global launch today in Manhattan to see what all the hype is about. And let me tell ya, it’s like being slapped in the face with technology. There’s a whole lot going on in that shoe. Yohan Blake and Hailie Gebrselassie were there, as were Rosario Dawson and that chick who plays the wife in Homeland (which, hello, total girl crush. Also, I rate anyone who rocks up to an Adidas launch wearing thigh-high high-heel boots).
Right, I’m off to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks. Byyyyyeeeee!
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
One of the most popular posts I’ve written on this site was one I did a couple of years ago about how Europeans dress better than Americans. It seems to be something people Google a lot: ‘why do Europeans dress better than Americans?’ Or ‘Americans dress lazy’ or other such terms often lead to that blog post and it still gets people leaving comments on it. It’s a weird topic. The comments section is filled with smug Europeans or angry Americans talking about how judgmental I am or how Europeans are either gay or have really poor hygiene, which has nothing to do with anything. Admittedly, the style in which I wrote that post was pretty harsh, but has my viewpoint changed? Do I still believe Europeans dress better than Americans?
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Last week, I was invited down to the Stella McCartney store in Chelsea to meet the lady herself and discuss her new season collection for Adidas. Full disclosure – I’m a bit of a Stella fan girl. Her Spring/Summer 01 collection for Chloe is still one of my favourites, so I was a little giddy at the opportunity to meet her.
Monday, October 15th, 2012
Fashion Weeks are loved by many and loathed by some. Let the naysayers yap on about how frivolous and irrelevant it all is, but there’s no denying the influence these shows have on the way we shape our personal style, whether we like to admit it or not. But if you’re someone with an interest in fashion, Fashion Weeks can almost be alienating – how do shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York speak to your experience if you don’t live in any of those cities? Well, the good folks at creative agency Hebe Media in Leeds are putting regional fashion at the forefront this week with the first ever Leeds Digital Fashion Week.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Well it looks like there will never come a time where Knomo bags don’t make it onto my favourite things list. NEVAH! I don’t know how they keep bettering themselves, but they do. Yes I know, I’ve written about them before here and here, but their Autumn/Winter range is now out and this bag, the ‘Alice’ as it’s known, will be my new staple accessory du jour (and all of the jours most likely for the rest of time). Doesn’t look like your average laptop bag, does it? Of course it doesn’t, because it’s filled not only with my laptop, but a whole bunch of awesomeness. Check it out…
Monday, June 18th, 2012
As you know, I tend to only really write about brands that I really like so forgive me while I swoon over Knomo for a minute. I’ve raved about their bags before so when they sent me their new iPhone purse, my excitement levels reached ‘giddy overload’. In the space of a few days, it has become my very favourite accessory. More pics below.
Friday, May 7th, 2010
The lovely people at Topman have given me five goodie bags to give away. Woo hoo! Let’s all stop for a minute to do the running man in celebration of this awesomeness……alright…..yeah…..OK, stop it…..that’s enough! Focus!
So whether it’s for yourself, your fella, brother, papa, uncle, good male friend, ‘good’ male ‘friend’ or whatever, you’re in with a chance to win one of these bad boys.
The goodie bag includes:
- A Topman bowtie
- TimeOut London Calling book
- SHARPS Barber soap
- A Topman T Shirt
I’ve got one of the bags myself and I must say, they’re pretty frikkin’ sweet.
So to be in with a chance, what do you have to do? Just leave a comment on this post describing your style. Simple as that! If you become a fan of Bangs and a Bun on Facebook, you get entered again (make sure you leave a comment on the Facebook page though, so I know to enter you!) Winners will be picked at random next Friday (may 14th), names drawn from a hat stylee.
Easy as pie, right? Leave a comment, be in with a chance of winning some stuff. Lovely jubbly!
Tell a friend to tell a friend and get commenting!
Don’t forget, if you’re in London on May 28th from 6pm, pop into Topman for Fashion Friday. There’s a DJ, haircuts, wet shaves, style advice and perhaps most importantly to some fellas, free beer!
**My apologies to my international readers, but this comp is only open to readers in the UK. Feel free to leave me a comment abusing me about that. Next competition will be for everyone, I promise.**
**Competition now closed**
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
That’s me, as Junior Bangs. I was always a bit of a poser. I believe that was my moody/brooding look. It’s funny how sometimes the things you’re around/interested in as a kid carry right through to adulthood. I figured maybe taking a look back at a little vintage Bangs would go some way towards explaining some things about me now, particularly my passion for style.
I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to a Canadian father and Irish mother. My mother, known round these parts as ‘Mama Bangs’, was a weaver. That’s her on the left, weaving.
This was the late 70s/early 80s and Halifax, at the time, had a thriving arts and crafts scene, which my mother was very involved in.
She’d weave fabrics and make clothes.
She had a shop, Clique (pictured left) and would put on fashion shows (pictured right).
And all in all, she was kinda ridiculously stylin’. I mean, look at her. (That’s her with Brother Bangs, before I came on the scene).
So you see, with all that going on around me, it was kinda hard for me to not take an interest. Mama Bangs always made my clothes and though I was just a kid, I remember being conscious of style, what my mother did and seeing people in her fabrics.
I moved back to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a while a few years ago and there’s a shop there called Mills Brothers who still use Mama Bangs’ fabrics in their Christmas displays to this day.
Being surrounded by all that as a youngster, it seems almost inevitable that I’d have an interest in style. We still have a few of the clothes my mother made with her fabrics, including some wonderful capes and I will never get rid of them.
She made clothes for me well into my teens and will still make the odd thing now. She and I share this passion for style to this day and it’s been something we’ve bonded over all my life.
So you see, for me, my love of fashion goes a little deeper than the need to waste money on a shopping spree. It’s about creativity, watching something being made from scratch, seeing someone continue to wear it years later, the bond between the women who fawn over it. It’s about having something of my mother’s that I can hold onto forever and being miles away from home but catching a little slice of Mama Bangs in a shop window.