Fashion Chic Speak- A Guide To the Fashion Terms 2012

I thought that this was absolutely high-larious! and apropos this time of year when everyone is promoting and predicting the fashion trends of the upcoming year. Enjoy it I did

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Struggle to decipher the difference Dior’s New Look and your local New Look store? No problemo. Just chuck a few of these into your lexicon and you’ll have the fash-pack hanging onto your every word. No need to thank us.

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…, no?
As in “I look very chic, no?” – confusingly the correct answer to this question is actually yes. Replying with the word “no” will lead to perpetual banishment from all things fashion.

‘Ironic’ abbreviations
To Sho (Topshop), Gooch (Gucci) Channel (Chanel) – so as to indicate that you’re so au fait with the brands you can hilariously mispronounce them. Ironic, no?

The use of the singular
The lip, the pant, the platform, the singular. The little people wear a pair of shoes, trousers and have red lips. But on planet fashion, the use of the singular denotes that you truly understand the wider style implications of what you are wearing – not, as might be assumed by a little person, that the wearer only has one lip, foot or trouser leg. (long before this I always used a pronoun for people-  i.e. The April (my bff) but I could “rock” the singular)

Very Edie
On one level Grey Gardens was a documentary about two abandoned, eccentric and really quite batty women, Big Edie and Little Edie, who lead their lives in the Hamptons. There is cat and racoon poo all over the house, they eat liver pate from a tin and there are massive great holes in their clothes. But to the fashionable mind this is a stinky pool of style inspiration. Hence anything vaguely bohemian/mismatched/layered is Very Edie, as in Little Edie. (I LOVE this one and I hadn’t heard it before but personally when I saw the movie I thought Little Edie was fabulous as well I will definitely be dropping this term, as I wear a turban made out of a sweater)

Really means ‘rip off’ or ‘copy’. ( Beyonce if VERY fond of the Homage)

Ethnic/Global traveller chic
The paranoid fashion writer’s politically correct code for anything nodding to places other than Western Europe or North America. And in using such a generic tone, is actually quite offensive. (It’s like when people say they are from Africa – not the country in Africa, mainly because they feel like most Americans who know where the hell they are talking about  anyway- or what Black folk (‘scuse me African Americans) say “Down South” like it’s one place or on “The Job” like there is only one– Well  nowadays  there might only BE one! The lumping must stop let’s be clear and specific)

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