However, I can still be relied upon to drum up some enthusiasm for shopping. It's been a little while since I took you shopping on Bond Street. Since work is on my mind, I thought it would be a good idea to check out some office wear.
On the way I thought this guy was a mannequin. His chest looked a bit sunken. Just after I took a photo he moved. Which was a relief because I would have felt national shame and embarrassment if the guards outside Buckingham Palace weren't real.
I remember being really scared of the guards at Whitehall. You can stand next to them for a photo, but they are so still... and then MOVE.... aaargh. Terrifying. And don't think it's weird just for a susceptible six year old. I still see grown, tattooed, tough looking guys getting freaked out in exactly the same way. It's as if the mystery of what these soldiers might do, holds people back from touching or threatening them.
Anyhoo, at Bond Street I took a look at Alexander McQueen. I usually like his window displays, but I'm not so sure about his power suits. As the weather warms up (I exaggerate, of course, but still this is JUNE) I couldn't bear to wear such close fitting suits. Even if my figure were hot enough to handle it.
Interestingly, the suit on the left is pulled a little too tight. That doesn't look good on a mannequin and surely wouldn't look good on a real person. All of which makes the pale snake skin number look like a better option. Who'd have thought?
This is Ralph Lauren I think. To be honest I'm not one hundred per cent certain about this. These are my fantasy work outfits. Oh to be slim with narrow shoulders, able to find a perfectly fitting dress that would cling and skim in all the right places.
The funky jacket and trousers would also be great on a narrow shouldered probably flat-chested lass. While my body shape isn't ideal for either of these outfits, there are variations out there that can work for me. At least I'm inspired to look for something I can a) enjoy wearing b) fit into and c) afford.Which brings me to Chanel. I can't afford it, I'd hope to God not to fit into it and I wouldn't enjoy wearing it. If you could afford to wear Chanel, would you ever find inspiration in this window display? If anyone reading this has any experience of fashion retail or window dressing, perhaps you could explain what the idea might be behind this 'concept'.
And finally, because it's summer in the northern hemisphere and everyone is thinking about holidays - here are some cheerful summer shoes to put a spring in your step.