Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Need tips on how to be a woman?

Being an office full of girls we could hardly fail to notice the buzz in the media and publishing industries being created by Times columnist Caitlin Moran's new book 'How To Be A Woman', published last week. Hailed as a vanguard of modern feminism, Women's Hour has labelled it the Female Eunuch rewritten for the 21st century. Personally we like anything that gets Jeremy Paxman talking about the rights and wrongs of Brazilian waxing and vajazzling live on Newsnight.

On this wave of new feminism tip, columnists in The Guardian and Observer have recently spoken about the smart, sassy feminist voices coming out of America via YouTube. If you haven't seen Amber from NineteenPercent's critique of Beyonce's 'Girls Who Run the World' video or Feminist Frequency talking on the Smurfette Principle check them out, as pointed out by Eva Wiseman in the Observer and Hadley Freeman in The Guardian respectively.

Take a look at them below and let us know what you think. Is this just smart, common sense or has the term feminism moved on?

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Is Metrosexual Man Facing Extinction?

According to trend forecasting agency, Future Labs, we will soon be saying goodbye to metrosexual man and hello to The New Gent. This new tribe spells a return to a traditional type of masculinity that focusses on chivalry, sartorial style, connoisseurship and grooming.They are intelligent, mature and sophisticated and love quality brands with heritage.

According to Future Labs "The lad of the 90s has grown up into a man" which may explain the rapid decline in glossy men's magazine readership figures. At a recent Future Labs New Gents networking evening, six expert speakers led discussions around the tastes, attitudes and behaviour of the New Gent and what it means for the modern man. The inspirational speakers included:

Simon Mottram, founder of cycle brand Rapha
Alice Cicolini, author of The New English Dandy
Alex Glover, manager at traditional barber Murdock London
Michael-George Hemus, co-founder of the new Truman's beer brand
Patrick Grant, director of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and menswear label E.Tautz

Every speaker indicated that today's males are interested in a more intelligent conversation, that they want to know about the provenance and uniqueness of a product that they are engaging with and that heritage from their grandfathers era is really appealing. Taking care of themselves and looking good is natural for these men - use of a moisturiser isn't metrosexual it's simply part of their grooming ritual.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Another London landmark bites the dust

It might make me sound a little sentimental, but I was genuinely sad to hear the news that the BBC is to sell off its most iconic building – Television Centre. Whilst I can appreciate the BBC’s financial predicament, I can’t help but wonder whether there could have been another option to cut costs and raise this much needed cash.

However, there’s no point crying over spilt milk, as they say. What’s done is done and with the sale completion date not until 2015, at least we still have a few more years of this iconic building playing its role as a London landmark. The stars of Strictly don’t have to move to Manchester just yet then…

But what will become of the building? Will that classic ‘doughnut’ shaped section at least be respectfully preserved by its new owner, or will it all be knocked down to make way for modern flats or yet another shopping centre? I’m hoping it’s the former.