Being fairly new to the iworld (a previous Blackberry bitch, and clearly, like the rest of the Universe, swapping alligance) I am now always open to trying out any fashion and style related apps I can get my mitts on. My esteemed colleague, Sophie Cha, actually outlined many of these in a previous article for Style & then Some which I am currently working my way through. But I have come across another, Trendabl, which I wanted to share with you, dear readers.
Having first heard about Trendabl on E! News (please don’t judge me) I assumed this was quite an established style app, seeing as it was being plugged on international TV. Yet once I downloaded it, to be fair, it does seem rather new and glitchy (apparently the app was only launched last month). Despite the basic premise of the app following the instagram suit (think of it as an instagram for girls and their shoes), e.g. upload a stylish pic and people can ‘Like’ and comment on your photo, you can also go one step further and easily tag the brand, the store you bought the items your photographing, and even give a price indication. Something I find very handy. However, I felt rather torn by this app. I want to love it, as its easy to use and basically pocket inspiration, (how stylists ever lived without iphones and style apps is beyond me), but at the same time I am yet to find anyone else I know using the app. Is it because it’s still quite new? Or is it because it’s just not good enough? For some reason also, some of my uploaded photos were deleted, and also many of the pics I had ‘liked’ to save for future reference were wiped. Now, I am willing to stick by trendabl in the vain hope it will level itself out, but in the harsh and competitive world of fashion and technology, they may want to deglitch pronto.
So, if you do use Trendabl, let me know your thoughts and whether you have had any problems using the app, or if I am just an unlucky first timer!
I swear, Instagram has never had so much publicity as its had in the last week. The photo-sharing app for mobiles (in case you’ve been living under a rock) has not only been acquired by Facebook’s greedy Zuckerberg for a rumoured $1 billion, but it also appears to have got MTV presenter Alexa Chung embroiled in yet another ‘weight debate’. When Chung posted a snap of herself on her Instagram account wearing a denim dress, shades and trademark ballet flats the ex-model was inundated with negative comments about her tiny frame. After commenting on the photo that she wasn’t ‘trying to be thinspo for anyone’ she then made her account private, and is now dealing with the Instagram fall out in the press.
Having only joined Instagram a few weeks ago (insert shameless self promotion here: @helencoakley, Chung was actually one of the first ‘shlebs’ I followed. Now, I know she can be considered Marmite, but I genuinely admire her sense of style and from the few images I managed to see on her account, it was rather nice having a direct window in to her wardrobe! But no. Haters gotta hate, haven’t they? And now my fabulous pocket inspiration in the form of Chung is set to private. So unless I befriend her sharpish that’s game over for us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this photo didn’t have the shock factor. Alexa’s legs do look very thin, but at the end of the day, and to my dying day, I will not understand people’s obsession with abusing celebrities because of their weight. I admire the way she styles herself and don’t judge her on her on the aforementioned issues. And what is even the point in following someone you are just gagging to abuse on a social network? Let’s have a social media cleanse people. Anyone nowadays in the public eye is automatically considered a ‘role model’ whether they like it or not, and unfortunately they cannot post a tweet or a picture without over-analysis and hoards of abuse. Everyone has a photo or a tweet they aren’t proud of, but unlike us, celebs can’t get away with quickly hitting the delete button and hoping nobody saw. Now defending Alexa’s weight isn’t my point here. But I would like to point out through all the abuse she has received over this one picture and being accused of said ‘thinspo’ she is one of the few celebrities who isn’t posting half scantily-clad twitpics and dressing like a stripper. Swings and roundabouts people. Actress Ashley Judd recently wrote an incredibly eloquent and accurate essay for the Daily Beast about just this subject, the objectification of women in the media, when she was criticised in the press not for being too skinny but for her ‘puffy face’. If you find yourself drawn to the side bar of shame on the Daily Mail more than you’d like, it’s highly recommended reading.
Now I know some of this may provoke different opinions, and I would love to hear your thoughts, as ever, so please do feel free to pipe up…although any thoroughly negative comments may result in this article being deleted. Method acting and all that…