I have a 4 almost 5 year old daughter Olivia. Olivia is an energetic, passionate, confident, creative and extremely theatrical little girl and is never afraid to show it. She loves being given the task to dress herself for the day, however sometimes the outfits she puts together are very left of centre and miss matched. Before I tell her to go and get changed, I take note to see the look on her face of how proud she is of what she has created. I always let her stay as is, weather depending of course. Liv, summer dresses in the middle of winter aren’t going to happen, so let it go girlfriend!!
Olivia always wears her outfit with pride, she has an extra bounce in her step and can’t wait to tell people she has dressed herself.
I’m writing this post due to a Facebook page which was brought to my attention after the last Brownlow Medal Red Carpet. This is a page that is purely created, I quote “Fashion Critical was borne from a desire to make a mockery of innocent celebrities who are attempting to look as nice as possible at public appearances. It is a page DESIGNED to make people LAUGH. If you do not find it funny, very well then. Toodle-oo.”
This page is very similar to a power point presentation that also use to be shared around after Brownlow.
I am all for a good laugh and am always able to laugh at myself. I realise that by having an open Instagram page and writing a public blog I am opening myself up for criticism, criticism which I am ready to take. When we hit the red carpet we are purely there to support our friends, boyfriends, husbands or family members. Some ladies like myself, are fortunate enough to have beautiful gowns made for them by established or emerging designers and are also leant gorgeous jewels to wear for the night. Now who would say no to that, right???
There are many ladies who attend, that are petrified of all of this due to the terrible criticism that the red carpet attracts. A few years ago we had Fashion Police come and judge the red carpet, I know for a fact that some partners refused to attend if this was to happen again. Unless you have been to something like this it is hard to explain the anxiety of being judged on such a big stage. Why do we feel the need to put others down to make ourselves feel good? Why is it that the only way you can make people laugh is by bagging someones outfit choice? That’s what fashion is right, a choice? An expressions of your personality? If we all had the same taste it would be pretty boring and fashion would be a dying industry. I’m all for saying what you do and don’t like but does it have to be so personal and plain nasty?
The comment on a photo of Jonathan and I was “I don’t mind this cute lass. How the HECK did this man pull her???? Her frock looks like a sewing project, but I don’t mind the overall look.” Now this doesn’t bother me at all, it is funny. JB always says I’m batting overs so it is a running joke but what did get me angry is the comment about the construction of my dress looking like a sewing project. Do you think about the person who worked their butt off to make my dress and how they would feel reading that? Or are you still under the impression you can say whatever the frick you want? How ever you look at it Fashion Critical, this is bullying.
Amber Chloe I was absolutely in love with my dress, it fit me like a glove and you went above and beyond to make it perfect. I felt amazing and I can’t thank you enough. (I can also share with you all, that a certain TV presenter is wanting the exact gown in a different colour made for prime time TV, exciting!!!) Amber Chloe also received 15 enquiry emails the day after the Brownlow. You are going places girlfriend and I can’t wait to say I wore your first couture gown.
Fashion Critical you will say it’s just your opinion and you have clearly listed all your rules of engagement, like it’s all for humour, no one is holding a gun to your head, you can leave and never come back blah blah blah.
I am writing this post because of this you recently posted
“ATTENTION PLEASE: This is a community service announcement. Some of you know my real identity. I urge you to preserve my anonymity in the coming days/weeks/months. Part of what allows me to say whatever the frick I want, is that I am anonymous. If this is compromised, my posts will become unwittingly censored and EVERYBODY loses out in the humour stakes. So if you’re one of the lucky few to know me personally, don’t spoil the fun and keep it on the down low. Regards, a simple elderly street sweeper from Gundagai.”
The thing I respected and respect about Fashion Police everywhere is that they always put their name to their comments, they have the guts to make comments and give their opinion and are prepared for any backlash. They don’t hide behind a computer putting other people down for their choices in order to make themselves and other like minded, jealous haters feel good about themselves. I really feel sorry for you.
If you are a nasty person behind a computer you are just nasty all together, it doesn’t change once you pack your laptop away, remember that. Post a photo of your outfit and open yourself up to the same criticism you think is “fair game ” for everyone else. I put it to you Fashion Critical, out yourself and be proud of your opinion, take ownership of what you say. If you do this then your “Rules of engagement” will actually be relevant. Right now they are just there to make you not feel guilty about what you write.
I recently wrote a post about the good and bad of social media, this undoubtedly falls into the bad category.
Seriously, if we can’t find humour without negativity towards others, we really need to take a good look at ourselves.
Olivia, never change and never be ashamed, always wear what you want and be who you want to be. Don’t loose confidence if people knock you down, always get up with pride and encourage everyone around you to do the same.
You, my gorgeous girl, are my role model and I think we should all take a leaf out of your book.
Kylie Brown xx
A special thank you to www.justinhenrybeauty.com and his team for getting me red carpet ready for the last 5 years