Monday, 16 July 2018

A/W 18 Trend - Tapestry

So we are currently experiencing a heatwave in the UK, and here's me sat inside writing a blog post about autumnal trends...and when it comes to fabric does it really get more autumnal than tapestry textiles in a leafy colour palette? Seen at both Mary Katrantzou and Off-White, tapestry textiles were revived for the runway and constructed into edgy silhouettes with modern styling. Tapestry, given the nature of the fabric,  is always going to look fairly traditional. If you stay true to the heritage of the fabric, then most likely the colour palette will be beautiful earthy shades of blue and green - both designers in question here did just that. Gorgeous autumnal teals were offset with rustic browns, creating a harmonious colour scheme. Katrantzou, whose work is always ornate and highly decorated, used tapestry from the famed Parisian manufacturer 'Gobelins'.  She interpreted the fabric for the runway by showcasing quilted jackets, with patent trims, as well as off-the-shoulder dresses with corset waists. Over at Off-White, Vigil Abloh took tapestry down an equestrian route. Tapestries adorned with horses, were fashioned into tailored jackets, dresses, corsets and high-waisted shorts - the later two of which are set to be amongst the most coveted pieces of the season. For me, the key to nailing this trend is all in the styling. It needs to be edgy, else it could look dated. Opt for a cinched in waist or tubular bodice. Layer with a crisp white shirt and team with a statement heel or cool trainer for a sporty vibe. 
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Monday, 9 July 2018

Taylor Swift - Reputation Stadium Tour

So after a decade in the making, I finally got to see Taylor Swift at Wembley last month! Having been a fan of Taylor for a full 10 years, first listening to her music whilst I was at college, I have never had the chance to see her perform live before. When she toured with her last album '1989' in 2015, she performed at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, but I missed the chance to get tickets. At this show, she was joined on stage by: Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt and Serena Williams during a performance of her hit song 'Style'....I was gutted to have missed it. I knew in this moment that the next time she toured the UK, I would go to see her. Fast-forward to the present day and Taylor is currently touring with her latest record 'Reputation'. The album was released in fall 2017, and it's pretty much all I've been listening to since it's release. The record is inspired, in part, but a certain American rapper and his reality tv star wife who seemed to take it upon themselves to bring about the demise of Swift by using dirty tactics on social media. Unfortunately for them, Taylor was not prepared to let her this incident end her career. Showing a high level of integrity, she took back ownership of her reputation and even started using the snake emoji as branding for her record. A genius move! The rest of the record is inspired by personal narratives about love and life. 
I got tickets to see her at Wembley, and what a show it was! Yes I was so far back that I could barely see Taylor herself on stage, but honestly that didn't matter one bit. The second the intro of the opening song 'Ready For It' started playing, the entire stadium was on their feet...and it stayed this way for the entire show. It was an atmosphere like I have never experienced before at a concert, and i've been to many gigs and even Glastonbury on a few occasions. The fans were truly all in, no matter their age or gender. Taylor excited the crowd by playing on 3 separate stages, 2 of which were located on the pitch itself, meaning fans in this area had the chance to get super close to the popstar herself. The show really came alive as the sky darkened and the wristbands, which we received upon entry, all lit up in sync to the music. In regards to the setlist, I love that Taylor performed several tracks from her previous records, mixing them in with newer material to create a medley of archive hits. A personal highlight for me, was when Swift performed a surprise acoustic version of 'Fifteen', which was the first Taylor song I ever heard way back when. I also loved the fun performance of Shake It Off with Charli XCX and Camila Cabello, as well as 'Getaway Car' which had incredible visuals. The show ended, with huge applause, to 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'
(above, Taylor performing 'Shake It Off' with support acts Charli XCX and Camila Cabello)
At a recent show at the rose Bowl in California, Taylor surprised fans by performing duets with: Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes and Troye Sivan. With her London date being at such a legendary venue like Wembley, I was fully expecting a special guest appearance...and my goodness Taylor did not disappoint. Cue Robbie Williams taking to the stage with Taylor to sing 'Angels'. I have NEVER heard a crowd cheer so loud, it was unbelievable. Angels in undoubtedly one of the most iconic British songs of all time so to hear that performed at Wembley, during the Rep tour, was totally unexpected and magical. 
(above, Taylor performing 'Angels' with Robbie Williams)
What I love about Taylor, aside from her music of course, is that she carries herself with such a high level of grace and elegance. In a world where girls are constantly striving to look a certain way, post seductive selfies and dress provocatively - especially in the entertainment industry, it is a breath of fresh air to see such a successful young woman rise to the top of her game without compromising herself to conform to 'industry ideals'. When you watch Taylor perform, you can see that she is whole-heartedly in this industry for all the right reasons - she loves writing, recording and performing. There is no hidden agenda or deep desire for fame. I think we can all learn a lot form Taylor - she's smart, respectful and hardworking.

My Top 10 Taylor Tracks
1. Wildest Dreams
2. So It Goes
3. Enchanted
4. Red
5. Style
6. Delicate
7. Bad Blood
8. Getaway Car
9. Out Of The Woods
10. Call It What You Want

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Monday, 2 July 2018

Outfit of The Month - July

It's that time of the month again...OOTM time that is! So if you are familiar with my OOTM posts, then you'll know for sure by now that mini skirts are my thing... I'm literally obsessed with them. This camo skirt from Nila Lotan really caught my eye. It gave me serious 00's vibes (Destiny's Child 'Survivor' music video much!). Whilst I love a good throwback, for me I like to keep styling modern. I've teamed the skirt with the coveted 'marching' tee from Re/Done. I've seen so many celebs wearing this t-shirt, including Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Roberts - and I'm all about a good slogan tee. As this one has a block colour print, it's still a super wearable style and a cool update on a basic white t-shirt. As you might be able to tell with the styling of this outfit, i've gone for quite an edgy look. The super casual skirt/tee combo is made more 'put together' with the inclusion of a blush pink tailored blazer from Elizabeth and James. I'm a huge advocate of a tailored blazer, but I usually opt for black. This ice-cream pink number adds a hint of femininity to the overall look and works perfectly for the summer months. For footwear I had to go for a 90's style trainer. These are literally everywhere atm (I even wrote a blog post on the so called 'ugly trainer' trend). Whilst trainers were once considered 'sporty or casual' this new wave of sneakers are a very desired high fashion look. It's not a style that I would usually go for, but i'm loving this high top pair from Chloe. The red and green splashes of colour perfectly pick up on the colours in the skirt/tee. The cute bucket bags comes courtesy of Nico Giani and can we please just talk about those shades? Yellow zebra print, slim cat-eye sunglasses - yes please! I adore the contrast of the zebra print with the camo. Whilst on paper you may not think these two prints would work together, the reality is the clashing print combo totally works and i'm living for this look right now. What do you think of this outfit?
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Saturday, 23 June 2018

June Music Playlist 2018

Walking Away (Mura Masa remix) by Haim
Redbone by Childish Gambino
Victoria Falls by Flyte
Dress by Taylor Swift
Outgrown by George FitzGerald and Bonobo
Shed by Kiasmos
Clairvoyant by Nakhane
Find Yourself by Before You Exit
Rose Garden by Rae Morris
Walls by Ruben
Baby Luv by Nilufer Yanya
Ivory by Movement
Nostalgia by Doe Paoro (RAC remix)
Tell My by Pines ft Water Park
God Save Our Young Blood by Borns ft Lana Del Rey
Stuck With Me by The Neighbourhood
Saturdays by Twin Shadow ft Haim
My Love by Amethysts
In The Air by DMA'S
Girl Like You by Toro y Moi
Nice For What by Drake
A$AP Forever by A$AP Rocky ft Moby
Pineapple Skies by Miguel
The Prize by The Kite String Tangle
OMG by Camila Cabello ft Quavo
Faded Memory by Planete
Turbine Blu by Seekae
Walk by Kwabs
Breathe A.gain by Couros
Out of Focus by Chelsea Cutler
Following The Sun by M.I.L.K
Toluca Lake by Tep No
Mephisto by JATA
My Thoughts On You by The Band CAMINO
Oceans Away by ARIZONA
Face To Face by Mat Kearney
Stuck In Orbit by What So Not ft BUOY
Daydream by Milk & Bone
O B 1 by Jagwar Ma
Rabbit Run by City Calm Down
Tearing Me Up by Bob Moses
Show Me by John Splithoff ft Madison Ryann Ward
Walk by Kwabs
Here We Are by LOWES
Late Night Store by Husky
Rolling Dice by Just A Gent, Ella Vos, Joey Chavez
Goodbye by Porches
UFO by Mallrat ft Allday
Tonight by Club Kuru
Doom or Destiny by Blondie
Happy Love by ROMANS
Sleepy Eyes by Elohim, Whethan
Let Me Down Easy by Gangs of Youth
It's Gotta Be You by Isaiah
You And Me by Shallou
Love$ick by Mura Masa ft A$AP Rocky
Turn Up The Love by Aluna George
Warm by SG Lewis
Cruel Mistress by Crazy P
Hideout - S.Carey
Bloom - Troye Sivan
Green Light (Chromeo remix) by Lorde
The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home by Declan McKenna
Hell by Mura Masa

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Monday, 18 June 2018

A/W 18 Trend - Crayola Floral Prints

The trend for crayola brights dominated the S/S 18 runway, with designers sending countless models down the runway in popping shades of red, blue and yellow. This season these colours crossover in a new guise - print! Designers including: Balenciaga, Arthur Arbesser and Ashish showcased naive inspired floral prints, and embellishments, all in your favourite crayon box inspired colours. This print trend is all about putting the fun back into fashion. The prints in question are loosely drawn, with little to no detail - very reminiscent of the type of print you may have painted yourself as a child.  Note that such bold florals, come on a dark ground of black, providing the perfect backdrop for such a statement print. The contrast of the bright colour palette, against black, creates a striking visual impact. On the catwalk, designers opted to experiment with full head-to-toe looks  - so shrinking violets need not apply for this trend.
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Trend - 'Female Empowerment' T-Shirts

I was in two minds whether to cover this trend, given the sensitive nature of the subject matter.  I in no way want to trivialise this trend, but nonetheless I have noticed its prevalence especially as a leading street style trend for 2018 and afterall I am a trend blogger and that is what I am here to document. The #MeToo movement which came into prominence in October 2017, has undoubtedly sparked a rise in 'female empowerment' slogan tee's. The very important conversation that such a movement has started, also goes hand in hand with International Women's Day, which was celebrated globally on the 8th March. For this, designers including Bella Freud and Stella McCartney designed exclusive slogan tee's celebrating the social, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. In October 2016 Christian Dior debuted the now infamous 'We Should All Be Feminists' t-shirt as part of their Fall 17, which coincided with Hilary Clinton's election campaign in the United States. All of the above factors combined has led to many retailers designing tee's with empowering slogans and social messages. Shop my edit of the best slogan tee's I have found...
1. Bershka £4.99
2. Milly $75
3. Stradivarius £9.99
4. River Island £20
5. Bella Freud £95
6. Stella McCartney £180
7. Elizabeth and James $95
8. Boohoo £10
9. Zadig et Voltaire £80
10. Boohoo £6
11. Ganni £45
12. Topshop £18

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Outfit of The Month - June

It's officially summer, hurrah!, so naturally my OOTM got me thinking of what my dream vacation wardrobe would look like. I instantly started thinking, lusting, of a vacay to Havana...maybe something to do with the fact that Camila Cabello's track of the same name has been playing on repeat lately. When I think of Havana/Cuba, I always picture the vibrant facades of Havana City's 'Parque Central'. If you don't know what I am referring to, a quick pinterest search will see you right. So which fashion brand is synonymous with their use of colour?...Missoni of course!  I've been a longtime fan of Missoni and adore both the mainline clothing collection, as well as the home decor. Season after season the Italian fashion house delivers a stella array of easy-breezy summer holiday pieces, perfect for days at the beach or exploring the local culture. This shirt dress evokes of the vibrancy of Havana, making it ideal for this outfit. The Loewe 'Puzzle' bag is now infamous, and this season comes in a dazzling colour combo of duck egg blue with orange piping - I mean talk about matching your accessories to your outfit - this tote is the perfect match! Further tying in the dreamy duck egg blue shade, this pair of sunnies from RETROSUPERFUTURE are another winning component to this outfit. Completing the look are a pair of tan, suede, espadrilles from J.W.Anderson. If you are spending your holiday exploring a new city you want to dress for comfort, so these flats will enable you to explore to your heart's content. Now...let me get that holiday booked!
Phillippa x

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