Sunday, 18 February 2018

BAFTA's 2018 - Red Carpet

Tonight the BAFTA's took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In keeping with the Time's Up movement most of the stars in attendance wore black. Here's a quick look at what the stars wore to attend the event this year...
L-R
Greta Gerwig - Jonathan Cohen Fall 18
Lupita Nyong'o - Elie Saab Fall 17 Couture
Jennifer Lawrence - Christian Dior Spring 18 Couture
Margot Robbie - Givenchy Spring 18 Couture
Saoirse Ronan - Chanel Pre-Fall 18
Lily James - Burberry
Anya Taylor Joy - Dolce and Gabbana
Kate Mara - Christian Dior Fall 17 Couture
Gemma Arterton - Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 18
Andrea Riseborough - Elie Saab Fall 16 Couture
Angelina Jolie - Ralph and Russo
Emma Roberts - Schiaparelli Fall 16 Couture

Best Dressed
Lupita Nyong'o wearing Elie Saab - I adored the gold piping detail and the exaggerated volume on the hips. It makes a statement without being OTT.
Margot Robbie wearing Givenchy - With the help of stylist Kate Young, Margot has not put a foot wrong on the red carpet in months. This look was no exception. Beautiful!
Saoirse Ronan wearing Chanel - I love that Saoirse opted for something a little different than the typical floor sweeping gowns we are used to seeing at these award shows. The high neck collar gave me mod 60's vibes, and the sheer panel kept the length appropriate for a red carpet event.

Who was your best dressed?

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

New York Fashion Week A/W 18 - Top 5

As always, I will be reviewing my top 5 collections from each city during fashion month. First up, of course, being New York. NYFW has a special place in my heart as I interned with the fashion brand Milly back in 2012 and attended their SS13 show. Ever since then whenever NYFW takes place, I still get the same excitement as I did back in 2012. With more brands than ever skipping fashion week, switching to presentations rather than traditional runway shows and/or adopting the 'buy now see now' module, its hard to really second guess what to expect anymore. Despite this, I have selected my top collections from this months New York Fashion Week...
Prabal Gurung
As a champion of feminism, Gurung explained that his strong use of the colour pink in this collection represented strength and fearlessness. Knitwear was present throughout, and came in the form of: oversized scarves, classic pullovers, wrap dresses and sweater dresses. For me though, it was the eveningwear that really shone. Sequinned slip dresses with beaded hems really caught my attention, as did the panne velvet gowns. There were so many beautiful pieces in this collection and I look forward to seeing them translated onto the red carpet.
Calvin Klein
Picture the scene, a show space at the American Stock Exchange with: Andy Warhol photographs, Sterling Ruby sculptures suspended from scaffolding and a runway covered in popcorn...yes really this was the order of the day at the Calvin Klein AW18 show. Oversized mannish coats have been present on the runway for the past few seasons, and Calvin Klein delivered a number of such coats in plaid. More oversized silhouettes were seen on knitwear and on trapeze dresses. For me some of the most interesting pieces in the collection were the sheer, geometric printed dresses in rainbow colours and also the deconstructed dresses with revealing cut outs.
Milly
As previously explained, i'm a long-time loyal fan of Milly. Designer Michelle Smith always empowers with her collections, and if you follow Smith on Instagram you will know that she is a strong advocate for many different charities and causes. Smith's collection was titled 'Chromatic' and was a statement of love, inclusiveness and equality, with each colour on the spectrum representing a different characteristic. The collection was full of great vibrant daywear pieces as well as sequinned eveningwear. For me, Milly always finds the perfect balance between creating day to night transitional apparel, meaning these will be the pieces which you consistently reach for in your wardrobe.
Sies Marjan
Sander Lak is known for his use of colour, just one of the many reasons I adore his Sies Marjan collections. This season he experimented with ombres and these were seen on twisted materials and beautifully draped and unconventionally cut dresses. Colours were feminine and sensual and looked sensational on liquid silk fabric. I also adored the felted outerwear as well as the patent and holographic jackets. I look forward to seeing how this collection translates on the runway, I would love to see both Kate Bosworth and Jaime King wearing some of these pieces.
3.1 Phillip Lim 
Lim explored the theme of living a nomadic life with his latest collection. Patchwork garments had the appeal of clothing which had been made from scraps of fabric, some of these patchwork pieces were also colour-blocked. The collection consisted of some beautiful colours ranging from soft pastels to parka green and earthy camel. There was lots of oversized silhouettes, layering and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. I particularly liked the scarf hem, paisley printed silk dresses.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

SS18 Trend Report - New Cowboy

Now THIS is my kind of trend! For many years I have championed the iconic cowboy boot, after picking up a killer pair in a second hand store for £3 I was rarely seen not wearing them whilst I was at college. Fast forward a few years and not only are cowboy boots back in a big way in mainstream fashion, but so is a total head-to-toe western look. Many cite the current political situation in the US as an instigator for this trend, as cowboys are closely associated with American identity. Couple this with a love of popular film culture such as: True Romance, No Country For Old Men and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, and you've got yourself the foundations for a major trend. You may remember that last year I documented the Americana trend, which focused on patriotic colours and stars and stripes motifs, but this take on the trend is different - 'New Cowboy' if you will. A kitsch, and colourful, take of this trend would of course be to reference the queen of country music Dolly Parton, but the main strand of the trend focuses more on earthy colours and wearable cowboy/Western inspired daywear. The Dior Resort 18 show was a homage to California and the West coast, with models walking the runway wearing stetson hats, poncho's and raffia jacquard dresses. Coach also went big on this trend, with 70's inspired suede cowboy shirts and studded cowboy boots. For a subtle nod to the trend, look to Chloe for reference. Snake print mini skirts and cowboy ankle boots proved that this trend can be wearable for the modern day without looking too cliched.
Ok so you've decided that you are hopping on board with this trend, but where to start with apparel? A cowboy shirt is a must, but instead of opting for suede you could pick a silk version for a more versatile daytime option. Fringing is also an essential application technique. If you are feeling brave you could go for a skirt with lots of fringing, or perhaps go for a jacket with just a little fringe trim if you want a more low key look. Oversized knitwear is great to throw on over a cotton dress, for a further nod to the trend. The knitwear in question could feature motifs or patchwork detailing - this will add further references to the trend. Collar details, studs, denim and bandana prints are also key looks. Key colours are earthy taupes and blush hues, with just a hint of red and blue for more American vibes.
1. Maison Margiela £1270 / 2. Alanui £2960 / 3. Coach £538 / 4. Tory Burch £475
5. Coach £1467 / 6. Caroline Constas £385 / 7. Caravana £270 / 8. Coach £973
9. Helmut Lang £725/ 10. Etoile Isabel Marant £365 / 11. See by Chloe £435 / 12. Miu Miu £1975
13. Coach £441 / 14. Coohem £206 / 15. Etro £1010 / 16. Ronald van der Kamp £1385 
17. Tre £540 / 18. Miu Miu £450 / 19. Philosophy £405 / 20. Diesel £287

If dressing head-to-toe in this trend is not for you, then why not embrace this trend with accessories? As mentioned earlier, the easiest way to opt into this trend is with a classic pair of cowboy boots. I'm personally a massive fan, and find the pointed toe and sloped heel really elongate my legs - so its a win win situation really isn't it? If a classic embossed pair of boots is too much for your personal style, finding a pair with studs will make a great alternative. Key materials: suede, leather and metal hardwear. Any of the below options, from my edit, will give your outfit major kudos...
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Friday, 9 February 2018

New Music Playlist - February 2018

Just a few of my most played tracks of the year so far...
When I'm In Need by Liam Gallagher
Lose My Cool by Amber Mark (Franc Moody remix)
Bedroom by Litany
Fallin 4 U by Will Heard
Arm's Length by Kacy Hill
Nobody by Niia ft GoldLink
My Love by Christopher Port
Wild by JONES
Say Something by Justin Timberlake ft Chris Stapleton
Backbeat by Dagny
Roses by Ghostly Kisses
Life Goes On by E^ST
So It Goes by Taylor Swift
Athletico by Rae Morris
Fix Me by Beck
Fading by Retro Culture
Get Out Of Your Own Way by U2
These Days by Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Dan Caplen
Always Ascending by Franz Ferdinand
Sky Walker by Miguel ft Travis Scott
Artifice by SOHN
Run by Tourist
Lid by Christian Loffler
November Nights by Maribou State

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Outfit of The Month - February

You may remember last year on my blog, I spoke about the current trend for Prince of Wales checks. Taking direct inspiration from this trend, I knew that for this outfit I wanted to base the look around a grey checked blazer. I've long been a fan of a classic black blazer, but this new version offers a little twist on formal dressing. I wanted the overall look to be casual with an edgy undertone. For this I opted for an oversized t-shirt from Balenciaga, with faded print. A distressed grey tee is always great for creating a nod to vintage. Cropped flared jeans from Mother are a great alternative to skinny jeans, the hems cut off above the ankle meaning any chosen footwear will make a statement. Ankle boots come courtesy of Anine Bing. Black and navy leather accessories complete the look.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Brand To Know - Halpern

If there was one emerging fashion designer who reigned supreme in 2017, it was New York born Central Saint Martins alumnus Michael Halpern. The 29 year old has been making shockwaves in the fashion industry with his high voltage Studio 54 inspired collections, of which glamour is at an all-time high. Forget demure red carpet dressing, Halpern is all about over-the-top statement looks. Sequined bustier dresses have already become synonymous with the brand, inspiration for which also comes from classic couture Christian Lacroix collections. Making his LFW debut for SS18, Hackney-based Halpern also showed daywear separates in satin and velvet, making for more wearable everyday pieces, something which the brand wishes to push further in the coming seasons. Stylists have been queuing up to dress their a-list celebrity clients in bespoke Halpern looks, something which will continue to push the brand to the forefront of fashion for the year ahead. Most recently model/activist Adwoah Aboah wore an off the shoulder mini dress to the Fashion Awards, and was widely applauded as the best dressed attendee.
Production takes place in Leicester, meaning the price point is a little higher than say if the collections were manufactured in Italy, but it is key for the brand to support English production. Prices from £855. Stockists: Matches Fashion, Browns, Bergdorfs, FortyFiveTen, The Webster

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Grammys 2018 - Red Carpet

Last night the 60th annual Grammy Awards took place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Hosted by James Corden, many stars took to the red carpet wearing white roses in a nod to the #TimesUp movement. Take a look at who wore what on the red carpet...
1. Pink - Armani Prive
2. Lana Del Rey - Gucci
3. Chrissy Teigen - Yanina Couture
4. Hailee Steinfeld - Alexandre Vauthier
5. Camila Cabello - Vivienne Westwood
6. Miley Cyrus - Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
7. Katie Holmes - Zac Posen
8. Lady Gaga - Armani Prive
9. Eve - Naeem Khan
10. Rita Ora - Ralph & Russo Couture
11. Janelle Monae - Dolce & Gabbana
12. Lorde - Valentino

My Best Dressed
Hailee Steinfeld wearing Alexandre Vauthier. Styled by duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, this look is absolutely perfect for the Grammy's. The white dress is fairly classic in its silhouette, but the thigh high split and killer metallic boots make this look attention grabbing for all the right reasons. Whilst I know the boots will not be to everyone's taste, if there is one event that you can really play with your style it is the Grammy's, hence why I love this look so much.

Who was your best dressed?

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