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!
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Monday, 4 June 2018

MAJOR Seasonal Trend - Feel The Love

You know me, I love colour so you can imagine how much of a treat for the eyes the rainbow trend is. This trend is literally everywhere atm, from the catwalk to the street. You may remember on my blog earlier this year, I spoke about the trend for coloured stripes on apparel. Well this is that trend but taken to the next level. There is actually a very strong social message behind this trend as well. In recent years many countries, including Australia, have changed their 'Marriage Act' in Parliament to allow same-sex couples the right to get married. For many countries, this has been a huge step forward politically, and also for basic human rights and equality. For his final collection for Burberry, Christopher Bailey championed the LGBT youth community and sent model after model down the runway sporting rainbow brights. The infamous Burberry 'check' was also redesigned to incorporate rainbow colours. Also on the runway, Gucci have long been a fan of rainbow stripes regularly creating full head-to-toe looks. This is full on maximalism! 
Ok so now you've got the inspo, it's time to start shopping. With this being a major trend for Spring, their is an abundance of rainbow apparel to shop in both the high street stores and luxury brands. If you are looking for high-end pieces, then look no further than: Gucci, Burberry, Alice and Olivia, Attico and House of Holland. If these brands are a little on the pricey side for you, then do not fret. Fast fashion e-tailer BooHoo have gone BIG on the rainbow trend, designing everything from puffa jackets to bodysuits. You can pick up these pieces for under £30, perfect if you don't want to invest too much in this trend. Another great thing about this trend is that rainbow stripes have made their way onto every type of garment and accessories. Bags, shoes, earrings and even phone cases have been adorned with these glorious seven coloured stripes.
1. Jacket - Alice and Olivia $795
2. Sequin Bag - Attico £355
3. Phone Case - Edie Parker £40
4. Padded Jacket - Boohoo £30
5. Sweatshirt - Boohoo £20
6. Earrings - New look £6.99
7. Tote Bag - Burberry £490
8. Skirt - Mary Katrantzou £730
9. Platform Shoes - Gucci £640
10. Rainbow Bag - Skinny Dip £28
11. T-Shirt - Alberta Ferretti £199
12. Cardigan - Lazy Oaf £75
13. Pin Badge - Bimba & Lola £42
14. Sweatshirt - Madeline Thompson £285
15. Pumps - Charlotte Olympia £465
16. Shirt - House of Holland £250
17. Bikini Briefs - Mara Hoffman £160
18. Sandals - Tabitha Simmons £395

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Monday, 28 May 2018

How To Style...HVN Cherry Print Dress

Coming at you today with another styling edit, yay! I adore putting these edits together, they are quite possibly my favourite posts that I write for my blog. I love coming up with a styling concept, it could be based on a current trend or a single garment / accessory that I am loving atm, and then I build various looks around that very concept. I always like to show how you can style a trend/garment to suit different personal style, as well as daytime and eveningwear appropriate looks. For this edit I focused my attention on one single garment for New York based label HVN. Established by Harley Viera Newton, the label celebrates vintage inspired silhouettes many of which feature ditsy motifs. My favourite of which is the 'Cherry Print'. The dress at the centre of this edit is the silk 'Mini Morgan' dress, which is part of an exclusive capsule collection for Net-a-Porter. The great thing about this dress is its versatility. Priced at £505, this designer dress will be a wardrobe staple.
Outfit 1
When styling this outfit, I was picturing the perfect evening look for a summer vacation. Imagine being on holiday somewhere such as Greece or Italy, and you want to dress up for a beautiful dinner in the evening. Well this is the look for that occasion. A neutral-toned tailored blazer is the perfect jacket to throw on over this dress. If you're on vacay somewhere hot, you don't really want to be wearing dark coloured pieces, so this jacket is ideal. As I wanted to opt for a very chic and classic evening look, I have teamed the dress with a pair of white leather mules from Tibi. They are a great heel height for a holiday, ensuring comfort and practicality when you wear them. Mules are also a huge footwear trend for 2018. The bag comes courtesy of Cult Gaia and is one of the must-have 'it' bags of the season. It also makes for a great beach bag, so a great day-to-night transitional piece. Tying the look together is a pair of tassel earrings from Oscar de La Renta, adding an additional pop of red to the outfit.
Outfit 2
As I previously explained, HVN takes much inspiration from vintage pieces so that is the direction I wanted to take this outfit in. I was thinking along the lines of a preppy American high school look. When it comes to styling, one of the easiest ways to make a outfit casual and laid back is to add a denim jacket and a pair of trainers. I didn't want to go down the typical route of a blue denim jacket, instead opting for a pastel lilac option from Push Button. The colour works well against the red cherry print, and makes it a great summer piece. Trainers are a classic pair from Superga. The red tote is from one of the most talked about accessories brands of the past 12 month, Boyy. It's a classic style but the lipstick red shade makes it a real statement bag. Sunnies are from Adam Selman x Le Specs. If you saw my eyewear blog post a few weeks back then you will know that short frame cateye sunglasses are without a doubt the biggest eyewear trend of the season. The white adds another preppy element to the outfit.
Outfit 3
This third and final outfit was inspired by Kaia Gerber. The model of the moment has been sporting some similar outfits as of late, and her 'model off duty' look is definitely similar to what I would wear myself. Talking of the 'model off duty' look, many models including Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin have also been loving wearing Doc Martens lately so that also inspired this outfit. Whilst Docs are not for everyone, they add an element of punk to the look, and toughen up the otherwise very pretty and feminine dress. It's a subtle juxtaposition but I really love it. A leather jacket was a given based on the vibe I was going for. A Saint Laurent bag, with metal hardware adds to the punk element of the outfit. Sunglasses are a short frame rimless style from Missguided and add a touch of 90's nostalgia to the overall look. 

Which is your favourite of the 3 outfits?

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Street Style Trend - Logo Mania

Logos are literally everywhere atm. Whether it be on apparel or accessories, you can't escape emblazoned branding. Ok, so whilst logos are nothing new, I definitely feel they are making a reappearance thanks in large part to the current trend for all things 90's. I for one can certainly remember wearing 'FCUK' t-shirts back in the day, and not forgetting of course a classic pair of Kappa popper trousers with the logo running along the leg. When it came to designer goods in the 90's, it was all about strong logo branding from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Whilst these designer brands have always embraced their iconic logos, they did take a back seat for a few years, but they are now back with vengeance. Fendi recently released a 'Fendi Reloaded' collection, with every piece in the collection being adorned with the 'FF' logo. Such a collection plays into the hands of the insta-generation, those fashionista's who are desperate to get their hands on the latest must-have designer pieces simply to boost their social media following and increase likes. As sad as this may seem, we do live in an age of mass consumerism and for many retailers such an approach is crucial to sustain sales in an otherwise tough economic climate. 
Another factor which has played a part in this revival, is the trend for athleisure. This has been hanging around for a number of seasons now and is still going strong. This trend consists of basic everyday separates, typically worn as loungewear, but given an everyday street style overhaul. Numerous brands have played into this trend and designed tees, hoodies and crop tops with logos slashed across the chest. Whilst it may not be to everybody's taste, its an affordable way to access a designer brand. Key Designers: Balenciaga, Gucci, Moschino, Off-White, Vetements
1. Bag - Dolce and Gabbana £825
2. Top - Off-White £415
3. Belt Bag - Balenciaga £1250
4. Cap - Vetements £214
5. Bag - Fendi £2790
6. Bag - Prada £685
7. Heels - J.W.Anderson £685
8. Clutch - Gucci £805
9. Bag - Gucci £1080
10. Bralet - Moschino £65
11. Heels - Gucci £805
12. Top - Versus Versace £350

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Monday, 14 May 2018

A/W 18 Trend Report - Headwear

The biggest accessories trend for A/W 18 was undoubtedly the vast array of headwear seen on the runway. Ranging from hoods to motorcycle helmets, designer after designer sent models down the catwalk wearing unique headwear.
Zadig et Voltaire and Christian Dior championed the baker boy hat, which has already had a strong presence on the fashion scene over the past 12 months. This style of hat is super wearable and a quick way to update a casual street style look and make it more trend driven.
Another one of the most wearable looks was seen at Simonetta Ravizza, House of Holland and Gabriela Hearst, all three of whom opted for a 90's fashion favourite - the cap. This is super easy to style, just team with a basic tee and pair of jeans for the ultimate laid-back daytime look. It is also a very 'safe' headwear option, meaning it is already such a classic fashion accessory that you'll be on trend without even trying too hard.
Lacoste, Prada and Sies Marjan went for one of the most sensible autumnal options, a rain hat. Not always considered to be the most stylish of hats, it sure is practical and if you follow Prada's lead and opt for a neon pink option you will certainly be one of the most on-trend fashionistas come rain or shine!
Traditional wooly winter hats were seen at: R13, Undercover and Burberry. These came in a number of neon colours, including pink and acidic yellow, and some were even embellished.
If you thought that hoods only came attached to jackets and hoodies, then think again. This season hoods are a standalone fashion accessory, see Preen and Toga for ref. They can add a pop of colour, or print, to an outfit however if you like to play it safe with your sartorial choices then they are probably not for you.
Trilby's and wide-brimmed felted hats bring an element of sophistication to this trend. Saint Laurent teamed such a hat with floor length evening gowns, whilst Redemption brought all the rock'n'roll vibes to the runway by styling a fedora with a killer red suit.
If you, like many fashionista's, love Parisian style then you are in luck this season. The beret was seen at Moschino, Naeem Khan and Versace, the latter of whom delivered a green tartan version which is sure to be a hit with fashion editors and stylists.

This trend did at times however hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, when some designers showcased religious headwear. Some argued that it should be applauded that such headwear was visible in mainstream fashion, whilst others disputed this claiming it was insensitive cultural appropriation. What are your thoughts on this?
Here is a quick overview of the key styles:
Baker Boy Hats - Zadig et Voltaire, Christian Dior
Caps - Gabriela Hearst, House of Holland, Simonetta Ravizza
Fedora's / Wide-Brimmed Hats - Saint Laurent, Jacquemus, Marc Jacobs, Redemption, Margiela
Rain Hats - Lacoste, Sies Marjan
Wooly Hats - R13, Undercover, Burberry, Sonia Rykiel, Dolce and Gabbana
Hoods - Preen, Toga, Calvin Klein, Versace
Beret - Versace, Naeem Khan, Moschino
Head Scarf - Balenciaga, Vivetta, Gucci
Turbans - Gucci
Motor Cycle Helmets - Richard Quinn
Balaclava - Marine Serre, Matty Bovan, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Versace, Alexander Wang

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