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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Monday, 7 May 2018

MET Gala 2018 - Red Carpet Review

How does this event come around so quickly every year? I have reviewed the MET Gala red carpet on my blog every year since 2013, and these posts are always some of my most viewed - I guess we all share a common interest in this high profile event! The MET Gala marks the start of the latest fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and tickets to attend cost $30,000 with money going to charity. The theme of the event this year was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'. The theme has drawn some controversy, with some suggesting it is offensive to reference the church in fashion but such a theme has been ever-popular in fashion, especially Couture, for many decades. Take a look at who wore what to attend the event this year...
Cardi B - Moschino / Jasmine Sanders - H&M 
Sarah Jessica Parker - Dolce & Gabbana / Kate Bosworth - Oscar de la Renta
Ashley Graham - Prabal Gurung / Joan Smalls - Tommy Hilfiger / Kim Kardashian - Versace
Olivia Munn - H&M / Irina Shayk - Versace
Naomi Watts - Michael Kors / Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Ralph Lauren
Sienna Miller - Louis Vuitton / Katy Perry - Versace / Evan Rachel Wood - Altuzarra
Shailene Woodley - Ralph Lauren / Kerry Washington - Ralph Lauren 
 Emily Ratajkowski - Marc Jacobs / Riley Keough - Louis Vuitton / Gisele Bundchen - Versace
Solange - Iris Van Herpen / Lily Collins - Givenchy
Bella Hadid - Chrome Hearts x Gareth Pugh / Cara Delevingne - Christian Dior
Emma Stone - Louis Vuitton / Tessa Thompson - Thom Browne
Jennifer Lopez - Balmain / Rita Ora - Prada
Greta Gerwig - The Row / Imaan Hammam - Zac Posen
Madonna - Jean Paul Gaultier / Janelle Monae - Marc Jacobs / Mary Kate Olsen - Paco Rabanne
Zoe Kravitz - Saint Laurent / Miley Cyrus - Stella McCartney / Karlie Kloss - Brandon Maxwell
Kylie Jenner - Alexander Wang / Kate Moss - Saint Laurent
Sarah Paulson - Prada / Rihanna - Maison Margiela / Zendaya - Versace
Alicia Vikander - Louis Vuitton / Jennifer Connelly - Louis Vuitton / Michelle Williams - LV
Scarlett Johansson - Marchesa / Nicki Minaj - Oscar de la Renta
Blake Lively - Versace / Priyanka Chopra - Ralph Lauren
Ruby Rose - Tommy Hilfiger / Cindy Crawford - Versace
Anne Hathaway - Valentino / Amber Heard - Carolina Herrera
Brooke Shields - Zac Posen / Hailey Baldwin - Tommy Hilfiger / Mary J Blige - Versace
Gigi Hadid - Versace / Diane Kruger - Prabal Gurung
Adwoa Aboah / Amal Clooney - Richard Quinn / Stella Maxwell - Moschino
Salma Hayek - Altuzarra / Ariana Grande - Vera Wang
Alexa Chung - ALEXACHUNG / Winnie Harlow - Tommy Hilfiger / Yara Shahidi - Chanel
Lana Del Rey - Gucci / Selena Gomez - Coach
Ruth Negga - Louis Vuitton / Dakota Fanning - Miu Miu / Kendall Jenner - Off-White
Hailee Steinfeld - Prabal Gurung / Jourdan Dunn - Diane Von Furstenberg
Kate Upton - Zac Posen / Frances McDormand - Valentino / Hikari Mori - Prabal Gurung
Lily Aldridge - Ralph Lauren / Amanda Seyfried - Prada / Gabrielle Union - Prabal Gurung
Tracee Ellis Ross - Michael Kors / SZA - Versace
Ming Xi - Prabal Gurung / Poppy Delevingne - Michael Kors

Best Dressed
For me the MET Gala is all about those unforgettable red carpet moments. Whilst there are always numerous gorgeous gowns to swoon over, there are always some which stand out more than others. I'm taking about those looks which will go down in MET history as iconic (I mean just think about Rhianna's Guo Pei gown a few years back!).
1. Black Lively wearing Versace - Blake seems to make my best dressed list every year, but thats simply because the actress never fails to absolutely nail her red carpet look at this event. Always dressed to fit the theme, OOT, classic glamour, flawless - you name it her look personifies the theme of the MET Gala perfectly!
2. Rihanna wearing Maison Margiela by John Galliano - Undoubtedly one of the most controversial outfits at the MET Gala this year, thanks to the papal inspired headdress, but when have Rihanna ever shied away from a little controversy? The length was perhaps a little too short for such an event, but despite this the look embodied the theme and afterall that is the point.
3. Lily Collins wearing Givenchy - I thought this look was the perfect balance between fiiting the somewhat traditional theme but also being modern at the same time. Lily looked flawless and the headpiece was fitting for the theme.
4. Cara Delevingne wearing Christian Dior - The great thing about Cara is that she is never afraid to take a risk on the red carpet. Her gothic Dior gown look was suitably daring for such a big event.

Other looks which I loved:
Zendaya - Versace
Kate Bosworth - Oscar de la Renta
Bella Hadid - Chrome Hearts x Gareth Pugh
Diane Kruger - Prabal Gurung
Imaan Hammam - Zac Posen
Anne Hathaway - Valentino
Kendall Jenner - Off-White

Least Favourite
1. Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Michael Kors - This all felt a little bit too 'Jackie O' for me
2. Selena Gomez wearing Coach - I usually adore Selena's style, and it was a given that she would wear Coach as she is a ambassador for the brand, but unfortunately this look did nothing for me.
3. Kate Moss wearing Saint Laurent - A great party dress, but not fitting for the theme of the MET Gala.

Who was your best and worst dressed?

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Outfit of The Month - May

I'm definitely a Chloe kinda girl. I adore everything the brand has produced over the past few seasons with Claire Waight Keller, and more recently Natacha Ramsay-Levi as creative director. The French brand embodies a free-spirited bohemian sense of style, but in a very modern way without any cliched gimmicks. For this outfit, I based the look around an SS18 mini skirt - you probably know by now that mini skirts are my preferred style so it goes without saying why I opted for this one! I'm not much of a bold colour kind of person either, so the warm brown works well for me. I wanted an easy-breezy top to team with the skirt and needed to look no further than one of my current favourite affordable designer brands, Rixo. This ditsy print blouse, in a beautiful powder lilac shade, adds a slight pop of freshness to the look. I'm a sucker for a good ankle boot, so decided to add a contrasting print in the form of these snakeskin chelsea boots from Isabel Marant. I suit a pointed toe boot, more than rounded toe options, as they help to elongate my legs (which is a neat little styling tip!). A mint green, medium size, bag comes courtesy of Wandler. This brand are new on my radar and I love what they are doing at the moment. It seems many others also love this brand, as many styles are currently sold out online so be quick if you want to invest in a piece of the action! Whilst i'm not really into oversized sunnies, they were the most suitable styling option for this look. These glitter frame acetate sunglasses from Gucci, add a major 70's vibe to the overall outfit and I love the classic smoke grad lens. A coin pendant from Missoma's collab with Lucy Williams completes the look.
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Monday, 30 April 2018

A/W 18 Trend Report - Scarf Prints

Another one of the biggest emerging print trends, as seen on the A/W 18 runway, was the 'scarf print'. Granted these prints have been seen before most notably at Hermes, who are of course famed world over for their silk scarves, but for Fall 18 they were widely seen on the catwalk and styled to look both traditional and contemporary. Such prints always have a tendency to look rather formal, given the nature of the prints themselves - ornate baroque patterns, equestrian prints etc and this was the approach taken by designers including: Faustine Steinmetz, Salvatore Ferragamo and Toga. The latter of whom also opted to style the scarves as Elizabethan-style head scarves - a nod to the Queen perhaps! Talking of her majesty, the Queen attended the Richard Quinn runway show at London Fashion Week. The designer was the first recipient of 'Her Majesty's British Design Award' and i'm sure she would give his latest collection the royal seal of approval. Documenting his love of wallpaper motifs and traditional prints, Quinn fashioned scarves into edgy eveningwear, and in doing so maybe made the biggest impact of all the designers championing this trend this season. French designer Marine Serre, delivered a show-stopping collection which highlighted the issue of sustainability within the fashion industry. Having stockpiled silk scarves in the lead up to her third collection, Serre was able to produce her collection by upcycling old textiles - the result of which was a dynamic showing of modern silhouettes and handkerchief hem skirts. If you are looking to tap into this trend then you can dress head-to-toe in print or opt for scarf print separates. Better still, you may already have a few vintage pieces in your wardrobe which you could style in a more fashion-forward way to really embrace the spirit of this revived print trend. Key Designers: Richard Quinn, Gucci, Toga, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marine Serre, Leonard, Tory Burch and Nicole Miller.
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Monday, 23 April 2018

Pre-Fall 18 Trend Report - Scenic Prints

Scenic prints are more of a niche print trend, but they were still present for AW18. This trend crops up from time to time, but we never see it on the same scale as say floral prints or geometric patterns. Typically scenic, or landscape, prints are harder to wear. Given the nature of the subject matter, they are often large scale to incorporate a lot of detail and therefore they fill a full silhouette creating a bold look. This season there was not just one theme: we saw tropical rainforests, traditional English hunting scenes and Japanese landscapes. Karen Walker used earthy tones to create a dramatic tree print with blurred lines to create movement, whilst in the same collection also showcased a tropical island print which was representative of a utopian destination. The juxtaposition between the two contrasting locations made a statement of living a dreamlike existence. Erdem took inspiration from the Japanese artist Hokusai, and the resulting prints had a feel of romanticism to them. Elsewhere, Antonio Marras created whimsical British themed prints and these complemented the overall feel of the collection when teamed with classic tweed and intarsia knitwear.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

The 'UGLY' Trainer Trend

Each season, without fail, there is a questionable trend that emerges from the runway and you are left thinking 'surely no one will wear that'...this season the trend in question is the 'Ugly' trainer. It goes without saying that the trend for all things 90's revival is massive atm, and this shoe trend definitely stems from there. Despite being seen on the runway, this trend has really come into its own on the street. For sure becoming one of the most 'instagrammable' fashion looks of the past 6 months. The irony of course being that designers know that such sneakers are unashamedly ugly, but hey it's fashion and if it's what the consumer wants it's what the consumer will get! Kicking off the trend, Vetements collaborated with Reebok on the now infamous 'InstaPump' and Raf Simons ongoing collab with Adidas has also thrown some good options into the mix as well. Balenciaga then went and released the 'Triple S' trainer, and it's fair to say that there has been no going back since then. Off white coloured versions give me MAJOR throwbacks to my childhood, when trainers were practical and not a fashion statement. Some designers have gone one step further and developed styles with several colour-clashing combo's, adding to the 'look at me' fashion moment which such trainers will create. I'm yet to find a styling option for this trend which would work for my personal style, thinking instead that this trend is more suited to those who like to dress rather OTT in oversized silhouettes with a sporty edge. I also think that luxury brands have nailed this trend better than the highstreet, so if you dare to invest big on this trend check out my edit below...
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