Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Best of Resort 17 - Part 3

Part 3 of my Resort 17 review series...
Cuba, White Ginger Lily Flower, Texture, Earthy Colours, Beadwork, Print, Raw Edges
Fausto Puglisi
Adornment, Roman, Heavy Print, Leather, Empowering, Medallions, Starfish Motif
60's Italian Architecture, Metallic, Lace, Yumi Okita, Mini Skirts, 90's Influence, Ombre Knitwear
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
Micro Florals, Sheer, Ruffles, Bridget Bardot Influence, Wide Belts, Baker Boy Caps
Romantic, Chantilly Lace, Feminine, Pastel, Soft Tropical Prints, Bows, Ruffles, Scarves
80's Glam, Las Vegas, Martin Scorsese film Casino, Feathers, 3-D Embroideries, Tulle
70's, Lurex, Zig-Zag, Metallic, Fringing, Patchwork Knits, Skinny Scarves, Palazzo Pants
Andrew Gn
Mayan Motifs, Cultural References, Bold Prints, Vibrant Colour, Paisley, Beadwork, Elegant
Prabal Gurung
Bamboo Print, Shibori, Handkerchief Hems, Skirt Splits, Button Detailing, Sophisticated
Architect Anthony Caro, Star Prints, Volume, Oversized Knitwear, Stripes, Block Colour
Part 4 coming next week!
Phillippa x
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Monday, 27 June 2016

On Trend Now - Chokers

Raise you hand if you rocked a choker necklace back in the 90's...guilty! Anyone who grew up in that decade will have no doubt accessorised their school disco outfit with a little plastic choker, I know I did. Fast-forward to 2017 and this necklace trend if back with a vengeance. How or why this revival has decided to take place I do not know, but all I do know is that their is no escaping this trend at the moment. The classic 90's style stretchy chokers are once again a popular choice, but there is also a more sophisticated take on this trend with velvet and gold-plated ones on the market. These elevate your look to be more suited to eveningwear. Take a look at how these celebrities including: Taylor Swift, Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid and Lily Aldridge styled their chokers. As you can see, they are a pretty easy to wear accessory.
So, if you want  to relive your youth and bring back a choker necklace into your wardrobe, or perhaps you don't remember this trend first the time but want to wear one now, I have put together this edit showing you the best luxury and high street versions.

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Print Trend - Circus

Inspired by 2 key Resort 16 collections from last year: Victoria by Victoria Beckham and Valentino, this is a fun conversational print trend for the summer season. Traditionally in the summer we see pretty floral prints in either soft blush tones, or vibrant colours for a bold pop. This print trend, however, mixes things up a little and plays with the notion of having fun with fashion with not a single flower to be seen. No doubt we all have memories of visiting the circus as a child, seeing the animals and watching the acrobats  - this trend combines those two things. With nostalgic throwbacks to old circus posters, this trend can either been interpreted in a vintage way or with a contemporary feel. Look to the Victoria by Victoria Beckham collection for bold silhouette prints or Valentino for a more grown-up take on the trend.
Phillippa x

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Best of Resort 17 - Part 2

Part 2 of my Resort 17 review series...
Americana, Car Prints, Patchwork, Leather, Western Inspired Shirts, Varsity Jackets
1940's, Delicate Floral Prints, Applique, Puffed Sleeves, Tailoring, Bows, Patchwork
Folk, Ethnic, Paisley, Texture, Tapestry, Colour, Print, Eclectic, Antique
Peter Pilotto
Hot Pink, Volume, Latin America, Broderie Anglaise, Macramé, Floor Length, Off-The-Shoulder
Off-The-Shoulder, Ellsworth Kelly, Graphic Florals, Colour Pop, Cocktail Dresses, Neon Pink
Emilio Pucci
Laser-Cut Embroidery, Palm Leaves, Pleats, Birds of Paradise, Circle Skirts, Colour
Outerwear, Contrasting Edges, Sporty, Times Square and City of Angels Inspiration, Pleats
Mexico, Dreamcatchers, Hand-Crocheted Flowers, Sand Dunes, Travel, Free Spirit
Lace, Plaid, Thigh Splits, Tie-Dye, Slip Dresses, Classic Silhouettes, Pleats
Pearls, Egyptian Motifs, Urban, Tulle, Lace, Empowered, Money Prints, Mini Skirts
Part 3 coming soon...
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Get The Look - Glastonbury

I can't quite believe it that time of year again...Glastonbury. I have revelled in the delights of Worthy Farm twice, back in 2010 and 2011 (which seems like a lifetime ago now) and I have the best memories from the festival. I love nothing more than putting outfit posts together for my blog, and festival fashion is right up there with one of my favourite events to dress for. So with that in mind, here are a few outfit ideas if you are lucky enough to be heading to Glastonbury this week. These outfits are mainly using luxury pieces, but as always they are just a suggestion...
Outfit 1
Outfit 2
Outfit 3
Outfit 4
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Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Best of Summer Gingham

When I think of gingham I am generally reminded of my childhood school uniform, but this season gingham is for grown ups. As one of the prettiest and most feminine lightweight summer fabrics, introducing a few cute gingham pieces into wardrobe will give you an immediate style update. With throwbacks to vintage 50's dresses, Bridget Bardot got married in a pink gingham dress in 1959, this easy breezy fabric choice requires little or minimal styling. If you opt for a gingham dress you can style with a pair of simple flat sandals. Alternatively, an off the shoulder gingham top would look perfect with a pair of white skinny jeans. This look is all about loose silhouettes, after all it is summer and you don't want to feel restricted in your clothing. With all the above in mind, you are now you are ready for sipping cocktails on the French Riviera!
1. J Crew £145 / 2. Victoria Beckham £1550 / 3. Caroline Constas £380
4. J Crew £118 / 5. Gucci $255 / 6. Jonathan Simkhai £260
7. Sea £395 / 8. Mother of Pearl £495 / 9. Topshop £50
Phillippa x
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Best of Resort 17 - Part 1

For the mainline runway collections in September and February I write lengthy reviews of the best shows from each city, however for the pre-collections I prefer to keep things short and sweet.  Instead of choosing my favourite 10 collections from each city, I want to bring you a big overview of as many of the collections as possible. So over the next month or so I will be posting a series of Resort 17 reviews on my blog, and analysing each collection by using key words to describe each one. Whilst I can't review each collection, because there are hundreds, I do look at each and every one of them online and post a huge amount of pictures daily on my Pinterest page (details below). So if you don't see a review on my blog, chances are I will have posted pictures on my other social media channels. Ok, let's get started...
Eccentric, Victoriana, British Influence, Animal Motifs, Wedgewood, Punk, Archive Florals
Roberto Cavalli
Travel, Rock 'n' Roll, Thea Porter, Bohemian, 70's, Folk Prints, Colour, Denim, Suede
Marc Jacobs
Kitsch, 80's, Tropical Prints, Disco, Metallic, Patchwork, Glam, Oversized Silhouettes
Cuba, 50's Car Prints, Palm Leaves, Summer Stripes, Sequins, Layers
Psychedelic, 60's, Kitsch, Tie-dye, Upbeat, Indian Motifs, Bold Retro Prints, Neon, Flares
Christian Dior
Blenheim Palace, Horse Prints, Ruched Details, Puffed Sleeves, Scarves, Boxy Silhouettes
Louis Vuitton
NASCAR, Sporty, Block Colours, Cut-Out Details, Leather, Soccer Player Illustrations
Christopher Kane
Pansies, Gingham Checks, Metallic Boots, Gauze, Satin, Loose Silhouettes
Japan, Madame Butterfly, Modern-Romantic, Florals, Koi Fish Prints, Lace, Gold Embroidery
Americana Colours, Fur, Billowing Silhouettes, Geometric Prints, Japanese Florals, Volume
Stay tuned for part 2...
Phillippa x
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Monday, 13 June 2016

On Trend Now - Mules

A new season and a new must have shoe trend - the mule! We've all seen the countless pictures of celebrities wearing the much coveted Gucci mule...and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. So why is this shoe style having a revival? Well, it is super easy to wear, casual, comfortable and offers a chic alternative to your go to pair of summer sandals. It is a fuss free shoe trend, with no ankle straps or buckles to contend with. This style works for both day and night and also lends itself perfectly to the fluidity tailoring trend which is also popular at the moment. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen championed this look a few seasons back with both their personal style and with their fashion line The Row. Every since this shoe style has continued to flourish and a wave of famous faces including: Jennifer Lawrence, Sienna Miller and Elizabeth Olsen have all got on board with the trend.
Whilst some mules do have high spindly heels, for this edit I have focused on easier to wear styles. If you are looking for a practical everyday style, which would also be great for work, then a flat option is your go to choice. If you are still looking for extra height to elevate your outfit and make your look more evening ready, then opt for a block heel. There are so many options available, whether it be leather, suede, printed or embellished, you can make this look work for your personal style. The mule has quite a relaxed feel to it, so for styling I would go for basic separates and classic tailoring. Key brand - Gucci
For more lustworthy shoes, take a look at my 'Shoes/Boots' board over on my Pinterest (details below)
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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Brand to Know - Nadia Minkoff

Founded in 1988, Nadia Minkoff is a leather accessories and jewellery brand based in London. Inspired by travel, natural materials, colour and all things vintage, I adore these classic and sophisticated handbags.  Having travelled to both New York and Paris with work, the carryall bags and tote's would be great for long or short haul flights, holding all of your travel essentials for your journey. All the styles seen below are currently available to shop from the Nadia Minkoff website, my favourite style of which is 'The Islington' leather bucket bag - a key trend for summer! Each bag in collection is named after a well known London location such as: the 'Portobello Day Bag' and the 'Pimlico Clutch' and for an extra special finishing touch, several styles are embossed with the Nadia Minkoff logo. If you are looking for a perfect new addition to your handbag collection, and like timeless styles, then this brand could be perfect for you! Stockists include Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill. Price Range: £108 - £256
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

90's Revival Trend - Embroidered Patches

There's a serious 90's revival happening in fashion at the moment. With Adidas 'superstar' trainers, choker necklaces, double denim, hair scrunchies and platform shoes for sale in every high street store there is no escaping the decade made famous for Brit Pop and Friends. There is also another 90's fashion fad making a comeback...embroidered patches. Remember when you were a child and you were rewarded with embroidered badges for doing well in swimming and you would sew them onto your beach towel? Ok well this trend is not exactly the same as that, but it is the first thing that springs to mind when I look at this revived trend. I have seen so many embroidered patches on clothing, primarily on denim, that I wanted to put this edit together showing you the best pieces currently available. If you want to kick it old school and do a spot of fashion DIY, then I have also included some of the best patches which you can sew onto clothing you already own.
1. Cargo Jacket - Coach - £475
2. Denim Jacket - Topshop - £50
3. Denim Jacket - Bershka - £34.99
4. Skirt - Select - £13.99
5. Dress - Select - £15.99
6. Dungarees - Boohoo - £20
7. Jeans - Topshop - £55
8. Rucksack - Topshop - £40
9. Shorts - Topshop - £36
10. Flower - Itchy Scratchy Patchy-  £24.95
11. Rainbow - Skinny Dip - £5
12. 'Girls' Heart - Skinny Dip - £5
13. New York - Hobbycraft - £3
14. Sunset Paradise - Skinny Dip - £5
14. 'H' Lettering - Hobbycraft - £2
Let me know what you think of this 90's revival trend.
Phillippa x
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Monday, 6 June 2016

On Trend Now - Bomber Jackets

It is one of the biggest trends you just can't escape at the moment - the bomber jacket. Seen on the runway at Vetements S/S 16 and Saint Laurent, leather jackets have temporarily been put to one side to make way for a bomber jacket revival.  Typically styled in the same way as a leather jacket, with skinny jeans and a t-shirt, this is one trend which seems no sign of slowing down any time soon. One of this season's most coveted garments is the Saint Laurent 'palm' print bomber jacket, which has been seen on the likes of: Olivia Wilde, Alessandra Ambrosio and even Keith Richards. Injecting some major kudos, and rock 'n' roll attitude into your wardrobe, take a look at how these stars have styled their jackets with an air of nonchalance.
If you feel this look could be for you, then take a look at this edit I have put together featuring some of the best bomber jackets from both the luxury and high-street markets. Topshop has the best selection on the high street, with many traditional, printed and embroidered styles. Reversible bomber jackets are also a key look. The Topshop satin bomber with embroidered eagle and tiger motif, is black on one side and blue on the reverse. What's not to love about that? If you want to keep it traditional then I would suggest a khaki coloured bomber and for that look no further than Burberry. Which is your favourite style of bomber jacket from the selection below?
1. Burberry Brit £695 / 2. Saint Laurent £1250 / 3. Topshop £59
4. Tommy Hilfiger £650 / 5. Saint Laurent / 6. Topshop £85
7. Rag and Bone £450 / 8. Sacai £924 / 9. Kalmanovich $1575
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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Outfit of The Month - June

Summer is finally here! I really change my style in the summer, wearing a lot more boho inspired pieces, loose cotton tops and plenty of accessories. I also opt for more colour and embellishment. I never wear sleeveless tops, instead opting for peasant blouses with billowing sleeves. Anyone who lives in the city and commutes on the underground will know just how unbearable public transport can be during the summer, so I never want to wear any tight clothes that will be uncomfortable. Everything seen in this edit is available from Net-a-Porter.
1. Top - Talitha - £400
2. Skirt - Dodo Bar Or - £180
3. Sandals - Sam Edelman - £120
4. Bag - Chloe - £1490
5. Sunglasses - Karen Walker - £195
6. Bracelet - Katerina Makriyianni - £165
7. Scarf - Javani - £425
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

USA Pro X Matthew Williamson

My favourite designer, Matthew Williamson, has teamed up with the sportswear brand USA Pro on an exclusive new collection of work-out clothing. Fusing USA Pro's knowledge of quality high performance activewear with Williamson's celebrated vivid prints, this collection is sure to get you noticed in the gym. I adore vibrant and printed sportswear, something about it puts me in the right frame of mind for a serious work out session, so this collaboration is music to my ears.
This capsule collection is available from June 29th, and can be pre-ordered now from Flannels. These pieces are super stylish and could easily be mixed into your everyday wardrobe if you want to get on board with the current athleisure trend. If you love premium sportswear this collection has to be on your radar. Price Range:  £65 - £150. Take a look at the key pieces...
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