Monday, 21 August 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Stylised Florals

Talk about BOLD. The stylised floral print from Resort 18 really does pack a serious punch! Taking no prisoners, designers including: Pringle, Gucci and I'm Isola Marras played with bold prints reminiscent of those typically found on 70's wallpaper. There is an unrestrained feel to this trend, with no colour being too vibrant, and no print being too loud. Silhouettes echoed the OTT nature of the prints, with oversized printed sleeves and floor length gowns.

Phillippa x

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Cara Delevingne 'Valerian' Tour - Looks

Model turned actress Cara Delevingne, has recently been making waves in Hollywood carving out a successful acting career for herself. Her latest flick, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has seen her embark on a global promo tour, and coming from a modelling background her red carpet looks were nothing short of showstopping. With the help of top styling duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, Delevingne has made the best dressed list for the past few weeks. Which was your favourite look worn by Cara on the Valerian promo tour?
1. Burberry - London premiere
2. Alexandre Vauthier - Paris premiere
3. Iris Van Herpen - LA premiere
4. Atelier Versace - Mexico premiere
5. Alexander Wang - London photocall
6. Maison Margiela - Mexico photocall
7. Mugler - NY appearance
8. Balmain - Paris appearance

If you love to see what your favourite celebs are wearing on the red carpet, then be sure to take a look at my 'Celebrity Red Carpet' board over on my Pinterest (details below).

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Goddess

Ethereal goddess collections were widely seen for Resort 18. Sheer fabrics were loosely draped and pleated, resulting in feminine yet all be it powerful looks. Sometimes fabrics had gold threads running through them, for the ultimate luxe feel. The key to this trend is embracing the theme head-to-toe. From hair pieces, to gold jewellery and the all important gladiator sandals - your outfit needs to encapsulate the full spirit of Greek and Roman goddesses. Notable Designers: Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Fausto Puglisi, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli, J.Mendel.
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Fashion Tag

How would you describe your style?
Kate Moss X Francoise Hardy

What are your wardrobe staples?
Polo neck jumper, a-line mini skirt, leather jacket, ankle boots

Most expensive item you own?
Mulberry handbag

Most wanted item?
Burberry trench coat, Balenciaga cut-out biker boots, Phillip Lim 'Pashli' bag

Most prized possession in your wardrobe?
A beautiful hot pink coat, gifted to me from the New York fashion brand Milly after I completed an internship there.

Last fashion item your purchased?
Rockins 'Lip Paisley' bandana

Favourite designer brands?
Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Magda Butrym, Milly, Matthew Williamson, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, J.W.Anderson, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler

Go to highstreet stores?
Zara, Stradivarius, Whistles

Favourite Accessories Brand?
Rockins, Elizabeth and James (especially for sunglasses!)

Top emerging fashion brands?
Realisation Par, Rockins, Rixo, Monse, Sies Marjan, Wynn Hamlyn

How much do you spend on clothes?
I never go on big shopping spree's instead opting to gradually build up my wardrobe. I also mainly shop during the sales for a great bargain.

Wardrobe you would like to raid?
Rosie Huntington Whiteley, the Olsens, Olivia Palermo

One fashion trend you hope will never return?
Velour tracksuits

Favourite decade for fashion?
1970's

You will never see me wear...
Boyfriend jeans

Phillippa x

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

On Trend Now - Micro Tote's

Practical? No, Stylish? Yes - I'm talking about this seasons must have accessories trend: The Micro Tote. I'm pretty sure I had a mini handbag, not too dissimilar to the below, back in the 90's when I no doubt begged my parents for a handbag to make me feel 'grown up'. Well fast forward to 2017 and the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are well and truly bringing this trend back... most likely with a PA or security guard trailing a few steps behind with their actual handbag because lets be honest these micro totes are completely unpractical. But alas this is fashion, and as we all know trends need not be entirely realistic. For styling think, Cher from Clueless mixed with modern street style...yes really.
Designer brands often introduce smaller versions of their best selling styles, as a more accessible way for consumers to buy into the brand. So, if you are looking to shop this trend the luxury market has many great options. Be prepared to only carry your essentials with you, phone and maybe a small make up case. Happy Shopping!
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Lime Love

Acidic shades of lime were widely seen for Resort 18. Often considered a difficult colour to wear, designers did not hold back when it came to using this colour this season. Largely used on complete head-to-toe looks, shades ranged from neon brights to chartreuse. Lime is not an understated colour - it makes a sartorial bold statement and styling should reflect this. Opt for off-beat cuts, slashed hemlines, ruffles and interesting textures. Key Designers: Delpozo, Versus, MSGM, House of Holland and Ellery.
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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Outfit of The Month - August

Pretty standard 'me' attire for my August outfit of the month. Growing up I never wore red, it was the one colour which I always shied away from. However, as of late, I have been loving wearing deep red shades with burgundy undertones. Contrasted with black, the colour combo seems to work perfectly for me. This dress from Philosophy is super flattering, with a ditsy print and a Victoriana inspired lace collar. Adding some structure to the look, I've teamed it with a military style jacket from Red Valentino. I love how a boxy jacket can really elevate a look and make the outfit appear more 'put together'. Accessories come courtesy of Proenza Schouler and Neous.


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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Brand To Know - Ellery


Established in September 2007 by Kym Ellery, Australian based brand Ellery has become synonymous with architectural silhouettes and a clean-cut aesthetic. Developing innovative fabrics with textile mills in both Switzerland and Italy, all garments are then made in the Sydney atelier. Over the course of the past couple of years Ellery has really been propelled to the forefront of international fashion, with a growing presence on the red carpet and a prestigious list of stockists. Bringing the laid back bohemian vibes of Australia to the runway, mixed with unconventional tailoring, has resulted in countless collections featuring standout pieces. Oversized bell-sleeves, extreme flares, latex dresses, micro-ruching, and 70's inspired prints are all recurring design features. Ellery collections also have a somewhat androgynous feel to them, with zippers and metal pulls being used to toughen up the looks.
If you are looking to shop the latest Ellery collection, then note that these pieces do come at a premium price point - but if money were no object I'd buy one of everything! Here are my top picks of the new season pieces...
1. Trousers £570 / 2. Dress £1130 / 3. Jacket £1510
4. Jacket £1935 / 5. Earrings £325 / 6. Top £590
7. Skirt £2330 / 8. Dress £2290 / 9. Dress £1220

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Serene Tropical

It was two years ago, for Resort 16, that we saw palm prints emerge as the biggest trend of the season. Now two years on, designers love for all things tropical is once again back at the forefront of fashion. However this time around, tropicals are serene. Coming in a cool wave of calm earthy shades of green and grey, the colour palette sets the tone for this beautiful print trend.  Nature is never too far from fashion, but now more than ever it seems all too relevant.  Was Stella McCartney taking note from the current environmental crisis with her Resort 18 offering?  Did Trump's embarrassing climate change denial provoke a reaction from other designers perhaps? Origins of the trend aside, there is also something rather romantic about the soft palms and photographic rainforest scenes. This is how to wear tropical prints the sophisticated way, without the vibrant colours and bold motifs. I approve!
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Seasonal Designer Wishlist

When it comes to fashion, we can all dream can't we? I love looking online at the beginning of the week, seeing which new pieces have dropped from my favourite designer brands. Having said that I've been stuck in a little bit of a style rut as of late, wanting to switch up my style but not feeling confident when I try new trends. But I've come to accept that sometimes you can't fight fashion, embrace what works for you and just roll with it. I've been shopping in the sales these past few weeks, and whilst I love seeing all the printed maxi dresses and cute floral skirts, there's no point in me trying them on...as they very rarely suit me. I just have to face up the fact that i'm a black, red and green kinda girl - my wardrobe is full of these colours! I'm all about a high-waisted a-line mini skirt (somewhat inspired by Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin), cinching me in at the waist and being super flattering for my figure. I'm also a huge advocate of a classic polo neck, black preferably. A combination of these 2 pieces together elongates my body and leaves me feeling ultra confident. I have no need to worry about those 'problem areas' as I know I've picked clothes that work for me. Recently I've also been loving low cut v-neck shirts. Having purchased a skinny scarf from Rockins earlier in the year (literally obsessed with this brand!) I've been embracing that Kate Moss vibe of dressing and such a shirt with a skinny scarf looks effortlessly rock'n'roll. I've also fully jumped on the slogan tee bandwagon, adding a little bit of quirk to my outfits. Ankle boots are still my main jam, I mean if I could purchase every designer pair of flat ankle boots on Net-a-Porter I 100% would. So with all that being said, I've put together my seasonal designer wishlist...
1. Dress - Off-White £620
2. Dress - Realisation Par $195
3. Shirt - Rixo £175
4. Bag - Mulberry £1195
5. Scarf - Rockins £45
6. Boots - Valentino £1265
7. T-Shirt - Ganni £45
8. Skirt - IRO £580
9. Skirt - Self-Portrait £220
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

SS17: On Trend Now - Polka Dot

Polka dots are timeless print trend, one in which you were probably dressed head to toe in as a child. For SS17 designers updated this trend, taking the classic twee print and modernising it with new silhouettes. Such silhouettes, as seen at Louis Vuitton and Jacquemus, had major 80's references. I mean, just look at the emphasis on the shoulders! Elevating this trend further, some designers opted to add ruffles and contrasting graphic lines into the mix. It is typically a playful print, but with the right fabric and styling can have serious edge. The key to nailing this look is to keep things monochromatic. You can't go far wrong with a palette of: black, white, red and blue - the perfect transitional colours, which are flattering on all skin tones.
As this is a fairly understated and fail safe print trend, any pieces you invest in will work well for both work and social occasions. You could easily team a polka dot shirt with classic trousers for the office, or dress up with an a-line mini for a night out. With the right styling, you can still make a bold sartorial statement, should you wish to!
1. Monse £2995 / 2. Realisation Par $195 / 3. Marc Jacobs £625
4. No.21 £490 / 5. Dolce and Gabbana £1500 / 6. Topshop £29
7. Caroline Constas £460 / 8. BooHoo £18 / 9. McQ £320

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Rainbow Stripes

Who doesn't love a good stripe? Well it seems many designers do, as the Resort 18 presentations featured more stripes than you could shake a stick at! Step aside the humble Breton stripe, because this season stripes come in a plethora of rainbow inspired colours. Nehera opted for hand painted, Au Jour Le Jour for ruffles and DVF for simple silk versions. Philosophy and Missoni even went one step further and combined stripes with asymmetric hemlines - a double whammy on the trend front! This print trend is somewhat music to my ears, favouring the clean cut lines of a graphic print and loving the work of artists such as Jim Lambie, Gary Petersen and Franco Grignani. It's time to stripe it lucky for resort 18...
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

July Playlist

Here's my latest summer playlist...
Lovers by Anna of The North
Hugs of Thunder by Broken Social Scene
Minimum by Charlie Cunningham
Cranes in The Sky by Solange
Music Is The Answer by Joe Goddard
True Disaster by Tove Lo
Oh Woman Oh Man by London Grammar
Perfect Places by Lorde
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez
Real Name by lostboycrow
Ultralife by Oh Wonder
Hold It Down by Noah Kahan
No Reason by Bonobo ft Nick Murphy
Doubt by Shallou
Song For Our Grandfathers by Future Islands
High and Low by Oliver Moldan ft Jasmine Ash
Now or Never by Halsey
Thinking of A Place by The War On Drugs
Wanderer by Mogli
Told Me by Dusky Grey
Closer by Majik
Jungle by Tash Sultana
OI' Sweet Day by AHI
In The Wild by ROMES
Mourning Sound by Grizzly Bear
Loud Places (Jamie xx cover) by HONNE
High Hopes by Kodaline
Time Lapse by Soul to Speak
Liar by Frans
Electric Touch by ARIZONA
iT by Christine and the Queens
00000 Million by Ella Vos
Given The Chance by The Kite String Tangle
Beautiful Ones by Hurts
Minds by CHINAH
Damage Done by Kita Alexander
I Know A Place - MUNA
Jailbird by Shells
New Song by Warpaint
With You by Waxahatchee
Good Girls by LANY
Unforgettable by French Montana ft Swae Lee
Our Own House by MisterWives
I Need A Dollar by Aloe Blacc (Ben E & Falki remix)

Please let me know your music recommendations!

Phillippa x

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Brand To Know - Realisation Par

Every so often a brand comes along and you just instantly fall in love, with every piece looking like it was directly designed with you in mind. That is how I feel about Realisation Par. Founded in 2015 by Aussie model Alexandra Spencer and designer Teale Talbot, the brand couldn't be more 'me' if it tried. Realisation seeks to design individual pieces, as opposed to collections, thus enabling the wearing to inject their wardrobe with key items rather than seasonal trend-driven garments which will be deemed 'out dated' in 6 months. Realisation Par translates to 'Made By, Styled By' in French, hence the understated and effortless appeal of the brands clothes. If you didn't already know, I'm a major lover of an a-line mini dress - so through some star prints and cute polka dots into the mix and I'm one happy girl! With 90's references throughout and ultra flattering silhouettes, including loosely tied tops and wrap dresses, Realisation is fast becoming one of the hottest brands of 2017. Price Range: $69 - $225 | Available online at realisationpar.com
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Resort 18 Colour Moodboard - Fuchsia

No you are not having a serious case of deja vu, fuchsia which was the biggest colour trend of SS17 has once again made a play on the seasonal trend front. Seen widely across several of the Resort 18 presentations, this rich and oh so feminine colour is once again at the frontline of fashion. Street wear brand Off-White opted for deep fuchsia with strong purple undertones, whilst Givenchy went for a more reddish toned shade. But for me, it was Altuzarra and Versace who stole the show with a classic upbeat fuchsia - selecting a shade so bright you could no doubt see it from space! The great thing is, if you invested in this colour trend for SS17 then you are already one step ahead of the game and can work these pieces into your wardrobe for next year...
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Summer Accessories Trend - Basket Bags

The basket bag is one of the biggest accessories trend of the year so far. This style of bag has serious vintage throwback vibes, being loved by the likes of Jane Birkin back in the 1970's, and more recently spotted on the likes of Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. These fun bags also come in varying different styles. Gone are the days of the wicker bag being reserved for use at the beach only, these days such bags have gone upmarket and are designed as modern totes. If you are looking for a casual daytime option, then look no further than: Muun, Kayu and Sunuva. If its a classic style you are after then Prada and Balenciaga are your best bet. Alternatively, add a pop of colour to your outfit by selecting a style with added pom-poms or trim detail...
1. Prada £1020
2. Balenciaga £595
3. Loeffler Randall £320
4. Stella McCartney £825
5. Kayu £99
6. Mark Cross £1545
7. Topshop £28
8. Saint Laurent £850
9. Miu Miu £1100
10. Sunuva x Rae Feather £60
11. Muun £110

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

How To Style - Denim Mini Skirt

It's the wardrobe staple that will see you right all year round, but it's during the summer that the humble denim mini really shines. Opting for mid to light-washed denim sets the perfect tone for any summer outfit, and there are so many potential styling options. I thought I'd show you 3 simple ways to make this trend work for multiple summer occasions...
Outfit 1 - Santorini Chic
The perfect outfit for any holiday, Greek or other. Whilst holidays are about relaxing, you still always want to look chic. If you, like me, like to explore towns/cities whilst you are on holiday then you need a practical pair of shoes. Opting for a chunky heel ensures comfort whilst still looking ultra stylish. A classic, loose fitting, cotton shirt is also a wardrobe must have. Muted leather accessories and feminine jewellery complete the look making it the perfect day-to-night outfit.
Outfit 2 - Street Style
There's a huge trend at the moment for 90's inspired fashion...cue the FILA zip-up jacket. Models such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner have been fully embracing this trend, so for this outfit I wanted to create a sporty street style look. Black and red works well with denim so I ensured the outfit was in keeping with this theme. Classic mules and an edgy bag complete the ensemble.
Outfit 3 - Feminine Androgyny
Sticking with the red/black theme, but a little less intense, I opted for a knotted shirt from one of my current favourite fashion brands 'Realisation Par'. This cute shirt, with lip motif print, adds an element of fun to the outfit whilst having subtle rock 'n' roll vibes. The biker boots, from Balenciaga, are one of the most instantly recognisable pairs of shoes from the past decade and add some serious kudos to the outfit. Small framed peaked cateye sunglasses and a faux croc tote bag complete the look.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

A/W 17 Colourboard - Pastel Neon

Whilst we may be talking A/W 17 trends, where colours are typically dark, there were also some fresh colour palettes coming through on the runway. Both Valentino and Sies Marjan opted for beautiful soft palettes of pastel shades with a neon undertone. Liquid silk provided the perfect ground for such shades to really shine on the runway. The ensembles were total head-to-toe looks in these calm colours and resulted in ultra-feminine outfits.
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

On Trend Now: Cheongsam Inspired

Oriental prints are a key trend that has been apparent for the past few seasons, but for SS17 the trend has gone one step further and now focuses on traditional Cheongsam silhouettes. Traditionally cut from satin or jacquard fabric, this style of dress has been increasing in popularity on the UK highstreet and amongst many designer brands. If a one-piece is too much for your own personal style, then instead opt for jacket with Cheongsam inspired fastenings to bring a little hint of this trend into your wardrobe. Whilst this trend may already be big for summer, the heavy fabric ensures this trend will also translate well for Fall, meaning if you invest now you won't be going far wrong in the style stakes. Classic shades of rich mustard and blue add a further nod to the trend and work well on a dark ground, such as black, with a little hint of red. Step away from statement accessories and instead opt for classic separates to style the look.
1. New Look £24.99
2. AlexaChung £450
3. Attico £1530
4. Ermanno Scervino £1380
5. Topshop £69.99
6. Mango £59.99
7. Zara £119
8. Staud £140
9. & Other Stories £79

Phillippa x

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

SS17 Trend - Bold Summer Stripes

A knockout bold stripe will bring your summer wardrobe to life in a pretty MAJOR way. Ribbed, figure skimming, knits were seen at: Opening Ceremony, Ports, Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler, whilst Adam Selman opted for banded mesh inserts. Primary colours reigned supreme on the catwalk for the ultimate 'look at me' moment. This key SS17 trend is certainly not one for a shrinking violet, instead being about having an attitude of 'the bolder the better'. For styling, take note from Zendaya (pictured below at the Spider-Man:Homecoming premiere) for the ultimate fun striped ensemble or look to Selena Gomez for a chic off-duty denim outfit.
If you are looking to shop this trend, the luxury market has a huge selection on offer. Ranging from floor-length knitted cardigans (Etro) to crocheted bustier tops (SJYP), statement boxy blazers (AlexaChung) to high-cut swimsuits (Solid and Striped) - this edit has you covered!
1. Opening Ceremony £370
2. Tory Sport £150
3. Etro £395
4. J.W.Anderson £495
5. SJYP £260
6. Marc Jacobs £315
7. Paul Smith £530
8. Solid and Striped £150
9. Etoile Isabel Marant £200
10. Proenza Schouler £560
11. MGSM £435
12. Mara Hoffman - £230
13. AlexaChung £600
14. Balmain £1550

Phillippa x

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Monday, 3 July 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Denim Days

Who doesn't love denim? It's the one fabric that we all have in our wardrobe in someway shape or form. Whether it be classic jeans or a trusted denim jacket, its the ultimate fashion failsafe. Flattering for all given the vast array of different washes and styles available, for Fall 17 denim is maxed out with countless designers creating a full head-to-toe denim look. Jonathan Simkhai played with 90's vibes with a light-washed denim bustier jumpsuit (pretty sure I had something similar to this from Miss Sixty back in the day). The designer even threw a little embroidery into the mix to elevate the look. Calvin Klein and Adam Selman both went for dark denim 2-pieces...yes that right folks, double denim is back! The flared denim jeans reminding me very much of iconic images of Farrah Fawcett in the 70's. Opting for a dark wash denim makes the trend more wearable, and such pieces will carry you forward into future seasons.
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Outfit of The Month - July

Summer is officially here! Slip dresses and ruffles are two huge trends for SS17, so this chic black dress from Paul and Joe is the perfect day-to-night LBD. For a colourful cover-up I have opted for a beautiful printed kimono from Mes Demoiselles. A kimono is a wardrobe essential for summer, a lightweight piece that can easily be thrown over any minimalist outfit to instantly brighten up the look and protect the tops of your arms from the dreaded sunburn. In keeping with the somewhat Moroccan feel of this outfit, I have teamed the look with a pair of printed fabric sandals from Sam Edelman. The necklace comes courtesy of Etro (who always have the best selection of statement jewellery). A suede bag from Chloe completes the look. This is the 'Hudson' bag and comes with whipstitch detailing - a perfect finishing boho touch.
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Most Worn - Christian Dior 'Bustier' Dresses

Having spent nearly two decades at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri made her debut for the house of Dior during the SS17 presentations. The fashion world waited with baited breath to see what creations would make their way down the runway...and the looks did not disappoint. One key look which stood out above all else was the 'bustier' dress, and it seems that over the past 9 months no matter what the event/occasion someone will grace the red carpet wearing one of these gowns. A particularly flattering style, these dresses are a new take on the 'underwear as outerwear' trend that we've seen over the past few seasons. So why are they so popular? Well for a start, Dior is known world over as one of the most luxurious fashion brands so given the chance who wouldn't want to wear one of their dresses? Secondly, these dresses are ultra feminine with a sensual appeal. They also come in a number of different fabrics: tulle, leather and even embroidered - so they can look either pretty or dramatic depending on what you want to opt for. The most worn style of this bustier dress has 'Christian Dior' branded shoulder straps. Usually with such popular styles, celebrities may not want to wear them after a while to avoid 'following a trend' but there really is no stopping this look at the moment and Dior has continued to develop this look in their most recent collection. Celebrity fans include: Jennifer Lawrence, Bella Hadid, Chiara Ferragni, Lily Donaldson, Felicity Jones, Kirsten Dunst, Jaime King, Elizabeth Olsen, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev and Dianna Agron...
And it's not just on the red carpet where this look has reigned supreme. The bustier dress has also become of the most popular choices for editorials...
Antonina Petkovic for Harper's Bazaar Malaysia / Jennifer Lawrence for Madame Figaro
Hilary Rhoda for Harper's Bazaar / Emily Ratajkowski for Vogue Spain
Jourdan Dunn for Glamour UK / Eva Herzigova for Elle Russia
Kiki Willems for Porter Magazine / Dasha Khlystun for Numero
Niki Trefilova for Elle Czech / Felicity Jones for Glamour UK
Arizona Muse for Harper's Bazaar Germany / Zlata Semenko for Elle Kazakstan
Jennifer Lawrence for Harper's Bazaar / Christy Turlington for Harper's Bazaar
Scarlett Johansson for Marie Claire / Daphne Groeneveld for The Fashionable Lampoon
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Monday, 26 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Folklore

All the folk feels were present on the runway this season. From off-the-shoulder lace dresses, to rich velvet co-ords and embroidered floral coats - the folkloric theme was clearly present in many different guises. Naeem Khan hit the trend head on with an unashamedly bold folk themed collection. The colours, print, and embroidery - this was traditional folk in all its glory. Over at Temperley, Jonathan Simkhai and Tadashi Shoji, the look was a little softer and more romantic. Lace dresses, some with Victoriana high collars, graced the runway with delicate lace insert panels. Altuzarra and Zuhair Murad opted for rich velvet frocks in electrifying hues of midnight blue and mustard, both colours working exceptionally well on a glossy fabric. Metallic embroidery added to the high fashion finish of the theme. Folklore is your go to evening trend for A/W 17.
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Shop Now - Tiger Motifs

It was a trend that started a few years back when Kenzo unleashed their 'Tiger' motif t-shirts and sweatshirts on the world...with countless copies finding their way onto the highstreet. Fast-forward a few seasons and Gucci delivered tiger motif after tiger motif on everything from daywear to eveningwear, accessories to shoes. As you can imagine, with Gucci being one of the most influential luxury brands this is one look which has seriously caught on and fashion lovers just can't get enough of it. But let's face it, we are not all on a Gucci budget, and that's where the humble highstreet steps in. It is impossible to enter any highstreet store without encountering some kind of tiger motif. Whether that be an oriental inspired pattern, a standalone conversational print or even an embroidered version. This trend adds a fun and playful pop of colour into your wardrobe and will transition well into the Fall, if bought in dark shades of blue and black. I have rounded up some of the best 'Tiger' motif garments and accessories currently available...
1. Boohoo £15 / 2. H&M £39.99 / 3. Giamba £515
4. Topshop £34 / 5. Gucci £795 / 6. Gucci £795
7. Marcelo Burlon £163 / 8. River Island £18 / 9. New Look £17.99

Phillippa x

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Brand To Know - ALEXACHUNG

She's been a firm favourite on the front row of countless runway shows, starred in ad campaigns for major luxury fashion houses and collaborated with a number of well known brands...but now Alexa Chung is taking on the fashion world on her own terms. Launching her eponymous label earlier this month, ALEXACHUNG is already stocked by: Colette, Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa. Drawing inspiration from icons from the world of music and art, the aim of the brand is to create collections that people actually want to wear whilst incorporating a British sense of humour. The brand will produce four seasonal collections each year, with many of the pieces being perfect for layering and mixing with existing items in your wardrobe. From everyday denim to mini patent dresses, as well as shoes and accessories, the brand strikes a great balance between being pretty but with a rock 'n' roll edge. Price Range: £75 - £1195
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Monday, 19 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Cape Fear

Most likely to be Madonna's least favourite trend of the season (Brit Awards ref incase you were wondering), the cape is back in a big way for A/W 17. Making a strong sartorial statement on the runway, and with historical throwbacks, capes are the outerwear option of choice for Fall. A tailored cape can elevate your look and make even the most minimalist of outfit look polished. Coming with plenty of dramatic effect, capes came in a number of high-fashion luxe fabrics. Alberta Ferretti opted for floor sweeping velvet, Gucci for theatrical embroidered satin and Balmain mid-length frayed tweed. Valentino flirted with fuchsia, whilst Bottega Veneta teased with colour blocked autumnal colours. For me though, the standout look of this trend came from Balenciaga who fashioned a cape swept-to-one shoulder - reinventing this classic style with a modern tailoring twist. 
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

London Restaurants - New Favourites 2017

It's not very often that I post restuarant reviews on my blog, but so far this year i've dined at some fantastic restuarants which are just too good not to mention...
Som Saa
Located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, this is my favourite restaurant in this post. This Thai restaurant started life a pop-up but recently opened near Spitalfields. The atmoshere is trendy, but still welcoming with a relaxed but cool vibe. Between myself and my group, we ordered 6 dishes on the recommendation of the waiter and decided to share. Sometimes when you share dishes plates can be small, but we were very surprised with the size of the portions. We went all in with curry, salad, and rice - all proving to be delicious. The 'yum makeua yao' (aubergine salad with prawn floss) and the 'neua parlow' (braised beef cheek) were my two favourite dishes. The ice cream desserts are also incredible. As a group of 4, with drinks, we spent £30 each.
Dishoom
Indian cuisine is one of my favourites, so I'd been meaning to go to Dishoom for a while. With four locations in London and one in Edinburgh, Dishoom is a great social spot. With so many great dishes on the menu, I recommend going in a group and ordering several dishes to try. I visited the Shoreditch location, which is so popular you sometimes have to wait over an hour for a table, (I believe you can't reserve a table if your group is less than 6 people). The atmosphere is great, very sociable, and service is quick. My favourite dishes are the Calamari and the Chicken Ruby, washed down with a Bombay Colada. Price: Mid
Oklava
This modern Turkish restaurant is located on Luke Street in Shoreditch. I have dined in a lot of standard Turkish restaurants, but Oklava takes the cuisine to the next level. The restaurant is only small and has an industrial style interior. Chef Selin Kiazim draws on her Turkish-Cypriot heritage to inspire the menu. I have to say the dishes were superb and presentation was second to non. Price: Mid-High
Andina
I have been to Andina a couple of times now and thoroughly enjoyed it on both occasions. This trendy Peruvian restaurant is located on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch and if you love ceviche this is the place for you. Admittedly I had never sampled ceviche before visiting, but its fair to say i've converted to this cuisine. Dishes are small, but the flavour is incredible. You also can't visit without having a traditional Pisco sour. Price: Mid-High
Sacro Cuore
Undoubtedly one of the best pizzeria's I have found in London. Sacro Cuore has two locations: Kensal Rise and Crouch End. Established in 2012, with the Crouch End location being the second to open, this pizzeria serves traditional pizza made the same way as you would expect to find in Naples. Service is quick and there is a great selection of pizza and desserts to choose from.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Get The Look - Glastonbury 2017

Glastonbury Festival takes place next week, so you can expect a weekend of world quality live music and so much more. It's been 6 years since I last headed down to Worthy Farm, but regardless of being there or not I love watching the highlights on tv. If you are going to Glasto this month, or any other festival this summer, then this edit should give you some outfit inspo...
Outfit 1
If you want your outfit to be super classic, you can't go wrong teaming denim shorts with an oversized khaki jacket. Its standard festival attire. This option from Topshop has floral motifs on the sleeve, adding an extra element of interest to your outfit. Accessories are practical.
Outfit 2
If you want to opt for something a little more feminine, a boho inspired dress is for you. This beautiful printed dress, with gathered waist, is from one of my current favourite brands 'LoveShackFancy'. Team this dress with a pair of coveted Hunter wellies and cropped leather jacket to toughen up the outfit. Ray Ban rounds complete the outfit and are the ultimate festival sunnies.
Outfit 3
This outfit was styled around a fringed skinny scarf for my favourite scarf brand, Rockins. When it comes to accessories, it doesn't get much more rock 'n' roll than this, therefore perfect for Glastonbury. This pair of embroidered floral shorts from Topshop perfectly match the scarf. Accessories are red and green, keeping with the theme of the full look.
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Monday, 12 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Rainbow Fur

Ok so fur for fall is nothing new, especially when it comes to luxury fashion, but this season fur comes in the brightest spectrum of colours. Rainbow hues a plenty graced the catwalk on fur coats, which came in a variety of different silhouette's. It is a given that brands such as Versace and Armani will show fur on the runway, but for A/W 17 they delivered dip-dyed coats in bold colours. Taking things up a notch, Leonard, Valentino and Marco de Vincenzo showcased printed versions - proving that print need not be exclusive to just dresses, shirts and skirts. Colour-blocking was also a key subtrend, see Osman, Hermes and Giambattista Valli for reference. So whilst the controversy surrounding using real fur on the runway rages on, it seems A/W 17 is undoubtedly the season to express individuality with fur.
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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Shop Now - Floral Embroidered Shirts

It goes without saying that a shirt is a wardrobe staple, but for S/S 17 this classic essential has been given an embroidered folk update. The key to nailing this trend, is making sure the motifs are in a symmetrical placement, with many of the motifs being red and green adding a small pop of colour to your outfit. This new trend is a versatile way to update your wardrobe, as it will act as a great workwear shirt, as well as being the perfect styling option to team with a pair of skinny jeans for a casual daytime look. Whilst white cotton shirts are main focus of this trend, light blue styles will work equally well with denim. If you are looking for something even more trend driven, opt for a gingham version, combining another major Spring trend into he mix.
1. Vero Moda £32 / 2. Topshop £29 / 3. BooHoo £22
4. Neon Rose £35 / 5. New Look £22.99 / 6. Pretty Little Thing £25
7. River Island £38 / 8. New Look £24.99 / 9. Zara £29.99

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Accessories Trend - 00's Rimless Sunnies

Oh yes that's right, the 00's are back! This season and last the 90's has been the decade that everyone has been channeling, but not for much longer as a 00's fashion revival is about to hit the big time (early noughties to be precise, we'd learned from our mistakes by the mid way mark). Kylie Jenner's already been snapped wearing a Juicy Couture velour tracksuit *gasps in horror* and a Von Dutch trucker cap *gasps in horror again*. But whilst these 00's trends are only slowly starting to push their way back to the forefront of fashion, with many wondering if it is too soon to relive this decade, there is one key noughties trend which is already back - rimless sunglasses. A must have accessory of the decade's favourite popstars: Beyonce, Anastacia, Britney, Jessica Simpson and even Victoria Beckham (YouTube serving as a permanent reminder of Victoria Beckham's sartorial choices in the 'Out of Your Mind' music video). You can't go far wrong with a coloured lens, red or yellow for a true 00's vibe. If you're feeling really fancy why not throw some diamante's into the mix. That little bit of sparkle on the rim of your sunnies adding some serious faux bling to your outfit, letting the world know you are fully committed to the 00's revival. As Paris and Nicole would say on The Simple Life "That's Hot"... Here's some 00's inspiration and details of where you can shop this key trend.  *Listens to Pure Shores by All Saints*
Key Brands: New Look, George at Asda, Carvela, Guess
1. Carvela £42 / 2. New Look £4.99
3. Peacocks £5 / 4. French Connection £54
5. Sunna £40 / 6. Dorothy Perkins £8
7. FCUK £54 / 8. Asda £4
9. Ray Ban £113 / 10. Sunna £35
11. Guess £103 / 12. Maui Jim £289

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Monday, 5 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - New Tartan

For A/W 17, tartan made a big impact on the catwalk. Traditionally from Scotland, this checked fabric was seen on the runway in all four fashion week cities. Miu Miu opted for a colourful revamp of this print, with large scale blocks of contrasting colours, whilst Esteban Cortezar kept things a little more traditional but amped up the colour intensity. We also saw many seventies references during the A/W 17 presentations and Coach and Marc Jacobs played with this theme by delivering tartan in vintage looking shades of 70's brown and mustard. With tartan being such a classic Fall fabric, you won't go far wrong by investing in this trend. Mix with shearling for an extra trend update. Key clothing items: coats and dresses.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Outfit of The Month - June

I'm going for some seriously cool vibes with my June 'Outfit of The Month'. The 'Girls Rule' t-shirt from Topshop has been doing the rounds on Instagram as of late. A steal at just £14 and designed for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, I based this entire look around this tee. Another brand which I am obsessing over at the moment is Coach, with their latest collection being inspired by all things American. This patchwork printed skirt works well for summer due to the lightweight fabric, but would look equally as good in Autumn teamed with opaque tights thanks to the red/black colour combo. I'm even thinking this would look killer at a festival! Opting for more Americana vibes, I found this amazing suede jacket from Topshop. The leather fringing on the sleeves screams 'cowboy' and adds a different dimension to the outfit. Going all out on the cowboy theme, these boots from Golden Goose perfectly complement the print on the skirt - a match made in heaven. To feminise the look, I have styled with the much coveted Loewe 'puzzle' bag. This bag comes in several colours but I went for cornflower blue to contrast the red on the skirt, therefore adding a stylish flair to the outfit. Completing the look is a classic pair of d-frame sunnies from New Look.
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

S/S 17 Trend To Shop - Ruffles

Does a Spring trend get prettier or more feminine than ruffles? Stemming from the recent Victoriana trend for high ruffled collars, this season ruffles shift elsewhere on the silhouette. Cascading ruffled sleeves were a key look at Burberry and Loewe, whilst over at Chloe and House of Holland they were layered on mini dresses. Despite this being a Spring trend, fabrics were not always typically lightweight. McQueen opted for leather, Erdem for tweed - showing that this trend will likely be trans-seasonal and carry through to your Fall wardrobe.
For this edit however, I have kept things suitably appropriate for hot summer days and your holiday wardrobe selecting pieces in lightweight fabrics. If you are looking to emulate all the enviable street style looks as seen on Instagram, then I would opt for a blue shirt. Classic enough to wear to the office, stylish enough to style for the evening. Gingham is also a great way to combine two major trends in one, so if you are after a more statement outfit this will be your best bet. Whether you are shopping at a high or low price point for this trend there are plenty of options out there...
1. H&M £34.99 / 2. Topshop £125 / 3. New Look £24.99
4. Topshop £32 / 5. H&M £34.99 / 6. Caroline Constas £550
7. River Island £35 / 8. Diane Von Furstenberg £230 / 9. BooHoo £20

If ruffles are your thing, head over to my Pinterest where I have an entire board dedicated to this must-have seasonal trend! (details below)

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