Monday, 16 October 2017

SS18 Trend Report - Mondrian

Has there ever been a colour palette that packed more of a punch than this? Piet Mondrian proving to be all kinds of popular on the runway for SS18, references to the Dutch artist were seen at: Ralph Lauren, Aquilano.Rimondi and Christian Dior - all adding a large dose of abstract art to their latest collections. Colour blocking is nothing new, but in primary colours it has serious impact. Block colour separates work well for an all out 'look at me' look, whilst stripes with injections of black make for a slightly softer, yet still edgy, look.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Jennifer Lawrence - Mother! Promo Tour

She's Hollywood's most sought after star...with a red carpet wardrobe to die for - yes I can only be talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Recently hitting the red carpet promoting her latest film, Mother!, JLaw wore a stunning selection of dresses. Styled to perfection by her stylists Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson, Lawrence looked effortlessly flawless on every occasion. Which was your favourite look from the Mother! promo tour?...
1. Christian Dior - New York Premiere
2. Christian Dior - Paris Premiere
3. Atelier Versace - London Premiere
4. Christian Dior - Venice Film Festival
5. Sally LaPointe - The Tonight Show
6. Dolce and Gabbana - Toronto International Film Festival
7. Sally LaPointe - Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference
8. Ralph and Russo Couture - Toronto International Film Festival

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Outfit of The Month - October

Prince of Wales check is a huge trend for Fall 17, as seen at Off-White amongst others. Whilst at first I wasn't sure how I felt about it, namely because I kept seeing it on suits and oversized jackets which are not my thing, I completely fell in love with numerous mini skirts I had seen in this fabric. If you have been following my blog for some time, you will know I fully champion the humble mini skirt. And for me that is the great thing about fashion trends, we can all fully get on board with a trend but we just have to find our own way to stamp our mark on it! I usually team a mini skirt with a slim fitting polo neck, but this season I am loving a chunky knit. Tucked in at the front of the skirt, but left loose at the back for a super casual look. This season I am also in love with pointed toe sock boots...I know i've jumped on that bandwagon as well! I'm usually a flat ankle boot kinda gal, but the pointed toe boots, inspired by Balenciaga, are rocking my world right now. They are sexy and slimming on the leg, but with a smaller heel means they are actually super comfortable. A military style coat and cute cross-body bag complete the look.
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Paris Fashion Week SS18 - Top 5

So thats a wrap! Yet another fashion month over - where does the time go? Here is my 'Top 5' review from Paris Fashion Week...
Loewe
Ok, so it's pretty clear that i'm a huge fan of J.W.Anderson - both his namesake brand and his work at Loewe. Anderson's attention to detail is extraordinary, always seeking to develop new and innovative textile applications and crafts. This season the Loewe woman was a traveller, more bohemian than previously seen. Patchwork was a key theme, with fabric swatches representing the kind of souvenirs the Loewe muse would collect on her travels. My favourite looks in the collection, were the handkerchief hem dresses, complete with frills and paisley prints. An earthy colour palette with soft pastels was beautifully feminine, without being twee.
Celine
Phoebe Philo has the undeniable power of creating timeless collections which are full of classic investment pieces. This season was no different. Prior to the show, Philo explained that she wanted the collection to be personal and optimistic. Inspired by the early 80's, we saw oversized belted trench coats and long pleated skirts in khaki colours. As always with Celine, there was an exceptional level of craftmanship - whipstitched leather coats, sequin dresses and feather embellished shirt dresses. With this being Celine, the accessories were very covetable, including sock boots and rimless sunglasses. Beautiful from start to finish. 
Louis Vuitton
Talk about saving the best for last! I honestly don't think there has ever been a collection by Nicolas Ghesquiere which I haven't loved. Closing Paris fashion week, the Louis Vuitton show took place in the Louvre. Many of the key pieces in the collection were inspired by historical royal clothing, but such pieces were styled with relaxed athletic shorts and statement trainers. The coats were made from the most exquisite woven jacquard fabrics complete with floral prints and gold thread. They were works of art. Some of the edgier looks in the collection were the knitted striped bodycon dresses and Stranger Things tee. I adored the styling of long sleeved tops and blouson blouses underneath sleeveless dresses. Key Items - waistcoats, vinyl trousers, small frame cateye sunglasses (the biggest eyewear trend of 2017, which will continue into 2018).
Alexander McQueen
Sarah Burton explained that the McQueen SS18 collection was inspired by 'the healing power of nature'. There is always a strong element of nature in a McQueen collection and this season floral cross-stitched dresses and handcrafted floral gowns were amongst the standout looks. Of course there were ruffled dresses, off-the-shoulder leather bustier dresses - both with an underlying sex appeal. Belts and harnesses featured throughout, as did plaid textiles and statement jewellery - all the classic elements of a McQueen collection were clear to see and I for one loved every single look. Key Accessory - embellished biker boots.
Off-White
You may remember a while back, I profiled Off-White on my blog - charting the rise of one of the most coveted new brands in fashion. Whilst primarily seen as a streetwear brand, for SS18 Virgil Abloh has taken his brand beyond that. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death and that was, believe it or not, the inspiration behind this collection. Everyone remembers Princess Diana's sartorial choices, and Abloh was reinventing her key looks for the modern woman. This may not have seemed like an obvious choice of inspiration for the man who is more used to dressing the likes of Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid - but they are the style icons of today, in the same way that Princess Diana was in the late 80's early 90's. Afterall, there is a huge 90's revival happening right now so in a weird way it seemed kind of fitting. Power suits, epic shoulder pads, mom jeans - the references were there to see. To modernise the collection, leather jackets and sporty wrap sunglasses with branded Off-White cords were styled with the vintage inspired pieces.

So that completes my reviews of the SS18 collections...but do not fear as starting next week my SS18 Trend Report Series will be starting on my blog. Each week I will be documenting a different trend emerging from the catwalk. This will include print trends, colour, fabric and accessories - so stay tuned for that! 

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Milan Fashion Week SS18 - Top 5

Now this is more like it....more colour and print than you could possibly imagine! With a background in textiles / surface design you can see why I look forward to MFW so much. Whilst I wouldn't necessarily wear many of the collections, as they don't reflect my personal style, from a design perspective they are music to my ears. Versace fully stole he show this season...but more on that in a minute. Here are my top 5 collections form Milan...
Marni
WOW...was quite simply my first reaction as I clicked through each look in the collection. Marni silhouettes are often oversized and when printed with inky florals I was left in awe. Francesco Risso explained that these florals were 'English gardens, as seen though the eyes of Tim Burton'...so cue the fantasy prints in cartoon-like colours. The oversized proportions reference historical garments, which you would find in the 20's and 50's. Full duchesse skirts were seen throughout and came both printed and in block colours of luxurious satin. Corset tops added intrigue to the collection and were an awkwardly sexy addition to the collection. Key features - fur bags and frayed hems.
Versace
The show that got everyone talking...in a pretty MAJOR way. 2017 marks a poignant year for the  Italian fashion brand, it marks the 20th anniversary since the infamous murder of Gianni Versace in Miami. So how did Donatella choose to mark this milestone?...with a 90's inspired print fest that's how! Pulling prints directly from the Versace archives of the early 90's, Donatella delivered a knockout collection of show-stopping looks one after the other. Shells, starfish, gold Baroque motifs, leopard print, butterflies, Warhol prints - I mean talk about impact. Growing up in the 90's I remember these prints fondly. It also wouldn't be classic Versace without embellishment, silk scarves and killer accessories. But there is one thing that stole the show more than anything else - the return of the most iconic 90's supermodels: Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford who all wore gold chainmail dresses.
Gucci
This offering was everything that we have come to know and love from an Alessandro Michele Gucci collection. The glam rock 70's vibes were present in the form of the emphasis on shoulders, sequinned fabrics and appliqued musical notes - all inspired by Elton John's archive stage outfits. Of course the 'new Gucci' is not to everyone's taste, its OTT and garish, but you simply can't deny the fact that Gucci are major power players in the world of fashion at the moment with everyone desperate to get their hands on piece of the action. For that Michele has to be applauded for his undeniable ability to create a triumphant collection season after season.
Bottega Veneta
Firstly, the colour palette as presented by Tomas Maier at the SS18 presentation was sublime. Beautiful dusty shades of lavender, blue and taupe were seen on the runway but for me it was the choice of fabric which really brought the colours to life. Suede and silk being the two key fabrics, both of which were seen, at times, strewn with eyelets and paillettes. Another key theme in the collection was the use of fringing,  complete with micro beads - the frocks in question were simple in their cut and tailoring. This was a collection that was made to be wearable...and practical. Even the evening gowns were straightforward in their cut. Hints of python skin were also seen. 
Prada
Miuccia Prada was expressing her thoughts on women, since the election of Donald Trump, in her latest collection. She wanted to create a 'militant woman' - a collection about power. We saw lots of layering and varying silhouettes all on a backdrop of a dramatic dark colour palette. Prints were taken from manga artists, and interestingly were screen-printed onto the fabric over creases to allow for a rough-and-ready feel. Such detailed and illustrated prints were juxtaposed with graphic spots and zebra patterns. Super slimline cateye sunglasses were a key part of the collection - one accessories trend which is going from strength to strength.

My Paris Fashion Week review will follow soon...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

London Fashion Week SS18 - Top 5

Living in London, and working in fashion, there is always something exciting about the prospect of LFW. This season Emporio Armani and the powerhouse that is TommyXGigi were added to the schedule. Brit designers are known for their experimental approach to design, not afraid to take risks and play with colour and silhouette. Here are my top 5 from LFW SS18...
J.W.Anderson
Jonathan Anderson referenced the 'need for sanctuary' in his show notes, with a feeling of serenity washing over the collection. You may remember that Anderson recently curated his first exhibition at the Hepworth gallery in Yorkshire, and perhaps as a nod to this Anderson used many natural fiber's this season: linen, cotton and nappa leather. Previous collections have consisted of architectural silhouettes, and whilst Anderson's love of art was still present this season the collection on a whole looked more composed. Stripes and cross tied detailing were key features.
Christopher Kane
At a glance you wouldn't be able to second guess that Kane's latest collection was inspired by an infamous 1980's South London brothel...but take a closer look and the references were all there. The tailored pieces, which opened the show, were a nod to the well-to-do gentlemen who may visit such an establishment. However take a closer look and the models were wearing chokers. Elsewhere, patent leather was a nod to a powerful dominatrix. As the phrase goes 'no one knows what happens behind closed doors' and Kane toyed with this unassuming nature of his muse by creating trims from household cleaning material such as mops and cleaning cloths.
Mary Katrantzou
I have been a fan of Mary Katrantzou from day one. I fondly remember her joyful printed collections of seasons past, and for me this SS18 collection harks back to those early days. This is the Katrantzou that I love - colour, print and volume. Billowing silhouettes opened the show in high-shine fabrics and glorious OOT prints. The collection was inspired by the designer's childhood, more specifically the toys she used to play with. Most notably in this collection was the use of Hama beads - which were used as embellishments on dresses. There was also a hint of sportswear in the collection, with the addition of parker jackets with elasticated cord pulls.
Peter Pilotto
It wouldn't be a Peter Pilotto collection without a splash of colour or an eye catching print - this season was no different. However, for SS18 the colours were less vibrant and instead in a beautiful array of pastels. The two key prints were stripes and stylised florals -  the later of which was inspired by a trip the design duo took to the island of Okinawa, Japan. Whilst I felt at times the large scale florals looked a tad dated, or vintage, I felt they worked well when patched together on a slightly smaller scale. I also loved the ultra feminine use of tailoring: ruched panels, knot details, off-the-shoulder tops and flowing asymmetric hems. The Japanese influence was also present on some of the Kimono-style dresses. Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos also added athleisure looks into the collection, with silk tracksuits. 
Erdem
Erdem Moralioglu's latest offering was inspired by Queen Elizabeth. It was on a research trip to Windsor Castle that Erdem found his starting point for SS18. Suitably royal fabrics including brocades were used multiple times in the collection - all in rich colours. Many of the pieces were conservative in their cut, with high necklines and below the knee hems, however as the collection progressed, bustier dresses and floor length revealing lace gowns made an appearance. The emerging trend for balloon-skirted gowns was also seen here on the runway. The prints were beautifully hand painted florals, with exquisite elements of embellishment.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

New York Fashion Week SS18 - Top 5

As I do each season, I am once again reviewing my top picks from the new season collections. First up is New York. Two of my favourite designers, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, have recently departed NYFW instead opting to join the couture schedule in Paris...hence why they are missing from this review. And whilst I did miss their presence on the schedule this season, there were many other designers whose collections caught my eye...here are my top 5 from NYFW...
Marc Jacobs
Certainly not a collection for a shrinking violet...but when does Marc Jacobs ever do anything by halves? For me this was undoubtedly the standout show from NYFW this season - The colour, print, embellishment, glamour, excess - it was all there loud and proud. OK...so where to start! Firstly we have to discuss the prints - both oversized and psychedelic. The trippy patterns were real showstoppers and came on floor sweeping dresses, which had a retro feel to them, and also on sporty outerwear for a more modern look. There was also a naivety in the way in which they had been drawn. Then there were the turbans, as seen on most of the models. Tapping into the current sports culture in fashion, the collection included: silk trackpants, sliders and cross body bags. Throw in a tonne of sequins and embellishment into the mix and you've got yourself a pretty MAJOR SS18 collection.
Calvin Klein
The American artist Sterling Ruby, provided a key source of inspiration for Raf Simons latest offering for Calvin Klein. If you are familiar with the artists work, then you will recognise his spray paint style artwork adorning rubber macs and skirts. Simons explained his obsession with film and tv also played a part in his collection, hence the somewhat sinister feel to the aforementioned garments - 'American horror, American dreams' Simons explained. In a further nod to Hollywood, Andy Warhol prints of the actor Dennis Hopper were printed on dresses. Ladylike 1950's silhouettes were modernised by the use of waterproof nylon. Above all else, what I liked the most here was the use of colour-blocking. Striking colour combinations of orange/black and yellow/pink will no doubt be influencing my Spring 18 wardrobe.
Prabal Gurung
Prabal does proportion exceptionally well, and this season was no different. Beautifully feminine silhouettes, with slashed details and delicate rouleau buttons were key features. The colour palette was simply music to my ears, with fuschia and neon pink being constant throughout the collection. I loved the injection of an edgy asymmetric plaid, along with the most wonderful floral print. Leather and corset waists toughened up the collection and offered something a little more dramatic to the collection... perhaps for a consumer who wishes to take a few more sartorial risks with their look.
Monse
Distinct references to college and sportswear were made during the latest Monse runway presentation. Baseball-style shirts, complete with slogans, and stitched detailing were present throughout. Signature stripes worked perfectly with the theme of the show, and complemented the star prints perfectly. Of course with the theme being what it was, a colour palette or red, white and blue worked harmoniously with the collection. Track pants and bomber jackets were elevated with the use of off-the-shoulder tailoring. Monse is still proving to be one of the must-have new brands on the fashion scene!
Jason Wu
Wu explained prior to his show that this season his collection would offer something more casual than in previous seasons. Loosely draped silhouettes, in ultra-soft colours, were the order of the day. The introduction of jersey, as a material of choice, further ensured the relaxed feel to the collection. Despite the cutout details and sheer panels, there was a rather effortless feel to the collection. A tropical floral print, in acid brights, injected personality into the collection. 

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Stay tuned to my blog, as my London Fashion Week review is coming on Saturday...

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Colourboard - Orange/Cobalt/Black

This fiery colour combo was just seen on the Calvin Klein SS18 runway during NYFW...and boy did it make an impact! A deep shade of blood orange packs a major punch when sitting alongside cobalt blue and black. Whilst this colour palette was seen for Spring/Summer and Resort 18 (Valentino) it is also a great transitional colour scheme to work into your wardrobe for Fall. This palette projects strength and power, and for me fashion is all about making you feel confident hence why I am loving this colour combination. You can opt for block coloured separates or go for garments which incorporate all three colours in one, as seen at Versace.
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

September Playlist

I don't know about you, but when i'm procrastinating writing blog posts and struggling to find the motivation to write that first paragraph, I turn to music. I write my best posts when i've got my headphones tuned into my laptop and the music is playing loudly. It's almost like I challenge myself to see how much work I can get done by the time a playlist has finished and right now these are my current go-to tunes...
Friends by Francis and the Lights ft Bon Iver
Morals by Batts
Surround Me by LEON
Song For Zula by Phosphorescent
Smoke by Mosa Wild
Lovers by Anna Of The North
Hypnotic by Zella Day
Time Lapse by Soul to Speak
Open Your Eyes by School Of Seven Bells
Music Is The Answer by Joe Goddard / SLO
Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow
About Today by The National
Let You Go by London Topaz / JANEVA
The Breach by Dustin Tebbutt
Lights Out, Words Gone by Bombay Bicycle Club
White Noise by Ella Vos (R3hab remix)
Dangerous Days by Zola Jesus
A Moment's Grace by Boy & Bear
Cold by Mating Ritual ft Lizzy Land
Complete by Danglo ft Ivan Franco
Silence for You by Mononoke
Classic by The Knocks ft POWERS
Lion by Kacy Hill
Motionless by Alpines
Warm Blood by Flor
Deadwater by Wet
Say It too by Mark Harding
Undertow by Panama
Always There When I Need You by Salt Cathedral
I Don't Think So by Ben Phipps
Dear, Home by EXES


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Resort 18 Colourboard - Soft Salmon

For Resort 18, we saw beautiful soft salmon emerging from the collections. Gentle shades of salmon, with both coral and pink undertones, were present. These feminine colours were juxtaposed on oversized masculine silhouettes - 2-piece suits being a key look. The key to nailing this trend is to embrace the colour palette throughout your full outfit. This colour trend also follows on nicely from the 'Twee Florals' print trend which we have also seen emerging this season. Designers: Roksanda, Ports, Narcisco Rodriguez
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Outfit of The Month - September

It's finally Autumn! I LOVE the Fall, time to get the knitwear out of the wardrobe and layer up. I adore olive green shades, so this oversized knit from Chloe is perfect for the season and will transition well into the winter.  For me, a leather skirt is always a winner, and this one from Etoile Isabel Marant really caught my eye thanks to its asymmetric hem and wrap detailing. You may know by now that ankle boots are definitely my vice when it comes to fashion, I just love them. This killer pair from Toga Pulla are an absolute dream and come in a beautiful teal suede with cowboy-inspired buckles. Furla is an accessories brand which I have really been loving recently, after attending one of their press events in London. This cute satchel with playful print is the perfect bag to liven up this outfit. Completing the look is a statement star necklace and plaid coat. All pieces are available to shop now.
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Twee Florals

It wouldn't be Spring without a floral print, and for Resort 18 designers honed in on pretty florals and scaled them down to a micro proportions. Rosie Assoulin took inspiration from bouquet wrapping paper. The result was a  somewhat graphic print which also included the slogan 'say it with flowers' and yet the overall look was elegant once printed on a fem bustier dress. Brock Collection and Jill Stuart opted for twee florals with an overall vintage feel to them. Collections remained contemporary thanks to injections of soft lilac and olive green.
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Monday, 28 August 2017

VMA'S 2017 - Red Carpet

Last night the 2017 MTV VMA's took place in LA. Who was your best dressed at this event?
1. Olivia Munn - Nicolas Jebran
2. Hailee Steinfeld - Versace
3. Katy Perry - Stephane Rolland
4. Alessandra Ambrosio - Balmain
5. Hailey Baldwin - Zuhair Murad
6. Lorde - Monique Lhuillier
7. Vanessa Hudgens - Yanina Couture
8. Demi Lovato - Zuhair Murad
9. Paris Jackson - Christian Dior
10. Millie Bobby Brown - Rodarte

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Shop Now - Tassel Earrings

Forget twee, understated jewellery. This season, those in the know are obsessed with tassel earrings. We all know that a statement accessory can make or break an outfit and with the current trend for classic tailoring proving to be a big hit, a bold pop of colour in the form of an earring to contrast the sleek tailored lines can really make the difference to your outfit. Fashion faves including, Megan Ellaby and Pandora Sykes are fully on board with this latest trend...and I for one am loving their looks! See below for inspo...
As this is an accessories trend, the best part is there are so many affordable options out there on the high street. These styles won't break the bank and are the perfect way to spice up a daytime look or elevate an evening look for a more glamorous vibe. If earrings are your jam, then i've also thrown some designer options into this edit in case you are feeling like getting spendy with this trend. *For styling, a colour clash will make your look even more trend driven.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

How To Style...Wool Blazers

I adore putting together styling edits, and whilst I may not have the means to splash the cash and get spendy with clothing hauls, that doesn't have to stop me getting creative with styling content for my blog. One of the biggest outerwear trends this season, is the oversized wool blazer. As seen on the runway at: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Celine and Jil Sander, the boxy blazer needs to be your go to coat for Autumn. A trend which is both stylish and practical you say - count me in! So take one wool blazer, from Etoile Isabel Marant, and style it in multiple ways...
Outfit 1
We all know the athleisure trend isn't going away anytime soon, so why not throw a wool blazer into the mix as well? Dressing for the athleisure life need not be all hoodies and rucksacks. Opt for silk track pants, which will become a fail-safe wardrobe staple, and team with a flattering silk cami. Team with trainers for comfort, but elevate the look with undoubtedly the 'it' bag of the season from Cult Gaia. It's the ultimate relaxed outfit whilst still remaining very 'put together'. Perfect for day to night.
Outfit 2 
Once again dressing for comfort with a pair of frayed, and cropped, stonewashed denim kick flares (just rolling all the major denim trends into one). A polo neck is my number one go to Fall wardrobe essential, and this little number from Balmain with military style button detailing is amazing. Mules are another key look for Fall, elongating the leg and looking super classic. This pair from Stella McCartney look super stylish with their tort heel. Accessories from Simon Miller and Ray-Ban complete the look.
Outfit 3 
This is how I would style a blazer on a daily basis. If you have followed my blog for a while, then you will know that mini skirts are 100% my thing. I can't get enough of them. If i'm not teaming them with a polo neck then you can catch me styling them with a cool tee. Slogan tee's are huge at the moment so I have opted for one from the debut collection from Alexa Chung's namesake brand. A killer ankle boot and cross body bag, from two of the most sought after designers of 2017, complete the look.
Outfit 4
So this is the outfit for those who love pretty boho looks. You can't go far wrong with a loose fitting dress, skimming your figure for those days when you just feel abit 'meh', but looking oh so cool belted at the waist when your confidence levels are high. Feeling all the subtle folk vibes with embroidered Etro boots and suede tote from Parisienne fashion brand Muun.
Which if your favourite outfit from this styling edit?

Phillippa x

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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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