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

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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

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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

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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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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Red Carpet

That's a wrap! The Cannes Film Festival has drawn to a close for 2017. With so many incredible red carpet looks at this years event, here is a look at 10 of the best/most memorable...
1. Uma Thurman - Atelier Versace
2. Bella Hadid - Christian Dior
3. Diane Kruger - Christian Dior
4. Elle Fanning - Christian Dior
5. Jourdan Dunn - Elie Saab
6. Julianne Moore - Givenchy
7. Elizabeth Olsen - Miu Miu
8. Elle Fanning - Vivienne Westwood
9. Jessica Chastain - Givenchy
10. Kendall Jenner - Giambattista Valli

For me, the star of this years festival was Elle Fanning. With the help of her stylist, Samantha McMillen, Elle graced the red carpet in countless showstopping gowns including highlights from: Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior, Rodarte and Gucci. Each look was flawless.

Who was your best dressed?

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Monday, 29 May 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Rich Red

Rich shades of red emerged as the front runner for the most used colour of the season. Seen on the runway in all four fashion week cities, and coming in a multitude of differentiating shades, red made a big sartorial impact on the runway. It's a given that red is appropriate for A/W, being easily paired with black for an appropriate seasonal colour combo. Neil Barrett showcased the most stunning scarlet velvet dress, whilst Redemption went for skin tight red rouge leather dresses with a distinct 80's feel to them. We also saw layering of different shades of red. Over at Preen long sleeved sequined tops were worn underneath draped dresses, whilst Max Mara styled velvet and fur pieces together. Above all else, the key to nailing this trend is to go head-to-toe in red.        
Key Designers: Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Roksanda, Versace

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Brand To Know - Tramp in Disguise

Fashion brand 'Tramp In Disguise' was established in 2010 by designer Sini Moilanen. Having studied at both the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, Sini designs her collections with a strong focus on both colour and print. Each of the seasonal collections features a variety of different silhouettes, proportions and texture - resulting in an eye-catching and diverse array of daywear and eveningwear pieces. Many of the prints are fun and playful, featuring motifs such as insects and fish. These are definitely the kind of garments you want in your wardrobe if you love to make an impact with your style - they are conversation starters for sure! Tramp In Disguise has featured in countless editorials and been worn by a number of celebrities including: Jessie J, Charli XCX and Kimberly Wyatt. Shop online at www.trampindisguise.com
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Billboard Music Awards - Red Carpet

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards took place in Las Vegas on Sunday 21st May, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris. Who was your best dressed at this event...
Vanessa Hudgens - Marchesa
Celine Dion - Stephane Rolland
Hailee Steinfeld - David Koma
Kate Beckinsale - Zuhair Murad
Rita Ora - Francesco Scognamiglio
Miley Cyrus - Alessandra Rich
Camila Cabelo - Jonathan Simkhai
Olivia Munn - Redemption
Rachel Platten - Barbara Bui
Lea Michele - Jonathan Simkhai

My Best Dressed
Hailee Steinfeld wearing David Koma - This total look had just the right amount of sex appeal whilst still being edgy at the same time. Perfect for an event like the BMA's.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Space Silver

Whilst metallic's for Fall are nothing new, I mean who doesn't love to wear a shimmery little number during party season?, this Fall metallic's have a distinct space age feel to them. After seeing countless designers embracing this theme during fashion month, Chanel pulled out all the stops and quite literally constructed a NASA worthy set inside the Grand Palais in Paris. If there was ever any doubt as to whether or not this trend would catch on, our doubts were instantly quashed. Silver was seen on many different silhouettes and several different fabrics: leather, plisse, chainmail, quilting, sequins - you name it the designers worked with it. Balenciaga and Christopher Kane opted for super modern tech fabrics, the later also incorporating an iridescent finish. Saint Laurent and Gucci went for silver mesh, creating a somewhat more revealing approach to the trend. Going all out on this trend, Comme des Garcons and Chanel showcased over the top quilted jackets - delivering standout pieces with maximum impact that were impossible to miss.
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

S/S 17 Footwear Trend - Pool Sliders

I'm going to use that word again...Athleisure. There is simply no escaping it, from one season to the next this trend is sticking around! So when it comes to sporty footwear, one style which has become ever so popular is the humble pool slider...yes really. You know something is going to be huge when Givenchy design a pair with their name branded across it. Whilst you can get more stylish leather sliders (aka the loafer), the core of this trend is about the rubber version - quite literally what you would wear around the pool on holiday, except these are intended for everyday wear. Make no mistake, this is not really a sophisticated choice of footwear, don't expect this pair of sliders to be hanging around in your closet for years to come. It will most likely be a seasonal trend which in a couple of years we look back on and think "really, did that trend actually happen?". But hey, a trend is a trend and where the catwalk leads the rest will follow. So put aside your classic gladiator sandal and inject some a pool sliders into your life....the celebs can't get enough of them. The Kardashians, the Hadid's and the Olsen's - they love them!
Depending on whether you want to invest high or low in this trend, this edit has you covered. Some designers have taken this look one step further and feminised the trend by adding embellishments, printed motifs and even faux fur. If you want to keep things pretty basic, then I recommend you go old school and opt for a pair of standard sporty slides - think Adidas and Fila. The trend for slogans is also huge this season, so a classic branded pair will make your look even more trend driven without breaking the bank. And when this 'sliders as daywear' trend passes, retire your sliders to a life of chilling by the pool on holiday.
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How To Style...Hooded Sweatshirts

Championed on the runway by Vetements, Off-White and Balenciaga the hooded sweatshirt is officially one of the biggest sartorial statements you can make this season. Not typically viewed as the most feminine of pieces, styling one of these hoodies results in an off-beat sporty outfit. In this styling edit I have selected a cobalt hoodie from Balenciaga and shown you how you can style it in 3 different ways. As always these are just suggestions, cheaper alternatives can be readily found...
Outfit 1
The kick flare is a big look for Spring 17, overtaking the boyfriend jean as a preferred style of denim trouser. Frayed hems are also huge at the moment, so this pair from Topshop tick all the right boxes. Another styling trick, also seen at Balenciaga, is the oversized check blazer. Wear over a hoodie for the ultimate on trend layering piece. Cut-off kick flares can shorten your body, so lengthen your proportions by styling with an ankle-skimming pair of pointed boots. This mock croc pair from Next are a total steal at only £38. A classic tote with contrasting strap from Off-White and d-frame sunnies from Saint Laurent complete this fashion forward look.
Outfit 2
Patent is another key trend this season, so a black patent mini was a must for this outfit. I adore this white denim jacket from Maggie Marilyn, the flared sleeves once again tying another trend into this look. This also makes a great alternative to your standard light-washed denim jacket. I am loving the blue/red colour combo at the moment, so this pair of killer pointed toe boots from Gucci are music to my ears. They elevate this look from sporty to something a little more 'put together'. A tote from Topshop finishes the outfit.
Outfit 3
For this 3rd and final outfit I went more along the lines of the athleisure trend. Checked paperbag waist trousers from Topshop strike the perfect balance between sporty and classic - these would also be perfect to wear to work. The monochrome leather jacket is one of the most coveted pieces of the season, and it works perfectly teamed with classic Adidas superstar trainers. These are a 90's design classic, and the 90's trend is huge at the moment. A Loewe 'puzzle' bag in red adds quirk to the outfit and the Topshop sunnies throwback to that monochrome theme.
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Monday, 15 May 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Star Motifs

The 'Americana' trend has been hanging around for a few seasons now. You may remember Marc Jacobs all out 'Americana' themed collection for S/S 16 - with stars and stripes galore. Then for Pre-Fall 17 the trend re-emerged but with a comic book spin on things, throwing graphic symbols and comic book iconography into the mix. So it comes as no surprise that 'Star Motifs' were a key trend as seen on the A/W 17 runway. Henry Holland delivered a knockout collection featuring bold star prints emblazoned proudly on dresses, jackets and cowboy boots. Mugler delivered a dose of David Bowie with one shoulder embellished cut-out star dresses. The perfect evening mini dress if I ever did see one. The Starman would approve! Putting a further spin on the look, Nina Ricci added illustrations of rodeo riders into the mix, but kept away from the Americana colours for a more everyday wearable look. Tods also toned down the colours to keep things a little more sophisticated. 
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Menswear Brand To Know - Prevu London

Launching in May 2015, Prevu is a contemporary menswear label founded by Jake Hall, Tom Lipop and Eser Aydemir. Based in Hackney, the brand manufactures in both London and Istanbul using the best quality fabrics from England, Japan and Italy. Prevu aspires to design a modern take on the 'suit' for a younger audience - with outerwear, t-shirts and shorts becoming classic pieces in the wardrobe of a fashion savvy young man. Tailoring is relaxed but the emphasis on style and quality is clear to see, with the clean aesthetic creating the perfect balance between smart/casual.
Here is my pick of the best pieces from the brand's current collection. Price Range: £29 - £190 Available to shop online at www.prevu.london
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