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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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Eyewear Trend - Mono Lens Sunglasses

Undoubtedly one of the biggest eyewear trends of the season - the mono lens. After being seen on the runway, this trend has really been championed by celebrities, stars of the sidewalk whose style we lust over. Popular styles include: aviators, rounds and shields. With social media playing a huge influence on global fashion trends, everyone is looking to take the perfect summer selfie, and the celebs seem to have found a friend in the form of these mono lens sunglasses - Bella, Gigi and Kendall are rarely seen without a pair. Regardless of the shape of the sunglasses, the lightly coloured lens feminises the overall look...whilst looking ultra cool at the same time. 
Whilst this may not be your average everyday 'go-to' eyewear style, they do make for the perfect accessory for summer festivals and holidays if you are looking to liven up your wardrobe. This edit shows you some of the best designer and high street styles currently available...
If you love eyewear then be sure to follow my Sunglasses/Eyewear board over on my Pinterest (details below). On here you will find a vast selection of classic and quirky eyewear styles from the runway, with plenty of great vintage styles thrown in for reference.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Desert Neutral

Following on from the Safari trend which I have already mentioned for A/W 17, the calm and serene colours continue with the 'Desert Neutral' trend. Liquid silk dresses are beautifully draped and skim the body with  precision. The blush colours have a sandy undertone to them reflecting the earthy palettes captured within nature. Pairing two of these neutrals together results in an ultra feminine take on colour blocking (as seen at Tome and Sies Marjan). New York based brand Milly added soft texture into the look, whilst Prabal Gurung went for elongated bell sleeves hence throwing another key trend into the frame. This is the colour choice of the season for those refusing to bow down to the dark nights and cooler weather. Any pieces you invest in will also transition well into S/S18.

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Outfit of The Month - May

An easy breezy shirt from A.W.A.K.E makes for the perfect wardrobe staple for Spring. Shirts are classic basics to own, and translate effortlessly from day to night depending on the styling. This pinstriped option is ideal to be worn to the office, but also works well for a nonchalant weekend outfit. Frayed hems on denim separates are all the rage atm, with this light-washed mini skirt from Frame being a great investment piece. Inspired by Gucci, this embroidered leather jacket from Topshop is a cute Spring style. Whilst Gucci opted for colourful embroidery and bold motifs, this Topshop number has feminine blooms in pastel shades. I have teamed the outfit with a killer pair of pointed ankle boots from Dorateymur. Whilst I would typically pair with a Chelsea or cowboy boot, I wanted a style that would elongate the leg, and a pointed toe/slim heel combo does this trick! Accessorising the outfit I have opted for a blush coloured clutch from Topshop and a grey tort pair of acetate sunglasses from the Olivia Palermo X Westward Leaning collection. The rose gold mirror lens ties in perfectly with the detail on the jacket.
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Met Gala 2017 - HUGE Red Carpet Review

The theme of this year's Met Gala, to coincide with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition, was 'Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcons. As ever, the stars hit the red carpet in an array of jaw-dropping and spectacular gowns. Here is a HUGE review of who wore what...
Haley Bennett - Dolce and Gabbana / Brie Larson - Chanel / Blake Lively - Versace
Kylie Jenner - Versace / Julianne Moore - Calvin Klein
Gisele Bundchen - Stella McCartney / Cara Delevingne - Chanel
Kendall Jenner - La Perla / Bella Hadid - Alexander Wang
Diane Kruger - Prada / Chrissy Teigen - Marchesa / Ruby Rose - Burberry
Sophie Turner - Louis Vuitton / Janelle Monae - Ralph and Russo
Ruth Negga - Valentino / Stella Maxwell - H&M / Lily James - Burberry
Selena Gomez - Coach / Adwoa Aboah - Conner Ives
Kim Kardashian - Vivienne Westwood / Behati Prinsloo - Topshop / Lily Aldridge - Ralph Lauren Kate Hudson - Stella McCartney / Gwyneth Paltrow - Calvin Klein
Miranda Kerr - Oscar de la Renta / Ashley Graham - H&M
Rita Ora - Marchesa / Katy Perry - Maison Margiela
Rose Byrne - Ralph Lauren / Emma Roberts - DVF / Thandie Newton - Monse
Natasha Poly - Michael Kors / Joan Smalls - Topshop
Lupita Nyong'o - Prada / Zoe Kravitz - Oscar de la Renta / Lily-Rose Depp - Chanel
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Marni / Emily Ratajkowski - Marc Jacobs
Lauren Santo Domingo / Dakota Johnson - Gucci / Kate Bosworth - Tory Burch
Solange Knowles - Thom Browne / Celine Dion - Versace
Candice Swanepoel - Topshop / Halle Berry - Versace
Naomi Watts - Stella McCartney / Hailee Steinfeld - Vera Wang / Riley Keough - Louis Vuitton
Amy Schumer - Zac Posen / Alexa Chung - DVF
Elizabeth Banks - Michael Kors / Dree Hemingway - DVF / Kerry Washington - Michael Kors
Jourdan Dunn - H&M / Daisy Ridley - Oscar de la Renta
Emmy Rossum - Carolina Herrera / Allison Williams - DVF
Elle Fanning - Miu Miu / Jessica Chastain - Prada / Felicity Jones - Erdem
Gigi Hadid - Tommy Hilfiger / Jennifer Lopez - Valentino
Claire Foy - Erdem / Madonna - Moschino
Zendaya Coleman - Dolce and Gabbana / Rihanna - Comme des Garcons
Reese Witherspoon - Mugler / Katie Holmes - Zac Posen / Sarah Paulson - Prada
Hailey Baldwin  - Carolina Herrera / Lily Collins - Giambattista Valli

Best Dressed
1.  Rihanna wearing Comme des Garcons - Rihanna always fully commits to the theme of the Met Gala, never afraid to push boundaries. Whilst this dress may not be the most practical, it fully embraces the theme and for that Rihanna has to be applauded.
2. Blake Lively wearing Versace - Blake always has a good run on the red carpet, rarely putting a foot wrong. This stunning gown by Versace was breathtaking, with the bright blue feathers creating a jaw-dropping red carpet moment.
3. Cara Delevingne wearing Chanel - For me, the Met Gala is always about creating memorable red carpet moments. Whilst many guests opt to wear gowns, Cara went for an exquisite embellished suit from Chanel and therefore stood out from the crowd. 
4. Lily Aldridge wearing Ralph Lauren. Ok, so the dress itself may be a pretty standard cut-out red carpet dress but the killer Balenciaga boots completely elevated this look. I love that she wasn't afraid to add a seriously dramatic pop of colour to create a daring look.
5. Lily Collins wearing Giambattista Valli - Like Rihanna, Lily fully committed to the theme. This ruffled tiered gown had layers of volume and the cinched in waist / bodice combination created impact. Dramatic hair and makeup completed the look.

Who was your best dressed?

All these looks, plus more, can be found on my 'Celebrity -Red Carpet' over on my Pinterest (details below).

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Monday, 1 May 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Racing Vibes

Unleash your inner racing car driver with this season's updated take on athleisure. High impact racing stripes were branded boldly across midriff baring crop tops and super short mini skirts. Rihanna's Fenty X Puma collection was all about those sporty vibes, with luxe daywear pieces intended for those wishing to flash the flesh. Over at Tommy Hilfiger, the Gigi Hadid designed collection went down a storm mixing the models off duty street style look with a strong sporty edge. French brand Zadig et Voltaire went all out with Formula One style racing leather pants, with spliced blocks of patriotic colours. Versace completed the nod to racing with oversized quilted jackets (one trend which doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon) and teamed this look with mono lens sports sunglasses. Key Colours: Red, Blue, Yellow
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Get To Know Me / My Thoughts On Blogging

Having started my blog way back in 2009, before blogging was even considered a 'thing', I have continued to steadily grow my blog and social media channels over the past 8 years. Whilst many bloggers put themselves in front of the camera's on a regular basis posing for the perfect selfie or outfit pic to make for a good Instagram feed or post content, I have shied away from this style of blogging (with the exception of the below two pictures of me). I approach my blog from a different perspective - writing from more of an industry insider perspective. So I who am I? What is my story? How has my career impacted my style of blogging? 
My Career up to now...
I have always been a creative person, loving art and design from a very young age, so I naturally couldn't see myself following a career path in anything other than a creative field. I fell in love with textiles whilst at secondary school, being introduced to the work of Celia Birtwell and Zandra Rhodes whilst studying for my GCSE art. It seems my art teacher recognised my love of all things colour and print! Textiles A-Level was the progressive next step, followed by a Foundation Art Course. After this, I enrolled in a 3 year Textiles and Surface Design Degree at an art college. I loved my degree, getting to be creative everyday, putting pen to paper designing concepts for collections. After spending most of my final year looking like a hot mess locked away in a screen printing room and covered in fabric dye, I graduated with a First-class Honours Degree. I had set my sights high and was able to exhibit at both Premiere Vision in Paris and PrintSource in New York (where I sold one of my fabric designs to the American retailer Bealls). NYC had captured my heart whilst exhibiting at this trade show, so I took a leap of faith and moved to Manhattan for 3 months to undertake a post grad internship with the fashion brand Milly. Upon returning to the UK I moved to London and began my career in the world of 'fashion'. Four years down the line, I have worked in administration, wholesale and trend - now working for a global eyewear / jewellery design house and manufacturer. I am not going to go into detail about my employment history, as I think it is important to keep some aspects of my work separate from my blog, but I have been very fortunate to work and liaise with some of the biggest and best fashion retail brands in both the high street and luxury sectors. When you are studying for your degree you aspire to work with such brands, so it still sometimes seems surreal to be casually emailing these clients all in the name of business! Each job has set me up with a great skill set and I have even been lucky to enjoy work trips abroad in both Europe and the USA. Nothing in life is perfect though, so of course there have been up's and down's but I have managed to keep my chin up and continue to push on with my career in this industry. There is always a solution to be found for a less than positive situation!
The blogging part...
When I first started my blog my posts were related to my degree, so I would showcase my own personal design work. After graduating I began blogging about trend as this went hand in hand with my day job. I was seeing first hand what catwalk trends retailers were buying into for next season, so I was able to form a strong knowledge of which key looks were going to filter through the different market levels of the industry. Trend is a real passion of mine. I look at all the runway collections, street style, fashion influencers, culture, global retail news etc to form solid seasonal trend reports. With my blog, I post 3 times a week and regardless of how busy I am at work I always strive to stick to this schedule. Many people start a blog as a hobby, and whilst only a very small percentage of bloggers will turn it into a full time career or make revenue from it, it can still at times feel like a second job. Getting home from a long day at work and then staying up late busying away on your laptop writing posts can sometimes mean that it is difficult to ever really 'switch off'. Constantly thinking of ideas for content, new trend ideas, when you are going to filter writing your next post into your busy life? For me personally, working in fashion and blogging about fashion does mean that I feel like I have fashion on the brain 24/7 - but is there anything wrong with showing dedication to something you love? So credit where credit is due to all the fellow bloggers who hold down a busy full time job and still manage to produce top class content, without missing any post days!  

These days if you say you are a blogger people role their eyes, with blogs being ten a penny, but its not about becoming the next big blogging sensation or international star of YouTube. It's about pouring your enthusiasm into doing something you enjoy and anything else should be a bonus. Granted getting invited to an event by a great brand is wonderful, and I always feel very grateful for the experiences, but if I didn't get invited to these events or even work in fashion i'd still be blogging about trend because it's what I love (as cliched as that sounds). People look up to the full-time bloggers and develop a competitive streak to try to reach their level of success. Buying instagram followers, follow/unfollow, etc - surely it is a much nicer sense of pride to know that someone follows you because they genuinely like your content as opposed to knowing it's being because you've employed questionable tactics to increase your subs? I also think it is important to have integrity and stay true to your blog ethos. For example, sometimes I get introduced to a brand, who may have great products, but if it's not right for my content I won't post about it. This may seem harsh, but if you want to set your blog apart from the rest finding a niche is key. Of course my blog is not perfect, nobody's is...we are all just trying to do our own thing the best we can!

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Safari

Taking to the wild plains of Africa for A/W 17, designers led the way with contemporary nods to safari chic. Khaki is a classic transitional colour, coming in various guises and perfectly mixing and matching with other neutral separates in your wardrobe. Silhouettes were tailored - both structured and loose depending on the preferred feel of the collection. Dion Lee opted for boxy jackets with cinched waists, whilst Nina Ricci delivered buttoned blazers with leather panel details. These jackets were also constructed from corduroy (another key trend for the season, so well worth the investment). Over at Balmain, studded suede draped jackets with elongated sleeves gave a relaxed feel to the trend, whereas Stella McCartney layered utility shirts with duster overalls for an ultra modern look. For an extra hint of safari, take note from Fendi, Loewe and Ralph Lauren who added subtle hints of animal print for a more direct take on the trend.
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Brand To Know - RIXO

RIXO London is a brand which has been on my radar for a few months now, so I thought it was about time I profiled this London based label on my blog. Founded in 2015 by Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, RIXO is a contemporary womenswear brand with vintage inspired collections. If you have been following my blog for a while then you will know that I draw much of my own fashion inspiration from the 70's era, the same as RIXO. What really struck me about this brand, is the fearless approach to colour and print. Having studied textiles and trained as a print designer myself, you can see why I adore RIXO's approach to fashion. Prints are feminine without being twee and the result is a collection with a free-spirited appeal. It's not everyday that you find a brand that looks like every piece in the collection has been designed with you in mind, that is exactly how I feel about RIXO. Stockists include: Net-a-Porter, Baar & Bass and Wolf & Badger
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

On Trend Now - Slogan Choker T-Shirts

First came the 90's revival of the humble choker necklace, now in quick pursuit is the choker tee. Each summer without fail, slogan tee's are a big trend, capturing the spirit of carefree summers and music festivals, and this year they have been given a 2017 trend revamp with a slashed choker detail. Often coming with a plunging neckline, to reveal a peak of underwear, the highstreet have fully jumped onboard with this look designing countless affordable options to update your SS17 wardrobe. If you are not heading to a festival this summer do not fear, these tee's look equally as good with denim shorts (festival attire) as they do with a pair of ripped skinny's for a suitable daywear look. To evoke that rock'n'roll spirit opt for black, perhaps even a band tee, or for something more fresh go for tie-dye or pastel options. You could always even customise an old tee your have hanging around in your closet. But if getting crafty with a pair of scissors is not your thing, here is a selection of the best styles the highstreet has to offer...
1. Topshop £24 / 2. Tee & Cake £25 / 3. New Look £14.99
4. Bershka £15.99 / 5. BooHoo £10 / 6. New Look £12.99
7. River Island £20 / 8. And Finally £28 / 9. BooHoo £14

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Vintage Blooms

Whilst floral trends are rarely anything new, there was one which made a bold statement on the A/W 17 runway - Vintage Floral Blooms. Gucci have really revived the 'vintage' look since Alessandro Michele took the helm at the brand and this season the bold floral prints hit the right spot in bright colours on a dark ground. There is something very reminiscent of 'archive Sanderson wallpaper' about the whole look, but it totally works. Whilst Gucci opted for vintage inspired silhouettes, Balenciaga propelled the look into 2017 with super short thigh-skimming dresses. Over at Preen, the floral prints caused a riot on the runway and were seen on mid-length dresses and dramatic quilted jackets. Scour you local vintage and thrift stores for true and authentic pieces to work this trend into your wardrobe.
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

On Trend Now - Corset Details

This season marks the return of the corset! Think 'corset' and you probably think of burlesque dancers at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, but corsets have come a long way since then. Gone are the lace overlays and the contrasting black/red colour combo, making way for chic and practical day options. There's been a recent celebrity craze for waist-trainers (see any Kardashian's insta for pics) and it's inevitable that their influence on social media has had an undoubted impact on the corset revival. Hitting the runway for the Prada A/W 16 show, lace up corsets were layered over everything: trench coats, dresses and tee's - adding the ultimate styling feature to otherwise quite masculine tailored pieces. Balmain went big on a more classic corset, cut just below the bust for femininity, but there was still a distinct element of strong power dressing about the whole look. Fast forward a season and Isabel Marant layered corset belts over slouchy utility wear. And where the catwalk leads, the celebrities will follow. Stylist Monica Rose, whose clients include Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen, regularly dresses her a-lister clientele in waist-cinching numbers. The beauty of this trend, is that the corsets are intended to be worn over a multitude of garments. Its not a case of having to revamp your entire wardrobe, it is simply about just adding a corset over pieces you already have - anything goes.
Naturally the high street caught on to this trend and have delivered a great selection of wearable options. If a separate corset belt isn't your thing then do not despair, many retailers have combined corset details into basic t-shirt dresses and tops making this trend even more versatile.
1. Zara £15.99 / 2. New Look £9.99 / 3. Next £35 / 4. BooHoo £18
5. Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage £320 / 6. BooHoo £18 / 7. Kenzo £175 / 8. River Island £25
9. Next £38 / 10. Zara £25.99 / 11. Next £40 / 12. River Island £26
13. H&M £29.99 / 14. Stella McCartney £525 / 15. New Look £11.99 / 16. Antonio Berardi £697

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Monday, 10 April 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Loose Threads

For A/W 17 we saw several designers delve into the world of traditional textiles crafts. With a strong emphasis on application, designers Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel experimented with knitwear and manipulated fabrics and threads in a variety of interesting ways. Over at Sonia Rykiel, threads hung loose from hems, whilst over at McQueen contrast red threads were plaited onto black leather corset dresses. In an age where designers are constantly pushing the boundaries of fashion and looking for futuristic fabrics and new techniques, it was refreshing to see designers focus on tradition and execute these techniques with luxury precision. 
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Shop Now - Zip Up Sweaters

It's the Fall wardrobe staple which has carried over to Spring - Zipped Knitwear. First seen on the runway at Chloe, and stemming from the ever so popular athleisure trend of the past few seasons, zipped knitwear offers a super easy cover up for the transitional season. Previously teamed with track pants for a slouchy 'off-duty' look, now such tops are being teamed with denim kick flares or asymmetric skirts for a new take on the trend. So why not update your wardrobe this Spring and invest in this practical and stylish knitwear trend? Here is an edit of the best the luxury and high street market currently has to offer...
1. Next £26 / 2. Topshop £45 / 3. Tory Burch £330
4. & Other Stories £65 / 5. Topshop £38 / 6. Versace £750
7. H&M £12.99 / 8. Chloe £501 / 9. Marques Almeida £360

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Brand To Know - Kitty Joseph

If you love colour and print, then you need Kitty Joseph on your fashion radar. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2011, the brand explores the use of the two aforementioned elements with a modern versatility. Having worked as a colour consultant and a trend analyst for international brands and agencies, Kitty's designs have a strong artistic flair. From pleated skirts with contrasting geometric prints, to on-trend bomber jackets - the brand has striking daywear and evening wear pieces. Stockists: Colette and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
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Monday, 3 April 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Velvet

Sumptuous velvet reigned supreme on the A/W 17 runway. Seen in a kaleidoscope of colours, and even printed, this luxe fabric was one of the key trends to emerge from the season. Nothing says 'Fall' fashion more than a rich velvet, and this season it was seen on: dresses, jackets, tops and even suits for the ultimate chic Autumnal 2-piece. Over at Monse, buttercup yellow and lapis were the colours of choice - adding a vibrant pop to a modern Fall wardrobe. Keeping proceedings classic, Trussardi and Prada opted for traditional earthy tones. If you want to spice up your closet, take note from Erdem, John Galliano and Vivienne Tam who created opulent printed gowns. 
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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Outfit of The Month - April

A shirt dress is a wardrobe staple - super easy to style and very versatile. This silk-blend option from Ganni will work well for day or night and has an edgy appeal with it's minimal Zebra print. A slouchy fit blazer from Helmut Lang ensures the outfit still looks 'put together' but relaxed at the same time due to the loose belt. Toughening up the look, this pair of classic biker boots add an extra stylish hit. The scarf trim detail sets them apart from other pairs of standard biker boots, and also complements the colour of the dress. A classic tote from Anya Hindmarch completes the outfit, with the multicoloured shoulder strap really elevating this bag to high fashion stakes.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Forest Twilight

Remember the wolf t-shirts that pretty much every person of a certain age used to wear back in the 90's? Well Balmain has well and truly brought them back for Fall 17, but with a high fashion appeal of course. Strutting down the runway in Paris, model after model was seen sporting one of these classic tee's. Evoking feelings of the twilight hours, mystical forests and nature - this trend for all things dark and mysterious is one which will most definitely catch on for the season ahead. If you don't want the sky high price tag of a Balmain tee, hit up your local vintage store for an authentic 90's version. This trend is all about dark colours, moody tie-dye and materials such as leather and suede. Mix in a flame print or snakeskin for further homage to the runway.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

How To Style... Gingham for S/S17

Gingham is a fail safe Spring staple. Instantly brightening up your wardrobe with small-scale light coloured checks, gingham comes on pretty much every item of clothing you could want for the season ahead. Emerging as one of the biggest trends from the S/S 17 catwalk, this vintage inspired print is an effective way to inject that much needed uplifting Spring mood into your wardrobe. Key Designers: House of Holland, Peter Pilotto, Creatures of Comfort, Pringle and Toga
Here are 3 easy ways to style this key S/S 17 trend...
Outfit 1
A super fun, relaxed outfit that teams gingham kick flares with trainers and a casual hooded denim jacket for daywear meets sportswear vibes. An iconic t-shirt is always going to be a wardrobe classic and it helps to keep the outfit feel relaxed. Heart motifs keep the look ultra cute.
Outfit 2
Inspired by festival attire, this asymmetric skirt with ruffled hem combines 3 trends in one. An understated black sweatshirt keeps the main part of the look simple. Khaki is always appropriate for nonchalant summer dressing and you can't go far wrong with a oversized shirt. Cowboy boots, satchel bag and a bandana complete the look.
Outfit 3
A very feminine approach to the gingham trend, this sweet dress with floral embroidery is the perfect easy to wear daywear piece. The red suede biker jacket compliments the floral accents on the dress and bag, whilst offering a Spring alternative to your standard leather jacket. Ballet flats are also an ideal transitional footwear style.
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