Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Colour Edit - Port

Aside from classic red and green, has there ever been a more festive colour than a splash of Autumnal port? I mean even just the word 'port' conjures up images of Christmas cheese boards with an obligatory glass of everyone's favourite festive tipple. The rich red/burgundy hue is perfect for the season and works well styled with black and gold accessories. Street style favourites Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo have both been spotted embracing this trend head-to-toe, whereas red carpet goddess Rosie Huntington-Whiteley recently opted for a stunning velvet evening look. Port also works well for make up...a rich smoky eye or bold lip - both beautiful.
If you are looking to add a little colour into your autumnal wardrobe or looking for alternatives to the LBD for Christmas, then look no further than this edit of where to shop the best 'Port' pieces this Fall... 
1. River Island £50 / 2.  Sid Neigum £175 / 3. Topshop £42
4. H&M £6.99 / 5. Boohoo £35 / 6. Topshop £22
7. Paul & Joe £410 / 8. H&M £49.99 / 9. Madewell £120

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Monday, 11 December 2017

SS18 Trend Report - Paint Splashes

Expressive artistic flair is the order of the day for SS18, with yet more designers being inspired by the wonderful world of art. Having already explored the emerging trend for Mondrian inspired collections and spray paint prints, this latest trend looks at the work of Alexander Calder and Joan Miro whilst focusing on a colour palette of primary brights. Seemingly random splashes of paint adorn traditionally cut gowns, resulting in a modern twist on classic red carpet dressing. Key Designers - Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la renta
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

British Fashion Awards 2017 - Red Carpet

Last night the 2017 British Fashion Awards took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Here's a round-up of what the stars wore to attend this years event...
1. Alexa Chung wearing ALEXACHUNG
2. Selena Gomez wearing Coach
3. Kaia Gerber wearing Ralph & Russo
4. Adwoa Aboah wearing Halpern
5. Karlie Kloss wearing Vivienne Westwood
6. Irina Shayk wearing Versace
7. Zendaya wearing Vivetta
8. Rita Ora wearing Versace
9. Poppy Delevingne wearing Giambattista Valli
10. Stella Maxwell wearing Versace
11. FKA Twigs wearing Versace
12. Suki Waterhouse wearing Maison Margiela

Best Dressed
1. Adwoa Aboah wearing Halpern - Adwoa has the innate ability to totally rock any outfit she wears and compeltely make the look her own. This sequined Halpern mini dress is a real showstopper and Adwoa nailed the red carpet wearing it!
2. Karlie Kloss wearing Vivienne Westwood - Karlie wore this total look with grace and elegance. Perfectly fitting for such an event.
3. Irina Shayk wearing Versace - oozing in sex appeal but remaining elegant at the same time. The cut of the gown was stunning.

Who was your best dressed?

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Monday, 4 December 2017

On Trend Now - Bakerboy Hats

The baker boy hat is officially one of the biggest accessories trends of 2017, and whilst you might be tempted to reach for your traditional wooly hat this Fall you need to be reaching for baker boy cap. This humble hat, which has been popular since the 19th century, has been having a MAJOR revival over the past 12 months. Celebrities such as: Kaia Gerber, Romee Strijd, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid have been championing this look and styling the look for both day and night. Cropped jeans with a cool tee makes for the ultimate relaxed street style look, whereas switch for leather trousers for an elevated evening outfit. If you are wanting a failsafe hat, then opt for wool (Brixton have some great styles) or if you want something even more fashion forward go for leather or corduroy. Best of all, they perfectly disguise the dreaded 'bad hair day'. See below for style inspo and some vintage throwbacks...
Shop my edit of the best baker boy hats currently available online.
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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Outfit of The Month - December

You know me...I love a nod to rock 'n' roll with my outfits and this star print dress by one of my fave LA brands, Realisation Par,  is ticking all the right boxes. It is the perfect day to night dress and with the right styling can work for multiple occasions. I wanted to toughen up this dress by playing with different textures. I have teamed the dress with a velvet blazer from L'Agence. A classic black blazer is one of my wardrobe staples, but this velvet version ramps up the style stakes for the festive season.  Now lets talk footwear...I mean seriously, how cool are these sequin boots from Isabel Marant? The angular heel gives some serious extra sass to this outfit. Completing the look is a Prada 'Cahier' bag in black leather with silver hardware and a Missoma x Lucy Williams silver horn necklace.
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Monday, 27 November 2017

On Trend Now - Tartan

Tartan proves to be the protagonist fabric of choice for Fall 17, seen widely across the runway and spawning legions of fans on the street. The likes of Bella, Gigi, Jenna Coleman and Iris Law have all been snapped wearing multiple tartan outfits. Styling of such material comes in many different guises - there's the preppy homage to the 90's (think Cher Horowitz in Clueless), then there's the nod to punk with edgy tartan pants teamed with black mesh tops, then of course there is classic British heritage with an iconic Burberry printed trench. Talking of Burberry, the fashion brand has recently revived their check print in a big way by bringing back their old school check on caps and coats. Ok so the Burberry check never really left the fashion radar, but the full head-to-toe look is now more likely to be seen on Rihanna or Adwoa Aboah rather than Daniella Westbrook circa 2002 (*gasps in horror). Perhaps the fashion brand was picking up on the love of all things 90's in fashion at the moment and sought to once again make a bold sartorial statement with their iconic plaid. Aside from Burberry, other fashion houses who have embraced the tartan look for Fall include Tommy Hilfiger, Balenciaga and Victoria Beckham. And finally, we couldn't talk tartan without mentioning the queen or tartan herself, Dame Vivienne Westwood who has championed this look for decades.
Whilst at first glance, tartan can seem a daring look to opt for it need not be so scary. Of course if making a statement is your thing, then go all out with a full on tartan look - perhaps even a tartan suit from the likes of Victoria Beckham or Junya Watanabe. However, if you want something a little more wearable for everyday then a mini skirt can be a great option. If you want MAJOR nods to Scottish heritage then opt for a tartan mini skirt, Miu Miu have a great style this season, but if this is too much for your personal style then a classic A-line mini is your best bet. Colour can also be key to nailing this look in your preferred way. If you want the traditional look then for sure go for red/black tartan, but for something more modern go for white, teal or purple - you are still achieving the trend-driven look for Fall but the pieces will be more likely to stand the test of time in your wardrobe over the coming months and future seasons. Here is my pick of the best luxury and highstreet tartan pieces.
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Monday, 20 November 2017

American Music Awards 2017 - Red Carpet

Last night the 45th annual American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles, California. Who was your best dressed at this event?
1. Demi Lovato - Ester Abner Spring 18
2. Ciara - Alexandre Vauthier Fall 17 Couture
3. Selena Gomez - Coach
4. Hailee Steinfeld - Mugler Fall 17
5. Ashlee Simpson - Christian Siriano Fall 17
6. Pink - Monique Lhuillier Fall 16
7. Lea Michele - J.Mendel SS18
8. Jenna Dewan Tatum - Julien Macdonald
9. Laura Marano - Stella McCartney
10. Kat Graham - Roland van der Kemp

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Outfit of The Month - November

PVC trench coats are everywhere this season and this black one from Philosophy, complete with leopard print collar, is giving me all the right vibes for Autumn. A classic grey marl polo neck and straight leg jeans are a great way to keep your outfit simple yet remain on trend this season. Completing this look are some killer accessories. Team with a pair of white leather ankle boots, with tortoiseshell heel, for the ultimate understated 'look at me' fashion street style moment. An iconic Gucci tote bag ties in perfectly with the rest of the look and adds a pop of colour to the largely monochrome outfit. This full outfit is available to shop now on Net-a-Porter.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

SS18 Trend Report - Spray Paint

Once again the art world is proving to be a source of inspiration for SS18, with both Calvin Klein and MSGM showcasing 'spray paint' inspired graphics for their latest Spring/Summer offerings. Calvin Klein collaborated with the American artist Sterling Ruby, who created backdrops for the runway space and whose work inspired the prints seen on multiple garments. The print in question is one which would commonly be described a 'non-print' print - one which is hard to define. Yet despite the inconceivable nature of such a print, the array of colours used really brings the print to life. Whilst many prints can be so precisely executed, what really speaks to me about this particular print trend is the high level of expression - it is free from constraints and I love that.
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Saturday, 21 October 2017

On Trend Now - Sock Boots

Ok, so when I first saw sock boots on the runway I can't say that I was overly keen. If you've been following my blog for a while then you will know that ankle boots are my thing... I mean I may have mentioned it once or twice before, but this whole 'sock boot' thing just wasn't doing it for me. Seen on the runway at Vetements and Balenciaga, as well as others, these extremely pointed toe boots seemed a little too dramatic for my liking. But fast forward a few months and its fair to say i'm a convert... so what changed? I'm a mini skirt kinda gal, opting to style such mini's with a cool pair of flat ankle boot to tone down my look if you know what I mean. Something about these sock boots such screamed Pretty Woman vibes to me, and i can't say that has ever been a look i've wished to emulate! However, the more and more I kept seeing these boots (seriously there were EVERYWHERE) I began to warm to them. Seeing the likes of Kendall Jenner and Roberta Benteler teaming them them with jeans and a basic tee showed me that less really can be more - just let the statement boots do the talking! Surprisingly, a kitten heel pair can actually offer comfort - who would have thought? Whilst black may be the safest and most wearable colour, if you want serious sass then you have to opt for neon pink or lime green - it's what Demna Gvasalia would want! I'm currently digging teaming a pair with a Prince of Wales check skirt and black polo neck. So if you are looking to shop this major 2017 footwear trend then it is your lucky day as I have rounded up the best styles from both the highstreet and luxury markets...
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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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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?

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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

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

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Resort 18 Moodboard - Goddess

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