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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