Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Alas, winter will be soon upon us and, as the Great British weather proves annually, wrapping up warm is the only way to survive when the cold weather sets in. That means scarves, gloves, hats and woollen accessory of every other manner.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
One of my favourite trends for Autumn/Winter 2011 is, without doubt, the sixties mod trend seen in abundance right now. It all started when Burberry, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Prada sent models down the catwalk at their AW/11 shows in buttoned swing coats, tight-fitting flares and caps.
|Louis Vuitton AW11|
Christopher Bailey christened his Burberry designs as the 'Shrimpton Collection' after the sixties model and we all bulk-bought thickening mascara and falsies in preparation.
Since then the look has filtered into the hight street and has really taken off. Is there any girl who actually hasn't tried a peter pan collar yet? I love the mod look because it is effortlessly cool and chic at the same time. The fact that is also from my favourite decade of fashion is also a huge bonus. It has also had a major presence in the fashion glossies lately.
|Harper's Bazaar October 2011|
My favourites include the beautifully shot sixties spread in Autumn's i-D with Abbey Lee Kershaw and an amazing shoot with Alexa Chung in October's Harper's Bazaar.
Model of the moment Edie Campbell has been pioneering the look for a while now and, fascinatingly, always looks like she has stepped off the set of Quadrophenia.
The best news is there are plenty of ways you can get the look on the High Street. One of the best investments you can make for Winter is the sixties swing coat.
This stunning burgundy zipped-back design from Urban Outfitters is perfect:
Won Hundred Graze Zip Back Coat, £290, available at Urban Outfitters.
They also do a fabulous tweed pinafore dress which is fabulous for the look:
Renewal Tweed Pinafore Dress, £48, available at Urban Outfitters.
Of course, adding sixties style accessories will give you an instant update. Leather gloves are a mod classic and these ones from Pure Luxuries are perfect:
Ashwood Ladies Wine Button Gloves, £30, available at Pure Luxuries.
Of course no true mod would be seen without lashings of obligatory mascara.This one from Illamasqua is my favourite at the moment:
New Masquara in Raven, £15, available at Pure Luxuries.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Dolce and Gabbana has always been synonymous with glitz, glamour and luxury. When I think of the label, I think of floor length sequinned numbers, glittery mini skirts and skyscraping heels. That is why I was more than a little surprised to see their grocery themed SS12 collection at Milan Fashion Week last week. The carnival-style show was soundtracked by Mambo Italiano and raised more than a few eyebrows in the crowd.
|Corgette print, Dolce and Gabbana SS12|
|Chilli print, Dolce and Gabbana SS12|
|Aubergine print, Dolce and Gabbana SS12|
Big, bold vegetable prints ran through the collection- think onions, tomatoes, chilli peppers and onions. Ingeniously, there was also the odd courgette popping up all over the place. In full Latino mood, designs included full skirted dresses, pencil skirts and off-the-shoulder peasant tops. It might all sound a bit bonkers for our British sensibilities but, as a collection, it looked modern, fresh and vibrant.
|Onion print, Dolce and Gabanna SS12|
|Tomato print, Dolce and Gabbana SS12|
I know what you are thinking. I might be fine for the jet-setting Milano señoritas to dress top-to-toe in a bright red tomato skirt suit but walk down the street like that in Rochdale and a trail of laughter will follow you round all day.
The key is to be inspired by Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana's carnival creations but not follow the look head-to-toe. The perfect way to do this is with accessories. If you find the whole vegetable look a bit scary, fruit print is the way to go.
These melon-print gladiator sandals from Suno are spot on:
Suno Melon Print Gladiator Sandals,
£425 £210, available at Browns.
Dolce and Gabbanas models might have had chillies and tomatoes dangling from their ears but these banana earrings from Asos do the trick just as well:
£6 £4.50, available at Asos.
Of course, if all this fruit and veg seems a bit wrong for the colder months, a quick injection of colour is nice nod to the trend without going overboard.
This zesty and cool watch from Italian brand O Clock is great:
Orange O Clock Watch, £34.95, available at Pure Luxuries.
As a big fan of American Apparels nail polishes, I also recommend this neon yellow shade for an unexpected and quirky addition to your look:
Neon Yellow Nail Polish, £9, available at American Apparel.
Friday, 23 September 2011
Every fashion week there is always one designer which stands out from the rest in my mind. This year there were so many candidates for this crown. Christopher Kane's sublime take on summer of love complete with sheer floral embellished dresses looked so current and so nostalgic at the same time.
|Christopher Kane SS12|
Vivienne Westwood didn't disappoint and her grandiose and anarchist collection of deconstructed pinstriped suits and draped dresses. The fact Viv's BFF Pamela Anderson made an appearance on the front row made the whole show even better.
|Pamela Anderson at Vivienne Westwood SS12|
However, the one that really stood out to me was Burberry. The whole of London was a-buzz with Christopher Bailey's new offerings and the fash-pash came out in droves to view his collection. Burberry muse and face of their Body fragrance, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley , looked fantastic in a bright orange trench coat and leather trousers. Not to mention Anna Wintor, Mario Testino, Kanye West, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexa Chung. Phew.
|Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with Christopher Bailey|
|Part of the front row at Burberry|
There were definitely Oriental and tribal touches to the collection with dresses embellished with brightly-coloured beading, crochet collars and bold prints. It was certainly one of the most colourful collections we have seen from Burberry in a while and I loved the freshness and vibrancy of it all. Of course, if there is one thing I will be channelling from the collection right now, it is the playful bobble hats that adorned the models heads. Cute and perfect for Winter.
If you are and impatient soul and want the SS12 Burberry look right now, there are plenty of ways you can go about it...
All the skirts were below the knee and around mid-calf length. Classy and refreshingly cool there are plenty of versions on the High Street.
This one from American Apparel is my favourite:
Chambray Mid-Length Skirt, £48, available at American Apparel.
The classic beige trench took on a distinctly more colourful twist. There was also plenty of detailing on the top, giving it a modern touch.
This one from the Outnet is a good alternative:
See by Chloe Embroidered Linen Coat,
£520 £260, available at the Outnet.
Now for the accessories. The all-important bobble hats shone in the collection and, best of all, this is the perfect look for Winter.
This one from Pure Luxuries will give you an instant update:
Seven Gauge Studios Chevron Bobble Hat, £25, available at Pure Luxuries.
The other important accessory seen on the runway was the humble waist belt. Given a new twist by being worn over chunky coats and dresses, it is a simple but highly affective way to get the Burberry look.
This All Saints number is perfect:
Cassandra Wide Waisted Belt,
£85 £42.50, available at All Saints.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Ever since Isabel Marant sent models down the runway clad in fringing, boyish patchwork denim shirts, shearling and feathers-a-plenty in her A/W 2011 show, I have totally loved the Navajo trend. An evolution from boho, which has been done to death in previous years, the look seems so much fresher, cooler and the Marant girls look so much cooler than Sienna Miller and co. ever did. Matthew Williamson also latched onto the look with an A/W collection filled with ponchos and Navajo prints.
|Matthew Williamson AW11|
|Isabel Marant AW11|
Since then a steady stream of finely-tuned style icons have been spotted working the trend. I loved Blake Lively's Cynthia Vincent draped Navajo sweater she was seen wearing out and about in New York and Vanessa Hudgen's head-to-toe vintage Navajo look for this year's Cochella festival.
Thankfully Navajo is everywhere right now and I am championing in well into early next year. Out of all the High Street stores, the best selection I have seen is definitely at Urban Outfitters.
This printed Navajo dress is an absolute steal with it's bold print and fashionable cut.
Sparkle & Fade Navajo Print Dress, £22, available at Urban Outfitters.
These fab printed leggings from UO instantly update your look in one fell swoop. Love, love, love!
Sparkle & Fade Winter Navajo Leggings, £26, available at Urban Outfitters.
Turquoise and teal are definitely the best colours to accessorize with. This Nica bag from Pure Luxuries is perfect.
Nica Teal Bag, £34, available at Pure Luxuries.
Add to this a tan quality leather belt and you will go from zero-to-Navajo in no time.
Cowboys light brown belt, £38, available at Pure Luxuries.