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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