Monday, 16 April 2018

The 'UGLY' Trainer Trend

Each season, without fail, there is a questionable trend that emerges from the runway and you are left thinking 'surely no one will wear that'...this season the trend in question is the 'Ugly' trainer. It goes without saying that the trend for all things 90's revival is massive atm, and this shoe trend definitely stems from there. Despite being seen on the runway, this trend has really come into its own on the street. For sure becoming one of the most 'instagrammable' fashion looks of the past 6 months. The irony of course being that designers know that such sneakers are unashamedly ugly, but hey it's fashion and if it's what the consumer wants it's what the consumer will get! Kicking off the trend, Vetements collaborated with Reebok on the now infamous 'InstaPump' and Raf Simons ongoing collab with Adidas has also thrown some good options into the mix as well. Balenciaga then went and released the 'Triple S' trainer, and it's fair to say that there has been no going back since then. Off white coloured versions give me MAJOR throwbacks to my childhood, when trainers were practical and not a fashion statement. Some designers have gone one step further and developed styles with several colour-clashing combo's, adding to the 'look at me' fashion moment which such trainers will create. I'm yet to find a styling option for this trend which would work for my personal style, thinking instead that this trend is more suited to those who like to dress rather OTT in oversized silhouettes with a sporty edge. I also think that luxury brands have nailed this trend better than the highstreet, so if you dare to invest big on this trend check out my edit below...
Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest - phillippadesign

Monday, 9 April 2018

A/W 18 Trend Report - Red/Pink Combo

The number one emerging colour trend of the season is the combo of red and pink. This colour combination was seen on the S/S18 catwalk, but has become trans-seasonal and subsequently dominated the A/W 18 catwalks. It's a very feminine colour combination, but as both colours sit near to each other on the colour spectrum the contrast is not too harsh on the eye. These two colours, for many women, also represent strength - something which is at the forefront of people's minds now more than ever. This is quite a full on colour trend, and see's the wearer adopt a full head to toe look. The 2 colours in question are also very bold... no pastel pinks to be seen here. The key to nailing this trend lies in a couple of styling options. 
Option 1: block-coloured separates. Team a red polo neck with a pink skirt, or try a loose fitting pink dress with candy apple red coloured jacket. This will give your outfit the full catwalk treatment.
Option 2: Two in one garments. This option is the safest way to wear this trend, if you are unsure if head to toe colour is your thing or not. A red and pink striped tee would be perfect for tapping into this trend and you can style it with jeans, for example, for a subtle trend driven look. 
As always with trends, you can choose to adapt them to suit your own personal style, so if accessories are your 'thing' then a pink bag and red shoes would be great. One of the best things about colour trends, is that the chances are you will already have several pieces in your wardrobe that are the colour, or colours, of the season - so if that's the case you could start wearing this trend right now and get ahead of the game!
Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest - phillippadesign

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Outfit Of The Month - April

Spring is finally here! After weeks of cold/snowy weather, how nice is it to finally have some warmer weather and a relaxing Easter break? Time to start dressing for Spring and bring out the floral prints. Ok so i'm not a massive fan of wearing print, however a ditsy floral is perfect for this transitional period. Me being me, of course i've opted for a printed dress on a dark ground - I mean i'm not ready for full on colour just yet. This pretty dress is from Karen Millen and the pops of blue and buttercup yellow are perfect for Spring. It is also a great piece to style for both day and night. You probably know by now that I love a good leather jacket and a white option is ideal for Spring. Tying in the monochromatic theme, I have styled the look with a 2-tone J.W.Anderson bag and vintage inspired pointed toe Tabitha Simmons boots.
Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest  - phillippadesign

Monday, 2 April 2018

A/W 18 Trend Report - Rainbow Animal

This print trend first made an appearance during New York fashion week, when Tom Ford delivered a show-stopping collection of unashamedly bold leopard print outfits in an array of neon brights. Ford's memo was head-to-toe print, making his A/W 18 offering the go to collection of choice for girls who aren't afraid to make a statement and turn heads with their sartorial choices. Streetwear favourite, R13, also showcased similar leopard print suits and accessories. Elsewhere in NYC, Victoria Beckham's take on the trend was a little more understated. Make no mistake though, an orange leopard print trench coat is still pretty fearless. Over at Zadig et Voltaire, zebra print reigned supreme and was seen on ultra cool 80's inspired mini dresses and killer pointed toe boots. For a slightly different take on the trend, Marni and MSGM both opted for large scale cat illustrations. Such prints had a naive quality to them, and offer a more fun approach to this season's main print trend. Note: stick to block colours.
Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest - phillippadesign

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Music Playlist 2018

Panopticon by Cloud Control
Flow by Crooked Colours
Dreams Tonight by Alvvays
Lay Down by Touch Sensitive
Bodies by Wafia
Hideout by S. Carey
Pieces by Andrew Belle
Tears by Mr Jukes ft Alexandria
Memorized by Mat Kearney, RAC
John My Beloved by Sufjan Stevens
Turbine Blue by Seekae
Hero by George Maple
Burns by George FitzGerald
Pacer by Jesper Ryom
Glue by Bicep
Silence for You by Mononoke
De Ja by Lil Silva
Creul by The Preatures (Client Liaison remix)
Foreign Hands by George Ogilvie
Diamonds by The Boxer Rebellion
Two Thousand and Seventeen by Four Tet
Cheetah Tongue by The Wombats
Alfie's Song by Bleachers
Obvs by Jamie xx
Walls To Build by Kllo (Mall Grab remix)
Honest Man by Daniel Pearson
Siv (You and I) by ViVii
One More Time by Jelani Blackman
Play Out by Zola Blood
Blue Light by Kelela
No Love by Lyves
Pain by The War On Drugs
Underwaterfall by Bearcubs
Sink by Noah Kahan
Soul Structure by Maribou State
Water Flow by Klyne
Hopes Up by Drama Duo
Love Is A Basic Need by Embrace
Opal by Bicep (Four Tet remix)
Exactly How You Are by Ball Park Music
Papua New Guinea by The Future Sound of London
Delicate by Taylor Swift
Something's Gotta Give by Camila Cabello

Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest - phillippadesign

Monday, 26 March 2018

Get The Look - HAIM

Ok so we need to talk about my current obsession...Haim. Yep that's right, I'm unashamedly a massive fan of the LA pop/rock band - both their music and their style. Aside from their two albums constantly playing on repeat, i'm also a huge fan of their personal style. I mean, do you ever just look at people who can effortlessly pull off an incredible look and you wish you could do the same? Well that is how I feel about Haim! All three sisters have their own unique personal style, but cohesively all three distinct looks work together. I thought I would break down their style and show you how you can 'Get The Haim Look'...
Danielle's style epitomises that laid back rock'n'roll lifestyle. Black skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple, and vinyl trousers are worn to elevate an outfit. Separates are kept fairly simple, with a classic tailored shirt being a must. No rock'n'roll outfit would be complete without a great leather jacket and Danielle likes to switch between black and metallic options. Skinny scarves have been championed for years by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger, with Danielle also being a huge fan. Completing the look is a leather cowboy buckle belt, slim cateye sunnies and suede chelsea boots.

Este's style is all about those mod 60's vibes. This means 2 things: a high-waisted mini skirt and a polo neck knit. For the mini skirt vinyl is a great option, but classic checks work well at also incorporating some 70's influences. Such a look need not be over-complicated. Keep colours to a minimum, maybe injecting a stripe for a pop of colour or a coloured blazer for a Spring appropriate outfit. The mod vibes are further added with white accessories...Twiggy eat your heart out. They also add an element of 'quirk' to the look. These Haim girls do love their sunnies, and plastic rectangular styles are perfect!

As the youngest member of the band, Alana's look is very 90's vintage inspired. Rarely seen without a vintage slogan tee, these t-shirts can be oversized or slimline. If you can't easily get your hands on an authentic vintage tee, do not worry as many high-street retailers have great versions which pay homage to classic vintage styles. Alana also loves a mid-rise pair of mom jeans in light washed denim. Bootcut styles will allow a classic ankle boot to be on show. An oversized bomber jacket is a great alternative to a leather biker, and styles that have embroidered patches add to the vintage look. A practical cross-body bag and classic Ray-Ban rounds complete the look.

I hope if you, like me, adore the Haim girls then this edit has helped to brake down their style DNA for you. 
Which of the three Haim sisters style are you coveting the most? 

Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest - phillippadesign

Monday, 19 March 2018

Trend Report - Total Transparency

Sheer fabrics are having somewhat of a resurgence this season, with many luxury brands showcasing total head-to-toe looks during their S/S 18 and A/W 18 presentations constructed from transparent materials. Over the past few seasons the 'underwear as outerwear' trend has been huge, with designers such as Christian Dior really championing this look. It seems that this season the desired look has moved on and is now being embraced in a more mainstream way. Previously it was typically eveningwear for which sheer fabrics were deemed acceptable, but now the trend is crossing over into daywear as well. On the S/S 18 catwalk vinyl was a popular choice, especially for outerwear, as it is hard wearing and waterproof - making for the ultimate fashion rain mac. Diaphanous dresses and blouses, as seen at Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani, were layered over t-shirts and vest tops meaning this trend need not be all about 'freeing the nipple'. Such garments are simply just layering pieces which can be worn over many existing items you already own, making them a great way to update your wardrobe for the coming season. Whilst these transparent pieces come in a variety of silhouettes, making them in theory easy to wear, I can of course still see why this trend would be deemed to be 'daring' and 'fashion forward'. Would you be brave enough to rock up to work wearing this trend? Key Designers: Burberry, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead, Joseph and Philipp Plein.
If you are looking to shop this trend, the easiest way is to wear the look is with a classic transparent rain mac. Many retailers have super afforadble styles, but if you are looking for something a little more adventurous then designer is the way to go. Luxury brands have really experimented with this trend, see my edit below for inspiration...
1. Trench Coat - Burberry £1495
2. Coat - Paskal £760
3. Coat - Zara £29.99
4. Shoes - Off-White £850
5. Bag - Urban Outfitters £20
6. Mules - Givenchy £650
7. Trousers - Givenchy £1160
8. Top - Versace £400
9. Coat - Boohoo £18
Phillippa x

Twitter - @Phillippa22
Instagram - phillippa22
Pinterest - phillippadesign