Bridging the gap between a transitional spring coat and wearing no coat at all, the sleeveless blazer is one of this seasons must have garments. Creating a tailored clean-lined silhouette, the sleeveless blazer is the ideal go to item to wear to pull your outfit together. Seen on the runway at countless SS15 shows including: Balmain, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Givenchy, this garment comes in varying lengths and different structured styles.
The sleeveless blazers in question are classic and smart, and will elevate your outfit to look new and fresh for Spring. A long length version works well worn with a skirt which falls just below the hem of the blazer or teamed with jeans and heels for a smart/casual feel. My preferred way to wear this trend is to pair it with a long sleeved polo neck. Less is more when it comes to colour and print, keep both to a minimal. See how celebrities such as Olivia Palermo and industry icons like Caroline Issa have styled this look.
I have put together my pick of the best long and short sleeveless blazers currently available. Which is your favourite?
This week actress Elizabeth Olsen covers Net-a-Porter online magazine The EDIT. The indie darling turned Hollywood blockbuster star, poses effortlessly in the Bohemian themed editorial shot in California. I love everything Emilio Pucci, Etro and Matthew Williamson, so how could I not love this editorial?, seen as Olsen wears all 3 of the aforementioned designers SS15 collections. Beautiful! All these collections are available now.
Emilio Pucci SS15
Matthew Williamson SS15 - Hibiscus Silk Chiffon Gown
Michelle Smith brought her A-game to her new collaboration with Kohls. If your closet is in need of a revamp for spring, then look no further than this collection. Available now and inspired by Capri, this collection is full of vibrant prints in fresh summery colour palettes. With everything from dresses to skirts, tops to shorts, you are sure to fall in this collection and find something perfect for your closet. The best part? It is super affordable with everything coming in at under $78. This collection is another reason why I adore Milly. Congratulations Michelle and Team Milly. Happy Shopping!
Take note from these stylish celebs for style inspiration. For me its all about the pencil skirt / striped graphic tee look.
These past 2 weeks it is likely that your Twitter and Instagram news feed has been full of Coachella pictures. The second weekend of the festival in Indio, California, has drawn to a close for another year. America's answer to Glastonbury, this festival always attracts a stylish crowd of fashion loving music fans. Known for it eclectic fashion style, everyone goes all out to impress and dress the part. This year, Kate Bosworth wore Etro, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore Chloe, Julianne Hough wore Zimmermann, Kendall Jenner wore Derek Lam and Saint Laurent and Gigi Hadid wore H&M.
There are a few key brands to know if you want to get the Coachella look. Alternatively, this style would be ideal for a summer vacation.
I was privileged to be invited to take part in the Drapers Next Generation Event 2015, which took place at 30 Euston Square on the 16th April. Drapers invited a cross-section of design professionals under the age of 30, specialising in different areas within the fashion industry, to take part in this event.
Over the course of the day I sat in on eight Q&A sessions with some of the industry's leading professionals including: Mark Sebba (former CEO at Net-a-Porter), Patrick Grant (Owner of Norton & Sons and E.Tautz), Neil Hendy (Creative Director at Coast), Mark Newton-Jones (CEO at Mothercare) and Rosanna Falconer (Communications Director at Matthew Williamson).
I cannot even begin to explain just how inspiring I found this event. Being able to hear so many industry front runners talk about their careers and offer advice was a really unique opportunity and I left feeling so motivated and with so much more clarity regarding my career options. This event was also the perfect opportunity to network and meet new people.
The day ended with a wonderful drinks reception with live music, followed by an after party at The Cuckoo Club. The perfect end to a great day.
Thank You to Drapers for organising this incredible event and thank you for inviting me....I've got 5 years left to be selected for the '30 Under 30' (which is now in my five-year plan)! Also, thank you to Matalan and Oasis for the great gift bag and to Searcys for the fabulous catering.
The Lilly Pulitzer X Target is finally here! Launching on Sunday 19th April, this 250 piece collection could not be more perfect for spring/summer. The Lilly Pulitzer brand was established in 1959 and is known for vibrant prints, which are all original artworks created in-house. All prints are created using watercolour, marker pen and
block printing, which makes the prints so energetic. The colour palette
is always bright. The Lilly Pulitzer brand is the epitome of a Resort lifestyle meaning this new collection for Target enables us all to be transported to Palm Beach in Florida. This collection is sure to sell out pretty fast, so if you like what you see don't waste any time in making a purchase. The collection includes: fashion, beauty and homeware. Price range $2 - $150.
Along side my design blog, I also have professional design accounts on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I love to use my social media accounts to promote things in the design industry that I love and are inspiring me. All posts are design related including: Fashion, Accessories, Interiors and Art.
I post daily on my Twitter account @Phillippa22 about all things design related. This might include: the latest fashion news, fashion week links, trend information, details of a new exhibition, a designer/high street collaboration, red carpet fashion, new brands that I love, details of sample sales, my favourite garments currently in the shops...and the occasional bit of music thrown in for good measure!
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I was recently introduced to an amazing contemporary menswear brand - Rachel James.
Obsessed with all things colour and print related, how could I not love this brand? I love to see menswear brands that play with striking print and bold colours, not afraid to make the wearer stand out in a crowd. Let me introduce you to the SS15 collection 'Granny Flower/Man Power'
All garments from this London-based brand are made in Great Britain. The collection is available now. Price range: £150 for a fitted tee - £6000 for a long leather biker jacket. This brand is set for big things so get investing now.
Continuing to reign supreme in the world of modelling, Kendall Jenner has landed the May cover of Harpers Bazaar US. The editorial shot by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Amanda Harlech, sees Jenner wearing SS15 Couture collections. All I have to say is...I love this editorial!
Last week I spotted the below picture of Beyonce wearing this killer outfit in New York. The dress is Marco de Vincenzo A/W15 and the coat is by Mira Mikati.
I loved how playful this coat was and began researching more about the brand. Mira Mikati is the co-owner of Beirut concept store 'Plum'. This fashionable boutique is a mecca for the stylish women of Lebanon. In 2012 Mikati launched her own eponymous label. For her A/W15 collection Mikati teamed up with artist Craig Redman who emblazoned the garments with his embroidered cartoon graphics and emojis. I love this super fun collection with pops of bright colour.
Price range $590 - $1860. Available to pre-order now from Moda Operandi.
I've been doing some serious label lusting over on Net-A-Porter and put together my ultimate Spring fashion wish list. 3 things in particular from my selection I have been coveting for ages now: the Chloe 'Drew' bag, The Row 'round-frame' sunglasses, and the Shrimps faux fur gilet.
I have also been meaning to buy a tailored vest and fell in love with this beautiful one from Elizabeth and James. I have an Elizabeth and James skirt which I purchased when I was living in New York and this vest would work well paired with it. I have also been seeing a lot of 'boyfriend' jeans lately, and whilst I usually stick to skinny jeans this J Crew pair I found look great. All of the products I have selected would work well worn together and can be styled in different ways. I could wear all these looks for both work and social occasions. It will come as no surprise that I have included products from some of my favourite labels: Matthew Williamson, Milly and Mulberry. Of course some of these products are way out of my price range but one can wish...