Wednesday, 28 September 2011

•Usually a wishlist contains a few items which can only be described as dreamy, however this week, I'm more than excited to say that everything on the list is going to be in my possession by the time that payday comes around as thankfully they're all so accessible and well priced! I have fallen in love with the River Island dress and it just so happens that the other pieces that have caught my eye this week work perfectly as an outfit, especially if you're going straight from propping up your desk in the office to propping up the bar...xo

Animal Print Slippers - @ River Island £30
Polka Dot Dress @ River Island £45
Initial Watch @ Urban Outfitters £28
Horse Detail Cross Body Bag @ ASOS £20

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

•I'm always really excited when I discover a new brand for the first time which isn't just the norm, so I was really pleased to stumble across http://www.yayer.co.uk/ recently- a unique kinda place for cutting edge fashion with a mixed bag of 'on-trend modern styles and covetable vintage pieces'. I'm currently getting click happy on the website and if my virtual basket was real it'd be spilling right over as you can imagine...

My favourite looks from the online store include the check dress with cute denim collar and cuff detailing, the zip up front 'Stalker Daze' dress with minimalist shapes in mute tones and the stunning red star galaxy maxi dress by Lalalove London. There's a genuine one off feel to a lot of the clothes that yayer either design or stock which I find both rare and special, considering that the high street is in competition to produce variations of the same items... Have a sneak peak at yayer here and make space for some original quirk in your wardrobes now!xo


Denim Checkers Dress £34


Stalker Daze Dress £30

Red Star Galaxy Maxi Dress £70

Monday, 26 September 2011

•Ignoring all talks of a late Indian summer heat wave and presenting you with my favourite selection of coats this season so far will probably give you an idea of how stubborn I can be! I had this post planned for some time and so, it could be 30+ degrees tomorrow and I'd still be determined to slip on a nice warm coat and sweat it out, just to prove my point!

There are a range of gorgeous pieces out at the moment, with varying price tags, but I'm kinda disappointed in the high street so far.. Given that it's only September I can be forgiving however if I'm going to HAVE to spend spend spend on a nice investment piece for the winter then it's going to have to be the Burberry Prorsum Military coat (in my dreams)... Hopefully the below will give you some inspiration on what more to expect from coats this season and there will be plenty more to hit the high street!xoxo



Heavyweight Military Coat - Burberry Prorsum @ net-a-porter.com
Faux Fur Boyfriend Coat @ Topshop
Dalmatian Trench Coat - Unique @ Topshop
Belted Double Faced Wool Coat - Vanessa Bruno Athe @ net-a-porter
Raspberry Double Breasted Wool Coat - DKNY @ net-a-porter.com
Mustard Velvet Tie Double Breasted Coat @ Topshop
 

Friday, 23 September 2011

•So LFW is over for another season and SS12 was impressive to say the least, here are my final favourite looks from the shows, to say that I have huge wardrobe envy of any celeb that has already put their name down for the Burberry Prorsum coat is an understatement (plus the knitted bobble hats were so cute!).

Prints were really popular in the final shows this year, my favourite being Erdem for his classically floral and romantic pieces in gorgeous floaty chiffons and silks. Peter Pilotto's show also packed a punch with a stunning twist on snakey prints and I loved the tribal efforts of David Koma, who proved that the clashing mesmeric patterns he's so well known for were not going to fade away any time soon!

Peter Pilotto SS12, Meadham Kirchhoff SS12, Christopher Kane SS12, Erdem SS12

Burberry Prorsum SS12, Temperley London SS12, David Koma SS12, Mark Fast SS12



Monday, 19 September 2011

•The third day of London Fashion Week is over and as the fash packs empty out of our most glamorous bars and clubs tonight, I'd bet anything on the fact that there is more than a model, designer and stylist or 2 that's thinking exactly what I am - London has overshadowed New York FW again, and will no doubt overshadow Milan FW when it begins on September 21st too. The only obvious difference is that I'm sat in bed in thermal pyjamas (it is so fricking cold!!!) and I haven't been out toasting to catwalk success or air kissing strangers with hope of a good word in tomorrow's blogs and articles.

I have however, had the pleasure of style hunting in some amazing places; from the most cramped charity shops in Paris, to the department stores in New York and the quaint boutiques in Venice. Still, I can't help but feel that London, with it's impressive high street, flee markets, vintage fairs and designer fashion houses dominates every other city in the fashion stakes without even trying. If you needed more proof than the effortlessly well dressed girls that walk our streets daily, then check out the below! The very designers that inspire and encourage them to experiment whilst feeding their imagination with all sorts of fashion possibilities have laid on an amazing spread once more for SS12!

Choosing an ultimate winner from my 8 favourite designers to have showcased so far is a toughie but I have no qualms in pointing out Mulberry as my number one look (closely followed by House of Holland). The quintessentially English label have played well on the fact that our summers are often wet thus the anoraks and ribbed leggings in lovely buttermilk, lemon and caramel tones - practically good enough to eat.
House of Holland have also had fun with a palette of varying colours which I love, my favourite being the cotton candy chiffon blouse and the 2 tone sorbet shirt dress which I'd love to get my hands on!
With shows from the likes of Pringle of Scotland, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum and Temperley London plus sooo many more still to come, I'm convinced that if there was a prize for the best fashion city in the whole wide world (ever, full stop, the end) it would have London's name all over it! x



Left to right: Ann-Sofie Back SS12, Ashish SS12, DAKS SS12, Mulbery SS12
 


Left to right: Emilio de la Morena SS12, Jean-Pierre Braganza SS12, Sass & Bide SS12, House of Holland SS12
 
All images from the official London Fashion Week Facebook page.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

•Hi everyone! Apologies firstly for my silence over the past week or so, I had a few technical issues which are hopefully now resolved meaning I'm back up and running! I'm really sad to have missed out on a Wishlist Wednesday, so as well as posting on my fave shows so far from London FW tonight, I've also lovelisted a few items for you on the Wishlist below and so we can call it a Wishlist Sunday for one week only (doesn't quite have the same ring to does it?!).

I figure that I must be starting to feel autumnal as all my chosen pieces are very warm in tone (a lot like the shades of the leaves that fall from oak trees this time of year) and they also hint at the upcoming season's trends (think murky woodland shades and matte neutrals). My favourite on the Wishlist this week is the 3.1 Phillip Lim wool blend shorts, an slight expense at £365 however if I know Phillip at all, I'm confident that these shorts will have been hand stitched, faultlessly pleated, lined in silk and tailored to perfection! x


Burgundy Chiffon Shirt @ Topshop £36
High Waisted 3.1 Phillip Lim Shorts @ Brown's Fashion £365
Leather Clutch @ ASOS £45
Giuseppe Zanotti Shoe Boots @ Far Fetch £474
YSL Cluster Ring @ Yves Saint Laurent £140


Monday, 12 September 2011

•There'll be a constant clicking of heels along the streets of New York over the next few days as the most influential faces in fashion head towards the SS12 NYC Fashion Week catwalks. From Victoria Beckham to Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs to Proenza Schouler, Rodarte to Diane von Furstenberg, there has been a huge buzz over which collections will have the most impressive A listers in their front rows and who will showcase the winning pieces that make the must have waiting lists.

My favourite show so far has come from Alexander Wang. It seems that Wang's inspiration for the line came from luxe sports wear and mannish shapes, tribal prints in oversized cuts and bodycon knits that were hot enough to give Mark Fast (also showing at NYC this week) a run for his money. I can't really miss out on the fact that Alex Wang knows how to produce a damn good accessory so it was no surprise to see model's swinging floral helmets as they came down the catwalk, decorated in 90's inspired pointed-toe heels and slouchy cross body bags. Overall, I loved the layered mesh, the bright white rompers and the classic Wang cargo dresses. My favourite piece from the whole collection was the black cigarette pants with gold stud hand print detailing, a statement piece for sure.

I've put a lookbook together below of my 6 favourite Wang looks (images from http://www.fashionista.com/), and then selected a few miscellaneous pieces from the other shows so far this week which I've fallen for. I can't wait to see what the concrete jungle has in store for the rest of the week, and I'm especially excited to see what London has to say for itself very soon!xoxo

SS12 Alexander Wang

SS12 Alexander Wang
Below: From left to right, Victoria Beckham SS12, Peter Som SS12, Jason Wu SS12, DVF SS12

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

•Over the last few days I've felt like I've been involved in some kind of time warp, where a chunk of the year has gone missing, and we've gone straight from a luke warm summer in to a dank winter, missing out the browning autumn leaves in the process.
I've always favoured this time of year; beginning to slowly wrap up warm in bobble hats and mittens, shopping for knits whilst buying tights in bulk and having to find no excuse for wearing layers upon layers other than just because it's that little bit colder each day.

Whenever September comes around I prioritise boots and coats at the top of my shopping list and as perfect as it is to have a variety, I really do believe a versatile style of each can lend its hand to working with most outfits. I'm planning a post about coats over the next few days, but had to introduce you all to my new best friends, the Anat Chelsea boots from All Saints which are number one on my Wishlist Wednesday this week. I'm already having visions of us, in everything from leather leggings and big woolly jumpers to shirt dresses and blazers, happily keeping each other company through out the winter months ;) x


Stripe blouse by Equipment @ net-a-porter £210
Leather skirt @ Topshop £50
Chelsea boots @ All Saints £195
Envelope clutch by Trouve @ Nordstrom £84
Doorknocker earrings @ ASOS £15



Tuesday, 6 September 2011

• I heart the Venice Film Festival! Not only do the most stunning of celebs come together to showcase some of the most enviable outfits (whilst promoting films yada yada yada), it also happens to take place very close to the fashion weeks, giving us an exciting, sneaky glimpse in to which designers will be flavour of the season this time around...

The 68th annual Festival took place this week and the red carpet was a riot of colours, prints and textures, each dress more beautiful than the next. I can't help but wish I was amongst the glamour in Venezia myself! My favourite looks from the event so far, in no particular order are:


Abbie Cornish in Stella McCartney - Love the dainty dress, if only Abbie had chosen a killer pair of heels she would've scored a 10/10. This outfit just lacks that tiny bit of colour!

Natasha Polly in Gucci - I can't take my eyes off of this fuchsia pink number, a great statement dress and minimal accessories, practically all you need for a red carpet event!
 
Kiera Knightley in Mary Katrantzou - I want everything from the psychedelic print dress, to the nude heels and the sleek bob, this is Kiera pushing boundaries, doesn't she do it well?!
 
Kate Winslet in Stella McCartney - Showing off her curves in a bodycon piece, Kate looks confident in her own skin and does this dress a lot more justice than the typical catwalk model!

All images are courtesy of http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/ 

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