Baby it’s cold outside

With the freezing climates we have been experiencing as of late, and with winter poking its head just around the corner, our attention turns to wrapping up warm to beat the cold weather. A stand out coat is a must buy this season, with a variety of different trends hitting the catwalks, there’s no excuse to not wrap up in style. So, what are the main trends from the designers?

Shearling
Shearling, wool from a shearling sheep, has been all over the runways making a bigger and better appearance than ever before, with the likes of Chloe and Burberry taking on the trend. The shearling wool has been used as lining on aviator jackets, forming floppy, textured collars and sleeve turn-ups for a casual look. The trend has also trickled down from the catwalks and been spotted on Alexa Chung, who paired her aviator Acne jacket with jeans and winter essentials: hat, scarf and gloves.

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Burberry, Autumn/Winter 16

Military
Military jackets have been around for a while and, good news, they’re not going anywhere! With a bit of a makeover this season, designers including Gucci, Etro and Roberto Cavalli have vamped up the look using embroidery, fur and loud prints. Wear casually, or over a party dress.

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Roberto Cavalli, Autumn/Winter 16

Puffer
The puffer jacker; a blast from the past – but not for much longer. Padded coats and jackets are a big thing this season (in more ways than one). Hitting the catwalk at Balenciaga and Stella McCartney, the coats are carefully constructed, and well, very puffy. With so many stylish takes of the look already on the high streets it’s hard not to resist getting cosy in a puffer – so what are you waiting for?

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Balenciaga, Autumn/Winter 16

Kendall turns 21!

kj-bannerLast week Kendall Jenner turned 21, and she certainly celebrated in style in a jaw dropping outfit. Wearing a $9,000 Swarovski crystal dress, the star played homage to Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday ensemble. Antoine Salameh from LaBourjoisie, the designer of Kendall’s dress, drew inspiration from the Julien McDonald piece Hilton rocked back in 2002, replicating the slinky, barely-there cut; blingy fabric; and rock-chick choker. In an Instagram post, Kendall referenced the inspiration for her look, captioning “Paris Hilton vibes”.

Kendall paired the backless mini dress with Season 2 Yeezy clear sandals; a clear, block L’Afshar clutch; and minimalist makeup: understated, letting the dress speak for itself. Kendall looked smokin’ hot! And this is my fave Jenner party look so far – she is giving us all inspo just in time for the Christmas party season!

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KENZO x H&M

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Put the 3 November in your diary girls, and be ready for retail giant, H&M’s, next designer collaboration with French fashion house, Kenzo. H&M’s collaborations have become somewhat of a fashion tradition, whereby designer collections are brought to us at much more affordable prices, making luxury fashion accessible to us all. Previously H&M has teamed up with Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Balmain (to name a few) to create exclusive, one-off collections which have proved ever-popular to the point where H&M has certain restrictions on the number of garments one person can buy at a time and the time spent shopping in store (this year we are limited to just 10 minutes)! – But these rules are all in place so that everyone has a fair chance of owning a slice of the Kenzo pie

Kenzo is a Paris-based label with a celebrity fashion following including no other than Beyoncé, Rihanna and Alexa Chung: if it’s good enough for them, it is certainly good enough for us! H&M first leaked the collaboration back in May and has since been teasing us of what is in store. The full collection is now available with pricing (find here) so we can plan ahead and wisely make the most of our 10 minutes. The brand has created hype and publicised the collection through the means of celebrity, with model Iman fronting the campaign, along with Chloe Sevigny who also features. Jessica Alba has also been pictured in the collection, who has her hands on it way before the rest of us.

The collection comprises an array of animal print on bold colours, with a very exotic tone. Key pieces include a pink tiger print ra-ra skirt, a black sun dress with colourful tribal print and a red and green floral crop top: the collection is certainly aimed at those who are ready to make a fashion statement and stand out from the crowd. However, if you are looking for more wearable pieces, popular choices would be the iconic Tiger print jumpers and t-shirts that Kenzo is famous for – grab them at a fraction of the price!

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What do you think of the collaboration? Will you be at H&M’s doors on the 3rd?

All that glitters

With the party season upon us, our fashion thoughts turn to dresses, and the number one hit this season? Sequins. The look dominated the runways, with top designers Chanel, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana all taking on the trend. One thing’s for sure, we certainly have a sparkly forecast ahead of us.
Dolce & Gabbana took the trend head on with bolshie, in your face dresses piled high in sequins. Fairy-tale themed embroidery graced the dresses and added a playful element. Over at Valentino, delicate, embroidered evening gowns featuring jewels threaded onto nude transparent fabrics with long sleeves and high necklines glistened with elegance, and were the gleaming winner in my eyes.
If dressing head to toe in sequins daunts you, then there are subtle options which were also present at Valentino. One of my favourite dresses was created from a silky nude fabric and featured a floor-length skirt layered with rows and rows of fabric that were braced with a sequin edge, and a sheer upper covering the neck and arms, understated glamour at its finest.

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Give the trend a try and get ready for winter in style: throw your dancing shoes on and party the night away, shining light everywhere you go. But don’t just save this look for the dance floor, dress things down in a denim jacket or a bomber and your favourite flat shoes, a la Lily Aldridge, for a real off-duty model vibe.

What the Croc?!

Christopher Kane sent Croc's down the spring summer 17 catwalk at London Fashion Week

Fashion month is now over and the looks and trends for spring summer 2017 have been set as designers showcased their latest collections. Possibly one of the most controversial looks to come from fashion month was Crocs. Yes, Crocs. Those plastic, clunky clog-like shoes that belong to people who have given up on fashion. Until now possibly?

During London fashion week, Christopher Kane, a Scottish designer who is known for pushing boundaries with his designs, sent marble-printed Crocs with sparkling rocks attached to them (shoe charms, as they are called in Croc world, apparently) down the runway. He paired the shoes with light, sheer summer dresses and silky skirts which added an element of glamour. However, I’m afraid to say I’m still not sold, however many sparkly rocks are attached – they are still ugly.

Kane said he wanted to bring his own stamp and DNA to Crocs and achieve something really special. He acknowledges the shoe is perceived as ugly by many but thinks that worn with jeans or an evening dress they will add luxury to everyday style. You have to admire Kane for taking on the challenge, but I fail to see these on any girl’s spring summer 17 must have list.

The theme of Kane’s overall collection was make-do-and-mend from the wartime era, when women had to make do with the clothing they had and stay glamorous in creative ways. This explains why Kane has re-invented the Croc: an item seen as ugly and cheap is made into something high-end and luxurious.

What do you think? Will you be rocking Crocs on the beach next summer, or will you be staying well away?

Layer up, layer up

With the arrival of autumn, keeping warm over the coming months is a must. Layering up your fave wardrobe pieces will ensure you keep the chill away and stay trendy; so take your cosy turtleneck and trusty slip dress and stay ahead of the game this season.

Rochas, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton and Valentino all showcased layering at their autumn/winter 2016 runway shows, demonstrating just how versatile the slip dress can be. With floral printed slips worn over sparkly shirts, wrap arounds worn with nude polo necks and a clashing of prints, the look certainly encourages you to get experimental with your style. Layer over anything and everything – dig deep and find your old wardrobe mishaps and bring back to life with the slip dress!

Celebs have also been sporting the look, including the Kardashian clan. Kendall Jenner pulled off the ultimate in a nude silky slip layered over a basic tee, glammed up with a blingy choker and thigh high Balmain boots. Whereas Kim went for more downtown-chic with a maxi slip layered over a slouchy hoodie. There is a look for everyone.

Where to shop this trend I hear you ask? Well, I have complied my favourite layered pieces below.

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Depop: We’re Open

The ever-increasing trend of throw away and fast fashion has created a ‘buy, wear once then sell’ culture amongst, well, just about every girl. There has been a rise in digital platforms where you can sell your worn goods, with eBay and ASOS market place emerging over the years. This is where Depop comes in.

If you haven’t heard of it, Depop is a downloadable app that describes itself as ‘the little shop in your pocket’. Just like eBay, you can buy and sell to your hearts content, but that’s where the similarities end. For starters, you don’t bid for items; the seller sets the price which of course can be negotiated and most of the time you can come to some sort of agreement. Sellers will even agree to swap items, so no money is involved, although Depop doesn’t recommend this. The look and navigation of the app can only be compared to Instagram, with the presence of the ‘like’, hashtag and photo filter feature.

Sellers: You can sell a variety of items on the app, from clothes, to electricals, to festival tickets, although I only have experience in buying and selling clothes. All you need to do is take a few snaps of the item you intend to sell, Depop have some great tips on taking the best pictures. You can upload up to 4 photographs straight from your phone and include a short description detailing the product. I find it much less stressful and time-consuming then when I upload to eBay, but I think that’s because Depop has been designed with ease in mind. Payment can take place via PayPal, and once an item has been sold, Depop do take a small commission (slight downside).

Buyers: As mentioned above, you can always bag yourself a bargain with a little negotiation on price, so it’s always worth giving it a try. To find items to buy there is a search function on the app and you simply type what you are looking for. I wouldn’t recommend being too specific, e.g. ‘mini white day dress, size 8’ – be a bit more general in order to widen your search. You are also able to follow other users Depop pages, meaning items they post will appear on your news feed, again very similar to Instagram. It’s worth spending some time having a little browse around to follow some profiles that are selling items that really fit in with your style. Comments can be left on items you are interested in, or you can private message the seller. Once an item has been bought, both parties have the opportunity to rate one another to build reviews.

There is a social media element to the app, with the use of the ‘like’ button and the opportunity to share your posts on Facebook or Twitter. I think, due to this element Depop attract a younger audience then the likes of eBay. All round, I think Depop is a great app for buying and selling and if you don’t have it already, its worth giving it a go! Happy Depoping!

My Burberry: Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne

My ultimate girl crush and model of the moment, Cara Delevinge, has joined forces with fashion icon, Kate Moss, to appear at the forefront of Burberry’s campaign for its signature scent, My Burberry. The pair are undoubtedly the most unstoppable women in the world of fashion right now and it seems only fitting that Britain’s two hottest model’s are representing Burberry: a brand that prides itself on its British heritage. A genius move from the brand!

The setting is classic: shot with a black and white filter (by the one and only, Mario Testino) with Moss and Delevingne each wearing a Burberry trademark trench coat – what I would do to own one of those. The two seem really relaxed and at ease with one another and you get the impression they are already BFF’s. The pair are laughing and hugging, whilst spraying the fragrance at one another, bringing a playful element to the ad and needless to say, lots of sex appeal. Watch it below..

I first saw the advert on 4OD, and in true Burberry fashion it was personalised especially for me! My name appeared on the screen and my initials on the perfume bottle, its all getting very high tech now. Of course, personalisation and monnogram are a major trend in the luxury market as brands are beginning to deliver ‘the personal touch’ to build a loyal customer relationship and exceed expectations. Burberry are certainly leading the way, for example the personalised ponchos each model wore at its A/W14 show.

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What do you make of the advert?

September Inspo

I’m feeling majorly inspired by 1970s style right now – bohemian and hippie vibes are ruling my wardrobe. I can’t get enough of sheer fabrics, tassels and layered jewellry. Here’s what’s inspiring me this month..
Enjoy ❤

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