Friday, 15 November 2013

If you like it...Buy it twice?

On a trip to Camden recently, I stumbled across one of the Lily J London stores. The store itself is beautifully decorated with meticulous attention to detail, and the staff were very attentive. Whilst my mum was trying on clothes I noticed this 60's inspired blue embroidered shift dress, very similar to a Valentino number seen on the AW13 catwalks. Yves Klein Blue (cobalt) is one of my favourite colours this season (expect a blog post imminently), so I couldn't help but be drawn to this piece.

Valentino AW13
              (Please excuse the poor image quality, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to do this at night...)

The plain turned-up sleeves mixed with the gorgeous detail of the dress contrast perfectly, the only thing that could have been added would be a plain collar, be it peter pan or not, however this dress works a dream as it is. As if I wasn't sold already, one of the shop assistants then brought the same dress over in a canary yellow colour, which I also fell in love with...

Priced at only £35 each, I thought they were a bargain and since I couldn't choose which one I preferred, I had to have both. Thank you student loan!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

My Style Icon

Brigitte Bardot -
French-born Brigitte Bardot is best known for her career as an actress, model & singer. She was born and raised in Paris, and became one of the most prominent sex symbols of the 50's & 60's.

Bardot has been hugely influential in the fashion industry. Not only did she introduce the bikini in St. Tropez, France, in the 50's (where it was still considered too risqué in the US), the open-shouldered Bardot neckline was coined after her, and she brought the "choucroute" hairstyle (similar to a beehive) back into fashion. Furthermore, she was famous for her love of short shorts & gingham print, so much so, that her wedding dress, (designed by Jacques Esterel) was cut from pink gingham print fabric.

Brigitte Bardot made cat-eye eyeliner relevant and that paired with a nude/pink lip is still a much-copied make-up look today; there are thousands of Brigitte Bardot make-up tutorials on the internet.


 Hair: The choucroute

 Make-up: Statement liner & nude lips

I do not own these images.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

AW 2013 Trend Reminder

So with New York Fashion Week in full swing for Spring/Summer 2014, I thought I'd pick a few of my favourite trends for the up-coming Autumn season.

Punk Rebellion
This season is all about drama; and it starts here. Some have labelled this trend "Anarchic" and it has been everywhere from Donatella Versace's "Vunk" collection, which embodies the modern punk, to Saint-Laurent's "Californian Grunge" by Hedi Slimane. Rebellious is in. From vibrant yellows and red, to tartan, chains, studded leather and spikes, here are a few of my favourite looks...

Coats - Oversized & Pastels 
There were two trends that stood out in terms of coats for the AW 2013 season. The first of these is oversizing; the bigger the better. This look is all about textures and creating long, elegant silhouettes. Mixing textures has been a popular feature of this season's look, with mohair tipped to be the hottest texture around. This Stella McCartney "Edith" double breasted wool coat is one of my favourites. 

The other big trend for this season's outerwear came in the form of pastel-coloured coats. It has been seen on the catwalks for Céline, Victoria Beckham, Carven, Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Mugler, Mulberry, and many more...What's certain is that these illuminating colours are sure to be a pick-me-up for when the weather turns. 

Menswear - Prints & Shapes
This trend has arrived in many forms - from menswear fabrics like houndstooth, pinstripes & herringbone, seen on catwalks for Lanvin, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Sacai, and Dolce & Gabbana, to the slouchy trousers, boxy & oversized tailoring as seen on the catwalks foChloé, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Chanel, & Trussardi.