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London Fashion Week…Part 2

25 Feb

Obviously I wasn’t going to leave my recent post about LFW on it’s own. So, here’s my second installment of the shows I particularly liked.

Bora Aksu

Turkish-born Bora Aksu went for old movie posters and book covers of Jekyll and Hyde and Sweeny Todd for inspiration. He combined traditional men’s tailoring with a hint of his creative style with different textures, fabrics and embellishment. I love the dark grays and blacks he used which he brightened up with an occasional splash of green.

Sitting in the front row was Twiggy, Marina Diamandis from Marina and the Diamonds, Nicola from Girls Aloud and Paul Weller’s son.

 

Julien Macdonald

A glamorous, gothic, rock and roll inspired collection walked the runway as courteous of the welsh designer, Julien Macdonald. There was dark, moody make up, a backdrop of a former church in Mayfair and heavy metal music to entertain his guests. He also provided them with chocolates and cocktails as they sat back to enjoy the show.

He was always bound to add a touch of elegance and he did just that. With silk, embroidered mini dresses, silk shorts with knits, bomber jackets with the odd touch of fur, but the most eye catching was his gorgeous floor length gowns. They added a vintage feel to the collection made from silk with lace and pleated chiffon panels. Most of them were black but the odd few were dusty pink and lilac which were beautiful.

 

The LOOK Show

Obviously LFW is full of elaborate, expensive designs from the top designers, so it’s always good when you get a bit of high street fashion. The Look Show celebrated its third season at London Fashion Week this year, bringing S/S 11 high street style to the runway.

The hottest celebs sat in the front row…..Olivia Palermo, Jaime Winston, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Marina Diamandis to name a few, watching Petra Nemcova up the runway.

Here’s some of the celebs I thought looked great…

Keisha Buchanan (ex Sugarbabe) looked gorgeous in this chiffon coral shirt along with coral flower print shorts and coral heels. I’m loving this summer pastel colour at the moment!

Olivia Palermo stood out in this mustard silk dress with leopard print shoes.

Sophie Ellis Bexter wearing a gorgeous pattered dress with a cream cardigan, looking casual but in season.

Marina Diamandis in an outfit I wouldn’t wear myself, but she pulled it off. It was an oversized knit with little mice attached to the shoulders. Wacky. She also had a hot pink dress underneath.

And finally, my favourite outfit so far worn by TV presenter, Caroline Flack. A navy blue dress with cream embroidery around the rim and sleeves with some black suede heels.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the best looks from the best highstreet stores… (Hover over the image to see which store the outfit is from)

London Fashion Week…Part 1

22 Feb

It’s a key event in every fashionistas calender, so I was bound to blog about it. It’s just a big shame I couldn’t go to it, but there’s always the next one, and the one after that.

I have been catching up with all the catwalk videos on-line to get my fashion week fix, so here’s my little summary and thoughts about the event…

To officially open the event for Autumn/Winter 2011, Sam Cam, the PM’s wife and ambassador for the British Fashion Council was all dressed in black (at least it was all British). Wearing a Mulberry dress, a jacket by Sykes and some heels by LK Bennett, she declared London Fashion Week open at Somerset House. I personally think she looks like she’s going to a funeral myself and she could have added a slight hint of colour to her outfit. Don’t get me wrong I like Sam Cam but as far as this outfit goes, she could have made herself a bit brighter.

But she did do a great speech, making everybody proud to be British….

“I’m passionate about fashion, I love it, but it’s not just about how it makes people feel about themselves, it’s because of what it can do for our country.”

“We’ve got the talent and the expertise to take UK fashion even further.”

And of course LFW attracted the celebs too…

The T4 presenter, Jameela Jamil looked pretty in pink at the Betty Jackson show.

The Brit award winner, Jessie J was in the front row at Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Get a Life’ palladium.

Of course Alexa Chung had to be there, nominated British style icon…she was at the Love, Liberty & Alexander Wang party and Christopher Kane. (I love the gorgeous dress she’s wearing)

 

A show I particularly loved was Topshop Unique. Sat in the front row were the likes of Alexa Chung, Nick Grimshaw, Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud, Pixie Geldoff and Anna Wintour.

A 101 Dalmatian theme took to the catwalk. Fur, bags, shoes and dresses…monochrome and dalmatian print adorned everything. The models even had tiny black noses and their hair tied up each side like dog ears. I loved it.

Here’s some pics from the Cruella De Vil themed show…

Another show I particularly liked was Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ themed show. She is the Queen of the weird, wacky and wonderful….and that’s exactly what she gave us.

From messed up, over the top make up to perfectly done faces she wowed everyone with her eccentricity. There were over sized crown shaped hats, lots of stripes, lots of colour, animal print, tartan…the list goes on. When she does something, she most definitely does it well.

 

She is totally Gaga…

16 Feb

The Grammys 2011 brought together another set of the world’s talented music stars for the 53rd time on Sunday night and guess who arrived in style… Lady Gaga…..in an egg.

Yup, that’s right, the 24 year-old singer was carried on the red carpet by four men as she ‘incubated’ herself in a gigantic egg.

Whatever possessed her to do this, I’ll never know, but she definitely got  the attention she wanted.

She later went on to perform her new single ‘Born this Way’ (which I love) and hatched out of the egg. She apparently spent three hours in it ‘getting into character’ for her performance. Luckily it was fitted with an oxygen tank and a fan! Oh, and she had her Blackberry to keep her occupied.

“It was time for me to really prepare and think about the meaning of the song and get prepared for the performance. I really wanted to be born on stage,” she added. “The creative vessel was helpful for me to stay focused. We had it backstage so that I was able to really stay in this sort of creative, embryonic incubation.”

She will never fail to amaze me….I thought the meat dress was enough when she turned up to last years MTV awards, but nope she’s done it again and she will continue to do so. Can’t wait to see what she comes out in next.

You just gotta love the Brits…

16 Feb

As most of you will know, Tuesday 15th February held an event all of us Brits are proud of…..The Brit Awards. The event attracts big stars, big performances and some big style and it’s a definite ‘must’ watch for me. James Corden did a great job of presenting the show too. He is such a love-able character he was bound to do us all proud. The performances of the night for me were by my two girl crushes….Adele and Rihanna.

Adele looked gorgeous in this black dress and VERY expensive earrings. Her make up and hair were done beautifully, as usual along with her absolutely beautiful performance of ‘Someone Like You’ which she sang along with a piano. Brought a tear to my eye.

 

Rihanna arrived on the red carpet in a colourful Christian Dior Couture prom dress worth £10, 000. She looked glamorous as ever in this dress, but this one wasn’t enough for her. She changed 3 more times that night.

She wowed everybody with her performance medley of ‘Any Girl in the World’, ‘What’s my name’ and ‘S & M’. I think many girls admitted her as being their girl crush last night, including Cheryl Cole. Well, we’re only human.

Speaking of the ‘nation’s sweetheart’, our Cheryl looked radiant and sparkling in a backless Stella McCartney dress with a McQueen clutch.

Another one of my fave celebs is Fearne Cotton and she impressed me at the Brits (more so than she did at the NMA’s) in an almost see-through studded Alice Temperley dress. Loving her hot red buckled heels too.

I absolutely love Ellie Goulding and am loving her hair with a pink tint to it. She looked lovely in the Vivienne Westwood frock and the sparkling shoes. I was gutted she didn’t win any awards, especially as I voted for her to win Best Breakthrough act. But ah well, I was happy Tinie won it.

Tinie was the best dressed male for me last night. He looked cute in his little white jacket suit with a bow tie and his geek chic glasses. He did amazing last night winning Best single and Best Breakthrough act. Gutted they didn’t show his performance of Wonderman with Ellie Goulding though. Although,you can see it on-line so click here if you want to see it.

One outfit I wasn’t overly impressed with was Eliza Doo-little’s. She is a quirky girl, so you kind of expect a quirky dress sense, but I really don’t like the feathers attached to the back of her dress or the blue wedges.

Trend No. 4 for S/S 11

11 Feb

The 70s style is back and I’m loving it. You can’t beat the ultimate 70s hot pants or the legendary disco flares. 2011 is welcoming it all back but obviously with a modern twist. You can go for 70s glamour or a 70s boho look….whichever you choose it’s definitely the way forward.

Picture taken from Vogue

 

And here’s some of my own 70s fever inspired clothing…

 

Chunky Weave Jumper at £24.99 from New Look

70s Kaftan Playsuit at £35 from ASOS

Camel Pleat Front Shorts at £34 from Topshop

Zig-Zag Knit Pencil Skirt at £42 from American Apparel

White Lace Leaf Embellished Swing Top at £36 from Topshop

Honor 70’s style Kick Flare Cord Trousers at £22 from Boohoo

Miu Miu Oversize 70s Opaque Frame Sunglasses at £115 from ASOS

Paprika Fluted Sleeve Dress at £28 from Rare

 

70s Bowler Bag at £35 from ASOS

70s High Waisted Shorts at £35 from Miss Selfridge

Multi Floral 70s Bikini Top at £12 from Dorothy Perkins

Jersey Pocket Skirt at £24 from American Apparel

Tan 70s Cork Platform Shoes at £42 from Dorothy Perkins

Burnout Heart Tie Top at £12.99 from New Look

Oversized 70s Sunglasses at £12 from ASOS

Paprika 70s style Fluted Sleeve Dress at £28 from ASOS

 

If you like any of the items above, just click on the picture to take a closer look.

 

Junk Jewels…

10 Feb

This gorgeous little company was created by a young woman called Zoe Jones, an independent London based jewelery designer. Her and her team have been creating beautiful vintage jewelery since 2007 and it has now grown so big it appears in fashion magazines.

Not only is it unique, but it’s affordable and fashionable too.

Visit them at Portobello Market or Notting Hill if you pop down to London…if not you can have a look and buy on-line for just £1 postage and packaging. You can also choose whether you want a long or short chain.

Click here to take you to the website.

Here’s a few of my favourite pieces …

This cute ‘I love you’ letter/envelope necklace is on a long gold chain for £12. You can also buy it for £10 on a short chain.

 

This gold fan and peach rose necklace on a gold chain is £8 n a short chain and £10 on a long chain.

I really love this necklace. It’s a little bottle with a cork lid with a red rose inside. You can buy it on a short silver chain for £10 or a long one for £12. Bargain!

This gold swallow bracelet is just £6 and you can buy it for a smaller or wider wrist. You can also buy a necklace to match.

This pink enamel heart bracelet is also £6 and available in blue and red too, with necklaces to match.

 

Maybe the £1 delivery charge is a bad thing as I just want to order all of these right now but sadly I just can’t afford it.

Trend No. 3 for S/S 11

3 Feb

Denim! There was a time when wearing denim with denim was a definite no no. Now we can’t get enough of it. Seen in work wear to pinafores- it’s everywhere. So it looks like a pair of jeans won’t be the only denim item we’ll own after this summer.

Picture taken from Vogue

 

And here’s some of my denim suggestions for summer…


Denim Western Style Jacket from Topshop at £42

High Waist Denim Shorts from New Look at £19.99

Denim Belted Shirt Dress from Warehouse at £45

Chambray Denim  Button Down Skirt from Topshop at £29

Denim Peeptoe Wedge Shoes from Dorothy Perkins at £40

Denim Tie Front Sleeveless Shirt from Topshop at £25

30in Distressed Skinny Jean from New Look  at £21.99

BDG Oversized Floppy Denim Shirt from Urban Outfitters at £38

Lamara Cropped Gilet from All Saints at £65

Denim Strap Tote Bag from Very at £20

Stripe Turn Up Top from New Look at £7.99

High Waist Denim Shorts from New Look at £21.99

Indigo Clean Denim Shirtdress from Topshop at £46

 

If you like any of the items above, just click on the picture to take a closer look.

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