January 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Three Floor, a London based brand I first blogged about last year, has been going from strength to strength over the last few seasons. It has been featured in numerous magazines and worn by as many celebrities, most recently by Saturday’s beauty Milly King. In truth I have been meaning to feature their AW12 dresses on My Fashion Wish List for a while, since I have been drooling over them for weeks, failing to decide exactly which one is my favourite. So here they are – the five hottest dresses in town by a label everyone is talking about. If you are not a fan yet, you have fallen off the fashion wagon. So quickly click here to view the collection and start spreading the love.
Dresses featured, from left to right: Kerr (£128), Night Cat (£98), Bad Girl (£128), Lace Up (£98) and Daphne (£128).
January 8, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This is my 5th post in a row about clothing that could be classified into wide ranging category of ‘tops’. While I do apologise about the pattern that has emerged I believe there is a reason behind it. And it is laziness. Not laziness about doing more wide ranging research for my blog but in my day to day dress sense. See, since early November I have been working in fashion PR company that does, more often than not, require me to stay in the office long hours as well as do a lot of running around – usually just from show room to my desk, but very frequently. And because I love every minute of it, I adjusted my day to day style to what can be best described in two words ‘simple and comfortable’. Thus on daily basis I stick to a few pairs of jeans and a lot of leggings, and add to these basics various jumpers, sweatshirts and blirts. Hence no wonder My Fashion Wish List is affected! But I do hope, not in a bad way. After all it is winter and blogging about jumpers makes sense. Plus sweatshirts suddenly became the trendiest item of the moment. All in all, recent narrow focus of my posts should totally be forgiven.
And after that long justification for writing another blog post on sweatshirts, let’s move on to the focus of the article Who the Fuck is Mick Jagger? sweatshirt by Worn By. First of all let me just say that this label, unlike many other out there, is very specific about what they do. And since what they do is awesome, I simply adore it! Worn By since 2004 has been focused on selecting iconic rock’n'roll moments and transferring them into fashionable clothing. This particular jumper, does not as you might first think, represent a new generation of kids that have not heard about this particular music legend. Actually it is inspired by T-shirt worn by Keith Richards in 1975 during the Rolling Stones tour in USA. Back in a day this provocative gesture was widely discussed, making the printed t-shirt legendary. And now, thanks to the brand, you can also join in to rebellious rock’n'roll behaviour. The sweatshirt that is originally created for men is available wornby.co.uk with pricetag of £55. Happy shopping!
November 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
It’s been years now since I liked any of Christina Aguilera songs or her sense of style for that matter. Actually it has been since her last more or less listenable album called Back to Basics. Thus it might be surprising that her pictures seem to be the focal point of this post, but let me explain. I recently stumbled across her latest video Your Body and while the song, the storyline and the moves had no impact on me, the styling definitely struck a cord. Not even the entire result of styling, to be specific, since Christina’s clothes were unflattering and always looked like they were about to burst. For me the only thing that was done right, and not just right but omg-I-need-all-of-these-right-now kind of right, was jewellery. There was a lot of it, it was very colourful and glittery and most was by two of my favourite contemporary jewellery designers Tom Binns and Erickson Beamon. So I visited net-a-porter.com that is still my favourite destination for mid-range costume jewellery and found a lot of items in the style of the jewellery in the video to add to My Fashion Wish List. Have a look at my picks below (click here to be redirected to full ranges by the selected designers at net-a-porter.com: Tom Binns, Erickson Beamon and Shourouk)
- Erickson Beamon Colour Me Crazy silver-plated Swarovski crystal earrings, £275
- Tom Binns Riri painted Swarovski crystal and stone earrings, £260
- Shourouk Leitmotif silver-plated Swarovski crystal earrings, £300
- Erickson Beamon Colour Me Crazy silver-plated Swarovski crystal necklace, £715
- Shourouk Bakara Moonlight silver-plated Swarovski crystal bracelet, £175
- Shourouk Arlequin silver-plated Swarovski crystal ring, £420
- Tom Binns Riri painted Swarovski crystal cuff, £990
- Shourouk Braka Rococo Swarovski crystal bracelet, £185
September 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Batman, being the main character in one of the most anticipated films this year, has once again become a trendy figure of popular culture. And while comic books and film memorabilia sales were expected to rise, it’s the Batman influence on fashion that is the topic of the post.
Over the last few weeks we saw Cheryl Cole stumble out of Rose Club in London wearing a dress covered in Batman logos followed by rising stars Perry and Jesy from Little Mix sporting Batman inspired attire. And however geeky you are inside I bet most of you suddenly want a piece of that comic book character! Well we are in luck, since the Batman inspired collection is made by affordable East London brand called Lazy Oaf. They started their journey in 2001 and since then have been producing graphic apparel and cheeky accessories. But it is not until their latest collection that they really caught my eye and I bet you can see why.
Below I picked out my favourite items from Batman collection: dress as seen on Cheryl and Jesy (£60), monochrome shirt (£60), t-shirt as seen on Perrie (£40) and logo shirt (£65). Shop my picks and see the rest of the collection here.
September 11, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Three of the brightest young stars of Hollywood (Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence) known for three of the biggest movie franchises (Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, Hunger Games) are currently promoting three new films in Toronto (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, On the Road and Silver Linings Playbook) each wearing one of three best outfits of the week (Erdem, Zuhair Murad and Dior Couture). In fact all three looked so good (special congratulations to Kristen Stewart for looking stunning on her first post-cheating-scandal appearance, the minimum she needed to achieve if she is to get R-Patz back) I had to share these looks with you so we all could be inspired for A/W12 season and learn a thing or two about what is hot right now.
- Floral patterns. Yes, florals for Autumn Winter season. Getting used to it should not be hard knowing how much we all desire to extend this summer feeling.
- Colour. Avoid black on black despite being the most functional colour combination for rainy season. At least give colourful accessories a go.
- Pointy heels. They are back. And yes, you can stick to black colour here. Best thing about pointy heels – they make your legs look extra long. Worst – if you have slightly wider feet than normal, like me, good luck trying to wear them for more than an hour at a time.
- Vivid lips. Whether it’s Cherry or Fuchsia, make your lips stand out. My recommendation for luscious colour – Mac or Bobby Brown.
- Shiny Brunette locks. Ok, this hot trend is totally made up. If you are blond, you are just as fashionable this season as last but since these three gorgeous ladies are sporting my hair colour I thought I might as well…
So this season add some colour to your Fashion Wish List whether it comes in a form of a floral frock or dramatic lips, wear classic shoes that you might have to take off in under 60 minutes and keep your eye on these three ladies, who are likely to continue inspiring our fashion choices for months to come.
July 24, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Whenever I was asked about the essentials on my list of stateside shopping, the first thing that always popped into my head was Victoria’s Secret – beautiful, affordable and worn by the sexiest models of the world, I doubt any lingerie lovers could resist stopping by their stores for a pink bag full of goodies.
For the brand it was an easy move – we don’t just know it, but love it and have been asking when we can get our own piece of female heaven on this side of the pond for a while. That is why we were given not one but two flagship stores: the one that opened today is in Westfield Stratford (just by the Olympic park, hence the rush to cash in on thousands of tourists that would be in the area) and we are expecting the New Bond Street store to open its door later in August.
My only slight concern – prices. In US those are similar to our high street favourite La Senza, but it would be surprising if the brand did not take an opportunity to raise the bar in UK and enter the market at higher price point. The signs are there – flagship store location is in New Bond Street alongside boutiques like Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Hermes and Burberry and not in any high street location. So ladies, there is a price to pay (literally) for having Vicky’s over here in London.
Despite all that I am brimming with excitement, especially for the New Bond Street store, which is so much closer to where I live (and probably less busy now that Olympics are about to kick off). Comment below if you already visited the newly opened shop and share your experiences!
June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment
To tell you the truth so far I haven’t been particularly excited by designs showcased by Kanye West. Apart from one specific item – a pair of shoes. THE KANYE WEST SHOES. They were first presented to the world as a part of Spring Summer 2012 collection during Paris Fashion Week. So why am I mentioning it now, such a long time since you might wonder? That is because I recently found where to purchase them from – LouisaViaRoma.com. And the fact that I discovered them does not mean I am the first in line to buy them, especially at £4145, but then who knows maybe one of you are! (And if so I am not judging you in any way, if I had that much to spare, I would not hesitate a second!)
Statement heels inspired by tribal jewellery and covered in pearly beads make your legs look significantly thinner thanks to thick ankle rings, and who would not want that visual effect? But Kanye is not the only one to thank for these beauties as they were created in collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti, a brand known for their beautiful heels of highest quality – yet another reason to love them! And as much as I love them, I am by far not the only fan! Anna Della Russo wore these heels to Alexander McQueen show straight after they appeared on the runway, Chanel Iman sported them while attending Givenchy show accompanying their creator the day after and recently Kim Kardashian was seen in them, of course who would not wear your boyfriend’s designs!
May 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Close your eyes and imagine what really cool urban fashion looks like right now. (Now open them and carry on reading.) Nowadays the coolest items out there are covered in studs, are pastel, have a bit of dip/tie dye thing going on and are either cropped or totally oversized (perfect length and fit are so not in). And surprise surprise there is just the brand that this season has put all of those elements together and created the most perfect on trend denim collection ever. Meet The Ragged Priest.
I noticed the brand last season – wool jumpers patched up with studded leather, dark colours and a lot of denim looked interesting. But it was not until a few months ago, once revealing S/S12 collection Ragged Priest exploded – all the cool girls in town are wearing it and our favourite celebrity crushes are promoting the brand world wide (think about studded pieces Rihanna and Jessy J wore recently and chances are they were created by this brand).
But the coolness does not stop there – each piece starts off as a vintage items that is transformed to its new look (you can so steal some of the creative ideas for DIY fashion) making the exact size/colour/pattern more or less unique. And the prices are totally cool as well – completely in the high street range despite being way cooler (pardon my slight obsession with how cool this brand is).
So if you like my picks, check out the whole range at their online boutique. 1. Candy Striper Shirt, £45
2. Albino Sweatshirt Crop, £45
3. Bon Bon Gilet, £65
4. Gnarly Denim Jacket, £90
5. Limited Edition Shorts, £95
6. Toxic Waste Shorts, £40
7. Apple Jack Shorts, £65
May 15, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I have not read a book for personal enjoyment for a while. And that is one of my biggest regrets in day to day life. A absolutely love reading, experiencing new things through beautiful words of talented authors, sharing lives of wonderful characters. I promised myself to get back to reading good books as soon as I am done with education and the end is indeed near – as soon as I hand in my Masters dissertation in September I will be free from textbooks and assigned reading material for the rest of my life, I hope. But until then my War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina and other classics are waiting on the shelf.
On a more positive literature related topic, if you like me do not have the time to read the most influential books out there, you can now show your love for good old book by carrying one around with you thanks to Olympia Le-Tan and her beautiful book-clutches. I can not believe I have not blogged about them before! Quirky and interesting yet somehow absolutely elegant and classic these clutches are to die for. And if you follow celebrity fashion you must have seen them on various occasion in the hands of Chloe Moretz, Natalie Portman, Clemence Poesy and especially Michelle Williams who has picked those handbags for various red carpet occasions. Choose from a wide selection available on olympialetan.com with starting price of €1140 (£925).
May 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
There were once It bags, now there are It dresses. And this season it is Stella McCartney cut out dresses that have completely won over the fashion world and celebrities alike. Indeed the dress was chosen for Sienna Miller April cover of Vogue, and if the fashion bible gives their approval who are we to argue otherwise.
But what makes it so special you might ask? First of all I believe the right amount and position of cut outs, especially if they are artistically shaped like these ones, add massive sex appeal to the outfit without making it, well, slutty. And who does not want to be the right amount of sexy? Secondly the print clash is a hot trend this season and Stella has done here so well! And thirdly there are so many shape and colour possibilities (it’s more of an It dress range than an It dress per se) anyone can find just the right one to suit their shape.
And celebrities were quick to demonstrate all the possibilities – Rumer Willis wore it in maxi length, Gwyneth Paltrow chose an asymmetrical mini version, Brooklyn Decker graced London’s Battleship photo-call in a mini style (completely outshining her co-star Rihanna I must admit), Leann Rhymes and Nicole Kidman went for the burgundy print versions in different lengths while Miranda Kerr shined in all black edition. And I am sure those are not the only celebrities that will be seen wearing Spring/Summer 12 McCartney creations – sexy, figure hugging and oh-so-stylish – appearing in one of those guarantees the place on the best dressed list (maybe without the black batwing cardigan sported by Rumer).
The problem is, for most of us the dresses are completely unobtainable as they cost a few months rent (could not avoid the comparison, my idol Carrie Bradshaw always calculates rent payment equivalent for shoe prices). The ‘cheapest’ one I found is £2,195 with prices climbing by over 150% for the most expensive. (In case you are planning to purchase one I suggest possibly staying away from net-a-porter and choosing other online or brick and mortar retailers as the prices for the dresses are significantly higher there). Below are my online finds – as expected in all shapes and shades!
- £2,745 at mytheresa.com
- £3,645 at net-a-porter.com
- £3,225 at net-a-porter.com
- £2,195 at matchesfashion.com
- £2,865 at harveynichols.com