Inspired by Celebrity Style

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Colour. Avoid black on black despite being the most functional colour combination for rainy season. At least give colourful accessories a go.
  3. 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.
  4. Vivid lips. Whether it’s Cherry or Fuchsia, make your lips stand out. My recommendation for luscious colour – Mac or Bobby Brown.
  5. 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.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials: Coats by Zara

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

After launching Autumn/Winter 12 wardrobe discussion last week with a piece on biker boots, it is only logical to continue the story of new season essentials this week by moving to outerwear – the most necessary piece of clothing for British autumns. While looking around for the trendiest coats out there, no one collection has caught my eye (nearly in its entirety) more then the one offered by Zara. They got all the trends covered – colourwise, black and navy are present (yes, black is back); accessories like studs, peplums and large pockets are there; materials range from boucle to heavy wool to quilted leather; and on top of that masculine cut of most of the coats with perfect mid-thigh length. As far as the coats go, you won’t regret stocking up at Zara who went all out offering cool designer look with prices from £69.99 to £139. Autumn outerwear? Tick!

Check out my picks below and head to Zara.com or your nearest store for the whole range. P.S. I’m totally in love with coat number 4 – perfect substitute for short leather jackets that will keep me warmer and go well with both my daily looks based on skinny jeans and more dressed up outfits. Got to love multifunctionality.

1. Navy Coat with Applique on Sleeves, £129
2. Red/Navy Boucle Coat, £69.99
3. Coat with Studded Shoulders, £119

4. Coat With Quilted Sleeves, £139
5. Fantasy Wool Jacquard Coat, £79.99
6. Dark Green Coat in Fantasy Fabric with Chain, £119

Autumn Staple: Biker Boots

August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

With the last days of summer fast approaching it is time to start getting ready for new season and welcome Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion. In the first post dedicated to autumn wardrobe overhaul I have decided to concentrate on staple and classic item of my own wardrobe (and millions of other wardrobes around the globe for that matter) – biker boots. Living in London, with its mono-season weather I can get away with wearing biker boots practically every day, but it is autumn in particular when I simply don’t leave the house without a pair of them on. They are cool, comfy and city-friendly, which is more or less the only requirements I have for my footwear. Below I picked out my favourites that will suit every wallet with a price ranging from £30 to £650, enjoy!

  1. Frye Biker Boot, £177, available at farfetch.com – if you like them neat and uncluttered, this boot is for you
  2. Ash Titan Antique Studded Ankle Boots, £279 – from the brand that makes some of the most classic biker boots on high street
  3. Fiorentini and Baker Elis Eternity Studded Biker Boot, £295, available at net-a-porter.com – slouchy top for misfit look
  4. Via Roma XV. S.Mortiz Biker Boot, £146, available at farfetch.com – with tired looking cotton panel those boots have a nicely worn-in look
  5. Asos America Biker Boot, £55 – perfect choice for those on the budget
  6. Topshop Davidson Biker Wellies, £30 – for a rainy day
  7. Jimmy Choo Rabbit Lined Leather Biker Boots, £650, available at net-a-porter.com – the investment piece made to last and thanks to the fury lining will be in use both autumn and winter
  8. Ash Trash Antique Studded Leather Boots, £309 – the tall version of the previously shown Ash boot and it comes in brown, for those bored of black
  9. River Island Lace Up Biker Boots, £75 – just in case buckles are not enough

The Big New Jewellery Trend: Above Knuckle Rings

August 9, 2012 § 14 Comments

Jewellery. It has been around for 100,000 years (that is approximate age of the oldest jewellery ever found – beads made out of snail shells, thank goodness we moved on from those designs) and so you would think the humanity had enough time to experiment with different kinds of jewellery and different ways to wear it to the point that nothing surprised us anymore. Apparently not. There is a new craze sweeping the Western world and it includes the most traditional of rings worn around the less traditional area – above knuckle. So far little is known about the origin of the trend, but the scale of it is staggering – all the cool girls in town are already wearing it and if you are not, don’t worry I am right here to guide you through the process of acquiring some and joining in with the cool kids.
Option 1 – Look through your jewellery box and try to find any rings you wore as a child which you then outgrew, chances are they are a perfect fit for above knuckle spot. If there are no rings of such kind in your jewellery box do not despair, there are other options available.
Option 2 – If you, just like me, have fat sausage fingers go to the nearest store and purchase any ring of your liking (stay away from massive statement rings, though) in Small or Extra Small size, depending on the size of your sausages aka fat fingers.
Option 3 – If you have beautiful thin fingers, below are my favourite affordable rings specifically made for above knuckle wear. Choose your favourite, decide which number is the closest to it, look up the number on the list below and go to the related website to purchase it.
Done! Now go share the new trend with your friends and hope it will last, otherwise those rings will soon end up in the fad corner of the wardrobe next to leg warmers and harem pants.

1-2. Friendship Midi Ring Multi Pack, £7.69, from http://www.freepeople.com
3. Feather, Skull and Cross Rings, £8 each, from http://www.regalrose.co.uk
4. Bohemian Ring, £9, from http://www.regalrose.co.uk
5. Twisted Ring in Gold and Silver, £4 each, from http://www.loveheartsandcrosses.co.uk
6. Navajo Ring, £12, from http://www.wiredjewellery.co.uk
7.Wishbone Ring, £10, from http://www.wiredjewellery.co.uk
8-9. Peace and Heart Rings, £12 each, from http://www.wiredjewellery.co.uk

Oscars 12 Best and Worst Dressed

February 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

Oscar’s fashion is discussed just as much as Oscars winners and to tell you the truth I am always more excited to see the red carpet than the main event itself. So I just could not avoid commenting on celebrity looks from last night – there are a few that will forever be in My Fashion Wish List’s inspiration scrap book (mental one, no actual cutting out and gluing is involved).

In my eyes the fashion winners were the ‘pale and interesting’ looks. The award of the best dressed (oh yeah, and Best Supporting Actress) goes to Octavia Spenser in Tadashi Shoji gown – perfect fit of the dress that shows of the curves and proves real women can shine as much as the modelly types. Brides Maids’ Kristen Wiig was beautiful in understated J Mendel gown – fabric layers could have make her look like a wedding cake but those ones hit the spot making Kristen look more like a floating goddess. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford had a bit of a super hero moment with white cape – yet it was so right and regal I absolutely loved it! And last but not the least is fashion’s most loved clothes horse Rooney Mara (and this is in no way a bad thing – no one can wear the outfits better: strong hair, porcelain skin and fragile body is the perfect canvas for any fashion designer) in Givenchy.

And the not-so-pale-but-definitely-interesting looks that finish off my best dressed picks are as follows. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli once again proved that she is a fashion force to be reckoned with and was not afraid of big neck bow and blending in with the carpet – and it paid off.  Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen looked royal – beautiful detail on the dress, perfect hair (oh how I love the hair colour) and overall fragility made her stand out. And then there is Michelle Williams in coral dress by Louis Vuitton who paid attention to detail and got her accessories spot on with contrasting Bottega Veneta clutch and intricate silver bow on the waistline, but the best part of the outfit is of course peplum – the fashion world is crazy about them at the moment!

And it is worth mentioning the worst dressed. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa got it completely wrong: the dress just did not work and looked too heavy and movement constraining plus her face – there was something definitely wrong there too (overdone botox?). I have very little to say about Cameron Diaz in Gucci. Yes, she was only presenting and did not want a statement dress yet ‘boring’ should not be the look anyone goes for on the red carpet. And as far as Jennifer Lopez is concerned she said so herself in the interview: she can never escape her Bronx roots. Big red carpet favourite Zuhair Murad gown could not save her either.

Special mention as The Biggest disappointed last night and actually this whole awards season goes to Angelina Jolie. In the last few years we got used to seeing her float down the carpet and steal the show but this year her fashion choices were so awkward they took away the grace and  magnetism the actress is famous for. Oscar’s Atelier Versace choice was overpowering for statuesque figure and even the high split did nothing to add sex appeal to a very mature dress. It is also worth mentioning the Golden Globes outfit, another Atelier Versace gown which had an overall bridal feeling completely spoiled by red accents. Sleeked back hair was not helping either.

And if I had to pick a dress for myself to wear on Oscar’s red carpet, I would go for Louise Roe gown by Black Halo: structured shape elongating the figure is softened with fish tail and pale pink colour. Perfect contrasting accessories and hair sweeped up to keep the  focus on plunging yet hidden neckline. Love it!

Prada S/S 12 Shoes Are On Fire

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Pardon the pun in the title but Prada’s new season shoes are currently a very hot topic. As we prepare for the new season if you want a bold pair of heels there is no better place to look! Modeled after what seems to be 50’s cars (or to me little Hot Wheals cars my brothers once used to love) the design must have been a major risk – yet the response to those metaphorical creations that are perfect for fast-paced life of urban ladies has been nothing but great. Wedges and stilettos in all the hot colours for this season, those shoes must be on everyone’s wish list. Above is the selection of my favourite pairs from the catwalk – can not wait to see the real life versions once they hit the shops. Who said cars are just boys’ favourite toys?

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