Rubbers

February 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

Is it just me or have you all noticed that leather is no longer the It material for bags? Last season we had many designers turn to canvas for their ultra-luxury totes (think Lanvin with prices of £450 and up), and this season we are witnessing rubber revolution (well, not just rubber but plastics and perspex too).

The idea is very utilitarian – rubber bags are durable, easy to clean and as in case of clutches provide perfect grip(don’t take the latter point too seriously). But of course there is more to it – rubber begs to be highly colourful, and with colour being a major trend of the season, who can say no to bright and candy-like bags on the pictures above? They are:

  1. Michael by Michael Kors Jet Set Jelly Tote, £130
  2. Anya Hindmarch Nevis Colour-Block Rubber Tote, £295
  3. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Matte Clutch, £250

And if you are on the budget, as always Asos has the answer: frosted perspex clutches on the picture below are £18 each and are large enough to fit all your necessities for the day plus will provide the needed burst of colour to your outfit.

Biggest S/S 12 Trend: Pastels

January 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

It is very rare that one overpowering trend emerges for the season, but this time despite fragmented trends like flower and parsley prints, sport de luxe and metallics, pastels are quickly gaining popularity. Also, surprisingly this trend matches the season well – it is not about being edgy or standing out but feeling spring and blending in with the natural colouring of the season.

It is hard to think of one designer collection that hasn’t featured pastel pieces this season – the catwalk was filled with them: from Louis Vuitton to Miu Miu, from Moschino to Oscar de la Renta, from Lanvin to DKNY.  Two of my favourite campaigns this season play around with the trend too – Mulberry ice cream and candy on Brighton Pier and good-enough-to-eat pastels of Louis Vuitton (pictured above).

And since the new season just kicked in, it is absolutely the right time to discuss the most wanted pieces that have to be added to My Fashion Wish List for this particular trend. Above is my designer selection – think ice cream, candy floss and bubble gum!

  1. Mulberry Pebbed Beige Glossy Goat Bayswater £795
  2. Alice Cicolini Earrings and Ring each £1400
  3. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter-finish Leather Clutch £350
  4. Mulberry Candy Pink Jersey Melange Printed Badge T-shirt £90
  5. Miu Miu Bow Embellished Bikini £145
  6. Dion Lee Plisse Stretch Jersey and Silk Crepe Dress £787
  7. Louis Vuitton Tuileries Sandals in Silk £600
  8. Miu Miu Top Handle Bag in Pink £825
  9. MiH Paris Mid-rise Cropped Jeans £155

But it is not all about designer creations – high street is rapidly absorbing the trend and coming up with great items. Here is the selection of my favourite pastels from high street so you can join in on the trend for below £140.

  1. Zatchel Colour Block Leather Satchel £122
  2. Topshop High Wasted Chinos £38
  3. Kandee Space Sherbet Boots £105
  4. Topshop Pastel Geo Tunic £20
  5. ASOS Pack of 50 Pastel Gummies £8
  6. Topshop Textured Knitted Grunge Jumper £36
  7. KG by Kurt Geiger Esme Shoes £140
  8. River Island Aqua Dress Belted Skater Dress £35
  9. American Apparel Large Carry-all Leather Pouch in Soft Pink, Lavender and Lemon each £48

Here you go – now you are ready to be the most fashionable self and welcome spring in style. It is just around the corner, I promise!

New Trend Alert: Cropped Corsets

January 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Every season there is a particular length of tops that is considered hot. Spring/Summer 12 is all about exposing your midriff. But what is more, it is the cropped corsets that are the hottest item of the moment! While it is arguably not the most suitable look for the current weather, you should stock up on the cropped corsets for this spring – they are so popular if you do not get your hands on ones you like they will be soon sold out (like the Topshop Spot one above). Plus the advantage of knowing about this trend in advance – there is still plenty of time to get your body into shape for spring to be able to pull the look off.

The best thing about those corsets is that there are so many choices of what to match them with: from floaty skirts, to leggings, to short shorts and pencil skirts – let your imagination guide you to a perfect spring look. Here are the items going onto my wish list (and into my wardrobe):

  1. Topshop Spot Zip Back Corset £30
  2. Topshop Animal and Lace Corset £30
  3. ASOS Cropped Corset With Studded Detail £14
  4. ASOS Corset Top With Fringe Detail £14

AQUA

January 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

Aqua dresses have been on my radar for a while – beautifully designed unique shapes, paneling and structural creations that set trends rather than follow them. And above all femininity and sexiness. What more could a girl want in a dress?

If it was up to me I would fill my closet with Aqua – a choice of LBDs that you can wear anywhere, bold coloured dresses perfect for cocktail parties, maxi dresses for very special occasions, super sexy cut out numbers for all those events when you need to dress to impress and beautiful white numbers that you can take away on holiday somewhere nice and warm which will look even better with a slight tan. And that is about all you need. Add some stunning statement jewellery and highest heels you’ve got and you are ready!

Here is my selection – a little taster of the brand:

Diaz Mesh Paneled Long Sleave Dress in Black, £150
Bruni Origami Bandeau Mini Dress in Purple, £120
Flapper Structured Panel Maxi Fringe Bandeau Dress in Orange, was £170 now £110.50 (Recently worn by Cher Lloyd, the best I have ever seen her look)
Eva Boned Paneled V Back Mini Dress in Cream, £70
Vendella Peplum Structured Bandeau Dress in Black, was £125 now £50

View the whole range including some sale items on ASOS.

Christmas Jumpers

December 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Christmas jumper used to be an embarrassing present from your grandma – that will make it into your wardrobe out of your love for grandma rather than for purpose of someday wearing it. But this year they are certainly on fashion radar and is a MUST this Christmas season. If you are still without a Christmas Jumper – don’t threat! I picked my favourite Christmas jumpers to suit all budgets – so you can do a last minute shop before a big day! Plus they are perfect as presents – and with big designer names they will no longer be at the back of the receiver’s wardrobe.

1. Moschino Penguin Intarsia Wool Sweater £810, at Net-a-porter.com

2. Knitted Raindeer Jumper £50, at Topshop

3. Paul & Joe Sister Navy Aspen Bobble Sweater £137,  was £196 at Mywardrobe.com

4. Jumper With Neon Hedgehog Design £35, at ASOS

5. Only Crop Pattern Jumper £31.99, at New Look

6. Free People Knitted Jumper, was £110 now £65, at ASOS

7. Grey Fairsle Jumper Dress £45, at River Island

8. Stella McCartney Polar Bear Intarsia Wool and Alpaca-Blend Sweater £670, at Net-a-porter.com

9. Markus Lupfer Wreath Sequined Merino Wool Sweater £295, at Net-a-porter.com

Forget Skinnies – Everyone Is Rolling Up!

December 17, 2011 § 17 Comments

Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Ashley Olsen are just a few celebrities that love rolled up jeans (or cuffed jeans if you prefer). But no one loves them as much as Rachel Bilson (above). She has rarely been seen without a pair on  – from glamourous events when she matches them with stilettos, to a day out and about town wearing them with more casual yet still heeled shoes.

And that is the new perfect jeans recipe – boyfriend shape, rolled up sometimes distressed but always with heels as rolled up jeans can make your legs look shorter and that must be avoided, especially by the pear shaped girls!

So here is a selection of rolled up jeans I love (excuse the styling) to satisfy any budget and all from ASOS. Order by Monday to receive it before Christmas with standard delivery.

1. Rich Vintage Boyfriend Jeans £35 now £24.50

2. Wrangler Denim Chino in Light Denim was £85 now £45

3. MiH Halsy Vintage 90s Fit Jeans £140

4. Current/Elliot Boyfriend Loved Jeans £220

Are you getting on board with the trend?

 

Welcome to the Zoo

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Furry animal hats and hoods are everywhere. It is hard to pin point the inspiration for the animal shaped headgear, but nevertheless those pieces of furry cuteness are the way forward this winter. Started by US brand Spirit Hoods who claim you are transformed when you put it on, the hoods have been adopted by a whole range of celebrities – Justin Bieber, Kesha, Jessie J and Pink to name a few.

While you can grab yourself an original Spirit Hood, you can also go for (more wearable in my opinion) versions, which I absolutely love, as shown on the pictures above:

1. ASOS Faux Fur Bunny Ear Hat, £25

2. River Island Black Faux Fur Hat, £18

3. Sauce Mickey Ears Hat, £40

Bring out the inner animal in you!

 

Let’s Go Ethnic!

October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ethnic prints are everywhere. I bet you have already noticed the ladies (and the gentlemen) of fashion adopt the trend – Chloe Sevigny, Leighton Meester and Rihanna to name a few.

For me there is one fashion brand that hit the nail on the head particularly well – Proenza Schouler. From its reincarnation of PS1 bag in ethnic print to dresses, skirts, jumpers and any other garment you can think of – the label is rocking the ethnic trend! And if you can afford the prices, you will be absolutely spoiled for choice.

But, this blog post is about finding the trendy pieces without blowing your bank. Here is my top 3 picks:

1. Multi Print One shoulder Maxi dress, £68 from Topshop.

2. Sale item, ASOS Ikat Leggings for just £12.

3. Lykke Navaho Pussybow Blouse from boohoo.com for £20.

Happy Weekend Shopping!

 

The Fashionable Way To Go About Halloween

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

You do not have to purchase a fancy dress costume to look fantastic on Halloween. Sometimes it is possible to find a few pieces at your normal shopping destination. Here is my example that will hopefully encourage you to look around for unique outfits. And since you put it together yourself there is no danger of someone arriving to the party wearing exactly the same costume.

I remembered that this summer feathers were very popular during the festival season, so I decided to look for a native American looking head piece and create an outfit around it. After a quick search I came across this wonderful Elmstone Peacock Feather Crown on http://www.pretaportobello.com available for £38. And a browse through Asos for anything ‘fringe’ revealed a few pages of results, my favourite of which is this Reverse Kaftan at £55.

So after deciding which of the available trends I can covert into a Halloween costume it did not take long before I was ready for the party. And with these types of outfits – you can wear individual pieces more than once! Also if you find yourself the only dressed up person in the room, by simply removing the head piece you turn from the Queen of Halloween to fashionista – especially with this techno-ethnic print kaftan.

Set your imagination free!

The IT Fabric of the Season

October 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

If you are not wearing it yet, you are too far behind. Seriously.

It’s Velvet. Very old fashioned I hear you say? Well in fashion it all comes back around. And yes I agree, I am not fashionista enough to engulf myself in velvet from head to toe either. And if you do not have a velvet skirt or cardigan lying around than follow my lead and select garments with hint of velvet.

Like this beautiful Asos shirt with velvet trim and crystal embellished collar (attention is on the collar as well – another trend box this shirt ticks). I am wearing one right now. And my advise – make it more decent by adding a black tank top or camisole underneath. That way you can wear it to work too!

Purchase it from http://www.asos.com for £40.

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