March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Are you looking for more affordable designer items? Or are you reshuffling your designer wardrobe and want to earn on no longer needed pieces? If so your answer is not the untrustworthy Ebay but a new London based store Chic&Seek where previously unwanted designer goodies are handpicked to ensure quality and resold. An environmentally and purse-friendly idea allows you to find treasures among a second-hand items that are yet in very good conditions (many are brand new!). Where can you sign up, you may ask. First step is to visit the online store http://www.chicandseek.com, and if you are certain about an item just buy it there and then, and if not, make a virtual rail of goodies you would like to see in person and book a time to come down to a very chic mews house in Notting Hill to try them on. Isn’t this the most personalised service for finding pre-loved items ever?
And you know, I just could not avoid picking a few pieces that are going straight to my wish list: great condition, amazing discount and no authenticity worries!
- Isabel Marant Floral Dress, £175
- Christian Louboutin Mary Jane Shoes, £225
- Tods Patent Clutch, £300
- Chanel 2.55 Handbag, £1750
- Marni Necklace, £120
- Bottega Veneta Boots, £200
- Matthew Williamson Strapless Sequined Dress, £250
- Hermes Scarf, £175
March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
‘Is it possible for a Chinese company to build a worldwide brand?’ is the title of many marketing papers and is a popular topic for deliberation. Indeed with the overwhelming negative attitude surrounding ‘Made in China’ label, many assume that it would be a while before a truly popular brand can emerge out of China. Surprisingly, it might be the realm of fashion that sees the above claim overturned. Indeed for the last year one high street fashion brand from China has been experiencing very fast growth by looking for support from style bloggers, support that it has been receiving in bundles. Indeed if you read a few street style blogs you must have come across Romwe – fashionable and affordable online brand that designs and manufactures its range in China and offers free worldwide shipping. A tempting proposition indeed since the quality of Chinese production is higher than many assume – most of the technologies used in clothing manufacturing are identical to expensive European designer items, some of which have a portion of its production in Asia.
I decided to explore the website to see what the style blogs loved about the brand: I was on lookout for truly trendy items that fit an international fashionable customer and I found a bundle. For example I absolutely love the range of shirts with contrasting detailing (collars and cuffs) and here are my top six picks, all in a very affordable price range:
- Montage PU Lapel Silver-Tone Blouse, £22.22
- Paillette Embellished Fake Twin-Set Nude-Pink Shirt, £22.88
- Leopard Print Chiffon Shirt, £17.65
- Off Shoulder White Shirt, £20.92
- Oversized Splicing PU Star Black Shirt, £24.18
- Paillette Lapel Black Chiffon Shirt, £20.26
I have to be truthful though, while level of trendiness of the clothing is high there are a few things that Romwe should work on to satisfy high demands of international consumer, which of course requires a large financial investment (possibly unachievable at the time yet important enough to be prioritised in the future): items photography is not uniform or of the highest quality which leads to underselling the garments, product names are slightly misleading (second shirt in my selection is referred to by ‘fake twin-set’ leaving me to guess what it’s meant to mean), ‘about us’ page needs major work – it’s not doing the idea or the website justice and requires a few reads to gasp the content leading me to an overall point about the need to work harder on any written material as words like ‘stuff’ should not be used when referred to products, let alone in the description on the home page.
All in all I have to say a very good effort, the kind that can be easily seen in growing sales figure. I have a feeling the brand will do very well in the future, especially if some alterations to the website are made to ensure even the toughest international customer is satisfied with the experience.
February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
In retrospect I knew it was coming. After the success of naming a handbag after Alexa Chung, which was one of the major factors propelling Mulberry to fashion heights with the unprecedented speed for British label, having a new fashion muse and as trendy as Lana Del Rey was an obvious step. Indeed Mulberry was a first fashion establishment that recognised Lana’s appeal by hiring her to sing at their LA party. And now that even British Vogue gave her a seal of approval, calling a bag Del Rey was a perfect PR move: fashion world already had eyes on Mulberry for their Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalk show (star studded row would make any designer proud with Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Pixie Geldof and Downton Abbey actresses Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery to name a few) and having Lana float in with a brand new Del Rey bag just sent fashionistas and media into frenzy!
Mulberry’s Emma Hill said Lana inspired them with her vintage style and seductive voice. Indeed Del Rey bag does have a very vintage feel – add White Ostrich material (the one Lana was wearing for the show and Mulberry party in the evening) and you have a seductive feel indeed. I love Lana’s style (I wrote a post about her recently which you can read here), I love Mulberry, and guess what – I love new Mulberry Del Rey handbag.
February 12, 2012 § 12 Comments
Bursting into music scene when her home made video for a melancholic song Video Games went viral on Youtube, Lana Del Rey has just as quickly gained popularity in the fashion world as in the music world. And while her songs and questionable authenticity is being debated all over the internet by music critics, there is nothing less than a complete acceptance of this lady in fashion industry. The song bird has already performed at Chateau Marmont in LA at Mulberry party, was flown to Beijing to do the same for Dior, signed a modelling contract and (drum roll please) appeared on the cover of British Vogue shot by one and only Mario Testino.
On the pictures and in her videos Lana looks every inch of the star she is about to become. And while her off duty look still need a few tweaks (Lana please drop those bomber jackets, they are only cute if you borrowed them from your boyfriend when you were too optimistic about the weather outside and not for daily wear) one thing she definitely got right is her hair style: she epitomises those soft retro waves seen all over spring/summer 2012 fashion runways!
And since I am simply in love with Lana’s Born to Die video, here are the items inspired by two of her outfits in the video. I will definitely be channeling half-hipster half-flower child look very soon (as soon as this Global Freeze currently positioned over London disappears, that is).
- muubaa Tassel Detail Drape Leather Jacket, £110
- Bitching & Junkfood Cross Detail Shorts, £60
- Converse High Top Trainers, £40
- Her Curious Nature Deep Velvet Flower Ribbon, £28 available at asos.com
- Asos High Wasted Denim Shorts, £28
- Carvela Assemble Pumps, £120
- Bitching & Junkfood Stud Shorts, £80
- Issa Mesh Panneled Chiffon Gown, was £695 now £382 on outnet.com
- Jimmy Choo Fairy Satin Platform Sandals, £575
- Johny Loves Rosie Flower Headband, was £30 n0w £14
- Le Grana Greta Dress £160 available at notjustalabel.com
February 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
To promote my brand new Facebook page I am hosing a give away of beautiful silver and gold earrings by Daisy Jewellery worth £60! All you have to do is like My Fashion Wish List Facebook page by following the link below and then writing a post on its wall telling me what items are currently on your fashion wish list. It is that simple! But it is not just the earrings you can win: you can also be featured here on the blog! Spread the word and good luck to all!
January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
It has been a while since Prada handbag really impressed me. Now the dry spell of creativity is over at the Italian fashion house with a release of a beautiful Pyramide bag. It’s structure and metal clasp closing are very feminine and classic, yet something about the shape and colour selection adds a sporty feel that just hits the nail on the head of sport de luxe trend of S/S 12.The choice is yours, from classic Prada red to striking black and white to pastel baby blue and yellow (ah another trend right there, pastels, big blog post on this coming soon). It is a new perfect bag that deserves a place on the wish list and for £1800 its likely to stay just there.
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?
November 23, 2011 § 1 Comment
As you probably noticed I do not usually comment on celebrity style, there are plenty of blogs that do that. But rules are there to be broken – hence here goes my styling analysis of the outfits three main actresses of the saga wore to the premiers. The reason why I believe it fits into my blog is that it is definitely on My Fashion Wishlist to dress up for a red carpet event, especially if I get to have the choice of gowns the lucky girls above get.
Kristen Stewart wore black lacy Roberto Cavalli and blue sequin J Mendel to London and New York Premiers and while the dresses looked absolutely fabulous and so did Kristen’s luminescent white skin, I have not seen anyone look that awkward in high heels on red carpet for a while. I understand the whole ‘lets-rebel-against-fame’ thing, but please Kristen learn how to walk in heels as it is very disrespectful to the designer (and your stylist who probably cries each night into her pillow) to put Nike sneakers on red carpets after sucking it up for 5 minutes only.
Nikki Reed opted for pale green Marchesa and neon Michael Kors. She looked too old for her age in the Marchesa but was stunning in futuristic cut out gown. Dressing for your age is vital – you are young and beautiful only once!
Ashley Green wore custom made Donna Karan gowns for both events. While asymmetric cut out gown made Ashley stand out, her second outfit was another disappointment – red full length dress made her look shapeless and added a few kilograms to petit Ashley due to asymmetric fabric folds.
There is one more film to go and hopefully after 4 practice runs the fashion on the premier of the final installment of the saga will tick all the right boxes. Chances are we won’t see Kristen in a dress before that anyway.
October 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
Ankle boots are the most multifunctional shoe style for autumn as they take you from day to night. While scanning the usual suspects of high street retailing I picked out my 3 favourite styles that won’t blow your bank. Here they are:
1. Topshop Absinthe Metal High Heel Boots in black for £80. Love the chunky heel – great for toughening up girly outfits for a high fashioned look. Plus super comfortable for round the clock wear.
2. KG Ellison Multicoloured Ankle Boots are currently on sale for just £89 (were £150). Colourful and a lot of fun – just what you eed to brighten up grey autumn days.
3. River Island Dark Green Platform Ankle Boots for £100 – a perfect colour for this autumn. It is all in the detail – woven strap with metal buckle and large stitches make it stand out.