Mango Maxis

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

The spring has sprung. Hence it is time to find spring buys that can help once and for all leave the wintery outfits behind and recharge our wardrobes. This time I turn to Mango for help updating the skirt selection. I have spoken volumes about midi pleated skirts a few weeks ago (read more here) but it does not mean we have to wave goodbye to pleats of different lengths. Maxis are still full on trend this season so I found four perfect spring must-haves by Mango.

1 and 3 (£44.99) are perfect to add the pastel trend to your wardrobe – wear them by day with your favourite cotton tee or combine with complementing pastel colour silk tops and statement necklaces for totally fashionable evening wear.
2 (£39.99) is a total find – this is the rock chic solution to spring romanticism: black with leathery finish yet strangely feminine, you wont regret this buy.
4 (£49.99) has a denim feel to it yet is light and perfect even for the hottest day of the year – match with your favourite Converse or Superga trainers for a sporty feel.

The Must Have Item

March 1, 2012 § 17 Comments

For as long as I remember there only ever been 2 lengths of skirts in my wardrobe – either maxi or mini (to tell you the truth the majority are mini and I am sure I am not the only one). Calf length aka midi skirt would only be associated with black and white photos my grandmother used to show me of her youth. But now it is time to forget that association and welcome the new fashion piece into our lives (and wardrobes) – Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt.

Slight fascination with this particular item started on a few catwalks for autumn winter 2011 season, but by spring summer 2012 pleated midi has repositioned itself from charity shops to everyone’s fashion wish list and it seems it is here to stay! The item is so versatile, as you can see from the catwalk looks above, it is likely to become a wardrobe staple: you can wear it on leisurely walk, to a work meeting, during cocktail hour and pretty much everywhere else by teaming it with different tops and accessories. And did I mention it looks as good with flats as with heels?

My favourite way to wear one this season is to pick one-colour version in either bright or pastel shade, team it up with oversized T-shirt and add randomly put together long chain necklaces. And if you are not afraid to experiment team up socks with wedges à la Mulberry campaign and you are ready to rock it!

The best thing – there is such a wide range to choose from whether you are looking for designer item or cheaper way to adopt this trend. My favourites are those by Jil Sander which come in so many colours you would not want to look anywhere else. Bellow are my designer and budget picks for joining on the hot trend of Spring Summer 12!

Designer: 

  1. Maison Martin Margiela, £330
  2. HMH Couture, £150
  3. Pleats Please Issey Miyake, £339
  4. See By Chloe, £334
  5. Jil Sander, £580
  6. Jil Sander, £580
  7. Jil Sander, £282
  8. Jil Sander, £580

High Street:

  1. Jovonista Pleated Skirt With Tonal Flower Print, £25
  2. Topshop Pleat Calf Skirt in Yellow, £48
  3. Max C Pleated Midi Skirt also available in red, £15
  4. Asos Petit Exclusive Midi Skirt also available in yellow and baby blue, £28
  5. New Look Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt also available in cream and black, £19.99
  6. Sister Jane Pleats Skirt, available in Topshop, £49
  7. Asos Midi Skirt With Pleats also available in black, £21
  8. Zara Accordion pleated Skirt, £39.99

House Of Dereon Lands in UK

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment


No, I am not talking about flying houses like the one in the cartoon UP. House of Dereon is an American brand established in 2004 by famous singer Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles (known for styling Beyonce and other members on Destiny’s Child) and now it is finally available in our country.

The brand is intergenerationally inspired – Beyonce acts as a muse, Tina Knowles as a designer and her late mother Agnes Dereon who worked as a seamstress and dressmaker in Louisiana as an inspiration. Targeting 20-30 year old fashionable women (that is their own positioning, I on the other hand do not believe that fashion needs to be age-specific) the brand provides a range of sexy dresses and other outfits that would make your fashion choices for a night out on the town easy.

In my opinion even if House of Dereon was not Beyonce-related I would love the collection. It is feminine and definitely sexy – who would not want a piece from their collection, especially now that we are all thinking about holiday season outfits?

Above are two of my favourite dresses from the collection: Shimmer Strap Bodycon Dress in Gold £90-£100 and Assymetric Mini Dress £80. I would also like to add sequin pieces from the collection to my wishlist: I love waterfall blazer (£110) and a wrap front skirt (£75) especially since both come in a choice of black and gold colours. See the whole range in the special concession at London Selfridges, online at http://www.selfridges.com and http://www.lipsy.com.

Little tip, if you are shopping online try Lipsy as the prices are up to 10% lower and you will be able to get free delivery on orders over £75 with a special code: AW11SHIPPING but not all items are available at both e-locations.

Designer Inspired Bargains

August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment


This summer a few English celebrities have been spotted wearing clothes from http://www.owntherunway.com so I decided to check it out. It is a fast growing fashion retailer that provides great interpretations of designer trends for bargain prices. This morning I picked out a few of my favourites that are worth a place in your wardrobe.

High wasted stripy skirt is very Prada-like and is just £14.99. Star print tie blouse is clearly inspired by Dolce & Gabbana but will only set you back by £17.99. While the dress in an interpretation of Christopher Kane neon floral pattern with in an Autumn/Winter hue and is priced at £26.99.

Those are my picks, but if you want some Sunday bargain e-tailing therapy you should have a look!

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