Monday, 31 January 2011

In search of Jeffrey Campbells....

If you've read my post on Office-gate, you'll know that I fell head over heels for an out of this world pair of wedges from Jeffrey Campbell. I wasn't about to let the failings of Office get in the way of owning those gorgeous leopard print beauties so I scoured the internet high and low for them, to no avail as they seemed to be sold out pretty much everywhere even in black. My last resort was to email Jeffrey Campbell themselves, I spoke to the lovely Francisco and then Sharon in the US but they were completely sold out, everywhere, forever.

Like a typical female, I want them even more now that I know I can't have them. I spend most of today searching for an alternative but there's nothing as amazing as my Xanadus. I did find Karmaloop which has a good selection of Jeffrey Campbells (including an exclusive colour of the beige lace ups) AND they ship to the UK! These are my favourites from the site, though I can't tell whether I love or hate the fringed ones!


Friday, 28 January 2011

Givenchy Couture Spring/Summer 2011

Sometimes people wonder what the point of couture is. Normally I refer them to Dior's breathtaking dresses and tell them that in comparison, 'normal' fashion looks mediocre. For me, couture is about creating something exquisitely beautiful, intricate works of art on fabric. If anyone asked me now, I'd refer them to the Givenchy SS11 collection, Riccardo Tisci's collection was much less gothic and dark than previous collections, the collection was almost romantic but with a harder edge. He incorporated elements inspired by robots and dancer Kazu Ohno with soft sheer organza and chiffon, ostrich feathers and hours upon hours of intricate embroidery work. The backs of the dresses were stunning. This is my favourite couture collection by far. 


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Armani Prive Spring/Summer 2011

Welcome to the future, courtesy of Mr Armani. To say this collection is at the other end of the spectrum from the old world glamour of the Fall 2010 Prive collection is a bit of an understatement, try another planet in the year 2050. Clearly inspired by all things futuristic and intergalactic, I think the collection will come as a bit of a shock to some. I'm amazed by the beautiful, molten metal fabrics, dazzled by the cutaway dresses exposing glittery embellished fabric and seriously coveting those Philip Treacy saucer hats. I can't see many red carpet dresses though. 

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Obnoxious Sunday

This outfit was pretty spot on for a lazy Sunday brunch - tapered harem pants in a subdued midnight blue paired with a slouchy cotton top with moody purples, violets and blue florals bleeding into each other. Simple, nonchalent - just what I aimed for. I finished it with my parent pinky red wedges which demand attention with their cut out detail to give it a little pop of colour. However, when I shrugged on my signature winter coat and the obligatory 'It's Sunday and far too early to be leaving the house' sunglasses, my perfect laidback outfit went from effortless to LA starlet obnoxious before I knew it. I kind of like the look but even I have to admit that this was a tad OTT. I heeded Coco Chanel's advice on accessories - 'Take one accessory off before you leave the house' and took my obnoxiousity down by a notch. It was Sunday after all!

Jacket - vintage, top - Miss Selfridge, harems - Topshop, shoes - New Look, sunglasses - Rayban courtesy of Brand Alley, bag - Marc Jacobs

Monday, 24 January 2011

Prada SS11 campaign video

This Prada video has literally made my day! I bet you can't watch it without breaking into a grin. I love that such a well respected fashion house is embracing new technology and it's the perfect medium for showing off the very bold baroque-meets-stripes collection. 

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

$100 Shopbop giftcard giveaway!

I'm not going to lie, this is a super prize and I'm going to be a little jealous when I have to hand over the amazing $100 giftcard for Shopbop. I remember Shopbop as being one of the first sites to bring designer brands to the online arena, I've been shopping on the site for about 10 years (yes, that makes me feel a little old!).

I first stumbled upon the site when I was looking for decent jeans and denim shorts, nowadays I prefer finding American brands who haven't quite made it across the pond yet. 
They have pretty much every cool brand you'll want, including Jeffrey Campbell, Sam Edelman, Alexander Wang, Acne and a host of high end designers like Preen, Thakoon and Herve Leger. I still think they have the best denim selection online, whether you're after a premium denim brand, denim leggings or jean shorts. My favourite thing is seeing those three little words though: Shopbop on sale enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite brand on the site is.
2. Tweet: I just entered @fashion_dreamer 's $100 Shopbop giveaway
3. Become a fan on Facebook

Each one of the above counts as one entry to the competition so doing all three counts as three separate entries. The competition closes on Wednesday 2nd February and is open internationally. Good luck! 

Think Positive on Blue Monday

Brace yourselves, lovelies. As if normal Mondays aren't bad enough, tomorrow is Blue Monday. *Here's the science bit* Statistically, tomorrow is the most depressing day of the entire year. A combination of post Christmas/New Year blues, drained bank accounts, going back to a job that you may dislike after a long break and horrid weather takes it's toll in January. It can be all too easy to dwell on the negative things but it's important to remain positive and keep your head up, there are so many beautiful moments in life...cherish them. 

Just in case you need reminding to stay positive, acclaimed life coach Dr Antonio Marsocci has teamed up with Bradley Seymour - Creative Director of Italian Marie Claire - to produce Think Positive, a clothing brand to encourage optimistic thinking as a part of everyday life. The designs are simple and incorporate bold slogans graphic prints, I love the 'peaceful' see with the sea print. It may sound like a gimmick, but graphic tees have been used for decades to spread a message. I think it's great to spread a positive message and remind people to smile and be positive. 

The range includes t-shirts and jewellery and is available at Think Positive


Saturday, 22 January 2011

Running in high heels

As much as I love heels, sometimes they can be a downright pain in the heel, toes and balls of your feet. Especially if you're a regular person going about your business without a car to take you from place to place. Yesterday I found myself in my lovely new five inch platform hiker boots roaming around London looking for a cinema showing Black Swan which wasn't sold out. Walking from Oxford Circus to Soho and then Haymarket via Chinatown and Leicester square could have been disaster, especially after a day at work, but these gorgeous heels were super comfy. I think that's what you call a fashion Holy Grail - killer heels without the killer. 

Jumper - River Island, skirt - Topshop, tights - New Look, boots - Topshop, ring - YSL

Friday, 21 January 2011

H&M x Swedish Hasbeens - Spring 2011

Love them or loathe them, you have to admit that clogs have crossed over from controversial trend to mainstream footwear option fairly successfully. Like many others, I was ‘anti clog’ when I first saw them on catwalks and when they eventually filtered onto the high-street. We’ve seen any and every permutation and hybrid possible, from summer slingback clogs to even winter boot clogs! The must-have cult brand for clog lovers is definitely Swedish Hasbeens. The brand has exploded over the last year and is now sold in over 22 countries, as their contemporary, sustainable take on clogs growing a cult status. I challenge any clog hater to visit the website without coveting at least one pair of their shoes.

At over £100 a pop, I’ve always thought they were a tad too expensive for something which will be relegated to the back of the wardrobe in 5 months time. So hallelujah for H&M who have decided to collaborate with their fellow Swedish brand on a small collection of 3 styles which will be available in 150 stores worldwide on 20th April. The first style is a gladiator-style wooden wedge heel with with three buckle ankle straps in cream and tan on a pale wooden wedge and black on black. The second style is a peep-toe wedge with a wooden sole and a snake effect leather laced top and finally there is a heeled sandal with one ankle strap which comes in cream and red on a pale wooden base. They will cost between £34.99 and £39.99 which is cheap as chips and sure to entice many of you to try clogs. Will I be buying? Hmm I’m still undecided the gladiators look nice but more than anything I’m glad that H&M are collaborating with a smaller label with less fanfare, hype and hysteria than previous collections *ahem* Lanvin *ahem*!


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Roberta Furlanetto SS11 lookbook

It's taken me a long, long time to post about the Roberta Furnaletto SS11 collection, not because I didn't like it but because I didn't really know how to sum it up. The collection is a bit of a contradiction - colours are simple military hues (with a couple of surprising pinks) and it looks like it should be a fairly minimalist and utilitarian collection but out of nowhere there are ornate pleats, origami folds and pretty ruffles. It reminds me a lot of the Valentino x Gap collaboration, but this feels like a more comprehensive exploration of the contrast between pretty and functional, maximalist and minimalist. What do you think of the collection?

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