There is only one person I look out for at music awards ceremonies - Ms Katy Perry. This girl plans meticulously and goes the whole 10 yards with her entire head-to-toe look, she really commits. And the girl has enough chutzpah to pull off any look. Take her Oriental-inspired get up at the 2011 VMAs, par exemple. The baby blue Atelier Versace press is absolutely stunning, with it's embroidered cherry blossom shaped crystals and cut outs. Most would draw the line there but Katy accessoried with a cute matching, killer Jimmy Choos and candy pink hair. She sort of looks part Harajuku girl, part anime babe and totally awesome.
If you feel inspired by Ms Perry and her oriental look, the high street is full of oriental-inspired prints to help you emulate a much more toned down version of her outfit...
If ever we needed a bit of cheering up, it's today. Major post Bank Holiday blues over here. So thank God for Lanvin's autumn/winter 2011 campaign which is just too cool for school. The images surfaced a few weeks ago and feature Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmermann making some serious shapes while being photographed by Steven Meisel. It instantly stood out as a really fun, vibrant campaign with a bit of a story behind it, rather than the blank stares and highly styled looks of most fashion houses. The video takes the fun and cranks it up a notch or four, the perfect remedy to the back to work blues. I am so learning the dance in time for FNO!
To celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend, super shoe retailer Schuh have got a fabulous 15% discount on sandals, including sale items! All you need to do is enter Sandals15 at the checkout, hurry though the offer ends at midnight tomorrow. I know the weather has been pretty touch and go but a girl can never have too many sandals, if only for making the most of the brief moments of sunshine! Here are my favourite sandals from Schuh.
Schuh flow gladiator sandals. You really can't beat a pair of gladiator sandals. I really like the criss cross staps on these, it adds a bit of character and the zip at the back makes them a doddle to get on and off. They were originally £45 but have been redeuced to £14.99...plus you get an extra 15% of.
Red or Dead Freya Sandals. These sandals are more like cut out shoes, they look really distinctive and would look great with a flowery tea dress or dressed down with shorts and a graphic tee. They're £50.
What a cheery pair of yellow sandals! These quirky shoes have a real vintage vibe and, being Hush Puppies, they are going to be mega comfy so you can hop, skip and jump around all day. Or just walk! These are another sale steal pair, they were originally £52 but have been reduced to £34.99.
If flip flops are a little too plain but gladiator sandals aren't pretty enough, these gold sandals will be perfect for you. The thin straps give them a dainty look while the gold colour gives them a bit of a luxe feel. These sandals are also in the sale, they were originally £39.99 and have gone down to £24.99.
The Queen of Shops is set to become Queen of the High Street.
Mary Portas' range for House of Fraser has officially launched! Part clothing line and part retail revolution, the range is available at House of Fraser Oxford Street and online. The store has a really luxe feel, each member of staff has been selected by Mary herself so expect nothing but the best service. To give it an even more luxe feel, it can only be accessed by a private express lift and there are even Bell Boys on hand to wait on you. the range itself is designed for women rather than young girls, focusing on edgy, grown up investment pieces...without the hefty price tag. Those red/pink/coral jeans have flown right to the top of my wishlist!
First look at Dasha Zhukova's Garage magazine.
Kova & T founder and one time Pop editor Dasha Zhukova has a new venture and it looks rather racy. Her highly anticipated magazine Garage hits newstands on 5th September has three covers with the theme 'inked' with Damien Hirst and Richard Prince each designing a butterfly tattoo cover. The third cover features Nick Knight and Dinos Chapman's image of a doll house complete with the perfect doll - Lily Donaldson.
Diesel launch Loverdose perfume.
Diesel have just launched their edgy new perfume called Loverdose, a portmanteau of love overdose. Love the name and love the bottle. Described as "a beautiful but deadly weapon of seduction" to "ignite passions like never before",
Jarlo's AW11 behind-the-scenes video.
How adorable is Jarlo's autumn/winter 2011 video?! The London-based label has stayed true to it's cute, vibrant and vintage-inspired roots with the video. Bagsy the tartan cape and polkadot pussy bow dress.
The one upside of unseasonable chilly weather is being able to coo over snugly coats and knitwear without breaking out in a sweat. I don’t know about you, but I usually find shopping at this time of year unbearable, it’s (usually) hot and instead of finding holiday clothes, the shops are already bringing in thick knits, faux furs and scarves. I’ve already began earmarking pieces to add to my wardrobe for winter and right on the top of the list is a beautiful quilted Barbour Gold Label by Temperley jacket. Not the most obvious choice is Temperley is known for her prints and beautiful fabric but I think the pairing works really well. Adding a bit of Temperley glamour to Barbour’s iconic waxed jackets and quilted coats has transformed them from country walk classics to country chic in the city. Prices vary from £379 to £899 for outerwear and £249 to £349 exclusively at My Wardrobe.
Welcome to a world of cupcakes, tea parties and the most luxurious, twinkling haute joaillerie collection. Luxury Swiss watch and jewellery maker Chopard has taken up residence in Selfridges’ Wonder Room to showcase their beautiful collection – temptations. Inspired by the tea party theme of Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara ball, the collection includes some really stunning pieces which have never been seen before in the UK. Using the rarest precious stones such as white, brown and orange diamonds, Chopard has created fantastical animal-inspired pieces which really challenge traditional perceptions of jewellery. I spied my favourite piece among duck rings, beaver earrings and panda pendants: a gecko bracelet set in 259 white diamonds, 139 brown diamonds and 18 orange diamonds. The images really don’t do the collection justice so pop down to the Wonder Room in Selfridges before 31st August to catch a glimpse of this super luxe collection before it's gone.
Brrrr. There's a definite chill in the air today, very unexpected considering this is August! After rummaging through my summer wardrobe for something remotely warm to wear, I settled on layering up for warmth instead. Thankfully, The Outnet were prepared and have just had a huge influx of cute and cosy knitwear pieces this week, and I'm not just talking jumpers and cardigans. There are some lovely cropped jumpers which I loved last winter, pretty pale pinks, sequin details, patterns and structured shapes to give your winter wardrobe a quirky-yet-cosy edge. My personal favourite is the lovely bottle green cape by Halston Heritage and the beautiful Cacharel cardi coat.
One of the brands which never fails to catch my eye at the fabulous Push PR press days is Regal Rose. Their collections are heavily inspired by current fashion and street style, it's no wonder their pieces are real conversation starters. Twins Rebecca and Louisa Warwick have a knack for capturing the mode du jour of style blogs, where each piece is visually interesting. Whether you're a Woodstock Hippy, Green Goddess or Rock Chick, they have a collection full to the brim with covetable pieces. I love the bold turquoise stones and feathery dreamcatcher details of the hippy collection, the gilt golden pieces in the Greek collection and pretty much everything in the Rock Chick collection. As regular readers will know, I have a thing for quirky jewellery, knuckledusters and crucifixes. Luckily, the price points are low enough so you don't have to choose your favourite piece...
I'm starting to think that fashion can be unnecessarily complicated just for the sake of being complex. A quick glance to my wardrobe and it's a complete mish mash of florals, brights, sheer, sequins, stripes, metallic, lace all side by side like a little jumble sale. Nice pieces, but they can all be described as focal points for an outfit which isn't good as they all fight for your attention! I do have lots of nice basic tees and vests but that's as far as I go with simple pieces. I was really excited to receive a plain, simple denim dress from Medwinds, who specialise in great quality basic pieces. Being simple, it's such a versatile piece - I've worn it dressed down with flats, a little more dressed up for work and could imagine it with some killer heels for a night out.
This is how I wore it to work a couple of days ago. Sadly it's a little chilly to go tight-less so I paired it with some lace tights and one of my favourite pair of shoes. They're actually about four years old from New Look, another old-is-gold wardrobe piece. I've worn them to death which proves that low prices don't always mean low quality. The colour is great but what really drew me to them was the heel, in the four years since I've bought them I've never found a similar pair on the high street. The finishing touch for the outfit is a silk scarf from Argentina, a lovely gift from my dear friend Mariana who writes for Sketchbook magazine. I'm warming to the idea of scarves, especially when I've got a really simple outfit like this on they really add personality and a quirky little touch.