Thursday, 14 June 2012

It's Selfridges sale time!

I'm pretty sure bank managers across the country are quaking in their boots as pretty much every retailer has announced their sale today! Having a quick peruse on the interweb rather than joining the scrum of sale shoppers is the civilised route to sale shopping and the one sale which you must visit is Selfridges. I'm cooing over the gorgeous Mulberry bags which are selling out faster than you can say "I want it now"! Be quick to snap up a bargain. My top tip is to purchase classic accessories and justify the expenditure via the old cost-per-wear logic. Throw in an equation and a spreadsheet and I'm sure Mr Bank Manager will agree that you were actually saving money rather than spending it...

Left to right:
Vivienne Westwood Derby clutch, was £295 now £206. 
Kurt Geiger Himalaya sandals, was £295 now £149. 
Alexander McQueen skull print scarf, was £165 now £82. 
Tory Burch Robinson envelope clutch, was £290 now £145. 
YSL Arty silver-plated ring, was £165 now £82. 
Alexander McQueen snake skull clutch, was £995 now £497. 
Mulberry Taylor satchel, was £850 now £595. 

Monday, 23 April 2012

Rupert Sanderson SS12 collection

I believe in the power of positive thinking. Ignoring dreary skies and rain, I've been dreaming of blue skies and the feeling of sunshine on my skin. That's exactly why I've been snapping up summer wardrobe pieces, including a neon pink crochet skirt and neon pink hotpants. One thing that's missing is a pair of Rupert Sanderson heels. The high octane summer collection is my current obsession. The mixture of bright pops of colour and African tribal prints is potent and epitomises the feeling of the summer collections I saw at LFW. The graphic wedges are perfect for hopping and skipping around the city in comfort while the heels with cork detailing are the perfect statement heel for a party. 


Monday, 16 April 2012

Zara Lookbook April 2012

I absolutely love Zara lookbooks, the styling is always on point and inspires me. The April 2012 lookbook features the stunning Liu Wen looking easy breezy in cool whites with a sprinkling of pastels and prints. I absolutely love the printed Mary Katrantzou-esque dress and red peplum skirt. What's your favourite look? 


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Asos Spring 2012 Lookbook

As the ice and snow turn to slush and melt away, let's drift back to all things spring 2012. I've just had a sneak peek at the ASOS spring 2012 lookbook and I've fallen in lust with the exquisite prints and sports-inspired neoprene pieces. Sporty or pretty? Pastels or brights? Which looks are you most looking forward to? 

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Stella McCartney SS12 campaign

Stella McCartney's SS12 campaign features close friend Natalia Vodianova and was shot by Mert & Marcus. It should come as no surprise that Natalia did the honours as she opened Stella's show in Paris last September. The campaign has a raw edge, I don't think I really 'got' it at first glance but I love the images now. The shots feature two pieces: the ink Paisley print shirt and matching trousers as well as the Fitzroy dress with 3D embroidered edges. The collection has already been a hit with celebrities/stylists, back in December Charlize Theron wore  a one shouldered mini dress to the LA premiere for "Young Adults" while Shailene Woodley wore a blue patterned long sleeve top with a gorgeous matching mini for the 2012 Palms Springs Film Festival. 


Thursday, 26 January 2012

Givenchy Couture Spring 2012

I'm sure my posts about Givenchy couture shows are all the time so I will keep this short: The collection is exquisite, the workmanship is incredible and I love Tisci's vision. One of the dresses took 350 hours to make as the crocodile scales were individually cut, numbered, bleached, dyed and resewn onto tulle. Incredible 


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Chanel Couture Spring 2012

Twitter was all a-buzz with talk of Chanel Air before their couture show, the talk of air hostesses serving drinks and a cloud painted ceiling was intriguing. The setting seemed less ostentatious than previous stages and it was the perfect backdrop for a lighter, pared back collection. Karl Lagerfeld might not be feeling blue but his collection was only blue, 150 different shades to be exact. The collection was classically elegant but with a more youthful feel. The open boat necks and severe dropped waist detailing and subtle embroidery and embellishment gave a fresh, contemporary edge. A surprising number of day looks signifies that Chanel couture is a real business, not a red carpet only affair. 


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

A Galliano-shaped hole remains in the House of Dior and after last season's horrendous couture show, I think everyone was on the edge of their seats to see what would become of one of the most iconic of the couture houses. Bill Gaytten delved deep into the Dior archives, evident in the use of houndstooth, the "New Look silhouette, full skirts and just a dash of Dior drama. Described by Gaytten as "X-ray Dior...all the structure of iconic Dior, but all of it see-through", the collection was well recieved with The Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong describing it as "A class act by any standards". Though there were still a couple of sub-par pieces, I enjoyed the ladylike, feminine collection in delicate fabrics. There aren't many red carpet choices but the beauty of the collection speaks for itself without the need for celebrities. 


Atelier Versace Spring 2012

One of the most anticipated shows of this couture season, Atelier Versace returned to the couture week schedule after an eight year hiatus. It's fitting then that the super-brand had a star studded front row including Anna Dello Russo, Cameron Diaz and Diane Kruger to view the 15-piece collection modeled by the likes of Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, Karmen Pedaru and Arizona Muse. There were some really strong looks, particularly the shimmery slivers of silver Chantilly lace making up the first few looks, the shorter Versace gold dresses and the degrade orange strapless dress. There were weaker looks which looked like an awkward, hurried rehash of previous Givenchy/Armani Prive/Chanel collections. The architectural, sculptural details were a bit of departure from the prettier, more romantic Atelier Versace look - see Angelina Jolie at last week's Golden Globes or Anne Hathaway's infamous dress from the Atelier. I'm not sure how many of these pieces will be seen on the red carpet, but I'm sure the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian will love them. 


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Oscar de la Renta SS12 campaign

Oscar de la Renta has impeccable taste, he's tapped my favourite glamazon for his spring/summer 2012 campaign. The bold campaign features Karlie's signature death stare, incredible legs and bold colours against a geometric black and white floor; making for quite the statement. What do you think of the campaign? 


Thursday, 12 January 2012

Prada SS12 accessories

Mrs Prada has a definite knack for translating her kooky inspirations into fabulous pieces that we all covet. Whether its baroque mixed with jungle prints or a timeless look mixing modernity and classicism, her inspirations go on to inspire all the way down the fashion food chain to lower priced lines and the high street. I have a feeling that even SS12’s abstract 50s hotrods-inspired accessories will be a huge hit on the high street. How could it not? The collection is quirky and insanely and utterly desirable I adore the headlight details and the Grease-esque flame details, these babies are sure to get you shot by the likes of Tommy Ton. The collection is nicely balanced with some extremely ladylike elements. My favourite is the Pyramide bag, simplistic and chic it comes in baby blue and pale yellow as well as a more punchy cherry red. Which Prada aesthetic do you prefer, sporty or chic? 


Sunday, 8 January 2012

H&M Spring 2012 lookbook

H&M are without a doubt one of my favourite high street stores at the moment. They never fail to translate catwalk trends at purse-friendly prices. Their two Spring 2012 lookbooks really blew me away, I could imagine myself wearing every single piece which, for me, is the sign of a great lookbook. I love the asymmetric blouses, minimalistic brights and luxe feel. 

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The spring/summer 2012 campaigns

Have you noticed? The green shoots of spring are starting to grow between the stale sale rails, the new season is almost upon us! Actually, most stores have had bits of their transitional collections coming in from the end of last year - the winter equivalent of seeing thick, heavy coats in stores in August. A few pieces scattered around a store amongst sale bedlam wasn’t really enough to satisfy my need for newness though. But now with just the dregs of last season remaining and beautifully merchandised collections in size order, it’s time to think about spring. And what better way than to take a sneak peek at the spring 2012 campaign images? I really like the pretty, pastel Louis Vuitton image and the Italian elegance portrayed in the Dolce & Gabbana whilst Gisele looks incredible in Versace. I think my favourite would have to be Coco Rocha in Longchamp, how can you not love that image?

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