The Tassel Trend

This bracelet set from Accessorize was given to me as a gift on my birthday and it is the perfect nod towards the tassel trend this AW. I’ve been wanting a tassel handbag charm for a while, after seeing them on previous AW catwalks, but I love the idea of being able to wear these tiny rose coloured versions on my wrist, too.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be treating myself to one of these gorgeous oversized handbag charms though-I’ve found some great ones on Ebay! I’ll be grabbing one in a lovely, sunny yellow shade to match my new Folli Follie handbag!

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Puma For 2014

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Puma have thought of sportswear from every angle this season, and with a strong focus on 90’s aesthetics their collection ranges from elegance to vibrancy. Below we look at the five key themes within their collection in more detail, but with so much choice it is difficult to choose a favourite.
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The ‘Opulence’ theme within the collection uses a combination of bold metallic hues in order to represent the celebration of grace, simplicity and style within their sportswear.

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Another theme within the new collection is ‘Tropicalia’, which gets its major influence from the vibrancy of Brazilian culture and art, reflected in the bright patterns and colours featured used in this aspect of the collection.

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The more technical theme of their newest collection is ‘Archive Running’, focusing on their continued high quality and innovation, especially when it comes to their achievements in running technology.

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Brazil remains a key theme for…

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Yellow on yellow!

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A few months back I wrote a blog on how to wear sunny yellow hues over the AW period, but I’ve recently discovered (thanks to some gorgeous birthday gifts) that mixing different shades of yellow together also gives a great glow to an outfit. In fact, both of these pieces will transition brilliantly into Spring and I can see this bright yellow bag becoming my ‘go to’ handbag for months to come!

[Jumper, River Island. Handbag, Folli Follie.]

Under the Sea with Kenzo & The Blue Marine Foundation

Living in a profit driven society means it is refreshing to find brand names who, not only donate to charity, but help raise awareness of certain issues. Fashion is an especially powerful tool when influential fashion houses use their creativity and unique designs to create collections that speak volumes about the issues in society. The most recent collaboration that we have seen across the SS14 catwalks is between Kenzo and The Blue Marine Foundation, a charity who aim to create sustainable fishing, marine reserves and therefore protect 10 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2020. Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have said they are ‘extremely excited about this long-term partnership’ and, although they reviewed many different charities they would like to work with, they believe working with The Blue Marine Foundation was a ‘perfect match’. As you may have seen on their SS14 catwalk show and campaign there were major hints towards the ocean and sustainability of sea life with strong messages such as ‘No Fish, No Nothing’ and water inspired prints across their collection. It may not seem hugely influential, but just think, Kenzo have a huge fashion following and the impact they can have upon the minds of the youth of today is of huge importance.

    

What I Wore

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This is part of the outfit I wore for an evening out to celebrate my birthday. I’m wearing a gorgeous lemon yellow fluffy jumper from River Island, a jewelled necklace from Primark and on my lips I have a new colour from The Body Shop from their Colour Crush collection in shade 201 (Red Hot Raspberry). I teamed all this with a simple black clutch, black wedged heels and black textured disco pants!

Paris Couture Fashion Week- Street Style

Another blog for Trapped Magazine

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Paris couture Fashion week is one of the most anticipated events of the fashion calender, but as time has gone on it is not just what is worn on the runway that we are eager to see. It is now of great interest to us to see what is worn off the catwalks, with the street style of show-goers, designers and bloggers being just as inspirational as the shows themselves. However, such interest in the street style at shows is no longer solely focused upon what women are wearing, but it is now equally inspiring to see what the men are wearing, too.
Over the three days in Paris we saw styles that ranged from amazing tailoring, chunky knits and oversized wool coats, but the biggest trend of all was sportswear. Some wore an eclectic mix of high top trainers with trench coats or blazers, whilst others wore snapbacks whilst…

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Viktor & Rolf- SS14 Couture

With such truly beautiful clothing on show on this years SS14 Couture runways, it was hard for me to pick a favourite few designers, and so it is interesting that one of my favourites was actually the Viktor and Rolf show. Although many of the other shows had awe inspiring couture garments, I found the production and concept behind the Viktor and Rolf show really did stand them a part from the other designers. It wasn’t the clothing that impressed me so much, but with the designers giving us a ‘night at the ballet’ I found watching the whole show both haunting and beautiful. The designers took inspiration from the world of ballet in order to blur the lines between clothing and the skin, creating garments from light, beautiful materials, but every tiny detail made the show special, from the haunting, classical music to the styling of the model’s hair brushed over their faces. I know it sounds as if I am dismissing the clothing that was on show, but I was truly captivated by the dancers (cast from the Dutch National Ballet) who took the meaning of couture to a whole other level. 

[Click here to watch the show in full]

Note Apparel- Birmingham Born Streetwear

Great to see a brand with character! Another blog for Trapped Magazine 🙂

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Amongst a sea of streetwear retailers it is refreshing to find Note Apparel, a street wear company with substance and character. Influenced by the longevity of team logos, this Birmingham based brand has created The Note Apparel Emblem Collection as a way of introducing their brand’s personality and visual aesthetic to the masses. Expressing their emblem is of key importance to the brands creators, who see it as their duty to provide garments of high quality with simple monochromatic designs that can be easily worn by the modern man. There is nothing complex about this brand and their concepts, but the simple use of the same emblem as an expression of individuality on all of their high quality garments and an original variation of headwear makes them a popular choice amongst streetwear fans. We have chosen a few of our favourites from their online store http://www.noteapparel.com/.
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International Inspiration

‘Street Style’ is just as inspirational to me, if not more, than catwalk shows and designer campaigns, because I love to admire what others are wearing in the real world. It has occurred to me that there are so many inspirational cultures and fashions across the world that I need to have a closer look at, which is why I’ve chosen a few of my favorite looks from across the world, so enjoy and be inspired!

London: expect oversized coats, sportswear, amazing tailoring, mixed prints, and a great use of separates.

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Tokyo: expect a lot of experimentation, lots of colour, a playful take on dressing, and individuality everywhere you look!

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Paris: expect sleek, simple structures, flat oxford shoes, and a chic, classic and feminine approach to styling.

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Moscow: expect a more daring approach to dressing, humorous and sporty twists , furs (of course), bright colours, eclectic patterns, and a great use of darker colours.

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New York: expect an eclectic mix of sports, boho, feminine tailoring  and an ‘undone’ look- half untucked shirts, unbuttoned blouses- and a surprising amount of denim.

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New Delhi:  reminiscent of the Indian culture you can expect an underestimated sense of glamour achieved by mixing bright colours and patterns.

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