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!
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.]
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.
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!
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]
‘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.
Tokyo: expect a lot of experimentation, lots of colour, a playful take on dressing, and individuality everywhere you look!
Paris: expect sleek, simple structures, flat oxford shoes, and a chic, classic and feminine approach to styling.
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.
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.
New Delhi: reminiscent of the Indian culture you can expect an underestimated sense of glamour achieved by mixing bright colours and patterns.