Peacocks: Chanel Catwalk Dupe

Personally, I feel that Peacocks can often be a little hit and miss with their collections, but recently I spotted one serious catwalk dupe (here) that I just had to tell you about, and I think you’ll be just as pleasantly surprised as I was…

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Yep, that’s right it is just like that amazing print we saw at Chanel for SS14, and I am sooo excited to find a dupe! Not only is this the first copy of the print I’ve come across on the high street, but the items are so decently priced (£8 and £12), that I’m not sure I can resist (although I do have to wait it out until pay day). I just wish the colours were a little brighter, and I’m hoping they’ll bring in dresses and skirts in this print, too!

The retailer has also created dupes of the brush stroke print seen at Celine (here), as well as the pastel lace skirts and dresses seen at Burberry (here and here), and although they are nice enough, I would have liked more from these dupes (I’m not fond of the length of the Celine dupe tee, and I would have liked to have seen the Burberry dupe transformed into co-ords, but maybe that’s just me?)

 

Goodbye Hearts, Hello Polka Dots!!

After the Aw13 show from Burberry Prorsum, everybody was talking about, and lusting after, that heart print shirt. We saw numerous, more affordable, heart print blouses introduced across the high street in yummy berry shades, but as we come into Spring there is a new Burberry print in town- in the form of classic polka dots. This simple print shouldn’t be underestimated, though, as it looks great paired with another clashing print (think stripes and florals) or vibrant bold colours. The high street have already come out with some fresh, youthful versions of their own-you can always rely on trusty Topshop, who have lots of brightly coloured polka dot items to choose from!

                           

 

The Top Five Shows from LC:M

Louis Leeman Paris gave a gorgeous shoe only exhibition. I especially loved the velvet smoking shoe, golden embroidery and jewel tones that transformed the idea of the traditional men’s shoe!

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With creams, browns, dark greys and blue denim, the colours displayed at the Lou Dalton show gave a warming effect for AW14, and just the thick woolen snood alone was enough to put this in my top five!

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Reinventing the humble trench through vibrant colour was one thing at the Hardy Amies show, but the classic tailoring and the smart attire really won me over- there wasn’t one item I couldn’t help but admire!

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I particularly liked YMC for their casual take on menswear, as most of the shows were focused on smart tailoring, but they managed to create very smart casual looks. I especially liked the use of darker denim, chunky knits and a collar as well as the lightweight parkas (as opposed to oversized wool and trench coats).

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And last but not least is, of course, Burberry Prorsum with their statement scarves, autumnal prints and dark colours guaranteeing themselves a place in my chosen five best shows. I can already envisage a whole host of celebs wearing their scarves, tapestry bags and patterned coats next AW, just like this AW with that heart print blouse..

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**All images are taken from http://www.londoncollections.co.uk **

Holy Chic!

As soon as I saw these words grace the catwalks of Moschino I prepared myself for an onset of not only slogan tees, but slogan everything, across the high street for SS14! I’m thinking that the likes of Topshop, Zara and ASOS will all climb aboard this cheeky slogan trend pretty shortly, but it looks as though they’ve already started seeping into their collections…

A few sale buys..

I had a little look around the sales and found a few bargains along the way…

This pretty bird print blouse from Mango was a bit of an impulse buy, but the colors and print really stood out! Plus, I’m justified in buying it because it’ll look just as pretty come Spring!

Camo-print sweaterAnother from Mango, this isn’t normally a print I would go for, but after seeing it all over the runways (especially at Christopher Kane) I was automatically drawn to it, and it’s actually a really cosy knit that’ll look fab with black disco pants!

I’ve already got a pair of plain black disco pants, but I’ve been trawling the sales for a more textured pair and this crocodile effect pair from Dorothy Perkins was just what I was looking for! I’m a little bit fussy when it comes to leggings, and disco pants are great because of the  button and pocket detail which helps give them more shape!

To be honest I’ve been a little restrained over the sale period and if I could afford to I probably would have bought so much more! At the moment I’m still on the hunt for some reasonably priced velvet disco pants ( then I’ll stop with the disco pants, promise!!), a pair of really well fitting blue skinny jeans and an over sized woolen coat!

Until then, I’ll just have to keep obsessively trawling the sale rails until I find those few products that meet my fussy ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ standards…

Winter Whites

White may seem a bit scary for those of you who think this color is best kept for the warmer months, sure, its fresh and crisp and brightens up an outfit but what about during the AW months?  White can actually be worn in a really cozy way, but if you’re still not convinced, read on for my top five ways to wear whites this winter!

Cool Grays

White mixed with cool grey shades can be an underestimated color combo, but actually gives a very soft and feminine feel to a look! These colors are at their best when textures like soft cashmere and silks are mixed together- think a soft, white, cashmere sweater over the top of a knee length, cool grey, silk slip or even a gray vinyl skirt? Absolutely gorgeous, and great for work or play, too! You might even decide to incorporate grays into your look by adding a pair of grey ankle boots or a squashy clutch, as seen at Celine, to dress up the look even more!

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Playful Pastels

It’s no secret that pastels are one of my favorite trends this season, adding a feminine, but playful, charm to any ensemble! It may be that you go simple when adding such colors (think a pair of ice blue cocktail earrings against a soft white sweater or silk blouse) or you may choose to go a bit bolder (how about a silk, mint green blouse against a silky soft, white pencil skirt?), but whatever way you decide to incorporate pastel shades it is safe to say that a little pop of color can go a long way in bringing an outfit to life!

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The Metallic Edge

Well, mainly silver, but a little gold or even metallic burgundy shades can also work wonders! Personally I do think silver looks a little better than gold as it simulates that icy feeling we get during the colder months (and look a lot classier), but then adding a pointed, platformed  gold shoe to a look can also be a great touch to a white dress! This way of wearing white is quite well suited to the more dressier of occasions, and what better way to start that by trying it out during the best party season of AW-Christmas!! One tip though, keep metallic touches to a minimum, because too much and it may begin to look a little tacky- try adding it through jewelry, clutch bags or shoes for a classier look!

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Classic Navy

Navy and white contrast against each other brilliantly and definitely add an element of class to any look. Navy is such a strong, bold color that it offsets well against the sharp, crisp edge of white. This is great for work attire (although this doesn’t mean it is not as versatile as the other color combo’s), try teaming a fitted white dress with a navy pea coat or a pair of smart white trousers with a silky navy shirt or sweater!

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Monochrome

And, of course, we all know the classic black and white combo, so if you’re not bold enough to try the other looks then at least give this one a try! And this requires the most minimal effort, because you can grab a monochrome print in dresses, sweaters, pants, anything really!

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So you have no excuses not to try white this season, in fact, you’ve probably already tried it out without even realizing, but don’t let this deter you from further experimentation!

Catwalk Dupes

There have been some real gems on the catwalks this season, but like most of us I only look to high end designers for inspiration due to the huge price tag that comes with them. Sometimes, though, we get lucky and the high street will release amazing, and affordable, interpretations of what we have seen on the catwalks.

 

The British Fashion Awards:Best Dressed

On Monday the stars of the British fashion industry came out to play at the annual British Fashion Awards, and I eagerly began trawling galleries of the event searching for the best (and worst) dressed. I thought that I would be inspired by beautiful gowns and unique pieces, but unfortunately (and quite shockingly) this was not the case.. I was actually quite disappointed! I’d hoped that I could blog today about countless best dressed celebs, but I only found a handful of looks that really captured my attention. Okay so maybe I’m being too critical, there weren’t many looks that were outright awful, but I found many of the outfits boring, maybe the celebs were playing it too safe, trying too hard to avoid worst dress lists? Despite my disappointment, here are some of the most impressive looks of the night :


Suki Waterhouse hits many a trend in this floor length lilac lace dress by Burberry Prorsum.

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Lily Donaldson wows in a sheer Marc Jacobs number (and it looks better on her than it did on the runway)

Clémence Poésy rocks the moody bloom trend with a floral print black Erdem gown.

Another Erdem gown, this time worn by the gorgeous Daisy Lowe.

Rosie looked stunning (as usual) in this amazing Antonio Berardi trouser suit.

Laura Bailey in this pretty, feminine pastel pink dress by Roksanda Ilincic (and isn’t that clutch bag gorgeous?)

And of course, Best Dressed Man goes to Tinie Tempah who wore Burberry for the event.

Top Ten AW Must Haves!

1. The Pink Coat

Ever sincthat gorgeous pink coat swished down the runways of Celine I have been dreaming of getting one of my own! But at Celine prices I think I’ll be sticking to a high street version, and believe me there are plenty to choose from!


Here’s one of my faves by Red Herring at Debenhams:
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2)The Tartan Scarf

After volunteering at the Scottish Fashion Awards I was enthralled by the amount of Tartan that I saw everywhere and it all looked so glamorous, and where better to start than by glamming up such a staple AW piece? But the question is, do you choose green or red?

Here are some great options from Boohoo:

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3) Chunky Jewels

Whether it be in the form of earrings or necklaces I love this trend because it is so glamorous and can dress up any outfit, even if it’s a plain white tee or an LBD! These are statement pieces but this doesn’t mean you can’t create a multi-coloured selection! Enjoy and wear them everyday for any occassion!

Here are my top picks from ASOS:

Image 1 of ASOS Fever EarringsJohnny Loves Rosie Sunburst CollarImage 1 of ASOS Vintage Look Jewel EarringsImage 1 of ASOS Premium Night Garden Necklace

4)The Colourful Fur Gilet

Faux fur is massive this season, especially when presented in bright colours and patterns, but it doesn’t always have to be in the form of big fur coats. As well as a big furry coat (every girl should have one) a pretty furry gilet should also make its way into your collection. Of course it doesn’t have to be brightly coloured, but I personally love the edge a coloured furry vest adds to an outfit. Still not sold? Then take a look at the gorgeous olive green pick from Topshop below.

Photo 1 of Boxy Fur Gilet

5)Velvet Leggings

Velvet is a great texture this season and looks especially great in the form of leggings, especially in deep wine shades! The great part is that such deep red tones are always a perfect winter colour and will go with most colours and velvet can be mixed with all kinds of textures; leathers, furs, you name it! And for such a gorgeous, versatile item they are actually very affordable, especially at Boohoo (available in lots of colours so stock up now, girls!).

Erica Crushed Velvet High Waisted Disco Pants

6) Chunky Chelsea Boots

These have been around a while now but they still look amazing and really transform a pair of jeans, leggings or even a dress! Obviously get yourself  a plain black pair but you should also consider going for a different colour too (think deep greens and reds or even greys, as seen at the Celine show). See below for a great pair from Kurt Geiger (Also available in black, too!)

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7) The Skort

From the front? Looks like a mini skirt. From the Back? Looks like a cute pair of shorts. What else is there to say other than it looks great! Available in so many different patterns and colours you have plenty to choose from, but I personally love this emerald green pair from Topshop because they will brighten up any outfit!

Photo 1 of Green Luxe Satin Wrap Skort

8)Midi Rings

These are a really cute take on wearing rings because they are so dainty and pretty compared to the standard big chunky jeweled rings we are used to seeing! I see them as very girly, feminine approach to wearing jewelry.Why not buy a pack of these rings from ASOS and experiment with wearing a few at a time?

ASOS Mixed Band Midi Ring Pack

9)Fuzzy Jumpers

Great for everyday wear, fuzzy jumpers go with absolutely everything! Mixing them with other textures is a great idea, especially with a leather mini or velvet leggings! I love this hot pink one from Topshop.

Photo 1 of Knitted Brushed Funnel Jumper

10)The Heart Print Blouse

Hearts are the new polka dots, and we have the Burberry Prorsum show to thank after that blouse they sent down the runway!

But at those prices let’s stick to cheaper versions, like this great one from Boohoo! And don’t forget it doesn’t have to be a blouse, you can also incorporate this trend into jumpers, cardigans and even tights!

Layla Heart Print Blouse With PU Collar