The Golden Globes: Best Dressed

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Yellow made a big appearance at The Golden Globes- I love how Leslie Mann kept a simple silhouette with this Yellow dress by Kaufman Franco, but added a fun pop of emerald green in her accessories.
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I love the simplicity of this Versace gown, and the colour perfectly compliments Amy’s skin tone!
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Joanne Froggatt wore a gorgeous gown by Marchesa- I love the pretty and delicate flora detailing.
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Here, Kate Beckinsale wears Elie Saab- one of my all time favourite designers! With the perfect amount of glamour and simplicity, this is definitely a dress I would probably gravitate to if I was ever invited to such a huge event (I’ll keep dreaming until then..)
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I love florals- and this is as floral as it gets! With floral applique layering and romantic purple tones, Lupita has done it again in the fashion stakes, this time wearing Giambattista Valli.
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Reese Witherspoon wowed in a simple, but glamorous dress by Calvin Klein.
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Menswear SS15: A Historical Influence on Sportswear

It seems that SS15 will bring a new dimension to sportswear for Men, with both Ancient Greek and Roman inspiration being a key influence, particularly at Versace and KTZ.

          

KTZ bought about a tougher edge to sportswear through black mesh, leather gloves and chunky gold jewellery, with the entire collection embodying the power of the wearer through prints of medals, mythological creatures and battle scenes. Despite the odd piece of body armour, KTZ have created an extremely wearable collection, where ancient influences of Greek Vases, sculptures and battle armour have successfully met a modern twist of basketball shorts, leather caps and statement jewellery.

Versace, unsurprisingly, took a more regal approach to the trend by using the Greek ‘key’ design in golden hues to edge loose fitting, white lounge pants. The use of all white looks were prominent during this collection, even down to the detail of models carrying pristine white and gold printed towels. The show did take an edgier turn though, where we saw models with leather bombers, shoes and bags in brightly coloured hues, which were all heavily influenced by Ancient figures that would have adorned Ancient Greek and Roman Pottery. 

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Out in the Sunshine: Outfit of the day

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This is how I made the most of today’s sunshine:

Grey Acid Wash Dress- Urban Outfitters
Black Fringed Kaftan- eBay (originally New Look)
Black and Gold Necklace-New Look
Black skater shoes- Internationale (closing down sale, only £1!!)

I’ve been living in these slip on skater shoes, a trend I was keen to jump on, so when I saw these for only one pound I knew I’d found a bargain, and they’re SO comfy!! I would have preferred leather Croc effect ones, but at £1 these will do me just fine! I’ve been trying my hardest to find bargains for the few items I want this season, and making the most of the Spring/Summer items I’ve already got! I’ve really wanted a kaftan too, so I’ll probably buy another colour at some point 🙂

Alberta Ferretti at MFW

We have seen many designers over fashion week change the direction of their brand’s usual aesthetic, but Ferretti has done this the best so far. The usual Ferretti collection would be romantic, light and airy, but at MFW yesterday the collection took a darker turn that led to a luxurious, almost couture, runway show. Inspired by an ‘animated forest’ the collection was full of rich textures, prints and colours to give an enchanting, ethereal feel. With simple and natural silhouettes, the collection’s many textures spoke volumes- we saw feather lined hems, fur lined collars and bark like textures that were created through the layering of felt, silk and chiffon across the whole collection, where even sandals were adorned with soft feathers. This, mixed with the luxurious hand painted prints, intricate embroidery, mossy green shades and dark metallic hues, gave us an inspirational collection that reaches to a wide audience. From fluffy green jumpers, gorgeous ethereal gowns and the clever vine like sandal straps that twisted around the ankles of models, Ferretti managed to outdo herself with this collection, thinking outside the box to create a wearable, but couture inspired, collection.

                        

The Golden Globes: A Night of Couture and Custom Designs

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Couture
Emma Watson in Dior Couture.
Jessica Chastain in a custom made Givenchy gown.
Kate Beckinsale in a Zuhair Murad Couture gown.
Emma Roberts in a custom made Lanvin gown.
Emilia Clarke’s strapless gown was custom-made by Proenza Schouler.
Lady Gaga wore a custom-made Perry Meek dress for the NBC Universal After Party.

Indian Bracelets: Pain is Beauty

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This beautiful bracelet was given to me as a gift from my boyfriend after a trip to India, and as soon as I saw them (I was given two) I fell in love with the gorgeous emerald and deep red jewel tones! So naturally I eagerly tried to pop them onto my wrist, but it turns out that in India bracelets are put on a little differently than here in the UK…

The bracelet itself is actually made to fit the wrist, making it impossible to just slip it over the hand. So how do I put on my beloved bracelet? Well, it’s actually a more lengthy process than you might expect, so below is a step by step guide.

  1. Apply lotion or oil to your hand, I used argon oil first and then when that didn’t work I put a hand lotion on top of this!
  2. I then got my sister to massage it into my hand, I think it’s probably important to relax the hand and loosen it up as it is important that the hand doesn’t stiffen up.
  3. I then (tried to) join my fingers together to make my hand as small as possible.
  4. It is important to hold your hand up vertical from the floor, because it is apparently harder to get the bangles on in any other position.
  5. Slowly and carefully work the bangles over your hand and apply more lotion or oil if needed!

So, that may seem pretty straight forward, and for some it may be simple and you may not even need instructions, but I know I definitely needed help (I have a low pain threshold and I think I could have done with a slightly bigger bangle to begin with). After getting my sister to help me with putting the bracelet on I can now proudly say I braved the pain and it looks so pretty on! But, it is safe to say that this bracelet may be here to stay on my wrist for a little while, as my hand is feeling a little worse for wear after trying to get it on there in the first place.. but hey, it is pretty and it luckily goes with most things.. I might even have to keep it on forever… I don’t think there will ever be a more appropriate time for me to say ‘pain is beauty’, but I still love my little Indian bracelets 🙂

SS14- The Dark Side

When you think of the Spring/Summer months I bet you think of bright whites and colorful hues, and, of course, you wouldn’t be wrong, but for some designers their shows for SS14 took on a much darker take on dressing for the warmer months.

Lanvin, for example, with it’s dimly lit stage saw a sea of darker, metallic hues mixed with only a few pops of colour (think burnt orange, mustard and violet), and of course, classic black. This collection may not have been as light and bright as other collections, but the glistening fabrics and metallic hues were a refreshing take on SS14, representing glamour, confidence and luxury in a surprisingly easy to wear manner!

And what about at Louis Vuitton? Marc Jacobs claimed that while incorporating white into the collection was an option, the truth is that everybody does still love to wear black or navy, whatever the season, and so a very dark collection emerged (not forgetting a hint of blue denim). And with a collection like this, I think I’m convinced that  bejeweled lace black frock over Spring/Summer is a definite must have!

I’m the biggest advocate for wearing bright colours , but these bejewelled beauties and glittering hues may have just convinced me that black is back for SS14…but whose to say I won’t add a bright chunky necklace to bring even more life into the once boring black?

 

 

 

 

 

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!