The Brits: Best Dressed

 

 I wasn’t too impressed with the fashion line up at the Brits this year, but here are the top three looks of the evening…

 An edgier look from Rosie Huntington Whiteley, who wore Saint Laurent.

 Rita Ora stunned in this yellow, jewel encrusted dress by Prada.

Beyonce shone (as usual) in this glistening Vrettos Vrettakos number.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi at LFW

It seems a mix of traditional and modern prints was the inspiration behind Preen’s most recent show in London this week. We saw Moroccan tiles digitally printed onto coats, dresses and skirts in either bright orange hues or in charcoal grey, but the modern twist came in the form of Darth Vader being printed on top of these traditional Moroccan tiles. Despite how odd this sounds, it actually seems to make sense- we’ve seen sweatshirts with all kinds of motifs and logos, and Preen have obviously taken this concept a step further by printing a sci-fi inspired logo on light, airy materials.

As if Darth Vader didn’t give enough of an edge already, there was a mix of both feminine and masculine elements. Inspired by Annie Hall, there were  tailored suits and faint pinstripes, giving an androgynous feel to the collection, but this was softened by the feminine shapes of the skirts, dresses and blouses. Despite the use of black and white in the more tailored parts of the collection, the star of the show has to be the use of fiery hues in creating bold cashmere coats, fluffy oversized sweatshirts, a gorgeous velvet dress and, of course, the Moroccan tile print. The great part about this whole collection is that it is so wearable- we could buy a lot of it now and wear it now- especially those fur trimmed, shiny khaki parka coats and black knee high boots (a huge trend across fashion week so far).

Altuzarra at NYFW

                                

It is unlike Altuzarra to create such a vibrant, colourful collection, but during his show at NYFW yesterday the designer contrasted bright pops of cobalt blue, fuschia pink and orange against his usual, more classic shades, of black, grey, white and cream. The double faced cashmere coats were stand out pieces, with contrasting shades of navy and cobalt blue, as well as the brightly coloured patchwork fur coat, which added a whole new youthful edge to the, usually more formal, collection. Altuzarra usually gives us sophisticated, but sexy, runway looks, which is why it came as a refreshing surprise to see the soft fringe detailing that adorned many of his  dresses, skirts and tops in various colourful combinations. As the designer’s most colourful collection to date, it is questionable why he hasn’t been more experimental until now, but it is for certain that his more colourful hues are bound to attract a more youthful customer.

Kate Spade New York at NYFW

Kate Spade never disappoints when it comes to creating bold, youthful collections, and their AW collection, which was showcased during the second day of NYFW, was of no exception. This time the story behind the collection comes from the creative director’s recent trips to both Shanghai and Tokyo, which is clearly demonstrated by the designer’s use of obi bows, silky pajama pants and, of course, that ‘Hello Tokyo’ clutch bag. In this collection, rich colours are reminiscent of the vibrant South East Asian culture, especially when they are mixed with lots of textures, quirky accessories (that Chinese take out handbag) and bold prints (think bright florals and leopard spots). As usual, the Kate Spade New York collection has provided everything it promises to it’s loyal fashion followers; its playful, its bold and brings a youthful glow to the otherwise dull AW months. And what does the creative director have to say about the more subdued colours in the collection? ‘Navy is the new black’ (for a more classy Kate Spade look) and ‘Pale pink is the new neutral’ (For a softer, feminine edge  contrasted against those brilliant vibrant hues).
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If Chanel are doing it…

For a few weeks now I’ve been admiring how trainers look on other people, wishing I was both brave enough and edgy enough to pull off such a stylish, sporty twist on my otherwise feminine style. But today my fear of looking a little silly amongst the street style elite has miraculously subsided thanks to the jewel encrusted, couture trainers at Chanel. Now, I’m not usually one for sportswear, but these couture beauties have really persuaded me. Maybe it’s because they’re teamed with pretty pastel shades, white lace and jewels, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that once Karl Lagerfeld puts something on a Couture runway that is that wearable to the outside world, it won’t take long for the trend to catch on across the high street, too.

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Sentimental Style

Ever since Alexa Chung was pictured showing off her personalised locket from Loquet London it was clear that simple, keepsake jewellery was about to make a massive comeback.

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But with these beauties costing up to £1000 (they’re filled with personal charms and birthstones) I think they are a little out of my price range. So, instead, I’ll be rocking this trend in true sentimental style- by wearing a locket given to me by my lovely grandmother!

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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 🙂

A little Primark shopping trip..

After eyeing that pretty blue necklace in Accessorize I felt I needed a few new bits of jewellery, and instead of paying £15 for that one necklace I actually ended up paying less than this in Primark for five pretty pieces! Honestly though, my bank balance is lucky I spent such a little amount, because Primark had such nice things in that I actually picked up lots of different items (blue woolen coats, pretty spring tee’s, scarves,disco pants..) but I wisely talked myself out of buying so much, because after all, I did only go in for jewellery!

So, below are the bits I bought…

Finally got my hands on some dainty little midi rings for only £1.50 for a pack of 4!

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Another statement necklace to add to my collection, it’ll look great with knits but I especially love the fact that if I wear it with a blouse and tuck it under the collar it will give the illusion of a cool brooch!

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 I was drawn to the colours of this pretty blue bracelet set, and for only £2, why not?

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I thought this was really pretty and the floral design will really add a feminine, Spring/Summer touch to a basic AW knit!

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And the fifth item is this embellished hat (okay, so it isn’t jewellery, but it was only a Pound!!) I’m not sure if it really suits me, but the Cara Delevingne hat trend has caught up with me, and I really wanted to try it out!

So, there we have it 5 items for around £13, which is why everyone deep down has a soft spot for Primark 😉

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?