How to wear: The Safari Inspired Trend

Usually my trend reports are inspired by high end designer collections that I have spied in catwalk shows, but this blog post has actually been inspired by the SS15 collection I have been eyeing at Warehouse!

So, what can you exactly expect to see from this trend?

Colours to look out for:
Ranging from beige and khaki green  for that traditional safari vibe to vibrant oranges and greens in the form of bold prints, this trend really does have a colour spectrum for everyone!

Pampas Leaf Cocoon Dress

It’s all in the details:

Fringing and tassels are seen adorning sandals, handbags and even dresses and kimonos whilst even loose cotton shorts are seen with cute little pom poms attached to the hem!
Even the fabrics echo cool safari vibes- thick fabric shopper bags are embroidered with bright ethnic prints, and as part of their holiday shop collection Warehouse have an amazing range of loose fitting cotton dresses, shorts and even wide leg trousers!

TILE PRINT SHORTS

Styles to grab now:

A part from a few mentioned above, I am absolutely loving the gypsy dress- off the shoulder, with an air of both cool and casual in light cotton materials screams safari, or at least for most of us a nice sunny holiday abroad. But let’s be honest, I’ll be wearing mine everywhere- I love dresses that can double as day and night attire.. (I will just have to wait until pay day). If you don’t fancy a dress though, why not get yourself an off the shoulder, boho style tee instead? And not forgetting the fringed kimono and poncho that have returned for another season!

Fringed Gypsy Dress


The prints:

We’ve seen how amazing just the plain brights and neutrals can look, but if you aren’t afraid of a little print then this trend is the perfect way to update your wardrobe. Think oversized African Florals for the more bold efforts, or for a more subtle approach why not try paisley or Aztec?

African Floral Midi Dress

Don’t forget to accessorize: 

I’ve mentioned the beautifully embroidered selection of fabric handbags, but what about jewellery? I accept that maybe it isn’t the most practical for a real safari trek- but we are probably just playing pretend when we try out this trend. So when on the hunt for some new jewellery this Summer, why not think about layering a few necklaces together? Or if you want something a bit louder, why not try something new with chunkier ethnic bracelets, even fabric bracelets are a great alternative!

MULTI WRAP BRACELET

Throwback Thursday: The First Cover of Vogue

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“Celebrating the ceremonial side of life, which attracts the sage, as well as debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle.”

 

 

 

 

September 1916

The 1st British Vogue-1916

“The time has come to talk of many things, -of shoes and furs and lingerie, and if one flares or clings, and where the waist-line ought to be, and whether hats have wings”

 

 

 

 

The 1st Paris Vogue-1920

An illustration by Helen Dryden of two ‘tennis women’- a celebration of the ‘sport of the moment’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?)

 

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.

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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The British Fashion Awards: Kate Moss

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Okay, so I know Kate Moss is one of biggest fashion icons in the world, but I really did not like what she wore to The British Fashion Awards!! It may be Alexander McQueen and she may be a massive fashion icon, but I just don’t think it suited her at all (although I did LOVE the coat). Some would argue she can wear whatever she wants, she is THE Kate Moss after all, but a leather mini dress? Really?

But I did manage to find an alternative look for Kate, and the unlikely style inspiration of what I think would look better on Kate comes from Donatella Versace, who was also at the event. This isn’t to say that Donatella looked better than Kate ( she actually looked quite tacky, as usual) but that if Kate wore that dress instead she would have looked so much better! What do you think?

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(And seeing as we’re swapping dresses, I’d like to point out that I think Kate’s whole outfit would have looked a lot nicer on Sienna Miller, who wore an emerald green gown for the event)

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.