Monthly Archives: September 2012

Autumn Essentials (Prepare to Part With Your Cash)

Ok, it’s gotten cold. I’m sure the trees are looking distinctly more brown than green and the heating has automatically come on. That’s more than enough proof for me. This can only mean one thing- a complete wardrobe overhaul! The summer playsuits, hot pants and maxi dresses are neatly folded into a box under the bed for hibernation and outcome the big knits, chunky tights and the faux fur. Yes!

I’ve always been a winter girl at heart. There’s something infinitely more fashionable about AW fashion for me.  I love to layer, I really do. And this is a primetime seasonal activity for me. I also have a small obsession with winter boots which I have inherited off my mother and my knitwear collection has steadily grown to the point where a trip to IKEA for storage solutions was deemed necessary.

This AW there are a number of trends to take note of – Heritage, Military, Baroque and Goth (see my previous blog post). These looks have filtered down from LFW Feb 12 onto the high street for us to snap up. From these looks you can accumulate great winter looks through statement pieces such as a military jacket, studded heels and knitted shorts. Statement pieces sorted, I’m going to look at autumn accessories; what little details will get you firmly on the style radar this season?

Pretty Collars

Collars aren’t just those things on work and school shirts. They’re absolutely everywhere this AW and can transform an outfit from mundane to fashionable. Whether sparkly, block coloured or frilly, collars can work both ways- they can act as a pretty, girly feature for an outfit or can strike an androgynous look depending on which style of collar you opt for. Alexa Chung, style icon (need it be said) rocked many a collar at AW LFW creating a rather granny-chic look, another trend to look out for and perhaps requires you to raid your Nan’s wardrobe as weird as that sounds…  Victoria Beckham who the fashion world is lapping up after the success of her NFW Show largely bases her fantastic dresses around collars too. And whatever Posh does, we tend to follow suit.

Pretty collar teamed with a strong military coat for Alexa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top accessory points for Victoria- collar, beautiful husband and cute baby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboy Ankle Boots

I have my pair already courtesy of Zara, the cowboy ankle boot is the best thing to dress your feet in this AW. Practical and of course stylish, opt for a chunky heel and a colour that will go with lots of different outfits. Whether you are wearing them into the office in the daytime or teamed with chunky tights, knitted shorts and a blazer for a catchup with friends in the evening, you are sure to get the standard ‘ooo where did you get those’ comment when wearing these.

Kate Bosworth shows us how to dress ankle boots down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Rachel shows us how to dress them up (tights may be needed in the UK!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Faux Fur Cape

Using the Heritage trend, if you don’t already have one, it’s time to invest in a faux fur cape. Faux of course, fur is the ultimate winter texture and screams sophisticated fashionisita. Capes are big this AW with all the designers showcasing cape coats at their shows. A little fur cape is the perfect accessory to drape over an evening dress or even a sweater dress and boots for a shopping trip. And you’re going to be doing even more shopping than usual as Christmas approaches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADR For H&M

There’s something in the (designer) water at the moment and anyone who’s anyone is collaborating with a high street brand this AW. JW Anderson for Topshop, Temperley for John Lewis and the upcoming Margiela for H&M are the top ‘collab’s’ this season. And accessories-wise, H&M is not going to let us down either- Anna Della Russo, top editor of Japanese Vogue is lending her expertise for a turquoise and gold infused collection which includes, cuffs, charm belts and even a suitcase. Oozing  traditional luxury and impact with a bold colour scheme, this collection lands in store Oct 5th and let’s face it, will probably sell out in five minutes. Might be wise to pitch your tent outside your local store fairly sharpish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there are a few suggestions for starting points this AW. Remember, work these accessories around you own personal style to achieve an original look that will get you looks on the street for all the right reasons. It’s just a shame that the weather has to get so damn cold before we can rediscover our love for AW fashion!

 

City girl ready for work (in honour of my upcoming intern placement)

City Girl ready for work

Sleeveless shirt
chicnova.com

Diane von Furstenberg cropped pants
$435 – stanwells.com

Hermès handbag
fashion.1stdibs.com

Goth-tastic!

Goth-tastic!

Goth and Fashion- Like A Moth To The Flame

The cast of TOWIE are not going to be feeling too comfortable this winter- pale and interesting is in and tanned is most certainly out! And for fashion role models think Rooney Mara rather than J-Lo . This season it’s all about Goth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This summer it was all about being girly. Sorbet shades, light lace and pretty pastels. We couldn’t get enough of it. This winter it could not be more different with contrasting hard leather, spikes where you didn’t think it was possible to wear spikes and spider web- like knits. So what are the key tips for pulling off Goth and winning serious fashion points without looking like a glorified emo.

1)      Statement Lips and chiselled cheekbones

When I think ‘Goth’ I instantly picture a white-faced girl with black lipstick and long sweeping raven hair. Think this for your makeup but with a serious high-fashion edge. This season think plum coloured or blood red lips. Remember, if you are going for big lips, then don’t go for big eyes too- you will end up looking like a rather gothy clown. At LFW cheekbones were big news. Hollow, haunted and ethereal were the targets to hit. If you’re not lucky enough to have the genes of a catwalk model and want to accentuate your cheekbones, then brush powder in a line from the middle of your ear to the edge of your mouth to create a cheekbone-effect.

Gucci Fall 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)      Lashings of leather

Take a look in any high-street shop (I’m guessing most girls don’t need to be asked twice to do this) and you will see that leather has staged a rather huge invasion. Whether in the form of a classic trench with leather sleeves, an all-leather dress or of course the wardrobe staple leather jacket, designs from the likes of Prada, Versace and Givenchy have trickled down onto the high-street for you to snap up. The key to working leather is to not go overboard. You don’t want to look  like Marilyn Manson! If you’re not ready to don an all-leather dress then why not accessorise with leather boots, gloves or a leather headband.  And there are hundreds of garments currently available with leather accents- Zara is the clear winner for me in this category.

Christian Dior AW12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goth on the Catwalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)      Stun with spikes

Sick of being a girly girl? Spikes are a sure-fire way to instantly transform your look from pretty to bolshy. One of the key looks for Goth this season, spikes have been seen on the heels of chunky leather boots, on the collars of sheer black shirts and even on headbands. Just be aware that this look comes with its own health and safety warning! You do not want to be falling over in your spiky shoes.

Jeffrey Campbell amazing studded boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)      Fitted? Fail!

Another look that will have the Towie girls running for the hills- oversized. Think structured shoulders, baggy trousers and cocoon coats and capes. Goth is all about dramatic and the shaping of your garments are essential in promoting this look. For inspiration check out D&G’s capes which defined their AW collection and had a distinct high-fashion vampire aesthetic, and Givenchy’s harsh structuring teamed with mischievous red eye-makeup and hair.

Dramatic shaping and structure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big shoulders AND leather- 2 looks in 1!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Givenchy baggy trousers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5)      Punky Patterns

Spider-web knitwear will not only help you keep warm in the winter months, but it will fulfil the Goth requirements with its fantastic moody pattern and texture. For nights out, convert knitwear to black lace and team with a leather piece or accessories. It’s all about standing out. Chanel teamed sheer patterned black skirts over cigarette-style trousers and elbow-length gloves for an original gothy look.

Chanel AW12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there we have it. Whether you want to go all out and fully embrace the Goth look or just want to take a few aspects of it to incorporate into your wardrobe, this is a look that is sure to make an impact. Moody, brooding expressions optional.

Alice Dellal rocks the punk goth look for Chanel

 

 

 

Why We All Love London Fashion Week

Back in June I was lucky enough to be chosen to work on the blogging team for Graduate Fashion Week 2012. Sitting front row at the shows, witnessing all the amazing fashion talent and being in the company of some of the best-known names in fashion, I was in my element. I felt like a VIP even though in reality I was  infact a lowly intern! Fashion Weeks are sophistication and glamour defined, and this is why we love it. London Fashion Week lands in our capital this Friday and the hype for it is bigger than ever.

Somerset House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many reasons for why we love our fashion weeks. They represent the ultimate aspiration for so many of us- the flashing lights from the cameras, the extravagant catwalk shows, the beautiful people and the crazy amount of press coverage (be prepared for your twitter feed to be inundated with fashion news). It all means success in some form. Everybody wants to live that lifestyle of rocking up to shows, having a seat reserved for you, in no less than the front row darling, and picking out what garments you will request to wear to some future high-profile event. And let’s not forget the extravagant after parties which you probably need an invite to get an invite to.

Oh the glamour!

LFW 2012 has all the British Favourites- Erdem, Christopher Kane, Daks, Corrie Nielson, David Koma, Burberry Prorsum….(breath)….Giles, JW Anderson, John Rocha and Mary Katrantzou to name JUST a few. These are the names that will be ruling what we wear next season. And of course all the top celebrities will act as pretty accessories for these catwalk shows- expect all your fashion favourites.

Fashion bunnies unite

LFW doesn’t just celebrate the current fashion industry in Britain, it promotes the future of it too with the Topshop NEWGEN scheme which introduces some of our future talent and the Fashion Fringe Scheme, originally set up nine years ago by fashion legend Colin Mcdowell which has a similar aim. Another reason to love LFW.

So in the last few days before LFW hits us with full force, and as the designers forget what sleep is whilst Somerset House is transformed into a fashion utopia, why not entertain your dream of becoming the ultimate fashionista and use your front room as your own personal catwalk. It will have to  do until the real thing becomes available to you!

Victoria Beckham has already set the standard for the Brits at NY fashion week