Fashion is one of those things where people make “rules” which become facts when getting dressed and styling up an outfit. But are those rules and myths really true? Not every rule you come across will work for every person, and we’re...
Though it may not seem like it across most of the country, we’re well on the way into 2014’s Spring/Summer season. The shops have already been piling up their best summery wares, and with the holidays nearly upon us, many of us will be...
Ted Baker has released their women’s footwear collection for SS14, and it’s one that’s bound to impress. The shoes combine elegance with mesmerising design in a range of dainty styles, pretty colours and bold patterns. Much of the...
Fashion is one of those things where people make “rules” which become facts when getting dressed and styling up an outfit. But are those rules and myths really true? Not every rule you come across will work for every person, and we’re here to bust some of those myths.
According to the myths, horizontal stripes will make you like twice as big because they draw the eye across the body, whereas vertical stripes will give you the illusion as being taller and thinner. Research in perception done at the University of New York has shown that it’s actually the opposite with horizontal stripes: people perceive those wearing them as being thinner! Stripes will draw attention to the area they’re worn on, so don’t go for full-on stripes if you’re wanting to slim down, instead wear them on the smallest part or cover up partially with a jacket or cardigan.
We’re not even sure where this one came from: the rule states that you shouldn’t wear white after Labour Day, but why? It’s true that it is more likely to be wetter weather and therefore muddier after Labour Day, but unless you’re spending a lot of time outside in your white clothes, you should probably survive.
Tall women around the world tend to shun heels in favour of flats because of the myth that they shouldn’t be adding any more to their height with them. But in reality, heels aren’t just for adding height to your look; they also lengthen the legs and change your posture. There’s no rule to say that a woman shouldn’t be over a certain height, and if you’re comfortable wearing them, then why not?
According to the “rules”, girls lacking in height shouldn’t swamp themselves in long dresses and skirts because they’ll only make themselves look smaller and disappear under all the material. Apparently showing a bit of skin can help to elongate the body. But in reality, that’s not strictly true. If you choose a dress that hits just at the right place on your leg, even if that means having to bring up the hem or change the waistline slightly, you’ll look just the same and as in proportion as you normally do. You can even use a maxi dress with a pair of heels to create the illusion that you’re taller, and look far more leggy with a dress that sports a high waist and leg skimming skirt.
The print mixing myth is one that’s super easy to debunk, especially considering that print mixing is in fact a pretty big trend at the moment. While clashing various bold bright patterns together may not be the height of fashion in your books, combining complimentary patterns and colours together will give you a put together look that’s bang on trend. Some favourites include stripes with paisley and polka dots with florals. Images courtesy of Joan!ta, Kent Wang, Justine C and Maegan Tintari.Read More
Though it may not seem like it across most of the country, we’re well on the way into 2014’s Spring/Summer season. The shops have already been piling up their best summery wares, and with the holidays nearly upon us, many of us will be hitting the shops to stock up on the new season trends. Whether the weather decides to look up or down in the next few weeks, you can warm your new wardrobe up with a pair of tights or keep cool in a summery dress. Here are our top picks of the trends for SS14.
Inspired by Mary Katrantzou and Raf Simons at Dior, loud and bright tropical floral print are in for spring and summer. Choose a statement piece such as a typical “tourist-style” tropical blouse or floral pencil skirt and pair with simple pieces such as clean whites to make sure it stands out, or buy a fashionable matching set.
Pastels is a key trend that we see returning time and time for Spring. The past season has also seen the huge take off of “Winter Pastels”, so be prepared to rework some of your winter pieces for the warmer days too. Change around your favourite soft pastels by mixing them up with tougher elements such as metallics, razor pleats in skirts, and studded embellishments.
Say it loud: statement tees are going to be everywhere this season. Whether you’ve got a statement to make, a favourite quote, or simply a designer brand or name, you’ll wanted it printed on your tee in big bold letters for the world to see. This is an easy one to wear, thrown over a pair of slouchy jeans or tucked into a skirt. If you don’t want to buy your own, they’re super easy to make with a plain tee and a marker pen or iron-on letters.
After rehashing every other decade gone by, the 90s has been patiently waiting its turn and is finally ready to make a comeback this season. The grunge look isn’t likely to take off any time soon, but the slip dresses popular in the 90s with spaghetti straps, midi lengths and draped fabrics have been modernised for a grown up makeover. Dress them up with a pair of strappy sandals for evening cool, or wear with a denim jacket and sneakers for a casual day time look.
Ladylike is once again in for summer, with all the main high street stores and designers churning full skirted midi length skirts in bright colours and patterns. Emphasising the smallest part of the waist, they’re very flattering on most figures, but make sure to choose the right length for you or wear it with heels to avoid making yourself appear shorter than you are.Read More
It’s a tragic day for the fashion community as model, designer and girlfriend of Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, has been found dead at her New York City flat on 11th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood.
The 49 year old was discovered at 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT) yesterday by her assistant. Reports suggest that she had hanged herself, and thus police are treating her death as a suicide.
Jagger, who Scott had been in a relationship with since 2001, is currently touring with his band, the Rolling Stones, in Australia and is said to be “completely shocked and devastated by the news.” As a result of her death, their first date of the tour has been cancelled.
L’Wren Scott, born as Luann Bambrough, was brought up by adoptive parents in Utah before beginning a career as a model in Paris, working as a stylist in Los Angeles and finally setting up her own fashion label in 2006.
Her suicide comes only weeks after she cancelled a show at London Fashion Week to show off her pieces due to fabrics being delayed and samples being unprepared.
Tributes have been rolling in from around the world over the past 24 hours, including Marc Jacobs stating: “You’ll forever be missed” and Anna Wintour, world-famed Vogue magazine editor, saying: “L’Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvellous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style.”Read More
Charlotte Olympia has firmly secured a place in the ranks of quirky designers over the past few years with past collections including jingle bell platform shoes for Christmas; suede heart appliqued pumps to celebrate Valentine’s Day; and a gilded gummi bear clutch for the sweetest customers.
Charlotte Dellal, designer at Charlotte Olympia, was inspired this year at fashion week, by the intricate details and highly skilled craftsmanship that go into each piece and every collection, to come up with a capsule collection that’s more than a little unusual. Featuring details focusing on embroidery, sewing and all its tools, it has been dubbed ‘Made To Measure’ by popular fashion site, style.com.
Charlotte stated of the collection: “I took inspiration from a vintage sewing box with needle and thread embroidery, gold loose buttons, and a measuring tape.”
Titled “Shear Delight”, the capsule collection features Charlotte Olympia’s Kitty flats with the eyes replaced with small gold buttons, chunky black velveteen wedges wrapped with a gleaming mirrored tape measure, and a pair of sky high strappy red wedges named “A Stitch In Time” for the needle and spool of thread that surrounds the wedge heel.
The charming collection is available exclusively from the Charlotte Olympia website from the 3rd March.
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The talk of the town at the moment is the Brit Awards – not only who got their hands on those mini statuettes, but also who wore what. As always there was a huge array of different designers, trends and styles on show, but who came out on top and who was stumbling behind, and do you agree?
Katy B managed to stun on the Red Carpet by matching it. In a floor length bold red dress with classy cut outs that clung perfectly to her curves and showstopping red lipstick, all eyes were on her.
Katy Perry once again stood out from the crowd in a figure hugging embellished dress by designer Julien Macdonald. With a diving neckline and below knee hem, it was classy enough to show off her curves without being tacky.
Kimberley Walsh’s elegant Blumarine dress borders on being just right. A nude underlayer showed off her figure while the full length sheer frock with embroidered white flowers gave an ethereal look.
Peaches Geldof kept her look a little more casual with a black River Island off the shoulder crop top and full leather skirt. She looked effortlessly stylish, particularly with her healthy looking locks.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off her always fabulously fierce style in a sequined red and black tiger striped dress with statement shoulders, cinched in at the waist with a sparkling bow belt.
Ellie Goulding’s frock is a definite hit or miss one: the pretty in pink princess frock with a poufy tulle skirt by Vivienne Westwood drowned her dainty figure, but her braided hair was picture perfect.
Fearne Cotton was almost there with her metallic and sheer skater dress, but the plunging neckline and sheer sleeves were unflattering on her bust and arms.
Jessie J definitely hits the bottom of the list, both for the nude jumpsuit which did little for her figure and the lilac lipstick which washed out her skin and distracted from the look as a whole.
One person we can’t quite decide on though is Lily Allen. She arrived in a floor length black sequined gown that was both appropriate and stunning, but matched it with neon yellow hair extensions. She later changed into a disastrous outfit comprising of an orange lace bra with a taffeta candy pink skirt and platform trainers for the after party looking as though she’d forgotten half of her outfit!
Ted Baker has released their women’s footwear collection for SS14, and it’s one that’s bound to impress. The shoes combine elegance with mesmerising design in a range of dainty styles, pretty colours and bold patterns.
Much of the collection comprises of 1950s inspired sharply heeled stilettos with viciously pointed toes but decorated with beautifully feminine detailing such as twinkling jewel embellishments, skinny ankle straps and peep toes.
The shoe collection meets spring time expectations with its sorbet shades of lemon yellow, mint green and sky blue, but really stands out with its use of pattern and texture. The botanical theme is strong with court heels and sturdy wellies decorated in a contrasting romantic floral print, and dainty stilettos in a watercolour splashed sky pattern. Each shoe is unique in its use of aesthetic with different materials such as matte, leather and shining iridescent and pearlescent finishes.
On the other side of the scale, heads are bound to turn with sportswear inspired sneakers in vivid pixelated floral prints, neon accents and shining white leathers, and sandals in digital brights.
London Fashion Week has been officially running for 30 years, with the first one taking place in 1984. It is up there in the ranks with New York, Paris and Milan as one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks. In recent years however, it has picked up more and more criticism, and is now being declared a ‘circus’. Not only is it described as overflowing with fashion amateurs such as smaller bloggers, there are now hoards of street style photographers where once there were a couple here and there. There has been talk of only the elite being admitted to the courtyard of Somerset House and a limit on taking cameras. Fashion goers are described as hugely overdressed simply to catch the eye of these photographers, and many parade outfits made up of unattainable sample items, meaning that street style is no longer ‘real’.
Susie Bubble has spoken out recently at Vogue.com though asking why it is so wrong to show off the ‘more outré side’ of personal style. This is the one opportunity, in her opinion, to be able to flash your style to the maximum and where what you want. In a fashion world with so much choice, in terms of colour, print, style and genre, street style for the viewer provides endless inspiration.
Susie uses the example of recent Comme des Garcons pieces: on the runway, these seemed to be daunting and far too daring for every day wear, and yet now the streets are splashed with them. She states that despite there being a few grumbling industry insiders, it is the voice of the wider people of fashion that truly make the difference, and this is something that is constantly changing and evolving.
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