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...
Finally Kimberley Walsh has decided to put her best fashion face forward and release her own debut range at Very.co.uk. Kimberley’s collection is now currently available as part of Very.co.uk’s SS14 range. Always one to embrace her more...
Zara is the latest of the high street brands to be encouraged to join others in a ban on selling irresponsibly sourced angora products. So far, Topshop, Primark, ASOS and H&M have committed to stop selling these products. PETA, a charity...
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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Leggings have been one of the biggest trends in female fashion in the last few years, and have dipped in and out of fashion since the early 80s, but it is only very recently that shops have started stocking the elusive megging. They’re designed not as underclothing for particularly cold days, nor to wear for exercise, but for the purpose of fashion.
Meggings are currently available at a variety of online stores, including the ever popular ASOS; companies such as Meggingsman.com have even been set up dedicated to selling only meggings; and there are now fan sites that celebrate men wearing leggings.
There has been much debate over the humble leggings over the past few years too, including the unforgiveable sin of wearing leggings as pants. So is this a step too far now for men to get in on the legging action? The owners of a site that sells meggings, Adam Freck and Andrew Volk have stated that their version is already very popular amongst men, and that their product has a different design to normal leggings with a faux zip and a wider waistband.
So what do you think about meggings? Are they something you’d be happy to let your man wear, a trendy fashion forward idea for modern men or should they be confined to the bin?
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Christenings are generally a formal event, usually held during the Spring or Summer months in the hopes of catching some good weather, meaning that you need to think carefully about what you’re going to wear. You want to look smart, but not too over the top; you want to wear a pretty dress, but not look too casual. There are a number of issues, so here’s a simple guide to what to wear to a Christening.
Since a Christening usually takes place in a church, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re dressed a little bit more modestly than normal day wear. The rule of thumb is generally to have hemlines not too short, just above the knee is usually appropriate; have your shoulders covered, so no strapless or ultra-strappy dresses or tops, but sleeveless should be fine; and not too low cut or showing off an excessive amount of cleavage.
The most common item of clothing that women pick for formal events and Christenings is the dress, generally a floaty or fit and flare style. But what if that’s not your style at all? There’s always the option to wear a suit with smart trousers or a skirt, or even just to wear a pair of tailored trousers with a pretty blouse. It’s a good idea to take along a jacket, cardigan or shrug too, you can’t guarantee you’ll have sun with the British weather. The great thing about Christenings is that you have free range with colours and patterns, almost anything goes as it’s a happy occasion usually during the summer months.
In terms of shoes, most things will go aside from super high heels or flip flops. If it’s an especially nice day, a pair of wedged sandals would be nice, or some mid kitten heels would suit the occasion.
In general, it’s not difficult to dress for a Christening, a bit smarter than every day wear but not too over the top. It’s not really looked down upon to wear black, just spice it up a bit with a colourful accessory such as earrings or a scarf. Just don’t turn up in a pair of jeans or tracksuit bottoms, any sports shoes, flip flops or scruffy boots, or anything too over the top, whether it’s short and tight or a full on evening gown.
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ONLY have just announced their brand new denim campaign for Spring/Summer ‘14. A brand that is renowned for their denim ranges in the past, they are returning to their roots this season.
Featuring model Sonja Van Den Heever, their collection shows off ONLY’s dedication to being on top of the fashion world with their latest denim pieces. This season’s must-haves in denim include jumpsuit overalls, boyfriend style shirts, distressed minis, and of course the ever popular skinny fit jeans.
The photography, set against the cobbled streets of Bologna, highlights the identity ONLY are focusing on – simple, well-made and well-fitting pieces of denim wear. We’ll let the collection speak for itself.