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Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop Shoe Print VestIconic British designer Barbara Hulanicki has just launched a collection for Topshop, featuring some unique items. Barbara Hulanicki was the co-founder of Biba, one of the most famous fashion stores during the 60s and 70s, as any fashionista worth their salt will know!

the collection is very fashion forward, featuring play suits and oversize vests, as well as unique and quirky designs that make them timeless pieces.

Barbara Hulanicki is also a fashion illustrator, and this Shoe Print Vest encapsulates her talent perfectly. the simple light grey vest really makes the line drawing stand out, and highlights all the detail. and for an added twist (literally) check out the knot detailing on the back. this vest would look great with some wet look leggings and heels for an evening look, or skinny jeans and plain leggings during the day.

At only £18, it’s a fairly small price for a piece of fashion history, but the collection is expected to sell out, so get in quick! The entire collection is available online or in larger Topshop stores.


Study Chic

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Princesse Tam Tam Mixed Wool Jersey LongIf you’ve currently got your head permanently in a book revising for an exam, of are constantly tip-tapping away at end of year essays, dissertations, or final major projects, you’ll know that there are few things that make it more bearable.

However, whilst you’re chained to your desk being able to slob about in comfy clothes has to be one of the few perks, and if you’re going to do lounge wear you might as well do it well.

This Princesse Tam Tam Mixed Wool Jersey Dress brings a bit of luxury to lounging. The 20% wool and long sleeves means it’s got a bit of warmth but is still light-weight, and it’s a generous length so you can wear it buy itself or with jeans or leggings. There’s even matching leggings available if you want the complete look.

It costs £49, which might seem a lot, but depending on how much time you’ll be spending studying it could definitely prove value for money. It comes in two colours – Bleu Hortensia (light blue) or Gris Chine (a light grey).


Shimmering Sequin Skirt

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Sequin SkirtI absolutely love this demi-sheer sequin mini skirt by Isaac Mizrahi. It’s pretty pastel pink shade is ultra girly and it is perfect for sunny summer parties.

The skirt features a net underlay and fuchsia grosgrain waistband and to nail the runway look just team with a fluoro vest.

For a twist on an edgy wedding look, team with a tucked in scoop neck vest and white blazer with cool, sharp lines and some thin and dainty sky-high gold heels.

At £1620 it will have to just sit pretty on my wish list, but if you’ve got the cash to splash then you can pick one up over at Net-a-porter.


The Sophisticated Cincher

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Reiss Lamorna Black BeltI’m a real fan of waist cinchers, but not so keen on the common use of large oversized square buckles on the front of them.

This black patent stud fastening belt with its faceted edge jewel buckle is the perfect antidote!

The glossy finish adds a slick of sophistication, whilst the patent belt nips everything in creating a sleek silhouette.

This is a great belt for adding an elegant or professional air to a look, something that a lot of the waist cinchers don’t seem to quite manage.

You can pick this up from Reiss for £49.


Great Gladiator for Work or Play

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Reiss Camille GladiatorMost of the highstreet gladiator style shoes that are around are more suited to play rather than work, but these exposed platforms from Reiss are smart enough to work for the office too.

Team with a pencil skirt and ruffle blouse in neutral muted tone colours for a chic office look.

Featuring another key trend this season; snakeskin, they could are great for adding edge to a floaty dress or to a cocktail outfit.

Available for £159 from Reiss you can buy in store or online.


SS09 Trend – Granny Chic

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Monsoon Fusion Oriental Garden DressAccording to Gok on Tuesday night, and several other reliable sources Granny chic is coming our way this summer – think cardigans, florals, twin sets and pearls.

A follow on from the heritage trend we saw during winter, this vintage inspired look is definitely a feminine one – think garden parties not a kick about in the park.

The Fusion range from Monsoon is designed to be a bit more budget friendly than their usual rather extravagant prices, and they’ve got the perfect Granny chic dress for under £50. This Oriental Garden Dress is a grey cotton dress with floral design looks like it could’ve been pulled straight out of the attic, and the lined skirt makes it more substantial than a flimsy summer dress. The big bow at the back finishes it off nicely, and the slight open back gives it a modern twist.

It costs £48 and is available from the Monsoon website now.


Designer v Highstreet: The Cut-out Swimsuit

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The Cut-out SwimsuitCut-out swimsuits are set to be even more popular this summer than they were last year. I personally can’t quite understand their allure as they are so impractical for the beach. Unless you are sitting completely in the shade you can expect to get some seriously dodgy tan marks.

I’ve heard this trend coined as ‘cocktail beachwear’ which seems to translate as another holiday activity; i.e. time must be made to sit in the shade and simply pose in your costume. Well, if you have the figure and a good book, why not, I guess!

I love the designer version which is by one of my favourite designers, Michael Kors. It features a really gorgeous cut-out necklace neckline which looks particularly stunning when you add a low v-neck kaftan to show it off even when layering up. At £140 its not too bad a price for such an esteemed label.

The highstreet option is a white shimmer paparazzi cut-out tie side swimsuit by Vitamin A. At £125 it is only a smidge cheaper than the Michael Kors designer version though. It features a shimmering gold lining, which is made visible via the side ties.

To hit the poolside chic trend perfectly, accessorise your cut-out costume with a few chunky bangles on one arm, huge shades, and sky high wedges. You can pick up the Designer version from Net-a-porter and the Highstreet option from Figleaves.


Pretty Flirty Skirt

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Reiss Kat Origami SkirtI am such a fan of Reiss’s Spring / Summer 09 collection and adore this origami ribbon detailing mini skirt.

From the ruffles to the muted colour tones, it’s trend-ticking and totally gorgeous.

What’s more, it also comes in an eye catching ‘deep sky blue’ which to me, looks like a really intense cornflower blue – which would look seriously stunning set off against some tanned legs.

This season features some major feminine dressing – from the swathes of dresses strutting down the catwalks one after another, to the ruffles and make-up tones, and this is a great piece to embrace the trend with.

Available from Reiss is costs £110.


First The Bucket, Now The Barrel

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

ASOS Barrel BagAs we all know big trends this summer will be western and safari and what better to top off your looks than with this leather weave detail barrel bag.

I love the unsual shape (is it just me or did any other kids of the 1980’s have lots of barrel shaped bags as children?) My Care Bear and Rainbow Bright barrel bags were my particular favourites!

The long shoulder strap means you can wear it across the body as well as over the shoulder.

Great for teaming with a plain safari style shirt shift and anything from floral skirts to stone wash denim, you can grab one from ASOS for £28.


Maxi Dresses Do The Rounds Again

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Oasis Tribal Print Maxi DressOne of the best things about summer fashion trends has to be that they often crop up for at least three years in a row before they’re declared ‘officially last summer’, meaning you can get a fair amount of wear out of them, even if it is only for a couple of months a year.

The maxi dress has been a summer staple for the last couple of years, and get ready to pull them out of the wardrobe again, as they’re back for another year. This rather forgiving summer dress is perfect if you don’t fancy baring all, but it’ll still keep you cool and is far easier to get in and out of than a jumpsuit.

If you’re in the market for a new one, have a look at this Tribal Print Maxi Dress from Oasis. Featuring this season’s ever-popular tribal theme, the monochrome colours means its perfect for the office, beach, or evening wear. Team it with silver, black, or gold accessories for a dressed up look, or chunky wooden beads to fully embrace the tribal look.

It costs £55 and is available from the Oasis website or instore.