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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.

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.

Tab Silk Dress

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Oscar de la Renta Silk Tab DressI have a case of serious ‘outfit envy’ when it comes to this dress – perfect for summer parties it oozes chic sophistication and beauty which is no surprise as it’s by Oscar de la Renta.

Made from 100% silk, it features little silk tabs which give this classic shaped dress a fun fresh twist.

The dress comes with a detachable black grosgrain belt which you tie in a bow at the back, but I prefer the way it has been styled for the catwalk – as in this image; with a patent black waist cincher, adding a shot of uptown glamour.

Available from Net-a-porter for £3000, it’s the perfect way to nail the monochrome trend in the most feminie and glamorous way.

The Return of the Gladiator

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Miu Miu Gladiator SandalsGladiator sandals are set to be hot property yet again this summer. the romanesque footwear is already creeping into the high street, with a few subtle changes from last year’s versions. The studs and detailing is gone, and we’re seeing more and more metallic rather than brown and tan colours.

These ones by Miu Miu are great if you’re feeling flush. Combining this summer’s new nude tones trend with gold, these are simple but effective. the combination of the two colours gives them that expensive looking edge, and they’d set off bronzed legs perfectly. the multiple buckle detail keeps them interesting, but luckily you don’t need to fasten and undo them all to get them on and off!

They’d work well with beach wear, or just casual weekend clothes. They cost £303 and are available from Net A Porter now.

The New Style Scarf

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Alexander McQueen Skull and Crystal ScarfAs we all know long scarves bundled around the neck are a popular and easy way to style any outfit, and I love the new style of scarves that are around now; ‘in’ are those that are print based and ‘out’ are the old style woven, houndstooth and check varieties.

New life as been breathed into our staple accessory and bold graphic prints are the way to go. Alexander McQueen is my favourite designer for the print trend and I think this crystal and skull print is absolutely divine.

At £390 it’s pricey but hopefully the highstreet will follow suit and supply something similar soon! You can pick this item up from Matches.

Cute Rompersuit

Monday, April 6th, 2009

3.1 Phillip Lim Ikat Print RomperI love this bright little jumpsuit as it’s a perfect way to meet both the playsuit and ‘one world’ trend in one hit. Simply team with a tribal style over-sized necklace and heels, to create the exotic look that this trend is all about.

Think hot colours, clashing and tons of jewellery and for inspiration look to the Spring Summer 09 catwalks of Marc Jacobs and Gucci as to how to recreate this trend. I heard someone sum up this trend by trying to achieve the look of a ‘well-travelled woman’ – fresh off the plane from some hot exotic country.

I also like the idea however, of just simply teaming with a plain white t-shirt and flat gladiators for a clean and easy-to-wear summer look.

You can pick up this Ikat print romper by 3.1 Phillip Lim from Net-a-porter for £455.

Alternative Spring Dress

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Marc Jacobs Taffeta Stripe Tiered DressNew to the Marc by Marc Jacobs range on Net A Porter this week is this Taffeta stripe tiered dress. Perfect for spring, it makes a change from all those floral prints currently doing the rounds. It would be great as a party dress with heels and a clutch bag, or dress it down for a day look by throwing over a blazer or leather jacket and teaming it with some light coloured flats.

It’s made from taffeta, which can be a bit of a love/hate fabric, but it works really well on the ruffled tiers. As a contrast there’s a striped sweetheart neckline and velvet bows and trim accent the ruffles. The spaghetti straps are adjustable so you can get just the right fit, and they won’t keep falling over your shoulder. The zip at the back is fully hidden – none of this exposed zip we’ve been seeing recently, which can look cheap.

It costs £460 and is available now from Net A Porter.

Summer Staple Denim

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Sass & Bide Neon Nights Denim JeansIf you want to crack one key trend this summer, then one item you won’t want to be without is a pair of bleached skinnies. In my quest to find the perfect pair I think I have stumbled upon the best around.

Reminiscent of Balmain’s £1k+ stunners, these light blue bleached skinnies by Sass and Bide are seriously good looking and for £185 are much more manageable in the money department.

Team with pretty much anything from boyfriend blazers to sequins.

For catwalk inspiration check out the spring / summer shows for Diesel Black Gold, Balmain and Givenchy.

You can pick yourself up a pair over at Net-a-porter.

Pretty Party Frock

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Camilla and Marc Floral DressAs we know anything floral is in this summer and I particularly like the abstract nature of the floral blooms on this Camilla and Marc dress by way of using silk appliqué embellishments.

They set of the swooshy draped hemline and trapeze shape perfectly, giving the dress a 3D element and lots of movement. I also really like the modern feel of the colour palette, and would team this dress as Net-a-porter suggests; with matching buttercup colour peep toes and a soft hued metallic clutch.

Perfect for an easy to wear, on-trend party look or wedding outfit you can pick this up for £425 from Net-a-porter.

Great Little Top

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Elizabeth and James TankAnother delivery of gorgeous garments by Elizabeth and James has just arrived over at My Wardrobe and their latest collection is just as fabulous as always.

I particularly like this grey draped top, featuring a low open back and open sides, it has hidden support so it can be worn without a bra to show off the cross over elastic back straps.

I love tops like this, that without being too much, are showstoppers on their own so are easy to throw on in a hurry – no fussing or accessorising required!

It comes in black or grey and costs £154 from My Wardrobe.