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Markus Lupfer for Topshop

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Markus Lupfer JumperMarkus Lupfer is a bit hit amongst quirky rock chicks like Daisy Lowe and Gwen Stephanie for his glamorous but grungey jumper designs.

The £200 + price tag is a bit of a steep one for a jumper, but luckily Markus Lupfer has just launched an exclusive line for Topshop, featuring five new designs on his signature black and grey jumpers.

For a subtle, classic look there’s a black jumper featuring a silver sequined bow, which costs £85. Or for a real statement piece, try the parrot motif, featuring bright reds and blues.

The over-sized shape of the jumpers means they’re perfect for wearing with leggings or skinny jeans, or wear them over a body con dress for a grungey, layered look. Each design costs £85 and is available online now.


Fashion Royalty – Coco Chanel

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Coco Before ChanelA new film about fashion royalty Coco Chanel is set to hit cinemas this Friday. Coco Before Chanel looks at the life of the icon before she launched the Chanel brand.

Whilst we’d all like to own a piece of Chanel, the £1000 + price tag for most of their items makes it no more than a fashion fantasy for most of us. However, with such simple, classic styles it’s easy to recreate the look at a fraction of the price.

The key to the look is simple, understated, and most importantly, monochrome. A pair of black and white ballet pumps have been seen in Chanel collections for decades. Pretty Ballerinas have this great square-toed, quilted pair, that come in a beige/cream colour with a black trim. They cost £145 and you can get them here or in their store in Mayfair, London.

ASOS have this Contrast Jersey Longline Cardigan which will add a touch of Chanel to any outfit. Complete with signature gold trim buttons, it can be worn with a casual weekend look or over an evening outfit. It costs £22.


Designer v Highstreet: The Floral Maxi

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The Floral MaxiThis summer it’s all about the floral maxi, and the nature of maxi’s eliminate the need to coordinate a whole outfit and are so comfortable and breezy in the hot weather, they make it an essential summer buy for me!

I love the designer option here by Diane von Furstenberg – this is their #17 look from their spring runway show and is such a feminine, pretty ensemble but at £356 it is on the expensive size.

The Highstreet option is from Mango and is considerably cheaper at £85, especially as it is 100% silk.

Team you maxi dress with caged heels and a glam jacket to emulate the DVF look, or simply with a skinny cardy and flipflops for a laid back look.


Designer v Highstreet: Spicy Tribal Platforms

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Spicy PlatformsEveryone seems to be converting the now famous tribal python leather Spicy heels from Louis Vuitton.

All manner of celebs from Victoria Beckham to Beyonce are rocking the real things, but if the £2,040 price tag also leaves you a little dizzy, then hop over to Topshop where they have come to the rescue with these great cheaper versions.

The white snakeskin pair are £100 and come in a gorgeous chocolate brown shade too, and the red pair are £120 and are also available in a bottle green hue.

The real things can be purchased in store at Louis Vuitton.


Designer v Highstreet: The Colour Block Dress

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

COlour Block DressesIf you are after a great little colour block dress then look no further than these options here. On the left we have the Designer pick – which is Alexander Wang’s fitted stretch dress in Cerulean. At $795 it is a pretty reasonable price for a Designer dress, however our Highstreet option is a real steal coming in at just £35.

Both dresses sport the body-con trend as well as the popular colour blocking and would look great with peep toe ankle boots for an edgy, sophisticated look.

You can pick up the Alexander Wang dress from Forward Forward and the Highstreet frock is available online over at Goddiva!


Designer v Highstreet: Patterned Cut-Aways

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Patterned Cut-AwaysCocktail swimsuits are going to be big again this summer (think completely impractical swim suits – with lots of ‘cut-aways’, basically the type of thing that may look stunning but have the power to give you absolutely awful tan lines).

Well, if you are into that sort of thing you may find as I’ve noticed, that they tend to mainly come in block colours like black or white and be all about maximum glamour, sexiness and exposure.

I was happily surprised then to find these two retro patterned cut out swimsuits, which make a refreshing change to the bulk of these type of swimsuits in the market right now.

The Highstreet option is from Urban Outfitters and costs £38.

The Designer verision is by Milly and costs £151.70 and is available from Net-a-porter, who suggest this swimsuit can double up as a top as well.


The High Street Strikes Back

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Dorothy Perkins Metallic Strappy High HeelsThere’s been a bit of a buzz about the high street recently – it seems we’re all realising that, when times are hard, we can still count on the high street to come good with the bargains.

Dorothy Perkins have just launched a new range of shoes for the summer – so you can pick up the latest designer trends for even cheaper than normal. If you’re looking for a pair of statement shoes that’ll see you through to winter, have a look at their Metallic Strappy High Heels. The cage effect has been used by lots of designers this season, in particularly YSL and Givenchy, and metallic is one of this summer’s key colour trends. There’s also a hint of the gladiator look about them, which is making a come back. Match them with any outfit for an instant tougher look.

They cost £38, a definite budget friendly price for shoes, and you can find them in Dorothy Perkins stores or on the website.


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.


Designer v Highstreet: Tribal Sandals

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Tribal SandalsIf like me you are secretly eyeing up Louis Vuitton’s Spicy Sandals which are currently being strutted around in by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Madonna and Heidi Klum, then you may interested that River Island have come up with a very similar pair too!

If the designer option with it’s six stunning different styles is a little over your limit (they retail at Louis Vuitton for approximately $2200) then this highstreet version have come to the rescue and are priced at just £69 from River Island.

They are still not available on their website so keep your eyes peeled if you’re after a pair!


Designer v Highstreet: Bright Printed Shifts

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Bright Printed ShiftsPrinted shifts are all the rage right now and are an easy and cheap way to rock one of spring /summer’s trends with just one purchase!

The print trend ranges from the dark and moody to the bright and graphic and here are some great options no matter what the budget may be.

The designer option is £2665 and is by Alexander McQueen and available from Net-a-porter. It features a stunning, almost digitally enhanced print, and has sharp lines for a structured shape, as well as an eye catching crystal embellishment at the rear of the dress.

For a mere £49.99 though, you can pick up this great one shoulder paint splash dress from River Island. With the right accessories and shoes it could give those designer frocks a run for their money!