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Designer vs Highstreet – Spring Jackets

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Spring JacketsWith warmer weather hopefully on it’s way, it’s time for the key transitional piece, the spring jacket. When it’s too warm for a winter coat, but not quite warm enough just to brave it with a cardigan or jumper.

If you’re feeling flush, then check out Diane von Furstenberg’s Zaria sequined jacket, costing £858. Capturing loads of this season’s key trends – florals, nude colours, a tie neck, and sequins, this jacket is perfect for day or night. Slip it over jeans and a casual top during the day, or wear it over a LBD for a splash of colour. The balloon three quarter length sleeves also add a great bit of detail, adding a bit of volume. It’s available now from Net A Porter.

If you’re on a budget though, this Floral Mac from ASOS is definitely value for money, at £54. Whilst it might be a bit more coat than jacket like, the lightweight cotton will keep you cool, and the mac is a key shape that’ll see you through to when the weather starts turning colder after summer again. the bustle back and tie details on the waist and sleeves make this mac look much more expensive than it is, and again, the floral print is key.

The shops are full of the joys of spring, so have a hunt around for the perfect spring cover up!


BHS, Believe It Or Not

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

BHS Quilted BagThis may be the one and only time we feature an item from BHS, or it could be the start of a beautiful relationship with the high street chain that’s not particularly known for it’s fashion-forward lines.

However, desperate times and all that, and BHS have come up with this little gem that, believe it or not, could easily be a Marc Jacobs or even a Chanel creation. A staple for any night out or social occasion, this Quilted Bag has all the detailing of a designer equivalent – chain strap, gold trim, and a great hot pink colour, so perfect for spring and summer. It’ll match any outfit and is great for contrasting with a dark coloured outfit.

Costing only £15, it’s an absolute bargain, and once word gets out chances are these will be flying off the shelves. It’s not available on the BHS website yet, but should be soon, so keep your eyes peeled!


Another 80s Revival!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

80s Designer Vs HighstreetBad taste is currently good news, and we’re experiencing (yet another) 80s revival. This time it’s about embracing all this tacky, so pull out the scrunchies, clashing fluorescent colours and yes, even shoulder pads.

This trend is great for nights out when you can really have some fun with it. Alexander McQueen’s flamboyant creations are perfect, and it you’re looking for the ultimate 80s accessory to complete your outfit, you can’t go wrong with this Neon Panel Clutch. The pink geometric pattern has 80s written all over it, and is a great statement piece. It costs £484 and is available from Net A Porter.

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, then ASOS have also got some great pieces for this trend. This One Shoulder Colour Block Body Con Dress is only £30, and hits the trend on the head with neon colours, one shoulder, and a random pattern. If you want to play it subtle, it’s also available in grey, but they pink is much better for standing out!

So the rule of thumb for this trend seems to be the brighter, clashing, miss-match patterns the better!


Designer v Highstreet: The Navy Boyfriend Blazer

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Navy Boyfriend BlazersA fantastic transitional piece to invest in right now is the navy boyfriend style blazer. With navy set to be a huge colour next season it is a perfect colour and article to get you through the current dreary weather as well as starting to build your S/S wardrobe.

Next season you will see navy being clashed with bright acid colours such as canary yellow and vivid coral. For now it’s the perfect piece to layer with and take you into the warmer months.

For play team with a white scoop neck tee, skinnies and sky high heels, downgrading to a simple white vest as the temperature rises and for work simply switch out the skinnies for a pencil skirt.

The Designer version is by Stella McCartney and available from Net-a-porter for £856.

The Highstreet version is from Topshop and can be snapped up for £55.


Highstreet v Designer: The Snakeskin Tote

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Snakeskin TotesDeriving from the New Exotica and Nature S/S 09 trends, snakeskin is going to be very popular next season in terms of bags and shoes. So if you are on the lookout for a new handbag, snakeskin is a sure way to hit two trends in one hit and there’s plenty about to choose from.

The designer version here is by Pauric Sweeny, I love the highly reflective quality of the material. It also features a plaid lining as well as brown leather handles – wide enough to throw over the shoulder which is always a bonus!

If however, the £1,243 price tag is a little on the high side then this highstreet version by Marc B is a real bargain at just £45. It also features an unusual lining – leopard print in this case, as well as twin handles and handy side pockets.

You can pick up the designer version from Net-a-porter and the highstreet option from ASOS.


Designer v Highstreet: The Cross Over Platform

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Cross Over PlatformsPlatforms are really popular right now and I especially love these ruched patent shoes from Net-a-porter by Burberry. Slick and glossy these are real eye catchers, and looked great when showcased at Burberry’s A/W 08 catwalk earlier this year. The cross over detailing falls just below the ankle, which in turn gives the impression of elongating the leg and totally avoids the awful ‘cankle’ syndrome ankle straps so often bring!

The cone shape heel and peep toe details really set the shoes off and combine really well the mix of hard and soft and gritty and feminine in one hit, which is so popular right now.

At £350 they are a little pricey so the highstreet version from ASOS makes a cheaper alternative. At just £30 they come in black or purple and these strappy satin stilettos feature a similar cross over detail as well as zip back fastening and concealed platform.


Designer v Highstreet: The Sequin Bomber

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sequin BomberSequins are obviously very popular right now and what better way add a little glamour to your repertoire than with a sequin bomber? They seem to be everywhere at the moment and these are my top picks for both Designer and Highstreet options.

The Designer offering is a Marc by Marc Jacobs Etta sequin cardigan and features an exposed zip and demi-sheer material and three quarter length sleeves. You can pick it up over at Net-a-porter for £415.

The Highstreet alternative is a great little number from Primark. For just £15 this provides a funnel neck, exposed zip, sequin hem and short sleeves.

The sequin bomber is very cute and great for slinging over a party frock or for just wearing for drinks over a vintage graphic tee, skinnies and killer heels to bring a little sparkle to an edgy look.

Primark Sequin Bomber


Designer v Highstreet: The Mock Croc Bag

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Croc BagsFirst came zebra, then came leopard and now in has stormed croc – we love to draw inspiration from the animal kingdom in our clothes and this season it seems our bags has been taken over by mock croc materials.

Sophisticated and patent they give a polished look to the handbag and if you get one in the form of a tote – you’ll be able to fit everything in there including your laptop.

I really like both of these bags; the designer version is from Net-a-porter and is an Alexander McQueen Stamped leather tote and features a sumptuous Merlot colour, a stamped croc effect, a plethora of zips and buckles, feet on the bottom as well as lots of brass hardware. At £965 it is on the steep side so you could always make do with the high street option from Primark, at just £8 this mega mock croc bag is every bit the bargain you’d expect.


Designer V Highstreet: The Peep Toe Boot

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Primark Peep ToesJil Sander Peep ToesWhether the peep toe boot is practical for our wet winters remains questionable, but their cuteness is guaranteed. Adding a bit of interest to an otherwise rather boring boot is a great move, and if you fancy a pair but don’t fancy investing much then these cheap Primark boots may be for you – at just £15 they won’t break the bank and will enable you to dabble in the trend when the weather is fine. These are new for their Winter collection and are due in stores now!

If however, you want to make them more of a staple item or have the cash to splash, then you may wish to invest in this unusual pair from Jil Sander, these deep grey boots feature a statement angular platform with cut out detailing, which looks great side-on. If you want to pick up a pair they are £505 from Browns!


Designer v Highstreet: The Horizontal Stripe Dress

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Horizontal Stripe DressesThe shops seem to be full of these horizontal striped dresses at the moment, and if you can work a horizontal stripe then this could be a very chic pic for you.

I love the 3.1 Philip Lim number featuring lace fabric and a swirly lace neckline. Team this with understated navy accessories for a streamline look. On the other side of the spectrum this Ted baker dress is less than half the price and again effortlessly chic.

Again featuring silk material and a round neckline this is a really cute easy to wear option. The dropped waist gives it a very relaxed feel and the short hem line keeps it edgey.

For the Designer option you can hop over to Net-a-porter and pick up the 3.1 Phillip Lim Lace top dress for £445. If you’re after the Ted Baker alternative, you can pick it up over at ASOS for £120.