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ASOS Mid-Season Sale

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

ASOS One Shoulder Colourblock DressASOS have launched their mid-season sale today, and there’s up to 50% off all their ranges. Whilst some of it is decidedly winter-y and last season, having a virtual rummage through can pay off, with some great items that are perfect for spring/summer.

This ASOS One Shoulder Colourblock Jersey Dress ticks loads of major trend boxes for S/S09 – one shouldered, colour blocking, and body-con. Whilst perhaps black isn’t the number one colour for spring, it does set a tan off perfectly – fake or otherwise. This dress would be great for a night out teamed with bare legs (weather permitting) or black tights. In order to fully embrace the colour block trend try matching it with some purple shoes and accessories.

At £18 this isn’t too much of a bank-breaker, and would see you through any social occasion this spring. ASOS currently have all sizes in stock, but as usual with sales, they tend to sell out quick!

The New Leggings

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Stella McCartney Sequin LeggingsLeggings are still very much a wardrobe staple, but we’ve come a long way since you could only buy them in plain black.

Net A Porter have got the latest looks for leggings, and they’re now becoming the centre of an outfit rather than just a change off tights.

These Stella McCartney Dégradé sequin leggings are perfect for turning a simple tunic dress into a great statement evening outfit. Dip-dye and sequins are two trends that’ve been seen a lot recently, and the nude colour spectrum matches in perfectly with the Spring colour palette.

The key is to team them with something very simple – stick to black, greys, or whites, and nothing with too much frill or detail, and of course, killer heels.

The Stella McCartney Dégradé sequin leggings cost £795 and are available at Net A Porter now.

Kane Style Dress

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Jovonna Disc DressIf you are a fan of Christopher Kane’s latest work then you may also like this silk organza flower dress by Jovonna.

Featuring double layers and similar oversized circular disks to Kane’s pieces, this dress is very sheer and romantic.

The simple underlay shift calms down what is a rather busy design (the back of the dress is plain though to contrast the busyness of the front).

Team with plain and simple muted colour heels and minimal jewellery for a chic look.

Available from ASOS it costs £85.

The Statement Dress

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

DKNY Color Block Tank DressI love this color block tank dress by DKNY – summing up the popular bandage trend as well as some of Spring / Summer’s key colours, canary yellow and pink, it is a hit with me.

Made 75% from ramie, this dress features wide ruched panels at the waist, a pretty sweetheart neckline and another of next season’s statements for eveningwear; side slit pockets.

Team with killer heels, sky high gladiators or sporty lace ups as styled in the photograph.

This dress is a statement piece so accessories are best kept to a minimum; a box type clutch is all you need.

You can pick this dress up for £245 from Net-a-porter.

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!

Sequin Vest

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Stella McCartney Sequin tankSequins, as we know, are set to remain as popular as ever next season, and I love this simple sequin-sprayed vest by Stella McCartney.

Covering another two separate trends – make-up tones and sheer materials, this is one trend ticking top!

Its simplicity and relaxed racer-back shape make it a great daywear item (not easy when dealing with sequins) as well as providing a lovely laid back look for eveningwear.

Team with stonewash skinnies, sky-high heels, a clutch and statement earrings for a relaxed evening look. Mix it up by throwing over a floral jacket to keep the look contemporary. Swap the clutch for an oversized weekend tote and throw over a cropped jacket for daytime chic.

You can pick this item up over at Net-a-porter for £425.

Christopher Kane S/S 09 Collection

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Christopher Kane S/S 09 CollectionOut of all of the S/S 09 catwalk shows one of my top favourites has to be Christopher Kane’s – naming the Flinstones, Dinosaurs and Planet of the Apes as the inspiration, I adore the translation achieved.

I especially love these 3 pieces that Net-a-porter have recently added to their collection and which have predictably, already flown off the shelves!

You will need a pretty penny to invest in one of these dresses, at £2735, £3855 and £2665 from left to right they are expensive, but if you have the cash I’d use Net-a-porter’s Designer Update tool so you can be notified as soon as more stock arrives.

It’s hard to pick a favourite but if pushed I think I would have to choose the middle one – timeless and perfect for the red carpet, it along with the whole collection is stunning.

The Drape Dress

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Vivienne Westwood Red LabelI love this crepe jersey drape dress from Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label. It’s a great example of the original iconic drape dress, reworked for a modern look.

Perfect for this and next season, pair with dark tone chunky heels now and inject some S/S colour in the form of bright peach and yellow accessories and gladiator heels for the summer.

The dress is made from a demi-sheer fabric and features short ruched sleeves and a small discreet side slit.

A great figure flatterer, it simply pulls on and I think is a great investment at £315 – baring in mind the fabulous brand.

Get yours from Net-a-porter here.

Body Con with a Twist

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Quontum Curve Neon Stripe Body Con DressThe body con dress trend is still one of the most popular items to slip on for a night out at the moment, and if you’ve got the figure for it it’s definitely the ultimate LBD to pull out the wardrobe.

Whilst the all-black look one is a classic, if you’re getting a bit bored of it then try injecting a bit of colour with this Quontum Curved Neon Stripe Body Con Dress. The strapless black dress is broken up with a swash of neon colour across the waist at the front, and the curved stripe complements the shape of the dress. If you want to add more colour trying matching a pair of tights to one of the coloured stripes. And don’t forget some chunky black heels- patents would look great. The dress is 88% cotton and 12% lycra, so you can just wriggle into it and it’ll stretch where required.

Perhaps a bit of a daring item, but if you’re brave enough it’s guaranteed to ignite the dancefloor!

It costs £48 and is available from ASOS now in the colours shown and one with green, purple and blue stripes.

The New Jumpsuit

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Belle & Bunty for ASOS Draped Halterneck Harem JumpsuitIf you weren’t quite brave enough to try a jumpsuit first time around then don’t worry – there’s a second chance as they’re still big news for S/S 09. Now we’re (supposedly) heading towards warmer weather, jumpsuit designs are moving away from looking like head to toe boiler suits in dark colours, and have got a more feminine, carefree look to them.

This Belle & Bunty for ASOS Draped Halterneck Harem Jumpsuit is perfect for spring evenings, and combines the jumpsuit with harem trousers – another key trend. The halter neck gives it a less intense look, and the contrasting black waist band helps break up the colour. Made from 55% silk it won’t grip or cling in all the wrong places.

It costs £79 – not too bad as you’re getting trousers and a top – and is available now.