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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.

The Ultimate Summer Item

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Hunter WelliesWith the return of the rain (goodbye summer), and festival season well and truly upon us, the best investment you can make this time of year is a pair of solid wellies.

Of course there are far more options than just plain green, but if you want to go for the originial and the best, look no further than a nice pair of Hunters. The number one choice for celebrities far and wide, Hunter boots have been around for nearly 200 years, and are an iconic British brand.

If you want to make a statement, these red ones are great. Bright and colourful, and far more interesting than green, these are guarenteed to many any outfit stand out. And of course, they’ll keep the rain out and keep your feet nice and warm. It’s £60 for a pair, but you get what you pay for, and these will definitely last countless summers.

Ballerina Chic

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

ACNE Ballerina PumpsFollowing the soft make-up colours and chiffons that sashayed down the S/S 09 catwalk, another micro trend set to be popular this summer is Ballet Chic.

This trend can be easily achieved through the use of muted toned dresses, wrap cardies and skirts so stick to washed out shades and for a fresh feel, team with white pieces.

To top the trend off perfectly however, you’ll need a pair of point-style ballerina pumps like these gorgeous ones from ACNE.

Available from their online store these ballet style pumps cost £190 and come in several different colours and styles.

Check them out here.

Feather Shoes

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Pedro Garcia Feather PumpsI love these Minnie feather pumps by Pedro Garcia, the multicolour feathers are just divine and will ensure your toes are centre of attention.

Their muted tones also make them great for daytime wear – simply team up with a black pencil skirt and blouse for an easy office chic look.

They’d be great for eveningwear too – and will update all manner of little black dresses in an instant.

The toes feature a really cute grosgrain bow and faux pearl hat pin on the front which add to their quirky appeal.

You can pick yourself up a pair from Net-a-porter for £490.

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.

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.

Stella McCartney's Net A Porter Exclusive

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Stella McCartney Net A Porter ExclusiveStella McCartney has been one of the most talked about names this season, with her new collections enchanting everyone in the fashion industry.

All this week on Net A Porter there’s been an exclusive capsule collection by Stella McCartney, accompanied by a film. The first two collections, ‘Magnolia Tree’ and ‘Poem’ are available now, with ‘Island’ and ‘Kite’s arriving today and tomorrow. ‘Magnolia Tree’ is a smart collection, with pieces perfect for work wear and evening wear, including a jumpsuit and a bustier dress. ‘Poem’ is more of a casual collection, with tailored trousers and shorts and cute wedges with a cloud print detail.

There are four key looks in each collection, and the items can be mixed and matched. All the items are in this season’s key colours of white, nude and honeydew.

If you fancy owning a piece of this exclusive collection then head over to Net A Porter now.

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.

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!

The Perfect Plimosle!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

ASOS White EspadrilleA great shoe for setting off your stone wash skinnies is a plain pair of white plimsoles and these espadrille canvas style shoes are perfect for this look.

Featuring a contrast woven rope sole they not only look cute but are also really lightweight, so no need to think twice when chucking yet another pair of shoes in your holiday suitcase or in your bucket bag just in case your gladiators bring to rub unbearably about town.

Also available in black, you can pick up a pair over at ASOS – and the best bit, they cost just £12!