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Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014 Presentation

How ironic, the fashion houses are unveiling their Spring Summer 2014 collections to the world, whilst here in London we’re still waiting for Summer 2013 and consequently our Spring Summer 2013 wardrobes! Clearly I’m not bitter. Stella McCartney invited the gliteratti to view her SS 2014 collection at West 10th Street New York City in the setting of a garden party. On the guest list was Cameron Diaz glowing in white, massive fashion salute to her for wearing white in the rain, Madonna who seemed to have taken inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Bosworth, Julian Moore, Liv Tyler and many more.STELLA

Stella McCartney, Cameron Diaz, Julian Moore, Liv Tyler at Stella McCartney's spring summer 2014 presentation

Madonna, Steve Tyler, Stella McCartney

STELLA McCartney accessories

The models wearing Stella McCartney SS2014

The models wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Stella McCartney, Kate Bosworth and Helena Christensen at Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014 presentation

The poison

The models wearing Stella McCartney spring summer 2014

Model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

The illustrator

Model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Stella McCartney with Julian Moore Spring Summer 2014 presentation

The models wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

model wearing Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2014

Anna Wintour and Stell McCartney

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An Ode to The Half Tuck

Half tuck layout

This tucking phenomena has been around for some time now, but so in love with this simple garment manipulation am I, that I just had to commend the trend and write an ode to the Half Tuck! In my humble opinion the half tuck is the perfect and most simple way to manipulate almost any garment worn on the upper body, be it a shirt, t-shirt, jumper or whatever else we might care to wear. Unlike say, the embellished collar trend, that’s dependent on many factors; it requires a shirt with the perfect collar,  a statement necklace – the necklace needing to be the right size to sit perfectly between the front band and point spread of the collar and it has to do this without dishevelling it, the half tuck doesn’t require nearly half as much technique. It’s merely a tuck! Having said that, there are many ways to wear the tuck and many reasons to do so; Those of us  rocking the half tuck will have our very own reasons to rock this upper garment manipulation and will have perfected our very own way of tucking – one that works for just for us! The rule of thumb would have it that the less contrived the tuck appears to be, the better it looks. This doesn’t mean, however, that the tuck isn’t contrived!

I personally wear the half tuck for its slimming effect. Being that I am curvier than model straight up and down, wearing a jeans and shirt ensemble for example, with the half tuck makes all the difference. The tucked in element reveals my waist – exposing one of the smallest parts of my body. Consequently, the loose element of the shirt conceals my derriere – a particular advantage for me when I’m wearing skinny jeans. I wear my skinnies tight enough to be a second skin, to make my legs look slimmer, however this also pronounces the derriere – which I am not always entirely comfortable with – especially when I am in the office. The half tuck offers some concealment of my derriere. Of course shirts worn loose, particularly if they are over sized or loose fitting, disguise my derriere too, but in the meantime they also disguise my waist line – the half tuck allows me to reveal and conceal all at the same time.

The way the tuck’s worn can be dependent on a number of things – the length of the garment being tucked in, the occasion we’re dressing for, the type of garment we’re pairing our top with, the belt we might be wearing – if we’re wearing a statement belt we won’t want our shirttails disguising the statement, our body shape and many other factors. Some of us half tuckers might tuck the front of our garment in, others will tuck just the front corner away and some might tuck one side of the shirttail into a waistband whilst wearing the other shirttail loose. Some of us will tuck in every which way possible. Regardless of how we’re tucking, those of us that have adopted the half tuck will appreciate the aesthetic brilliance this effortless manipulation can have on an ensemble.   I would argue that the half tuck is miraculous – I really would. I think I first discovered the half tuck being worn on Victoria Beckham seven or eight years ago and I’ve been half tucking in this fashion ever since!

Of course the half tuck isn’t all about accentuating waistlines, disguising bottoms, flat or rounded, saggy or wide, this tucking of the upper garment adds a stylistic edge to an ensembles; making a simple jeans and white shirt appear effortless yet stylish, a sheer shirt and black jeans ensemble appear more casual as opposed to stuffy and make an otherwise sexier or more revealing garment, cutaway shorts or mini skirt for example, appear less sexual and more relaxed and easy. For all the half tuck’s massive feats it must be celebrated!

 

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Olivia Palermo wears the half tuck

gold and black boots

Rosie Huntington Whitely

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hakf tuck - floral jeans

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The Sweatshirt and the Kenzo Tiger Sweatshirt!

Trending #Sweatshirts

It was winter last year that the grey sweatshirt became one of the key wardrobe items to for super savvy street style dressing. The sporty garment, a staple for the gym, once taken out of its context and paired with skinny jeans and strappy sandals or a tailored pair of trousers and brogues seemed risque and innovative. Although it would appear, as seen in these photographs taken by Tommy Ton, that the reign of the sweatshirt sill very much resides this winter 2012-13, we have become so accustomed to the sweatshirt trend, that for super savvy-ness and ultimate fashion manipulation we can no longer play it safe by simply nodding towards the sporty trend with the initial grey sweatshirt. This norm has been accepted and it’s time to innovate once again and push the boundaries. Now the expert sweatshirt wearer creates a more stylised sweatshirt ensemble or selects a more statement making sweatshirt.

Those of you that have adopted the new approach to dress that Vogue has coined ‘Haute Casual’ for your winter wardrobe may have coveted the utmost seasoned sweatshirt wearers donning the, albeit conspicuous, admittedly cool Kenzo Tiger sweater. This Kenzo sweatshirt has indeed become the queen of this evolving sweatshirt trend and will buy you plenty of street style kudos in this fashion jungle. So much so that all 2,000 Kenzo tiger sweaters sold out in just two days and in a matter of hours at the Parisian Kenzo store earlier this year. This sweatshirt literally does all the talking, so you don’t have to do too much to look super stylish in it, no matter its sporty nature. Having said that, in my humble fashion books, the most street style kudos clearly comes from how creative you can get with incorporating this practical and functional sportswear item into a trendy chic ensemble.

Admittedly, as much as I adore the creativity and unpredictability of this new sweatshirt glamour, I am yet to invest in a sweatshirt myself. Habitually, in the winter months I take on a more Olivia Palermo/Victoria Beckham perfectly preened and neat image, seeking more inspiration from runway looks as opposed to street style. Unfortunately the sweatshirt creates a couple of concerns for me; firstly, with such a casual garment I would be very keen to wear a shirt beneath it that can smarten the round neck with a nice collar – this I can imagine would leave me feeling very hot, especially when I am commuting. Secondly, I wear a lot of slim lined coats, which I doubt a sweatshirt and shirt ensemble wouldn’t fit beneath comfortably. Thirdly, I fear that wearing the sweatshirt beneath a cape or the voluminous coats we have seen at the likes of Celine a/w 2012-13 can make me appear particularly top heavy and again, leave me feeling extremely hot.

However, for those of you that are tiny, whose commute does not involve power walking or taking the London Underground, that acclimatise to temperatures quickly, if you are thinking of trying out this new Haute Couture sweatshirt ensemble don’t let my sweatshirt concerns stop you. Opt for placing statement jewellery around the neckline, juxtaposing the sporty garment with a tailored shirt collar or pairing the sweatshirt with a glamorous skirt, evening clutch or an elegant shoe. The key is to play that push and pull game between conformist and alternative, formal against disorderly. And hey, if you can nail this look and are prepared to invest, why not go the whole hog and purchase the highly coveted tiger Kenzo sweater?!

I don’t think this sweatshirt trend is one that will stick with me for long, so I’ll definitely be giving the Kenzo tiger sweatshirt a miss. However, I am keen to try out the trend and am currently on the hunt for a grey Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, that I’ll wear with a white shirt, black skinny jeans and a pair of black pointed court shoes and statement necklace. So, I am still playing it safe with the colour, but with Mickey Mouse emblazoned on the front, it’s still a little quirky and most importantly, easy on my bank balance. Having said that, should someone wish to purchase the Kenzo Tiger sweatshirt for me as a gift, I most certainly won’t say no!

Grey sweatshirt ensemble

Black Neoprene Sweatshirt ensembles

Kenzo Sweatshirt

Anna dello Russo with grey sweatshirt dress

grey floral sweatshirt

Pink Letterman Sweatshirt

Black sweatshirt

Pink sweatshirt with blue peplum skirt

blue, red and grey sweatshirt

Green Kenzo SweatshirtBe charmed, stay inspired! x

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Goodbye to the Maxi and Summer 2012…

An Ode to the Maxi skirt and summer 2012…

Source: via Ayesha on Pinterest

As the mornings remain darker for longer and daylight leaves us that bit earlier the unfortunate fact is looming…summer is over and out with it goes the summer wardrobe. This summer I fell in love with the maxi skirt, a white linen shirt and maxi skirt ensemble became my go to look for the season, to mix up the look I even took inspiration from my ultimate style icon Olivia Palermo and wore my maxi’s with heels. I will be sad to pack away my super comfortable, effortlessly glamorous maxi skirts and even more so to say goodbye to Summer 2012..But whilst the temperature remains in its double figures in London and it’s just warm enough to don my maxis I will…

Here’s my ode to Summer 2012 and the Maxi Skirt…

 

 

Source: trendtation.com via Ayesha on Pinterest

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Inspired By: Stylish Thoughts…

I’ve been thinking about style a lot of lately, possibly because I have been shopping excessively and going out at just as much – requiring the styling of many new ensembles for many different events, locations and situations. When I studied fashion two years ago I was lucky enough to truly discover exactly what it is exactly that beguiles me about fashion. Beyond the delight I find in dressing and dressing up, what I am so curious about and so deeply intrigued by is simple…it’s style. STYLE! That simple one syllable word that has such a weighty significance in terms of self expression. We all know the famous fashion quote ‘Fashion fades, style is eternal…’ But do we truly know how to define it? We know it when we see it -‘That’s stylish, she’s stylish, he’s got style etc.’

We all generally tend to have a universal understanding of who and what is stylish, hence why the world covets and henceforth creates style icons. And style icons vary from classic and sharp Victoria Beckham, to masters of the glam rock chic Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, preened to perfection and always neat Olivia Palermo  or forever casual and cool in a leather jacket, skinny jeans and boots combo Kate Moss.

But asides from using the word to identify a form of dressing, Classic, Casual, Trendy, Sporty etc, what constitutes as style and how can we identify what it looks like?

I like to define style as fashion’s cousin, her much cooler cousin and a trend is fashion’s sister, possibly even twin sister. Without going too deeply into semiology and linguistics, fashion is the object – the signified and the trend is formed by the signifiers, in this case the consumers (us), who with our consumption of said object  eventually make the object fashionable or/ and trendy.

Style, I refer to as fashion’s cooler cousin because it’s more expressive and offers more of a personal communication. If we could all afford to wear runway looks straight off the catwalk of the season’s most coveted look, regardless of how fashionable and on trend it might be, we’d all look like clones, or the alternative terminology, fashion victims. Style is not the possession of, or the monetary strength to, own and dress in fashionable items.  Style is the dance between conforming and rejecting, between being predictable, ironic and unexpected.

We can all wear a runway look and be fashionable, but  we’d have no credit to take for our ability to dress, because the look has already been packaged and parceled by another stylist. In fact, the only thing we might express dressed head to toe in a runway look is our undying love for fashion and our ability to keep up with its capricious nature. Ask Anna Dello Russo, Fashion Editor and Creative Director at Vogue Japan, who’ll tell you ‘I don’t want to be cool, I want to be fashion’. I have never seen a woman wear so many runway looks, in fact so fashionable is the passionate fashionista that she has been described by Helmut Newton as a ‘Fashion maniac’.  Anna might be considered ironically cool, like wearing nineties patterned  Moschino in the twenty first century or a black woman wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘Blondes have more fun,’ but too much irony or too much of one thing is never good.

So, back to this dance of conforming and rejecting. Style is a personal interpretation of the signified object – the fashion item, it’s the way in which we  choose to hangout with fashion’s sister, the signifiers, the masses that form the trends and its how we choose to reject it, by refusing to wear it, altering it or manipulate it. A white shirt might be fashionable, neatly buttoned down and tucked into a pair of jeans, we conform to the trend by wearing the white shirt, but we reject it by tucking only the front of the shirt into our jeans and leaving the back out, wearing the first three buttons undone or placing a statement necklace around the collar and so on and so forth.

In my humble opinion, ‘styling’ is the way in which we manipulate fashion. The most stylish of people in my belief are those that always have their eye on fashion but have the ability to manipulate, to innovate, to be unexpected but respectable, ironic and predictable and know exactly when to conform and when to reject.  Style is formed once we develop a particular method towards the way in which we approach dress, over a period of time this will form a motif which eventually becomes our own unique style.

Here’s to some of my personal style icons at the moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City

Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City movie wearing pink cut out dress and black studded belt.

Carrie Bradshaw

Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City

Victoria Beckham wearing DVB Jeans

Victoria Beckham wearing DVB Jeans

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham dressed in grey

Rihanna dressed in pink and orange

Rihanna dressed in pink and orange

Olivia Palermo in pink

Olivia Palermo wearing pink lace at the Valentino Couture at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild

Olivia Palermo in black and navy blue

Olivia Palermo in black leather peplum top and navy blue shorts with pointed wedges

Kourtney Kardashian casual in flats

Kourtney Kardashian casual in flats

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian dressed in blue patterned dress

Kim Kardashian wearing black and grey

Kim Kardashian wearing staple skinny jeans, heels and waterfall jacket. Dressed in black and grey.

Kim Kardashian dressed in leggings and longline blazer

Kim Kardashian dressed in leggings and longline blazer with statement necklace

Kourtney Kardashian dressed casually in flats

Kourtney Kardashian dressed casually in flats and brown hat

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Inspired by the Fashion Spirit of the London Olympics 2012

The perfect way to adorn oneself in the spirit of the London 2012 Summer Olympics…
Inspired by the Olympic Rings...

Floor length skirt
farfetch.com

Tory burch wedge
£185 – shopbop.com

Leaf jewelry
£6.42 – nbcuniversalstore.com

Chanel watch
£5,370 – watchesonnet.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs rubber jewelry
£27 – my-wardrobe.com

Skull jewelry
£200 – cultstatus.com.au

Panacea hardware jewelry
£15 – cusp.com

Mango resin jewelry
£18 – placedestendances.com
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Inspired by Bangles: Relish to Embellish…

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Cecil Beaton quotes

Unique bangles, cuffs and bracelet pile up

No Holds Barred!

I am currently in the process of building my accessories collection. Although I continuously purchase new earrings and rings, I couldn’t help but notice that my bangle collection has somewhat fallen by the waist side. Instead of creating a wonderful pile up of bangles and bracelets, cuffs and chains made of leather, metal and mesh. I find myself slipping on the same bangle each and every morning – with no attention to aesthetic creativity at all. I have come to notice that my bangle collection hasn’t been updated with any statement pieces in (ashamedly so…) years. So I thought I’d share with you what’s inspiring my journey to updating my bangle collection…

Relish to Embellish...

There truly is an art to the perfect pile up, and once mastered, what a masterpiece…I think you’ll agree…

Wear your heart on your sleeve and your friendships on your wrist…

The elegant pile up…

Bangles and Bracelets

All the bling you need…

Bracelets and Bangles

Watch yourself…

Gold bracelets worn with Cartier watch

Clash of the Cartier…

Bangles and Bracelets

Fabulous when casual…

Bracelets, Spikes and Friendship

Bangles, bracelets, cuffs, jewelry

Because more is more…

Last but by no means least…simple, timeless black and gold…

My fashion task: Purchase some bedazzling bangles and to master the perfect pile up –

I’ll keep you posted..

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