Students everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when River Island finally decided to offer a 10% discount on their much loved collections. This has come just in time for this season’s new looks which include pretty pastels and flirty florals.
The highstreet brand takes pastel shades in another direction this season by combining lilac and leather to create an edgy mini skirt in a pretty shade. (€33.00) A light pink leather pencil skirt is also available which will brighten up the usual boring work wear colours of grey and black. (€127.00)
If floral print and darker shades are what you prefer then the black print scuba tube skirt retails at just €30.00. Falling to just below the knee, the tube skirts hugs your figure (beware) and is a statement piece perfect for a spring occasion.
The pastel epidemic continues on to the classic blazer, something no working girl can do without. Gone are the days where your only blazer resembled your brother’s confirmation suit and here to stay are the shapely and colourful numbers available today. A pink blazer with an inverted collar retails at €60.00 and is a great option for those who don’t like bulky collars and rather a cleaner cut.
The red floral silhouette print blazer means you certainly will not be missed and perfect teamed with dark skinny jeans and a statement necklace. (€65.00)
No one can forget the lyrics ‘Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts…’ and no one can argue with them either. Short shorts are as popular as ever but in this weather it’s likely we will be restricted to a night out or, for those lucky enough, a holiday. They are still worth a purchase simply for their peachy colours and vivid prints. Florals and pastels are combined in the floral print wrap skort for €40.00.
The classic high waisted denims are available this season in light pink and light orange tones for €30.00.
Flicking through the colourful images from Louis Vuitton’s A/W 14 collection it is as if you are catapulted back in time to the quirky style of ‘That 70’s Show’.
Under new designer Nicolas Ghesquiere the pressure was on for the brand to maintain its covetable reputation this season at Paris Fashion Week. Taking over from none other than Marc Jacobs, Ghesquiere created an eye catching collection filled with vintage prints, skater mini skirts and waist cinching belts.
The opening look on the runway prepared the audience for the modern but vintage brilliance that was to come. A black trench coat with a sharp, clean cut tangerine collar over a cream turtle neck shift dress opened the show displaying clean lines femininity and Parisian chic.
The trench coat and skater dress were combined to create an A-line number with front zip detailing and of course a belted waist. Shoulders were subtly defined by the upper section of the piece balancing the short A-line skirt element.
Accessories were not neglected and how could they be with bags by this brand being a wardrobe necessity in many fashion lovers’ view. Next season would not be complete without an array of boots in all shaped and sizes. This collection featured black leather knee highs plus some brown patent ankle highs with buckles.
As for the bags, a rectangular satchel with fasteners similar to that of a jewellery box and sporting the classic Vuitton print was enough to say job well done.
From peplum detail and the cape effect to structured draping and sheer print; last night’s Academy Awards may have been described as ‘boring’ but the red carpet certainly was not.
Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o once again used bright block colour to create a winning red carpet look. The headband may have made the actress look slightly childish however her elegant, flowing gown by Prada made up for this.
Jennifer Lawrence, now more commonly known as J Law, made up for her shapeless Golden Globes dress by wearing a striking orange gown with peplum detailing. The nominee for best supporting actress looked youthful and classy in this fitted piece by Dior of course.
Both Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams opted for plain navy dresses, focusing on structure and draping instead of embellishment. The Gravity star’s Alexander McQueen gown draped beautifully to one side while the American Hustle actress chose a straight Gucci dress with detailing at the bust.
Cate Blanchett received mixed reviews for her sparkling number while other actresses not even nominated pulled out all the stops, looking incredible. One such star was Kate Hudson who stunned in a white caped Atelier Versace gown. Emma Watson wore Vera Wang looking stunning with a red lip.
Camilla Alves, wife of Matthew McConaughey, was the epitome of class at the awards ceremony and also sporting the cape trend. Her nude number and fitted yet flowing gown was perfect for the partner of an Oscar Best Actor winner.
From a fresh faced model to stylists turned designers, the Irish certainly left their mark on London Fashion Week.
London fashion week saw contemporary designs by newcomer Lennon Courtney create a stir on the British fashion scene. Lennon Courtney received high praise for its cutting edge structured pieces designed to compliment the everyday woman.
A successful showcase with independent retailer Wolf & Badger resulted in attention from Vogue.co.uk in an article entitled ‘Irish Charm: What Women Want? Classic silhouettes with an urban edge defines the work of the new designers.
Along with the success of Irish designers at London Fashion Week, a young model has also left a lasting impression on the British fashion event. Clara McSweeney represented by the Andrea Roche Modelling Agency walked for three designers, Teatum Jones, Dominic Jones and Turkish designer Bora Aksu.
When asked about the model’s recent success Andrea Roche replied:
‘We are extremely proud of her as she has only just turned 16 and is doing so well. This is her second season for LFW and her agency there Elite see huge potential in Clara.’
Model Clara McSweeney
Clara is in her fourth year of secondary school, balancing this and modelling with international labels in the UK. With striking features, long blonde locks and comparisons being made to Rosie Huntington Whiteley this Irish model has a bright future ahead.
Last night London saw the cast’s of this years finest films walk the red carpet of the 2014 BAFTAs. Award ceremonies so far have been loaded with stunning gowns and new style icons however last night’s looks appeared a little dull overall.
Colour was lacking and black seemed to be everywhere. This being said there is always one person who makes up for the rest and this was lady of the moment Lupita Nyong’o. Famous for her outstanding supporting role in 12 Years A Slave, this newcomer has dominated almost every award ceremony when it comes to style.
She opts for striking colours which contrast her dark complexion and so instantly catches your eye. A turquoise gown by Christian Dior was her choice for the Baftas fitted to the waist then flowing into a structured train. The metallic belt along with matching cuffs helped create an hourglass shape and break up the block colour.
Cate Blanchett, Suki Waterhouse, Amy Adams and Helen Mirren all donned black ensembles. Angelina Jolie for some reason chose to add some androgyny to the event by wearing a very similar outfit to her husbands.
Samantha Barks brightened things up also as she wore a beautiful cream gown from the Calvin Klein collection. Swept back hair and a chunky necklace completed this stunning look. Naomie Harris sported a low cut hot pink dress to inject some colour into the event.
Dramatic prints, dark tones and rich fabrics sum up the luxurious catwalks of New York Fashion Week. Many a designer pulled out all the stops to showcase their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections but in my opinion one stood out from the crowd.
Kicking off NYFW BCBG Max Azria, a fashion favourite with celebrities, displayed structured pieces with pastel coloured detailing. Oversized outerwear featured heavily in the collection creating layers and length. Accessories included knee high leather boots and large black clutch bags. An array of fur littered the outfits from furry snoods and collars to sumptuous muffs and scarves.
The use of lines throughout the clothing’s design added symmetrical elements to the already structured looks. However the designer opted for lengthy flowing skirts to balance the designs and add femininity. This aesthetic collection lit up the runway with beautiful, elegant and classy pieces certainly stealing the show.
The fantasy woman inspiring the designs of BCBG Max Azria appeared to ooze class, wealth and confidence. Monochrome is a her best friend but with a futuristic twist. Digital prints and luxurious textures complete the wardrobe of this everyday fashionista.
Spring’s ultimate must have heel includes the dainty ankle strap. Not only does this extra piece of material help to hold your foot in place when walking, dancing or even running in your heels but it creates a feminine and sultry look.
Now you can pick up a pair of these classy shoes in any high street shop. Topshop, Forever 21 and Penneys are just three chains that are favouring the sandals this season, stocking many different versions in statement colours.
It must be said that a fresh pedicure or clean nail polish is a necessity donning these heels. Anyone that is conscious of their feet in any way you might feel a tad naked in these.
Forever 21 €35.90
Topshop (Kurt Geiger) €350.00
Topshop (Kurt Geiger) €125.00
For an easy €15.00 Penneys offer a leather effect nude pair with a hot pink heel. They are the perfect way to add some colour to your dark winter wardrobe. Forever 21 began with the classic black suede style and have now branched out to pairs with metallic details. These retail at €35.90.
Block heeled version of the ankle strap heels are available at Topshop, if the kitten heel style is not for you. However these are by designer Kurt Geiger and range from €125.00 to €350.00. If I had the funds, I would.
The days of plucking until there’s nothing left have been thankfully left in the past. Taking notes from the likes of Cara Delevingne women are now embracing big brows or at least ditching the ‘few hairs in a straight line’ look.
Cara: Bold Brows
Even if your eyebrows are reasonable in colour, they will never look as good as they can with a little extra colour and a fuller shape. You don’t have to have eyebrows as full and dark as Cara’s to achieve a big brow, it all depends on what you have to work with.
Recently I’ve used a HD brows palette (€30.00) until it fell and broke into little messy pieces. The palette was handy it had a light blonde colour along with three shades of brown so allowed for mixing-this creates a more natural look. The powder worked but often the application was difficult. To avoid the cost of another palette I opted for a very affordable eye brow pencil from Catrice (€2.99). A cheap solution that works, it is not to heavy or too light and comes with a brush on one end to fix stray hairs.
HD Brow Palette
Catrice Brow Pencil
Catrice Brow Pencil
Don’t over-pluck. Remove hairs to create a natural arch which should peak at the outer edge of your iris.
To avoid the unintentional angry eyebrow look ensure you brush your pigment onto the hairs of the brow and not the skin.
Start applying from just before the arch of the brow and continue to the end. Use a brush to blend the pigment already applied into the corner of your eyes to maintain a natural brow.
From her innocent Highschool Musical days to a recent rebellious role in the explicit Spring Breakers, this actress has evolved in more ways than one.
She started out donning pretty preppy outfits in her early acting days but soon developed her own boho signature style. Vanessa is famed for her wavy locks, laid back effortless chic and festival wear. If there is any celebrity who knows how to dress for a summer festival it’s her.
Similar to a real life Pocahontas, the dark featured beauty has this advantage when it comes to styling herself. There are many elements to Hudgen’s everyday look ranging from white flowing pieces to ripped denim, tie-dye skirts to print crops.
She is a walking advertisement for the maxi dress, using the lengthy garment to give her the appearance of height. A brightly coloured and bold printed maxi teamed with flat sandals is a classic everyday look for the actress.
Accessorizing is key to this star’s wardrobe. Chained headbands, classy fedora’s and an array of necklaces and bracelets all at once complete this boho chic look she is much loved for.
She was the chic villain on The City, a spin off show of hit reality show The Hills, showcasing the fashion world in New York City. A socialite turned style icon for many Olivia has climbed the ranks in terms of style since her TV debut.
Olivia embraces her long legs and opts for skinny jeans, fitted leather pants or structured shorts which show off her assets. Her outfits often incorporate layers including short sleek jackets and a blouse or long coats and plenty of accessories. Sophisticated is her personal style in one word. She appears to never have a hair out of place, reflecting her wealthy background she is the oozes class.
Of course her olive skin and sandy hair tend to aid any outfit’s appeal but regardless of your colouring you can still use her as an inspiration when dressing. Patterned fitted pants are another item Olivia has in her wardrobe which add colour and drama to a plain black blazer and blouse.
Although her style is mostly structured and of the fitted sort she does occasionally sport a chiffon mini skirt to add a flirty and feminine element to a look. A good bag is an essential for this socialite and it is rarely a small one. A girl after my own heart she can always be seen carrying her life around in a large but classy leather handbag.