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.
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.
Block colours, sheer detailing, textured pieces-the red carpet of the 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards saw Hollywood’s finest echo major Spring/Summer 14 trends. The stylish and hilarious duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosted the awards for a second time at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. The wide range of designs chosen by guests created an air of elegance with a slight edge.
Amy Adams was just one actress sporting the block colour trend with a low-cut halter dress in two tones of red by Valentino. The deserving winner of Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for American Hustle wore her strawberry blonde locks up in a classy bun. A long dainty silver chain mirrored her dresses v-shaped neckline.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie added edge and a sultry element to the red carpet in a white Gucci dress. A thigh-high slit along with jeweled detailing made blonde beauty stand out from the rest.
Jennifer Lawrence received mixed reviews regarding her Dior haute couture frock. The prom dress style design was either loved or hated, either way the actress was pleased following her win for her comedic supporting role in American Hustle.
Vibrant colour blocking and sheer detailing in the dress worn by Maria Menounos combined two SS14 trends. Slicked back hair and simple accessories complimented the bright pink number by Max Azria Atelier.
Prabal Gurung had more than one design grace the coveted red carpet with Sandra Bullock’s dramatic yet creative colour block dress being one. The actress looked youthful and confident with a side ponytail and worthy nomination.
The cast of Girls certainly made a fashionable impression with nominee Lena Dunham wearing Zac Posen in daring yellow. Allison Williams followed suit in Alexander McQueen spring/summer which featured the texture trend.
This highly anticipated collaboration has every Marant lover devising a clever plan of how to get to the front of that queue on November 14. The collection hits the shops on this date and shoppers will already know what they’re looking for since the look book was leaked by a so-called ‘fashion mole’. Sneak peaks from the designer/high street collaboration are online now and have not disappointed Marant’s international fan base.
A woman who dresses for her own comfort and laid back style Isabel Marant is French and fancy free. She is the perfect designer to join forces with such a popular highstreet chain as her designer collections attract similar age groups, although of a different financial background. Her view on style is also similar to that of the highstreet, combining season essentials with statement pieces to liven it all up. Her designs relate to students and young adults like ourselves who often look for comfortable yet stylish clothing with a bit of an edge.
The designer does her native Paris justice by giving her collection a chic and cool Parisian feel. Cropped, skinny colourful jeans join the ranks with oversized cosy blazers and classy embellished cardigans. Flirty dresses and skirts give the collection a feminine touch while metallic accessories such as scarves and dangly earrings add a decorative element. Returning to her own personal style the designer thankfully includes some great loosely cut jersey tops that will go with everything.
If you are planning to be one of those enthusiastic people who stand in a line outside H&M for the night then make sure to do your research before hand and know what you want. It will save you time and tears. Don’t forget some tea and a hot water bottle as the weather has gotten quite nippy and you will need to prepare yourself for the madness ahead.
She looked the epitome of class when two days ago Emma Stone stepped out in a Band of Outfitters suit for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo call. An autumn/winter 2013 trend taken straight from the catwalks where designers such as Jonathan Saunders, DKNY and Burberry Prorsum first set the ball rolling.
With this trend you can take it to the extreme with a slicked back ponytail and high collared shirt or else add femininity with a colour block blouse to tone it down but still make a statement. Emma Stone went for the paired back look teaming her suit with an open collared blue blouse and red heels by Kurt Geiger. The jacket is fitted while the pants are high-waisted and cropped giving the actress the appearance of longer legs. Her loose blonde wavy locks and round sunglasses keep this look cool, chic and wearable.
Cara Delevingne is another lady in the spotlight who sports this trend on and off the catwalk. For Burberry she showcased a very feminine see through pencil skirt with an animal print body suit. Although the materials are bold and risky the cut and tailoring were classy and modest. Yet another way in which to work this masculine trend into you’re wardrobe.
The androgynous trend is not just about channeling some masculinity through your outfit, it is also about feeling empowered as a working woman. No British celebrity does self empowerment through androgyny quite like Victoria Beckham. Her own designer range of clothing is clean cut and full of blocks of colour. It is meticulously tailored to look simple but striking. When it comes to putting a suit together she is her own inspiration. Do as Victoria has if you feel the suit jacket and pants teamed together is too much and pair your blazer with a structured A-line skirt instead. This makes the trend a lot more wearable for people who feel full suits just don’t suit them. Pun unintended.
It appeared on the catwalks as far back as Autumn/Winter 2012 and now the wrap skirt is back as a key winter essential. Over the past few months this classy yet chic trend has gained momentum and is currently at its peak. You can’t enter a high street shop without finding the wrap skirt in a couple of unique patterns or colours so whether you want to make a statement or just simply be on trend there is a style for you.
To get the most out of this skirt yes it would help to have long lean legs but not at all necessary. At the point where the garment wraps a triangle shape is created giving a flirty edge to this mini. It’s all about working the item into your wardrobe to suit your figure. Yes it is also true that unless styled correctly you could find yourself looking like a young schoolgirl having rolled their lengthy skirt up a few inches resulting in a lop-sided effect (hopefully this isn’t your aim).
In order to keep this trend sophisticated and not like the above description focus on the skirt’s fit, colour/pattern and length when buying. What you team it with is also very important to get the best styling result. The correct fit is easy to establish, once it sits comfortably just above your hips and the material is not being distorted for example creating a wider triangle than on the hanger than it suits. It is essential to try on an item such as this before purchasing to get the right size.
When it comes to colour and pattern for women with smaller hips you can pretty much wear them all, focus on which colours compliment your hair and skin colour instead. For those with wider hips darker colours and simple patterns are best. Back to the legs. When you arn’t blessed with lean long legs this style of skirt can still work for you. The wrap skirt can be worn in a longer length giving more coverage, being more flattering for some and remaining trendy. ASOS do pencil wrap skirts which fall to just above the knee while stocking long flowing metallic wrap skirts as well.
Unlike other trends this season the wrap skirt comes with versatility. A longer version for the office, teamed with tights for a casual day look or a flirty mini for a night out the wrap skirt is a must have for your winter wardrobe. Team with a delicate blouse or cami with plenty of layers to bring a bit of leg into December.