Looking Swanky

Hilary Swank at 40

Hilary Swank turned 40 today and the ever cool American girl doesn’t look her years.  Looking back over her portrayals in some cult classics including Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry, of which she won Oscars for, it’s clear to see that she is as much an acting chameleon as she is a fashion one.

From sweats and plaids to shearling and wrap coats.  Sports luxe and bold power dressing to military aviator and western Americana, each of her films tick all the right boxes whether you are emulating current season trends or looking ahead to the Autumn.

FILMS: The Next Karate Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Dahlia, P.S. I Love You, Amelia, The Homesman

WEDDING EDIT: Something Old, Something New

 

Something borrowed, something blue!  It’s wedding season and even though it’s not your special day you still want to look your best, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay the Bride’s hefty price tag.

Below are my favourite picks to suit different budgets.  From lace inserts and sheer panels to prints and pleats, these mini to midi dresses are not only on trend but classic staples that will see you through the rest of the summer and even save you the hassle of finding something for next year’s invite!  If it’s a different crowd then who will know you’ve worn it already!

L to R: & OTHER STORIES Graphic Steamer Dress £95, TOPSHOP Lace Applique A-line Dress £40, THREE FLOOR Pleats And Thank You Dress £126, ASOS Swing Dress In Pleated Stripe £75, WAREHOUSE Mesh Lace Bodice Pleat Skirt Dress £80, WHISTLES Cora Lace Dress £225

 

I wore a Whistles blue lace dress with pleats at the weekend that I first debuted to a wedding last year and nobody knew (until now obviously)!

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In Her Shoes

Not long after Sophia Webster’s partnership with cult American label, J. Crew, we are soon to be treated to another shoe showcase.

This week saw the announcement of Olivia Palermo’s up and coming collaboration with Italian footwear label, Aquazzura which is set to go on sale in September. Olivia1I first came across the brand a couple of years ago, intrigued by the ornate craftsmanship and how the whole range is sexy and flattering.  Olivia Palermo herself knows this and is frequently seen in a pair of their heels, so much so she has put her name to it.

OLIVIA PALERMO loves AQUAZZURA

OLIVIA PALERMO LOVES AQUAZZURA

I covet her style and in particular the way she pulls off accessories so I fully expect her small (but not to be sniffed at) collection of six ‘survival kit’ shoes to be nothing but lustworthy.  The range includes heels inspired by her Victorian necklace, suede boots, gladiator sandals and pumps and will be available online at Net-a-Porter.

The only downside is that unless you have a spare £350+ to spend you may have to look elsewhere, in which case at a fraction of the cost; Kurt Geiger has the answer.  Their Hattie heels are clearly inspired by Aquazzura’s Sexy Things above!

KURT GEIGER: Eleanor Miss KG Beige £85, Hattie KG Nude £120, Lucrezia2 B Brian Atwood Black £210

KURT GEIGER: Eleanor KG Beige £85, Hattie KG Nude £120, Lucrezia2 B Brian Atwood Black £210

FESTIVAL EDIT: Heatravin’ Style

To cure my Glastonbury comedown I ventured to Lovebox over the weekend, equipped with rain mac (they got it wrong, again!) and jelly shoes, convinced that these are great come rain or shine.

Sometimes I wonder whether I am a festival cliché with my love of fringing and super short shorts (doesn’t faze me!), but as I sauntered around Victoria Park amongst the sea of hunter wellies (just in case), and floral headbands, it was great to see elements of individual style where people didn’t necessarily dress in boho chic for the sake of it being a festival, and who would probably wear the same thing going down to their local.

Headbands were replaced by ‘non-feathered’ hats, face paint overruled by fresh faced barely there make up, wellies and flip flops side-lined by vintage ’hand me down’ boots, denim cut-offs changed for summery shift dresses and those one-off finds from a recent holiday.

Don’t want to let go of your festival crazy? Try out Label.M’s wash out colour powder sprays for either an intense colour injection or pastel effect.

OASIS: Palm Beach Top NOW £12 WAS £32 and Palm Beach Short £32 (check ASOS as sizes limited), SHOPBOP: Kate Spade Corbin Trumpet Case £302.86, BOOHOO: Millie Embroidered Cropped Swing Top £15, & OTHER STORIES: Lace-up leather boots in Grey Dark £125, LABEL.M: Colour Makeover Set £15, THECORNER.COM Opening Ceremony sunglasses NOW £105 WAS £150, SUPERGA: 2790 Linea Up Down Shoes in White £50, ASOS: Catarzi Fedora with Bow Ribbon £30, CIATÉ LONDON: Shell Manicure - Wish Upon a Starfish £20, & OTHER STORIES: Oily Skirt £125

OASIS: Palm Beach Top NOW £12 WAS £32 and Palm Beach Short £32 (check ASOS as sizes limited), SHOPBOP: Kate Spade Corbin Trumpet Case £302.86, BOOHOO: Millie Embroidered Cropped Swing Top £15, & OTHER STORIES: Lace-up leather boots in Grey Dark £125, LABEL.M: Colour Makeover Set £15, THECORNER.COM Opening Ceremony sunglasses NOW £105 WAS £150, SUPERGA: 2790 Linea Up Down Shoes in White £50, ASOS: Catarzi Fedora with Bow Ribbon £30, CIATÉ LONDON: Shell Manicure – Wish Upon a Starfish £20, & OTHER STORIES: Oily Skirt £125

Patience is a Virtue

It’s not too late to find those hidden gems in the summer sale that will last for seasons to come. It’s all too easy to get enticed by current season trends at a bargain price but is it really a steal when it sits in your wardrobe untouched until chucking out time? You may think you’re saving money but would you have considered buying it full price? If the answer’s no then don’t buy it.

The sale started weeks ago so you may think there’s nothing left but new lines are being added and further reductions are being made across all your high street favourites and online designer outlets.  Now is the time to get that otherwise guilty purchase you’ve been eyeing up for months, aren’t you glad you waited?!

Here are some of my top finds amongst the sales clutter…

Clockwise L-R: KURT GEIGER Carvela Carly heels NOW £59 WAS £85, CADENZZA Anton Heunis necklace NOW £71.70 WAS £239, NET-A-PORTER Erdem Sloane silk chiffon blouse NOW £296 WAS £740, MATCHES FASHION A.L.C. Davis bleed hem sleeveless dress NOW £237 WAS £475, ZARA suede leather messenger bag with fringes NOW £25.99 WAS £69.99, REISS A-line leather mini skirt NOW £55 WAS £175, JASON WU ponte and lace flounce dress NOW £337 WAS £1125

Clockwise L-R: KURT GEIGER Carvela Carly heels NOW £59 WAS £85, CADENZZA Anton Heunis necklace NOW £71.70 WAS £239, NET-A-PORTER Erdem Sloane silk chiffon blouse NOW £296 WAS £740, MATCHES FASHION A.L.C. Davis bleed hem sleeveless dress NOW £237 WAS £475, ZARA suede leather messenger bag with fringes NOW £25.99 WAS £69.99, REISS A-line leather mini skirt NOW £55 WAS £175, MATCHES FASHION Jason Wu ponte and lace flounce dress NOW £337 WAS £1125

Paris, c’est chic!

The Haute Couture collections at Paris Fashion Week came to a close last week.

Sheer is here to stay and super bold clean lines defining the power woman at her best were ever present throughout.  Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandre Vauthier and Christian Dior all keen pursuers of this trend.

Adding touches of femininity there was attention to detail from designers such as Giambattista Valli and Maison Martin Margiela, with their fairytale influences, bright florals, pretty patchworks, yet more sheer layers and artistic interpretations through Van Gogh’s ‘Irises’.

Fur stoles and feathers acted as clever layering at Chanel and Armani Prive, with a multitude of textures all mixed together with heavy embellishment conveying both opulence and desirability.

Haute Picks: Alexandre Vauthier, Christian Dior, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Valentino

Haute Picks: SHEER BRILLIANCE – Alexandre Vauthier, POWER WOMAN – Christian Dior, EMBELLISHED OPULENCE – Chanel, TEXTURE OVERLOAD – Giambattista Valli, CLEAN LINES – Valentino

90s Marmite

Clueless, Friends and Saved by the Bell – all nostalgia for a kid growing up in the 90s.  Cher’s plaid skirt suits, Carrie’s mules, Rachel’s haircut – all iconic moments of a not so bygone era.

90s Fashion

Yes, love and fond memories, but did we expect to revisit it in the fashion world where let’s face it, trends such as skirt-over-trousers, bubble backpacks and bucket hats were questionable.  Thankfully some of these didn’t make a comeback but once the initial fear had subsided was a 90s revival really all that bad?!

This year has already seen some of its key trends dominate again on the catwalk and the high street.  Whether or not you deem looks such as scrunchies and tie dyes, dungarees and mom jeans, mules and sport flatforms as high contenders for Room 101, be open to the possibility that with a modern twist it could win your heart all over again.  The 90s is here to stay…for now!

Clockwise L-R: Label Lab hammered satin maxi slip dress £79, houseoffraser.co.uk; Miu Miu suede mules £420, net-a-porter.com; Black & white gingham boxy crop top £12, lavishalice.com; 90s pastel pink & white tie denim cut off shorts £28, rokit.co.uk; Current/Elliott The Shortall denim dungarees £335, mytheresa.com; Whistles Verity backpack £275, asos.com; women's 6-inch premium waterproof boot £160, timberland online.co.uk; Moto vintage wash mom jeans £40, topshop.com; Monochrome hair scrunchie £5, asks.com

Clockwise L-R: LABEL LAB hammered satin maxi slip dress £79, MIU MIU suede mules £420, LAVISH ALICE Black & white gingham boxy crop top £12, ROKIT 90s pastel pink & white tie denim cut off shorts £28, CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Shortall denim dungarees £335, WHISTLES Verity backpack £275, TIMBERLAND Women’s 6-inch premium waterproof boot £160, TOPSHOP Moto vintage wash mom jeans £40, ASOS Monochrome hair scrunchie £5

It’s OK to Crochet

For many the word ‘crochet’ means knitted tea cosies and jumpers your Granny made you.  When it comes to thinking of crochet as stylish, you may then be quick to regard it as anything but.  

The intricate craftmanship however can make for a covetable piece, think Missoni and you know where I’m going with this. Whether you favour designer brands or the high street (or like me a bit of both!), you will see various takes on crochet for your upcoming holidays and festival season, whether it be Melissa Odabash’s beachwear or Toms’ slip on pumps.

Looking ahead to the Autumn with some transitional pieces as crochet takes on a thicker wool, you need look no further than Topshop’s colourful patchworks which maintain the boho style but veer away from the pretty pastels associated with the Summer.  Here are some of my top picks…

Clockwise L-R: Crochet shell top £25, topshop.com; Betty crochet detail shirt SALE NOW £45, reiss.com; Crochet patch dress £60, topshop.com; Giselle short crochet dress £228 odabash.com; Baltic dip dyed women's crochet classics £41.99 toms.co.uk; Tory Burch portofino crocheted cotton shorts £130 net-a-porter.com; Missoni metallic crochet-knit bikini £280 net-a-porter.com; Loving crochet flared dress SALE NOW £52 frenchconnection.com

Clockwise L-R: TOPSHOP Crochet shell top £25, REISS Betty crochet detail shirt SALE NOW £45, TOPSHOP Crochet patch dress £60, MELISSA ODABASH Giselle short crochet dress £228, TOMS Baltic dip dyed women’s crochet classics £41.99, TORY BURCH portofino crocheted cotton shorts £130, MISSONI metallic crochet-knit bikini £280, FRENCH CONNECTION Loving crochet flared dress SALE NOW £52

The Chanel Effect

The fashion ‘frowers’ were en masse for the Chanel Haute Couture A/W14 Collection at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

The Grand Palais saw a fantastical display of clean lines mixed with Chanel’s traditional wools and the occasional tartan thrown in for good measure.  

Embellished necklines were aplenty with cross body bags and clever use of layering – peekaboo shorts under a bell shaped skirt.

The 80s made an appearance through the punk inspired hairstyles which were a welcome balance to the more feminine style reminiscent of the 18th Century.

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Be ahead of the pack and ease some of the key concepts from the collection into your summer wardrobe thanks to Cos.

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69 cosstores.com/gb/

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69

Best of the Fest

Anything goes at Glastonbury: Mary Charteris, Jaime Winstone, Alexa Chung

Anything goes at Glastonbury: Mary Charteris, Jaime Winstone, Alexa Chung

The UK festival season is well underway and the fashion darlings are out in force.

With British Summer always a constant guessing game, there has never been more need to layer up! Glastonbury saw all spectrums of the weather rainbow with sun, rain, thunder and lightning! 

So how do you prepare yourselves for all eventualities and what inspiration can you take from our celebs backstage.  In some cases the rulebook was thrown out of the window: mix it, match it, anything goes…

ekat

EKAT: Katsuit £120

kate moss for topshop

KATE MOSS FOR TOPSHOP: Fringed suede jacket £225

le specs

LE SPECS: Wild Child round-frame metal mirrored sunglasses £50

 

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