So I thought I would write this week about Velvet and just how to wear it. Its seems to be all about velvet and sequins this festive season which is not a bad thing considering they compliment each other exceedingly well. I have always found velvet a little too conservative to wear on its own so adding a splattering of sparkles can only help.
Did you know that stylists are practically banned from dressing models and celebrities in velvet on shoots? The reason why is this rich dark fabric absorbs all of the photographers lights making it a near impossibility to get it looking right on film. The subject just ends up looking like they are wearing a blob! So it’s important to bear this in mind posing in your festive snaps and get around this dilemma by opting for a bright sumptuous velvet. Aqua blue, orange and red are big hitters this Winter and really are are so much more flattering than darker colours – plus they are more on trend, so its a win win.
Sizing is also mega important. Velvet when worn, is not forgiving and has no give in it all, so make sure that you get the appropriate size. You may even need to go up a size which is just annoying but the good part is that at least you will feel comfortable and roomy with more room for that Christmas pudding!
Velvet isn’t madly flattering when worn from head to toe. By this, I mean a long dress, coat or a trouser suit made out of this fabric just doesn’t work unless your 6ft tall. For us smaller mortals its really key to mix and match velvet up. Go for a short mini dress in velvet worn with opaque tights, a mini skirt with a silk blouse, culottes matched with a sequinned top, a velvet blazer worn with leather leggings is also fine.
I love velvet accessories such as bags and shoes, and these you can wear time and time again. If I were you I would go for an accessory this season and keep the togs for another day! Can’t you tell, I just LOVE velvet…. NOT. Mind you, saying that I have an absolute longing to whaft about looking like a stones groupie wearing a long velvet kaftan. I might just adopt that look for Christmas day! The one I’m wearing above is from Dodo Bar Or. xx
(1) Peter Pilotto Dress
, £1,047 (2) Marc Jacobs Mini Dress
, £469 (3) Muzungu Sisters Kaftan
, £936 (4) Saint Laurent Clutch
, £850 (5) Balmain Shorts
, £371 (6) Prada Bag
, £2,150 (7) Agnelle Gloves
, £65 (8) Dodo Bar Or Dress,
£405 (9) Etro Biker Jacket
Pink To Make The Boys Wink
Pink is the colour to be seen in this winter. Here’s the low down on what this season’s hue is all about:
CATWALKS: Off the scale pink at Gucci, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Miu Miu
HIGH STREET: Best pink finds at H&M, Wallis, Topshop
ONLINE: Net-a-Porter, My Theresa, ASOS, Matches, Self Portrait
SHADES OF PINK: pale, fuchsia, neon, dusky, bubblegum,
QUOTES ABOUT PINK: “I remember being mad about having pink and red shoes. I grew up envying other girls’ pink and red shoes.” – Miuccia Prada
“Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better colour.” – Kanye West
“Pink is the navy blue of India.” – Diana Vreeland
“Think pink. But don’t wear it.” – Karl Lagerfeld
PINK LEGENDS: Barbara Cartland, Barbie, Rihanna, Pink (obvs!) Duchess of Cambridge.
INSTAGRAM INSPO: Cherry blossom, peonies, pink hair, ice cream, macaroons, flamingos, cakes, lip, shoes and skies.
I’m wearing coat by Wallis and photographed by www.alisejane.co.uk
(1) Jumpsuit £1,095 Adam Lippes (2) Sunglasses £160, Rayban (3) Jumper £560, Gucci (4) Heels £450, Jimmy Choo (5) Skirt (6) Sweater £290, Bella Freud (7) Dress £1,760 Valentino (8) Bag £1,725 Saint Laurent (9) Jacket (10) Dress £970, The Vampires Wife (11) Jeans £185, Isabel Marant (12) Jumper £395, I love Mr Mittens (13) Boots £760, Aquazzura (14) Earrings £498 Oscar De La Renta
Here is my low down on the accessories trend of the season. No outfit right now is complete without a skinny scarf. Here I am wearing one by Rockins. I’ve thrown it over my staple uniform which always consists of a stripy top from J Crew, Zara black jacket and jeans from Anthropologie.
HOW: This trend has been around for a few seasons now. Made famous by Kate Moss who is always seen out and about wearing her bestie Jess Morris’ brand Rockins. The skinny scarf is the ultimate in rock chic and has taken over the statement necklace on the style front. It’s come into its own this season.
WHAT: A skinny bit of patterned silk sometimes finished with tassels that fashionistas are wearing about town loose around their neck. Most definitely a look for day. Wear one at any time and think of it like a mans tie worn undone. Most designers and high street stores stock them so there are loads to choose from and varying in price.
WEAR: With a loose fitted denim shirt, t-shirt, leather biker jacket or blazer jacket. Not really to be worn with a coat as that will just over power what this little slip of a scarf is about. It’s not really a dress accessory either – too feminine!
WHO: All the cool cats – Mossy, Sienna, Fearne and Rosie. If you’re into rock chic, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent and Parisian life then this is the accessory for you.
WITH: Attitude, smokey eye make up and a hangover. Not that I am supporting any of those characteristics in the above photos, promise!
WHY: The skinny scarf should be effortless and easy to wear so there is no ‘why’ really, only ‘when’ and that’s easy – always!
(1) Fariba Soltani, £115 (2) Fendi, £210 (3) Silken Favours, £125 (4) Marc Jacobs, £180 (5) Missoni, £360. The scarf I’m wearing is by Bella Singleton and is £120
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller, Fearne Cotton & Kate Moss
Gaga For Ganni
I am literally gaga for Ganni. Not only do I love everything and anything Danish, which this brand happens to be but I also love that every piece in their collection is easy to wear, effortlessly cool and so affordable. They promise ‘date night to slouchy Sunday clothes’ and they deliver.
The Ganni girl is all about her own style, she knows it, she owns it and she doesn’t copy whats on the pages of magazines. This in my mind is exactly how fashion should be and that is why I celebrate this brand so much. We, as a nation of clothes horses have got so lost in trends, celebrity culture and what’s fashionable on the high street, that nowadays we rarely claim style as our own and get lost in all the chaos. Thankfully though with Ganni’s help we are set to do a huge 180 and return to individualism.
My whole ethos, when I am teaching people about Style is confidence – forget about trends, if it feels good when your wearing something then I promise it will look good too. And that pretty much goes for the whole of the Ganni current collection. It is so wearable its just perfect. They have four collections a year including accessories and footwear. The current season has loads of floral and leopard print. Lace in abundance and the coolest drop waist and maxi dresses. Check out their coats, my favourite is the leather biker jacket. Chunky knits and logo t-shirts are all there too and some leather trousers called ‘passion pants’ what’s not to love?!
Ganni doesn’t have a stand alone store in London yet but you can find them at Net-a-Porter, My Theresa, ASOS, Selfridges and Browns.
(1) Muller Cardigan, £355 (2) Lott Isoli Sweatshirt, £105 (3) Ines Sunglasses, £145 (4) Maple Silk Dress, £295 (5) Harway T-shirt, £45 (6) Pierce Mesh Dress, £150 (7) Passion Pants, £415 (8) Julliard Mohair Open Back Pullover, £330 (9) Passion Biker Jacket, £390 (10) Masha Texas Boots, £190
The dress I am wearing is the Carlton Georgette Maxi and it is £190. Perfect for dressing up or down with a blazer or leather biker jacket. With heels for the evening, or trainers for the day. Statement earrings and a cross body bag and you’re away. The thing I love about this dress is the long sleeves.
Now the dreaded clocks have changed and we have lost a precious hour of daylight its time to get cozy and hunker down for Winter. The only way I know I will get through this daylight deprivation and the winter blues is by wrapping myself up in the biggest knitwear trend to drop this season. This happens to be the Alpine knit or perhaps known better to us Brits as the faire-isle sweater.
This trend, however comfortable and snuggly, is actually horrifically difficult to wear and almost impossible to look stylish in. But, do not fear, because I am here to give you a few pointers to get the vibe just right and make sure you don’t look like you’ve stepped of a Skandi crime drama, remember Sarah Lund’s jumper in The Killing? – that is not what were going for here! Instead you will be rocking your winter woolies with confidence and that knowing smile like Lady Di’s when she wore her fair lisle jumper on her honeymoon and made it so famous all those years ago.
There is such a huge choice available but they key things to remember when trying this look out is to get the fit right – anything too big and it will just be unflattering. Go for a style that is fitted but loose enough so that the print hangs properly and doesn’t cling to your body. Fabric is key, anything scratchy is going to be mega uncomfortable so go for soft wools or even better cashmere. Colour is important, make sure it suits you and don’t opt for a shade just because you like the pattern. The base overall colour is the shade that must suit your skin tone . There are also rules when it comes to pattern too, if your bigger busted make sure that the pattern is all over the jumper you choose rather than just in the bust area as that will only amplify your assets. If you’re taller then really any pattern goes and if you are petite go for a design that is just around the collar.
(1) Vince, £510 (2) Next, £28 (3) Brora, £135 (4) Toast, £145 (5) Boden, £80 (6) Sea Salt, £79.95 (7) Barbour, £139 (8) Madewell, £120 (9) ASOS, £25 (10) Victoria Beckham, £785 (11) Joseph, £295 (12) Anya Hindmarch, £695 (13) Loewe, £625 (14) Isabel Marant, £350
I think wearing jeans looks great with these jumpers as do cords and they’re really on trend this season. I also like a biker jacket thrown over the top and a short black leather skirt and opaque tights and some ankle boots is a killer day look.
Remember this is a trend and please do not mistake the Alpine look for a Crimbo jumper, I promise you there is a difference! Here I am in my Brora jumper, having a cup of tea.
M.I.H. x Bay Garnett
Exciting project alert for Autumn Winter 17. M.I.H Jeans and Bay Garnett have created a capsule collection based on their mutual love of West London.
I live a stones throw from Golborne Road in the heart of Ladbroke Grove which is the inspiration for the collection and also the campaign was photographed there too. All very exciting for a local, like me!
Not only do I think the unique designs are epic but it also makes me super proud to be a West Londoner. Despite the tragedy and horrors of nearby Grenfell Tower fire which rocked the Borough earlier this year, I believe this collection brings hope, and breathes new life into a vibrant, multi cultural community who should be celebrated for their spirit and courage. To me this collection highlights all that is good and great about W10.
I will be the first one to be wearing my Golborne T shirt with pride.
Here are my best bits from the collection… SHOP NOW
Ding Dong Earrings Are Staying Long
Its official. In this month’s September issue of Vogue really long earrings, the proper chandelier variant, almost touching your shoulders kind are here to stay and are THE accessory for Winter. Some of us were brave enough to embrace this trend this summer with tassel pom pom’s being the favourite with fashion folk shown on Instagram next to tanned swan like necks worn with one shoulder dresses.
I have always been slightly hesitant of this trend and only on my recent July trip to The Hamptons did I have the courage to really go for it and brave the bold…. You see I was worried: A. Because I didn’t want to look like Pat Butcher, ex pub loving landlady in Eastenders who had a penchant for leopard print and a bauble or two hanging from her earlobes back in the day and B. Because I was always told you had to have a neck like a giraffe to carry them off! My neck is more reminiscent of a Bull Frog. I am not putting myself down – my neck isn’t one of my best assets let it be said, I have many but it definitely isn’t one of them, it could do with a good few more inches on it.
It was only once I had entered the wonderful world of Aerin ( Aerin Lauder’s new shop in Southhampton – on Long Island, if you didn’t know) that my worries subsided and I knew no matter what that I had to try the most beautiful sweet like ( nicknamed Les Bon Bons as they are good enough to eat) earrings by Rebecca de Ravenel. One look in the mirror and I was hooked, literally. I absolutely loved them and I had a complete revelation…. long earrings DO suit everyone not just those with necks resembling Gisele’s.
It’s because long earrings are flattering. They immediately draw the onlookers eye towards them which means they detract from what is going on elsewhere. They revamp any outfit and bring new life with them, they are fun, full of personality and can be worn with long or short hair, day or evening and can be changed as often as you want.
Above (1) Oscar De La Renta (2) Simone Rocha (3) Lanvin (4) Kenneth Jay Lane Clare Hynes (5) Rebecca De Ravenel (6) Accessorize (7) Cotton & Gems (8) Gucci
Above (left to right) ASOS | Next | ASOS | Topshop | Topshop
Definitely this Winter stylistically there is will be a nod to the 1980’s with them, power dressing at its best with lots of black beading, optical shapes and really structural designs being favoured. Oscar De la Renta, Lanvin and Mui Mui have gone for it but there are lots about on the High Street that look just as good if not better. My top tip would be to experiment, try as many different shapes and lengths as you feel comfortable with. I wore my first long pair out with a black silk shirt and some jeans for dinner the other night. I kept it simple and made sure all the attention was about my ears. I didn’t go bold and clashing wearing my dangliest darlings with my prints or stripes but whose to say next time I won’t….
Girlboss on Netflix is THE new Sex in The City, certainly for wardrobe credentials anyway. It is the most stylish thing to hit our screens, well, since Carry made Manolo Blahnik every girls dream shoe back in the 2000’s. The show is all about how Sophia Amoruso made it in the US of A as the Queen of eBay and literally went from rags to riches over night (with a lot of false starts) selling her vintage finds over the internet and being one of the first to have an online presence with her own e-store. Her autobiography, #nastygal sold millions of copies and made her a modern day female entrepreneur and a serious figure to behold in the fashion world today.
Sophia is played by the stunning Britt Robertson, her character is a tiny bit flouncy for my liking, she huffs and puffs a lot and does a lot of stomping around on set. The storyline is obviously good for any fashionista but to my mind, its a bit bland in parts. It’s is the costumes that really steal the show. Literally Sophia wardrobe is to die for. I want every single article of clothing in her closet. Her style is off the scale and I would pay serious money to find a leather jacket like the one that becomes so iconic in the series.
I’ve done a bit of research in to how to get Sophia’s style, some are the exact replicas of what she is wearing in the film and well, some are just so damn near to her style that it might as well be what she is wearing.
Get involved and embrace the Amoruso look… ENJOY xx
I am so excited about this mega car boot sale that is happening next weekend on the 6th May at Brewer Street Car Park in London’s West End. Some of the biggest names in fashion are coming together to share their cast off’s with you. You can peruse the likes of Alice Temperley, Charlotte Olympia and Bay Garnett’s cast off’s and can even pick up a bargain from Gwyneth Paltrow’s stylist Elizabeth Saltzman’s boot – AMAZING. I have it on good authority that there will be huge bargains at a steal, designer amazingness and some Stella McCartney wonders in the mix too. After shopping up a storm, have your make up done by one of Charlotte Tilbury’s team, you might just need it after all that rummaging.
My tip tip for shopping at jumble and boot sales is make sure you leave enough time, get there early and don’t have any pre conceptions of what you want to find. A list of must haves is disastrous and will only aid to you leaving empty handed. Go with the flow and be open minded. You might find something you love and think you have no need for it now but the time always comes when you will wear it. Don’t get overwhelmed and spend time properly looking. When you do find that item of your dreams buy it then and there. Fashion jumble waits for no one. You will regret if you don’t! Oh and don’t shop on an empty stomach, it never helps, you need all the power you possess to get that bargain of a life time. Fuel up with coffee and off you go… There are glittering glamorous bargains to be had. Get you tickets HERE
Everybody, I have totally fallen in love.. And it’s with a totally dreamy, bohemian and divine label called Ulla Johnson
. Part of my job is to constantly be on the look out for new brands for my clients and BOY have I found the best with this absolute golden nugget of a collection that’s just beginning to hit London’s finest boutiques now. It is so up my street with its chiffons, floaty florals, boho fabrics and directional denim. You are going to love it all.
The zeitgeist behind the brand, Ulla Johnson resides in New York’s Brooklyn, with her husband and three children. She set up the label in 2000 and it has grown in to the most fabulous brand selling in over 200 countries world wide. Ulla (love that name) is inspired most by travel and especially Peru who’s influence you can see running through her collections. Colours and pattern with an emphasis on artisan and handcrafting is her thing. I bet when she’s doing the school run she is by far the yummiest mummy at the school gates if this Spring collection is anything to go by.
I’m stocking up, it’s going to be perfect for Ibiza nights, Summer days in London worn with denim dungarees and a cross body bag. I love every single thing about the collection and cannot wait to full embody the Ulla Johnson look.
Bring more to these shores soon please..
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