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Spring 2012 Trend: The Tweed Jacket

7 Mar

Inspired by Chanel, more specifically Coco chanel, this jacket style is having a fashion moment right now. My favourites so far are the pieces by Tory Burch, Lanvin, Zara and HnM. The great thing is that they’ve been interpreted in a variety of cuts and structures to suit most body types.

Coco Chanel

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Chanel Spring 2012 RTW

The most important tip for wearing this style is to dress it up chic and for best effects with edgy accents. To avoid landing in the old lady chic zone, this jacket must NOT be worn with a full or A line skirt. Regular or wide leg pants are a no no too. The blazer tends to be bulky so for balance, the bottom must be streamlined

Pair with skinny jeans, tapered pants, capris or shorts; wear over a sheer or light weight blouse with shoe boots or chunky platforms. Hobo bag and statement necklace if you like and you’re ready to go.

I especially love the Tory Burch below, the frayed edges, deconstruction and metallic buttons are right up my alley.

Tory Burch Daniela Bouclé-tweed jacket_£460

Tory Burch Daniela Bouclé Tweed jacket £460

DKNY Fringed cotton-blend tweed jacket_£405

DKNY Fringed Cotton Blend Tweed Jacket £405

Lanvin Frayed bouclé-tweed jacket £2145

Lanvin Frayed Bouclé Tweed Jacket £2145

You can find the Tory Burch, DKNY and Lanvin on net-a-porter.com.

Zara did a beautiful job with this trend, love the studded blazer. Note the styling of each blazer too, very edgy, very chic. Not a chance for old lady chic.

You can find all blazers on zara.com

ZARA STUDDED FANTASY FABRIC BLAZER_£90

Zara Studded Fantasy Fabric Blazer £90

Zara PIPED BLAZER WITH ZIPS_£70

Zara Piped Blazer with Zips £70

ZARA FRAYED BLAZER_£50

Zara Frayed Blazer £50

H&M kept it simple and streamlined, great addition to a stylish wardrobe, great price too. You can find on hm.com

HnM £30

H&M £30

HnM £30

H&M £30

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Go Balmain!

30 Sep

I was so excited about this collection, I almost screamed. The transformation that has happened at Balmain is reminiscent of what happened at Alexander McQueen last Spring.

Balmain has always represented the signature rock chic designer. As at last Spring, that rock chic was bordering on grunge. With ripped, dirty jeans and tees, all combined with the signature heavily embellished Balmain jackets.

The creative director, Christophe Decarnin was our sweetheart. I loved the spunk of Balmain under him, but he shockingly left the house in February and handed over to Olivier Rousteing, a 25 year old young man who had worked under him for 2 years. Now, I really don’t want to get hung up on how cute Olivier is, but he is cute. We’re talking fashion here however…*clears throat*

So! What he has done is brought sleek chic into the equation, keeping the elaborate embroideries and embellished details but upping the glam factor and class. The rock chic bordering on grunge has been tossed and there’s beautiful, properly feminine light thrown into the design aesthetic.

We will be watching Olivier.

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Olivier Rousteing

Photo credits: Style dot com

 

 

 

An exquisite take on the Lace Dress plus more

15 Nov

Anthropologie is the best stop for the most beautiful, ladylike, whimsical dresses you can find. I was completely bowled over by this exquisite lace number. It stands out from the pack of black lace dresses lining the shops this season and it will remain a classic even when the trend phases out.

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Spinning Lace Dress £228

http://www.anthropologie.eu

And there are even more beautiful dresses from where that came from

Braque Bodice Dress_Anthropologie_£128

Braque Bodice Dress £128

Stylist's Eye Dress_Anthropologie

Stylist's Eye Dress £138

And this waistcoat? with its waterfall ruffles? It’s to die for. The name it was given couldn’t be more apt.

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Falling in Love Waistcoat £98

Falling in Love Waistcoat_Anthropologie

You should drop by the site www.anthropologie.eu or check out the stores in London at W1B and SW3

One more way to style that dress

9 Nov

The stylist at Asos did an amazing job in styling (no pun intended) this understated 2-in-1 pencil dress. It was combined with a blazer, floppy hat, tights and black high heels. The monochromatic theme of the accessories made sure the dress still stood out.

The gorgeous styling transformed the dress from basic to sleek chic in a flash.

 

Asos Tailored studded top 2-in-1 pencil dress

Asos Tailored studded top 2-in-1 pencil dress

 

Asos Tailored studded top 2-in-1 pencil dress 2

The dress goes for £40 on Asos.com

20 Stunning Blazers + Styling by Zara

29 Oct

I hope to own about a hundred blazers someday. In every possible fitted colour, cut, fabric, length. Blazers/Jackets are simply the greatest fashion invention since Karl Lagerfield.

Boyfriend blazers have taken centre stage in the world of style for a while now and they are a brilliant wardrobe staple. Throw one over a slouchy tee and skinny pants, floral dress, shift dress, jumpsuit or playsuit and you get an instant sleek chic update. I especially love the blazer because it’s an essential element of my favourite rock chic ensemble (a la Emmanuelle Alt).

So i embarked upon the search for the perfect blazer and wow! i found a gold mine on the Zara site. Tons and tons of perfectly cut blazers, i was spoilt for choice. The glorious icing on the cake was that they had them styled so you have ideas of the many ways you can wear each one. I whittled down to these gorgeous 20 and i want them all!

 

Zara Basic Twill Blazer

Basic Twill Blazer

 

 

Zara Boiled Wool Blazer With Contrasting Edging

Boiled Wool Blazer With Contrasting Edging

 

 

Zara Crossed Wool Blazer

Crossed Wool Blazer

 

 

Zara Knitted Blazer

Knitted Blazer

 

 

Zara Short Cross-over Blazer

Short Cross-over Blazer

 

 

Zara Blazer with Leather Collar and Elbow Patches

Blazer with Leather Collar and Elbow Patches

 

 

Zara Cool Wool Blazer with Turn-up Sleeves

Cool Wool Blazer with Turn-up Sleeves

 

 

Zara False Plain Blazer

False Plain Blazer

 

 

Zara Short Cool Wool Blazer

Short Cool Wool Blazer

 

 

Zara Twill Blazer with Gold Buttons

Twill Blazer with Gold Buttons

 

 

Zara Short Leather Blazer

Short Leather Blazer

 

 

Zara Pinstripe Blazer

Pinstripe Blazer

 

 

Zara Double Breasted Checked Blazer

Double Breasted Checked Blazer

 

 

Zara Checked Wool Blazer with Elbow Patches

Checked Wool Blazer with Elbow Patches

 

 

Zara Bird's Eye Blazer

Bird's Eye Blazer

 

 

Zara Studio Double Breasted Blazer with Wide Lapels

Studio Double Breasted Blazer with Wide Lapels

 

 

Zara Ponte de Roma Knit Blazer

Ponte de Roma Knit Blazer

 

 

Zara False Plain Blazer

False Plain Blazer

 

 

Zara Cool Wool Blazer with Shoulder Pads

Cool Wool Blazer with Shoulder Pads

 

 

Zara Blazer with Lapels

Blazer with Lapels

 

All these beauties fall between the very affordable range of £35-£90 on www.zara.com

Rocker chic a la November issue of Spanish Vogue

27 Oct

Rock chic is a style I find incredibly attractive. From the simple, basic ways of wearing the look to the more complex, full regalia of studded jackets, spiked boots, leather pants, the very best of Balmain. Personal style wise, I’ll fall somewhere in the middle. I like the edgy yet feminine allure of the look.

Vogue Spain did a brilliant, quite artistic interpretation of this look in the November issue. The styling featured rock chic looks across the spectrum from intense to simple but it captured the essence of the style pretty well.

The models, Iselin Steiro and Toni Garrn rocked heavily sequinned jackets and pants, leather and blazers against a posh ‘musical’ background. Loved the role of electric guitars in the shoot. The brilliant photography was by David Vasiljevic and styling was done by Barbara Baumel.

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Photo credits to Fashiongonerogue

Style Statement: Tailored Wide Leg Pants

20 Oct

The wide leg pants made a come back on the runways with Fall 2010. It was actually the season of tailored evening pants, with peg legs, straight pants; all quickly giving the dear dowdy harem pants a boot.

Chloe_Fall 2010

Chloe Fall 2010

Phillip Lim_Fall 2010

Phillip Lim Fall 2010

Gucci_Fall 2010

Gucci Fall 2010

These tailored pants are beautiful because they give you a polished, sleek chic look. I particularly love the high waisted, wide legs, not only do they minimise the bum but they give a super leg lengthening effect, particularly when paired with skyscraper heels.

And they won’t be going anywhere soon, they were all over the runways for Spring 2011, inspired by the seventies. I found an interesting piece on NY Times Fashion & Style talking about how to wear this look. Got me thinking about how i’d wear it.

Look 1 would be wool and silk blend top tucked into high waist wide leg pants,  high heels and bag; finished off with gold plated cuffs

Tailored Pants

Look 2 is more formal, wide leg pants worn with white shirt and plaid jacket, with my favourite bag du jour and high heels of course

Tailored Pants