Thursday, 20 December 2012

Do It Like A Dude In Androgynous Chic



The trouser suit has roller-coastered in and out of fashion for decades but this season the classic suit has gone urban. No longer an outfit for the office, trouser suits been given a casual twist. A-list celebrities have swept up the look with pieces in audacious geometric prints since every major designer from Muiccia Prada to Ralph Lauren dictated that the trouser suit was the only trend this season in their February shows.

The urban trouser suit is all about texture, pattern, cut and colour: Jacquard thrives through this trend and looks incredible when clashed with an array of fabrics to create a wilderness of textures. These edgier designs are for the fashion-savvy, providing total comfort to the city girl while sustaining ultimate style. The trousers are slim and ankle cut while jackets are either a cute crop or oversized with bunched up sleeves. Prada even saw some pieces cinched at the waist by thick black glossy belts while loud geometric prints were paired with matching belts that blended so well it could trick the eye. Florence Welch has been snapped masculine cut tapestry prints in eerie hues that sit perfectly against her dishevelled red hair while Rihanna chose paisley metallics in a more tailored style.

The urban trouser suit comes with a hard attitude and finished with tousled hair for an effortless aesthetic. Once a fashion faux pas, matchy matchy is now the only way to work it! It’s a bold statement but it’s about creating a signature and expressing a story through style. Your personality should bleed through like words.
Queen of urban chic, Nicki Minaj appeared on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man sporting the trouser suit in one all-over colour – that means strikingly bold and the colour scheme didn’t stop at the suit. Miu Miu’s audacious geometric prints are the epitome of urban chic. Perfect copies have since taken over the high street with fashion brands like Zara, Warehouse and even Marks and Spencer – there’s a first time for everything – hitting the bullseye with suits in soft wool fabrics.

Since Yves Saint Laurent kick started the look with Le Smoking in 1966, the trouser suit has come a long way. The look has remained androgynously chic however has become far more complex as sets come in a variety of prints and glistening embellishments. Haider Ackerman brought us some exquisitely cut ensembles which resembled the attire of Jedi Knights while Jason Wu and Stella McCartney brought us shimmering threads in a beautiful jacquard weave for their pre collections.

The trouser suit has always been about rebellion; women standing up and protesting against the female stereotype, embracing an androgynous look which oozes both power and authority. Marc Jacobs calls it ugly chic but this urban chick knows exactly what she wants and has all the confidence to take it. CEO of Whistles, Jane Shepherdson confessed to the Evening Standard to being a trouser suit addict explaining, “It’s about authority. If I feel I need ‘armour’ any day, then I will put on a trouser suit. It lets people know you’re serious and not to be messed with.”

Accessories are an important part of the look too. Pile them high in chains, studs and spikes and complete the look with an Alexander McQueen knuckleduster clutch bag. The iconic suit is best paired with an ankle boot or brogues although some may prefer a more controversial platform creeper, the choice is yours, just don’t forget socks are also a key component. A sense of urban culture lavished collections in September. See the Jean Paul Gaultier and Diesel shows for inspiration on how to style and accessorise an outfit into an urban abyss. And remember to keep one eye peeping out from under your brolly because street style is the best means for inspiration on the urban suit, and you never know who may be stealing ideas from your own choice of styling.

This season, the girly girl is replaced with a hard-core androgynous fashion siren.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Embrace Your Inner Geek!



Add a flash of POW to your wardrobe with this season’s comic strip style!

Our favourite cartoons have been given a fash-over this Autumn as designers get nostalgic, sending bright and bold cartoon prints flying down the runway. From Batman to Mickey Mouse, comic book characters have taken a heroic leap from the page and onto the catwalk. Phillip Lim's Pre Fall collection popped with 'KAPOW' jumpers and pop art clutch bags while Jeremy Scott coated his models head-to-toe with Bart Simpson's face whom he named 'Bartman' in his men's pieces. Other designers whose collections took a comic cue were Marcus Lupfer, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Fam Irvoll whose show took on a more playful role with Monsters, Inc. themed pieces.

Fashion has always taken inspiration from the Silver Screen but this micro trend has a new twist - the iconic characters are 2D. Wear their logo's on t-shirts, dresses, bodies and even shoes - the choices are endless! Look to your favourite characters in The Big Bang Theory for the low down on geek chic - and if you're really feeling it, the lingo too! Wear sci-fi tee's and discover your alter-ego, clashing the trends key primary colours: red, yellow and blue. However, if the thought of stomping the streets in a bodycon dress fully embellished with the word 'POW!' seems a little too much, why not stick to some of the more toned down mickey mouse prints or carrying a 3.1 Phillip Lim heroine clutch? Whichever you choose, be sure to sketch it with your own personal spin.

From designer to high street, you only have to flick a page to get your hands on the trend and it doesn't have to break the bank. Follow in the super steps of celebrities like Cheryl Cole and Little Mix who have been recently snapped in the gear. Maybe it's the hint of Christmas beginning to spill into the shops or September's launch of Phillip Lim's fashion comic book 'Kill the Night' that's got us all abuzz with excitement and embracing the child inside us. Who knows, but it's definitely swooped in and saved us from the dreaded winter blues as we wave goodbye to Summer... or at least the hope of another sunny day.


Monday, 3 December 2012

Snowflakes are falling at McQueen

Alexander McQueen are embracing the frosty weather this Christmas with their new Snowflake Knucklebox Clutch <3

...Just one problem: it's £1,845 !!


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Gucci Definitely Got Game ;)

My housemate Amy introduced me to some kick ass fashion spoof tee's and I was left lusting after the lot. They are just basic vests but they feature quirky little fashion slogans. Black Score is the small online store behind these adorable tops, selling a few other clever designs among these fashion beauts.

Each of these tee's are £35 and are also available in black with white writing.

I want I want!









Sunday, 25 November 2012

Fashion Goes Festive

This year fashion designers are are feeling the Christmas spirit and have taken to expressing their excitement in different festive forms. The first is a selection of limited edition Christmas stockings for Selfridges. The designers involved include Karl Lagerfeld, Henry Holland, Moschino, Martin Margiela and Barbour with stockings being available to purchase both in store and online. As you can imagine, prices vary depending how huge the designer is - yes, I'm afraid that means for most of us we won't be getting one designed by the hands of Chanel.

Karl Lagerfeld £200
Henry Holland £75
Moschino Cheap & Chic £235
Martin Margiela £860
Barbour £30


And following in last years snowy footsteps, online giant net-a-porter.com has collaborated with a sack full of designers to create a range of festive jumpers. Here are a selection of the designs available at the e-retailer...


Preen £595
Richard Nicoll £350
Meadham Kirchhoff £945
Stella McCartney £695
Moschino £396
3.1 Phillip Lim £416
Emma Cook £185
Marc Jacobs £580
Markus Lupfer £225


Also this Christmas, British design duo Meadham Kirchhoff have given London's taxi's a festive makeover in collaboration with online e-retailer farfetch.com. The new design will be seen all over London from tomorrow which coincides with Cyber Monday - the online equivalent of Black Friday which see's stores dropping its prices to mark the start of Christmas shopping. It is thought to be the biggest online shopping date of the year.

Image from vogue.co.uk

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Rihanna's 777 Tour Style



Anyone lucky enough to go to Rihanna's 777 tour and witness first hand her stunningly daring wardrobe? Well if, like me, you weren't here are some pics of her lingerie inspired outfits...
 

Bullet Bra by What Katie Did: £39.50











Pictures from Vogue.co.uk

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Kristen's Mind Blowing Red Carpet Dress

So the final installment of Twilight is fast approaching, hitting our screen this Friday! I am a huge Twilight fan myself (I don't think anyone really gets it unless they've read the books) and cannot wait to watch Breaking Dawn Part 2 which is said to have a different ending to the book. On The Tonight Show last week Kristen said "It is so shocking to be honest. I can't even think about it, I get giddy." Anyone else a little worried?

I saw these pictures of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson at the LA premiere for Breaking Dawn Part 2 last night and felt they needed to be shared because her dress is stunning!! Kristen graced the red carpet in a beautiful nude lace Zuhair Murad gown alongside my man Rob who wore a green Gucci suit - not sure, however, that I'm a fan of the green. Kristen's dress took my breath away, and having never heard of Zuhair Murad, she has introduced me to a new love. Her dress features a sheer lace maxi skirt with a bustier top - a daring but very on trend choice.






I saw this picture of Kristen and it made me smile to be able to show the world that she does too, so remember this look guys cause it doesn't come about very often. Maybe the next picture is the reason behind her big smile as Kristen appears on the red carpet with Rob who recently took her back following the cheating scandal.


Check out the trailer for Breaking Dawn Part 2 here...


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Lustful Latex

Check out these stunning latex pieces from Eustratia ! They recently posted these up on their facebook page and I've been drooling over them ever since so wanted to share my desire for the brand with you...





Check out their website here for more bewitching latex lingerie !

Friday, 9 November 2012

Agent Provocateur

Here's a stunning selection of stockings and hold ups I came across while browsing Agent Provocateur online. They are such unique and striking pieces, I have fallen in love with them and wish I could buy them all! The "Whip Me Bite Me Eat Me Tease Me" stockings are my favourite!

Check out Agent Provocateur here for more amazing lingerie !

£35

£25

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£30