Monthly Archives: February 2011

We Love… Colour Blocking

I’ve fallen head-over-heels for colour blocking this season, ever since the perfection that was the Jil Sander S/S 2011 show.

The daring among us will undoubtedly embrace the trend with eye-poppingly bright separates, but for those who like their trends ready-made, there are some great options on the High Street.

Go forth and colour-block to your heart’s content…

 

Dress, H&M £24.99

Dress, Reiss £159

The Perfect summer wedges – I’ve been lusting after these for a while.. so beautiful.

Wedges, Kurt Geiger £250

Cannot WAIT for Summer when I can actually wear these without getting frostbite!

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The Best Of British Fashion Designers

Caroline Charles

 
After graduating from art school, Caroline Charles began an internship with couturier Michael Sherrard.  She worked briefly for Mary Quant and fashion photographer Tony Rawlinson and then went on to found her own brand in 1963.  She became a leading figure in the invasion of the USA youth market by London designers.

 Her ‘mod’ designs and special occasion wear were always popular with singers and actresses including Cilla Black, Lulu, Marianne Faithful, Kirstin Scott Thomas and Barbra Streisand. She also designed for Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr.  Princes Diana was a regular client as well as Emma Thompson who wore a Caroline Charles design to receive an Oscar.

Left : Princess Diana wears a tartan outfit by Caroline Charles, as she attends the Braemar Games in September 1981.
Right: Diana in an open-top carriage in St Columb, Cornwall, May 1983. Wearing a green wool suit and cream ruffle blouse by Caroline Charles.

Emma Thompson 1997, Receiving  Best Actress at the Oscars. Wearing a green Caroline Charles Dress.   

Caroline Charles’s business has continued to flourish for over four decades.  Her design signature is modern shapes and sophisticated, grown-up glamour. She has been invited over the years to be a design consultant to major brands such as Burberry and Marks and Spencer as well as having design collaborations with major accessories and textile companies.  She is one of Britain’s most respected and well known designers and in 2002, celebrated her 40th anniversary in fashion design at the V&A and was awarded an OBE for her services to the British fashion industry.

Caroline Charles was one of the original designers to join what was later to become British Fashion Week. 40 Years on and Caroline is still creating fabulous classic collections at London Fashion week. This is why she is still ONE OF BRITIANS BEST FASHION DESIGNERS.

Caroline Charles: London Fashion Week 2011 Ready to wear

 

Caroline Charles has winter wrapped up – in lady like layers and fine tailoring. With above the knee skirts and tailored jackets that end at the hips, there was a hint of Coco Chanel about her latest collection.

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I love Olivia Palermo.

Spotted at LFW

Olivias style is understated chic, who gets it right every time. Here is the Topshop maxi I recently blogged on Olivia and she looks amazing in it!

The socialite and style icon’s ensembles look effortless yet catches the readers eye and here are some more of her choices for LFW,

The wine red shirt flatters her skin tone and hair colour very well and she pairs it with some classic leopard print heels and shiny leggings! Which I would love to know where the leggings are from, so if you’re listening Olivia .. nudge nudge !

Olivia does casual elegannce and downplays it very well. What Olivia does is pick the best staple pieces for her wardrobe and mixes everything up giving her outfit its own twist. By mixing print with plain and high street with little boutiques in New York that sell one-off pieces she has the ability to make her own individual outfits!

 

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The sunglasses hunt….

Howdy!

Spring is on its way and blue skies are creeping in, sunglasses are the first thing to buy….What style will you be hitting this year??

After one quick glance at Topshop.com i was hit by an array of sunglasses; Round, flat top, square, large, small, aviator and many more!

The list is endless and the variety is very big to choose from so I’ve selected a small group of designs on the Topshop website alone. Judging by the 70’s and 50’s channeled through on the catwalks S/S 11 I’m leaning towards the smaller rounder designs, that would fit in with my outfits for the Spring and Summer. Although I am to check out what suits me first! Obviously lots of other places are going to sell these types of designs also so I recommend looking around first! Primark would be the first place for me, after spotting a large 70’s themed flat top pair of sunnies for £1! Perfect if they end up getting broken!

Good luck to you all!

Love Jessica

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Steal Jessie J’s look!

These star printed tights can be found at mytights.com for only £15! By Henry Holland for Pretty Polly!

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Spring into your new fashion step…THE MAXI SKIRT

Spring is almost here and so I am flirting around with the idea of maxi skirts and midi skirts, a lot of the Spring runways were sporting them from all the big names such as Jil Sander, Ellie Saab and Alexander McQueen to name but a few. The length of these skirts helps to elongate any height and is derived from the nature theme predicted for S/S 11 and so creates the waterfall look. I have always been interested in the flows of the skirts and how they can brighten up any look and so here are a few looks off the runway …

Jil Sander

Ellie Saab                                                                                                       Alexander McQueen

So for my budget I obviously can’t afford these amazing dresses so I decided to scour the high street on the internet to find some similarities as the beatiful pieces on the runway.

Asos has a surprisingly large amount to offer and these are 4 of my favourites to choose from. Prices varied from £29.99 to £45 which is very reasonable for a student on a limited price range.

 

TOPSHOP.com With prices from £38 ranging to £40

ZARA UK This camel skirt was £59.99.

H&M for around £20.

American Apparel with a price range from £35 to £52

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Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2011

Victoria Beckham has an undeniable personal style: tight, hourglass dresses that hug every contour of the body, plus vertiginous, gravity-defying heels. It looks good and, as any woman can testify, it works. It came as a shock, therefore, that for her Autumn/Winter 2011 line, our own Mrs. Beckham made a significant departure from this hugely popular formula. Gone – for the most part – was the structure and form to which we have become accustomed, and in its place masses of liquidity and soft draping.

victoria beckham winter 2011 handbags

The collection was a love letter to colour blocking; loosely cut dresses in eye-popping magenta and canary yellow were paired with knee length boots in similar shades. The second half proferred a more muted palette of putty-like  greys and greens and the effect was stunning; a wonderfully sophisticated take on luxury tailoring.

It was suggested that such a dramatic change in silhouette reflected the designer’s preganancy, yet VB affirmed that she had in fact begun the collection before she found out that another child was on the way.

Let’s hope that baby number 4 is a girl- the fashion inheritance is enough to bring anyone out in a cold sweat!

victoria beckham fall 2011 collection

victoria beckham fall 2011 handbags

victoria beckham fall 2011 dresses

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