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Monday, 28 June 2010

Designer Spotlight: Julian J Smith

Before September not many people had heard of the name Julian J Smith, however that's no longer the case after the launch of his debut SS10 collection at London Fashion Week. Since then the young designer has gone from strength to strength in the fashion world, gaining acclaim and recognition from the top moguls in the industry.

Before Smith began his solo designing career, he had perviously worked under the likes of: Jonathan Saunders, Roland Mouret and Erdem. Therefore providing him with an excellent platform to progress in his own designing campaign. Despite this solid foundation from which to build upon, Julian J Smith has surpassed the expectations of many, and excelled way beyond anyone could have envisaged at such an early stage of his career.

Back in February Smith returned for another dose of LFW, this time to showcase his Autumn/Winter 10-11 collection. Again his designs were well recieved, and his sophistated yet young and vibrant style was also noticed. His inspiration comes from the Pop Art movement which was prevalent throughout the 1960's, and is evident through Smith's mixing of acidic colours with neutral tones. I personally love the way he has no fear in experimenting with his designs, perhaps where others may shy away. For instance, his flair for clashing different fabrics and textures to create an almost abstract effect is truly refreshing. Throughout his work exquisite detailing and intricacy remains constant, making pieces expressive yet wearable.

After just two fantastic collections, Julian J Smith certainly looks set to continue making waves in the fashion industry.



Sunday, 27 June 2010

Flower Power

So today is the big day... England v Germany. I'm not normally a huge football fan, but the spirit and sheer energy of the World Cup has converted me a little bit! However, the incessant drones of those awful vuvuzelas are enough to drive anyone mad! - Give me couture and catwalks any day of the week.

Anyway, back to normality and this season has seen more diverse and expressive trends than ever before, one in particular being bright floral prints. Dolce and Gabbana featured this trend back in their S/S10 show, and despite already looking ahead to A/W collections, summer is not over by any means. So make the most of the sun and try a dose of flower power!

I'm really liking pieces that mix bright shades with occasional neutral tones, creating depth and enhancing detail. Here's a few snaps of a floral collage piece I put together, showing just how influential the D&G show really was.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Clogs - A Matter of Opinion

Okay, I know I'm a little late with this, but it seems 'clog mania' has totally taken off. Designers have created more interpretations on the old-school clog than you can shake a stick at; all of which by now have been adapted further for the high street.

Though I can't help but think, are they really that nice... or will the trend pass just as quickly as a sunny spell in England? (Although saying that, there has been an unusual amount of nice weather going on lately. It won't last.) Yes, for this very reason I have resisted the temptation to purchase a single pair of clogs so far this summer. However after a little shopping spree yesterday, I am very close to breaking this vow. These are the clogs in question:

Hmm... To buy or not to buy - that is the question. What do you think; are clogs cool or do they need to be left well away in yesteryear?

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Got that festival feeling?

Lately I've been finding myself in complete and utter adoration of festival fashion. Fear not, you don't need to go plodging through muddy fields this summer, in order to give a nod to the trend. I for one am not intending on going to any music festivals, but that's not about to stop me dressing as if I am!

This season its all about mixing and matching different textures, and combining smooth edges with hard lines. For fantastic festival style, staple pieces include: denim, checks, lace and floral prints.

This morning I got a bit snap-happy, and as a result here's me in my festival outfit:

Outfit includes:
Floral top, £19.99 at River Island
Lace shorts, £19.99 at River Island
Jersey sleeved denim jacket, Tosphop
Shoes, £24 at New Look (click)

Not forgetting a loose up-do to complete the look, staying true to festival style:

Monday, 21 June 2010

I am Lusting After:

These gorgeous Alexander McQueen military shoe boots...

...But even in the sale, at £389 alas they're still over my budget. However, I happened to stumble accross these lace-up boots from Miss Selfridge, and they're quite similar to the A.M. pair (which cheered me up slightly!). Then I saw their price was £50, and it cheered me up even more!

Needless to say I will be buying a pair of these! Love.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Going mad for Maxi

From bold to nude tones, from lace to silk... yes, the Maxi dress revival is here! I must admit, prior to this 'relaunch', so to speak, I wasn't really a big fan of these summer dresses... Instead opting for something that didn't make me look like a walking pair of curtains! Suffice to say I couldn't quite carry off the look as well as, say, taller people!

However, it wasn't until recently that I realised where I had been going wrong. It wasn't my height that was the issue (I'm 5'2" btw - so not that small!), but the fact that I was buying the wrong sizes/ fits... to say I felt silly when I found out was an understatement. But nevermind, because I can now enjoy Maxis in all their summery and floaty glory at long last! whoooooop haha!

This page (click) has great tips on how to buy Maxi dresses that are a perfect fit for you, so you'll always look knock-out fantastic!

Fashion shows for SS10 collections saw designers showing off different styles in abundance, here are just a few of my favourite Maxis this summer:

The first is a beautiful multi-toned Maxi, from the Blumarine SS10 collection. Perfect for sunny holidays. The second is by Emilio Pucci, again from the summer collection.. The serene shades of blue create an almost angelic effect don't you think? Finally the third is a Stella McCartney, with ruffled texture.

This Kenzo has to be my absolute favourite designer Maxi of the season. The soft tone of the dress contrasts with the hard lines of the denim jacket, creating an 'edge' to the outfit.

Luckily you don't have to pay designer prices to get the designer look, with this edgy street-style alternative influencing the high street.

This outfit is a combination of a lace maxi dress(£45) and denim jacket(£45) both from Topshop.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Plastic is Fantastic

Think of the word plastic, and what's the first thing that normally comes to mind..? Barbie, Regina George and her Mean Girls, or perhaps throwaway cutlery. Well think again, think more along the lines of high-end fashion. Think Prada.

Yes, you're probably as surprised as I was to learn that Prada has recently launched a new vinyl collection for SS10, complete with transparent bags and purses. Made almost entirely from plastic! I must admit, when I first heard about this concept I was all set to dislike what I saw, however I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to announce... I rather love it!

The only drawback is that anyone and everyone will be able to see your possessions within the bag, but other than that I think it's a unique and interesting twist on an everyday material. And at £1,550 for the bag below, quite an expensive twist at that (On second thoughts, maybe the transparency isn't the only drawback!).

What do you think, love it or loathe it?

Thursday, 17 June 2010

My attempt

... at 'artistic' photography! As I clearly have way too much free time on my hands, I decided to put together some of my favourite bits-and-bobs that I own, and take some collective shots.

The theme I went for was 'pretty pink', a very effortless yet on-trend look at the moment, along with other soft tones and pastel shades. You only need to walk into any high street store and you will meet an array of relaxing and feminine outfits. So this is my dedication on how to accessorize in style, and finish off your look to perfection.

The shoes are from New Look, and at £22 are a steal!

Nail Varnish and Lipsticks both by: Rimmel London, and Barry M.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

She's back! Gisele makes her return to the runway...

International supermodel, Gisele Bundchen made her much anticipated return to the runway this weekend in the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, held in her native country Brazil. This was her first time back modelling at a show since giving birth to her first child in December. She looked truly captivating, and a spellbound audience watched as she sauntered down the catwalk in designs by Colcci, of which she is the face of.

At 29 she looks radiant as ever, and showed no signs that she was "very nervous", as the model told Estado de Sao Paulo (a newspaper for Brazil). - Isn't it just fabulous to see Gisele at home on the runway again?

Saturday, 12 June 2010

It's been a while

I must apologise for not posting in a while, however I intend to get back to regular updates from now on.

I don't know about you guys but everyone who knows me knows I am totally and utterly addicted to the TV phenominom that is 'Gossip Girl'. It is no secret that the fashion on the show is amazing, however recently I have noticed that many of the characters' personal styles are influencing fashion at the moment as an entity!

It is amazing to think that one programme can have so much impact on a whole industry, and therefore influencing the way people dress who may not even watch the show (Shocking that some people don't, but yes it's true! I know people who aren't aware of 'Little J','Lonely Boy' or the concept of '..Because I'm Chuck Bass!')So again, apologies to those of you reading this who have no idea what I am talking about!

But anyway, I digress, back to the matter in hand. Miss Selfridge has recently added a new collection to their SS10 range, completely dedicated to the styles of Gossip Girl. So you can now recreate the looks of your favourite characters, at a fraction of the cost.

I am in love with this lace prom dress, in the style of Jenny:

similar to a dress she wore in season 2, at 'that' fashion show:

Also, I have recently taken a liking to leather 'biker style' jackets and gilets, and have noticed I am not the only one! They have now become the must-have staple items that everyone has to own, I can't help but think whether this too has sourced from a GG influence. With 'Little J' and Taylor Momsem who plays her, having a symbiotic grunge-rock style, she has often been quoted as saying she couldn't live without her leather jackets. What's more, as the new face of UK fashion chain New Look, the 16year old is becoming a more prominant force in the fashion industry, with people sitting up and taking notice of her unique 'trend-setting' look.

Join the fashion revolution, and bag yourself a jacket that doesn't come in wrong at any time of the year. A favourite of mine is this biker jacket from New Look: