Saturday, 25 July 2009

Trend Alert: Studded Heels

Diane Kruger was the envy of every other woman on the red carpet when she stepped out in Christian Louboutin's much coveted studded peep-toes at the UK premiere of Inglourious Basterds on Thursday night. The Very Prive studded peep-toe resembles the label's wildly popular Mad Mary Jane; a patent leather platform seen on Kruger, aswell as the likes of Mischa Barton, JLO, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Vanessa Hudgens. 

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Budget to Blow Out: Bright Trainers

Being a strictly high heels girl, I'd never have thought I'd welcome the day when trainers were back in fashion. But after a season of high volume, sparkle and fantasy, there's something seductive about a pair of simple lace-up flats. 

Budget: Multi-Coloured Flats, £26, Ked's

Stitched Trainers, £35, Puma

Metallic Trimmed Trainers, £280, Dior

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Celebrity Style Trend: Dressed to a Tee

One of the biggest celebrity style trends to emerge from Glastonbury was the humble t-shirt, proving fashion's not always high maintenance. 

Coco Sumner looked relaxed in her super casual combo, pairing an over-sized faded animal print tee with polka dot drawstring shorts and Hunter wellies. 

Lizzie Jagger paired her owl print tee with cut off denim shorts and a pair of acid yellow wellington boots.

If you fancy your own, head to where you can find an exclusive online collecton by designer Karen Walker

Owl Print T-Shirt, £65, Karen Walker

Bee Print T-Shirt, £65, Karen Walker

Best Dressed: Glastonbury

Ok, so we all know that dressing for Glastonbury can be a challenge, what with customary downpours, six inch deep mud and bustling crowds and as usual, the star's default uniform was cut-off denim shorts and Hunter wellies. But this brave lot deviated from the norm and showed off their style credentials by experimenting with different festival looks...

Lilly Allen shows off a more sophisticated take on the style combo that made her famous, pairing her twenties style beaded dress with a pair of...white trainers.

Peaches Geldof flaunted her pins in a pair of high waisted shorts and vintage lace-up boots. 

La Roux showcased her unique style in a pair of gold hareem pants and a psychedelic print jacket. 

Daisy Lowe worked one of the seasons hottest trends in this fringed mini, eclectic as ever, she paired it with pirate boots and a leather satchel. 

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Fashion Must-Have: The Body

Cotton Spandex Jersey Double U Neck Long Sleeve bodysuit, £27.00, American Apparel

The bodysuit is back. And it's no wonder why, unlike the other catwalk trends of yesteryear (trophy jackets, anyone?) this is one look that can be worn again and again. Pay homage to the nineties by pairing it with high-waisted jeans and a boyfriend blazer, or wear it under a suit for a sleeker silhouette. It's the perfect counterpoint to this season's high volume cuts, and there's no need to break the bank. Try hitting New Look for bodysuits in black, grey and breton for £6. Or, if you have more cash to splash, head to American Apparel where you'll be spoilt for choice, with basic styles (as above) in a variety of colours to shiny, spandex and zebra print numbers. My favourite is this red, crocheted body from Topshop Boutique

Crocheted Body, £38.00 Topshop Boutique

Wear with...
High Waisted Hotpant, £55, Levis

Monday, 15 June 2009

Copy the Catwalk: Matthew Williamson

He's known for his signature prints, bold colours and ethnic detailing, and Matthew Williamson's S/S 09 Fashion Week show reminded fashionistas why his designs have become so covetable.  

The hottest accessories from the show: a black studded belt and a pair of patent purple and pink platforms that can be worn from day to night. 

Patent Multi Strap Shoe, £59.99, River Island; Limited Collection Pyramid Stud Belt, £25.00, Marks & Spencer

Day: Ethnic Dress, £65, Jovanna; Patent Bag, £75, Jones Bootmaker

Night: Body-con dress, £70,; Premium Embroidered Jacket, £95, Topshop

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Best Dressed: The Royal Academy Summer Party

The guest list for The Royal Academy Summer Party never fails to impress and 2009 was no exception, playing host to some of Britain's most prolific artists and designers and emerging talent.  Tracy Emin, Stella McCartney and Yasmin Le Bon were a few of the guests who arrived for a preview of the summer exhibition, but whilst the gallery walls were lined with colour, the night's style story was black and white.

Poppy DeLevigne ensured the envy of her fellow female guests by arriving in the Chanel dress of the season and Agyness Deyn flaunted her fashion credentials in graphic monochrome. Tamsin Egerton looked effortlessly stylish in a white, strapless D&G dress and both Emilia Fox and Ben Grimes proved that a LBD needn't be dull, looking simply stunning in theirs.  

Poppy DeLevigne

Agyness Deyn

Tamsin Egerton

Emilia Fox

Ben Grimes

Monday, 1 June 2009

Festival Style: What to Wear

Glastonbury 24th - 28th June

What's the vibe?: Glastonbury's had the best line-up for years, so plays host to music lovers from all walks of life. 
Who's playing?: Bruce Springsteen, Blur, Madness, Kasabian
Who's been?: Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Lily Cole, Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Peaches Geldof
What to take?: Hair Reviving Dry Shampoo, £5.86, James Brown; Original Green Wellington, £60.00, Hunter; Graphic Dress, £22, Topshop

Reading and Leeds 28th - 30th August

What's the vibe?: There'll be rambunctious, unbridled carnage, filled with acne-ridden teens on the three day bender.
Who's playing?: Kings of Leon, Radiohead,  Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Ian Brown
Who's been?: Kate Moss, Kelly Osbourne, Carl Barat, Peaches Geldof
What to take?: Striped Camisole Dress, £14, Dorothy Perkins; 80s Stud Shirt Dress, 45 Miss Selfridge; Tattoo Grafitti, £9.00, Urban Outfitters; Leather Double Buckle Biker Boot, was £60.00 now £25.00, ASOS; Bottle Opener, £3.50, Stellar

The Big Chill 6th - 9th August

What's the vibe?: It's all in the name...laid-back ambience.
Who's playing?: Basement Jaxx, Mr. Scruff, Lamb, Noel Fielding, Friendly Fires
Who's been?: Lilly Allen, Dylan Moran, Russell Howard
What to take?: Jersey Dress, £35, New Look; LTD Pink Plastic Watch, £49.00, Topman; Rib Beanie Hat, £8.00, Topshop; Leopard Pouch Bag, £25.00, Urban Outfitters

V Festival 22nd - 23rd August
What's the vibe?: The 'polite' festival, you could almost bring your mum. And the best loos of the lot. 
Who's playing?: Oasis, Fatboy Slim, The Specials, Pete Doherty, MGMT
Who's been?: V has, by far, the biggest celebrity turn out each year...expect to see Kate Moss, Sarah Harding, Kimberly Stewart, Alexa Chung, Denise Van Outen, Coleen McLoughlin, not to forget a few ex-big brother contestants hanging around the VIP area
What to take?: Kirsty Dress, £63, Mina; Cordless Pro Styler, £39.95, SilkIt; Metallic Gladiators, £70, Topshop; Coloured Bangles, £10, Topshop

Isle of Wight 12th - 14th June

What's the vibe?: Much like Glasto, there'll be both excitable teens and aging rockers. 
Who's playing?: Stereophonics, The Ting Tings, The Prodigy 
Who's been?: Sienna Miller, Rosario Dawson
What to take?: Fringe Tabard Dress, £45, Topshop, Harmonica, £5, Urban Outfitters; Bangkok Bag, £40, Accessorize; Rolling Stones Tee, £20, Amplified; Ankle boots, £70, Office

Latitude 16th - 19th July

What's the vibe?: This one's family friendly. Latitude 'is more than just a music festival': you'll see stand up from some of Britain's best comedians, poetry recitals and readings from respected writers, stage performances from the likes of the RSC and there's even a bit of burlesque. 
Who's playing?: Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Little Boots, Ladyhawke....and Vivienne Westwood! The designer will read extracts from her 'Active Resistance to Propaganda' manifesto, which aims to save the planet. 
Who's been?: Jarvis Cocker, Bill Bailey, Frankie Boyle, Esther Freud 
What to take?: Patterned Dress, £39, Joy; Pocket Kite, £7.00, Urban Outfitters; Leather Jacket, £225, All Saints, Sunny Day Hamper, £65, Cath Kidston

Best Dressed: 2009 MTV Movie Awards

A flurry of fashionable young stars descended on the Gibson Theatre in LA yesterday for the MTV Movie Awards

Leighton Meester proved her style credentials in a sexy black dress by upcoming designer Emilio De La Morena and boots by Brian Atwood.

Sienna Miller dazzled in this emerald number from her own label Twenty8Twelve

Fashion Must Have: The Asymmetric Dress

Asymmetric Bandage Dress, £40, Mango

The body-con dress is going nowhere this season. The asymmetric style of this number updates the trend for summer 2009, whilst the opulent jewel tone adds a touch of glamour for summer soirees.

If you're strapped for cash, head to Topshop, where you'll find a one shoulder body-con style in their basic range for just £12 and is available in a range of different colours.

Wear It With...
Rose Clutch, £79, Boden
Strappy High Sandals, £85, Dune

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Celebrity Style Trend @ Burberry Day NYC

New York City's most stylish stars were out to celebrate Burberry Day last week. Alexa Chung and Blake Lively, both regulars on the best-dressed lists, showed up in boyfriend jackets that reached their hemlines. 

Alexa Chung flew the flag for Blighty, showing off her effortless style in a grey lace dress by Burberry (also worn to the event by model Hilary Rhonda - luckily they wore it differently!) , oversized blazer and shoe boots. 

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively showed off her pins in a Burberry skirt. I love the finishing touches: the rolled up sleeves on her blazer and the necklace and bracelet soften the hard lines of the tailoring. 

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Best Dressed: Lily Cole @ Cannes Film Festival

Lily took a break from studying at Cambridge University to attend the premiere after-party of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the Cannes Film Festival. The model, who features in the film, accentuated her ethereal looks in this medieval-inspired powder blue gown. 

Monday, 25 May 2009

The Best...Maxi Dresses

It's the answer to every girl's summertime style dilemma...A few drinks with friends? A last minute BBQ? A wedding reception? The perfect maxi dress will take you from the beer garden to the marquee, with a few thoughtful touches. The best look as fabulous with a hobo and gladiators, as they do with platforms and a clutch. Here's a selection of the best, from the high street to the catwalk.

From top left to bottom right: Folk Maxi Dress, £10.77, Primark; Zebra Maxi Dress, £20, Dorothy Perkins; Neon Maxi Dress, £42, Mango; Maxi Dress, £55, Richard Nicoll at Topshop; Ruffle Front Maxi Dress, £155, T-Bags; Butterfly Maxi Dress, £200, Monsoon; Floral Ruffle Maxi Dress, £199.99, Matthew Williamson for H&M; Chiffon Maxi Dress, £249.99, Kate Moss for Topshop; Silk Jersey Maxi Dress, £380, Issa; Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress, £970, Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti; Bead Embellished Maxi Kaftan, £995, Matthew Williamson; Fontana Print Gown, £1,762, Emilio Pucci

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Bargain to Blow-Out: Floral Print Bikinis

Tropical Bikini, £26, Accessorize

Summer Lovers Bikini, £140, Zimmerman

Floral Bikini, £470, MaxMara

Thursday, 21 May 2009

New In: Kate Moss for Topshop High Summer '09

Silk Insert Maxi, £60, Topshop

The Kate Moss for Topshop High Summer '09 collection launched in-store and online today. My favourite pieces include a watercolour blouse (below) and a stunning black and white silk maxi dress (above). I think it's her best collection yet. See what you think...

Kaftan Liberty Print Dress, £55, Topshop

50s Bandeau Dress, £50, Topshop (Also available in navy)

Rose Blouse, £40, Topshop

Paisley Halter Dress, £60, Topshop