Thursday, 30 July 2015

More is Better This Summer with Topshop

With the summer heat in full swing, it's time to make sure you have your summer wardrobe up to date for the last few months ahead. While I was in Portugal the heat was scorching, so working an outfit where I feel cool and comfortable was a must.

With culottes taking the high street by storm, I knew I had to take advantage of the trend, and get my comfortable summer outfit on. From Topshop I was able to grab this culotte cut jumpsuit, with vibrant floral tones, ideal to brighten any occasion. To keep cool in the heat, finish the outfit off with Topshop Birkenstock sandals, or pool sliders to create a relaxed look.
Lastly, statement sunglasses are a need. Thick rimmed cat-eye is a popular shape we've seen in the shades, with being able to find a pair almost anywhere. Grab yours now instore!

visit Topshop and grab the look!

Jumpsuit / £55 @ TOPSHOP
Sunglasses / £16 @ TOPSHOP
Sandals / £22 @ TOPSHOP





Monday, 15 June 2015

Bobby Abley and Star Wars, I'm Hooked!

When Rodarte debuted it's love for Star Wars back in AW14 season, I was obsessed. Being the Star Wars fanatic I am, it was like a clash of obsession coming together, making me jumping for joy. With Episode 7 due out end of this year, it's clear the movie franchise has inspired us in design AND fashion, with the trend ongoing.

Bobby Abley is known for remaking movies into garment masterpeices, with a help of his quirky style, it's easy to send any movie-fanatic like crazy. With it's successful 'Little Mermaid' collection last season, Bobby Abley had huge popularity. Yet again for SS16, he has once again brought a global-franchise to life.

Think funny play on words with characters, collaboration of his own label name, motifs and typography all Star Wars. With witty references of other interests (aka Slayer, what a dream), this was a collection which hugely stood out for me this season, I'm hooked.



With the likes of Wookies, Chewbaka (Chewie), Princess Leia, Boba Fett and Darth Vader, this was a space-studded, thriving collection.

Furthermore with the new movie due out end of 2015, it's clear Star Wars is a trend to jump on this season.


Darth


Cotton t shirt
£7.72 - etsy.com



Nike trainers
£48 - bloomingdales.com


ASOS hologram backpack
£27 - asos.com


Topshop dark lipstick
topshop.com



"Super Duper Storm Troopers"


Madewell 3 4 length sleeve top
£23 - madewell.com



Dr. Martens leather work boots
£81 - azaleasf.com


White cross body purse
£31 - hottopic.com


Lipstick Queen dark makeup
£26 - bloomingdales.com


NARS Cosmetics nail polish
£13 - beauty.com





Sunday, 14 June 2015

I'm Back, Let's Talk LC:M?

Yes I am back. The chaos of University is over, with everything handed in, it's time to get back into shape and get the ball rolling.

At the moment, it's one of my two of my favourite times of the year, London Collections Men. It's been a striking couple of seasons for menswear, with a lot of energy being drawn to the gender. We've seen menswear become gender neutral in AW15, 'go-back-to-school' vibes, with fashion overall turning more political and not only expressing movements, but also statements, which makes me more excited to see what SS16 has to offer.

With many shows watched over a few days and a bit of nosing around (while wishing I was there), I have summed up my current top 3 collections of the season so far, starting with Topman.

Literally fell in love with collection after a couple of viewings through photographs. Immediate thought of 'rebellion', with a modern take on 80's punk? With being a fan of punk, metal culture, this was refreshing to see the British high street brand. Likely hoods of 'Let's Riot' badges and small heavy jackets showed a more delicate side of the culture, which proved overall, Punk is NOT dead. With that, I felt the collection held a bit of an 90's Oasis fandom style, of high neck zipped jackets, and oversized sunglasses with scraggy hair. Additionally topped with pastel shades,wide leg trousers, feminine touches creating a fresh summer take-on for the season. It was alot going on but beautifully executed throughout the show, reaching out to many street sub-cultures.


Photos courtesy of Wonderland Magazine


Liam Hodges also sparked attention on day 1 of LCM. Meet sports lux mixing with raw and ready street wear. Rough print work, patches and monochrome with a dash of colour, the collection was about enhancing the current, on-going megatrend. The collection was final show for Hodges and MAN in the Topshop Showspace. The collection was street wear with surveillance, with climbing buckles and bumbags, collection showed more than style. 


Photos courtesy of Dazed

Last but not least, Craig Green, With his emegring reputation in the industry, he has been certainly one to watch this season. Already, photographers are spotting the fashionista public in his AW15 collection, of combats and dark neutral tones. 
This season, he's brought a whole new story to the table. Bright block colours, in still combat attire. His use of masculine, baggy shapes creates an absolute contrast to the gender neutral movement with woman also walking down in menswear. However the use of the bright colours and blocking gives a minimal, modern touch to his collection. Clashing fabrics of denim and quilted textures make this collection open to many style preferences Wide-leg trousers and tight tops give a 70's touch, keeping up with the flare trend of AW15. Overall the collection holds a 'karate' essence, a whole new level of sports lux. With loads to play with, no wonder his designs are storming the market and the press. 


Photos by Ben A. Pruchnie









Friday, 1 May 2015

Denim on Denim: MESS MAGAZINE

Hello lovelies,

Issue 6 of Mess Magazine is out now. Purchase it here and check out my latest column on the highly anticipated DENIM SS15 trend.



Friday, 24 April 2015

Leather CULOTTES ARE A NEED!

Since buying into a pair of culottes back in January and seeing them slowly creep into our highstreets stores, I knew the trend is going to be a promising. Obviously with my love of BLACK, and leather (yes every season), I saw this pair in TOPSHOP for £36. ABSOLUTE STEAL.

Getting a pair of culottes is your go-to summer addition. Flattering with those reoccurring birkenstock sandals from last year, or even a pair of small booties for the evening.

Grab a pair HERE



Jardon Dr Martens / £140 / Dr Martens
Tshirt / £12 / Topshop
Kimono / £46 / Topshop 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Fashion is more involved politically than ever

Well, that's what I see. With the AW15 season just finished, gay marriage still being a discussion around the world, #FREETHENIPPLE taking over woman in Iceland and ageism creeping into our catwalks and campaigns, it seems like the whole world of media and fashion is having a political makeover.

We can never forget the year of 2014, which had riots of equality on the catwalk of Chanel, FREETHENIPPLE campaign starting alongside HE FOR SHE. Seems like 2015 is already instore for a bigger impact.

Starting with the AW15 fashion week season. It's been a journey of gothic vibes, to 70's flares jetting back in to our catwalks. However with that, it's been a movement of acceptance and human rights. Looking into the menswear, we have seen a range of gender bending style. From pink shades, to big fur coats and also a small pair of heels, you name it a man has worn it somewhere at some fashion week, or shall I say on some catwalk. Big names such as Saint Laurent allowed men to dress in a transgender fashion, of sassy pink fur coats and pointed leather high heeled shoes.
Raf Simmons was also seen joining the bandwagon of gender fuse alongside brands such as 69 WORLDWIDE and J.W Anderson (although this wasn't his first time going transgender friendly).
With that, Rick Owens also used the form of empowerment in his collection. Exposing men on a whole new level, of exposing the male models anatomy. I couldn't help but think it was a correlation of  the movement of exposing womanly equally, but turned back to the opposite gender.

JW ANDERSON, SAINT LAURENT, RAF SIMMONS, RICK OWENS

With gay marriage and gender changes on the rise, it was refreshing to see the movement in society is creeping into what we wear and what we class as a statement trend. It's allowing us to see what is going on and the change of acceptance to be visualized in a artistic way in which we can desire to own ourselves.


However on the side of equality, there is also a side which isn't as uplifiting. The conflict of governments and countries is also trickling down into our fashion spectrum. Gothic vibes, ultility wear are making a statement and is also being seen throughout the season. Its hard to escape, making the way to get a word or emotion out can be used through fashion. Brands such a McQueen with dark toned military wear, of graphic prints stating honour is a clear example of this. We have also seen the 'classic' army gear go down the runway during Astrid Anderson as well. In correlation Thom Browne and Givenchy created a dark and gloomy 'funeral' collection, with a emotion of anything but uplifting.



Is all this talk on current affairs being translated into trends and fashion making a difference in the way we dress, feel and view things this season? I feel fashion is slowly turning into not a way of expressing creativity and waiting for a trend 30 years relive itself but more into another level of expressing movement in the world.

What do you think?






Friday, 20 March 2015