All posts tagged: trends

70s Boho: New Look 

Saint Laurent, SS15; Alberta Ferreti, SS15; Etro SS15  When a season commits to a revival of a certain era it’s pretty exciting. SS15 has brought back the Seventies: think Woodstock festival, hippies hugging trees and a whole load of suede tasseling. In other words: Boho. Sienna Miller created a ‘boho chic’ phenomenon in the early Noughties however since then it hasn’t had a chance to shine, until now. It’s not the sexiest of trends but it carries a lot of context in its cultural ties. That’s what’s so great about these powerful era-trends. They have a story. It’s embraced by many fashionistas from the cool, androgynous type to the glossy, girly type due to it’s place in our past – it’s part of all our histories. The high street is sure to be a major fan of the 70s trend this summer as it seems to be a trend that easily filters through from catwalk to shop floor. New Look’s summer collection is a shout out to the Seventies, brimming with floppy fedoras, suede A …

Harvey Nichols AW14 Fashion Show

Last night, Harvey Nichols Leeds showcased the best of their AW14 designer collections in a runway show which had the longest catwalk I have ever seen! With the grandeur of the Victoria Quarter’s architecture as the setting and an audience of fashion savvy people, the show proved once again that Leeds do have the fashion factor! I cannot commend Harvey Nichols Leeds enough on the creativity and innovation expressed within the show and really wish other retailers and companies would follow in their footsteps to give Leeds a mark on the style map. Harvey Nichols will always lie at the central point of Leeds’ fashion hubbub. From Burberry to Balenciaga, they stock the best of worldwide fashion. I vlogged the event and you can watch it below followed by some recaps of the style showcased on the night. The trends for this season’s HN fashion show were particularly youthful and current.The expert industry stylists at Harvey Nichols Leeds really excelled this season in marking their luxury fashion territory in the city and you could tell …

Pool Slides: Love or Loathe?

I’m all for flat shoes integrating back into the fashion loop but I am going to suggest that Pool Sliders are taking things a little too far… In life there are types of shoes that are just made for certain people. Take Manolo Blahniks and Carrie Bradshaw, for example. A beautiful match made in shoe heaven combined with a New York City sidewalk. When I imagine a Pool Slider’s match however, all that springs to mind is a balding middle aged man and white sports socks. So why and how have these ugly pieces of plastic become the It shoe of high fashion? Phoebe Philo is somewhat to blame after her ‘Firkenstock’ creation for Chloe S/S 13. Little Ailia Wang somehow looked adorable and chic all at the same time in a pair last year and, like all mini style icons, made the fashion world fierce with envy. How can someone be so small and carry off a pair of pool slides for god’s sake?! Then came the piece de resistance – Freja Erichsen for …

How to: Wear Lace this Summer

I’ll be honest. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lace. I always find it’s slightly too much for the minimalism fiend within me to handle.  I do believe, however, that it looks a million times better on a person than on the hanger. It’s a fabric that needs structure to work otherwise I am reminded of the lacklustre drape of my granny’s curtains. There is one designer that keeps the ‘love’ part of my lace relationship intact though – Erdem. His somewhat habitual use of lace in his designs, especially in his SS11 collection, has kept the delicate material in the fashion game and most definitely given it a new lease of life. His lacy masterpieces are nothing less than magical and he somehow manages to maintain its pretty nature whilst creating a modern statement. My love for his work grew even deeper when the Duchess of Cornwall initiated her 2011 North American tour in an Erdem navy lace dress. The epitome of modern grace, I couldn’t think of a better muse for …

CHECK MATE

House of Holland, Derek Lam and Balmain brought us gingham this summer. It’s all thanks to these designers that we will now worry that we look too cowgirl-esque on our way out to summer barbeques in a few months time. But, fear not, there is a way to stay clear of the Jessie look. This season’s checks are all about contrast – small checks teamed with large checks, red checks mixed with blue checks, textured checks combined with cotton checks. Think outside the check and be bold! Minimalism this is not. In fact, is minimalism finally on its way out? This season’s super trends, such as gingham, seem to suggest it is. It’s also appealing to see something other than florals dominate the High Street’s Spring/Summer print stories. Gingham is clean cut with a ‘mod’ style finish. In other words – it’s not too girly. This season, it seems to be available in everything from smock dresses to bomber jackets. Take a leaf out of 2014’s style book and choose gingham to de-minimalise your wardrobe …

Twirl in Tulle

In fashion terms, Carrie Bradshaw epitomises the tulle skirt. The $5 bargain bin skirt that SJP had to persuade the directors of Sex and the City to let her wear has become one of her most desired looks – a hard feat when talking about one of the most influential fashion icons ever ( a bit biased but she’s my favourite). This brave style move from Sarah Jessica helped her secure her reputation as a woman who could pull off anything. All you needed was a confident stride in a pair of Loubs and a New York street. Nowadays, the blogosphere seem to have embraced the tulle skirt and given it a new lease of life. Not predominantly seen on the catwalk, this is a trend that’s evolved from fellow fashionistas, not the designers for a change. It’s a look that craves a certain amount of attention – you can’t just throw on anything with it. The billowing shape has to be balanced out structurally and the elegant material roughened up with some careful styling. Team with …

2014: Don’t hold back!

The great thing about fashion is it always looks forward. – Oscar de la Renta A new year is here and the sales seem to be dwindling into thin air already. Interesting finds for a bargain price are growing more and more scarce as the Januarys go by. Is it just me or are the sales now better before Christmas? Unenthusiastic about the sales rails, I find myself anticipating the new season akin to seeking out the first signs of Spring. As is known, fashion is completely impatient when it comes to revealing the following season’s buds of exciting new trends – about nine months impatient to be precise. This is one of the reasons I love fashion – you’re never left waiting for more! As it happens, the transitional period between seasons can be the most fashionable. It forces you to combine, collaborate and layer aspects of your wardrobe, teaming together different trends, prints and textures. Basics are an absolute must for this time of year as they provide the base needed to keep …

AW13: Designer Trends on the High Street

So every Fashion Week we watch creation after creation stream down the catwalks, trends for the season ahead being born before our eyes. As the season approaches and the weather changes, the High Street prepares for battle – which retailer will get it right and who can replicate our designer lusts the best so us common people can feel at least a little bit ‘high end’? The High Street is becoming increasingly in touch with High End fashion, allowing people to mix a dimension of luxury fashion within their everyday outfits without paying the hefty price tag. It’s revolutionizing the way in which we style ourselves, and most importantly giving us confidence to wear what we want. Whilst browsing street style, I constantly see girls in High Street replicas of certain designer trends that look unbelievably chic and nothing less than ‘designer’ worthy. Here’s some High End trends you can find on the High Street at the moment…   1. STELLA MCCARTNEY V MANGO: TAILORED PINSTRIPES Stella McCartney carries on her masculine/feminine vibe on the …