Category Archive: AW11

Sep 11 2011

Hot Trend: Dune – Snakeskin Shoes

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Snakeskin print was seen on the autumn/winter catwalks of Prada, Gucci and Missoni and it is a huge trend on the highstreet. With trends as striking as snakeskin I always think unless you love wearing bold, work the look with your accessories, and for me snakeskin shoes are the hottest way!

There is a lot of choice out there but I loved the AW11 collection from Dune, especially its flats vs heels in the snakeskin stakes!! You will have seen the heel in Dune’s ad campaign, it is where I first stopped it on my flick through Vogue, and how spot on is that blue/green snakeskin to what Gucci sent down the runway? But for me its those loafers that I think will look amazing dressed with skinny jeans and an oversized jumper.

Will you be working the snakeskin look?

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Sep 09 2011

AW11: Bootie Love At Bertie

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Few weeks ago I went to check out the new collection from Bertie at their London showroom and I think I have been dreaming about these boots ever since. As always the autumn/winter 2011 collection is very strong with lots of great designs in the boot department from funky booties to sleek knee-highs.

These beauties called Zenobia were my favourite as I just loved the brogue effect on a quirky ankle boot that also has a hiking boot vibe with the chunky laces and ski hook features at the top. As well as being available in brown they also come in black and are priced £125, I am not sure which ones I prefer more, I suppose black would go with more but the brown just looks more rugged.

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My other love at Bertie has to be the wedge, they always do a great selection of heights, and I lived in my Victorian-style laced peep-toe booties until I stupidly fell over in them, and this season is no different. My favourites had to be these black pairs, first up the Provins, £119, a gorgeous wedge with contrasting leather and suede materials, which would look great paired with tights and a little black dress; and then there is the edgy Paulo B, £110, which works this season style the loafer in an ankle boot, super cute.

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Sep 06 2011

AW11 Press Day: Boohoo.com – 60s Pop Meets 70s Country Girl

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For me I love the idea of online shopping, and don’t get me wrong I do buy online, but only once I have checked out the real thing or trust the source, if you know what I mean. I think it is because there is so much choice in terms of websites, and then pages and pages of products on the sites, you can, and I have literally lost a days work scouting through all the new arrivals. Which is why I was so glad to have the chance to check out Boohoo.com’s autumn/winter collection at its recent press day, as it was nice to see what trends they are bringing to the site.

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I think Boohoo have taken all the popular trends for autumn/winter: there were flashes of the 60s with block colour, shift dresses, cute collars and boxy separates; and 70s with a country girl vibe of bohemian long layers *yes the maxi is still going strong*, chunky knits and prints in soft tones, as well as the shaggy faux fur coats in a mixture of colours.

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As well as a very cool Luxe Grunge collection, filled with black and animal print for a rock ‘n’ roll look of maxi skirts, oversized separates, sheer fabrics and funky knits. I loved this faux leather shift, with its textured panels and exposed zip detailing to the back.

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One of my favourite pieces had to be this red blouse with cut-out panels and lace detailing to the back, my only worry about wearing this though is it is probably a little too cropped to the front. But paired with skinny black jeans this would be a hot look.AWboohoo14 AW11 Press Day: Boohoo.com   60s Pop Meets 70s Country Girl %tag

What did surprise me about the collection was the accessories, the footwear is filled with cute loafers, chunky boats and healed brogues, I particularly like the tan and black ones with lace tassels, and at such reasonable prices.

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The bags also offer a great choice with very ladylike clasp handbags, and if you like a designer copy then you will love this very cute tiny version of the Celine tote.

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Sep 02 2011

AW11 Campaign: Marks and Spencer Go For Hollywood Glamour

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I know the news of Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds and model and Transformer’s actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley fronting Marks and Spencer’s latest ad campaign isn’t breaking news, but the new Autograph collection that they are fronting went live yesterday, and I just had to share.

First up, we have to discuss what a weird but actually brilliant choice it is using Ryan and Rosie; random as this is hardly the age range or glamour reputation you picture with M&S, but so right because they look amazing together and actually make a great couple. If you knew how much I loved Ryan Reynolds you would know how hard it was for me to write that as come on Rosie is one of the sexiest women on the planet *love her pout*.

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But we have to remember they are fronting the Autograph collection, this is more premium and I do think younger in its audience, come on who hasn’t bought some pieces from this collection?? I think this campaign is a clear statement that yes even M&S is fashionable. I am loving what Rosie is wearing and I have my eye on that bowling bag!!

The new Marks and Spencer Autograph collection is available in stores and online now, will you be shopping the new collection?

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M&S always do put a lot into their ad campaigns, and if they have such big hitters for the autumn/winter – Christmas is going to be huge. As well as R&R, the high street retailer has also signed up the gorgeous David Gandy as the new face of their Collezione  autumn collection, I do love a man on a scooter!!

What do you think of the latest campaign?

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Aug 30 2011

AW11 Campaign: Lanvin Asks Can Models Dance? Hell Yeah!!

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If I said to you that a French fashion house went for a Pitbull song as the track to their latest campaign, be honest you would think I had lost the plot, well that is what Lanvin has done for autumn/winter 2011.

The campaign shot by Steven Meisel features super models Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmerman busting some shapes to Pitbull’s ‘I Know You Want Me’, and it is a super fun and stylish video. It is so good it even makes me question whether a print campaign was even needed.

I am so glad that this campaign turned out as well as it sounds on paper, admittedly Raquel doesn’t look as comfortable as Karen *she is a goddess after all*, and the men don’t exactly cut it for me, but you have to watch all the way to end to check out Alber Elbaz – he completely steals the show with his dance moves.

Seriously, awkward really is sexy.

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Does anyone else want to plug in the Xbox Kinect and bust a few moves? I am think next gathering at mine, get glammed up and film our own Lanvin-inspired dance video – who is up for it?

Also who fancies buying me a Lanvin cape?

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Aug 27 2011

Shopping: Medwinds AW11 Collection Now Online

I know I have raved about Medwinds before, but I just had to share the news that their autumn/winter collection is now online. Once again the collection is full of crisp, smart basics, with a gorgeous muted colour palette, and I have picked out my favourite five pieces that will work wonders in any wardrobe.

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1. Mirabella A-Line Dress, £69 – this dress is super flattering and I love the three-quarter sleeves and slouchy pockets, perfect day dress.

2. Riera White Shirt, £45 – perfect addition to any wardrobe is a white shirt and this one works perfect for the AW trend androgynous, pair with slim pants and loafers for a great look.

3. Cavallet Knee-High Boots, £110 – footwear is always a high point with Medwinds and I love these aged dark brown leather knee-highs and low heel, perfect for wearing with skinny jeans.

4. Niza Leather Loafers with Heel, £69 – loafers are everywhere for autumn/winter and these heeled ones are a great modern take on the traditional moccasin shoe and will look amazing with a pencil skirt.

5. Marsella Leather Tote, £129 – not strictly new for AW11, but I just couldn’t help raving about this gorgeous bag again, quality leather and a perfect size. This bag is still very high on my wishlist!!

Check out the whole collection here and let me know what you favourite pieces are.

Aug 24 2011

Made In Oz: Minkpink Has A Bohemian Vibe For Autumn

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I am kind of having a love affair with Australian brands since I checked out the amazing collections at Greene & Sheppard PR’s press day. One Oz brand that always stands out for me has to be Minkpink, if you haven’t heard of Minkpink before you are in for a treat, think vintage-inspired fashion with a quirky personality, with a reasonable price tag.

Here in Blighty you can pick up Minkpink at ASOS and Urban Outfitters and I just love the bohemian vibe for autumn/winter, with its crochet knits, maxi skirts, and most of all its quirky prints.

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The first range to hit the stores is ‘California Dreaming’ in October, and I have to say this is my favourite with its 60s vibe. I am just loving the flares, the maxi lengths, and the dark floral and paisley prints. I particularly love this gorgeous oversized ‘Cheet Sheet’ shirt with its leopard print it looks cool with skinny jeans, and the ‘Intricate’ dress teamed with knee-high socks and a floppy hat, this look book has great styling. I can see celeb fan Whitney Port loving this range.

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Coming in November is ‘Dimestore Diamond’ a ‘hotchpotch of vintage-inspirations’, with its statement knits, wide leg pants, striking prints; generally speaking it is right to look a little wrong!!

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If you are brave enough to work the pieces together then more power to you, me however will be cherry picking certain items, especially that gorgeous cropped jumper, the maxi skirt and the ‘Two Faced’ maxi jumper below, which I completely adore and kind of imagine that it is like wearing my slanket outside!!

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The last of the autumn/winter 2011 ranges for this year is ‘Virgin Suicides’ released in December. This collection is more feminine than the other two lines, with flowing dresses and blouses in a pastel palette of rose, blue and lilac. I love this ‘Stairway to Heaven’ jumper and the very sexy ‘Back Away Slowly’ shirt dress, which might I add has the coolest name ever!!!

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Want to see the clothes in action then check out this cool video. I am lusting after so many styles.

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