Tag Archive: Nicholas Kirkwood

Apr 30 2014

Shopping: The Outnet’s 5th Birthday Collection

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Can you believe that The Outnet is only 5 years old? For me it seems to have been around for as long as its higher-end, exclusive big sister Net-a-Porter, and it really has come a long way since its days as just a clearance outlet. Yeah it has always been the place to go for a designer bargain but the past 18-months or so I have really found it a go-to site when shopping for any occasion, not only for discounted gear but also for its Iris & Ink in-house collection of luxury staples and its accessories are always so incredible, my last few designer handbags have come from The Outnet.

So to celebrate its 5th Birthday, The Outnet has teamed up with 17 amazing designers including Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Chloé and J.W.Anderson to produce a collection featuring their re-issued, best-loved pieces and I basically want everything!!!

A few weeks ago I got to check out the collection, basically imagined spending away my wedding fund, and styled up a few of my favourite pieces, which is hard when the line also includes Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood and Haizhen Wang and starts at just £130.

Of course I instantly fell in love with the accessories – the Squeeze It’ patent-leather Alexander McQueen clutch is to-die-for, I love it so much and the £357 price-tag isn’t bag for a classic piece like this, and pair it with those Nicholas Kirkwood panelled suede heels for £318 and you have some killer accessories to jazz up any look. I also loved the classic dark-brown Chloé wedges, a bargain at £225, I think these will be an instant sell-out, as will the statement Oscar de la Renta resin and gold-tone floral necklace, £265.14082714225 ecb54725af o Shopping: The Outnets 5th Birthday Collection %tag

If I had to pick a look from the collection that I would love to wear I think it would have to be the Haizhen Wang black leather jacket, the shape at the back is gorgeous, teamed with the romantic floral-print silk-jacquard Jason Wu dress, paired with those stunning Nicholas Kirkwood heels, and the bold red Oscar de la Renta necklace. I would love to throw in the McQueen clutch but that might just be a little too much!!!

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There were also a couple of great looks to wear to a summer wedding for an elegant affair why not try Roland Mouret’s sky-blue O’Hara dress, the colour and fit of this dress is perfection, I really love the folded neck detailing and exposed zip down the back. While a cool, hip wedding you could go for this fun printed silk and moiré pencil Preen by Thornton Bregazzi skirt, team with a white blouse or a crisp white T-shirt and bright accessories.

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There are just so many options with this fabulous limited edition collection, but trust me don’t wait around long I think most of these pieces will be instant sell-outs.

Which The Outnet 5th Birthday collection pieces do you have your eye on?

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[Pics: courtesy of The Outnet and taken by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Oct 20 2013

BFI London Film Festival: Saorise Ronan In Kooples

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Where: At the BFI London Film Festival Awards during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Banqueting House

Wearing: A tailored deep purple The Kooples suit from the autumn/winter 2013 collection, teamed with a sheer lace top in the same hue, and Nicholas Kirkwood open-toe heels

Verdict: I have mentioned my love of women in suits, whether it is in an editorial or on the red carpet, and like Julianna Margulies who looked incredible in Michael Kors earlier this month, Irish starlet Saorise Ronan is rocking this look.

I love everything from the colour to the velvet lapels to the feminine touches of the lace top and open-toe heels – this is a chic look that really works the masculine trend to perfection.

The only thing though – I am not sure if this glamorous enough for an award ceremony – but hey I still love it.

[Pic: courtesy of Getty Images for BFI]

Sep 28 2013

Teen Vogue Party: Hailee Steinfeld Styles Her Emporio Armani Dress With A Plaid Shirt

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Who: Teen Vogue October cover star and actress Hailee Steinfeld

Where: At the 2013 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party in Los Angeles

Wearing: A black sleeveless Emporio Armani cocktail dress featuring a high neck, full skirt and belted waist from the Resort 2014 collection, styled with a Maje plaid shirt around her waist, and Nicholas Kirkwood heels

Verdict: Hailee Steinfeld is having a great style week on the red carpet, first was the LA premiere for her new movie ‘Romeo and Juliet’ wearing Prabal Gurung looking grown-up and elegant, and now she is working a youthful look at Teen Vogue’s Young Hollywood Party, you know the one that Lauren worked on in The Hills.

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I also love that Hailee matched her nails to her plaid shirt, which you can just about see here, and I really think that shirt really kicked started her whole look.

Finishing off her look was a gorgeous pair of Nicholas Kirkwood heels, that have black and white stripes on the back, smoky eyes, and loose curls.

I think she looks gorgeous and this look is so appropriate for a Teen Vogue party.

Do you like how Hailee styled her cocktail dress with a plaid shirt?

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Looking to pick up a plaid shirt? Here are a few of my favourites:

[Pics: courtesy of Armani]

Sep 17 2013

LFW SS14: Day 4 & 5 – Nicholas Kirkwood, Samsung & Channelling Geek Chic

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Not to worry though as I joined the masses and followed the amazing coverage via my Twitter feed and in Burberry’s case watching the live-stream, which I still can’t believe was filmed using the new iPhone. But I did fall in love with Burberry’s gorgeous coral pink shade, the petal confetti ending and seeing Sienna Miller squished next to Harry Styles from One Direction on the front row.

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Tuesday, the final day of LFW, was a little busier with a couple of shows at the Somerset House and a trip over to the new Topshop venue in Regents Park. In the downtown I soaked in the brilliance of this season’s The Apartment, which is bigger and better than ever and has been a brilliant place to hang out between shows, catch up with friends, discover new brands to adore – from Dower & Hall and Birchbox, and generally be pampered by the professionals, and fed by the likes of Pizza Express and Green & Black’s.

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Starting off Day 5 was a presentation by Nicholas Kirkwood and Samsung, the footwear designer has created some cool accessories for the new Samsung Note using his signature black and white chevron. More than a presentation, this was more like a conversation with the footwear designer, and we got to hear about his inspirations, why shoes, and also plans for the future – he would love to design his own Samsung mobile in the future.

I also got to try out the new Samsung Gear – a watch that can show you your emails, text messages, call someone, and can also take sneaky pictures.

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I then hot-footed it over to Topshop’s new venue, thank you press bus for being such a life-saver this season, to see Brazilian designer Lucas Nascimento’s spring/summer 2014 collection inspired by Brigitte Bardot in Jean Luc Goddard’s ‘Le Mepris’ wearing just a bath towel.

Styled purposefully as being caught in a state of undressing the models wore their slip dresses with the straps falling of their shoulders, and there was a dress that looked like a bath towel wrapped around the body. For me the stand out pieces had to be the structural jackets, the yellow and orange colour palette as well as the tiered dresses.

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Rounding off a fabulous London Fashion Week, probably my favourite fashion week in a number of years, I went for a dress-down look – inspired by a last day of school wearing my Donna Ida jeans and a comfortable ASOS jumper with stars on the elbows. Finishing off my look my fav Dorothy red Topshop shoes and tie-dye socks – all about embracing the geeky girl that I am!!!

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My Style: Mabel, Ida Donna Ida (c/o) // Red shoes, Topshop // Grey jumper with star patches, ASOS // Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Coat, Dorothy Perkins // Grey socks, Topshop // Bracelets – Claire’s, Dower & Hall, Kate Spade (c/o) // Smartphone, HTC One Red (c/o) //

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To round-up my spring/summer 2014 diary I have put together my last highlight reel using HTC Zoe on my HTC One – with all my best bits from Day 4 and 5 at LFW:

Stay tuned for more LFW coverage – I have reviews from all the shows I attended as well as a spotlight on the trends heading our way for spring/summer.

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[Pics: courtesy of Burberry/my own]

Nov 27 2012

Cover Loving: Kendall Jenner For Miss Vogue Issue 3

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First step towards for world domination for Kendall starts here with this amazing, very high-end solo cover for Australian title, Miss Vogue. I know she has had covers before with her sister for Teen Vogue and Seventeen, but this cover shoot for Australian Vogue’s younger sister shot by Russell James just shows off her fashion potential and she looks incredible.

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The cover is very cool, uber-fashionable, but still youthful and I love it – that Zimmermann flip side backless dress is gorgeous and it looks even more fabulous in the full length shot with Kendall working her angles and those Nicholas Kirkwood – seriously wow.

Still only 16, I think Kendall Jenner is going to have an amazing modelling career. Kim tweeted how proud she was of her little sister and commented on her endless legs saying “Kendall’s legs… I’m jealous!” and I certainly agree – this picture below is smoking.

So what do you think of Kendall’s editorial? Do you think she has what it takes to be the next supermodel?

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Jun 07 2012

CMT Awards: Ashley Greene In Donna Karan Atelier

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Who: Ashley Greene

Where: At the Country Music Awards 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee

Wearing: A pale pink Donna Karan Atelier cocktail gown with a feather trim and beaded embroidery detailing, teamed with gold Nicholas Kirkwood  heels

Verdict: I can’t think of a better fit for Ashley Greene, Donna Karan really has helped her standout on the red carpet in her gorgeous designs, I know that she is the current face of DKNY but I feel this ongoing collaboration is more than just advertising there is a real synergy between the two and I am loving the outcome.

This dress could have been a little too flapper and old-fashioned for me if it wasn’t for the subtle pale pink colour and the exquisite beaded embroidery. I am also loving the her layered hair and those amazing gold strappy Nicholas Kirkwood heels – they are the perfect finish for this dress.

[Pic: courtesy of Donna Karan by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

Nov 14 2011

X Factor: Kelly Rowland Stunning In Corrie Nielsen

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Who: X Factor judge Kelly Rowland

Where: At the X Factor result show in London

Wearing: A black sheer high neck Corrie Nielsen blouse from her autumn/winter 2011 collection, teamed with a floor-skimming Elie Tahari skirt,

Verdict: This has to be the first time this season of X Factor that I have got so excited about what Kelly has worn and it is all because she is supporting one of my favourite British-based designers Corrie Nielsen. Don’t get me wrong I have loved the Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Stella McCartney numbers she has worn over the past few weeks, but come on do these brands really need primetime TV coverage? Nope, probably not, but a former Fashion Fringe winner who really does bring couture to London Fashion Week really does deserve to be in the spotlight.

I know that Corrie’s work speaks for itself but I really do hope that by Kelly wearing her blouse it gives her an extra lift that couldn’t happen to a nicer designer, who is so passionate about what she does, she really does deserve this moment.

Also a quick note has to go out to Kelly’s amazing styling team, who really have picked out a great outfit, and generally speaking I don’t think they’ve put together one bad look this season. I know that for some they will be saying this is a safe look for Kelly all in black – but I love the feminine chic vibe of this blouse teamed with the sweeping Elie Tahari skirt. Keep up the great work guys!!!

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[Pics: Vogue Twitter/ITV]
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