Tag Archive: SS12

Jun 25 2012

Shopping: The Print Overload Edition

One of the biggest trends this summer has to be prints, whether it is the retro car print inspired by Prada, or the scarf trend seen on the catwalks at D&G, or even a splash of florals, zig-zags, animal or tribal prints, there are colourful prints for everyone this season.

How you wear it is totally up to you, be bold and work your print head-to-toe as seen as Proenza Schouler, or just go for a little print magic by working printed trousers with a pastel or white tee, or do it the other way round and wear a bold printed luxe t-shirt with skinny jeans. Or why not go for an extra dose of prints by following Sportsmax’s approach and go for clashing prints – trust me, not for the faint-hearted!!!

Want to try the trend? Well here are a few of my favourite picks:

From left to right:

ASOS – Skinny Trousers in Floral Print, £35

River Island – Purple Leopard Print Trousers, £30

Topshop – Moto Meadow Floral Print ‘Leigh’ Jeans, £40

Nelly – Astrum Pants, £40.95

1. Ted Baker – Kalla Printed Tunic, was £99 now £50

2. Nelly – Astrum Jacket, £50.95

3. New Look – Purple Tribal Stud Stitch Pumps, £17.99

4. Missguided – Kiah Aztec Print Shorts, £14.99

5. Warehouse – Tejal Scarf Print Pencil Skirt, was £45 now £30

6. Carven – Tribal Jacquard Clutch, was £340 now £237 from My-Wardrobe.com

7. ASOS – Umbrella Skirt in Vintage Floral Print, £45

8. Topshop – Water Swan Print Stud Wedges, £78

[Pics: Style.com]

Apr 19 2012

A Postcard From: Olivia Rubin For Dorothy Perkins

Yesterday I got the chance to finally check out the Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins collection, which I have been dying to see since I found out about the collaboration at the brand’s spring/summer press day last year, and OMG I love it all.

This is one beautifully executed designer high street collaboration, not only is it instantly recognisable as Olivia Rubin with the fun prints, the sexy silhouettes of the dresses and tops with peplums and wrap details, the funky separates with key-hole detailing and cut-outs, and the gorgeous bright pink hues that Olivia is known for, but it has a Dorothy Perkins feel to it with the flattering designs and most importantly the affordable prices, as nothing in the collection costs more than £50, which is seriously amazing when you see some of the dresses.

Inspired by memories of her travels, this debut high street collection for DP entitled ‘A Postcard From’ is basically all about summer fun, and with more than 20 pieces in the collection there really is something for everyone, from: the gorgeous high-end bird print chiffon maxi dresses in either a hot Barbie pink or a soft grey for £45, or how about a shell printed peplum top for £25 that is supper flatter and is so on trend right now, and then there is the awesome beach inspired statement jewellery with shell earrings, bracelets and necklaces, which starts at just £7.50.

Oh and nearly forgot this collection also includes Olivia’s first foray into swimwear with the cutest gold shell print bikini and an uber-flattering swimsuit that I need for summer.

I can’t express enough how much I loved each and every piece, I have to say this is one gorgeous collection that when it comes out next Tuesday I can envisage selling out pretty quickly.

The jewellery:

The prints:

The lookbook:

Some of my favourite pieces:

So if you like it as much as I do, get yourself down to one of DP’s top 25 stores from Tuesday, April 24 – think London – Stratford, Marble Arch, Victoria, Westfield, and West One; Manchester Arndale and Trafford Centre; Birmingham High Street; Bluewater; Lakeside; as well as Belfast, Dublin, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Sheffield, Gateshead, Newcastle, Portsmouth, and Southampton.

Need more convincing that this is a fab collection? Well prices start at just £7.50 and the highest priced item is £49 for a bird print peplum dress. Plus the sizes range from 8-18. Be quick as once it is gone it is gone, this is a strictly limited edition collection, which will be coming back for autumn/winter – yeah!!!

For more pictures head on over to my Facebook page.

Mar 30 2012

SS12 Campaign: Diesel Torches Barbie Dollshouse

I went to the Diesel autumn/winter 2012 press day yesterday, all about coloured jeans, gorgeous knits and huge bags *I will put piccies on  my Facebook soon*, but while there I spotted the current spring/summer 2012 campaign by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, ‘Portraits for Successful Living’, and I was shocked to see them burning Barbie!!!

OK, I am being a little dramatic but what a weird campaign, leggy models torching dollshouses, a denim clad model canoodling a robot, another one trampling on a potted plant, and there is even one playing peek-a-boo in a safe. I get that Diesel is a little bit out there with their advertising but has anyone else spotted these adverts and thought WTF is going on???

The one I do love however has to be the two leggy models doing tug-of-war, those bleached blue flares are HOT!!!

I’ve put the rest of the campaign images on my Facebook page – let me know what you think of Diesel’s latest campaign?

[Pics: Diesel]

Mar 18 2012

Clutch Lust: Gorgeous Laser-Cut Leather Lace

I love bags, I generally have one in every colour, and all are various sizes of big, bigger and huge – it seems small isn’t really in my vocabulary when it comes to buying handbags. But what I have discovered lately is that tiny is beautiful and I think it is my need for  a clutch for all occasions that is driving my latest shopping obsession.

I find that when it comes to teaming my going out outfits with accessories jewellery is covered, even shoes, but I always pass on the bag because I have nothing suitable, which means that I generally just take my phone. Lately however, mainly due to a friends wedding looming this summer I have been thinking I need to invest in one kick-arse clutch, and my first option that I have falling in love with is this oh-so-feminine creamy laser-cut leather lace Be&D clutch. Gorgeous isn’t it!!!

The mix of taupe leather and laser-cut leather lace has just the right mix of glamour, drama, and intrigue to make it a clutch that can work with generally any outfit – from a uber-sophisticated occasion to dressing up jeans, a top, and kick-arse heels – I reckon this beauty might be perfect for me.

It is from Be&D’s spring/summer 2012 collection and hasn’t hit the brands website yet, but its other envelope-style clutches are around the $200 mark, I reckon with all the intricate detailing this might be double that but in terms of investment potential I am going to add it to my wishlist!!!

As well as the snaps I took in the Greene & Sheppard showroom, including the matching tote bag, which is also gorgeous I have also included the image from the lookbook – mainly because I am intrigued by the strange concept of using fashion clowns. But even with this creepy shot I am still loving this clutch.

Feb 11 2012

SS12 Press Day: Round Up – River Island and Mango

At the end of 2011 I went to a lot of spring/summer press days, most of which I still haven’t blogged about *I know bad blogger*, so I thought the best thing to do was a round-up of my favourite pieces to give you an idea what’s going to be hitting the shops when spring finally arrives. First round up is River Island and Mango.

River Island:

Last season River Island was one of my favourite press days and once again it didn’t disappoint – I loved its use of prints, colours and textures. Taking a lot of influences from the catwalk there was a nod to Holly Fulton’s graphic prints, a knitted fringed dress inspired by Mark Fast, and a gorgeous  studded embellished two-piece that had a hint of Versace about it.

What stood out the most for this contemporary collection had to be the accessories, always a place to pick up a quality bag this season’s line is so strong. I love the neon flashes on the shoulder bags, the tribal embellishments and the gorgeous over-sized clutches.

Oh and the denim – those leopard print ones looks amazing!!!

Mango:

I have to admit Mango isn’t a shop that I stop by regularly, which is crazy when I look back at the snaps I took at the spring/summer press day as all the clothes looks amazing – full of sleek tailoring, contrasting colours, 60s influencing on the dresses, and some of the best pastel and sorbet tones on the high street.

I loved the use of light fabrics in gorgeous candy colours, top of my wish list has to be this light pink collarless blazer – how cute will that look paired with jeans and a simply white tee.

I was also really impressed with the accessories there were some gorgeous jewellery pieces but the bags were exquisite, my favourites being the mock-croc shoulder bags and the tribal-influenced tote.

For more of my SS12 pictures head on over to my Facebook page where I have posted a lot more.

Feb 02 2012

Video Loving: What Prada Radio Would Sound Like!!

Have you ever wondered what Prada radio would sound like? Well in the Italian label’s spring/summer 2012 campaign video you can listen to their crazy mash-up of electric tunes. I loved the print version of Prada’s spring/summer 2012 1950′s inspired ad campaign shot by Steven Meisel, but this gorgeous retro-themed flick is just exquisite.

I never thought that a gas station could look so chic, the print images prooved that wrong, but the video just makes it look every more divine and works perfectly with the aesthetic that Prada presented for SS12. I love all the details in this video, it really does capture the accessories brilliantly, from the heels to the bags and even the flawless make-up of the models. But most of all it makes me want a yellow and grey pleated dress – pastel shades really are gorgeous – especially when they are Prada!!!

Want to download all the tunes? Well Prada was kind enough to send over the playlist: ‘Funnel of Love’ by Duck and Cover, ‘Dirt’ by Tobacco and ‘Musaphonic’ by Tom Recchion, ‘Kids’ by Brooklyn-based Sleigh Bells, and ‘Written All Over Your Face’ by Ariel Pink.

I also adore how Prada describe the gas station: “It is cast as a central symbol in this post-modern crossroads of new horizons and economic fulfilment, a stage set where fashion, fantasy and the promise of new discoveries collide.” Wow, I’m wishing next time I fill up my car that new discoveries collide with me – oh and if possible those flame-adorned heels.

[Image/Video - Prada]

Feb 02 2012

SS12: Ted Baker Team Day Fashion Show

Last month I was lucky enough to snuggle under a white fleecy Ted Baker blanket, while oohing and aahing at the brand’s new spring/summer 2012 collection at their Ted Baker Team Day at the Bloomsbury Dairy. The special preview is the retailer’s bi-annual event to showcase the new collection to all the Ted Baker staff, fab idea if you ask me, and it was nice that this season they also invited a few bloggers to take in the show.

The collection was adorable, full of rich prints, strong silhouettes, and bright colours, which was perfectly displayed on a gorgeous line of dresses that would work perfectly for the wedding season. I fell in love with the blue pleated maxi, the yellow ladylike hues, geeky tailoring, and I totally want to work the top-hat look to my next formal function, I loved it paired with those flirty dresses.

The ending was also pretty spectacular full of divine floor-skimming gowns that wouldn’t look out-of-place on the red carpet.

For more pictures of Ted Baker’s spring/summer 2012 collection pop on over to my Facebook Page.

As well as all the clothes – any chance I can have the Ted Baker cow?

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