Tag Archive: trends

Sep 07 2013

AW13 Preview: Primark Has The Trends Covered

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Each season Primark seems to be developing its offering, it is a high street store that is no longer just for picking up basics such as boyfriends tees, or a statement piece of jewellery for a night out – this is a shop that is has really upped its game to bring shoppers the latest trends at affordable prices.

For most, me included, trends can be a little scary, they are mostly out of people’s comfort zones and you are never sure how long they are going to last. What I love about Primark is that it is a place where you can test out a trend, save a few bob along the way, while still looking good.

For autumn/winter 2013 there are several key trends to look out for – from the pink invasion to 90′s grunge, sporty and minimal, as well as punk. Some are easier than others, for instant adding a touch of pink to your wardrobe is probably the easiest to wear, and I love that Primark has a lovely selection from sugary hues to vibrant bold pinks, so whether you want to make a statement in a pink coat, or add a touch of pink with a gorgeous jumper or a tailored pair of trousers – there will be a lot of options.

Minimal and sporty is also a trend that’s easy to master, you will probably already have a lot of options in your wardrobe as it is a continuation from a spring/summer trend. In Primark you will find pieces with an elegant edge – from block coloured dresses, to coats with contrasting panels, as well as some cute sparkly trainers.

One of my favourite trends for autumn/winter has to be the return of the 90′s grunge, think lots of tartan, crackled leather, lace up boots, and statement jewellery.

Whether you are updating your wardrobe with some key staples or adding a few statement pieces – trust me pop into Primark you may be surprised with what you come out with!!!

What are you thoughts on Primark’s autumn/winter 2013 collection? 

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For more pictures from the Primark autumn/winter 2013 preview head on over to my Facebook page.

Jan 15 2013

Award Season: Golden Globes 2013 – The Trends

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This year was an interesting red carpet, there weren’t many bad looks, unless you agreed with me about Jessica Chastain, but unlike previous year’s there wasn’t many wow moments either, which made it a little uninspiring, some people on Twitter said they thought it was a little boring.

There was lots I loved – Jennifer Garner all glammed up was nice to see, Claire Danes looked incredible, her personal trainer should get an award, and I was pleased to see Megan Fox back on the red carpet. When it comes to who was my best dressed I am going to have to go for Lucy Lui, the drama of her incredible Carolina Herrera gown completely blew me away.

As well as enjoying seeing the gorgeous dresses on the red carpet I also like to talk about the trends and this year seemed to be all about colour – whether red, black or neutral tones, plus something I couldn’t miss was a few sexy ladies doing their own tribute to Angelina Jolie, it seems her leg bombing pose has really caught on!!!

All Shades Of Red:

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Red always makes a statement on the red carpet especially during award season but this year’s Golden Globes really did deliver ever shade of red possible, from the vibrant red shade of Claire Danes’ Versace number to the cherry Dior beauty that Jennifer Lawrence, to the darker shades of Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta and Jennifer Garner’s burgundy Vivienne Westwood. This was definitely the star power shade of the night.

Neutral and Girlie:

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Last award season white walking down the red carpet was a little too bridal for me, this year white has been given a modern make-over. There was Anne Hathaway wearing an elegant Chanel Couture column gown, Amanda Seyfried looked stunning in a gorgeous embroidered Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, and then there was Julianne Hough in a frothy Monique Lhullier, and Kerry Washington in a sheer and lacy Miu Miu dress, each really stood out among the bold red and black numbers.

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Black on the red carpet is generally seen as a little boring, even I have been negative about some stars constantly wearing of the colour, but this year’s Golden Globes really showed that black isn’t always boring. We had sexy black with Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen and Allison Williams in J.Mendel, then we had flattering and slimming with Julianne Moore in a custom-made Tom Ford and Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen, and then we had touches of sheer with Julianna Margulies in a daring beaded Emilio Pucci and Rachel Weisz accompanied James Bond in a dotty Louis Vuitton.

Leg Bombing:

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So what did you think about this year’s Golden Globes red carpet fashion? Leave me a comment below on who was your best dressed.

Sep 07 2012

AW12 Trend: Shopping Romantic Gothic With Westfield London

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Seen on the catwalks of Valentino, Versace, Gucci, Nina Ricci, Helmut Lang, Givenchy, and Etro, the trend is full of black, a given really, but this season the trend really works contrasting fabrics to the max. So when out and about shopping keep an eye out for leather skirts, black lace, velvet touches, sheer shirts, and chunky knits, and embellishments are key, lots of studs, crosses, and black sparkles. Also don’t forget it isn’t all about black, I love it when you piece Oxblood red and white into the mix with black staples.

If you are not ready to do the Gothic head-to-toe look, why not just dip into the trend with a key piece – whether that is a pair of chunky ankle boots, or leather-effect leggings, a few long layered cross necklaces, or how about a studded handbag. This is a trend that is easy to work, and come on who doesn’t love black and studs!!!

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You will also notice a lot of black and lace on the red carpet, one of my favourite looks has to be the gorgeous Michelle Williams in Mulberry looking amazing in a leather dress with a lace overlay. Simply stunning.

For Westfield London I put together a video on the trend and picked out a few key pieces. I teamed a faux leather pencil skirt with a figure-flattering lace peplum top, and also picked up a few key leather accessories including a gorgeous lace-effect collar and a subtle studded bag.

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Gothic shopping – from left to right: Topshop laser cut collar, £16; Warehouse lace panel dress, £120; River Island dark red lace t-shirt, £16; Zara shopper with studs, £129; River Island cross earrings, £3; Topshop pin stud boots, £90; and New Look dress.

Check it out below, and be kind I haven’t done one of these videos before but it was lots of fun.

[Pics: Style.com/Mulberry]

Jun 25 2012

Shopping: The Print Overload Edition

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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!!!

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

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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

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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]

Jan 17 2012

Golden Globes: Mermaid, The Three Bs and Two-Tone

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As well as my excitement of seeing all my favourite celebrities walking the red carpet at major award ceremonies I also love to pick out the key trends. Last year we saw lots of emerald-green, long-sleeved dresses and minimalist looks, as well as a princess moment from Olivia Wilde. Before the awards I predicted that there would be a lot of blue hues, there were but not as much as I hoped for, there was however a wide mix of colours displayed from winter whites to pastel nudes, and bright yellow and reds, and of course the classic black never goes out of fashion.

This year’s top trends are below: the three Bs – that’s backs, blue and bridal, two-tone and the mermaid silhouette was out in force.

All About The Back

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Over the year’s we’ve seen a lot of strapless silhouettes, elegant long-sleeves, plunging necklines and asymmetric gowns gracing the red carpet, and I am going to say that the 2012 Golden Globes was the year of the backless dress. From Nicole Richie shimmering in Julien Macdonald to Zooey Deschanel in that colourful Prada dress, there were lots of backs on show, including Claire Danes in J. Mendel, Evan Rachel Woods in Gucci, Julianna Margulies in Naeem Khan and Jessica Biel in Elie Saab.

Blue Hues

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Last year the key colour was easily emerald-green, this year was harder to call it really was a split between deep hues of blue and dark green and winter whites and pastel shades. The blue hues really stood out for me with Michelle Williams in a burn-out velvet Jason Wu number, Kelly Osbourne stood tall in her structured Zac Posen, Helen Mirren had a regal feel in her Badgley Mischka, and Sofia Vergara looked stunning in her curve-hugging Vera Wang gown.

Bridal – Winter Whites

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Pale pastels, icy whites and bridal influences were seen on a number of celebrities including Elle Macpherson in a Zac Posen, Jessica Biel rocked the most bridal looking gown designed by Elie Saab, Kate Beckinsale goes modern-Hollywood with a custom Roberto Cavalli, Amanda Peet wore an asymmetric lace Marc Jacobs gown, and even Angelina Jolie follows the trends in this sleek Atelier Versace gown – but of course to make her stand out she teamed it with a pop of red.

Two Tone

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Normally reserved for just monochrome combinations, this year’s red carpet did have Claire Danes and Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham working the black and white option, but it also saw different colour combinations including both Emma Stone and Natalie Portman sporting Lanvin creations, Emma worked fuchsia and purple, while Natalie brought two of this year’s hottest colours together red and pink.

Mermaids

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The clearest trend after backless had to be the mermaid silhouettes, which some might say is an old-fashioned style, I however couldn’t disagree more I love a fishtail hem on an awards red carpet. I think every silhouette has its place and mermaid tails I think have to be reserved for big occasions like the Golden Globes, Oscars and the Met Gala. Everyone who worked the trend looked fabulous to me but the trend belong to Zac Posen who designed Reese Witherspoon’s sexy scarlet gown, Kelly O’s structured dress, and even Elle worked her way into two trends with this retro-inspired layered tulle trumpet hem. As well as Sofia, Kate Beckinsale and Evan Rachel Wood.

There were a few other trends I was going to include: headbands as seen on Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron and Cougar Town’s Busy Phillip; big earrings worn by Julianne Moore and Julianna Margulies; and the ladies in red included Reese, Dianna Agron in Giles, and Stacy Keibler’s simple Valentino gown – but I felt five was plenty!!!

Want to relive the Golden Globes in just 20 mins? Well E! have put together a clever round-up:

I am going to blog my favourite dresses soon, you know me I always like to sleep on it, but don’t forget to let me know which was best dressed and what you thought of the trends seen this year.

May 09 2011

Hot Trend: Colour Blocking – Dress Alert

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It seems that the high street has taken inspiration from the runway shows of Gucci, Prada, Christopher Kane, Prada, Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs and embraced colour blocking. The high street is full of juicy colour palettes of rainbow shades, simple silhouettes, and has a wow factor, which is perfect for summery conditions.

For maximum impact be brave and wear the look head-to-toe, go for hot pinks, tangerine, yellow and blues; also considering mixing shades – how about electric blues with summery yellows; reds soothed with greens; or my personal favourite Barbie pinks teamed with vibrant oranges.

However, if like me you need to work up to full on colour blocking, how about just doing pops of colour with your jewellery and accessories. Try a neon belt with a little black dress, or go for a bright pop shade on your nails to clash with your dress.

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1. Oasis, Dobby colourblock dress, £55 – this is my favourite of the five looks as I just love how this dress nips in at the waist and has a flared skirt – tres chic

2. Dorothy Perkins, coral colourblock shift dress, £28 – this is a great colour pairing

3. Miss Selfridge, colourblock bengaline dress, £38 – this is the sexy colour blocking frock, not sure I could quite pull it off, but if you’ve gone it you so have to flaunt it in this!!

4. Warehouse, colour block wrap dress, £60 – this is when 70s meets colour blocking in such a good way, this is a way to embrace the trend without having to go for bright shades but yet still allowing you to look glamorous

5. New Look, colour block t-shirt tunic, £26.99 – after comfortable and colourful? Then this is the one for you, tunic style is super flattering and it is in a lightweight fabric making it perfect for the summer

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May 01 2011

Hot Trend: Palazzo Pants – Trouser Of The Season

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So for spring/summer 2011 you may have noticed that skinny is out and wide is in, and when you are looking at Palazzo Pants, the wider the better!! However, when you suggest wide trousers, I think most are a little scared to give them a go as they think they are going to make them look bigger than they are, however Palazzo Pants are surprisingly flattering.

Seen at many SS11 shows, from floral beauties at D&G to gorgeous pleated ones at Richard Nicoll. The high street has ones to suit everyone at the moment.

Still feeling unsure? Well follow these tips and embrace this fluid style – trust me you will love it, from the swish as you walk to the comfort.

Shoes: Palazzo is all about the 7os vibe, so embrace it with sticking to wedges or chunky heeled shoes, go for height and they will make your legs look like they go on for miles.

Tuck in or belt up: It is all about defining your waist to balance your sihouette, so think pussy-bow blouses, vest and camisole two-pieces, or just go for a simple tee tucked in.

Finishing touches: To take off the summer chill pair with a leather jacket or a cropped blazer for a more tailored look. I would also recommend chunky bangles and jewellery for a great 70s look.

Top picks: My favourite has to be the ASOS Palazzo Pants (above), £40 –  I love the high waist design with double buttoned waistband, added together with the pleated front they reeally are divine. What makes them even better, well the price for one very reasonable at £40, but they also come in three different colours: Withered Rose (pictured), Jade and Olive.

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Dots aren’t going away any time soon, so why not pick up these black spot palazzo trousers from Dorothy Perkins for £35.

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When it comes to floral prints I think these River Island blue floral print belted palazzo trousers are one of my favourites, only £34.99, and comes with a perfect belt. Wear with a black tee for simple-yet-comfortable.

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If the River Island aren’t wider enough, or even bolder enough in the flower stakes then you have to go for these great value ones from Matalan. These Papaya print trousers are only £16.

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But if like me you need to work you way up to bold prints, check out New Look who have some amazing block colour ones. My pick has to be these Crepe Wide Leg Trousers in magenta, only £28.99, and they even come in coral.

So which ones are you going to go for?

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