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Work the attitude, grab the eyeliner, big up the hair and wear your skinniest jeans because this season, punk is where it’s at…

 

This season, prepare to unleash your inner rock-chick. The autumn/winter shows were awash with a new punk revival. Everyone from Vivienne Westwood (the first lady of punk herself) to Dolce & Gabbana channelled their own brand of rebellion. To keep this look fresh try keeping it glamourous. Take inspiration from Balmain, who added a tough edge to glamorous floor length gowns. Fabric is key this autumn/winter, so try combining lace, plaid and velvet.  Throw a little lady-like into the mix and you’re sure to nail this trend. Remember, this look is about breaking rules. So get inventive and don’t forget, make sure whatever you wear, you do it with some serious attitude! So, what are you waiting for? Come on feel the noise, girls rock your boys and get wild, wild, wild.

     

Get the Look for Less…

Off Duty:

Go for off duty cool this season. Take inspiration from young London. Think Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof and Alexa Chung.

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1. One easy and accessible way to buy into the new punk look is to invest in a good leather jacket. This short sleeved jacket (£120 from TopShop) is a real winner and perfect for those who are a little shy of going head-to-toe punk.

2. This ‘I love London’ tee is bang on trend and so versatile. Do dressed-down casual by teaming with a pair of skinnies or dress it up with a cute chiffon skirt and shoe boots. The cut of this top is great too. And the really good news? It is a credit-crunch friendly £16! (Rock t-shirt by TopShop)

 3. Those of you lusting over Balmain’s autumn/winter show will fall in love with these look-at-me red skinnies (£40 TopShop). Simply team with ankle boots with a fringed trim and you couldn’t be more on trend.

I’m with the band…

Ready to hit the town? Team soft, feminine skirts and dresses with tough, edgy jackets for a modern twist. Rock star boyfriend optional.

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Team rock t-shirts with feminine fabrics, such as chiffon for a modern take on the punk trend…

1. ‘Pretty Vacant’ Tee (£16 from TopShop)   2. Chiffon skirt (£35, also from TopShop)

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 3. For those of you who like your fashion a little more exclusive and bespoke but don’t want to pay the earth, should check out www.pretaportobello.com. Yes, everyone’s favourite London market has gone online (for those who didn’t know, where have you been?) Featuring the next-up-and-coming designers these could be true investment pieces. Not only can you buy this fab dress (£90) and vintage studded shoes (see number 5) but you can even try your hand at bartering for a bargain from the comfort of your armchair.

4. This jacket screams ‘I’m with the band’. Grab yours for £60 from TopShop

5. Not only are these red studded beauties right on trend, they’re one of a kind too! You can buy them from the ‘vintage’ section on Pretaportobello.com for £55.

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6. This jacket is so kitsch it could have been designed for the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but don’t worry you won’t be lonely for long in this beauty. My advice to you? Get it while you can. It’s sure to adorn the pages of most fashion magazines soon. (Military jacket, £40 from Dorothy Perkins)

7. Simply wear this scallop tiered dress with layers of long necklaces á la Alexa Chung. (£75 from TopShop)

Punky Prints:

Feeling brave? Then opt for this season’s coolest prints and all eyes will be on you…

 

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1. Get this Emily and Fin dress from www.pretaportobello.com for £45

2. Not only does this ruffled dress nail the punk trend but it’s also in this season’s hottest print of the moment, tartan. (£49.99 from River Island)

3. Large dogtooth prints in punky colours such as hot pink and mint green are big news this autumn/winter. Channelled by big names such as Marc Jacobs, you can be sure they will be order of the day come those cold winter nights. (Skirt, £10 from Primark)

Shoes and Accessories:

Think heavy embellishments, studs and fringing and you won’t go far wrong…

 

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1. Studded boots with fringed trim £120 by River Island.

2. Black suede boots with stud detail £124.99 by River Island;

3. Fringed bag £79.99 by River Island.

4. Red bag £12 by ASOS.com

5. Gold cuff £29 by Belle du Jour from www.pretaprotobello.com

 

 

With thanks to PRShots.com

Vogue.com (for pictures)

 

Coming Soon:

Trend Focus: 70s Folk and Gothic and much, much more!

HIGHLAND FLING

Join the new Tartan army in a riot of plaids and checks…

 

Tartan and plaid are back. Everyone from D&G to Ralph Lauren paid homage to the timeless winter favourites. This season, however, the emphasis is on adding a fresh and youthful edge with clashing prints and fabrics being key.

    

 Feminine detailing is big news when it comes to plaid and tartan this winter. Think flowing chiffon dresses, bow details on tartan blouses and checked princess coats.

   

And for the more daring, add clashing plaid tights to a tartan dress and you have autumn/winter style all sewn up.

   

 

Adding a checked shirt or tartan blouse is the easiest way to update your wardrobe for this winter and the High Street are doing some great pieces right now. So go on, get ahead and join the tartan army!

 High Street Hits

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1. Ruffle neck blouse £45 by French Connection

2. Brighten up a pair of jeans with this on-trend shirt by River Island (Price to be confirmed, New Collection)

3. Tartan blouse with bow detail by River Island (New Collection, price to be confirmed.)

4.  Blue and purple checked shirt dress £65 by French Connection

5. This checked shirt dress, £85 by French Connection, is bang on trend and has clearly been inspired by Luella’s Autumn/Winter show.

6. This dress from River Island’s new collection (price to be confirmed) ticks two autumn/winter trend boxes. Not only does it channel this season’s fondness of tartan and checks, it also nails the bad girl punk look (as seen at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show) too. Making this a winter must-have!

7. This dress will be a sure sell-out when it hits Primark at the end of this month as part of their new autumn/winter collection. (Tiered tartan dress £14 Primark)

8.  And they’ve done it again! This Primark tartan wrap dress ticks all this autumn/winter’s style boxes. (Wrap dress £14 Primark)

9. This tartan print military-esque coat is bang on trend and looks oh-so-designer. Make sure you keep checking out your local River Island as it will stores as part of their new Autumn/Winter collection.

10. These tartan tights by Pamela Mann (£7.95 from Mytights.com) will add va-va voom to any simple black dress. Alternatively, they would work well under an oversized black jumper with patent ankle boots (giving a nod to this season’s punk look). And for those who want to be bold, try clashing with other tartan or plaid prints as seen on the D&G catwalk.

11. For those of you who want to give the tartan look a try but are a bit wary of going head to toe, try some simple heels to instantly update your wardrobe. (Shoes by River Island, new collection-price to be confirmed.)

 

By Gemma Douthwaite

With thanks to:

PRShots.com

and Vogue.com

COMING SOON:

Trend focus on: Punk, military, dark romance, power dressing, lace and much much more.

And new features on hot autumn colours, bag and shoe trend round ups, High Street Hot Twenty and how to bag a bargain on Portobello Market online!

 

PARADISE FOUND

Make a splash in this summer’s sizzling swimwear

The holiday is booked. You’ve changed your money to the local currency and the passport is at the ready. Now all that’s left is to trackdown the perfect beachwear.

This summer, swimwear is striking. All bold prints, strong colours and statement pieces. This summer’s star buy is the one piece, which has been given an edge with plunging necklines and cutaway detailing. The perfect way to instant poolside chic.

Bandeau bikinis also made waves in a riot of colour. Rich, exotic colours and prints were homage to this seasons love affair with all things tribal. Beachwear has a definite bohemian twist (as seen at Etro’s Spring/Summer show), with layering and accessorising being key. To nail the bohemian look layer vest tops and jewellery over bikini’s, throw on some gladiator sandals and add a chic tribal print scarf.

 

 If you haven’t got a designer budget, fear not! The high street has done some great directional pieces for this season. Here’s a pick of the best bikinis, one pieces and beach cover ups.

     

Turn up the heat in this sizzling red bikini (£24 from Miss Selfridge). Not only is it bang on trend sporting romantic ruffles but it also works wonders on boyish frames. The perfect figure fixer! And after all that sunbathing throw on this cute dress (£28 from TopShop) and turquoise necklace (£12 ASOS.com) and you can head straight to the bar! Cocktails all round!

    

This bikini (£14 from Debenhams) encapsulates this summers bohemian feel. Throw on some beads and a hippy scarf (£20 New Look) And if you’re feeling daring, pull on these knee high gladiator sandals (£25 from TopShop) for some serious style credentials.

             

Go for grown-up hippy chic in this 70s-esque bikini (£24 Accessorize), embellished kaftan (£30 Accessorize) and Indian-inspired earrings (£6 ASOS.com).  

                

Be bold in this bohemian print bikini (£26 Accessorize), add statement jewellery such as this peacock feather necklace (£15 TopShop) and ring (£8 ASOS.com) and release your inner flower child.

              

Go for all out glamour in this cutaway swimsuit (£30 Miss Selfridge) and sumptuous accessories. (scarf £10 New Look, Bracelet £12 and earrings £6, both ASOS.com) Jackie O would be impressed! Now where did i anchor my yacht?

More High Street Holiday Hits

 COVER-UPS

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 Not only do these beach cover-ups capture the essence of this seasons laidback bohemian cool but they also take you from beach to bar (saving you room in your case for potential holiday buys!)

1.  Turquoise print dress, £25 Accessorize. This dress would look great with long gold beads and metallic sandals.

2. Flower print folk dress, £30 Accessorize. Not only a hit for the beach this dress would look amazing with stacks of wooden bracelets and heels. This cover-up is so versatile it could be worn for both sightseeing and sipping cocktails at the beach bar.  

3. This kaftan is great! It captures the laidback cool of this season’s beach wear whilst still being ultra feminine. Add a flower hairclip for a romantic edge. (Kaftan, £35 Accessorize)

BEACH BAGS

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Wear your style on your sleeve (or arm!) with these gorgeous hippy-inspired beach bags.

1. This bohemia print bag is bang on trend and perfect if you don’t want to go head-to-toe hippy. It would brighten up a classic bright swimsuit or bikini. (Bag, £35 Accessorize)

2. Turquoise and pink beach bag £10 from Accessorize.

3. Beautiful and ethical, what’s not to love? Grab this fairtrade bird print beach bag from Accessorize for only £12.

SANDALS

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You can’t go wrong with a pair of sandals on holiday, they’re classic, stylish and comfortable enough for pounding the streets whilst sightseeing.

1. Tan gladiator sandals £18 TopShop

2. Embellished sandals £35 TopShop

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Accessories are the easiest route to channelling a trend, updating a holiday outfit or lifting a plain bikini. So hit the high street now for these little gems!

1. Layer this bird charm necklace over a strand of long beads for instant hippy chic.  Team with a plain loose cut kaftan and surfer girl hair for beach cool. (Necklace £8 ASOS.Com)

2. “Rock” this season’s bohemian look in this edgy feather hairband.  (£6 Accessorize)  

3. Flower hair clips, £5 (for two) Accessorize.

4. Peacock feather hair clip, £8 Accessorize.  

 5.  Scarf £10, TopShop.

 

Gemma Douthwaite

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 With thanks to PRShots.com, Elle, Vogue and Marie Claire

COMING SOON: Autumn/Winter trend focus, How to…update your wardrobe for autumn, Festival special, Bag and shoe report (autumn/winter).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPELLBOUND

This season prepare for a journey into the magical world of the fairytale…. 

Yes, its that time of year yet again! In the fast paced world of fashion the Autumn/Winter pre-collections are slowly trickling into the shops and the summer sales are starting. So, it is inevitably time for the bi-annual trend forecast! There is always an enormous buzz at this time of year, a great anticipation over what the next season has in store. And let me tell you, you won’t be disappointed! This year, we are taken on a voyage through a magical fairytale world. From dark gothic femme fatales and pagans to royal princesses there is sure to be something to melt your heart this coming season.

It seemed designers were inspired by the world of fiction, allowing them free-reign to create an intricate and beautiful fashion story. Veronica Etro said she was inspired by Narnia and Giles Deacon was heard stating, ‘I was inspired by a Roger Corman film, Masque of the Red Death, which is a gothic femme fatale sort of film where these really decadent people live in this castle while outside lots of people are dying.’ (source: Vogue.com) Alexander McQueen said his collection was inspired by a 600 year-old elm tree in his garden. He added, ‘I made up this story of a girl who lives in it and comes out of the darkness to meet a prince and become queen.’ (source: Vogue.com)

So, what does all this mean for us fashionistas? Well, let me tell you in my run-down of the key trends that will make a splash this season…

This autumn/winter the gothic femme fatale makes a big impact. Channelled by Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Prada and Giles this look is all about drama. Giles’ collection featured slashed strapless gowns (in rich colours such as blue and green) all adding to the ill fated gothic heroine feel. ‘Tough love’ was a term he used to describe his collection. This trend is all about texture (think lace, leather, silky fabrics and as seen on the McQueen catwalk appliqué detailing) and volume (McQueen’s show featured a strong silhouette with fitted dresses that billowed out from the waist).

The staple and classic military trend makes a welcome return this season but it will have a much more regal feel. The military jacket of last year will prove a big hit but it has been updated with richer colours and embellishments. Take your cue from Alexander McQueen who featured strong colours such as royal blue and red with gold piping.  This year it can be dressed up with full, swishy skirts and dresses giving a nod to the princess theme which featured strongly on the catwalks. It can also be dressed down and given a less romantic feel with skinny trousers and heels á la Temperley London. As well as the classic military jacket the trend diversifies this season spawning military-esque dresses, waistcoats and skirt suits (see Temperley London for inspiration).

Another trend which came through in the major shows of fashion week was a relaxed 70s bohemian look. A clear homage to the success of the globe trotter trend of spring/summer. Channelled by Etro this trend is all about layering. Think brown leather and sheep skin coats over long flowing 70s-esque maxi dresses cinched in with a belt. Texture is also a key component of this look (feathers, fringing, leather and chiffon are all big news when teamed together). Luella also gave a nod to this look but in the usual quirky way. A little bit Pagan and a little bit Wednesday Adams. Luella’s show featured a strong palette of earthy colours such as orange, brown and green (which had a distinctly pagan feel, especially as some models completed the look with a witches hat!) Dolce and Gabanna, in an unusual yet highly successful departure from their signature look, also embraced the bohemian trend. The highlight of the collection included an effortless but oh-so-cool tartan shirt layered over a David Bowie t-shirt. You can be assured that Tartan and plaid will be everywhere this season! From coats to skirts.

 

For those of you who loved spring/summer’s penchant for all things art print fear not for Christian Lacroix updates it for autumn (so no need to say goodbye to your favourite paint splattered tee just yet!) However, it is given a much hipper edge. Voluminous ladylike cocktail dresses featured oil paint brush strokes.

 

Of course autumn/winter wouldn’t be the same without classic tailoring. And this is where Chanel always comes to the forefront. Karl Lagerfeld wanted to give Chanel a more ‘grown-up feel’ which was refreshing after a summer of Americana inspired stars and stripes. There was the trademark tweed tailoring but also edgy oversized knits teamed with sexy lace tights (which are going to be big, especially when teamed with full, swishy skirts and ankle boots.) Sheer blouses and high-waisted trousers were also a hit. Lagerfeld also embraced victoriana (which again will be big news this forthcoming season) with ruffle neck blouses and  vintage inspired dresses in nude, pastel green and royal blue.  And as Lagerfeld wanted, the basis is still very French, very chic.

And for those who have a more rebellious approach to fashion there is plenty to play around with. Offering a more tongue-in-cheek approach was Marc by Marc Jacobs, which is welcome after the darker, gothic collections of this season. If the collection were a person it would be the tear away daughter of a prim and proper wealthy family who own a country estate (Boy, will she rock the manor?) Think along the lines of punky dog tooth. Say goodbye to the traditional black and white and hello to mint-choc-chip green and shocking pink! Leather dresses, trapeze shapes and oversized jumpers worn a few sizes too big with black opaque tights all add to the defiant attitude. So feel free to shake it all up but just make sure whatever you do, you wear with attitude!

As well as Jacobs, Eley Kishimoto have also come up with a playful collection. Theatrical circus inspired ruffles and harlequin prints ensure you stand out. Rabbit print t-shirts and slouchy trousers also ensured this design duo are way out in front when it comes to fresh and eye catching fashion. And true to form directional high-street favourite TopShop are working some Eley Kishimoto inspired harlequin and ruffle collars into their new collection (source: Drapers Online).

Vivienne Westwood who made a welcome return to London Fashion Week after a ten-year abscence, previewed her Red Label, which embraces the rebellious side of fashion. And for those who want to mix fashion and politics she’s your woman! One model carried the banner ‘Fair trial my arse! Justice for Guantanamo Bay Prisoners.’ Westwood’s rebellious, creative and politically active streak comes through in the collection. Think tailoring with an edge. Slouchy trousers and punky dog tooth. Eccentrically English and totally Westwood. Wear with passion…vive la revolution!

In terms of coats the big news this year is the cocoon. The catwalks were awash with this shape, from Pringle to Viktor & Rolf. Sleeves are also important this season, with oversized being the order of the day.

In terms of key colours this season, metallics (such as olive green, bronze and gold) and rich, regal colours such as (royal blues, reds and forest greens) are bound to be a hit on the high-street. More sombre palettes are also central to this seasons main trends (blacks, browns, pastel colours and greys). Strong hues such as orange will also be pivotal to next season.

This season is theatrical and dramatic. It reminds me of a library in the sense there are so many genres and characters to choose. There is the gothic femme fatale, the fairytale princess, military heroine, the rock star, the bohemian, the revolutionary and the classic! The only problem is deciding who you want to be! And with a nod to the Viktor & Rolf show, this season our imaginations are given free reign, in this fashion fairytale, to ‘dream on’. And dream we shall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures courtesy of Vogue.com

With thanks to Drapers Online

Written by Gemma Douthwaite Ó

 

Coming Soon: Swimwear Special, The Edge of Love fashion feature, Footwear and accessories trends for Autumn/Winter and much, much more!

 

Global Adventure

“my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.”

Eugene V. Debs (American socialist, 1855-1926)-

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Photoshoot by Vogue (To see their feature buy the March issue out now!)

This year the runways came alive with a riot of rainbow colours, prints, feathers, frills, and chunky beads all with a heavy tribal accent.  Designers drew inspiration from exotic far flung destinations taking you on a ride from the African plains to the Far East. Etro and Hermes chanelled the look with their Spring/Summer ’08 collections. Shows were awash with saris, safari jackets, embroidery and ethnic scarves. This is one fashion adventure you won’t want to miss, so grab your passport and go global!

Get the Look for Less

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1. Brown dress by TopShop £30

2. Vest top by TopShop £38

3. Red and black dress by TopShop £60

4. Safari print dress by Dorothy Perkins £30

5. Global print top by Warehouse £40

6. Warehouse Spring/Summer 08 collection

7. Tiered skirt by TopShop £30

8. Tile print scarf by Warehouse £14

9. Warehouse Spring/Summer 08 collection

10. Embellished waistcoat by New Look £18

11. Bikini by Dorothy Perkins £16- top £8 and bottoms £8

12.  Scarf by Primark £5

13. Bangle by Next £10

14. Gladiator sandals by Office £40

15. Chunky beads by Next £8

 

Gemma DouthwaiteÓ

Pictures courtesy of PRShots.com and TopShop.com

Coming Soon: Bag Trends and Fashion Week round ups and Trend predictions, How to Wear sections and Much, Much More!

Will Lily make M&S Sales Bloom?

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              Lily Cole is the new face of M&S’ Limited Collection…

Stuck for ideas on where to look to update your wardrobe? I suggest you hot trot it down to M&S and check out their edgy new Limited Collection spring/summer range. They’ve recently got model of the moment Lily Cole on side in a bid to give their collection a fresher and younger appeal. Will it work? If this lot is anything to judge by I’d say a big yes. Still not convinced? Take a look at these instant summer wardrobe reviver’s…

         Tribal               Romantic             Nautical

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Tribal: Graphic print tribal dress £39.50, Black patent bag £29.50 and Gladiator sandals £25

Romantic: Chiffon floral dress £69, wooden necklace £15, ankle socks £3.50 and shoes £19.50

Nautical: Sailor dress £49.50, red patent belt £5 and red shoes £19.50

Sporty (from left) : Leather jacket £149, sequin graphic t-shirt £19.50, white jeans £35 and square toe pumps £19.50. 

Lime pleat dress £35, necklaces £9.50 each and Gladiator sandals £25

Lightweight parka £59.50, white vest £8, black leggings £9.50 and shoes £49

 Soft Tailoring: Emerald shirt £35, straight leg indigo jeans £35, clutch £9.50 and shoes £49.50

 Pictures thanks to Marks and Spencer (from instore leaflet which is available in shops now)

…And Coming Soon: Autumn/Winter ’08/09 style forecast

BAFTA Stars turn on the Glamour for a Sparkling Fashion Performance

Shining Stars…

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This year’s BAFTA awards saw more glamour than usual, with many big names turning up for the event. The crowd was most definately dressed to impress. It could have been down to the writer’s strike in America, which saw the Golden Globes scaled down to a one hour press conference, coupled with uncertainty over whether the Oscars would get the go-ahead (though it looks pretty certain now a deal seems to have been struck). Whatever the reason there were some gorgeous gowns. The order du jour seemed to be long and many opted for romantic Grecian-esque dresses. Keira Knightley wore a beautiful tiered Valentino dress which, along with Marion Cotillard’s Grecian inspired Chanel Haute Couture creation, stole the show. Sienna Miller also wowed crowds in a simple yet head-turning black floor sweeping dress by Dior, perfectly offset by her red lips and diamond earrings.

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Lust, Caution actress Wei Tang showed she has a great fashion eye by wearing new designer Jason Wu’s black on white floral dress. Jessica Biel went for understated elegance in a Dior gown and pulled it off perfectly. Eva Green, also in Dior, went for simple yet striking and got it so right. However, not everyone was fortunate enough to get it right…

Fallen Stars…

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Full marks for trying Tilda Swinton but something about this Dior creation doesn’t work. I’m all for people taking fashion risks but you should wear the clothes, not let them wear you, which is what happened in this case. And a legend you may be Julie Christie but I’m afraid it doesn’t let you off the hook. I’m not sure what possessed a usually well dressed Christie to opt for these trousers but all I know is they didn’t work.

 

Gemma Douthwaite

Pictures courtesy of Style.com (visit their site for more pictures and BAFTA news!)

To see a larger version of the image simply click.

 

 

The New VOLUME…

 Make a bold statement and pump up the volume in this season’s key shapes…

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(Images with thanks to Vogue.com and Elle magazine. To see Elle’s feature buy February edition out now!) 

This look is all about the cut and shape of the material. Keep everything else simple and let the clothes do the talking. This summer turn up the volume and wear it loud and wear it proud!

Get the Look for Less…

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1. Floral dress, short and sweet and not a million miles away in style from Balenciaga’s spring/summer ’08 dresses!

2. This monochrome skirt is a deadringer for the Dolce and Gabbana one pictured above

3. This Black bubble hem dress is simple yet striking which is the essence of the New Volume trend.

And the really good news?

…They’re all from Warehouse’s Spring/Summer collection! They’ve not yet hit the shops but keep your eyes peeled because they are almost guaranteed to fly off the rails!

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 4.  Full netted skirt £28 from ASOS.com

5. Gingham full skirt from Oasis (New Collection)

6. Cream skirt £28 from ASOS.com

7. This black dress is bang on trend and definately embraces Miu Miu’s take on the New Volume trend ( see above) and it’s only £115 from Coast.

 

Coming soon on FashionBeat:

More Trend Focus (including shoe trends) 

Put these dates in your Diary:

New York Fashion week- Feb 1st-8th

London Fashion Week- Feb 10th-15th

Milan Fashion week- Feb 16th-23rd

Paris Fashion Week- Feb 24th- March 2nd

With thanks to PRShots.com for images

Gemma Douthwaite Ó

Trend Focus: Romance

This year designers fell in love with sheer fabrics, soft pastels, ruffles and all things feminine. Fashion is definately having a romantic moment this summer…so go on, work this season’s prettiest look and create your own fairy tale (Knight in shining armour optional.)  

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Clothes (clockwise from left) by John Galliano, Dior (By John Galliano), TopShop (spring/summer ’08 show), Roberto Cavalli and Lanvin. Photos by Elle and Marie Claire. To see their full features buy the Febraury issues out now! 

Get the Look for Less…

The high street’s new spring/summer collections have a great take on this look and some gorgeous pieces, so go ahead and fall in love…

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  1. Dress by River Island £79.99

2. Debut Ombre Ruffle Dress by Debenhams £80

3. Peaches dress by Monsoon Fusion, £55

4. Blue ruffle dress £40, belt £8 by Dorothy Perkins

5. White dress £40, belt £8 by Dorothy Perkins

6. Pink chiffon and lace dress with flower by Monsoon Originals £160

7. Ring by Accessorize, £10

 

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Christmas is just around the corner and it’s officially party season…so slip into the slinkiest of dresses, turn up the wow factor and make an entrance

 monsoon_originals_aut1-2.jpgGo all old school Hollywood glamour in this shimmering dress, £150 Monsoon Originals  

79199__e13450-2.jpg Capture the spirit of the season in this sequin dress and be the belle of the office party, £79.99 River Island

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Have a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment in this timeless Audrey Hepburn-esque little black dress, £60 from Miss Selfridge

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Work this season’s block colour in this fuchsia dress from Monsoon Originals, £160

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This textured black dress in a fusion of silk and chiffon is right on trend and only £75 from Monsoon

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Pump up the volume in this metallic bow detail dress, £95  French Connection

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You don’t have to have a supermodel budget to turn heads next season. The high street has some great pieces and they’re in shops now (so go on be a trend setter!) Here’s my pick of this week’s best. So go on turn the street into a runway and work it, girl!

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Grey fine knit jumper £25

This spring is all about clean cuts and simplicity. This jumper from New Look encapsulates that. It’s simple yet eyecatching. Team it with stirrup tights or leggings and you’re good to go!

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This red dress is bang on trend. The hemline is short and it has a hint of volume which will be order of the day next season. Stop traffic in this catwalk-esque get up without the catwalk price. Grab yours from River Island for only £44.99 (available in stores now.) 

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This coming season is about effortless style. It’s about creating an eyecatching look without looking like you’ve tried to hard. This shirt worn open as a jacket is perfect. It will add instant cool factor to any outfit. Snap it up now for only £25 from New Look.  

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The ethereal look was also big on the catwalks of fashion week. John Galliano championed this look with fairytale textures and ruffles. This skirt not only encorporates romantic, feminine ruffles but is also in the colour of du jour, mocha. This colour was featured strongly throughout fashion week, such as on the Celine catwalk. Have a romantic moment and slip on this skirt, £35 from New Look.  

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You may have barely sorted out your winter wardrobe but in the fast moving world of fashion all the top designers have already paraded their spring/summer collections down the catwalks of the chicest cities in the world.

With Christmas fast approaching many of us will be focusing on investing in the perfect dresses for the office party but why not sit back and let me take you through the new season’s top trends? At least you will know what to buy in the January sales that will translate to next season!

Key colours for next season are romantic candy and pastel colours especially in green, pink, lilac and yellow. Muted tones are also a big hit with greys, dark blues, white, black and beiges featuring strongly in most shows. Mocha, sunset orange and cool blues are the muse of the forthcoming season. Shoes are all about statement. Gladiator style sandals make a comeback. Satchels and beaten brown leather bags will be big news especially teamed with the preppy college girl look. Jewellery should be striking. For inspiration think of exotic jewellery and Grecian style gold necklaces will also make an appearance.

The focus this spring/summer is definitely on simplicity. Celine featured beautifully cut statement dresses in orange and mocha and crisp tailoring. Next season it will be all about the cut. Aquascutum’s collection was awash with edgy statement pieces. Think of simple pieces you could put into a capsule wardrobe. Timeless pieces that exude effortless style. Think oversized shirts with a patent belt to cinch in the waist, ¾ length coats, blazers and classic white trousers. There is definitely a sporty twist to their collection and this will definitely be a trend that hits the high streets. Think simple sleeveless dresses in slinky jersey with a tulip hem. Try TopShop if you want to work this look. Their spring/summer collection embraced simple statement pieces with a sports luxe twist.

Another trend that will make an impact this spring is ethereal. Romantic dresses with ruffles in delicate fabrics such as chiffon and silk. This was best illustrated on John Galliano’s catwalk where it looked like a fairytale had come to life. Models wore pink dresses in chiffon adorned with sparkle, elegant coats with extra material to allow movement and floral maxi dresses. Fabrics were sheer, soft and feminine with metallic notes. Even the classic little black dress got a fairytale makeover with romantic ruffles and embellishments. Dior also captured the magic of this romantic look with embellished 20s style flapper dresses in pastel green.

Laid back, hippy-esque flair will also make a splash next season after making a notable appearance in many shows. D&G featured chiffon layered floral print maxi dresses and oversized t-shirts with embellishments that wouldn’t look out of place on the fields of Glastonbury.

Tailoring will also carry through but with a fresh edge. Dior featured pinstripe suits and waistcoats teamed with bowler hats. Blazers are a key item for spring and summer so hang onto yours if you have invested in one. Emporio Armani gave the blazer a glamorous twist by making it a longer length and more fitted so it could be worn as a statement dress. Designers definitely flirted with the preppy look. Luella even had their models in pig tails and glasses. D&G also gave a nod to the trend with jumpers with shirts worn underneath and brown leather bags. Think pleated skirts, blazers and cardigans.

 

 

 

 

   

Black is well and truly back and has been the muse of many a designer on this seasons catwalks. Designers such as Chanel, Christian Lacroix and Valentino embraced black with heavy embellishment, added texture such as lace, metallic notes, sequins and shimmer. Jewel box hues are big news this autumn/winter and offset the principal colour of black perfectly, Dior and Valentino adopted emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Other colours making a splash this season are burnt orange, hot pink, purple and cobalt.

Floor sweeping evening dresses in paint box colours made significant appearances on the catwalks of Dior and Valentino reminiscent of old school Hollywood glamour. Valentino added romance with ruffles, sheer and satin fabrics in bold colours such as scarlet.

There is a notable nod to the ‘lady of the manor’; Mid length skirt suits made a big impact in tweeds, Valentino used beige tweed for a fresh edge. At Chanel skirt suits were worn with tights, patent heels, cinched-in waists and accessorised with pearls and hair bands with bows. Equestrian style quilted country jackets were big especially in midnight blues, for an eye-catching twist look for soft, silky fabrics and layer over a dress for the evening.

Volume is carrying through and continues to be a hit this season with a decidedly romantic Victoriana feel. Blouses and shirts in textured or sheer black with ruffles and bow detailing were aplenty. For a fresh twist layer under a shift dress or work the tailored look and wear under a tweed waistcoat with high waisted trousers. Another way to work volume this season is in a chunky, oversized knit as seen on the catwalks of Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Vivienne Westwood.

Vintage also showed up on the catwalks. Valentino featured a floor length nude, lace evening dress, emanating 40s glamour. To work this trend think ruffles, bows and glamorous fabrics such as sheer chiffon, delicate lace and silky satin. Jewellery should be classic. Be inspired by jewellery from past eras such as striking brooches and antique-esque necklaces.

Military also worked its magic on the autumn/winter catwalks and featured in Aquascutum’s show. Coats with red and gold accents and embellishments are central to this trend and make a real style statement with minimal effort. Complete the look by wearing boots with buckles or laces. This look works extremely well with a simple polo neck (try a block colour to be right on trend) and trousers for everyday but equally with skinny jeans and a simple rock t-shirt for an edgy look. The versatility doesn’t end there, simply team with a little black dress underneath for going out.

Another trend not to go unnoticed is tailoring, which once again takes on an androgynous edge as seen at Alexander Wang and Celine. Think high waisted trousers, shirts and waistcoats, leather jackets and tweed bomber jackets. Wear with a beret and heels to keep it looking feminine.

As for accessories it is all about making an impact. In terms of shoes make an impression with patent notes, zips, buttons, studs and buckles. Ankle boots are key and work well teamed with a military coat. Hats are also big news and add allure to any look. As for bags embellishments staked their claim of the autumn/winter 2007 catwalks. Gold accents, jewels and luxe fabrics are order of the day. Think vintage bags you would find in antique shops. Structured patent bags are another big story, particularly in blacks, burgundies and purples. Following designers’ fondness for leather jackets (and even dresses) this season, expect it to be big in bag terms too.

Urban sports wear carries subtly through to this season (so don’t throw away your parkas just yet!) Isabel Marant had a lightweight sports style parka in her autumn/winter collection at Paris fashion week. Bring this look up to date by taking ideas from Chanel’s autumn/winter show and investing in a pair of ice skating inspired boots.

Don’t forget that if you love something it is okay to wear it! Fashion is imaginative, and style isn’t merely about imitating and following trends, its about interpreting and adapting them. Designers such as JC De Castelbajac have fun with their creations too, he ‘rocked the lady of the manor’ look quite literally. He gave the usually prim and proper look a rock chick edge. And as Balenciaga’s designers stated their collection was inspired partly by girls on campus finding themselves, go ahead and remember all the worlds a stage (or should that be catwalk!?) and this is no dress rehearsal. So go on girl, shake it up, put your best fashion foot forward and get creative!

Gemma Doutwaite Ó