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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.

     

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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!

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!

Trend Focus: The Art of Style

Go all artistic this summer in showstopping abstract and graphic prints…

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Clockwise from top: Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, dress by Chloé, dress by Dolce & Gabbana, dramatic red and black dress Dolce & Gabbana, abstract style top and skirt by Danielle Scutt and printed prom style dress by Gucci (styling and photographs by Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle. To see their full features buy February editions on sale now!)

Designers released their inner Picasso and treated their designs like canvases, creating modern day masterpieces. Go for all out show stopping drama in an art inspired print dress this season and all eyes will be on you…

Get The Look for Less

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1. Dress by Oasis (new spring collection)

2. Paint splashed T-shirt by TopShop £30

3. Dress by Coast £135

4. Graphic print dresses by Louise Goldin for TopShop, both £95

5.  Bag by Accessorize £40

6. Graphic print skirt by TopShop £32

7. Shoes by Dorothy Perkins £25

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Images by PRShots.com and TopShop

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Trend Focus: Preppy

This summer it’s time to go back to school for some serious style cred…

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 This spring/summer the catwalks were awash with cute blazers, full skirts, floral blouses, shirts and beaten leather satchels. Luella featured the preppy look strongly and even had fun by adding glasses and pig tails to their models. Take inspiration from the oh-so English Henley regatta and the girls of St.Trinian’s, and show you really are too cool for school…

Get the Look for Less…

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1.  Polo shirt by Jack Wills £29 (in sale)

2. Shirt £39 by Jack Wills (in sale)

3. Blazer £30 Dorothy Perkins

4. Satchel by Warehouse £20

5. Denim skirt £35 by TopShop

6. Cricket-style cardigan by New Look (new collection

7. Bag by Jack Wills £159 (in sale)

8. Scarf by Jack Wills £19 (in sale)

                                          9. Okay, they’re not strictly High Street, but they are a bargain! Shoes by     Marc Jacobs, £228 (in sale)  

 

 Gemma Douthwaite ©

Pictures courtesy of PRShots.com, Marc Jacobs (www.poshu.co.uk) Jack Wills and TopShop.

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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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 Gemma Douthwaite Ó