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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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!

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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!

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!

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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: 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…

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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

Gemma Douthwaite ©

Images by PRShots.com 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! 

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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

 

Images courtesy of PRshots.com.

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 Gemma Douthwaite Ó

 

 

 

Trend Focus: The New Bohemian

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Pictures/photo shoot by Vogue. Clothes by Balmain and Balenciaga. To see their feature ‘Spring Forward’ buy the February 2008 issue out now.

With Christmas finally over and the New Year in full swing its time to look at the key trends…    

Catwalks were awash with pretty florals, soft chiffons and quirky accessories. The New Bohemian incorporates all these elements for a look that’s effortlessly cool and eccentrically English. Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney all rocked this look down the Spring/Summer ’08 runways. But if, like me, your budget doesn’t stretch that far there are some great high street alternatives….

 GET THE LOOK FOR LESS…

Recreate the look with a sneak peek of some of the High Street’s Spring/Summer 2008 collections…. 

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Monsoon Fusion £45 (in store March)

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Get inspired with the New Look Spring/Summer 08 collection.

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River Island Spring/Summer ’08 have a great take on this look.

1. Jumper £34.99, Hat £9.99

2. Camisole £34.99

3. Vest £34.99, Shorts £50, Shoes £34.99

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 Gemma Douthwaite ã

With thanks to PRShots.com for the images