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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!

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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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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                        Sporty

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                       Soft Tailoring

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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

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

 

Images courtesy of PRshots.com.

To see a larger version of an image just click on it!

 

 

 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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With thanks to PRShots.com for the images

 

 

   

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