Archive for November, 2010

The talented Christopher Kane…

has produced the most stunning collection for Versus this season. I am in complete awe! The collection has a somewhat futuristic feel to it thanks to the stunning metallics and sharp silhouettes. I am completely in love with this collection although I will honestly admit that I hadn’t actually came across it until a month or so ago. It is now by far my favourite collection of the season. I am loving the metallic blue pleated skirt with an ever recognisable Chris Kane tee thrown in the mix. The collection is full of life and is very youthful and completely sets itself apart from the rest! STUNNING!

Adore this look too – she looks like cat woman! Gorgeous!

A simplistic yet highly captivating collection from Christopher Kane for Versus AW10

H x


HAPPY LANVIN DAY EVERYONE!

So did you all go crazy this morning and make some lovely Lanvin purchases? From what we could see in Glasgow, H & M was complete chaos! We had shoppers queuing from 5am this morning… might i add a very cold morning so there are definitely some hardcore fashionistas in our chilly little city!

The website also caused a bit of a stir today and was completely jammed with the amount of eager Lanvin shoppers visiting the online store in the masses!!

I was unfortunate and never managed to grab some Lanvin – gotta get in there fast ladies! Instead I had to totter past H & M and make my way up to my class at university whilst all the excitement was going on! Much to my disappointment all that was left in Glasgow was the pieces in the window from what I could see unless there were pieces cleverly hidden around the store!! SO gutted!

Although my lucky lucky friends managed to bag themselves some of the best things: a fantastic pillar box red lippy, black blazer with the most gorgeous buttons ever and a quirky little bag! Even the packaging that the things came in was enviable! Fingers crossed they will be expecting more in!

These were my favourite pieces from the collection which are all now available as part of the couture look on auction at http://www.lanvinforhm.com with all proceeds going to UNICEF so get bidding ladies and gents!

If you were lucky enough to get something – tell me what you got!! You lucky thing!

H x


Are you dressed/dressing to impress?

Alison Taylor did a fantastic article for the Telegraph on dressing for work, you can read the article here:
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG8119866/Dressed-to-impress.html

Toni Bonoj is totally about beautiful and fierce work wear for the modern woman. So you can understand my excitement at this topic. Question then is, do you dress to impress? Or you dress for comfort? In my opinion, they are not mutually exclusive qualities for your work wardrobe: you should be able to combine both.

When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you want to see? In my head, a beautiful me, a serious woman yet approachable and of course stylish!

However if you don’t dress to impress or at least make a statement, what do you dress for?

I’m curious to hear your opinions on this guys, so don’t be shy to leave your thoughts on this. Tell us what do you do for work? What is your formal style like? Where you shop and what do you (or want to) see when u stare into those bathroom mirrors at work(ladies be honest!)

Catch you soon
T
xxx


Valentino does Gap!

 No your eyes do not deceive you Valentino is really in Gap!! Rejoice my friends!! The gap gods have smiled on us once again. First gap launch their new trouser range on us, then they launch their latest collection of Pierre Hardy shoes and then to really set my heart beating they deliver us Valentino!

The Italian couture house Valentino is now available at high street prices from Gap in Milan and Rome. Evening Gowns it is not, however what we do find is seven easy to wear pieces that combine Gaps trademark designs with a feminine twist. The collection is not only ambitious and fearless but shows me that once again that the world of fashion is ever changing and has the ability to challenge the idea of what IS fashionable.

Gap for me is quintessentially American just as Valentino is notoriously Italian. This is why this collaboration is so enlightening as well as fascinating. Could we ever have imagined that we would have found what can only be described as one of Italy’s most prominent designers on our doorsteps? Hell no! I never expected to be able to find the like of Valentino in my local gap but yet here we are and I am so glad to be around for this defining moment in fashion.

The pieces are designed to appeal to a new generation of Valentino’s women. Valentino’s Maria Grazia explains that it is the combination of Gaps urban classics ‘ with Valentinos  couture universe to create pieces that could be worn with identity and flare’.

With gap you get all the comfort of easy to wear urban fabric while with the added frills and ruffles you get an added touch of femininity and glam that Valentino do so well

The reason I love this collection so much is that these looks from gap can work almost anywhere. You can be casual while also being feminine and glamorous. From the comfortably hoodie with a feminine ruffle finish to the statement parka from Gap and Valentino that can be worn from day to night a girl cannot go wrong.

It is a defining moment for the fashion industry and one that I intend to revel in delightfully. Get those bags ready girls!

Urban style combined with a feminine twist... love it!

As Always,

Anne x


Emma Watson and her new look…

What does everyone think of Emma Watson’s new image? She looks so much older now with her pixie crop and she’s been wearing some fantastic pieces to the HP premieres.. Just not quite convinced its very ‘her’.. do you agree?

 

oh I can’t make my mind up about her new look although I totally applaud the girl for having the courage to crop her gorgeous hair!! I could never be that brave! Also slightly jealous that she’s already been seen wearing two of Burberry SS11’s trenches! Green with envy!

IN OTHER NEWS… loving these topshop ankle boots – looovely!

H x


J.W. Anderson… Doing it for the men!

J.W. Anderson

 

Before I begin to talk about this remarkable young man I would like to apologise firstly for my absence. Being struck down by a virus for over a week left me with little or no energy. However I am now back from the dead yippee! Helped I may add massively by Mr Anderson’s exquisite creations which I have been gazing at enviously for some days now. If I could have one fraction of his talent I would be a happy Cailin!

Mr Anderson first came to my attention a few months ago and I have been following him avidly ever since. A lot of time is spent discussing women’s clothing that sometimes you forget that there are male designers out there that not only design women’s clothing but also men’s. J.W. Anderson does both. It also makes me proud to say that he is indeed an Irish Buachaill( Enough of the Irish words I hear you say!). With a lot of pessimism going around in my fair country at the moment it is nice to see someone doing well for themselves.

J.W. Anderson’s is now one of the most tantalising and intriguing men’s wear designers in the British fashion industry. His belief and signature is ‘‘things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man’’ Born in Northern Ireland in 1984, J.W. Anderson graduated from the London College of fashion with a degree in menswear subsequently setting up his own label.

Hand embroidered tassle heart t- shirt available at oki-ni

 Making his debut in London fashion week in 2007 with a menswear collection where he wowed the audience members with Jewellery made from real insects! Okay so that’s not really my thing but I admire his authenticity and sense of adventure. His collection in 2008 was mostly made up of a dark and melancholic Rasputin inspired pieces. However it was his eye for an eye collection in spring summer of 2009 that really captivated fashion revellers.

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J.W. Anderson has taken on the world of fashion in what I feel is a wholly altruistic and refreshing manner. Creating pieces that are out of the norm and helping change the way fashion and male clothing is worn. He has I feel reinterpreted the male form by utilising fabrics that designers before him perhaps could see no use for but which he as daringly chosen to do, making him hero de jour!

Anderson has now expanded into women’s wear which was launched in A/W 10 and where we see him yet again blurring the line between what is mans and what is women’s. Borrowing a bit from each. His use of dramatic aesthetics is compelling so much so at times I feel I am in a wholly different world than I really am.

His spring summer collection is titled ‘’ the devoured and I’’. The story of two people who are lost in self discovery and the consequences of this. What I love about Anderson’s work is that it does tell a story and you can truly see this in his work. Anderson also uses modern media to Democratise fashion by having a moving image to tell the story of his collection and then introducing the show itself where items shown are then immediately available for purchase. For Anderson this then removes the concept of elitism that is so prominent in fashion and is a way to sell directly.

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J.W Anderson collection is available in Liberty, oki-ni.com and Harrods to name a few. For me he is not only a fashion designer but an artist, a story-teller, and a trail blazer. I for one can see great things to come for this remarkable man. With an ever evolving collection pushing the lines of fashion the timid trail blazer inside me waits expectantly that only a number one fan can do.

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Hand embrodered Mizpah t- shirt.

Horn Mizpah broach from Oki- ni 100 pounds.

saint ring ever so popular.

 Let me know what you think of his work,

As always,

Anne x


I wish I was tall

so I could wear this fantastic maxi batwing dress from ASOS.com

absolutely love it! need to start eating my crusts.. or does that give me curly hair?! Sometimes being a teeny 5ft 3 is just no fun at all!

 

H x


We’re marching forward, looking backward, hunting for treasure again

There’s nothing that inspires me more (other than music) than looking at endless amounts amounts of pictures, in particular, old images.

I adore pictures from the 1960s because the women back then we’re simply stunning. They had amazing hair…make-up and not to mention the clothes! What I wouldn’t give to be a sixties siren like Bridget Bardot or the amazing singer songwriter Marianne Faithfull or the gorgeous model Pattie Boyd. I love their volumonous hair and startling cat eyes, its a look that can totally be revived and I would say that now more than ever, girls are coming back to that retro sixties look and I’m hoping I’m one of them!

Pattie Boyd

Bridget Bardot

Marianne Faithfull

What inspires you?

H x


B #2

Brighton. Bumped into him on a busy shopping afternoon. Stopped him because of his stand-out style (of course) not knowing who he was. I felt a mixture of embarrassment and excitement throughout our conversation. Stefan runs a fashion label: Orshel- Read. His work was shown at London Fashion Week. Curious and intrigued I searched for his name on the Internet. Talent! His garments are wearable and original at the same time. I tend to wear my own stuff, he says just like the trousers you see in the pics. He speaks with an incredible aplomb. Maybe a little pride in his deep, deep voice. Confident.  For having achieved his dreams? Who knows! I am left with the mystery. I feel like a total country bumpkin for not knowing him. Well, then! I think to myself with a little grin on my face, it means I have an eye for true design and good style…  I am impatient to get home for some more in-depth research.

Check his work in here


Growing a Fashion Label…Learnings

Hello beautiful people!

It’s been a little while but I’m back!

So much has happened since my last post; finally got sample 1 of my collection completed! Huge Yeah!!!

It’s a dress – that’s all I’m saying at the moment :). I love it and I’ve had really good feedback from those who’ve seen it – so encouraging. Now we need to complete the collection and start some serious marketing and hopefully sales.

So you know this blog is about my journey from the idea to your wardrobe right? I’ll let you in on a couple of my learnings in the recent weeks.

Reality over dreams

Surfboard on beach

Creating the sample creation can be quite a tedious process and that’s just sourcing the fabric and trimmings. I learnt the hard way with sample 1, found a fabric I loved for the design but then realised there wasnt enough of it for the sample; a blessing in disguise as the fabric couldn’t be sourced quickly enough for spontaneous orders. So whilst I’d oomed and arrhed at this particular fabric, there was no point going ahead with it knowing “Department Store S” on Bond street could require 100 pieces with a 6 week turn round and half of that time spent would be just waiting for fabric to arrive; that was a no-no! So it was off to source a similar fabric, asked for 300 mtrs within a week – if the fabric store is confident enough to get you that quantity, then you’re on the right path to finding a fabric you can be confident to use. And that my dear friends is what I did to find the fabric that made the cut for our sample 1. It is possible that I probably would have known this as part of a 3 year fashion design course but as we’re learning on the go, I take this as part of my lot :). Lesson learnt, so we move on!

Keep your Business Plan dynamic

Close-up of rolled up Indian banknotes on a chessboard with chess pieces Horizontal

In all my learnings whether in Marketing or as part of my degree, one thing I always heard was that the business plan is a moving document. I had not realised how true that statement was; I can definitely attest to it now.

I have a friend who’s launching her own business also and we serve as accountability partners to each other – the business we’re running now have developed compared to the ideas we started with. With more research comes more understanding of the product and the environment our businesses will operate in and it therefore makes absolute sense to be fluid enough to ensure that the business plan adjusts accordingly otherwise, our projects might never see the light of day or even last no longer than a season – no one wants that.

So any fashion entrepreneurs out there with similar experiences to mine or something I havent even mentioned that we could benefit from? Please share.

I’m off now and will come back before the end of the week with some fashion related (as opposed to business focused) post.

Be good and have a fruitful week ahead!

Much love

T


Emma Louise London

Absolutely loving the designs from Emma Louise London on the TellusFashion Website!! Really wish I could bag one of the items but they’re for showcase only at the moment ladies! Boo hoo!!

Love this jumpsuit and stripey dress!

 

 

check out more of her designs here: http://www.tellusfashion.com/user.aspx?id=253

H x


“I know exactly what I want and who I want to be”

Those are some strong lyrics from a very strong minded singer: Marina Diamondis. I think this girl wants to make a statement with not only her very catchy music which I love but also with her clothes so I am very excited to see what outfits she will be sharing with us all on Vogue.com and their “Today I’m Wearing” style blog…

The quirky singer is always making a statement with her clothes and I’m never quite sure if she’s in costume or if its just her general style but either way I admire her bold, personal style and I reckon her clothes give us an insight into her controversial personality which is already conveyed through her lyrics too.

I’m not always loving what she has on…

… but you have to admit, she’s pretty brave going out in the whacky outfits that she does!! She seems to like ‘the clash’ but she somehow pulls it off… although I think her sheer beauty and fantastic figure help her along the way!

loving the fringe jacket and black lipstick. Spotted a fringe jacket not so long ago in New Look for their limited collection and dying to get my hands on it!

yee haa! 😉

 

what do you guys think of Marina’s look? Individual? Cool? Quirky? or Attention seeking? Let me know your thoughts!!

 

H x


Love a little bling bling

I was never much of a Jewellery fanatic until I started working part-time for an emerging luxury jewellery company this summer: Folli Follie and since then I have came to appreciate jewellery oh so much and I’m loving a little bling a ling now!

Accessorizing has quite honestly never been my strong point but I’m starting to get a good grasp on how to wear jewellery in my own unique way. I think its such an important part to creating the image you want and to make your look complete.

Since working in Folli Follie I haven’t taken off my fantastic gold Olyteus watch. Its a classic piece that I know will last me for years to come. I love bulking up this already quite masculine watch with a mixture of different bangles, bracelets and cuffs to make it that little more edgier!

I’m quite tiny so I opted for the smaller version but they do have some great pieces in this collection, similar to what I have in a bigger variation…

I’ve been so inspired by a lot of fashion photography pictures on how I can style it up a little – its always good to get a nice basis on how to style something you’re not that confident with and it starts inspiring to put together your own looks. Below are some of my most favoured and inspiring looks from fashion blog Atlantic – Pacific – every piece she puts together is different and unique but the jewellery always sits beautifully together and really adds to her overall outfit like I was explaining

http://atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com/

Whats your thoughts on jewellery? Do you think its essential for your outfit?

H x


what a gorgeous little find…

My friend Louise and her boyfriend recently went on a trip to New York and came across these stunning vintage 50s prom dresses in an interiors shop!

They are full of sherbety lovelieness and stunning lacey detail. They were priced around $2500 and were a true vintage fashion find!

 

I think the green one at the top is my definate favourite – great find guys! What I wouldn’t give to have one of those dresses!

H x


B #1

On an exceptionally sunny afternoon during my visit in Brighton, I walk in that maze of the Laines. I try to make my way through the week-end crowd. A girl selling jackets behind a little stall grabs my attention. After few snaps I gave her a brief interview, recording it on my phone (somehow I managed to work out how to record sounds!!!) only to find out too late that the interview was never saved. Gutted! I can’t recall her name. I remember though her smile and how calm she was while chatting. She has travelled for a long time in Asia. Sha has recently come back to the UK. “I missed my people, that’s why I am here at the moment”. It’s like a breath of fresh air when she answer “I don’t know!” to my questions like WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO? WILL YOU TRAVEL AGAIN?  Finally somebody who doesn’t look intimidated by letting life surprise her with the next best thing. No pressure!!! Same applies to her style, free from conventional looks that doesn’t fall into a precise category. The colours, the materials she wears, the tosseld hair makes her look like she just jumped out from a Western Movie Poster. … she wears what she sells on her wee stall. You can find her in Kensington Place, in the crazy mayhem of shoppaholics.


The new Vogue App!

It is true what they say… there is an app for everything these day and guess what… I frickin love it!!The new Vogue app is just what the doctor ordered in these uncertain times!!At first I was a bit uncertain about the Vogue app but after downloading it I realise that it does not take away in any sense from the magazine itself.I still love the physicality of the magazine and the pure joyousness of flicking through each sublime page that makes vogue so special, but now you can have this while also feeling your are not just the reader but PART of  scene itself!!

With the App you get all the exquisite beauty and  fashion features  as normal aswell as interactive contents,Beauty tips, and behind the scene videos such as the one of  Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, lara Stone, and Karlie Kloss to name but a few for Vogue’s December Feature of Star Girls. What more can you ask for? Then to feel you are part of something special while adjusting your reading glasses! Technicolor life has truly embraced me now!

The december issue is the first issue that can be accessed in digital form and is a wonderful tribute to the last  94 fearless years of delicious Vogue!

Here is a little taster!!Enjoy!!

As always,

Anne x


My love affair with shoes…

What girl doesn’t love her shoes?! For as long as I can remember I have adored shoes.. From as young as two I was obsessed with high heels – I love the clicky noise they make as your walk, I love that they make little old me feel very very tall, I love that they can make any outfit feel that little bit more lovely, I love the way they make your legs seem oh so long and I love the variations that are on offer to us lucky ladies…

My mum and dad tell me that even as a little girl I would always find my way into a pair of heels – my mum couldn’t put a pair of shoes down without me going over to inspect the height of the heel, the point at the toes and before you knew it I was prancing around in them!

I have to admit that recently, I have been neglecting my lovely little shoes and been finding myself running around in any shoes I can find but I’m begining to miss the favourites  …

like the ones that make me feel tall..

or the ones I sometimes like to wear with pretty socks..


and I feel the time has come to find myself a new pair to parade around in – here are some of my dream shoes for the season

These floral Mary Janes from Office are adorable, I don’t think I could resist pairing them with a little pair of ankle socks

Topshop’s take on last seasons Miu Miu’s possibly? Another lovely little pair of Mary Jane’s with some white patent leather thrown in the mix..

Stunning ankle boots from Topshop – had my eyes on these lovelies for a wee while now. Maybe if I keep wishing hard enough they will appear at the door for me one morning

Those who know me well know that I’m a sucker for Victorian styled fashion – especially shoes so these little ankle booties are right up my street with a quirky Victorian edge from Aldo

As seen in my post yesterday – luscious Lanvin shoes!

A girl can dream – YSL Palais Mohawk Suede Heels. So fierce!

 

 

H x


Lanvin Collection

Loving the Lanvin for H & M look for the ladies but I think the guys collection looks just as good don’t you think? LOVE the bow tie!! The collection is a good mixture of casual and dressy and there are plenty of looks to keep the collection diverse. And the those shoes boys.. WOW! Love it!        

H & M and Alber Elbaz ( Artistic Director of Lanvin) state in their press release that “Designer’s work is usually tailored to a very small group of people, but the collection for H&M was about trying to translate the dream of luxury to the masses. It was almost like going back to school for me.”

The 23rd of November could not come fast enough – I will be eagerly queuing up first thing to catch the first glimpse of the collaboration – could this be the best collaboration to date? I think so!

Artwork by Alber Elbaz and Lookbook Photographed by Stéphane Gallois

H x


Holly Fulton’s Look for asos.com

Exciting news for us British Fashionistas – up and coming British designer Holly Fulton is launching her own range on ASOS.com! The quirky designer has put together exclusive designs (seen below) for the online retailer. The pieces are pretty bold but those skirts are stunning with the intricate beading and embellishment.

I’m not usually a big fan of bold prints but I absolutely love those leggings! Definately considering them!

The collection is available now – woo!

 

H x


Street Style ~ Hong Kong / Keiko

Name: Keiko

Age: 25

Occupation: Shoes Designer

Favourite Place to Shop: Tsim Sha Tsui and H&M

I met Keiko on the streets of Causeway Bay as she was out shopping. She mostly enjoys shopping at second-hand shops. As previously expressing how the trend in Hong Kong at the moment is to be dressed in black, I felt Keiko stood out with her pastel coloured clothes, subtly matching her jumper dress with her socks. I love her white tights, which looked great against the black and light blues.


New look launch largest store in europe in good ole dublin!

 

 

 

Excitement!The Brand new super sized New look store in Dublin’s very own Jervis centre  launches tomorrow! There is over a 1000 new look stores world-wide and this one will be the largest one in the chain… phew!!Thats a whole lot of shopping!!

New look is a multinational UK retailer which arrived in Dublin in 2003. With a turnover of 1.2 billion annually, it seems us Irish guys and gals have a soft spot for the retailer who provide luxurious clothes at plain lovely prices! The only thing that gets my goat is that Taylor Momsen whatser face from gossip girl is the face of their campaign… really? Whyyyy?!!! That girl just pops up everywhere, regularly looking like she’s been dragged through a bush backwards after a night on the tiles!Do you really want that as the face of your campaign? Anyhow I’m just a simple girl with a simple opinion but I think New look are worth far more than that!

Here are some promising pieces I hope to see when I elbow my way through the crowds at the opening!Enjoy!

Ladder stitch tunic for those cold nights to come!

 

Ruby Corsage dress.. for that work christmas party!

 

For the fashion conscience man in your life!

 

For that little person in your life!

 

For lil ole meeee!!

 

As Always,

Anne x


Street Style ~ Hong Kong / Suki

As shopping seems to be at ALL hours in Hong Kong, I strolled around Causeway Bay after work and it’s still as busy as ever in comparison to the day. I found Suki as she was out shopping by herself..

Name: Suki

Age: 21

Favourite Place to Shop: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

As said previously, black seems to be a mass trend in HK. The overall appearance seems very sophisicated and slightly has a gothic feel with the dark red lipstick and dark makeup. I loved how her gold watch matched her bag and studded belt. Her platform shoes were amazing! And although around 4/5 inches high, she seemed to walk in them too easily….jealous.


WAH nails: Fashion on your fingertips!

WAH NAILS.. what a collection!!

I’ve Gone Gaga about WAH nails!For all you girls out there who want to be fabulous from head to toe, please do not forget your fingertips! WAH nails is the brain child of Cult east london salon. WAH nails can bring  fashion to your fingertips in the most tantalising and mesmerizing way. So much so that when my friend showed me her nails I was so absorbed in them that I spilt my tea onto the very nails themselves… well done Anne!Still her fingertips lived another fashionable day!

The best bit about WAH  nails is that it is something you have fun with and make your own!Showing the world that not only can you dress daringly but dammit you’re not going to let it stop there!Not only do you get a great manicure but you can also choose your own style. From exquisite sprinkles to numerous eye-catching pots of pearls, apples, fashion designs and logos and even leopard print to name a few. Also if you feel in a sparkly mood why not go for a blingtastic swarovski manicure for £150.

WAH nails was started by Arena Homme and stylist Sharmadean Reid. Created they say ‘due their love of graphic nail art and an inability to get truly fashionable nails at a local nail salon’. Arena describes her london base as where ‘ creative women can meet like-minded friends while having their nails made as cool as they are’. Wah nails is now available in Harvey Nicholas in Dundrum town centre Dublin and london.

Fret not those short of time and money and who desire nothing better than to wow your friends with your nails, as Isadora has the answer. Graffiti nails is set to make its mark with salon results! All that is needed is a base of Isadora wondernail in any colour  to be applied first. Then apply  one coat of Isadora graffiti nail top in one stroke. After 30 seconds the graffiti pattern appears! This may not have the WAH  factor but is easy accessible and will certainly give your nails the wow factor!I dont know about you guys but my nails are itching to get a bit of excitement and with Wah nails the world is just a fearless brush stroke  away! Out I go!

WAH nail art!

WAH... love it!

As always,

Anne x


Kelsey

She is 21 years old  and she comes from Leeds. She usually shops in Princes Street: Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Zara are her choice as well as the many vintage stores you would find in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. She has been in the Scottish capital for four years now, as a student. She really really likes it because of its cosmopolitan atmosphere and all the different cultures’ influences. She got her cute bag from Morocco (as in the country :P) and her shoes in Office and her coat in Zara.