Archive for June, 2011

Festival Forever

Glastonbury has ended. The stages are being taken down. The last of the mud just washed out of your hair. Cringey tagged photos on Facebook and a scruffy wristband to mark the occasion will be a reminder of an amazing weekend. But what about something more special? More keepsake?

Hairy Growler has had residence at Glastonbury festival for enough years to make them a firm favourite with the festival goers. With their stall pitched up in the Green Fields, the intricate quirky pieces encapsulate the whole ethos of the prestigious festival – magical reality. Well, where else would you be covered head to toe in mud watching Beyonce booty-shaking right in front of you?

Image Courtesy of www.hairygrowler.co.uk Image Courtesy of www.hairygrowler.co.uk

Enchanted scenes delicately cut out of pre 1919 coins to old sterling forks being bent and twisted to create a one of a kind bracelet, Hairy Growler prides itself on making all their jewellery out of 100% raw recycled materials. The company, set up in 1999 and originally based in Cambridge, takes old disregarded metals and transforms them into something truly unique, and most of all, completely wearable. The whole make-do-and-mend theme is relevant to the current economic climate, but these pieces don’t emulate that – they give off a sense of enchantment, wonderment and fairytale. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings – no fork is too big or scene too small to mould, carve and create something out of for Hairy Growler. With past collections such as Star Crossed, The Woodlands, Freedom Fighter and Cheeky Lil’ Fairies, It’s no wonder the jewellery emporium is popular at Glastonbury. Infact, now even more than ever, since they made a one off piece for Glastonbury 2011; the Decision Maker necklace pendant. The circular pendent is embossed with the names of different areas of the festival with a fully functioning spinning arrow placed on top to send you on your wildest journeys through the festival.

In wonderment? Enter the mystical world of Hairy Growler by visiting the website here (the strap line being “Enter a world where pennies become pendants and cutlery becomes couture.”) where you can buy online, find out information about other events they will be at and see the whole process of making these one off pieces through images – TellusFashion loves it.

 


Dare to bare…

Ladies, it’s time to tone up those tummies because the crop top trend is here to stay. Featured in the Spring/ Summer ’11 collections by Haakan, Chanel and Rachel Comey, the designers made the look their own in very different ways; Haakan in tough long-sleeved leather, Chanel with sheer panels and minimalist monochrome for Rachel Comey. So you better start those sit-ups girls if you want to be in with the fashion ‘it’ crowd this summer…

 

 

 

All images courtesy of Style.com

 

The A- listers have also been putting their very own style stamp on the trend, with some going all out and  flashing the flesh, whilst others keep it subtle.

 

 

Ever the body confident Rihanna dared to bare both her midriff and perfect pins at the launch of her perfume waaay back in February. She paired the look with elongating nude platforms-see the never-ending legs are probably just an illusion, bet she’s got stumps like the rest of us…

 

On any normal person I’m sure this get-up would look frankly, well ridiculous, but on Daisy Lowe, it just works. It maybe the Versace credentials that makes this Aztec Print crop top and colourful high-waisted skirt combo look great, it maybe Daisy’s quirky style that pulls it off but it’s probably just the fact that she’s a gorgeous model.

 

All image courtesy of Stylebistro.com

Kelly Rowland flaunts her fab abs at the X Factor auditions in this colour pop crop top by Twenty8Twelve, and who can blame her with the hours she must have put in at the gym for a tummy as toned as that!

 

For us mere mortals that may not be as body confident as some of our favourite celebs, a great way to get the look and still keep covered up is by teaming your crop top with a high-waisted knee-length skirt like Daisy’s or trousers. Why not head over to Tellusfashion and check out this Baby Pink Crop Top. Don’t let the cute name fool you, this sexy leather crop top is anything but rainbows and butterflies. Designed by Flik Hall, her work “embodies contemporary luxury, synonymous with edgy restraint” by combining interesting and contrasting fabrics – check her out today!

 


Wimbledon ace’s fashion; you cannot be serious?!

What has everyone talking at this year’s Wimbledon; could it be the rain? Strawberries and cream? Cliff Richard singing in the terraces?  No, it is the fashion, and not the outfits you see the celebs wearing as they swan in to the Royal Box, but the players themselves.

Back in the 19th century female tennis players would wear full on gowns, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Jane Austen drama. But now many sporting events have gotten sassy, and the tennis court transforms in to a catwalk for many players; including the men.

Tennis aces such as Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, are often seen off court draped in the latest designer collections. But, as Venus Williams showcased last week with her infamous ‘onesie’ playsuit, which actually comes from her own clothing line ‘EleVen’; anything goes and every Wimbledon starlet wants to win the fashion war, game set and match.

Stacey Allaster, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, says “Each Grand Slam has become a fashion moment. What will Roger wear year? Or what dress will Serena wear for a match at the US Open?”

But off the court I must give a fashion forward nod to Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge looks all white to us, with her three tiered Temperley Moraiah dress, coming in at £795. However I found this gorgeous pleated dress on Asos.com for only £60, which serves up an alternative look for fans of Kate.

                     

While these fashion forward tennistas are busy serving up some serious style, you could cause a racket of your own without mimicking the William’s sister’s bank balance.

These items take me from ace to deuce in a matter of minutes; watch out Williams, stand back Sharapova and move over Murray, there’s only room for one centre court star you know!

 Cushe Visor £16.99- www.surfdome.com           

Purple dress £45 www.ripcurl.com         

 

White Fold up Plimsols £   www.redfootshoes.com    

And of course, Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon with good ol’ fashioned strawberries. But rather than popping them in your mouth, how about popping them on your body instead; and premium French label ‘Pull In’ has pipped everyone to the post with their juicy range of underwear and flip flops. Go on and treat yourself; Wimbledon is only once a year after all…

Strawberry flip flops £16 www.pull-in.com                                            Strawberry bikini (top and bottom together) £56 www.pull-in.com


Fashion weekly news

Sorry for the late update but here’s a run down of this weeks fashion events

The 125th annual Wimbledon tournament kicked off the week, and had the fashion world buzzing, taking note of the female tennis stars who were dressed to the nines at the Women’s Tennis Association pre-competition gala at The Roof Gardens in Kensington which also had British the Council of Fashion Designers in attendance.

Caroline WozniackiStella McCartney

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Serena WilliamsBurberry

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

I’m sorry Serena. I love you, but this whole look makes you look like a drag queen. The dress does hug in all the right places, but the make-up is all wrong. Better luck next time.

Ana IvanovicMatthew Williamson

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Jelena JankovicVivienne Westwood

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Heather WatsonMulberry

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Laura RobsonTemperley

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Andrea PetkovicRichard Nicoll

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaDavid Koma
British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Maria SharpovaAlexander McQueen

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

Love this look the most out of all the ladies! She looks radiant and effortless as if she just threw it on.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands Alex Noble

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

When you first see this outfit all you think is “someones got an unhealthy obsession with tennis”, but when you find out it’s a Alex Nobel designer to lady Gaga this outfit begins to all make sense.


A whiter shade of pale…

The fashion runways were awash with more white than a Daz advert this spring/summer season. Featured on the catwalk of Christian Cota, Haakan and Gianfranco Ferré the models stunned in the clean, crisp look that turned even the darkest angels into erethral, whiter than white goddesses…

All images courtesy of Style.com

Wanting to get a piece of the fashion action, the celebs soon followed suit and white washed their own looks. Here’s a round-up of the best dressed women in white:

Before Cheryl Cole went into the hiding after the whole X Factor palava, she was spotted looking sensational in this white Stephane Rolland number at Cannes this year. The plunging neckline, gold accessories and sleek hair all amounted to a very sophisticated and sexy look.

Kim Kardashian simply oozes glamour in this halter Lanvin dress. The Grecian style and cinched in waist emphasise Kim’s fabulous curves and the flowing romantic look of the dress makes a refreshing change from her beloved body-con!

As always, Rihanna puts her own edgy twist on the latest trends, this time choosing to work her white look in androgynous chic. She keeps her Max Azria suit sexy with a daring neckline, feminine make-up and gorgeously tousled hair.

All images courtesy of Stylebistro.com

 

Want to get your own clean-cut look for less? Then head over to Tellusfashion where you can work it in white with the help from our fantastic up and coming designers. This amazing White Fringe Dress with its deep V-neck, Swarovski studded and “free-flowing elegance” encapsulates the current white trend perfectly; romantic and soft with a glamorous edge. Designed by Ekaterina Kukhareva, she takes her inspiration from various queens of different eras and aims to create; “timeless and high quality pieces with the emphasis on the beauty of the female body and the elegance and sexiness of the collection wearer.”

Inspired by the way Cheryl Cole mixed white and gold? Then check out this White Fantasia dress deigned by JZ COUTURE; pure white silk with gold embroidery, the design philosophy of taking inspiration and then contrasting Western silhouettes and Eastern crafts is evident within the collection as they create dresses that are, “an ode to contemporary glamour and boast a bohemian touch.”

 

 


The Next H & M Collaboration

Its that time again ladies… get your camping gear ready for waiting outside H & M for the next big collaboration at the High-Street chain!

It was announced this morning that H & M will be joining forces with Italian Fashion House Versace! How exciting! TellusFashion have already heard little rumours about what will be expected from the collection including studded leather, colourful prints and some eccentric costume jewellery. We cannot wait to see what the final collection will be like after the astounding success the brand had with Alber Elbaz and Lanvin last time round!

It sounds as though the Italian brand is really wanting to keep in tune with next seasons trends so I can imagine this collection will be like gold-dust the minute it hits the shop floor this November! Don’t worry if you don’t get your hands on some first time round though, theres set to be a pre-spring collection launched in January 2012 too!

Check out this video released from H & M about the collection below

 

 

Heather

 

Heather

 


Queen of the Bikinis

If you are anything like me, then the mere mention of the word ‘bikini’ sends a cold shudder down your spine and is enough to have you praying for those Winter months to come on round. But having caught sight of Mrs Rooney on her 100th holiday of 2011 in Barbados; parading her womanly figure around in a stunning array of beachwear, I decided to turn the other cheek and make it my mission to pack as many itsy witsy bikini’s, cool kaftans, flippin’ fabulous flip flops and sassy swim suits in to my suitcase; I won’t be satisfied unless I have to climb on it to close it.

    

But anyone can swagger in to the High Street and pick up a  copy cat look from a celeb…

Forget French Connection, and regret to inform River Island that you will be looking for something a little more individual to display your womanly goodness in this Summer. So step forward up and coming designers Anna Paola, with her ‘Paolita’ collection, and Louise Sandberg, displaying her stunning range of kaftans inspired by St Tropez and St Barths; for ultimate pool side glamour.

Paolita by Anna Paola

Anna launched her collection in May 2010, and has showcased her talent at London Fashion Week’s boudoir show, as well as having Hussein Chalayan and the late Alexander McQueen as former employers. It is her aim to make all women feel comfy and sexy on the beach; a place most feel awkward and exposed. Anna says “In my eyes, the world is vibrant and animated by ‘characters’ and ‘fantasy.’ Clothing is the costume in which we choose to act-out our part.” With their quirky yet practical designs, there’s in need to impersonate your favourite celebrity; start setting a trend of your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Sandberg

Louise is an up and coming designer of beachwear and kaftans. She has a stunning pop up showroom in Battersea, which assists customers with any Summer wardrobe problems, via an appointment only system. There are only small quantities of each design; meaning you can look fabulous and give Lady GaGa a run for her money in the orginality stakes.

Log on to www.louisesandberg.com to book your personalised experience and meet the lovely lady herself!

See you on the beach fashionistas; I’ll be the one shaking the sand from my bikini bottoms, but looking  fahbulous while doing it. Remember, anything Mrs Rooney can do, we can do better!