Colour

Who else could merge colour and tradition in such a seamless, elegant way?  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino of course!  Without fail these two deliver season after pre season after season.  To be a Valentino girl would be a dream….

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Valentino Pre SS15

 

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Pre SS15

The recent coming together of Jeremy Scott and Moschino is proving to be one of the most exciting partnerships in years.  After showing his recent SS15 pre collection, Scott has secured his head of design role at the brand and really shown everyone what he can do!  By staying true to himself and his kitsch aesthetic, whilst also keeping the essence of Moschino in mind, Scott has produced another killer pre collection.  Capturing the current love of the 90’s as well as the street vibe championed by fashion darlings from Cara to Kristen, this collection is a certain sell out – perhaps minus the Miley Cyrus string vest two piece and a few of the random neckerchief numbers!  This pre AW is a time to have fun with fashion – top of my wish list?  The mini Moschino IPhone case of course!!

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Moschino Pre SS15 Look 3 and Look 1

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Moschino Pre SS15 Look 4, 6 and 42

Cannes 2014

The Cannes Film Festival, possibly the most glamourous week on earth?  The biggest stars, from Leonardo Dicaprio, Brangelina and our very own Cheryl Coal; flock to the gorgeous south of France to celebrate the who’s who of the film industry.  After the hideous outfit dissapointment of The Met Ball this year, we all needed some proper glamour to restore our faith in the Hollywood!  It seems one individual can do that all on her own….of course I am talking about Blake Lively! Who else?  She is every bit the Hollywood Glamazon and consistently looks unreal on the red carpet, hair, make-up, the whole ‘look’ is spot on!  An accessory named Ryan Reynolds doesn’t do her much harm either……

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Stunning in a deep red Gucci Premiere gown with high thigh slit

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Old School Hollywood Glamour, again courtesy of Gucci Premiere

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Cute in Giambattista Valli Couture and flirty in Chanel SS14 Couture

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Ever changing hair and make-up keep Blake’s look fresh

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The most wanted accessory of the season – Ryan Reynolds also in Gucci….!!

 

Comfortably Couture

I can’t think of a past moment in time where the lines between fashion and functionality were so blurred.  I didn’t think it got more practical than Ashish’s SS14 take on the plastic bag, a Marks and Spencer plastic carrier bag to be precise;  apparently I was wrong.  Step forward (in a very comfortable trainer) please Chanel – who else could send all 64 Spring 2014 Couture looks down the Couture catwalk in trainers?!  It wasn’t just trainers either, there were bum-bags, knee pads and one of my favourite accessories of the last few years, the rucksack; all with a couture esk make over, Amazing!  SS14 here we come in our sensible and extremely comfy trainers with our Birkinstock’s reserved for the sun, our knee length skirts barley showing our knees and a cheeky boiler suit for nights out.  Practicality here we come and we look good…

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Ashish SS14 Look 3 and Look 28

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Chanel Couture Look 7, 18, 27 and 53

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Chanel Couture Spring 2014 Close Up

In Vogue and In Love – Skateboarding

Recently I have developed a new found love for Skateboarding! Random and definitely something I should have been into circa 2002 age 14, but for some reason Skateboarding mesmerises me; I am totally baffled by that sort of one legged coordination!  It maybe also has something to do with the fact that skateboarding is totally in vogue and has been for the past few seasons. Jayne Min of top blog STOP IT RIGHT NOW lead the revolution after deciding to experiment merging fashion and skateboarding.  Min decided to apply the iconic Celine SS12 print to the underneath of a limited number of boards (See images) – the effect was amazing and several other designer collaborations followed including Alexander Wang, DVF and Tory Burch to name a few.  As the trend has filtered down from the runway and onto the streets; Beanies, drop crotch jeans, vans, retro sports gear, amongst other items have become everyday pieces.  The various shoots inspired by ‘boarding’ make me wish I was a cool Californian girl, skateboarding along the pier in the summer sun on my Celine skateboard – If I tried now, I’d look like an idiot but hey, at least I’d be a stylish one!

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Jayne Mire with her Celine printed boards taken from blog ‘STOP IT RIGHT NOW’

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Céline SS11 Campaign Daria Werbowy Shot By Juergen Teller

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Céline SS11 Campaign Daria Werbowy Shot By Juergen Teller

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Derek Lam Designed Skateboard

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Vogue Netherland Shoot, Shot By Anne-Marie Van Dijk

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Vogue Netherland Shoot, Shot By Anne-Marie Van Dijk

Solange’s Summer

There is one artist I cannot wait to see hanging around the festivals this year and that is (in my opinion) a lady that defines ‘cool’; one of the most unique and stylish figures of recent years….Solange Knowles!  Not only is her Tune ‘Loosing You’ one my favourite songs and videos Ever but her style is literally to die for.  Most recently she rocked Field Day Festival in a monochrome trouser suit that most would find impossible to pull off.  In fact her colourful, pattern heavy, clashing outfits would look too try hard on anyone else, but she is just too cool and always looks effortlessly chic!!  Check out her blog MyDamnBlog, one look at the images of her friends hanging out, her band chilling and most importantly her wardrobe and you just want to be in her gang!!  Maybe, if I donned an AW12 Prada trouser suit she would let me join in….please?!

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Solange and Dev Hynes taken from 'mydamnblog'

Solange and Dev Hynes taken from ‘mydamnblog’

Street Style

Spotted for Glamour Magazine’s weekly Street Style!  Wearing Topshop Trousers, Smerican Apparel Shirt, Zara Jumper, Office SHoes, Bimba and Lola Bag and Burberry Mac.  Only wish I had smiled…..

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Street Style of Me! By Suzanne Middlemass for GLAMOUR UK

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Street Style of Me! By Suzanne Middlemass for GLAMOUR UK

Basso&Brooke Love

Summer is finally here and what better way to celebrate than reaching for your SS13 prints!!  Basso&Brooke are leaders in this field and this season their genius is expressed in the form of the baseball cap!  From colourful florals to hand drawn sketching, these prints are on another level; never have I lusted after a cap….until now!!

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(LtoR): ‘New Floral’; ‘Ghost Garden’; ‘The Joy of The Rabbit’; ‘War and Peace’; ‘Kitsune’ and ‘Not Wool’ All By Basso&Brooke, available to buy here NOW!!