Sunday, 16 August 2015

Brand Focus: Yves Saint Laurent - "Style is Eternal"

Created in 1966, Le Smoking Suit revolutionised the fashion industry introducing power suits and androgynous, minimalistic styles for women. Fast forward to 2015 and the iconic design continues to influence the industry and has become a staple style for every season. Yves Saint Laurent's design was not just a fashion trend but a timeless style that continues to live on through every season. 

"Fashion fades, style is eternal" - Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking Suit, 1966

The vision created through Yves Saint Laurent's designs has had a significant impact on the fashion industry and as the 50 year anniversary of Le Smoking Suit approaches, it is only fitting that the designer's work is exhibited. The Bowes Museum and the Foundation Pierre Berge have collaborated to showcase 50 of Yves Saint Laurent's most iconic pieces in an exhibition titled "Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal". 

To celebrate the exhibition, online luxury retailer Farfetch have asked a number of bloggers to create timeless looks which incorporate the iconic Le Smoking Jacket. Jumping at the challenge, I have created 4 key looks which provide instant style every season, no matter the fashion trends. 

Take a peak at my looks below and let me know how you would style Le Smoking Jacket to create a timeless look for every season. 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Trend: Food Fashion

High-fashion and fast-food are not often found within the same sentence, however Moschino's fall 2015 combined the two and the result is a trend which lives on a season later. Food fashion celebrates those predominantly unhealthy treats in a quirky and fun way. 

 Moschino Fall 2014

So what is food fashion? Quite literally the trend involves food printed on fashionable pieces to create a quirky and fun look. Luckily the trend has moved away from Moschino's fashionable fast-food uniform and onto more obvious food prints. From the subtle printed socks to the statement food packaging printed dresses, the trend is one that allows personal styling to create the look. 

Lazy Oaf, Spring/Summer 2015

Key prints are of the unhealthy kind including burgers, fries, ice creams and the vintage inspired popcorn prints. Prints often have a vintage inspired touch creating a retro American style. 

The trend is one you can't take too seriously and one you have no excuse to delve into. From the bold to the subtle everyone can wear their lunch on their sleeve! 

Check out my top 5 picks below and let me know if you will be embracing the food fashion revolution!

Anya Hindmarch Fall 2014

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

In the News: H&M X Balmain

From fashion disasters to embarrassing interviews, the red carpet of any a-list event is full of gossip. Sunday's Billboard Awards provided more than a fashion fail and Taylor's Bad Blood, as H&M's annual designer collaboration was revealed. 

With a little help from two supermodels, Balmain's Creative Director Oliver Rousteing took to the red carpet to not only announce the collaboration but to showcase the first pieces from the collection. Whilst Kendall Jenner modelled a gorgeous embroidery detailed statement jacket, Jourdan Dunn exhibited regal influences with a gold, navy and red satin outfit. 

Jourdan Dunn, Oliver Rousteing & Kendall Jenner

Speaking about the collaboration, Rousteing commented "I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fuelled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it"

H&M's Balmain collaboration will be their 19th high-fashion collection. From Karl Lagerfeld to Versace, the brand has attracted many of the world's top high-fashion houses and each collection has proved a sell-out within hours. 

Launching 5th November, H&M X Balmain features both men's and women's clothing and is set to released within 250 stores and online. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Brand: Miss Patina

Vintage shopping can be like finding a needle in a haystack. From locating the right piece to finding garments in the correct size, it can almost feel like pot luck in finding the perfect vintage pieces. Recognising this, a number of brands have cropped up with ranges designed on vintage styles and patterns. The beauty of the new vintage clothing is that they are far easier to get hold of and use modern day sizing, making it easier to find a style you like and a size that fits right. 

Miss Patina is a brand I stumbled upon whilst browsing in Topshop's Oxford Street flagship. Founded by London College of Fashion graduates, Miss Patina combines vintage and contemporary to provide a niche collection of quirky pieces. 

A favourite of singer Taylor Swift, Miss Patina has a 50s lady feel to its pieces with quirky prints and styles as standard. The beauty of their pieces are how easy they are to style, allowing you to create a vintage look or mixing the pieces up to add an edge to a more contemporary outfit. 

Pieces from Miss Patina are prices within the upper end of the high street, with prices slightly higher than Topshop's main range. However, the brand offers stand-out pieces which more than warrant the price tag charged. 

Miss Patina is available in a handful of Topshop UK stores and online offering worldwide delivery. 

Check out the brands lookbook below and my top 5 picks!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Accessories Focus: The Mini Box Bag

When it comes to handbag trends there is only one style for me, supersize. From backpacks to oversize shoulder bags, no matter how little I have to carry an oversize style is a necessity. However, this season is challenging my usually excessively big tastes with the rise of the simple and miniature box clutch.

The box clutch is small in size, framed in nature and often accompanied with chain strap. The style is simple and adds an interesting pop to an outfit, even if the bag is a plain colour. 

As the box clutch cements itself as a key bag trend this season, the styles available vary from the plain to the quirky - allowing for the perfect statement no matter the outfit. 

There is no right or wrong way to style the box clutch. Perfect for both the day and evening, as long as you can fit everything in then you're good to go!

Check out my top 5 picks below and let me know if you will be embracing the mini box bag trend!