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!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Trend: 70s

Every fashion season has a key decade which drives the styles and trends and this season it is the reign of the 1970s. From flower power boho to rocker child grunge, the 1970s are back and in a big way. 
Anna sui

The injection of the 1970s into the spring/summer season has brought a variety of key trends;

  • Boho is always on trend within the summer months and the injection of the 1970s hippy styles has strengthened the trend. From long flowing dresses to floral garlands, embrace your inner wild child and join the hippy revolution! 
  • Grunge and rock n roll have been key trends for the previous few seasons and are not set to retire just yet. Moving away from heavy eye make up and gothic lace, the 1970s have brought a new look to the rock n roll trend. Fur jackets, statement ankle boots and thin, patterned scarves are key for creating the ever so slightly glam rock n roll style. 
  • Bold prints and looks are not all that is on trend this season, with minimalistic 70s styles making a statement. Mixing key 70s colours of mustards and browns with the must-have blue denim creates an effortless nod to the era. 

Paul & Joe

Key styles of the season include a-line skirts, boot-cut trousers and the tan fringe bag. 

The must-have item is most definitely blue denim. From dresses to jeans, as long as it is light blue denim, then you have nailed it. 

The 1970s are a huge influencing trend this season and whether you love it or hate it, your spring/summer wardrobe will undoubtedly contain a piece influences by the era. 

Check out my top 10 1970s influence pieces available on the high street right now and let me know what you think of the 1970s trend!

Tommy Hilfiger 

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Brand Focus: Primark's Spring 2015 Collection

When it comes to reviewing the upcoming season's offerings, Primark is the one brand everyone looks forward to having a nosey at. The constant refresh of styles and lack of an online shop are key reasons for this interest, however for me it is the mix of different trends all of which Primark hits on point.

Primark's Spring offerings target several trends. The first is the most fun, with quirky prints including Bart Simpson, Mickey Mouse, bold fruit shapes and emojis. 

Minimalism is the next key trend that Primark have nailed. Creating pure crisp white looks, Primark have included differing length to add a unique aspect to a minimalist look.

A staple of every Spring season is the pastel colours. Combining several trends, including key print gingham and hippy style, Primark's pastel offerings are perfect for creating a style statement. 

The Boho Hippy trend has also been covered by Primark with both statement pieces and jewellery. 

Primark's Spring collection has already hit stores and with new styles constantly arriving, there are a lot more key pieces to be seen in store. 

Check out my favourite picks below and let me know what your favourite piece of the new collection is! 

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Spring/Summer 2015 10 Key Trends

1970s Now
The 90s are officially out and taken its place are the vibrant 70s. From flares to fringes, there was an abundance of 70s influences which have a had a significant impact on the trends of the season. 

Matthew Williamson, Paul & Joe & Sonia Rykiel

Ballerina Beauty
Tulle has been given its fashion moment this season as designers look towards the elegance of ballerinas. Dusky pinks, flowing tulle and ballet flats are key in creating the graceful ballerina look.

 Alberta Ferretti, Giorgio Armarni & Valentino 

Hip Hippy
Floral prints are always key within the spring/summer season and the prominence of 70s fashion has led rise to hippy style. Flowing lengths, flower power and sheer materials create a fashionable hippy look this season. 

Etro, Honor & Missoni

Pick n Mix Pretty
Contrasting prints can be a difficult trend to style, but this season has no limits. From subtle floral contrasts to bold clashing prints, it is difficult to go wrong this season.

 Maison Margiela, Prada & Stella McCartney

Aberrant Androgynous
The androgynous trend is one that often can be seen in every season. However, this season an extra feminine twist can be seen as the uptown 70s look has its influence. Bold suits are completed with feminine details and accessories to add that sharp, feminine look. 

Celine, Chanel & Jean Paul Gaultier

Picturesque Pop Art
A trend for those more bold, pop art was all over the catwalk in differing styles and extremes. From complete 3D looks to bold colour prints, this trend ensures that you will not blend into the background.

Junya Watanabe, Loewe & Thom Browne
Rebel Rocker
Rock n Roll has been an influencing trend throughout the past through seasons and this seasons 70s trend has added its twist. From 70s prints to 70s denim cuts, rock n roll has gone back to its golden era. 

 Gucci, Tom Ford & Tommy Hilfiger

Asian Amalgam
Asia has been a key influence this season, with designers showing influences of traditional Asian shapes and prints within their designs. From Oriental florals to Japanese Obi belts and prints, it is guaranteed that influences from the far-East will enter your wardrobe this season. 

 Carven, Giambattista Valli & Marni

Marine Myriad
The nautical trend is a recurring theme each spring/summer season and this year is no exception. However, whilst the sailor look remained significant, there was an increase in marine looks taking influences from other aspects of the sea, including mermaid textures and ship-wrecked cuts. 

 Emilio de la Moreno, Lanvin & Rodarte

Easy Explorer
Khaki was key this season and with it came a safari-friendly explorer look. Think multiple pockets and jumpsuits.

 Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren & Sonia Rykiel