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Okay, so we may be fast approaching Autumn, but for those of you who are, like me, going away soon to enjoy the last of the summer sun, and are in need of a new holiday wardrobe, then look no further! This week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a ‘hot for hols’ special! You will be sizzling in the sun in style before you know it!
From Left to Right: 1. Miss Selfridge Geo Devore Bra Top, 2. eBay Black Suede Studded Flatforms, 3. Topshop Floral Print Maxi Dress, 4. Missguided Tanisa Leather Hotpants, 5. & 6. River Island Light Orange/Pink Diamante Flower Bikini Top & Bottoms.
1. Geo Devore Bra Top, £20, Miss Selfridge – Who knew that wearing what could be deemed as ‘lingerie’ out in public would be socially acceptable in 2012? Well according to Viktor & Rolf, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, the elusive ‘bra top’ is just that. Bra tops are perfect for your summer holiday, and with this gorgeous Geo velvet number, you’ll in no doubt be top of the trend class! What’s more, velvet is HUGE for Autumn/Winter 2012 – take inspiration from Peter Pilotto and Unique.
2. Black suede studded flatforms, £11.99 without postage, eBay – Flatforms are massive in the bloggerverse – just look at top fashion blogger Lily Melrose for instance! And with Topshop Unique, Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kane featuring these popular shoes in their Spring/Summer 2012 collections, there is no doubt the ‘the flatform’ is this Summer’s shoe of choice! These black suede studded shoes are perfect for those of you who hate high heels! Plus, they go with EVERYTHING!
3. Floral Print Maxi Dress, £59, Topshop – A Wednesday Wishlist is never complete with some sort of floral garment included! And this week’s certainly doesn’t disappoint! This Topshop dress maybe be a tad on the expensive side but with florals set to be HUGE this Autumn/Winter – with the likes of Jonathan Saunders and Erdem going darkside, what’s not to love?
4. Tanisa Leather Hotpants, £22.99, Missguided – Don’t fret, the dominatrix look is not back in fashion just yet, but it’s safe to say that leather was everywhere during Fashion Week – just look at online etailer Missguided’s take on this sultry fabric! Team these amazing leather hotpants with a crisp white collar-tipped Zara shirt, Topshop grey ankle socks and Republic’s gold studded and buckle boots, for an Alexa Chung style steal. Or just take some S/S inspiration from Valentino, Kanye West and Balmain by including minimalistic furs and accessories for the hot sizzling summer evening. If you’re more of an A/W girl, make like Acne and Unique and dress down your leather with a grey colour palette.
5. & 6. Light Orange/Pink Diamante Flower Bikini Top & Bottoms, £18 & £10, River Island – Ice cream shades were all the rage this Spring/Summer with Alexander McQueen, Chloe and Chanel including these delicious flavours into their eclectic designs! This pastel bikini River Island bikini is perfect if you want to emulate this Summer’s hottest trend! Team with these cute cat eye sunglasses from ASOS, and you’ll be oozing with style before you know it!
This week’s Steal Her Style feature is all about the lovely and style-savvy Fearne Cotton.
Fearne Cotton has always been a style icon of mine; it seems that whatever outfit she throws on, she always looks fashionable! And with her own clothing range available online at Very, Fearne is letting her fans and style followers buy her very own designs for high street prices!
But, if you’re like me and want a similar outfit to Fearne’s for less, then fear not! I have scoured high street stores on the web, and found similar items to what Fearne wore earlier this summer when she was leaving work at the BBC Radio 1 studios.
Here is what Fearne wore on the left-hand side of the image, and what I found similar on the right-hand side:
Navy Stripe Curve Seam Dress, £29, Topshop – This stripy but simple dress was the only one I found which was the most similar to Fearne’s eclectic dress! Stripy prints are in for Autumn/Winter 2011, with leading fashion stores: River Island, Zara and Miss Selfridge incorporating this trend into their collections. This stripe seam dress from Topshop is perfect for achieving Fearne’s laid-back style here for the daytime, and by teaming the dress with these colourful court shoes, you will have the perfect on-trend night time look too!
Black Ankle Leggings, £12, Miss Selfridge – Simple black leggings can elevate any outfit, as these staple pieces of clothing can be dressed up for the day (like Fearne, here) or can be paired with a show-stopping tunic for those cold girly nights out! These £12 leggings from Miss Selfridge are a worthwhile investment as leggings are here to stay.
Bambi Bow Bar Patent Flat, £25, Schuh – These Bambi bow bar patent flats from Schuh are too cute! They colour-block with the dress perfectly, which is still a hot trend for Autumn/Winter. But not only that, they are also very functional to wear for those long hours window-shopping too! At £25, who said fashion could not be practical and affordable?
Navy Cord Tote Bag, £40, River Island – To finish Fearne’s outfit off, I have found this oh-so-similar navy tote cord bag from one of my favourite stores, River Island. At £40, it is the most expensive item on this week’s Steal Her Style list, which is amazing, compared to the actual price of Fearne’s bag! Not only is this bag functional to use as a handbag, but it also has a long shoulder strap if you want to wear it more securely, across your body. Plus this bag also has two compartments at the front which is perfect for your purse, make-up and those shades of yours! A perfect finishing touch to yours and Fearne’s outfit!
That’s another Steal Her Style feature finished! Look out for future posts on the styles of Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn and Jameela Jamil, to name a few!
Here is The Live Scene’s new weekly feature, From Catwalk to High Street. Have you ever seen a beautiful outfit designed by Marc Jacobs, Balmain or John Galliano and wanted to re-create that look for less? Then look no further as The Live Scene is on hand to find similar items for the snip of the designer’s price.
Each week I shall focus on one designer’s collection from the Autumn/Winter 2011 fashion shows, and re-create their look for less. You don’t need to pay £2000 for the actual garment, when you can get similar clothing at high street prices!
#1 JONATHAN SAUNDERS
I love Jonathan Saunders; his colourful and flirty outfits are simply beautiful! For his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, some of the trends Saunders focused on were colour-blocking – a Spring/Summer trend which is still big for the end of 2011, and menswear – yes I’m featuring outfits for you guys out there! Enjoy! Colour-blocking, which was seen on the catwalks of Anna Sui and Isabel Marant, is still set to be a massive trend for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season. The catwalk saw Saunders’ designs flaunt down the runway in an array of pop-art colours, from two-hue blue and green cardigans to mint green satin blouses teamed with maroon pencil skirts. There is no doubt that Saunders has stepped up this season from his pastel-filled and el noir Spring/Summer 2011 collection, and below, I have attempted to find similar high fashion pieces for high street prices.
Red Rib Back Tank, £10, River Island – Despite scouring the online high street stores, I couldn’t find a red blouse similar to the one above! However, I did find this cheap but simple red tank vest, which teamed with the bright blue jersey pencil skirt below, hits the nail on the colour-blocking trend’s head. The red tank tucks effortlessly into the pencil skirt, which goes to show, you don’t need to be an heiress to produce high fashion outfits at high street prices! Saunders would be proud!
Jersey Pencil Skirt, £25, Topshop – Pencil skirts are a hugely predicted Autumn/Winter 2011 trend, with the extravagant and silhouette skirt by Marc Jacobs to Louis Vuitton’s beyond sexy see-through mesh ensemble. So it comes to no surprise that Topshop has flagged this trend as one of its five key autumn/winter pieces. This jersey pencil skirt in cobalt blue shows off them beautiful curves of yours while ticking all the right trend boxes.
Black Jewelled Waist Belt, £22, Miss Selfridge – This black jewelled belt cinches your waist in and separates the bold red vest and pop-out blue skirt. The jewels add more glamour into the outfit, making the look wearable for not only the daytime, but for night time too.
SALE! Kingpin Black Leather Wedge Boot, £24, Office – Last but not least, is these killer black wedges from Office. These not only add a touch of ‘rock’ into the outfit (think Alexa Chung), but they also add height which elongates those hidden legs of yours!
Overall at £87, this outfit may not be the real ‘Jonathan Saunders’ deal, however it does show that you don’t need to be an A-List star or have won the lottery several times to own a designer-inspired outfit!
Unlike his previous Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Saunders included delicious male models sporting his new menswear collection. Similar to the colour-blocking trend for women above, Saunders concentrated on three-tone cardis (again incorporating the colour-block trend), as well as piecing together different prints. Of course, the looks were toned down by simple black shoes and plain navy, cream or black trousers. Below, despite my attempts, this is the best look I have created which is similar to Saunder’s creation. Finding similar high fashion pieces on the high street is harder work than it looks!
SALE! TMD Khaki Sheer Cardigan, £30, Topman – This khaki sheer cardigan may be a million miles away from Saunder’s three-tone cardigan, however, with the mixed prints trend in mind, it works. The cardigan may have a utilitarian feel, but teamed with the red print knit, this outfit conquers two trends at once.
Pattern Shawl Neck, £40, Next – This fair-trade-like knit is only for the daring of all men. You’ve got to be eccentric but not afraid of die-hard preppy, G-Star/Bench critics to wear this baby with the Topman cardigan above! The two-layers will keep you lovely and warm into the winter months, and with the plain blue trousers and black espadrilles, they won’t look ‘over-the-top.
Blue Overdyed Cuffed Carrot Trousers, £38, Topman – Cuffed trousers are in fashion at the moment, and are a best seller in high street stores such as Republic and River Island. So I had to include these trendy trousers into this Jonathan Saunders-like outfit. These are plain and simple, and allow people to focus on the mixed print top half effortlessly.
Black Slip on Espadrilles, £19.99, River Island – Who doesn’t own a pair of espadrilles?? These black ones are the perfect piece of footwear to complete this outfit. The trousers and espadrilles are very similar to the catwalk Jonathan Saunders image above and for summer through to autumn, these babies can be worn for any occasion, to your heart’s/your man’s content.
At £128, this outfit is expensive for you males, however these products are bang on-trend, and even if you don’t want the whole outfit, I suggest you buy one of these pieces of clothing as they will see you through the summer, autumn and winter trends! That’s the first ‘From Catwalk to High Street’ finished! Hopefully this will be a regular feature like This Week’s Wishlist, and I hope you enjoyed reading it!
This week I have created three outfits from online savvy-store, ASOS. ASOS is the UK’S largest online-only fashion store and has been around for over 10 years, providing budding fashionistas with the latest trends priced from £5 to over £100.
These three looks are just snippets of what designers have predicted for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season. Think futuristic silhouettes, eccentric ladylike pieces and fabric clashes, just to name a few. Enjoy.
Here they are from clock-wise round:
ASOS Wiggle Mesh Body, £30 – The number one Autumn/Winter 2011 trend which has graced the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Felder Felder and Alexander McQueen is the fetish trend. I know what you’re thinking, ‘fetish??’ Yes, fetish. Despite the initial thought to fetish, the catwalks saw a more ‘demure’ fetish – so I’m not promoting handcuffs and whips before you ask! This body is oh-so-perfect for the ‘fetish’ look, and resembles this top by designer, Giles. This is perfect for those who want to incorporate this trend into their wardrobe without needing to go over-the-top like sexy celebs; Rihanna and Britney Spears.
ASOS Premium Short with Leather Pockets, £50 – These lovely red shorts are perfect for achieving the ‘fetish’ look for Autumn/Winter 2011. The leather pockets add a sense of modesty to the trend with an added touch of contrasting colour-blocking with the dark red and black colour palette. These shorts are also a better substitution and are a more original choice than wearing black leather shorts, which with this look, are expected.
ASOS Style Vintage-Style Filigree Articulated Armour Ring, £10 – By adding a vintage gold armour ring to this outfit, it makes the outfit less ‘sexed-up’ and more modest-looking. I love gold rings, and I could not let this pretty vintage piece slip my eyes.
ASOS Passion Peep-Toe Court Shoe, £25 – With such a strong colour palette, adding any more colours to the mix would not mesh well. So these nude peep-toe shoes are perfect for not only elongating your legs (an excellent choice for shorties like me!) but it keeps any attention to the upper-half of the outfit which is where the trend is most frequent. This look goes to show you don’t need to wear hardly any clothes to feel ‘sexy’!
Motel Ozlem Colour Block Dress, £38 – Colour-blocking is still a big part of the Autumn/Winter 2011 season with designers such as Gucci, Haider Ackermann and Louis Vuitton having their own take on the trend. This colour block dress achieves this trend perfectly without going over-the-top – think a brighter version of this Prada dress at Milan Fashion week, without the clashing print.
ASOS Leather Cropped Blazer, £100 – A cropped leather blazer ‘toughens’ up this party look and clashes with this dress perfectly. At £100, it is definitely an investment piece which can be used for a whole load of different looks from toughening up pretty floral dresses, to achieving this season’s ‘fetish’ look. It is safe to say that this is most definitely money well spent.
Illamasqua Lipstick in Climax, £15.50 – Forget Mary Katranzou pastel pink lips and statement DSquared2 red lips, it’s all about 90s grunge/ 1970s-inspired lip shades! Not convinced? This beauty trend was at the forefront of Autumn/Winter 2011 fashion shows with Marc Jacobs and YSL leading the shade down the catwalk of Milan, for example. This lipstick will complement the leather blazer perfectly.
ASOS Weave Metal Tip Envelope Clutch, £30 – Woven accessories are a huge Spring/Summer 2011 trend at the moment with high-street stores such as Topshop, incorporating this material into their bags and hats. So I had to include this current trend into outfit two! This woven envelope clutch clashes with the leather blazer and colour block dress with ease, making the outfit more unique and original than if I had accessorized the dress differently.
ASOS Swatch Lace-up Block Heel Shoe, £45 – This lace-up block heel shoe makes me think of Alexa Chung, a style icon who totally rocks the indie/vintage look! If you want to make like Alexa, then this shoe is definitely for you. Not only can it complete and complement this outfit effortlessly, these shoes can be dressed up with this dress, but can be dressed down with skinny jeans for the casual day look.
ASOS Crop Trouser in Metallic Finish, £40 – Fashion forecasters have predicted the future – literally! The ‘futuristic’ look is another big trend which has hit the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks with a metallic palette of clothing from Calvin Klein to strong silhouette pieces as seen on Viktor & Rolf and Balmain models. So these silver metallic crop trousers had to be included in the third and final outfit in this week’s wishlist! The key to this look is simplistic pieces and strong colours which will balance each other rather than having loads of clashing prints.
ASOS Blue Cropped Jumper, £30 – A blue cropped jumper will look great with the silver trousers and shows that you don’t have to dress up too much with this futuristic trend, and that you can be casual too!
ASOS Statement Metal and Multi-Coloured Feather Necklace, £25 – A metal and multi-coloured necklace will add more subtle colour to this third outfit, again, without going ‘over-the-top’. Feathers are still on trend for the Spring/Summer 2011 season, so it would be rude not to include them into this look. This statement necklace is the only necessary accessory you need to complete this outfit, adding any more accessories would just kill the look.
Barry M Lip Paint in Dolly Pink, £4.50 – This pretty pastel pink shade will contrast the blue jumper flawlessly, leaving your lips to in-fact, do the talking. With make-up such as this making an impact on this outfit, who needs loads of accessories?
ASOS Defend Canvas & Suede High Top Trainers, £30 – Whoever thought high top trainers were too ‘casual’ were wrong. These trainers are the finishing touch to this third look, which not only allows you to achieve the comfortable casual look, but you will look fashionable and on-trend at the same time.
That is another wishlist done for this week. Next week I will be scouring the Miss Selfridge website to create three on-trend looks. I bet your shaking with excitement
A new weekly supplement will take place at The Live Scene called ‘This Week’s Wishlist…”. This week I thought I’d start with one high-street shop which is one of my favourites; Topshop.
I scoured the Topshop website to find things which caught my eye and stumbled across these items. I then created these three ‘going out’ outfits which are my take on the latest fashion trends. Enjoy!
Here they are from clock-wise round:
Ecru Leather White Mesh Shirt, £34 – I love, love, love white shirts! I currently own a crisp white shirt from Topshop, which was priced at £45! Needless to say, I have been getting my money’s worth by wearing it as much as I can! When I saw this shirt with leather black stripes across the chest I instantly knew what I could wear it with! Definitely on my ‘must-buy’ list!
Black Leather Zip Side High Waisted Shorts, £48 – I been looking for some black leather shorts for ages, and luckily Topshop have some black high waisted ones to go with the white shirt above! I have always been in the ‘rocky’ sort of style, and this first outfit is so me! It’s also very Alexa Chung.
Sue Black Woven Lace up Shoe Boots, £85 – I’m not much of a shoe person, I just have my standard going out shoes and my standard day shoes – my shoe collection is dire compared to the rest of my friends! But I couldn’t help but add these boots to my Wishlist as they would complement the outfit perfectly. Plus the lattice effect on the boots will lengthen my very short legs!
Lipstick Studs by Danielle Scutt, £15 – I am definitely going to purchase these lovely earrings by Danielle Scutt! These lipstick studs are so eccentric and are just up my street! They will add a bit of colour to the monochrome look, and will complement the red lipstick I will be wearing.
Vintage Look Cocktail Ring, £12.50 – As you know from previous posts, I am currently coveting rings, especially vintage or unique looking ones! This one will complement this outfit perfectly and will make the look more ‘classic’. This ring will also feature in outfit two as well.
Bright Blue Two Colour Vest, £30 – Colour-blocking is scattered across front pages and spreads of nearly every fashion magazine. So it comes to no surprise that this trend features in ‘This week’s Wishlist…’ I love the colour blue, it’s one of my favourite colours and this colour-block vest which is bright blue on the front has a bright pink underlay; will look very nice for a night out.
Body Chain,(worn over the vest top) £16.50 – This will be purchased within the coming weeks as I simply love this gold body chain! Teamed up with the bright blue two colour vest, it will brighten the look up and take it away from the ‘simplistic’ look. This is minimalist jewellery at its best.
Pink Pleat Front Shorts, £32 – These pink pleat shorts will go perfectly with the bright blue two colour vest! I’m not usually a fan of pink; however these shorts make me feel all summery!
Sense Cut out Platforms, £70– To complete the outfit; I have picked these blue platforms which will, like outfit one, lengthen my short legs. Plus, these are quite unusual which I very much like!
Burgundy Gold Button Epaulette Panel Shirt, £36 – Outfit three is the epitome of the whole tribal/festival look – which I am a big fan of! Again, I love shirts and the colour burgundy, so I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to include this in my final outfit.
Grey Printed Jersey Tapered Trousers, £30 – These printed trousers will go perfectly with the burgundy top tucked into them. I would describe this outfit as quite casual compared to the rest of the ‘going out’ outfits because of the ‘laid-back’ look of the outfit as a whole. Plus print is in!
Skull Tassel Pendant, £14 – This pendant will ‘brighten’ the look up. I love skull accessories, and this necklace, over the top of the burgundy shirt will elevate the look from daytime to night-time.
Wizard Black Suede Wedges, £70 – These wedges will also take the look from daytime to night-time and will complement the look perfectly! Again, I like to show my feet off so I do have some skin on show – despite the top being see-through I will probably wear a plain black vest underneath. This look is perfect for those cold summer nights!
Plain Gold Armour Ring, £12.50 – I am in love with this ring! I am really into my ‘unusual’ rings at the moment and this is the perfect accessory to complete this outfit! Gold jewellery is a favourite of mine and the armour ring will add to the whole ‘tribal/festival’ feel I am going for.
So there you go! Here is my first Wishlist on high-regarded store, Topshop. Next week I will pick my favourite items from one of my all-time favourite stores; River Island.