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IT’S that time of year again ladies! Here are The Live Scene’s top three party dresses for your New Year’s Eve night out!

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2. Light Purple V Neck Peplum Dress, £25, River Island – Designers loved the two P’s (that’s Peplums and Purples) this Autumn/Winter, with Prada, Gucci and Christopher Kane waving the purple flag, whilst Nicole Farhi, Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Prorsum took the peplum trend one step further with their exaggerated hip-line pieces. This River Island dress seems to emulate both of these trends – so for only £25 what more could you ask for?

3. Foiled Lace Skater Dress by Dress Up Topshop, £50, Topshop – Skater silhouettes were huge this season with Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen including this cut in their A/W collections. Complete this look with these black Topshop platforms and some sexy smokey eyes, courtesy of Models Own.

I shall be wearing either a cobalt blue cut-out dress from Desire, or a Topshop smart cream blouse with Republic’s Miso PU leggings! Oh and not forgetting my killer black Primark heels!

What outfit will you be wearing this New Year’s Eve?

 

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With Autumn just around the corner, what better way to prepare you for upcoming months than to bring you the high street’s hottest Autumn/Winter 2012 collections! Stuck on what to buy? Then don’t fret, as The Live Scene has picked twelve amazing items from three different stores, to tantalise your trendy taste buds!

From Left to Right: 1. Gold Zig Zag Dress – £49, 2. Floral Devore Kimono – £36 & 3. Lurex Pleated Cape Dress – £45.

Miss Selfridge’s A/W collection is oozing with fashionably delectable delights – including studded biker jackets, classic peplum dresses and gold zig zag printed dresses – yes girls, zig zags are back in fashion! Designers must have taken note when Scary Spice wanted to: ‘zigga zig ah’! Fashion Houses House of Holland and Meadham Kirchhoff featured this print on their raucous runways, from multi-coloured dresses to animal print furs. This £49 Dress is perfect if you want to emulate this trend without being ‘too out there’, like its designer contemporaries. This season also sees Spring/Summer’s tropical and colourful florals go dark-side, with Gucci and Emporio Armani including dark blooms into their collections. This floral devore kimono just oozes this new trend, which sent the fashion elite into a flutter! Team this kimono with an American Apparel plain white vest and some Missguided black leather shorts, and you’ll be blooming beautiful before you know it!

 From Left to Right: 1. Red Tailored Ponte Blazer – £19.99, 2. Black & White Blackbirds Printed Tea Dress – £14.99 & 3. Red Jersey Skater Dress – £11.99.

Monochrome and red shades seem to be the colours of choice this Autumn/Winter; with Moschino, Versace and Just Cavalli working the bold black and wintery white clashes in their prospective fashion weeks, and Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane including bright pillar-box reds in theirs. Stuck on where to find such powerful contrasting pieces? Then look no further as with New Look’s A/W collection, you can have the best of both worlds with these three key pieces! The red tailored blazer and black and white printed tea dress can be worn together for a cool clash look, whereas the red jersey skater dress is perfect for those of you who want to nail two trends in one – skater dresses and skirts are still HUGE with Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney sending their models in skater silhouette pieces down the runway. Invest in this capsule collection now, and you’ll be set for Winter!

 From Left to Right: 1. Mini Roller Hat – £25, 2. All Over Sequin Peplum Top – £32 & 3. Beaded Collar – £16.

Hats off to Topshop for their take on the ‘Top and Tail’ trend for this Autumn/Winter! One key accessory trend was headgear, which was everywhere at Fashion Week – from J W Anderson to Burberry Prorsum – so it is no wonder that these babies are featured in Topshop’s Autumn/Winter collection! This mini roller hat will see you right through from Summer (festivals, anyone?) to Winter. Peplums are still on trend, but they have grown bigger – just look at Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou, who wowed the crowd with their exaggerated hip lines! This all over sequin peplum is perfect for the Christmas work do or for a night out on the town with the girls! And finally, last but certainly not least is the rise of ‘the collar’. Collars are huge at the moment with bloggers such as Lily Melrose and Nina Soares Dias featuring this trend on their popular blogs! This beaded collar is the perfect accessory for the upcoming months! Just place it over this chic light pink River Island jumper, and you’ll go from girly to grunge in seconds!

What do you think about these three amazing collections?


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Cats. You either love them or hate them. But either way, it seems that these furry animals have made a huge impact in the fashion world, and here’s why!

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(Images sourced from here, here & here)

The ‘cat-craze’ began in Spring 2010, when Italian designer brand Miu Miu took the catwalks by storm, with their famous and iconic cat print designs. The high street soon took note – from Zara to online retailer ASOS including these cute creatures in their collections. It seemed that cat print had taken centre stage in the fashion world, and had created a new generation of cat lovers. By Autumn 2010, the ‘cat-craze’ bowed out gracefully to pave way for camel tones and grunge glamour. Talk about a cat-astrophe!

But now, two years later, it seems that cat print is making a comeback. From emerging designer Orla Kiely’s cat print scarves to Charlotte Olympia’s designer dupes appearing on the high street – I mean who could seriously turn down a pair of adorable kitty flats? And with more celebs than ever wearing cat print as the new black – think country-pop singer Taylor Swift, and of course British designer and style icon Victoria Beckham – the ‘cat-craze’ is back for 2012. Meow!

So to celebrate the return of the ‘cat-craze’, I have gathered some ‘Top Cat’ buys for you below. Enjoy!

From Left to Right: 1. River Island Rose Gold Tone Cat Ring, 2. Missguided Cat Face Platform Wedges, 3. Elsie Belle Jewellery Vintage Cat Cameo Necklace, 4. ASOS Shirt with Cat Embroidery, 5. Urban Outfitter Cat Print Crop Sweater, 6. Topshop Cat Bracelet, 7. Miss Selfridge Cat Print Brief & 8. ASOS Cat Print iPhone Case.

I personally love the River Island ring, and the embroidered shirt!
What are your thoughts on the ‘cat-craze’ comeback?
Will you be investing in some cattish buys?

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New York, London, Paris and Milan. Four amazing cities. Four amazing fashion weeks.

These past couple of months have been hectic – to say the least – as models, editors and designers jetted around the world to take the first peek at what’s in store for this Autumn/Winter 2012. Now that this big event in the editorial calendar has passed, I thought that I should show my favourite fashion week collections, starting with the Big Apple; New York.

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These three designers were my favourites from New York Fashion Week because their eclectic designs, amazing colour palette and use of textures fascinated me. Alice and Olivia’s Autumn/Winter collection was full of texture, from long dramatic gowns to cargo pants, the designer mixed elegance with a touch of ‘Bowieness’. My favourite piece has got to be the lace dress with the low back (as seen on image 4). I’m not really a big fan of lace but this gown oozes elegance and sophistication – if only I had my prom just a few years later! Nicholas K’s collection is more my style. The inspiration behind his collection was the Taos artists from the 1920s & 30s. His colour palette of desert colours with strong blue and black hues played well in his pieces of fringing and draped knits and jerseys. My favourite outfit has to be image 4; with the long dress, pendant and cowboy-esque hat. Nicholas K’s collection is a ready-to-wear collection which shows that you don’t need couture or fancy dresses to look designer. Finally, Jeremy Scott’s collection is fun – doesn’t the Bart Simpson face print jumper and Unicorn body make you smile?! This collection also includes computer printed dresses, stripy jumpsuits, and not forgetting a rainbow wig coat made from 100% human hair!  My favourite look has got to be the unicorn body – if only I had the figure and the money!

What were your favourite New York Fashion week collections? Look out for my next instalment where I will be showing you my faves from London Fashion Week!

(All images sourced from Style.com)