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Going on holiday soon? Well, whilst you have your Fifty Shades of Grey packed in your handbag, let’s not forget summer’s must-have essential – a pair of shades to protect those peeps of yours! And who needs one pair, when The Live Scene has fifty of them at your disposal?

Even though we only have one month of summer left (boo!), we still need a pair of sunglasses to see us through the remainder of August (get what I did there?) Here, I have found a range of shades – from designer to high street, from £1 to £200 – there is a pair to suit everyone’s needs!

My favourites have to be the two pairs of Karen Walker shades, as well as the classic Chanel-inspired half tint sunglasses, as seen on the likes of style icons Mary-Kate Olsen and Nicole Richie. You can get these designer dupes from eBay for only $9.99!

Sunglasses are not only a summer fashion essential, but they also protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. These blue Arnette Agent sunglasses are perfect if you want to have a cool down by the pool, whilst at the same time protecting your peepers! Whilst some shades may look fun – who can forget Paris Hilton’s and Kanye West’s trademark ‘raver’ sunglasses – you have got to remember that unless you want crow’s feet or eye damage – and trust me, who wants that? You’ve got to care for those beautiful eyes of yours! And with these fifty shades at your disposal, you can look good and feel fine at the same time!

Hover your mouse over the sunglasses you like and click!

White retro sunglasses, £1, Matalan Ray-Ban black 50 wayfarers, Urban Outfitters Gold top bar tortoise shades, Yayer Black festival cartoon glasses, £5, River Island Black square oversize sunglasses, £25, Topshop Hot pink heart shape sunglasses, £4.99, New Look Carrera sunglasses Animal print cat eye sunglasse, £6, Miss Selfridge Brown lens aviators, £12, Stylist Pick Half tint circle sunglasses, $9.99, Ebay Pink frame circle sunglasses, £180, Karen Walker Black & white frame sunglasses, £200, Karen Walker Blue heart sunglasses, £3, Dorothy Perkins Round sunglasses, £16, Topshop Oversized floral sunglasses, £4.99, Missguided Leopard print wayfarer sunglasses, £12, Boohoo Stars & Stripes sunglasses, £2, Republic D&G Pink animal print sunglasses, £164, Sunglass Hut Ray-Ban multicoloured print sunglasses, £135, Sunglass Hut Emporio Armani Blue Mask Sunglasses, £130, ASOS Half frame sunglasses, £49, ASOS Silver tinted sunglasses, £49, Debenhams Ray-Ban silver visors, £100, Next Purple wayfarer style sunglasses, £145, Benjamin Eyewear All over metal sunglasses, £22, Topshop Bling diamante sunglasses, £7.99, New Look Brown print round retro sunglasses, £100, River Island Printed sunglasses, £6, Miss Selfridge Oversize tortoise shell sunglasses, £10, Boohoo Red aviators, £240, Alexander McQueen Oversize 70s sunglasses with arm detail, £15, ASOS Purple Calvin Klein aviators, £80, River Island Geometric enamel detail sunglasses, £7.99, New Look Geek glasses, £8, Boohoo Pink metal sunglasses, £22, Topshop Lanvin crystal & metal sunglasses, £419, Harvey Nichols Adidas sunglasses, £98.95, Smart Buy Transparent round retro sunglasses, £79, French Connection Havana glitter sunglasses, £165, Miu Miu Arnette Sunglasses, £62.25, Smart Buy Huntington sunglasses, £24, Jack Wills Juicy Couture punky crystal sunglasses, £75, Very at eye red sunglasses, £200, Celine Teardrop sunglasses, £69, French Connection Oversized glasses, £6, Miss Selfridge Coral lace print sunglasses, £10, River Island Chloe sunglasses, £233,95, Smart Buy 90s oval metal sunglasses, £16, Topshop Emporio Armani red sunglasses, £110, Very Holcombe sunglasses, £24, Jack Wills

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As you may have seen from my previous post, I went to Style Birmingham this weekend. Here is a feature about the event, as well as a review of one of the two fashion shows I attended and the latest looks Retail Birmingham have predicted for Autumn/Winter 2011!

Style Birmingham was a three-day event which ran from the 23rd September to 25th September. Plenty of shoppers had the opportunity to bag exclusive instore offers and goodie bags, as well as having the chance to see two amazing fashion shows at the famous Birmingham Bullring, as well as the Town Hall for only £10.

Not only that but those who bought a Gold VIP ticket were granted a champagne reception in the VIP Lounge as well as bagging a meet and greet with the gorgeous George Lamb! Lucky so and so’s!

The event kicked off at 10am with scores of eager beavers waiting at The Mailbox to receive an exclusive shopper bag designed by Birmingham-born designer, Osman Yousefzada. This lovely illustrated bag was wrapped with a cute pink ribbon around it.

After everyone had collected their designer bags, they had the whole weekend to enter luxurious competitions such as the chance to win an Alexander McQueen scarf, as well as the opportunity to watch a couple of catwalk shows.

Bullring Fashion Show: Redefinition
The first fashion show I attended was ‘Redefinition’ in the Bullring. It was an half an hour catwalk show which showcased some amazingly-styled high street clothes. The show only had a limited number of seats available for Gold VIP ticket holders, however me and Ali  (who bought standard tickets) managed to bag ourselves a seat and a couple of goodie bags.

These goodie bags consisted of mostly men’s perfume samples (which was unfortunate for me but good for Ali), and a couple of beauty samples.

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The show itself featured eight different ‘scenes’ from ‘Dark Romance’ to ‘Feathers and Fur’, here are a few of the scenes in detail.

‘Dark Romance’ was the first scene, and was one of my favourite ‘scenes’ of the day!
darkromance I love the styling of this particular picture I took, which reminds me of my style. I love the classic clashing of monochrome colours, as well as the detail that the gold chain belt brings to the outfit. As you can see on the image, all of the clothes are more or less an affordable price from top high street stores, so you don’t have to break the bank to achieve a simple, but seductive on-trend look.

‘The Mod Squad’ channelled the 60s vibe with the classic A-line skirt, graphic printed dresses and neck-tie blouses, as well as adding bright colour-blocking into the mix.
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I especially loved this bold look above and I think that this outfit, out of all the looks in this scene, was the best one to embody the current 60s trend! As much as I love this look, I don’t think I’ll be buying the clothes anytime soon, the choice of colours is not really ‘me’. However, I will be definitely hitting Claire’s and grabbing those sunnies!

Scene three was ‘Heritage’, and showcased mostly autumnal colours such as brown, orange and tan, as well as autumn’s must have: the tweed jacket. Here is a video of the ‘Heritage’ scene (ignore my hand shaking about, and the heads of those in front!) Enjoy!

‘Forties Flair’ is another Autumn/Winter’ trend which graced the Bullring catwalk. Think faux fur stoles, plenty of grey hues and polka dot designs!

As you can see, I have included some of the men’s looks too, for all you male readers out there! Guys, take inspiration from 1940’s music icons such as American clarinettist Artie Shaw and other jazz artists.

Another one of my favourite scenes was ‘Mannish’. I love the masculine look, which has been seen on hot celebrities such as Ellie Goulding and Fearne Cotton. So I couldn’t resist sharing this picture that I took of this model donning an all-black mannish outfit.


The leather coat is a bit too pricey and long for a shorty like me, but I do love how incorporating a classic black long coat with a masculine touch of leather can instantly make you bang on-trend!

Deliciously-styled ‘Decadence’, was the penultimate scene of the show. Think teal and green hued dresses, blazers and for men, hoodies!
This look was all about elegance, with an attention to blue and green colours and gold accessorising. I especially love the gold clutch on image two! This trend for men is pretty simple to achieve, try mixing the above colours with suit jackets and denim jeans for a casual on-trend look.  Girls, stick to one colour and accessorize with gold jewellery, bags and shoes to achieve the ‘Decadence’ trend.

And finally, ‘Feathers and Fur’ was the last scene to grace the runway. This trend is all about clashing textures (feathers and fur), such as sporting a faux fur coat from Republic with a Topshop feather Alice band, or if you want to keep it simple, stick to accessories such as this brown £16 faux fur headband from Miss Selfridge and an Urban Outfitters feather necklace for only £20.

I love this picture because of the clashing textures, which breaks all of the typical ‘fashion rules’! Many people have believed for years that you are not meant to mix prints, textures or colours, but for the past two or so seasons, it seems that today’s generation of designers are forming a rebellion and creating a new direction for fashion to grow.

It seemed fitting that this last trend ended the fashion show as all of these trends do redefine fashion. This is after all, the show’s title.

And just when you think you had the fashion rulebook sussed…

Look out for part 3 of Style Birmingham in the near future  Trust me; you wouldn’t want to miss it!

 (All pictures were taken by me)

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One fashion designer which caught my eye during fashion week was Henry Holland, and specifically his designs for top department store, Debenhams.

Intro to Henry Holland
I love Holland’s quirky designs and just like me, he studied Journalism at university. He was catapulted to fame five years ago due his fashion slogan tees, which had eccentric catchphrases such as “Get your freak on Giles Deacon”. Since then, House of Holland (he’s designer brand name) has grown more popular with the fashion crowd, with his designs available to buy in not only prestigious stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, but you can buy the British designer’s collection from international stockists including Barneys and Opening Ceremony.

Holland’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection
For the Autumn/Winter 2011 season, House of Holland focused on bright colours and clothing detail such as pearl appliqued sleeves. His inspiration you ask? Bingo halls and country living – who would of thought bingo halls would be inspiring?

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I love these outfits because of their eccentricity! Holland is certainly working the boyish trend as well as incorporating a subtle hint of fetish with the use of intricate pearls to create the look of a bodice on outfit number two. Outfit three is definitely the look I would wear, the jumper is quite tongue-in-cheek, and clashes really nicely with the dress.

H! by Henry Holland
Aside from his pretty Paris Eiffel tower jumpers, H! By Henry Holland (which is his brand for Debenhams), has some beautiful and inspirational pieces which I just had to incorporate below!

Here are the items I am currently coveting at the moment from left to right:

#1 Navy ‘Peter Pan’ Collar Top – £20, #2 Red Tartan across Body Handbag – £30, #3 Navy ‘Hester’ Moccasin Shoes – £35, #4 Blue Daisy Print Wellington Boots -£25, #5 Navy Polka Dot Shorts – £22, #6 Mustard Zebra Print Blouse, £17.50.

Henry Holland’s clothes are not only beautiful and quirky, but they are also affordable! I suggest you go to his website and snap up some of his designs quick!