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So you’ve drank the last of the mulled wine, opened up all your presents, and you’re stuffed with Christmas dinner. But wait, it’s that time ladies… it’s the Boxing Day sale!
You may think sale items are the High Street’s way of saying ‘this isn’t on trend anymore’, and whilst these items may have been popular this Autumn/Winter, they are also going to be HUGE next season, and here’s why!
Designers are going animal print crazy next Spring/Summer with Erdem’s tribute to snake skin and Issa taking us through jungle paradise. So why not get ahead of the fashion pack and bag yourself these luscious leopard print shorts – hey they’re only a tenner!
If you’re looking for that perfect NYE party dress, than look no further than this £25 scuba sequin dress! Embellishment is bigger and better than ever next season – think Viktor & Rolf, Balmain and Giles. Wear your new sequin number with MAC lipstick in ‘Cockney’ and these perfect peep-toe shoe boots from River Island, and you’ll enter 2013 in style!
It may be minimalistic, but cream and white colours were everywhere during S/S Fashion Week! From Jil Sander’s exaggerated hipline dresses to Missoni’s sleeveless shift dresses – they showed us that white can never be boring! If white is too much for you, then buy this cream pearl collar jacket – at £30 it may be expensive, but you can wear it with anything! Well, apart from white…
Topshop has surprisingly some cheap sale items this Boxing Day, and what better way to nail two trends in one, than putting this denim crop jacket into your virtual shopping basket? Cropped jackets was a favourite trend with Chanel and Balenciaga, and denim was all the rage at See by Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Just wear it with a cute pink lace dress for a cool daytime look.
What’s black and white? Moschino’s sixties coats? Marc Jacob’s referee stripes? Or what about Jonathan Saunders leather chevron dresses? All of these top designers showed us that next season you can mix up the monochrome trend, and this £20 Topshop dress seems to do just that! The black side panels create a slim silhouette, whilst the dress itself is a Bodycon number, so your curves will stick out in just the right places. Just pair it with a vibrant lippy and you’ve got yourself the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit!
Whoever thought that trainers weren’t fashionable, bow down now. Ashish and Moschino Cheap and Chic went against the fash pack and stormed the runways with their models in Reebok Classics and Nike Air Max trainers! So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the average fashionista and click ‘Buy’ on these Topshop lace up trainers now!
Bomber jackets are going to be huge next Spring/Summer with the likes of Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders including this look into their S/S collections. Make like Loewe and wear a floral bomber with a cute bralet and a simple skirt, or if you’re the grungy type, pair it with these River Island leather jeggings, printed H&M tee and black leather buckle boots from Office.
Bra tops may have been huge last season, but they are still heating up next Spring/Summer! Take inspiration from Jason Wu and Versace! This £2 – yes £2 – leopard print mesh vest hits all the right trend buttons! Just remember to keep the outfit classy ladies!
Everyone loves a bit of neon right? Just look at Simone Rocha, Matthew Williamson and Louis Vuitton. Make like these designers and wave your neon flag with this vibrant pink jumper! Team it with American Apparel’s famous disco pants in Black and you’ll be oozing the classic casual look!
Are you heading out this Boxing Day to grab yourself a bargain? Or are you going online and shop in front of the festive fire?
(Note: All items were picked on Christmas Eve, so there might be reductions or even sold out!)
The younger Olsen twin has been in the public spotlight for most of her life. It is not only her ability to act which puts her in the pages of Vogue Magazine, it’s her style. And that’s why this week’s Steal Her Style feature is dedicated to achieving Miss Olsen’s eccentric but simplistic look-for-less!
Think lively prints, basic colours and tons of accessorising and you’ve got Miss Olsen’s style to a tee. So to help you guys get some inspiration, or maybe even a head start in the trend department, I have chosen to steal what Mary-Kate wore to The Art of Elysium Bright Lights event back in April, 2010. Now all you need are those beachy ‘just got out of bed’ locks!
Here is what Mary-Kate wore on the left-hand side of the image, and what I found similar on the right-hand side:
(Mary-Kate image is sourced from here)
Leopard Faux Fur Coat, £50, Miss Selfridge – Despite the fact that the Spring/Summer 2012 season is just around the corner, there is still no excuse to not indulge in a timeless piece such as the faux fur coat! Fur coats (real or not) were big on the Autumn/Winter catwalks of Topshop Unique, Donna Karan and Giles. And they are perfect for those who are still suffering from those winter blues!
Structured Skater Dress, £46, Topshop – Skater dresses were featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 collections of British-born designer; Cushnie et Ochs, as well as London-based twins Felder Felder’s. However, if you can’t afford to splash out on this huge 2012 trend, then don’t worry! There are a number of structured skater dresses out there on the high street, from Republic’s ruby red number to River Island’s luscious leopard print dress – you are spoiled for choice!
Black Slim Tie, £8, Topman – A Mary-Kate Olsen outfit wouldn’t be complete without including a whole hoard of sporting accessories! This Topman tie will add a masculine edge to your outfit. Want to get more use out of your new tie? Then look to Ralph Lauren and Jason Wu for S/S 2012 inspiration.
Colour Mesh Bangle Pack, £12.50, Topshop – These cute coloured bangles from Topshop will complement the tie perfectly, as well as adding a ‘bohemian’ feel to the look. Orange tones were huge in the collections of Narciso Rodriguez, Michael Kors and Hermes. So why wait now? Invest in one of the hottest seasonal colours, and you’ll be sizzling your way through spring and summer!
Metal Ridged Ring, £6.50, Topshop – Like Mary-Kate, I love my rings! So I picked a few which matched her style, and a few which I liked too! This metal edge ring is perfect for adding a touch of masculinity to the outfit, along with the Topman tie.
Large Round Turquoise Ring, £28, Urban Outfitters – Most of Mary-Kate’s rings have turquoise stones infused in them, and what better ring to achieve MK’s look-for-less than this Urban Outfitter’s version? It may be a bit on the pricey side, but for seasonal value, it ticks all the right trend boxes. Take inspiration from Marc Jacobs and Chanel, if you want to add more of this underwater colour into your wardrobes!
Made Brass Shikong’o Ring, £25, ASOS – This may be a small brass ring, but good things come in small packages – and this one doesn’t differ! This cute piece of jewellery can be incorporated into any look, and in the long term, will be a good investment in terms of cost-per-wear.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Clutch, £22.50, Accessorize – This left-handed Olsen twin loves her kooky accessories, and nothing fits the bill better than this amazing Accessorize star clutch! It’s currently in the sale, so bag yours (see what I did there?), while you can!
Miso Gold Zip Boots, £34.99, Republic – Nothing beats a nice pair of shoe boots to stride in style! I have these beautiful babies, and I must say, they go with any outfit, and they make lengthen your legs perfectly!
There you go! Look out for another Steal Her Style feature in the near future! But for now, do you like this Olsen twin’s style? Or do you prefer her older sister Ashley’s?
(Mary-Kate featured image sourced from here)
With winter arriving it’s time to get all glamorous and glitzy with The Live Scene, as I pick out the must have party shoes for this season.
Every girl needs a pair of party shoes in their wardrobe – from studded stilettos, to metallics heels and two-tone platforms – the more sparkly and ‘out there’ the shoe is, the better!
Still need convincing? Well, statement shoes were big on the catwalks of famous designers such as Alexander McQueen , Jonathan Saunders and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few. It seems that this season, you cannot create a bold winter look without a stand-out shoe involved. Just take inspiration from the designers below!
And if you’re like me, and you can’t afford to splash out on designer gear, then don’t fret! Help is at hand. Here is a collection of the best shoes that the high street has to offer, to meet your all of your budgeting needs!
ASOS have a huge sale going on at the moment, and you would be a fool to miss out on what they have to offer for the party season! Channel your inner Chanel with these dogtooth/bright blue combos, or bag some Haider Ackermann-a-like silver metallics, or if you’re feeling all starry-eyed check out the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired star printed heels – ALL of which are currently in the sale!
Miss Selfridge is the store for you, if you want a designer-inspired shoe for less! Make like Jason Wu by incorporating some textures into your look, with these feathery cuffed and studded sandals. Or if you want to achieve Vivienne Westwood’s look for less, then bag these gold glitter heels. And finally, jewel-toned colours are not just for dresses this season! Bag these Versace-esque purple boots and you’ll be top of the fashion pack this winter!
Office have a large range of expensive party heels to choose from, so if you’re looking to splash out your savings on some investment pieces, then check these babies out!
River Island has some superb statement shoes to satisfy your party needs! From studded heels with faux fur detailing to metallic gold wedges, River Island is the must-go-to store, if you need that all important statement shoe. All you need now is your killer party dress and you’ll be ready for walking in a winter wonderland!
This Topshop season, it’s all about animal print, two-toned platforms and plenty of glitter! The shoes may be expensive, but it is safe to say that Topshop is one of the best high-street stores, which in terms of investment, will give you value for money. You can wear these party heels over and over again, and in seasons to come!
There you go! These shoes are my pick of the high-street bunch for this party season. What are your favourites? Do you have any must-have party shoes that you’re currently coveting?
Earlier this week we saw the online launch of global superstar (and not forgetting pregnant) Beyoncé Knowles and mother, Tina Knowles’s House of Deréon collection at fashion-forward store, Selfridges.
The first House of Deréon brand began in Louisiana over 85 years ago, and was inspired by Beyoncé’s grandmother, Agnés Deréon. Ms Deréon was working in the fashion industry as a skilled seamstress and dressmaker, and was a very talented woman whose fashion tastes have influenced Tina and Beyoncé to collaborate and bring stylish pieces to women everywhere. Whilst Tina Knowles is the creative director behind the collection, daughter Beyoncé works with her mum to develop tantalizing designs to mouth water the taste buds of many fashionistas.
I had a cheeky look at the duo’s designs, and I must say I am impressed at the range of exotic prints and classic black pieces that are on offer!
Here are a few of my favourite pieces of clothing from the House of Deréon range exclusive to Selfridges:
Panelled Dress, £85 – A LBD is required in every girl’s wardrobe so this sexy lace number would be perfect for a girl’s night out or a hot date with your man! This dress is a subtle take on the Autumn/Winter fetish trend, which was seen on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu and the even more revealing Emanuel Ungaro! I would wear this classic House of Deréon dress with these delicious Dalmatian print boots from Topshop Unique and a crystal cape statement necklace from River Island.
Studded Top, £50 – Being a bit of a ‘rocker girl’, I just had to incorporate this studded pocket vest from Beyoncé’s new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection! This top can be included in several different outfits, for example, you can team it with these Bitching & Junkfood stud spiked denim shorts from Urban Outfitters and Republic hiker heel boots for the ‘rocker girl’ look as seen on the catwalks of Alexander Wang and Giles. You can also pair the studded top with this A|Wear burgundy belted mini skirt from ASOS, for a night out on the town!
Panelled Leggings, £70 – Last but not least are these gorgeous printed panelled leggings for a pricey £70! These leggings are perfect if you want to achieve the current Autumn/Winter print trend, but without being head-to-toe in Dalmatian, polka dots or Navajo.
This beautiful Autumn/Winter collection will be available at the Birmingham, London and Manchester Trafford stores, as well as on the Selfridges website. I suggest you check out the House of Deréon brand today!