FASHION – mad for monochrome

fashion - mad for monochromeIf there’s one trend which is currently taking over my wardrobe, it’s monochrome.

I wore this to my first London Fashion Week show on Friday, (I know, I’m such a newbie but it was an amazing experience) you can read my review here.

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Black high waist skinny jeans are my go-to (I love anything high waisted) and this River Island crop top is a great light layer. I love my cut-out buckle boots from Matalan – they are the best sale item that I have ever bought, and my instagram followers have spied this Zara necklace before

Is monochrome taking over your wardrobe too? I’d love to know what you think!

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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)

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:

Outfit 1:
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.

Outfit 2:
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!

Outfit 3:
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.