Style it like Solange

Solange made headlines again this week, but this time for all the right reasons. “Of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator” and whatever your opinion on what went down is, you can’t deny that she really did look a billion dollars at her New Orleans wedding.

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Solange cycled her way to the venue in none other than a Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit before switching into a Humberto Leon for Kenzo gown for the ceremony. While her 1970s outfit choices were very on trend, she went against the trend when it came to guest attire as her wedding party all wore various shades of white. Despite this she still stood out as the star of show, even Sasha Fierce looked tame in comparison opting for a mid length Torn by Ronny Kobo Maggie Lasso diamonds dress.

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Evoking Diana Ross, Solange looked regal as she swapped the traditional Bride’s veil for a cape. Engaged, single or happily married everyone should have a fling with Solange’s seventies style.

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Diana Ross

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Ask Estelle // Harriet’s Helpline

Harriet asked:

“Hi Estelle

First of all can I just say that I love your blog!

So I’m getting married next summer, and I am just trying to get a feel for the general bridesmaid trends that are out there at the moment. The wedding ‘vibe’ is sort of festival-ly, nothing too posh.

Thanks in advance!”

Now many of you who know me personally will know that I have a vested interest in this particular ‘Ask Estelle’ since I have the honor of being one of Haz’s bridesmaids… so no pressure then!

This will be my fourth trip down the aisle as a bridesmaid, however my previous experiences won’t help us here unless you fancy dressing us all up in bonnets Harriet?

So I’ve turned to celebrity weddings for some inspiration. Now obviously the most talked about wedding this year has been Kimye’s, in which the bridesmaids wore white?!

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I wouldn’t personally go for this, call me old fashioned but the bride should be the only one in white on her wedding day. However I love the cut of these dresses, my favorite feature being the ruched netting which has been wrapped over the base fabric. Muted tones are very in vogue right now, how about an off white colour, a beige, a greige or a pale pink?

Kourtney and Khole’s dresses are a bit too formal for a festival inspired do. So instead let us draw inspiration here from the wedding of OC creator Josh Schwartz and Jill Stonerock whose ceremony was a far cry from the Kardashian’s. Rachel Bilson collaborated with Brian Reyes to design these flowing, bohemian, beauties…

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They have a relaxed rustic feel to them and the heather bouquet is the perfect complement to these Grecian green gowns.

Kimono’s are an essential when it comes to Festivals and why should your wedding be any different?! Here’s how the style translates into bridesmaid dresses…I think we can draw the line at wellies though…

Lace is always a classic, however this trend translates best onto dresses which end just below the knee.a2837f0dad3990def83c4cef646e2f6a

This serene simple dress is defiantly one of my favorites, minus the colour of course…

So there you have it, the bridesmaid dress options out there are endless, as long as you think outside the box. You’ll have noticed that I haven’t featured the likes of Debenhams or Coast aka the obvious choices. Now don’t get me wrong they’ll do the job and do the job well. However I’m guessing you’ve already looked there and haven’t found what you were looking for, hence why you’ve written in.

Clearly it’s important to get our dresses right (remember there’s seven of us and only one of you…) but in all seriousness it’s your dress that will be the focal point, not ours, so get thinking about that!

 

 

 

 

Sculpture in the Home // Pangolin London

On Friday Amy and I went to the preview of Sculpture in the Home courtesy of The Guardian.

It’s a dynamic exhibition celebrating not only beautiful British sculptures but also interior design by Amelia Mcneil, textiles and architecture. We were lucky enough to have a talk by the curator Polly Bielecka, where she told us how the exhibition had been given a modern makeover from its original post war state. It was amazing to hear all the ‘behind the scenes’ details. When you initially walk into the exhibition the first thing that hits you is its harmonious appearance, with each different medium of artwork complimenting the next. Listening to Polly delve into the secrets of curating really puts things into perspective especially with regards to just how much thought goes into creating such unity, giving a whole new level to the exhibition experience.

So if you can get yourself down to Pangolin London, you won’t be disappointed. The exhibition features works from Barbara Hepworth, Sanderson, Robert Day, Geoffrey Clarke and many more. And if you can’t, well here’s a few pics…

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Distressed

Don’t worry this isn’t a cry for help, today I’m talking distressed denim…

Here’s me last Sunday soaking up the sunshine at Regents park in my ripped H&M jeans.

Leather Jacket: Warehouse, Knit and Jeans: H&M, Necklace: Zara

Leather Jacket: Warehouse, Knit and Jeans: H&M, Necklace: Zara

Fancy ripping it up too? Then what about these…

 

Rome

I spent the last days of January in Rome. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go, especially with my degree in Classics and it didn’t disappoint! I walked (till I could walk no more) round endless ruins, drank wine for 1 euro and basked up the Italian sunshine.

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Now, Italy is renowned for its fashion but not perhaps for it’s visual merchandising techniques…

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In this window of 1 metre by 2, they’ve crammed as much into is as humanly possible. Apparently full size shirts take too much room so instead they’ve created tiny imitations of the original garments they have to offer inside. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a place you could pick up a shirt for your dad and your dog…

It’s not what I’d call aesthetically pleasing, but you can’t knock their ingenuity. Their city is full of ancient buildings, one of the characteristics of such is small windows, therefore limiting their display options. It’s interesting to see different cities visual approaches. Still I think I’ll stick with Selfridges…

SS14 The Trends: Origami

Origami isn’t just a party trick…It’s a new way of dressing.

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Think cotton skorts by day and mid length, metallic, pleat skirts by night…

Designers to inspire: Rochas, Dries Van Noten, Antipodium

Where to shop the trend: Zara

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Zara £22.99

 

 

 

 

 

SS14 The Trends: Slogan Tees

Cast your mind back to 2009… I’m sure there’s No Doubt that you’ll remember Gwen Stefani stepping out in these trousers?

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Well if you don’t, then Louis Vuitton’s SS14 collection is here to remind you. Seemingly naked models strut down the catwalk with erm, well…it’s speaks for itself:

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Ok you can stop blushing now, don’t worry this is obviously more for spectacle than substance. The trend translates perfectly and eloquently onto the more modest T-shirt.

Designers to inspire: Paul & Joe, Mochino, DKNY

Where to shop the trend: Monki

SS14 The Trends: Gingham

When I see Gingham it immediately conjures up an image in my mind of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. So if you’re looking to bag a husband (or 7) this year, then Gingham’s the way to go*.

Designers to inspire: Meadham Kirchhoff, Balmain, Moschino

Where to shop the trend: Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Vintage

 

*Warning: when wearing you may be swept off your feet (literally) by a 6ft cabin owner called Adam.

SS14 The Trends: Sheer

January *groan*, probably the worst month of the year, the weather’s dreary and your purse is empty. However the good thing about January is the ‘looking forward to the year ahead part’ (catchy). Making your new year’s resolutions and planning trips for the summer. Another thing to look forward too is seeing the back of those tatty sale pieces littering the floors of high street shops all over Britain. And the emergence of the new SS collections, bringing freshness and light into the stores.

This week’s blog posts will focus on the top trends for SS14, giving you a focus (well for your new wardrobe at least) and an antidote to those January blues (and those Christmas Jumpers). Today’s fashion focus is Sheer.

Anna K’s collection (https://graduatinginstyle.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/lfw-the-catwalk/) teased us with this fanciful trend back in September at her LFW show. We knew it’d be a long winter ahead before we could step out in ‘barely there’ dresses and luminous lace. But not too long now, so don’t be under prepared. Plan now, look on trend come April.

Designers to inspire: Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant

Where to shop the trend: Topshop

Happy New Year

Hello all!

Happy New Year!

Remember me? I know it’s been a while since my last post (sorry!). Christmas and NYE were full of family and friends and therefore the blogging took a back seat while I returned to the 7 hills and fresh air of Sheffield.

Here’s a recap of my Christmas and NYE through the medium of photos, as the famous adage goes a picture is worth a thousand words

Work's Christmas Party

Work’s Christmas Party, Mayfair

Hair by Hershesons  

Christmas Jumpers and Birthday Celebrations in Sheffield

Christmas Jumpers and Birthday Celebrations in Sheffield.

Christmas Jumper: ASOS Marketplace Lillies of the Alley

Boxing Day, Derbyshire

Boxing Day, Derbyshire

Family Walks

Family Walks (and falls)

Treating my mum at Tamper Coffee

Treating my mum at Tamper Coffee

NYE, London

                      NYE, London

Sheer polka dot shirt: Zara