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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Le Photographe // LFW SS15

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Tempted? Well that’s the idea, literally. Le Photographe’s inspiration stemmed from the bible’s ‘garden of temptation’.

The collection takes the rough with the smooth, combining embroidery with sleek shapes and tailoring.

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With references to the 50’s by way of flared skirts and neck a chiefs but with an organic twist to bring it forward to 2015.

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Christopher comments “The aim of our collection this season was to twist and extend the boundaries of wearable silhouettes, incorporating embroidery and fabric manipulation to bring a playful elegance to a new vision of the post modern wardrobe”

Think natural colours like raspberry, lemon and white combined with woven raffia emulating the twisted branches of the tree of life.

Summer Highs

I’ve been a bit absent in the blogosphere recently; sunshine, holidays, new friends and special occasions seem to have distracted me recently. Yet some people have been using their summer in much more productive ways.

Laura, a fellow Warehouse veteran, is at the start of a very exciting adventure as she embarks upon her own clothing line: Trove. She hasn’t sacrificed her summer either, as well as getting engaged she also jetted off to Croatia and Paris. Then there’s Kelli, a friend from school, she’s always been a hip kid and her clothing line Wosh is coolness personified. She’s managed to do all this whilst at the same time raising money for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cause close to her heart.

These ladies have snapped me out of my summer haze and I will be interviewing both of these inspirational women in the near future so stay tuned. Hopefully their stories will in turn encourage you.

Laura Elizabeth Wood. Wearing Trove.

Laura Elizabeth Wood. Wearing Trove.

 

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Kelli Foley

 

 

Hannah’s Tulle Troubles // Ask Estelle

“Estelle! Please help! I have seen the most amazingly beautiful Tulle Skirt in this weeks copy of LOOK magazine. However, they give no mention as to where it is from or where I might be able to get my hands on my very own version of it.
I have a feeling they are going to be all the rage come spring and would love to be prepared for that first warm-enough day to wear one. The one I’ve seen is nude, to the knee with plenty of layers.
Instantly I thought of you … hope you can help?”

Of course I can help!

I saw it too and loved it, for those of you who haven’t here it is…

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Very Parisian chic.

Valentino have a great range however if, like me, Valentino’s a little outside your price rang …how about this one from Coast?

Too much bling for your buck? Then try Vintage shops, markets or Ebay, I found some great bargains…

For those of you that love the look but want less fullness, then what about this sweeter than candyfloss skirt from Windsor?

And for those who, in contrast, want larger than life fullness simply add a slip…

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: 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

Ask Estelle // Emma’s Winter Wardrobe Worries

“I’m having trouble finding a winter coat that’s suitable for the office and wearing to meetings, but one that also suits my style and I can wear out in the evenings. I really like the oversize suit jacket look, and am pretty tall so still want to get away with this look outside of my workplace. I don’t even know where to start… Any suggestions?”

So a smart but sassy coat, for work and play…

Single breasted, oversized coats are currently the hottest trend in outerwear.

Try checks…

With regards to your height, the taller the better! When it comes to this seasons’ mannish long coats, height is your accomplice…go for a camel/nude tone for a more elegant touch.

But sticking strictly to the brief what about this?

DIY Fashion Christmas Cards

Last week my creativity took a different path, instead of blogging (sorry!) I was busy making fashion Christmas cards…

Feeling creative too? Well all you need is an old Vogue/Elle/Tatler etc, scissors, glue and card…

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And with a little imagination and Christmas spirit you can make these…

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