"Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening..."- Coco Chanel

Monday, 31 January 2011

The Simplest Things are the Most Beautiful

Spring, in fashion's irratic calender, is upon us! Cue lashings of tulle and lace in creamy colours from my current favourite designer, Oscar de la Renta. The following are my picks from his latest collection:
Flares are set to be huge this season, and Oscar de la Renta adds a flirtatious kick to his take on the design , pairing the trousers with a sugary-sweet ruffled blouse and a patterned cardigan. Yes, the look is a fraction old-school, but sometimes its nice to sit back and reminisce.

Once again florals are a focal point of the spring designs. The natural appearing colours give the dress a summery feel and the soft pleats and flowing hem add a whimsical element. 
This dress is one of my favourites from his whole collection. The king of couture dresses, the ice cream shade and lashings of silky chiffon takes prettiness to a whole new level. The colour reminds me of the sea on a frosty morning, and it's the perfect dress to billow out from behind in the breeze.
Lace is back! (again.) I thought I was bored of lace- it had after all been tailing us for the past few seasons and is so copied its impossible to walk into a shop without seeing some intricate lacy design- but this dress is to die for! It should be a very suggestive dress, but the 'Mad Men' length and cute bow make it more seductive. 
Chanel Iman looks ravishing in this divine creation. Monochrome should be mundane yet there is something about this outfit that makes it anything but. It's a fabulous transitional dress that could be dressed up or down; look edgy with a biker jacket or demure with a chic embellished cape; and look perfect in the final months of winter and in the glow of the summer.
It's fussy, it's princessy, it's frothy and it should conjure up images of meringues and ice cream. Yet it's still incredibly beautiful. 

This is the one of the most understated dresses in the collection but manages to be one of the most breathtaking and chic as well. The fit is perfect, clinging in all the right places but still leaving an element of mystery and a hint of floatiness. The colour, gradually changing from silver to off-white, makes the skin glow and emphasizes the wonderful cut of the dress. Expect to see this creation on the red carpet in the upcoming month.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

When White gets Bold

Previously a colour for the shrinking violets or for those who simply want to play it safe, white was never really an it-girl's colour. That is until this dress came along. Designed by Peter Som, this dress can't get much prettier. The black bow points towards the traditional monochrome combination but the 3d flowers remove any suggestions of mundanity. The aqua shoes give the dress a colourful pop, inspiring an almost futuristic element. 

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Coveting Spring

If ever there was a time to turn preppy, now is the time. Jack Wills is the current go-to place for whimsical British Heritage clothes and quilted jackets have stormed the highstreets all winter. Thus, I am on the hunt to infuse a bit of prep into my wardrobe, and I think I have found just the item:
This Jacket, by Barbour, is a guaranteed hit for spring. It's girly enough to inspire a flirtatious element but practical enough to tick all the utility-style boxes, and I'm determined it will be my companion come festival season. I can already imagine myself rocking this at Reading complete with flowers in my hair, ripped denim shorts and traditional black hunter wellies...

We are Golden: Golden globe awards 2011

Everyone loves a bit of glamour, and right now its awards season. Cue outrageous dresses, a frenzy of new looks and an array of stunning dresses!
Dianna Agron
I have a bit of an obsession with neutrals- a possible hangover from 2010- and this floor length gown is simply incredible. Yes, it's minimalist. But the pleats and subtle accessories give it a modern update. 
Anne Hathaway
I am fully aware that Anne Hathaway's dress has won heaps of praise from various international fashion commentators but in my humble opinion the shimmering scales on the dress make her look like an extra from the Little Mermaid. Just saying..
Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore looks pretty in the above dress. The deep colour gives it a wintry feel and the sheer netting adds a slightly gothic rock-chick element, contrasting with the pretty feminine neckline. Overall, I adore it!
How does Angelina do it? Everything about this outfit shouldn't work. She should look like a wannabe Christmas tree that's overdone it on the glitter but instead she looks like a screen siren ready to pounce. Jealous! 
Again this outfit has had mixed reviews from the critics. However I think it is an incredible dress reminiscent of a long-lost Romeo and Juliette-esque gown that's pretty enough to look at all day. Scarlett shouldn't be at an awards ceremony; in that dress she should be gazing out over a lake in the moonlight waiting for her Prince.  

Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfield looks ravishing in this demure number. It screams classic hollywood siren and the chic ponytail gives it a youthful twist.


As you may have noticed, I have neglected the blog in the past few months. Well, neglected is a sad understatement to be perfectly honest. For the past 3 months I have shamelessly abandoned it due to the culmination of exam season stress and being generally busy. BUT do not fear! I am back, and ready to blog! I want to do at least a post a day so make sure you keep checking back here, I look forward to getting back on the blogging band wagon!