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30

Aug

What we wore to work today 30.8.12
Rejoice all that is whimsical! I have embraced the Alice and Wonderland look with a subtle blue print dress I found in a Parisian vintage shop. It’s 70s retro meets Victoriana. I suggest pairing with lace up ankle boots - preferably high heeled and in patent leather to give it a modern twist and a ‘good girl gone bad’ vibe. Fussy is where it’s at so feel free to add a striped cardigan or a checked blazer for clashing prints à la Prade or Miu Miu Winter 2012. For those minimalists among you, opt for a plan cocoon style coat as seen at Jil Sander and a patterned scarf avec will do the job nicely. With an on-trend doctor’s bag (see Louis Vuitton) you can stash enough to meet any eventuality - from ‘drink me’ potions right through to looking glasses….
Illustration - E McM.  Words - RB

What we wore to work today 30.8.12

Rejoice all that is whimsical! I have embraced the Alice and Wonderland look with a subtle blue print dress I found in a Parisian vintage shop. It’s 70s retro meets Victoriana. I suggest pairing with lace up ankle boots - preferably high heeled and in patent leather to give it a modern twist and a ‘good girl gone bad’ vibe. Fussy is where it’s at so feel free to add a striped cardigan or a checked blazer for clashing prints à la Prade or Miu Miu Winter 2012. For those minimalists among you, opt for a plan cocoon style coat as seen at Jil Sander and a patterned scarf avec will do the job nicely. With an on-trend doctor’s bag (see Louis Vuitton) you can stash enough to meet any eventuality - from ‘drink me’ potions right through to looking glasses….

Illustration - E McM.  Words - RB

09

Jul

Not only recognized for her style and attention to detail (Luxurious tresses, a flawless glow and demure displays of priceless jewellery) Kate Middleton has captured the heart of a nation on an unprecedented level. She was the girl who got the Prince afterall; how can that fairy-tale reference not affect the most hardened cynic?
Selecting key well-tailored pieces with minimal accessories her style is effortless chic, yet wows with a youthful twist in colour and texture.
With designers and couture houses falling at her feet, as one of the world’s most influential people she often choses British designers. She has also been the beacon of light on the high street, proving that no-one is too good for Zara or Reiss. In these  frugal times, she has given a much-needed boost to the British fashion industry, often re-using the same outfit with different accessories for numerous key appearances. This girl’s selection on the high street has the financial Midas touch: a guarantee sell-out in seconds. So keep calm and buy like Kate.  
Illustration: E. Mc M. Words: E. Mc M.

Not only recognized for her style and attention to detail (Luxurious tresses, a flawless glow and demure displays of priceless jewellery) Kate Middleton has captured the heart of a nation on an unprecedented level. She was the girl who got the Prince afterall; how can that fairy-tale reference not affect the most hardened cynic?

Selecting key well-tailored pieces with minimal accessories her style is effortless chic, yet wows with a youthful twist in colour and texture.

With designers and couture houses falling at her feet, as one of the world’s most influential people she often choses British designers. She has also been the beacon of light on the high street, proving that no-one is too good for Zara or Reiss. In these  frugal times, she has given a much-needed boost to the British fashion industry, often re-using the same outfit with different accessories for numerous key appearances. This girl’s selection on the high street has the financial Midas touch: a guarantee sell-out in seconds. So keep calm and buy like Kate.  

Illustration: E. Mc M. Words: E. Mc M.

07

Jul

Art deco was a fleeting movement that sparked between two great world wars, but forever left its mark on the culture of the early 20th century.
One of the most lavish and decadent eras in history, this cultural phenomenon oozed glamour and opulence. The British Empire was now seeping in the beauty and wealth from it’s colonies and commerce. The Victoria and Albert museum inspired artists and designers with artefacts collected from Persian empires, Indian nobility and Egyptian temples.
This decadent and lavish flair inspired the fashion of the time. Fashion illustrators and designers were swept in this trend for all things Turkish and Byzantine. 
Young ladies skimming through the late-night members clubs of Mayfair wore headbands inspired by the costumes from ancient Persian manuscripts. Dress designs reflected the folds and drapes of Turkish dress and harem costume.  Layers of pearls necklaces were inspired by illustrations of elegant Indian courtesans. 
Women bobbed their hair, wore lipstick, sipped gin and rebelled against corsets. Drop waists created an elegant silhouette. Coco Chanel paved the way for a simple, minimalist but elegant chic. 
Chanel A/W 12 had a palette of contrasts- forever outlined black. Gold slipping through sable and deeps crimsons; shades of burnt umber echoed the glows of far-off exotic landscapes. 
It’s not even December, but the hype for the Great Gatsby has sent ripples through the fashion circles already, revamping this style for the next generation. 
Illustration: E Mc M. Words: E. Mc M.

Art deco was a fleeting movement that sparked between two great world wars, but forever left its mark on the culture of the early 20th century.

One of the most lavish and decadent eras in history, this cultural phenomenon oozed glamour and opulence. The British Empire was now seeping in the beauty and wealth from it’s colonies and commerce. The Victoria and Albert museum inspired artists and designers with artefacts collected from Persian empires, Indian nobility and Egyptian temples.

This decadent and lavish flair inspired the fashion of the time. Fashion illustrators and designers were swept in this trend for all things Turkish and Byzantine. 

Young ladies skimming through the late-night members clubs of Mayfair wore headbands inspired by the costumes from ancient Persian manuscripts. Dress designs reflected the folds and drapes of Turkish dress and harem costume.  Layers of pearls necklaces were inspired by illustrations of elegant Indian courtesans. 

Women bobbed their hair, wore lipstick, sipped gin and rebelled against corsets. Drop waists created an elegant silhouette. Coco Chanel paved the way for a simple, minimalist but elegant chic. 

Chanel A/W 12 had a palette of contrasts- forever outlined black. Gold slipping through sable and deeps crimsons; shades of burnt umber echoed the glows of far-off exotic landscapes. 

It’s not even December, but the hype for the Great Gatsby has sent ripples through the fashion circles already, revamping this style for the next generation. 

Illustration: E Mc M. Words: E. Mc M.

26

May

Lana del Rey
Who would have predicted the meteoric rise of Lana del Rey this time last year? Virtually unknown twelve months ago, the New Yorker has become America’s latest darling after the Youtube phenomenon of her first single Video Games, and follow-up releases Born to Die and Blue Jeans. The 24 year old singer has found that it is not just her music that is getting rave reviews, however - it seems her offbeat style is also turning heads.
A fan of mixing preppy with rockabilly, Lana works the unexpected combinations - varsity jackets with structured totes, baggy slogan tees with flowers in her hair, crop tops with creepers… But the girl’s got talent: for all her signature style is very ‘girl nextdoor’ she has proven on the red carpet that she can also pull off the sultry 1950s siren with merely a set of rollers and a slick of scarlet lipstick. Oh and a designer ball gown of course (see her full-length Vivienne Westwood dress at the Brits this year.) One trick pony this lady isn’t.
We give her a big gold star. Heck, Mulberry have even named a bag after her. Move over Alexa. Now that’s what we call a fashion hit.
Images - E.McM. Words - R.B.

Lana del Rey

Who would have predicted the meteoric rise of Lana del Rey this time last year? Virtually unknown twelve months ago, the New Yorker has become America’s latest darling after the Youtube phenomenon of her first single Video Games, and follow-up releases Born to Die and Blue Jeans. The 24 year old singer has found that it is not just her music that is getting rave reviews, however - it seems her offbeat style is also turning heads.

A fan of mixing preppy with rockabilly, Lana works the unexpected combinations - varsity jackets with structured totes, baggy slogan tees with flowers in her hair, crop tops with creepers… But the girl’s got talent: for all her signature style is very ‘girl nextdoor’ she has proven on the red carpet that she can also pull off the sultry 1950s siren with merely a set of rollers and a slick of scarlet lipstick. Oh and a designer ball gown of course (see her full-length Vivienne Westwood dress at the Brits this year.) One trick pony this lady isn’t.

We give her a big gold star. Heck, Mulberry have even named a bag after her. Move over Alexa. Now that’s what we call a fashion hit.

Images - E.McM. Words - R.B.

24

May

Spring was all about pastels… and now Summer has arrived it’s time to do the bright thing and follow the fash pack with some fluo lovin’! Neon shades were all over the SS12 catwalks. Roksander Illinic’s shocking pink colour blocking went all out - when Sam Cam showed up to a press event rocking one of her fuchsia dresses she seriously upped her credentials in the celebrity style stakes. At this point we were thinking wallflowers need not apply.
But actually this trend isn’t just for the bold among us - at Jonathan Saunders eye-popping citrus yellows and lime greens were toned down with his use of lace, giving the look a far softer, prettier edge. Think less Ibiza rave, more English garden party… Preen, too, gave a twist to his signature graphic prints by mixing neon with more muted shades. And if even those options still feel a little too ‘glowstick’ why not opt for a fluo accessory? A bright bag, pair of shoes or skinny belt gives a neutral outfit an instant update and makes the whole look pop. The Cambridge Satchel Co. and Accessorize are our go-to destinations for loading up on fluo goodies to stand out from the crowd just the right amount. So, whether you wholeheartedly embrace the fluo trend from head to toe or merely add touches to your wardrobe, the future looks bright…
Art - E. McM. Words - R.B.

Spring was all about pastels… and now Summer has arrived it’s time to do the bright thing and follow the fash pack with some fluo lovin’! Neon shades were all over the SS12 catwalks. Roksander Illinic’s shocking pink colour blocking went all out - when Sam Cam showed up to a press event rocking one of her fuchsia dresses she seriously upped her credentials in the celebrity style stakes. At this point we were thinking wallflowers need not apply.

But actually this trend isn’t just for the bold among us - at Jonathan Saunders eye-popping citrus yellows and lime greens were toned down with his use of lace, giving the look a far softer, prettier edge. Think less Ibiza rave, more English garden party… Preen, too, gave a twist to his signature graphic prints by mixing neon with more muted shades. And if even those options still feel a little too ‘glowstick’ why not opt for a fluo accessory? A bright bag, pair of shoes or skinny belt gives a neutral outfit an instant update and makes the whole look pop. The Cambridge Satchel Co. and Accessorize are our go-to destinations for loading up on fluo goodies to stand out from the crowd just the right amount. So, whether you wholeheartedly embrace the fluo trend from head to toe or merely add touches to your wardrobe, the future looks bright…

Art - E. McM. Words - R.B.

11

May

"God save the Queen!"
Residing in the capital of cool that is London city, one cannot fail to recognize the instant buzz in the air.. Not only are we hosting the Olympics, we are also celebrating one of our last remaining wonders of the western world; Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. That means she has spent a whooping 60 years on the throne. Pretty impressive, no? What better way to celebrate than throwing a nation-wide bash with a bank holiday. Not a shabby deal, for a royal one with a far from shabby wardrobe. 
Twin-set suits in block colour, a matching vibrant piece of millinery accompanied with deceptively chic bling.. our noble monarchy most certainly swathes those diamonds in style. What better occasion to celebrate this classic, notably British vintage style than with an afternoon tea? So get those pretty Cath Kidson plates out, prepare the cucumber sandwiches and have the victoria sponge on standby..  
-E. Mc M. 

"God save the Queen!"

Residing in the capital of cool that is London city, one cannot fail to recognize the instant buzz in the air.. Not only are we hosting the Olympics, we are also celebrating one of our last remaining wonders of the western world; Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. That means she has spent a whooping 60 years on the throne. Pretty impressive, no? What better way to celebrate than throwing a nation-wide bash with a bank holiday. Not a shabby deal, for a royal one with a far from shabby wardrobe. 

Twin-set suits in block colour, a matching vibrant piece of millinery accompanied with deceptively chic bling.. our noble monarchy most certainly swathes those diamonds in style. What better occasion to celebrate this classic, notably British vintage style than with an afternoon tea? So get those pretty Cath Kidson plates out, prepare the cucumber sandwiches and have the victoria sponge on standby..  

-E. Mc M. 

(Source: liberty.co.uk)

11

Apr

Show your urban stripes in khakis, creams and crisp batik-inspired prints as seen on Burberry and Michael Kors. Keira Knightly channelled the spirit of classic Out of Africa  in a photo shoot from Vogue featuring the feminine delicacy of cotton and lace contrasting with the gritty harsh texture of distressed leather and sun-bleached khakis.
Team the functional with the frivolous; this modern day global traveller keeps her style strong, but minimal. One simply cannot jet-set around the globe with her whole wardrobe, darling. This contemporary nomad lets her personality seep through simple cuts in strong vivid prints. It’s a relaxed affair, but a scorching palette politely tells us: Do not disturb. 

Show your urban stripes in khakis, creams and crisp batik-inspired prints as seen on Burberry and Michael Kors. Keira Knightly channelled the spirit of classic Out of Africa  in a photo shoot from Vogue featuring the feminine delicacy of cotton and lace contrasting with the gritty harsh texture of distressed leather and sun-bleached khakis.

Team the functional with the frivolous; this modern day global traveller keeps her style strong, but minimal. One simply cannot jet-set around the globe with her whole wardrobe, darling. This contemporary nomad lets her personality seep through simple cuts in strong vivid prints. It’s a relaxed affair, but a scorching palette politely tells us: Do not disturb. 

30

Mar

SPORTS LUXE S/S 12
Let’s get physical.. The Sports luxe trend has swapped the racetrack for the catwalk. Countdown for the Olympics has begun as Stella McCartney has designed the threads for Team GB and Stretford has become a cultural beacon of the East End. 
The modern woman needs a wardrobe that can let her breathe; distinctly urban in feel with a classic, muted palette. Flashes of neon yellow and electric pink teased through the collections of Marc Jacobs, saving the look from becoming too ‘post-yoga.’ Alexander Wang has given ‘utility chic’ an aztec edge, Gareth Pugh stuck to a monochrome palette, using modern synthetic fabrics for a sporty side. Stella McCartney effortlessly combines the ergonomical with the distinctly feminine; her slouchy trousers adorned with paisley prints embodying the sports luxe trend. Comfort flirts with couture. Gym and then clubbing, darling; casual goes. 
-E. Mc M.

SPORTS LUXE S/S 12


Let’s get physical.. The Sports luxe trend has swapped the racetrack for the catwalk. Countdown for the Olympics has begun as Stella McCartney has designed the threads for Team GB and Stretford has become a cultural beacon of the East End. 

The modern woman needs a wardrobe that can let her breathe; distinctly urban in feel with a classic, muted palette. Flashes of neon yellow and electric pink teased through the collections of Marc Jacobs, saving the look from becoming too ‘post-yoga.’ Alexander Wang has given ‘utility chic’ an aztec edge, Gareth Pugh stuck to a monochrome palette, using modern synthetic fabrics for a sporty side. Stella McCartney effortlessly combines the ergonomical with the distinctly feminine; her slouchy trousers adorned with paisley prints embodying the sports luxe trend. Comfort flirts with couture. Gym and then clubbing, darling; casual goes. 

-E. Mc M.

29

Mar

What we wore to work today 28.3.12
I looked to the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana as well as Roberto Cavalli for my inspiration for this outfit. Although not normally a fan of these brands I think this season they have succeeded in bringing a modern twist to the classic Hermes-style silk scarf prints. I think just a touch of this print works well without going overboard so I kept it to one piece with the rest of my outfit pared down: dark grey skinny jeans and black patent ankle boots - with a gold tipped cigarette heel to tie in the tones of the top. Jessie J (who coincidentally I saw wearing the very same Topshop number… and the leggings to match) is a big fan of this look, as are Rihanna and M.I.A who also love to rock the urban luxe look. These chicas go all out by adding stacks of gold jewellery, stocking up on high-topped sneakers and dusting off baseball caps. For now I think though that I’ll stick to the less full-on take on this trend… Simply go from day to night in the same outfit, swapping an oversized tote for an embellished box bag and sweeping gold glitter over eyelids. Et voila!
R.B.

What we wore to work today 28.3.12

I looked to the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana as well as Roberto Cavalli for my inspiration for this outfit. Although not normally a fan of these brands I think this season they have succeeded in bringing a modern twist to the classic Hermes-style silk scarf prints. I think just a touch of this print works well without going overboard so I kept it to one piece with the rest of my outfit pared down: dark grey skinny jeans and black patent ankle boots - with a gold tipped cigarette heel to tie in the tones of the top. Jessie J (who coincidentally I saw wearing the very same Topshop number… and the leggings to match) is a big fan of this look, as are Rihanna and M.I.A who also love to rock the urban luxe look. These chicas go all out by adding stacks of gold jewellery, stocking up on high-topped sneakers and dusting off baseball caps. For now I think though that I’ll stick to the less full-on take on this trend… Simply go from day to night in the same outfit, swapping an oversized tote for an embellished box bag and sweeping gold glitter over eyelids. Et voila!

R.B.

22

Mar

The ‘Lady-like’ trend for Spring/Summer 2012. 
Pretty pastels and floaty tea dresses in a symphony of sugar-coated sensations. Mint green was spotted on the catwalk of Prada, while Louis Vuitton went for a strawberry-bitten pink, with the odd flash of lemon zest.
-E. Mc M. 

The ‘Lady-like’ trend for Spring/Summer 2012. 

Pretty pastels and floaty tea dresses in a symphony of sugar-coated sensations. Mint green was spotted on the catwalk of Prada, while Louis Vuitton went for a strawberry-bitten pink, with the odd flash of lemon zest.

-E. Mc M.