INSPIRATION: LACE-UP HEELS

I turned to Pinterest this week and found myself fawning over the many pairs of lace-up heels I was coming across. Below are some of my favourites: Follow me on Pinterest here.

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NEW IN: LEOPARD AND FUR

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Okay so ‘leopard and fur’ might be a tad misleading. When I hear those two scary-sounding adjectives I think of Teresa Guidice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But of course I have impeccable taste and wouldn’t be seen dead in anything less than covetable… ahem.
So anyway, my jeans are from H&M, and the furry trainers are from
Topshop. I jumped on the slip-on sneaker bandwagon, finally, after deciding I have no comfortable shoes which are attractive enough to be seen out of the house with. even though I have three pairs of Converse and multiple other flats that are stylish and comfortable, but they’re not new so they don’t count okay?
Word to the wise, the jeans come up tiny so be warned that you will need to get them in a size or two bigger than you usually would be. Only a 4 year-old would get their arse into a UK 6 in those.

TEX SAVERIO A/W14 PARIS FASHION WEEK

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I attended the Tex Saverio show in Paris on Tuesday after what felt like a million hours of travelling, but boy what a day it turned out to be. After waking up at 5am to catch a train, tube and finally the Eurostar, we arrived in Paris. First stop, the nearest café to the Gare du Nord we could find to eat as many crépes au sucre we could manage.

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After much discussion in poor broken French with a taxi driver, we finally established where we wanted to be, the show’s venue the Automobile Club de France on the Place de la Concorde, just a short walk from the Champs Elysées. The show started at 2pm local time and was just as enchanting as was expected from a Tex Saverio collection. The only difference for me was being able to see it up close and be able to capture, first hand, the intricate detailing and shimmering fabrics Saverio is known for.

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With a palette strictly of black and gold, the collection consisted of the use of rich decadent fabrics detailed with intricate bedding a laser-cut detailing. The ornate head pieces glittered under the spotlights, an aspect which cannot be transcribed through photos, as with the glittering gowns.

 

Hair and makeup was kept simple and pared back, letting the clothing speak for themselves. The 7-inch platform shoes with backwards-curved heels added another other-wordly quality, much reminiscent of McQueen. This being Saverio’s second ready-to-wear collection, I think it definitely seals his place on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar, proof of what a success he is as an up-and-coming designer and a true sign of his accomplishments to come.

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Below are some professional shots from the collection.
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NICOLE MILLER A/W14

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I’m loving the tough-girl-with-a-twist theme coming from Nicole Miller’s show this season. The all black colour palette with vibrant accents of prints with peacock elements gave a subtle contrast to the textures that included leathers, studs, chains and fur. The hair and makeup contrast also worked well with the strong eyes and contoured cheekbones paired with the softness of loosely pinned up hair. Warrior girl next door was the girl of the moment.

NEW IN: ZARA BOOTS

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Zaraaaaaa. Zara Zara Zara. Zara is…. Well. Put it this way, I went in there today with the intention of spending £0, I really did. But of course I upped my budget once I saw these. But you see it would have been an absolute crime for me not to get them; the price tag said £29.99 which I thought was a steal. I tried them on and they were the comfiest boots ever in the whole world (no really, they are) and as I wandered around the shop, mentally spending three-figures over my intended budget, I went to the till where the nice Spanish man with slicked hair said, “That’s £12.99 please”. £12.99. TWELVE NINETY NINE?

So you see, it would have been just illegal for me not to, right?

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PRINTED JEANS MANIA!

Printed jeans have become such a huge deal over the past few seasons and right now the trend is at it’s peak. The thing about jeans in general is that they are such a staple in (almost) anyone’s wardrobe (Daphne Guinness aside) and oh-so easily accessible. As for printed jeans, both the high street and high end market have some amazing versions, most of which will suit anyone with an ounce of flair. My own collection of printed jeans is in itself, extensive, and they’re always great conversation starters from people who love them, people who hate them and people who “don’t get” them. I for one love them, and for what my opinion is worth, feel that printed jeans will always be fab. Rest assured, I’ll be rocking printed skinnies when I’m in my 60s.

I tried to find my favourite 10 pairs of printed jeans on the internet and finally found them, after much umming and erring over deciding which ones to include (as there are easily about 76 pairs I could’ve chosen). I’ll put links in the captions so you can go ahead and purchase them too!

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here:http://www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/BOUTIQUES/Holiday-Shop/City-escape/What-to-Wear/Stars-and-Stripes-print-skinny-mid-rise-jeans_150-3003037-IS9914P/?previewAttribute=Stars%2F+stripes

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter.
Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they're really cool. They're by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they’re really cool. They’re by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter.
Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

 

How cute are these by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

How cute are these eye print jeans by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

 

At the more "easily wearable" end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They're by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

At the more “easily wearable” end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They’re by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

 

So preppy and cool! I'd love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So preppy and cool! I’d love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So there is my top 10 favourite printed jeans! I apologize that they’re all in a big looooooooong column, WordPress was playing silly beggars with me. The thrill about printed jeans is that they can be dressed up with heels and a blazer and tons of jewelery, dressed down in the winter with biker boots, thick socks and a scarf or thrown on in the summer with the cuffs rolled up and a pair of Havaianas.

Let me know where you stand on printed jeans! Which ones are your favourites?

COUTURE WEEK OVERVIEW : FALL 3013

Couture Week’s are my absolute favourites. The glamour, the imagination, the pomp and the delight. For me, it’s so far removed from reality it’s an art form of escapism, a means of being free for the few minutes of feasting my eyes on the extravagance of each piece. From Old Hollywood glamour, glitz and sophistication at Elie Saab, the over-the-top leopard and fur-ness at Jean Paul Gaultier to understated-overstated shapes and fabrics at Ulyana Sergeenko, Fall 2013 Couture was certainly a sight to be seen.

VIKTOR & ROLF

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Nothing says allure like the colour back. Black with minimal hair, makeup and flat shoes is alluring at it’s best. The Viktor & Rolf show provided such allure. With the draped silks, modest shapes and contrasting furs, paired with flat sandals, the show was a contradiction of terms. A couture show with opulence in fabrics and styles with a twist of minimalist pairings. 

ULYANA SERGEENKO

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As ever, Sergeenko takes references from her Russian heritage for her Fall couture collection. Showing a juxtaposition of stockings-and-suspenders with a high necked Victorian collar alongside virginal white fur with orange leather demi-gloves.The show was a beautiful medley of constricted values of rules with rebellion peaking through.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Opulence, glamour and other-worldly are all words that can always be used to describe a Gaultier couture show. Fall 2013 did not sway from this way of thinking. Feathers, fur, sequins, tailoring, leopard, headwear, veils, glitz, leather, lace, jewels, chains, velvet, silk, chiffon are all elements of this show, along with, as you can imagine, many many more. There was a tone of burlesque to the show, many circle elements in the garments; figure hugging and curve creating shapes that emphasise the female form, keeping much to Gaultier’s signature style.

ELIE SAAB

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The Elie Saab show was Elie Saab Elie Saab Elie Saab. His dresses have become iconic and easily recognisable for their classic shapes, OTT glitz, sophisticated elegance and movie-star quality. There is never a collection of his that wouldn’t make you feel a million billion dollars if you were one of the lucky few to be able to even try one of his gowns on. The Fall 2013 collection was no different. With his muted tones of taupe, nude and mauve paired with his classic aubergines, ruby and emerald; the collection was as glamorous as ever, a collection to be lusted, desired and pored over forever… Or at least until the next collection.

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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There is always excitement that surrounds a Dior show, especially since Raf Simons took over as creative director. The Fall couture collection did not disappoint the many anxiously anticipating spectators in the audience. ‘Freedom’ was the starting point for the creation of this collection by Simons and it was certainly apparent in the lack of restriction in the garments, with still possessing a form fitting silhouette and immaculate lines. The freedom comes mainly from the fabrics used in the collection. From muted sequins to jewel toned taffeta and silks; full length fringing and hints of Houndstooth, the show was sprinkled with surprises.

ALEXIS MABILLE

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Alexis Mabille’s influence for his Fall 2013 couture show came from the brush strokes from eighteenth century painter Giovanni Boldini. You can definitely see in this collection Mabille’s creative marriage of bring old and new styles together, tying them with the definitive idea of the brush strokes and art pieces. Beautifully crafted silks, chiffons and brocade frame the show with the idea of mixture heavily present.

ZUHAIR MURAD

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Being a favourite for red carpet goers, Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2013 collection is one in which can be imagined being worn by the world’s most famous and glamorous faces. With an edgy twist, this collection brought us the tying of classic glamour with sex appeal and understated controversy. Opulence is what Murad does best and this collection did not fail to bring us the pomp and glitz that consumers crave when observing a Zuhair Murad show. I love the idea of the gowns being modestly covering the body, with hints of flesh peaking through wide set lace, sparsely placed sequins or chiffon. 

OF COURSE I BOUGHT SOME NEW SHOES.

I made a vow to myself a while ago that I’d stop spending. I spent some more and re-established the vow. I then spent more money and tried to work on my marriage with my bank balance, but it seems it is not meant to be, because I’ve spent more. You could say I’m having a marital tiff with my bank account. We’re on the brink of divorce. The cause of all this pain and upset (on my bank account’s part) is a shopping trip I took today where I bought these darling shoes from Zara (amongst other things…. I know, I KNOW).

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I’ve been eyeing them up for a while and I saw them today and practically ran and skidded on the floor to get to them, like some kind of torpedo was going to come along and whisk them all away in the time it would take me to walk over to them like a normal person. But I had to have them, obviously, so in a rather dramatic fashion I dropped everything, shoved my foot inside and decided they were mine.

I cannot wait to wear these, I literally have a million outfits planned to wear them with, both summer and winter versions. Lace skirts with leather jackets, black skinnies and scruffy tees, pencil skirts and button up shirts, shorts & tights; endless outfits. They are the definition of perfection.

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ PINTEREST BROWSE TO MAKE A GAL FEEL BETTER.

So I haven’t been feeling well for the past week (having MAJOR girly issues… Say no more) and whenever I’m feeling down and low or ill and in need of a pick-me-up I always turn to Pinterest. Well in all honesty I turn to Pinterest whenever I’m feeling anything, but illness in particular is a good excuse for some down-time and therefore a good ol’ all night Pinterest sesh. So here is my (extra long) Pinterest post for you, all of which are photos that help add a spring to my step and a smile to my face. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest HERE.

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