OSCAR DE LA RENTA A/W14

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There was a surprisingly edgy twist to Oscar de la Renta’s Fall show yesterday at New York Fashion Week. His use of leather, mesh and lace were in full swing creating a fresh take on dlR’s elegant cuts and shapes. I particularly loved the layered leather dress with long sleeves paired with the red T-bar pointed courts, such modern elegance. The short hair and simplistic makeup also gave a good contrast to the fresh modern take on the ever-present ball gowns. 

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THOM BROWNE A/W14

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Now this is the kind of theatrics that I miss from fashion week. Overexaggerated everything, fabrics to die for and hair and makeup fit for a queen (Elizabeth I would be proud). With the church as inspiration, the intricacies of the cuts showing pure craftsmanship, Brown has taken his detailing to religious new heights, both in literal and physical senses.

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.

NICHOLAS K A/W14

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Now this is the kind of look I love. Cool, but not overly cool. The unconventional tailoring paired with wells and shorn black wigs gives off the kind of vibe that I would want to give off every day. Every single piece in this collection is easy to wear, comfortable, beautifully made and definitely cool. It’s cool okay? I want to be this cool.

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HERVE LEGER A/W14

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Fierce sex appeal was basically the running theme of the Herve Leger by Max Azria show this week. Slicked back ponytails, geometric panels and thigh-high peep toe boots were all that mattered on a chilly Saturday in New York. Bandage-designed corsetry, asymmetric shapes with fringing and pleats to boot were all key aspects to the mood unto which creative director Lubov Azria sees the upcoming Winter period. Intricate beading and feather trims accessorised with bare legs provided the ever-present glitz and glam.

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SURPRISING NEW LOOK.

It has to be said, I’ve never really been a fan of New Look. In the small town where I live, the only “good” shop is a teeny tiny New Look and because of that, when I was at school everyone used to wear the same thing. Now I’ve never been one to conform (I cut all my hair off, and I mean ALL of it when I was 9 or 10) and so New Look just never appealed to me. However lo and behold, the tables have turned. I don’t know who is in charge of designing the jewellery at New look at the moment but they’re doing a damn good job of it!

I was browsing Pinterest one day last week, as usual, and I came across this photo:

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I thought to myself “Wow! That necklace is to DIE FOR!” Thinking it was going to probably be about a gazillion pounds I repinned it as I do with every other dreamable item I see on there and didn’t think about it any more (for fear of subequently becoming severely depressed at how poor I am). It wasn’t until that evening when I sat down with my mum and showed her it that she said “I saw that in New Look!”. Not believing her, she made me go on the website and look for it and guess what? It was bloody there! And only £20!!! As I scrolled down the pages and pages of jewellery, there was surprisingly, very few (if any) that I DISliked!

So here is my selection of favourites of ethnic/tribal style pieces from New Look’s current season, as you’ll see they’re such affordable yet effective pieces! I’ll DEFINITELY be adding some to my already mountainous collection!

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Go to New Look to see their full collection!

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& OTHER STORIES SPRING PICKS

& Other Stories is H&M’s sister brand consisting of all classic, minimalist timeless pieces in a price range that’s affordable, but not throwaway fashion like H&M. Here are my favourite pieces from the current collection for Spring, you’ll see just how timeless they are, they don’t follow particular trends so as to keep a classic formula to their brand. For more info on & Other Stories go to stories.com.

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MINIMALISM IS IN MY VOCABULARY

So it has to be said, I’ve FINALLY got into the whole “minimalism” thing. I don’t know how, I don’t know why but all of a sudden I find myself craving me some Jil Sander-esque almost clinically minimalistic attire. Cos is my new best friend.

I’ve always been a maximalist. ALWAYS. I’ve always been the “sequins and leopard print” kind of gal, but I’ve just recently been embracing the joys of a plain white tee. Perhaps my tastes are a-changing, my eyes are looking at things in a whole new light and my brain is wanting a clean slate.

I’m just going to go ahead and show you some of my favourite minimalist pieces from Cos this week. Cos is AMAZING. Really, it is. Not too expensive, the quality is that of a designer brand and best of all, everything looks like it could literally be Jil Sander. What more could you possibly want? Visit Cos

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