Monday, 29 November 2010

Christmas Jumpers...

I was recently asked to take part in a Global Cool competition called 'I Love My Jumper' which is part of 'Turn up the Style, Turn Down the Heat' where Global Cool are promoting a greener way of keeping warm this winter 'without needing to crank up the radiator to compensate for the fact that you’re dressed like you’re on a beach in Barbados'

A greener environment is something important to me. If it's important to you too check out their competition. All you have to do is upload a picture of you in your favourite jumper and you could win £100 worth of Urban Outfitters vouchers - Easy Peasy for the lovely style bloggers out there!

1. Urban Outfitters 2,3,4. Zara 5. Urban Outfitters.
6,7,8. River Island 9. Topshop
10. Topshop 11. River Island 12. Topshop 13. River Island

So as i'm a part of said challenge, i'm flexing my fingers on the old internet shopping front (and wallet) in order to keep myself warm and find the perfect jumper, As well as saving energy. Here are some of my favourites...

1. Motel 2. ASOS Premium 3. Whistles
4. ASOS White 5. ASOS 6. ASOSWhite

Thank you for listening. And do check it out if this interests you :)

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Peclers Paris: Autumn-Winter 2011/12...

For those unfamiliar with Peclers Paris, let me enlighten you... they are a trend forecasting agency. Working with everyone from L'oreal to Nokia and fashion wise Maxmara and Prada. They create fabulous trend books to inspire you with colour and trend influences, with outfit designs and styling ideas for each season.

At my university we are lucky enough to have access to these (£300) books. Which by the Library standards, are for reading only - heaven forbid a peclers trendbook reaches within a 2 metre radius of the with your head! So when two ladies from Peclers came to talk to us about up and coming trends in AW11/12 and let us rumage through their moodboards and gave permission to take pictures - i snapped up the chance! (no pun intended)

Within the first few sentences of the talk i was inspired. I've lost a lot of motivation recently due to my business brain sucking the creative juices out of me! So, Just the mention of Oxblood reds, pumpkin oranges and coffee creams sent my brain into a swirling kaleidoscope of imagination!

I was suprised to see trends from previous winter months resurfacing for 2011/12 into a new direction. Obviously jackets become the statement wardrobe piece, but the development in which shapes, forms and silhouettes is reflected on the jacket structure shows heavy influences from the 4 stories of which Peclers has predicted.

Autumn/winter colour combinations are warmer neutral shades with fabric influences from leather and suede. Coffee and cream, Pumpkin orange, and fruity accents illuminates the winter season. Whilst Shocking reds add a confident feel, with a cheerful mix with pink and beige. Leather is to be developed further, taking new shades of Oxblood red as base colours.

Navy blue, often associated with Nautical themes, is tipped to be one of the biggest colours. However, with more of a sense of graphic modernity and masculine sensuality than the overworked nautical. Accents of Teal and brown to accentuate the earthy feel of the 'uniform trend' which will become more apparent.

English Greens take over Khaki with an Old English University influence, and Scottish Folklore circa 19th Century. Think Sherlock Holmes.

Polar white palettes show a feminine aspect, mixing within the wild/rustic trend for shapes. A soothing and pure colour with luminous qualities to contrast with pastels, browns, blacks, greys and greens.

Stay posted for my Posts on the Peclers Stories, for the AW11/12 trends.

Friday, 19 November 2010

How's this for colour...

A bit of a colour theme this week on the blog. Well I saw this Editorial from Vogue Germany and couldn't resist. I love that this issue was published in October 2010, yet it looks like it could be a vintage Queen magazine from the 60's.

It makes me want to go to Germany. It makes me want high waisted yellow trousers and a cornflower blue coat - and for 15 minutes, i forgot that it was raining!

What's not to like?

Suvi Koponen in “Color Up!”
Photographer Sebastian Kim and Stylist Katie Mossman.
(images papermode/German Vogue)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Having been pretty bogged under with uni work lately I've decided to take some time out from business planning and get stuck into the blog. Which has very much suffered so far this term...So rather than looking out of my window onto DRIZZLE and grey gloom I thought i'd get stuck into some colourful delights to lift my mood.

*Bare with my unadventurous adjectives i'm still a bit rusty*

Colour blocking has been huge in past seasons, reaching dizzy heights of success for the likes of House of Holland, Marc Jacobs and Gucci - i'm sure there are more. But head-to-toe colour, when it's not black, blue or something equally drab - is mostly unseen of in day to day life!

I'd love to see someone walk down the street all out in a hot pink outift a la Mark Fast, or better yet the pastel tones of Francesco Scognalmiglio! Preen do it feminine yet sophisticated (as always) in a pale lilac softly tailored suit. Where as Aquascutum and ChloƩ bring the masculine element to the winter table.

Burberry injects the military, whilst Marc Jacob's and Charles Anastase bring playful 70s chic with bright yellow and lime green accents. But the best of all for this season has to be Richard Nicoll's Burnt orange velvet ensemble - it's party season after all...

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

I Want Lanvin, Not Flowers...

Taking place in a shining-esque hotel, the Lanvin for H&M short film is a cheeky portrayal of the high street/designer collaboration.

Is the 'oh my god - we're both wearing the same dress' type moments a patronising "Well you can't afford real Lanvin so this is what you have to deal with" slap in the face?

Showing it appeals to a broader audience with a grandmother type figure...and a 'chubby' girl on a treadmill in heels - There's some kind of meaning behind that surely! With that in mind, I can't deny the excitement I felt watching the video, the clothes look fun and what's more looks like we are in store for some H-O-T Lanvin accessories too!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Emma Watson for Vogue...

Emma Watson for Vogue UK December issue.

Showing the hair haters just why she had the chop. It looks stunning!!!!

Happy Halloween...

A little late. But better than never. Here are some snap shots from various A-list halloween parties across the globe (well, mainly the USA) Heidi Klum's dressing up skills are on top form, with her and hubby seal topping their Adam and Eve outfits from last year.

Alber looks a little bland next to Janet 'Zorro' Jackson. Anne Hathaway does leopard print properly - take note Ashanti....

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween and have chocolate hangovers :)

images from