It feels strange to be bringing SS11 to the table whilst there's snow (well more like sludge now) covering my street. But hey ho seasons shmeasons, these are some shots from the River Island Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook. Can't say its got me that excited. In fact i'm starting to wonder if i've picked up photos from New Look rather than River Island...not that that is a bad thing. Maybe R.I just can't trump their impressive A/W collection.
I'm seeing some designer inspirations within the pieces...Marc by Marc Jacobs with the multi coloured stripes. Rodarte with the tassles. Chloe with the Camel vs Denim.
Some other pieces from the lookbook clearly influenced by the 80's and Miami Vice with crisp white blazers and flourescent pink and purple trousers and top combos. Which is not for me. Also a lot of full A-line floral skirts - cute. Typical, but cute.
I'm a tad concerned about the cut on the polka dot jumpsuit, i mean, really? Although the feather print trousers and slouchy vest will be on my hit list for Summer.
What do you think of the lookbook? Everyone knows it's all about Topshop in the Summer anyway so....
Just a few pictures from the Diesel/Elle Magazine event at Selfridges last Wednesday. A casual affair including Champagne, mini cupcakes and goody bags. (woop!)
The event included a fashion show around the womens streetwear floor - and pixie lotte, randomly, not involved in the event just generally being all over her boyfriend and probably getting free stuff. I got a few paps in there anyway!
After a glass of bubbly - or two - i indulged in a browse around the concession, unforunately not buying anything. Funds are minimal from my Christmas shopping! Although i did spy a gorgeous leather jacket in there! I also didn't buy anything in Browns Focus on South Molton Street - Just a slight perv on all the pretty Ashish and Mary Katrantzou. Swoon.
(Selfridges Window display and South Molton Street Xmas lights)
Embroidered crochet cardigan £16 due in store end Feb, Belted chiffon shirt dress £15 due in store beginning of March, Piped edge cork platform £18 due in store beginning of April, Cream socks £1.50 due in store beg. March, Mini pocket satchel £7 March.
2 in 1 chiffon midi £15 due in store end Jan, Cork platform £12 due in store end March.
Beach scene prom dress £17 due in store end Jan, cream socks £1.50 due in store Feb, patent platform £12 in store now!
Belted chiffon shirt dress £15 due in store March. Lace up wedge £12 due in store Feb and Mini pocket satchel £7 beg March.
Lace trim tee £8 due in store end of Jan, Printed cotton bow short £5 due in store mid March, crochet shoe boot £14 due in store Jan, Floral headband £2 due in store end of Dec.
Vintage prom dress £21 due in store March, Floppy hat £4 due in store mid March, Piped edge cork platform £18 due in store April.
Pleat skirt midi dress £17 due in store end of Feb, Floppy straw hat £4 due in store end of Feb, Patent platform £12 in store now.
Shell frill sundress£9 due in store end of March, Interwoven wedge £18 due in store end March, Retro glasses £2 due in store mid November, Retro sunglasses £2 due in store end Jan, Cup shape straw bag £7 due in store end March.
Pocket woven tee £8 due in store end of Jan, Belted spotted 'palazzo' £14 due in store beginning of March, bow trim hat £3 due in store end Feb, Nautical rope wedge £14 due in store end Feb.
APPARENTLY this is a snippet of what's to come from Primark for Spring/Summer 2011...I'm shocked. While i'm sure the painfully perfect model, styling and some photo retouching here or there has something to do with it's beauty - i can't quite get over how much i love it! Well most of it.
And what's more i know i will be able to afford it - other than all the Whistles, Erdem, and Topshop Unique i would have to take a hefty loan out for.
Thoughts on Primark SS11? Are you a Primarni lover or loather?
A fabric round up for Autumn/Winter 2011-12. Inspired by the trend forecasts of Peclers Paris - written by Amelia of Bournemouth.
Florals. Florals tend to be of spring/summer territory. Unless you're Cacharel of course. These beautiful ditsy floral prints work so well in a series of autumnal colours for dainty dresses and a heavier style of outerwear. Clashing together prints and colours, broken at the waist with black statement waist belt to tie up an ultimate feminine style.
The Vintage Check. The vintage check. Lumberjack, Tartan, Gingham. Taking inspiration is all American designer Tommy Hilfiger. His preppy style is reminiscent of a vintage university style uniform, with cable knit roll necks, v-necks and the gathered paperbag belted waist line.
British Check. Mixed up. Re-coloured. Blown up. The 'British Check' a patriotic nod to british country gents, elitist universities, men in uniform. Military-esque tailoring with a feminie twist and a nod to the highlands with shearling linings and thick wool fabrics - See how Rag and Bone do it.
Fur. I don't think there has been a season were fur is strictly 'in' or 'out'. Basic human instict in the freezing weather to grab some fur and keep warm? Well Pringle of Scotland demonstrate the most sophisticated use of fur of recent collections. Whilst the 60s and 70s revival continues through SS11, expect AW11/12 to bring cleaner, minimalistic trends - reminiscent of the 60s barbarella futuristic style.
Lamé. Don't be put off by the word itself. Lamé is no longer cheap and nasty (well, within reason) as Isabel Marant proves by stamping her chic parisienne style on statement jackets, skirts and trousers. I've spied a few high street replica's already....Can you guess which ones?
Velvet and Corduroy. Can these two fabrics that are so often cringed at become high flyers in the autumn/winter world of fashion? Velvet has. Cord is trying. Is Bottega Veneta brave to twin the two together?
Galactic Looks. Cynthia Rowley takes a cosmic approach to digital prints and makes camoflage celestial with gorgeous pastel coloured patterns. Puffa jackets, and gloves fit for an astronaut creates an out of this planet galactic look. Blurred Colour. Blurred colours are the new tweed. Tony Burch plays with bright colours, which are incorporated into her new style of tweed - sticking to classic shapes and silhouettes. Rusty Denim. Rusty Denim from Byblos. Distressed, bleached, washed, ripped, treated, dyed, embellished. Take denim. Make it worn. Make it yours. Customise your denim kids, you'll be on trend for AW11/12.
Kate Moss in some of the sexiest styling I've ever seen by Edward Enninful for the December issue of Vogue Italia. Needless to say I love it because of the 60s influences and the use of Miu Miu. Hello, those Scarpe a pois* are to die for.
Can't help but think Kate looks like a Brigitte Bardot/Janice Dickinson hybrid. Either way i'm stunned to see the oh so famous blonde pull of being a brunette so well. Although let's be honest she could have mouldy green hair and still work it....
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