Sunday, February 28, 2010

One Stop Shop for key Spring/Summer Trends: Banana Republic

Head-to-toe Denim
Cuffed Pants - 7/8 Pants

Blue Print LBDs

Nudes

Clogs & Wedges

Banana Republic' s Spring/Summer 2010 collection nailed every seasonal trend possible. My fav pieces would have to be the blue Kanga dress and grey satin skirt. The above clogs retail for $98 and are super comfortable, not to mention very fabulous. I'm just waiting for the day Banana Republic decides to open a store in Dublin...its about time really!

The Warrior Way: Daria Werbowy for March 2010 Vogue

Versus dress

Balenciaga skirt & dress

LV Dress & Alexander McQueen platforms

Blumarine dress and Comme des Garcons shoulder pads

Proenza Schouler dress

The Warrior Way photoshoot for March Vogue has got to be my favorite this year.
True to herself, Grace Goddington created a magical world where Daria Werbowy's armor consists of McQueen & Balenciaga outfits. Very Fashionably Fierce!
Photos: Vogue US

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Economize vs Fantasize: One-Shoulder LBD


I've already blogged about this fabulous one-shoulder LBD by Twenty8Twelve last month. It's further marked down at Matches, but I found a substitute - one-shoulder LBDs from Miss Selfridge. There are two versions of these in stores now: bodycon (pictured above) and babydoll. Both have this amazing ruffle detail - which looks stunning in real life!

Final Verdict: Economize

A Single Man


A Single Man was such a treat this evening! As this was Tom Ford's directorial debut, I was expecting a beatiful movie. I have to say, it was so much more than that. A Single Man is a love story told without pretentiousness and cliches, just like it is. It's heartbreaking and witty. Colin Firth's performance is amazing and very Oscar worthy.

If this movie was a by-product of Tom Ford's midlife crisis, I wish everyone to go through such metamorphosis in their 40s. I cant wait to see more from him.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Trendsetter: Burberry Fall/Winter RTW





If you want key Fall/Winter trends summed up in one collection: check out burberry's RTW:
shearling jackets, knee high boots, oversized furs are so in! I'm most excited about the above straightjacket buckle boots! Bet you these will be copied all over the High Street come September!
Photos: style.com

Economize vs Fantasize: whimsical necklace

Mulberry Gypsy Love Necklace was on my wish list since last year. I finally tried it on at BTs today and was a little dissapointed: all the letters stacked up behind each other and it looked nothing like the picture above. As I walked into the nearest Topshop, I was happy to see a number of whimsical necklaces at a fraction of the price. The Swallow Anchor Heart necklace pictured above has the same effect as Mulberry for 1/14 of the price. It's a no brainer - I go with Topshop!

Final Verdict: Economize

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When Anna met Alexa or "Another Media Tale"


The Daily Mail: "The fashion queen did little to hide her disdain as she perched alongside Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof " - september 09

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Alexa Chung on Twitter: "The angle the tabloid editors refused to show. Me having a pleasant chat with Anna Wintour in the frontrow" - september 09

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The Mirror: "The trio were not formally introduced afterwards...It's safe to say neither will be on the cover of Vogue any time soon... sorry, dahlings" - september 09

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Alexa Chung on the cover of Vogue UK - march 09

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Conclusion:
  • Media Lies
  • Anna Wintour's camp benefited from extra publicity before The September Issue
  • Fashion World has a short term memory

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop Collection is out!

Dresses starting at £55.00

Print Body: £45


Mary Katrantzou for Topshop Collection is out and as predicted - me very happy!!! I'd love one of her trademark bold print summer dresses.

Prada Bags 40% off!


Naplak and Vitello Daino Prada totes 40% off at Koodos.com!
Only caviat –these cannot be delivered outside the UK - DARRRRRRN!

What Alexa Wore: daily fashion pics for Vogue UK



Those of you who liked http://www.whatkatiewore.com/ will LOVE this: Alexa Chung daily fashion bites. For the whole month of February, Alexa is texting in a daily photo of her outfit to Vogue.co.uk. True to herself, she nails the high street/designer combinations. Brilliant as always!

Style Hit or Miss: Gold Sequins


Miss: Vanessa Hudgens
This gold sequin dress is not ugly, its just blah! Head to toe golden look doesn't help either. I would pair this dress with black open toe booties or platform sandals to toughen the look.


Hit: Kate Bosworth in Sonia Rykiel
I know I sound like a broken record with my constant praise for Sonia Rykiel, but this dress is simply stunning! It's perfect for Kate - its youthful and flirtatious and styled just right.

Look of the Day: Olivia Palermo yet again...



I'm speechless! I love everything about this look: the pants, the golden detail and, of course, the statement necklace!

Sonia Rykiel for HM: my picks!



As I walked into H&M in San Francisco on Saturday, I fell into a time warp and woke up in Knits paradise. I was expecting good things from Sonia & H&M's collaboration but what I found was much much better! Above are my buys of the very best of this collection ;).

As an owner of Sonia Rykiel blazers and cardigans I was amazed at the quality of some of the items. My favourite was definitely the blazer and shorts combination. There was a choice of hot pink & black , but true to myself I picked black. To offset the dark colors, I also went all gaga for stripes! Stripy dress, top, scarf – you name it – I got it. Among some of the items I completely bypassed were the yellow crown sweater and babydoll dresses, which looked awful when I tried them on.

If you have not yet paid a visit to your nearest H&M – I strongly urge you to do so! I’m just hoping my office won’t turn into one big stripe fest after all this publicity….

Each piece can be viewed
here.
View Sonia for H&M Lookbook
here.

Trend Alert: Head-to-Toe White


Prada Ad Campaign Spring/Summer 2010
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Gucci Ad Campaign Spring/Summer 2010
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Michael Kors, Chanel, Ralph Lauren RTW Spring/Summer 2010
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Kristen Stewart in Chanel, Russell Brand, Kate Hudson in Marchesa, J Lo in Gucci
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Gucci and Prada have collectively chosen white as the predominant color in their spring/summer ad campaigns. Chanel and Michael Kors runways were dominated by head-to-toe white. I don’t know if designers were trying to channel innocence but celebrities have definitely embraced this trend– even Russell Brand (Mr Innocence himself) jumped on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, I won’t be dressing in head-to-toe white in Dublin any time soon…unless of course I jet off to the Maldives...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Style Hit or Miss: Mixed Prints

Miss: Kristen Stewart in Proenza Schouler
Unfortunately this wacky little Proenza Shouler number didn’t work on Kristen. I don’t know if it’s the outfit itself or Kristen’s tough chick image that didn’t combine well. As a whole Kristen looks lost.

Hit: Whitney Port in Moschino Cheap and Chic
Whitney mixed two different prints in the same color but different texture. It definitely worked. She managed to look elegant with an edge.

Love is in the air: or the best of Love Accessories

1. Mulberry Keyring (can be worn as necklace): 120 euro
2. Jennifer Zeuner stud earrings: 97 euro
3. Anna Lou of London Heart Cuffs: £45
4. Anna Lou of London Necklace: £25

Oddity of the Day: Lady Gaga Bow


Ha! I want one of these in chestnut please!

High Street find of the Week: Ann Taylor Loft Costume Jewellery



Loft Costume Jewellery Spring/Summer 2010
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Prada Perspex necklace Spring/Summer 2010

During my visit stateside last week, I could not get enough of Ann Taylor Loft costume jewellery. My favourite pieces were delicate turquoise chains and beautiful perplex tear drop necklaces (see through Perspex accessories are definitely in this Spring/Summer– as seen with Prada shoes and Fendi bags). Some of the above pieces reminded me of Gerard Yosca jewellery. With prices starting at $29.50 I will vote for Loft jewellery any day!
Photos:

Super Cindy



My all time favourite SUPA Model Cindy is on the cover of March Harper's Bazaar UK. At 43 Cindy rocks like never before and proves that true beauty doesn't fade.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Jean Paul Gautier’s collection for Target - total Disaster!

Jean Paul Gautier’s collection for Target is coming out on March 7th and after seeing the lookbook I’m totally gutted! When this collaboration was first announced I gave it a wow factor of 4 out of 5 in my blog post…. That was way too optimistic! I now give it MINUS 4. Below are the only two looks that stood out. The rest is a total car crash. They should change the current ad tagline from “Legendary Parisian Designer meets American Pop Culture” to “60s pin up girl meets 80s Material Girl meets Harajuku girl and explodes". JPG must have some twisted view of American Pop Culture. You can see more of this disaster here.