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LFW: Sunglasses drop

LFW seems like an eternity ago but we saved up some snaps of sunglasses to show you in the sunnier weather. Yes they are AW12 collection but we bet you want them NOW!

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Top 5: Couture dresses

Oh how we deliberated long and hard about this selection. Couture week is the stuff of fairytales but not so practical for us mere mortals where ‘social seasons’ are something we have learnt about in Gossip Girl.

This couture week was a mixture of gothic glamour and dark glittery textures as well as pretty dusky pinks, cute pom poms (we’re looking at you Chanel) as that symmetrical detailing that has been around for a few seasons. Oh and of course Raf Simon’s exciting and hugely successful debut for Dior.

So beautiful, subtle and elegant – must be Elie Saab

The Armani Prive show was so strong but love this dark, sexy look with tiny shots of colour thanks to clever sequins

Raf Simons makes his mark on Dior. The detailing and craftmanship is incredible and the sihouette classic Dior with Raf’s modern twist. I’d love to wear this to a party.

Valentino gets dark and mysterious in a signature way

Perhaps one of my favourite dresses ever. Chanel, bien sur.

Top 5: Couture Week FROW

Of course Hollywood starlets and Brit IT girls flocked to couture week. We were particularly taken with classic tailoring (well it was France and a Chanel show) but also has a soft spot for demure daytime sequins and a high fashion double denim (almost) moment.

Alexa at Chanel. Textbook style = A*

Zoe Saldana proves sequins can be understated

We really should do a style crush on Sofia Coppola. She never gets it wrong!

OMG they practically match (mercifully in a non Britney and Justin double denim way) I love Diane Kruger’s dress and Joshua Jackson is looking good!

Clemence Posey shows us how to do glamour the French way (although I’m not a fan of the shoes!)

Models falling over

Yup this video does exactly what it says on the tin. Sympathy gives way to hilarity fairly quickly (apart from the odd ‘OUCH’ = faceplant) but it’s good to know that even pros can stack it on a pair of tricky heels now-and-again.

*No models were harmed (that we know of – bruises don’t count) in the making of this video.

Chanel Cruise Collection SS13

We always think it’s handy that Cruise collections come give you a glimpse of next year’s trends, helping you get more mileage from this year’s shopping picks. So thank you Chanel for letting us shop pastels, lace and lady-like shapes in confidence, knowing that we’ll be wearing them next Spring too.

The catwalk was the opulent gardens of the Palace of Versailles and the models crunched on the gravel in pastel confections that were oh-so-Chanel. Quilting, tweeds, structured dresses with fun takes on 17th Century sartorial favourites with LOTS of ruffles were the big fashion stories…but with a little punky twist, which reminded me of the TV show Casanova, while the pastel wigs and beauty spots were unmistakable Marie Antoinette. As most of Europe is pretty near broke, but the clothes are as OTT as you can get (in a typical Chanel fashion without having to cover everything in gold!) it added another dimension to the 17th Century theme!

Surely the exaggerated shape of culottes, peplums, and platform pumps (again) will be reimagined in a less theatrical way for the high street.  As Monsieur Lagerfeld put it, this collection is all about ‘serious frivolity’. How refreshing!

Pics: ELLE, Vogue, Fanpop, AnotherZoeDay, Grazia, SandrasCloset.

Richard Nicholl SS12 vs H&M

H&M’s boutique collection found in some of its flagship stores has some amazing sugary sweet pastel miniskirts in a variety of textures from the ultra tight and shiny to boxy with transparent panelling. Captured (really badly) you can see what an amazing selection of pieces perhaps a tiny bit similar to Richard Nicholl’s SS12 collection on sale and you can mix and match soooo well. Something for the girls that love to rock a pastel without all the frills.

I loved this collection- pastel but sporty

The amazing collection at H&M- there’s a brilliantly boxy mini skirt in blue (end of the rack) that is soooo Nicholl!

Making rubber chic!

Discovery Monday: Jordan Askil

I fell in love with Jordan Askil’s incredible jewellery at LFW’s Rock Vault and wish I had a spare £6,000 to lavish on his more intricate pieces.

Jordan studied in Sydney before working for Dior and Ksubi…and then setting up his own label. I love his efforts to work with ethical stones and the sculptural qualities of his  pieces. His AW12 collection is inspired by: “Sun and rainbows on a cold day behind the clouds; shapes emerging out of water; being able to collect.”

I was in awe of the horse cuffs, which reminded me of ancient jewellery, as well as the huge sculptural bird necklaces. I can’t imagine they would be terribly comfortable to wear but I think the discomfort would be worth it!

AW11 necklace - amazing!

My favourite piece?

I'm not sure if this counts as jewellery but look at the incredible workmanship

Silver swallows or swifts? I need to swot up on my birds!

SS12 earring

Signature horse cuff

Crazy horses! AW11

Kick-ass jewellery from LFW

You know when you have sooooo much stuff on your camera and promise yourself you will eventually sort it out? Well today is that day. I am reliving my awesome dash round the London Fashion Week BFC Rock Vault – a luxe tent at Somerset House to promote Britain’s finest fine jewellery talent…and OMG I wanted it allllllll! Check out next Monday’s #DiscoveryMonday to see my shiny all-time-favourite-for-now!

The ten designers featured were picked by some of the industry’s finest and there were supersized gems, sculptural one-offs and quirky pieces such as Katie Hillier’s wonderful designs. Oh and some other shiny costume marvels in the main exhibition space too. Here’s to shininess!

Katie Hillier beauties!

Bunny signature pieces (I LOVE the ring)

Our founder has a huge thing for owls and would do almost anything for this little chap

Natalia Brilli's brilliant leather watch

I would layer these amazing Zoe & Morgan necklaces over a relaxed grey tee

A weightier Zoe & Morgan necklace, which is one of those incredible day to night pieces

These Tomasz Donocik sparkle-candies will be forever out of my price range but more big rocks should be cut as pentagons

Some serious bling from Mawi

Modern classics

Love the tubular construction of these pieces

Top 5: paisley print buys

Paisley was big in the 1970s and had a bit of a comeback in the 1990s (not a good phase!) but this spring it’s cool and a great alternative to florals.

Take styling tips from Jil Sander and Stella McCartney and wear your paisley with lots of white in sleek shapes, or make like JW Anderson and Jonathan Saunders and embrace some neon for a modern take on that pattern you see on lots of old blokes’ ties.

The paisley suit by Jil Sander

And...by ASOS! Blazer in paisley print £65 and matching shorts £28

Bargain dress £12.99 from H&M

Perfect for AW12 too with its country/western touches. Vaudeville & Burlesque Paisley Collar Shirt £65 from Urban Outfitters

Jonathan Saunders boyfriend t-shirt in pastel paisley £195

Get the look from River Island's man shop! Dip dye pasiley print tshirt £10 (just get it in a small size)

Stella McCartney -paisley pjs get one seriously stylish make-over

Bargain Alert! Sunglasses steal

I am obsessed with sunglasses. Seriously. I own far too many pairs and not all of them look great on me but I love them anyway. I wish I had a bigger head so I could wear supersized glasses a la Olsen twins or Nicole Richie but alas I do not. However, I am very excited as SS12 has some great new shapes (so I am allowed to buy more sunglasses) and while I like the round glasses, my heart belongs to quirky cats-eyes shapes.

Check these out (I WILL hunt them down) H&M you are amazing.

A great retro style - a little cats eyes and a little Wayfarer. £7.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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