Here is one gem of a dress that has just hit the rails in Zara. We LOVE the ladylike cut and jewel print, which is on-trend for AW12, according to Karl Lagerfeld and he should know. We adore Chanel’s jewelled coat and crystal embellished accessories. For more purse-friendly prices, Zara is on board with everything jewelled. Get shopping early!
Pics: Elle + Zara
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.
Oh Choupette – the haute kitty so beloved of Karl Lagerfeld. We love @ChouettesDiary and Karl’s obsession with his pretty kitty friend. He kinda reminds us of a very fashionable Bond villain– maybe it’s the gloves and all the leather!
Anyway Karl’s kitty may be the inspiration for Chanel’s new IT bag, if you believe the fashion rumours. The New York Times’ fashion girl, Cathy Horyn tweeted that the Choupette bag is ‘knitted’ and ‘soft’…with a tail and ears – ok we made that last bit up. But how exciting!
Choupette has acquired quite a following after le Lagerfeld revealed that the cat has two maids and can use an iPad.. It is hard to separate the myth and reality of Choupette but the story goes that Karl was kitty sitting and refused to give Choupette back as she was ‘too cute’.
According to WWD, Karl said: “She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad. She has two personal maids, for both night and day. She is beyond spoiled. When I am not there, the maids take down, in little books, everything she did, from what she ate to how she behaved, if she was tired, and if she wasn’t sleeping. In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages.”
He is certainly smitten with his kitten! We can’t wait to see the bag.
All pics: @KarlLagerfeld
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.
The first thing you should know is that the Snap Fashion sisters are seriously averse to needles of any kind and so find this trend super scary.
Of course piercings of any kind have got more mainstream in recent years- Topshop and ASOS have both started selling ear tunnels. But shedding the EMO and underground image, more extreme facial jewellery has hit the catwalk – but thankfully most of it is pretend.
Givenchy debuted some serious nose rings and heavy-weight earrings that toyed with last season’s gothic and fetish trends, while Chanel embellished its models with plenty of stick-on pearl earrings running up and down ears and even the spine. But the real trend is for elaborate ear cuffs that conveniently hook over the ear and allow you to show off spikes, flowers or underwater decorations all down the side of your ear without any pain involved.
Here are our catwalk and high street favourites? Will you be giving this dramatic trend a go?
Coachella kicked off this year’s festival season and one of my favourite (and laziest) summer outfits consists of well-loved denim shorts, a worn-in t-shirt accessorized with a kooky pendant and this year I have decided that rough-and-ready crystal is the answer.
As well as festival fun I plan on getting serious mileage out of some crystal beauties all through winter thanks to Chanel’s AW12 collection, where Karl Lagerfeld went crazy for amethyst and quartz shards on chunky bracelets (controversially similar to Pamela Love’s designs).
The best bit is that they are cheap and cheerful and if you’re into hippie things they also mean different things. I will just go by colour and prefer the silver with purple and pale stones to the bright ones in bullet cases and intend on stopping by a cute shop opposite King’s College in Cambridge to pick some up…or else try out one of countless new-age websites online. Hurray for hippies!
We love a designer inspired piece on the high street. Step forward Chanel’s latest IT bag the Boy (which is so beautiful…I stroked one in Selfridges last week and don’t care if that makes me tragic). The good news is that if you love the look but can’t afford the real McCoy, this £32 number from Asos will give you the look – at a distance at least – without breaking the bank.