Our nerves are slightly frayed watching the Wimbledon final, so we are pleased that we can be distracted by the occasional glimpse of well-dressed guests. Blow-out hair is THE trend at Centre Court with Andy Murray’s gf Kim Sears and the Middleton sisters sporting tastefull tresses, but I am loving the Posh and Becks show…and VB is wearing her own fashion line…game, set, natch.
Pics: The Daily Mail + Twitter.
This has been a particularly top 5 for me as I’m a shoe nut. So instead of my favourite 5 shoe designs I thought shoe trends might be more memorable…so here we go!
1-All that glitters
Miu Miu started it with its glitter booties and glittery courts – and now we’re wearing glittery shoes all the time – no party required (although they are perfect for NYE). We even love the Hailee Stenfeld advert.
In keeping with the reworked mod trend this autumn and teams with more grunge and faux fur separates by so many street style people, the Chelsea boot was back with a bang and coincided with the popular TV series, Made in Chelsea. Apt.
Kate Middleton has a to answer for, boosting sales of lady-like dresses from Topshop and Whistles as well as knock-off sapphire rings, quilted jackets and nude heels! Yes they’re leg lengthening and flattering but for this shoe fanatic at least…a little safe. Having said that, they have been celebrity favourites for a long time, while Chloe and Stella McCartney made naked shoes cool.
4-Glutton for punishment
It’s been a pretty extreme year of looks with celebs like Lady Gaga pushing the fashion boundaries, bright hair and fetish-inspired clothes, (thanks Louis Vuitton). Similarly fetishized super high and heel-less boots with studs and latex have been in Vogue. Ouch.
What was your favourite shoe trend?
For us, there were three massive wedding events of 2011 and we watched two of them on TV!
Along with the rest of Britain (and the fashion world) we were glued to The Royal Wedding and of course Kate Middleton’s incredible Alexander McQueen couture gown, created by the genius of Sarah Burton.
And finally who can forget the marvel of My Big Fat Gyspy Wedding. There is no doubt that the neon-tastic nuptials will inspire many a hen-do and many the odd wedding outside the gypsy community.
Which was your favourite wedding of 2011?
Everyone has their Christmas traditions but we’re interested in what you wear for Christmas Day.
We read that Kate Middleton will probably wear 5 outfits on the big day – oh the stress! Me + Snap Fashion’s CTO Jenny are used to a pretty relaxed Christmas day – so no outfit changes for us sisters!
Having chatted to friends about Christmas Day fashion choices, there seem to be 3 options:
1) Slobby- as in all-day pyjamas etc
2) Glitzy. Piling on the bling, a new dress and heels even in the kitchen
3) Cosy Christmas jumpers and a paper hat from a cracker.
Me? I’ll be cracking out an old reindeer cardigan (and lots of faux fur IF I venture outside!)
Which look will you be rocking?
One is the future queen of England, the others have just been crowned the winners of X Factor … but both look great in McQueen.
The Duchess of Cambridge a.k.a. Kate Middleton stepped out in a £4,000 Alexander McQueen black velvet dress with satin Prada pumps and some serious bling. She was attending A Night of Heroes at The Imperial War Museum, to mark the achievements of members of the Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, X Factor winners Little Mix all wore McQueen – well, the budget version, McQ by McQueen for a Grazia shoot. Leigh Ann from the band wore the now famous puff-ball dress, as seen on Rihanna, Emma Watson + so many more celebs …gallery here!
With such different looks, which is your favourite? Elegant velvet or punky tartan?
All pics from The Daily Mail (Little Mix originally from Grazia).
As we near the end of 2011 (retrospective coming up after Christmas!) there is one perhaps unlikely ‘celebrity’ that has changed the fashion landscape arguably more than any other this year.
Ok there are a number of contenders that could fit that statement (Lady Gaga springs to mind) but I’m thinking of Kate Middleton. Sales of ‘nude’ heels soared, clear tights are apparently acceptable again (maybe) and now Barbour jackets are cool … with the help of other more rock and roll celebrities such as Alexa Chung, the cast of Made in Chelsea and Fearne Cotton.
Once the preserve of aristocrats gone shooting pheasants (we believe this might still go on) Barbour’s £89 ‘Liddesdale’ padded jacket has actually sold out at Selfridges, contributing to sales rocketing by 435% – phew! And there are neons too.
Here are a few of our favourite Barbour babes- from real royals to style queens of the summer festivals.
Few can dispute the impact Kate Middleton has had on the nation’s wardrobes. Dressing like a lady is in again, brides are after Sarah Burton look-a-like dresses and sales of ‘nude’ leg-lengthening court shoes have soared.
And now she’s topped Harper’s Bazaar’s best-dressed British woman list, despite Dame Vivienne Westwood branding her style as ‘ordinary’. We love the way Kate mixes high fashion and statement jewellery (well if you do have access to the crown jewels…) with high street pieces from the likes of Topshop and Zara, which sell out of her picks almost immediately!
The magazine’s editor, Lucy Yeomans, who headed up the judging panel, reportedly said the Duchess won as her “incredible style evolution has gripped us all.”
Kate beat off fierce competition to top the list of the nation’s 20 most influentially attired (apparently). We’re not sure how much the ‘influential’ bit counts or whether it’s a best-dressed list really.
Kate Moss came 4th and Harper’s reportedly said: “She has a Tesco attitude about fashion – she makes accessible to everyone” well maybe, but her recent collaboration with Fred is anything but high street!
Tilda Swinton took 5th, Kiera Knightley 6th (see that Mary Katrantzou dress at Cannes) Stella McCartney 7th (for her own personal style rather than her own label- we think) sneaker-lover Phoebe Philo in 8th, Alexa Chung in 9th and Livia Firth in 10th– possibly because of how well she rocked that Stella McCartney Illusion dress!
Here’s the run-down from 11 to 20: Natalie Massanet, Natalia Vodianova, Samantha Cameron, Emma Watson, Yasmin Le Bon, Thandie Newton, Charlotte Dellal, Kristen Scott Thomas, Josephine De La Baume and Cara Delevigne.
Who’s be in your top 10 most influential current British style icons?
P.S. Just noticed that Pippa Middleton didn’t make the list!
Here at Snap Fashion we LOVE ethical fashion and admire big companies that strive to use more environmentally-friendly material. What we aren’t so keen on is typically ‘green’ you know- really homemade-looking rainbow jumpers, shapeless itchy hemp dress etc. So we’re thrilled that H&M has launched its latest Conscious Collection and that it’s super pretty!
Think Erdem with a touch of Victoriana- cool Swedish whites and rich Autumnal florals and the best bit is that the collection is made from recycled wool, organic cotton, linen, (nice) hemp and this stuff called Tencel. I have a Tencel top from H&M and it feels like heavy silky cotton and is seriously comfortable (but don’t ask me what it is exactly!)
We adore the cream lacy dresses and pencil skirt, which would look amazing with either leather or a cosy Autumn knit and love the embroidery on a number of the recycled wool pieces, which look so much more luxurious than the high street price tags.
We can’t wait to see the collection in the flesh (it launches tomorrow) and paw at the recycled loveliness ourselves. Tell us what you think and check out the video!
We loved Kate Middleton’s wedding dress but were still glad to see an edgy collection from Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
I’ve always been fascinated by the design house’s obsession with the less obvious side of beauty and exploration of darkness, whilst still producing exquisitely crafted feminine fashion.
So this ‘extreme beauty collection,’ which a press release described as: “a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme,” had me hooked.
In a completely different way to Thierry Mugler, McQueen has also updated the fetish trend for Spring 2012 with corsets, lace-up boots, hoods and shards of black plastic making up masks, but also with a lot of softness in the form of floaty dresses and an abundance of lace.
Whilst some catwalk shows give the audience a flavour of what we’ll be seeing on the red-carpet or a hint of lust-have shoes
and handbags, McQueen gave us a concept and proof that the fascinatingly contradictory qualities of a quintessentially McQueen collection are still very much alive under Burton. For me, this is less shopping inspiration and more art.