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Trend mash-up: Prada + socks + sandals

They are two of the defining footwear trends this season but for £3.50 you can mix them up. We know you love Prada’s incredible hot rod shoes of this season with their Grease Lightening racy flame detail (so do the celebs) but they are v pricey.


You’ve probably also seen the big sock + sandal craze -note we mean heeled sandal and not on men!  Prada, Burberry Prorsum and Moschino all took the trend to the catwalks, which is now being embraced by brave trendsetters.

Bright socks and sandals at Anna Sui (pic: Blogue.us)

A punky edge at Vivienne Westwood

And now for the good news- you can rock hot rod flames…and socks (with sandals, not included!) thanks to Topshop…and all for £3.50. Do you dare mix and match?

Flaming marvelous – wear with high heeled sandals for maxi va-va-voom!


Royal Mail’s fashion-conscious stamps

It’s very rare that you can get your hands on ten designer fashion items for under a fiver, but Royal Mail has released a limited edition collection of fashion stamps with ten high-end designs from some of our favourites -and we plan on stocking up.

Amazingly, despite the speed of fashion blogs and the constant evolution of fashion trends, the fashion world loves a letter. Invitations to fashion shows are imaginative and lavish and almost always arrive by post or courier…and we have seen some deliciously fashionable stationary too. In a world of emails and texts (believe us we’re not knocking technology for a second) receiving a letter on pretty stationary can still be awesome, especially if it comes on chic personalised Smythson stationary, for example. Will you be putting a stamp on your stationary with the Royal Mail collection?

Stamp by Vivienne Westwood

A pretty section from Zandra Rhodes

Lanvin stationary set £65 from Net-a-Porter

Stamp by Hardy Amies

Grazia says that Louis Vuitton is rolling out it’s own stationary range *squeal* pic: Grazia

I adore this McQueen stamp

Super cute Liberty notecard set £25

The excellent designs for Jean Muir on a stamp? Yes please.

Pics: The Daily Mail.

Best dressed: Dark Shadows premiere

Sooo many amazing red carpet looks this week! But the theme was dark glam gothic for the Dark Shadows premiere (unlike the breezy Met Ball with all that playful Prada). Our favourite was lovely Eva Green in Tom Ford.


Eva Green wears Tom Ford

Chloe-Moretz in McQ AW12 (lucky girl!)

Bella Heathcote’s Pucci dress has a daring cut-out detail

The one-and-only Helena Bonham Carter wears Vivienne Westwood

Pics: Stylist + The DM

Rihanna vs Nicola Roberts in Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood’s Lily dress is back in a new way (we think – if not, it’s pretty similar)…and is pink! Rihanna took a break from her usual raunchy get-up to wear this eye-catching corset-style cocktail dress, which could only have been designed by the icon that is Vivienne.

The Lily dress was massive circa 2010 thanks to SATC and Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress, as well as heaps of celebs going crazy for a pencil skirt version. But I love the prom-style version of Lily as worn by Nicola Roberts and Rihanna, which is more flirty and fun – especially in hot pink. Would rock a Lily?

P.S. we think Rihanna’s performance outfit she wore for the Time party is by Jason Wu…a peplum, statement trousers and matchy-matchiness – could RiRi tick any more trend boxes?!

Proof that a white dress on the red carpet can look awesome - well done Nicola!

RiRi goes pretty in pink!

THE SATC dress

Jason Wu?

PFW: tapestry + wallpaper

We’re trying to think of when tapestry was last cool – maybe in the 1970s thanks to Carole King? But this coming winter we’ll be going crazy for it and old wallpaper-esque prints with metallic touches, brocade and intricate beaded and lacy detailing. You have been warned. Time to redecorate!

Amazing craftmanship from Balmain

My favourite look -Carven

Tapestry-tastic at Valentino

Medieval influences meets punk - yeah, Vivienne Westwood of course

Loud prints at Kenzo

Retro wallpaper prints at Louis Vuitton

Metallics at Miu Miu

LFW day 3: the lady

The inimitable Dame Vivienne Westwood and Marios Schwab, both based their shows on a (slightly eccentric) lady.

Westwood’s Red Label show included new variations of the designer’s signature dress shapes and this show has become more about celebrating an icon rather than creating ‘new’ trends like other designers. Having defined ‘fashion’, Red Label is now outside of it.

But the collection was more prim and less punk than in previous years – think a rebellious Mary Poppins?! The colour palette was also less red tartan and more rich autumnal shades. We’re sure Helena Bonham Carter will be snapping up the lot!

Love this look

The eccentric lady, complete with hat

A modern classic

Marios Schwab’s ‘lady’ was elegant (a hint of 1920s Great Gatsby fever perhaps?) in sleek dresses that were structured but not armored. Sheer panels with simple decoration also ramped up the feel of minimalistic glamour.

Almost vintage Dior-esque?

Great Gatsy?

Amazing sheer detailing

It would not be LFW without Paul Smith and as always his lady was more androgynous and cool, this time with geek chic style specs and a hint of the secretarial about her. Love it!

So simple but totally Paul Smith

Best dressed: The Baftas vs The Grammys

Awards, celebs blah blah blah. Let’s just look at the dresses shall we?

Top 5 BAFTA beauties:

Fearne Cotton dresses for Valentine's Day early?! We like her glam Moschino number

I am totally in love with Laura Bailey's crazy Chanel dress

Meryl Streep is the epitome of glamour in Vivienne Westwood

Michelle Williams wears H&M couture!

Tilda Swinton wows in minimalist Celine

On the other side of the Atlantic The Grammys were in full flow. We acknowledge there were some truly bonkers outfits.  On the whole the others were very glam or simply very small! Here’s out top 3…maybe.

Rihanna looks incredible in Giorgio Armani

Taylor Swift is the golden girl in Zuhair Murad

The lady of the moment - Adele

Top 5 best-dressed: The American Music Awards

Last night in LA, the US’ finest pop stars gathered for The American Music Awards. The people you would guess won so instead we bring you the 5 best-dressed according to us.

Heidi Klum and Selena Gomez shimmered in metallic’s – Heidi’s a Giles design hot off the catwalk, while Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj rocked their pink hair with high fashion gowns by Vivienne Westwood and Oscar de la Renta. We also loved Ellie Goulding’s simple Christopher Kane shift dress with the twist. Who’s your favourite?

Heidi Klum wears daring Giles SS12 dress

Selena Gomez looks old-school Hollywood in this Giorgio Armani dress and 'Vamp' Choos

Ellie Goulding works an edy LBD Christopher Kane style

Nicky Minaj looks dramatic in Oscar de la Renta

Katy Perry vamps it up in Vivienne Westwood

LOVE the hair decorations

Kate Middleton tops best-dressed list

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.”

Our fav K-Mid outfit!

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.

Florence Welch came second (see Chanel show for one of the many reasons why) and actress Andrea Riseborough third.

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!

History of slogan t-shirts (+ Henry Holland’s naughty pants)

Sometimes you just want to throw on a t-shirt with skinny jeans or leggings, whatever the season or the current trends and the slogan t-shirt is perfect! We love Mena Suvari’s look with chunky gold jewelry and tough boots complementing her Henry Holland t-shirt.

OMG epic t-shirt Mena!

While slogan t-shirts apparently first hit the shops in the 1960s, they came into their own a decade later thanks to Vivienne Westwood’s iconic ‘Destroy’ design – the ultimate punk statement. The DIY look caught on with people making their own at home – it’s a funny image for us…a hard punk getting out the glitter glue etc (ok, not quite!)

Beyond edgy!

Katherine Hamnett became synonymous with the slogan t-shirt in the 1980s after dressing in a protest t-shirt that read: “58% Don’t Want Pershing” to meet then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984. But we think of the designs most being worn by 80s popstars such as Wham (Choose Life!) and Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Frankie Says Relax!)

I actually want one! (T-shirt not George Michael)

She reportedly said: “I wanted to put a really large message on T-shirts that could be read from 20 or 30ft away. Slogans work on so many different levels; they’re almost subliminal. They’re also a way of people aligning themselves to a cause. They’re tribal. Wearing one is like branding yourself.”

More recently, Henry Holland took ownership of the slogan t-shirt producing a series of fashion joke t-shirts in 2006 (‘Do Me Daily Christopher Bailey’ and ‘Get Your Freak On Giles Deacon’) and later on text-message inspired shirts as worn by Mena, turning the slogan genre from political statements to a bit of fun.

Inspired by Mena I will be pulling out my slogan t-shirt tomorrow that I bought from Uniqlo last year in the Antoni + Alison collaboration.

I really do and consequently love this t-shirt

Now Henry Holland is taking the slogan a step further with a risqué line of pants hinting at hair colour- we’ll say no more.

Others read 'Brunette' 'Redhead' and 'Bald' (to quote another HOH t-shirt OMG!)

Pants aside, will the slogan t-shirt ever go out of fashion? We hope not!

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