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.
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?
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?
Pics: The Daily Mail.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Awards, celebs blah blah blah. Let’s just look at the dresses shall we?
Top 5 BAFTA beauties:
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!)
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!)
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.
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.
Pants aside, will the slogan t-shirt ever go out of fashion? We hope not!