A lot of LOVE for LOVE Magazine

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Apologies for not posting in a while, I’m now in Sydney, Australia – Bondi to be exact… and it’s beautiful. Once I get settled, I will be back up to my blogging self but here’s a little bit of LOVE for now, for LOVE magazine…

LOVE LOVE LOVE this hair (pictured below) in the latest issue of LOVE Magazine.

Photographed by the talented Mert and Marcus, Kate Moss is on the front cover, looking smoking hot. As does Cara.  And Edie Campbell talks exclusively to the magazine – and with hair like this, what’s not to LOVE?

(the cutesy animal images, bounce along the screen on the website… go take a look…)

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The Olympic Closing Ceremony – What they wore…

Last night saw one the most hotly anticipated reunions in pop history, a colourful musical of British talent including that of Take That, the Pet Shop Boys and The Who, and a celebration of British fashion all to commemorate the Olympic Closing Ceremony.  Waving goodbye to the Olympic Games, Great Britain put on a show to remember and here are some of the outfits that made a lasting impression on me last night…

Above, Emeli Sande wore an Alexander McQueen skirt and Prada Brogues.  Compared to other outfits that evening, it didn’t particularly impress me. I thought Emeli could’ve have been a little braver with the somewhat casual unflattering outfit choice.

Below, Kate Middleton looked beautiful, as usual, in a blue Whistles dress. A favourite brand of Kate’s, this classic dress is simple, demure and flatters her slim figure perfectly.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of Jessie J. But I do have to admit that last night she looked stunning.  What an amazing figure! If there was anything to keep us away from that chocolate bar, this image is it. Wearing two glitzy leotards, encrusted in sequins, they shone and sparkled on the stage.  British fashion legend, Vivienne Westwood, designed these two nude ensembles, showing off her Jessie’s figure perfectly.  Although, sorry Jessie, but I’m really not a fan of the white heels…

The Spice Girls all performed in various outfits by British designers.  Giles Deacon did Victoria Beckham proud in a new take on her statement LBD.  Billowing in the wind on top of a black cab, it certainly looked effective.  In case you’re wondering where one of VB’s designs were, Georgia May Jagger sported a stunning gold number (picture further down).

I was hoping Geri would wear her iconic Union Jack dress, but moving with the times, she had another designed by Suzanne Neville, also sporting the Union Jack flag on the back.

Emma Bunton went for baby pink, wearing a dress with statement shoulders by Maggie Cooke, Mel B wore a skin-tight all-in-one by Zuhair Murad and Mel C continued her Sporty Spice status keeping it high street in JD Sports.

David Bowie’s ‘Fashion’ introduced Britain’s hottest supermodels.  WOW! They looked other worldly, unreal.  Kate Moss looked stunning as per, in a figure-hugging, sequined Alexander McQueen dress, as did Naomi Campbell, also in McQueen.

Lily Cole wore Erdem, Stella Tenant wore Christopher Kane, Karen Elson wore Burberry, Lily Donaldson wore Vivienne Westwood, Georgia May Jagger wore Victoria Beckham and Jourdan Dunn wore an elaborate headdress by Stephen Jones and a dress by Johnathan Saunders.  The gorgeous David Gandy accompanied the ladies in a gold Paul Smith suit.

Images above are not my own and were taken from Google Images.

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Modern Grunge

10.10.11

So according to the Ashish SS12 collection, Grunge is back – but with a twist. Music to my ears!  Yes next year is all about colour (mainly yellow), laser cuts and prints but you can embrace the mini nod to grunge, which is quite apparent at Ashish.

So rather than the floral ditsy prints synonymous with early 90’s trends, look to use bold floral prints and bright colour. Combine the trademark dark look with that of one that’s modern and fun.  It’s now about the juxtaposition of the crazy and the cool, and making it work together.  Clash both pattern and print and work this with heavy boots.  It’s not about completely copying the catwalk trends, simply take aspects from them or gain inspiration from certain items that you like.  Grunge with a twist does not mean putting Daisy’s in the top of your Dr Martens, it means, add a modern element and have fun with it.  Make Kate and Courtney proud.

As some of you may know, I loved this era in fashion, and regularly take influences from the early 90’s.  Kate and Johnny certainly led the way in terms of inspiration for me and I will now be bringing my look up to date with some of my style suggestions at the bottom of this post…

And girls like Erin Wasson and Lykke Li continue to inspire me for modern day references…

So for SS12, it’s less about black and more about grunging up colour.  Introduce florals and bold brights to bring this look up-to-date but look back to Courtney and Kate for inspiration on how to really rock the grunge rebellious attitude.

Here’s a little vid to get you in the mood – Nirvana, the legends that inspired the grunge movement in the 90’s.   Starting in Seattle, the movement spread to the UK’s shores and it’s never really gone away.  However, to be honest, it’s never really reared it’s head again like it did back then, unlike fashion trends like 70’s boho, or the 60’s mod movement, but as a micro trend, it’s definitely current for AW11 and SS12.

Perfect for girls that like to dress with a little attitude (and not much make up), the grunge movement inspired ripped jeans, plaid shirts and heavy boots.  The Queen of Cool, Kate Moss, worked the fresh-faced make up look, which has recently been referenced backstage at Roksanda Illincic.  Hair should be tousled and styled so it looks like you’ve just woken up, for effortless sexiness.  Make up should be kept to a minimum and skin should be glowing and fresh, and lips should either be left natural, or if you’ve got plump lips, then definitely work a dark lipstick in a gothic plum colour like this one from Dior from Selfridges.

Here are some items, which will work well for the current season, as well as for the next.  Add colour with accessories, and add florals in the form of a top paired with a black maxi.  Dr Martens are timeless and are the ultimate Grunge accessory.  Mix things up a little with a tailored jacket for a modern twist and complete with gorgeous gold jewellery and a cute beanie.  Put some Nirvana on your iPod, and you’re good to go.

New Look £6.99 

Topshop £58

Topshop £25

New Look £6.99

Sweet Evie Necklace Urban Outfitters £70

Urban Outfitters £14

Topshop £40

Dr Martens 1460 Vegan Boot £100

And for those that would like an extra Grunge fix, take a read of one of my previous blog posts here.

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The Ultimate Style Icon

04.10.11

Kate Moss, Erin Wasson, Rumi Neely, Farah Fawcett, Chloe Sevigny, Emmanuelle Alt, Alexa Chung – the list goes on. I’m inspired by ‘style icons’ on a daily basis, which is great, as a fashion blogger, but particularly hard on the purse strings.

I couldn’t possibly choose one individual, for the joy of fashion is to be so inspired by snippets of outfits you see on the street, in the media or in your imagination on a daily basis.  It’s the aspirations of playing dress up, for instilling instant confidence to an everyday outfit.

For me the ultimate style icon would have the power dressing qualities of Emanuelle, the care-free ‘grunge’ attitude of Erin, the huge hair of Farah, the coolness of Chloe, the notoriety of Alexa, the sexiness of Kate and the beauty of Rumi.

Now that would be one stylish lady.

Emmanuelle Alt

Kate Moss

 Alexa Chung

 Erin Wasson

 Rumi Neely

 

 Farah Fawcett

   

Chloe Sevigny

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The Seattle Sound: 1990’s Grunge Fashion

30.03.11

Massively influenced by music genre, and decades past, the fashion industry is heavily immersed in the seventies at the moment.

I for one, have always been a huge fan of the seventies, as you can probably tell from previous posts.  I have never, however, been overly fond of 90’s fashion.  Over-sized boxy jackets spring to mind (think Ross off Friends), combat trousers and hideous Spice Girl platforms.  All decades have their unforgivable mistakes, so I can let the 90’s off because of their influences in the early years of the decade reigning all the way from the US of A.

Now, I wear black, A LOT, and I do like to think that one day I can live like a bohemian or a hippie (I doubt this will ever happen) but by combining the two, I have come to the realisation that I have found my happy fashion place.  Grunge – along with a sprinkling of floaty Boho and  sharp edginess (Balmain style).

Before early 90’s grunge evolved into a much more commercial parent-friendly Britpop, teenagers were rocking out to the likes of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, firstly in Seattle (hence known as the Seattle sound) before moving across the water to Britain.

Above: Images of Seattle, USA

I love the unkempt, just got out-of-bed look – much to the dismay of my Mother.  Being 26, I feel as though I am now developing a mid-twenties crisis and should try and dress my age.

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – perhaps I should take note of this song title.

The rebellious kids of Generation X rocked out all their teenage angst in plaid shirts, biker boots, torn skinny jeans, band t-shirts, all-black outfits, stonewash Levi’s and thrifted garms.  I like all of the aforementioned clobber, but I do like to sex it up a little with some sky high platform boots.  In black of course.

Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, the late Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and Drew Barrymore all channelled the look perfectly, and all remain style icons to this day, dead and alive.

Modern day fashionistas look to the likes of the Olsens and Alice Dellal for understated boho grunge fashion.

I think it can take years to find your personal style, at least one which you’re totally comfortable with – and one that suits.  It’s just a shame, mine is one which I could’ve done with finding a fair few years ago.  Now I look like I’m having a mid twenties crisis.

I reckon 90’s grunge will definitely be next on the cards in terms of fashion trends. You only have to look at Yohji Yamamoto AW11 (below) and you can see this trend skulking onto the runway in all it’s truly dark glorious form…

GET THE LOOK

Below are a few selective picks from Topshop, ASOS, Accessorize and All Saints to show how you too can achieve the look, so you can rock out in style…

And finish off with a messy top knot… voila!

xx

All images sourced from Google Images.