SS12 at Harvey Nichols: Blogger’s Preview


Myself, Kim & Laurie

Myself and fellow Midland fashion bloggers were invited along to a special SS12 preview of collections at Harvey Nichols last week, to see just what was in-store for ladies that like a little luxury in their lives…

I personally really love the collections for the new season, a gorgeous combination of blush nudes and neon brights, as well as easy-to-wear soft colours and draped fabrics.  A similar theme of simplified structure and feminine fabrics flowed throughout.

We were shown pieces from the collections and we were talked through each look by Stuart Dixon, the Assistant Retail Manager for Womenswear and Personal Shopping. The outfit below is a favourite, a polished take on the grunge trend. A summery look in nude tones, moving away from the grunge trademark black.  This Pinko slip is just gorgeous.

Polished Grunge

My favourite brand, ACNE, have produced yet another beautiful collection…




T Alexander Wang

The new collection from Victoria Beckham has proven to be extremely popular (with only two dresses left).

I’m more of an ACNE/Wang girl myself.

Victoria, Victoria Beckham

I love, love, love these Jeffrey Campbell wedges (£95).  The perfect summer shoe.  However, I’d be about 7 ft tall in these, so I may have to leave these beauties for girls who aren’t already over 5 ft 8″.

Jeffrey Campbell

We were given a Harvey Nichols goody bag containing Rose champers, GHD heat protection spray, samples of beauty products and a sample of this….  I would highly recommend this Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. This collagen booster smells delicious, and comes in the form of a cooling gel.  It tightened my skin and I lost my eye bags instantly (which, recently, have been the size of two Chloe Madeleine’s).

I’m not usually a beauty kinda girl, but I’m going to get saving for the full-sized bottle (£53 – 30ml) of this  – it really is a miracle cream (well, a gel). I’m sold!

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum £53 - 30ml



Summer Shoes: Zara’s done it again…


Yes, Zara have done it again. They have surpassed themselves with their SS12 collection of shoes – however, personally, I’m not overly excited about the SS12 clothing collection (although if you want to inject some colour into your wardrobe, then I’d go for these and this).

I know we are currently in the depths of winter and it’s FREEZING but a little planning ahead goes a long way.  I’m not a huge fan of strappy shoes but these ones from Zara have won me over.  Zara are known for their fantastic shoes and many of the popular styles sell out, so I’d get in there first, because their collection for the coming season is just beautiful.

1) Now the first pair of shoes below are my favourite.  I love the colours and the fact that the style statement on the back of the shoe also means that the heel is supported, which is always good when mastering the art of walking naturally in heels, and not tottering before you’ve even had that first glass of wine. At £29.99, these shall be working their way into my wardrobe.

2 & 4) The second pair are ultra feminine and will look stunning with cropped black skinny jeans or a loose short black t-shirt dress.  Along with the last pair pictured, they are quite ‘Alexander Wang,’  – a perfect alternative at a snippet of the Wang price.

3) Pair three are definitely more ‘me’ and again, at a ridiculously good price.  With a thick wedge and ankle strap, these shoes will carry me well into a few party nights.





Rumi Neely in Alexander Wang heels


What to Expect from H&M in February…


I love the well dressed, grown up mood of the season that is still easy to wear and that can be styled in so many different ways. New fabrics play an important part this season and add something new to existing shapes,” says H&M’s head of design, Ann-Sofie Johansson

These pieces will be hitting the H&M shop floor in February.

Here’s what you should be taking into consideration this spring according to H&M….

SILHOUETTE: Tailored and fluid

COLOURS: White and neutrals worn with fruit coloured accents like yellow, orange or apple green, alongside soft shades such as apricot and blue.

FABRICS: Cotton and jersey, silks, leather, organza, linen

DETAILS: Tailoring details and sartorial touches that emphasise the tomboy-ish look, contrasted with soft drapes, wraps and pleats which maximise the volume while keeping the shape.

KEY GARMENTS: White suit, a jersey vest, leather sleeveless jacket, shirtdress, draped kimono jacket, short quilted jacket, drape vests, wrap dress, wide trousers.

KEY ACCESSORIES: 50’s style brogues or wooden-sole platforms, multiple bangles, leather necklaces, clutch bags, white sunglasses

And don’t forget, the apple green colour pictured (also known as seafoam green) is going to be a hit for SS12. Although, this is quite difficult to wear.  It would look fabulous on those who are blessed with olive skin, or those with a beautiful pale complexion and blonde hair.  I’d leave this colour well alone if you’re on the pasty side with mousy brown hair.  Like myself, I am unable to wear nudes and pale peachy tones.  My complexion just won’t have it.

I’d introduce the pieces above to compliment my existing chunky shoe boots, denim cut offs and a tropical print head scarf.  Tropical prints are also big for SS12.

Embrace the colour and bold prints, and paint that smile back on your face.


Modern Grunge


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.


What would you have worn to a SS12 Fashion Week?


Tommy Ton, the leading street style photographer behind street style blog Jak & Jil, regularly snaps the fashion crowd at the fashion weeks worldwide, from London to Paris and Milan to New York.  I took a look through his latest images on to see what the fashion pack opted to wear to stand out from the crowd and make a superb style statement.

They didn’t disappoint.  It seemed if you attended the SS12 shows, you were to dress loud and proud.  Colour and print were the name of the game.  This was no time for retiring wall flowers.  September was a time to stand tall and be noticed, for Tommy Ton was around and let’s face it, if you go to this much effort, you want to be snapped.

Here are my favourite examples below…

Photos courtesy of Tommy Ton


I really want a Vespa… and a Louis Vuitton helmet


So having spent the last 3 months in India, some of which was spent on the back of various motorbikes, riding through the Himalayan hills and Goan lanes with the wind in my hair (and holding on to my boyfriend for dear life), I have now decided that I would very much like a (smaller, more ladylike) bike of my own.

The motorbikes we hired whilst away were far too big for me to operate, so I’d quite happily settle for a very stylish compromise, and I’ve decided I’d like this to be a Vespa – either in a baby green or cream.  Oozing character and vintage style, these little beauties would make a little roam about town so much fun!

Now I keep forgetting that here in Britain, the weather isn’t the best, what with sub-zero temperatures in winter, as well as snow and ice, along with miserable grey rainy days in ‘summer.’  So I think the best place to own one of these would be Milan or Paris

Ahhh, I can just imagine it now – wind in my hair, scooting in and out of traffic jams, whilst stopping off on the way to the Chanel store for a macchiato coffee…

And what better to compliment my new Vespa, than a Louis Vuitton helmet?

So moving forward a year, to summer 2012, and we can see by Louis Vuitton’s Resort collection that the Mod trend (tipped to be big for late SS11 and AW11) will also continue through to SS12.  Shift mini dresses, box jackets, coloured capri pants and loafers are in as fashion jumps back a decade from the 70’s to the 60’s.

These helmets are amazing!

Louis Vuitton Resort SS12 Collection

If you fancy speeding ahead of everyone in the style game, then I would personally invest in a few mod pieces now.  Make your wardrobe go that extra mile.  *Sorry, I couldn’t resist!*  As we know, colour-blocking will play a major part in our wardrobes for SS11 and AW11, so coloured Mod-inspired garms are a great way to pave the way for this bold fashion trend, and bikinis like these below, may look good but let’s face it – it would be slightly nippy in places.

Here I’ve pulled a selection of pieces from leading stores, ASOS and Topshop, to show you how you can work this into your wardrobe right away.  Get the mod look, then start saving your pennies (approximately 150,000 of them) as well as just a few extra for the hottest accessories of next year – the Vespa and a Louis Vuitton helmet.

                                         ASOS: Blue Shirt Dress £40                           ASOS: Marcus Lupfer Dress £525

Topshop: Top £16, Boots £36 and Capri Jeans £38 


And as I was writing this, Whistles posted a sneak preview on Twitter of what is due in-store… MODtastic.

And lastly i’ll leave you with a photo of the late great 60’s style icon, Edie Sedgwick… beautiful.