SS13 TRENDS ON A BUDGET

March 25 2013, Curvy Girl On A Budget

In case you hadn’t noticed, Fashion can be a fickle mistress. She cares not for our budgets, in fact, she delights in getting as many of us to part with as much money as is possible preferably twice a year on entire new wardrobes, so her minions may enjoy the spoils whilst dreaming up the next inventive way to make us part with more cash in six months time (sidebar: Henry Holland’s SS13 collection must be mine). Not only is she fickle, but she’s also consistently …read more

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

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March 11 2013, +/0+/

Animal print has come a long way since the days when one’s mother might sniff at it and make a comment about a ‘certain type of girl’ (the trashy kind to the uninitiated). No longer is it counted amongst the likes of the white stiletto (though if you haven’t heard, neither is the white stiletto now, what with its recent reputation overhaul at the hands of Celine and Chloe, Carine Roitfeld and Alexandra Shulman).

What this effectively means over here in the real world is that we’re …read more

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SUPERHEROING YOUR SPRING JACKETS

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March 8 2013, Style In View

Let’s talk about the fashion weeks. Not so much what was being shown on the catwalks (plenty of time for that, we’re only just getting a chance to give the SS13 collections an outing); more, what was being worn on the streets, or rather, how things were being worn. Specifically, shoulder robing, otherwise known as jacket caping. Basic translation: when you causally sling your jacket over your shoulders with an air of studied nonchalance, without doing anything so …read more

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GET THE LOOK – ALEXA CHUNG’S PARTY STYLE

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March 1 2013, Love Luxe Blog

LFW has been and gone. We have been duly prepped and primed on all the key AW13 trends we will be rocking come October, just in time for us to finally start looking forward to enjoying the SS13 trends we got our fill of last September over here in the real world. More than that, we have been inundated with images of some of the industry’s finest (read: planet’s chicest) who descended on London to judge. All of this can out pressure on a girl to look her best with so many enviable styles being seen on our …read more

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METALLIC MANIA

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March 1 2013, Style In View

Well, here we are again, dear reader, ready to do this dance once more.

Want to know what fashion trend I’m going to be snarky about today? Well I’ll tell you: it’s metallics.

I find myself reflecting on this one as I gradually tan from the glare of my laptop screen that’s gently glancing off my silvery dress and onto my upturned face.  It’s with caution that I approach metallics, mainly because I’m wary of any trend that:

  1. Could easily be achieved by wrapping yourself in a roll of tin foil (it just seems too simple?).
  2. Would immediately make you the prime target of an attack by a magpie of King Kong-like proportions, born of some shady military nuclear testing on Elton John’s wardrobe and his sinister collection of hair (obviously),  in a ‘The Birds meets Godzilla’ type scenario. Though if that were to happen, rest assured we’d have the cast of TOWIE to fend ourselves off with while we go don black onesies.
  3. Makes you look like an extra on a film set a century in the future, where everyone gets around via jet pack, in a world ruled over by the aforementioned giant magpie. Though since, as we all know, fashion’s cyclical, it’s quite likely anyway that we’ll still be wearing this blasted trend, only you’ll be reading this off the iPad in your sunglasses.
  4. Is an excuse for Halle Berry’s Oscar dress. Forgive me Versace (or don’t, whatever) but I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking she looked like a fem-bot who might at any moment expose machine gun nipples and take out the entire production crew from E! News.

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TOP 5 SHOES FOR SPRING

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February 27 2013, The Modelling Insider

An interesting phenomenon was seen across the SS13 collections when it came to footwear: those statuesque stiletto spikes, towering heels and even the more disturbing heel-less trotters that we’ve been accustomed to seeing stomp down catwalks since, oh, the dawn of (fashion) time were nowhere to be seen*.

Ladies: we’ve been downgraded.

Instead, a more lady-like heel height ruled the runways, with models sashaying their way in smaller heels and — dare I say …read more

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BEAUTY’S RETRO REVIVAL

February 22 2013, Fashion Ox

An overwhelming sense of deja vu was prevalent this season at the SS13 shows when it came to the major beauty trends on display, with a retro revival in full force. Luckily, this means there’s a fairly wide spectrum of trends to take your cues from this season, regardless of whether you favour accentuating one particular feature over another.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key beauty trends for SS13 and how different designers embraced the decades.

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PLUSSIZE GYM CLOTHES FOR THE FAT, FANCY

February 22 2013, Skinny Minority Blog 

I have a small confession to make…I’m penning this today having just eaten a cupcake for breakfast (it was post-Valentine’s, when romantic overtures consisted of a spam email with the subject line ‘be my Valentine’), after a week that has included fish and chips, pasta and pancakes and absolutely no gym trips.
This week’s indiscretions aside, working out is an important part of my routine and if I go too long without doing so, I am usually left itching for …read more

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THE MANKET

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February 20 2013, Style In View

Men: I’m sorry.

I realise I have been shamefully negligent when it comes to commenting on men’s fashion, favouring instead the fairer plains of women’s. Granted there’s been a lot that’s demanded immediate attention, but now we have discussed the crop top in full, I can turn my attention to you.

Alas, it has come to my attention that, in my absence, a disturbing new phenomenon has been allowed to occur*, which behoves me —  nay, forces my …read more

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BARING ALL

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February 15 2013, Style In View

I write this warily, throwing glances constantly over my shoulder. I have some news. It’s top secret (it’s not, but it may be rather unwelcome). Come closer so I may simply hiss it from the side of my mouth, lest anyone perchance to overhear. The crop top is back.

Apologies for all this cloak and dagger business, but what with the slew of messenger killings, one can’t be too careful. The news alone of the return (or rather continuation— it was a staple of 2012 too) of …read more

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