British Fashion Designers : The Book

For those who are fans of home-grown talent look no further, for there is a new book dedicated to just that in regards to the fashion world.

British Fashion Designers by Hywel Davies £9.95 (out now) provides a collection of sketches, backstage photos, and snippets of info on our British designers.



New Look – New Petite Range!

In a time when all the focus is on providing ranges for plus-size ladies, it’s refreshing to have a brand think of us smaller and shorter framed girls. New Look have launched an online collection with sizes starting from a 4 going all the way up to an 18 so that lots of sizes can shop from this very welcomed collection. Some designs may leave a lot to be desired but it’s early days yet- for those feeling the pinch it will be a life-saver for those who struggle to find clothes to suit their shorter stature. Jeans have a 28inch leg which will also have some rejoicing, and with over 200 items to choose from, there’s bound to be something for someone. Below are a couple of picks from the collection:

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The range can be found online here, with it eventually being rolled out into stores.

LFW 2013 : A/W Trend Roundup

The Telegraph have given a roundup of the trends to expect in 2013, and while there are a few familiar trends making a comeback, there seems to be some interesting fashions coming our way this winter..


Perfect Pinks – Dusty pinks were featured in many catwalks, with soft fabrics, and a glimpse of sheen and fur thrown in. Clockwise from top left: Simone Rocha, Mulberry, Eudon Choi, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique.

Return of the Cape – It looks like the cape will be coming back; if it means designs will be similar to the cream/white ones above then I think this winter will be the time to invest in my first cape. From left:  Peter Pilotto, Marios Schwab, and J.W.Anderson


Lady in Lace – After last winters’ heavy wannabe goth look, I’m hoping this year won’t end up a repeat. There seems to be a ‘darker’ mood with these pieces, with layers of lace accented by chiffon and hints of velvet. Fingers crossed a ‘grown up’ gothic look will prevail on the high street this time instead. Clockwise from top left: Giles, Meadham Kirchhoff, Mulberry, Michael van der Ham, Erdem, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

Turtle Necks – I’m just going to put this out there.. I hate turtle necks! As a woman who admittedly loves low neck-lines more than they should, and takes adores any garb that shows off a figure, turtle necklines are the devil to me. Traditionally thought of as a jumper neckline of choice by greying men, it will be interesting to see whether this will take off. If it can be paired with a cape by Peter Pilotto as seen on the bottom right, I might just be convinced.

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Blue Velvet – After short absence, velvet fabrics may be returning to stores once more, and boy am I excited! (This might actually be because I bought this velvet dress from Asos, and I only got to wear it once before it became out of fashion), and I think because I no longer associate velvet with teachers (As a 90’s child velvet waistcoats were favoured by many a school teacher). I look forward to seeing some new designs made from the sumptuous fabric and in traditional winter jewel colours such as the sapphire blue in the Marios Schwab dress on the left, and deep emerald or ruby tones. Middle to right,  Christopher Kane & Issa.

The Split Skirt – I’m sure this trend will go down well with young teenagers and students. These  first appeared on the summer catwalks but will continue into autumn, with some slits going as high as the thigh. Clockwise from top left: Peter Pilotto, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, J.W.Anderson, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Tophshop Unique.

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Leopard Print – This age old classic will be making an appearance this A/W once again. I feel like it’s the print that never dies, but I’m not complaining, any chance to release the inner Kat Slater is fine by me. Clockwise from top left: Simone Rocha, Clements Ribeiro, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Burberry, Sister by Sibling, Tom Ford.

PVC – I was surprised to see more PVC on the catwalks, personally I think leather and pvc seem to have been done to death, but maybe there will be more variation in design this time round. It’s something a lot of people over the age of 25 could probably struggle to pull off, but a leather jacket with pvc panelling similar to the one by Meadham Kirchhoff on the bottom right might do the trick. Clockwise from top left: Topshop Unique, Jonathan Saunders, Simone Rocha, Marios Schwab, Topshop Unique, Meadham Kirchhoff

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And lastly, we have Medieval Sleeves – This trend I find rather interesting, I don’t think I could ever pull this one off but at least its’ different. It will be a micro-trend but something that fashion-conscious buyers might was to tap into. Marios Schwab makes another appearance with his design on the far right, and of course that one is my favourite. If toned down a little, this little trend may be quite wearable. From left: Christopher Kane, J.W.Anderson & Marios Schwab.


Source : Telegraph

Photos : Vladimir Potop

LFW 2013 : Marios Schwab & Jonathan Saunders

Marios Schwab’s collection caught my eye this week with his gorgeous mix of sheer fabrics, , embroidery, embellishments, and beautiful soft-looking knits.


When it comes to fashion shows, I often overlook Jonathan Saunders, but not this time. There were a few different looks going on within the collection, but what excited me was the more fitted designs which had a touch of vintage styling from the 1940/50’s. The red dress definitely illustrates this, with the black patent waspie/underbust corsets giving the silhouettes a modern twist.


ArtDeco : Dita Von Teese Collaboration

ArtDdeco is a brand that only recently I have stumbled upon. The only thing I’m annoyed about is that I didn’t find it sooner! The overall look and feel of the brand has my name all over it, mostly because the Art Deco era is my favourite in the whole of history. According to (from where you can also buy their products) ArtDeco is Germany’s number 1 cosmetics brand. And for what I believe is the third time running, Dita Von Teese has got together with the brand to create the ‘Golden Vintage’ range, which will be special edition.

One thing that will strike any woman, regardless of whether they are into make-up or not, has to the the packaging. Echoing an era gone by, the golden cases and feather designs are enough to win you over.


The collection consists of ruby reds and dusty rose shades, with a few vampy berry tones and smoky brown to give that glamorous 1940’s look.


The Corset: A Cultural History

As I say many times on here, I have a passion for lingerie and its’ history, particularly corsets and how they evolved through the decades in England and in Europe. One of the books I had purchased a while ago was The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele, and it is literally one of my favourite fashion books due to the amount of information in there.


Valerie Steele is also the chief curator and acting director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and writes in a way in which it doesn’t feel like it’s hard work to read, as can be the case with a lot of informative books. In it, she explores the history, social norms, and fabrics and styles worn over time. The book also dispels the myth of tight-lacing and the notion that men were responsible for what would now be considered a micro-trend, because it was not as popular as we are led to believe.Overall, I highly recommend this book for anybody with an interest in corsetry and the evolution into what we wear today.


Illamasqua Blush Duo Review – Duo 3 Beg & Bronzerella

For some time I have been eyeing up items from the Illamasqua cosmetics brand, but had never really pushed through with actually buying anything. This is mostly because their price points are a little on the high side for a student, and as an Estee Lauder girl I have been spending most my time at their counters instead. The almost gothic kind of vibe this brand gives off, along with their unusual advertising campaigns are no accident either, as the brand is the baby of Joseph Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and co-founder of Agent Provocateur. Three new blush duos were released not so long ago- Below are colours  Katie & Ambition described as a neutral and candy pink, and Lover & Hussy described as a soft apricot and candy pink illa

The one I bought was Beg & Bronzerella which is described as a dusky rose and copper bronze. I thought this would suit my skin tone best (you can see details of my About section if you are similar and looking for something that would suit you). Illamasqua claims the blush duo’s are highly pigmented, and can be used to shade, brighten, enhance and contour.

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Verdit : Totally in love with this blush as the colour payoff is incredible. Due to the high pigment, the only thing I would advise is to be careful in your application and choice of brush. I’m definitely going to have to buy a new brush so that I can apply this without the colour coming off too strong. A little bit goes a long way and a light hand should do the trick. This applies to the bronzer especially, which can easily double up as an eyeshadow too.

The only drawback I have is the shape of the case. It’s great that it comes with a mirror, but the corners aren’t ideal for throwing in my makeup bag. However I can overlook that due to the quality of the product. Overall rating? 9/10