Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Do You Know Who Made Your Clothes - Fashion Revolution Day

We wear our clothes to express ourselves and tell a story, but do we ever stop and wonder about the story of where they actually came from or who made them?

On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In memory of the Rana Plaza disaster victims, Fashion Revolution Day has been created to promote transparency across the supply chain and to encourage everybody to stop and ask for a moment: WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES?

Raising awareness and showing their support for the very first of many Fashion Revolution Days to come, Calico PR’s creative team created a shoot using a selection of ethical and sustainable brands. From clothing to shoes, accessories and even underwear, the UK based brands show how the entire wardrobe can now be gentle on the skin, the environment and still look bang on trend!

Fashion Revolution Day aims to celebrate fashion as a positive influence. On Thursday 24 April 2014, the first Fashion Revolution Day, ask people to be curious in the way they see their clothes. One of the simplest ways suggested is to get people to turn an item of clothing inside-out for the day, to reveal the labels which show where their clothes were made. What will you do to show your support?  #InsideOut

From left to right model wears: Grace, Augustine London, Bibico, Grace, Bibico.
Jewellery available from Oria Jewellery.
Bags available from Girl with Beads.
Shoes available from Beyond Skin.
Photography by Ana Gely A.
Hair and Make Up by Valentina Syed. 

  • Augustine London: With a compelling dream, British lingerie brand Augustine London, dreams of creating a community of women who, by wrapping themselves every day in beautiful, sustainable and comfortable lingerie pieces, will feel inspired and empowered to achieve their own dreams. Established since 2012, using an eclectic mix of primarily organic cotton and end-line laces and mesh, Augustine London’s collection is soft to the touch, gentle on the skin, and friendly to the environment.
  • Bibico: BĂ­bico make fresh and uncomplicated garments in natural fabrics woven in fair trade cooperatives. Bibico garments are made for every day. Bibico believe that less is more & keeping things simple is the best way. Simple clothes with unique details that make them special.
  • Grace: Focusing on the real women, with a vintage style, Grace caters in sizes ranging from 6 to 24. Each piece of clothing is considered very carefully throughout the manufacturing process for their impact on the people in the production cycle and the impact on the environment. Believing that one day design integrity will become mainstream, the brand uses only organic and fair trade products. The details include locally sourced Nottingham lace and water based eco friendly prints.
  • Fashion Revolution Shoot “Who Made Your Clothes” was organized by Calico PR’s creative team. Calico PR is a division of Calico Ventures, which is focused on making a success of fashion brands. The dedicated team provides quality support and mentoring along with crucial tools such as sales, marketing and press to fit the budgets of emerging designers and established brands.

Copyright © 2014 Calico Ventures

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

CASADEI A/W 2014-2015

Inspired by two worlds:
The parties thrown by Cole Porter in Venice in the Roaring Twenties. The cabaret ensembles of the international actresses, stars and socialites that crossed the San Marco Canal on gondolas to reach palaces ablaze with candlelight.
And also the vintage yet contemporary beat of Daft Punk’s latest album and the eclectic glamour of the band’s electronic rock music that has cast its spell over the today generations.

The contrastive twist is immediately noticeable in the details. Reminiscent of the whirly-twirly decorative motifs of the Venetian gondolas, the toes and heels of gold coronate the sculptural intarsia effect. While, in diametric opposition, the golden filigree motifs that adorn the heels emphasize the game of solid and transparent. Gold, silver and copper chains and lustrous metal elements mingle with python and nude-effect mesh inserts to continue the dichotomy.

 The suede pumps seem to be airbrushed with the warm and dense colours of the makeup worn by women in the Twenties, creating a symphony of sensual and sophisticated shades that range from fuchsia to coffee and from grape to aubergine.

Daytime shoes tread a lot more ground in this collection with softer styles, such as the brand new camperos style, that are perfect for the everyday. The constructions add the final polish to the original inspiration. On the one side, stiletto or cylindrical rock heels; on the other, a new construction that is essentially a three-part plateau, in the manner of a bridge designed by a famous architect. The first part stops after the toe and then snakes under the instep, stopping for breath before resuming its journey under the spectacular yet comfortable heel. The virtuoso finale to a symphony of opposites.

Dolce&Gabbana Make Up at Alta Moda SS14 – Full Video‏

Dolce&Gabbana Make Up for the first time since the launch of the Alta Moda Collection have created exclusive digital content based on the collection: a video tutorial to recreate the downy, fresh, rose bud like makeup from the Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda Spring Summer 2014 collection.

Translating the beauty, innocence and timeless elegance of the rose, the queen of all flowers is not a task for the faint hearted. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana revelled at the challenge creating a rose inspired Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda SS14 Collection, sumptuous gowns with applications, extravagant head dresses, and with the help of make up artist Pat McGrath also beautiful ethereal makeup to complement the looks.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

F&F Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Show

Not usually a clothing brand synonymous to fashion shows, F&F Clothing really pulled out all the stops for their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection with a glamorous and star studded event at Somerset House, home to London Fashion Week.

 Titled Eclectic Indulgence, the collection juxtaposed the feminine satin slips, sparkling sequined trousers and sexy sheer blouses with the more masculine tailored boyfriend jackets.

The AW14 season sees new shapes in luxe fabric that play with length and volume ranging from the longer dropped silhouettes of the satin slip dresses to a nod to the 60s shorter lengths. Layering of coats, sweaters, skirts and trousers were in mixed fabrics.

The colour palette moves from light neutrals, soft pinks and berry to the more dramatic darkness of black and grey with metallics.

There’s a hint of 90’s Goth in sheer black separates which are mixed with heavier pieces,
Embellishments and bejewelled fabrics add an indulgence and drama. Check out the lace court shoes.

Faux fur in every size, shape and colour arrives on oversized coats and stoles, worn to add a chic appeal when mixed with sharp tailoring making for retro ladylike feel.
Will be available soon in selected Tesco stores and online

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Todd Lynn designs collection of handbags for Debenhams

Debenhams has today announcied the extension of Todd Lynn’s Edition Womenswear range into a covetable collection of handbags.

Todd Lynn, who has dressed music legends including Mick Jagger, Beyoncé, and The Klaxons, in his signature androgynous design style, will launch an exclusive range of handbags for Edition at Debenhams in Autumn/Winter 2014.
The new collection strikes a balance between luxury leather and beautiful investment pieces, yet is priced for the high street - enabling customers to acquire a ‘must-have’ item from one of the most sought after designers from London Fashion Week.
With ‘sartorial rebellion’ inspiring the formal element of the new collection, with ‘grunge luxe’ making up the more casual look, the range consists of 12 individual styles, featuring oversized lutches, totes and backpacks in a mutted palette.
 The Todd Lynn Edition handbag collection will launch in Debenhams stores and online in September 2014, priced between £75 to £175.

Monday, 14 April 2014

La Redoute Shares 7 Secrets to French Style And I Share My Own Favourite Style Tip.

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My Favourite Style Tip is Don’t be a Fashion Victim
It is so easy to get carried away with all the latest trends, designer labels and ‘Must Have’s that we often forget what makes us look fabulous; what is OK but nothing special and what absolutely looks terrible on us.

So how do we stop becoming a fashion victim?
Rule no 1: Shop for your body shape and colouring
When you try on the latest trend, step back and really look closely at yourself in the mirror including your face. Is the colour draining your complexion or is the colour making it radiant? We want youthful and beautiful radiance!!
Does the style flatter your body shape? I'm not talking about the little lumps and bumps we all have, but if that 60s style shift dress is turning your curvaceous figure into a box shape, then go for the more fit and flare style instead.

Rule no 2: Read La Redoute's The Secrets to French style

This shows you 7 wardrobe staples that will help you achieve the chic look French women do so well. These staples are your wardrobe foundation and will last many seasons.

Rule no 3: Introduce some seasonal trends to your wardrobe staples to keep fresh and updated.
This can be just a scarf or a piece of jewellery it doesn’t have to be big or expensive .

For example: The Trench coat and the white shirt mentioned in La Redoute's The Secret to French Style

The trench coat is a classic staple.

 Usually in neutral shades of beige or black, this is an ideal canvas to add a pop of colour by means of a scarf, brooch or statement bag. 

There are many colour trends this season ranging from white and pastels to the bold brights, so you are bound to find one that will suit and flatter your complexion.

The tropical trend is hot this season so get the look with just a Tropical print scarf
Price £21

Bags can be any latest colour you want as they are not close to your face so don’t need to suit your complexion.

The fringed suede bucket bag comes in fuchsia, bright blue as well as the classic camel and black.

 Price £95

 Link to the fringed suede bucket bag

 You can even change the belt for a skinny or wide leather belt to create your own unique style.


 The crisp white shirt is so versatile.

Wear with casual jeans or with a smart pair of trousers or skirt.
Statement jewellery is BIG news at the moment and looks so glamorous yet understated over a white shirt.
Balsamik Beaded Bib necklace in trendy orange. Price £19
 Direct link to orange beaded bib necklace

 A chunky necklace may overwhelm the small frame so then just layer up with several fine necklaces of different lengths to get the same effect.

 This Balsamik multi strand necklace actually
does it all for you!
Price £25
 Direct link to multi strand necklace

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