Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Debenhams Celebrate 200years with an Exclusive Limited Edition Collection

This year Debenhams is 200 years old and to celebrate they have launched an exclusive limited edition collection from their Designers at Debenhams:.

Full on silver screen glamour and sparkle with Julien Macdonald evening gown £200

Get the red carpet look with Jenny Packham's red satin drape corsage dress £300

Delicate crochet lace on mid length dress for that lady like look. John Rocha Was £150 now £112.50

Colourful and Bohemian feather floaty dress by Butterfly range Matthew Williamson with a cheeky key hole back Was £150 now £112.50

Jasper Conran goes seasonal with his arctic white zipped coat with matching white faux fur trimmings £225

Betty Jackson sticks to timeless with the straight cut for her creamy beige leather coat price £299

Preen/Edition adds an embellished edge to the contrasting black sleeves of a crombie style dark grey coat. Price £200

Henry Holland goes shabby fur chic with this short black coat. £120

Available at selected Debenhams stores and online at

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Intimissimi SS14 campaign shoots with Alyssa Miller

Jake Gyllenhaal’s girlfriend and international model Alyssa Miller is caught behind the scenes in New York whilst shooting for Intimissimi SS14

Friday, 25 October 2013

A street celebration in Paris launched The Isabel Marant pour H&M Collection

Last night, celebrities including Audrey Tautou, January Jones, Freida Pinto, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Olga Kurylenko, Alice Dellal, Mélanie Doutey and Lou Lesage gathered in Paris to celebrate the launch of the Isabel Marant pour H&M collection

January Jones, Audrey Tautou, Isabel Marant & Freida Pinto

Yesterday’s event transported guests into a street slice of Paris, in the early 90s, the time when Isabel debuted her eponymous line: brasseries, neon signs, pizza shops, souvenir shops, epiceries, street vendors and people casually enjoying a stroll in the outdoors. The collection, that includes her most iconic pieces from her career, was presented in a filmic way. Images, films and street casted models revealed the world of Isabel Marant.

Freida Pinto

“This is the second H&M collaboration that I’ve attended. I feel it’s important to collaborate with designers who young girls aspire to, but it’s also for girls like me who love shopping at H&M - to make fashion that is not just beautiful and classy but also affordable,” says Freida Pinto.

The city being integral to her style, Paris came as a natural choice to celebrate the collection being launched on November 14 in around 250 stores worldwide and online.
Images provided by Cision

Monday, 21 October 2013

Glamming up the Long Sleeved Dress for a Night Out

To change the long sleeve dress from day wear  to a night out is quite easy. All you need are some accessories and a pair of heels.

Mixing patterns and textures can add interest to an outfit.
The dress is of a soft fabric so here I've teamed with a thicker and more structured biker jacket for an edgier look, and a  pair of suede ankle boots to balance the broader shoulders of the jacket.

Only the collar of the jacket is in the classic black (faux) leather, the rest is a wool mix with a navy and black Aztec pattern. This pattern doesn't clash with the dress because it is muted and allows the bolder print of the dress to be dominant.

To inject a pop of colour and more layers I've teamed with a purple fringed scarf.  The purple brightens up the neutral palette of the outfit whilst enhancing  my own colouring.

When wearing a colour close to your face it is important to choose not only the right colour but also the right shade. Being pale with fair hair I cannot wear bright bold and deep colours. This shade of purple is the deepest and brightest I can go without draining my complexion.

The scarf also has a pattern, a very subtle polka dot in dark purple. Wearing three patterns can be daunting, but as  long as they are not all competing for attention  you can create an eclectic touch to your stylish look.

Hopefully I won't be keeping my jacket and scarf on all night so what to wear underneath?

The low V neckline on this dress is the perfect frame for a statement necklace.
Here I've gone for a chunky black and silver design, keeping the monochrome look. OK the dress is actually navy but it is so dark that you can get away with black accessories which are easier to come by than navy itself.

For the night out, I've swapped my thick day tights for a sheerer pair and I've chosen black suede ankle boots for an edgier look.

Loving this outfit and how easy it was to put together, it has seen many an evening.

Above I am with the gorgeous Honor Blackman at an evening  press event and to the right with the lovely Peter Braithwaite of Amore at another.

This time, instead of wearing one large chunky necklace  I've opted for two necklaces creating a layered effect. One is a black beaded multiple layered necklace. Hidden amongst the layers is a pendant of a shoe on a thin chain.

This is better for those of you with a small bone structure as a chunky necklace can look too heavy and overpowering for your frame.

Layering necklaces or choosing a necklace with multiple strings like the one I'm wearing, will  still create a statement 

And here is an image just to remind you what the dress looks like on its own.
Details are:

M&S Collection pleated front abstract print dress with ¾ length sleeves.
Colour:dark navy and beige.
Fabric: 92% polyester with  8% elastane for that perfect fit.
Price: £39.50
Direct link to dress
To check out the full range of M&S dresses click on:


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Luke Archer SS14 Collection at London Fashion Week

Winner of the Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award earlier this year, Luke Archer's  debut SS14 collection shone brightly with the inclusion of colour change and light emitting materials.
 Titled ‘De L’Ocean’, sea life was the inspiration and especially the squid.

Digital prints on smooth flowing chiffon resembled the constant movement of sea life underwater.
Necklace by Sian Rookwood via

Necklines soared high on the buttoned up blouse only to plunge down to the waist on dresses.

Photography by Ian Cashman 

David Koma SS14 Collection at London Fashion Week

Inspired by Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery, the collection concentrated on structure and perfect balance with thick leather strips in both white and black providing the frame and weight for the sculptural shapes.  

Skirt lengths ranged from short to just below the knee. Styles ranged from the stiff sharp A line to the figure hugging body con. All in fabrics of thick jersey or silk and trimmed with leather resulting in a warrior appearance.  

Stiff sheer organza covering bare shoulders brought a vulnerability to the armour. Sandals were designed by Alain Quilici especially for the collection.

The dresses’ elaborate leather harness straps represented the ‘muneate’ or chest protector worn by female archers. 

Whilst Odoshi lacing used to tie the plates together on a Samurai armour was emulated in to the stripe prints  

And later in the collection as the leather detailing

 Using only a limited colour palette, the show began with graphic monochrome,

Softened with the Zen like serenity of dusty pink and powder blue.

And ending on a strong clear note of Royal blue edged with white or black. Again the Royal blue looks set to be THE colour for SS14.

Stockists of David Koma are:
Browns Focus

Triumph Lingerie AW13

In the spotlight with:

Amourette Spotlight wired bra £34
Available in black and desert rose
Amourette Spotlight hipster brief
In Black £20
In desert rose on sale at £14
Briefs also come in Tai brief at £17.50 and the smaller string briefs  at £18 in black and £12.50 in Desert Rose

Feel the Sensation with:

Cotton-Feel Sensation wire padded bra was £42 now £29.50
Direct link to bra
With panty girdle was £40 now £28
Both in sensational shades of red and dark red combo.

Maison Triumph opened on 12th September 2013 at 57/59 Monmouth St, Seven dials, London WC2H running until the January 2014. For further information please visit

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Keds SS14 Women's Collection

Here's a sneak peek at the highlights from the Keds women's SS14 collection

Daisy Daisy give me your answer do! will you choose the blue, pink or yellow? Or that navy just hiding on the left of the photo? Other seasonal prints in the Champion Original style  include gingham, polka dots, ikat and chevron,

Peep toes are out! It's cheeky peep sides for these sporty Cut Out trainers! Great with both denims and dresses. Colours are bright including this grape shade.

The nautical stripe look is always a hit in the spring. Here with jute soles for that laid back beach style in classic blue updated in a washed stripe and the not so classic dusky pink..

Available from next year via


Sperry Topsider Women's SS14 collection

Here's a sneak peek of the Sperry Topsider SS14 women's collection:
This deck shoe has it all! Metallics, faux snake skin prints and pretty pastel shades - what more can a girl ask for?

The height of leopard print sophistication, furry texture with gold coloured laces.

Nauticals are on trend for next spring and Sperry Topsider certainly know all about nautical. Here are colourful anchor and stripe canvas prints to choose from.

Available in the new year via

Ashley Isham SS14 Collection at London Fashion Week

Inspired by the 1967 French film ‘Belle de Jour’ starring Catherine Deneuve, the collection started with daywear in light summer tweeds subtly threaded with sparkling lurex.

For that clandestine rendezvous, cloche hats covered the face with only lace peep holes for the eyes.
The hats were created for the collection by House of Flora

 Floral embroidered panels adorned dresses, skirts and shorts.

Transparent PVC as shawls and skirts encrusted with hand appliquéd lace brought an edginess to the collection.

The main colour palette for the daywear was soft spring shades of light blue, pale yellow, white and coral.

For the eveningwear the colour palette became bolder.  Many of the designers used the deep bright shades of cobalt and royal blue in their SS14 collections so it’s a safe bet that this will be one of the hot colour trends for next summer.

Simple fluid jersey gowns revealed they were actually one piece pant suits as the models glided down the catwalk.

Floor length silk chiffon billowed around short dresses.

Creating a mermaid silhouette were the finale dresses embellished with either elaborate design of beads and sequins or elegant guipure lace stopping at knee length over long silk organza skirts.
The belts worn with the dresses are a  collaboration with J Lynch.  One of their classic styles, Daria in snakeskin with pearl on the left and the Liv belt in rose gold on the right.

Photographer: Simon Armstrong


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