Weekend Wear: SS13 Dungarees For Any Age

Temperatures are reportedly set to soar over the weekend and well into next week so if you are planning on attending a festival, hanging out with friends or joining the family BBQ what better way to stay cool than to adorn the cute 1970s staple; the dungarees.

Most fashion havens are now offering us this classic denim wear in the form of dungaree shorts, however dependant on your age (and of course style) you may already be reading this and running for the hills. But before you do I urge you to read on and think style appropriately about how indeed you would wear this new spring/summer ’13 micro trend…

In your 20s; 

OK so you’re not a teenager anymore but that still doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with clothing. Being in your twenty’s is all about expression and fashion that relates to your personality so why not up the fashion ante and opt for dungarees in the denim short variety? They don’t have to be the classic dark denim either as celebs such as Rihanna, Mollie King and Perrie Edwards have all been spotted in this rehashed shape and style. Opt for a fitted crop top for a real 90s vibe or add a tribal printed baggy tee for a real festival vibe. Just remember to add plenty of bulky statement jewellery a la Rita Ora and you’re half way there. Add a pair of converse or Tom style flats for day or take inspiration from Jameela Jamil for evening mixing them with a buttoned up shirt underneath and blazer complete with pointed heels for a quirky style.

In your 30s; 

Fashion is fun and not always practical. So when digging out your closet to head to work on a dress down Friday remember that. If you snarl at the thought of dungarees then please take note. Opting for a skirt style dungarees in a different shade or print (say dark denim/black/pastel/stripes or floral for example) can really work to your advantage. Team with a Breton striped or plain top for a more Riviera style chic and add a colourful or statement belt to cinch in your waist and help divert attention away from the top half should you not be too sure on the look. Again this will also look fab should you add a printed or plain shirt underneath plus a blazer and golden cuff for a more serious day time look.

In your 40s; 

Fashion is for kids, right? WRONG. You can still look très stylish even if you are 40+. If you have always been a fan of this trend then the best way to replicate it is to opt for the full length dungarees. Think less romper/onesie and more Heidi Klum chic. Add a billowing shirt underneath and strappy sandals with the leg parts rolled up for a fun evening look or in colder weeks try a polo neck underneath teamed with patent loafers for a real style winner.



London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections day 4

Peter Pilotto, Antonio Berardi and Pringle of Scotland all kicked off with trend led pieces on day 4 of London Fashion Week.


Erdem followed with his colourful collection showing off super soft leather which could have easily been mistaken for tweed and silk. Lace overlays on tops, jackets and dresses were also a huge inspiration for the designer while colour clashes on cap sleeved tops and soft tulip shaped skirts were vivid, vibrant and fun for a harsh winter day. His palette consisted of purple, black, blue, yellow, cream, green and turquoise with a hint fuchsia.

Next up was the hotly anticipated showing by Burberry, which did not disappoint. Chief creative officer Christopher Bailey watched from behind the scenes as FROW guests such as Will.i.am, Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actress Kate Bosworth were packed in before the show started. the range itself was quirky, fun and different to what Bailey has shown before. All extremely wearable and want-able this cute woodland inspired collection consisted of owl and bird print motifs on tee shirts and jumpers some emblazoned with sequins. There was also a selection of peplum style padded jackets, striped skirts with billowing blouses and cute soft leather bow belts which cinched in all waists. Menswear was dapper and very quintessential with fabulous duck head umbrellas on show. To end the show (although it was dry outside) Bailey made it ran over the roof of the glass house he had constructed in Hyde Park just to show his collection, as models opened umbrella’s and walked down a runway of fake paper rain inside.

Although some spectacular showings the day had to end on a high with McQ and for next season designer Sarah Burton (who had brought the diffusion line back to London this season to show) created a dark eery forest in which press, buyers and private clients sat above a floor drenched in crisp autumnal leaves.

The collection itself was extremely wearable, edgy yet chic and obviously a lot more affordable than the mainline Alexander McQueen label. For men there was Gestapo style creations with militant green suits, ties and jackets as well as plastic pvc coats and stark black tailoring. Womenswear was slightly less formal; there were still military style coats however softer hues and tartan check a-line coats which led to beautiful evening wear of rich berry red velvet dresses alongside floral layered prom dresses.

London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections – Day 2 part 2

On Saturday to finish the day off Temperley London showed their Russian themed collection which consisted of oversized cossack hats, folk clothing, embroided pieces and ornamented designs. Materials were woven in rich colours with yarns of gold which could easily of harked back to the days of Catherine the Great or to another famous Russian Tsar.


Military style coats were also adorned with brass buttons whilst regal style brocades were used on day wear. For evening wear Temperley became more modern with long flowing backless gowns in navy and monochrome colours whilst a selection of gold sequin dresses set the collection off perfectly.

To add to the royal theme one of The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite designers then followed on. Designer Daniella Issa Helayel then opted to follow on with a Trans-Sibierian Express collection which notably had a Russian theme also. Again some models adorned cossack hats in this collection but others came onto the runway with pristine brunette locks, not too dissimilar to Kate Middleton. There was also a slight nod to HRH Queen Elizabeth II in anticipation of her Diamond Jubilee as a few models wore printed headscarves in the same manner to which the Queen usually does on unofficial engagements. Aside from the bright pillar box red evening dresses in China red lace and 1920s flapper style dresses (both of which we could easily imagine The Duchess of Cambridge in) there was also a 1970s style vibe with dragon, lantern and Ming vase prints all adorned on skirts, all-in-ones, leggings and maxi dresses in red, navy, green, orange and turquoise blue.

To end the evening fashion designer Stella McCartney held a soiree for her latest collection hosting celebrity and fashion editor guests for a formal dinner which turned into an impromptu flash dance by a mob of models who were unsuspectedly sitting alongside guests at their tables. Before hand Stella had brought in a magician, who also amazed by hypnotizing presenter Alexa Chung to lie unsuspectedly on a bed of knives. Only in the fashion world would this ever happen…

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 review

Alexa Chung at the Twenty8Twelve fashion show

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For spring/summer 2012 fashion designer Stella McCartney opted to mimic small references of sport lux; a trend that emerged fully during New York Fashion Week a few weeks ago.

McCartney’s collection however was also a mixture of prints and palettes with spots and swirls – which resembled prints found on neck ties one would buy their father as a Christmas gift – and were blown up over jackets, dresses and trousers. Pyjama style tops and bottoms were also shown alongside different panelled dresses which encompassed paisley print and mesh across the left hand side.

Light red berry tones as well as royal blues and a soft nearly white hue were also incorporated. However, to start the collection McCartney added electric blue silk slinky day dresses and tunic tops matched with black silk and mesh and finished with ornate curling baroque appliqué on their hemlines. This then led onto her signature soft tailored trouser suits with slightly decorated lapels plus all-in-one jumpsuits

For evening wear models also adorned casual yet smart dresses which were sculpted slightly ether around the arms, side area or across the neck with that stylised swirl that was current throughout. For make up models were kept simple and flawless with precision eye brows and a rose-tinted lips, whilst hair was slicked back into a discrete bun.
The show was opened and closed by model of the moment Natalia Vodianova, alongside Natasha Poly and Miranda Kerr whom also made an appearance, as well as Stella’s famous father in the front row: Salma Hayek, Twiggy and Alexa Chung were all present front row as well.

BODYAMR autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

From Louise Redknapp in the front row to Amber Rose modelling; the BODYAMR autumn/winter 11/12 show was a star-studded affair.

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Back stage Efi Davies directed the Toni&Guy Session Team to produce models with whimsical hair that was sleek at the front and dropped perfectly at the back. This design was done simply by using a round brush to blow dry then a dash of label.m professional hair care to finish; providing texture in all the right places. Make-up was flawless but dramatic with big red lips and sultry egyptian eyes.

The collection in itself was inspired by the middle east; and after the dramatic build up of violin concerto music the lights dimmed as police style flash lights (like the ones used to call Batman!) appeared circling the room. Models then started to protrude into the windy catwalk that was set-up via two rooms in the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue as Moroccan-influenced music played.

From rich chocolate browns to cream and gold hues, mulberry and maroon, the colour spectrum switched adding teal, black, sun-set orange, silver, grey and mustard. Textures included jersey, satin, silk, velvet and beading with key pieces coming in floor length silk kaftan’s, black bolero jackets, Mongolian wool stole’s and jackets, low slung jersey v-neck tops with long sleeves, jersey turtle necks, and tops and dresses that incorporated diamante studding.

The highlight of the show however was a floor length see through black hooded dress; which doubled up as a veil. The model wore yellow studded diamante hot pants underneath; alongside this there was a navy chiffon flowing gown. Low-cut at the front with beaded detailing around the cleavage, but effortlessly glamorous; something like you would imagine Queen Rania of Jordan to wear to a Royal Engagement with family and friends.

To continue with the eastern theme models adorned Fez hats, chiffon neck scarves – which draped to the floor – and high collared necklaces and oversized jewellery.

This was definitely one of my favourite shows of London Fashion Week.

Aquascutum autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

Designer Joanna Sykes should be patting herself smugly on the back after her autumn/winter 2011/12 collection for Aquascutum showed at London Fashion Week yesterday. The collection was a step up from the usual mac’s and signature checked bags that are found in store, allowing room for vast improvement in an array of colours and styles.

View the collection here

Soft tailoring, shearling wool, lined jackets and taupe blue trousers accompanied bright dashes of orange which lined skirt suits, and were worn as wool jumpers and silk dresses. The most interesting bit was how she adapted shearling wool to the front of a skirt – which almost indicated it was inside out – but, nevertheless still looked cosy and warm enough to want to purchase right now.

And she shouldn’t worry about sales; Harrods fashion and beauty director Marigay McKee was front row to witness it all. I’m sure the collection will be flying off the shelves come winter…


Burberry autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

I am throwing caution to the wind here and breaking out from my conformation of writing shows on a scheduled basis. But I just had to after I saw the stellar A-list guests pack into Burberry’s autumn/winter 2011 show just over an hour ago.


Models shows off a design by Burberry Prorsum

Models shows off a design by Burberry Prorsum

From Alexa Chung rocking a pop colour Burberry bag to Kate Bosworth in her studded skirt and cropped biker jacket, it was like a flurry of over-excited school kids as the paps went wild. And all this, from my computer at work as I watched the live streaming. I was expecting the site to crash with the amount of publicity through Twitter and Facebook it had received; but there I sat happily enough watching the whole show in one go.


Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey didn’t disappoint as per usual. The highlights for me was a frog-fronted buttoned jumper (or frogging as its known in the industry), and large checked purple/black, yellow/black duffel coats – a sure sell-out hit for autumn. Alongside this were monochrome pieces, such as a large white cable knit jumper with fur arms, and also primary colours encased on coats and handbags (with signature checking).

There was a certain 70s flair to the show with tweed trouser suits with pin-tucked backs: Brit model Jourdan Dunn also made an appearance on the catwalk.

Men shouldn’t be moody however, as there was an array of garments to suit with the pièce de résistance being an oversized duffel coat with checks and fur lapels, and a fitted trench with a damnation spot collar. Topman beware, there seems to be a new dog in town…