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.



Get The Celebrity Look: Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham And Jourdan Dunn

The Glamour Women Of The Year awards sent the Twitterverse into a flurry yesterday with models and celebrities posting endless ‘selfless’ alongside a barage of media coverage.

However, if you had a personal fav for best dressed celeb then it isn’t hard to emulate their designer look for less.

Take for example model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne; the 20-year-old confessed ‘wifey’ to BFF Rita Ora opted to sneer the fashion pack in favour of a more laid back chic approach teaming a ‘Squeeze This’ [insert picture of a bottom] slogan tee with tailored trousers and on-trend pointed pumps. The cheeky tee depicting Rihanna’s bum was actually made in collaboration with photographer George Chin who snapped her when she performed at V Festival in 2011. Naturally the reduced £12 tee has sold out at Asos.com, but don’t despair as you can get your hands on a similar range of styles from www.motelrocks.com (as seen above). I love the Lichtenstein-esque one which costs just a mere £25.

Aside from Cara, fashion designer Victoria Beckham also wowed in her Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit. Vic’s costs a staggering £1,196 from www.net-a-porter.com but you can get your hands on a much cheaper version from high street haven Coast who have created this stylish Rozelda jumpsuit for £115.

Lastly,  I was stunned at just how gorgeous and svelte model Jourdan Dunn looked at the awards in a Victoria Beckham dress (that would have cost in excess of £1,500+). This style suits all shapes as it looks just as great on curves as it does on petite frames. You can also get the look for under £150 with Forever Unique’s new Selfish brand. Just mix their sheer body alongside a black pencil skirt and gold belt for a winning combination.

Happy Shopping!

#GlamourAwards 2013: Best And Worst Dressed

Last night saw the 10th anniversary of the Glamour Women Of The Year awards picked up by global superstar turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham.

Looking sophisticated in a black Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit Victoria also brought along her eldest son Brooklyn to accompany her to the event.

Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora

Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora

Alongside Victoria hitting the best dressed category was singing sensation Rita Ora. Rita, who also picked up an award for best Solo Artist Of The Year from ‘wifey’ Cara Delevingne, looked gorgeous in a silver/grey Marchesa gown. Both girls posted an assortment of Twitter and Instagram selfless (left) of themselves at the awards.

Hitting a fashion high note on the night was Les Misérables starlet Samantha Barks who shone in a neon pink cocktail dress alongside (swoon) new beau David Gandy. The model presented her with an award (with Jourdan Dunn) for the Pandora Breakthrough Award. Gandy’s ex Mollie King from The Saturday’s was also on-site to pick up another award for Band Of The Year with fellow band members Frankie Sandford, Una Healy and Vanessa White, ruling the red carpet with her backless ruby-red evening gown. Ellie Goulding also looked sensational in a printed maxi complete with lace trims, whilst presenter Fearne Cotton was back to her old svelte frame (already) adorning a gorge bright blue Jonathan Saunders shift dress.

Jumpsuits were it seemed a theme of the night as Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney, VB, and Laura Haddock all opted for them.

However there was also a plethora of bad outfits namely Jessie J’s flamenco style tunic and trouser combination, whilst singer VV Brown failed to impress in a lemon pastel ensemble with a huge overlay of material that seemed to smother her.

For all the celebrity images from the event click onto Glamour.co.uk

Latest spring/summer 2012 trend: deep v necks

After Jennifer Aniston stepped out in a fabulous metallic low plunged v neck dress courtesy of Kaufmanfranco (amid the usual baby rumours) earlier this year we ve all watched as this style evolution of rocking a deep v neck plunging dress has filtered from one set of celebrities to another.

Next up was Hollywood A-list royalty Gwyneth Paltrow who dazzled in a plunging floor-length green sequinned gown by fashion designer Elie Saab.

Following closely behind were new girls Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Rose Bryne who both opted for the aforementioned low cut options at the SAG Awards last month. Adorning a nude Balenciaga gown Wiig opted to jazz her outfit up with a statement necklace whilst Bryne’s white sequinned jumpsuit complete with sleek bob hairstyle, again by Elie Saab, added to her style credentials.

J-Lo then topped the bill with her sheer and glittering Zuhair Murad number whilst presenting an award with Cameron Diaz at the Oscars, making sure this deep v trend is set to stay for summer.

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

This morning there seemed to be much more of a buzz surrounding the BFC show space at Somerset House. DAKS started off showing their autumn/winter 2012/13 collection with a tartan mix of light and dark browns alongside some stark black creations. The coat however where the show stopper pieces here with swing, pea and cropped versions all fitted, or hung, beautifully from models limbs. This swiftly then moved onto designer Clements Ribiero whom showed a selection of gorgeous cashmere sweaters and delightful stained glass prints on dresses, tops and trousers.

Jasper Conran autumn/winter 2012/13 collection
Jasper Conran autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

Designer Jasper Conran then ensued with a more than worthy front row which consisted of Dame Kelly Holmes, Kara Tointon, Beverley Knight, Richard E Grant and Jasmine Guinness. An autumnal palette of mocha, golds, browns and blacks and created a fabulous array of day and evening wear, especially with sequined dresses, feathered jumpers and fringed gowns; models all adorned a short low back bun in their hair with minimal make-up. Accessories wise there was a continuous use of pointed ankle shoes which were either plain leather or adorned bespoke jewels all over.

Next was a showing by Aquascutum which hosted One Direction star Harry Styles and comedian James Corden. The collection was heavily reliant on dark khaki greens, monochrome, light grey, navy and tweed collaborations. Models adorned elbow length gloves and biker chic jackets alongside leather skirts, tailored jackets and pristine white shirts. The look was quite militant but also high fashion, working day wear in an androgynous style.

At House of Holland the usual young celeb fash pack including Pixie Lott, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldoff, Poppy Delevingne and Nick Grimshaw amongst others all took their front row seats as Henry Holland provided a nostalgic 1970s collection, complete with knitted jumpers and rainbow houndstooth pieces. This season Holland seems to be concentrating on styling women whom he is inspired by and grown up with therefore the designs slightly changed but the fun, of course, stayed.  His palette led by blue and navy skater dresses, flared leggings and all-in-ones complemented his evening dresses perfectly.

Unfortunately next up was veteran designer John Rocha whose usually wearable and colourful collections were completely thrown out by a new dark gothic inspired range. This crazy concoction of light green scrumpled dresses which quickly turned into dark chocolate browns and blacks were uninteresting and un-wearable to say the least. The saving grace however was his evening wear collection which combined wool, lace and sheer fabrics which were all infused together on dresses via panels.

Collections continue later today with shows from Temperley London, Issa, Ashley Isham and a presentation from Stella McCartney. More content to follow…

Atelier Versace opens Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2012

This luxurious Italian brand has not shown in Paris since 2004 and yesterday, as editors from around the globe disembarked upon Paris, Atlelier Versace was re-born to show their latest collection at Haute Couture Fashion Week.

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Showing their spring/summer 2012 range under a scrutiny of famous faces which included U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, actresses Cameron Diaz, Diane Kruger and Abbie Cornish designer Donatella Versace looked on calmly as a cascade of warrior style women approached the catwalk. To start Versace teamed sci-fi style biker jackets covered in lace and lined panels with matching hot pants; both adorning gold metal trims and complete with thigh-high lace boots (or what seemed to be a mixture of lace half cut stocking over fabulous high heeled courts). This then ensued with almost felt style bodices in bright sunshine yellow; again with futuristic designs and tailoring.

The designs then proceeded onto a selection of short cocktail dresses with ruffled peplum waists and brocade materials in gold, glacier blue and greys all encased with intricate beading, sequins and detailing that would not have looked out of place on Xena: Warrior Princess.

For eveningwear Versace slightly toned it down in a palette of pillar box red, lime green, orange and cream hues on a selection of full-length gowns, again all in a complex mix of high-tech and sophisticated designs which had clearly taken months to assemble by hand.

Hair stood its own ground with on-trend scraped back high ponytails and powerful dark sultry eyes complete with nude lips. Donatella was a woman on a mission and judging by her designs she had clearly won the battle with haute couture.

Paris Men’s Fashion Week autumn/winter 2012 review

Just before haute couture hits our (computer) screens next week the male species have been enjoying their own nod to autumn/winter 2012 trends with Milan and Paris fashion week, which was prompted by the start of Milan Men’s Fashion Week last weekend (Saturday 14th).

Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2012 menswear collection

Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2012 menswear collection

Designers to have already shown in Milan ranged from the fabulous Burberry Prorsum to quirky Prada; which boasted an array of celebrity models that included Gary Oldman, Jamie Bell and William Dafoe amongst others.

Now these chiselled Adonis’ (the models) have moved to Paris where they have already walked for Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Balmain to name a few and will be bringing the catwalk’s to a close later today with Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Givenchy and John Galliano.

Gaultier of course gave the crowed a spectacular event as always adorning his models with dreadlocks, dapper goatees and fiery red hair whilst being draped in a selection of textured knitwear, brick prints and precise tailoring. At Louis Vuitton menswear was inspired by 1970s Paris and illustrator Antonio Lopez as creative director Kim Jones produced a Japanese style collection with kimono silk pieces, velvet and a dash of retro shearling.

Shows will continue to run with designers such as Kenzo – whom are live streaming their show via www.kenzo.com – showing tomorrow: Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are unveiling their first menswear collection for the brand. Paris Men’s Fashion Week will finish Paul Smith and Acne on Sunday evening.