Last minute Valentine’s Day gift guide for her…

Valentine’s Day is literally upon us so with that in mind I’ve compiled a very short, but sweet, guide to the best pieces that have been spotted both online and in store; pass over to your beau and let him/her do the rest…

Classic gifts such as chocolates, flowers and jewellery will always be a winner, make sure to have the prosecco is on ice and you can’t go wrong.  Stores such as Interflora, M&S, Selfridges and all major supermarkets stock award winning bouquets, champagne’s, truffles and more, so no need to venture far if you have run out of time.

Perfume is always another certified hit and now Cartier have created their own luxurious scent aptly named La Panthère. However this sensuous number doesn’t launch in stores until April 7, (£49 for 30ml) but with a mix of floral and ephemeral notes is the perfect winner for spring and the perfect gift to pre-order for someone special. However if your beau is more of “the moment” then head direct to Penhaligon’s for one of their more heritage scents, or try their new Lily of the Valley perfume which is the official scent of London Fashion Week, boasting sweet, fresh and graceful floral tones.

Valentine’s lingerie is also a great idea if done tastefully. M&Co have a gorgeous range of underwear all for under £15 a set and are sold in a range of colours from strawberry to nude.

If your loved one favours trinkets more than aphrodisiacs then why not opt for Mulberry’s Rose Gold Metal Keyring, £70, www.mulberry.com; or Aspinal of London’s very quirky Heart Trinket Box, £95 (perfect if you are preparing to propose!).

Engagement rings are of course another mind field in themselves so you can always play safe opting for an on-trend alternative option such as Kat&Bee’s Daksha’s Rose 18ct gold ring (below left), £180, or if you want something more traditional then why not head to Arctic Circle for a range of chic styles; www.thbaker.co.uk – prices start at £1,595.

If you are planning to spend the evening in town with the gals you may want to treat yourself to a new shade of nail varnish for your manicured nails. Topshop’s Nails in Precocious (blush), £5, is a great way of getting noticed by that someone special without having to shout from the rooftops.

Lastly if you want to think outside the box and try a new experience then why not book in for a luxury spa package for two with Elemis? Their Day Spa offers everything from an exotic steam rasul therapy to a couple ritual or even detox for two; prices start from £85. For more info visit www.elemis.com.

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View Trevor Undi’s enchanting video of the Erdem Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Renowned British/Canadian filmmaker Trevor Undi, who has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga to name a few, has compiled an enchanting video to showcase designer Erdem Moralioğlu’s gorgeous new collection for spring/summer 2014.

Erdem SS14 from Trevor Undi on Vimeo.

The short film highlights several key trends for SS14 with white, sheer, monochrome and a hint of florals taking centre stage amid fabulous perspex 90s sandals and vintage 1930s-inspired sunglasses, creating a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action of what takes place at a fashion show including the runway finale, all in an ethereal light.

Designer Erdem decided to “extract colour” (with a few exceptions) from the whole collection hence retaining the monochromatic feel, however even if the designer had taken inspiration from the 1930s cross-dressing boy, it was clear that he had spun his magic, and genius, on this collection creating a tailored look that most definitely gave feminine appeal.

The mix of biker and bomber jackets with stitched detailing, sheer outfits with embroidery and marabou style feathers on dresses appeals even more to the girl in me.

I hope this gives you inspiration for your forthcoming spring wardrobe!

#ChristmasJumperDay Style: How To Wear Yours…

It may be Friday the 13th, but all across the country people are helping to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day as part of an initiative to help raise money for Save The Children charity.

Aside from the fun element you can also make your outfit super stylish if heading out tonight after work or to the office party by mixing with plenty of bling or working in a casual element for the rest of the weekend.

I’d team this simple number (which I’m sporting today, below left) from Dorothy Perkins with skinny jeans and heeled ankle boots for a low-key evening. However if you’re heading out for dinner with your beau or the gals why not opt for a more chunkier knit or sweater (such as Internacionale Christmas Charcoal Pug Jumper, £17.99) adding in a sequined skirt (like Missguided’s Achima Sequin Midi Skirt, £29.99) and sky-high pointy courts or sandals for that ultimate Parisian chic feel.

Oversized jumpers such as this Littlewoods.coom one below, first left, are perfect with leggings for cosy nights in or winter strolls, just add a pair of wellington or fur-lined boots and a statement parka like Oasis’ Ellie Faux Fur Lined Parka, £88. Pastel colours are also massively on-trend for AW13; pick from a growing selection of sorbet hues from New Look, below right.

 

Brands such as MissGuided, M&Co, Topshop, Asos.com, Bank Fashion et al also have a fabulous array of Christmas Jumpers still in stock so if you haven’t caught on to the trend just yet, remember there is plenty of time with just under two weeks until Christmas Day, so why not purchase one now to achieve maximum usage or buy as a novelty gift option for a family member to wear on Christmas Day.

Happy Shopping!

#ChristmasJumperDay @savethechildren

New York Fashion Week round-up: Spring Summer 2014

Rita Ora for DKNY SS14

Rita Ora for DKNY SS14 Instagram/RitaOra

Firstly apologies for no blogs for some time! I have been working with the very lovely InStyle.co.uk team covering as their Acting Web Editor for the interim but am now back to my normal routine as a freelancer. And the next few weeks will see some exciting changes to my schedule, but non more so than heading back to view the latest instalment of collections for Spring Summer 2014 at London Fashion Week. However, before the jet set fashionistas hit London they of course contend with the multitude of talent in New York at the bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Designers to have already shown consist of Diane von Furstenberg, Thakoon, DKNY and Derek Lam amongst others. Aside from the return of the monochromatic palette there has also been a surge in gingham, yellow and navy. DKNY (who recently shot Rita Ora for their upcoming ad campaigns) is of course celebrating its 25th anniversary this year harking back to its original street style showcasing playful twists on denim, sports luxe and bright colours. The R.I.P singer also made an appearance on the catwalk showcasing Donna Karan’s forthcoming 90s inspired designs for next season.

Victoria Beckham followed suit with a phenomenal addition of bright colours amid crisp white shirts and jet black hues adding in amazing triangle prints and softer and looser silhouettes, making the perfect combination for both work and play for her SS14 range, while husband David Beckham, daughter Harper and Vogue US editor-in-cheif Anna Wintour all watched on from their front row seats.

Victoria Beckham SS14 Collection

Victoria Beckham SS14 Collection

First Lady fav Alexander Wang also impressed with his clerical collars, super-mini kilts, boxer style shorts, muted palette and stellar front row (Kanye West, Courtney Love and Terry Richardson) while one of my all time favourite designers (who creates amazing red carpet pieces) Monique Lhuillier opted for bright tangerine and cerise tones amongst a contrasting white, cream and gold backdrop… simply stunning.

NYFW continues until Thursday 12th September 2013…

Weekend Wear: Boyfriend Jeans

The staple pair of jeans always comes to the rescue whether it be for a dress down day at work, casual day out or evening dinner with friends; so this weekend instead of donning your favourite skinnies why not opt for the original dress down style with a pair of Boyfriend Jeans.

You may have guessed that the name is of course derived from partners stealing their ‘Boyfriend’s jeans’ which are usually looser fitted and more comfortable. The oversized slack jeans were usually teamed with a casual tee for a real 90s vibe. However, what you may not have noticed as that they’ve made a revival in recent months with celebs and fashion editors alike adorning their favourite pairs to work, dinner dates and casual weekends away: plus they’re also great due to the fact they don’t make your bum look big or skim your thighs too much.

For a work day vibe add strappy sandals and turn up the jeans; mix with a statement necklace and slouchy tee for a new season take. For the weekend add a lumberjack style shirt and pointed courts for casual dinner dates or rock with Converse for a chilled day out with the family. It’s really that simple…

Royal Ascot Dress Code: What To Wear

Today is the start of Royal Ascot, an annual equestrian event that runs throughout the week culminating with the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday 22 June 2013.

Each day is different with a variety of stakes or races hosted and of course attended by the Royal Family and HM The Queen.

If you have tickets or are attending but are not sure what to wear to the event then click below for the full low-down on the correct dress code.

Royal Ascot Dress Code

With over 300,000+ visitors per year it’s obviously obligatory to dress in the right manner and make a style statement on the course. So, with that in mind I’ve pulled together some of my favourite pieces that are currently either online or in store for you to see.

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Just remember that Thursday 20 June 2013 is Ladies’ Day (also Gold Cup Day) so an emphasis on fashion will be shown all round including everything from the style of hat or headpiece you wear to the heels on your feet.

You can also pick your perfect choice of outfit from one of Spring/Summer 2013’s hottest trends which include stark black, pristine white, iridescent fabrics, clashing prints, neon hues, pastel shades and many more. Just remember to add statement jewellery or heels to your accessories arsenal for a fabulous finish…

Happy Racing!

Designer Look For Less: Collar-Less SS13 Jackets

For spring/summer 2013 designers sent an array of colourful concoctions down the catwalk including neon hues, stark black palettes and pristine white solutions.

However, amid these party and office-ready pieces were a mix of pastel hues in the form of daytime jackets. These new collar-less coats that are usually embellished with mirror-esque panels and opulent brocades alongside cotton mix materials for the lightweight look are perfect for the start of summer when temperatures are apparently set to soar.

Designer Isabel Marant chose a gorgeous pastel floral/Ikat design to adorn hers with, complete with a whopping price tag of £1,845 (available at net-a-porter.com, above left). If you love the look but want to opt for something more on budget why not head straight to the high street where stores such as Monsoon – which stock this amazing ‘Camilla’ jacket (£89, above right); my personal fav – are showing a huge assortment of creations.

Asos.com also has this fab collar-less Tape Front Boxy Jacket (£55, above left) which is perfect for festivals. Team with skinny jeans, a vest and high tops for a casual day time look or add a fab body-con dress and sky scraper heels for a Saturday night out.

For the younger generation Boohoo.com also offer a great variety of styles including this Aztec ‘Layla’ jacket (£45, above right) with quilted white sleeves; great for everyday use.

Let me know what styles you love by tweeting me @stylistatlarge.