Friday, 26 October 2012

Ear Cuffs Go Oversize


  When I saw this photo of Aussie actress and model Lara Bingle taken at an event in Melbourne this week, I fell in love and immediately went hunting for some oversized, glitzy ear cuffs such as this beautiful one. I already have my regular size, silver daisy-chain ear cuff for those days where I'm feeling quirky, but I am so coveting one of these!! Statement jewellery has always been a reoccuring trend for the arriving party season, with 'the bigger the better' being a renowned rule for creating maximum glamour, but the oversize ear cuff is a unique and edgy alternative to that luxury necklace or those chandelier earrings. Lara emphasised just how impactful the ear cuff can be, by ditching all her other jewellery in favour of this one spiked, diamante beauty. The simple Camilla and Marc black jumpsuit she wore with the cuff could have looked plain, yet this one piece of jewellery transforms the whole look. I love its slight futuristic feel and it is striking next to her bronzed face, cherry red lipstick and her neat, laidback bun.
  Lara is not the only star rocking the new way to wear earrings- earlier this year I posted this picture of Diane Kruger with her amazing cuff that gives the illusion of four piercings. At the Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 show in February, she completed her unmistakably Parisian look (remember that full-skirted Chanel Resort '13 denim dress and baker-boy cap) with another eye-catching ear cuff. (This one was a real sparkler!)

 
 
 
    The sudden craze for these statement, ornate ear pieces has definitely been somewhat influenced by the catwalk; with Rodarte's Spring 2013 models sporting medieval-style cuffs in the shape of serpents whose coils swirled up from earlobes to tips. Fresh New York designer, Katie Gallagher's SS13 collection “Everything Forever” saw models accessorized with enormous cuffs in pewter coloured, neo gothic designs. They are that huge they almost look like hair accessories!




Rodarte's Serpentine Ear Decor
 
Extra-oversized cuffs fanned out of model's ears at Katie Gallagher
 Sienna Miller and Mary Kate Olsen are two more avid fans of ear cuffs; each opting for dainty leaf designs. Get the nature-loving look with this gorgeous Silver Leaf-Shape Ear Cuff from cute and kitsch jewellery site Chelsea Doll. They have several ear cuffs available, from fiery dragon designs to pretty pearl-drop and angel-wing pieces.
 
 
Silver Leaf-Shape Ear Cuff at Chelseadoll.co.uk, £8
 
 
 If you're going for ultimate glam factor, with Lara as your cuff-inspiration, then this Stone Daisy Ear Cuff with Swarovski Stones from ASOS is a little more expensive at £40, but would look incredible on and would save you buying any other outfit accessories. Its cluster of dazzling emerald and turquoise gemstones would definitely do all the talking. For all you bijoux-obsessors this would be a ridiculously beautiful addition to your jewellery box.
 

ASOS Swarovski Stone Daisy Ear Cuff £40
Two hippier options now- this Silver Wing Cuff by RingsandTings.com (£4.50) has a really funky vibe, emphasised by the awesome eye-makeup of the model, and it comes in gold too. And this Feather Ear Cuff selling at ISWAI.co.uk (£21.99) is another stand-out piece. The slightier heftier price tag is worth every penny, as the cuff was a collaborative design with jewellery designer to the stars, Zara Taylor- Olivia Palermo is a fan! In case you hadn't already discovered it, ISWAI is a fab fashion site dedicated to young and developing designers and self-expression, and it was founded by none other than Made In Chelsea's Caggie Dunlop. As well as featuring a really interesting blog, it sells hipster-chic tees and vests as well as more intricate ear pieces and one-off crystal pendants. Definitely check it out, though I may do a write-up on the site and its lovely products soon!
 
Silver Wing Cuff by RingsandTings.com £4.50

 

Feather Ear Cuff by ISWAI.co.uk £21.99
  If you want to experiment with a larger than usual ear cuff but would rather stick to a more classic design then try this pretty Cream Ornate Ear Cuff by Miss Selfridge for £10. It is big enough to be spotted, yet its little pearls are delicate enough to be worn with an everyday outfit.


Miss Selfridge Cream Ornate Ear Cuff with Pearls £10
   I absolutely adore the ear cuff as an accessory, especially now jewellery designers have amped up the glam to offer these dazzling creations. They are totally chic yet adventurous at the same time. There are so many different styles so you can find one that is just the right size and impact for you. Try eBay as another place to search- you can find a whole variety of daring or just pretty cuffs there. I am now going to try and gather together as many as I can for an early Christmas wishlist! Think how apt a sparkling one would be for those festive parties!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

(I really want to be) Edie Campbell

 

   Having been inspired to do a style file on Edie Campbell this week after seeing her preppy photoshoot for the fall edition of 032c Magazine, I was surprised to find that there is not much coverage of her on the internet regarding her style choices!! I had to really hunt to find photographs of my favourite of her outfits, which tells me that when off-duty, she doesn't like to be in the limelight much! I found this quite intriguing, along with other aspects of her personality that seem to come across in interviews with the naturally stunning model. For a twenty-one year old girl that has the fashion world at her feet, you would not expect the question: "What goes through your head when you walk down the runway?" (asked by Elle in their site interview: Model Minute: Edie Campbell) to be answered with, "I just try not to get the giggles."
  Despite her six years experience in the fashion industry (Edie was first spotted by Vogue editor Lucinda Chambers and was used in a feature photographed by Mario Testino in 2006) Edie seems refreshingly down-to-earth for such a youthful talent and beauty. Her journey to becoming one of the most requested British models has evolved from starring in a Burberry campaign with Kate Moss at the impressive age of just sixteen, to gracing the pages of Italian and British Vogue, to modelling for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Just Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Diesel and Chanel. It's safe to say that she was the envy of every aspiring model of her age when she was given one of the ultimate modelling privileges- she was personally selected by Karl Lagerfeld to close Chanel's Spring/Summer '12 Couture show as the bride. 
 
Edie on the runway for Burberry Prorsum S/S '13- just one of her talents! 
   Rather than let all these amazing opportunities go to her very pretty head, Edie sticks to her pre-model roots by juggling an Art History degree at the Courtauld Institute of the University of London (beauty and brains!) and being a keen equestrian in her spare time; she's been riding since she was five and her own eventer horse is called Doris- cute! Edie even claimed the Magnolia cup at the acclaimed Glorious Goodwood charity racing event in July. The fact that Edie's mother, Sophie Hicks is a former editor at Tatler and British Vogue and her grandmother too has a background in the fashion industry may have something to do with how unaffected Edie seems by her glamorous career. Edie's mother Sophie is an A-lister in her own right- having served as a stylist to Azzedine Alaïa and then from 1987, having embarked on a path in architecture- Sophie herself designed about 100 Chloé boutiques and the incredible Paris flagship store of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto. Sophie's mother and Edie's grandmother Joan Hicks, was a successful model of the fifties who collaborated with celebrated English fashion photographers, Norman Parkinson and John French- so there is no doubt that Edie comes from a family that has fashion in their blood.
 
An image from the Art History-themed shoot for 032c Magazine 
that attracted me to writing about Edie's quirky style


Daniel Riera's Ready-To-Wear shoot with Edie
for the fall '12 edition of style magazine, The Gentlewoman 
  Edie's appearance is definitely as effortless as her charming personality- from her enviable full fringe and her need-no-makeup features to her casual yet carefully-put-together clothes. There is an unmissable geek-tastic aesthetic to her look, captured by the photographs for Berlin's number one contemporary culture read, 032c Magazine in which she channels tailored, slightly ankle-swingery trousers, long, folksy skirts, retro printed jumpers and platformed creeper shoes. However, this vintage-hipster side of her style merges comfortably with the slightly more restrained designer pieces that come built into a high-fashion model's wardrobe. This lethal combination enabled Edie to top Tatler's Best Dressed list of 2010, beating off stiff competition from shoe designer Charlotte Dellal, Ernest Hemingway's model great-granddaughter Dree, Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung. In her interview with Elle (See the full interview at http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-style/model-minute-edie-campbell-29548) Edie hinted that her idea of personal style is a bit mix-matched, saying: "I quite like actively dressing badly, but I think that's a very English thing." When prompted to reveal her best beauty secrets, Edie said: "I don't have any secrets. It's all pretty dull stuff like `moisturize your face,' but how many times have you been told that?". I love how real this girl is. This photograph of Edie below, taken from a feature in i-D magazine, emphasises to me how this model is unique; for me there is a certain allure about her that really enthralls me to follow her progress in the fashion world. You get a strong impression that modelling is in her family history and she feels a slight duty to do it, yet she is also rightly interested in other things. On reading, Edie quoted Roald Dahl as her favourite author; "I love all of his (Roald Dahl's) short stories, he has the best imagination.". she told Elle.

 

Photo courtesy of i-D Magazine Fall 2012 edition
    So now I've established Edie as an all-round muse- fashion and personality wise, here are my favourite outfits she has worn since her fashion-model reign began. With her confident attitude to clothes, her long, lean figure and her 'natural beauty' combination of dark honey coloured hair and blue eyes, Edie can wear pretty much anything, and everything she does wear gives off the vibe of a totally magnetic, individualistic style. In a brief interview with Vogue, when she was just 18, she stated her best fashion tip as: "Love Yo-self." Everything this girl says is cool and she definitely doesn't take herself too seriously. Edie, can we be friends?
 

   
    Here we have an early picture of Edie, and one of my favourite looks of hers- its simple, classic and chic with that added preppy element that is so familiar in her wardrobe. The grey pleated school-girl skirt, baker-boy cap, ankle socks and satchel all create that neat and innocent vibe yet the satchel was one of Mulberry's 'It' bags of the time and the cap was also bang-on-trend, showing how the two personalities of Edie's wardrobe overlap to create a charming and stylish look.


 
 
  Edie chose to wear this Louise Gray monochrome striped maxi dress to the launch of Lulu & Co at Harvey Nichols back in 2010. The dress is an unusal choice but compliments her willowy frame and balances her narrow figure out with the cap-sleeves. Edie added Dorothy-esque red patent heels to add a pop of quirky colour to her outfit. A cute look and an even better pose!
 
 
    Edie attended a premiere at the Electric Cinema of London wearing this understated and feminine vintage H&M dress- I love that although she has access to all these amazing designer labels, she still covets high-street brands- paired with a Lacoste wool and jacquard cardigan, grey woollen tights and black loafers. I love the refined girlishness of this dress; it hangs so elegantly yet is not too over-the-top. Edie carries a vintage-looking brown bag and her hair just looks incredible but still low-maintenance.
  
   Edie is rocking a seventies vibe here in high-waisted velvet flared trousers in that gorgeous forest-green hue, an adorable butterfly-printed shirt and simple black heels. This is one of those looks that I would be too scared to pull off but it looks awesomely retro-chic on Edie. Again, two colours I probably wouldn't put together but they really compliment each other!
 

   Edie demonstrates how to dress for winter and pull off a subtle look of androgyny in this ridiculously cosy-looking brick-coloured tweed coat. I love the oversized look against the kooky turquoise and patterned micro handbag. Her long silky locks and full bangs look as gorge as ever, and I am so happy to say that I own a scarf that is IDENTICAL to the one Edie is carrying here!! Before I even saw this photograph it was in my everyday-shelf of my wardrobe- namely I was wearing it with everything and anything, and now this makes it even more special!


   A more polished look for Edie- at the Royal Academy of Arts Party in London last spring, she wore this lovely dress from Jonathan Saunders. I adore how the nude shade of the dress is broken up with the blue and white stripes at the neckline, the little white collar is adorable and I also love how Edie has gone for something more fitted, more 'model-like' but has added her own twist with the mannish black brogues and cutsie beige ankle socks. The nude belt is a simple touch but cinches in the waist of the dress perfectly and the black clutch with the black shoes makes an eye-catching contrast with the overal neutral colour palette of the outfit. Love her laidback pony-tail too; it really draws attention to the preppy collar!


    Edie breaks one of fashion's golden rules- mixing black and navy- at a Roberto Cavalli store launch in London, but she pulls it off in a chicer than chic way- I personally love the mixmatch as it stops the outfit looking too plain or all-one-colour. Those velvet shorts are amazing and I'm definitely coveting a pair like that for my wardrobe. The lace-up heels have a cute vintage feel as does the mini-box clutch and the ikat print top brings a bold and funky edge to the look- the plunge neckline is also daring but toned down and made sophisticated with the trench! A trench coat is a must have for cold weather and I love this silk-look one.


  At the Topshop Newgen party of this February, Edie looked the epitiome of evening-cool in this almost cosmic-print top in a fabulous, vivid burnt-red colour and frayed, vintage-look black cut-offs. I think this may be the style that suits Edie best- that half-rocker, half vintage-lover look with the added quirk of another pair of preppy brogues. These metallic green ones are so cool. 
 
 
 
    At the Veuve Cliquot launch party in May this year, Edie turned up rocking this gorgeous mustard hue double-breasted coat by Whistles, teamed with a funky yet effeminate printed blouse and tailored navy city shorts. Taupe coloured strappy heels and a simple square black clutch completed this sophisticated look. You can see that when Edie does dress a little more refined, a little more polished she either adds a quirk of her own or uses bold, bright colour to reflect her out-going personality.



   This stunning Jil Sander pillar-box-red, swing coat is from the shoot for Gentlewoman magazine, photographed by Daniel Riera and set down Paris' Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (in lamen's terms, incredible shopping streets) however I had to include it as I think Edie looks so beautiful and so elegant. It is an amazing coat that feels classic yet experiments with modern structure. The red with the nude shoes, the bare legs and the au natural hair capture the quintessential Parisian-chic style.
 
 
 
    Vogue's Fashion Night Out in London last month saw Edie channelling the hotly-desired petrol-coloured Mulberry Maisie bag in yet another chic outfit. She opted for a plain, navy high-necked sweater, worn under a suede, charcoal three-quarter sleeved blazer and teamed with some paisley-printed pyjama pants. Their baggy shape and drawstring waist was a nod to the sports luxe trend. As usual, Edie added a pair of trusty brogues to complete her outfit.
 
 
 
   Edie went for sleek monochrome to match the typical Chanel colour palette at the Little Black Jacket Exhibition Launch last week, in this Chloe cream buttoned-up shirt vest and wide-legged black satin trousers. Edie stuck to the androgynous look with a groomed high-ponytail and she carried the only accessory suitable for a Chanel event- a classic micro chain bag embellished with the celebrated logo of the night.

Friday, 12 October 2012

From Summer to Winter: The Fedora Hat

Olivia Palermo models a deep-red velvet fedora for Velvet magazine,
the September 2012 issue. Photographed by Luc Coiffiat

    Introducing the only accessory you need for fall; the fedora. You may have worn yours religiously throughout the summer- a straw one makes a gorgeously stylish sun-shader for festivals or that beach getaway- but instead of putting your fedora away for winter hibernation, make it your number one go-to for these autumnal days. The beanie takes second place in your accessory cupboard, losing out to this effortlessly chic hat. If you don't already own a fedora then you must invest in one! For those who feel they don't suit hats, this is how I felt too until I tried one on. But the whole 'hats are scary' or 'I have to have a bold dress-sense to wear a hat' outlook is a myth; the fedora is about pared down, understated-cool. It is an easy-to-store piece that can easily slip into your wardobe and complete any outfit.
   For anyone who isn't 100% sure on what classifies the fedora, it is traditionally a hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. However, some fedoras vary in shape, with some appearing more like a bowler hat but with a wide brim. Material-wise it can vary from felt or straw to velvet or canvas fabric. Historically the fedora began as a western, upper-class women's accessory, before branching out to become the headwear choice for men in the 19th century. Today a fedora is used to add fashionable flair to both men and women's wardrobes. The appeal of the fedora is that it is so versatile, regarding gender, weather or the outfit it is put with. Ultimately I love the part-bohemian, city-chic look it seems to compliment the most- look to the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Miranda Kerr and Isabel Lucas for inspiration. Although the fedora deems an outfit effortlessly en-vogue, it also asserts a serious attitude that makes a statement fashion impact. This desirable style attitude is exactly what Hedi Slimaine opted to exude on the Saint Laurent catwalk at last month's Paris Fashion Week. The designer, who recently took over from Stefano Pilati ,used oversized black fedoras to compliment his prairie-meets-rockstar design aesthetic and the overall effect was amazing. 
 
Picture courtesy of jaystrut.com
  Meanwhile, Stefanel's Autumn/Winter '12 ad campaign starring the fabulous Karlie Kloss shows how much of a statement the fedora can make. Kloss is photographed on the London set by Mario Testino wearing a series of stunning fedora hats. Teamed with chunky bird-themed knits, tailored shorts, thick cardies and scarves, this shoot emphaises the fedora as the perfect transitional summer to fall accessory.

Photographs by Thefrontrowview.com 
  Lizzie Olsen has her hipster city-chic look perfected, seen here wandering the streets of New York in cords, a cosy fur jacket by Maison Martin Margiela and Chelsea boots accessorized with a roomy tote and of course, a fedora. While we're talking about key transitional pieces, a great pair of sunnies are, needless to say also an essential for going from summer to fall.
  
Photo courtesy of frontrowview.com
 
Photo courtesy of 3abaya.com
  Obviously the coolest way to travel is in style, and Lizzie's established that with her super-chic ensemble of skinny jeans, a simple grey sweater under a blue-checked overcoat, a houndstooth carry-tote and preppy-cute blue suede Pour La Victoire oxford shoes. She carries her trusty, ribbon-detailed fedora for extra style points (and when her hair gets messed up in-flight!).
 
 

Photo courtesy of Denimology.com
 Another trendy traveller- style queen Elle Macpherson was spotted at a London airport wearing MET's Elah Eco Pelle jeans with a shaggy fur jacket, a beige patterned scarf, black patent pumps and the ultimate combo of aviators and a fedora. Glamorous, on-trend yet comfortable.
 

Photo courtesy of Fashion.telegraph.co.uk
   Isabel Lucas always looks the definition of model-off-duty chic without fail and this outfit is no exception. It's so simple but so cute, and that's the allure of it. I love her navy trench coat with the grey woollen tights and brown lace-up boots- three perfect autumnal colours. The polka-dotted pink socks are adorable too and an easy but quirky way to add interest to your outfit. Her plain tan fedora finishes off her laidback look, sitting beautifully over her loose blonde locks.
 

Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com
  Anyone who stalks Miranda Kerr like I do, will know that she is an avid fan of fedoras. A classic brown felt one triumphs again- it definitely seems to be the most popular amongst the A-list- as Miranda adds her Rag and Bone hat to an Isabel Marant studded denim jacket, a cream shirt, Stella McCartney black pants with sheer panels and her favourite Marant Dicker boots.
 In my opinion, the fedora represents the exact style I love and try to replica- it is as I said earlier, very hip, very boho, very classic...it can be smart when dressed up, or it can stylishly hide the ever-dreaded bedhair! All in all the fedora is a luxe update on the winter hat and can make anyone look like a confident Parisian at heart. So, if you haven't discovered from these desirable fedora-based looks that wearing a fedora will make you look cool- it is a sartorial truth- then let me tempt you with some hot high-street versions...
 


Pull&Bear Hat with Medium Sized Brim £17.99


Pret a Portabello Black Fedora Hat £30


Topshop Studded Camel Fedora £38
 


Banana Republic Felt Panama Hat £45
Friis and Company Dravel Hat £22.50

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Chloé Spring/Summer '13

All runways photographs courtesy of Fashionologie.com
   Clare Waight Keller has returned to Paris Fashion Week with a powder-coloured, spring/summery collection for Chloé- and it is utterly gorgeous. I did not expect to like this collection as much as last season's, but although I adore snug winter coats, elegant, chiffon dresses that you can imagine ambling through Paris in in a slight breeze will always win me over and I am completely charmed. As someone who tends to stick to pastel colours in their wardrobe, the familiar muted and romantic colour palette Clare has produced has me sold.
  The label is currently in the limelight for celebrating its impressive sixty year anniversary and so for this season Waight Keller looked to the core of the brand for her inspiration; in its founder Gaby Aghion. This inspiration was specifically about Aghion's mantra: "I lived the life I wanted." Founded in 1952, Chloé has always been miles ahead in producing ready-to-wear fashion and this collection really represents what Chloé is about; strong feminine clothes that are easy to "pull-on and go". With the launch of the fashion house's 60-year retrospective exhibition; Chloé.ATTITUDES at the Palais de Tokyo last weekend, yesterday's show has been hotly-anticipated and Waight Keller was fully aware of the high expectations. Easy to wear was exactly what she delivered, and it seems the brand's 60 year reign has encouraged her to show a slight rebelliousness and overconfidence- and why not?!- with lots of structure and volume. The traditional, ultra-feminine diaphonous materials mixed with points and peplums to-die-for made for a beautiful catwalk debut. Waight Keller elaborated after the show: "I wanted a feminine spirit, but sharp...So we cut the ripples in the material, like a knife."
 
 
 
 
 
    The show opened with a navy, minimalist-chic skirt and layered top combination which hinted at the shape we would be seeing in the collection with the slight wave of the mini-skirt. The low sophisticated ponies and nude-toned makeup had me wondering whether they were to direct all attention onto the clothes however I soon came to the conclusion that they completely complimented the mood of Chloé S/S '13: effortless but cute and sexy. The collection fared on into sophisticated work or city wear; slightly cropped trousers and just above the knee shorts worn with oversized and cape-shouldered luxe white tees. Interspersed in the more casualwear were sleek bandeau and one shoulder dresses with frilled hems, drop-waists and pierrot ruffle shoulders and necklines. Fluidity was a key part of the collection, with specific movement obviously intended to catch the eye. From billowy sleeves and swingy crop tops to swishy skirts and rippling sheer overlays, there was more volume than ever in a Chloé collection, though it still managed to look neat and clean.
  The colour palette tipped slightly from nudes and neutrals to a couple of navys and browns, and a dash of mustard on a gorgeous pair of flower-appliqued-on-one-leg trousers was a pleasant surprise. Most pieces stuck to a simple one colour aside from the oversized floral print on bermuda-type shorts and matching tees- those I was not so keen on as they looked like camouflage from a distance, though they will of course work for some. The soft lilacs and shimmery blush pinks that dominated flirty frocks and came in organza silks and delicate waves seemed to pay homage to last year's texture-filled under-the sea trend in conjuring up images of floating coral and jellyfish.

 
 
 
 
 
    As usual, there was the traditional Chloé masculine element, represented by pieces such as an oversized, boyish white shirt done up to the collar, an extra-oversized nude blazer with no lapels and a high-necked trouser suit in a mannish dark blue. Each androgynous element however was matched with an effeminate quality; the shirt being paired with latticed shorts and the blue tux with sequinned stripes sewn vertically down its sides. As well as the masculine, tailored aspects of the collection there was an unexpected amount of fine detail from the constant ruffled numbers to bow-adorned sleeves and the sequinned arrows of one top- all in all, Waight Keller has offered us quality, wearable classics that also come with great skill and thought. As for the accessories, I'm sure many are lusting over those super-cute minature satchels! Gold was the key colour, with chunky bangles and metallic strappy courts teaming up with the majority of pieces. There were a couple of variations- for example pewter coloured pumps matched with a playful lilac top and shorts combo and tan chunky heeled sandals seemed to go best with white for the ultimate chic, summer daytime looks.
   As the show came to a close, the audience was stunned with a sea of flouncy chiffon blouses and dresses all embellished with lines of gold sequins that subtly caught the light. Verdict = adore.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 



A triumphant Clare Waight Keller (Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com)


 Watch the full Chloé show here:


 
 
The Chloé Alphabet: Check out this cute digital archive celebrating the fashion houses' 60th anniversary- click on each interactive letter to view original films, documentaries, archive imagery, music and past advertising that will show you the story of Chloé. http://www.chloe.com/alphabet/